The Palestinian Issue

The Orthodox Jewish anti-Zionist Position
Questions & Answers

Q – Is it true that Neturei Karta International supports Palestinian sovereignty over all of the Holy Land?

A – Our answer is, unequivocally, yes. However, this answer requires some prior explanation. We are an Orthodox Jewish, anti-Zionist, organization. Our opposition to Zionism exists on many levels.

1) First, the Zionist ideology is a transformation of Judaism from religion and spirituality into nationalism and materialism.

2) Second, it has committed a grievous crime and moral evil in its treatment of the Palestinian people. This includes taking their land, killing, oppressing and expelling untold thousands of Palestinians.

3) Third, because the Almighty has expressly forbidden us to recreate our own sovereignty in this Divinely decreed exile.

4) Fourth, by establishing a state in Palestine, the Zionists deny the Divine punishment inherent in the Jewish people’s exile and they seek to remedy what is essentially a spiritual problem by this worldly means.

5) Fifth, the State of Israel has devoted much of its energy to the uprooting of traditional Jewish faith.

Q – What do you advocate?

A – We demand, without compromise, the peaceful dismantling of the State of “Israel”.

Q – Aren’t you afraid of what this might result in, for the Jews living in the Holy Land?

A – Actually, we fear for the Jews in the present hopeless situation. After 7 decades, numerous wars, endless terror and counter terror, innocent civilians dead on both sides, there is no solution in sight. Both the Israeli right and left have failed miserably to rectify this situation. We are offering an alternative to what is clearly a tragic experiment. We offer a solution to return to the historic harmonic coexistence of Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land.

Q – But don’t Jews deserve a homeland?

A – No Jew faithful to the Jewish religion in the 1900 years of our people’s exile believed that we should seek to reclaim the land by military means. Instead, they believed that at the end of days, when the Creator chooses to bring about His final redemption, all peoples will join in the worship of Him. It will be a time of universal brotherhood with its spiritual center in the Holy Land. Until then the Jewish people have a particular task in exile.

Q – And what might that be?

A – To accept in faith their exile. By word and deed, quietly and unobtrusively, to act as moral and spiritual paragons. In general, to attend to the Almighty’s service via Torah study, prayer and good deeds.

Q – How do you view the Palestinian people?

A – The Palestinian people are an exemplary and good people. Jews lived in Palestine for centuries in peace, harmony and friendship, under Arab rule. All the wrongs done to the Palestinian people are violations of the Jewish religion. Jews are forbidden to take the land from the Palestinians. The Palestinians are the victims of the Zionist movement’s moral blindness and obstinate refusal to take into account the existence of peoples other than themselves. The Zionists have no right to the land. And the Palestinians have a right to financial restitution for damages inflicted upon them over the past decades.

Q – What efforts have you brought to this cause?

A – With the help of the Almighty, we are active in educating the public, both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, in the traditional Jewish opposition to Zionism. We promote support of the Palestinian claims and to sympathize with their suffering. We join Palestinians in protest against the abuses that they are being subjected to. We have, in general, attempted to maintain a public presence in both the Jewish and Islamic world in order that the venerable tradition of Jewish, Torah based anti-Zionism be upheld and with the help of the Almighty, we hope that the true Torah way will in the near future, once again prevail.

Q – What is your opinion on the many attempts at a peace process, based on the two state solution?

A – Any support and concession given to the suffering Palestinian people is a small victory and evidence of a moral conscience which every human being should have. However, all these plans, although they may be well intentioned, are doomed to failure. Jews are forbidden to exercise any political sovereignty over the Holy Land. Jews are called upon to seek peace with all people. Jews are forbidden to oppress any human being. For all of these reasons, Jews are required to restore the full rights of the Palestinians and free all of Palestine. The Zionist enterprise is metaphysically doomed to moral and practical failure.

Q – What should be the Jewish approach to the Islamic world?

A – Jews are called upon to deal ethically and honestly with all people. Especially to the Islamic world, where Jews have been embraced and protected, Jews should show an extra level of gratitude. Zionism has misled many Jews into acts of aggression against the Palestinian people. Therefore, it behooves all Jews, as best we can, to rectify this situation by freeing Palestine, seeking peace, reconciliation and dialogue when dealing with Palestinian people and all Islamic nations. This is one of the great spiritual tests confronting the Jewish people – to establish a harmonic relationship with their Islamic brethren.

Q – Realistically speaking, does your program have any chance of implementation?

A – First, the Creator rules the world, with Him all things are possible and truth and justice will ultimately prevail. Second, there is a tremendous sense of disillusionment and exhaustion among Jews worldwide with the Israeli state and Zionism in general. Many realize that following Zionist principles leads to one dead end after another. They are longing for another solution. Our solution, which is simply the ancient tradition of Judaism, is appearing increasingly plausible to many and, in the not too distant future, with the help of the Creator, will carry the day. Until that day comes, we hope and pray that no more innocent blood be shed, be it Arab or Jewish. We yearn for the day when many will come to realize that the only real path to peace lies in the Jewish people returning to their true task in exile, the undivided service of the Almighty and devotion to His Torah, morality, integrity and honesty. Ultimately we yearn and pray for the day when we will see the fulfillment of the words of our universal prayers, “All the nations will become one organization to do Your will with their whole heart.” And in the words of the Psalms (102:23), “Nations and governments will gather together to serve the Almighty.” May it be soon, in our days. Amen.

 

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