Monday, May 11, 2015

Netanyahu's Disturbing Chabad Connections (Part 3)

Netanyahu's Disturbing Chabad Connections (Part 3)

by Sean Jobst

May 11, 2015

After Netanyahu was first elected in 1996, Hasidic members celebrated in the occupied city of Hebron by seizing an ancient Turkish bath near their settlement for use of a celebratory concert. Hebron was the site of the February 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian Arab worshippers in a mosque at the hands of Jewish extremist Baruch Goldstein, who had close links with both the Kahane movement and the Chabad movement in the settlements around Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg.

Schneerson was closely connected to Israeli political elites, as we have seen earlier in the series (<> and <>). His New York Times obituary called him "a major political force in Israel, both in the Knesset and among the electorate." Schneerson had "presided over a religious empire that reached from the back streets of Brooklyn to the main streets of Israel and by 1990 was taking in an estimated $100 million a year in contributions." (Ari L. Goldman, "Rabbi Schneerson Led A Small Hasidic Sect To World Prominence," New York Times, June 13, 1994)

"Fight the Jewish way, not Western morality"

The Chabad rabbi Manis Friedman, dean of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota, translates Schneerson's talks and personally introduced Bob Dylan's "conversion" to Chabad. Friedman was asked "How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?," and here is his response:

"I don't believe in western morality, i.e. don't kill civilians or children, don't destroy holy sites, don't fight during holiday seasons, don't bomb cemeteries, don't shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)." ("Ask The Rabbis//How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?," Moment Magazine, May-June 2009)

Why does this hate speaker appear on these media outlets?

Meet Yitzhak Ginsburg

The American-born Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg studied directly under Chabad Lubavitcher leader Schneerson in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. He immigrated to Israel, becoming the head of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva on the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Ginsburg's religious opinions were much respected by the settlers on the West Bank, and he remained closely connected with the Chabad Hassidic movement.

"In his writings, Ginzburg gives prominence to Halachic and kabbalistic approaches that emphasize the distinction between Jew and non-Jew (Gentile), imposing a clear separation and hierarchy in this respect. He claims that while the Jews are the Chosen People and were created in God's image, the Gentiles do not have this status....Ginzburg stated that, on the theoretical level, if a Jew requires a liver transplant to survive, it would be permissible to seize a Gentile and take their liver forcefully. From this point only a small further step is required to actively encourage and support the killing of non-Jews, as Ginzburg did in the case of Goldstein." (Motti Inbari, Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount: Who Will Build the Third Temple?, State University of New York Press, 2009, p. 134)

The Jewish supremacist giving the satanic devil horns symbol

In 1989, Ginsburg justified the killing of Palestinians by some of his students. "The seminary's spiritual leader, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, justified the slaying and said the blood of Jews and non-Jews cannot be equated. 'We have to recognize that Jewish blood and the blood of a goy are not the same thing.'" (The Globe and Mail, Toronto, June 3, 1989, p. A2)

Israeli stealing of organs from a Palestinian child

Stealing Gentile organs to save Jewish lives

Rabbi Ginsburg gave the ruling that it was permissible according to the Halacha (Jewish law) to steal Gentile organs in order to save Jewish lives: "If every single cell in a Jewish body entails divinity, and is thus part of God, then every strand of DNA is a part of God. Therefore, something is special about Jewish DNA.

"If a Jew needs a liver, can he take the liver of an innocent non-Jew to save him? The Torah would probably permit to take the liver of an innocent non-Jew passing by, to save the Jew. There is something infinitely more holy and unique about Jewish life than non-Jewish life." (Quoted in Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, London: Pluto Press, 1999, pp. 43, 62)

Israeli Levy Izhak Rosenbaum was arrested for trying to arrange a sale of a kidney. Investigators then uncovered his involvement in  international organ smuggling for seven years. Rosenbaum had links with and was arrested as part of the Operation Big Rig corruption investigation in New York and New Jersey. As Chief Pathologist for the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine, Yehuda Hiss was also involved in removing and selling organs.

One region especially ripe for organ trafficking is Eastern Europe, including in Ukraine where Chabad still has networks. Those involved include Sasha Harel and the Belarussian-born Israeli Yuri Katzman, both of whom worked with Rosenbaum. Ukrainian philosophy professor Vyacheslav Gudin, and presidential candidate Serhiy Ratushnyak exposed how Israeli medical centers brought thousands of Ukrainian children to Israel to harvest their organs for "spare parts" between 2007 and 2009 (Ha'aretz, December 3, 2009). In December 2010, EU authorities uncovered an elaborate organ trafficking network in Kosovo that involved an Israeli who enticed donors from Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey with false promises of $20,000. Certainly, we must raise serious questions about current Israeli "relief" activities in Nepal, where organ harvesting is a major problem. Two Spanish-language tv networks actually mentioned how Israel has trafficked 25 Nepalese babies and brought them back to Israel with them.

"Well, it’s kind of remarkable but over the last 15 years just time after time when there have been prosecutions of organ traffickers, Israel always seems to have some role," says New York Times reporter Kevin Sack in an interview with PBS Newshour. "Israelis are either the buyers or the sellers. Often they’re the brokers. And it has a lot to do with a view among orthodox rabbis that brain death, which obviously is the optimal circumstance for organ donation, is not actually death, and as a result organ donation rates in Israel are very low and people have few places to go other than the black market."

The evil of Lurianic Cabbala

Lurianic Cabbala is a school of Cabbala which directly influenced Chabad and the West Bank settler movement. When we look at the Cabbala fad peddled in many of the Gentile Hollywood elite, we see it masking a deep reality that could only be made possible by an industry that elevates Jewishness into almost an obsessive level. So that even if not "biologically" Jews - and this is an obsession not of mine but of the Talmud and the strict laws of Israel - they can at least "feel" spiritually Jews. This can also be seen in how the Chabad has been at the forefront of advocating the so-called "Noahide" laws in the United States, a disturbing story of their influence which is a story for a different time.

"One of the basic tents of the Lurianic Cabbala is the absolute superiority of the Jewish soul and body over the non-Jewish soul and body. According to the Lurianic Cabbala, the world was created solely for the sake of Jews; the existence of non-Jews was subsidiary," seen as "'the earthly embodiment' of Satan, and according to the Halacha (Jewish law), the term 'human beings' refers solely to Jews."  (Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel).

Another advocate of Lurianic Cabbala was Rabbi Abraham Kook, the first chief rabbi of Israel, whose son Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, later founded the settler Gush Emumin movement. Like Ginsburg in recent decades, Rabbi Abraham Kook said: "The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews - all of them in all different levels - is greater and deeper than the different between a human soul and the souls of cattle." (Quoted in Allan Brownfeld, "Book Review: Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel," Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 2000, pp. 105-106)

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