rabbis for palestine

Rabbis for Palestine
  • Interviewer: How do you view and feel towards the state of Israel ?
  • Rabbi: As Jews bound to our religion we don’t feel any close bond to Israel or patriotism for it. On the contrary we oppose it as we see it as a transformation from Judaism, a religion of high moral and ethical values to a nationalistic entity and a political ideology. In short we don’t view it as a Jewish state at all, the same way as we don’t see Communism, which was founded by Jews from its birth and supported by Jews, to be in any way Jewish.
  • Interviewer: How do you understand the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians?
  • Rabbi: Unfortunately there is very little knowledge and understanding of the Palestine issue from the world at large and indeed from many Jews in particular. For many centuries Jews have been living side by side in peace and harmony with its Arab Muslim and Christian neighbours in Palestine, until Zionists came from Europe and founded their atrocious state by driving the Palestinians from their homes, seizing their possessions and denying Palestinians their basic Human Rights up until this very day. This is the true reason for the strife; there is no religious conflict here.
  • Interviewer: Do you have any hope or belief in any Peace Deal or Peace Process?
  • Rabbi: Unfortunately the Israeli government continues to show, as in the past, that it is unwilling to bow and give the minimum justice which would be accepted by most Palestinians. This is the return of Territories taken in June 67. On the contrary the Israelis continue to demolish homes and dispossess Palestinians.
  • Interviewer: How do you view the Hamas government and Islamic jihad ?
  • Rabbi: The truth can sometimes be painful but never-the-less it has to be told and it does no favour for anyone to hide it. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Resistance Movements or freedom fighters, against the Israeli occupation and they have rightly given up hope for any just peace deal. Whether the way and maner they are resisting is moral and religiously correct is another point and  it would not be up to us in the free world to judge.
  • Interviewer: By giving support for Hamas are you not giving support for violence or terror?
  • Rabbi: By giving support to the state of Israel and its occupation is, in fact, the most effective support for violence and terror.
  • Interviewer: By giving no legitimacy to Israel and by showing support to all Palestinian factions and sympathy to Israel’s enemies, are you not calling for Israel’s destruction?
  • Rabbi: Again by ignoring the root cause of the conflict and continuing with blind support for Zionism is, in fact, calling for the destruction of the state of Israel. That’s why we are calling for the speedy and peaceful  dismantling of this illegitimate state.
  • Interviewer: What is your message to world leaders?
  • Rabbi: The first and most urgent thing is to prevent the Zionist state from attacking Iran. Besides it being criminal, it may well have terrible consequences. Secondly, we ask the world to be honest and judicious about the Middle East in general and Palestine in particular. To make peace does one not have to speak to one’s enemy? Does one not have to look for the root causes of conflicts? How much more bloodshed and wars has have there to be until everyone realises?
  • Interviewer: Is it true that many orthodox Jews support Palestinian sovereignty over all of the holy land?
  • Rabbi: Our answer is unequivocally yes! However this answer requires some explanation. We are an anti-Zionist Orthodox organisation. Our quarrel with Zionism exists on many levels. First, it has committed a grievous moral evil in its treatment of the Palestinian people through its establishment of the Israeli state by ethnically cleansing, something which it still has not been held to account for. Furthermore Israel continues as a rogue state until the present day.
  • Secondly, for taking and transforming Judaism to Zionism. From Judaism, a religion of high moral obligations, a religion of peace and kindness, of justice, humane dignity and respect, to Zionism, a secular nationalistic and political entity.
  • Interviewer: What do you advocate?
  • Rabbi: We demand without compromise the peaceful dismantling of the Israeli state and a one state solution, and to seek reconciliation, and to live in peace and harmony, just as in the past before Zionism came to being.
  • Interviewer: But don’t Jews deserve a homeland?
  • Rabbi: First for those who believe or think that Jews need a homeland for their survival or identity, in no way should an innocent people have to suffer because of that. In other words, why should the Palestinians pay the price for what happened to the Jews in Europe?
