Fundamentalist Jews Attack Funeral of Rabbi Moshe Hirsch

Saed Bannoura

Late Rabbi Hirsch and late President
Yasser Arafat

Monday May 03, 2010 – IMEMC

A group of fundamentalist Jewish settlers, including members of the Kach
terrorist movement outlawed by Israel itself, attacked the funeral of
Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, head of the Neturei Karta Jewish group that
denounces Zionism and refuses to recognize the existence of Israel.

The fundamentalist settlers attacked the funeral procession chanting
slogans against Rabbi Hirsch and describing him as an enemy to Israel,
the Maan News Agency reported.

The settlers described the death of Rabbi Hirsch as a happy event, and
happy day for Israel, and wished that he "goes to hell".

Hirsch worked as a Jewish Affairs advisor to the late Palestinian
President, Yasser Arafat, and had special relations with the Palestinian
people as he supported their struggle for freedom and independence.

Members of the group do not recognize Israel’s flag or independence, and
burnt Israeli flags in several occasions.

Hirsch used to describe Arafat as a brother and as a friend, and
believed that "Israel is a lie that must be removed".

The group believes that the state of Israel can only be established when
the Messiah returns, and that any attempt to "regain the land of Israel
by force is against the divine will".

It is worth mentioning that Hirsch was once attacked by fundamentalist
settlers who doused him with acid and lost one eye in the attack.

Neturei-Karta is the Aramaic term for "Guardians of the City". The name
Neturei-Karta originates from an incident in which R. Yehudah Ha-Nassi
(Rabbi Judah the Prince) sent R. Hiyya and R. Ashi on a pastoral tour of
inspection. In one town they asked to see the "guardians of the city"
and the city guard was paraded before them.

They said that these were not the guardians of the city but its
destroyers, which prompted the citizens to ask who, then, could be
considered the guardians. The rabbis answered, "The scribes and the
scholars," referring them to Tehillim (Psalms) Chap. 127. (Jerusalem
Talmud, Tractate Hagiga. 76c).

The name was given to a group of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem who refused
(and still refuse) to recognize the existence or authority of the
so-called "State of Israel" and made (and still make) a point of
publicly demonstrating their position, the position of the Torah and
authentic unadulterated Judaism.

The group was founded in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1938, splitting off
from Agudas Yisroel. Agudas Yisroel was established in 1912 for the
purpose of fighting Zionism. Gradually lured by money and honor they
sold out to the "Golden-Calf" (see Exodus, XXXII) of Zionism. Those who
wanted to maintain their faith and continue the struggle against
Zionism, dissociated themselves from Agudas Yisroel and associated

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