Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ultra-Orthodox community debates boundaries of anti-Zionism

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2006/12/ultra-orthodox-community-debates.html

Last update - 06:38 20/12/2006 

Ultra-Orthodox community debates boundaries of anti-Zionism
 
By Yair Ettinger, Haaretz Correspondent
 
Documents published in the United States and Israel over the past few days provide a glimpse into the current debate in the ultra-Orthodox community following last week's visit of a handful of Neturei Karta and Satmar Hasidim to Iran.
 
The seven members of the Tehran delegation, all of them citizens of the United States and Western Europe, wrote a letter defending their decision to attend the conference of Holocaust deniers organized by Iranian President Mahmoud Amhadinejad.
 
"The Iranians stand today at the head of the war against the actions of the Zionists in the name of 'Israel'," they wrote. "It is our duty to reconcile with them and convince them that the nation of Israel, the nation of the Torah, is a submissive nation, a merciful nation, a nation that seeks peace, that seeks the burden of exile with love."
 
The only solution to the Middle East conflict, they said, is to "wipe out Zionism, and accept the burden of exile [from the Land of Israel] as the will of God, Blessed be He."
 
The long document, titled "Ultra-Orthodox Among Holocaust Deniers?!," was written in Hebrew, and does not mention the delegation's members by name.
 
In Israel, the document was circulated in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh. Although a Jerusalem resident who distributed the document told Haaretz that delegation members were welcomed in their communities with "respect and admiration," the primary motive behind the document was intense criticism the delegation received within the zealous anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox community.
 
Anger ignored
 
The document almost entirely ignores anger against the delegation that has been expressed in the Haredi mainstream, and was written following a statement by the official Satmar leadership distancing itself from the delegation, which appeared in the sect's journal in the United States.
 
The Satmar court of justice in Israel determined that the delegation "desecrated the name of God ... in an awful manner," and while it did not call for them to be banished from the community - a far-reaching step from the perspective of Jewish law - it did call on members of the community to "keep a distance from them and condemn their actions."
 
But the delegation's members are not afraid to condemn the rabbis and leaders who, they claim, are giving their blessing to Zionism.
 
Regarding the connection between Holocaust denial and anti-Zionism, the delegation said: "The Holocaust is a source of sustenance and vitality for Zionism." The Holocaust was not just the punishment for Zionism, as the Amdor of Satmar wrote, but it is "well known" that the Zionists "irritated the hateful Nazis, for those crazy, cruel people boycotted him."
 
But the delegation members said they do not deny the Holocaust, saying they clearly told the Tehran conference there was a "horrible and bitter Holocaust against the nation of Israel, and no one can deny it." But the Holocaust does not "permit anyone to use the blood of the saints, may God avenge their blood, to rise up against the nations.


Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2006/12/ultra-orthodox-community-debates.html. Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment



<< Home


FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe to
ZNN
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com


Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israƫl in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israpundit
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Z-Word
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
UN-Biased
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Zionism
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
Liberticracia
CNPublications
SEO

Reference
Zionism
Anti-Semitism
Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Bible
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Islamism
Jihad
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Israel
Jew
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism
Russian

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Experimental
Isfake lobby
Mysterology

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products
Mezuzah

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]


RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory