Death To Gays?

Haredi Poster Kill Gays

Haredi pamphlet distributed in Jerusalem calling for the murder of homosexuals. The pamphlet shows how to make molotov cocktails and other lethal weapons and offers 20,000 NIS (about $4000) to anyone successfully murdering a homosexual.



Matthew Wagner of the Jerusalem Post called Edah Charedit head Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch to ask him about the above poster and Edah Charedit’s position on violence against homosexuals. Rabbi Shternbuch replied:

“We must protest the desecration of the Holy Land,” said Sternbuch in a phone interview. “But we must do it nonviolently.” Sternbuch was responding to a pamphlet distributed in Jerusalem that promised a NIS 20,000 bounty for killing a homosexual. In addition to the bounty offer, the two-page pamphlet also provided directions complete with hand-drawn diagrams how to construct weapons that could be used to attack homosexuals.

The three preferred weapons were a Molotov cocktail, a rock-filled sock and a nail-studded stick. The Molotov cocktail was nicknamed a “Schlissel Special” and the stick was called a “Schlissel Spike.” Both were named after Yishai Schlissel.

During last year’s gay pride parade, Schlissel, a haredi resident of Jerusalem, used an 18-centimeter knife to stab three people, two 18-year-olds and one 50-year-old man. One was moderately wounded and two were lightly wounded.

Let’s examine Rabbi Shtrernbuch’s statement. As Matthew Wagners notes, Edah Charedit, the chief organization of haredim in Jerusalem, issued several notices as wall posters (pashkevillim) calling for the haredi public to:

“do everything in your power” to stop the march. However, Sternbuch denied that this implied the use of violence.

Often, the wording of the notices is not done by the rabbis. Rather, they sign a general statement that is later expanded into a detailed notice by aides or functionaries, explained an Eda Haredit source.

What we have here is an attempt at “plausible deniability.” The “gedolim” issue statements that are clearly understood to be calls for violence. The second tier puts out the notices, and adds its own wording. The haredi street takes these even further.

Haredim base their views of homosexuality and homosexuals on the Torah, not on modern medicine, genetics and science. The Torah calls for the death of homosexuals. To issue notices calling on the haredi population to “do everything in your power,” but not to warn in those same posters against using violence, is clear incitement to murder.

It is time for Israel to treat Rabbi Shternbuch and his cohorts like the criminals they truly are.

[Hat tip: The Beadle.]

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9 responses to “Death To Gays?

  1. Yochanan Lavie

    “Haredim base their views of homosexuality and homosexuals on the Torah, not on modern medicine, genetics and science. The Torah calls for the death of homosexuals.”

    Not really, Shmarya. It calls for the death of men engaging in anal intercourse caught “In flagrante delicto.” Having a homosexual orientation is not mentioned, or even recognized as an offense. Nor is lesbianism, despite feeble attempts by the rabbis to read it into the torah. Clearly there are homerotic overtones to David and Jonathan’s friendship, despite attempts by commentators to explain it away. Saying the torah hates all gays, no matter what, feeds both fundamentalist hatred, and non-fundie disbelief. It is time to rescue the torah from the fundies. I don’t think you have to choose between being a believer and being a mentsch.

  2. I know that. It’s just a bit too complicated for the post. Further, for all the so-called moderation in Jewish tradition in this regard, the reality on the ground is expressed by those flyers.

  3. D

    FWIW, My 7-year-old draws better than that flyer. For that reason I would find it hard to take it seriously no matter who produced it. If it can be shown that Rabbi Shternbuch had any significant role in it the sheer amateurism seriously destroys his credibility as an Edah Charedit leader.

  4. Anonymous

    Shmarya, Its a good thing you aren’t in Israel. Your easy money for Haredim.

  5. Anonymous

    FWIW, My 7-year-old draws better than that flyer. For that reason I would find it hard to take it seriously no matter who produced it. If it can be shown that Rabbi Shternbuch had any significant role in it the sheer amateurism seriously destroys his credibility as an Edah Charedit leader.

    Posted by: D | July 13, 2006 at 09:11 AM
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    I would imagine that the reason the instuction to this device was written so poorly was to cover up any trace in hanwriting analysis in case there was an investigation by authorities.

  6. D

    I would imagine that the reason the instuction to this device was written so poorly was to cover up any trace in hanwriting analysis in case there was an investigation by authorities.

    If that were the intent it would be far more effective to use a computer. Every Mac, PC and Linux machine comes with a “paint” utility. Then there is absolutely NO chance of a trace via orthography.

  7. Some chareidim/chassidim have been claiming that these posters are not put out by the rabbis nor are sanctioned by them. Some have even suggested that opposing forces publish the posters, trying to make the rabbonim look like morons.

    Is there any way of discerning whether any of this is accurate ?

  8. Anonymous

    “Haredim base their views of homosexuality and homosexuals on the Torah, not on modern medicine, genetics and science.”

    Shmarya – wake up.

    Your ‘modern medicine, genetics and science’ has been tainted by the homosexual lobby. It is not neutral and unbiased. They have been cowed by the militant homosexual movement into issuing faulty pseudoscientific ‘findings’ that support and legitimize their deviant lifestyle – for example when they took homosexuality out of the DSM list of disorders due to the movements heavy-handed pressure tactics.

  9. Dave

    The Gay parade is not about “celebrating” orientation, for that is as silly as celebrating a desire to eat lambchops. It’s all about promoting a way of life.
    Let’s first ask ourselves honestly if we believe in G-d and the veracity of the Torah He gave on Sinai.
    If you believe, then you have not studied Leviticus 20:13. If you do not believe, then you have not opened your mind to the proof of history, particularly Jewish history.
    Most of those who protest the parade of gays are crying out in true love of G-d and His people. They are the educated among us who know the Torah and the history foretold and are hoping to salvage the remnants of the Jewish people. We should thank them for their concern for us. Of course, no human is perfect, but there is a big difference in G-ds eyes between admitting mistakes and working on self improvement versus willful acts that anger G-d.
    Please notice that the Land of Israel is slipping away from us, just as foretold by the Torah would happen as a result of these deplorable acts, Leviticus 20:22-24. The fact that it is the government of Israel itself throwing Jews off their land, makes no difference. (It was the mercy of G-d that the displacement of nearly 8,000 people from their land was carried out by brothers).
    In any situation, we must first be honest with ourselves and open our minds and our ears to the Torah message.

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