Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Despicable Book

On 28 February I posted the lead-in to a story in Haaretz about Israeli Rabbi Dov Lior and his refusal to be interrogated over his support for The King's Torah and the "laws" for killing Gentiles.

The next day, on 01 March, Rabbi Aryeh Tuchman noted he was "finally" able to get hold of The King's Torah—which was published in 2009. It's probably a coincidence that he found it the day following my 28 February post. On 01 March Tuchman posted the following on his J-Hate blog.

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I was finally able to find a copy of the book, Torat HaMelech (“The King’s Torah”), and have spent the past hour or so reading through it. I have never been so repulsed, disgusted and angered by a book — and that’s saying a lot, given how much anti-Semitic stuff I read.

Torat HaMelech is itself precisely the obscene caricature of Judaism that one finds in the allegations of anti-Semites. In the US this book would be protected by the First Amendment, but in Israel there are laws against this type of thing, and I support the prosecution of the authors and promoters of Torat HaMelech to the full extent that those laws allow.

It is important that we who expose and fight against anti-Semitism be willing to denounce extremism and bigotry in our own communities as well. There is no excuse for it.