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Neturei Karta Spy for Iran Sentenced to Four Years in Jail

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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.

Neturei Karta Anti-Zionists Give Hamas a Shiny New Ambulance

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The schizo anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect, with the help of Norwegians, has bought a fully equipped ambulance and has shipped it to Hamas as a “gift for the Gaza children,” it announced on its Facebook page Wednesday.

Their belated Halloween trick is their biggest PR gambit since 2006, when one of the cult’s factions visited Iran and praised Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for calling for the Zionist regime to vanish and then later in the year returned to Tehran for a conference that focused on Holocaust denial.

It is nice to know that there are Jews who are so caring of others, even if they are non-Jews.

The Hamas regime in Gaza now has another vehicle which can transport explosives and terrorists through Rafiah and then east to the border with Eilat. With a moaning terrorist disguised as a pregnant woman, laying on a stretcher, a pillow stuffed under his shirt and the ambulance shrieking its sirens and flashing its lights, Israel certainly would let it across the Taba crossing and into Eilat rather than be accused of denying humanitarian assistance.

And when, God forbid, the suicide ambulance blows up at the hospital, Neturei Karta can start looking for God.

The Hebrew language Kikar HaShabbat website wrote Thursday, “The representatives of the extremist organization [meaning Neturei Karta, not Hamas] were invited to a festive ceremony to receive a certificate of honor where they were photographed with Palestinian leaders as a souvenir.”

The website must have meant that the Neturei Karta crazies “were to be photographed” with Hamas crazies because there are no pictures showing officials of the two extremist groups together, and there is no way the IDF would have let anyone from Neturei Karta or any other Jews, nutty or not, into Gaza.

The ambulance has not even arrived yet, according to the Neturei Karta Facebook page.

It said the vehicle was shipped to Gaza via Alexandria, Egypt and “is now to be transported by road along the Sinai coast to Rafiah, located on the border with Palestine, and further into Gaza.”

Neturei Karta launched the campaign to raise funds for the ambulance last May. “People in Norway, in co-operation with American anti-Zionist Torah Jews, have collected money and bought and outfitted an ambulance which was then sent to the people of Gaza,” it stated. ”On the occasion of departure from Oslo, Al-Quds Day earlier this autumn, there was a large popular demonstration in support of the project.”

Egypt is not letting Neturei Karta officials accompany the ambulance. ”The Egyptian Embassy in Oslo also warned that the Jewish donors would not be issued visas to Egypt,” Neturei Karta said. Egypt also did not issue visas for the “Friends of Jerusalem (Al Quds)” to escort the vehicle.

Neturei Karta added, “The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) of Egypt gracefully took it upon themselves to arrange for transport to Rafiah, where their Palestinian counterparts will assume responsibility and later represent the donors as well as themselves at a formal reception in Gaza, thanking both the Norwegian donors and the American anti-Zionist Jews.”

Before we get all upset about this latest gambit to mock Israel, let’s look at this as a win for the Zionist entity.

If Iran and Hamas need friends like Neturei Karta, the terrorist organization really are on their last legs.

Extremists usually disappear by melting into the Establishment or isolating themselves into oblivion.

That is what will happen to Hamas and the radical Muslims in Iran and elsewhere, but for better or worse, the Jews, even the extremists in Neturei Karta, know how to survive and will look for another way to do other big mitzvahs.

Once Hamas disappears, they can always ship an ambulance to the Ku Klux Klan.

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Livni, Bennett Back Bill to Pretend Jews Need Only One Chief Rabbi

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Jewish Home chairman and Minister for Religious Affairs Naftali Bennett unveiled the outline Monday morning of their new bill to eliminate the system of a two-headed Chief Rabbinate and replace it with “one rabbi for one people.”

Modern Israel always has had two chief rabbis, one for the Ashkenazi community and one for the Sephardi community. Each community has vastly different traditions and different rulings on Jewish laws. Within each community there are several sub-cultures. There are “Yechi” Ashkenazi Jews. There are many different Chassidic sects, and there are “Litvak,” Misnagim,” Lubavitch-Chabad, Ger, Neturei Karta, Vishnitz and a host of others.

In Israel, there is no lack of different synagogues representing the origin of their worshippers’ families. There are Iraqi, Iranian (Parsi), Egyptian and Yemenite synagogues, to mention a few.

Livni, who is secular, and Bennett, who is modern Orthodox, each believe that one chief rabbi is enough for everyone,

Their bill would clear the way for a single chief rabbi in 10 years, when the next election will take place. Three months ago, Haredi Rabbi David Lau defeated national religious Rabbi David Stav to head the Ashkenazi rabbinate. Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef was elected Chief Sephardi Rabbi.

