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Tearing Down the Synagogue of Hate

The IDF “swooped” on an illegal outpost in the West Bank this Tuesday, and tore down a synagogue built in honor of Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, and proponent of an expulsion and/or extermination policy towards Arab residents of Israel. Kahane, who was assassinated by an Arab gunman in New York in 1990, also founded the political party Kach, which was banned from the Israeli knesset, and has been deemed a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, who, in October of last year, made it known that Americans who provide funding to the organization’s website alone would be charged with providing material support to a terror organization.

Of course, differing in opinion from both the Israeli and U.S. governments, the settlers of Tapuach West believe that Kahane was right, and that his vision of an ethnically cleansed Israel is one worth fighting for.


A Jewish settler is ‘escorted’ from a protest against the destruction of the Esh Harav Meir Yeshiva in Tapuach.

“Suppose they come with their bulldozers,” [Rabbi] Ben Yaacov said. I imagine there will be firm resistance in that case. But the people will return a few minutes later and pitch a tent, and put a torah scroll in it. There is no end to it. A tractor can never win against the spirit of those who adhere to an idea.”

Boy that sounds familiar. While you “tzaddikim” are crying over your little synagogue of hate, 300 Palestinians were made homeless by bulldozers in Gaza. Of course, your yeshiva teaches that that is a good thing. Lucky for you the IDF hasn’t come for your illegal houses… yet.

Click here to see more photos of the Tapuach protest, including the destruction of the synagogue by Israeli bulldozers. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of nor happy about, but then again, neither is the mindset these people espouse. The line has to be drawn somewhere.

14 thoughts on “Tearing Down the Synagogue of Hate

  1. I can’t wait to see Amnesty International and the UN denouncing Israel for tearing down homes of settlers. Because…you know…they aren’t antisemitic. They promise.

  2. Agreeing with Harry, there is really no reason to embellish. At this point, Kahane made a lot of good points and his main philosophy was have the Arabs live away from Israel. This might not be that bad an idea, if you look at it.

  3. “This might not be that bad an idea, if you look at it.”
    Jay, please tell me you’re not serious and were being sarcastic.

  4. First of all Jay, I never said that Kahane was right in any sense of the word. I abhore the man and his extremist supporters. All I was saying is that he never stated or even alluded to an exterminating Arabs. A kahane supporter I am not. Not by any means.

  5. I can’t believe your Quoting the P.A. saying Israeli bulldozers flatten 30 houses, especially in a newspaper like the guardian, the typical type of people who will allways demonise Israel and anything Jews do. Both of them want nothing more than the destruction of Israel. And give little sympathy to Jewish victims of terror.

  6. who is this mobius charachter who keeps posting the most vile anti israeli propoganda; we have enough of that from the palestinians who are trying to murder us. wake up, mobius

  7. A good point is being raised: Kahane’s ideology was not based on hate and racism per se… it was based on the laws of redemption and descriptions of how the messianic venture is to happen based on the Rambam (i’m not sure where in exactly,) along with a very humanitarian “if we don’t split up the two antagonizing groups, much death and violence will happen” which, of course, has been proven true.
    I’ve just been hanging out with folks who went to Tapuach to try to slow the whole dismantling down, and i’ve been trying to talk to them about Israeli responsibility to the Palestinians and so on. The bulwark of most of there arguments is purely halachic and mystical, i.e., that the healing of the world, by torah definition, can only begin to happen once the people Israel is returned to the physical land, and can live and build there autonomously.
    Has anyone noticed how easy it is to target “The Settlers” for being crazy and racist? Does that have anything to do, i wonder, with their lack of money to fight “pro-settlement” campaigns, and their anarchist utopian tendancies, and the threat that such freedoms pose to mainstream Israeli authority?

  8. first of all the shull was not exactly ileagal. it became ileagal cuz lapid din’t like it. we weren’t using it to say shoot at arab kids in yasuf, if you are going to say something say the whole flipin story because a little putz like me will catch you with your pants down while your wanking it. i would like you to show me the 30 arab houses demolished in gaza…. have you actually ever been to gaza ? i have and trust me the place is full of empty buildings terrorists use to fire on jews. kahane never called for the killing of arabs he just called for them to be transferd. yada yada yada.

  9. oh and to add i live in tapuach and i travel all over judea samaria and gaza. so watch what you throw my way because chances are i’ll be able to tell you the REAL truth but of course you rather believe some arab scum bag because they can lie and mostly get away with it.. after all i can’t legaly go into shechem and see wtf they are doing there

