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Shmuel Eliyahu - Tzfat's Chief Rabbi

Shmuel Eliyahu, Tzfat's Chief Rabbi and Racist


"Reality is stronger and stranger than imagination;" Israel’s reality makes hard refuting this unusual statement. The event was simple and expected; yet, its location and perpetrator give it the distinction of becoming emblematic of Israel’s evilness. Shmuel Eliyahu is the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat and as such an employee of the State of Israel and a leading religious figure in one of the four holy cities of Judaism (the others are Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias). He is responsible for the paperwork and ceremonies surrounding birth, weddings and deaths of Jews in Tzfat. Israel lacks a Constitution and does not recognize basic human rights. Birth, weddings and deaths are recognized only through religious ceremonies; the religion of a person is decided by the Ministry of Interior according to lists kept by it and by the rabbinate. I expanded on the evils of this system in The Cross of Bethlehem.

Then, Tzfat. Its name could be roughly translated as “viewpoint;” accordingly, it offers breathtaking views of the Galilee, including a bit of the Sea of Galilee. A small town high on the Galilee, the city is the world’s center of the Kabbalah, a mystic branch of Judaism which relies heavily on the blasphemous Talmud and the Zohar. The Talmud is a racist text. For example, in Baba Mezia 108b it says: "Only ye are designated as 'men.'" The Baba Mezia passage is about the graves of Gentiles which rank like the graves of animals. In Baba Bathra, Folio 54b, it says that non-Jews have no property rights. Their possessions are "like unclaimed land in the desert." The passage appears on page 222 of the Soncino edition: "Rab Judah said in the name of Samuel: The property of a heathen is on the same footing as desert land; whoever first occupies it acquires ownership." Ultra-Orthodox Jews are a large part of the town’s population and for certain the most rapidly expanding one; they fully support this racism. It is important to realize all rabbinical Jews are ideological descendant of the Pharisees, the epitome of evilness in the New Testament.

Within such dramatic and supportive surroundings, Shmuel Eliyahu felt comfortable issuing a decree instructing residents not to rent rooms or houses to Israeli Arabs. The last are full citizens of the State of Israel. Subsequently, posters appeared all over the town, saying: “Don't rent rooms to Arabs. Don't give work to Arabs. Don't give Arabs any foothold in our community.” Jews renting rooms to Israeli Arabs (in other words Palestinians with Israeli citizenship) got telephonic threats. One such a case was of Eliyahu Zvieli (89, survivor of WWII) who rents rooms to three Palestinian students. He reported that "People have called the house and threatened to attack, they said they would burn it down if we don't leave."

”He doesn’t represent the state,” would probably answer Israeli authorities. Yet, he wasn’t fired by the state following his racist and criminal comments against fellow citizens. Moreover, he enjoys the full support of other rabbis in the area. For example, his Pharisaic peer David Lahiani commented on the issue that: “The Bible tells us that Jews should not give a place to Gentiles. Israel is the land given to the Jews by God, anyone else is here as a guest.” As long as Shmuel Eliyahu serves as Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, his decrees are part of the official policies of the State of Israel. This is another reminder that Israel doesn’t respect human rights. This is important in the extreme, because the obedience to the human rights declaration was one of the conditions imposed by the United Nations on Israel’s sovereignty. Israel systematically violates both conditions (the second is the foundation of a Palestinian state).

Jesus warned about this type of racism two millennia ago. Of special relevance are the words appearing in Matthew 23:15: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

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