yasuf mosque book 248.88.
(photo credit: B'Tselem)
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the head of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva, was
arrested Tuesday in connection with the investigation into the
December 11 mosque attack in the village of Yasuf.
The head of the yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement near Nablus
was called in for questioning on Sunday and arrived on Wednesday.
However, Shapira refused to answer investigators' questions and was
therefore placed under arrest.
He is currently being investigated by police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Service).
A spokesman for Judea and Samaria District police told The Jerusalem Post
on Monday that the rabbi was requested by police to appear before investigators at a time of his convenience.
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
"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.