The Spiritual Source of Israeli War Crimes and Collective
Punishment of the Palestinian People
According to Judaism’s holiest book, the Babylonian Talmud, and many post-Talmudic halachic authorities, no Judaic mercy is to be shown to subject nations
By Michael Hoffman
"If a non-Jew killed another non-Jew, or a non-Jew killed a Jew, the killer is liable for execution; if a Jew killed a non-Jew, he is exempt from punishment.” — Quoted from the Babylonian Talmud: Steinsaltz Edition. Sanhedrin 57A, 107.)
In his book Tanya, a text sacred to Chabad-Lubavitch Judaism, Rabbi Zalman teaches that Gentiles are "waste and refuse." In chapter one of Tanya, Rabbi Zalman imparts the teaching that non-Jewish souls, "emanate from the unclean kelipot which contain no good whatever.” — Quoted from the Lubavitch-authorized edition of Likutei Amarim Tanya by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Lyady, Bi-Lingual Hebrew-English edition [Brooklyn, New York, Kehot Publication Society, 1993].
"The Jew by his source and in his very essence is entirely good. The goy (non-Jew), by his source and in his very essence, is completely evil. This is not simply a matter of religious distinction, but rather of two completely different species ('shnei minim nifradim').” — Quoted from Rabbi Sadya Grama, Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut. (Rabbi Grama is a graduate of Beth Medrash Govoha, a renowned Orthodox yeshiva in Lakewood, New Jersey)
"What he (Rabbi Grama) seems to be saying is that Jews have a 'ruchniyus' (spiritual) dimension that is part of their essential makeup and that renders them inherently distinct and superior.” — Quoted from Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president for government and public affairs of Agudath Israel of America, describing the thesis of Rabbi Grama.
Two Israeli “settler” rabbis, have issued a religious guide for Israeli soldiers in their book Torat Hamelech: Dinei Nefashot Bein Yisrael Le'Amim ("The King's Torah: Laws of Life and Death between Jews and the Nations”). “The prohibition ‘Thou Shalt Not Murder' applies only 'to a Jew who kills a Jew,' write Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Non-Jews are 'uncompassionate by nature' and attacks on them 'curb their evil inclination,' while babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since 'it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”
Many prominent rabbis including Dov Lior, Ya’acov Yosef and Yitzchak Ginsburg have endorsed Shapira and Elitzur’s genocidal Torat Hamelech book, which has been distributed to Israeli leaders and army commanders and sold in Israeli bookshops.
Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg is the founder and senior dean at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar. Ginsburg wrote the book Barch HaGever in praise of Israeli mass murderer Baruch Goldstein, who slaughtered dozens of Arabs as they prayed in the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron. Ginsburg is also the rabbi who decreed that it is acceptable to kill a non-Jew for his liver if a Jew needs a liver transplant.
Don't be hoodwinked: the ideology that fuels Israeli oppression, dispossession and violence against Paletinians is the Israeli state religion of Orthodox Judaism. In the following article you will observe the attitude of contempt toward the Palestinians exhibited by the Israeli army as taught by Talmudic Judaism. Collective punishment of the Palestinian people is the result of this teaching. Palestinians are less than human in the eyes of the Orthodox rabbis of counterfeit "Israel," the Israeli army, and the executives of the American news media.
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