Delegation of Anti-Zionist Rabbis Attends Iranian President’s Funeral

A delegation of Neturei Karta International (NKI), a global religious Jewish anti-Zionist organization, traveled to Iran to attend the funeral of the Iranian President and Foreign Minister held on May 22, 2024. This visit marks the continuation of many years of close friendship between Jews and Iran.

Contrary to ongoing Zionist intimidation, which often labels every opponent of Israel’s criminal actions as anti-Semitic, Iran and its leadership have long been friends to the Jewish people. Iran is home to the largest Jewish community in the region, and the government highly respects the Jewish community, granting them full rights and religious freedom.

While Iran speaks up for justice in Palestine and condemns Zionist crimes, especially now during the current genocide in Gaza, it remains understanding and sincere in differentiating between Zionism and Judaism.

Since its inception, the Zionist movement has attempted to conflate Jewish identity with Zionist ideology and, by acting in the name of all Jews, exacerbates anti-Semitism globally. In contrast, Iran has been a frontrunner in countering this propaganda, exemplifying a clear distinction between Judaism, a religion of 3,000 years old, and Zionism, a political movement.

For decades, representatives of NKI have personally experienced the profound respect Iran shows towards Jews and Judaism. Most recently a delegation of NKI met with the late President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran on September 20, 2023, on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City. During this meeting, President Raisi stated: “We always reiterate that we have no issue whatsoever with the Jewish faith or the Torah. In Iran, Jews are free to practice their religion. Our only issue is with the Zionists. Today the Zionists wish to discredit the Jewish faith, but we draw a clear distinction between Zionists and the true Jewish faith. Your stance, in which you declare that you are Jewish yet not Zionist, is commendable.”

On December 24, 2023, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian received a delegation of NKI in Tehran. During their conversation, the Foreign Minister said that he had recently met with four different Palestinian factions, all of whom stated that their problem is not with Jews or Judaism, but solely with the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

This clarity and understanding is a beacon of mutual understanding and peace, breaking barriers and divisions, and building bridges. The Zionist movement often uses propaganda as a tool to silence every criticism. However, the strong bond between NKI and Iran exemplifies how mutual respect and understanding can overcome divisive narratives.

The loss of such leadership is a significant blow to Iran, its flourishing Jewish community, and Jews worldwide. Their legacy should be remembered and serve as an example for the rest of humanity.

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