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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Arafat paid Neturei Karta nutjobs

According to documents recovered from Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah headquarters, he has paid Rabbi Moshe Hirsch tens of thousands of dollars to obtain his continued support. The documents were recovered from Arafat’s office by IDF troops during Operation Defensive Shield.

According to correspondent Haggai Huberman, Hirsch received $25,000 in January 2002 and an additional $30,000 when he signed on the dotted line, officially lending his support to Arafat.

Hirsch is affiliated with a fringe extremist segment of the ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta sect which does not recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel, and goes so far as to express support for a Palestinian state since members feel Israel may not run affairs in the Land of Israel until the Messiah is revealed.