JERUSALEM – A Jewish rabbi has issued a book giving Jews permission to murder non-Jews, including babies and children, who may pose an actual or potential threat to Jews or Israel.
“It is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank, wrote in his book The King’s Torah.
He argues that goyem (a derogatory epithet for non-Jews) may be killed if they threaten Israel.
“If we kill a Gentile... ...there is nothing wrong with the murder.”Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro – co-author of the book.
Shapiro, who heads a small Talmudic school at the settlement of Yitzhar near Nablus, claims his edict “is fully justified by the Torah and the Talmud.”
According to Israel Shahak, author of Jewish History, Jewish Religion: the Weight of Three Thousand Years, the term “human beings” in Jewish law refers solely to Jews.
Many Jewish orthodox rabbis, especially within the national-religious sector, view international conventions incriminating the deliberate killing of civilians and destruction of civilian homes and property as representing “Christian morals” not binding on Jews.