Neturei Karta meet with Haniyeh in Gaza
Four followers of ultra-Orthodox stream that doesn't recognize State of Israel travel to Gaza Strip by boat with international activists. Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh welcomes them, says Jews, Arabs not enemies. Next ship scheduled to dock in Gaza to carry Venezuela's Chavez
While ultra-Orthodox, including Neturei Karta protest in Jerusalem against the arrest of the mother suspected of starving her son, a delegation of the religious stream that opposes the State of Israel arrived in Gaza on Thursday, where they met with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh.
Four Neturei Karta members arrived in the Gaza Strip on the "Lifeline 2" boat along with dozens of international activists trying to break the siege on the Strip.
Hanyieh told his ultra-Orthodox guests that the Jews are not the enemies of the Arabs or Muslims. "Our problem is with the occupation, that stems from the Zionist ideology and its desire to disperse all the Palestinians."
Neturei Karta with Haniyeh in Gaza (Photo: Reuters)
Haniyeh praised his four Neturei Karta guests: "Those religious figures that express their objection to the siege, the aggression and the crimes – we can't help but respect them and for their beliefs and their culture."
The Hamas prime minister added, "This ship is proof that the American people is not entire a people of occupation and is not entirely on the side of the criminal Zionist regime.
"We view you as heroes, you are opening the eyes of the world to the siege in the Strip.
Officials in the Strip are now awaiting a third ship that is meant arrive carrying Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.