It wasn’t rioting Palestinian protesters making headlines yesterday, but rather right-wing religious Jews opposing the arrest of Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba.
Lior was detained by police and questioned in relation to his endorsement of the controversial book “Torat Hamelech” (The King’s Torah) by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, which justifies the killing of non-Jews. Lior and two other prominent rabbis, Yosef Ginsburg and Yaakov Yosef, endorsed the book. Ginsburg was investigated a year ago, but Yosef and Lior had refused to cooperate with the police.
The police will hand over their evidence to the State Prosecutor’s Office, and the final determination as to whether to indict the rabbis for incitement to racism or violence will be made by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
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