18 April 2017

Yitzhak Yosef Advocates a Nazi-solution for the Palestinians

Stephardic Chief Rabbi, ethnic cleanser, Yitzhak Yosef
I realise that I will probably be accused of ‘anti-Semitism’.  However the ‘solution’ to the Jewish Question when the Nazis came to power was also ethnic cleansing i.e. expulsion.  In fact expulsion and genocide are two sides of the same coin.  The Orthodox Rabbis are also at the forefront of advocating genocide of the Palestinians.  Yitzhak Yosef also endorsed a book in 2011 by two rabbis – Yitzhak Shapira and Elitzur – which gave the legal  basis for Jews killing non-Jews, including infants.  

Tony Greenstein

April 15, 2017 By Richard Silverstein 7 Comments

Eli Yishai, a far Right Zionist politician and MK in the last Knesset, kisses the hand of Yitzhak Yosef's father, Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.  With Ovadia and Yitzhak it really is a case of like father, like son
The Israeli chief Sephardic rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef,  told a gathering of followers that non-Jews should be expelled from Israel (Hebrew here). The only exception, he said, would be in the cases of non-Jews who accepted the seven Noahide laws.

The rabbi’s intent is to expel the largest non-Jewish population in Israel, Palestinian Arabs. He also said that those non-Jews who did accept the Noahide laws and remained in the Israel, would primarily serve Jews. Their role would be akin to slaves and servants in colonial regimes.
The chief Rabbi acknowledged that Israel was currently not in a position to execute this plan; primarily because of the resistance to it from the non-Jewish world. However, he said that in the time of the messiah Israel would be in a position to implement this plan. And he looked forward to the Messianic era with great joy and anticipation.

Yosef also reminded his followers that any Palestinian armed with any weapon was worth killing without hesitation (“he who seeks to kill you, rise up before and kill him first”).  He was tacitly criticizing the IDF chief of staff who’d told an audience last week that Orthodox reasoning that killing any Palestinian no matter how small the threat posed was unacceptable.  He did not want, he said, to see his soldiers emptying their bullet chambers on Palestinians wielding scissors.  Rabbi Yosef’s religious reasoning reverts back to the most primitive “eye for an eye” thinking which Jews haven’t used as their operative principle in thousands of years.
Zionist humour - on being issued with new shoot to kill regulations, the soldier says that he's with the Rabbi on this one, in other words he prefers to expel all those under his command
Expulsion of Palestinians accords with those of the former Chief Ashkenazi, Jonah Metzger, who said that non-Jews, meaning Palestinian Muslims, should be expelled from Israel to Egypt. He said that the Sinai would be a perfect place to send them, since it was underpopulated. He suggested that Palestinian genius would make the desert bloom “like Arizona.” He even generously offered Israeli assistance in resettling what would be Israeli Palestinian refugees.

Yosef, is the son of the former Sephardi chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Before he died, the latter said that non-Jews in Israel served only one useful purpose. He likened them to donkeys who served their masters as beasts of burden.

Some may argue that these figures are marginal in Israeli society.  However Rabbi Yosef is not just the chief Sephardic Rabbi, but also a spiritual leader of one of Israel’s major political parties, Shas. As such, he wields considerable power in Israeli society. Israel, which was once a largely secular society, has become increasingly theocratic.

We should also keep in mind that societies which were once liberal and humane one minute, turned into something quite different and uglier the next. As examples, we should look to our own country under Trump and Hungary under Viktor Orban. Civilization and tolerance can disappear in a heartbeat.  It’s especially troubling when religion is the champion of such brutalism.
There may be those encouraged by this to claim that these interpretations represent Judaism in full.  Not so.  They are not arbiters of Judaism for millions of the rest of us who do not ascribe to these views.  But since there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions who do follow them, their views are worth portraying. 

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