January 25, 2008
To the Honorable Doctor Mamoud Al-Zahar
To the Distinguished People of Gaza and the
May the Almighty's blessing be on you, your family and all
our esteemed brethren in Gaza and the entire Palestine. With
a heavy heart and great sorrow, we address these words to you,
at this present time.
We speak to you as the voice and the messengers of true
Jewry — the Jewish people, true to the Almighty's Torah,
from around the world. Although we are limited in the means
of expressing our deepest and true feelings, by the barriers
of words, nevertheless, the Jewish people humbly offer to you
and all of Gaza and the entire Palestine, a few words, to attempt
to convey our deepest sorrow and heartfelt sympathy that we
all feel for you, in this present tragic and traumatic time.
Great pain and sorrow has engulfed us by the tragic news
of what has befallen you and your family, by the senseless
murder of your dear son, Hussam and prior to this calamity,
your other precious possession, your other son, Khaled.
We have not the words to console you, but our prayers are
to the great Almighty, to console and comfort you and yours,
upon this great tragedy. Amen.
It would be only proper and fitting, that we personally
write to and address each and everyone who has fallen a victim
of the Zionist state of "Israel". Unfortunately and how tragic,
the list of victims is daunting.
May our few and humble words be a message of consolation,
friendship, loyalty and support, to you and all of Gaza and
the entire Palestine. True Jews around the world, of course
including in the entire Palestine, never have and with the
help of the Almighty, never will accept the ideology of Zionism
and never will recognize the realization of its heretical plan,
the state of "Israel".
Our sole bond is with the Almighty and His Torah. Our sage's
state that we are required to emulate the Almighty, "just as
the Almighty is compassionate, so are we to be compassionate."
We always have and always will, with the help of the Almighty,
remain unaffiliated and estranged from this aberration and
the will of Satan, "Zionism and the state of Israel".
May we remind you, that the Almighty has clearly and explicitly
commanded us, the Jewish people, since the destruction of the
temple, around two thousand years ago, to be humble and loyal
citizens in every country in which we reside. Furthermore,
we are not to rebel against nations, we are not to attempt
to end our exile. We are forbidden to create our own state
or own entity.
We are to pray for, yearn for, and wait patiently for, the
day when the Almighty will reveal his glory throughout the
At that time, all humanity together, will go up to the Holy
Land, in harmony and brotherhood, to serve the Almighty in
joy and peace.
Around one hundred years ago, the Zionists began arriving
in Palestine in order to bring to fruition the realization
of their dream, the transformation of Judaism from a religion
into a nationalism. And so began the sorrowful and bitter history
of the rebellion, the mutiny against the Almighty, which eventually
evolved into the illegitimate state of "Israel".
Since the creation of the state of "Israel", the Palestinian
people and at a later date, the Lebanese people have continuously
suffered indescribably. They have been oppressed, beaten, murdered,
humiliated, displaced and expelled.
Although, this letter and the present moment, is not the
proper place and time to delve into the issue of our personal
suffering at the Zionist regime's hands, still we feel it is
necessary to bring these facts to the Arab people's attention.
Our sages state that to know that many people share ones suffering,
alleviates the suffering somewhat. Also, it is to demonstrate
to all, the sincerity in our opposition to this tumorous growth
on the Jewish nation — the so-called state of "Israel".
Therefore, let us state that since these sinners and atheists,
Theodore Herzl and his cohorts, raised their repugnant voices
in promulgating their ideology of the devil, the heresy of
Zionism, Jewish people too, have suffered indescribably both
physically and spiritually at their hands.
Our G-d fearing brethren throughout the entire Palestine,
have been and are continually beaten, murdered, imprisoned and oppressed, since the beginning of Zionism up until today.(1)
They are and have always been the victims of these same perpetrators
of evil, who are oppressing the Palestinian and Lebanese people.
Let it be known that our true leaders, the Rabbis and Sages
in Palestine, the Middle-East, Europe, and throughout the world,
have vociferously and most fervently expressed their total
opposition to Zionism and the state of "Israel", since its
inception. They have decried and condemned all the evils that
it has wrought, the oppression of the Palestinian people, and
more recently the Lebanese people. They have decried the oppression
of the religious Jews and the state of "Israel's" constant
attempts, at eradicating and destroying anything that is G-dly
and religious. They have tirelessly and fearlessly publicly
demonstrated, at great self sacrifice, their opposition to
this rebellion against the Almighty.
Countless edicts have been issued from our saintly leaders
requiring the Jewish people, true to the Almighty and His Torah,
to distance and estrange themselves from this sinful and illegitimate
state of "Israel" and all the evils that emanate from it.
Thank the Almighty their message has been heard around the
world by many God-fearing Jews and they have obeyed. What's
more, untold thousands have stood by their Rabbis and many
thousands continuously demonstrate fearlessly, till today,
throughout occupied Palestine and throughout the world, against
the state of "Israel".
All of the above is well documented, but stifled by the
powers of the Zionist media control and by the intimidation
of all who dare to confront or reveal the truth.(2)
One more issue is important to mention, beside the many
commandments in the Torah of doing good and the requirement
of emulating the Almighty "just as He is compassionate, so
must we be", and besides the clear prohibitions against Zionism.
We are exceptionally sensitive to the Palestinian and Lebanese
people's plight, for we the Jewish people, have just recently
experienced extreme discrimination and all the tragic sufferings
in the concentration camps in Europe. Our close relatives have
suffered indescribably and died there. Also we know and have
experienced what it means to be displaced as we have all been
uprooted from our original homes and dwellings throughout Europe.
This of course compounds our understanding and feelings for
the Palestinian and Lebanese suffering.
To date, it seems to our human and limited comprehension,
that this evil entity, the state of "Israel", will, G-d forbid,
never cease to exist and it will continue to exude its evils,
on the innocent and G-d fearing people under its control.
However, remember and comfort yourselves, our brethren in
Palestine and Lebanon, there is a great and exalted, benevolent,
Master of the Universe, who truly controls the world. He can
and will end this suffering!!
In the Torah it states, that transgressing against the Almighty,
will not be successful. This state of "Israel", according to
the Almighty's Torah, must and will eventually end.
Let us all pray and beseech Him, to bring about the total,
peaceful and speedy dismantlement of this illegitimate state
soon in our days. With the Almighty's benevolence, may He make
this happen, without any further pain or suffering. Amen.
Please convey this message to each and every one of your
brethren suffering under this oppression of "Zionism — Israel".
Especially important, please convey this message to the bereaved
relatives of the fallen victims, the wounded and maimed, and
most certainly to the ones languishing in Israeli prisons and
to the ones lying in pain in hospitals.
Convey to them our solidarity and words of comfort and support.
We are humiliated by the actions of those who use our name,
and our hearts are rent by what is happening to them.
We implore you to convey the message to the people in Gaza
and Palestine, that there are untold thousands of Jews worldwide
and in Palestine who stand with you and who entirely oppose
Zionism and the state of "Israel" and bear no responsibility
for the actions of the Zionists. Educate your people that when
you meet Jewish people, do not consider them your enemy. We
all serve the one God.
Once again, we constantly pray — worry and hope for
May we merit to see soon in our days, the total, speedy
and peaceful dismantlement of the state of "Israel".
May the Almighty bring upon us the words of His prophecies
when all men will serve Him in harmony, peace and joy. Amen.
Very truly yours,
Rabbi Moshe Dov Beck
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss
Rabbi Meir Hirsh
Rabbi Ahron Cohen