Protests over Burg's Plan to Eat 'Festive Meal' on Ninth of Av Fast Day
from Arutz Sheva
Rabbis and public leaders are furious over a statement by former Labor Knesset Member Avraham Burg that he will eat a festive meal Sunday afternoon, the Ninth of Av. Many secular as well as observant Jews observe a 24 hour fast from sundown Saturday in memory of the destruction of the ancient First and Second Temples.
Burg, a vocal supporter of the expulsion plan, said on an Israeli radio program that a festive meal would mark what he termed Israel's nearing control over its destiny following the planned expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria.
Burg's father, Yosef Burg, was leader of the National Religious Party, but his son identifies with the Conservative movement. Shas Sephardic party leader MK Eli Yishai said that Burg's comments represent an "anti-Jewish philosophy." Burg's statement proves his lack of understanding of Torah and Jewish Law, according to former MK Chanan Porat.