Saturday, June 21, 2014

Talmudic contempt for Palestinians results in collective punishment

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.

Hoffman is the author of Judaism’s Strange Gods; and Judaism Discovered. He is a former reporter for the New York bureau of the Associated Press. Hoffman’s writing is funded by donations and the sale of his publications and speeches.

Wall Street Journal reports that 250,000 Palestinians “will suffer” for the kidnapping of three Talmudic youths:

Hebron Bears the Brunt of Israeli Manhunt
Dozens of Palestinians Detained in Nighttime Raids by Soldiers Searching for 3 Teenagers Who Disappeared a Week Ago

By Nicholas Casey • The Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2014 • Page A8

HEBRON, West Bank—Israeli soldiers came after dark to the house of Akram Qawasmi, a 50-year-old Palestinian construction worker who lives in the hills overlooking this city. He says they used explosives to knock down his door, blindfolded him and his family and took one of his sons away.

The nighttime raid was just one of many conducted on homes and businesses in and around Hebron since three Israeli teenagers disappeared last week while hitchhiking nearby.

Dozens of Palestinians have been detained in a crackdown that has raised fears that the city, long a tinderbox in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, could reignite. On Friday, clashes erupted between Palestinian youths throwing rocks and the Israeli military, resulting in the killing of a teenage boy by soldiers in the Hebron village of Dura.

Over the past week, Palestinian security forces have mostly withdrawn from the streets they guarded for years, giving way to convoys of the Israeli Defense Forces as they pass. No Hebron resident under the age of 50 is allowed to leave the region.

"If the escalation on the Israeli side is going to continue, my fear is this could have reactions from the Palestinian people and this is in no one's favor," said Dauod Zatari, Hebron's mayor. (This is one objective of the collective punishment of Hebron’s Palestinian population, to incite a violent response from the Palestinians which the American media would then exploit to reinforce the Palestinians-are-terrorists image, while omitting the context — Palestinian armed resistance being reprisal for Israeli collective punishment — Hoffman). 

A senior IDF commander said in an interview that the military believes measures aimed at the civilian population can be useful in rooting out Hamas, the Islamist group the military says was behind the June 13 disappearance of the teenagers. Hamas is based in Hebron.

"There is a dilemma of how much pressure to put on the terrorists themselves and how much to put on the population," the commander said.

"I think the Palestinians understand the situation: Someone did something outside the rules of the game." He added: "If there is kidnapping in Hebron, then they will suffer.”

Tradition holds Abraham was buried in Hebron in a holy site claimed by both Muslims and Jews. Following the Six-Day War, an early Jewish settlement was built and now 700 settlers live among 250,000 Palestinians.

That has created a city ripe for clashes, what many see as a microcosm for the overall conflict. Massacres here include a 1929 pogrom of Jews and the 1994 mass shooting by settler Baruch Goldstein, who killed 39 Muslims and injured 100 more at the Tomb of Abraham.

More recently, Palestinian snipers have gunned down Israeli soldiers and banners on the Jewish side bear slogans against Palestinian aspirations for a state.

"Every child learns the name 'Hebron' here, it's the cradle of history and religion," says Noam Arnon, a council member in the Jewish settlement. That means extremists on both sides "come to use this place as a stage.”

Hisham Sharabati, a researcher at Al-Haq, a Ramallah-based human-rights group that documents alleged abuses by both Israelis and Palestinians, said a crackdown this broad hasn't been seen in Hebron since 2002, when Israeli soldiers moved in after the second Palestinian uprising.

At that time, much of the population of Hebron was fighting the Israeli occupation, whereas he said the alleged kidnapping would have involved only a few individuals who have likely already fled town.

In Taffuh, a village of 1,800 residents on the north side of the city, Mr. Sharabati said Israeli soldiers have so far raided 80% of homes there. The military also searched two mosques, and converted a youth center and 10 houses as bases for soldiers, he said.

Mr. Qawasmi, the construction worker, said his home was first raided this past Sunday.

Two days later, Mr. Qawasmi said soldiers raided his home a second time and kept his family in the kitchen while they searched through his sofas. Thursday night his two brothers, age 47 and 42, were summoned for questioning by Israel's internal security service. "We haven't heard from them since," he said. [End Quote; emphasis supplied]


1 comment:

Eric Robinson said...

I've just been disgusted with this latest campaign perpetrated by the Israelis. They are shameless.

The Palestinians should be lauded for their ability to withstand being in close proximity with such an aggressive and deluded nation. We often hear from Judaic revisionist-historians that the Jews took a barren land and made it fertile, perhaps they mean it in an allegorical sense. Here is the kind of fruit their labors have bore:

“The [Din Rodef] dispensation applies even when the pursuer is not threatening to kill directly, but only indirectly...Therefore, any citizen of the state that opposes us who encourages the combat soldiers or expresses satisfaction over their actions is considered a pursuer and may be killed. Also, anyone who weakens our own state by word or similar action is considered a pursuer…Hindrances—babies are found many times in this situation. They block the way to rescue by their presence and do so completely by force. Nevertheless, they may be killed because their presence aids murder. There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults...

“In order to defeat the enemy, we must behave toward them in a spirit of retaliation...Retaliation is absolutely necessary in order to render such wickedness not worthwhile. Therefore, sometimes we do cruel deeds in order to create the proper balance of terror.”