An Israeli court has ordered the
release of a settler rabbi detained after he outlined in a book cases
in which he said it is permissible to kill non-Jews, including babies,
an ultra-nationalist legal watchdog group said on Friday.
Elitzur, a resident of the hardline Yitzhar settlement in the northern
West Bank, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of incitement to
A court in Rishon LeZion, near Tel Aviv, ordered him
released the same day saying police had failed to call him in first for
questioning, according to the Honenu group.
The book, “The King’s
Torah,” written by Elitzur and another rabbi, claims that babies and
children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since “it is clear that they
will grow to harm us,” the Haaretz newspaper said.
It further said non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and that attacks on them “curb their evil inclination.”
where the influence of goys (non-Jews) constitutes a threat for the
life of Israel it is permissible to kill them,” the rabbis wrote.
book, published earlier this year, has drawn sharp criticism from
numerous rabbis who say it contradicts the teachings of Judaism. –