Israeli Rabbi Wants Non-Jews Banished
by Stephen Lendman
Israel is unfit to live in, including for most Jews, a society serving its privileged few alone like America.
Arab citizens (20% of the population) are treated like fifth column threats, denied rights afforded Jews, Knesset members representing them treated like potted plants.
Religious extremists like chief Sephardic rabbi Yitzhak Yosef have enormous influence. Instead of denouncing their unacceptable ideology, they're embraced as distinguished figures.
Josef wants non-Jews banished for not observing Judaic law, saying "gentiles should not live in the Land of Israel."
"If a gentile does not agree to take on the Seven (Laws of Noah, binding on everyone, according to the Talmud), we should send him to Saudi Arabia. When the true and complete redemption arrives, that is what we will do."
Yosef believes the only reason non-Jews are allowed to live in Israel is because the Messiah hasn't arrived. Their role is serving Jews, equal rights denied.
Weeks earlier, he urged Israelis to kill alleged Palestinian "terrorists" without fear of legal consequences, calling it a religious imperative.
"If someone comes to kill you, you kill him first. Don't start being afraid with all kinds…that they'll make about him later in the High Court of Justice, or that some chief of staff will come and say something different," he said.
"It deters them too. The moment a terrorist knows that if he comes with a knife he won't return alive, that will deter them. That's why it's a mitzvah to kill him."
Religious extremists like Yosef and secular counterparts like Netanyahu run Israel, a nation unfit to live in for Jews and non-Jews alike, militarized for unchallenged control.
Palestinian human rights activist Imad Abu Shamsiya captured on videotape an Israeli soldier lethally shooting Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, lying helpless on the ground.
He's receiving death threats from extremist settlers, was detained, interrogated and threatened by Israel's military, forced to hand over the original copy of his tape, saying he was told:
"How will you benefit from this video? It got a lot of publicity. Your name is known to everyone."
"Who is going to protect you and your family from right-wing Israelis? Remember you live in (Tel Rumeida), surrounded by Israeli settlers. Who will be able to protect you there?
He's gotten cell phone death threats and taunts by settlers shouting at him for hours outside his home.
"I now fear for my life and the life of my family," he said. "I'm afraid they might attack my house and do me harm."
He's been targeted before. Last year, extremist settlers set his home ablaze, no one held accountable for the crime.
He's deputy coordinator for Human Rights Defenders, a Hebron-based group involved in documenting West Bank abuses committed by soldiers and settlers.
Lunatics running Israel represent pure evil, the nation an affront to humanity, an apartheid police state masquerading as democratic.
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