Paper by Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss from Neturei Karta International, Jews United Against Zionism, to the Al-Quds committee at the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine conference to be held in Beirut, Lebanon

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta address to the Forth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine, held in Beirut Lebanon. Hosted by The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine.

Assalam alaikum.

We have gathered here today, Friday May 29, here in Herald Square, on the International Al-Quds Day.

This is the day when thousands in many different cities around the globe, are standing up in public for al Quds, standing up for the holy city of Jerusalem, standing up for justice and standing up for peace, standing up in support of the legitimate rights of the people of Palestine and protesting all Zionist atrocities.

For the past 2 years we haven’t held this annual event in public due to the Covid pandemic.

But during these 2 years, the Zionists haven’t been resting. On the contrary, their occupation is continuing. They have kept up their aggression in full swing, including killing of men women and children, targeting of journalists, settlement expansion, provocations in Sheikh Jarrah, ongoing home demolitions, and especially the latest provocations at Al-Aqsa. We cannot afford to be silent and will not.

This is not just about Al-Quds / Jerusalem, this is not just about the latest aggression. It is the entire occupation of Palestine that we condemn here today.

This occupation is the cause of all the ongoing troubles there, over the last almost 75 years. It is just as our greatest rabbis said long ago when they warned that Zionism would only lead to misfortune and constant warfare.

Yes, we know that the Zionists, unable to face the world’s outrage over constant reports of their crimes that reach the public, try to accuse righteous activists who criticize them of being anti-Semites. They take quotes out of context to make them sound anti-Semitic. They refuse to listen to what people are really saying.

Their goal is to silence their critics and allow the blatant crimes of their movement to continue.

They take this same approach of misquotation to our religion too. They always quote from the Torah, but out of context, to make it look as if the Torah supports their existence and justifies their crimes.

But the truth is that according to the Torah, the entire state of Israel is forbidden. Our greatest rabbis and their followers were opposed to it from day one, and remain opposed to this day.

Pro-Palestinian activism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism! For centuries Jews and Muslims lived together in peaceful harmony.Jewish people lived in peace with their Arab neighbors before the invention of Zionism. This was the case in Palestine as in other Muslim countries. We don’t see the Arabs as our enemy!We do see the Zionist movement as the true enemy of our people, our religion,of the Almighty G-d.

The State of Israel is not a Jewish State, it is a Zionist State! Judaism and Zionism are diametric opposites! Judaism is a religion; Zionism is a political nationalistic movement.The Almighty is compassionate and merciful; so are we commanded to behave. But Zionism promotes cruelty and theft, all which is totally forbidden in Jewish law.

Fighting against occupation, against crimes of international law, is in no way anti-Semitic. In fact, Jewish people, and the Jewish religion itself, are against all of this.It should be admired when courageous individuals stand up for justice to condemn Israeli atrocities, and it is even more praiseworthy when at the same time they make a clear distinction between Judaism and Zionism.

Since the very beginning of the Zionist movement, to the present day, authentic Jews – rabbis and laymen alike – have opposed the Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people, and even the mere existence of the State of Israel, which violates the basic Jewish belief in a Divinely-decreed exile. Jews are forbidden by our holy Torah to take any steps to end by physical means our exile; it is the Zionist movement which does so, as it attempts to uproot religion from the masses of Jewish people.

We pray for the speedy and peaceful dismantlement of the entire State of Israel, for respect and dignity to be returned to the Palestinian people. All refugees should be allowed return to their original homes, and all homes be returned to their rightful owners.

Ultimately, we pray that the glory of the Almighty be revealed throughout the universe, His kingdom be accepted by all, and all humanity should serve Him together in peace and harmony. As we say in our prayers: “All nations will all gather together in unity to do Your will”. Soon. Amen.

Thank you.