Zionist Settler Youth Fires Homemade Rocket

June 20, 2008

Police reported that a student in the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar, a settlement five kilometers south of Nablus, fired a home-made Kassam-like rocket towards a nearby Arab village. The rocket landed in an open area - some 50 meters away from a Jewish man engaged in prayer.

NRG-Maariv reported that the firing of the rocket was preceded by a phone call to the Yitzhar secretariat office, warning that a loud boom would be heard and should be ignored. Army forces heard the explosion, however, and thought it was caused by terrorists. They arrived quickly on the scene, but once they realized their mistake, investigation of the matter was transferred to the police and the General Security Service.

Rabbi Yitzik Shapira, Dean of the yeshiva, was questioned by General Security Service agents afterwards. He reportedly told them that the yeshiva has made it clear to the students that the priority is "net Torah study," and that he personally is against any form of anarchy in which citizens take the law into their own hands.

However, Rabbi David Dudkevitch, the Rabbi of Yitzhar, expressed support for the act when he told Arutz-7, "It is clear that many Israeli citizens feel that the government is not filling its most basic obligation of defending its populace. Instead of fighting terrorism, it fights against its citizens."

A yeshiva official said, "We know that people come here because they identify with our goal of taking responsibility for the entire nation," the official said, "but we are making it clear that specific actions towards this end may not be taken during yeshiva time. If they want, they can do this during vacation time, or when they get older - but not here."

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Our comment:

In other words, this Zionist yeshiva teaches its students: terrorism is okay, just don't do it during yeshiva time!