Rabbi Amram Blau, Founder of Neturei Karta, Jerusalem (1894-1974)

In the name of humanity, justice and righteousness, we appeal to you not to forsake us and not to make us subservient to an authority whose principles and practices violate all that we have been taught to hold sacred and to cherish, and whose avowed intention is to undermine our religious existence. In general, therefore, we ask you to deliver us from Zionist domination in whatever manner you may deem to be fitting.

Our appeal to the United Nations therefore takes the following form:

1. That a decision be taken and made effective that the whole of Jerusalem, the Holy, should remain under International charge. That this remains a town in which orthodox Jew may live in freedom and independence.
2. To substantiate the fact that in future we, the orthodox Jews, shall be under the protection of the United Nations and that we be given United Nations passports.
3. That the United Nations immediately appoint a responsible person or persons from among its members whose duty it will be to safeguard the rights and interests of orthodox Jews in our Holy
Land. (Letter to the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, July 18, 1949)

We must protest will all our might against the Zionist leadership and its accursed political dealings, which brings the hatred of the nations upon the poor remnant of Jews, has brought and continues to bring bloodshed upon the Jewish people, and brings a fearful danger upon all the Jews in the Holy Land, as well as a good part of the Jewish people who live in Arab lands. They themselves can confirm this. (Mishkenos Haro‟im p. 915)

It is incumbent upon every Jew to emulate Chananya, Mishael and Azariah and announce even at the risk of his life that he is not part of this false Israel. He is a Jew and not a Zionist. He has no connection with these Zionist heretics or with their heretical leadership of the state. (Announcement in the year 1957)

Nations of the world accepted the clear lie when they recognized the Zionists, those heretics who established their state through conquest under the name of “Israel,” as any part of the Jewish People. The nations thereby enabled the Zionist heretics to conquer the Jewish people themselves. Through this action those nations offended the authentic Jewish people, its Torah and faith in a way much worse than how the Jewish people has ever been injured by the Arabs, in view of the fact that these Zionist heretics and their establishment of their state through conquest have no connection to the Jewish people. It is known that only the Torah defines the Jewish People. The Jewish People have no involvement with Zionists, Zionism or their state conceived under the notion of nationalism. Judaism has nothing to do with nationalism.

The Jewish people are absolutely opposed to any injury against the Arab nation. The Arab nation never harmed the Jewish people until the advent of Zionist nationalism. The Jewish people are commanded by the Torah to seek the peace of the governments where they are citizens, and not to rebel against any nation, G-d forbid, especially when this concerns the Holy Land, to which we are forbidden to engage in mass immigration.

Jews who follow the Torah are not even suspected of murder or any injury against any person, and we are severely prohibited from engaging in any violent action, including in relation to the struggle over Palestine. Judaism is totally opposed to nationalism, and in fact Jews have refused to move to the Zionist state even though the state proclaims itself as the representative of the Jewish People.

All Jews who believe in G-d and his Torah, and who observe the Torah and its commandments, are loyal to the oaths sworn to G-d, and have no involvement in this nationalist revolution, but rather are hostages under Zionist conquest. Even those who have been dragged into

the Zionist project do so against the teachings of their faith and religion. The Zionists tell everyone who opposes their ideology to leave the country, but they are wrong!

May G-d bestow peace on us and the entire world.

I request that my letter be distributed wherever it can have a benefit.

Amram Blau

It is well-known that Jews lived in Palestine among the Arabs in peace. The Arabs bore no ill will toward the Jewish settlement as it grew and spread. The Arabs were pleased with this growth, and they gladly sold land to the Jews. The Arab people expressed no opposition to Jewish immigration or to the sale of land to Jews. We lived as neighbors with the Arabs without any fear. The Arabs had full trust in the Jews, and many times we saw that they preferred doing business with Jews to doing business with their own people. (Letter to Eliezer Neuberger)

He said: A Jew must want the state to be null and dismantled, even if he is in the state at the time. (Mishkenos Haro’im p. 908)

The Talmud (Gittin 68a) says that King Solomon used the shamir worm to cut the stones for the Temple. The Talmud relates how he captured Ashmedai, king of the demons, and asked him where to find the shamir. Later, Ashmedai threw Solomon out of his kingdom and then, taking on the appearance of Solomon, acted as king himself. Meanwhile, the true Solomon was going from door to door with his walking stick and telling everyone that he was the true king. All the Jews thought he was insane, for they saw King Solomon sitting on his throne and the kingdom running as usual. But then he came to the Sanhedrin, who said, “We know that an insane person does not just do one insane thing.” And this led them to investigate and discover that the “King Solomon” sitting on the throne was an impostor.

Today we find ourselves in the same situation as King Solomon. Ashmedai did not merely conquer Solomon and usurp his throne, as one king conquers another. He stole Solomon’s name as well, and proceeded to run the kingdom in the name of Solomon, thus denying the identity of the true Solomon. And Solomon, the true wise man, appeared to be insane. He cried out, “I am Solomon!” but no one listened. Today as well, the Zionists have stolen our name, “Israel,” and they pretend to represent the Jewish people in the world, thus denying the identity of the true Israel, the people of Hashem, the people of the Torah. And our situation is worse than that of Solomon, for at least Ashmedai, it seems, ruled the kingdom in the same way Solomon ruled it. But the Zionists are using our name for a purpose that is the opposite of our national purpose – to deny the Torah and rebel against Hashem’s decree of exile. And the Jewish people cries out to the world, who help this terrible forgery to exist – but no one listens.

But we must derive an important lesson from the story of King Solomon. Solomon never gave up even for a minute his claim, “I am Solomon!” It was a claim that made everyone think he was insane, it was a claim that seemed futile. He could easily have decided to make peace with the facts and recognize, at least temporarily, the kingship of Ashmedai in the name of Solomon. He could have stopped claiming to be Solomon, and the world would no longer have called him insane. And in his wisdom, he could definitely have attained an important post in the government, to salvage whatever could be salvaged of his power. This might have appeared to be the best strategy. But had he done this, all hope would have been lost! For we see in the story that the way he eventually got his kingdom back was through his claim, “I am Solomon,” and through the wisdom of the Sanhedrin, who knew that an insane person does not just do one insane thing. Rashi explains, “He does not stick to saying one insane thing all the time.” Had Solomon abandoned his claim, even temporarily, this line of reason would have been gone, and even the Sanhedrin would have agreed that his claim had been no more than a sign of insanity. (Mishkenos Haro’im, p. 910)


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