Israel closes allegedly racist book file

2012-05-28 22:07

Jerusalem - Israel's state prosecutor's office said on Monday that it would not file charges against the authors of a book that justifies killing non-Jews under certain circumstances.

The book, The King's Torah has been banned for sale in Israel. Its authors Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Shapira, and two prominent rabbis who allegedly endorsed it, were questioned by police.

A statement from the prosecutor's office said that although it did not agree with the book's position "the attorney general decided that there is insufficient evidence to put the authors on trial for incitement to racism or incitement to violence."

The arrests and questioning of rabbis over the book last year led to violent protests by their supporters and a raging debate about whether the rabbis are above the law and the limits of religious freedom of expression.

The book reportedly says babies and children of Israel's enemies may be killed in certain circumstances since "it is clear that they will grow to harm us".

It also says that non-Jews are "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 has also drawn sharp criticism from many rabbis who say it contradicts the teachings of Judaism.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-28 22:46

    No surprise there.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 23:14

      Depends what you mean by this. If it's with your distorted anti-West, anti-Israel agenda, your perspective is wrong.

      James - 2012-05-28 23:18

      The Isr. Govt subsidize Elitzur $250,000 pa. Freddie Fraser spreading dung again. Protestants do not kill anyone. All the did was retaliate against the Catholics, that was a while ago.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 23:36

      Unfortunately James your posts on this site are extremely one-sided and prejudiced. As a result, there's little real truth in what you say.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 23:12

    Obviously disgusting. Unfortunately these ideas have existed in all the major religions.

      Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-29 04:05

      It's just in the jewish faith...they acted like it did not. How can God's chosen race also be subjected to such an all-human fallacy!

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-05-28 23:26

    Who's the Nazi now?

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-29 06:30

      Arab/Muslim fundamentalists maybe.... who don’t just “write” about killing infidels (Non Muslims) but also put it into practice. Tens of thousands of non Muslims have been killed in the last decade, for the simple reason that they are not Muslim. These 2 crazy Israeli writers wrote this book - but they did so in a democratic country and thus action buy the law is taking place against them. I would love to see action taken against Arab extremists in Arab countries lol… that would be the day… for their hate is sanctioned by their place of worship – and so far no Government is stronger than any place of worship in the Middle East.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-05-28 23:42

    Oh the irony.

  • Dragan - 2012-05-29 00:22

    "the attorney general decided that there is insufficient evidence to put the authors on trial for incitement to racism or incitement to violence." Haha no evidence they wrote a book on it for heavens sake..Reminds me of Malema and shoot the boer also no evidence there just video

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-29 06:39

      If you want to put every book in court than I am sure your holy Koran, with the sections on Jihad would not do too well. The incitement to racism or incitement to violence in your Holy Book would not cut it in any democratic court of law. Tell me please; is it the religion of peace or religion of submission?

      Larry - 2012-05-29 06:48

      The difference Fragan is that Israeli law of freedom of religious expression was applied. While the vast majority of Israeli society disapproved, as do I, it is still a free democracy where anyone may publish their viewpoint, no matter how wrong-headed, so long as it does not incite violence. Islamic countries have this type of writings and message within their koranic texts.

      Dragan - 2012-05-29 17:55

      Firstly I never attacked your religion. It was the Israei govt I made a comment on. For you to attack The Isamic religion so blatantly is akin to hate speech. Dare any one hint a slither of prejudice towards Judaic religion today and they are immediately labeled Anti Semite. In Germany and France there is a law against this and people go to jail for it. But you on the other hand are openly a racist Islamaphobe, evidently Zionist but nothing happens to you. Is this not hypocritical of you? You should also read your holy Talmud before you point fingers?

      Larry - 2012-05-30 12:45

      Who are you replying to?

  • Andre - 2012-05-29 07:27

    The fact is that Israel with a population of more or less 6.5 million are surrounded by several Arab and similar countries with hundreds of millions Muslims who have one singular aim, and that is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. What would you do if you were a Jew?

      Andre - 2012-05-29 08:33

      "A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber freed by Israel in the prisoner swap for soldier Gilad Shalit told cheering schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip the day after her release on Wednesday she hoped they would follow her example." Just to illustrate my argument!

      Paco - 2012-05-29 08:35

      become a muslim,obviously

      Johan - 2012-05-29 08:51

      ...or an atheist. Is is the only way to end these stupid religious wars.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-29 09:53

    Not suprised really. The ancient Hebrews were exceedingly proud of their holocausts having murdered whole nations to the last man and male children, and taking their women as sex slaves.

      Larry - 2012-05-29 11:57

      No different from your African ancesters Fidel, excepting the African timeline for perpetrating holocausts occured up until very recently, while that which you are alluding to occured in ancient and far less civilised times.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-29 12:50

      Again Fidel, your posts would have far greater creditability if you had a balanced, non-racist view. You do not. All you do is undermine the so-called West and Israel, adjust facts and basically lie. You're not believable.

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