Orthodox Jews to Protest Against Netanyahu and His State

Sep 22, 2009, 17:47 ET from True Torah Jews

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Orthodox Jews will hold a demonstration today, Tuesday, September 22 from 5 to 7 PM, near the United Nations building at 42nd Street and 1st Avenue, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to meet with the General Assembly. The demonstration will be led by the Central Rabbinical Congress of the U.S.A. and Canada, and the organization True Torah Jews.

"The United Nations has always taken up the cause of oppressed peoples around the world," said Rabbi Nahum Samson Meyer, a leader of True Torah Jews and one of the scheduled speakers at the demonstration. "We have come here to publicize the cry of our religious brethren who live under Zionist state oppression." The rabbi was referring to the events of August 29 and 31, when Israeli police used cars to run over two peaceful religious protestors in Jerusalem, nearly killing them.

"Our hearts are also pained over the Israeli government's campaign to throw an innocent Jewish mother into prison in order to cover up for their hospital's mistreatment of her son," he added. The reference was to a Jerusalem woman who was arrested in July after Hadassah Hospital claimed she had deliberately withheld food from her three-year-old child. The religious community says that the charges are false, and that Hadassah's staff actually made the child suffer through two years of unnecessary testing and drug therapy for the sake of medical research.

"As Netanyahu tells the world his views on the Middle East crisis, we wish to make clear that his state, which presumptuously calls itself Israel, has no connection with the Torah or with Judaism," the rabbi said. "He and his fellow Israeli leaders have no right to speak in name of Jewry. Their long record of oppression and abuse of our community prove it. We call upon President Obama and all the esteemed leaders of the world not to recognize the Zionists as leaders of the Jewish people."

Rabbi Meyer turned to address the so-called religious Zionist movement. "Those who exploit the Torah to promote Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land are guilty of deception on the highest order. The Torah prohibits Jews nowadays from having their own state -- how then can they use the Torah to support their state?

"Furthermore, the Torah commands us to be respectful of world leaders, a principle that Israeli politicians and American Zionist groups regularly violate."

For more information about Jewish opposition to Zionism, go to www.truetorahjews.com.

SOURCE True Torah Jews