Saturday, October 29, 2005

Rabbi to Iran: I agree!

From Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran :

A prominent Jewish figure in the US said on Friday that when Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel should be wiped off the map, he did not mean the Jews, rather the 'illegal and illegitimate' Zionist movement and an occupying and immoral government.
Spokesman of the biggest anti-Zionism Jewish organization in the US, Rabbi David Vice (Y.O.: appropriate name!) told IRNA here on the World Qods Day on Friday that the late Imam Khomeini had been right in making a distinction between Judaism and Zionism and they had during their visit to Iran in the past witnessed observation of the rights of Iranian Jews.
Vice said the World Qods Day provides a suitable chance for the world people to voice sympathy with the Palestinian people.
The senior Jewish clergy residing in New York said Iran is not the enemy of Jews and they have led peaceful life in Iran for thousands of years.
"Zionism is a political movement and does not represent the Jewish people," added the Rabbi.
He stressed that there is no difference and dispute between Jews and Muslims and the only source of dispute is Zionism.
He added that Zionist's elimination is the only remedy and the Jews pray for peaceful annihilation of Zionism.
On plots of Zionism to occupy Palestine, Rabbi Vice said that unfortunately, Zionism has been busy hatching plots since the earliest day of its formation about 200 years ago. (Y.O.: 200?)
He said Zionism is misinterpreting Torah and its injunctions in an attempt to politicize the nature of Jewish religion which is a holy religion.
He added that Judaism is a religion based on spirituality whereas Zionism is based on materialism and atheism, which are in complete contrast with each other.
The anti-Zionism figure said that Torah clearly bans Jews from ownership of lands, including Palestine and other parts of the world, but Zionism is unfortunately uses its affiliated mass media to divert public opinion and has distorted Torah to occupy Palestine, which is a disgrace and crime.
Referring to recent hues and cries of Zionism and the affiliated media in reaction to recent statements of President Ahmadinejad, the Rabbi said the protests are disgraceful with an aim to prompt Muslims and Jews hate each other and to legitimize Zionism.
He underlined, "We support the stances of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mr. Ahmadinejad." Vice said Islam is a religion that is based on mercy, peace and spirituality, adding that Palestinian Muslims and Jews have been leading peaceful co-existence for hundred years before the manifestation of Zionism.
Despite following two different religions, Muslims and Jews share a single God and whose religion originate from Prophet Abraham, he concluded.

Who is this "prominent" guy who is not even found on Google; what is his real name (Benedict Arnold?), and where does he live? (I'll bet Monsey)
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 9:08 PM


Anonymous SephardiLady said...

"The senior Jewish clergy residing in New York said Iran is not the enemy of Jews and they have led peaceful life in Iran for thousands of years."

Obviously this "Rabbi" has never met a Persian/Iranian Jew. Being that I attend a Beit Knesset with a number of Persian families, I think I have some authority to say that this "Rabbi" is delusional.

12:09 AM  
Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

Even Satmar Chasidim, who are no friends of the State, work on behlaf of Iranian Jewish refugees (to get them out and settled in the US, not to make them more comfortable with the Mullahs).

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a misspelling/transliteration - I think his name is Weiss - I guess it sounded like Vice - like in Yiddish - Veiss. I think it's 'Rabbi' Yisroel Dovid or David Weiss. Try googling that. I think he lives in NYC.

11:06 AM  
Blogger ploiderer said...

ehr veis gurnisht.

4:19 PM  

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