A Speech delivered by the international Rabbinical delegation
in Vienna, Austria at the Demonstration against the planned
June 26, 2004 – Vienna
May the Creator’s blessings be upon you, our dear brethren,
the long suffering Palestinian people.
We, of Neturei Karta International, salute you from Jerusalem,
New York, London 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.
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
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
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
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,
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