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PROTEST IN AGAINST MILITARY SERVICE
FOR YESHIVA STUDENTS
MONSEY, NY
october 23, 2004

Saturday evening, October 23, 2004, a large demonstration was held in Monsey, NY to condemn the recent decision by Rabbi Steinman allowing certain Orthodox Yeshiva Students to serve in a division of the Israeli Army. The protest was organized to coincide with his recent visit from “Israel”. This ruling has inflamed passions across the Orthodox Jewish spectrum generating harsh criticism that has attacked the decision’s complete contradiction to fundamental Torah law.

Contrary to the perception of many non-Jews and even many secular and semi-practicing Jews, the State of “Israel” and the Zionist movement are actually considered the antithesis of Jewish beliefs. Proponents of Zionism have been engaged in a long futile struggle to find ways to legitimize their beliefs to traditional Judaism since the movement was first conceived at the end of the19th century. Zionism is regarded within traditional Orthodox Jewry as being completely contrary to the Torah and to how it has been practiced for thousands of years.

Protesters sang Anti-Zionists songs and held signs denouncing Rabbi Steinman’s ruling along with the State of “Israel”. The demonstration drew a crowd in the thousands as reported at http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/102504/b0125riot.html.

Orthodox leaders involved with the protest have stated emphatically that Jews have an obligation to speak out against this matter as well as Zionism in general.

It is expected that Rabbi Steinman will encounter further heated protests by the Orthodox community during his visit to the United States.

 
 
 
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