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Jewish settler convicted of killing 2 Palestinians
Published Wednesday 16/01/2013 (updated) 18/01/2013 17:33
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A view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim is seen
near Jerusalem, Dec. 5, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- A West Bank settler dubbed "The Jewish Terrorist" by the Israeli media was convicted on Wednesday of killing two Palestinians in 1997.

Yaakov "Jack" Tytell, a US immigrant to a settlement in the occupied West Bank, confessed to the killings. Efforts by his lawyers, one whom quoted him as saying he had been on a "mission from God", to have him declared insane failed.

The court convicted him of murdering a Palestinian taxi driver in Jerusalem and a shepherd in Hebron, while visiting the area as a tourist in 1997.

Tytell moved to Israel 12 years ago and in 2008 planted bombs that injured a left-wing Israeli academic and a teenager who belonged to a group of Jews who follow the teachings of Jesus.

He admitted to the series of attacks, and flashed a V-for-Victory sign at the hearing, where sentencing was set for next month.

After Tytell's arrest in 2009, he told investigators he had acted alone and was not part of any anti-Arab Jewish underground. He was detained by police while hanging posters in Jerusalem praising a still-unsolved shooting that year that killed two people at a community center for gay youngsters in Tel Aviv.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
16/01/2013 19:19
Wow. Imagine that. What are the Zionist detractors going to say ? As I see it this guy is on par with Marwan Barghoutti so in a few years he should be up for political consideration as Prime Minister of Israel.

2 ) Carlos / USA
16/01/2013 20:00
The important sentence is Tytell was arrested after bombing left wing israelis. In other words the crime of killing two Palestinians would never have been punished unless the israelis were injured. So much for equal protection under israeli law.

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/01/2013 20:31
His damn conviction took nearly 16 damn years too long. Regarding the bombings of the Israelites who followed Jesus, no disrespect to Christians, but although I condemn the bombings--and that alone should have been enough to execute him--I have no sympathy for the victims. We regard the worship of Jesus as idol worship--idol worship is a capital crime punishable by death ONLY AFTER conviction of it in a Torah-approved court; otherwise, killing the alleged idol worshiper is considered (cont.)

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/01/2013 20:49
murder--because Jesus (despite his "miracles") proclaimed himself part of G_d ["I and My Father are one.” (New Testament, John 10:30) and "The Jews answered Him, saying, 'For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself G_d.' " (New Testament, John 10:33)]. Murder, a capital crime (I mean intentional, shedding of innocent blood) is therefore punishable by death--regardless of who it is--and that's EXACTLY what should happen to him.

5 ) random / california
16/01/2013 20:51
since he is an american citizen , can i sue american citizens that commit crimes abroad ,im a usa citizen also can i sue settlers that are from the usa

6 ) random / hollywood
16/01/2013 20:52
what about american jews that are US CITIZENS , serving in another countries military , is it allowed

7 ) Reader / from Edmonton
16/01/2013 22:46
At least he received a trial. At least he was charged with a crime. At least he wasn't held indefinitely in administrative detention.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/01/2013 00:36
Significantly, the Israeli police knew about this guy for a long time. They only moved on him when he began to threaten Jews as well. He's in prison because he threatened Jews, not because he killed Palestinians.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/01/2013 00:50
To Arnold #1 'Wow. Imagine that. What are the Zionist detractors going to say ?...' Read our posts. In the last analysis, it's just further proof that in Israel, it is not a serious offense to kill Palestinians. This guy was killing Palestinians, the Israeli police had proof he was (vide the convictions) and they didn't move...until he started threatening Jews. That last IS an offense in Israel.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/01/2013 00:57
It's too bad for Tytell that he had to try for Jews as well. If he'd just confined himself to Palestinians, even in the improbable event that he'd been arrested for the act (I won't call it an offense) historical evidence suggests he wouldn't have served more than three years -- max. But now...he ain't getting out for QUITE A WHILE...and he'll almost certainly be deported when he does.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/01/2013 02:33
To Yehuda Solomon: You know -- outside of Israel -- Biblical texts aren't really considered unqualified moral or historical fact. That's one of the many, many things that are wrong with the whole Zionist project from the ground up. No, it isn't right that you 'have no sympathy for the victims' because they failed to obey your religious precepts. This is, in fact, stark raving lunacy akin to the sort of thing al Qaeda preaches.

