Jerusalem – Just hours before the Satmar Rebbe, Reb Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, was due to land in Tel Aviv in order to visit with his Chasidim and to celebrate his grandson’s wedding, a newspaper columnist issued a call to ban the Rebbe from the country.
The article, which was written by Assaf Golan and appeared in Maariv, noted that the Rebbe, who has already arrived in Israel as of this writing, sees Israel as the devil’s handiwork and that while it would appear that his visit is personal in nature and should therefore not attract the attention of the local media, nothing could be farther from the truth.
As the leader of a large and influential Chasidic sect in America, the Satmar Rebbe brings with him large sums of money that will be donated to groups that oppose Zionism and the Chareidi draft. Others who have close ties to Satmar have taken part in anti-Semitic demonstrations in America against Israel, argued Golan.
The Satmar Rebbe has taken the stance that Zionist Israelis are rebels who are not worthy of life and will be condemned to the depths of hell after departing this world and has further made clear his views that Israeli terror is a direct punishment for the aberration that is Zionism.
Golan also suggested that there are even those affiliated with Satmar who believe that Zionism and the quest for a Jewish homeland caused the Holocaust.
Golan also pointed to ceremonial burning of the Israeli flag on multiple occasions by some Satmar factions as further proof that the Satmar Rebbe should be deported back to America.
“It is not possible that at Ben Gurion airport, the entrance to the State of Israel, that Israeli authorities should permit one of the greatest enemies of the country to visit here without further investigation, without an arrest and without expulsion from the country after being publicly labeled as a person whose presence is not welcome here,” wrote Golan.
Professor Noam Chomsky, was one of Israel’s greatest critics and supported our enemies, was refused by Israel, and as a private citizen, he did not influence thousands of followers, like the Satmar Rebbe, nor did he bring with his large sums of money to be donated to anti-Zionist causes, continued Golan
As a merciful people, there is no question that if the Satmar chasidus were to find itself in trouble that the State of Israel would step forward to offer assistance, but there is a tremendous difference between helping a brother in times of trouble and allowing a known agitator to enter our country.
The Satmar Rebbe has paid 100,000 NIS to any yeshiva whose talmidim abstain from voting in our elections and he has prevented the emigration of Yemenite Jews to Israel, preferring instead that they remain in Yemen, in danger, or that they be relocated to the United States.
Because of this it is fitting to deport the Satmar Rebbe back to the United States.
It is important for everyone who cares about the past and the future of the Jewish nation, no matter if they are on the right or the left, to come out and to demonstrate against this great enemy of the State of Israel, who comes to our country and will use his own Chasidim, who live here among us, against us.