Interview with “Kill Gentile Babies” Rabbi Reveals Jewish Mentality
Author of “King’s Torah” said in 2011 that his position on killing Gentile babies is a moderate one, and that many Jews, perhaps a majority, believe any Gentile can be killed at will.
THE AUTHOR of the Torat Hamelech book does not regret its harsh messages of violence to non-Jews during warfare, but probably will expound on the more problematic passages in the imminent third version so that the broad public better understands. In addition, Rabbi Yitzkak Shapira (pictured) sees in his publication an important novelty for people who thought that by Jewish law gentiles might be killed freely, since he dedicates two chapters to explaining the complexity of the matter.
In an interview with haredi radio station Radio Kol Hai, to be aired in the end of July or beginning of August, the rabbi who rarely speaks to the media – and never to the secular media – said that he didn’t “regret the book, nor the way God unveils in its publication all the things we are seeing.”
“But I do reckon that if I’d have imagined that it would be disseminated to such a broad and distant public, I would have inserted slightly larger clarifications in a few places. It might very well be that in the third edition we will amend that. Since the book reached such popularity despite not being written that way, the only places in the book that are popular might be written in a more clear fashion for the public, so they understand what we wanted to say,” he said.
The book, published in 2009, became instantly famous after two leading rabbis who wrote endorsements to it, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef and Rabbi Dov Lior, refused police summons for questioning on suspicion of incitement to racism and violence. The book deals with the attitude of Jews toward gentiles in times of war, and states that non-involved gentiles may be preemptively killed, including children. The rabbis were recently taken into police questioning.
One of the “popular passages” Shapira no doubt was referring to is killing gentile children. In the interview with Kol Hai, he explains.
“Let’s assume that to win a war I have to kill children, otherwise my soldiers will die, then surely killing the enemies’ children is more correct than having my soldiers killed,” he said. “The same way I need to ensure within my people that evil doesn’t spread in the world, that applies to the other people. And it the other people wants to support the king, they are supporting evil, and if they don’t want to support the king – they must act against it as I am obliged. The example I’m bringing of harming children are those of an evil king. If you pressure him in a way that will keep him from acting in an even way, you can harm [the children]. If I think the king is evil, a dictator who makes many unjust wars, and I want to win in the war and my way to win in the war is to harm his children and weaken his spirit, so he will stop sending his soldiers – that is allowed.”
Shapira, who said that both Lior and Yosef consulted with him when refusing police questioning, had criticism of what he sees as an arrogant and over-active legal system that investigated him as well over the book’s content.
“Aharon Barak and his disciples decided to try with all their might to confront law with Torah, and Shai Nitzan in my opinion feels like Barak’s disciple on these matters, and feels like a king, the King of Law. Barak once said “the entire land is full of justice,” which is a very severe distortion of the verse “the entire land is full of the honor of God.” For the Supreme Court President to say that is to say that the entire land is Aharon Barak,” said Shapira. “So whoever like Nebuchadnezzar,” the Babylonian king who in the sixth century BCE destroyed the First Temple, “thinks himself to be like the almighty is trying to compare himself to God. And in the end there is a clash,” he noted.
To Shapira, the current legal situation also endangers Jewish girls, who have no protection from Arab men at workplaces.
“The reality is that the law clearly causes violence, in that it forces every supermarket or factory to employ Arabs,” he said. “This makes all the supermarkets and shopping malls a place where it is very easy to harass Jewish girls, and the results are disastrous… the law and the way it’s enforced deteriorates the Jews’ ability to defend themselves. There is anti-Jewish racism here.”
But Shapira remained optimistic that his way of Jewish observance will prevail.
“Jews are a clever people, and when they will get their wits together, the revolution will be easy and tranquil. I hope we won’t have to go through difficult things for it to happen, a revolution in our awareness and in our behavior,” he said.
Shapira also noted that his book actually could prevent violence against non-Jews.
“The precept that gentiles may not be killed is not simple for many people, because when you read Jewish law in many places, you might understand that gentiles can be killed freely without problems,” he said. “Two chapters in the book were dedicated to explaining in a deeper way what is really prohibited and permitted. Because the prohibition is different than that within Jews,” he explained. “This in itself is a novelty in the book.”
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Source: Jerusalem Post