NEW YORK, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss from Neturei Karta International:
"It has come to our attention that on Sunday, March 20, at 12:00 p.m., in front of the Iranian UN Mission at 633 Third Avenue, corner of 40th Street in Manhattan, certain rabble-rousers plan to hold a Megillah reading with the purpose of insulting the Iranian president and heating up tensions. Authentic Jews will be there to register their protest against these troublemakers, as well as express their pain and sorrow at this insulting and provocative behavior, which is a part of an approach that can have catastrophic consequences.
"The portrayal of the Iranian president as an anti-Semite and hater of the Jewish people is patently false. In Iran, Jews and Judaism are treated with the honor and respect. The Zionists, ever since the founding of their movement, have adopted a policy of terrorizing and vilifying anyone who does not go along with their political line. But this policy has always brought, and continues to bring, severe consequences for the Jewish people - bloodshed and misfortunes, may the Almighty spare us.
"In general, it must be known that the idea of Zionism - that the Jewish people must arise from exile and found its own independent state - is forbidden by the Torah, no matter how it is done. The Almighty sent us into exile, and forbade us to free ourselves from that exile, promising us through His prophets that He Himself would take us out of exile in a supernatural manner, without any human movement. The Jewish people believes in the Almighty's redemption and waits patiently for it.
"Therefore the idea of Zionism and its state, and especially the policy of oppressing, terrorizing and insulting, is foreign and forbidden to the Jewish people. The Zionists' use of the name "Israel" for their state is a farce; it is not a Jewish state, only a Zionist state.
"The Almighty commands every Jew to be a loyal citizen of his country of residence, not mixing into political matters between countries. A Jew must live with honor and respect for all people. We especially thank and respect anyone who recognizes the above truths.
"May the Almighty bring peace to the entire world, and may the time come when all humanity serves only Him."
[ADDITIONAL EVENTS: An annual Purim ceremony of burning the Israeli flag, is also being held on the above date, in several Anti-Zionist communities worldwide. In Brooklyn, N.Y., at Hewes St cor. Lee Ave. at 3:00 p.m., and in Monsey, N.Y., at Phyllis Terr cor. Maple Ave at 3:15 p.m. Photos of the event will be available on our web site www.nkusa.org. To view photos of last year, click here.]
SOURCE Neturei Karta International