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Chief Rabbi Backs Targeted Killings

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  • Leonard Grossman
    AP Top News Chief Rabbi Backs Targeted Killings by MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer http://www.newsday.com/ap/text/topnews/ap663.htm JERUSALEM (AP) --
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 26, 2001
      AP Top News
      Chief Rabbi Backs Targeted Killings
      by MARK LAVIE
      Associated Press Writer


      http://www.newsday.com/ap/text/topnews/ap663.htm

      JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's much-criticized practice of
      targeting
      Palestinian militants for death has the full backing of
      Jewish
      religious law, according to a statement Thursday from
      Israeli Chief
      Rabbi Israel Meir Lau.
      The policy has been condemned by the U.S. State
      Department and
      human rights groups. The most recent case was
      Wednesday, when
      Israeli forces killed Hamas activist Saleh Darwazeh by
      firing five
      anti-tank missiles at his car near Nablus in the West
      Bank.
      Lau has been lecturing around the country in recent days,
      explaining the religious justification for defensive actions
      taken
      by Israel's government, according to the statement.
      While justifying whatever action the government adopts
      in its
      struggle against the Palestinians, Lau stated that private
      citizens
      must not take up arms.
      Since May, Israel has been following a policy it calls
      ''restraint,'' avoiding large-scale military operations and
      air strikes against Palestinian targets, but carrying out
      smaller operations, like targeted killing of militants.
      Palestinians say more than 40 people have been killed in
      such Israeli operations.
      Ran Cohen, an ex-army colonel and a leader of the
      secular Meretz
      party, said Lau went too far in his ruling. Cohen said
      stopping
      terror attacks and intercepting militants is legitimate, but
      ''targeted killing is a crime.''
      Cohen praised Lau for telling civilians not to attack
      Palestinians, but added, ''I regret the fact that he did not
      have
      enough courage to decide what the limits of government
      policy
      are.''
      07/26/2001
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      Leonard Grossman
      http://LGrossman.com/
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