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‘Come be my slave’ — Israeli rabbi at military academy says Palestinians should be enslaved for their own good

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A prestigious religious institute for Israeli army officer candidates is embroiled again in anti-human rhetoric. A rabbi at the school has been exposed (Hebrew) calling for the enslavement of Palestinians. The text was discovered by blogger/lawyer Yair Nehorai, who’s been documenting the scandalous teaching of the Bnei David religious college rabbis for over a year.

Rabbi Eliezer Kashtiel, the head of Bnei David, a military religious college in the settlement of Eli in the occupied West Bank, was lecturing about “slavery and the position of workers according to Judaism”, and offered a justification of Jewish supremacy and the enslavement of Palestinians under occupation:

“Yes, we are racists, of course we are. There are races in the world and nations that have genetic attributes, and that demands that we [the Jewish people] will think of how to help them. The fact that someone is your inferior is not a reason to deride him or eliminate him, but help him. Yes, there are differences between races and that’s precisely the reason who should offer aid. Just as we know there are genetic defects within society, for instance when a child is, alas, born with a defect. Is that a reason to deride him? To taunt him, insult him? No. It calls for helping him.

“When I see that I reach much more impressive heights than he does, in the moral, intellectual, personal fields, I reach much greater achievements – then it is my duty to aid him. Not leave him poor and helpless, but to lend him my hand and say ‘come’, come be my slave, be a partner in my success. […] Do you know how it is today? A prosperous country sees a backwards country, and it turns it into its garbage heap. This is how it is today. There are countries in Africa, backward countries, and what do the superpowers do? They make it worse for them.

“[…] If occupation means to humiliate you, to deride you, to taunt you, to eliminate you – than it is bad. But if occupation means ‘I am successful, come to me’, I am calling you to join a partnership, why are you alone, why are you apart from me, I want to occupy you, to merge you – then you’d be a part of a great success. You will benefit from being my slave. You live such miserable life. Come be my slave, see what life you’ll have, to what spiritual and ethical stage [you’ll climb…].

“[…] There’s an objective genetic defect here, what can you do? The bible is full of that, the Talmud is full of that…”

The rabbi’s undated comments on slavery were first reported in April but in much abridged form. The full comments were lately published by Nehorai.

There’s more – plenty more – where this came from, but presumably you’ll have dinner sometime, so I’ll spare you.

Bnei David  (or as I prefer to call them, Bnei Eli; those of you with a biblical education may get the joke*) is considered the flagship of the National-Religious education system. The college was created in the late 1980s, when rabbis noted with alarm that yeshiva students who join the army often “take off the yarmulke” and become secular, and “the sector” loses votes, souls and money. Eli was the first of the “military colleges”: the point is to subject ex-yeshiva boys to another year of indoctrination, so they’ll be “strengthened” when they join the army. As part of the deal with the army, these cadets – who join the army a year later in life than other Israelis– are trained by the colleges to become officers. The format was considered successful both by the army and the rabbis, and many other such colleges were created; a small minority of them are secular. Bnei David’s founder, Eli Sadan, won the Israel Prize (the highest civil honor) in 2016, mostly due to his work in Bnei David.

In the last two years, many embarrassing quotes by Bnei David rabbis were exposed. The rabbis turned out – surprise! – to be radioactively homophobic, radically anti-Gentile, and rabidly misogynistic. They derided women soldiers, gay soldiers, and secular soldiers. The unending geyser of embarrassment caused the army to remove one rabbi – Yigal Levinstein, deputy principal of Bnei David – from any contact with the army; this necessitated his removal from that position (though he still lectures there). The idea of removing Bnei David from the list of colleges supported by the military was entertained for a short while, but was dropped due to the political power its rabbis wield.

Yair Nehorai, from Rabbis for Human Rights

Unfortunately for Bnei David, they posted hundreds of lectures on Youtube. This means that, assuming you have the stamina to watch two hours of religious ranting, it’s a goldmine. Yair Nehorai, who is advocating religious freedom, has been exploring this goldmine for a while now. This latest expose came after Bnei David tried to retaliate against him by launching two lawsuits against him: one for defamation (good luck with that), and the other for copyright infringement (they’ll need even better luck with this one.) They’re suing Nehorai for 700,000 NIS (about $200,000) and 1,000,000 NIS (about $315,000), respectively.