12 ) gabi / australia
17/01/2013 08:09
Yehuda Solomon - why do you have to bring anti-Christian rants into your comments? Does it make you feel better? "No disrespect to Christians"? Then follows HUGE disrespect for Christian beliefs. Doesn't worry me, but there are a hell of a lot of people who would be quite upset at your comments. Is that your aim? And if so, why?

13 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 09:27
The failed insanity defence, that he thought he was on "a mission from God" is pretty funny given that's what ALL religious settlers (as opposed to economic opportunist settlers) would say! The worrying thing is that demented Yaakov "Jack" Tytell, crazy V-for-Victory-sign-flashing, cold blooded killer doesn't seem so very different to other violent settlers...of the non-lethal, sheep-stabbing, olive tree uprooting, hit-and-run child-injuring variety. Is he a "bad apple" (spoiling the bunch) or

14 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 09:28
(contd.) just another settler gone wild? Settler ideology is extreme and violent (with inbuilt impunity). Where the line is drawn seems arbitrary. A personal call. Psychos like Baruch Goldstein and this nut belong to the same extreme cult with the same extreme ideology and just decided to enact it more literally. (His sentence will be interesting and can't possibly be lenient, though I'm sure will fall short of Yehuda's Torah-based call for his execution.)

15 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 11:41
#3 Yehuda, you refer to "the Israelites who followed Jesus" though the article refers to "a group of Jews who follow the teachings of Jesus." Is there a tiny difference? Teachings? The "teachings" of Jesus are wholly about how to behave (Good Samaritan, "eating with unwashen hands", "cast the first stone", "turn the other cheek", Sermon on the Mount etc.). They are a pragmatic moral manual with none of the theological overlay of the early Church Fathers. Jesus remained a devout

16 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 11:42
(contd.) Jehovah worshipper. Nothing was more important than the Father. He made very few claims about himself. He worshipped G-d. Not Jesus! When challenged (in John) for saying: "I and my father are one" he argued that if you love G-d, have received "the word of G-d" and carry out "the works of my Father", then "...the Father is in me, and I in him". He didn't say he WAS G-d. That's an invention of people, then as it is now, who wanted to destroy him. He was like a remonstrant Prophet, like

17 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 11:42
(contd.) Amos or Micah, reforming the Judaism of the Levites which he thought cruel and corrupt. Micah thought so too "...and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (6:8) which is just what Jesus said. Isn't it possible Yehuda, that rather than practicing "idol worship" ("...punishable by death...in a Torah-approved court") "Jews who follow the teachings of Jesus" might embrace the good things, continue to reject

18 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 11:43
(contd.) his divinity (and all Messianic claims of course) and remain Jews...just better behaved ones?

19 ) Reader / EU
17/01/2013 15:41
Yehuda: Aren't we all sons and daughters of God? And all of us are capable of miracles, that does not make us Gods, and Jesus didn't ever say he is a God. Only son of God. Like you. And we all share the same "father" a.k.a. "God".

20 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 20:04
No one ever accuse of Ma'an News Agency of prejudice, bias, favoritism or partiality. The allowance of such passionate and meaningful comments by everyone here PROVES its adherence to the highest journalistic standards of freedom of expression. Now ... to get down to business: @ 8) to 10), I have to largely agree with you. You have very valid points: Tytell was let off the hook for far too damn long since 1997. After returning (more like escaping) back to the U.S. since then, our (cont.)

21 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 20:21
Ministry of Justice/police forces didn't even bother to pursue/extradite him. It was a grave travesty of justice. Now, upon conviction, he will NOT be deported but serve his sentence (probably life in prison) in Israel. His acquisition of Israelite citizenship since his murders/crimes since then is really meaningless. @ 11), No, very much outside of Israel (specifically throughout the entire Christian and Muslim world) Biblical texts ARE (in numerous if not all cases) considered (cont.)

