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International anti-Apartheid Wall demonstration, on November 13, 2004, in Paris France

Neturei Karta demonstration
Muslims and Jews demonstrate solidarity in their opposition to the Apartheid Wall.

The tale of the “Wall”

Separating the hearts of Jew and Arab

A statement prepared by Neturei Karta International for the International anti-Apartheid Wall demonstration, on November 13, 2004, in Paris France.

November 14, 2004

With G-d’s help, may He bestow on me His wisdom and enable me to convey His truth to this esteemed gathering.

May the Creator’s blessings be upon you, our dear brethren, the long suffering Palestinian people.

Asalum Alaicum

Prior to conveying my message in regard to the ongoing conflict in Palestine, permit me to express the feelings of the Jewish people who are true to their Torah, in regard to the sad event that has occurred yesterday, the passing of the President Abu Ammar, President Yassir Arafat.

We feel with the loss of the Palestinian people, President Abu Ammar was a person who lived his life in suffering and put his life on the line and actually gave his entire life for the Palestinian people. He had a clear vision and knowledge to differentiate between Jews, Judaism, and its nemesis, Zionism and the State of “Israel”. He understood that Jews who are true to their religion, are not enemies of the Palestinian nation. The proof to this is that he appointed Rabbi Moshe Hirsh to be the Jewish representative in the Palestinian authority. Rabbi Hirsh is a G-d fearing Orthodox Jew.

Jews who know that the Torah forbids a Jewish State, and that we must be loyal to the people amongst whom we reside, and that we are forbidden to oppress a people, to steal their land etc. know to hold in high esteem a Palestinian leader. G-d should help that the successor to President Arafat should have great success, to do righteousness and goodness and may he constantly be aware of the clear difference between Judaism, the Jewish nation and its diametric opposite, Zionism and the State of “Israel”.

We, of Neturei Karta International, salute you from Jerusalem, New York, London, Montréal and around the world. As many of you already know the Zionist movement has been opposed by observant Orthodox Jews from its inception. Zionism’s first advocates were atheists, men who rejected and betrayed their own Jewish faith. Orthodox Jews have always believed that it is a Divine decree that the Jewish people are to remain in exile as loyal citizens to their host nations until the Almighty will choose to redeem all of mankind.

Thus, it matters naught to us if the Zionist state be religious or secular, whether it be of the right or of the left. Whatever form it should adopt, Torah True Jewry throughout the world including in the Holy Land itself, will never recognize its existence. A large number of Jews who live in the Holy Land refuse to accept any government monies and do not participate in the electoral process, and of course reject to serve in the occupying military forces.

Further we see the ongoing oppression and humiliation for decades of the Palestinian people, especially what is happening currently through the criminal policies of Sharon as a monstrous evil. The Torah calls upon us to deal justly with all men. The Torah calls upon us to exhibit kindness and loyalty to all men, especially with the people of the lands in which we reside throughout our exile. Thus, it is inevitably the true Jewish position to sympathize with the plight of the persecuted and the downtrodden.

The idea of creating a wall to protect against the reactions of a frustrated, subjugated people is ludicrous and borders on insanity. It is the most elementary truism of psychology that the more you stifle the emotions of an oppressed people, the greater the revolt will be. But our purpose here is to convey the Torah truth that this apartheid wall is only another notch carved on the list of transgressions of G-D's oaths of exile, G-d's commandment of "thou shall not steal" etc. and G-d's requirement of compassion for one’s fellow human being. The apartheid wall takes the oppression of the Palestinian people one giant step further. How we mourn the pain, sorrow and endless rivers of bloodshed that has befallen the Arabs and Jews due to the existence of the State of Israel and its actions. It is so painful to see the animosity created between Arab and Jew, cousins who have co-existed in harmony for so long. Through their actions, the Zionists continue to create wholesale, universal anti-Semitism – an ingredient that has been Zionism's main staple for growth and success. And where thay have not seceded, thay ensist and demand that the voices of protest against their villainous deeds, that is the voice of anti-Zionism is nothing but anti Semitism, this is patently an outrageously false.

It is unthinkable to us that the Jewish people should ever appear as the bully, the persecutor or the dispossessor. And, in fact, it is only those Zionist Jews estranged from their own true faith and confused by the incessant propaganda of the last fifty-six years who are responsible for the current suffering.

Throughout the world there are untold numbers of believing Jews who are horrified by the Zionists criminal and racist treatment of the Palestinians. These Jews regard the State of Israel as one of the greatest tragedies in Jewish history. Even though the Zionist propaganda machine portrays to the world that they are representing the Jewish people as a whole, thank G-D true believing Jews succeeded on numerous occasions to remove the mask, the cover-up of this unthinkable falsification.

Not to long ago a large delegation of Neturei Karta in Jerusalem delivered a declaration of peace and loyalty in the name of Orthodox Jewry to the Palestinian representatives in the Orient House, East Jerusalem. Their desire and our desire is one and the same, to witness the peaceful dismantling of the illegitimate Zionist state.

We seek the return of all the land, of course including Al-Aqsa, to Palestinian rule.

We seek the return of all Palestinian refugees to their rightful land.

And finally we seek the immediate and peaceful dismantlement of the Zionist State.

We seek to live in the land of Palestine as anti Zionist Jews, to reside as loyal and peaceful Palestinian citizens, in peace and harmony with our Muslim Brethren, just as our ancestors lived in Palestine for centuries.

May the Creator grant that the current occupying State should end speedily and peacefully in our days, and again the Jew and Muslim may yet live joyfully in harmony and peace under Palestinian sovereignty throughout the Holy Land.

May we merit in the near future, to the day when all humankind will recognize and serve the One G-D, together, in harmony, AMEN.

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