A lot of officers in the IDF went through Bnei David or other colleges of its ilk. This is the indoctrination they went through. Keep that in mind when you hear of IDF activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

*As for the joke, see 1 Samuel 2:12: “Now the Sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord” and the few verses following.

Yossi Gurvitz

Yossi Gurvitz is a journalist and a blogger, and has covered the occupation extensively.

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  1. Rusty Pipes on August 9, 2019, 2:50 pm

    Gee, slavery is a better option than genocide for Palestinians? That’s mighty white of him.

    • Mooser on August 9, 2019, 3:54 pm

      “That’s mighty white of him.”

      That’s the way the matzoh crumbles…

    • Misterioso on August 10, 2019, 10:42 am

      @Rusy Pipes, et al

      These Bnei David Rabbis are disgusting utterly messed up creeps, but their moronic and racist rants must be heard and read abroad so more and more people will comprehend the innate evil of Zionism.

      Needless to say, they are not alone:

      Rabbi Perin, in an eulogy for mass murderer, Baruch Goldstein, 1994: ‘One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.’ (New York Times, Feb. 28, 1994)

      Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party and former Israeli Chief Rabbi, described the Arabs as ‘serpents’ and in his Passover sermon, he stated that ‘the Lord shall waste their seed, devastate them and vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.’

      Also:
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-education-minister-to-speak-at-confab-honoring-rabbi-who-praised-hebron-massacre-1.7619653

      “Education Minister to Speak at Confab Honoring Rabbi Who Praised Hebron Massacre” Haaretz, August 9/19 by Shira Kadari-Ovadia.

      EXCERPT:
      “Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich will be guests of honor as Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, seen by many as a spiritual figure for violent settler extremists, receives prize.”

      “Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich are set to give speeches at a conference which will also honor a rabbi who praised the 1994 Hebron massacre and was previously charged with inciting racism.”

  2. Sibiriak on August 9, 2019, 3:36 pm

    I want to occupy you, to merge you – then you’d be a part of a great success.
    —————————————————–

    Eliezer Kashtiel–Jewish lunatic.

  3. eljay on August 9, 2019, 5:56 pm

    I want to occupy you, to merge you – then you’d be a part of a great success. You will benefit from being my slave.

    Mr. Kashtiel’s Zionism is even more rape-y than a rape analogy.

  4. Stephen Shenfield on August 9, 2019, 6:50 pm

    Are you implying there’s something wrong with slavery?

  5. lonely rico on August 9, 2019, 10:06 pm

    > Rabbi Kashtiel

    ,,, we [the Jewish people] will think of how to help them. The fact that someone is your inferior is … a reason to … help him. Yes, there are differences between races and that’s precisely the reason (we) should offer aid … helping him.

    IDF snipers helping Palestinians in concentration camp Gaza learn the lesson of suffering.
    Israeli thugs in Jerusalem and elsewhere, helping Palestinians learn to live in the rubble of their homes.
    Helping Palestinian children learn of their inferiority; imprisoned, terrorized, mistreated.
    Teaching all Palestinians how fortunate they are to be the chattels of God’s Chosen People.

    Jewish/Zionist benevolence.

  6. Kay24 on August 10, 2019, 6:02 am

    If this was said by any Palestinian, the outrage would have been loud, and the cries of victim resonating in the US media. Oy Vey!

  7. Ossinev on August 10, 2019, 9:52 am

    A real eye opener.(LOL)Just to think all this time since 1948 we had thought (or had been encouraged to think) that the main problem in the I/P conflict was the horrendous anti – Jewish indoctrination in Palestinian schools.

    On a more serious note this has the hallmark of slave labour thinking as in being “partner to my success” means that the work which needs to be done to sustain that”success” is Untermenschen even if we had the adequate Menschen population to carry it out.

    And remember this is the sort of ideology which is taking over Israeli society and politics and is being actively courted in the lead up to the Israeli elections.

  8. Talkback on August 11, 2019, 5:01 am

    Don’t even think that this has anything to do with Zionism!

