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20110703 The King's Torah
Yaakov Yosef, son of Shas political party spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, was picked up this morning for interrogation after failing to report for questioning as summoned by police. Coming out of morning prayers at the tomb of Shimon Hatzadik (Simon the Just) he was surprised by police and taken to the National Police HQ in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yosef is suspected of endorsement of the "King's Torah" book, constituting incitement and racism, as the book deals with Jewish Halacha law in regard to the killing of non-Jews. Some thirty minutes later he was released from custody on bail. Police sources claim he was uncooperative and refused to answer questions.
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef is the second rabbi to be arrested for questioning in the 'King's Torah' book affair after Rabbi Dov Lior. Lior also ignored police summons for interrogation for months and was arrested by surprise last week. After his release supporters rioted in Jerusalem and several arrests were made. Religious Jews, the two arrested rabbis among them, claim state legislation is inferior to the laws of the Torah - therefore their refusal to appear for questioning.
At the protest today, in the Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood, MK Michael Ben Ari said: "The police have proved themselves bullies over Israel-loving rabbis. I dare them to do the same with sheikhs inciting in mosques and anarchists working against Israel."
Chills went down my spine as I heard one of the speakers vow the day is near when the laws of Halacha shall govern the land and revenge will be sought. Was it not Iran that similarly spiraled down into a dark abyss of ignorance and hate?
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