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Rabbi Lays down Religious Basis for Attack on Syria


Rabbi Eliezer Berland

A few days ago, in Alawi Republic of Latakia Saves Syria, I commented on the international conference that took place in Geneva regarding the ongoing violence in Syria. The event ended in nothing, with no formal decisions taken and a proposal on general elections that could not be accepted by the actual Syrian regime. The answer to the failure was fast; international media reports of Turkish army movements towards the Syrian border. A war may erupt at any moment. Israel is a silent side of this conflict; it is not expected to participate on an international attack on Syria, but certainly might profit from it by the possible cementing of its illegal Golan Heights’ annexation. What Israel cannot publicly say, was uttered by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who openly encouraged an international attack on Syria. His public statement laid down the Jewish religious base for an attack on Syria.

The Rabbi

This rabbi was apparently carefully chosen by the establishment to deliver this very unusual message; rabbis seldom incite wars. As a Hasidic rabbi affiliated to the Bratzlev Hasidic movement (often spelled Breslov by Yiddish speakers) Rabbi Eliezer Berland is in a unique position to perform exactly that. The Jewish ultra-Orthodox world is divided into hundreds of courts; the main division is between the Haredim and the much smaller Hasidim. The main difference is that Hasidim are led by charismatic leaders, while Haredim stick to the Talmud. Another important difference is that Hasidim engage in proselytizing to secular Jews, while Haredim refrain from that. The best known Hasidic court engaged in this activity is Chabad, which is present in more than a thousand cities worldwide, with notoriously large branches wherever released IDF soldiers favor to spend their army-release cash gift (Thailand, Nepal, Bolivia). Another place where they can be found is in IDF bases, where they are the only civilians to be allowed free entrance; they visit them on Fridays and do their best to bring the soldiers back into the Jewish religious world. This process is referred in Hebrew as “hazara bitshuva” (literally “Return-in-Answer;” religion offers answers, as opposed to the manipulative uncertainty of the humanist world). Bratzlev is much smaller and thus less prominent than Chabad. Yet, they run the Shuvu Banim (also spelled “Shuvu Bonim” by Yiddish speakers) Yeshiva. The name means “Sons Return!” It refers to the fact that most of its students are former secular Jews seeking for a way back into the religious world. Rabbi Eliezer Berland runs this yeshiva and is also a member of the World Committee of Bratzlev Hasidim.

This proselytizing is limited in nature. The process is open only to people recognized by them as Jews. Even after their students graduate, they are not considered equal to their peers. They can’t marry Haredi or Hasidic people since they would always be suspected of being impure (there might be gentiles among their ancestors), thus they marry among each other, creating yet another racist division within the Jewish society. Yet, the relevant point is that Rabbi Eliezer Berland speaks to former soldiers. In this occasion, he seemed to bring a message from the IDF’s high echelons.
His activities are not limited to proselytizing; the location of his yeshiva is also significant. Shuvu Banim is located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The only worst provocation towards the legitimate population of the area would have been placing the yeshiva atop the adjacent Dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa Mosque. Can’t Jews live without provoking their neighbors? This is not the attitude preached by the Bible. Rabbi Berland’s closest religious movement is the abovementioned Chabad. Chabad is a Hebrew acronym for “Chochmah, Binah, Da’at,” or in English “Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge.” Yet they demonstrate none of this while ignoring “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” in Lev 19:18. Provokers invariably have bad and violent intentions. Rabbi or not, Berland is a bad man with evil intentions.

Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter in the Old City
Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter in the Old City

The Message

Via Dolorosa, near the Yeshiva

Via Dolorosa, near the Yeshiva

On Saturday, June 30, 2012, shortly after the end of the Sabbath, a crowd of almost 10,000 gathered at the Ramat Gan Stadium to hear the rabbi in a revival gathering. The attendants were mixed, ultra-orthodox and secular Jews, who had paid up to $125 to attend the event; considering the economic strata of the attendants, the entry fee was hefty. They should have been surprised to find that the rabbi didn’t engage on the promised faith-revival speech but on a diatribe against Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin. Yet, he was standing in front of a non-judgmental crowd. They would applaud anything uttered by this weapon of Syrian-destruction. Eventually, they applauded to a very long list of atrocities. Let’s take a look.

