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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Police arrested Rabbi Yaakov Yosef on Sunday morning. Last Tuesday, Rabbi
Yosef, son of Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef, turned down a
police summons calling on him to come to the
headquarters of the National Serious and International Crimes Unit in
Lod for questioning over his alleged endorsement of the controversial
Torat Hamelech (The King’s Torah) book, The Jerusalem Post has learned.Shortly
after news broke of the rabbi's arrest, police reported that tires were
thrown onto the main Jerusalem highway near Rehov Haim Bar-Lev inside
the city. No disruptions to traffic were reported.
Yosef was stopped and arrested while traveling on Route 1 in Jerusalem, Army Radio reported.
Hundreds gather over rumors of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef’s arrest
2nd rabbi ignores summons over book controversy
MK Michael Ben-Ari said of the arrest, "The police has proved that it is strong enough to arrest rabbis, lovers of Israel, and to humiliate them," Israel Radio reported.
"When will [police] begin fighting criminals and anarchists," the National Union MK added.
Thursday, hundreds of yeshiva students gathered in Jerusalem's
ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Shmuel Hanavi within minutes as a rumor
raced through the neighborhood that police cars were outside Yosef’s
house and his arrest was imminent.
Clashes between right-wing activists and police
erupted on Monday at the entrance to Jerusalem and near the Supreme
Court building following the short detention and questioning that day of
Kiryat Arba-Hebron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, who also allegedly endorsed
the 2009 book.
by the rabbi of the Yitzhar settlement, Yitzhak Shapira, gives Jews
permission to preemptively kill gentiles under certain conditions in
Government officials, however, were highly critical of the rabbis’ refusal to obey the summons.
is a law-abiding country. The law binds all, and all are subject to
it,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement issued on
Tuesday. “I call on all the country’s citizens to obey the law.”
In a speech to new senior police officers on Wednesday, Israel Police
Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino addressed the issue of tension with elements
within the national-religious camp, saying, “The condition for rule of
law is equal enforcement of the law, an enforcement that does not
discriminate against anyone and does not prefer anyone. All civilians
are equal before the law. Therefore, we will continue to
carry out our missions and pursue investigations against any suspect
without shame or fear.”
Touching on the blockage of roads carried out by activists on Monday in
response to Lior’s arrest, Danino said he would not tolerate “an entire
public being forced to pay the price and wait for hours on the roads. We
won’t allow disturbances of the peace and a blocking of the roads.