August 29, 2010
Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews recoiled in disgust at the latest outburst of hate speech from Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, a former Sephardic so-called chief rabbi of the illegitimate Zionist State of “Israel,” in which he called the Palestinians "evil" and cursed them with death.
"The Torah commands Jews to live in peace and harmony with their non-Jewish neighbors in all parts of the world, in accordance with the Biblical command, "Seek the welfare of the city to which I have exiled you." This sort of rhetoric is against the Almighty’s Torah, repugnant to say the least and can only lead to more hatred and conflict," said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta International.
“This rabbi and others like him do not and cannot represent Judaism or the Torah, just as the Zionist State of “Israel,” which is a rebellion against the Almighty, cannot represent the Torah or world Jewry true to the Torah. Their use of the name "Israel" is false.
"This rabbi is a member of Sephardic Jewry, Jews from Arab countries. If he would
only look back at his own community's history, he would realize that Jews can,
and did, live peacefully with Arabs, for many centuries. When Jews were persecuted,
killed and expelled in other parts of the world, the Arab countries provided
a safe haven and welcomed Jews with open arms. In Palestine as well, Jews enjoyed
this hospitality when Palestinians and Jews co-existed in harmony for many generations,
as is well-documented in Jewish books of that era. It was only Zionism, with
its theft and oppression of the Palestinian people, that put an end to this co-existence.
“We are required by the Almighty, as stated in His Torah, to express our gratitude and reciprocate for good bestowed upon us. Thus we must be forever grateful to the Arab world for hosting our people. How ironic, how tragic and evil this is, that precisely these Arab countries and these Arab people are accused of being our enemies.
"According to the Torah, Jews are in exile and are forbidden to have a state of their own. Likewise we are forbidden to kill, steal and oppress etc. another people. Therefore, as long as the Zionist state continues to exist, we believe that there is no way true peace can be achieved. The Holy Land must be returned to its rightful owners, the Palestinians.
“We pray for the speedy and peaceful dismantlement of the Zionist State of Israel. At that time we will once again be able to truly co-exist in peace and harmony, as we did over our long history. And at that time we will be able to fulfill the Torah’s commandment (mitzvah) of remembering and repaying the good done to us. May we merit to see this soon in our days.
“Ultimately, may we merit to see the revelation of the glory of the Almighty, when all humankind will serve the Almighty together in harmony, as we say in our prayers, "And they will all form one company to do Your will wholeheartedly. Amen."
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