Mumbai: Why are Jews a Target?

Dec. 3, 2008

Terrorist attack in Mumbai, India: When there is a conflict between Pakistan and India, why are Jews a Target?

Together with all of the Jewish people, we mourn the indescribable loss of all those murdered in Mumbai, India, and in particular our Jewish brethren, precious souls. The unforgettable noble soul Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum of blessed memory, a strong follower of True Torah Jews Against Zionism, and a relative of that famous champion of the anti-Zionist cause, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum; the well-respected Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg; Rebbetzin Rivkah Holtzberg; Benzion Korman; and other Jews. They were all murdered in cold blood by the hands of the terrorists. G-d will certainly take revenge on all who kill innocent people, and especially such precious souls, no matter what their justification was for such a heinous crime. Whoever does not respect the life of G-ds creations will have to face Heavenly retribution on the great and awesome Day of Judgment.

The question, however, is: what was the motive of the terrorists in attacking a small Jewish synagogue with a few Jews in it, when they could have attacked a large hotel or other public place and claimed many more victims?

The answer: Zionism!

Please read the following words of the only surviving terrorist, excerpted from the Times of India:

Kasab has told police that they were sent with a specific mission of targeting Israelis to avenge atrocities on Palestinians. This was why they targeted Nariman House, a complex meant for Israelis. Sources said Kasab's colleagues, killed in the operation, had stayed in Nariman House earlier.

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  • Read the words of the Wall Street Journal:

    One of the assailants, who identified himself as Imran Babar and said his unit contained six militants, used Mr. Holtzberg's cellphone to call a popular Indian TV show on Thursday. In the call, he fumed about a recent visit by Major-General Avi Mizrahi, head of Israel's Ground Forces Command, to the disputed Indian state of Kashmir, a predominantly Muslim area where Indian forces are battling an Islamic insurgency.

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  • Zionism has already brought so many misfortunes upon Jews, and they have their share in this tragedy as well.

    From this tragedy we also see the obligation of the hour and the importance of making known to the entire world that Zionists do not represent Jews. True Torah Jews did not create the State of Israel, and have no connection to it. We do not vote in its elections; we do not accept their monetary benefits. It is therefore a terrible crime to blame the Jewish people in general for their actions.

    We are looking for more funding and new tactics so that our voice and our outcry should be heard around the world. We must break through the wall of the media, which ignores our message.

    At the same time, we wish to protest against the Zionists shameful act of desecration of the victims bodies. They draped their coffins with Zionist flags, and made their funerals into a sensational Zionist ceremony, with the purpose of gaining political capital at the victims expense. How can we bear the pain of the Teitelbaum family, who unceasingly pleaded with the Zionist officials not to hold these ceremonies? What happened would have certainly offended the deceased Aryeh Leibush. Sources say that the family offered to pay for a private plane to fly Aryeh Leibushs body to the Holy Land for burial, so that he would not have to go in the Zionist air force jet.

    The Jerusalem Post reports:

    Teitelbaum's family had rejected Israel's offer to include him in the official memorial ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday night, when the victim's bodies arrived from India on an IAF jet. In line with their group's anti-Zionist stance, the family emphasized that they wanted no government involvement in the burial of Teitelbaum's remains, nor did they did want his coffin to be wrapped in an Israeli flag as those of the other Jewish and Israeli victims would be.

    Haaretz reports:

    Victim's family rejects offer of official memorial ceremony

    Teitelboim's family, which belongs to the anti-Zionist Satmar Hassidic sect of Orthodox Judaism, has rejected Israel's offer to hold an official memorial ceremony for him along with the other Jewish and Israeli fatalities.

    But all their entreaties fell on deaf ears.

    Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum grew up in the Satmar Chassidic community in New York, a community well known for its anti-Zionist stance. He married the daughter of the Rebbe of Toldos Avraham Yitzchok, also a well known anti-Zionist group. He was an American-born Jew living in Jerusalem, and he never chose to become an Israeli citizen. He never accepted government benefits, although he needed money to support his large family of children. Instead he earned his livelihood by traveling around the world working for kosher supervising agencies. He considered participation in the Zionist elections to be a severe sin.

    In short, he was a strong opponent of the Zionist state, yet unfortunately, as he was laid to eternal rest, he was dealt a disgraceful blow. For Orthodox Jews, who believe in the Afterlife, it is clear that such treatment is like a second death.

    Our message to the Zionists is:

    Haratzachta vegam yarashta?

    Have you killed this man and inherited him as well? Is it not enough that he died as an innocent casualty of your conflict? Do you have to reap benefit from his death too?

    May we be privileged to see the redemption, when there will be peace throughout the world.