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L’Autre Monde 19 novembre 2009
Un rabbin sioniste vient de publier un livre donnant aux sionistes la permission d’assassiner des goys (non-juifs), y compris les bébés et les enfants, même s’ils ne représentent pas une menace réelle ou potentielle contre les juifs ou contre l’Etat hébreux.
“Il est permis de tuer des Justes parmi les non-Juifs, même s’ils ne sont pas responsables de la situation menaçante“. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, qui dirige une école pour enfants dans la colonie de Yitzhar en Cisjordanie occupée, a intitulé son livre The King’s Torah. Il le dit clairement : son propos est “pleinement justifiée par la Torah et le Talmud.”
Cette nouvelle déclaration anti-goyim provenant d’une personnalité importante en Israël semble être une réponse à l’arrestation par la police d’un terroriste sioniste qui avait avoué avoir assassiné deux bergers palestiniens en Cisjordanie … Oeil pour oeil …
Shalom, ils disent …
EN SAVOIR PLUS (anglais) : http://www.siasat.com/english/news/kill-enemy-children-jewish-edict
(Merci à Amalek)
TSAHAL SOUS L’INFLUENCE D’EXTREMISTES RELIGIEUX
Sous ce titre et sous la plume de Serge Dumont, on peut lire ce qui suit dans le quotidien Le Temps de Genève, en date du 12 novembre:
« Une «Torah des rois» rédigée par un rabbin explique qu’il est permis de tuer des non-juifs. Le livre a été distribué aux soldats participant à l’opération «Plomb durci» à Gaza.
La Torah des rois. A priori, ce livre de préceptes religieux rédigé par le rabbin Itzhak Shapira n’aurait pas dû intéresser grand monde en Israël. Pourtant, cet ouvrage relié cuir déchaîne la polémique. Et affole le Département «extrémistes juifs» du Shabak (la Sûreté générale de l’Etat hébreu). Car La Torah des rois s’adresse aux centaines d’élèves des «yeshivot» (écoles de talmudiques) de Cisjordanie auxquels elle explique qu’il est permis de tuer les «goyim» (non-juifs) sans remords. Et sans se poser de question. Cette autorisation s’étend aux bébés, aux innocents et même aux amis d’Israël.
Vendu 30 shekels (7 francs suisses), ce livre n’est pas un obscur opuscule diffusé sous le manteau. Il est, au contraire, recommandé comme ouvrage théologique par une série de rabbins des colonies de Cisjordanie qui l’ont inscrit au programme des «yeshivot».
A Ytzhar, l’implantation dont Itzhak Shapira est le ministre officiant, personne ne semble comprendre pourquoi La Torah des rois soulève la polémique en Israël et pourquoi le quotidien Maariv en a fait sa manchette en dénonçant le «droit divin de tuer» que s’arrogent les colons.
Un «ADN juif»
«Le «rav» [rabbin] se contente de résumer ce qui se trouve déjà dans la Bible, estime Daniel W., un étudiant de la «yeshiva». Ce livre confirme notre droit divin à éliminer nos ennemis [ndlr: les Palestiniens]. Il explique que nous pouvons agir seuls sans demander la permission de qui que ce soit.»
Les publications appelant à la violence au nom d’une prétendue «justice divine» se multiplient depuis le démantèlement des implantations de la bande de Gaza (août 2005). Elles confirment le développement d’un fondamentalisme juif dont l’épicentre se situe dans les colonies extrémistes de Cisjordanie. Un courant emmené par une soixantaine de rabbins parmi lesquels Dov Volpe (le ministre officiant de la colonie de Kyriat Arba) et Itzhak Ginsburg, un rabbin persuadé qu’il existerait un «ADN juif» supérieur à celui des «goyim».
Parmi les auteurs les plus prolixes du fondamentalisme juif figure le rabbin Shlomo Aviner dont les préceptes interdisant «de céder le moindre millimètre de notre terre aux non-juifs» ont été distribués aux soldats participant à l’opération «Plomb durci» (l’invasion de la bande de Gaza en janvier 2009). Cette brochure appelait ses lecteurs «à ne montrer aucune pitié» face à l’«ennemi cruel» palestinien et à provoquer le plus de destructions possible.
Certes, l’officier responsable de la distribution du pamphlet a été sanctionné, mais, durant l’été dernier, un nouvel ouvrage a fait son apparition dans les chambrées. Intitulé Des deux côtés de la frontière, ce livre rédigé par un rabbin de Safed avec l’aide d’une organisation ultraorthodoxe américaine prétend en substance que le Vatican financerait le Hezbollah afin de perpétrer un nouvel Holocauste.
