Anti-Zionists of the world unite! At least that was the theory behind a recently uncovered liaison between the Neturei Karta and Yasir Arafat, to the tune of several five-figure “payoffs”/donations and regular monthly payments of “investment” or “support,” whatever you want to call them.

For several years Arafat has had regular meetings with Rabbi Hirsch, who
is known as Neturei Karta’s “foreign minister.” For Arafat Hirsch serves as
an indoctrination and propaganda tool which he uses to demonstrate the
cooperation between Palestinians and ultra-Orthodox Jews who hold the same
anti-Zionist world view. Thus his readiness to “invest” unusually large sums
of money in him.

In 1988, when the establishment of a Palestinian state was declared in
Algeria, Palestinian sources stated that Moshe Hirsch would become a
minister in the government in the future state. In a Palestinian Authority
document dated 1995, Rabbi Hirsch was described as “the Minister of Jewish
Affairs.” In a speech given by Arafat in the Ramallah-Al Bireh district on
January 28, 2002, he noted the depth of the historical ties between all the
Semitic religions and gave as an example the fact that Rabbi Moshe Hirsch
was a member of the PLO’s National Palestinian Council.

More from the original memos is here.

(I have no idea how to categorize this. Jewlicious/Israelicious/Popalicious…none of them seems very accurate. In fact, I don’t think “licious” should be a part of the story at all.)

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Esther Kustanowitz

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4 Comments

  • 1) My wife is convinced the NTs are really Israeli spies. Let’s hope she’s right.

    2) But when left-wing Israeli governments lined Arafat’s pockets, everyone kvelled with nachas at their “overtures for peace”. So?

  • BD –

    1) Jaja – I like the way your wife thinks.

    2) The NK’s intention is the dissolution of Israel. Rabin’s was a two-state solution. So any comparison is disanalogous. If I’m interpreting what you’re saying correctly.

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