Israeli rabbis defend guidebook for killing non-Jews

Israeli-rabbis-blogSome of Israel’s top fundamentalist rabbis gathered on August 18 to defend a guidebook written by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira on the killing of non-Jews.

The book Torat Ha’Melech or the King’s Torah was published last year. As Max Blumenthal writes in AlterNet, there are passages that say non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and should be killed in order to “curb their evil inclinations.”

“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,” wrote Shapira in the book.

According to Blumenthal, at their meeting earlier this month, the rabbis “declared in the name of the Holy Torah that [they] would not submit to any attempt by the government to regulate their political activities — even and especially if those activities included inciting terrorist attacks against non-Jews. As one wizened rabbi after another rose up to inveigh against the government’s investigation of Torat Ha’Melech until his voice grew hoarse, the gathering degenerated into calls for murdering not just non-Jews, but secular Jews as well.”

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