Israeli rabbi backs killing non-Jews
New book gives licence to kill goyim who "threaten" Israel
New book gives licence to kill goyim who "threaten" Israel... this is an interesting book... and the non-critical coverage it gets by the Haaretz is even more interesting. Does Rabbi Yizhak Shapiro or the Haaretz imagine that this book could somehow justify or legitimize illegal Israeli war crimes in Gaza or "neutralize" the Goldstone report? Maybe Rabbi Yizthak Shapiro has something else in mind. After all, we should remember what happened exactly November 14 years ago when prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for his commitment to sign peace agreements with the Arabs which yeshiva rabbis adamantly refused and condemned. His assassin, "Yigal Amir, is a talmudic scholar who was trained in a yeshiva that inculcated its students to believe that this violence committed by rabbis over a lengthy time period was in accordance with God's word."
Israeli rabbi backs killing non-Jews
Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:19:15 GMT
Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip last year killed at
least 1,350 people, many of whom children, and injured thousands more.
An Israeli rabbi has supported the murder of non-Jewish babies who pose a threat to Israel in his recently released book The King's Torah.
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva religious school in the occupied West Bank, says Jews are allowed to murder even non-Jewish babies and children if they pose a threat to Israel, Haaretz reported.
Shapiro said Jews are allowed to kill 'those who, by speech, weaken our sovereignty'.
"It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation," he wrote.
Several prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yithak Ginzburg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, have also recommended the book to their students and followers.
During the Israeli three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip last year, some leading rabbis issued a ruling which gave permission to kill civilians in the coastal enclave.
“It is permitted, according to Jewish Law, to fire shells and bombs at the firing sites, even if they are populated by civilians," read a ruling issued by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe and Rabbi Meir Mazuz.
The ruling gave a free hand to Israeli commanders to attack civilian population during the war in the Gaza Strip in which at least 1350 people, including women and children, were killed.
West Bank rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel
By Haaretz Service
Just weeks after the arrest of alleged Jewish terrorist, Yaakov Teitel, a West Bank rabbi on Monday released a book giving Jews permission to kill Gentiles who threaten Israel.
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement, wrote in his book "The King's Torah" that even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation.
Shapiro based the majority of his teachings on passages quoted from the Bible, to which he adds his opinions and beliefs.
"It is permissable to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation," he wrote, adding: "If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments - because we care about the commandments - there is nothing wrong with the murder."
Several prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yithak Ginzburg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, have recommended the book to their students and followers.
Rabbi’s book says Jews can kill gentiles
November 9, 2009
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A West Bank rabbi has written a book that says Jews can kill non-Jews who threaten Israel.
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar released the book Monday.
Shapira, head of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva, also said in "The King's Torah" that it is permissible to kill children if they pose a threat, Ha'aretz reported.
The book is based on Bible quotations to which Shapira has added his own opinions.
"The King's Torah" was released shortly after the announcement of the arrest of an alleged Jewish terrorist who admitted to killing Palestinians and attacks on messianic Jews and left-wing Jews.
Rav Yitzchak Shapira’s Sefer Makes Headlines in Eretz Yisrael
November 9, 2009
The publication of a sefer entitled Toras HaMelech (The King’s Torah) written by Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira, the rosh yeshiva of Ohd Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar, has become an item in the news in Eretz Yisrael on Monday, with the book explaining one is permitted in accordance with halacha to kill goyim who threaten Eretz Yisrael. The sefer enjoys approbations from HaGaon HaRav Dov Lior Shlita, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, and Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh. It is important to point out that while the media is having a field day with the sefer, it is written that the sefer discusses theoretic halachic principles, and in no way calls for the murder of goyim, “Arabs” or “Palestinians” as the media seeks to imply. The sefer goes as far as to state “one may not take the law into one’s hands” and that the sugyot discussed as strictly halachic interpretations for the sake of learning and understanding halacha and not chas v’sholom a license to kill, the words used for the bold daily Maariv headline (see photo).
The sefer adds that killing a non-Jew who has violated the Seven Mitzvos given to non-Jews because we care about torah and mitzvos, then this is acceptable. It stresses the importance of Eretz Yisrael, the halachic requirements of the land, and living within a torah framework, quoting passages from Tanach and the Rambam, citing sources for the halachic ruling.
Back in 1996, Rav Ido Elba published a 19-page kuntris on halachic guidelines regarding when one may kill a non-Jew, a publication that was also a halachic discourse, not a handbook for murder chas v’sholom. He was indicted for publishing the sefer and found guilty by the Jerusalem District Court. He appealed the conviction to the Supreme Court and lost. The court rejected the fact that the sefer deal with theoretic halachic matters, not an actual license for murdering goyim. He served a two-year jail term.
With Israel’s retreat from Shechem in 2001, the yeshiva which was established in 1982, located in the Kever Yosef complex was expelled, forced to relocate, setting up its new home in Yishuv Yitzhar. Rav Shapira, the rosh yeshiva, is a long-time resident of Yitzhar, a Chabad chossid, and a talmid of Rav Yitzchak Ginsburgh who is a known authority on kabala and runs the Gal Eini Institute.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)