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Speech delivered at the
Inauguration of the
" Peace Cycle" from London to Jerusalem

A Speech to be delivered by orthodox Jews at the inauguration of the "Peace Cycle from London to Jerusalem", at Hyde Park corner in London, on Saturday 14 August, 2004

In deference to the Jewish Sabbath, since the use of microphones on the Sabbath is prohibited, the Orthodox Jewish Rabbis can not personally deliver their message of solidarity. Therefore the following talk will be delivered by one of the APC (Association of Palestinian Community) representatives, organizers of the event.

Our intentions were to join in the cycling event, but in deference to the sanctity of the Jewish Sabbath which forbids us to cycle on the Sabbath, we have come to participate as bystanders in order to show solidarity and support to this event. Likewise it is forbidden for us to drive cars on the Sabbath, therefore we were required to walk close to three hours from our respective communities to participate in this event and will be walking back an additional three hours to our congregations to commence in our Sabbath services immediately following this event. We take this effort with love being that this is a G-dly obligation to demonstrate the true Judaism as given
by G-d.

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 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 and Christian 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 Arab 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, AMAN.

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