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Contact SAJBD And Country Communities

Johannesburg South African Jewish Board of Deputies PO Box 87557 Houghton 2041 +27 11 645 2523 +27 11 640 1662 Fax sajbod@beyachad.co.za Like us on Facebook @SAJBD on Twitter Cape Town South African Jewish Board of Deputies Cape Council PO Box...
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Here is the contact list for th South African Jewsih Board of Deputies. They could possibly comment on anti-zionist feeling within the Jewish community but they would not be able to comment on groups such as the Neturei Karta as no prominent ones exist in South Africa. 

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Clearly explained why Orthodox Jews refuse to serve in IDF

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I have already posted an article about the Orthodox who are strongly against the new law of religious Jews being drafted into the Israeli Defence Force. The reason that I find this man's explination of this opposition so interesting is because he places the Zionists in the role of the enemy who are against the Jews. This almost seems like an impossibility because the whole basis of Zionism is Judaism but of course that is not how those invovled in anti-zionist movements see it. It was just such an intense juxtaposition from what I am used to hearing about Israel and Jews in Israel that I tohught it was interesting enough to share. 

 

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ANCESTORS AS ELDERS IN AFRICA

ANCESTORS AS ELDERS IN AFRICA | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it

Masks made in Africa were until recently all representing ancestors.

Maskers die tot recent in Afrika gemaakt werden stelden voorouders voor.


Via Marc Vermeersch
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Although this article is a very lengthy one, I found it to be very informative. In essence, the author was trying to simplify a very complex and complicated topic. The author defines ancestors as figures with mystical powers and authority, who have a functional role in the world of the living. 

Their role is specific to the lives of their kinsgroup. 

 

Ancestors, as described here, are more so to do with their roles in the present day of the living and the lives of their kin than to do with the after life or their transcendence. 

 

What is also worthy to note, is how the author makes an effort to gaurd against ethnocentric views and tries not to judge these beliefs based on a Western way of thinking. 

 

With this, the author was able to provide more information and background on these african beliefs without projecting any personal biases and views. This allows the reader to form his/her own perception.

 

Bongani Shweni

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Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews Participate in Al-Quds Day Rally - Los Angeles 2 Aug 2013

Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews Participate in Al-Quds Day Rally - Los Angeles 2 Aug 2013 | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it
On August 2, 2013, a rally was held in Los Angeles to commemorate the International Al-Quds Day.
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These pictures and Speech by one of the Rabbis of the Neturei Karta represent the extent to which the nturei Karta become invovled in anti-Israel affairs. They, along with Palestinians and those who show solidarity to Palestinains were marching in cicites all over America against the Israeli state. In the speech the Rabbi again poses their reasons why Israel is not a jewish state but rather a atheist state posing as Jewish in order to furhter their Zionist regieme. I chose this article mostl fro hte pictures as they are fascinating to me. The only places I have ever seen such religious Orthodox Jews is at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and here is the same sect of people but in total contrast, fighting against Israel's control of Jerusalem. 

 

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Stop the JNF Campaign Plan-a-Tree in Palestine Delegation

The JNF was founded in 1901 for the purpose of acquiring land solely for Jewish people. In the name of environmentalism, the JNF plants trees and builds park...
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This is a video I found through the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network's site. It is incredibly interesting to me as a jewish person because my enitre life I have learnt about the Jewish National Fund (JNF) as a charity organisation that does good work planting trees in Israel, I, myself, have a tree donated in my name in one of these parks. This is taking another side of the argument about the work of the JNF. It disucsses the eviction of people from land in Israel after independance and how the land that was once Arab villages is now national JNF parks. This is a slight divergence from religious objection to Israel which is my topic but it raises a point that is brought up by the religious extremists about Israel not representing the interest and wishes of all the Jewish people  of the world. The JNF is founded on that assumption as it is an Israeli organisation supported by Israel and Jews from all over the world. This is a different side of that story that is being promoted by a jewish website. 

