UPDATED VERSION OF “THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO KILLING NON-JEWS”

Settler Rabbi publishes “The complete guide to killing non-Jews” — UPDATED

Didi Remez

ORIGINAL POST

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.”


UPDATES

  • 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 Goldberg points 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 Rosenberg blasts 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 Tagtactic — 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.”
Taken from URUKNET

 

26 Comments

  1. podo said,

    November 19, 2009 at 17:39

    Zionism is a plague.

  2. Randall said,

    November 19, 2009 at 17:56

    Well, yes it is Poto, but nowhere in the article is “zionism” expressed.
    This is the racist “religion” that is Talmudic Judaism. _isms suck generally,
    this one is responsible for more death than any other.

  3. ha said,

    November 19, 2009 at 18:42

    wow those people are scums of the earth.

  4. November 19, 2009 at 19:47

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  5. skulz fontaine said,

    November 19, 2009 at 20:53

    “In any situation in which a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be righteous and not guilty for the situation …when a non-Jew assists a murder and causes the death of one in any case a non-Jew’s presence, the non-Jew may be killed…the dispensation applies even when the pursuer is not threatening to kill directly, but only indirectly… even a civilian combat fighter is a pursuer and may be killed. 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.”…Ultra-fundamentalist Od Yosef Hai
    Confusing yes.

  6. Paul said,

    November 19, 2009 at 21:12

    This isn’t Zionism, it is the poisonous well from which Zionism springs.

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  8. jon reid said,

    November 20, 2009 at 04:24

    Mein Kampf in Hebrew! The Holocaust of the world in in jewish hands…and they wonder why real people do not like them.

  9. jon reid said,

    November 20, 2009 at 04:28

    also anyone that breathes the same air as a Jew is a pursuer and should be slaughtered. Also anyone who refuses to give all of their money to israel is a pursuer and should be killed. Anyone who farts with their ass, even by mistake, pointed in the general direction of the murderous Israel should be killed….Oh what the hell just kill anyone non fanatically jewish! Mitzvah!!

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  12. Jeanette said,

    December 29, 2009 at 21:53

    Kharma may not be a belief of people like this, but they are subject to it, just like everyone else. More to the point, we need to look at the larger picture and ask why outrageous nonsense like this even sees the light of day.

  13. geo bro said,

    December 29, 2009 at 22:05

    the hebrew/russian author immanuel velikovski summed up his own people in worlds in collision chapter on origins of word yahuae volcano worshippers go home

  14. jim bartleby said,

    December 30, 2009 at 00:38

    What about when Jews kill Jews or indirectly aid and abet the murder of Chosen Ones anywhere in the world? Should these Jews be killed and if “yes” under what circumstances? Also, is justice in all cases of murdered (or “murdered”) Jews to include the use of extralegal means only or are legal executions following trial and conviction also acceptable methods of disposing of the guilty? And, finally, are holocaust deniers inciting murder by instilling unpopular views into the minds of the masses who then attack and kill Jews for all the shameless harm they have caused others during the many centuries of Jewish exploitation and oppression of believing gentiles of all races and creeds?

  15. Earl Forester said,

    December 30, 2009 at 01:01

    A bounty should be put on the Rabbis’ that wrote and seeks to
    publish the above writing. Is it any wonder that this sect of jews
    is despised and hated the world over. We as gentiles are not allowed
    to state that this sect of jews are the scum of the earth. People do not know that when they vote for a jew they are voting for the demise of this United States. There is not a jew in congress that does not put Israel first over the US.

  16. UpSet said,

    December 30, 2009 at 04:22

    Someone should put this rabbi’s eyes out.

  17. David said,

    December 30, 2009 at 05:02

    As a Hindu/Yogi, I have no such scripture wherein God chooses a favorite race. The war is always between good and evil. Lord Krishna was the charioteer for the good guys VS the bad guys. There was no debate as to who was good or bad. Some western freaks who think that they are the chosen race and that their Rabbis are greater than God, should really question their morality. They are nothing but evil and their Rabbis can pronounce on virgin rape or bestiality…God has nothing to do with that!

  18. Amanymous said,

    December 30, 2009 at 10:44

    When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? It is because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
    ~ J. Krishnamurthi

  19. neil said,

    December 30, 2009 at 14:58

    peace J krishnamurthi ,universal truths are like the flower essence contained within the imagination I would say,the essence of our true nature.this rabbi knows nothing of it he is not at peace and what came out of his writting was dripping with insanity,he only serves as an example of an evil twisted man
    who thinks he can justify the deaths of innocents.

    love all you people who ever you are where ever you come from.
    ..peace..