22 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 20:34
as unqualified and moral. The classic case of the morality embodied in our "Ten Commandments" (10 out of a total of 613)-- of, say, honoring one's parents, no murder, theft, adultery, bearing of false witness or covetousness--has stood the test of time and hence been championed by Christianity, Islam and other faiths. I know your point is of taking issue with the value judgements of other commandments (and their proscribed punishments for violation, for example) but the truth is most (cont.)

23 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 20:50
mainstream, secular Biblical historians/archeologists put great weight in the Biblical record. Not all may be 100% accurate but much holds up to scrutiny. The investigations of the secular, historical records of the Biblical peoples [Egyptians; Canaanites (Ian, pay attention: That's NOT us OR the Arab Peoples); Phoenicians; Edomites; Philistines; Edomites; Ammonites; Assyrians; Babylonians; Persians; Romans, etc., and US] have largely corroborated the Bible in who and where they were (cont.)

24 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 21:06
and lived. Regarding likening us to al Qaeda, their lunacy does not spread to us. WE (as a nation) don't send suicide bombers on weaponized planes crashing into skyscrapers murdering innocent people because we hate others for interfering in our beliefs by (among other factors) stationing foreign soldiers on our land in violation of some "religious" teaching or the implementation of other heinous punishments not in accordance with our sacred Torah. The "West" constantly misunderstands this.

25 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 21:22
@ 12), I'm not posting anti-Christian rants. When I say no disrespect to Christians, I MEAN it; I'm not patronizing anyone. I said that as a preface to explain the seriousness of (to us) the wrongness of the Israelites who were following Jesus and simply referenced the New Testament (which was not disrespectful; since you thought otherwise, I apologize) to support why. I've always said here I will be honest with ANYone. My goal is NEVER to denigrate.

26 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 22:12
@ 19), Yes, we're all sons and daughters of G_d but I'll leave the miracles up to Him. As far as what Jesus said, no, unless the New Testament is wrong in quoting him (and it's probably safe to say it isn't), Jesus DID say he was G_d in the sense of being "Co-Equal" and United (combined, wholly a part of The Father). In other words, he's raising himself up to Divine Rank, whether he was claiming to be the Son of G_d or not, something not even Moses would ever do.

27 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
17/01/2013 22:42
@ 13) to 18), MNA, by posting all I've sent till now, has EXCEEDED its integrity to abide by fairness. I cannot ask them to do more at this time so, as my last posts, let me just say: 13), 14), WELL-said for the most part but the vast majority of settler ideology is not extreme, violent or with impunity. 15), 16), When Jesus' teachings are consonant with our Torah (as The Father directed to Moses), we have no problem with that. When he says his directives deviate from or supplant (cont.)

28 ) ian / australia
18/01/2013 00:47
#26 "Jesus DID say he was G_d in the sense of being "Co-Equal" and United (combined, wholly a part of The Father)." When you add up all the inpenetrable things Jesus said (or is said to have said) about who he was, he does seem to claim he is the Son of G-d and the Messiah. But he's certainly cagey and vague about it. Why he is and what it means I don't know. But I think you're referring to the doctrine of the Trinity...G-d the Father, Son and Holy Ghost...one entity, indivisible, but also three

29 ) ian / australia
18/01/2013 00:48
(contd.) (go figure) which Jesus didn't really didn't say but was extrapolated by the early Fathers from what he did say. (Ma'an might not approve, but I have a another question Yehuda. What do those signs mean at HaKotel (near the entrance to the Mughrabi Gate): "According to Torah Law, entering the Temple Mount area is strictly forbidden due to the holiness of the site. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel"? Who does that apply to? Could Ariel Sharon visit because he doesn't believe in G-d?

30 ) ian / australia
18/01/2013 00:49
(contd.) And why do some people think the prayer room in the tunnel is as close as they should get? Would you visit? I was just curious and thought, "I know who I could ask!")

