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Government funding institutions supporting Jewish terrorism

Let’s focus on the fact that many prefer to avoid: Jewish terrorism in the territories is directly supported by the Israeli government, and to a large extent also funded by it

Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, who left the command of the AYOSH (West Bank) Division yesterday, spoke candidly during his replacement ceremony, and called the “price tag” actions by their true name: Jewish terrorism. Alon, who was repeatedly harassed by the settlers, demanded that more be done in the battle against it (Hebrew). One could, of course, ask why Alon himself (who as the “military commander” in the West Bank wields the combined powers of a British occupying general and a Turkish pasha) didn’t commence this battle; why didn’t he order the destruction of the houses of suspected Jewish terrorists as the IDF destroys the houses of the families of Palestinian suspects; why didn’t he put rebellious settlements under curfew, as many Palestinians towns and villages have been so often?

But this is just me being ornery. The questions answer themselves. The apartheid regime Israel created in the West Bank over decades, and the political power of the terrorists and their supporters, prohibits an effective fight against them. The apartheid system, the double legal system – military for the natives, Israeli for the invaders – has been described often enough. Let’s focus on the fact that many prefer to avoid: Jewish terrorism in the territories is directly supported by the Israeli government, and to a large extent is also funded by it.

Case in point. Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi, the site which promotes the “price tag” pogroms, published on Monday an article by Yossi Elitzur, in which Elitzur called for the murder of terror suspects instead of their arrest (Hebrew). Elitzur further said that even if a suspect is already bound, and is no longer a threat, he is still affected by Din Rodef since “he may try [carrying out a terrorist attack] again tomorrow.”

This is a thorny issue, which needs examining. Din Rodef is the Jewish law mandate on how to deal with a person presenting a danger to human (i.e., Jewish) life. It is refined: It says that every man has a duty to a harm a “rodef” (literally, “pursuer”, someone who is actively out to harm someone else), but first, he should try to subdue him without killing him. If this is impractical, however, then “you save the life of the pursued by the life of the pursuer.” However, once a person stops being a pursuer, i.e. stops actively risking life, he is no longer considered a pursuer. What Elitzur does here is twisting classical Jewish law.

This particular twist isn’t new. I heard it first some 26 years ago, as a yeshiva student in Nehalim. Some preacher was brought over for Shabbat from Kiryat Arba and he chose this particular theme as for his sermon; he said you should open fire at pursuers even as they flee. My class’s rabbi, Menashe Rashovski, was an old-school ultra-Orthodox rabbi, and he was scandalized. He summoned the class afterwards, which was highly irregular on a Friday night, and then he explained to us at length – he was, in fact, screaming, shouting at us – that what we just heard was a corruption of the truth; that “pursuer” is a temporary title, which is derived from the clear and present danger; that once a pursuer puts down his weapon, he reverts back into a human being, with all that entails. Most of us stared at him, not understanding what he was so agitated about. But he knew, even then – those were the days of the first Jewish underground, when the leaders of the national-religious pretended to be shocked and to conduct agonizing soul-searching – where we are headed. He knew Halachaic dynamite when he saw it primed.

Zoom out. Elitzur is a rabbi in the Yitzhar yeshiva. He is one of the two writers of the notorious “Torat Ha’Melekh”, which permits the deliberate killing of gentile children “if there is reason to believe they may some day harm us.” Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi is a legal association of Yitzhar yeshiva students. The Yitzhar yeshiva is an ideological hothouse of Jewish terrorism – certainly not the only one, but one of the most prominent. Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi functions as the equivalent of Rwanda Radio, passing out the message in easily-digestible bits to the masses.

There is, in fact, a third arm in this triangle: The Honenu Association. Its mission is to represent Jews suspect of terrorism – against Palestinians or Jews. They represent Hagai Amir, one of the conspirators in the Rabin assassination plot, and they represented Jack Teitel, who carried out several attacks against liberal Jews (and a bombing attack against a Jewish family which converted to a form of Christianity).

A graveyard in Jaffa, desecrated by Jewish terrorists. (Photo: Activestills)

A graveyard in Jaffa, desecrated by Jewish terrorists. (Photo: Activestills)

Honenu is linked to Yitzhar and Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi. Its spokesman is Elhanan Gruner (Hebrew), who is also a Yitzhar Yeshiva student and a very active writer (Hebrew) in Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi. He was shortly detained by the Jewish Division of the ISA, but – as usual for this division – was freed soon afterwards, and was not indicted.

