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Is Israel racist and who does it represent?

Jan. 11, 2009

Dear Rabbi

I always knew that Jews are not Zionist and would appreciate your opinion of status of the state of Israel according to the Book ( The Holy Torah).

Can you tell me if the Israel represent all the jews in the world?

Of course not. First of all, let me explain that there are active anti-Zionists like our organization, whose associated groups and supporters number about 150,000 Jews worldwide, and then there are non-Zionist Orthodox Jews, which number far more. Non-Zionist Orthodox Jews includes the entire yeshiva world and its supporters, and the entire Chassidic world. They make up about 10% of the Jewish population of the state of Israel - about 500,000 - and about 10% of the Jewish population of the United States. These non-Zionist Jews do not see Zionism and the state as an ideal, they did not work to create and fight for the state. On the other hand, some of them for practical reasons (i.e. to get money for their schools) will vote in the Israeli elections. Still it is important to remember that these people still continue in the ancient ways of Judaism, they still consider themselves to be in exile, and it does not make any difference to them if they are living under the exile of the Zionist government or the exile of the U.S. government or any other government. If anything, they will say that the Zionist exile is worse, because instead of secular gentiles it's secular and anti-religious Jews.

About 75% of Israeli Jews are secular, that is, they do not subscribe to any version of Judaism. Most of them are Zionist and support the continuation of the state. However they do not even claim to be speaking in the name of Judaism since they do not believe in Judaism or the Torah. Furthermore, many secular Israelis today have read the true history of Zionism, see that Zionism is unjust and oppose it. In America, among secular Jews (out of those 5.2 million who acknowledge that they are of Jewish descent), a large and growing number (over 1/2 of those under 35 years old) do not see anything important about a Jewish state.

Then you have a group in between called religious Zionists, comprising about 15% of Israelis and somewhat lower in America. These people are the real Zionists, because they claim that their Zionism is a valid form of Judaism.

Israel was created in 1948 by displacing the people from their homes and making them refugees and kiiling civilians in its course. Looking at these facts is Israel a legitimate state?

Judaism does not allow Jews to displace other people, steal their land, kill them. These are all serious crimes under Torah law. Actually, however, the Torah forbids any Jewish state, even if it were created peacefully without taking anyone's land. G-d in His wisdom foresaw that Zionists could always try to wiggle out of arguments that they were killing and stealing by claiming self-defense or they left on their own, so He did not make the prohibition of a state contingent on that. It is prohibited no matter what. The state of Israel is not legitimate in the eyes of Jewish law.

Who are these leaders of Israel, are they Zionist?

Yes, by definition that is so. Anyone who is a leader of the state of Israel is a Zionist.

Is Israel a racist state?

Your answeres to these questions are much appreciated.

Regards

Abdul

Racism is the belief that some people are superior to others merely because of their ancestry, often marked by some physical characteristic. The Jewish people, however, is not defined by its race but by its religion, beliefs and practices. Any human being of any race can become a Jew, follow the Torah and be considered just like any other Jew. On the other hand, a Jew who does not follow the Torah is for all intents and purposes not really a Jew, except that technically if he repents he does not have to go through any conversion process.

The Zionists, on the other hand, defines a Jew by his ancestry. A person is considered a Jew by them even if he is an atheist and keeps nothing. They give automatic citizenship to any such Jew, but not to others, so I would consider this racism.