Israeli rabbi calls for execution of all Palestinians




A senior Israeli rabbi says
Tel Aviv should execute Palestinians instead of arresting them and
“leave no one alive” in order to establish safety in the occupied
Palestinian territories, Palestinian media report.“Israeli
army has to stop arresting Palestinians,” Shmuel Eliyahu said in a
message posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, adding, “but, it must
execute them and leave no one alive,” Palestine News Network reported.As chief
rabbi of the city of Safed, Eliyahu is known for his racist behavior
and remarks about Arabs and Muslims. He had earlier urged the Israeli
regime to take “revenge” against Arabs in order to restore what he
called Israel’s deterrence.He also described Palestinians as the
enemy of Israel and claimed that they “must be destroyed and crushed in
order to end violence.”“If they don’t stop after we kill 100,
then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after 1,000, then
we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even
a million,” the Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying in 2007.In
2012, he was charged for making racist statements as he called the Arab
culture “cruel” and accused Arabs of having “violent norms” which “have
turned into ideology.”Eliyahu alleged that Arabs steal farm equipment belonging to Jews and blackmail farmers.

“The
minute you make room for Arabs among Jews, it takes five minutes before
they start to do whatever they want,” he purportedly said.However,
the Israeli Justice Ministry dropped the charges against him, claiming
that reporters ‘may’ have changed his statements.Back in December, the Jerusalem Post
quoted Eliyahu as saying, “Should we leave them (Palestinians) alive in
order to then free them in another gesture to Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas? The fact that they still have a desire to
commit ... attacks shows that we are not operating strongly enough.”A
Palestinian protester takes cover from tear gas smoke during clashes
with Israeli forces in the village of Abud between Ramallah and Nablus
in the north of the occupied West Bank, December 12, 2015. (AFP photo)On
his Facebook page, he also called for the prosecution of those Israeli
forces that keep Palestinians alive, saying, “We must not allow a
Palestinian to survive after he was arrested. If you leave him alive,
there is a fear that he will be released and kill other people… We must
eradicate this evil from within our midst.”The comments come as
tensions have been running high across the occupied Palestinian lands in
recent months over Tel Aviv’s imposition of restrictions on Palestinian
worshipers’ entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds
(Jerusalem) in August last year.More than 160 Palestinians,
including women and children, have been killed by Israeli forces since
the beginning of last October.