Rabbi Daniel Shilo, spokesman of the Committee of Yesha Rabbis of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said Monday that ‘irregular responses’ are expected when settlers are sent by the government and after dozens of years are forced to leave home.
Shilo slammed Shin Bet Head Avi Dechter for his remarks on the growing signs of extremism among right wing activists.
‘It is unacceptable to me that the head of the Shin Bet should speak like this. Either he has solid evidence, or he would be better off not speaking, because this [spreading rumors without evidence] is incitement, rebellion, and stirring up fights.’ Shilo said
Ezra Suggests Pre-emptive Measures against Extreme Rightists
Deputy Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra said Monday that security forces should track down in advance potentially violent opponents of disengagement, and keep them from carrying out ‘insane acts.’
According to Israel Radio, Shin Bet head Avi Dichter quoted an unnamed figure well-acquainted with rightist militants as having told him, ‘Not until there is a dead body will unity emerge from the closet,’
‘We would not be hearing these things from the head of the Shin Bet had it not been for what happened to prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, of blessed memory,’ Ezra said.
Mazuz Calls a Meeting to Discuss Policy on Growing RW Incitement
Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz called Sunday for a soon meeting to discuss the policy of filing indictments on the issue of incitement to violence after recent calls to refuse to participate in the future evacuation of settlements.
Mazuz warned rabbis and other public leaders against public remarks that could be misunderstood.
Mazuz was apparently specially responding to comments made by the Rabi of the old city of Jerusalem Avigdor Neventzal.
Neventzal warned Tuesday against giving away Israeli land, saying ‘It should be known that anyone who wants to give away Israeli land is subject to a ‘din rodef’ The din rodef is a religious license to kill a fellow Jew
The meeting, Mazuz called for, would focus on formulating a general policy regarding criminal enforcement of offenses related to incitement.
Some 300 people on Sunday attended a mass prayer against the disengagement plan, organized by Yesha Council rabbis at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The rally was attended by former chief rabbis Mordechai Eliyahu and Avraham Shapira, as well as National Religious Party MKs Effi Eitam and Yitzhak Levy and National Union MK Zvi Hendel.
Late Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 was accused of giving away ‘ Israeli Land’ however there was a debate among chief rabbis whether to issue a din rodef ruling.
According to Israeli news paper ‘Haaretz’, this is the first time that din rodef has been mentioned again by a respectable rabbi in the context of giving away Israeli lands.