Monday, December 20, 2010

The King's Torah and Himmler

Lately, there's been controversy over a book of religious instructions written in Israel called "The King's Torah", "Torat Ha'Melech", which I've found in Hebrew is "נפשות בין ישראל לעמים" that gives advice on what's permissible in killing non-Jews, with Palestinians in mind, and that among other things gives reasoning as to why killing non-Jewish children is right.

Max Blumenthal's article: How to kill goyim and influence people, leading Israeli rabbis defend manual for killing non jews gives a decent overview of it. It should be noted, by the way, that, yes, Max Blumenthal is Jewish, lives in Israel, and likely titled his piece that to be humorous.

The killing children part, as quoted in that article and in others, is this:

“There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”

Which is strikingly similar to a part of a speech Himmler gave to newly trained members of the Einsatzgruppen, the mobile killing force deployed on the Eastern Front that was tasked with killing any man, woman, and child who was Jewish that they came across, on October 6, 1943:

"We came to the question: what to do with the women and children? I decided to find a clear solution here as well. I did not consider myself justified to exterminate the men -- that is, kill them or allow them to be killed -- and allow the avengers of our sons and grandsons in the form of their children to grow up. The difficult resolve had to be taken to make this race disappear from the earth."

Translation from "An introduction to the Einsatzgruppen" from Holocaust-History.org

So it seems that the authors of the King's Torah are in fine company.

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