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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
- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Muneef

    British Actress Inspired by Prophet's Life
    Myriam Francois-Cerrah Embraces Islam
    'Sense and Sensibility'

    Say (O Prophet!): The evil and the good are not equal even though the excess and abundance of the evil may impress you. So, O people of understanding, be mindful of your duty to Allah that you may succeed." Al-Qur'an, 5:100

    “The two feet of the son of Adam [human being] will not move on the Day of Judgment in front of Allah until he is asked about five things: about his life, and how he spent it? And (more specifically) about his youth, what did he consume it in? And about his money, how did he earn it? And on what did he spend it? And how much did he act upon what he knew?” Hadith

    http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/my-journey-to-islam/contemporary-stories/452274-british-actress-inspired-by-prophets-life.html

    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Odessa

    @Muneef, Muslims cannot have decent democracy because democracy is possible only with religious freedom. Freedom of conscience – rights to choose belief – is the basis and foundation of democracy. Don't listen to secularists' garbage. If you don't provide religious freedom, it is a tyranny one way or another. Muneef, the Truth stands forever; don't force religion. Give people religious freedom.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Muneef

      We are secular system and surely that's why we are lost because many no longer fear God with their intentions and acts...life would be better if we had held our Heavenly Books.

      Quotes from Quran;

      [5:65] If only the people of the scripture believe and lead a righteous life, we will then remit their sins, and admit them into gardens of bliss.

      [5:66] If only they would uphold the Torah and the Gospel, and what is sent down to them herein from their Lord, they would be showered with blessings from above them and from beneath their feet. Some of them are righteous, but many of them are evildoers.

      [5:67] O you messenger, deliver what is revealed to you from your Lord – until you do, you have not delivered His message – and GOD will protect you from the people. GOD does not guide the disbelieving people.

      [5:68] Say, "O people of the scripture, you have no basis until you uphold the Torah, and the Gospel, and what is sent down to you herein from your Lord." For sure, these revelations from your Lord will cause many of them to plunge deeper into transgression and disbelief. Therefore, do not feel sorry for the disbelieving people.

      [5:69] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

      [5:70] We have taken a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we sent to them messengers. Whenever a messenger went to them with anything they disliked, some of them they rejected, and some they killed.

      [5:71] They thought that they would not be tested, so they turned blind and deaf, then GOD redeemed them, but then many of them turned blind and deaf again. GOD is Seer of everything they do.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  3. Andrew

    Hey Odessa

    sorry man but we Christians aren't all saints either, anyone can kill in the name of something. For instants the crusades
    the catholic armies were a scourge to both non-christian Europe the middle east, and parts of north east Africa.
    While other religions had their faults, the wars in the name of Christ was some of the worst

    I'm not saying I hate them, being one. I'll still admit we're not perfect

    July 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • Odessa

      Andrew, sorry, Americans really need education on the content of the Bible and on the world & US history, both Christians and secular ones. Do you know anything in history other than what you just mentioned? I'm sick and tired of the rhetorics. Summary of human history: only true Christians changed the world for the good, ever. All others fit in next few categories: Repeaters, some order restorers, mimickers and villains. Be proud to be Christian. The world was a darkness of fate and illiteracy without Christians. Andrew, read on missionaries and talk to some educated non-white Christians.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Odessa

      Andrew, humans are pure barbarians one way or another without having the Bible and Christianity. Israel was an exception for all time. Human dignity, freedom of conscience does not exist as a system outside of Christianity.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  4. William Demuth

    Odessa

    Have you actually seen a religious man from the Middle East?

    Most of them smell like Yaks, and are stained by the secrections of the boys they have buggered.

    Your faith is a sickness, and I have the cure.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Odessa

      Anyone is better than American atheists. You guys are the worst guilty. Others did evil things partially out of forced brainwashing; you do evil willingly with full knowledge.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  5. rich

    Trust no man. Follow no leaders. Take full responsibility.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  6. tiffany

    Blah blah blah!!! Shut up Jews

    July 6, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  7. Odessa

    @Muneef, barbarians cannot have democracy by mimicking the present filthy West. You need Bible education and some basic knowledge on the European and American history to understand democracy.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • William Demuth

      I think you need a lesson.

      Old school style.

      July 6, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Muneef

      Odessa.

      Democracy to them means they can take the Americas,take south Africa,take Australia,take Palestine killing and depriving the natives of their rights and kept in reservation camps...isn't that democracy to you..? By now you would have taken the whole world if not to the people who resisted yours in the far east and south east Asia...!? Not sure if I had read history at all but that how it looked to me it is.... Crusaders of democracy...!? How much democracy the guys in Iraqi prisions had suffered under your flag...!! How sweet and poisonous the cost of democracy is in your terms...!

      July 6, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Muneef

      Odessa.

      The seeking to convert people overseas to become Christians or Atheists ...is meant to saw seeds in those countries so that those seeds of false democracy and understanding keep the country unbalanced until they are able to openwide the castle gates for your invasion and occupation...in democracy...