  20. John said,

    December 30, 2009 at 17:16

    If I understand all these killing rules rightly, everyone commenting on this blog, may be killed and their children and babies may be killed, and anyone who objects to such killing may be killed, as well as their kids and babies, ad infinitum, until I suppose you come to a chosen one, which stops that line of killin’. And does all this killin’ also include pets, so on down the line, until you come to a chosen pet. So confusing! The holy men could simplify it all and just say a Jew can kill any non-Jew, anytime, for any reason. To say that takes 253 pages, Oh Vey!

  21. Cranford said,

    December 30, 2009 at 17:28

    From what I have just read, these people seem to know a more about the works of SATAN than about the love and grace of a living GOD. I sometimes wonder as to just where I will spend eternaty, but I have a feeling it will be in a higher plane of HELL than those who speak such vial opinions as these “so called” religious people do!

  22. Jane said,

    December 30, 2009 at 18:11

    These people ARE now the modern day Nazis. It is quite a turnabout when now these people who profess to be persecuted jews are now killing christians. One must remember that the orthodox zionists believe that they are the true “Messiah & Savior.” Please go to http://www.comeandhear.com and read what Dilling had to say. It is a good read and explains much of what we see, but donot understand pertaining to zionisms true belief systems. Good article by the way!

  23. Doug P. said,

    December 30, 2009 at 19:45

    Stop funding Israel! Get out of Iraq,Afghanistan,and stay out of Yemen!! AIPAC must be demolished!!

  24. Vickie said,

    December 30, 2009 at 20:56

    I guarantee you this will never be covered in the American Lamestream cooperate press.

    They also will never cover the Talmud; the racial superiority in that thing really does have the potential to out do the Nazi’s. I know not all Jews are like this so don’t even start. There are many that are Talmudic Jews and at this point in history I think it deserves a little discussion. May explain how the Jews can justify the literal crimes against humanity they do with the Zionist Murder Machine.

    Many Christians and American’s are unaware of the Talmud’s existence and it’s contents. I am not a theologian; but I know God well enough to know much of what is in there is not at all what he intended when he inspired the Old Testament. They even freakin justify pedophilia – this is not a joke – warning – this is not a joke – tragically this really is no joke they justify baby rape. According to that thing I am Goyim I think it is how it is spelled and I am equated with a beast and basically up for grabs for the Jews. I have some problem with this – it includes my children.

    Instead, they demonize Muslims all day long and harp all day long about Mohammod.

    That Talmud makes Mohammod look like he was just playing. I hate to inform them, it is true.

    I am a Christian I don’t ascribe to either holy text. Still – it is an impartial observation. For what it is worth.

    I’ll just go back to the TV and watch some more of our “esteemed Christian Leaders” harp on all day about Islam, while totally ignoring these people and they really do have destructive power in my government and are really killing innocent people with zero just cause. I have seen them harp on about how the Muslim’s think that Jihad and killing and converting non Muslims will hasten the day of the return of their Imam. They think this is morally reprehensible. Then they turn around and advocate the Zionist Murder Machine killing and stealing those poor Arabs land to establish that immoral Jewish State to hasten the return of Christ. Those hypocrites there is not one shred of difference. If it is immoral for the Muslims then it is wrong for the Jews and yourselves – you hypocrites every last one of you. Oh, they also want the Dome of the Rock gone. What a lovely group of people. The land belonged to the inhabitants – that was the Muslims and you do not get to steal from them. I think thou shall not steal is in the 10 commandments. They are free to call me and I will be happy to explain it to them in great detail. They won’t – long story and a bunch of cowards. Let us leave it at that.

    Just another day on the crazy train we call life.

    I think many of our “esteemed Christian Leaders” had better stop and think long and hard. They are literally complicit in getting people killed; and may eventually sew the seeds of their own destruction.

    Angry and dismayed in Toledo

    PS: I thought Christ came to become a light to all men? Hard to do when you support Jews murdering Muslims. According to correct Christian doctrine an apostate Jew is not “God’s” chosen. I will rip the kingdom from them and give it to a people who will produce it’s fruits. The Great Divorce CS Lewis.
    I am a Christian and this is correct theology. Still – Jesus does not approve of injustice murder and theft for anyone. I know my redeemer much better than that – and in his name no less. They are going to have allot of explaining to do upstairs – I guarantee you that.

    Just a thought – for what it’s worth today.

    Sign me out as disgusted.

  25. December 30, 2009 at 21:12

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  26. Garry Kingma said,

    January 1, 2010 at 16:08

    It is self evident that God grants the gift of earthly life to each of us, though not necessarily equally. Why is that? Why are some people more challenged than others in this life? Could it have to do with evil committed against a fellowman in a past life? God dwells in each of us as consciousness, which does not need a physical body to exist, yet we are bound to this body till death. We would all do well to consider living as compassionately as possible lest our consciousness, in retribution, shall need to endure a most unpleasant next lifetime. For their own sake, may revelation of truth be bestowed upon all people and in particular, leaders of certain religious sects.


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