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.Join our WhatsApp group
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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.
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. https://t.co/GNq6b7dscM
— Satmar Headquarters (@HQSatmar) December 5, 2023
“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.”