New York, (November 2, 2000) – Neturei Karta
International, a worldwide organization of Orthodox Jews opposed
to Zionism, will be staging a counter – protest outside the
Palestinian Mission at 65th Street between Park and Lexington on
Thursday at twelve noon in response to the planned demonstration
of a New York board of “rabbis” in support of Israel.
The Orthodox will ‘present to the public an alternative view
of the turmoil in the Middle East’.
“All Jews do not support Israel,” said Rabbi Yisroel
Weiss the Neturei Karta spokesman. “Some of us view it as
terribly immoral. We see Zionism as a violation of the Creator’s
decree that we remain in Exile.”
Moreover, he continued, “Zionism has for over a century sought
to strip the Palestinian people of their rights as a people and
as individuals. There is no lasting solution to the terrible sufferings
in the Middle East short of a peaceful dismantling of the state.
“How many wars? How much killing? How many dead on both sides
will it take until we have learnt the lesson that Zionism was a
great tragedy for all men.
“We ask those Jews, confused by Zionism, to examine the bloody
record of the Israeli state. Has it helped or harmed Jewish - Gentile
Neturei Karta has often demonstrated side by side with Palestinians
against Israeli occupation. They feel that all attempts to end Jewish
exile by human means are illegitimate and doomed to failure.
Rabbi Weiss added, “Thinking logically, Zionism has failed.
It is time to rethink our positions by the light of the guidance
offered us by the Torah.”