Jewish group con­demns Is­rael in meet­ing with Er­doğan

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE ANTI- Zion­ist Ne­turei Karta or­ga­ni­za­tion de­liv­ered a mes­sage of support and sol­i­dar­ity with Pales­tine late Tues­day, as well as one of crit­i­cism and con­dem­na­tion to Is­rael over its treat­ment of Pales­tinian civil­ians, in a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan in Lon­don.

Ela­hanan Beck, the chief rabbi of Ne­turei Karta, said, “We have to re­al­ize and un­der­stand, help­ing the state of Is­rael is not in the fa­vor of Jewish peo­ple.”

Ne­turei Karta In­ter­na­tional brings to­gether Or­tho­dox Jews who be­lieve that the Zion­ist cause of cre­at­ing an Is­raeli state in the Mid­dle East con­tra­dicts Jewish re­li­gious teach­ings, not­ing that such a state can only be cre­ated by the Mes­siah.

The mem­bers of the group are known to openly protest Is­rael and support Pales­tinian groups through protests and events.

“The Zion­ists say they want to make a safe haven for Jewish peo­ple, they want to help Jews. ... but this is un­true. The most dan­ger­ous place to­day for Jewish peo­ple, not to speak for Pales­tini­ans, but even for Jews, is in the state of Is­rael,” Beck said.

“We are against the state of Is­rael. We are against oc­cu­piers, and we have to bring peace to the re­gion,” Beck added.

In the meet­ing with the Or­tho­dox Jewish group, which re­port­edly lasted about half an hour, Min­is­ter for EU Af­fairs and Chief Ne­go­tia­tor Ömer Çe­lik and Deputy Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral and Spokesper­son of the Pres­i­dency İbrahim Kalın were also present.

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