  10. By, Moshe Burt
    On Tuesday morning, 20 January, 2004, immediately upon receiving a Supreme Court decision denying Tapuach-West’s appeal regarding their Beit Knesset, a force of several hundred military and police, equipped with bulldozers descended upon the site.
    The Army quickly placed barriers at the Tapuach Junction to prevent the arrival of Shul supporters. However, some of the supporters were able to arrive in any event. And so, the Tapuach group was caught flat-footed. By about 2:15 PM, the destruction of the Shul had begun.
    Despite the court’s mandate that the demolition of the synagogue must be carried out with great caution, witnesses state that hundreds of police and military arrived at Tapuach-West “with great violence, most of them armed, and some of them even fired in the air… Some people have been knocked unconscious by their violence. ”
    The Aron HaKodesh which housed the Shul’s new Sefer Torah, placed there two weeks earlier, was violently confiscated by the army. One young female resident begged the police not to confiscate the Aron, that it belonged her family. She was brutally beaten-up by police officers for no other reason than for asserting ownership of the Aron.
    In the aftermath of the dismantlement, information has come to the fore which, if proven, indicates that Yesha Council, by virtue of their silence and inaction, may have been complicit wih Prime Minister Sharon, the police and the military in the “rabbinic supervised” trashing of theTapuach-West Shul.
    “Senior Yesha Council official Bentzi Lieberman released a message to the media calling on the IDF to exercise restraint and comply with the law while carrying out orders to destroy Yesha outposts.
    The veteran Yesha activist reiterated the Yesha Council remains opposed to the uprooting of any Jewish community (outpost) in the Land of Israel, adding the Tapuah West community was authorized by former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Binyamin Netanyahu. Lieberman stated Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could have permitted the process to obtain permits for the synagogue but instead ordered the building destroyed.”
    The Council further stated that “…it objects to the evacuation of any Jewishly-held point in the Land of Israel, and that with a little good will, the government could have authorized the synagogue, just as the Barak government did in the past in similar situations. At the same time, the Yesha Council said it would not take part in the efforts to prevent the demolition ‘in cases where we do not know in advance the nature of the resistance.’ The Council thus leveled some veiled criticism of the Kach supporters in Tapuach, implying that they might respond violently to the evacuation.”
    (Arutz-7 Demolition of Tapuach Synagogue Begins With Violence14:17 Jan 20, ’04 / 26 Tevet 5764)
    Although Yesha Council did issue some weak statements in opposition to the trashing of Tapuach-West’s Shul, very reliable sources, both among the Religious-Nationalist movement and the opposition Labor Party have indicated a secret back-room deal struck at the highest levels of both the Yesha Council and the Sharon government whereby Yesha Council would not interfere in the bulldozing of Tapuach-West’s Beit Knesset and in echange, the government would refrain from dismantling a certain unnamed outpost.
    On an internet forum, a number of people submitted emails describing how they contacted Yesha Council inquiring as to how to get to Tapuach-West and what the Council was doing to help Tapuach. They apparently received responses from the Council “not to be concerned about Tapuach-West.”
    And particularly damning was a statement in a Hebrew newspaper attributed to “an unnamed Yesha spokesman” which said “Baruch shepetarnu m’hamivneh hazeh” — “Blessed is the one who set us free from this building.”
    Just what we need — lies and deceit within the Nationalist ranks. Is there nothing sacred? “Surely this thing is known…” (Torah Gems, Volume 2, page 20 on Parsha Sh’mos, Perek 2, posuk 14 quoting Binah Le-Itim.)
    “At the beginning of the Parsha, we are told that when Moshe grew up, he went out to see his brethren … their ways and behavior. When he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, and there was no one else in sight, i.e., no other Hebrew … willing to defend the man … being beaten, he assumed that was because their slavery had destroyed their will to struggle. On the second day, though when he saw two Hebrews fighting one another and one said to him, ‘as you killed the Egyptian,’ he saw that that man believed that Moshe’s actions on the previous day had been wrong. Moshe responded, ‘Surely this thing is known’ — it is not their slavery nor their lack of strength to fight back that is causing them not to resist the Egpytians, because they are perfectly willing to fight one another. What is evidently missing is a sense of justice, of mutual support, of helping the weak, and that is the reason why the redemption had not yet come. ‘Surely, this thing is known’ — now I understand the matter.”
    And so too, in our generation, it’s not that we are weak and can’t fight, it’s just not politically correct among those who are assimilated, who seek to be as the goyim, who seek “a state of all of it’s people” or are afraid to assert Jewish possession of Eretz Yisrael and who are totally devoid of Torah. In our generation, divisiveness and Chillul Hashem abound.
    IY’H, that B’nai Yisrael comes to our collective senses and finally sees the imperative dangers, both within and without, and acts to defeat them. May we not lose further valuable Jewish neshamot to the machinations and chesbonot of the anti-Torah politically self-interested. In the merit of our collective unity, emunah and actions, may we be zocha to compell Hashem to do what he want’s to do, to bring us Moshiach, the Geula Shlaima, and an end to low, dirty politics, political equivocation, perfidy and false cheshbonot; Achshav, Chik Chuk, Meiyad, Etmol!!

  11. Kahane was Right
    The leftist in the world will see who the enemies of the “infidels”(non-Muslims) soon. Kahane never called for the mass genocide of arabs. That is ridiculous. However a mass transfer would mean no terrorist attacks.
    God Bless the heroic Zionist settlers.
    We shall never give up Judea and Samaria.
    There are no such thing as “palestinians”

  12. KAHANE WAS RIGHT! had he been elected there would have been no terrorist attacks and no claims of ‘occupying the “palestinian” territories’ cos there would have been no a-rabs in israel. u should thank G-d that there r ppl hu r trying 2 revive his party b/c if nothing haapens soon, that will be the end of israel.

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