ASSASSINATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST : Jewish Mystic Put a Curse on Rabin, Magazine Reports


A Jewish mystic opposed to Israel's giving up West Bank land for peace placed a curse on Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin a month ago, appealing to the angels to kill him by this week.

The Jerusalem Report magazine said in an article last week that a Jerusalem rabbi, who declined to give his name, stood outside Rabin's house on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year.

It said the rabbi, who identified himself as a member of the extremist Kach movement, cursed Rabin with a pulsa denura-- Aramaic for "lashes of fire"--for Rabin's "heretical" policies.

"And on him, Yitzhak son of Rosa, known as Rabin, we have permission . . . to demand from the angels of destruction that they take a sword to this wicked man . . . to kill him . . . for handing over the Land of Israel to our enemies, the sons of Ishmael."

The rabbi said the curse generally works within 30 days. That put the end date in early November.

Israeli right-wingers who have demonstrated against Rabin's peace policies view the West Bank as part of the Land of Israel given the Jews by God in the Bible.

An Israeli Jewish man in his 20s was arrested in the Rabin shooting.

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