Israel ‘must sack’ military rabbi
* They’re not Â beating around the bush, these little commie bastards, do they?
A human rights group in Israel has called for the military’s chief rabbi to be dismissed for alleged incitement against Palestinians.
The group, Yesh Din, said Rabbi Avichai Rontzki distributed a booklet to troops in the Gaza offensive, which advised them they were fighting “murderers”.
The booklet, citing an ultra-nationalist rabbi, told soldiers to show no mercy to a “cruel enemy”.
The Israeli military has not yet commented on the issue.
Yesh Din, which says it is dedicated to defending human rights in the Occupied Territories, called on Defence Minister Ehud Barak to dismiss the rabbi.
It said the booklet’s contents could be “interpreted as a call to act outside the confines of international laws of war”.
* F*kcwits should be told to shove it. The Rabbi is right: our enemies have a right to be killed and we have a right to export them to Allah if that’s what they wish for…
More from Carl in Jerusalem:
IDF commander: ‘If you’re going to be captured, fall on a grenade’
The IDF has decided not to press charges against a Golani Brigade battalion commander who told his troops toÂ fall on a grenadeÂ rather than be captured in Operation Cast Lead.
In a tape recording of a briefing the commander of Battalion 51 gave his soldiers before entering Gaza during Operation Cast Lead the senior officer was heard saying: “Hamas’s strategic weapon is to kidnap a soldier and I don’t have to tell you but no soldier from Battalion 51 gets kidnapped at any price and under any situation even if it means that he has to blow up his grenade together with those who are trying to kidnap him.”
“We are going to explain to the Palestinian enemies what it means to mess with Israel. It is important that you understand we are going into a war. The coiled spring of Battalion 51 is going to pop in the face of these Palestinians,” he is heard saying in the recording.
Military sources who heard the entire recording of the briefing, part of which was aired on Channel 10, said Monday that it was clear that the officer did not mean that soldiers should commit suicide but that he was trying to motivate them before they entered the Gaza Strip. The IDF was however looking into how a recording of the briefing was leaked to Channel 10.
“In the name of these values we fight, and in their name we shall win,” 51’s commander is heard telling the men at the end of the recording.
One source said, “It was clearly a pep talk and the officer has received the IDF’s full support… What he said was not mean to be taken literally.”
Some of you may recall the story ofÂ Roi Klein HY”DÂ (may God avenge his blood), the commander in Bint Jbeil who fell on a grenade to save his soldiers’ lives. This particular commander now commands Klein’s old battalion.
As it happens, Klein’s name came up last Thursday night at a class I attend. The Rabbi told us that he met with members of Klein’s battalion after the Second Lebanon War and assured them that Klein had acted within the parameters of Halacha (Jewish law). I will not mention the Rabbi’s name (and if anyone mentions it in the comments, I will delete the comment), but I will tell you that he is ultra-Orthodox.