      July 6, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Odessa

      Muneef, people in your land want democracy, don't they? You are talking about imperialism. Any races or nations who engage in barbarism and enslaving weaker members of the society get invaded by foreign elements. It's the way in our planet. You should be grateful it's mainly the English and Catholics who got the uncivilized world first, not any others. Democracy developed much later after the European and American commoners got educated by the Bible.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • Muneef

      I thought you had the bible for 2000 years.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  8. T-Party

    I am agnositc. I work with and are friends with many jews. I think the world of them . Extremely hard working smart, yes stingey but they do not wear their religion on their sleeve either...

    July 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Odessa.
    Repeated;

    So you say you agree to their actions on the native palestinians and Gaza ? So what ever and how ever bad it is you say still will support with out a word of justice ?
    Strange you say that they do not do as Gentiles would do ! Did you not read the article saying it is ok to kill non Jews?
    It this you vision of the best democracy in the Mideast ??
    What are Odessa are you Christian or Jew ?

    July 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Odessa

      Muneef, I'm Christian. Did you learn the world history with the Jewish history included? Do you Muslims read anything other than your own history? Look, Israel is barely surviving with most of mankind being blood-thirsty against her. She just crushes anything that threatens her existence so villains cannot even dream about touching her. More than enough abuse was done to her for the longest time. Leave her alone. Every nation must have freedom of conscience.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • Odessa

      I mean, of course I'm against this rabbi. Every nation must provide its citizens religious freedom and human rights. If a Jew wants to change his religion, let him do so freely in the land of Israel.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Odessa

      And by the way, the Jews aided Palestinians a lot. Muneef, it you want to swart anyone on earth, you must be morally better and wiser than the person. Read and study the Bible if you want to take the upper-hand of the Jews, ever.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Muneef

      Odessa.

      Are you saying they can take all the Arabic lands from the Nile to the rivers of Iraq as they think is theirs, and we are supposed to stay calm with out resistance !!?
      To you the bible say that Israel can cover the whole area or world is still Israel and has to be supported, is that what you are saying? Where was Israel limited to many years ago and what is the size it has grown and how much think the got to grow?

      July 6, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Odessa

      Muneef, I don't think Israel will invade anyone anytime soon. Polish your national defense as you always do. Just don't dream you can defeat Israel; Almighty God is with her. Read the Bible; you'll find who God is, who Jews are, and you will know what to do.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Muneef

      Odessa.

      Those I will quote are your words from above posts,are self explaining;

      (Any races or nations who engage in barbarism and enslaving weaker members of the society get invaded by foreign elements. It's the way in our planet).

      July 7, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Muneef

      [17:4] We addressed the Children of Israel in the scripture: "You will commit gross evil on earth, twice. You are destined to fall into great heights of arrogance.

      [17:5] "When the first time comes to pass, we will send against you servants of ours who possess great might, and they will invade your homes. This is a prophecy that must come to pass.

      [17:6] "Afterwards, we will give you a turn over them, and will supply you with a lot of wealth and children; we will give you the upper hand.

      [17:7] "If you work righteousness, you work righteousness for your own good, but if you commit evil you do so to your own detriment. Thus, when the second time comes to pass, they will defeat you and enter the masjid, just as they did the first time. They will wipe out all the gains you had accomplished."

      July 7, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  10. lol

    The Exploited also had some pertinent lyrics:

    F*** Religion! Full of s***!

    It's all a joke. Unfortunately a lot of simple-minded folks take it seriously, but it's still all b.s.

    July 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Odessa

      Atheists are filthy. Just hopeless. Proven all over the world.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  11. Aidan

    I guess this rabbi would have agreed with Hitler.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Except that Hitler would have had no objection to killing the lesser creatures personally... I can't see this "rabbi" holding a gun and actually doing something with it...

      August 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  12. William Demuth

    It seems to me that ANYONE who uses his imaginary sky freind to rationalize murder needs to spend the rest of his life in a cage.

    What a disgrace to modernity, democracy and indeed civilization itself.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  13. Odessa

    I hope for the safety of Messianic Jews in Israel...

    July 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Jewish Nazi

      These people are our allies? We subsidise sociopaths.

      July 5, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Odessa

      William, stop degrading Germans. We were all guilty for the massacre of Jews by looking away.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • William Demuth

      Looking away?

      I got a basement full of war booty to prove you wrong.

      My family has fought in EVERY war we ever had!

      July 6, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Odessa

      William, your family went too late. You should have gotten there sooner. Why did we allow Hitler to take Slavs hostage? The wrong thing.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  14. Muneef

    Does the meaning of non Jews include the Christians ? Thought Christian Churches were giving a lot of money to Isreal in support?
    Guess this means to be the Red Light for self defense against any possible attack by Israeli Jews at least if not worldwide...poor Jews if feel sorry for them how they are being abused by Israeli politics that gave it self the prevlage to speak on behalf of all Jews..
    Once we had a Yemeni Muslim Killing a Yemeni Jew for some thing that been done by Israelis to Palestinians in Palestine...see how they creat hatred and then complain that the whole world is against them... The real Jews are suffering from acts of Israelies and the whole Muslims suffer by the acts of few terrorist groups...
    What a life man,honestly.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Odessa

      Muneef, whatever Israel does or whatever happens, Christians pray for her, support and aid her. That's the thing. For now, Israel never does such bad things as Gentiles anyway.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • Muneef

      Odessa.

