Note: This is an incomplete/emerging source sheet based on the above question. Sources have been suggested based on the same query posted on my FB wall on 1/22/17. I have tried to attribute texts to those who suggested them originally, and have included any notes derive from the comments. Please see the comments section there. JB
Comment, Rabbi Joshua Ladon:
I was thinking about the different ways one could approach this topic. Is punching a white nationalist Nazi like:
- Ben Sorer u'Moreh?
- Hahovel bahavero?
- Is it like Terrorism?
- Is it a defensive war?
"Kansas City Rabbi Clocks Neo-Nazi In Airport"
By Daniel Sieradski, JewSchool.com, 4/19/05
Rabbi David Fine, the rabbi of an Orthodox congregation in Oberland Park, Kansas — who is not exactly known for being a “tough” man — found himself in an altercation with a neo-Nazi earlier today at the Kansas City International airport. After a brief shouting match, the rav tossed a cup of coffee in the f*cker’s face and gave him a decent tolchok before an all-out brawl ensued. Mad props from the Jewschool crew to the esteemed rav for having the bayztim to take a stand. It’s never okay to the throw the first punch…unless yer schoolin’ a Nazi scumf*ck. Amen.
Source: Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz
Source: Rabbi Jason Bonder.
Ben Sorer u'Moreh sources: Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, Alex Weissman,
Source: Yael Kalman.
Source: Ira Blum
Source: Zari Sussman
Source: Rabbi Avram Mlotek
"...Rabbi Chaim Soleveitchik of Brisk...was said to have declared that the commandment to destroy Amalek extends to all who embrace the ideology of Amalek and seek to annihilate the Jewish nation. Rabbi Bleich also notes that Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague remarked that all enemies of Israel throughout the generations of dispersion are in fact genealogical descendants of Amalek....Therefore, by viewing the commandment to destroy Amalek as one that requires the Jewish people to engage in warfare against all who seek to annihilate Israel, and because biblically commanded wars are obligatory, Israel would have Halachic sanction to engage in a war against Amalek or those who hold the same views as the people of Amalek."
("Does Ariel Sharon Consult His Rabbi? How Israeli Responses To Terrorism Are Justified Under Jewish Law" David Rosen, 2003)
Source: Rabbi Joshua Ladon