Both of the new chief rabbis are sons of two of the most popular men ever to serve as chief rabbi – Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who was highly controversial among those outside of Sephardi circles. Each man is a legend, and the thought of a single chief rabbi would have been unthinkable under their charismatic leadership.

Livni and Bennett insist they are not retrying to blur the lines of tradition. A single rabbi undoubtedly would save money, but finance is not part of their agenda.

“There is one prime minister, one president, one supreme court and one IDF Chief of Staff,” Livni said. The time has come that there should be one rabbi for one people, The time has some that Israel has one chief rabbi to unite all segments of Israeli society, [The time has come for] a rabbinate that will serve all religious sectors instead of a county that retains the separation of communities. It is possible to respect tradition in the house without separating religious authority,” she said.

Bennett chimed in, “This [bill] is an important step that symbolizes unity. The appointment of one rabbi is one of those subjects that raises the question, ‘Why wasn’t it done sooner?’ Today, when an Ashkenazi and Sephardi marry, there not two rabbis. Today, there is one army, and there are no separate positions for Ashkenazim or Sephardim.”

The idea sound so nice. All of the People of Israel will unite together, holding hands, dancing the hora and embracing each other with whole-hearted acceptance as a person and not as a “Sephardi” or “Ashkenazi.” Peace and love all wrapped up in a stewing pot of melted Jews.

Judaism has survived and blossomed since the 12 Tribes of Yaakov (Jacob) because of their unity as Jews and differences of character, personality and customs.

“One rabbi for one people” would discourage diversity. Obviously, a single chief rabbi would be an expert in different customs and would not issue a ruling that would violate a community’s customs. Sephardim would not be told to give up “kitniyot” for Passover and Ashkenazim would not start rising before dawn to recite Selichot prayers during the entire Hebrew month of Elul before Rosh HaShanah.

Regardless of whatever merits there may be to the bill, and despite probable enthusiasm from Israel’s leading secular media, the bill will have tough going.

Overcoming centuries of tradition in one Knesset session is a bit too much for Livni, the darling of dwindling leftist-center secular Israelis who did not vote for Yair Lapid and a villain to national religious Jews, including Bennett except for the one-rabbi bill. Bennett is riding a wave of secular support for his Jewish Home party, the inheritor of the old Mafdal crowd.

If the bill gets to the Knesset floor, it will provide lots of colorful copy for journalists. Shas will go berserk, and the United Torah Judaism party of Haredi Ashkenazi Jews will be able to sue Bennett for Livni for causing them a collective heart attack, God forbid.

Excellent Work Plan

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Some Palestinian speaker detailing his view on negotiations over “Palestine,” and meanwhile offers a very good and reliable plan for Israel to deal with his kind. Just change the name to “Israel” and act accordingly, the situation would be resolved in under a day.

As a good friend of mine pit it, once you place yourself outside the law, you cannot continue to receive protection from the same law. This is a superb example of this axiom.

Last night, after someone in Lebanon shot four Katyusha rockets at Naharia, I expected a couple of IAF wings to get over to South Lebanon and return a large swath of land to the 12th century. Instead, we saw a proportionate response, an attack on some target south of Beirut which killed no one and didn’t even damage property.

We need to appoint this Palestinian man as our prime minister and follow whatever he says – except apply it to the enemy. Trust me, we will be immeasurably successful.

Oh – and watch the two Neturei Karta guys with the anti-Zionist sign. Do they recognize a pogrom in the making? I wonder.


Beit Shemesh Haredim Riot over Bus Segregation Arrest

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Beit Shemesh extremist Haredim, the ones who libeled Israel last year by spitting on a national religious girl, went crazy Wednesday after police  arrested a Haredi couple for telling a woman to go to back of the bus.

The only injury was Israel’s image, once again blackened by a small but growing number of extremists who have tried to make life miserable for secular and modern Orthodox Jews of the city, west of Jerusalem.

Involuntary gender segregation on public buses is illegal in Israel. Nevertheless, a Haredi couple demanded that a woman passenger move back to the back, prompting a call to police.

The couple was detained, setting off a riot that led to two more arrests of men who blocked a bus from moving. Other rioters smashed the windows of four buses.

One of the drivers told the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot’s website, “One of [the Haredim] took out a hammer and began shattering the windows. There were many women and children onboard. I tried to drive forward a little to scare them. After a few seconds they moved and we continued on our way.”

One passenger reported that women and children, on summer vacation, were on the bus as it was being attacked. In December, 2011, a member of a radical Haredi sect, an offshoot of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta group, spat on a national religious girl for “immodest dress” as she was walking to school. The family, originally from the United States, has since moved out of the city.

