Israeli police brace for more protests over rabbi's arrest
July 4th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Israeli police brace for more protests over rabbi's arrest

By Mike Schwartz and Kevin Flower, CNN

Jerusalem (CNN) - Police in Jerusalem braced Monday for more street protests by ultra-orthodox Jews and right-wing nationalists following the high profile detention Sunday of a well known rabbi for his alleged endorsement of a controversial religious text which justifies the killing of non-Jews.

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, the son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef the spiritual leader of the Shas party and an important member of Israel's governing coalition, was questioned by investigators Sunday on suspicions of incitement to violence and racism according to Israeli police.

Yosef's detention was the second high-profile move by police in just over a week in their investigation of public endorsements of a religious treatise called "The King's Torah" written by Yosef Elitzur and Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the head of a Jewish religious school in the extremist Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.

Read the full story here about the protests over rabbi's arrest
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    April 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
  2. Muneef


    July 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  3. Muneef

    My whole respects to my Yemeni brothers in Israel;


    July 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  4. Muneef

    They told that the bringing into existence "Israel" has brought peace and unity among our fighting Arab tribal Muslims??

    Let me remind you of one thing that you might have not thought of before.
    You must have read about the wars and killings between Catholics and Protestants when there were only Two of them Christian branches but since then you became to have more than Two in branches and each claims to be on right path or true Church...this was noted from the words of fights i was able to read within several posts on these Religion blogs ...

    Guess if you go back reading your history in Europe or in the MidEast you will remember that your ancestors were because of such wars and conflicts driven out or migrated in force measure to overseas for finding the land they were told that they can practice their religious or non religious beliefs and rituals...
    Since then from different continents for many years made of the few branches many more branches in Black and in White...

    Could you tell me why the majority or the extremists did not try to enforce their Beliefs and Church upon all as did in the previous lands...
    Although can be seen that they might be working as "Missionaries" towards converting more at overseas countries ?  

    Tell me why you have this fragile unity and democracy among you there on that land ?

    Guess old Islam was the first to be a cause for your unity from the dates of the crusaders... Then in modern history there came the "Nazi's" then came the "Communists" but today you have the  "New Islam"....they were those who united you and got you to abolish slavery and made of you equal as it is today  in Black and White  !? 

    Guess always having a "Boogeyman" has been the only modern Secular way to serve controlling masses since with out Bible teachings here to get people follow,they have made this "Boogyman system" since this makes it a security alert measures taken ... 

    The existence of Islam and Muslims is behind your unity as Branches and Secular systems...while secular systems might be behind the fragile unity of Islam Branches and Bloodlines.

    In such cases if we were enemies we should at least have respect towards each other after all we still in need of each other in business,trades,consumer market Goods...
    God knows what else for centuries that we might have exchanged no matter who were the real pirates or bandits to the other all through ancient and modern history...

    But guess population masses every where are just used and abused to look like a "Large Dairy Farms" that are controlled and milked regularly for "Dr.Who's" of each nation.
    Some farms are more modern than others, while you will find in the Third World as some African or Asian tribes "cattle owners" live on the Animal Milk and Blood as vampires do while keeping the animal alive unhurt...

    July 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Palestinians are the result of the real inhabitants (The Gaints)  of the land who the King David had killed their leader(Goliath), they are as well the result of children of israel that had remained on land and did not immigrate...they are as well a result of a mixed up with other neighboring cultures and dominant religions therefore you find the Jewish,the Christian,the Muslim among Palestinians.

    They are multiculture and religions and no longer what they were but rather natives, while those who came were imported Jews who been kicked out of Europe into the Mideast as temporary refugees due wars against Hitler System but suddenly after a while they started acting as rightful owners fighting British troops and using pressure on America and England as founders of the UN until they got the American president to sign the do-cu-ment of Founding of The Republic of Israel as heard the president was waken up after midnight to sign it while still wearing his sleeping pajama...? Imagine the power they had to do that to a president of a big great country as the US....?! Other countries been crying loud to be heard or looked up by the US or UN but still not heard nor justice was made for them...!? Is it because there was/is no personal or public benefit out of it for their state's/countries... Or because they were not having the same tools of pressure that were used by those (Zionests) in the name of all Jews although most Jews refute the allegation that the are represented by those nor that they wanted the holy land on account of kicking it's natives out of it...!?!
    The Jews,Christians,Muslims of the same natives used to live peacefully and as equal before co-loni-zing the Mideast and during same but this wa-v-es of separation bringing di-s-trust among each faiths and among all paths to end up fearing each other,growing more con-f-licts that could end up into con-front-ations....

    Strange really now that this Palestinians in w/bank and G-a-za want to unite and make up a one land country and go-vern-ment....I see every body jumping against their wishes to establish them self a separate iden-t-ity and destiny ??! Honestly it is like seeing with One Eye only and not with Two....! If feels that already the One Eyed "Dijjal" is around corrupting life and environment on plant Earth....all we await now is the return of Jesus and Al Muhdi to clean the ty-ra-nny and the filth that has over grown on earth...Amen.

