The following two letters – to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to Gaza’s Hamas leader, Doctor Mahmud Al-Zahar – are from Rabbi Meir Hirsh, representing Orthodox Jews worldwide who oppose the Israeli blockade of Gaza and who support the Palestinian people the their quest for freedom and justice.
Neturei Karta of the Orthodox Jewry
Jan 21, 08
URGENT LETTER TO THE ESTEEMED SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, THE HONORABLE BAN-KI MOON
FROM ORTHODOX JEWS IN JERUSALEM AND WORLDWIDE ABOUT THE CURRENT ZIONIST ONSLAUGHT AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS IN GAZA
Dear Hon. Secretary-General:
It is with a heavy heart that we write you from the city of Jerusalem. For sixty years the authorities of what is mischaracterized as the “Jewish State” have been undertaking a vicious campaign of oppression and ethnic cleansing against millions of Palestinians who currently still live in historic Palestine and who are refugees from Palestine in other countires. And they have been committing all these crimes in the name of the ancient and holy Jewish religion!
For sixty years the State of Israel been desecrating and violating our sacred religion! For sixty years the State of Israel has been flaunting international law and United Nation General Assembly and Security Council resolutions! For sixty years they have been bringing Mankind to the edge of world war, claiming to do so in the name of Judaism!
Even today, as we write this letter, the Zionist regime is waging an unrelenting war of starvation and suffering against the people of Gaza. In the name of the sacred values of the Jewish religion we cry out to the international community and especially the great powers and the United Nations: Please use your skills to finally stop the vicious and insane campaigns of the State of Israel against the Palestinians whose suffering worsens from one day to the next under the heavy hand of occupation and oppression, ethnic cleansing and discrimination!
Mr. Secretary-General, we beseech you to use your offices to work with world leaders to stop this mad campaign of collective punishment and oppression! Our holy religion teaches us values that are the utter opposite of those of the State of Israel: we are taught by our Torah to live in harmony and brotherhood, friendship and neighborliness.
The State of Israel is trying to use its military power to preserve its ethnocracy and is demanding that the world community watch silently as they continue to hammer the Palestinian People year after year with the most sophisticated weapons of war. This cannot go on any longer! The state-sponsored terrorism and collective punishment practiced by the State of Israel must be condemned and stopped!
We fervently pray that G-d guide world leaders to tke the necessary action to stop the suffering of the Palestinian People, rein in the State of Israel, restore the full rights of the Palestinians throughout their homeland in historic Palestine, and thereby create peace not only in the Holy Land, but also throughout the world. The world cannot stand by and watch the State of Israel commit these terrible crimes!
Thank you kindly for your attention to this urgent matter,
Rabbi Meir Hirsch
Neturei Karta Palestine
NETUREI KARTA of THE ORTHODOX JEWRY
P.O.Box 5053 Jerusalem
Honorable Doctor Mahmud Al-Zahar
As Orthodox Anti-Zionist Jews we harshly condemned the brutal acts of terrorism committed by the Zionist thug regime against the Palestinian People.
We wish to express our most sincere sympathies to all suffering Palestinians, especially following the latest vicious attack of the Zionists in Gaza.
We also wish to express our most sincere sympathies to you personally, Dr. Al-Zahar, for the death of your son, Hussam, at the hands of the Zionists following on the tragic murder of your other son, Khalid, several years ago at the hands of the Zionists.
We pray fervently to God to stop the vicious crimes of the Zionist regime and to dismantle that absurd Zionist state and restore all the rights to the Palestinian People, both those living inside Zionist-occupied Palestine and in other countries as refugees.
RABBI MEIR HIRSH