The incident set off a massive protest of religious and non-religious Jews, including American-born Rabbi Dov Lipman, who then was a Beit Shemesh councilman and now is a Knesset Member in Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

However, radical Haredim responded to the protest by throwing stones at city workers removing signs calling for the separation of the sexes on city streets. When Haredi activists put up new signs to replace them, the police who returned to remove them Monday encountered rioting by about 300 Haredi men who threw stones at police and burned trash cans.

Beit Shemesh, with its mixed religious and non-religious population and its mushrooming ultra-Orthodox satellite, Ramat Beit Shemesh, is home to more than 80,000 residents, including hundreds of new immigrant families from North America and Britain.

During the past several years, dozens of Neturei Karta-affiliated families, who could no longer afford Jerusalem’s soaring real estate prices, have moved into a new Beit Shemesh housing complex, adjacent to the neighborhood populated by Orthodox American and British immigrants.

Upon their arrival, the radicals attempted to intimidate both religious and non-religious residents by attempting to impose a strict “dress code” in and around their enclave.

Wednesday’s riot may boomerang against the extremist Haredim and hurt the re-election chances of Beit Shemesh Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbul, who is affiliated with the Shas Haredi party. The national religious community is campaigning against him, and the latest  riot will draw more voters to their camp and back a Jewish Home party candidate.

It’s Israel’s Fault

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Yoseph Antebi, a member of Neturei Karta who has lived in Holland for many years and is well known there for his anti-Israel activism, was badly beaten recently by a Muslim on the streets of Amsterdam. As he pummeled Antebi, the thug ranted against Jews and Judaism. Later, after being taken to a hospital by police, Antebi attributed the assault to the evil of Zionism and the existence of Israel.

It’s simply amazing. Not amazing as in marvelous or stupendous but as in absurd and beyond belief. The thug was cursing Antebi the Jew, not Antebi the Zionist. He railed against Judaism, not against Israel. Yet the beaten man was so blinded by his hatred of Israel that he rationalized the vicious, assault as a reaction to Zionism.

If I had Antebi’s ear, this is what I’d tell him:

Mr. Antebi, you told the police that you repeatedly identified yourself and your affiliation, yet your assailant continued to beat you. It didn’t make sense to you.

You mean to say that as he was beating you he didn’t see in your face an inkling of the hatred you have for Israel? Did you not have a photograph you could have shown him of you marching together with Arabs, on Shabbos, against Israel?

The thug knew exactly what you are and he went after you anyway, Mr. Antebi. He did so because your compatriots in the fight against Israel have a totally different agenda from yours.

They don’t like you, Mr. Antebi. Get it through that thick skull of yours. They don’t like you for a number of reasons, the principal one being that you’re a Jew. But you’re not just any Jew. You are a traitor to your people and religion, and even hardened killers do not look favorably on those who betray their own.

Sure, they use you to advance their agenda against Israel. They parade you during their purportedly anti-Israel gatherings at which they inevitably begin spitting venom against Jews in general. They give you a microphone so that you can spout absurdity and slander against Israel. But behind your back they laugh and ridicule and despise you, the cowardly Jew, the traitor, and they wait for an opportunity to slash your throat. You are disposable and expendable, and though it was shoved in your face you still refuse to recognize the truth.

Pay heed, Mr. Antebi. You yourself stated that the man who attacked you was vilifying Jews and Judaism. He chose you not because he thought you were a Zionist. He chose you because you’re a Jew and he considers you to be a son of pigs and monkeys.

Think back, Mr. Antebi, to the hate you saw in your attacker’s eyes. Remember the ugly words that came out of his mouth as he was beating you to a pulp. Take careful note and understand that this has nothing to do with Israel or Zionism; they hate your beard, they hate your clothing, they hate your very Jewishness.

And as you ponder those unpleasant thoughts, Mr. Antebi, understand that if Islam ever comes to rule Europe, you and your ilk will surely be among the first to hang from the lampposts and trees of Amsterdam.

NY Haredi Children Protest IDF Service as ‘against Our Religion’

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Elementary and middle school students in a New York Haredi Orthodox school demonstrated against an Israeli bill aiming to draft Haredim into the Israel Defense Forces,  JTA reported Thursday.

The children’s learned anti-Zionist rabbis lectured their prodigies as they held signs that compared the Zionist government with their historical equals – Hitler, Pharaoh and the Roman military commander Titus who led the invasion of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. How fitting for the current period in which Jews mourn the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples.

Nothing like spreading a little bit of hate to keep God further away.

Of course, these children are not taught to hate,. Their rabbis teach them that Israel’s draft of Haredi youth is against the Jewish religion.

JTA reported, “In Israel, they have a government that is against religious freedom, and because of that, we want to explain to the children that it is against our religion and we are not with” Israel, said ninth-grade teacher Rabbi Moshe Kaplan, according to Mid-Hudson News. “There is separate Zionism and Judaism. They are not the same thing. We are Jewish and they are not Jewish.”

