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Declaration on ‘Zionism and the State of Israel’
from Neturei Karta on behalf of Torah true Jews
to the Palestinian People and the Arab and Muslim world

A statement delivered by Rabbi Yisroel D. Weiss of Neturei Karta Int. at a rally in Times Square, New York City on May 14, 2004, organized by many major American-Muslim organizations in commemoration of Al-Nakba Day (The day of the creation of the 'State' of Israel)

Rabbi Yisroel Weiss

Torah true Jews mourn the fifty six years of the illegitimate State of Israel in Palestine and express their solidarity and deep sympathy with the Palestinian People in their suffering and struggle against the Zionist oppression.

The practical outcome of Zionism in the form of the State known as ‘Israel’, is completely alien to Judaism and the Jewish Faith and has been and continues to be the cause of untold suffering and bloodshed both Jewish and non-Jewish.

With a continuing chain of events over more than half a century, ranging from the withholding of the ‘right of return’ from the Palestinian refugees and leading currently to such issues as the ‘wall’ and ‘extra judicial assassinations’, Zionism has proven to be one of the greatest desecrations of God’s name and the Jewish religion.

The Jewish Religion is a spiritual belief handed down through the generations for thousands of years. It is a basic part of the Jewish belief, to accept willingly, the Heavenly decree of exile affecting the Jewish People and not to try and fight against it or to end it by our own hands.

In practical terms, exile for us means that Jews must be loyal subjects of the countries in which they live and not attempt to rule over the established indigenous populations of those countries. The Torah certainly forbids us to form a State of our own. This applies whether in the world at large or in Palestine.

The Zionist movement, however, which was founded approximately 100 years ago based on secular nationalistic aims, was a complete abandonment of our religious teachings and faith in general, and in particular an abandonment of our approach to our state of exile and to the peoples among whom we live.

The ideology of Zionism is secular and atheistic and advocates taking the law into ones own hands by trying to force the outcome in the form of a State. Irrespective of the cost in life and property to anyone who stands in the way. The Zionist ideology is the antithesis of Jewish religious values and is an embarrassment and a disgrace to the Jewish People.

One must add to the wrongs of Zionism and the state of “Israel”, the fact, that in order to achieve an ill conceived nationalistic ambition, a shocking contravention of the Jewish Religious values of natural and humanitarian justice was committed, in setting up an illegitimate sectarian regime in Palestine, completely against the wishes and over the heads of the established population, the Palestinians, both Arab and God fearing Jew. This inevitably had to be based on illegal confiscation of property and loss of life.

According to the Torah and Jewish faith, the present Palestinian. Arab claim to rule in Palestine is right and just. The Zionist claim is wrong and criminal.
Our attitude to the ‘State of Israel’ is that the whole concept is flawed and illegitimate. It is a tragedy for the Palestinians and also for the Jewish people.

Furthermore, the Zionists have made themselves to appear as the representatives and spokespeople of all Jews, thus, with their actions, arousing animosity against the Jews. But, their claim is simply not true! Zionism is not Judaism. Zionists cannot speak in the name of Jews.

Finally, we stress that the connection between Arab and Jew goes right back into ancient history. Mostly the relationship was friendly and mutually beneficial. Historically, the situation frequently was that when Jews were being persecuted in Europe they found refuge in the various Arab and Muslim countries. Our attitude to Muslims and Arabs can only be one of friendliness and respect.

We are awaiting the annulment of Zionism and the peaceful, speedy, dismantling of the State of Israel, and would welcome the opportunity to dwell in peace in the holy land under Palestinian rule.

Ultimately we await the revelation of God’s glory through out the world, when all mankind will recognize the one God and serve Him together in harmony and happiness. AMEN

RABBI COHEN - London, U.K.
RABBI WEISS - New York, U.S.A.
RABBI HIRSH - Jerusalem, Palestine.


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