For those of you not privy to the vicissitudes of daily Israeli politics, you may not have heard of the long-running charade involving Rabbi Dov Lior, one of Israel’s leading extremist settler rabbis. Keep in mind that he, and hundreds more Jewish clerics with the same or similar views, are on the public payroll with salaries paid for by Israeli taxpayers most of whom are secular and revolted by their homicidal political-theological views.
Rabbi Lior wrote a forward endorsing the book, Torat Hamelech, which promotes the murder of Palestinian children on the theory that they’ll all grow up to kill Jews anyway. He was then “asked” to show up for interrogation by the police on charges that he was promoting incitement. Lior angrily refused. This went on for months bouncing back and forth. Only recently has he been forced to appear to answer for his views.
It should also be noted that Nahum Barnea, Israel’s most popular columnist, says Lior played an instrumental role in either directly abetting or inspiring other more flamboyant crimes like the Baruch Goldstein massacre and Rabin assassination. Of course, he’s never been made to answer for any of that since the Israeli settler movement has the government by the cajones.
Today, Yisrael Ha-Yom quotes (Hebrew) Lior as equating himself to Father Abraham, saying “they investigated him too.” He may be referring to Abraham’s father who interrogated him after he destroyed the idols of his uncle. The only difference is that Abraham didn’t advocate killing the children of idol-worshippers or anyone else for that matter. So the self-flattering analogy falls a bit flat.
Among the choicest of his statements in the article is that Israeli democracy (i.e. the democracy that would force a righteous rabbi like him to undergo the effrontery of police interrogation) is the:
“Idol worship of our time. Once there was Baal and Ashtera [Biblical pagan gods worshipped by Israelites and their neighbors], now there is democracy. Instead of being a form of government, it’s become a value in itself. This is fine for people who live a life of licentiousness, because they want no limit on themselves or their appetites.”
Yeah, when the [Torah] revolution comes, he’ll line up all the Jewish democracy advocates and shoot us. On second thought, there’s no provision for shooting as punishment for a capital offense in Torah, so we’d be drawn and quartered or hung or stoned.
Lior also, in the article, calls for Israel to “send the terrorists around us back to their countries of origin. Only then can we have peace here.” So where would he propose sending indigenous Israeli Palestinian citizens? Back to Africa, since if you go back far enough, that’s where we’re all from??
The article quotes a Yair Lior, likely a son or relative, as saying about the Rabbi’s arrest and detention:
Because the authorities kidnapped him, we have to make sure he has a proper security detail of at least two to accompany him against the Bolshevik [i.e. the police and prosecutor] government.
Do NOT make the mistake of believing these homicidal Jewish terrorists and their rabbinic enablers are marginal or aberrant. They and their views are not only at the heart of the settler movement, they’re at the heart of the ruling Likud party and its governing coalition. This is Israel, at least Israel at the present moment. Though it pains me to say so.
Also keep in mind that Dov Lior is welcome in Britain anytime, while Sheikh Raed Salah, who’s never advocated killing anyone, is in a British prison appealing an order banning him from the country. And Dov Lior is likely welcome in the U.S. as well where his supporters probably raise tons of tax-deductible dollars to support his holy works. With Israel now added to the enhanced terror watch list, what’s the likelihood that we’ll ban someone like Lior from our shores? I know, don’t hold your breath.
H/t to Rechavia Berman.
- Rabbi Dov Lior: Moral Munchkin from Oz (richardsilverstein.com)