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.]