London Orthodox Jews to Protest Outside Israeli Embassy
July 7, 2010
Thousands of anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews will demonstrate
outside the Israeli Embassy in London on Thursday, July 8.
Their goal is to express their opposition to the existence
of the state of "Israel" and in particular they
will protest the ongoing destruction, permitted and encouraged
by the Israeli government, of an ancient Jewish cemetery
This is a cemetery in which Jewish sages from the Talmudic
era lay buried, until last month when a company called RFR
Holding LLC decided to build a 60 million-dollar hotel with
an underground parking lot on the site of the cemetery. Thinking
only of their profits, they didn't let the cemetery stand
in their way. They turned down alternative building plans
in which the cemetery could have been left in its place and
treated respectfully. On June 14 a team of archaeologists
from the Israeli Antiquities Authority, accompanied by four
bulldozers, began to unceremoniously remove some of the bones.
On that day, about one thousand Orthodox protestors who arrived
at the site were greeted with cruel and murderous blows by
the police, both mounted and riot control divisions. Police
shot tear gas canisters at members of the Eidah Chareidis
Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem, led by Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch.
Rabbi Sternbuch was temporarily blinded and came close to
fainting. A number of Torah scholars were wounded and were
taken in ambulances to the hospital.
"Reputable archaeologists addressing a burial site
do so with care and with hand shovels and brushes, not with
tractors and bulldozers," said Rabbi Isaac Weiss, an
eyewitness to the events.
On July 1, the company began to flatten the entire area
in preparation for drilling deep holes for the pillars of
the building. More and more bones are being desecrated as
we write these words.
"According to the Torah, Jews are currently in exile
and are not permitted to have a state of their own. Therefore,
Orthodox Jews who believe in the Torah never took part in
the Zionist movement and its state. This is the reason for
the bitter irony that the state calling itself Jewish is
run by people who deny all of Judaism's basic principles," said
Rabbi Shia Ozer Reiner, a spokesman for True Torah Jews Against
Zionism's London branch.
"One of those principles is the immortality of the
soul, its reward and punishment after death, and the eventual
resurrection of body and soul together. That is why we are
commanded to treat human remains with the greatest respect.
It is forbidden to move bones, and it is an even greater
offense to grind them in the blades of a tractor. We are
appalled by the actions of the state calling itself Israel,
which lacks the decency and respect for human dignity that
most countries of the world practice. It must be kept in
mind that this very cemetery was respected and protected
for hundreds of years under Muslim empires. It is very unfortunate
that it has now fallen in the hands of the Zionists, to whom
Jewish tradition means nothing. It is they who permit and
even encourage such construction.
"This wicked act is just another link in the chain
of violence perpetrated by the Zionists ever since their
founding. The Zionists want to put an end to Jewish religious
observance. They arrest religious Jews and keep them in prison,
or use other brutal methods - even murder - against anyone
who stands up against them. The fact that they desecrate
that which is holy to Jews, and the fact that they treat
Orthodox Jews brutally, is the greatest proof that 1) they
do not represent the Torah; 2) they do not represent Orthodox
Jews; 3) their goal is not the wellbeing of Jews, only their
own political aspirations. They attempt to transform Judaism,
a religious concept, into a nationalist concept, empty of
Torah and dedication to the Almighty - which have always
been the outstanding qualities of the Jewish people. After
all this, they have the nerve to call themselves "Israel" and
base their claims to the land on the Torah - they same Torah
that they so proudly desecrate!
"They use the Almighty's promise of the Holy Land,
and at the same time they laugh in His face and violate His
law. The Almighty commanded us to go into exile, and with
three oaths forbade us to create our own country before the
coming of the messiah, when the redemption of the world will
take place and all mankind will willingly worship the One
"Zionists arrogantly claim that they have created a
safe haven for the Jewish people, but their actions have
brought about just the opposite: through their provocations
against the strongest countries of the world and their leaders,
they have brought the Jewish people into terrible danger.
They have aroused anti-Semitism on a new scale everywhere,
especially among peoples who throughout history have been
hospitable to the Jews."
"Torah Jewry and all authentic rabbis of the world
have fought against Zionism since its founding day. Torah
Jews will never recognize Zionist sovereignty over the Holy