Despite pleas from the ISA, the Yitzhar yeshiva is funded by the Ministry of Education. Yossi Elitzur is for all practical reasons a government employee, kept on the payroll so he can spread his poisonous creed. Honenu is tax-exempt, i.e. is subsidized by the government. It should be noted that of some 15,000 non-profits in Israel, only 3,800 are exempt from tax. Such exemption requires the approval of the Ministry of the Treasury as well as the Knesset’s Budget Committee. Honenu, doing such stellar work, received it.

So, on one hand, the government funds Yossi Elitzur’s hate speech, and with the other it funds the legal defense of his pogromchiks. Its army and security service find themselves ground between them. Assuming the very active Gruner is paid by Honenu, to a certain extent Israel also funds the activity of Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi.

Here is the infrastructure of Jewish terrorism. It is funded by Israel. Keep that in mind, next time the government demands the Palestinians do something about their own terrorism infrastructure. Do as they say, not as they do.

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    1. John Love

      Ummm. As a oleh chadash I receive money from the Israeli government but I do not presume that purchases I make from this stipend mean the State of Israel supports by extension the places I choose to spend that capital. It’s poor logic and one that doesn’t help a moderate view to remove the settlers from the territories. It’s more self-hating Jew rhetoric from an independent news source that seems more biased and editorial than in possession of journalistic integrity.

      I suppose the ‘quiet support of Israel’ can be extended to everything on which any NGO or individual who receives fiscal support from the government spends that money. Or can it? Hardly. Shame on you for this kind of reporting.

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    2. Mitchell Cohen

      From your first link:


      כעת נעמיד את עצמנו מול סיטואציה מסויימת, ממש לא” בלתי מציאותית, שאותה הפנה אלי חבר. נניח, הוא שאל, שאני רואה מחבל מנסה לרצוח יהודים, וכעת עומדת בפני השאלה – האם לנסות להשתלט עליו, לקשור אותו, ולהזמין את המשטרה. או פשוט לירות בו ולהורגו. מה עלי לעשות?”

      If I see a terrorist trying to kill my friends, should I try to take control of him, contain him, and order the police or shoot to kill?

      What is the debate? If I see someone CLEARLY posing a life and death threat to my friends and I (whether someone with a bomb strapped to themself or threatening our lives in some other way), I won’t do what I need to save our lives, even if it means killing him?

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    3. Mikesailor

      I always enjoy the standard right-wing labeling of Jews sho exercise critical thinking as ‘self-hating’. Along with the disingenous reasoning they exhibit, one must wonder about the ignorance they exhibit. If a rabbi is paid by the government, then he is a government employee. If a yeshiva is subsidized then it ‘teaches’ with government sanction. If an organization only represents Jews accused of terrorism, and is one of the few origanizations to receive tax exemption,then it has the governments imprimatur. One might ask whether or not such an organization would exist, tax exempt, if it only represented Palestinian ‘terrorists’but in present day Israel, such a thought would be anathema. Perhaps one should wonder why religion is subsidized at all but that question would be left to those sick of religious intrusion into their lives and qustioning the spenfing of their tax dollars.
      Id ‘Arabs’ are required to pay taxes to the state, shouldn’t their imams or sheiks receive government stipends? Shouldn’t madrassas be government subsidized? Or should you continue to deny double standards and insist that other Jews or goys be quiet lest they upset the ‘true believers’ by showing their hypocrisy?

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    4. aristeides

      Substitute “Hamas” for “Jewish” terrorist and apply the same standards of proof. You’d find all the members of these yeshivas in jail and anyone who contributed to them or had “ties” to them. Unless they were simply assassinated to save the trouble of a trial.

      I would SO love to see Alon testifying to the US Congress to demonstrate that Israel is a state supporter of terrorism, so that every synagogue in the US would suddenly find itself “material supporters of terrorism” according to the new US laws.

      But this would be expecting sanity to break out, and is thus unlikely.

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    5. Juggle


      Don’t even start with that garbage. The same behavior runs RAMPANT in illegal Jewish settlements and their bigotry is encouraged by their neighbors. I don’t blame the Palestinians for getting heated sometimes; Israel, not only with it’s settlements but also it’s military, trolls the Palestinians constantly. Israel is the biggest troll in the Middle East, PERIOD.

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    6. Juggle

      Whoops; sorry about that. I replied to the wrong comment on the wrong page. =_=

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    7. annie

      i agree w/aristeides. and yossi.

      john you are not as loverly as your name suggests.

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    8. Arpad Toldi

      spot on, Yossi

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    9. Mitchell, don’t be cute. I think we all know what we’ll do when we face a suicide bomber and we are armed. I was referring to Elitzur’s contention that one should murder a bound terrorism suspect, i.e. one who no longer poses any danger.

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    10. “John Love”, if that is your real name, you’d be pleased to know I don’t hate myself. I don’t consider rabid settlers and Jewish terrorists to be part of “myself.”

