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Israeli Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Endorses Killing of Non-Jews Document
Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef Expected To Be Arrested For Justifying The
Killing Of Non-Jews
Wednesday June 29, 2011 14:29 by Katie Child - 1 of International
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
After ignoring police summons, Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef faces arrest for a
written endorsement of the Torat Hamelech, which justifies the killing
of non-Jews, including babies, that pose a threat to the nation of
On Monday, the police detained the rabbi briefly for
questioning. Right-wing activists were photographed carrying the rabbi
after his release from the brief detention with the Israeli police.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Ya’akov said, “there is no
reason for investigators to meddle in halachic issues, and besides –
it’s not rabbis who take people out to war, rather the government and
The Torat Hamelech, published November of 2009, is a
230-page commentary written by Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur,
who live an illegal West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.
commentary states the commandment of “Thou shall not kill” only applies
to a Jew killing another Jew. Its preface states that it is forbidden to
kill a non-Jew but later outlines the context in which it is permissible
to kill a non-Jew, according to Haaretz Daily Newspaper.
non-Jew considered an enemy of the state of Israel is justified under
Jewish law to be killed according to the Torat Hamelech. It justifies
the killing of babies that represent one of Israel’s enemies since “it
is clear that they will grow to harm us,” a quotation from the Torat
The book states that non-Jews are “uncompassionate by
nature” and attacking them will “curb their evil inclination.”
Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef is head of the Hazon Ya'akov yeshiva and served as a
member of Knesset for the Shas political party from 1984-1988 and is
still being investigated for his endorsement of the Torat Hamelech.
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