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Neturei Karta Spy for Iran Sentenced to Four Years in Jail

Neturei Karta is shooting itself in the head with its anti-Zionist antics, and that might be all for the best.
Members of Neturei Karta gathered last year to burn the national flag on Israel's Independence Day.

Members of Neturei Karta gathered last year to burn the national flag on Israel's Independence Day.
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A Jerusalem court Tuesday approved a plea bargain between state prosecutor and 47-year-old Neturei Karta member Yitzchak Bergil that puts him in the slammer for four and a half years for trying to spy for Iran last summer.

Bergil had flown Berlin in 2011 to drop into the Iranian embassy with the intention of sending it information that he was to gather in Israel. He told Iranian officials he wanted to speed up the goal of non-Jews taking over Israel, fulfilling Neturei Karta’s creed that the Jewish state should not exist until the Messiah comes. He even said he was prepared to “kill a Zionist.”

So pretend it is Purim and you are dressed up as an Iranian official, sitting in your plush embassy office in Berlin with a picture of the Ayatollah peering over your shoulder. This Jew dressed in black steps up and says, “Hi, guy. We got something in common. We both hate Israel. Gimme a gun and I will kill one or two of them for you.”

Purim or not, your first reaction would be to call the nearest mental hospital.

That is more or less what the Iranian officials did. They told him that he was obviously acting out a stunt so he could claim asylum, not an insane asylum but political asylum.

Bergil returned to Israel but did not give up his expression of hate taught by his Neturei Karta rabbis.

Bergil apparently lives in a movie. He acted out his spy act as much as he could and kept pestering the Iranians, using public phone booths and Internet cafes.

The indictment against him does not reveal whether Tehran did itself a favor and told the Mossad to get the guy off their case and put him in a padded cell or if the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) simply caught up with him on its own.

Bergil told investigators he acted “out of a hatred for the State of Israel” and, yes, out of the love for money that he hoped Iran would pay him.

He really should thank Israel for giving him the chance to think things over four plus years in a jail cell. He will meet some interesting Zionists there along with a few Arabs who are serving time for everything a Jew does against the law, which now includes working against the Jewish state.

But the real culprit is the Neturei Karta movement itself and its rabbis. If they stayed outside of Israel, that’s one thing.

But to live in the Zionist state, preach anti-Zionism and to live a life if hatred against fellow Jews is something else. Of course, it all is done in the name of God, so it’s okay.

Here are a few of Neturei Karta’s adventures the past few years:

– Meeting with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he was president of Iran;

– Attending a Holocaust conference in Iran;

– Helping raise funds for an ambulance for Hamas;

– Marking in Jerusalem to receive visiting President Barack Obama with a message to save “the entire Holy Land From the grip of the Zionist bandits;”

– Marching arm in arm with Yasser Arafat;

– Participating in memorial services for Arafat in Ramallah; and

–Congratulating Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Ra’ad Salah for a courtroom victory against being deported from Britain.

Hatred is evil, and those who preach it are more evil than those who learn.

The wrong person was put in Jail, but Bergil’s teachers, so successful in showing off their achievements, are on their way to self-destruction, because, if they read the Torah, the Holy Land of Israel spits out those who defile it.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “Neturei Karta Spy for Iran Sentenced to Four Years in Jail”

  1. I totally agree with Neturei Karta that Israel is not Israel as it should be. But their activities to help destroy Jews because they want a place of their own, even if it is filled with atheists, Christians, people devoid of Judaism, doing whatever they can to imitate gentiles lends their misguided views some legitimacy–very little–but no solution at all. And if they are so opposed to a Zionist state perhaps they would prefer another place. You don’t have to live in Israel. But if a people who believe Jews deserve to burn in hell and undermine Judaism with every deceit it can muster is tolerated then so can Neturei Karta as weird as that is. But Israel is not what Jews dreamed of living in exile among gentiles for hundreds of years. I cannot believe they would have wanted to bring their enemies and their enemies’ culture ‘home’ with them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He's a very disturbed person. I hope he gets psycho-therapy while he's in the clink.

  3. this guy does not represent anyone but himself – no rabbi says to kill zionists – the whole idea of neturei karta (whether you agree or not) is that Zionism is killing Jews, both Zionist Jews and non-Zionist Jews, and they want to make peace with the Arabs to end the violence, which they believe to be inevitable as long as Zionism exists, as the Gemara says concerning the 3 oaths, that breaking the oaths will put Jews in danger – this guy is just a nut and has nothing to do with NK – also NK was in Eretz Yisrael long before the State existed – do they need to leave their homes just because the State of Israel said so? I know the State of Israel loves to expel Jews from their homes in Eretz Yisrael – look at what happened in Gaza a few years back… (then I remember Zionists singing the Neturei Karta theme song…)

  4. Eva Feld says:

    Only four years?

  5. The Nebuchadnezzar conversion – Most fascinating story in the Bible – Daniel chapter 4
    Nebuchadnezzaar became too proud, and God said, “sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.” Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
    At the end of seven years Nebuchadnezzar repented, and publicly confessed his sin and Glod’s sovereignty, and God saved him.
    Pray that God will do all these things to obama.

  6. Bear Klein says:

    I do not understand Jews like Neturei Karta who hate the one and only Jewish State or Zionism. Why fight the one and only Jewish State it seems irrational. People actually siding with the enemies who would create another Holocaust. Bizzare to the say the least. I always try and find anything in common with other people and certainly Jews (religious, non- religious, whatever shade). If Israel is not perfect in your eyes try and make it better. Do not try and destroy t.

  7. Cody Flecker says:

    Israel should round up all of these traitors and send them to New York City, where they can vote for the Democratic Party and can demonize Israel at will.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I was told a story by some Lubavitchers that twice the gates of Jerusalem were opened to the marauding Babylonian and Roman invaders who each destroyed the Temple (Babylon 586 BCE, Rome, 70 CE).

    I could not believe that Jews would would try to destroy their own people in the name of Judaism. Because of perverse reasoning, execrable teachings, and abominable actions of the Neturei Karta, I now believe it.

  9. Sergio Duieb says:

    Caro Vito,son ben conosciuti questi figli di buona madre,non per nulla e' scritto;ME_HARSIAKH ve ME AKHRIBAYIKH mimmekh yezehu

  10. Yet you and the "anti-Zionists" were with the regime in wanting and allowing the expulsion of Jews from their homes. I remember one of the NK nut jobs saying how it was a "great thing". And no the NK wasn't in Eress Yisrael before the State, their were different people including some of the children of SOME of the people not ALL or MOST of them.

  11. In the future the NK and their sympathizers will be Killed. One way or another. Either by being rebells against the King (or Government) OR by rebelling against the decrees of the Sanhedrin, OR just for being Bogdim which can be killed on the spot by any normal Jew.

  12. Joe Pesso says:

    Perhaps the level of inbreeding amongst this cult, would explain th despicable behavior

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