Rabbis blame Islamic clerics for the murder of the three teens

Rabbis Warn Imams to Repent for Inciting Abduction

Writing in Arabic, rabbis warn Arab clerics that they would be judged harshly by Heaven for helping to harm Jews. (Arutz Sheva)

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Speaking to Arab clerics in their own language, rabbis of the Derech Emunah (“Way of Faith”) organization on Wednesday dispatched a letter in Arabic to about 50 Muslim clerics, heads of mosques and universities in major Arab towns and villages.

In the letter, the rabbis described the pain felt by Jews because of the abduction and murder of Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha’ar (16), but warn the clerics that not even such acts of terror will cause the Jewish people to give up their rights to the Land of Israel.

The rabbis placed direct responsibility for the murders on the rhetoric used by clerics.

“As Islamic leaders, you know that you have much influence over your followers. Everyone has heard about the incitement that takes place in mosques on Fridays. Those who preach this incitement are directly responsible for the murders of Israelis,” declared the letter.

“You must understand that the Jewish people have returned to their homeland,” the rabbis wrote. “This is by Divine decree. After thousands of years of wandering in the Exile in Morocco and Poland and Russia, we have returned to stay. The difficulties posed by the incitement and those responsible for it will not discourage us.

“You are welcome to take part in our Return to Zion,” the letter said. “You must change your ways and stop fighting G-d’s will, to stop your incitement against us and to end your program of educating children to hate us. All religious leaders who do so will merit a place in the World to Come when they leave this world.”

“But those who do not mend their ways and continue to seek our destruction must realize that G-d will take His revenge against them. The first ones to be judged will be the religious leaders and educators who should have known better,” the letter added. “Not only will G-d take revenge on you, but so will His agent, the IDF, which will continue to operate in Judea and Samaria. We call on you, in the name of G-d, to repent – stop the incitement, turn away from evil.”

The message of the rabbis surprisingly is reminiscent of that of Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who stated in March “Allah chose to call this land ‘Israel’ and not ‘Palestine.’ The term ‘Palestine’ does not appear in the Koran either. According to our faith, Allah promised Israel to the Jewish people, and they are the sole official inheritors of that land. Therefore, the war of Muslims and Arabs against the Jews must stop, and they must let the Jews live in peace on their land.”

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    Douglas Murray has penned an excellent piece at Gatestone called The Encouragers: Jihadists’ Agents of Influence.

    It’s an outstanding essay and I urge you to read the whole thing.

    “We are so intent upon avoiding the problem of our time, radical Islam, that in one scenario we are willing to ignore the people who call for violence and murder, and on the other hand pretend that those who have never called for violence or murder have actually been calling for it all along. If any Muslim anywhere is attacked, the Western media is eager to attribute the fault to anybody who has ever analysed or even noticed radical Islam. They blame the person who has noticed the fire rather than tackling the fire that is being pointed to.”

    “Yet when that same fire is burning, when Christians, Jews, other Muslims, secularists and others are targeted around the world by Islamists, we remain intent on hoping that this urge has nothing to do with any of the texts or books or preachings or encouragements in the milieu from which the perpetrators come. And all this in spite of the circumstance that it is we in the West who are often the ones financing and legitimizing these people, and sometimes — as with the Palestinian Authority — even handing them the funds to target us with.”

    “The willful effort to ignore what is in front of our eyes, to cast blame where there is none and ignore it where there is, are not demonstrations of entirely wholesome societies. Rather, they are examples of societies suffering through a sickness. And if we cannot see our way through this, then it is this sickness that may yet prove to be the one historians in the future will recognize to have been terminal.”

    Contrast his lucid, clear prose with the absolutely disgusting tripe written by “Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach, spiritual minister to the late Michael Jackson-who had a prediliction for hosting little boys at “sleepover” parties.

    “Imams must condemn the murders”.

    Is this guy for real?

    It is breathtakingly arrogant of Mr. Boteach to suggest that Jews owe a debt to Islam. And it’s foolish and dangerous and stupid of him to write that imams must condemn the murders. The incitement to murder comes from within the sacred texts, and within the mosques and from the sermons of the imams.

    Perhaps the most ignorant and evil statement in his stupid essay is this:

    “Hamas’ values are an utter disgrace to the principles of Islam.”

    Really? So we should listen to Michael Jackson’s “Rabbi” teach us about Hamas? We should listen to his opinion of Hamas rather than the Hamas charter itself? Rather than the Hamas jihadists who actually spell out quite clearly what their motivation is?

    When Hamas representatives say that they want to kill the Jews, slaughter the infidels and that they are motivated by Islam-we should ignore that and listen to the good Rabbi?

    This ignoramus has clearly never read the Hamas Charter or the Koran.

    It is the height of arrogance and stupidity to assume that he knows better than Hamas about the intentions of Hamas. And what principles does he refer to?

    A pathetic call for condemnation probably makes Mr. Boteach feel better about himself. After all, he condemned Baruch Goldstein! What a pillar of moral integrity is he!

    Unfortunately for the Jewish people, in this article, he reveals himself as naive at best and dangerously foolish at worst.

    So, dear reader, ho are you going to believe?

    Mr. Boteach on Hamas, or your own lying eyes?

    Shame on this pathetic excuse of a Jewish “leader”.


    This outstanding piece by Mark Steyn “Hath Not A Jew Eyes?” is appropriate for this post.

    The comments from Steyn about Abe Foxman are equally applicable to Boteach.

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