Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Philistines With Yarmulkes
Philistines With Yarmulkes
By: Steven Plaut Wednesday, December 20, 2006
If Neturei Karta (NK) did not exist, anti-Semites, Islamist
terrorists, and neo-Nazis would have to invent it. In fact, in many ways
NK is little more than an invention of such people (or at least the bulk
of NK funding seems to come from such groups).
The latest fundraising junket by its pseudo-rabbis was to the
Holocaust denial conference in Tehran last week . an action that in effect
granted pseudo-rabbinic approval by the NK cult to the worst Jew-haters
since the 1940.s.
Many in the Jewish community have been comparing NK cult members
to the kapos who collaborated with the concentration camp officers and
other Nazis during World War II. That comparison is improper and insulting
to those who were forced to make unimaginable moral choices by the
horrific conditions of the Shoah.
Neturei Karta members are not collaborating with terrorists and
neo-Nazis out of duress but rather out of an intense sense of
self-indulgence, delight, and amusement. These are quite simply
Philistines with peyos, well-paid underlings of Amalek.
And I am hardly the only one who thinks so. In recent days
Israel.s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger called for members of the
Neturei Karta sect to be excommunicated. He was joined not only by the
national-religious rabbinic organization Save the Nation and Land and by a
group calling itself the Front for National Judaism, but even by members
of the Eida Hachareidit, Israel.s council for ultra-Orthodox groups.
Former Israeli chief rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, himself a Holocaust
survivor, said of Neturei Karta: .It is something completely insane... Is
it conceivable that any Jew, for whatever reason, would support a
Holocaust denier in a generation when people with numbers tattooed on
their arms are still among us? It is an insanity that has no justification
and no explanation..
I have long argued that members of Neturei Karta should not be
called to the Torah in any real synagogue, and now it appears that even
the Satmars have come to share the revulsion felt by most other Torah Jews
toward the NK cult.
Breathes there a normal Jew who can feel anything but revulsion
upon reading the words of one Ahron Cohen, a leader of the NK cult in
Britain, who was quoted this week by the London Sunday Times as saying the
Six Million got what they deserve?
.There is no question that there was a Holocaust and gas
chambers,. Cohen said. .There are too many eyewitnesses. However, our
approach is that when one suffers, the one who perpetrates the suffering
is obviously guilty but he will never succeed if the victim did not
deserve it in one way or another..
Cohen also described Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who has vowed
to destroy Israel and denied the historical reality of the Holocaust, as
.not a man of war. He is a man of peace..
Neturei Karta.s collaboration with the worst enemies of the Jews
did not begin with its pilgrimage to Tehran. NK has collaborated with
Palestinian terrorist for decades and would not hesitate for a moment to
join an anti-Israel coalition led by Osama bin Laden. The Neturei Karta
prescription for the Middle East is for Israel to be destroyed.
The NK cultists oppose all acts of Jewish self-defense (proving
once again how little they know of Torah and Judaism). A Neturei Karta
bumper sticker shows a Jewish boy waving a Palestinian flag with the
slogan .Surrender Is the Torah Solution!.
In 1999 NK members held solidarity meetings with the Afro-fascist
anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. NK members attend the pro-terror, anti-Israel
(and anti-America) rallies of the neo-Stalinist group ANSWER. And Neturei
Karta has been active in promoting the tales invented by neo-Nazis and
anti-Semites about a Jewish neoconservative-Zionist cabal that controls
American foreign policy.
It should be emphasized that the only thing .Jewish. about NK is
the clothing and sidecurls favored by its members, who strike me as
inverted Marranos. The anosim or Marranos in Portugal and Spain passed
themselves off as Christians while secretly living as Jews; NK members
dress like Jews but behave like Philistines. No wonder, then, that in
London many synagogues do not allow NK members entry, or that in 2002 an
American umbrella group comprised of Satmar, Bobov, Belz, Vizhnitz,
Munkacz, Kiryas Joel, Monroe, and others issued a statement sharply
condemning those who openly collaborate with the PLO.
Neturei Karta cult members have always reminded me of Christian
missionaries who know very little about the Bible but make up for their
ignorance with their obsessive aggressiveness. The NK cultists recite a
small number of sentences from the Bible and Talmud, and spin these to any
anti-Semite willing to listen to them to serve as justification for their
treasonous activities. Every anti-Semitic barbarian on earth then
proclaims NK the exemplar of .true Judaism..
Among the NK cultists. favorite pocket phrases is one from Song
of Songs, which they interpret as prohibiting settling in the Land of
Israel until the Messiah comes. They also like to cite a phrase from the
Talmud (Tractate Ketubot, 111a) which they take out of context and which
they think means Jews should never use armed force to establish political
sovereignty within Eretz Yisrael.
Let us be very blunt about this (and Chanukah could not be a
better time for clarifying the point): The Torah affirms the right of the
Jewish people to control all of the Land of Israel. The only legitimate
reasons not to exercise such sovereignty immediately would be the
temporary weakness of the Jews or considerations of realpolitik and
The Maccabees used force to reestablish Jewish sovereignty over
Jewish land. They decidely did not wait for the Messiah, because there is
no such religious obligation to do so. Had the Neturei Karta minim been
around at the time, they would have been making pilgrimages to Antiochus
and accepting cash handouts from the Seleucids. Their banner? .No force
must be used to remove pigs and idols from the Temple until the Messiah
While later generations of sages and rabbis regarded some of the
kings who descended from the Hasmoneans as evil, none regarded the
political sovereignty established and maintained by such kings to be
illegitimate. Indeed, even when an Edomite usurper, King Herod, seized the
throne as a Roman satrap, the legitimacy of remaining political autonomy
in Judea was never challenged by the sages.
Even after the destruction of the Second Temple, there were a
series of attempts to reestablish Jewish sovereignty over the Land of
Israel or parts thereof without waiting for any Messiah. Rabbi Akiva
himself led one such movement, and he not only knew perfectly well the
sentence in Song of Songs used by the NK to argue against use of arms, he
himself made the ruling to include Song of Songs in the Jewish Bible.
We are used to thinking of our contemporary Hellenists as
assimilationists, leftists and secular anti-Zionists. But modern paganism
comes in many a disguise . even the disguise of an Orthodox Jew.
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