BY FAREDD MAHDY*
ISTANBUL (IDN) – A new book, â€˜The Kingâ€™s Torahâ€™, has been published in Israel to invigorate Jewish teachings for future generations. Written by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva religious school in the Yitzhar settlement, occupied West Bank, the book justifies the killing of babies and children if they pose a threat to Israelis.
The 320-page book explains when the killing of “the other” is permissible: wherever the presence of “the other” poses a threat to the life of an Israeli, it says, he can be killed, even if he loves all nations in the world and is not guilty of such a situation.
This permission-to-kill applies to those who not only threaten the life of Israelis in a direct way, but also indirectly.
JUSTIFYING BABIES KILLING
â€œThere is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm usâ€, Rabbi Shapiro writes in his book.
Shapiro based the majority of his teachings on passages quoted from the Bible, to which he adds his opinions and beliefs, as reported by Israeli daily Haaretz on November 10.
“It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” the Rabbi wrote, according to Hareetz.
“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.â€
The daily also reported â€œseveral prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yithak Ginzburg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, have recommended the book to their students and followers”.
The book has gained support also among right and extreme right political groups, which endorsed it and recommended its reading.
‘The King’s Torah’ explains along its pages when can non-Jewish, which it calls the Gentiles, be killed.
Its publication coincides with the 29th anniversary of the assassination of notable Rabbi Meir David Kahane.
Also known by the pen names Benyac and David Sinai and the pseudonym Michael King, Meir David Kahane was an American-Israeli rabbi and ultra-nationalist writer and political figure.
He was an ordained Orthodox rabbi and later served as a member of the Israeli parliament or Knesset.
Kahane was known in the U.S. and Israel for political and religious views that included proposing emergency Jewish mass-immigration to Israel due to the imminent threat of a “second Holocaust” in the United States.
The Rabbi also advocated that Israel’s secular democracy be replaced by a state modelled on Jewish religious law, and promoting the idea of a Greater Israel in which Israel would annex the West Bank and Gaza strip.
In order to keep Arabs, who he stated would never accept Israel as a Jewish state, from demographically destroying Israel, he proposed paying Arabs to leave Israel and those territories voluntarily, and forcibly removing those who would not.
This is exactly what has been taking place since 1948.
Kahane founded both the Jewish Defence League in the U.S. and an Israeli political party Kach (“This is the Way”). In 1984 he became a member of the Knesset when Kach gained one seat in parliamentary elections.
In 1988, the Israeli government banned Kach as “racist”. He was assassinated in a Manhattan hotel in 1990, after concluding a speech warning American Jews to emigrate to Israel before it was “too late”.
Due to previous charges of racism against Jewish religious figures, the ‘The King’s Torah’ does not talk explicitly about Arabs or Palestinians.
The book reproduces quotes by Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli z’tl, President of Kollel Eretz Hemdah in Israel, one of the leaders of National Religious Jewry in Israel and the world.
RELIGIOUS FLAMES BURNING THE MIDDLE EAST
‘The King’s Torah’ adds fuel to the already inflamed environment in the region, triggered by religious fundamentalisms of extremist Islamist and Jewish religious and political leaders.
Mosques, Madrassas (Islamic religious schools), Synagogues and Jewish religious schools, have been stoking the fire of mutual hatred.
Religious extremists from both sides killed two of the most outstanding political figures working for peace in the region: Egyptian president Anwar El Sadat in 1980 by an Islamic fundamentalist, and Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Rabin in 1994 by a Jewish extremist. (IDN-InDepthNews/12.12.2009)
*Fareed Mahdy is special correspondent of IDN-InDepthNews Service
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