- LONDON (IRNA) - Representatives
of a Jewish religious group has called for the dismantlement of Israel
as the root cause of tension and violence in the Middle East.
- The Neturei Karta representatives made the call at a
one-day international conference on terrorism attended by Jewish, Christian
and Muslim religious leaders and politicians here Tuesday.
- A member of the group, J. Konig, elaborating on his statements
at the conference told IRNA: "I want to see the dismantlement of the
state and the peaceful coexistence of Jews with Arabs and the Arab rule."
- He added: "Like we live everywhere, like we live
in London, like we live in any part of the world, we just want to be citizens,
we don't want to be rulers we want to be ruled."
- Another member of the group regretted the bad image'
the Israeli government has created of the Jews and caused world people
to have a wrong impression of Judaism.
- Rabbi Grohman, a Netuei Karta leader, elaborated on the
establishment of the Zionist regime and said it was behind spread of corruption
among a number of Jews.
- Condemning any act of violence which leads to loss of
life of innocent people, he considered establishment of Zionist government
in the occupied Palestine as a factor for outbreak of disputes between
Muslims and Jews.
- He added that before the establishment of the Zionist
regime, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in peace in the Palestine region.
- Neturei Karta has a considerable number of followers
- Meanwhile, Rabbai Hershal Gluck, chairman of the Muslim-Jewish
forum of the UK, in his speech titled "looking at the past through
the prism of the future", condemned terrorism as a phenomenon about
destroying innocent lives.
- "Too many mothers have cried for the loss of their
children, and too many children for their parents," he said, stressing:
"It is high time to look at what divides us. It is time to call an
end to the cycle."
- Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders discussed
the topic of terrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on American
targets in New York and Washington.
- The one-day international conference was sponsored by
the Institute of Islamic Studies affiliated to the Islamic Center of Britain.
- Speakers including religious personalities, politicians,
university professors and intellectuals from Britain, the United States
and Iran expressed their viewpoints regarding terrorism and the current
conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East.