Above: extreme right-wing Zionist Orthodox settlers dance in celebration of the Douma (Duma) arson-murders
Mostly Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Issue Statement In Support Of Shin Bet And Against Jewish Terrorism
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Dozens of Israeli Zionist Orthodox rabbis issued a statement today in support of Israel’s Internal Security Service commonly known as the Shin Bet or Shabak.
The statement came after weeks of claims by right-wing Zionist Orthodox rabbis and their followers that the Shin Bet had committed the notorious Douma (Duma) arson-murder that killed an 18-month-old sleeping Palestinian baby and his parents in late July and had framed three right-wing Zionist Orthodox teens for the crime.
Those right-wing Zionist Orthodox rabbis also claimed the Shin Bet is sexually abusing the three teens, who are now in Shin Bet control under administrative detention. The right-wing rabbis and their followers also claim the Shin Bet is illegally torturing the teens.
But weeks of these claims did not prompt so-called mainstream Zionist Orthodox rabbis to condemn their rightist colleagues.
Instead, it was only the release Wednesday of a horrific video showing dozens of extreme right-wing teens and adults waving machine guns, knives and a molotov cocktail in the air celebrating the Douma arson-murders as they danced and sang the words to a song celebrating suicide attacks against Palestinians at the wedding of extreme right-wing Kahanist Rabbi Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein.
The Douma arson killed a sleeping 18-month-old Palestinian baby and his parents. A four-year-old child survived the fire but has been hospitalized with burns over much of his body ever since.
The video celebrating that arson-murder horrified most Israelis and the so-called mainstream Zionist Orthodox rabbinic leadership – which had remained silent throughout weeks of attacks on Shin Bet and the government – were forced to issue a statement condemning what was seen on that video or themselves risk being viewed as supporters of terrorism and rebellion. (The Jewish terror group that allegedly committed the Douma arson-murders reportedly wants to overthrow the government and replace it with a fundamentalist theocratic Jewish state.)
"We support the fighters of the Shin Bet and the other security services in their defense of our state and in their effort to uproot all traces of Jewish terror," the rabbis statement said, Ha’aretz reported.
Among the statement’s rabbinic signatories are former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Rontzki, Shlomo Riskin, Benny Lau, David Stav, Yuval Cherlow, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern, and Rafi Feurstein, according to various Israeli media reports.
All but Rontzki are well-known moderates.
No major right-wing Zionist Orthodox rabbis, save Rontzki, appear to signed.
“[We] denounce and reject with scorn all signs of hatred and violence, such as anti-Arab hate crimes (known as 'price tag' activities.) We declare that such acts are in absolute violation of the Torah of Israel and Jewish morality,” the rabbinic statement says, adding that "rabbis and teachers in every institution [must] to continue clarifying the way of the Torah of Israel to students."
In the run-up to the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing Zionist Orthodox college student (from a haredi background), Zionist Orthodox and Chabad rabbis labeled Rabin a rodef (pursuer) who under halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) could be murdered by anyone who sees him in order to stop the danger he purportedly posed to Jews by making peace with Palestinians.
But no matter how outlandish the incitement to violence became, the so-called mainstream Zionist Orthodox rabbis did not condemn it (and in some cases participated in it).
After Rabin was assassinated, the “mainstream” Zionist Orthodox rabbis often took umbrage at claims their silence had contributed to Rabin’s murder.