- On April 14, 2004, Israel's Ariel Sharon met in the White
House, in Washington, DC, with President George W. Bush, Jr. They were
consummating a deal that James J. Zogby has rightly denounced as "a
unilaterally imposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ("Sharon's
Awful Victory," 04/18, 04, "Baltimore Sun"). The agreement
involves, inter alia, the future of the Occupied Territories and the right
of return to their homeland of millions of Palestinian refugees.
- While the dangerous duo were inside undermining the
fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, and International Law, too,
over 100 protesters gathered outside, just north of Lafayette Park, a block
from the White House, to demonstrate their outrage over the meeting. The
rally was spearheaded by the DC Palestine Solidarity Coalition, which represents
12 activist organizations in the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area.
- One of the groups protesting was a contingent of Orthodox
Rabbis, "Neturei Karta International," from Monsey, New York
(www.nkusa.org). Under their banner of "Jews United Against Zionism,"
about seven of the Rabbis joined the picket line along 16th St. and H St.
(NW), as a cold rain fell for over two hours on those bearing witness against
the evil doings then being hatched by Bush and Sharon. Many of the demonstrators
were convinced that Sharon, instead of being an honored guest of Bush,
should instead be a defendant, at the World Court, facing War Crime charges
("Human Rights News," 06/23/01, hrw.org).
- I had a chance, at the event, to speak with the highly
respected leader of Neturei Karta International, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss.
He was standing on H St. protesting with a sign hanging over his neck,
which read, "Authentic Rabbis Always Opposed Zionism." When I
asked the Rabbi why he was there, he said, "Sharon, who came today
to speak with President Bush, is not the representative of Judaism or the
Jewish people. In fact, he is the antitheses of what a representative of
the Jew should be."
- Rabbi Weiss then put some historical context on his
comment and explained how the Zionism Movement, a political juggernaut,
with only materialist objectives, has hijacked Judaism, the religion of
the Jewish people. He continued, "Because, when God sent the Jewish
people into exile around 2,000 years ago, he expressly forbade us from
creating our own state. So, the concept of creating a state of Israel is
wrong. It is against what God wanted of the Jewish people. We are in a
divinely-decreed exile to be spread out amongst the nations - to serve
them and to be a light unto the nations, and not to return till ultimately
when God will accept the repentance of the Jewish people. At that time,
the whole world, we believe, will recognize the one God and serve him together
in harmony. So, we will not be using any force or military action. At that
time, the whole world will go up and serve God.
- "Now, Zionism was created around 100 years ago
by non-religious Jews, who ignored the commandments of God. They actually
tried to claim that the reason we were sent out of the land of Israel around
2,000 years ago was because of our physical weak (ness). And, that is a
fallacy. And, therefore, their solution is, if it is physical weakness
- the solution would obviously be, to be physically strong - to create
a state. That is wrong. That is a blasphemy. And, we are taught in the
Talmud that God will severely punish the Jewish people, if they will try
to return against his will."
- On Rabbi Weiss' web site at: www.nkusa.org, part of
the above point is further explained like this: "Judaism is the belief
in revelation at Sinai. Exile is a punishment for Jewish sins. Zionism
has for over a century denied Sinai revelation. It believes that Jewish
exile can be ended by military aggression."
- Rabbi Weiss then addressed the barbaric treatment of
the Palestinian people by the Zionists, going back to 1948. It has included:
Israel running death squads; torturing detainees, holding prisoners without
trial; creating a monstrous Apartheid Wall; erecting arbitrary roadblocks;
perpetrating land confiscation; demolishing homes; collective punishment;
building illegal settlements; and engaging, via state terrorism tactics,
in ethnic cleansing (See, "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,"
- "Now, another of the problems that emanate actually
from the Zionist Movement," the Rabbi underscored," is the fact
that they are encroaching upon the rights of the Palestinian people, the
indigenous people, who are living there. And, this is terribly wrong. It
is against every concept of the Torah: Thou shalt not steal and so forth;
Thou shalt not oppress a people. It is all against the commandments of
the Torah, of being compassionate; of what a Jewish person; and what every
righteous person should emulate God. So, whatever they are doing is totally
- "And, it creates anti-Semitism. And we know that
for close to 100 years already, Zionism is the root cause for the pain,
suffering and bloodshed of the Jewish people, let alone who is talking
about the Palestinian people and what has been going on in Palestine. And
they, (the Zionists), are the greatest factory of anti-Semitism worldwide.
So, that is what we are here for, to let the world know that Judaism and
Zionism is not one and the same. They are diametrically opposite. And,
we should not be mistaken one for the other. And, we shouldn't be responsible
for the actions of what the Zionists do," Rabbi Weiss emphasized.
- On the date the Rabbi was speaking, April 14th, it was
calculated that over 2,000 Palestinians had died since Sharon took over
the office of Israel's Prime Minister, back in Feb., 2001. Of that number,
327 victims were "targeted" for extra-judicial assassinations,
including the slaying, on March 22, 2004, of wheelchair bounded cleric,
Sheikh Yassin, a beloved spiritual leader. On April 17th, only three days
after visiting with Bush, Sharon sanctioned the execution of Palestinian
activist, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, via a missile fired from an American-made
Apache helicopter, into a crowded Gaza City. Rantisi was a 56-year-old
pediatrician and university professor, and one of the movers and shakers
within the Hamas political organization. Two of his bodyguards died with
him. When Sheikh Yassin was murdered, also in Gaza City, four other civilians
died, too, and 17 innocent bystanders were injured in Israel's premeditated
- Rabbi Weiss finished his remarks by explaining why his
group publicly opposes Zionism: "And we hope... to sort of quell God's
wrath towards the Jewish people, to sanctify God's name, which the Zionists
are desecrating, and to take away the anti-Semitism, the bad feelings,
the rift that has been created between Jews and Muslims throughout the
- © William Hughes 2004
- William Hughes is the author of "Saying 'No' to
the War Party" (Iuniverse, Inc.), which is available at Amazon.com.
He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See, also Film: "Rabbi Weiss Rips Sharon/Zionism,"
found at: http://homepage.mac.com/bhughes2/iMovieTheater97.html
- It weighs in at 17.5 MB-Time, 4 Min., 32 Seconds. Opens
with Quick Time Player.