A travers leurs «yeshivot», les rabbins fondamentalistes de Cisjordanie forment annuellement des centaines de candidats aux unités d’élite de Tsahal (l’armée) ainsi qu’aux carrières de sous-officiers et d’officiers. Selon les statistiques de l’armée, ils représenteraient 40 à 50% des candidats aux fonctions d’officiers et de sous-officiers alors que les colons constituent moins de 5% de la population israélienne.
«Cours de démocratie»
Le 23 octobre, profitant d’une cérémonie de prestation de serment devant le mur des Lamentations, des anciens de «yeshivot» affectés à l’unité spéciale «Shimshon» (des commandos antiterroristes opérant en Cisjordanie) ont manifesté publiquement leur désapprobation à propos de l’évacuation d’une colonie de Cisjordanie. Une première dans l’histoire de l’Etat hébreu. Certes la hiérarchie a sanctionné les quelques soldats qui avaient brandi le slogan «Homesh ne sera pas évacuée», mais le rabbin Dov Volpe et ses semblables leur ont accordé un prix «pour avoir donné un cours magistral de démocratie et de civisme».
Intéressant, non ? Apparemment, pour trouver de bons journalistes, il faut admettre que c’est plutôt en dehors de l’UE qu’il faut chercher …
A propos de bons journalistes, juste un mot pour indiquer que Donald Boström, le fameux journaliste suédois du « trafic d’organes sur les Palestiniens », a eu une révélation qui l’a conduit à une grande repentance. Cela s’est passé durant son voyage en Israël, là, tout récemment. Il paraît que « sa visite en Israël et les dialogues auxquels il a participé l’ont incité à repenser la version de son article. Invité à participer à la conférence des médias dans la ville de Dimona, Boström s’est livré à de nombreuses interviews et a pu entendre une série de critiques sur son article. Il s’est rapidement avéré qu’il s’était appuyé sur des témoignages de familles palestiniennes endeuillées ».
Voilà, tout s’explique. D’où l’intérêt des voyages.
Un qui ne s’est hélas pas rétracté, c’est Goldstone. Il a fait la sourde oreille au grand air de la séduction joué par l’ADL et du coup, il se fait traiter par Shimon Peres en visite au Brésil, de « petit bonhomme dénué de tout véritable sens de la justice, de technocrate qui ne comprend rien à la jurisprudence, mais qui n’a qu’une idée en tête : nuire à Israël ». Peres a même ajouté « Si quelqu’un doit faire l’objet d’une enquête, c’est bien lui ». Rappelons que le Brésil de Lula a voté en faveur des conclusions du rapport, à la grande colère d’Israël qui considère ce fait comme « une grave erreur ». Erreur aggravée par la prochaine visite du président iranien attendu à la fin du mois au Brésil.
Rabbi – Troops Do God’s Work – Show Mercy & Be Damned
Guess who is funding the rabbi who endorses killing gentile babies?
Some say that unlike Hamas, our government doesn’t pay the salaries of rabbis who advocate baby killing.
Who is funding rabbi who endorses killing gentile babies?
By Akiva Eldar | Haaretz (Israeli newspaper) | Nov. 17, 2009
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira
Top rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles
…even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation. … »It is permissable to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation, » he wrote,
… Several prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, have recommended the book to their students and followers.
(…) »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 situation. »
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 non-Jews. »
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.
Kill Enemy Children: Jewish Edict
The controversial edict is backed by numerous rabbis affiliated with the so-called national-religious camp as well as the Talmudic seminary in West Jerusalem, known as Merkaz Ha’rav.
Among the rabbis who have publicly supported the edict are Yitzhak Ginsburg and Ya’akov Yosef.
Ginsburg had written a leaflet glorifying murderer Goldstein and called him a « saintly figure. »
Shapiro’s views on how Palestinians and non-Jews in general ought to be treated according to Jewish religious law (halacha) are widely looked at as representing the mainstream not the exception in Israel.
During the Israeli onslaught against Gaza earlier this year, Mordecahi Elyahu, one of the leading rabbinic figures in Israel, urged the army not to refrain from killing enemy children in order to save the lives of Israeli soldiers.
He had even petitioned the Israeli government to carry out a series of carpet bombing of Palestinian population centers in Gaza.
