The Cry of the Jewish People
Holy Land in Turmoil - The Only Solution
A statement to be delivered by Rabbi
Yisroel D. Weiss of Neturei Karta Int. at the "Free
Palestine & End Israeli Occupation Rally" hosted
by "The Coalition of Arab-American, Muslim
Organizations" in Washington DC on February 7, 2002.
Daily the death toll mounts in the Holy Land. Innocents
of all faiths - Moslems, Christians and Jews, are killed,
wounded and maimed.
Politicians search for answers. On both sides of the
conflict there are calls for more war or more peace.
Yet, despite all the efforts of hawks and of doves, a
true and lasting peace seems to be further and further
Why after a century of struggles, of half a century of
wars is there no peace in the Middle East?
We, Orthodox Jews, believe that the Torah supplies us
with the answer.
We believe that the Creator has told us that Zionism is
We believe that he has told us that until the Zionist
agenda is ended there can be no peace in the Holy Land.
Why is Zionism wrong?
In simple terms it is wrong because it is a movement that
demands of the Jewish people that they replace the Holy
Torah with a secular nationalism.
It further demands that we violate the terms of our exile
by conquering the Holy Land.
And, last, its cruel treatment of the Palestinian people
is against the Creator's imperative that we deal justly and
kindly with all men.
The solution to the seemingly never ending war in the
Middle East is simply stated --It is the placing of the
entire land -including Jerusalem and al-Aksa-- under
Too many innocents have died already for this urgent
agenda to be delayed any longer.
There are many Jews in Jerusalem, throughout the Holy
Land and the entire world who sympathize with Palestinian
There are many Jews who desire that the Palestinian
people secure their just rights. There are many Jews who
work and pray daily that this happen.
To all our Arabic and Islamic brethren around the world,
let the message go forth today, that your quarrel is not
with the Jewish people, the people of the Torah. We stand
with you in your suffering. We feel your pain. We are with
Let there be no more innocent victims, neither
Palestinian nor Jew.
Let us pray that the Zionist state will, with God's help,
soon become a distant and dismal memory.
Let the Jewish people around the world devote themselves
to their only proper task, God's service and the
sanctification of His name by acts of kindness towards all
May the Palestinian people know no more agony and may we
all be worthy of the day when we will all worship the
Creator in joy and peace and the world shall no more
experience suffering. Amen.
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