(L) to (R) Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi, Rabbi Ahron Cohen.
Photo credit : Gulf Times
The world’s population needs to see these pictures and understand them for what they really show?
Mutual respect and tolerance between leaders of Islam and Orthodox Judaism.
In the picture above are two Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, Ahron Cohen and Yisroel Dovid Weiss meeting one of the current Islamic world’s most outstanding scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Ulamak and controversial scholar for the way he issues decrees supporting the use of force to expel American and other occupying forces from Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim lands that are under those Neo-Colonialists occupation.
Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi is also the current President of the Dublin based European Council for Fatwa and Research. The ECFR is a council of Islamic scholars and theologians living in Europe and they do research and issue Fatwas regarding matters concerning Islam in the world.
This meeting took place at Doha, Qatar where Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi is living.
Rabbis Ahron Cohen and Yisroel Dovid Weiss are among the leaders of Neturei Karta, an international organization of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis and true Jews who oppose the presence of Israel under the Zionists regime occupying the Palestinian holy lands.
The two Jewish rabbis called for a peaceful end of Israel saying that the existence of the “Israeli state” was contradictory to the Jewish law.
Speaking at the meeting with Doha based Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Rabbis Ahron Cohen and Yisroel Dovid Weiss, who are activists at the Neturei Karta, a group known for its opposition to the establishment of Israel, said that the creation of Israel “was a heresy made up by the Zionists to undermine the true Jewish life”.
“Theodor Herzel and his friends were just heretics. They are the worst enemy for the true Jews.
According to the Torah, Jews are forbidden to have a state.
All Jews should refuse the existence of the so-called state of Israel which tarnished our image.
We will not lose hope and dream of dismantling the state of Israel,” said Weiss who called on Qaradawi at his house in Doha.
The UK-based Cohen also called for peaceful dismantlement of what he described as the “Zionist state” which he said “triggered tension and conflict in the region” since it was established.
“We should draw a distinction between the Zionism and Judaism.
Zionism is a political movement which exploited and misled Jews and undermined the Jewish life and spirituality.
I believe that the current tension in the Middle East can disappear overnight once the superpowers agreed to dismantle the Zionist state,” he said.
About the current situation in the Palestinian territory, Weiss blamed Zionism for the “bloodshed” in the region saying that it was the root of all the evil in the region since the establishment of Israel.
“Our hearts are bleeding for the atrocities committed against the Palestinians. It is a double tragedy both for them and us.
We know that Jews and Muslims used to live together peacefully for centuries when the Muslim world was a safe haven for the Jews who fled from Spain. At that time, there were no human rights groups. However, we lived together peacefully,” he said.
Qaradawi, who is the head of the International Union of the Muslim scholars (IUMS), hailed the stances of Cohen and Weiss on Zionism as “true” saying that both Jews and Christians should be closer to Muslims than any other nations.
“Muslims have no problems at all with the Jews themselves.
Our main conflict is with the Zionist movement. I hope that the Neturei Karta can introduce its stance to the Arab media so that people can know that there is a big segment of Jews opposing the Zionist entity.”
The rabbis of the Neturei Karta, who introduced themselves as Jews but not Zionists” also voiced their opposition for the proposed naming of Israel as “Jewish state”.
“Zionists have stolen all our symbols. Now they name their state a Jewish state though they are not Jews at all. We should not mistake them for Jews.”
Here is a letter that they sent to Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah of Lebanon :
February 19, 2008
To His Excellency Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
To the Distinguished People of Lebanon
May the Almighty’s blessings be on all of you, your families, and all our esteemed brethren in Lebanon.
We speak to you as the voice and messengers of true Jewry — the Jewish people, true to the Almighty’s Torah, from around the world.
Less than a month has passed since we have addressed an open letter to Dr. Al-Zahar, and the people of Gaza and the rest of Palestine.
In this letter, with the help of the Almighty, we expressed our hurt, sorrow and frustration in regard to the atrocities perpetrated by the wholly illegitimate (according to the laws of the Torah, the Jewish Law) state of “Israel.”
