Readers of this blog will recall the post I wrote about the good Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira, who wrote a 200-page book arguing, among other things, that it was permissible to kill goyim, including children and even babies, who endangered Jews. Rav Shapira doesn’t explain how a goy baby could endanger a Jew, but if it was a Palestinian baby I’m sure he could think up one. In fact, here is some of the Jewish ethicist’s ramblings on that precise subject:
…It is permissible to kill gentile [read “Palestinian”] babies “because their presence assists murder, and there is reason to harm children if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us … it is permissible to harm the children of a leader in order to stop him from acting evilly … we have seen in the Halakha that even babies of gentiles who do not violate the seven Noahide laws, there is cause to kill them because of the future threat that will be caused if they are raised to be wicked people like their parents.”
This goes way beyond pre-emption. Shapira is advocating killing Palestinian babies who don’t even pose a threat to a Jew and who he can’t possibly know in the future will do so. This is pre-emptive religious war on steroids.
Now, word comes from Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar that the estimable Jewish ethicist, through his yeshiva, actually receives state funding for his efforts at promoting goyicide:
Lior Yavne, who oversees research at the Yesh Din human rights organization, checked and found that in 2006-2007, the Ministry of Education department of Torah institutions transferred over a million shekels [$250,000] to [Shapira’s] Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in Yitzhar.
The Ministry of Social Affairs has allocated over 150,000 shekels to the yeshiva since 2007…And what can they [students] learn with the help of public funding from the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira? According to selected items published last week in the media, the boys can learn that Teitel is not only innocent, but also a real saint.
Their spiritual leader stated in his book, Torat Hamelekh that “a national decision is not necessary in order to permit the shedding of blood of an evil kingdom. Even individuals from the afflicted kingdom can attack them.”
“The commandments in the book do not suffice only with gentiles; you can also find in them approval to attack leftist professors: every citizen in the kingdom opposing us who encourages the [Palestinian] fighters or expresses satisfaction with their actions is considered a pursuer and his killing is permissible,” wrote the rabbi.
This, of course, is a justification for the vigilantism of settler militias which routinely terrorize and even murder Palestinian civilians, as it is a justification for killing fellow Jews. There is Israeli law against precisely this sort of incitement. That it is not enforced against the rabbi-ethicist indicates how hollow Israeli authority is when it comes to tamping down right-wing hatred and violence. Shapira is not only vindicating Jack Teitel’s bombing attack against Prof. Zev Sternhell, he is telling wannabe Judean terrorist to “kill more of ’em.”
We shouldn’t be at all surprised that one of the good rabbis talmidim took upon himself to build his own crude Qasam rocket which he fired at a neighboring Palestinian village. His teacher, Rabbi Shapira, provides a fine moral example for him.
I have not yet done so, but how much would you like to bet that American Jewish settler funders also support Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva in Yitzhar? If so, that means your tax dollars and mine are subsidizing this racist genocidal filth. Not to mention the Israeli state itself which implicitly endorses his murderous hatred by providing a $300,000 state subsidy for his yeshiva. The yeshiva is, by the way, a legally registered UK charity.
I was raised to be a good Jewish boy. I respected rabbis as spiritual and sometimes even holy men. But I have to admit I find it repulsive that there are some Jews who call this man “Rabbi” and defile the title and rabbinic tradition by doing so.
A word about the accompanying Biderman cartoon: Haaretz reported during Operation Cast Lead the religious indoctrination offered by the IDF’s rabbinical corps which justified killing Palestinians. It wasn’t a pretty picture by any means. Earlier today, the IDF acknowledged that a group of soldiers refused to carry out orders to dismantle an illegal outpost. Turns out that an inordinate percentage of IDF officers are now ideologically committed settlers who have imbided the Kool Aid offered to them during the Gaza war. They’re perfectly willing to kill Gazans. But a funny thing happened on the way. They’re no longer willing to follow orders when they affect Jewish settlers.
The image connotes that the IDF rabbis created a golem during Cast Lead, one who was indoctrinated into believing there is no value higher than a Jewish life and that a Palestinian life is markedly inferior. This soldier will eagerly do the right-wing settler rabbis’ bidding.