Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning

What is it with Middle Eastern monotheistic beliefs and dogs?

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday.

According to Ynet, the large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, frightening judges and plaintiffs.
Despite attempts to drive the dog out of the court, the hound refused to leave the premises.

One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously.

Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer’s spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism.

Clearly still offended, one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning by local children.

The canine target, however, managed to escape.

“Let the Animals Live”, an animal-welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against the head of the court, Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, who denied that the judges had called for the dog’s stoning, Ynet reported.

Update: This story has been proved to be a hoax. See here.

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  1. Anaximanders Sandal
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    Probably done to wind up Muslims, they don’t like dogs either I understand.

    Then again we are talking about religion here, the religious believe that an alien created the universe, it’s surely only one small minded step for religious kind to come up with reincarnated lawyers residing in avatar dogs.

    Now some “not so religious”, believers in religion, IE not the completely deranged nutter’s, no doubt think this dog decision is as nutty as squirrel shit, (which it is but that’s not my point) and that’s great, it’s a start, but what you have to understand about atheists such as myself is this, I think ALL religion is as ludicrous as this “stone the dog” lunacy, it’s simply a matter of different parameters, where one draws the lines of lunacy so to speak.

    I guess that what I am trying to convey is the message that NO believer in any “religion” can ridicule or express distain towards the nut cases who dreamed up this ridiculous nonsense, you in your own way, all you religious believers ” simply believe a variation on the theme.

    All religion is ridiculously puerile nonsense, no matter how benign you may think your brand is, it doesn’t change the fundamental underlying fact that it is ALL nonsense.

    PS, by definition ALL religious believers are creationists, it’s simply a matter of degree, you so called “progressives” should remember that next time you laugh at the evangelical intelligent design fantasists.

  2. Agha
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 6:20 AM | Permalink

    What is it with Middle Eastern monotheistic beliefs and dogs?

    Dogs, like pigs, were probably considered unclean by several pre-Islamic Near Eastern societies (undoubtedly in Muhammad’s PBUH Arabia). The ancient Mesopotamians, for example, thought swine was unclean.

  3. stumpy
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    So, in fact, Agha, the belief that dogs are unclean is entirely unislamic?

    Also, please let the huntsmen of Arabia know they are being very unclean – who have been breeding, keeping and using hunting dogs for thousands of years.

  4. asha
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    Since Islamic law is derivative from Mosaic law, it follows that dogs (and pigs) should be considered unclean and impure in Islam because it is in Juadism.

  5. stumpy
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    Myth that Islamic law derives from Jewish law.

    Since Islamic law derives very little at all from Jewish Law, it must be assumed that once again South Asian Muslims are projecting their own cultural prejudices against dogs onto Arabs.

    And what about those Arab huntsmen with their unclean hounds.

  6. stumpy
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM | Permalink

    Who cares, in any case?


  7. qidniz
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    Since Islamic law is derivative from Mosaic law

    Only by Islamic assertion. And Allah wasn’t above plagiarizing rabbinic commentary either.

  8. A bit disappointed
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    Disappointingly, I’m hearing that this story is an elaborate hoax. Plays to all my best and worst prejudices about lawyers and religious types, though.

  9. stumpy
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 11:45 PM | Permalink

    a bit disappointed:

    Yep. A hoax:

    So much for ancient Babylonian hatred of dogs being channelled via Judaism into Islam, eh?

  10. Kutta ka Muhammed
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM | Permalink

    The Muslim ruler of the Barid dynasty of India, Ibrahim Barid’s tomb to his favourite dog.

    Dog hatred must be an Arab thing.

  11. Mo
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    The story is a hoax.

    The Spittoon should please retract.

    You are usually very reliable witnesses.

  12. Posted June 20, 2011 at 2:14 PM | Permalink

    Please see update.



  13. Agrownmannaked
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

    I see Munir thinks you are dashing and lovely, Agha.

    Any thoughts?

  14. sandy
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    islam into this too?? whyy

  15. Azad
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    After reading all interesting comments, I admire Socratics sacrifice for truth and justice and wisdom of “Know thyself”.

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