We stated that we have addressed Dr. Al-Zahar personally to offer our condolences and commiserate with his loss.
We further stated that in truth we should be offering our condolences to every family that has incurred a loss through this evil entity, the Zionist state of “Israel”, but tragically the list of victims is daunting.
What we should have stated is that we should personally write and personally visit each and every inhabitant of Gaza and the entire Palestine to express the feelings of our hearts and our entire being, our sorrow, felt at the suffering of this innocent nation at the hands of an entity that is declared, ruled, and sealed by the Holy Torah and our Rabbinical authorities, as totally forbidden.
Furthermore, all the Palestinian people, their relatives and offspring, spread out around the globe, must hear and feel our empathy, our support, our constant and intense prayers offered up to the Almighty, for them. For after all, we know that every one of these people has been deeply affected by the Zionist State.
Your Excellency, Sayyed Nasrallah, our feelings in regard to the people of Lebanon, are exactly the same.
We have heard you speak just recently at the funeral of the assassinated Mr. Imad Mughniyah and many times previously. Hence, we know that you and your organization are deeply aware that there is a distinct difference between Zionism and Judaism and that there is a large segment of Jewish people, whether in occupied Palestine or throughout the world, who are entirely opposed to Zionism and the state of “Israel”.
Further, a delegation of our Rabbis were guests in your magnificent country of Lebanon, and were hosted by your organization, the Hezbollah.
We were there to attend the Conference of the International Union of Parliamentarians for the Defense of the Palestinian Cause.
The respect and graciousness that was extended to our group was beyond exemplary.
At that time, thanks to the Almighty, we had the opportunity to see and experience at first hand, the fact that the Arab and Muslim people despite their long-suffering at the hands of Zionism have not fallen prey to the influences of evil.
We were confronted with love and friendship wherever we turned. Concern for our comfort was the first priority of every individual, wherever we traveled throughout Lebanon.
Only then, after these good people were assured of our well-being, were we shown the suffering that they have incurred through the Zionist occupation. To our surprise and to their praise, this was all shown to us, without any accusations directed at our Rabbis or the Jewish nation.
The Muslim and Arab people obviously still remember that we don’t have a religious conflict and that we have co-existed in harmony for hundreds of years. Many obviously understand the difference between Zionism and Judaism.
May we just mention three very moving experiences that we had in Lebanon that has left an indelible impression on our hearts.
We went to the former Khiam detention center and saw the shocking tortures that the Lebanese have suffered so many years, and that the world ignores.
(We have heard that the Zionists destroyed this detention center entirely in the recent incursion in Lebanon to obliterate any memory of these tortures.)
We visited the sad confines of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps; we spoke to the Palestinian people there and lit candles at the Martyrs Square, where the infamous massacre was perpetrated.
At these two places our tears flowed at these needless and tragic sufferings that are ongoing and are contrary to any logic or human rights (which we refer to as Godly rights).
Then we had the opportunity and the privilege of holding a demonstration against Zionism and the state of “Israel”, right across the Zionist occupation, at Fatima’s Gate, the connecting point of Lebanon and the Zionist occupation.
Of course, many of our brethren who reside in the Zionist occupation constantly demonstrate against the state from within at great personal cost. They are brutally beaten or arrested, etc.
Also, we want to make you and our brethren, the people of Lebanon, aware that after the recent Zionist attack on Lebanon, Jewish people throughout the world joined in demonstrations in support of the Lebanese people.
Photo credit : Neturei Karta.
In Canada, U.K. and the U.S. we of the religious Jewish community had our Rabbis speaking at almost all the main rallies to express our vehement condemnations and opposition to the cruel and murderous attack on Lebanon.
Photo credit : Neturei Karta.
This was beside the demonstrations that were orchestrated solely by our Jewish religious communities globally.
Photo credit : Neturei Karta.
Photo credit : Neturei Karta.
We now turn to Your Excellency, Sayyed Nasrallah ever so humbly, and ask you to accept our words and to convey these words with the following message to the citizens of Lebanon and to the Palestinian people in refugee camps in your country.
