- MONSEY, New York - "Is
human life so cheap that we refuse to consider alternatives?" asked
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss at a press conference here this morning, announcing
Neturei Karta International's participation in the Palestine Activist
Forum's protest against the "Salute to Israel Day Parade."
- "All human life is sacred. The lives of both the
Palestinian and Jewish people are both dear to our mutual Creator. Continued
stubborn loyalty to the clearly discredited dream of Zionism, endangers
both our peoples."
- The rabbi maintained that his organization is interested
in offering an alternative to Zionism. He stated, Zionism has always
had a disregard for life. We will stand with our Palestinian friends out
of loyalty to the deepest values of Judaism (Jews are forbidden to live
exile and have their own state and certainly forbidden to oppress another
nation, steal their land etc.) and also out of fear for the safety of
world wide Jewry. There is a limit to the dangers that Zionism be allowed
to drag our people."
- NKI, which seeks the peaceful dismantling of the Israeli
state, has experienced an upsurge of support from Jewish and Gentile sources
during the recent Intifada and subsequent Israeli invasion.
- "We demand the establishment of a Palestinian state
over the entire Holy Land. In the interim Jews should unilaterally leave
the occupied territories. The danger there is inestimable and clearly
violates Torah law and basic morality."
- The Rabbi said that his organization hoped to "keep
open the channels of positive communication with many Palestinians and
Muslims around the world. It is a far more effective way to pursue peace
than the hatred spewed forth by some Jewish self appointed representatives.
- "The Creator wants us to "sanctify His name
and sanctify human existence. By joining us on Sunday all Jews can show
their true image of Judaism and by so doing, show their solidarity with