 

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European Rabbis Protest Israeli Persecution Against Orthodox Jews | True Torah Jews

European Rabbis Protest Israeli Persecution Against Orthodox Jews | True Torah Jews | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it
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This article was written to cover the response by orthodox, religious European Jews who protested the incoming change of law in Israel that states that Orthdox Jews in Israel have to join the army. Previously they were excused on religious grounds, studying in a Yeshiva (academy to study the Torah) than go to the army. These european Jews are now saying that this change of law is agaisnt the orthodox jews belief that they should live peacefully with their neighbours and not get involved with conflict as they still believe themselves to be in exile despite the formation of the State of Israel. One rabbi even goes on to say that the zionists want to pass this law to get rid of Hareidim (a sect of orthodox Judaism) all together. 

 

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Haredi from anti-Zionist Naturei Karta sect charged with trying to spy for Iran

Haredi from anti-Zionist Naturei Karta sect charged with trying to spy for Iran | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it
Man allegedly offered Iranian embassy in Berlin intel on Israel, Shin Bet: confessed to acting out of
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A memeber of the Neturei Karta (meaning Gaurdians of the City in Aramaic) has been arrested for attempting to become a spy for Iran and pass along useful information to them about Israel. The article is based of the indictment for this man. Memebers of this group have gone to Iran before for conferences and meet with terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas as their values and ideals regarding Israel are in line with the terrorist groups in the sense that they do no believe that there should be a State of Israel. They beleive this for religious reasons and look at Israel as a solely Zionist state rather than a Jewish state. 

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Hamas Hosts Neturei Karta for Sabbath in Gaza

Hamas Hosts Neturei Karta for Sabbath in Gaza | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it
Three men and a woman from the extremist Neturei Karta sect traveled to Gaza last Friday to spend the Sabbath with Hamas terrorists.
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This specific article is about the extremist group Neturei Karta who do not believe that there should be a state of Israel until the messiah arrives. They visited Hamas and have gone into Gaza sevral times. This article outlines some of the things they have done and how they have praised organisations such as Hamas in their efforts to end the Israeli control of Israel/ Palestine.

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Orthodox Anti-Zionism

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Cyber encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture that covers everythingfrom anti-Semitism to Zionism. It includes a glossary, bibliography of web sites and books, biographies, articles, original documents and much more!
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This is a small explination from a more neutral source on what the Neturei Karta are and how they came about. I felt it was necessarry to put in a slightly more neutral or opposite point of view to balance the ideas put forward and explaiend byt the Neturei Karta. 

 

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US Jews Stage Anti-Netanyahu Rally outside UN HQ

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US Jews Stage Anti-Netanyahu Rally outside UN HQ
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This is simple example of how strong the invovlement of American Orhtodox Jews is in the Netuerei Karta. Here they are protesting the Prime Minister of Israel addressing the UN general Assembly. This article gives the basic reasons for their actions but I chose it because it must be interesting for the Prime Minister of israel, who would believe that he is representing the Jewish people to experience protests like this. Bibi would believe that Israel is a neccessity for the continuation of a safe place for Jews and so this article intersted me because these men are contradicting that notion.

 

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Ancestor Cult is the base of a new church in Swaziland

De vooroudercultus is de basis van een nieuwe kerk in Swaziland

 

, One of the ancestors’ church leaders from South Africa Monki Mbolomete-Lodi during an interview yesterday. MALKERNS - A new church, which does not believe in the existence of Jesus Christ, but in ancestors, has been formed in Swaziland.

The cult, which originates from South Africa, held its first gathering on Sunday at Princess Pholile Hall in Malkerns. More than 500 members of the cult, from various parts of South Africa and Swaziland, yesterday gathered to officially launch it in this country. The leaders claim they have over 40 branches in South Africa. During worship, when they pray, members do not close their eyes. They worship and praise King Dashe, who they said is the founder of the cult. When they pray, they also call out the name of King Dashe, whom they say is superior to other gods.

The cult is known as the Church of the Ancestors (Isonto lamadlozi).

