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2nd part of controversial 'King's Torah' book to be published

Friday 17/February/2017 - 06:50 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The second part of "Torat Hamelech" ("The King's Torah")، a controversial book that deals with the killing of non-Jews during times of war، is scheduled to be published next week، eight years after its first installment was made public.
According to a report by Channel 2 News، the second book calls for the establishment of a Jewish monarchy، under which non-Jews should be excluded from society and denied the right to vote.
Written by two students from the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva in the Samaria settlement of Yitzhar، the text has reportedly been endorsed by Kiryat Arba's Chief Rabbi Dov Lior and Yitzhar's Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.
The first book، written by Rabbis Yosef Elitzur and Yitzhak Shapira was published in 2009 and sparked a public outcry over its elaborate discussion of the circumstances under which Jews would be permitted to kill non-Jews.
Several prominent rabbis spoke out against the book، saying its content did not correspond with Jewish religious law.
Rabbi Yaaqov Medan، head of Har Etzion Yeshiva، south of Jerusalem، went as far as to say that "the book should be burned and Shapira should be prevented from teaching the ways of Halachah in Israel."
In 2010، Shapira was detained by police on suspicion of incitement to violence، while Shapira was questioned over suspected "price-tag" vandalism acts allegedly carried out by his students against Arab property in the West Bank. The police also raided the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva and seized dozens of copies of the book.

In 2012، the State Attorney's Office announced that it was closing the case against Elitzur and Shapira، citing lack of evidence.

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