Rabbi Meir Mazuz is an Orthodox Israeli rabbi who claims that the spread of the novel coronavirus in Israel and around the world is a “divine retribution for gay pride parades”.
Rabbi Mazuz made the remarks a few days ago, and they were published in Israel Hayom Daily. Many LGBT rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, urged the former spiritual leader of the ultra-nationalist Yachad party to apologize.
In a speech he made on Saturday at the yeshiva, he said that a pride parade “is a parade against nature, and when someone goes against nature, the one who created nature takes revenge on him”. According to Mazuz, most countries all over the world are being called to account because of their gay pride events “except for the Arab countries that don’t have this evil inclination”. He claims that this is the reason that there has been no spread of the virus in the Arab world – which is a lie.
He explained, though, that the outbreak takes place in Iran due to the “wicked ways of Iranians and their hatred of Israel”.
The newspaper reports that Rabbi Mazuz had previously claimed that Israel would be protected from COVID-19.
The ADL’s Israel branch said in a statement that it’s really regrettable that in times like these, Rabbi Mazuz finds it appropriate to blame the virus’s outbreak on the LGBTQ community. They added that they harshly condemn his statements and urge him to apologize.