Israeli ministers to honour rabbi who praised slaughtering Palestinians

Aug 05,2019

Yitzchak Ginsburgh, the rabbi to be honoured, is the spiritual father of violent settler extremists. He has been previously charged with inciting racism.

Israeli Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz, Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich are set to give honour Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh who praised slaughtering 29 Palestinians in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994.

The ministers, who are both running in the United Right political alliance in the September election, will speak at a Thursday event during which a prize will be awarded to Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.

The US-born rabbi is known for publishing a pamphlet praising the actions of religious extremist Baruch Goldstein, who in 1994 carried out the massacre in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, in which he killed 29 Muslims at prayer and wounded more than 150 others.

Ginsburgh is also among the rabbis who endorsed the book “The King’s Torah,” which discusses circumstances in which Jews may kill non-Jews according to Jewish law.

The prize will be awarded under the auspices of an institution called the “Cathedra for Torah and Wisdom,” which received approximately 25,000 shekels ($7,162) in 2017 and 2018 from the Education Ministry’s department for Jewish culture.

Peretz's spokesperson said the minister is proud to attend the event, while Smotrich tweeted that Ginsburgh is "a genius" with body of work that is of an "incomprehensible scope two weeks ago.