« If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after we kill a thousand, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop, we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to stop them. »
According to Israel Shahak, author of « Jewish History, Jewish Religion: the Weight of Three Thousand years, » the term « human beings » in Jewish law refers solely to Jews.
Many Jewish orthodox rabbis, especially within the national-religious sector, view international conventions incriminating the deliberate killing of civilians and destruction of civilian homes and property as representing « Christian morals » not binding on Jews.
In 2006, the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Settlements in the West Bank urged the army « to ignore Christian morals and exterminate the enemy in the north (Lebanon) and the south (Gaza Strip).
Such manifestly racist and hateful edicts don’t raise many eyebrows in Israel, neither among the intelligentsia nor in the society at large.
mar., 19 nov. 2013 00:28 CST
Un rabbin de Cisjordanie a publié il y a deux semaines un livre dans lequel il autorise les Juifs à tuer les « Gentils » qui « menacent » Israël.
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, qui dirige une yeshiva (centre d’étude talmudique), précise dans son ouvrage La Torah du roi, que même les bébés et les enfants peuvent être tués s’ils représentent une menace pour la nation…
« Il est permis de tuer les Justes parmi les Nations, même si ils ne sont pas responsables de la situation menaçante », écrit-il aussi, ajoutant : « Si nous tuons un païen qui a péché ou a violé l’un des sept commandements – parce que nous nous soucions des commandements – il n’y a rien de mal à l’assassiner ».
Plusieurs rabbins éminents, dont le rabbin Yithak Ginzburg et le rabbin Yaakov Yosef, ont recommandé le livre à leurs élèves et disciples.Il faut dire que lorsque l’on connait le Talmud, ces thèses ne sont guère étonnantes…
Source : Haaretz
West Bank rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel
Book by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro of Yitzhar permits even the murder of babies and children who pose threat.
By Haaretz Service | Nov. 9, 2009 | 9:36 AM
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.
The Media Line
Israeli Rabbi’s Guide to Killing Causes Firestorm
Written by Benjamin Joffe-Walt
Published Tuesday, November 10, 2009
An Israeli Rabbi living in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank has caused a firestorm in both Israeli and Palestinian media with a new book outlining a series of Jewish theological arguments for killing those who threaten Israel or demand Israeli land.
The 230-page book, « The King’s Torah » was released over the weekend by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and gives theological backing to Jews killing those perceived to be violating Jewish commandments or threatening the Jewish nation. A theological treatise based on Rabbi Shapira’s interpretation of passages from the Jewish bible, « The King’s Torah » is an extensive guide to when it is permissible for Jews to kill non-Jews.
Rabbi Shapiro’s book argues that Jewish law allows the killing of « non-Jews who demand the land for themselves », those from a nation which « helps a murderer of Jews, » those spreading « hostile blasphemy » and « those who, by speech, weaken our sovereignty. »
« Any case in which the life of the civilian endangers Israel, » the book states, « it is allowed to kill a gentile. »
« The permit also applies when the persecutor is threatening to kill indirectly rather than directly, » Rabbi Shapiro’s book reads. « If the civilian is aiding fighters it is permissible to kill… Any citizen who supports the war or the fighters or expresses satisfaction with their deeds – the killing is permitted. »
Rabbi Shapira’s book argues that revenge is a necessity under Jewish law.
« To defeat the wicked one should be vengeful, tit for tat, » the book reads. « Revenge is a necessity… and sometimes doing savage things intended to create a true balance of terror. »
The book further states that Jews are permitted to kill children « If it is clear they will grow up to harm us. »
« If hurting an evil leader’s children will pressure him to stop acting maliciously, » Rabbi Shapira wrote, « you can hurt them. »
The book discusses the laws regarding such killings in theological terms, never specifically mentioning Palestinians, Arabs or Israeli soldiers sent to remove Jewish settlements. Its release comes weeks after the arrest of Yaakov Teitel, a Jewish Israeli settler of American origin who is understood to have admitted to killing Palestinians and attacking progressive and messianic Jews.
Rabbi Shapira is head of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva, a religious school for Jewish boys based in the Yitzhar Jewish settlement a few miles southwest of the Palestinian city of Nablus. Rabbi Shapira’s followers adhere to a radical form of Jewish religious nationalism and call for a Torah-based theocracy to replace the State of Israel, which they see as having abandoned core Jewish principals.
