18 November 2012
The Israeli army should learn from Syria how to “slaughter and crush the enemy” said Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, the son of Israel’s former Chief Rabbi and spiritual leader of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
This report, from the Israeli financial news website Globes, was translated by Dena Shunra:
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef: “The IDF must learn from the Syrians how to slaughter the enemy”
“The army has got to learn from the Syrians how to slaughter and crush the enemy” - that is how Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, “blessed” the IDF [sic] soldiers who may soon find themselves within the Gaza Strip, within the framework of a ground operation which may happen in practice.
According to the report on the Jewish Voice [hakol hayehudi] website, Rabbi Yosef gave a sermon today at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and among other statements blessed the IDF soldiers by saying: “we warmly bless the soldiers and pray that they leave in peace and return in peace.” Immediately thereafter he said that the IDF should learn from the Syrians “how to slaughter and how to crush the enemy.”
According to the report, Rabbi Yosef said similar things in a sermon he gave in Jerusalem last weekend. Yosef was interrogated by the police in the past for alleged incitement, due to his statement of consent and approval for the Torat Hamelech book, which deals in the halacahic laws of war under the Torah.
The Syrian army has been universally condemned for indiscriminate shelling and bombing of Syrian towns and cities resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries and widespread destruction amid the ongoing civil war in that country.
Incitement by Israeli religious leaders is not new. Last June, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu was appointed to an advisory committee for Magen David Adom, Israel’s ICRC affiliate.
Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safad, whose salary is paid by the Israeli government, has a long, well-documented history of extreme racism and has called for violence against Palestinians.
In 2007, for example, Eliyahu called on Israel to “kill a million” Palestinians to stop rocket fire from Gaza. Eliyahu’s late father, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, had previously ruled “that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians.”
Yaakov’s own father, Ovadia Yosef, has also been the inspiration for his son. In 2001, the elder Yosef, known for calling the Palestinians “snakes,” effectively called for their extermination.
“It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable,” the revered cleric said.
Israeli ministers have also used violent rhetoric as the escalating Israeli assault on Gaza has claimed dozens of civilian lives.
Israel’s “minister of home front defense” Avi Dichter called for Israel to “reformat” Gaza – wipe it clean – like a computer hard drive, except using bombs.
Transport minister Israel Katz called for Israel to bomb Gaza so hard that the population would flee into Egypt, and for Israel to cut off water and electricity supplies.
And Eli Yishai, the interior minister and the head of the Shas party said the goal of the current assault “is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.”
- Ovadia Yosef
- Yaakov Yosef
- Shmuel Eliyahu
- Mordechai Eliyahu
- Avi Dichter
- Israel Katz
- war crimes
Other inflammatory comments from Rabbis
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Acadia Yosef, a former chief rabbi of Israel said;
"Goyim [non-Jews] are like donkeys, born only to serve us.
"This summer, Yosef Elitzur and Yitzhak Shapira, who head an influential seminary in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, published The King's Torah, a 230-page guide to how Jews should treat non-Jews.
The two rabbis concluded that Jews were obligated to kill anyone who posed a danger, immediate or potential, to the Jewish people, and implied that all Palestinians were to be considered a threat. On these grounds, the pair justified killing Palestinian civilians and even their babies.
Last month Mr Shapira also backed the use of Palestinians as human shields, a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a practice that Israel's supreme court has outlawed."
Hamas did NOT start this current conflict
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"Ahmed Jaabari, who among other things was indeed a leader of the military wing of Hamas, but in recent years had also been the top negotiator with Israel for, among other things, the prisoner exchange in which the Israeli soldier Ghalit was released, and in return for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. In that context, he had been negotiating through various intermediaries, both within Egypt and within the Israeli peace movement, for a longer-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
As has happened before, when Israeli negotiations were underway with the Palestinians, they have responded to the possibility of serious negotiations by assassinating those who were involved in the negotiations. This happened in 1996 years when another Hamas leader was assassinated in Gaza while he was reading the text of a final proposed peace agreement."
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Permalink Theo Baumann replied on
I do NOT believe Rabbi Eliyahu is his real name. I am sure it is Joseph Goebbels reading his notes in Hebrew !
Permalink Paul besterman replied on
...And the name calling goes on and on and on...The fundamental problem is the lack of trust on both sides. Israelis don't believe that Hamas or the PA recognize their right to exist Hamas,PA and Palestinian people do not seem to believe Israel acknowledges theirs. Unfortunately, with Right-wing extremists on both sides they are all correct. The only solution I can see is an unconditional acceptance of each position without resorting to historical contexts of any kind. There are 2 pages on FaceBook that seem to present this attitude with dignity and respect.: //www.facebook.com/IsraelLovesPa... and //www.facebook.com/pages/Palesti... . I am sorry if this is sounds too simplistic,but i truly believe that it is that simple.