Ramallah Rock Throwing 311.
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Three senior religious-Zionist rabbis sent a letter on Tuesday to Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, requesting that the IDF
change its rules of engagement toward stone throwers participating in riots in
the West Bank.
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Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron Dov Lior; Chief
Rabbi of the Samaria region Rabbi Elyakim Levanin; and Rabbi Eliezer Nahum
Rabinovitch, head of the Birkat Moshe yeshiva in Ma’aleh Adumim stated in their
letter that according to Jewish law, and all law, it is permitted to protect
oneself by all means available.
“Anyone who faces a danger to their life,
including being pelted by stones or other dangers, must be allowed to open fire
against the attackers without having to worry about being tried or having their
weapon confiscated,” the letter read.
The rabbis in their letter also
requested that the rules of engagement be relaxed for those in settlement
security authorities to fire upon hostile elements who have broken into a
settlement and that weapons should be provided to the settlements for their
The letter was sent on behalf of the Center for Instruction in
Public Affairs, headed by Lior. Another recent letter sent by the organization
to the government requested that the death penalty be instituted for terrorists
responsible for the death of women and children.
Capital punishment is
necessary for such people, the letter argues, because of the increasing price
demanded by an “inhumane” enemy to fulfill the biblical commandment of redeeming