NEW YORK (Jun. 23)
The United Religious Organization of America–composed of the Mizrachi and the Hapoel Hamizrachi groups–issued today a statement condemning the Neturei Karta Orthodox group which demonstrated against Israel last week in front of the White House in Washington.
The statement termed the demonstrators a “small irresponsible group of Jewish extremists” and said that their action “borders on denouncing Israel before the non-Jewish world.” It emphasized that all rabbinical and religious bodies in the United States disassociate themselves from the Neturei Karta extremists.
The statement pointed out that the religious Jews of Israel are represented in the Jerusalem government, and that the Israel Ministry of Religion is spending millions of pounds annually to strengthen religion in the country. “It is, thus, an absurdity to talk about ‘suppression of religion’ in Israel, thus, an absurdity to extremist Neturei Karta group claims, ” the statement declared.
(In Tel Aviv last night, Rabbi Judah L. Maimon, aged and highly respected religious leader of Israel, called for excommunication of the Satmar Rebbe and his followers for the White House demonstration against Israel last week which he equated with treason against the State.)