Chasing the ever vanishing chimera of peace, some Jewish groups propose nothing less than the road to subjugation and dhimmitude as a solution. From Haaretz, with thanks to Sr. Soph.
NEW YORK – A small rally to support the Israeli pullout from Gaza ended Monday with a Muslim leader embracing an Orthodox Jewish rabbi whose organization opposes Israel’s right to exist and supports a Palestinian state.
Ghazi Khankan, who was executive director of the regional Council on American-Islamic Relations from 2000 to 2004, approached Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss and hugged him after appealing for an evenhanded U.S. foreign policy and a state where Muslims, Jews and Christians can live together peacefully.
Weiss, looking somewhat surprised, returned the hug with a smile.
The organization he represents, Neturei Karta International, claims Zionism is against Jewish law written in the Torah and says the creation of Israel has exacerbated anti-Semitism.
It called the rally to express gratitude for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Weiss said is a “token beginning” of righting a historic wrong – a view supported by Khankan, who was also president of the National Council on Islamic Affairs for 10 years…
At Monday’s rally, more than 40 Orthodox Jewish men in black hats and long black coats from Neturei Karta stood in the summer heat in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations, some holding placards saying “Torah Forbids Any Jewish State” and “Judaism Rejects Zionism and the State of Israel.” One held a placard with a Palestinian state including all of Israel, and a young boy held a Palestinian flag.
Before Zionists started pressing for a Jewish state in the early 1900s, Weiss said, Jews lived in harmony with Muslims.
“Zionism brought about this terrible rift, this mistrust that we can’t live in Muslim lands,” he said. “It’s a terrible tragedy. We can live together.”
“We pray everyday for the speedy dismantlement of this rule of the state of Israel so that it should be transformed into the rule of the Palestinian people, so Jews can live together with Arabs, Muslims in harmony. … Nothing else will bring an ongoing long-lasting peace,” Weiss said.