HRC Letter Printed in the Toronto Star

August 1, 2007

In response to a questionable photo printed in the Toronto Star on Monday (as per below or online here) describing the Neturei Karta as a ‘fringe’ movment within Judaism, HonestReporting Canada submitted a letter to the editor to clarify who these individuals are and what they represent.


Here is the full text of the letter as printed in the Toronto Star today:

"The old maxim that "a picture is worth a thousand words" could not have been more appropriate when considering Oakland Ross’s recent dispatch. The information appended to the photograph describes the Neturei Karta as "a fringe ultra-Orthodox movement." True as that may be, as a way to clarify how "fringe" this "movement" actually is, consider the following: This exceedingly small element in the Jewish community was ostracized for attending Iran’s Holocaust denial conference. Despite being unrepresentative of ultra-Orthodox Judaism or the Jewish people in general, many of the images of the widely condemned conference featured members of the Neturei Karta sect shaking hands and in close embrace with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who continually calls for the elimination of Israel. The conference itself also featured an unsavoury variety of Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites under the false guise of promoting "freedom of speech." This group’s existence is far beyond the accepted and recognized framework of the Jewish people. In a means to ensure that the general public does not think that the Neturei Karta is the legitimate face of world Jewry, please remember that they are definitely not kosher. Mike Fegelman, Assistant Director, HonestReporting Canada"


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