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What You Should Know / August 31, 2010

www.alternet.org -- As soon as it was published late last year,Torat Ha'Melech sparked a national uproar. The controversy began when an Israeli tabloid panned the book's contents as "230 pages on the laws concerning the killing of non-Jews, a kind of guidebook for anyone who ponders the question of if and when it is permissible to take the life of a non-Jew." According to the book's author, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, "Non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and should be killed in order to "curb their evil inclinations." "If we kill a gentile who has has violated one of the seven commandments… there is nothing wrong with the murder," Shapira insisted. Citing Jewish law as his source (or at least a very selective interpretation of it) he declared: "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 January, Shapira was briefly detained by the Israeli police, while two leading rabbis who endorsed the book, Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef, were summoned to interrogations by the Shabak. However, the rabbis refused to appear at the interrogations, essentially thumbing their noses at the state and its laws. And the government did nothing. The episode raised grave questions about the willingness of the Israeli government to confront the ferociously racist swathe of the country's rabbinate. "Something like this has never happened before, even though it seems as if everything possible has already happened," Israeli commentator Yossi Sarid remarked with astonishment. "Two rabbis [were] summoned to a police investigation, and announc[ed] that they will not go. Even settlers are kind enough to turn up."

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  • 1. getaclue  |  August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Wow. The Jewish Mein Kampf

  • 2. franc black  |  August 31st, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Well, I’m a gentile, and the idea of these bearded dudes triggering WWIII is scary.

    Think I’ll start donating to Palestinian causes…those poor bastards are on the front lines…

  • 3. Fischbyne  |  August 31st, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Max Blumenthal is a mensch among mensch. Remember the USS Liberty.

  • 4. Jumppu  |  August 31st, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    During the WW II Finnish troops had two field synagogues in the eastern front for our jewish soldiers. The Finns never fought for Hitler, only against Stalin… but the guilt remains, even without a reason.

    1990s techno music was the last good thing that happened here.

    Europe never recovered from the holocaust.
    Europe is done. But so is US.


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