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STATEMENT IN REACTION TO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION
CONDEMNING ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS
NEW YORK, NY
DECEMBER 26, 2016


United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements

Statement in Reaction to U.N. Security Council Resolution Condemning Israeli
Settlements

On behalf of anti-Zionist Jews worldwide, we of Neturei Karta International, Jews
United Against Zionism, greet with enthusiasm the recent United Nations Security
Council resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements as illegal. For decades, the
settlements have been a major cause for bloodshed and unrest in the Holy Land.
Hundreds of innocent lives have been sacrificed on the altar of nationalism and lust
for land. We congratulate the countries in the Security Council for taking this long-
overdue step toward justice and peace. And in particular, we congratulate the
President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, on his success in achieving the
passage of this resolution.

At the same time, we wish to reiterate the Torah position that it is not just the West
Bank that is illegally occupied. Jews have been sent into exile by the Almighty, and
any kind of Jewish sovereignty over any territory is a violation of that decree.
Therefore the concept of the State of Israel is entirely illegitimate and forbidden. The
crime is compounded when the creation of this homeland entails the occupation,
oppression, subjugation and expulsion of another people. Before the era of Zionism,
Jews lived in Palestine in peace and security, side by side with the Palestinian Arab
population. We fervently hope for the day when Jews return to abiding by the laws
of the Torah and living in peace with all peoples.

As Jews, we have always been especially pained by the actions of the State of Israel
in general, and the radical settlers in particular, since they claim to be acting in our
name.

Predictably, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has reacted with anger to this clear
demonstration of unanimous world opinion against his state's crimes. Drawing on
Jewish themes, he has cast himself in the role of the Maccabee fighters whose
victories we celebrate on Chanukah, and the Security Council nations as their
enemies. Let no one be fooled. The State of Israel has nothing to do with Judaism,
and on the contrary, it has consistently tried to extinguish Torah observance and
values. The Torah values life and service of the Almighty, while Zionism values land
conquest and secular culture. The Maccabees did not go to battle for freedom or
independence; they wanted only the right to continue to practice Judaism. If any
comparison is to be made to the Chanukah story, it is of Netanyahu and his fellow
Zionists to the enemies of the Jewish people in the time of the Maccabees.   

Netanyahu has vowed to continue building settlements, but we appeal to the world
to realize that the Jewish people in general are not behind him. This show of
defiance against the world community and the United States for taking up a just
cause is completely against the Torah. American Orthodox Jews in particular, as
loyal citizens enjoined by the Torah to respect their president, are embarrassed and
completely disgusted by Netanyahu and his supporters’ vicious attacks on President
Obama.

We also wish to state that the Zionists have no right to control the Western Wall and
other holy sites of Jerusalem. All claims the Israeli government makes to these
places are baseless. Furthermore, the recent U.N. General Assembly resolution that
the State of Israel has no right to impose its laws on these places, in no way detracts
from the holiness of these sites in the eyes of Jews.

In these days of Chanukah, may the Almighty send a spirit of repentance into Jewish
hearts, so that they look into the Torah and resolve to follow its guidance. And may
we be privileged to see peace in the Middle East and the entire world. Amen.

NKI is a nonprofit religious Jewish organization committed to publicizing the
viewpoint of masses of anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews worldwide, who strongly oppose
the State of Israel and its actions.

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