A series of rallies across the Arab world that were meant to draw two million participants for a so-called “Global March to Jerusalem,” fizzled on Friday to localized demonstrations in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Even better, four American ultra-Orthodox rabbis from the extreme anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement were beaten and verbally abused by local participants at the start of the event.
TIMES OF ISRAEL is reporting that four radical Orthodox rabbis affilated with the Israel-hating group, Naturei Karta, were attacked at the anti-Israel rally in Jordan yesterday.
FOUR JEWS who have devoted their lives to the elimination of Israel, who have visited Iran and hugged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during participation in a Holocaust Denial Conference were beaten during Land Day protests. They were beaten while demonstrating against Israel with people who wish to eliminate Israel.
If ever there were credentials that would guarantee acceptance by an anti-Israel mob, these Rabbis had it. But it did not matter to the rioters that these four Rabbis hated Israel as much as they did. It did not matter that they fought as enthusiastically as any Islamist fanatic or leftist radical against the Jewish state. What mattered to the demonstrators was that these Israel hating, holocaust denying, despot loving Rabbis were Jews. And so they were beaten by the very people they flew halfway round the world to support. Perhaps now they will understand that our enemies don’t wish to destroy Israel because it is full of Zionists, they wish to destroy Israel because it is full of Jews. But I doubt it.
YNET NEWS reported that while Israel’s northern and eastern borders remained unthreatened, and the rallies in neighboring countries were largely peaceful, there was violence at the Jordan event: Local media reported that They were rescued by other participants. Neturei Karta members also joined a rally in Lebanon.
Jordanian news sites have reported Friday afternoon that some 20,000 people are participating in a mass procession in Jordan. Four rabbis from the extremist anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect were also taking part in the march and carried signs reading: “Judaism demands the liberation of Jerusalem and all of Palestine.”
One of the movement leaders told Amman media outlets that they came to support the Palestinians and demonstrate that Judaism is different than Zionism. “We are against Zionism and in favor of the rights of Palestinians,” he said.
“We are here to say that the occupation of Jerusalem and Palestine is unjust,” said Rabbi David Feldman, who attended the rally. “This isn’t Judaism, this isn’t the voice of the Jews.
“This is a catastrophe for the Palestinian people,” he claimed. “We cannot let it go on. This is an embarrassment to all of us that we have let it persist for so long.”
“It’s goes against the Torah, against Jewish education, it goes against the stance of Jews who are loyal to the Torah worldwide,” he added.
A fellow rabbi, Aharon Cohen, added: “We are here to mark Land Day and tell the world not to blame the Jewish people for the crimes of Zionism. Judaism and Zionism are two separate ideas.”
Several rally participants expressed anger over the presence of Neturei Karta members, and an altercation erupted between the two groups.