Police detain Yitzhar rabbi in racial incitement case

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 19, 2010 10:30

Police arrested rabbi Yosef Elitzur-Hershkowitz from Yitzhar overnight Wednesday on suspicion of incitement to racial violence, possession of a racist text, and and possession of material that incites to violence.

The arrest comes as part of the investigation into the book Torat Hamelech (The King's Torah),  co-written by Elitzur-Hershkowitz and  Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. The book discusses the rules of war, and states that in certain situations, non-Jews can be killed.Elitzur-Hershokwitz will be arraigned at a Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Elitzur earlier sent a letter through his lawyer to the state attorney overseeing the case, Shai Nitzan, to tell him that he would not voluntarily appear before investigators because he views the matter as one of halakha (Jewish religious law) and not a police matter.


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