The Neturei Karta member who was attacked this week in Amsterdam is seeking to clarify that he is no Zionist.
The man, 50-year-old Rabbi Yosef Antebi was hospitalized this week after he was confronted by a Muslim man as he was walking down a street in Amsterdam. A friend of his said that the Muslim ran after Antebi and then proceeded to kick him in the stomach.
According to reports on Friday, however, Antebi is now seeking to meet with the attacker in order to explain the ideological system in which he believes, and explain his dislike towards Zionism and the State of Israel.
"Rabbi Antebi said that is willing to give up everything just so he can talk with the gentile and explain the difference between Judaism and Zionism and to say that there is nothing in his heart against Arabs," Neturei Karta said, according to an email correspondence seen by Arutz Sheva.
Neturei Karta oppose the establishment of the State of Israel. They often win international headlines despite their tiny percentage of world Jewry. Members of the group have in the past met with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who publicly called to wipe Israel off the map.
Earlier this week, the group attributed the attack to the “Zionist evil, which causes anti-Semitism all around the world, until even those who are truly observant and faithful Jews are liable to fall victim, and pay a high price for the Zionists' sins.”
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