Rabbi Shapira to be released

Judge says insufficient proof yeshiva head knew mosque attackers' identities.

January 27, 2010 19:28
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The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court decided on Wednesday to release Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira from custody a day after the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva head was arrested in connection with the investigation into the attack on a mosque.

The jurist cited a lack of evidence to prove that the rabbi knew the identities of the people responsible for the December 11 attack in the


The head of the yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement was called in for questioning on Sunday and arrived on Wednesday. However, Shapira refused to answer investigators' questions and was therefore placed under arrest.

Last month, the well-known rabbi made headlines when petitioners called on the High Court of Justice to indict him, together with Rabbi Yosef Elitzur - another teacher at the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva - for writing and marketing a book in which they say Jewish religious law permits the murder of non-Jewish babies in times of war and that at times it is preferable to deliberately kill innocent people as a deterrent measure.

"There are reasons for killing babies even though they have not violated the seven sins, because of the danger that will arise if they are allowed to live and grow up to be as evil as their parents," the petitioners quoted from the book, The Torah of the King.

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