Having wiped out 6,00,000 Jews in one sentence, these teachers really can say they are the only Jews left in the world. Obviously, Reform and Conservative Jews are not Jewish in their eyes, and it would take more than a few thumbs in the air to expound twisted Talmudic logic for them to convince themselves that modern Orthodox Jews, those terrible Zionists, also are not part of the fold.

A true Jew, especially those living in Israel, is one who beats a Haredi soldier. Just ask the reliable Neturei Karta leader Israel Meir Hirsch.

Obviously, a Haredi soldier is a robber. You didn’t know that?

Here is the reasoning:

“It is the same as if a robber came into your own house would you not protect it? If you see a robber in your house would you go ask a rabbi whether to attack or remove the thief? Of course not. These soldiers are thieves, as they are stealing the Orthodox-Jewish identity. There is no distinction between a religious and a secular soldier. Haredi soldiers are on the threshold of becoming totally secular, even if they pray and wear tefillin 10 times a day.

“There is a consensus in Meah Shearim to deny access to all those who try to harm us,” Hirsch said.

Hirsch is brave with his word, but he was not on hand to join the ambush of the Haredi soldiers who was pummeled with rocks on Wednesday until riot police rescued  him.

Why should he do the dirty work? There are plenty of children out there who are taught to do that.

‘Judaism Rejects Zionism’

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

On a beautiful Sunday morning in May, I was driving south on the West Side Highway in New York City, heading towards the Israel Day Parade. As my car made it’s way along the mighty Hudson river, I marvelled on how awesome this city is. I saw myriads of buff joggers, happy barbecues taking place on well-tended Riverside park lawns, and of course, the imposing, surreal, gigantic skyscrapers that adorn this world-capital metropolis.

I travel often to New York to promote a stronger connection between North American Jews and Israel, and to encourage Aliyah, and every time I go I am struck by the thought: How is the Aliyah idea going to compete? This place just has too much of a magnetic pull and Jews have everything here – financial success, the best of world culture, freedom to worship, and all in relative safety, in the shadow of this great city.

While I was pondering this, I saw an airplane flying low over the Hudson River, at first thinking it was a WWII relic. But then I realized it was one of those propeller planes that tow a sign for people to read at the beach. I could make out the first letter was a “J” and so I guessed it was Christian advertising promoting you-know-who. “New York is still a non-Jewish town, and Jews will never feel fully comfortable here” I thought. But as the plane got closer, the sign said something else, something very Jewishy indeed.

It read: “Judaism rejects Zionism and the State of Israel -NK, USA.”

Yup, Neturei Karta rented a plane and flew an anti-Zionist sign from the Rockaways all the way up past Manhattan – all in an effort to push back against the Israel Day Parade. Now I felt totally dejected, because I realized how doubly hard it will be to detach Jews from New York. Not only is the city tantalizing, but there is a conscious effort being made to disconnect Jews from Israel.

You may argue that Neturei Karta is an extremist group and is unrepresentative of American Jewry, and that is true. But they are not the only ones mounting a distance-yourself-from-Israel campaign. On both ends of the Jewish political spectrum there are movements which seek to disengage Jews from Israel.

For some in the Progressive movement it has been in vogue to see Israel as immoral, repressive, racist, as an apartheid state, and even equivalent to the Nazi regime. In a recent article featured on Tikkun Magazine’s website, reprinted from Haaretz, the writer asserts:

“The practice of denying the Palestinians their basic civil rights in the occupied territories under the army’s colonial regime – exemplified by the scandalous policy of administrative detentions and the disappearing of people in Israeli prisons for years because of their opposition to repression and humiliation – is frighteningly similar to the persecution practiced by the dark regimes of the 20th century against their opponents.”

These Progressives may believe they are helping Israel through their criticism, but the real effect is that Jews who come in contact with them are distanced from Israel. Israel is decidedly not their country because it does not meet their progressive Jewish moral standards, or in other words: their Judaism rejects Zionism. “Forget it man, Israel is a mess,” says the liberal-minded Jewish student on campus.

The ultra-Orthodox Chariedim may come from the polar opposite world view, but they too have a Jewish moral reason to get some distance from Israel: Israel is not religious enough, not Torah enough. According to this doctrine Israel was built as a secular State by those antagonistic to Judaism and today is still run by those antagonistic to Judaism. The coercive secularism of Zionism is at the root of the real Israel, and the advent of Yair Lapid only prove that nothing has changed.

Hamodia, the self-described, “Daily Newspaper of Torah Jewry,” had this as the opening line of a recent article: “Secular politicians in Israel — not all of them, but those who are leading the campaign for an ‘equal sharing of the defense burden’ — want to deal the chareidim a crushing defeat.”

How ironic. Both of these Jewish groups could see Israel in a totally different light if they only chose to.

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