May we reiterate that we speak to you as the voice and messengers of true Jewry — the Jewish people, true to the Almighty’s Torah, from around the world.
Although we are limited in the means of expressing our deepest and true feelings, by the barriers of words, nevertheless, the Jewish people humbly offer to you and all of Lebanon, Gaza and the entire Palestine, a few words, to attempt to convey our support, deepest sorrow and heartfelt sympathy that we all feel for you, in this present tragic and traumatic time.
Once again may we state it would be only proper and fitting, that we personally write to and address each and everyone who has fallen victim of the Zionist state of “Israel”. Unfortunately and how tragic, the list of victims is daunting.
May our few and humble words be a message of consolation, friendship, loyalty and support to you, the people of Lebanon, and to the people of Gaza and the entire Palestine.
True Jews around the world, of course including in the entire Palestine, never have and with the help of the Almighty, never will accept the ideology of Zionism and never will recognize the realization of its heretical plan, the state of “Israel”.
Our sole bond is with the Almighty and His Torah. Our sage’s state that we are required to emulate the Almighty, “just as the Almighty is compassionate, so are we to be compassionate.”
We always have and always will, with the help of the Almighty, remain unaffiliated and estranged from this aberration and the will of Satan, “Zionism and the state of Israel”.
May we remind you, that the Almighty has clearly and explicitly commanded us, the Jewish people, since the destruction of the temple, around two thousand years ago, to be humble and loyal citizens in every country in which we reside.
Furthermore, we are not to rebel against nations, we are not to attempt to end our exile. We are forbidden to create our own state or own entity.
We are to pray for, yearn for, and wait patiently for, the day when the Almighty will reveal his glory throughout the world.
At that time, all humanity together, will go up to the Holy Land, in harmony and brotherhood, to serve the Almighty in joy and peace.
Around one hundred years ago, the Zionists began arriving in Palestine in order to bring to fruition the realization of their dream, the transformation of Judaism from a religion into a nationalism. And so began the sorrowful and bitter history of the rebellion, the mutiny against the Almighty, which eventually evolved into the illegitimate state of “Israel”.
Since the creation of the state of “Israel”, the Palestinian people and at a later date, the Lebanese people have continuously suffered indescribably. They have been oppressed, beaten, murdered, humiliated, displaced and expelled.
Although, this letter and the present moment, is not the proper place and time to delve into the issue of our personal suffering at the Zionist regime’s hands, still we feel it is necessary to bring these facts to the Arab people’s attention.
Our sages state that to know that many people share ones suffering, alleviates the suffering somewhat. Also, it is to demonstrate to all, the sincerity in our opposition to this tumorous growth on the Jewish nation — the so-called state of “Israel”.
Therefore, let us state that since these sinners and atheists, Theodore Herzl and his cohorts, raised their repugnant voices in promulgating their ideology of the devil, the heresy of Zionism, Jewish people too, have suffered indescribably both physically and spiritually at their hands.
Our God fearing brethren throughout the entire Palestine, have been and are continually beaten, murdered, imprisoned and oppressed, since the beginning of Zionism up until today.
They are and have always been the victims of these same perpetrators of evil, who are oppressing the Palestinian and Lebanese people.
Let it be known that our true leaders, the Rabbis and Sages in Palestine, the Middle-East, Europe, and throughout the world, have vociferously and most fervently expressed their total opposition to Zionism and the state of “Israel”, since its inception.
They have decried and condemned all the evils that it has wrought, the oppression of the Palestinian people, and more recently the Lebanese people.
They have decried the oppression of the religious Jews and the state of “Israel’s” constant attempts, at eradicating and destroying anything that is Godly and religious.
They have tirelessly and fearlessly publicly demonstrated, at great self sacrifice, their opposition to this rebellion against the Almighty.
Countless edicts have been issued from our saintly leaders requiring the Jewish people, true to the Almighty and His Torah, to distance and estrange themselves from this sinful and illegitimate state of “Israel” and all the evils that emanate from it.
