HOMICIDAL RABBI FINDS WIDE SUPPORT IN ISRAEL
By Rev. Ted Pike
31 Aug 10
Early this month, intrepid reporter Jonathan Cook told of a powerful
Israeli rabbi, Yitzhak Shapira, under investigation for allegedly inciting
the slaughter of Gentile babies. He advocates doing whatever necessary
to drive out Palestinians.
So far the policy has chiefly involved violent harassment of Palestinians,
with settlers inflicting beatings, attacking homes, throwing stones,
burning fields, killing livestock and poisoning wells.
It is feared, however, that Shapira’s book The King’s
Torah, published last year, is intended to offer ideological
justifications for widening the scope of such attacks to include
killing Palestinians, even children.
…Shapira was released a few hours after his questioning
last Monday, dozens of rabbis, as well as several members of parliament,
rallied to his side, condemning the arrest.
Shlomo Aviner, one of the settlement movement’s leaders, defended
the book’s arguments as a “legitimate stance” and
one that should be taught in Jewish seminaries.
Shapira argues—correctly— that Talmudic “halachic” law
permits killing Gentiles for a wide variety of reasons, including any
time “a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives,” even
if the non-Jew is “not at all guilty for the situation that has
The book sanctions the killing of non-Jewish children and babies: “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.”
The rabbis suggest that harming the children of non-Jewish leaders is
justified if it is likely to bring pressure to bear on them to change
policy. (emphasis mine)
The authors also advocate committing “cruel deeds to create
the proper balance of terror” and treating all members of an “enemy
nation” as targets for retaliation, even if they are not
directly participating in hostile activities.
The chaplain for the IDF forces has said the same: “In war,
when our forces storm the enemies, they are allowed and even enjoined
by the Halakah to kill even good civilians, that is, civilians that
are ostensibly good.” (Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p.
Judaism’s most sacred Scriptures, the Talmud and Zohar, contain
many admonitions to kill Gentiles and Christians. Probably the most
widely referenced by ultra-Orthodox in Israel today is that of the
preeminent Talmudic sage Simeon ben Yohai. In Abodah Zarah 26b, he
cries out, “The best of the Gentiles deserves to be killed.” (Jewish
Encyclopedia, “Gentile,” p. 617) Simeon ben Yohai
is regarded with the highest respect by modern religious Jews, meriting
praise by the Encyclopedia Judaica as one of the giants of
Judaism. In Israel today, during the Festival of Lhe-ba’Omer, “tens
of thousands assemble in Meron, the traditional resting place of R.
Simeon ben Yohai…” to honor him in a week of Kabbalistic
singing and dancing. (“ Israel, State of (Religious Life),” Encylopedia
Judaica, p. 903)
This, I suppose, explains how an Israeli rabbi can write what Shapira
wrote… and be defended.
Brutality Goes Mainstream in Israel
If you are in too much shock, let me restate. A rabbi says it’s
a good idea to kill Gentile babies if Jews think they might someday
be dangerous—or if their deaths can be used as political
leverage. He was then supported by numerous rabbis and members
of the Israeli parliament!
Translate this to America. A white pastor advocates killing black
babies if it looks like they might become criminals or if
their deaths could be used to coerce some kind of action from their
parents and family members. A white pastor says this, and numerous
Congressmen and other pastors support him. Are you finding that a little
difficult to imagine? Me, too. In Israel, it’s not a bad daydream;
A Haaretz opinion piece titled, “Fundamentalism
into the Mainstream,” says Shapira’s ruthless ideas are being mainstreamed. “What
is new is that these are no longer "hilltop rabbis," "wild
weeds" or "fence hoppers" …They and their supporters
are transforming zealous fundamentalism and the shameful "The
King's Torah" into the mainstream…No religious protest
movement stood against the content; no one wrote a text to counter…”
The article says fundamentalist rabbis are responsible for training
(instilling homicidal hatred) in tens of thousands of yeshiva students
who go on to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. Perhaps one of them
was the girl responsible
for posing in front of bound Palestinians and posting
the Abu Ghraib re-runs to Facebook. Ha’aretz reported her
words, “I would gladly kill Arabs—even slaughter them.”
Rabbi Lior, who supports the King’s Torah, was invited
to speak to IDF intelligence soldiers. They were told, “When
there is a conflict between orders based on the ethics code and a halakhic
instruction, of course one must follow halakha (Jewish law).” The Ha’aretz opinion
piece concludes, “It's not incitement that's dangerous, but rather
its transformation into the accepted and central form of discourse.” (emphasis
Time to Look Deeper
Yet what do the words of a bloodthirsty rabbi in Israel mean for suburban
Americans settled comfortably far from Palestine’s dusty violence?
