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Vatican Looks to Indict Jewish Right Wing Extremist

The Custody of the Holy Land looks to indict radical right-winger for saying church burning complies with Jewish law

By: Kobi Nachshoni

Published: August 10th, 2015 in News » World

Vatican Looks to Indict Jewish Right Wing Extremist

Photo: Vatican


The Custody of the Holy Land, the Vatican's representative body in Israel, called on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to indict high-profile Jewish supremacist Bentzi Gopstein on charges of incitement to racism.

In a letter to Weinstein, the Custody's legal adviser cited comments Gopstein made at a panel discussion last week, where he said that burning churches complies with Jewish law.

Jewish supremacist Bentzi Gopstein

Jewish supremacist Bentzi Gopstein

"I implore you to employ all the legal measures at your disposal," Adv. Farid Jubran wrote on behalf of the Vatican. "Mr Gopstein's incitement puts churches and Christian communities in a clear and present danger."

During a panel discussion at Jerusalem's Netivot Hochma on Wednesday, Gopstein said that "burning idolatry" is a legitimate Jewish practice that was stipulated by Maimonides, the Medieval Jewish sage.

Gopstein is the chairman of Lehava, an organization that seeks to prevent the "assimilation" of Jewish Israelis.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News.

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