Jews Against Zionism
From the inception of the Zionist State and particularly in recent times,
the impression has been created in the World that there is some connection
between the State, which falsely calls itself Israel, and the Jewish
people as a whole. Therefore, we who continue to uphold the never-changing
tradition of the Jewish people find it proper to again clarify the
- A Jew is one who remains faithful to the laws of the Jewish religion,
that is, the Holy Torah and its commandments.
- The Jewish people became a people before they had their own land, and
continued to exist as a people also after they went Into exile, because
our very peoplehood is based exclusively on the Torah.
- The Holy Land was given to the Jewish people on the condition that
they observe the Torah and its commandments. When they failed to do this,
their sovereignty over the land was taken from them, and they went into
exile. From that time,
we are prohibited by the Torah with a very grave prohibition to
establish a Jewish independent sovereignty in the Holy Land or anywhere
throughout the world. Rather, we are obligated to be loyal to the nations
under whose protection we dwell.
- This situation has existed for close to 2000 years when the Jewish
people were dispersed throughout all corners of the world. During this
time, the Jews always remained faithful to the country in which they
- The Jewish people are grateful to all those merciful nations which
have allowed them to observe Torah and the commandments undisturbed.
- From ancient times, the relations between the Jewish and Islamic
peoples have always been those of peace and brotherhood, and friendship
always reigned between them. The proof of this is the fact that for
centuries, in all the Arab lands, hundreds of thousands of Jews lived in
honor and amidst mutual esteem.
- Jews throughout all generations yearned to grace the sacred soil of
the Holy Land and to live there. However, their sole purpose was to
fulfill the commandments dependent upon the land and to absorb Its
holiness. Never, G-d forbid, did they have any nationalist or sovereign
intent whatsoever which, as mentioned above, is forbidden to us. Indeed,
also here in the Holy Land, our fathers lived in neighborly harmony with
the Palestinian residents of the land, helping one another, to mutual
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- Until about two hundred years ago, the vast majority of Jews observed
the Torah and the commandments in entirety. Jewry's leaders were Torah
scholars, who directed the people according to the Torah. They were loyal
citizens in the host nations where they dwelled and to the local laws.
They prayed for the welfare of their respective governments. To our
sorrow, at that time a small number of Jews slowly left their observance
of Torah and commandments. Together with this, they began to deride the
spiritual leadership of their people. This assimilation was the basis upon
which, one hundred years ago, the ideology of Zionism was born. Its
founders were assimilated Jews who had abandoned the Torah.
- Immediately at the founding of the Zionist movement, masses of Jews
leadership of their Rabbis, launched a heavy battle against Zionism.
Their attack was directed not only at the non-religious Zionist idea, but
rather, primarily at its opposition to the Torah-ordained path that Jewry
must follow while in exile. As such, the Zionists incited the nations of
the world, demanding political sovereignty over the Holy Land while
remaining oblivious to the resentment this would arouse In the Palestinian
Arabs, the land's veteran inhabitants. As stated, the leaders of Orthodox
Jewry vehemently opposed the movement with all force.
- The Zionists refused to heed the voice of the Rabbis and Torah
authority. They persisted in their ways until they succeeded in
influencing the British government to issue the Balfour Declaration
concerning the "establishment of a national home for the Jews in the land
of Israel." To our great sorrow,
from that point on began the deterioration of the good relations between
the Jews and the Arab inhabitants of the land. This occurred because
the Arab people understood that the Zionists wished to seize rulership
from them. In addition, the Arab people had suspicions as if the Jewish
people wished to seize control of the Temple Mount and other similar
sites. Matters worsened as a result.
- The Jewish leadership of that time saw it as proper to clarify before
the Arab leaders that the
Torah-true Jews had no desire whatsoever for sovereignty, and that
our desire was to continue to live in peace with the Arabs, as we had
always done. The leader of the G-d-fearing Jewish community at that time,
Rabbi Yoseph Chaim Zonnenfeld. of blessed memory, organized a
delegation in July of 24' which
visited King Hussein and his sons Faisal the King of Iraq and the Amir
Abdullah In order to lucidly present to them the position of the
G-d-fearing Jewish community. The Jewish delegation clarified
unequivocally that Torah Jewry is totally opposed to the Zionist
sovereignty over the Holy Land. It Is worth noting that the delegation was
received with great honor. They were even assured that all Arab lands were
completely open to Jews, however, on the condition that the Jews do
not demand political rights. This condition also applied to the Holy Land.
One of the members of the Jewish delegation,
Professor Yisroel Yaakov De Haan, paid with his life for his
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- Torah Jewry protests at every opportunity against the Zionist rule
over the Holy Land, and the Zionist rebellion against the neighboring
nations. Torah Jewry has condemned the Zionist oppression of the
Palestinians, the land's veteran inhabitants who have been driven from
their homes and properties. The Zionists' barbaric and violent deeds are
absolutely antithetical to the essence of the Jewish people.
- Torah Jewry has never ever recognized the Zionist state. Since the
Zionists succeeding in establishing their state, Torah Jewry has
continuously announced to the world that the Zionists do not represent the
Jewish people, and that the name "Israel" that they use is a forgery. For
as has been stated above, it is forbidden to us from the Torah to rebel
against the nations, and all sovereignty by us is prohibited. Rather, we
await the days when all the world will recognize the sovereignty of the
Creator, and the words of the prophet Isaiah will yet be fulfilled: "And
they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning
hooks. No nation will lift its sword against any other, nor will they
learn warfare anymore."
- Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews have refrained to this day from taking any
funds from the Zionist regime, whether for their educational institutions,
synagogues or other benefits. Obviously,
they do not participate in the Zionist elections, whether for the
"Knesset" or for the municipality. We do not serve in their army, and we
even avoid speaking in the Hebrew language that the Zionists Invented.
(incidentally, this is not the holy and true Hebrew language in which the
Bible is written.) All this is done because Torah Jewry does not recognize
the Zionist regime, which Is against the Torah and against humanity.
- Lately, the question has once again arisen concerning the Temple
Mount and sovereignty over it. Thus, we wish to state unequivocally: a) In
our time, it is a severe Torah prohibition for any Jew to set foot on any
part of the Temple Mount area. b) The Jewish people have no claim
whatsoever to sovereignty over this holy site, which is under Islamic
authority, nor over any other holy site. Rabbi Zonenfeld was once asked,
"is it true, that the Rabbi prefers an non-Jewish government over all of
the Holy Land"? Rabbi Zonenfeld replied, "if King Hussein would rule over
Palestine, the holiness of the Holy Land would not be diminished to even
to an Iota degree". We yearningly await G-d's great day, when He will
return His Divine Presence to Zion, restoring the holy city to its former
holiness and glory as in days of old, to be a light to the peoples and the
- The Zionists have no right of any sovereignty over even one inch of
the Holy Land. They do not represent the Jewish people in any way
whatsoever. They have no right to speak in the name of the Jewish people.
Therefore, their words, declarations and actions are not in any way
representative of the Jewish people. This is because the Zionists' seizing
of power over the Holy Land is antithetical to Jewish law, and also
because the Zionists do not behave like Jews at all rather, they desecrate
the sanctity of the land.
- We once again clarify that it is our desire to live in peace with our
Arab and Palestinian neighbors, as we did before the Zionist revolution,
and as Jews all over the world till today live, accepting the yoke of
rulership of their host nation, with complete loyalty. Our sole desire is
to serve our G-d and to fulfill His commandments with a perfect heart and
to delight in the radiance of the sanctity of the Land.