The Holocaust conference in Tehran includes members of Jews United Against Zionism, an organization of religious Jews who believe that the creation of the state of Israel goes against Jewish law.
"We don't want to deny the killing of Jews in World War II, but Zionists have given much higher figures for how many people were killed," Rabbi Moshe David Weiss, one of the members attending, told delegates. "They have used the Holocaust as a device to justify their oppression."
According to their website, Jews United Against Zionism believe that Jewish law says that Jews must not use force to create a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah. Jews, they believe, are forbidden from joining rebellions and should remain loyal citizens and not attempt to leave the exile into which God sent the Jews.
They believe Jews are not allowed to dominate, kill, harm or demean another people and are not allowed to have anything to do with Israel. The group gives four reasons for its beliefs:
According to Jewish scripture, the only time that Jews were permitted to have a state was 2,000 years ago when God was with them, and a state is allowed again only when God returns.
If Jews create a state before this time, God will punish them.
Those who disobey the scripture will cease to be Jews.
The state of Israel is harmful to the Jewish religion.