Yisroel Dovid Weiss’ views about Zionism 

Yisroel Dovid Weiss (Yiddish: ישראל דוד ווייס; born 1956) is an American Haredi Jew,[1] activist, and spokesman for a minority branch of small fringe group Neturei Karta,[2][1][3] a Haredi anti-Zionist group. Residing in Monsey, New York, he believes that Jews should peacefully oppose the existence of the Israeli state: “It would be forbidden for us to have a State, even if it would be in a land that is desolate and uninhabited.”[4] Neturei Karta’s views are rejected by the majority of Orthodox Jews worldwide.[5]

Weiss was criticized in 2006 for his participation in the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust, widely considered to be an event promoting Holocaust denial internationally.[2][6] His fellow speakers included David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and numerous convicted Holocaust deniers and antisemites from Europe.[7] He was placed under cherem (censure) by Yonah Metzger, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.[8] In addition, the anti-Zionist Satmar Hasidic dynasty also urged its members to shun him and others who participated in the conference.[9] Weiss claimed to be speaking as “the voice of the people who died in the Holocaust”.[4]

Categories: Anti-Semitism, Israel, Judaism

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