David Ben-Gurion on Religious Freedom (SOLD)
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“religious people must respect the freedom of choice of a fellow man and no coercion is to be exercised for or against religious conduct…” DAVID BEN-GURION.
Autograph Letter Signed (“D. Ben-Gurion”). To David Snir, November 10, 1963. 1 p, 5” x 8 ½”. in Hebrew.
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Translated from Hebrew
Sdeh Boker 11.10.63
To David Snir greetings,
The riots in Jerusalem arose deep worry in my heart. I am not convinced this is the way tourists lately cross the Mandelbaum passage. There is no doubt the feelings of a religious man are to be respected, but religious people must respect the freedom of choice of a fellow man and no coercion is to be exercised for or against religious conduct.
Your remark concerning a religious population (why settlement?) in Modun – is most welcome as is any Jewish population in this area. Have you got a group (not necessarily as a Kibbutz) of young people ready to settle down? I suggest you make contact first of all with Elhanan Yishay, who deals with theses matters in the Ministry of Defense, as I hardly leave Sdeh Boker these days. Should any assistance be required which I could offer here – I shall do so gladly.
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