The school is best known for its former leader, American-born Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, seen as the spiritual heir to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, the American-Israeli founder of the extreme-right political party Kach, classified by both Israel and the U.S. as a terrorist organization. Rabbi Ginzburg was imprisoned for an article praising Baruch Goldstein, an American-born Israeli physician who killed dozens of Muslim worshipers in Hebron and injured 150 others in 1994.
Both Rabbi Ginzburg and Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef, another prominent leader of the radical Jewish religious nationalist movement, have recommended Rabbi Shapira’s new book, which was first released over the weekend at a Jerusalem memorial for Rabbi Kahane.
Rabbi Hank Skirball, the chairperson of Hiddush, an Israeli organization dedicated to religious freedom and equality, said Rabbi Shapira’s book represented only the far right fringe of religious Jews.
« It’s a perversion of Jewish law and I don’t think it’s taken seriously by most, » he told The Media Line. « It’s giving people tremendous latitude to kill people they disagree with and opens itself up to violation of much more important prohibitions in Jewish law. »
« In Israel we did not kill the murderer of Prime Minister Yitshak Rabin and we didn’t kill any of the people who created sedition at the time, » he said. « We have freedom of speech and its very difficult to know what is dangerous and what is not. Jewish law does not provide for us to go out and kill someone for what he’s saying. You are only allowed to kill someone if it is very obvious that he’s about to kill you and you have no other way to save your life other than by killing him. »
Rabbi David Hartman, founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a philosopher of contemporary Judaism, said that the rabbis of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva were not taking into account the consequences of their teachings.
« Has the Jewish tradition ever created a distinction based on race, gender, etc? Of course, there is no doubt that there are serious Jewish sources that do not look at the non-Jew with full equality, » he told The Media Line. « But they have lots of sources they could use, and which sources you choose to read and don’t read is important. »
« One of the interesting things about Jewish law is that perception is a part of the criteria, » Rabbi Hartman said. « Jewish theologians aren’t pure academics nor are they spokesmen, so they are not writing in a vacuum. The most serious Jewish theological figures are very careful about the implications or consequences of their writings. »
Rabbi Hartman argued that while such books touched a cultural chord, they were mostly ignored in the mainstream Jewish theological community.
« I make a distinction between a cultural fringe and what is fringe in terms of Jewish theological thought, » he told The Media Line. « On the one hand, this is not fringe, and you have mainstream kids talking this talk. But in terms of Jewish law, there is no significant Jewish theological movement to permit the blood of non-Jews. If you’re looking at the major thinkers, nobody is talking with that language, whether they are ultra-orthodox, Sephardic or Ashkenazi, and these kinds of things are ignored. »
« The problem is that if you ignore something it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any influence over students, » Rabbi Hartman said. « Beware of that which you ignore, what is a cultural phenomenon today may become acceptable to major Jewish thinkers tomorrow. »
« For example, when it comes to Israel, our return to power and the desire to strengthen the claim to the land has created a push for a new Jewish theological creativity and a cultural phenomenon in which certain Jewish theological positions are given more significance than what the major Jewish theological authorities would allow. »
« Forty years ago there were no major Jewish theological figures who said the land of Israel was more significant than Pikuach Nefesh, the concept of the saving of a life, » he said, in reference to Jewish theological debates over exchanging land captured by Israel for peace. « Today in the religious Zionist community there are major theological figures for whom this is now a self evident truth. »
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- November 12 2009 – Glenn Greenwald has a good comparative analysis of Muslim, Christian and Jewish fundamentalist terror and Jim Sleeper blasts critics of the Ft. Hood massacre who choose to ignore Jewish fundamentalist terror.
- November 13, 2009 – JJ Goldbergpoints out that you can’t tell all Rabbis by the company they keep, Richard Silverstein sees the connection between this publication and the Jewish terrorist Jack Teitel and MJ Rosenbergblasts Krauthammer for selectively attaching religion to terrorism.
- November 14, 2009 – Ori Nir provides a useful catalog of Jewish terrorist activity 1978. I would argue that the he should have included the many incidents over the past few years, some of which have resulted in loss of life, that settlers have used the “Price Tag” tactic — violent attacks on Palestinians aimed at to deterring the IDF. This is is terrorism in the narrow definition of the term.
- November 15, 2009 – Brig. Gen. Avichai Rontzki, IDF Chief Rabbi and a resident of the West Bank settlement of Itamar told settler soldiers last Thursday that ‘troops who show mercy to enemy will be damned.’ Lara Friedman provides a comprehensive backgrounder on Ronztki and his fundamentalist influence on the IDF. Richard Silverstein draws parallels in religious motivation between recently apprehended settler terrorist Jack Teitel and Nidal Malik Hasan, the instigator of the Ft. Hood massacre.
