Above: File photo of price tag graffiti on an Arab house
3 Yeshiva Students From Radical Chabad Rabbi’s Yeshiva Charged With Anti-Arab Hate Crimes
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Three yeshiva students from the radical Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar were charged today with committing anti-Arab hate crimes in the Galilee village of Jish.
Last month, the three boys – all 16 or 17 years old – went to Jish, which is also known as Gush Halav. They allegedly punctured the tires of 44 vehicles and spray-painted them and at least one home with anti-Arab and pro-nationalist slogans, doing an estimated $32,850 in damage, Ha’aretz reported.
One of the three yeshiva students is also charged with attacking a policeman under aggravated circumstances.
There has been a long string of similar price tag hate crimes committed against Muslims and Christians over the past several years. Churches and mosques have been defaced and set on fire, and hate graffiti like “Jesus is a monkey” and “Mohammed is a pig” has been painted on them and on cars and private homes.
Security officials say the nexus for these attacks is Yitzhar and the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva located there.
Od Yosef Chai was founded by Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg who still serves as the yeshiva’s top rabbi.
Ginsburg is viewed by many radical settlers ass the spiritual heir to the late extremist, Rabbi Meir Kahane.
The two co-heads of Od Yosef Chai, Rabbis Yosef Elitzur and Yitzhak Shapira, are the authors of the notorious racist book Torat HaMelech, which was endorsed by Ginsburg. That book rules that in a time of war Jews should kill Arab babies because those babies will grow up to hate us.
While the American-born Ginsburg holds no official position in Chabad,he is one of the most popular Chabad rabbis in Israel with a large following of ba’al teshuvas and anglos.