Rabbi Charged With Racist Incitement

A prominent rabbi is being charged with incitement to racism against Arabs. Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg was indicted yesterday in the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on charges of encouraging racism against Arabs in his book, "Tsav Hasha'a - Tipul Shoresh" ("Order of the Day - Radical Treatment"), published in 2001.

A prominent rabbi is being charged with incitement to racism against Arabs. Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg was indicted yesterday in the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on charges of encouraging racism against Arabs in his book, "Tsav Hasha'a - Tipul Shoresh" ("Order of the Day - Radical Treatment"), published in 2001.

Prosecutor Liora Havilio said Ginsburg's book, published by the Gal Eini nonprofit organization of which Ginsburg is a founder, spread dangerous incitement.

The charges cite, for example, a conversation in the book between Ginsburg and a student. The student asks: "So an Arab has no right to exist in Israel?"

Ginsburg replies: "Here in the Land of Israel, he has no right."

In another place in the book the student asks: "You mean he has no right to exist in the State of Israel?"

Ginsburg replies: "At the moment, there may be good ones among them who have a right."

The student asks: "What is the rabbi's opinion about the Arabs as a nation and a people, as our enemies and our foes?"

Ginsburg replies: "There is something called the Third World or another name for more primitive nations. Clearly, they are lower on the world's cultural ladder; but the murderousness and anti-Semitism are not a function of primitiveness, since the Germans were the most enlightened and educated and also the most bestial in every way."

A female student asks in another place in the book: "And is the Arab nation the least advanced?"

The rabbi answers: "Not the least; there are all kinds of nations. But because the conflict is here, in the Land of Israel, then the subject at hand is Ishmael, about whom it is said: `For three things the earth is disquieted... For a servant when he reigneth.' [The Arab nation] has a licentious and unbridled character, and as it is said of Ishmael, `He will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand will be against him.' But don't waste your time, these things are so simple, go outside and see who the Arabs are."

The book, according to the charge sheet, was written and distributed throughout the country with the intention of inciting to racism.