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STATEMENT ON AL QUD'S DAY
ISSUED NOVEMBER 2003

23rd November ‘03

Untainted Orthodox Judaism is incompatible with and totally opposes the philosophy known as Zionism. It condemns Zionism both on the grounds of religious belief and on the grounds of the religious requirement to be compassionate and humanitarian to all mankind. Neturei Karta is the group name of those Orthodox Jews who are prepared to express openly their opposition to Zionism and their sympathy and solidarity with the Palestinian cause in their struggle against the Zionist oppression.

As part of their expression of support for the Palestinian cause, representatives of Neturei Karta take part in protests, which draw attention to the Palestinian struggle, whenever they can.

THEREFORE on this Al-Quds Day March Neturei Karta would like to express its solidarity with the Palestinian People and explain the following points:

The ideology of Zionism is completely opposed to Judaism. Zionists have usurped the name “Israel” and have made themselves illegitimately to appear as the representatives and spokespeople of all Jews.

Zionism in general and its conduct against the Palestinian People in particular is against the Torah, beliefs and the hopes of the Jewish people. Zionism has turned many Jewish believers into atheists and warmongers.

The Jewish Religious teaching is that the Jewish People have no right to rule in Palestine today. The land does not belong to them. The Jews were exiled from the land by Divine decree because they did not maintain the standards expected of them.

Exile means that Jews must be loyal subjects of the government of the countries in which they live and not attempt to attain political power over other peoples. This stringent religious requirement applies equally both in any country in the world and in Palestine. It is the Palestinians, the indigenous population of Palestine, who have the right to rule in Palestine today.

According to the Torah and Jewish faith, the present Palestinian Arab claim to rule in Palestine is right and just. The Zionist illegitimate claim is illegal and must inevitably be based on loss of life and deprivation of property.

We want to tell the world, especially our Palestinian neighbours, that there is no hatred or animosity between Jew and Arab. We wish to live together as friends and neighbours. As has been the case for centuries up until the advent of Zionism.

Together we must work so as not to allow the Zionists to fuel the fires of hatred between us. That is what they want and we must not let them succeed.

The Zionist oppression of Arabs in Palestine is a tragedy for both the Palestinian and the Jewish peoples.

Opposition to Zionism and its crimes does not mean a hatred for Jews. On the contrary Zionism and its deeds are the biggest threat to Judaism. Zionism and Judaism are diametrically opposed.

We pray for an end to bloodshed, an end to the suffering of our Palestinian brethren and all innocent people worldwide. We are waiting for the annulment of Zionism and the peaceful dismantling of the Zionist regime, and would welcome the opportunity to dwell in peace in the holy land under a rule entirely in accordance with Palestinian aspirations.

Zionism is not Judaism - Zionists do not represent the Jews

NETUREI KARTA - LONDON U.K.


Orthodox Jews to Join Al-Quds Day March, 23 November 2003

The annual Al-Quds Day March against Israeli aggression and occupation of the Holy Land in London, U.K. will begin: At 12 noon, Hyde Park (nearest tube station Marble Arch) to march at 1 p.m. to Trafalgar Square for rally at 2.30 pm. (approximately).


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