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Neturei Karta sends an open letter to
United states president barack obama

April 25, 2010
To His Excellency,
The Honorable President Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to convey our support for you at this critical time. Many Orthodox Jewish communities of America are shocked and disturbed by the recent attacks against your honor by various pro–Israeli groups.

We have always been grateful to this great country, its governments and its presidents for the freedom of religion it grants the Jewish community and all its citizens. The United States of America, with freedoms and opportunities we never knew before, is a shining light in our long, dark exile.

We are especially grateful to you, Your Excellency Mr. President, for your resolve to strive for justice in the Middle East, even in face of Zionist pressure in this country. We pray for your welfare and the welfare of all in your administration; therefore it pains us greatly to see the Zionist groups' disrespectful words and actions against you. The Zionists speak and do all of this in the name of the entire Jewish people, when in fact a large part of the Jewish people is opposed to them.

As an ideology, Zionism does not represent Judaism. It is, after all, a philosophy born only about 100 years ago, with the aim of transforming Judaism from a religion to a nationalism. Unfortunately the Zionist movement succeeded in capturing the hearts of many Jews after WWII, at a time when most of the rabbis of the world had just been killed, and Jews were in a desperate situation.

By definition, a Jew is someone who is faithful to G–d, keeps the Torah, accepts the yoke of exile and obeys the commands of the Almighty. The Almighty has placed us in exile, and commanded us not to take any actions to oppose His decree. Jews are commanded to remain in all lands where they live as peaceful, loyal citizens of their countries. Furthermore, Judaism teaches us to be kind and merciful, and to respect the property and life of others. The ideology of Zionism has come to uproot all of the above.

Our ultimate hope is for the revelation of G–d's glory, at the time when, as we say in our prayers, "all of mankind will join hands to do Your will with a full heart." And in the words of Isaiah 2:4, "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."

It is important to know that the greatest rabbis among the Jewish people vehemently opposed Zionism from its inception, and especially when the state was founded 62 years ago. To this day, there are many large Jewish communities that are strongly opposed to the philosophy of Zionism, to the existence of the State of Israel and to its long history of crimes against humanity. However, their voices are seldom heard, due to Zionist control over the media.

We thank you, Your Excellency Mr. President, for your efforts to help the world in general and to the Jewish people in particular. At the same time, we hope you understand the distinction between Judaism and Zionism, and that accordingly it is a mistake to think that by helping the Zionist state, one helps Jews. Since the Zionist state is forbidden according to Judaism, and since its existence brings anti– Semitism and danger upon the Jewish people worldwide, helping it is doing no favor for the Jewish people. The best way for Americans to help Jews is by following the time–honored American tradition of welcoming Jews to these shores, and granting us and all Americans freedom so that we may continue practicing our ancient religion.

Certainly, attempts at ending the bloodshed and suffering to both the Jews and Arabs are to be lauded, and in many cases embraced. Torah–true Jews are thankful for every bit of land returned to the Palestinian people. But we firmly believe that in order to bring a true and lasting peace, the two–state solution is not enough. We must accept the Almighty's peace plan for Jews in this era: that Jews in the Middle East should go back to living peacefully as citizens of Arab governments, just as they lived for hundreds of years prior to the Zionist movement.

We condemn in the strongest language all the provocations against your honor, Mr. President. Our communities are very saddened by this. We clearly state that the State of Israel and its leaders do not represent the Jewish people.

We pray that He who spreads His canopy of peace over the world may spread it over Your Excellency and your administration, granting you long life and good health, and success in all your endeavors for the good of the American people and the whole world. May He who makes peace in His high heavens make peace upon us all, amen.

Sincerely yours
Rabbi Moshe Dov Beck, senior Rabbi

(Holocaust survivor)
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, International spokesman

(Son of Holocaust survivor)


While pro–Zionist groups staged a "rally for united Jerusalem", on April 25, 2010, in front of the Israeli consulate in New York City, in which they condemned the United States President Obama for not supporting Israeli expansionist policies, anti–Zionist Orthodox Jews counter–protested against the existence of Israel, the ongoing expansion of settlements and the attacks against world leaders.

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