‘CHRISTIAN’ ZIONISM EMBRACING THE VERY ‘PEOPLE’ THAT SPIT ON JESUS

Disturbing language in the following video…
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Christian Zionists are really blind at heart. The fact they prevent themselves from seeing the truth suggests that we are talking about a bunch of psychotic people who are thoroughly intoxicated by their monomaniac fanaticism and blinded by their shocking ignorance.
Christian Zionists embrace the very people who call Jesus “Hitler of Bethlehem”
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
 

As many as 5000 Christian Zionists gathered this week at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. for the annual conference of the organization CUFI, Christians United For Israel.

The annual event is considered a key occasion when Christian supporters of Israel reassert their nearly hysterical embrace of the Zionist apartheid regime, including the policies of ethnic cleansing of non-Jews (Muslims and Christians), lebensraum, and even its genocidal designs.

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed the evangelical conference, telling the huge audience that “when you support Israel, you don’t have to choose between your interests and your values, you get both..”

Netanyahu, like most other Israeli leaders, is a pathological liar who lies as often as he breathes oxygen. He knows deep in his heart that what Israel has been doing and the way it has been behaving ever since its birth 63 years ago represents the ultimate contradiction to true Christian values, the values that Jesus preached and because of which he incurred the wrath of the Jewish establishment of his time.

One of the most enthusiastic Zionist Christian supporters of Israel  is Glen Beck, a tomfool par excellence,  who would do anything in order to obtain a kosher certificate of good conduct  from the very same people who would view Beck himself a slave, and his mother, daughter and sister as Shiksas or whores.

The news commentator, who visited Israel a few days ago in order demonstrate his Zionist credentials, sounded very much as if he was a Kahana disciple.

Meir Kahana is the Judeo-Nazi rabbi and former Knesset member who urged Israel to carry out a genocidal ethnic cleansing of its non-Jewish population and subjects in order to create a goyem-free Talmudic theocracy.

“Jews have been chased out of every corner of this planet, enough is enough,” Beck was quoted as saying. He added that new states can be established, but not at the expense of other states, and that Israel is historically the land of the Jews.

Beck utterly ignored the all too clear historical fact that Palestine had been known as the Land of Canaan long before the appearance of Abraham, the common forefather of both Adnani or northern Arabs and early Israelites. Likewise, he also ignored the fact that Arabs and Muslims had lived in Palestine uninterruptedly since time immemorial, certainly longer, I would say much longer, than Jews ever did.

In an outburst of hysteria and childish emotionality, Beck tried to outdo himself by claiming himself a Jew.

“When we see Israelis not as part of us, we can move to the next level as human beings. Let us declare ‘I am a Jew,’ they can’t kill all of us.”

Well, I am afraid I have bad news for Beck and his ilk.  They are not viewed as bona fide human beings, but as donkeys, yes donkeys, by the very people they grovel in humility at their feet.

The former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, recently declared that the only reason Beck and all other non-Jews were to serve Jews.  The very same message had been brazenly told by none other than Menachem Shneerson, the celebrated Chabad lubavitch, without having the sheepish Americans raise their eyebrows.

Another rabbi by the name of Yitzhak Ginsburgh has been quoted as saying that it is moral for a Jew to murder non-Jews and steal his heart or liver if he needs one.

“As for the Goyem, Gentile souls are of a completely different and inferior order. They are totally evil with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

“If a Jew needs a liver, can you take a liver of an innocent non-Jew passing by to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has infinite value, he explained. There is something infinitely more holy and unique about Jewish life than non-Jewish life.”  (See the Jewish Week, New York, also Haaretz-1996).

Incidentally, this is the very same rabbi who recently published a book entitled the King’s Torah in which he argued that the Torah and Talmud allow the murder of innocent children of non-Jews during war time on the ground that saving Jewish soldiers’ lives overrides and takes priority over maintaining non-Jewish lives however innocent these may be.

Christian Zionists are really blind at heart. The fact they prevent themselves from seeing the truth suggests that we are talking about a bunch of psychotic people who are thoroughly intoxicated by their monomaniac fanaticism and blinded by their shocking ignorance.

They would just go to any extent to prove their loyalty and allegiance to the very people who, whenever uttering the name Jesus, recites the following blasphemous refrain: May his name be damned, may his memory be erased.