One of the cult leaders, Monki Mbolemete–Lodi from Transvaal in South Africa, said they do not believe in the existence of Jesus Christ, but in ancestors who are their forefathers. "How do you believe something that you cannot see with your eyes or through a microscope?" he asked. He said they conduct their services on Sundays, not because they honour what is said in the Bible about this day, but because it is the only day most people are not at work.

He said, during their services, they emphasise the importance of the ancestors to congregants. He said the creator of everything that exists on earth was King Dashe and that during their worship they do not use the Bible or anything similar because they believe that a human being is born with knowledge.

"This church is very old, it was established in the 1950s, and it’s mandate is to emphasise the importance of the role played by the ancestors in our daily lives," Mbolemete–Lodi said.

He said they have members in Swaziland but they now want to have a fully fledged church where they can conduct their services. One of the local members, Siphiwe Maseko, said they acquired a place in Pigg’s Peak where they would construct their own building for worship. She said, for now, local members have to travel to Likazi every Sunday for their worship services.


Via Marc Vermeersch
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This article sums up the faith or belief in ancestors, most particularly in South Africa. 

I have not read much academic articles and research on the topic, but based on what I know and what I myself have witnessed as a young black South African girl, these are some of the ideas I was made aware of at a very young age.

 

The author speaks of believers of this faith as being a 'cult' and after looking up the definition of the word, I found that it is a term used to described a group of people who worship a deity. This makes sense now. 

 

In the Eastern Cape, I know tha many of the older generation which believe in the existence of ancestors, believe and worship a deity called 'Qhamada'. However, none of the elders I have come into contact with deny the existence of God, even with their belief in 'Qhamada'. 

 

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Orthodox Jews in Palestine condemn remarks by Yona Metzger

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Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews in Palestine issue statement on remarks by Yona Metzger.
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I found this statement by the Neturei Karta regarding the Chief Rabbi of Israel extremely fascinating because it makes it clear that they entirely diregard his authority. He is meant to be the most learned and respected man in Orthodox Judaism and here are extremely religious orthodox Jews going agaisnt him. It is easy to undertsand why when the press release is read because they feel he represents Israel and not the Torah or what they consider to be real Judaism. This is in compelte divergence from other religious jews who would find this piece almost blasphemous. This therefore truely represents the core of their beliefs 

 

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Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, author of Berach Moshe (1914-2006) | True Torah Jews

Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, author of Berach Moshe (1914-2006) | True Torah Jews | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it
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This is a speech given by the head Rabbi of the Satmar sect of orthodox Jews. In it he disucsses how before both World Wars the most important, learned Jewish Rabbis and thinkers in Europe had predicted the growth and spread of Zionism but had not considered the fact that a state of Israel might come into being. He discusses how they could not believe Jews would want to set up a homeland in Israel before the messiah arrived. He explained how it did come to happen because of the poor physical, emotional and spiritual state of the Jewish people after the Holocaust. He says due to the lack of the great spiritual leaders, most of which were killed, the Jews could be convinced that a State of Israel and Zionism would bring them salvation and help their situaiton. 

 

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Video of Demonstration at Monsey, NY Synagogue

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Although it is a short video clip and the demonstrators are speaking Hebrew the banner behind the men clearly states in English what the goals of this organisation and demonstration are. The sermon the rabbi is giving speaks about how the Jews were exiled by gods decree and that they should not go back ot the Land of Israel until they are instructed to again by God. It should be noted that this demonstration is happening in New York, showing the reach of the Neturei Karta organisation. 

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Congratulations and Well-Wishes to Hamas from Neturei Karta International, Diaspora

Congratulations and Well-Wishes to Hamas from Neturei Karta International, Diaspora | Religious Jewish extremists oppose The State of Israel | Scoop.it
Congratulations and Well-Wishes to Hamas from Neturei Karta International, Diaspora. Statement issued by Neturei Karta on 27 January 2006.
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This is a letter from the head Rabbis of Neturei Karta International. It is congratulating Hamas on its election in Gaza in 2006 and explains their stance on the state of Israel and the seperation of Zionism and Judaism. They speak of how they do not support the government of Israel for they believe that they oppress both palestinians and religious Jews. This letter states their support for Hamas and its actions. 

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