||The author, R. Yerachmiel Domb, says that his name has been besmirched by accusations that he met with Arab nations. He denies this categorically and states that " I did not come in contact with the Arabs, I did not give them any list, I did not ask of them any requests, and I was not promised any assurance. ...I did not take with me a Mr. Berger, and I did not let know Mr. Ashkenazy."
||R. Yereachmiel Yisrael Yitzhak Domb came to England from Poland in 1939, and lost his mother and sisters in the Holocaust. He visited the newly founded state of Israel in the 50s and started speaking and writing against Zionism, which made him unpopular with the Orthodox community. The publication of The Transformation , the definitive exposition of the Neturei Karta worldview, confirmed his status as one of the movement's main spiritual leaders.
He insists that the politicized turn of his life grew out of his upbringing in a deeply religious family. He tells how, when the Nazis came, a Polish teacher offered to hide his two blonde sisters. 'My mother said, "I appreciate your kindness. But I would rather they should die as Jews than be brought up as non-Jews." I come from a family of very strong convictions. Neturei Karta is nothing new.'
R. Domb claims that while most modern Jews have departed from true Judaism, the Neturei Karta - which means 'guardians of the holy city' in Aramaic - are the minority charged with keeping the faith. The movement was established in Jerusalem in the 30s. Its supporters, living in the Holy Land since the 18th century, had always opposed a Jewish state and were concerned about the growing pressure to establish a Jewish homeland.
'Neturei Karta is not an idea, it's not a new trend, it's not a party with a programme,' . 'It is the authentic Jewishness of the Jewish people.' At its theological heart lies the belief that the Jews have been exiled for their sins and are destined to suffer, a fate which will be redeemed only when divine intervention, with the coming of the Messiah, changes the world order. In the meantime, Jews must remain stateless, living under the rule of whichever country hosts them. Zionism, as the desire for a sovereign state, represents a blasphemous rejection of G-d's will. 'An earthly solution for the Jewish people is not possible, because we are not destined for any earthly happiness. The Jewish people should come to their senses and see that the Zionist state is one big misfortune,' says R. Domb.