Moment Magazine has done us a service by exposing the true face of Jewish terror. And it is a the face of a Chabad rabbi. To the question: “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors,” Rabbi Manis Friedman of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies, St. Paul, MN. responds:
I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral.
The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).
The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally bring peace to the Middle East. First, the Arabs will stop using children as shields. Second, they will stop taking hostages knowing that we will not be intimidated. Third, with their holy sites destroyed, they will stop believing that G-d is on their side. Result: no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war.
Zero tolerance for stone throwing, for rockets, for kidnapping will mean that the state has achieved sovereignty. Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disastrous morality of human invention.
Is it possible that there can be pure evil in Judaism? It grieves me to say that yes, there can be. At least in one sect of Judaism, which harbors and encourages such genocidal impulses and lunatic leaders.
What Rabbi Friedman is talking about is the Biblical injunction to wipe out Amalek, the tribe that betrayed the Children of Israel and attacked them as they left Egypt. The only problem with Friedman’s claim that this is the “Jewish way” is that he has twisted the Biblical record. Wiping out Amalek was not the “Jewish way.” It was actually a command hardly, if ever, issued concerning any other Israelite neighbor. In the Bible, Jews did not routinely wipe out entire tribes merely because they were hostile to Israel.
But leaving all this aside, even as we acknowledge a horrifying genocidal legacy from the Bible, this is an act that happened several thousand years ago. There is absolutely no valid contemporary claim that Jews should engage in similar slaughter against any enemy including the Arabs. The fact that a Chabad rabbi attempts to bamboozle fellow Jews into believing they have not only a right, but a duty to slaughter Arabs today is shameful. This is a rabbi who should be put in herem by the entire Jewish community including his own sect. The fact that he is a respected Chabad rabbi in a major U.S. city speaks volumes about what this movement is: an ardent supporter of the most extreme elements of the settler movement. The next time you read of a settler pogrom on the West Bank, you have spiritual leaders like Friedman and Rabbi Dov Wolpe to thank.
And hey, if you’re a member of Club Kosher, you can join the holy rabbi at the Omni National Golf Resort and Spa in Arizona to hear him lecture on these and other uplifting subjects. And do please send him drishat shalom from me, one of his admirers.
I mean get real, get a load of this guy’s bio:
He has appeared on CNN, A&E Reviews, PBS, and BBC Worldwide, and has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher’s Weekly and others.
Rabbi Friedman is a noted Biblical scholar, recognized for his sagacious grasp of Jewish mysticism.
…Rabbi Friedman is a professionally ranked member of the National Speakers Association. His speaking tours take him to every part of this country as well as Israel, England, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Canada, and Hong Kong.
I’m not surprised that he’s a hit among Chabad crowds in these places, but what excuse do these major media outlets have in giving this man a bully pulpit from which to spout his hate? And even if he spoke about other theological issues than Jewish-Arab relations, how can you justify putting him on the air to talk about anything after finding out his views about Arabs?
We already have Rabbis for Human Rights. Why not Rabbis for Genocide?
And I do SO enjoy my right wing readers who take me to task when I write posts like this claiming that I’m engaging in lashon hara in excoriating Jewish scum like this. I can’t wait for the first comment to make that claim here. To that person, whoever you may be, perhaps you’ll explain how exposing and condemning a Jewish advocate of genocide is lashon hara.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.