He begun softly, urging the Israeli government to intervene in Syria, or demand other countries to intervene. This was justified “to prevent the slaughter of children, even if some of them will grow up to be terrorists.” Luckily, the relevant kids were spared this message. In the following part of his discourse it became clear why a Hasidic rabbi had been chosen to deliver this message.

All people are created in the image of God, and all have a Godly spark; therefore solidarity between people was essential whether they are Jew, non-Jew or even Ishmaelites.

This text wouldn’t have been delivered by a Haredi rabbi, since they stick to the racist Talmud. Hasidic rabbi have a bit more latitude, but slightly so. This small difference allowed him to incite a war.

The nations of the world are silent, and we, the Jewish people, the people of justice, the people of conscience and integrity, are the conscience of the entire world.

This is a truly odd statement; I have commented extensively on formal IDF testimonies delivered in military environments and published by the Hebrew media, in which IDF officers boast on assassinations of women, children and elders by Jewish snipers. Is this the justice the rabbi is referring to? Do you really claim to be a man of God, Rabbi Berland?

We must stand before the entire world and demand immediate intervention in Syria, to stop the terrible massacre, to stop the terrible oppression by the ruling cult and the army and stand up for these miserable, desperate people. It doesn’t matter that they are Ishmaelites and it doesn’t matter even if some of them grow up to be terrorists; the first thing is to save the unfortunate children, babies, women – that’s the first mission.

Afterwards, he called Russian President Vladimir Putin “the chief terrorist.”

His speech was highly unusual, and very clear. He justified a war against Syria. He justified attacks by the IDF and the Western Hydra on Syria. Instead of behaving as a rabbi, this prominent member of the Israeli religious establishment spoke like an IDF Head of Staff on the eve of a war. He delivered this belligerent speech shortly after the failure of the Geneva international conference on the Syrian issue. Syria, brace yourself for an Israeli cowardly attack.


31 Responses to Rabbi Lays down Religious Basis for Attack on Syria

  1. who_me July 3, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Roy Tov

    nice find.

    it’s pretty obvious now that syria was a zionist jewish choice for regime change.

  2. who_me July 3, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    the irgun:

    “No opposition talks if intervention is not discussed”

  3. who_me July 3, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    did jp buy off the chinese and the russians?

    “While the duplicity of American-led NATO powers towards Iran and Syria is glaringly obvious, the more disquieting question is what are Russia and China playing at?

    Washington, London and Paris have been fuelling covert state terrorism against Syria and its ally Iran with proxy mercenaries wreaking havoc in both countries. No-warning car bombs in Damascus are the vile counterpart to assassination of nuclear scientists in Tehran.

    So it is with utter contempt that these same powers should engage in a so-called peace summit convened at the weekend by the United Nations in Geneva. A crisis meeting on a crisis created by Western powers and their regional allies, Turkey, Israel and the Arab dictatorships of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The duplicity is rank.

    However, what of the other permanent members of the Security Council, Russia and China, who were also prominent players at the Geneva gathering?

    But the supposed support of Syria’s two superpower allies is questionable. Note that the final statement favoured by Russia and China outlining Syria’s political transition includes “the opposition and other groups”. What this amounts to is the Assad government being offered a poisonous chalice. Why should a government that has a popular mandate and which has overseen significant constitutional reforms earlier this year paving the way to parliamentary elections – why should this government be obliged to sit down with opposition groups some of whom have endorsed sabotage and terrorism?

    It is a reasonable objection, which many ordinary Syrians are now expressing in the wake of the Geneva summit.”

    the jewish run westerm media is already claiming the talks gave them the go ahead to increase their war crimes. is this libya all over again?

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos July 3, 2012 at 1:00 am #

      I, too, have an uneasy feeling about Russia (China is a subsidiary) slowly yielding inch by inch. But my suspicion is worse than the supposition that they were bought. I don’t believe they can be bought in this case because there is really nothing that can compensate Russia for this loss of the penultimate piece in the game, especially in the long term.
      I fear that Russia has already concluded that Syria is lost already. The infiltration is so massive (they’ve had years) and the “insurgents” are so ruthless (MOSAD style: car bombs, innocent civilians massacred) that the Syrian government cannot deal with them without more collateral damage. Another veto by Russia will be definitively depicted as an obstacle in the much needed rescue by humanitarian intervention (quotation marks all around).
      I htink the Russian may be slow learners. They have learned from Libya not to allow “No Fly” zones but they have not learned that if they really want to win they have to use the same tactics the other side uses.
      By the way: why don’t the Russians have NGOs operating where the USrael good samaritan NGOs operate?

