A haredi Orthodox leader claims that the murder of a young couple killed in a Palestinian attack in front of their children is the result of the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem.
Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered near the West Bank settlement of Itamar while driving home from an event in Hebron with their four children, none of whom were wounded in the attack.
On Sunday, Rabbi Meir Manuz spoke at a memorial event in Jerusalem marking the sheloshim, or 30 days, since the couple’s death.
“Gay pride parade? Pride in what?” he said. “What pride is there in opposing nature? What pride is there is opposing God? For this comes punishment.”
The remarks were videotaped and posted on the Hebrew language Walla news website.
Two of the Henkin’s four children attended the memorial.
Manuz told Jews to stop performing “immoral acts.”
“We must avoid acts of Sodom and Gomorrah that have multiplied over the past year,” he said.
Manuz is the head of Tunisian Jewry in Israel, heads the Kisse Rahamim yeshiva in B’nei Brak, and is the spiritual head of the Yachad political party founded by former Shas Party leader Eli Yishai.