Reactions Abound As Satmar Trends on Twitter

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    NEW YORK  – The Satmar community is having its moment on Twitter, with video clips of the annual celebration of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum’s escape from the Nazi regime 79 years ago going viral and being shared by Palestinian and Hamas supporters.

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    Political commentator and social media influencer Jackson Hinkle was one of multiple people who shared a short video that showed thousands singing and dancing joyously at this year’s 21st day of Kislev commemoration at the Carey Gabay Recreation Center on Bedford Avenue.

    Hinkle shared the clip, which was posted by a Jewish anti-Zionist Twitter account. The tweet also included text explaining that, despite media reports to the contrary, not all Jews in the world support Israel or Zionism.


    “Over 60,000 anti-Zionist Jews gathered in New York,” posted Hinkle, quoting part of the original tweet. “Israel is not the state of Jews. Zionism is not Judaism.”

    Hinkle has 2.2 million Twitter followers, and shares sharply worded pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian frequently. He was one of nearly 10,000 people who reposted the clip, which as of this writing, has over a million views.

    Others who shared the video include Denmark’s Dr. Anastasia Maria Loupis, who has one million followers on the platform, and Palestinian news site Palestine Online, which has nearly 300,00o followers.

    After finding itself in the spotlight, the Satmar Headquarters Twitter account issued a vehement rebuttal to Hinkle’s post one day later, attempting to distance its remarks from those who support terror.

    The post read, “WRONG! Our anti-Zionist stance, is deeply rooted in religious beliefs, and is fundamentally distinct from political anti-Zionism. Our stance is a principled religious position, and is clearly not a political tool to cover for antisemitic Jew-haters.”

    Responses to the Satmar post ran the gamut, with some appearing supportive, while others took a broad view of the issue, ranging from outright anger to lessons on social media usage.

    “That’s great but I hope you see the political cover you are (unintentionally) giving to antisemites,” wrote (((Beth Balsam))).

    “Your stance contradicts the Torah. You should read it from time to time,” observed Binyamin Lachkar.

    A tweet by the Israel Advocacy Movement took a completely different tone, highlighting mutual respect and unity as the best way to heal communal rifts reading, “We are religious Zionists. We want the world to know that we have nothing but respect for Satmar’s Ahavat Yisrael. While hashkafa may divide us, love for each other, the Torah, and HaKadosh Baruch Hu unites us.”


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    Educated Archy
    Educated Archy
    2 months ago

    Satmar needs to be clearer and say that we don’t support their ideology but right now we stand behind the war against nazis hamas killers.

    answer Jewish hate with Jewish love
    answer Jewish hate with Jewish love
    2 months ago

    May there be true unity of the Jewish people through Torah and mitzvos, including the mitzva to protect Jewish lives, which Satmar is, boruch Hashem doing. May the Hellenists who side with the enemies of the Jewish people do teshuva and may we all strengthen in Torah and mitzvos. Moshiach now!

    sue
    sue
    2 months ago

    The Satmar position is very controversial —tho the Rav of Satmar was a total Tzadik. the fact is that today the majority of the world’s Jews live in Eretz Yisroel and we need to live here safely . it is not a question of zionism – as a movement, it still exists but zionism is much weaker than it was right after ww2. there is no serious thought that Ishmael will allow Jews to live side by side with them in peace here. Preserving Jewish life here demands practical solutions and continual spiritual endeavor.

    Maven
    Maven
    2 months ago

    The Satmar position is not a pro-Palestinian thing, the contrary. Palestinians/Arabs are killing Jews and no Frum Yid can be pro murderers acts. Satmar and that was the view of ALL Gedolim prior the Holocausts are just simply following what the Torah says. That it is not allowed to have a Jewish state before the coming of Moshiach. Nationalism is against what Judaism is all about. Judaism is all about Torah and Mitzvot and this kept us in this long Golus. Judaism is not about a State or a language.

    Yehuda
    Yehuda
    2 months ago

    Imagine thinking that Satmar anti-Zionism contradicts the Torah……

    HeshyEmes
    HeshyEmes
    2 months ago

    It is unfortunately the Neturei Karta who cause such Chilul Hashem AND give comfort & support To Klal Yisroel’s enemies.

    In a word
    In a word
    2 months ago

    Heilig

    JonPaulCohen
    JonPaulCohen
    2 months ago

    More Jews support Zionism, than those who support Satmar.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    2 months ago

    ““Your stance contradicts the Torah. You should read it from time to time,” observed Binyamin Lachkar.” Actually, it is Zionism that totally contradicts the Torah, as the Brisker Rav and others noted. This observer should learn the Torah and find that out.

    Needs to be said
    Needs to be said
    2 months ago

    Thank you to the fat piece of horse excrement Jerry Nadler The piece of garbage that he is for saying something extremely stupid and wrong on the floor of the house. May you rot in hell Nadler!

    ezras nashim
    ezras nashim
    2 months ago

    they need to shut up and stay in their own lane! Satmar knows nothing about Israel and are forbidden on “religious” (!) grounds to see the good in it. At this moment, while Jews are risking their lives to defend the land and bracha that Hashem gave us Satmar is out there trumpeting that they are against Israel???? FEH

    zero zero
    zero zero
    2 months ago

    ZiobISM no. ZiobIST yes. The Villna goan was Chasid bu was against ChasidISM.
    The only ISM for Jews is JudaISM. Along with this alll Jews are brother and should condemn Hamas and nybody who wants to kill Jews just because they are Jews.

    anonymous
    anonymous
    2 months ago

    Satmar? If you really want to see what’s headed our way, know that Michael Johnson is new Speaker of the House, 3rd in line for the Presidency, is a N.A.R. Leader, who believes in a xtian theocracy over America. See-
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Apostolic_Reformation

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    2 months ago

    ““That’s great but I hope you see the political cover you are (unintentionally) giving to antisemites,” wrote (((Beth Balsam))).” Actually, Zionism – by design and otherwise – gives way, way, way more ammunition to Jew-haters than any anti-Zionism of anyone including Satmar.

    The_Truth
    Noble Member
    The_Truth
    2 months ago

    I fail to see how Satmer says that Jackson Hinkle is wrong.