Burning the Israeli Flag: A Symbolic Stand Against Zionism on Purim

Orthodox Jews To Burn Israeli Flag in International Ceremony Demonstration of the essence of the Holiday “Purim”

Monsey, NY — March 17, 2003

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesman for Neturei Karta International, announced today that the organization of anti – Zionist Jews will publicly burn the Israeli flag in a series of ceremonies around the world on “Purim” Tuesday, March 18.

“The Zionist experiment has reached its inevitable conclusion. Death tolls mount and no viable solution is in sight. Slowly the Jewish people are awakening to the reality of Zionism, its rejection of Torah views of exile and redemption, combined with its aggressive stance towards Gentiles in general and Palestinians in particular.”

The Rabbi explained, “By burning the Israeli flag we are symbolically declaring that the Israeli state, contrary to its absurd claims, is not representative of the Jewish people. In fact, its denial of our faith and its brutalization of the Palestinian people, renders it antithetical to Judaism.”

The timing of the flag burning is seen as particularly significant. “Tuesday is Purim, a holiday remembering the victory of faith over heresy and good over evil, in ancient times. It is appropriate that we repudiate the contemporary heresy and violence of Zionism on this day,” Rabbi Weiss added.

“Zionism refuses to accept our status as people in exile. This is metaphysical impudence. It is the task of world Jewry to remain patriotic citizens of the lands of their dispersion and pursue peace with all people. In the Holy Land, this means welcoming Palestinian sovereignty over the land.

Accordingly, ”The rejection of Zionism is the only path to peace. We hope that many Jews will participate in this international event.”

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