News Brief 3/25/2011, Adar Bet 19, 5771
Rabbi Dov Lior: OK to Film Arab Attackers on Shabbat
Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading religious-Zionist rabbi, has issued a groundbreaking new ruling in halacha (Jewish law) that allows Jews to film Arab attackers on the Sabbath. Normally, using cameras is forbidden on the Sabbath.
The ruling aims to assist Israel in the war on terrorism – which is a matter of life and death, for which one may violate the Sabbath laws. Currently, Arabs often present one-sided reporting or footage of clashes with Jews, and the libel undermines Israel, and particular Judea and Samaria Jews, in its struggle for self-defense.