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RHR to Legal Advisor: Open investigation into head of Havat Gilad yeshiva & Arutz 7

0 Comments 03 January 2018

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 3 2018

RHR demands that Rabbi Meir Goldmintz be investigated for soliciting an offense after he encouraged the building of outposts on private Palestinian land in an op-ed published on Arutz 7 (Israel National News). RHR also calls for an examination into the conduct of the media platform that published his call.

“This is a clear call to authorize the theft of private Palestinian land and Arutz 7 has given it a platform.” Extremist settlers from Havat Gilad outpost throw stones. Photo by Zakaria Sadah of RHR

On Monday, January 1 2018, Rabbis for Human Rights sent a letter to the Attorney General demanding an investigation be opened into Rabbi Meir Goldmintz and Arutz 7 for the publication of statements that allegedly involve soliciting an offense. In an op-ed from December 5 2018, Rabbi Goldmintz writes, among other things, that “if an Arab is willing to sell [land], we will agree to buy the land, but when it is impossible to buy, the original law repeats that the land is ours and we should take it out of our eternal right to the Land of Israel.” “As long as we do not raise our flag high, and declare that we have the right to build our homes and communities on ‘private Palestinian land,’ and as long as it is not clearly stated that what was true in the Sharon and the coastal plain [of Israel] is also true in Samaria and Judea, we may gain ‘points’, but we will lose the entire campaign.”

This is a clear call to authorize the theft of private Palestinian land and Arutz 7 has given it a platform.

We write: “Rabbi Goldmintz is the head of the Havat Gilad Yeshiva and therefore he is a spiritual authority whose words have a great influence on the young people in illegal ​​outposts which are characterized by radical ideology. This is an area where incursions into private Palestinian land have been occurring for a long time. Therefore it is highly likely that his remarks will influence and result in actual criminal activity. ”

According to media reports, the Civil Administration admits that it is reasonable to assume that residents of the illegal Havat Gilad outpost are expanding the outpost at the expense of private Palestinian land.

Due to the fact that attempts to take-over private Palestinian land are often accompanied with violence, the letter also demands he be investigated on the suspicion of inciting violence.

For us at Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi Goldmintz’s call is more than just call to commit a criminal offense and trample the rights of a population under military rule:

We know that the Tanakh teaches us that we are obligated to protect the property of “the other.”  This holds true even if the property is in danger due to their negligence or even in cases where the property, lost or damaged due to improper use, belongs to an “enemy” or a hated element. Thus, even for those who generally view the Palestinians as an “enemy,” damage to their property is in contradiction to Jewish values.

“If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.” – Exodus 23: 4

Read the full [Hebrew] letter here

 

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