Thank the Almighty their message has been heard around the world by many God-fearing Jews and they have obeyed.
What’s more, untold thousands have stood by their Rabbis and many thousands continuously demonstrate fearlessly, till today, throughout occupied Palestine and throughout the world, against the state of “Israel”.
All of the above is well documented, but stifled by the powers of the Zionist media control and by the intimidation of all who dare to confront or reveal the truth(3).
One more issue is important to mention, beside the many commandments in the Torah of doing good and the requirement of emulating the Almighty “just as He is compassionate, so must we be”, and besides the clear prohibitions against Zionism.
We are exceptionally sensitive to the Palestinian and Lebanese people’s plight, for we the Jewish people, have just recently experienced extreme discrimination and all the tragic sufferings in the concentration camps in Europe.
Our close relatives have suffered indescribably and died there. Also we know and have experienced what it means to be displaced as we have all been uprooted from our original homes and dwellings throughout Europe.
This of course compounds our understanding and feelings for the Palestinian and Lebanese suffering.
To date, it seems to our human and limited comprehension, that this evil entity, the state of “Israel”, will, God forbid, never cease to exist and it will continue to exude its evils, on the innocent and God fearing people under its control.
However, remember and comfort yourselves, our brethren in Palestine and Lebanon, there is a great and exalted, benevolent, Master of the Universe, who truly controls the world.
He can and will end this suffering!!
In the Torah it states, that transgressing against the Almighty, will not be successful.
This state of “Israel”, according to the Almighty’s Torah, must and will eventually end.
Let us all pray and beseech Him, to bring about the total, peaceful and speedy dismantlement of this illegitimate state soon in our days.
With the Almighty’s benevolence, may He make this happen, without any further pain or suffering. Amen.
Please convey this message to each and every one of your brethren suffering under this oppression of “Zionism — Israel”.
Especially important, please convey this message to the bereaved relatives of the fallen victims, the wounded and maimed, and most certainly to the ones languishing in Israeli prisons and to the ones lying in pain in hospitals.
Convey to them our solidarity and words of comfort and support. We are humiliated by the actions of those who use our name, and our hearts are rent by what is happening to them.
We implore you to convey the message to the people in Lebanon and Palestine, that there are untold thousands of Jews worldwide and in Palestine who stand with you and who entirely oppose Zionism and the state of “Israel” and bear no responsibility for the actions of the Zionists.
Educate your people that when you meet Jewish people, do not consider them your enemy. We all serve the one God.
Once again, we constantly pray — worry and hope for you all.
May we merit to see soon in our days, the total, speedy and peaceful dismantlement of the state of “Israel”.
May the Almighty bring upon us the words of His prophecies when all men will serve Him in harmony, peace and joy. Amen.
Very truly yours,
Rabbi Meir Hirsh
Rabbi Ahron Cohen
To me as a Muslim, I have always known that there are differences between the Zionists and the true Jews, followers of Hadhrat Musa Alaihis Salam, one of Almighty Allah’s noble Messengers @’Ulul Azmi’.
Truly the Orthodox Jews of Neturei Karta are living proof that not all Jews are the enemies of Islam and the Muslims.
The way they have suffered beatings, stabbings, brutalities inflicted upon them by members of the rogue terrorist regime of Israel is really a very clear manifestation of their noble sacrifices and willingness to lay down their life’s for the sake of their Muslim brethren in Palestine and the occupied territories.
America under the administration of President George Wacko Bush Jr is only adding salt to the wounds of the dispossessed Palestinians who have been robbed of their motherland and have had their life’s be reduced to living as refugees in their own lands.
Muslims of the world must support Neturei Karta and work together with these courageous people to reclaim their lands and bring about more pressure upon those who declare themselves as Champions of Peace and Freedom Fighters but in actuality are the very ‘wolves in sheepskin‘ masquerading as the liberators of people living in the Middle East and other Muslim nations.
Spread the word around and share this truth with your friends and contacts.
“The truth must be told no matter what so that Justice has a chance to live!”
Zainol Abideen @ MAHAGURU58
Bandar Tun Razak,