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Just to prove that I can spot nutbags on all sides, here is an article that shows there is no limit to Jewish guilt. This is the old adage that since the Temple was destroyed, they must wander the earth aimlessly until God intercedes. Personally I have a hard time seeing God saying "Bad Jew, no homeland!".
Jews don't deserve a country?
By MINDELLE JACOBS
Every religion has its dangerous extremists. The crackpots of Judaism are the fringe rabbis who believe God wants the Jews to be stateless.
Three of these lunatics were in Edmonton over the weekend to explain at a "Zionism Exposed" conference how the Jews don't deserve a country because they've sinned and that Israelis should submit to being ruled by the Palestinians.
Jews who don't like it should just leave Israel, according to Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss.
"Whatever is (the Palestinians') will, we, as Jews, are required to accept that," he explained.
Zionism, the movement to re-establish the Jews in their ancient homeland, is an evil "cancer" run by a bunch of "rogue thieves" that's antithetical to Judaism, Weiss told a couple of hundred Muslims at the Edmonton Islamic Academy on Sunday.
The crowd applauded him, of course, because Weiss was apparently telling them what they wanted to hear -- that Jewish sovereignty is a rebellion against God. Gee, with Jewish "friends" like these, who needs enemies?
The International Palestine Awareness Committee, which organized the event, wondered later why no one from mainstream Jewish groups attended. Here's a hint. Weiss and his tiny, loopy, anti-Zionist contingent are so far removed from the Jewish norm that they're off the dial.
There might be 200 or 300 Jewish families in the world who belong to this so-called Neturei Karta group.
Ironically, Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi was in Edmonton at the same time for another function. Weiss dismissed him as a wolf in sheep's clothing who's conning the Jews.
Yet Weiss calmly advocates the "speedy, peaceful dismantlement" of Israel.
Fine for him to say. He's comfortably ensconced in New York where he can run around tugging his forelocks and praying for the demise of Israel all he wants. It's unlikely he's going to be killed by a Jew-hating suicide bomber.
He and his two wacky rabbinical colleagues wore badges with the Israeli flag crossed out.
"We're constantly vilified," Weiss told me later. No kidding. Weiss and his ilk don't think the Jews are spiritually clean enough to deserve a state. Even after the Jewish Messiah comes, there won't be a need for Israel because everyone will serve God in harmony, he insists.
Oy vey. It's apparently OK for the Palestinians to have a state (God is presumably fine with that) and for all sorts of other groups of people around the world to have countries of their own. But not the Jews, even though Israel is the land of their ancestors.
Where do people think the Jews originally came from, anyway? Miami? The Palestinians are permitted -- even encouraged -- to be nationalistic but not the Jews?
By the way, Weiss, who lost relatives in the Holocaust, attended the 2006 Iran conference that questioned the Holocaust because he agrees with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Israel has no right to exist.
Weiss maintains that orthodox Jews universally oppose Zionism. Rubbish. The vast majority of religious Jews support Israel. For a few fringe rabbis to suggest otherwise is profoundly damaging.
"It's a terrible disservice to the truth," says Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest orthodox rabbinical group in the world.
A two-state initiative to the Israeli-Palestinian problem, perhaps with some kind of land swap, remains the best solution. Instead, we have raving rabbis joining in the call for Israel's destruction.