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Neturei Karta

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Neturei Karta is a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews who advocate radical anti-Zionism and the ‘dismantling’ of the ‘criminal State of Israel’.

Counting a few thousand members worldwide, Neturei Karta rejects atheism, non-religious Jews and equality between men and women, and considers the existence of a secular Jewish state to be heretical. They believe that the restoration of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel can only take place with the arrival of the Messiah. They consider Zionism to be a "rebellion against God" and believe that "Zionists are the main cause of antisemitism in the world".

Since the 1970s, a branch of the Neturei Karta led by Rabbi Moshe Hirsch (1923-2010) and then by his son, Meir Hirsch, has engaged in radical political activism and developed associations with extremist groups.

Close to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, this branch of the Neturei Karta is represented in the United States by Rabbis Moshe Ber Beck and Yisroel Dovid Weiss. In November 1999, they met Louis Farrakhan, head of the American antisemitic organisation Nation of Islam.

Yisroel Dovid Weiss also represented the Neturei Karta movement at the international conference on the Holocaust organised in Tehran by the Iranian government in December 2006, alongside Holocaust deniers David Duke.

The Neturei Karta are opposed to any relationship normalisation between the Arab states and the State of Israel.

(Last updated on 29/12/2020)

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