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Rabbis Visit Teheran to Speak Out Against Israeli ‘Heresy’

A group of orthodox Jewish scholars is in Teheran, Iran to attend a conference on the great holocaust perpetrated upon European Jews and others by the Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s. These rabbis say they are not there to deny the holocaust, but to question its use as a justification for the existence of the State of Israel.

The priests say that Israel’s dogma of ‘Never Again’ is heretical because, as horrible as the holocaust was, it must be viewed by Jews as divine will, just as many of the travesties visited against the Jews in the Old Testament are viewed as divine will. They say that Jews should realize they do not have the power to subvert divine will. They also say that the Talmud expressly forbids the use of human force in establishing a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah.

The BBC reports:

A handful of Orthodox Jews have attended Iran’s controversial conference questioning the Nazi genocide of the Jews – not because they deny the Holocaust but because they object to using it as justification for the existence of Israel.

With their distinctive hats, beards and side locks, these men may, to the untrained eye, look like any other Orthodox believers in Jerusalem or New York. But the Jews who went to Tehran are different.

Some of them belong to Neturei Karta (Guardians of the City), a group of a few thousand people which views Zionism – the movement to establish a Jewish national home or state in what was Palestine – as a “poison” threatening “true Jews”.

A representative, UK-based Rabbi Aharon Cohen, told the conference he prayed “that the underlying cause of strife and bloodshed in the Middle East, namely the state known as Israel, be totally and peacefully dissolved”.

In its place, Rabbi Cohen said, should be “a regime fully in accordance with the aspirations of the Palestinians when Arab and Jew will be able to live peacefully together as they did for centuries”.

Neturei Karta believes the very idea of an Israeli state goes against the Jewish religion…

Rabbi Friedman told BBC Radio Four’s PM programme that he was not in Tehran to debate whether the Holocaust happened or not, but to look at its lessons.

He says the Holocaust was being used to legitimise the suffering of other peoples and he wanted to break what he called a taboo on discussing it.

The main thing, he argued, was not Jewish suffering in the past but the use of the Holocaust as a “tool of commercial, military and media power”.

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