It’s embarrassing when our clerics, err, rabbis start announcing fatwas. I mean, how are we supposed to criticize Iranian clerics for wanting Salman Rushdie murdered when our clerics, oops, I meant to say rabbis, start announcing pulsa denuras.
Pulsa denura? Pul sa de nu ra. You’re thinking Had Gadya, aren’t you? Well, it sounds like Aramaic, but quaint Passover song it ain’t. Nope, a pulsa denura is a ceremony putting a curse of death upon an individual, and it seems that a Jewish cle…rabbi is planning to place that curse upon Ariel Sharon.
That’s right! This rabbi, Yossi Dayan, a Kach movement member, apparently has read G-d’s mind and is confident that the Gaza pullout plan is not only bad for the Jews, it is blasphemous. What would G-d wish upon the perpetrator of the pullout? What else? Death. And soon — preferably before a Gaza pullout comes about.
We’ve seen this reel before. Around 1995 this very rabbi secretly held a pulsa denura ceremony cursing Yitzhak Rabin. Then, as now, certain rabbis were using the logic of the Din Rodef to justify their bloodlust. Then, as now, the issue of land outside the Green Line informed their nefarious plans. Yigal Amir justified his murder, of Rabin and our innocence, using Din Rodef.
Din Rodef, which seems to be the favorite phrase on the lips of certain West Bank and Gaza rabbis these days, dictates that if a person is out to kill you, you have the right — or is it obligation — to kill him first. I’m not going to argue that this works well if the person’s name is Haman. It works less well when the person’s name is Sharon.
Let’s not beat around the bush, while a secular Gothic Rock band from Haifa may find it amusing to name themselves Pulsa Denura (check out the pic!), Rabbi Dayan is only the tip of the iceberg. A couple of months ago, Rabbi Avigdor Neventzal of the Old City, who apparently earns his bread from the Israeli government, publicly declared that any person who gives Jewish land to non-Jews is a rodef and the Din Rodef applies. In other words, â€œThe fat man may be my boss but please kill him.â€
“Rabbi,” “Old City,” and “Jewish land?” It’s amazing how you can take very fine and meaningful words and twist them to encourage murder. So far, Israel’s Attorney General has not seen fit to charge these rabbis with incitement, but everybody understands what these rabbis want. All you need is one gunman and we are back to 1995.
Combine the Rabbis’ statements with the ongoing rallies against the pullout — a pullout supported by over 70% of Israel’s population — the placards, the incendiary comments on public airwaves, critical comments from self-interested politicians, not-so-subtle pushing of the blame by Yesha leaders, and it is no wonder that Sharon is watching this vocal and strident minority and lamenting that some Jews, whom he has spent his life protecting, are now seeking to “off” him.
We should all be lamenting.