Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Placing themselves outside of the Jewish people
Neturei Karta, the 'Jewish' sect which claims to be anti-Zionist, have gone too far again. In the past this group have paid visits to Hezbullah in Lebanon, rushed to Arafat's side when he was ill and even had a representative in the Palestinian Authority.
However, none of these is as bad as traveling to Iran to meet with Holocaust-denier and potential Israel-destroyer, Iranian President Ahmadinejad.
In a statement to Iran's official IRIB radio, the group called for "the disintegration of the Zionist regime" and defended the Iranian president, saying that it "is a dangerous deviation to pretend that the Iranian president is an anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic personality."
They added that they were "upset about the recent ploys, propaganda and tensions which have been created by the West regarding the statements of the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about a world free of Zionism, since this is nothing more than wishing for a better world dominated by peace and calm."
At the meeting, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA, Weiss "praised the 'enlightening' statements of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the Holocaust and said the establishment of a Zionist government and occupation of Palestine are contrary to the injunctions of Judaism."
Firstly, any Jew can have whatever ideological view that they wish. They can be anti-Zionist, I can disagree with this being religious in nature, but that is their right. However, any Jew who openly courts enemies of the Jewish people puts themselves outside of the Jewish people. These people by sitting with a man who wants to destroy Israel and denies the Holocaust, should no longer be considered Jews for any purposes. These are strong statements but this group have shown by their actions time and time again that this is not just an ideological belief that can be discussed amongst Jews. They have deliberately exalted anyone who is an enemy of the Jews everywhere. Their views cause danger to other Jews.
Secondly, of course they went to Iran to meet and greet the Iranian President. Would it have been too much if they would have gone to help out the Jews of Iran?
Thankfully this is a group with very few members but their actions far outweigh their numbers. They are frequently cited as proof that Jews can hate Israel and be rabidly against Zionism.