      So you say you agree to their actions on the native palestinians and Gaza ? So what ever and how ever bad it is you say still will support with out a word of justice ?
      Strange you say that they do not do as Gentiles would do ! Did you not read the article saying it is ok to kill non Jews?
      It this you vision of the best democracy in the Mideast ??
      What are Odessa are you Christian or Jew ?

      July 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Odessa

      Muneef, I answered you in above comments. Because your question was repeated.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  15. Unknown

    The Abrahamic religions sure are an aggressive lot!

    July 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Odessa

      Yes, because Eastern spirituality is all a fantasy.

      July 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  16. frank

    It be a 100% positive thing for the human race if that whole area was permanently sunk by a titanic tsunami.

    July 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Odessa

      Even if the whole planetary surface burns up, Israel will be intact.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • William Demuth

      It has been the cornerstone of hate for the recent past.

      Each group would claim their God did it.

      Hopefully NONE would survive, and the waters would scour the land clean of all artifacts!

      July 5, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Odessa

      William, those who trust in Jesus will be saved. Israel, acknowledging Him in her most distress, will be saved at the end as well. All you need is repentance, faith in Jesus and living the new life in God's Spirit.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Odessa

      Save your pedophiles religion for someone who gives a damn

      You and your are running out of time, and you WILL be held accountable.

      July 6, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Odessa

      William, get rid of your phedophile homes and schools in your country.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  17. mhklein

    I wish CNN would be more explicit. Did Rabbi Yosef say it is permissible to kill any non-Jew for any reason? If not, what exactly did he say?

    July 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I think that is what the police are trying to determine.

      July 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Karatenor

      From the article, it sounds like the rabbi is saying that it is ok to kill non-Jews during times of war. I didn't notice anything in the article about non-war times.

      But then again, I've only read the article, so the rabbi might actually say something different.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  18. John

    Help me here, from what other group have I have that its OK to kill somebody who is not a member of your religion????

    July 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Odessa

      Only Judeo-Christian religion grants safety of everyone regardless. No other religion, no other ideology does. Everything except Christianity is dangerous and harmful to humans.

      July 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Oberon

      That's what they believe. I'm so sick of supporting them. My tax dollars nned to stay here at home.

      July 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Odessa

      Oberon, study history. It's a fact. Atheists are the worst killers for all time.

      July 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Josh

      LOL, Odessa, Except an Atheist would never kill in the name of Atheism, While the religious almost extensively murder in the name of their gods.

      An atheist would at the very least attempt to rationalize his murder, while a religious nutcase would simply say "god wanted me to"

      July 5, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Odessa

      Josh, no, atheists massacred bilions by saying, "I'm a god for myself." Atheists' evil has no restraint.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Odessa

      On the other hand, religion(Christians) saved billions in the name of Jesus. Mis-use of the names of religions are tiny and minimum, especially comparing to atheism.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  19. Bucky Ball

    Hey. A Three-fer. Christian Nation, Islamic State, Jewish Nation.
    These are perfect examples of why anything of this sort is doomed in the end. No matter how crazy and wacked-out
    something sounds today, there is always someone coming along tomorrow who is even more "faithful", more "holy", more "true" more "orthodox" than yesterday. A civil society cannot be built on "religious" anything. A great day for these articles, and for celebrating the Founding Father's wisdom in creating the wall between church and state.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I believe Mettalica addressed this

      NO MORE!!!
      The crap rolls out your mouth again
      Haven't changed, your brain is still gelatin
      Little whispers circle around your head
      Why don't you worry about yourself INSTEAD!!!

      Who are you? where ya been? where ya from?
      Gossip burning on the tip of your tongue
      You lie so much you believe yourself
      Judge not l'est ye be judged yourself

      Holier than thou
      You are
      Holier than thou
      You are

      You know not

      Before you judge me take a look at you
      Can't you find something better to do
      Point the finger, slow to understand
      Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand

      It's not you are it's who you know
      Others lives are the basis of your own
      Burn your bridges and build them back with wealth
      Judge not l'est ye be judged yourself

      Holier than thou
      You are
      Holier than thou
      You are

      You know not

      Yeah who the hell are you?
      Hey yo

      Holier than thou
      You are
      Holier than thou
      You are

      You know not

      July 5, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • Odessa

      Christians are far better than atheists. Like from a different universe. Atheists are filthy.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  20. Ted M.

    Netanyahu said, "Israel is a nation of laws, as I said a few days ago. Nobody is above the law and I demand that every Israeli citizen respect the law".

    Now let's see if the religious extremists can follow the law. Not very likely, but, eh, what can you do?

    July 4, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Those religious extremists hold enough power in the Knesset to change the law to suit themselves... As long as these nutbars are allowed to influence the direction of the country – even though they do not participate in the armed forces, nothing positive will ever take place.

      August 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
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