    Blind or Powerless or Wicked World Justice is,,,
    The W/bank lands are being taken from the natives although many go deeds of ownership that date to before and at the Ottoman, some date back to British Colonial rule.
    Today and every day more lands are being taken and it's natives kicked to outer lines for being Palestinians Arabs never mind being Muslims or Christians or Jews .!
    Read what they did to keep the Palestinians and Arabs warm from that Black Year onwards;

    “Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.”
     Terry Pratchett quotes (English Writer, b.1948).

    July 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Artist

      Muneef, dont you get it. The christians are org as m ic over Israel...they can push for the delusional end times. They are frothing at the mouth waiting for Israel to be surrounded and their baby jesus to fly down through the West or East wall (cannot remember which one...haven't read the bible in 20 years). A nat fa rts in the ME and the evangelicals go nuts hum ping their bibles. I used to be one of those nuts until I freed myself from the delusion.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  6. Muneef

    The Bible, the Quran, and Science
    by Dr. Maurice Bucaille
    Translated from French
    by Alastair D. Pannell and The Author

    In his objective study of the texts, Maurice Bucaille clears' away many preconceived ideas about the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Quran. He tries, in this collection of Writings, to separate what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation. His study sheds new light on the Holy Scriptures. At the end of a gripping account, he places the Believer before a point of cardinal importance: the continuity of a Revelation emanating from the same God, with modes of expression that differ in the course of time. It leads us to meditate upon those factors which, in our day, should spiritually unite rather than divide-Jews, Christians and Muslims.

    The results of his research into the Judeo-Christian Revelation and the Quran are set out in this book.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  7. Muneef

    [Divisions in our world – Not the Result of Religion-Karen Armstrong talks German journalist, Andrea Bistrich]  .
    Western people have a responsibility for everybody who is suffering in
    the world.
    The divisions in our world are not the result of religion or of
    culture, but are politically based.
    The three religions of Abraham - Judaism, Christianity and Islam -
    can and should be viewed as one religious tradition that went in three
    different directions.  

    The Arab Israeli conflict has also become pivotal to Christian fundamentalists in the United States. The Christian Right believes that unless the Jews are in their land, fulfilling the ancient prophecies, Christ cannot return in glory in the Second Coming. So they are passionate Zionists; but this ideology is also anti-Semitic, because in the Last Days they believe that the Antichrist will massacre the Jews in the Holy Land if they do not accept baptism.


    July 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  8. D

    *facepalm* Can i as a jew apologize for this guys speech? He does NOT represent me or most rational-thinking jews in any form.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  9. Muneef

    Divine Commandments to All Jews: 
    "You Shall Believe in This Quran."
    [2:40] O Children of Israel, remember My favor, which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your part of the covenant, that I fulfill My part of the covenant, and reverence Me.

    [2:41] You shall believe in what I have revealed herein, confirming what you have; do not be the first to reject it. Do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price, and observe Me.

    [2:42] Do not confound the truth with falsehood, nor shall you conceal the truth, knowingly.

    [2:43] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and bow down with those who bow down.

    [2:44] Do you exhort the people to be righteous, while forgetting yourselves, though you read the scripture? Do you not understand?

    [2:45] You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent,

    [2:46] who believe that they will meet their Lord; that to Him they ultimately return.

    Lack of Confidence in God: 
    They Refuse to Enter Jerusalem
    [2:58] Recall that we said, "Enter this town, where you will find as many provisions as you like. Just enter the gate humbly, and treat the people nicely. We will then forgive your sins, and increase the reward for the pious."

    [2:59] But the wicked among them carried out commands other than the commands given to them. Consequently, we sent down upon the transgressors condemnation from the sky, due to their wickedness.

    [2:47] O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I blessed you more than any other people.

    [2:48] Beware of the day when no soul can avail another soul, no intercession will be accepted, no ransom can be paid, nor can anyone be helped.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      [5:21] "O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers."

      [5:22] They said, "O Moses, there are powerful people in it, and we will not enter it, unless they get out of it. If they get out, we are entering."

      [5:23] Two men who were reverent and blessed by GOD said, "Just enter the gate. If you just enter it, you will surely prevail. You must trust in GOD, if you are believers."

      [5:24] They said, "O Moses, we will never enter it, so long as they are in it. Therefore, go – you and your Lord – and fight. We are sitting right here."

      [5:25] He said, "My Lord, I can only control myself and my brother. So, allow us to part company with the wicked people."

      [5:26] He said, "Henceforth, it is forbidden them for forty years, during which they will roam the earth aimlessly. Do not grieve over such wicked people."

      July 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Muneef.. sounds like good ole religious distrust of other religions to me. I am sure these verses are just repeated in the same way that a parrot says " hello".. with out any understanding of what it means.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Muneef

      That was not as you thought but rather some thing for Odessa to remember that life goes along repeating it self.... I have nothing against the non wicked Jews or Christians or any other belief or disbelief.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Muneef

      Guess the Cross became the Sword to defend Israel...America became Moses fighting for them...
      Will they later say;

      [5:24] They said, "O Moses, we will never enter it, so long as they are in it. Therefore, go – you and your Lord – and fight. We are sitting right here."

      July 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  10. John


    July 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • D

      Enough with this video... we get it... you like rainbow-colored butterflies...

      July 8, 2011 at 12:33 am |
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