28 Jan 09
The Israeli army’s chief rabbi has been critcised over a controversial booklet distributed to soldiers before the war on Gaza suggesting that they can ignore the rules of war concerning civilians.
Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland reports from Jerusalem.
compiled by Cem Ertür
27 January, 2009
1) IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel
2) Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza (May 2007)
‘IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel’
by Amos Harel, Haaretz, 26 January 2009
“When you show mercy to a cruel enemy, you are being cruel to pure and honest soldiers. This is terribly immoral.”
[excerpt from a booklet distributed to soldiers during the invasion of Gaza by the Israeli army’s chief rabbi Avichai Rontzki]
from the archives:
excerpts from: ‘Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza’
by Matthew Wagner, Jerusalem Post, 30 May 2007
[Former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai] Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza […]
According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.
[…] Eliyahu’s son, Shmuel Eliyahu, who is chief rabbi of Safed, said […]
“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand … And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”