Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira of Yitzhar was arrested on Monday on suspicion of incitement to violence against non-Jews. Shapira was probed following the publication of his book "Torat Hamelech" (The King's Torah) which addresses questions related to harming non-Jews.
He was arrested at the end of a joint Israel Police and Judea and Samaria District Police investigation, and under the orders of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Shapira wrote in his book, "When we encounter a gentile who has violated the Seven Laws of Noah and kill him out of concern for upholding the seven mitzvoth, no prohibition has been violated."
According to the rabbi, "Anywhere where the presence of a gentile poses a threat to Israel, it is permissible to kill him, even if it is a righteous gentile who is not responsible for the threatening situation."
Police raided the rabbi's home Monday morning and arrested him. They confiscated several items from his home and transferred the rabbi to the offices of the national crime investigations unit in Lod, where he was questioned under warning.
Last year 11 organizations filed a petition against the rabbi and Rabbi Yosef Yirmiyahu Elitzur claiming the book was a stage for unruly racial incitement, and was drenched in racist messages that discriminate between people based solely on race and nationality. The petitioners include the 12Heshvan organization, Ne'emanei Torah V'Avodah, Realistic Religious Zionism, Kolech, the religions women's form, and more.
Ronen Medzini contributed to this report
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