The religious scholar and spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,has died at the age of 93.
He founded the ultra-Orthodox Shas party and was a powerful force in the country’s politics.
Yosef was born in Iraq and came to Jerusalem at the age of four. He was ordained as a rabbi when he was 20.
Critics called him Israel’s Ayatollah for his extreme views such as likening Palestinians to snakes and saying God put gentiles on earth only to serve Jews.
His followers say he was the outstanding Sephardic rabbinical authority of the century.
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