JERUSALEM (AP) _ Jews living outside Israel may remove mezuzahs, the religious symbols that mark their homes as Jewish, from their doorposts following a spate of bombings of Jewish targets, an Israeli rabbi said Friday.

''Those who fear terrorists should move the mezuzahs inside,'' said Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a former chief rabbi of Israel.

Jewish religious law requires that Jews place mezuzahs, totems containing blessings on parchments, on doorposts throughout their homes. Many Jews place the mezuzah on the outer doorpost to identify the home as Jewish.

Israel has blamed Iranian-backed Islamic extremists for bomb attacks on Israeli or Jewish targets that killed at least 95 people in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and injured 19 in London.

Goren's ruling drew criticism from Haifa's Chief Rabbi Shar-Yeshuv Cohen, who said that ''despite the danger, Jews must not hide their identities,'' the Itim news agency said.

Goren is known for unusual pronouncements, including a recent call to kill Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.