The Jewish people throughout
the world, who are true to their religion, have been thrown
into turmoil and are deeply incensed at the recent colossal
happening, the tragedy that has taken place.
We mourn together with our Palestinian cousins, the murder
of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.
As we gather our thoughts and attempt to again stand up to
the evils of Zionism and the State of "Israel",
the words of our leaders, the Rabbis of the generation past,
stand before us. How they warned us that Zionism and all the
evils emanating from it, will cause endless bloodshed, of
coarse the misnomer and tragedy of equating Judaism with Zionism
is of the major contributing factors to this endless stream
of blood. And so we are reminded of one of the exceptional
attributes of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. How he constantly drew
a clear distinction between true Judaism and Zionism and between
the practitioners of Judaism and Zionist perpetrators. The
followers of Judaism were never considered by the Sheik to
be an obstacle to true peace.
We declare that:
Zionism and Judaism are diametric opposites and totally incompatible.
Judaism is a G-dliness a religion of compation without any
aspiration for a land or nationalistic entity. Zionism is
the transformation of the above said religion into a G-dless
political nationalistic entity with a land based goal.
Zionism and the State of “Israel” have no right
to represent Judaism and/or the Jewish people.
Zionism and the State of Israel have no right to speak in
the name of the Jewish people. The name “Israel”
in reference to Zionism and their State is false, it has been
usurped from the Jewish people.
To subjugate and oppress a people, in this case the Palastinian
people, to steal their land, their homes, olive orchards etc.,
is totally against G-d and the laws of His Torah. These crimes
can only bring dire results.
True Jewry is deeply anguished by the existence of Zionism
and the State of “Israel” and are constantly pained
and humiliated by their actions.
Jews are required by G-d and the laws of His Torah to by
loyal citizens in every country in which they reside. In the
United States to the American government, in Iran to the Iranian
government, Germany to the Germans, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco
and so on, to their respective rulerships. As such the Jewish
people are required and want to reside as loyal citizens in
the Holy Land under total Palestinian sovereignty.
The Jewish people have been co-existing and living harmoniously
in peace and tranquility for centuries together with their
Muslim/Arab brethren in Palestine and throughout the Muslim
countries. Zionism, which was created around 100 years ago
by non-religious Jews, in fact by Jews who detested the Jewish
religion, was the sole cause for the rift, mistrust and animosity
created between Muslims and Jews. Zionism is the root cause
for the bloodshed and suffering to Muslim and Jew in the Middle
East close to a century, may G-d have mercy.
May G-d help that our hope and dream come to fruition, speedily
and peacefully, painlessly without any further bloodshed,
that Arab and Jew can once again live side by side under Palestinian
rule over the entire Holy Land.
We pray that tragedies should never again occur and offer
our deeply felt condolences to Sheikh Yassin's family and
to all our Palestinian brethren. We pray to G-d for the speedy
and peaceful dismantlement of the State of “Israel”
– it’s transformation into a Palestinian sovereignty
and ultimately we pray for the revelation of G-d’s glory
over the entire universe, at which time all humanity will
recognize the One G-d and serve Him in joyous harmony. Amen.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY NETUREI KARTA