It means plenty. Ha’aretz comments, “The book
says that any Gentile who supports war against Israel can also be killed.” (Will
this include Gentiles who support the Palestinian claim that they were
robbed of their homeland and deserve a return?) A recent Israel-endorsed
poll shows that following Israel’s terrorist attack on the "Free
Gaza" flotilla, 49 percent of Americans disapprove of further
support of Israel. (See, Support
for Israel Sags in US) Yet many of these Americans may not suspect
that the sacred rabbinic scriptures of modern Judaism, the Talmud and
Zohar, undoubtedly motivated these expressions of brutality by IDF
forces on the Mavi Marmara, shooting over 50 and killing nine.
While Christianity and Islam are subject to severe and serious scrutiny,
Judaism and its religious ambitions remain off limits. It is forbidden
to speak of Judaism the way we now commonly speak of Christianity—or
to consider that Israel’s slaughter of Gentiles aboard the Mavi
Marmara and the threat in the rabbi’s words are undoubtedly related
Consider the double standard of what it is acceptable to say about
Christianity: In early, predominantly Calvinist America, Christians
dominated the political arena, holding the vast majority of public
offices and writing their Biblical morality into American laws. They
founded our elite universities, including Harvard, Rutgers and Yale,
as Puritan Bible schools. They criminalized premarital sex, profanity,
public immodesty, homosexuality, and other "sin." Their aim
was to establish a nation of religious freedom yet always informed
by worship of the Christian God. Until the 1960s, America was still
largely ruled by the influence of its Puritan founders; concepts such
as the gender binary, nuclear family, male-female marriage, objective
morality and God’s existence were taken for granted by most Americans.
The previous paragraph is not “anti-Christian.” It is
not “anti-Aryan.” It is history.
The competitive dominance of Jewish Americans has also profoundly
shaped our nation, and is now—in the third century of American
life—clearly outstripping the power of her Christian founders.
Jewish Americans, 1.5% of the population, are now vastly overrepresented
in seats of American power. They form an unstoppable, pro-Israel lobby
in the halls of Washington and hold a large and ever increasing number
of Congressional seats and positions as cabinet members and senior
administration officials. They fill a third of the Supreme Court bench.
American Jews also dominate culture formation in America by maintaining
an impressive majority as owners, producers, and writers in all major
American news and entertainment media. (See, Jews
Confirm Big Media is Jewish) In these sites of mega-influence, liberal Jews have pushed
to legalize, then normalize almost all the sins against which Christians
once stood: “gay” rights, sexual amorality, gender deconstruction,
abortion rights, and a host of theological concepts directly opposed
to Christianity. There is only one religion against which it is now
forbidden to speak, and that is Judaism; that fact alone shows its
The previous paragraph is not “anti-Semitic.” It is history.
Yet it is also incredibly inappropriate for me to write! This paragraph,
if read in public, would make many people angry enough to hit me and
far too angry to ask if any of it is true. And it is all true.
The Jewish Talmud and Kabbalah, created by the same ancient sect
of Pharisees who master-minded Christ’s crucifixion, have influenced
modern Judaism as profoundly as the Bible influenced early American
Christianity. It cannot be denied. In addition, the Jewish rejection
of Christ—the Savior of the world and God incarnate—was
a spiritual decision as powerful as the acceptance of Him
that formed the Christian church. It can’t be honestly denied
that modern Judaism was shaped by opposition to Christianity and its
increasingly insular, hostile and aggressive approach to the “idolatrous” followers
of the “false” Messiah from Nazareth. The bloodthirsty
rabbi recommends action out of a lifetime immersion in the Talmud and
Zohar. Throw me in jail; call me an anti-Semite a thousand times. The
truth is still the truth.
One of the greatest blessings America could receive today would be
that her patriots looked below the surface of Israeli events and delved
into what modern, Talmudic Judaism really teaches. They would
quickly discover its power, ambitions and threat. One of the very best
sources on what Talmudic Judaism teaches is Israel:
Our Duty, Our Dilemma by Rev. Ted Pike, available
It is vital that Americans consider what has been accomplished by
the majority of American liberal Jewish activists, legislators and
judges. A few have blessed America. But the majority has done something
far different. They are making real what the Talmud and Kabbalah exhort:
subverting and overthrowing Christian civilization so their own Judaic
world order, ruled by their false messiah, may someday be established.
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