Israel internal security officials believe that almost 100 people have carried out the wave of recent price tag hate crimes against Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, mosques and churches and that most of them are far-right activists from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, hilltop outposts north of Ramallah, and from the south Hebron Hills. And officials say almost every one of them is a student or follower of the notoriously racist Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg and his close disciples.
Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg
Shin Bet, Police: Almost All Price tag Attacks Carried Out By Followers Of Racist Extremist Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel internal security officials believe that almost 100 people have carried out the wave of recent price tag hate crimes against Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, mosques and churches and that most of them are far-right activists from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, hilltop outposts north of Ramallah, and from the south Hebron Hills.
And confirming earlier reports by FailedMessiah.com, Ha'aretz reports that officials say almost every one of them is a student or follower of the notoriously racist Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg and his close disciples.
Ginsburg is the founder and senior dean at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar. His two co-deans wrote the racist book Torat HaMelech, which among other things calls for Israel to murder Arab babies during wartime because they will grow up to hate Jews.
Ginsburg wrote the racist book Barch HaGever in praise of mass murderer Baruch Goldstein, who slaughtered dozens of Arabs as they prayed in the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron 20 years ago.
Chabad's foundational book known as the Tanya, which was written by Chabad's founder Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, says at the end of Chapter 1 that non-Jews do not have pure souls:
…The souls of the nations of the world [e.g.,non-Jews], however, emanate from the other, unclean kelipot [husks] which contain no good whatsoever as is written in Etz Chayim, Portal 49, ch. 3, that all the good that the nations do, is done out of selfish motives. So the Gemara [Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Batra folio page 10b] comments on the verse, “The kindness of the nations is sin” [the biblical Book of Proverbs, 14:34] — that all the charity and kindness done by the nations of the world is only for their self-glorification…
Internal security officials believe Ginsburg is not briefed on the specific details of individual attacks before they are carried out or afterward, but instead serves as an inspiration for the attacks and may have given an overall blanket warrant for them.
While the American-born Ginsburg holds no official position in Chabad, he is one of the most popular Chabad rabbis in Israel among Anglo Chabad followers, ba’al teshuvas and West Bank Settlers.
Price tag attacks are increasingly happening inside Israel proper, as well as on the West Bank. According to Ha’aretz, some of the right-wing extremists who were involved in previous price tag incidents in the West Bank were banned from entering the West Bank by order of the chief of the IDF’s Central Command and have staged attacks inside Israel proper as a result.
On Wednesday, the phrases “Death to Arabs” and “Greetings to Fureidis, Price Tag,” were scrawled on the windows of dental office run by a Druze dentist in the northern city of Yokneam.
On Wednesday night, approximately 250 people, almost all of them teens, protested in the town against the racist vandalism.
Also Wednesday, a 25-year-old resident of Yokneam was arrested for allegedly vandalizing cars belonging to local Arab Israelis. The man is a follower of murdered extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane.
Many of Kahane’s followers and admirers also follow Ginsburg.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri, police, IDF, and Shin Bet (Internal Security) officials met Wednesday night to discuss combating the price tag hate crimes.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said they will ask Israel’s political-security cabinet to classify the groups behind these hate crimes against Arabs as terror organizations and Aharonovich reportedly told Army Radio that he favored using administrative detention for price tag suspects.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said he planned to ask the courts to stiffen the penalties against perpetrators of hate crimes, and pledged that he would personally follow up on price tag cases.
While arrests have occasionally been made in these anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Christian price tag hate crimes, no one has reportedly ever been convicted.
Until the past month, when the US State Department officially criticized Israel’s lackluster handling of these racist hate crimes and Yitzhar settlers and yeshiva students rioted and physically attacked a Border Police outpost, little was done by successive governments under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try stop the attacks.