Israel: Top rabbi held over racism

2011-06-27 16:05

Jerusalem - Israeli police detained a leading settler rabbi on Monday in connection with an investigation into his endorsement of a book justifying the killing of non-Jews in some cases, settler officials said.

Several months ago police issued an arrest warrant for Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and the settlements in Hebron on the West Bank, after he failed to present himself for questioning in an incitement probe.

"I have spoken to police and asked them to free him immediately," Malachi Levinger, the head of Kiryat Arba regional council, said. "This is very serious."

Police officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lior, who also heads the Council of Rabbis of Judea and Samaria, Israel's term used for the West Bank, is one of the main spiritual ideologues of the settlement movement.

Right-wing activists called on supporters to gather outside various police headquarters for protests later on Monday, an AFP correspondent said.

Non-Jews 'uncompassionate'

Levinger said police had told him the detention was in connection with the investigation into the book The King's Torah.

A settler rabbi who co-authored the book was arrested last August on suspicion of incitement to violence but freed without charge days later after a court said police had not followed proper procedure.

Written by Yosef Elitzur and another rabbi, the book reportedly says that babies and children of Israel's enemies may be killed since "it is clear that they will grow to harm us".

It also said non-Jews were "uncompassionate by nature" and that attacks on them "curb their evil inclination".

"Anywhere where the influence of gentiles constitutes a threat to the life of Israel, it is permissible to kill them," the rabbis wrote.

The book, published earlier this year, has drawn sharp criticism from numerous rabbis who say it contradicts the teachings of Judaism.

  • eugene smit - 2011-06-27 17:21


  • pierreedge - 2011-06-27 18:11

    typical isreali settlers mentality, he just echoes what they all think

  • james4usa - 2011-06-27 20:49

    See Real Zionist news.

  • Cornix - 2011-06-27 22:33

    "The book, published earlier this year, has drawn sharp criticism from numerous rabbis who say it contradicts the teachings of Judaism." Just a reminder. :)

      ztoefy - 2011-06-28 08:41

      I agree but then it should also mean that ZIONISM also goes against the teachings of the Torah. That's why the Israeli - Palestinian conflict has nothing to do with religion but land!

  • King Solomon - 2011-06-28 08:44

    I doubt if any Muslim cleric has ever been arrested for spewing anti-semitic and anti western hatred.

      ztoefy - 2011-06-28 08:49

      Actually an extremist cleric in London was arrested a couple of please don't make biased statements. All forms of extremes should be stopped. And especially if you publish books on hatred.

      Cornix - 2011-06-28 09:46

      Yes, King Solomon, they get protected and usually get away with it. Why do Islamic countries not arrest their clerics when they make such utterances? Seems to me they can do it freely.

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