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If I were to use the same type of rhetoric he uses, I would for sure be jailed



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Rav Dov Lior | Monster Rabbi

Rav Dov Lior | Monster Rabbi

Deformed dwarves are the everlasting evil archetype in cartoons and comics. Of course, this stereotype has no base in reality; though in the case of the Rav Dov Lior we find a sad reminder of it. “If you call yourself a Christian, why do you make such an ugly comment on him,” some readers may be thinking now. But, what can one do? If I were to use the same type of rhetoric he uses, I would for sure be jailed in ever worse conditions I face now. Thus, let me state the “deformed dwarf” beginning this paragraph doesn’t refer to his bodily description, but to the size and shape of his moral beliefs. Rav Dov Lior is a monster.

Choosing the timing of this article was difficult. His monstrosity spans decades; yet this Monday (June 29, 2011) he was finally arrested by the Israeli Police. A miracle? Hardly so. He was released a few hours later – after enjoying a cup of coffee with the local commander - enabling Prime Minister Netanyahu to proudly state: “Israeli law applies to all citizens.” Fact is that it doesn’t. Not all denizens are equal in the eyes of the law there.

Some of them are “more equal” (what an oxymoron!), and Rav Dov Lior is clearly among them. He is the Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arba in the Occupied Territories. He is also the head of the Kiryat Arba Hesder Yeshiva, and also heads the Council of Rabbis of Judea and Samaria. He is a spiritual leader of the ultra-nationalist party National Union; Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu is a spinoff of it. Rehavam Zeevi - who endorsed ethnic transfer until he was assassinated - was one of its questionable leaders. Back to our dwarf; born as Dov Leibland, he studied at the Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook's Mercaz haRav Yeshiva, where the head rabbi treated him like a son. This is important. In Netanyahu’s Mule, I described the historical pact between Zionists and Pharisees – namely the rabbinical orthodoxy – during the 19th Century, that eventually created the State of Israel. Nowadays, Netanyahu is one of the prominent Zionists leading the pact; while the Rav Dov Lior is one of the prominent rabbis endorsing it. Thus his immunity is not surprising.

What did he do? Actually very little. His main activity is providing religious justification for Jewish violence against the rest of humanity. His recent arrest was the result of his endorsing (he wrote a preface) of Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira’s Torat Hamelech. The book contains a series of Talmudic interpretations on the “Teachings for the King;” in other words a set of instructions for Netanyahu – the closest thing to an actual king; though the last term can be used to describe the secular ruler. One of these interpretations justifies killing non-Jews by the state. In other words, all Israeli victims got what they deserved and the Israeli criminals that committed the crimes are automatically absolved. Enlightened and criminal.

Horrific; yet, it is hard to understand why the dwarf was arrested only now. His past includes several moral pitfalls:

-Rav Dov Lior has legitimized killing non-Jews during wartime; this is used by the IDF while using Palestinian human shields – including children.

-Rav Dov Lior ruled Jewish women should not use sperm donated by a non-Jewish man, claiming that a baby born through such an insemination will have the negative genetic traits that characterize non-Jews. He literally said: “Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring.”

-Rav Dov Lior is directly connected to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Leading rabbis have testified that he was the source of rulings labeling the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin a "rodef" and a "moser" (“pursuer” and “giver,” in other words a traitor who endangers Jewish lives). Yigal Amir - Rabin's assassin - used to travel to Hebron to get advice from the rabbi.

-Rav Dov Lior instructed Baruch Goldstein, who massacred many Palestinians praying at the Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994. After the massacre, the rabbi ruled that Goldstein was “holier than all the martyrs of the Holocaust” (and the ADL didn’t sue him!).

-Menachem Livni, who headed a terror organization dubbed the "Jewish Underground" and was convicted of murders testified that the spirit behind the underground was the Rav Dov Lior. The last was very specific in his demands, and according to the testimony of the murderer, Rav Dov Lior was involved in the details and decided how and when they would act. Lior pressured the hesitant perpetrators to blow up six buses with all their passengers. The buses were loaded with explosives with the object of killing hundreds. Only the delay enabled the Shin Bet security service to arrest them at the last minute.

None of these justified his arrest. Only now, a short and insignificant preface was used to justify Netanyahu’s self-praise on his rule.

What else needs to happen until the international community implements what is required after the definition of Israel as a terror and racist organization? Iraq was brutally and illegitimately attacked for much less… but, then, North Atlantic nations never practiced equality among humans. Their rhetoric is double, their intentions are impure. Maybe that’s why Rav Dov Lior claims “Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring.”

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