Rabbi Dov Lior: Phones May Be Used On Shabbos to Stop IDF Evacuations


rabbi-dov-liorKiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Rav Dov Lior has given permission to the residents of West Bank settlements to use their phones on Shabbos to report “suspicious IDF movements,” according to settlement activists. A message being circulated by Efrat-Gush Etzion-Kiryat Arba Chevron Action Committees warned settlers to remain vigilant, stating: “In light of the threat of destruction of outposts, the public is asked to stay alert and report any suspicious movement of troops.”

The message continued, “If one sees a movement of troops on Shabbat and there is a possibility that those troops are on their way to destroy outposts, one can use the phone, on Shabbat, to report about it to the known activists of the area and they will check what is going on and give instructions to the public accordingly.”

Nadia Matar, a representative of the Efrat-Gush Etzion-Kiryat Arba Chevron Action Committees explained on Sunday that following Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recent meeting with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, settlers fear the IDF may dismantle settlement outposts at any moment.

Matar noted that six or seven Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozers have been taken to a military base near Alon Shvut, in Gush Etzion, and made clear that settlers are on “high alert” as they fear that these vehicles will be used to dismantle “20-or-so outposts” in the vicinity in the not-too-distant future.

Rabbi Lior is one of the country’s most prominent Zionist rabbis.During 2005’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Rabbi Lior called on all his former students to defy their commanders and refuse to take part in the “expulsion” of Jews. Earlier this year, he also said in an interview that it is forbidden for Jews to hire or rent property in Israel to Arabs.

{JPost/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Wait a minute – this guy is a Zionist? “Defending” his community against the IDF?

    And violating Shabbos is a mitzvah?

    Things have changed a lot since I lived in Israel. Like the definitions of “Zionist” and “Torah.”

  2. Is this another ‘taken out of context’ wording of Rav Lior as we hear on a weekly basis from Rav Ovadia, Rav Elyashuv, etc. ?

    Rav Lior is a talmid chachom and manhig for many talmidim.

  3. It is amazing how these “rabbis” think they can changed Jewish law. What kind of middot is this? Now rabbis can desecrate shabbat? I wonder what is next

  4. Have you read his t’shuva? I am not the Talmud Chacham to refute or condone his actions here but neither are you. How about an education?