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    • Uri Karit
    • 11.06.10 | 12:33 (IDT)

    I'm sorry I can not find your proof that he was a racist anywhere in this article. You offer three examples, and assuming the examples are true, let's review. Rabbi Eliyahu said Jews can take Palestinian trees - not because of anything about the Palestinians, but because the trees and land belong to Jews. You can argue whether the trees belong to Jews, but Rabbi Eliyahu isn't making a racist comment. You quote Rabbi Eliyahu saying when we take revenge a 1000 Arabs aren't worth the life of one Jew. Again, this is a directive on the ethics of war, not racism. Rabbi Eliyahu is simply stating his opinion on whether the IDF should be careful in collateral damage. Again, you might disagree, but it isn't racism. Lastly in the same vein as above, you charge racism when Rabbi Eliyahu is simply making a point about battlefield ethics. You quote him saying to PM Olmert, that there was nothing wrong with indiscriminately bombing and killing Palestinian citizens if this would make the battlefield safer for Jewish soldiers. You can disagree but not racism. Racism is the hatred of one particular race simply because of their race. You've tarnished a man's reputation to bolster your own. I am sorry you felt the need to do so.

    from the article: Anshel Pfeffer / Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu – an eloquent racist
    First published 01:18 11.06.10 | Last updated 01:18 11.06.10
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