This is a blood libel against our people: see how settlers are portrayed as violent, raging maniacs. Al Ahram couldn't have done it better.... but no, this is the work of a so-called Jew, one antisemitic Jew, published in - commissioned by - the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the embodiment of anti-religious and anti-settler fury in Israel. Now compare this horrible caricature with the reality of the religious settler public, which you can see on the last video of this post, the demonstration of rabbis: notice the sweet faces of the boys, admire the holy people there: where is the violent rage? Where is the horrible rictus? Lies, lies, lies, this is what Amos Biderman and his ilk are spreading. Time to take them to task for their libels
Police Question Rabbi Yosef after Morning Prayers
He was released a short time later.
Police were careful to say that he was not “arrested,” but the police action is bound to cause a storm of protests, similar or even louder than those following the questioning of Rabbi Dov Lior last week. Calls are already out for yeshiva students to gather and tires have been burned on Jerusalem streets.
The Rabbi's brother was with him at the site of Shimon Hatzaddik's grave in Jerusalem for Rosh Chodesh (first day of the new month of Tammuz) prayers, when, the brother told Israel's Radio Kol Chai, police "literally kidnapped him".
Both rabbis have refused to submit to a police summons that they appear for questioning and have explained that it is not the business of the police to question Jewish law. Rabbi Yosef is the son of revered Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Sephardi rabbi and the spiritual leader of the Shas hareidi religious party.
They are suspected of inciting or aiding incitement by supporting the book that concerns Jewish law on the question of the priority of Jewish soldiers' lives versus killing of enemy civilians in time of war.
Rabbinic approval of a book on Jewish law or thought is standard operating procedure in the Torah publishing world and does not necessarily mean agreement with its contents.
Retired High Court Justice Yaakov Turkel said last week that the rabbinic approval is not significant and is not grounds for suspicion of: “incitement.” He also said that the police acted “unwisely” by grabbing Rabbi Lior from his car as he was driving from Kiryat-Arba-Hevron to Jerusalem, instead of questioning him at his home.
Haggai Segal and Uri Elitzur of the Hebrew Makor Rishon newspaper this weekend listed incitement to kill settlers on the part of well-known Israelis such as Professor Sternhal (who later received the Israel prize) and poet Natan Zach, none of which evoked any interest by the police.
However, the police repeated the same procedure early Sunday morning, stopping Rabbi Yosef’s car after he finished praying at Shimon HaTzadik in Jerusalem. One of sons said he does not know where police took him for questioning
The national religious public was up in arms last week after police questioned Rabbi Lior , and they have noted that neither the police nor government prosecutor have initiated incitement charges against Ben Gurion University Eyal Nir, who publicly stated nationalists marching in new Jewish neighborhoods in Arab-dominated parts of Jerusalem should have their “necks broken
Speaking on Israel Radio, Amram Yosef, son of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, said that dragging rabbis in for questioning on theoretical religious discussions was ridiculous and unfair, especially considering that leftists who make harsh anti-religious comments are exempt from investigations. Yosef was referring to, among others, controversial political science Professor Ze'ev Sternhell, who has said that it is legitimate for Arabs and the Israeli military to use force against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria
Ketzaleh: Show Support for R. Yosef
The Netanyahu government is losing all legitimacy over its arrest of two great Torah sages. These are crimes that the Jewish people will never forgive, Ketzaleh said