Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira has been arrested for allegedly firebombing a mosque. Rabbi Shapira published a book entitled The King’s Torah in which he claimed that it was permissible under Jewish law for a Jew to kill a non-Jewish civilian (including a child). He also advocated the expulsion or genocide of all male Palestinians above the age of thirteen.
One month ago, CNN reported:
Jerusalem (CNN) — Israeli police were questioning a relative of the late Jewish extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in its probe of a Palestinian mosque firebombing in the West Bank earlier this month.
Today, BBC News reports:
Rabbi arrested, suspected in West Bank mosque arson
Israeli police have arrested a rabbi on suspicion of involvement in an arson attack on a mosque last month.
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the head of a Jewish seminary in the settlement of Yitzhar, was arrested after he refused to co-operate, police said.
Mr Shapira denies any involvement in the attack, his lawyer was quoted in the Israeli media as saying.
Attackers burned the mosque’s carpet and a shelf of Qurans, and wrote slogans in Hebrew on the floor.
Police arrested some students from the seminary, the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva earlier this month, saying they wanted to investigate whether they were involved in the mosque attack.
Security sources said Rabbi Shapira was “suspected of involvement in an attempt to set fire to a mosque”.
Rabbi Shapira’s lawyer told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahranot that his client “denies any connection to the event”.
He was not co-operating with his investigators “in light of the Israel police’s conduct and their treatment of rabbis recently,” he said.
Rabbi Shapira published a controversial book last year which includes discussion of interpretations of the circumstances under which Jewish law permits Jews to kill non-Jews.
There have been protests by seminary students and a right-wing member of the Knesset outside the police station where he is being held.
The article then talks about extremist Jews who are threatening to attack Palestinians unless the Israeli government acts in a certain way:
Some hard-line settlers say they will attack Palestinians in retaliation for any Israeli government measure they see as threatening Jewish settlements.
It is a policy they call the “price tag”.
All Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
The price tag for the settlements? Palestinian blood. (Sorry, VISA or Mastercard not accepted.) The goal is to make it too costly to restrict illegal Jewish settlements. That’s the textbook definition of terrorism:
(n) terrorism: (the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
But I thought all terrorists are Muslims?