  • Secondly no Torah faithful Jew in the 1900 years of our peoples exile believes that we should seek to claim the Holy Land or anywhere else to govern and live. Instead they believed that at the end of the days, when the Creator will redeem all mankind then all peoples will join in the worship of Him. This will not require any subjugation or dispossession of people. It Will be a time of universal brotherhood and spirituality. For this reason authentic Jews are not nationalists and have no aspiration for a homeland.
  • Interviewer: Are you not after all scared, for example, of the Nazi Holocaust in the past, or by anti-Semitism in the present day?
  • Rabbi: Thank the Almighty the world at this point has changed very much. The fact of the matter is, Jews are living in peace and security in the four corners of the globe. The only place where Jews are being killed is in the so called safe haven of the Zionist entity. We must also realise that almost all anti Jewish sentiment that exists today around the world is certainly due or connected to the state which calls itself Israel, regardless of it being unjustified and sheer prejudice, Jews world wide are being blamed for Zionist domination in Israel.
  • Interviewer: How do you view the Palestinian people ?
  • Rabbi: They are victims of the Zionist movement and the silent participation of the International Community. The Palestinian people have a right to their homeland. And they have a right to financial restitution for property, loss and damages inflicted upon them over the past decades.
  • Interviewer: What efforts have you brought to this cause?
  • Rabbi: We have frequently published statements in support of the Palestinian claims and in sympathy with their suffering. We join continuously pro Palestinian protests and rallies. We also at times lobby directly at government level.
  • Interviewer: What is your opinion on the peace process and a two state solution?
  • Rabbi: Any Jewish support for Palestinian Human Rights is a step in the right direction. But we have to be realistic. There will be no peace until the Israeli government is taken to account for the wrongs in the past. The facts on the ground show that they are incapable of making peace while are continuing with their settlements, building the apartheid wall, demolishing houses and Israel still expects the Palestinians to make peace on those terms. That is why we say we need negotiation, reconciliation and justice to lead to a One State solution.
  • Interviewer: What is your message to fellow Jews in the Diaspora?
  • Rabbi: Please stop supporting our own enemy, that is the State of Israel. Please stop being fooled by your own propaganda. Please realise that Zionism, besides being immoral and criminal, is also bankrupt. It failed to create a safe haven for the Jews and it failed to make the Palestinians give up their claim for their homeland. Zionism is leading only towards, heaven forbid, a blood bath. Therefore supporting the Zionist state is not in our favour, and does not help the Jews in the Holy land.
  • Interviewer: What is your message to world leaders and lawmakers?
  • Rabbi: This ongoing and blind support for Israel does not serve the interest of the Jews or Israeli people. Please realise the long term interest for every one in the Middle East. Please don’t be intimidated or threatened for standing up for peace and justice. Please don’t take notice or heed of being labelled as an anti-semite by the aggressive pro-Israel campaigners.
  • Interviewer: Realistically speaking, how much hope do you have of implementing your views?
  • Rabbi: The situation would definitely be much worse had it not been for all the campaigns. Campaigns save lives. We are obliged to do out bit and then all we can do is hope and pray that the Almighty the Merciful will bring His bit. May we merit to see the great day of universal salvation. Amen.
The State of Israel has an obligation to ensure that every human being under her control, each created in God’s Image, has a fair chance to build a home for him/herself and his/her family, irrespective of the current state of the peace process or differing opinions about what areas will be under Israel’s control in a future final status agreement.
Hundreds of rabbis from around the world call on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian homes

More than 400 rabbis from Israel, Britain and around the world have called on Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes.

Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) has submitted an open letter to the Israeli Prime Minister claiming his stance is not in line with “international law and Jewish tradition.” It came after Netanyahu announced the destruction of more than 400 Palestinian homes in the Israel-controlled part of the West Bank known as Area C.