Bnei Akiva accepts rabbis apology for call to revenge

World Bnei Akiva Secretary-General Rabbi Noam Perel will keep his job after the governing body accepted his apology for his call to avenge with blood the murder of three Israeli teens.

The Extended Secretariat of the organization issued a statement July 11 saying that it had accepted the rabbi’s apology, which he posted on Facebook three days after his post on June 30 calling for revenge, and then again on July 7.

World Bnei Akiva, which has approximately 30,000 members, operates separately from Bnei Akiva of Israel.

The post came hours after the bodies of the three Israelis were discovered in a field north of Hebron, 18 days after they were reported missing. Following the teens’ funerals, a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and murdered in what is considered a revenge killing.

Bnei Akiva of North America, which in a July 7 decision called for the rabbi’s immediate dismissal, issued a statement saying the World Bnei Akiva leadership decision was “very disappointing.” — jta