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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sanity prevails: Torat HaMelech authors and approbators will not be indicted

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided to close an investigation into the authors and the approbators of the book Torat HaMelech, which deals with when it is permissible for Jews to kill non-Jews under Jewish law.
The Attorney General’s Office announced on Monday that the authors of the book Torat Hamelech, which says it is permissible in some situations to kill non-Jews according to Jewish law, will not be indicted. Investigations against rabbis who gave their approbation to the book will also be closed.

The book, published in 2009, was written by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. It provides an analysis of the Jewish laws regarding the permissibility or otherwise of killing non-Jews during times of war and peace, and was condemned as racist by many pluralistic groups who claimed it incited violence and racism against Arabs and other minorities in Israel.

The book’s publication in 2009 sparked a huge public outcry, which also saw Israel’s two most respected rabbis, Sephardi Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and leader of the non-Hassidic Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox community Rabbi Shalom Yosef Elyashiv come out in public opposition to the publication of the Torat Hamelech.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said that the investigation was being closed because there is not enough evidence that the book was published with the intention to incite racism. Weinstein wrote that the Torat Hamelech is written in a general manner and does not call for violence.

According to the A-G, works pertaining to rulings on religious law or publications of religious sources should not be dealt with in criminal proceedings in order to preserve freedom of religion.

In addition, Weinstein said that it was hard to assert that the book permits individuals to act, rather than a ruling authority.
I do not own and have not read the book, but I suspect strongly that most of what it does is cite Chapter and Verse from Maimonides' Mishneh Torah.

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At 3:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - in Israel Mein Kampf is freely available in bookstores and libraries.

I think there are works telling people how to build a bomb, assist in suicide and in performing deviant sexual practices available too, in the country.

My point is not that I agree with those things but rather the law should punish illegal actions and not criminalize free speech. Any way, if someone has a racist thought in their heads that may be a commentary on them but its not illegal.

Glad to see Israeli Attorney Weinstein exercise good judgment over the Free Speech Police of Israel's Left, who want to jail every one with whom they disagree.

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"Sanity prevails"?!!!

"there is reason to believe harming CHILDREN, "if there is reason to THINK they will grow up to harm us", IS PERMITTED"; and in such a case, the harm should be directed specifically at them, and not just while harming grown-ups." - Torat Hamelech
Here’s much more there: including permission to kill any gentile which does not follow the Laws of Noah. So, all Christians, pagans and atheists are ipso facto non-Noah-observant, and can be slain at will.


If you are wondering why anti-Semitism continues today ... here's one of the answers...sanity prevails?!


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