Al-An­baa

‘Ne­turei Karta’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Dr Saleh Al-Shayji

Isaw a TV re­port about an ex­treme Jewish move­ment called ‘Ne­turei Karta’ (city guardians), and the word Na­toor is men­tioned with the same pro­nun­ci­a­tion in He­brew. The sim­i­lar­ity be­tween the Arab and He­brew pro­nun­ci­a­tions in the word ‘na­toor’ leads me to re­mem­ber­ing a short pe­riod in which I stud­ied He­brew and found a sim­i­lar­ity in some vo­cab­u­lary be­tween it and Ara­bic. I still re­mem­ber lit­tle He­brew, as much of what I learned nearly 40 years ago has been lost with time. I am not here to speak about the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Ara­bic and He­brew, but I wanted to fo­cus on that Jewish move­ment which I started my ar­ti­cle speak­ing about it: ‘Ne­turei Korta.’

This move­ment or or­ga­ni­za­tion is very strange. It is a thorny plant in Is­rael as it acts against Zion­ism, and does not rec­og­nize

This move­ment be­lieves that the Jewish re­li­gion should be kept away from the po­lit­i­cal mud

Is­rael. Rather, it op­poses the es­tab­lish­ment of the state of Is­rael be­cause it sees Ju­daism as a re­li­gion, not a state, and that it is not right to es­tab­lish a po­lit­i­cal en­tity based on re­li­gious Jewish jus­ti­fi­ca­tions. This move­ment be­lieves that the Jewish re­li­gion should be kept away from the po­lit­i­cal mud, and that is why it has more an­i­mos­ity to­wards Zion­ism and Is­rael than the Pales­tini­ans them­selves and the en­tire Arabs and Mus­lims. Why? Be­cause they see that Is­rael stabbed them in the back and harmed their re­li­gion.

Yet, the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers them as traitors, and that is why it sup­presses them worse than it does the Pales­tini­ans. De­spite their con­tin­ued clashes with the Is­raeli force, they do not let any oc­ca­sion go with­out an­tiIs­rael demon­stra­tions; dur­ing which they carry the Pales­tinian flag and des­e­crate the Is­raeli flag. They are friends of Mus­lims and Chris­tians and do not con­sider the Zion­ists as Jews, but they con­sider them in­trud­ers on Ju­daism. They look at them­selves as Pales­tinian Jews and are de­mand­ing a Pales­tinian rul­ing of Is­rael. Some of them spoke about what they face in the form of Is­raeli op­pres­sion, but de­spite that, they are hold­ing on their ide­ol­ogy and prin­ci­ples.

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