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Cheering the Murders of the 8 Yeshiva Children on Haifa U Chat List

For more details and to see the full original article, go here

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Posted by Steven Plaut at 8:04 AM

This is NOT a spoof!

I thought you should see what sort of anti-Semitic hatred is being disseminated via the "ALEF" chat list, supposedly of Israeli academics, operating under the auspices of the University of Haifa. The following message cheering the attack on the yeshiva children was disseminated via this ALEF list on March 10 (the following is one long citation):

[alef] Arabs to the Gas Chambers, Medical experiments on Arabs - Mercaz
HaRav - a training centre for illegal occupation and murder
tony greenstein tonygreenstein at
Mon Mar 10 19:56:37 IST 2008
I've just come across this excellent article from Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign on how the Yeshivah that was bombed last week is probably one of the most vile institutions one could imagine. A veritable centre of neo-Nazi or Judaeo Nazi ideas.

Tony Greenstein

Medical experiments on Arabs, Arabs to the gas chambers

Mercaz HaRav - a training centre for illegal occupation, murder and "Arabs to the Gas Chambers"

A Palestinian killed eight Israeli students in a settler movement training centre, in retaliation for Israel.s massacre of over a hundred Gazans, mostly civilians. Hundreds of the seminary students later chanted "Death to the Arabs" at the gates of their seat of learning. This was somehow missed by the BBC.

British prime Minister Gordon Brown, following Bush, hurried to condemn "the murders" of the Israelis at the settlers. training centre. This contrasts with his deep silence during Israel.s recent massacres in Gaza. The BBC would have us believe that Mercaz HaRav yeshiva is a normal school where 'religious students' pursue esoteric religious studies. In fact Mercaz HaRav is the main educational and training centre of the fanatical Israeli settler movement, Gush Emunim, what the British newspaper,The Independent, somewhat disingenuously calls the "controversial settler movement". Many Mercaz HaRav graduates fill the ranks of Gush Emunim, which organises attacks on Palestinians from Jewish-only military settlements across the West Bank as part of its declared aim of dispossessing Palestinians of 100% of Palestine.

The Mercaz HaRav yeshiva is based on contempt for all Gentiles, not only Arabs. The parent organisation, Gush Emunim, is heavily armed and carries out the most revolting crimes against innocent Palestinians across the West Bank. This writer has visited the Palestinian village of Yanun after settlers had washed their dogs in the Palestinians. drinking water. A Medieval ideology goes hand in hand with Medieval tactics - Hebron settlers poison village wells with putrescent chickens. They beat and shoot Palestinians, poison their sheep, generally act like the violent thugs they are. One well-known graduate of Mercaz HaRav, Rabbi Moshe Levinger who founded the colonies of ultras in Hebron was such a vicious psychopath towards Palestinians that he was even found guilty of killing a Palestinian by an Israeli court, for which he served three months in detention. Rabbi Levinger was also found guilty of unprovoked assaults on women and children, unusually, since the settlers enjoy complete immunity; many a Palestinian has been found guilty by the Israeli authorities of beating himself up in the vicinity of Jewish settlers.

Mercaz HaRav yeshiva was founded by Rabbi A.Y. Kook, and later led by his son, T.Y. Kook. The manner in which young minds are shaped at this Yeshiva can be guessed from one of A.Y.'s spiritual pronouncements, that "The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews . all of them in all different levels . is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle." Kook's classification of Palestinians as non-human allows the graduates of Mercaz HaRav to ignore those commandments that forbid stealing, murder and coveting.

Since non-Jews are similar to another species in the Kooks. world-view, the very notion of human rights governing the relations between Jews and others is naturally repugnant to his followers; human rights are definitely not on the syllabus at Mercaz HaRav. The Kooks' primitive god is similar to that of their American Christian fundamentalist counterparts. Both groups of fundamentalists believe that the coming of the Messiah is imminent (they disagree on whether this is a first or a return visit) but they agree that the normal forms of human decency are no longer in force. For reasons that need not concern us here, the beginning of the messianic age allows the activation of the rule, as expressed by another unlovely Gush Emunim Rabbi, Shlomo Aviner, that "While God requires other normal nations to abide by abstract codes of justice and righteousness, such laws do not apply to Jews."

The suspension of 'such laws' extends to non-Jews' right to live and breathe. Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh, another settler leader, asked pragmatically whether "If a Jew needs a liver, can he take the liver of an innocent non-Jew to save the Jew?" He replied in the affirmative, supporting an Israeli fundamentalist theology that should make anyone think twice before taking the kids on that beach holiday in Israel. Palestinians have to take Ginsburgh's ideas seriously, though, for the learned Rabbi leads a heavily-armed gang of settlers,14 past graduates of the classrooms of yeshuv Mercaz HaRav.


Mercaz HaRav graduates don't just believe they can use your, or any passing Palestinian's, liver. Gentiles can also be useful to science. The Israeli Attorney General was forced to intervene to bar Rabbi Lior's election to Israel's top religious body following concern over his public proposal to use captured Arab .terrorists. to conduct medical experiments.16 (Gush Emunim considers all Palestinians to be 'terrorists'.) Lior is reputed to be the top student of Kook fils. Note that Lior had to be barred by adminstrative methods after he had secured
enough votes from his supporters to secure a seat on Israel's Supreme Rabbinical Council.


The idea of using Arabs for medical experiments ought to be a clue to something bigger. Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, in Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, spell it out: "the similarities between the Jewish political messianic trend and German Nazism are glaring. The Gentiles are for the messianists what the Jews were for the Nazis." If you think that stealing peoples organs is just your average settler yeshiva ghoulishness, Gush Emunim settlers. idea of leisure time activities after yeshiva is out is to decorate Palestinian homes in Hebron with "Arabs to the gas chambers".


Jerusalem, like Palestine as a whole, is saturated with armed Jews, uniformed soldiers and police as well as gun-toting settlers. Both groups cooperate to control the Palestinian population, who are kept unarmed in order that they can be dispossessed. This dispossession is achieved by a combination of the illegal occupation's 'legal' means combined with the settlers. violent extra-legal actions. Any armed Palestinian is killed on sight. Jerusalem, like all of Palestine, pits Jewish supremacism and military power against a colonised population, whose anger at their status and hostility towards their occupiers and violators is natural and healthy. Should they kiss the whip held over their heads? Palestinians continue to resist and we should be inspired by their courage, fortitude and endurance against an enemy that threatens them openly with a 'Holocaust.'24

Alaa Abu Dheim killed eight students who were being trained to oppress and dispossess him, his family, his entire people. He was himself killed by an armed student. Abu Dheim's sister, Iman, said he had been deeply affected by the Israeli massacres in Gaza. She said her brother had told her "he wasn't able to sleep because of the grief". Rafael Eitan, a past Army Chief and Deputy Prime Minister explained the rationale behind Israel's incessant brutality:the crushing of the Palestinians. "When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle".

Israel's brutality towards Palestinians is a means to the Zionists' declared end, shared by dominant groups in both secular and religious camps, to dehumanise the .cattle., the 'cockroaches.' Israel was cleared for immigration in 1948 by terror, and is still to this day based on terror against the entire Palestinian people. ...
Mick Napier

(Mick Napier is Chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign,
affiliated to PSC-UK.)

Want to tell the heads of Haifa University, through whose auspices and computer the above was disseminated, what you think of this?

To whom can you complain?

University of Haifa:
President of the University of Haifa
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze.ev
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240101
Fax: 972-4-8240281

Rector of the University of Haifa
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240405
Fax: 972-4-8342101

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