Moshe Hirsch

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Moshe Hirsch
Native name
Yiddish: משה הירש
Died (aged 86)
Resting placeMount of Olives
OrganizationNeturei Karta
ChildrenRabbi Meir Hirsch and 2 others
RelativesAbraham Rabinovich (cousin)
Rabbi Aharon Katzenelbogen (father-in-law, deceased)

Moshe Hirsch (Yiddish: משה הירש‎) (born 1923 or 1924—May 2, 2010) [1] was the leader of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta group in Jerusalem. He advised Yasser Arafat on Jewish affairs and visited him in Ramallah.[2] Following Hirsch's death, shiva visitors included senior Fatah members, including Adnan al-Husayni (who brought a personal letter of consolation from Mahmoud Abbas), Hatem Abdel Kader and Bilial A-Natsha.[3] Hirsch was the son-in-law of the now deceased Neturei Karta founder Rabbi Aharon Katzenelbogen and his first wife,[4] and was the leader of one of the movement's factions. He was originally from New York City, and later moved to Jerusalem.

Hirsch had one glass eye due to an injury sustained when someone threw acid in his face. According to his cousin, journalist Abraham Rabinovich, the incident had no link with Hirsch's political activities but was connected to a real estate dispute.[5]

Family and personal life[edit]

He was the father of three children.[6] One of them is Rabbi Meir Hirsch.[7] Meir who is his oldest son had taken over a lot of his fathers duties when he was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer's disease.[8]


  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (May 5, 2010). "Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, Israel Opponent, Dies at 86". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  2. ^ Schattner, Marius (November 12, 2004). "The rabbi who mourned Arafat". Middle East Online. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  3. ^ Nachtigel, Yosi (2010-05-05). בלתי-נתפס: בכירי פת"ח במאה-שערים. צפו בוידאו ותמונות (in Hebrew). Kikar Shabbat. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  4. ^ Odenheimer, Micha (Spring 2006). "We Will Not Obey. We Will Not Follow". Guilt & Pleasure. 2: 71–77. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2008-08-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Rabinovich, Abraham (2010-06-04). "My cousin Moish: Identities of the late Rabbi Moshe Hirsch". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  6. ^ The Independent Rabbi Moshe Hirsch: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish leader who became an adviser to Yasser Arafat
  7. ^ Arutz Sheva Neturei Karta Rabbi Dead at 86
  8. ^ Guilt & Pleasure Issue 2 - Spring 2006 - The Fight Issue Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine

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