Israeli political and community leaders have called for a top Jerusalem rabbi to be fired after he said Jewish law prescribed the death penalty for gays.
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar told Israel Hayom newspaper homosexuality was a “cult of abomination”, which the Torah “punishes… with death”.
Several members of parliament have written to the prime minister to complain.
Rabbi Amar has previously been criticized for similar past remarks.
Last year he was rebuked for saying most people were “disgusted” by homosexuality, and calling Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade “an embarrassing phenomenon”.
In an interview with Israel Hayom, Rabbi Amar said it was “clear that it [homosexuality] is abomination. The Torah punishes it with death. This is in the first line of serious sins.”