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An Orthodox Jewish View on the Events in the Middle East
by Rabbi E Weissfish
published in a website 2000

Throughout the last fifty years and especially in the last few weeks Zionist propaganda has been continuing to spread the LIE that there exists a war between Jews and Muslims. The truth however is not so, there exists no war between Jews and Muslims there exists only a war between Zionists and Muslims which is an outcome of Zionist occupation of the Holy Land and their oppression of the Palestinian people, this is a war in which the true Jewish people (i.e., those true to the Creator and his Torah) have no part since...

1. ) Orthodox Jews have always vehemently opposed Zionism, from its inception the Zionist movement has been opposed by all Judaism's great Sages and Rabbinical authorities as can be clearly documented, even those living in the Holy Land continue to oppose the existence of the Zionist 'state' and many such as Rabbi Moshe Hirsch of Jerusalem have met with P.L.O leaders expressing the will of Orthodox Jews to live under Palestinian NOT Zionist rule (Rabbi Hirsch has even been appointed Minister of Jewish affairs in a future Palestinian government).

2. ) The true Jewish people desire only to live as peaceful citizens of the non-Jewish governments under whose protection we live, in contrast to the Zionists whose only interest is to sow hatred and what they call anti-semitism' so as to justify their need for a 'state' and their occupation of the Holy Land.

3. ) Orthodox Jews are opposed to the existence of a sovereign 'Jewish' state in the Holy Land, this is because we were exiled from the Holy Land by Heavenly decree because of our sins and our Torah tells us that we are forbidden to act against this Divine decree, and although we are permitted to live in the Holy Land we must live there as peaceful, suborddinate citizens of the ruling non-Jewish government.

4. ) The above would apply EVEN to a state run by observant, God fearing Jews, all the more so does this apply to the current 'State of Israel' which is run predominantly by atheists who because they have cast off belief in the Creator are (according to the Torah) not even considered part of the Jewish people.

Scared boyUnfortunately however the Zionists continue to falsely portray themselves as representatives of the Jewish people they have transformed Judaism into a dry nationalism and use this as a justification for their occupation of the Holy Land and injustices committed by them. This is a profanation of the name of the Creator and our Holy faith and therefore hurts us greatly, we therefore see it as it as our duty to inform the world that...

a. ) The Zionist ideology has no connection whatsoever with Judaism, on the contrary Judaism is totally opposed to Zionism.

b. ) The Zionists and their actions do not in any way represent the true Jewish people.

c. ) Orthodox Jews share in the grief of all victims of Zionist oppression and pray for the dismantlement of the Zionist state and peace to the world.Rabbi E Weissfish, NETUREI KARTA, Representatives of Orthodox Jewry, US, London, Palestine and worldwide.

Why Orthodox Jews OPPOSE Zionism and the Zionist state and our standpoint on the Zionist oppression of the Palestinian people

1. ) The terms Jews and Judaism refer respectively to a religious not racial entity, the ideology known as Zionism consists of -

Carnagea) an attempt to transform this religious entity known as the Jewish people into a racial entity of people bound together only by shared national characteristics such as language common history etc. regardless of belief in the Creator and observance of His commandments.

b) Judaism, for all believing Jews denotes the system of beliefs, laws and teachings, etc. which we believe were given to our forefathers by the Creator (may His name be blessed) through Moses our teacher and other Prophets, this meaning of the term Judaism is tranformed by Zionism from a Divine revelation to a mere set of common traditions shared by a specific racial group. The above however, according to the Torah* could not be further from the truth, since according to the Torah the value of a person has no relationship with race rather with actions, example any Jew who denounces belief in the One Creator or in divine revelation through the Prophets or any of the other fundamentals of Judaism is no longer considered part of the Jewish people and loses his share in the afterlife, whereas on the contrary a non-Jew who because of belief in the Creator and his Prophets accepts upon himself to observe the basic laws which were commanded to all mankind such as the prohibitions of idol worship, stealing, murder considered from the righteous people of the world. In fact to be a faithful Jew and be faithful to ones country be it the US, Iran or any other country is no contradiction whatsoever.

2. ) Considering the above and the fact that the founders of Zionism were self proclaimed atheists the Zionist ideology considers the hope of the Jewish people in racial terms i.e, to have a state, army etc. Orthodox Jews, however, do not believe that we were exiled from our land app 2000 years ago because of military weakness rather as a result of sins which we committed while dwelling in the land, in fact we are instructed by the Creator through his Prophets not to try to remedy this exile ourselves through human means, rather we must remain loyal citizens to the governments of the nations wherever in which we dwell.


The hope of Orthodox Jews therefore is not for any such man-made redemption such as a state or army, rather our hope is for the spiritual redemption promised to us by the Creator through our Prophets and Sages which will on the contrary be a time of peace when all mankind with one heart, will come together to serve the One Creator, and in that time we will be able to serve the Creator his Holy Land. (Although throughout history, even after our exile, there have always been Jews living in the Holy Land this is no contradiction to the above since they have always lived peacefully subordinate to the ruling nation without making any attempt to create a state or army as the Zionists have done, in fact even now there are many thousands of Jews living in the Holy Land who oppose the Zionist state and even refuse to accept monetary aid from the government or participate in their elections, Rabbi Moshe Hirsch of Jerusalem regularly meets with PLO leaders to publicize that it is the will of Orthodox Jews in the Holy Land to live under Palestinian not Zionist rule).

3. ) Unfortunately however, through money, propaganda and therefore media control thepages of chaosZionists continue to portray themselves to the world as representatives of the Jewish people. In their propaganda they also continue to use the various groups of so-called 'religious' Zionists to fool the world into believing that their occupation of the Holy Land and their injustices against the Palestinian people have a foundation in Judaism. The murders and injustices which they commit and have committed against the Palestinians therefore hurt us doubly since by carrying such things out in the name of the Jewish people through misuse of Judaism they are profaning the name of the Creator and dirtying our faith.

It is for these reasons that we see it as our duty to proclaim to the world that the true Jewish people, i.e., those true to the Creator and his Torah, the world over, oppose the Zionists and the injustices they commit falsely in the name of our people. On the contrary we oppose the Zionists and their 'state' vigorously and we are deeply disturbed by these injustices and share in the grief of those stricken, and we continue our prayers for the dismantlement of the Zionist 'state' and peace to the world.

N.B It should also be noted that the above points have been expressed by us on many occasions in the past through protests (many times together with Palestinians) and advertisments in major newspapers etc. We also ask anyone who can to please pass on the above message so that the mistaken notion that Judaism and Zionism are related will not spread.

* The word Torah in hebrew refers to the laws and teachings given to the Jewish people by the Creator through Moses our teacher at Mount Sinai.

Rabbi E Weissfish
Representatives of Orthodox Jewry,
US, London, Palestine and worldwide.

Related links
The UN Partition of Palestine