Rav Yitzchak Shapira Arrested for Mosque Torching


rav-yitzchak-shapiraThe Shin Bet today arrested Rav Yitzchak Shapira, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Od Yosef Chai in the West Bank city of Yitzhar for his alleged involvement in the torching of a Palestinian mosque in the village of Yasuf last month.Rav Shapira was initially questioned by West Bank police, though he was later transferred into Shin Bet custody in Petach Tikva.

The yeshiva is behind the “price tag” policy whereby settlers have vowed to instigate actions against Palestinians in retaliation for the government’s enforcement of a construction freeze in West Bank settlements.

A number of the yeshiva’s administrators have published commentaries supporting this policy. Last week, the Shin Bet arrested four others linked with the arson, two of whose remand was extended by two days yesterday.

Both suspects denied the allegations against them, and were supported during the hearing by friends. Three more suspects were arrested in connection with the torching, two of whom are minors.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said following the incident that Israel must rein in settlers’ “brutal” actions.

“The torching of the mosque in Yasuf is a despicable crime, and the settlers are behaving with brutality,” said Abbas, who called the act a violation of religious freedom.

“The settlers’ unruly behavior must be stopped,” Abbas added after a meeting with United Arab List-Ta’al chairman Ahmed Tibi in Amman.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, also condemned the act as a bid to thwart the peace process with the Palestinians.

“This is an extremist act geared toward harming the government’s efforts to advance the political process for the sake of Israel’s future,” Barak said.

Rav Shapira is a long-time resident of Yitzhar, a Chabad chossid, and a talmid of Rav Yitzchak Ginsburg, an authority on Kabbolah.

{Haaretz/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. why is it different then what thse stinkin arabs did to kever yosef hatzadik which was videoed around the world\
    I am sick of this 2 faced world we live in

  2. To #2 MDshweksssssssssssss.

    You’re right.

    It’s not different.

    But there is a difference!!! When the Arabs do it to the Jews, it is supported by the entire palestinian society. When a Jew does it to an Arab, Jews everywhere condemn it. THAT”S A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!