Israeli Persecution against Orthodox Jews
Venue: European Commission Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium Date: Monday
1st July 2013 Time: 15:00 CEST
LONDON, UK, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - As tensions between the State of
Israel and the Orthodox Jewish community over new draft legislation
reaches a climax and civil war threatens to engulf the country,
European Jewry is reacting: a massive demonstration, to be attended by
over 1,000 rabbinical leaders and delegates from many European
countries for universal support of the oppressed Orthodox minority in
Rabbi Shulem Teitelbaum of Satmar United, representing international
Orthodox Jewry, has stated that the Zionist movement has set out to
dominate and eradicate religious observance and recast the Jewish
people in a new, nationalistic mould. They say they need the Orthodox
to share the burden, but that is only to camouflage their true goal: to
integrate the Orthodox into their anti-religious society.
Israeli generals have freely admitted that they have no need and do not
even know how to deal with a large influx of religious soldiers -
belying the share-the-burden argument.
It is clear that Israeli leaders see the army as the ideal environment
where they can efficiently carry out mass transformation of the
Orthodox community, and therefore they now want to force them to join
Orthodox rabbinic leaders have stated that complying with this new draft
is a violation of the Jewish religion and called to resist this decree
by all means necessary.
The Israeli State is now using unprecedented tactics of intimidation to
transform the Jewish religion.
In Jerusalem and New York, massive demonstrations were held in the past
weeks, attended by tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews.
It is anticipated that the EU will intervene so that religious Jews in
Israel can practice their faith in peace.
The demonstration is being held in front of the EU offices in Brussels
in order to appeal to the European Commission to provide international
protection to those of the Orthodox community who flee Israel and to
ensure that all its member states recognize them as refugees and
political asylum seekers.
European Jewry hopes and prays that the EU will act in accordance with
its charter: "The European Union sees human rights as universal and
indivisible. It actively promotes and defends them both within its
borders and when engaging in relations with non-EU countries."
SOURCE: Satmar United
For further information:
Shulem Teitelbaum, Satmar United Congregations, 62 Filey Avenue, London, N16 6JJ, UK, Tel: +44(0)20-8815-4451, firstname.lastname@example.org