      My point is:

      1. The Yitzhar yeshiva, which promotes the Torat Ha’Melekh book, is government-funded. This is uncontested.

      2. Honenu, which has as its public spokesman a member of the Yitzhar yeshiva who is also a prominent writer in the most important Israeli hate speech site, enjoys tax exemption – which most associations do not.

      If Honenu was a Palestinian association, and it would have employed/used a known terror promoter, the ISA would close it in a blink of an eye. That’s the point.

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    11. John Love

      I see your point Yossi. I agree with your point. I disagree with the extended logic that the Israeli Government supports Jewish terrorism in so far as they are funding an institution that meets a certain criteria and that institution does things you don’t like (that I don’t like). It’s not quid pro quo the Israeli government inciting hate and violence because they fund the Yitzhar, especially considering wide spectrum of non-profits that are government funded, nearly a quarter of which are tax exempt. It’s an op-ed piece posing as breaking news. That’s my point.

      I apologize for any offense you took to the remark ‘self-hating Jew rhetoric;’ in context it was a reference to the language of your piece and I humbly apologize if you thought I meant to unfairly label you.

      And yes, John Love is my real name.

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    12. Esther

      The public defender receives government funds. The public defender sometimes defends people accused of crimes or terrorism. Is the government supporting terrorism?
      Shame on you Yossi.
      Ask any legal defense organization.
      Citizens have a right to a fair judicial process!
      That is the job of every legal defense organization. If there is no legal defense organization, the government does it. That is a basic human civil value.

      Other values we hold dear: The court will decide if the person is guilty based on evidence. A person is innocent until proven guilty.

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    13. Philos

      I think what is fascinating in this article is the section on the Halakic disagreement between YG’s traditional rabbi and that of the radical position of Elizur. The media, especially in Israel, tend to homogenize the religious Jewish community into two monolithic blocs; one being acceptable (National religious) and one considered insane (Ultra-Orthodox). I think these kind of Halakic points against the radical theology of the settler movement ought to be disseminated as an urgent priority. I was not aware of the exact nature of the din rodef. All I thought it that it is, is a broad rule that allows fanatics to get away with murder in the eyes of god. Now it appears that I was mistaken and what we have is a very principled bit of law that is very similar to the Geneva Conventions on treatment of POW’s.
      Yossi if you know more about this topic or know of a rabbi who would be willing to write about the traditional halakic positions vis-a-vis the ideology of the national religious I think all the readers on 972blog would welcome it! Thanks!

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    14. John T. McF. Mood

      You show pictures of a graveyard that may or may not have been desecrated by vandals, yet you say it is Jewish terrorism. Do you have proof? Witnesses to the desecration?

      It’s subtitled “A graveyard in Jaffa, desecrated by Jewish terrorists. (Photo: Activestills)” We should take your word that it was desecrated? It may be decrepit & uncared for by those who should respect the graves of their loved ones. It is impossible to tell who’s graves these are if they are Jewish graves or Arab graves or who may have left the apparently Arabic graffiti on the one grave.

      From what can be seen in the photo, it APPEARS to be in disrepair, not vandalized or desecrated, with one exception.

      Your article is inflammatory and it seems your “News” is really “Op-Ed” material.

      One mention of the graveyard (a photo) and no writing to back up the claims on the photo and it’s subtitle.

      Did you fail Journalism 101?



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    15. Anthony

      This is very worrying and I entirely share the author’s concern. And for sure if this were a Palestinian group the reaction by Israeli authorities would be incomparably different.
      That said, it’s still a bit over the top to say the Govt is funding an organisation by granting it tax exempt status.

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    16. Joanna

      My friend asks, “i am not clear what are you referring to. Could you please clarify for me the activity of these institutions?”
      She’s conversant with Hebrew named institutions and I’m not.
      Please help me give her some clarification. Thank you.

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    17. Rachamim Dwek

      The book “Torat HaMelech” is not a manifesto. It is a compendium of extant Halachik wisdom pertaining to warfare and armed conflict. The authors did NOT offer a single opinion of their own. Clealy the author never read the book, and yet he sits here railing against it. This is the epitome of ignorance.

      The author must have failed in Yeshiva given his weird claim that HaRodef is a temporary state in which this status is negated at the point in which pursuit is terminated. Claiming that a Charedi Rabbi would have made such a statement is highly unlikely. Having personally known this particular rabbi, I can only shrug my shoulders at the author’s gall in making this claim. Rav Menasheh Rashovsky had consistently spoken about preservation of life being of paramount importance and that any and all irrefutable threats should be erased immediately.

      I suggest that the author cover subjects with which he has an iota of familiarity.

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