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Britain bans radical Israeli rabbi
Published Thursday 11/08/2011 (updated) 12/08/2011 10:45
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The British border agency has informed a fundamentalist Rabbi that he will not be allowed to enter the country for the next three years, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur received a letter from the British authorities, signed by the home secretary, informing him of their decision.

Elitzur is co-author of the hard-line book "The King's Torah" and was briefly arrested in Israel last August on suspicion of incitement to violence.

Riots took place in Israel in July 2011 after police arrested a Rabbi who had endorsed the controversial book.

Over 1,000 supporters of Yaakov Yosef, son of one of Israel's top religious leaders, took to streets after reports of his arrest.

The book, which has been banned from sale in Israel, reportedly says babies and children of Israel's enemies may be killed in certain circumstances since "it is clear that they will grow to harm us."

It also says non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and that attacks on them "curb their evil inclination."

"Anywhere where the influence of gentiles constitutes a threat to the life of Israel, it is permissible to kill them," the authors wrote.

AFP contributed to this report
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1 ) Zein / Palestine
11/08/2011 12:06
Twisted Sick freak should be put 2 an asylom

2 ) kobi / israel
11/08/2011 12:23
the british are smart to leave war prophets out of their gates, this includes elitzur on the israeli side and re'ed salah on the palestinian side! israeli and palestinian people should do the same, without this loud minority of war bringers there might still be hope for peace!!!

3 ) ronold / USA
11/08/2011 14:54
Israel's government has been taken over by religious fanatics that more than match tha ayatollahs. It appears that the "chosen people" has morphed into something more akin to a Jewish "master race". Besides the book mentioned we have Former Chief RabbiOvadia Yosef, leader of the Shaa Party in the government claiming that non-Jews were created, like donkeys to serve the Jews. The government was silent on his comments. If Israel doesn't rein in these fanatics it will be totally delegitimized.

4 ) shlomo / israel
11/08/2011 16:00
@ronold/USA: dont think this elitzur is in anyway affiliated to israeli government, a special task force inside israeli secret service wass even assigned to monitor and stop dangerous behavior by elitzur's followers!(a small but dangerous minority in israel) on the other hand palestinians embrace their war prophets! lets all stop hate and throw out from our midst thees dangerous men fouling war with more hate (from elitzur and likes in israeli side to re'ad salah and likes in palestinian side)

5 ) sylvia / UK
11/08/2011 16:24
Yes, we don't want his sort here thank-you very much.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/08/2011 20:44
There there. I'm sure this guy can still visit the US. He'd probably discover he has quite a few fans.
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