In 1947, during a meeting at the United Nations (UN) to discuss creating a plan to partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs, Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsku declared to the entire assembly that Zionism – an ideological political movement created early in the last century which asserts the existence of a Jewish state – did not represent the followers of Judaism, therefore he disagreed with creating a nation-state for themselves.
by Lilian Milena
Dushinsku, a Jew of Hungarian origin, lived in Palestine with his family since 1930 and was considered one of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis in the region. He died shortly after the founding of the State of Israel, which occurred on May 14, 1948.
Since the second week of November, the conflicts between Israel and Palestine intensified after a surprise attack by the Israeli army which culminated in the death of Ezzedine al Qasam, one of the military leaders of Hamas, the party that governs the Gaza Strip, one of the few territories remaining for Palestinians since the creation of the State of Israel.
According to information from the UN, until last Thursday (21st), the Israeli air offensive against the Gaza Strip had been responsible for the deaths of 140 people, and 950 wounded, mostly civilians. The number of deaths on the Israeli side, attacked by rockets launched against the Jews, totaled 13.
The action of the government of Israel has resulted in several protests by Jews, within the country, against the military offensive of the state. However, it draws attention from the international community, the number of videos and photos shared on social networks of Orthodox Jews advocating the end of Israel. The most famous video shows the testimony of the young Dovid Weiss, member of the group Neturei Karta (Aramaic “guardians of the city”), created in 1937 from a group that split from Agudas Yisroel, founded in 1912, with the aim of fighting Zionism.
In the video Weiss cites phrases unthinkable for those who always believed that the historical conflict between Jews and Palestinians had religious underpinnings.
“All of the rabbis who lived in the old state of Jerusalem before 1948, can tell you how they lived and coexisted peacefully with their Arab neighbors, such as taking care of the children and each other, during Yann Kippur [month considered sacred in the Jewish calendar ].”
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