STATEMENT On The
Assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
27 March 2004, Leicester, England
My friends, Neturei Karta attend
occasions such as this because we feel that we have both a religious
and humanitarian duty to publicise our message as much as possible.
The assassination of Sheikh Ahmed
Yassin by the Zionist State is the latest tragic episode in the one
hundred year old confrontation between Zionist and Arab in
It is tragic both for Jews and for
Palestinians. It is tragic because it is another instance of the
trail of bloodshed which has been the result of the Zionist
Palestinian confrontation which has existed since the formation of
the Zionist ideal to set up an illegitimate State in Palestine.
Illegitimate because it is contrary to Jewish Religious belief and
contrary to Jewish Religious teaching on basic humanitarian justice.
The Zionists claim (misleadingly) to
represent the Jewish People and, as a result, any animosity arising
among Palestinians following the assassination of Sheikh Yassin
could fall on the whole of the Jewish People.
Those who harbour this animosity are
accused of anti-Semitism. However, what has to be made abundantly
clear is that Zionism is not Judaism. Zionists cannot speak in the
name of Jews. Zionists may have been born as Jews, but to be a Jew
also requires adherence to Jewish belief and conduct. Anti-Zionism
is not anti-Semitism. On the contrary Zionism itself and its deeds
are the biggest threat to Jews and Judaism.
THEREFORE Orthodox Jews wish to
declare that the Zionists do not represent the Jews in any way and
they have no mandate whatsoever to speak in the name of the Jewish
People. Orthodox Jews dissociate themselves entirely from the
perpetuation of the confrontation with the Palestinian People.
We absolutely sympathise with the
Palestinian cause, and protest vehemently against the terrible
wrongs being perpetrated against the Palestinian People by the
Zionist illegitimate regime in Palestine.
Sheikh Yassin embodied the
Palestinian claim and dream to be their own masters in Palestine and
it was for this cause that he died.
Orthodox Jews endorse Sheikh Yassin’s
claim because that is the wish of the Palestinian People, the
indigenous population of Palestine.
I wish to add that the connection
between Arab and Jew goes right back into ancient history. Mostly
the relationship was friendly and mutually beneficial. Historically,
the situation frequently was that when Jews were being persecuted
in Europe they found refuge in the various Arab countries. Our
attitude to Arabs and Muslims can only be one of friendliness and
I would like to finish with the
following words. We want to tell the world, especially our Arab and
Muslim neighbours, that there is no hatred or animosity between Jew
and Arab. We wish to live together as friends and neighbours as we
have done mostly over hundreds even thousands of years in all the
Arab countries. It was only the advent of the Zionists and Zionism
which upset this age old relationship.
We wish to declare once again that
the only solution to the impasse in Palestine is the total peaceful
dismantling of the Zionist State.
We consider the Palestinians as the
people with the right to govern in Palestine. The Zionist State
known as “Israel” is a regime that has no right to exist. Its
continuing existence is the underlying cause of the strife in
We pray for a solution to the
terrible and tragic impasse that exists. Hopefully based on results
brought about by moral, political and economic pressures imposed by
the nations of the world.
We pray for an end to bloodshed and
an end to the suffering of all innocent people - Jew and non-Jew
alike - worldwide.
We are waiting for the annulment of
Zionism and the dismantling of the Zionist regime, which will bring
about an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people. We would
welcome the opportunity to dwell in peace in the holy land under a
rule which is entirely in accordance with the wishes and aspirations
of the Palestinian People.
May we soon merit the time when all
mankind will be at peace with each other