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Second Neturei Karta Trip to Gaza
January 2010
Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine

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December 2009 - January 2010

Anti Zionist Orthodox Jews, representatives of Neturei Karta, joined the third aid convoy to Gaza organized by British MP, George Galloway. The convoy visited the devastated areas and brought medical supplies and other essentials to the people of the area who have suffered as a result of the attacks and siege on Gaza. The representatives then joined the "Gaza Freedom March" and continued their trip on through Egypt and Palestine.

Images and information about the beginning of the convoy

Front page of the Official Palestinian Newspaper "Felasteen" on Jan 1, 2010

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Front page of Felasteen

Gaza, Jews worldwide feel your suffering.

Statement by Rabbi Dovid Feldman for the visit to Gaza, December 2009.

Our hearts are full of pain over what happened here in Gaza, and over the crisis Gaza is in.

At the same time, we are happy that we have the opportunity to help. We never dreamed that we would have such an opportunity. Many Jews would jump at such an opportunity if they would have the opportunity.

We have come as representatives of many Jewish congregations worldwide that are pained over the suffering of the people here. It is very important to them that we be here to speak on their behalf.

We thank the organizers of Viva Palestina, and of the Gaza Freedom March for the amazing work that they do for the suffering people of Gaza, and for giving us the opportunity to take part in their work.

We also thank the government and leadership of Gaza for hosting us, and the local people here for their beautiful welcome.

We have traveled through several countries, and experienced many difficulties before arriving here. It is all worthwhile to us to be able to be here with you and express to you how much we feel your pain.

This is our second visit to Gaza. Our first visit was a half a year ago; then we saw for the first time with our own eyes the terrible destruction that was wrought here. We took pictures, brought them home and spread them around our communities, so that our brethren could better understand the injustice that is being done to the Palestinian people.

Jews from many congregations around the world donated money to purchase [trucks and] these critically needed medical supplies for the suffering people here.

We condemn in the strongest terms the cruel Zionist attack on Gaza that took place one year ago, an attack that unfortunately has not yet ended. Orthodox Jews from communities in many cities around the world protested publicly during the Zionist attack on Gaza. Now, at this time of year, Jews are joining in protests commemorating the first anniversary of the tragedy. We know, however, that this is not just one year, and not an attack just on Gaza. It is an occupation of all of Palestine that has been going on for more than 61 years.

The Zionists do not speak in the name of the Jewish people, and not in the name of the Torah and Judaism. What they do is not only against international law – it is forbidden by the Torah.

According to Judaism, Jews have been in exile by heavenly decree since the destruction of the Second Temple. Jews are forbidden to have their own country, even if it were founded on an empty piece of land.

But by founding their country in an inhabited land, cruelly killing or displacing the inhabitants, the Zionists violated many, many commandments of the Torah, such as “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not steal”.

Jews are forbidden to rebel against the nations of the world. Historically, Jews have always lived humbly and peacefully in all Muslim lands, including Palestine.

We, as Torah observant Jews, condemn the existence of the State of "Israel" and all its crimes against the Palestinian people. We are embarrassed over what has been done here in our name. The Torah demands freedom for Gaza and for all of Palestine. The Zionists must give up all their power, and make restitution to the Palestinians for all the destruction and pain they have brought upon them.

Always remember the difference between Judaism and Zionism!
Judaism is a religion that teaches only the service of the Creator. Zionism has tried to transform Judaism into political nationalism, devoid of all holiness.

Zionism and the Zionist state do not in any way represent the Jewish people, and certainly not the Jewish religion.

We pray for the speedy and total dismantlement of the Zionist state. We hope that this will not cost any more suffering for anyone, Jews or Arabs. At that time, and only at that time, Jews and Arabs will once again be able to live in peace, as they did before Zionism.

We look forward to the day when the ancient Jewish prophecy will be fulfilled, “All mankind will form one group to do G–d’s will with all their hearts.” Amen.

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