  4. searching July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I would call him “rabbi straight from the darkest pits of hell”. he does not care for Syrian, goyim people, for its women, children or elders.
    he is just a skillful, fanatical propaganda tube , well chosen for its task of delivering the war message under a pretext of caring and being concerned.
    “By the way of deception we carry wars” .

  5. who_me July 3, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    something i’ve noticed that isn’t about syria, but about the zioterrorists for whom syria is another job. pakistan has been being obstinante in allow zionazis* the use of their territory to supply their terrorists in afghanistan. this is costly to the zionazis. like in geld. the ultimate antisemitism. lately in the jewish run western media have been a lot of stories about the israeli originating mumbai terrorist attack being connected to pakistan.

    deny zionazis what they want – get blamed for zionazi terrorism. 11 o’clock follows 10 o’clock.

    • who_me July 3, 2012 at 2:25 am #


      this is both jp and the old fascist guard.

  6. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 3, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    Roy Tov is to be commended for this extraordinarily informative articles. Thanks, Roy.

  7. who_me July 3, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    more jewish lying to create an atmosphere where people will accept jewish war crimes:–abc-news-topstories.html

  8. who_me July 3, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    “Syria strikes Damascus suburb; U.N. decries arms flow ”

    isn’t damascus in syria? media jews apparaently think otherwise.

  9. Laura Stuart July 3, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I have no reason to doubt that this
    is genuine since it is standard in Arab countries. Male rape and raping females in front of family members is one of the forms of torture they use. So many rapes happened in Libya that one of their scholars gave a fatwa that abortion was legal in that case (don’t know if many scholars would agree) and there are (were) organisations working to get pregnant unmarried rape victims married – one of my friends was involved in the project. Rape will not be spoken about widely because of the shame, but a lot of girls have been married to cousins or people close to the family in the hope of finding some stability in their lives.
    But hey you guys don’t have to believe any of this stuff (even though rape both male and female in Arab detention is well documented even before the Syrian uprising) I await the fervent denials condemning HRW as Mossad agents and of all NGO’s as Zionist propaganda disseminators. All Arab leaders are upright honest citzens who wouldn’t harm a fly, it really is hard to understand how their citizens could be so ungrateful, unless you live with the absolute certainty that it’s all down to the Zionists. I really hope you people write something that convinces me that a little imprisonment and torture is fine (when it’s not happening to you)and that people should perhaps learn to enjoy it safe in the knowledge that some people in the west know it’s “for their own good” if only they could see what was REALLY HAPPENING in their country.

    • who_me July 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      “I have no reason to doubt that this”

      i have every reason to. hrw is a zionazi front group. it’s standard zionazi hrw tactics to make up stories like this. hmw also has been caugh faking these things and faking evidence. my favourite was when they tried to pass off georgian mines as russian when the photos they used clearly showed georgian one. a really amateur scam that one. 😀

      • Laura Stuart July 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

        If you think you are so funny and so clever that you were right and I was wrong then Syria would be the only Arab country where such things are standard ways of dealing with dissent.

        But it is not because there are documented human rights abuse reports of torture going back years just the same as the other Arab countries so you are wrong.

        • Laura Stuart July 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

          *not standard ways of dealing with dissent

  10. Laura Stuart July 3, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Assad apologies for shooting down a Turkish plane

    He seems to be saying he thought it might be an Israeli one but if he had shot down an Israeli one it would have been a disaster, he is lucky it was a Turkish one then.

    • who_me July 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      what assad said without quite as much zionazi spin attached:

      “We learned that it (the plane) belonged to Turkey after shooting it down. I say 100 per cent ‘I wish we had not shot it down’,” the Cumhuriyet newspaper quoted Assad as saying in an exclusive interview published on Tuesday.

      “The plane was using a corridor which Israeli planes have used three times before. Soldiers shot it down because we did not see it on our radar and because information was not given,” the Syrian president explained.

      “Of course I might have been happy if this had been an Israeli plane,” Assad said.”

  11. who_me July 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    how hrw’s heroes behave:

    the jewish run western media mentioned this crime for a day, then forgot about it. some of the jewish run media reports even tried to portary it as done by the syrian government, rather than by israel’s terrorist proxies.

