Neturei Karta, Shunned by Media, Makes Jewish Anti-Zionism Known

By Kaidy, Mitchell | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 31, 1996 | Go to article overview

Neturei Karta, Shunned by Media, Makes Jewish Anti-Zionism Known


Kaidy, Mitchell, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Neturei Karta, Shunned By Media, Makes Jewish Anti-Zionism Known

There it was in the Sunday New York Times on an editorial page that usually trumpets hard-line Zionist views -- an ad branding Israel "an illegitimate state" and baldly declaring: "All forms of Zionism, be they of the `right' or `left,' are inherently antithetical to the teaching of our faith."

As unexpected as it was to read such blunt sentiments in the Times, the eighth-of-a-page ad was even more bracing in that it was not published by Palestinians or other Arabs. The Central Rabbinical Congress of the U.S. and Canada, and its affiliate, Neturei Karta, have been publishing such "heresy" for 20 years, signing it, and, in case anyone should dissent, providing two telephone numbers.

But what is true "heresy"? The real heretics, it insisted, are the Zionists who don't understand or abide by the teaching of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). For, according to the Torah, "the Jewish people have no `claim' to the Holy Land at present. They have no right to conquer it or to rule over it." The Torah connects the advent of "Israel" with the coming of the Messiah, not with a conquest of arms or armies as the Zionists have done.

During a 20-year educational campaign, Neturei Karta had proclaimed in advertisements similar to the Times ad: "There can never be real peace there until Zionism disappears." The most fervent Palestinian nationalist couldn't have phrased such convictions more directly or unabashedly. But, coming from rabbis, such sentiments tend to excite a few extra shock waves.

Despite the fact that theirs has been a long-term educational effort, it unquestionably still rankles many Times subscribers. For days after the latest ad appeared in July 1996, the Rabbinical Congress' two Brooklyn telephone lines were tied up, and, according to H. Karchmer, who wouldn't identify himself further, many called to protest. Undaunted, the Rabbinical Congress is mailing collections of its ads to those who request them. The collections, which are free from 85 Division Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211, come in a portfolio entitled "Jews, Not Zionists." "Not" is underscored in color.

The Central Rabbinical Council's ad in last year's Times was even more provocative than this year's. Signed by Neturei Karta, it laid out such convictions as "All Palestine should be returned to the Palestinians, and other occupied lands should be returned to their owners. And the Zionist enterprise should cease to exist. Only then will the misery wrought by Zionism disappear."

There seems to be no thicket that the Rabbinical Congress, or its Neturei Karta affiliate, is afraid to enter. How many others dare accuse the Zionists in public of complicity in the Holocaust? "In 1941 and 1942," a 1995 advertisement reads, "German offers to deport all European Jews to Spain...were rejected by the Zionist leadership." The offers, the ad charges, were rejected in order to assure the creation of a Zionist state in Palestine.

The group objects even to the Biblical name "Israel" being associated with the Middle East state. "Zionism must go," it proclaims. "According to the Torah, all of Palestine should be returned to the Palestinians, and the other occupied lands in Syria and Lebanon should be returned."

The phenomenon of organized Jews championing the Palestinian cause, and speaking the unspeakable about Israel, raises intriguing questions. Would The New York Times publish such provocative advertisements from non-Jews? Or would the Times of fervent Zionists A. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Neturei Karta, Shunned by Media, Makes Jewish Anti-Zionism Known
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.