A well-known right wing rabbi with a notorious racist background has ruled that Israel may carpetbomb Gaza and completely destroy it if it wants to, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians if it so chooses.
Above: Rabbi Dov Lior
IDF Can Indiscriminately Carpet Bomb Gaza To “Exterminate The Enemy,” Senior Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Rules
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A well-known right wing rabbi with a notorious racist background has ruled that Israel may carpetbomb Gaza and completely destroy it if it wants to, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians if it so chooses, Ha’aretz reported.
“Therefore, in a time of war, the attacked nation is permitted to punish the enemy population with whatever measures it deems proper, like blocking supplies or electricity. It may bomb the entire area based on the judgment of the war minister and not wantonly put soldiers at risk…deterrent measures to exterminate the enemy [are also allowed],” Rabbi Dov Lior, the senior West Bank settler rabbi and the rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba adjacent to Hebron, reportedly wrote.
“The defense minister may even order the destruction of Gaza so that the south should no longer suffer, and to prevent harm to members of our people who have long been suffering from the enemies surrounding us,” Lior continued.
Zahava Gal-On, head of the left wing Meretz Party, asked Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to launch a criminal investigation into Lior’s ruling and charge him with racist incitement to murder.
“Rabbi Dov Lior’s racist comments long ago lost the protection of the right to free expression. These remarks follow his racist comments through the years, among them his many comments before the murder of [Yitzhak] Rabin [that in part are thought to have led to Rabin’s assassination by a right wing Orthodox extremist] and [his] support for [mass murderer] Baruch Goldstein,” who gunned down 29 Muslims praying at the Ibrahim mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Purim in 1994 and wounded over 100 others, Gal-On wrote to Weinstein.
Lior also supported the publication of the notoriously racist book Torat HaMelech, written by two top students of extremist Chabad-linked Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, Rabbis Yosef Elitzur and Yitzhak Shapira. Among other things, the book argues that the IDF should intentionally murder Arab babies during times of war – which Ginsburgh interprets broadly to include almost any situation Israel has existed in since its founding. Like Lior, Ginsburgh also praised the mass murderer Goldstein, writing a book and naming it Baruch HaGever (Baruch the Strong) after him.
Lior’s settlement of Kiryat Arba has a small memorial park shrine and monument in memory of Goldstein, whose mass murder was only stopped when he was overwhelmed by Muslims who killed him.