  12. Laura Stuart July 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Human Rights is for both sides and no one is saying that one side is innocent of hurting people.

    But who-me you have a very evident lack of normal human feelings towards people who are tortured and raped. Is it normal to be so devoid of compassion only seeing the conflict through a weird view that Assad is innocent and the whole thing is a zionist plot. Are not all the victims Syrian? Are not all the victims human beings?

    These victims are victims many times over – firstly of Bashar al Assad’s dictatorship then after they rose up they are victims of outside forces making it into the worlds battle field.

    • Jay Knott July 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      “Lack of normal human feelings”. Maybe he’s not human. It would be easy to write a program to generate some of the comments here. Automatic hack phrases like ‘zionazi’, allegations that almost everything is a ‘front group’, random links from rt and presstv… Artificial intelligence? Hardly…

      • who_me July 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

        Jay Knott Reply

        July 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        “Lack of normal human feelings”. Maybe he’s not human. It would be easy to write a program to generate some of the comments here. Automatic hack phrases like ‘zionazi’, allegations that almost everything is a ‘front group’, random links from rt and presstv… Artificial intelligence? Hardly…”

        more personal attacks from jay knott. gee, what a surprise.

  13. who_me July 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Laura Stuart

    “But who-me you have a very evident lack of normal human feelings towards people who are tortured and raped.”

    i have avoided personal attacks against you. don’t you start. using personal attacks that is a dishonest jewish and sabbath goy tactic. do you really want to be seen as one of those?

    • Laura Stuart July 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      You don’t have to deny yourself the satisfaction gained from personal attacks – no one else does.

      But you do ignore the plight of the people, are they just chess pieces to you ?

      • who_me July 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

        “But you do ignore the plight of the people, are they just chess pieces to you ?”

        you’re the one saying they should be presented under the israeli jackboot, ls. if that isn’t a reckless disregard for their lives, i don’t know what is.

        • who_me July 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

          but i can see why you would rather slander me than comment on the way hrw treated the israeli war crimes against the people on the mavi marmara. 😉 😀

  14. who_me July 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Laura Stuart

    this is how your hrw outfit behaved with regard to the israeli attack on the mavi marmara:

    “Does Human Rights Watch take orders directly from the U.S. Department of State, or is it that the two bodies’ shared excess of empathy for Israel makes them just seem to be in lock step? Specifically, why does HRW not call for an independent international investigation of Israeli piracy in international waters and its massacre of civilians on the Mavi Marmara? Why call for Israel to investigate itself when they know an Israeli investigation will be bullshit? HRW admits the last itself.”

    do you still “have no reason to doubt that this” about what this israeli-american covert government org would invent about syria?

    btw, it’s been known since the 80’s that hrw is a front org that works to defend israeli-american operations in foreign countries. back then, they were famous for white-washing the atrocities of client states and exaggerating or inventing atrocities by states targeted for regime change. pay attention to that last line. hrw is still doing the same work for israeli-american destablisation campaigns they did back in the 80’s.

  15. who_me July 4, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    lavrov is being more direct than he usually is. so are vor.

    show? or is patience running out?

  16. who_me July 4, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    “Press TV: What is the situation on the ground there? Hillary Clinton says that Assad has to go because he does not pass a ‘mutual consent test’. For how long do you think Assad will be able to absorb such huge pressure and remain in power?

    Rozoff: That’s a question I am unable to answer. I can only say that should the West with its local allies and clients and I’m speaking about Turkey and the [Persian] Gulf States – the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council States, succeed in overthrowing yet another government in the Arab world and I’m of course alluding to the precedent last year in Libya, this will not mark the end of this.

    Any government that has a foreign policy orientation that’s independent and principled will be targeted.

    This will not be the last president of a sovereign state that Hillary Clinton orders to step down as she did last year in the Ivory Coast and Libya if you’ll recollect and as she may well do tomorrow in any number of other countries from Belarus to Venezuela.

    The fact is there at last appears a substance or perhaps a polarity of the population that prefers stability and the nation remaining intact to the latest effort by Western powers, the US in the first place, to not only topple the government – that’s the explicit intent by the US and its allies by the way, France and Britain most prominently – is to topple the government and have implanted a subservient client regime in the Middle East.

    Should they succeed in that, it would be catastrophe for the Syrian people and the Middle East and for the Arab world as a whole.”