Friday, August 29, 2008

Israeli Rabbi Says Peace Now Activists Deserve Death Penalty

Israel -- R' Yisrael Rozen, head of the orthodox-affiliated, non-profit Tzomet Institute, has expressed perhaps the most strident censure possible in Judaism for Peace Now activists, who are fighting to uproot settlers from the Migron settlement.

In an article in "Shabbos B'Shabbato", a leafelet distributed in Shuls throughout Israel, he addressed a recently drafted arrangement between the Yesha Council and the Defense Ministry, which allows for the eviction of the controversial Magron settlement in exchange for resettlement of the community in another region.

He wrote that the Palestinians who technically own the land in question had no idea that this was the case, but that Peace Now researched the matter and informed them. By doing so, he claimed, Peace Now used them as a pawn "in the war between left and right, between Jews."

"This kind of tale-bearing, to the court or to the European Union and wealthy non-governmental foundations across the world, is called 'Moser'," R' Rozen explained.

He went on to quote the Rambam, who wrote "a person who turns over a Jewish person or his property to Gentiles is a Moser and has no part in the world to come… It is permissible to execute the Moser even today when there is no capital punishment… it is permissible to kill the Moser before he informs… If he has been told not to inform and insists on informing, then he who executes the Moser first has great merit."

In response, Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer said that "the legal authorities must not stand for the phenomenon that is evidenced by alleged rabbi Yisrael Rozen, and not allow such incitement and calls to murder."

"Peace Now will continue in its struggle to put a stop to the illegal construction of settlements and the struggle for a sane future for the State of Israel. The organization will appeal to the Attorney-General in order to file charges against the Rabbi and his dangerous words," he said.

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