- November 16, 2009 – Avrum Burg on how this kind of Judaism inspires murder: “”Just go to a synagogue on Sabbath eve. Go in and pick up the weekly Parasha [Torah portion] commentary pages, read them and you will see that Teitel is not alone. Teitel is just one of an entire plantation of bad weed. Some of those pages are actually financed by the state, through the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The racist lore, as taught by the rabbis of Hebron and Bet El, is everywhere. In the end, someone gets up and does the deed. We tend to ignore this, but horrible things happen there. It is in the air. I know those people. Some of them are my relatives. They do terrible things and we fail to notice.”
- November 19, 2009 — Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar, based on Yesh Din data, reveals that the Rabbi’s Yeshiva is funded by the Israeli government.
The ultra-fundamentalist Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar is infamous for its involvement in settler violence against Palestinians. Memorably, one of the students fired a homemade “Kassam” rocket at the neighboring village of Burin in June 2008. This morning, Maariv reports that the Yeshiva’s dean has just published on the proscribed dos and don’ts (mainly the former) regarding the killing of gentiles. Here are some choice excerpts.
“In any situation in which a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be killed even if he is a righteous Gentile and not at all guilty for the situation that has been created…When a non-Jew assists a murderer of Jews and causes the death of one, he may be killed, and in any case where a non-Jew’s presence causes danger to Jews, the non-Jew may be killed…The [Din Rodef] dispensation applies even when the pursuer is not threatening to kill directly, but only indirectly…Even a civilian who assists combat fighters is considered a pursuer and may be killed. Anyone who assists the army of the wicked in any way is strengthening murderers and is considered a pursuer. A civilian who encourages the war gives the king and his soldiers the strength to continue. Therefore, any citizen of the state that opposes us who encourages the combat soldiers or expresses satisfaction over their actions is considered a pursuer and may be killed. Also, anyone who weakens our own state by word or similar action is considered a pursuer…Hindrances—babies are found many times in this situation. They block the way to rescue by their presence and do so completely by force. Nevertheless, they may be killed because their presence aids murder. There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”…In a chapter entitled “Deliberate harm to innocents,” the book explains that war is directled mainly against the pursuers, but those who belong to the enemy nation are also considered the enemy because they are assisting murderers.
A full translation of the Maariv article can be read after the jump.
The complete guide to killing non-Jews
Roi Sharon, Maariv, November 9 2009 [page 2 with front page teaser]
When is it permissible to kill non-Jews? The book Torat ha-Melekh [The King’s Teaching], which was just published, was written by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the dean of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the community of Yitzhar near Nablus, together with another rabbi from the yeshiva, Yossi Elitzur. The book contains no fewer than 230 pages on the laws concerning the killing of non-Jews, a kind of guide for anyone who ponders the question of if and when it is permissible to take the life of a non-Jew.
Although the book is not being distributed by the leading book companies, it has already received warm recommendations from right-wing elements, including recommendations from important rabbis such as Yitzhak Ginsburg, Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef, that were printed at the beginning of the book. The book is being distributed via the Internet and through the yeshiva, and at this stage the introductory price is NIS 30 per copy. At the memorial ceremony that was held over the weekend in Jerusalem for Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was killed nineteen years ago, copies of the book were sold.
Throughout the book, the authors deal with in-depth theoretical questions in Jewish religious law regarding the killing of non-Jews. The words “Arabs” and “Palestinians” are not mentioned even indirectly, and the authors are careful to avoid making explicit statements in favor of an individual taking the law into his own hands. The book includes hundreds of sources from the Bible and religious law. The book includes quotes from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, one of the fathers of religious Zionism, and from Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli, one of the deans of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, the stronghold of national-religious Zionism that is located in Jerusalem.
The book opens with a prohibition against killing non-Jews and justifies it, among other things, on the grounds of preventing hostility and any desecration of God’s name. But very quickly, the authors move from prohibition to permission, to the various dispensations for harming non-Jews, with the central reason being their obligation to uphold the seven Noahide laws, which every human being on earth must follow. Among these commandments are prohibitions on theft, bloodshed and idolatry. [The seven Noahide laws prohibit idolatry, murder, theft, illicit sexual relations, blasphemy and eating the flesh of a live animal, and require societies to institute just laws and law courts]
“When we approach a non-Jew who has violated the seven Noahide laws and kill him out of concern for upholding these seven laws, no prohibition has been violated,” states the book, which emphasizes that killing is forbidden unless it is done in obedience to a court ruling. But later on, the authors limit the prohibition, noting that it applies only to a “proper system that deals with non-Jews who violate the seven Noahide commandments.”
