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Orthodox Jews To Burn Israeli Flag in International Ceremony

Demonstration of the essence of the Holiday “Purim”

Monsey, NY -- February 23 2002

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesman for Neturei Karta International, announced this evening that the organization of anti - Zionist Jews will publicly burn the Israeli flag in a series of ceremonies around the world on “Purim” Tuesday, February 26.

"The Zionist experiment has reached its inevitable conclusion. Death tolls mount and no viable solution is in sight. Slowly the Jewish people are awakening to the reality of Zionism, its rejection of Torah views of exile and redemption, combined with its aggressive stance towards Gentiles in general and Palestinians in particular."

The Rabbi explained, "By burning the Israeli flag we are symbolically declaring that the Israeli state, contrary to its absurd claims, is not representative of the Jewish people. In fact, its denial of our faith and its brutalization of the Palestinian people, renders it antithetical to Judaism."
The timing of the flag burning is seen as particularly significant. "Tuesday is Purim, a holiday remembering the victory of faith over barbarism and good over evil, in ancient times. It is appropriate that we repudiate the contemporary heresy and violence of Zionism on this day," Rabbi Weiss added.

"Zionism refuses to accept our status as people in exile. This is metaphysical impudence. It is the task of world Jewry to remain patriotic citizens of the lands of their dispersion and pursue peace with all men. In the Holy Land, this means welcoming Palestinian sovereignty over the land. Accordingly, we will carry the Palestinian flag at the flag burnings."
"The rejection of Zionism is the only path to peace. We hope that many Jews will participate in this international event."

Neturei Karta International

Locations of February 26th Flag Burnings
Throughout the World
(All times are local)

Holy Land
Beit Shemesh (front of Kollel Yoru Mishpotecha, Chazon Ish St.) 2:00 PM
Jerusalem (Rachvas Meah Shearim) 3:00 PM (Note this event will be on the 27th)

United States
Monsey, New York (Maple Avenue and Phyllis Terrace) 2:00 PM
Monroe, New York (Corner of Van Buren Drive and Forrest Road) 2:30 PM
Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, New York (Corner of Lee and Hewes Streets) 3:15 PM
Boro Park, Brooklyn, New York (Corner of 16th Avenue and 53th Street) 4:00 PM
Bedford Hills, New York (165 Haines Road, Main Parking Lot) 2:30 PM

Quebec: (580 Des Bouleaux, Ste-Agathe-Des-Monts) 4:00 PM

London, England: (Corner of Dunsmure Road and West Bank) 3:30 PM
Manchester, England: (Northumberland St. and Leicester Road) 4:00 PM

For more information contact:
Neturei Karta International
[email protected]


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