Incitement case against Safed rabbi dropped (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviel Magnezi Published: 07.08.12, 17:46)
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AG halts probe into Rabbi Eliyahu´s alleged anti-Arab comments due to
lack of evidence
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided to dismiss the case
against Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, who was being investigated over
some inciting remarks that were attributed to him in the media.
Last November, the attorney general had ordered a probe into the
rabbi on suspicion of incitement to racism after he allegedly told
reporters that the Arab culture is cruel and is predisposed towards
violence and theft.
The comments were purportedly said in support of an edict issued by
Eliyahu and 50 other rabbis, warning followers against renting or
selling homes to anyone who isn´t Jewish.
Weinstein decided to throw out the case at the request of the State
Prosecutor´s Office after investigators found no evidence that the
quotes "correctly reflected the statements that were actually made."
Among other leads, the investigators probed the journalists who
quoted Eliyahu; none had recorded his speech. According to the
statement, some reporters admitted that they could have tweaked the
The prosecution therefore could not rule out the possibility of a
discrepancy that could have occurred between Eliyahu´s actual remarks
and they way they were quoted.
Weinstein also noted that Eliyahu and the other rabbis responsible
for the real estate-related ban released a statement claiming that
their decree was not meant to come off as discriminatory against non-
"The State of Israel is obligated to treat all its citizens equally,"
the rabbis´ statement read. "This approach is based in the Torah and
Attorney Aviad Hacohen, who represents Eliyahu, told Ynet that the
attorney general´s decision "echoes our stance that a conflict of
opinions, no matter how extreme, should not be handled by the
criminal system." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 07/08/12)
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