Orthodox Rabbis, holocaust survivors and descendents of survivors, held a press conference in Berlin January 27, 2014 in response to a memorial ceremony, held at Auschwitz by 69 Israeli politicians, who warned of rising anti-Semitism in Europe.
The Rabbis found it repugnant that the State of Israel, whose founders refused to rescue Jews while the Holocaust was happening, should be commemorating the Holocaust. Read More
This is a follow up press release to the above:
February 25, 2014 – New York City
The Rabbinical Council of Neturei Karta International issued the
The Zionists are now demanding that the Palestinians recognize the
State of Israel as "a Jewish state" and "the nation state of the
But authentic Torah Jews around the world declare that the
State of Israel is a Zionist state, not a "Jewish" state; likewise,
the name "Israel" is a false and hijacked name.
Judaism means subservience to the Almighty and acceptance of the
Torah. Zionism means nationalism and is totally contradictory to
the tenets of Judaism. Furthermore, Judaism teaches that we are in
exile by Divine decree and are forbidden to create our own
sovereignty. We must act humbly toward all nations. We must not
make any attempts to leave exile, until the day when the Almighty
alone will redeem us, without any human intervention, as He
promised. And the Torah forbids us to kill, steal or harm others in
any manner. Therefore, on all accounts, Zionism is contrary to
Authentic Religious Jewish leaders have always opposed the
existence of the State of Israel. As Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinky,
Chief Rabbi of Palestine, states in a declaration to the United
Nations in 1947: "We furthermore wish to express our definite
opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine". (The Rabbis
Speak Out, The 130-year Record of Religious Jewish Opposition to
Zionism, p. 81)
This new Zionist demand that the world recognize them as a Jewish
state is a double act of theft. The Zionists want to cement their
expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 by forcing them to, in effect,
forfeit their right of return to their ancestral land. And likewise
they are once again attempting to steal the Jewish identity from the
true Jewish people: the people who keep the Almighty's laws and
waits in exile in obedience to His decree.
Among all the crimes Zionists have committed over the years
against the Palestinians and against faithful Jews, one of their worst
has been their false appropriation of Jewish identity, symbolized by
their use of the name "Israel" - the Biblical name of the Jewish
people. By acting in our name, they implicate us in their offenses
and drag us into their conflicts.
Faithful Orthodox Jews throughout the world have always been
embarrassed by the Zionist State and its claim to act in their name.
The current Zionist demand that the world recognize it as the
official Jewish state only adds to the insult.
On the contrary… we ask the world to recognize that the Zionist
state is not a "Jewish" state, has no connection with the Jewish
people, and it has no right to use the name "Israel".
May we live to see true peace under a Palestinian state, in which
Jews and Palestinians will live side by side in harmony as they did
in centuries past. Amen.
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