The book includes another conclusion that explains when a non-Jew may be killed even if he is not an enemy of the Jews. “In any situation in which a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be killed even if he is a righteous Gentile and not at all guilty for the situation that has been created,” the authors state. “When a non-Jew assists a murderer of Jews and causes the death of one, he may be killed, and in any case where a non-Jew’s presence causes danger to Jews, the non-Jew may be killed.”
One of the dispensations for killing non-Jews, according to religious law, applies in a case of din rodef [the law of the “pursuer,” according to which one who is pursuing another with murderous intent may be killed extrajudicially] even when the pursuer is a civilian. “The dispensation applies even when the pursuer is not threatening to kill directly, but only indirectly,” the book states. “Even a civilian who assists combat fighters is considered a pursuer and may be killed. Anyone who assists the army of the wicked in any way is strengthening murderers and is considered a pursuer. A civilian who encourages the war gives the king and his soldiers the strength to continue. Therefore, any citizen of the state that opposes us who encourages the combat soldiers or expresses satisfaction over their actions is considered a pursuer and may be killed. Also, anyone who weakens our own state by word or similar action is considered a pursuer.”
Rabbis Shapira and Elitzur determine that children may also be harmed because they are “hindrances.” The rabbis write as follows: “Hindrances—babies are found many times in this situation. They block the way to rescue by their presence and do so completely by force. Nevertheless, they may be killed because their presence aids murder. There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”
In addition, the children of the leader may be harmed in order to apply pressure to him. If attacking the children of a wicked ruler will influence him not to behave wickedly, they may be harmed. “It is better to kill the pursuers than to kill others,” the authors state.
In a chapter entitled “Deliberate harm to innocents,” the book explains that war is directly mainly against the pursuers, but those who belong to the enemy nation are also considered the enemy because they are assisting murderers.
Retaliation also has a place and purpose in this book by Rabbis Shapira and Elitzur. “In order to defeat the enemy, we must behave toward them in a spirit of retaliation and measure for measure,” they state. “Retaliation is absolutely necessary in order to render such wickedness not worthwhile. Therefore, sometimes we do cruel deeds in order to create the proper balance of terror.”
In one of the footnotes, the two rabbis write in such a way that appears to permit individuals to act on their own, outside of any decision by the government or the army.
“A decision by the nation is not necessary to permit shedding the blood of the evil kingdom,” the rabbis write. “Even individuals from the nation being attacked may harm them.”
Unlike books of religious law that are published by yeshivas, this time the rabbis added a chapter containing the book’s conclusions. Each of the six chapters is summarized into main points of several lines, which state, among other things: “In religious law, we have found that non-Jews are generally suspected of shedding Jewish blood, and in war, this suspicion becomes a great deal stronger. One must consider killing even babies, who have not violated the seven Noahide laws, because of the future danger that will be caused if they are allowed to grow up to be as wicked as their parents.”
Even though the authors are careful, as stated, to use the term “non-Jews,” there are certainly those who could interpret the nationality of the “non-Jews” who are liable to endanger the Jewish people. This is strengthened by the leaflet “The Jewish Voice,” which is published on the Internet from Yitzhar, which comments on the book: “It is superfluous to note that nowhere in the book is it written that the statements are directly only to the ancient non-Jews.” The leaflet’s editors did not omit a stinging remark directed at the GSS, who will certainly take the trouble to get themselves a copy. “The editors suggest to the GSS that they award the prize for Israel’s security to the authors,” the leaflet states, “who gave the detectives the option of reading the summarized conclusions without any need for in-depth study of the entire book.”
One student of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in Yitzhar explained, from his point of view, where Rabbis Shapira and Elitzur got the courage to speak so freely on a subject such as the killing of non-Jews. “The rabbis aren’t afraid of prosecution because in that case, Maimonides [Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, 1135–1204] and Nahmanides [Rabbi Moses ben Nahman, 1194–1270] would have to stand trial too, and anyway, this is research on religious law,” the yeshiva student said. “In a Jewish state, nobody sits in jail for studying Torah.”
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