31 ) Arnold / Canada
18/01/2013 04:49
Carlos and Colin. Simple math. He killed the Arabs when he was in Israel as visitor in 1997. He only returned to Israel in 2001. Then in 2008 he planted the bombs which injured the Israelis. You idiots cannot read and understand at the same time. It was only his arrest on the bombing that led them to the killing of the Arabs. You two would never make it as detectives.

32 ) Reader / EU
18/01/2013 11:30
Yehuda: God made all of us as his image and gave us a free will, thus making us "equal" to him. Like you said: "Jesus DID say he was G_d in the sense of being "Co-Equal" and United". We are ALL Gods in the sense of being free in our minds and our deeds. Who dies, who lives, who get the land, who get to use oil in our planet (mainly who gets the money for the oil)... everything you do and say are all being equal to God, because he gave us all this freedom. God lives inside all of us.

33 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/01/2013 18:12
The Father's directives (as told to Moses) because he (Jesus) claims The Father's Divinity AS his own and therefore has the authority to do so ... Big Problems with that. When his teachings amount to him saying because of all this he came to fulfill (not abolish) the Torah (Law) by virtue of The Father's Divinity (which he claimed to have been given) ... again, BIG problems with that. 17), 18), The purpose of all the Prophets was to exhort obedience to our Torah laws, not reform them.

34 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/01/2013 22:12
To Yehuda Solomon #23 ' secular Biblical historians/archeologists put great weight in the Biblical record. Not all may be 100% accurate but much holds up to scrutiny. ' For a Zionist, you're a veritable moral giant, but here you delude yourself. Few actual historians -- as opposed to propagandists -- put much weight on the Biblical record. Little of it holds up to scrutiny at all. In fact, the consistency with which it is contradicted by what historical record we do have is truly remarkable.

35 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/01/2013 22:14
To Arnold #31 'It was only his arrest on the bombing that led them to the killing of the Arabs. You two would never make it as detectives.' And you'll never make it as a liar. It's a matter of record that the Israeli police suspected him of the 1997 murders immediately after he committed them. It's just that since the victims were Palestinians, they chose not to act.

36 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/01/2013 22:17
To Yehuda #21 'No, very much outside of Israel (specifically throughout the entire Christian and Muslim world) Biblical texts ARE (in numerous if not all cases) considered...as unqualified and moral.' You evade the central point. Israel, Iran, and Saudi Arabia excepted, they are not seen as a valid and sufficient basis for government policy. But there -- maybe Libya will wind up with something nuts and you'll have another soul mate.

37 ) ian / australia
19/01/2013 07:28
#33 "17), 18), The purpose of all the Prophets was to exhort obedience to our Torah laws, not reform them." Not entirely true Yehuda. But it's what the Levites would say having WRITTEN the Law and set themselves up as its custodian and protector. But demonstrably not ALL the Prophets agreed. Some (mainly Israelite Josephites) loathed the Levites and what they had done in the name of G-d. Amos (5:21-24): "I hate, I despise your feasts and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies...

38 ) ian / australia
19/01/2013 07:28
(contd.) Yea, though ye offer me burnt offerings...I will not accept them". (And his famous rebuke to the doctrine of the "peculiar people": "Are ye not as the children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel, saith the Lord" (9:7). Hosea (6:6): "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." And Micah: "Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousands of rivers of oil...It hath been told to thee, O man, what is good

39 ) ian / australia
19/01/2013 07:29
(contd.) and what the Lord doth require of thee: only to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God" (6:8) They sound like reformists to me. And pretty pissed off with what the Levites had done. So not ALL the Prophets wanted to "exhort obedience to our Torah laws"...not as the Levites had written them they didn't! (Of course they're all Israelites, not Judahites, so when Tiglath-pileser struck in 730BC and "Israel" vanishes from history, the Levites are left alone with no

40 ) ian / australia
19/01/2013 07:29
(contd.) ornery rebel Prophets railing against them...not until Jesus, that is, who is essentially the last of them. Peace.
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