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Kabbala curse cast upon 'Zochrot' founder

The curse, which places Eitan Bronstein in the powerful club of premiers Sharon and Rabin, was issued in New York and promises the activist death by’ mysterious work accident,’ as well as being devoured by ravens and foxes. 

A “Pulsa Dinura” curse was issued by a New York group against Eitan Bronstein, co-founder of “Zochrot” – an organization working for Israeli recognition of the Nakba and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Bronstein was informed of the curse by a letter incongruously printed in the playful Bradley Hand font and signed with a magic marker.

Authored by the “The Great ‘Pulsa Di Nura’ Committee” of 231 Street West, New York, the curse is addressed to the Zochrot conference that took place at the Eretz Yisrael Museum in Tel Aviv in September – although the letter misspells the venue as the “Haaretz Museum,” which might account for it taking some three months to arrive.

It condemns Bronstein to death “for conitnues [sic] incitement and actions against Zionism and Israel.” The spell, according to the letter, will be carried out within 30 days. A footnote explains it can take the shape of “Sudden illness, Car Accident, Mysterious Work Accident” – a perfectly explainable one doesn’t count, apparently – and, presumably by way of a bonus if you pay with credit card, “Free Fall from building.” Bronstein’s corpse will then be “devoured by Ravens and Foxes”.

Signing “for the Board” are J. Martinson and S. Epstein.

While the term “Pulsa Dinura” is mentioned once in the Talmud and once in the Zohar book – a canonical text of Kabbalah mysticism – it is used on both occasions as description of divine punishment against sinners, unsolicited by third persons. The use of the term as a curse is thought to have originated in various non-canonical texts dealing with Kabbalah “magic.” It has been frequently invoked in Israeli politics, most famously against prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon and against MK Ahmed Tibi.

The 2010 letter informing Tibi of the curse bears some resemblance to the Bronstein one in style and manner of delivery. Unlike the Bronstein letter, it is signed by a certain Johann Rasmunsen, but considering many believe the curse will revert upon its maker if the purported victim does not succumb to it within the year, and Tibi is still alive and well, some turnover among “the board” is to be expected.

Bronstein denied plans to run for parliament or premiership in the near future.

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    1. Sol Salbe

      Referring to the museum as HaAretz museum is not a spelling error but a use of the museum earlier name. Having grown up near the physical site of the museum it was always called Haaretz Museum. It’s name was changed later. Haaretz is used in the sense of this land rather than associated with the Schocken family’s publication.

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    2. Danny

      Hmm. It says the spell shall be carried out within 30 days. Sounds like Mayan prophecy redux; one wonders if they have a handy excuse ready in case the curse fails to come to pass.

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    3. The Trespasser

      We are having a scientific experiment going on here. Two previous subjects had died shortly after Pulsa Di Nura was cast on them (bloody fucking hell. they. are. casting. spells. on. Earth. in. 21. century.) so now we have to see if this one dies and if yes, than it seriously advances the theory that some g-d exists somewhere and some people have better connection(s) to He/She/It than others.

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      • ssbb

        well, except ahmad tibi. he’s fine.

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        • The Trespasser

          I thought that Pulsa DiNura is only effective against Jewish sinners…

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      • sh

        In July the curse was also sent to other Arab MKs, one, last July, with a 20-month date of expiry. But note, an assassination is not an accident. Voodoo, it appears, The Great Pulsa Dinura Committee doesn’t do so well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUA_hGs6tB4

        Still, we’d better keep an eye on the progress of Naftali Bennett too. He received a threat a few months ago that promised him Ariel Sharon’s fate.

        Interesting that they’ve moved their centre of operations to Manhattan. I believe the 20th century pulsa dinuras were kahol lavan.

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        • sh

          That should have read: The curse was also sent to other Arab MKs, one, last July, with a 20-month date of expiry. But note, an assassination is not an accident. Voodoo, it appears, The Great Pulsa Dinura Committee doesn’t do so well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUA_hGs6tB4

          Still, we’d better keep an eye on the progress of Naftali Bennett too. He received a threat a few months ago that promised him Ariel Sharon’s fate.

          Interesting that they’ve moved their centre of operations to Manhattan. I believe the 20th century pulsa dinuras were kahol lavan.

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    4. susy

      Astonished by the low level of most of the comments above. Eitan Bronstein is a modern hero.

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    5. Laurent Szyster

      Superstition is everywhere.

      Kabalists, somewhere, actually believe in the power of incantation.

      Eitan Bronstein and friends at +972 actually believe it too and feel threatened.

      You see, pulsa denira “has been frequently invoked in Israeli politics, most famously against prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon and against MK Ahmed Tibi.”

      Ok, Ahmed Tibi isn’t has not been smited yet, but it worked on the Jews. So, Eitan and Dimi have serious cause for concern.

      And you should too, if you believe in the magical powers of kabalistic incantations ;-)

      Superstition is everywhere.

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    6. Shafui

      1) There are no traditional sources for a “pulsa di-nura curse.” It was made up in the 1990s to try to frighten supporters of Oslo. 2) there is no such address in NYC as “231 Street W”. 3) The letter is written by someone who does not know English very well.
      conclusion: this whole thing is some kind of dumb hoax.

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