Jews Against Zionism placed an ad in the Sunday, May 2 edition of the Washington Post, in the Political Outlook section, expressing their position regarding American policies on the Middle East conflict.
Following is the text of the ad:
The True Facts About Traditional Jews and the State of Israel
Recently, self-proclaimed Jewish leaders launched a provocative campaign of newspaper advertisements regarding the policies of the American administration on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps some are left with the impression that these individuals indeed represent American Jewry.
The fact is, they represent only themselves.
We, traditional Torah Jews, are distressed and appalled by these ads, as well as by the Zionists' tactic of abusing American Jewry to advance their agenda. Therefore, we hereby publicize the following facts:
Fact: Zionism is not Judaism.
The Zionist ideology is fundamentally anti-Torah. Zionism has not only denied the fundamental Jewish belief in Heavenly Redemption; it has created a pseudo-Judaism which replaces the Torah with nationalism.
Thus, the State of Israel cannot – and should not – claim to represent worldwide Jewry, nor should the Zionist State be identified as a Jewish State.
Certain groups may argue that Jerusalem is "higher than politics." However, according to the Torah, Jerusalem has no relation to politics at all. The holiness of Jerusalem is divine and does not depend on who governs it.
True Torah Jews are outraged by this ongoing ploy, in which the Zionists attempt to create the impression that the holy Torah is behind their hard-line, nationalistic goals. It is not!
Fact: Traditional Jews are loyal to the United States government.
At the time of the destruction of the Holy Temple and the exile of the Jewish People, the great Biblical prophet Jeremiah proclaimed G-d's message to all Jews: "Seek out the welfare of the city to which I have exiled you, and pray for it to G-d, for through its welfare will you have welfare." (Jeremiah 29:7) For millennia, this has been a cornerstone of Jewish conduct.
As American Jews, we pray for the wellbeing and prosperity of the government of the United States of America, headed by Honorable President Barack Obama.
And of course, we continue to pray for the safety and wellbeing of Jews all over the world, including those in the Holy Land.
The blurring of the boundary between Judaism and Zionism jeopardizes the safety of Jews living all over the world, including our brethren in the Holy Land.
For more information, visit www.truetorahjews.org.
We have also prepared a radio ad, which will air in the next few days:
This message is brought to you by True Torah Jews, an international organization of hundreds of thousands of Jews who are true to Torah and Judaism.
As the Middle Eastern conflict continues to receive prominent media coverage on a daily basis, certain self-proclaimed Jewish leaders are issuing provocative statements in response to the policies of the American administration. In these statements, these individuals present themselves as representatives of worldwide Jewry.
To clarify any confusion generated by their statements, we wish to announce the true Torah position and the hard, uncontestable facts on this matter:
Judaism is a religion governed by the Torah.
Zionism is a political movement opposed by the Torah.
Zionist leaders and sympathizers do not represent all Jews!
Moreover, the Torah enjoins all Jews to both respect and obey the leaders of the country in which they reside. As American Jews, we pray for the wellbeing and prosperity of the United States of America, headed by the honorable President Barack Obama.