Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement, wrote in his book “The King’s Torah” that even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation.
Shapiro based the majority of his teachings on passages quoted from the Bible, to which he adds his opinions and beliefs.
“It is permissable to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” he wrote, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder.” (FROM)
AG reluctant to prosecute ‘King’s Torah’ authors
Attorney General unlikely to indict rabbis who penned controversial book, which claims that in certain situations it is permissible to kill non-Jews
Police launched an investigation into the matter and authors Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur were investigated over suspected incitement to violence and racism.
Other rabbis investigated in connection with the affair included Rabbi Dov Lior, Yitzhak Ginsberg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef who expressed their support for the book.
Over the last two months the State Prosecutor’s Office examined whether there was room to indict the book’s authors, something which could create a major furor within the Zionist-religious community.
The prosecutor’s office was of the opinion that indictment would be problematic as it is hard to prove that the authors intended to act with violence, and in a case like this, intent must be proven.
The decision is within Weinstein’s purview and at the moment it is likely that he will decide not to file indictments.
In addition to the police investigation in the matter, a petition to indict the rabbis was also presented by the Reform movement.