Speech by Rabbi Joel Glauber of Neturei Karta International
at the International Al-Quds Day Rally, Jul. 10, 2015, in New York City
With the help of The Almighty, — Asaloom Alaikoom
We are gathered here today on the International Quds Day, to speak up in solidarity with the oppressed people of Al-Quds-Jerusalem and of the entire Palestine.
We are here to remember that the land of Palestine, and the city of Quds, of Jerusalem, were inhabited by the Palestinian people. When the state of Israel was founded these people were totally ignored, as the Zionist slogan went "a land without a people for a people without a land." They were displaced, oppressed, killed and robbed....unjustly and illegally, in order to make room for the creation of the modern State of Israel.
We as Jews are humiliated; we are mortified; we are ashamed, at the terrible injustice that is being done in our name, in the name of our religion, in the name our people. Some people think that the more religious Jews are, the more Zionist they are. This is a fallacy. I invite everybody to go to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, just a few minutes away from here, one of the greatest concentrations of religious Jews today, you would not find one Israeli flag there, they all oppose Zionism. They all oppose the existence of the State of Israel. The reason why religious Jews around the world oppose Zionism and the State of Israel is because it is a rebellion against God. It has no right to exist. It has no right to spill the blood of the Palestinian people; the people of Gaza; To steal and demolish homes in Quds, and to occupy the rest of the land of Palestine.
The state of Israel does not in any way represent the Jewish people. Judaism and Zionism, Judaism and the State of Israel are diametric opposites. Judaism is religion. Judaism is subservience to the Almighty. Zionism is the transformation of religion into materialism. Judaism requires of us to be loyal to the teachings of God, and the Torah has expressly forbidden the Jewish people from having their own state, ever since the destruction of the temple. For 2000 years, Jews never created their own state, even during their golden ages, when they had the power and influence to do so.
We want the world to know that the Zionist rule in Palestine is illegitimate in its entirety. There is not one inch of the State of Israel that is legitimate. It's forbidden according to the Jewish teachings for the Jewish people to have their own State, even in a desolate and uninhabited land. And the crime is compounded a thousand-fold because with the occupation of Palestine they have breached other laws of the Torah: Thou shalt not steal. Thou shall not kill. And the commandment that one must emulate God. As we say in Hebrew, "[Hebrew quote]". Just as God is compassionate, you should be compassionate.
We must save the people of Gaza — we must give them relief and not just talk of relief, a total relief with a speedy and peaceful end to this occupation. There must be a speedy and peaceful end to the occupation of Quds and Jerusalem.
We pray to The Almighty for a speedy, total and peaceful dismantlement of the state of Israel, may the Almighty bring it about without any further suffering. We pray that God with His compassion should bring this about speedily.
Ultimately let us hope and pray for the day that we all yearn for, when God will elevate the world spiritually, when all humanity will recognize the one God, and all humanity will join hands to serve the One God in harmony. Let us pray to God that He bring this about soon in our days. Amen.
Thank you. Asaleem Alaikem.