Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning

Published: June 20, 2011
Judges suspected the dog was the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who had insulted the court's judges 20 years ago. PHOTO: FILE

Judges suspected the dog was the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who had insulted the court's judges 20 years ago. PHOTO: FILE

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.

One of the court’s managers, however, confirmed the report of the lapidation sentence to Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.

“It was ordered… as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog,” the paper reported the manager as saying, according to Ynet.

Certain schools of thought within Judaism believe in the transmigration of souls, or reincarnation.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • MAD
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:24PM

    They have those nuts in Israel too.Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:35PM

    I guess they are trying to stone an innocent animal rather than some Adultrous SinnerRecommend

  • Haris Farooq
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:35PM


  • Natasha Kundi
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:46PM

    extremism revisited …. Recommend

  • spaz
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Poor dog :(Recommend

  • Ba ha
    Jun 20, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Rabies infected Rabi. ??Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 20, 2011 - 5:14PM

    wow how come jews arent labelled as extremists for this absurdity? how unfortunateRecommend

  • Yggr
    Jun 20, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Just read the comments on this news piece and I think we hate our selves and are ashamed of our identity

  • Ali Mustafa
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:29PM

    Had it been a Muslim country, courts decision, every one from fox to cnn would have jumped and sounded horns of extremism and cruelty… EVEN WITHOUT Verification!!! Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 11:37PM

    This story was actually a media prank. Read the latest news ( and you’ll learn that the Israeli newspaper that broke this “news” has apologized after the information trurned out to be incorrect. Of course it is suggested that the editor of the Tribune includes an update to the story telling about the misinformation propagated unknowingly. Recommend

  • Atheist, India
    Jun 21, 2011 - 9:43AM

    The best part of being an Atheist is that you are automatically out of such nonsense.Recommend

  • anil
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:55AM

    such things are common in Muslim-dominated countries. Sorry ,if I am wrong.Recommend

  • Yousaf Gul
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:57AM

    I m ready to adopt the dog… plz send him to me…. !!!!Recommend

  • Davie_Crockett_was_no_hero
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:41AM

    The story is most likely true. It is just a face saving retraction.
    Anyone familiar with jewish Rabbinical law know that they believe in re-incarnation for e.g women of “loose” character come back as animate object etcetc. And yes, pls do prove me wrong Mr Tom Weiner.Recommend

  • ulti lungi
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:43AM

    You mean like India? Apparently there are more muslims in your land than there are in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2011 - 1:21PM

    That is so sad. Poor creature had to suffer the brunt. Well, all the rulings in court are based on proof. Was the judge able to produce proof of his convictions? Recommend

  • sam
    Jun 21, 2011 - 1:56PM

    ok seriously im sick and tired of indians and hindus posintg anti Muslims and anti pakistani comments under articles that have no relation to muslims or pakistan. STOP BEING SO IMMATURE PLEASE!!!!!

    as for absurd religios practices lets plz not get started with ur religion. i ahve too much self respect to faqll to the levels u choose to else i too could quote a million absurd beliefs and traditions!Recommend

  • Ihk
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Shhh…don’t say anything against the jews….its called anti-semitism…greatest, most heinous crime of all.Recommend

  • MJRydsFast
    Jun 25, 2011 - 1:06AM

    @Atheist, India:
    You sir, or ma’am, are brilliant. Thanks for leveling the playing field. Your response gives me hope. The dog thanks you as well, I’m sure. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 25, 2011 - 10:33AM

    @Karim Khan:
    I just saw this news and was shocked because I watch most of the news and read as many as I can and still I did not know about it. However, thanks for exposing the hoax and the joy of us (Muslims) in Pakistan. Israel has as many parties as Pakistan has and there is a struggle between the liberals and right wing extremists just like Pakistan. If this news were true I would have seen it in liberal media of the world and particularly Israel and the US. The irony is for some Pakistanis NY Times, CNN and BBC are not reliable but an unknown source of such news is authentic like a page from a holy book?

    I have not seen this much outrage from Pakistanis over the news of women and girls gang raped, sold, molested at young age, and paraded in the streets by the respectable tribal elders in Pakistan. For Pakistani Muslims a dog in Israel is more important than our innocent women victims. To be honest the followers of both Judaism and Islam do not like dogs and treat it similar to a pig.
    Thanks again and regards,
    Mirza Recommend

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