    “Most Jewish first-graders attend ultra-Orthodox and religious schools. The majority of them are educated along the lines of “The King’s Torah.” A Jew is human. A non-Jew is non-human. “Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to non-Jews. And this is not delivered in the form of incitement, but as a simple statement of a fact. As simple as calling a chair a chair.”
    https://www.haaretz.com/1.5128683

    Gentiles in the Halacha
    http://daatemet.org.il/en/torah-science-ethics/religion-ethics/gentiles-in-halacha/

    And do not even think that this has only to do with Jewish religion. Honest Jews (and post-Jews like myself) will tell you that this view is anchored into our understanding of being different.

    That’s exactly the reason why Jews will never voluntarily give up a “Jewish state” whch is just the national expression of cultural/religious seperatism and supremacy/exclusiveness.

    • Mooser on August 11, 2019, 12:34 pm

      I’m waiting for “wj” to come and tell us that if we could only read Rabbi Kashtiel in the original Hebrew, the richness and beauty of his philosophy would be apparent.

  9. CigarGod on August 11, 2019, 12:35 pm

    Such sexy talk from those Alien Rabbi’s.
    So Hollywood.
    -Baby, I want to merge with you, occupy you. We will make beautiful little ET’s together-

  10. echinococcus on August 11, 2019, 5:16 pm

    “Come be my slave”: this policy is obviously not limited to Palestine. It’s already functioning with respect to the governing classes of North America and Europe. The appeal was heard and accepted. Before, I suppose, there was a Bené David.

  11. Arby on August 12, 2019, 8:13 am

    Hmm. How do workers often refer to themselves, for good reason? You guessed it: ‘slaves’. But this man’s proposal does not rise to that level. I’m a miserable wage slave here in Toronto Canada. But my ‘misery’ is absolutely miniscule compared to that of millions of others on this planet. I make $15 per hour. (Days ago I called my union contact to ask him to double check that the raise I was just given – up to $15 per hour – is right because… it’s not right. He hasn’t called me back.) I’ve been working full time for my security company since 2006 and ‘they’ cite my time with them as being since 1999, when I started in the business. It’s simply not true, but because they bought the guard contracts of the company I first worked for, that’s how they see it. But, hey!, They’re a corporation. They can lie all they want. Even so, I live simple and don’t cause problems for myself and have a lot of freedom and can even be here doing this.

    So, holocaust survivors would be better off going to live, as slaves, with those exterminating them? Oookay. The world isn’t ruined, Is it?

  12. DaBakr on August 12, 2019, 11:40 pm

    Some US Christian preacher just called for the death of the ‘zionist whore’ Sarah Silverman. Some religious leaders are actually misguided idiots.

    • eljay on August 13, 2019, 10:00 am

      || @aak: … Some religious leaders are actually misguided idiots. ||

      … In the last two years, many embarrassing quotes by Bnei David rabbis were exposed. The rabbis turned out – surprise! – to be radioactively homophobic, radically anti-Gentile, and rabidly misogynistic. …

      The problem of their misguided idiocy is compounded by their access to the minds of army officer candidates at a religious military college in territory under military occupation by a colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state.

      • DaBakr on August 13, 2019, 4:37 pm

        @ej

        That problem exists in many nations in the world,the US included. Gaza too. However, being this is MW I won’t belabour the point

      • eljay on August 13, 2019, 7:01 pm

        || @Daa: @ej

        That problem exists in many nations in the world,the US included. Gaza too. However, being this is MW I won’t belabour the point ||

        In (Zionist) word, Israel is a “moral beacon” and “light unto the nations” state. (And a “Western-style democracy” and even a “progressive paradise”.)

        In (actual) deed, Israel:
        – is a deliberately and unapologetically colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state; and
        – allows misguided idiots to train its army officer candidates at a religious military college in territory it militarily controls and colonizes.

        But when you’ve got whataboutism – which every Zionist has plenty of – there’s never a need to “belabour the point”.

        Thanks, Baker-man. You’re no Jack Green, but you’re funny just the same.  :-)

  13. Marnie on August 14, 2019, 7:59 am

    eliezer kashtiel – just another poster boy for why some people hate ‘israel’. It seems there are very few israeli jews who aren’t racist/religious supremacists. His process hasn’t been very well thought out but I’ll bet he has some fans here.This place is full of hateful people hiding behind a wall of religion. To hell with religion. Why can’t people just be compassionate?

  14. lysias on August 15, 2019, 4:38 pm

    Just like what Protestant ministers said in defence of slavery in the antebellum South.

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