Rabbi Shapira to be released

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

The JerusalemMagistrate’s Court decided on Wednesday to release RabbiYitzhak Shapira from custody a day after the Od Yosef ChaiYeshiva head was arrested in connection with the investigation into the attack on a mosque.

The jurist cited a lack of evidence toprove that the rabbi knew the identities of the people responsible for theDecember 11 attack in the


The head of the yeshivain the Yitzhar settlement was called in forquestioning on Sunday and arrived on Wednesday. However, Shapira refused toanswer investigators' questions and was therefore placed underarrest.

Last month, the well-known rabbi madeheadlines when petitioners called on the HighCourt of Justice to indict him, together with Rabbi YosefElitzur - another teacher at the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva - for writingand marketing a book in which they say Jewish religious law permitsthe murder of non-Jewish babies in times of war and that at timesit is preferable to deliberately kill innocent people as a deterrentmeasure.

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