Satmar Head Blames Parents for Murders

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Aaron Teitelbaum (YouTube screenshot)

Aaron Teitelbaum (YouTube screenshot)

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s burial of Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel, the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, New York, Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, pinned the blame for the teens’ murders on decisions made by their Orthodox Zionist parents

In a speech the rabbi gave at the local yeshiva on Wednesday, the anti-Zionist Teitelbaum attributed the victims’ deaths to their having lived and studied in the West Bank, an area he characterized as being inhabited by “predatory animals” and “barbaric murderers.”

“They [the parents] caused the deaths of their sons and they must do teshuva for their actions,” the rabbi said bluntly.

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