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Israeli 'Family Magazine' Fountains of Salvation Advocates Sending Arabs to Death CampsTony Greenstein Special to Salem-News.com
The first step towards genocide is its articulation.
(BRIGHTON, UK) - No sooner have I finished blogging on one set of Nazi rabbis than another lot pop up. And whilst I’m teasing out the links between a religious ruling forbidding rent an apartment to Arabs and Nazi laws to do the same to Jews, then the Orthodox do my job for me.
I confess this blog has made something of a speciality of Israel’s racist and Nazi-like rabbis. See for a roundup of articles. Why? Because the Orthodox rabbinate are the ideological engine of Zionism today. They set the pace, they determined the next goal and always god legitimises whatever barbarity they are advocating.
Whilst Yaacov Shapira of Lubavitch fulminates that “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.” Lubavitch Rabbi Schochet in Britain cultivates an air of liberalism whilst uttering not a word of criticism of fellow Lubavitch rabbis in Israel.
But even I have argued that, for political reasons, Zionism in Israel is not exterminatory. It would appear that I spoke to soon. In a ‘family magazine' Fountains of Salvation, of what Richard Silverstein calls the radical, right-wing Orthodox rabbinate, an article appears advocating placing the Amalekites, a code for the Palestinians, in death camps. That such an article can appear should not be surprising, as I’ve been detailing for some time things like the appearance of graffitti (in Hebron of course) saying ‘Arabs to the gas chambers’
What we are seeing today is the culmination of Zionism. It has shed its ‘left wing’ which used the phraseology of socialism whilst expelling and massacring the Palestinians, and the appearance of an openly racist and neo-Nazi Orthodox Rabbinate in Israel. What is remarkable is how they use the symbols and imagery of the holocaust, not of course to warn against the evils of racism or even racism against Jews but as a justification for repeating the same to the Arabs.
Rabbi Dov Lior is a well-known figure in Israel. He is not an isolated maverick. He is the Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arab settlers. He is also a leading scholar of the Religious Zionist camp and reportedly the favourite student of the late Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, son of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. Avraham Cook is revered by the whole religious camp in Israel and acknowledged as the founder of religious Zionism. In his 'honour' the rabidly racist bastion of religious Zionism, the yeshiva of Mercaz Harav was founded in Jerusalem in 1924.
In the late 1980s the Attorney General barred Lior’s election to the Supreme Rabbinical Council following statements he made suggesting that medical experiments be carried out on captured Arab ‘terrorists’.  This Jewish Mengele has subsequently been elected and again barred from the Supreme Rabbinical Council. Although the Attorney General was forced to bar him, it is clear that Dov Lior, a true Nazi rabbi, is popular and revered by his fellow rabbis. He is also paid by the State and when he was summoned to appear by the Police for interrogation, after his support for Torah HaMelech, a book by Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira advocating the murder of non-Jews.
Rabbi Dov Lior has, with other rabbis, issued a halakhic ruling that Israel must shoot civilian populations in areas from whence attacks on Jewish communities originate, and another ruling which states that it is forbidden by Jewish law to employ or rent homes to Arabs.
We have a Rabbi Yousef Falay advocating the ‘extermination’ of male Arabs and now the call to put Arabs in the ovens. The first step towards genocide is its articulation. This is the current role of Israel’s Orthodox Rabbis.
And is it any surprise that the holocaust itself, as commemorated by the vile Yad Vashem propaganda museum, is now seen as a justification for this type of racism by Israel’s youth?
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