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Zionist Rabbi Calls for Killing of Even Non-Jewish
Children and Infants if They Pose a 'Threat' to Israel
[ 09/11/2009 - 09:11 PM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Yitzhak Shapira, the fanatic Zionist rabbi, has issued a number of
religious edicts in his new book allowing killing of non-Jewish enemies
even if they were children and infants.
Shabira also delineated Jewish laws on how to deal with non-Jews and
when it is allowed to kill them.
His book, “The Torah of the King” grabbed the attention of many
fanatic and extremist Jews, especially the rightist groups among others,
and many copies of it were sold within a short period, according to the
Hebrew Maariv newspaper Monday.
The Rabbi, according to his book, allows the killing of the non-Jews
if any of them poses threat to the security of the Zionist entity or any
one else who helps them against the “state of Israel” if he wasn’t a
The paper furthermore added that the rabbi neither specified the word
“Arab” nor the word “Palestinian” in his book, but he made it clear that
he means everyone who is not a Jew.
Moreover, the Rabbi, according to his own teachings in the book,
allowed killing any non-Jew even if he or she bears the Israeli
nationality in the event he has links with or assists any organization
that, from the Israeli point of view, considered as “threat to the
But what was more disturbing in the rabbi’s book is that he permitted
the killing of children if they attack Jews, and he also allowed the
killing of infants who were members of families posing threat to Jews.
A number of fanatic rabbis had issued a series of religious edicts in
the past allowing the killing the Palestinian civilians during war,
which was exploited by the extremist Jewish groups in justifying their
attacks on the Palestinian civilians.
Israeli Settler Rabbi Authors Guidelines on Killing Gentiles
Published yesterday (updated) 09/11/2009 23:36
Bethlehem - Ma'an -
Jews have the right to kill non-Jews in just about any circumstance,
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the head of a religious school in the illegal
settlement of Yitzhar, near Nablus.
"If we kill a gentile who has
sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments... there is nothing
wrong with the murder," Shapira wrote, according to Hebrew-language
Israeli newspaper Maariv.
In his new book, The King's Torah,
Shapira, who heads the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, justifies the slaying of
"non-Jews who demand the land for themselves," and for, among other
transgressions, "hostile blasphemy."
"Those who, by speech,
weaken our sovereignty" – deserve to die, the book explains. "It is
permissible... even if they are not responsible for the threatening
According to Maariv, the book is a manifesto, "230
pages, no less, on the laws of the killing of gentiles, a guide to
deciding whether and when it is permissible to take the life of
Shapira and his followers began selling the guide at
Saturday's memorial in Jerusalem for Rabbi Meir Kahane, the Israeli
Knesset member who urged the mass expulsion of Palestinians from Israel
and the territories.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz,
Shapira based the majority of his teachings on passages quoted from the
Bible, to which he added his opinions and beliefs. Several prominent
rabbis have recommended the book to their students and followers, the
newspaper reported on Monday.
Shapira's book includes a chapter
entitled, "Intentional Harm to Innocent People." The book explains it is
permissible to kill civilians in other nations if the population "helps
a murderer of Jews... Any case in which the life of the civilian
endangers Israel - it is allowed to kill a gentile."
also applies when the persecutor is threatening to kill indirectly
rather than directly," Shapira ruled. "If the civilian is aiding
fighters it is permissible to kill. Anyone who helps the army and the
wicked in any way strengthens pursuers."
He added, "Citizens [of
the enemy nation] contribute to the war... So any citizen who supports
the war or the fighters or expresses satisfaction with their deeds - the
killing is permitted."
Even babies and children are fair targets,
"if it is clear they will grow up to harm us," the rabbi wrote. "If
hurting an evil leader's children will pressure him to stop acting
maliciously - you can hurt them," the newspaper reported, quoting
However, the book does not mention Palestinians or
Arabs even by implication, Maariv pointed out, explaining that the
author meant to discuss the killing of gentiles as a theoretical concept
rather than in the context of the region's politics. The newspaper noted
that he was "careful not to explicitly encourage private individuals to
take the law into their own hands."
The report also quoted
responses from settlers, including one who explained, "We respect the
rabbis, but they do not represent the settlements nor the outposts."
In any case, the book's publication comes just two weeks after a gag
order was lifted revealing that Israeli police had arrested a West Bank
settler for a string of killings and murder plots, including the slaying
of two Palestinians. An immigrant from the US, Yaakov Teitel allegedly
confessed to shooting to death a shepherd south of Hebron in 1997 and
killing an East Jerusalem taxi driver the same year. Teitel is also
suspected to have carried out a series of bomb attacks, including a
blast that damaged a police car during a gay pride parade.
the March 1997 shooting of Palestinian Issa Jibril, Teitel told
authorities that he had come to the country with the specific aim of
shooting Palestinians in revenge for suicide bombings.
book touched on the topic of revenge, as well.
"To defeat the
wicked one should be vengeful, tit for tat," he wrote. "Revenge is a
necessity... and sometimes doing savage things intended to create a true
balance of terror."
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