When Beck was in Israel, he was confronted with one Likud member, who told the Christian Zionist imbecile straight in the eye, “your God is not my God, and your country is not my country.”

I know it is utterly useless to  appeal to reason, even to religious or simple human decency, when arguing with Christian Zionist fanatics, as one would get the impression that these  people must have substituted the universal  message of love which Jesus preached with the message of hate, death and racism, as practiced by Jewish Nazism.

How can one  possibly do so when these pseudo Christian zealots firmly believe that every Jewish terrorist, who may have just set a church or mosque in the West Bank on fire or spat on a Christian clergyman walking  in the streets of occupied Jerusalem, represent the Almighty?

I challenge these phony evangelicals to approach their Zionist masters and lovers and ask them to stop calling Jesus, the son of Satan, and Hitler of Bethlehem. I urge them to so gently ask the Merkaz Harav Talmudic College to stop teaching Chesronot Shas which tells us in Gittin 57 that Jesus is boiling in hell in hot excrement and semen, which is his curse for questioning the Jewish authority.

Indeed, instead of inciting hatred toward the very people who, whenever uttering Jesus’ name, they so solemnly and respectfully say “may peace be upon him,” these brainwashed Zionist Christian fanatics should ask their Jewish bedfellows to stop referring to Jesus as the son of a prostitute and a Roman soldier, who learned witchcraft in  Egypt and who beguiled Jews to worship him as an idol.   (See similar beliefs in Shabbath104b and in Sanhedrin106a).

True Christians don’t side with oppressors against the oppressed. True Christians don’t support land theft, ethnic cleansing and terrorism, regardless of the perpetrators and victims. True Christians pride themselves on being loving, tolerant and peace makers.

But Christian Zionists are not true Christians even if they claim to be. This is why they embrace a manifestly evil state that murders, steals and lies, a state that is more in sync with Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin and their ideals than it is with Jesus Christ and his universal message of love and compassion.

PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN BIGOTRY CROSSES THE BORDER TO CANADA

 

 Canada used to be a decent state that jealously safeguarded human rights and international law.

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Canada’s pseudo-Christian bigots aids Israeli oppression in Jesus’ name

By Khalid Amayreh

Stephen Harper, Canada’s eccentric prime minister, claims to be conducting politics, including foreign policy, according to the “way of Jesus.”  However, it is amply clear that this man and his policies represent the exact anti-thesis of every sublime Christian ideal.

A few weeks ago, Harper, having received a telephone call from Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, insisted that no mention of Israel’s pre-1967 borders be made in the G8 Summit leaders’ final communiqué.

Harper’s “intervention” collided with the views of all other leaders who wanted the border line to be specifically mentioned. It also contravened the positions of the rest of the international community.

One European diplomat reportedly remarked that “Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to the 1967 borders in his speech last week.”

Canada used to be a decent state that jealously safeguarded human rights and international law.

For many years the North American country represented a main destination for individuals and groups seeking redress after being wronged by despotic and tyrannical powers.

However, thanks to the monomaniac discourse of Mr Harper and the coteries of obscurant evangelicals around him, Canada has effectively become a zealous supporter of apartheid in Palestine-Israel, a defender of ethnic cleansing and justifier of scandalous human rights violations.

Harper and  cohorts  claim,  obviously mendaciously, that supporting Israel’s systematic oppression against defenceless Palestinians is a religious duty mandated by the Bible, since Israel allegedly represents God on earth and that standing against or even criticising the Jewish nation-state goes, therefore, against the will of the Almighty.

For those who really understand the message of Christ, this is an obscene distortion of true Christian ideals, which urge Christians to stand for justice, to be on the side of the poor, the weak and the oppressed.

It doesn’t seem to matter to Harper and his government that  Israeli policies and actions Canada is asked to support are decidedly evil, immoral, illegal and, in many cases, go beyond the pale of human decency.

It doesn’t matter that some of these acts would be absolutely and totally viewed as felonious and criminal according to Canadian laws. In the final analysis what is important for these fanatical Israel-firsters is to support Israel, whether right or wrong, no matter what Israel says or does. This abhorrent fanaticism has a name: moral blindness – and it is done in Jesus’ name.

I would like to remind Mr Harper, if he is prone to logic, that no previous Canadian governments recognised the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation that started in 1967. Even today, the Canadian Justice System refuses to recognise East Jerusalem as part of Israel. So, why this mindless, unethical and evil embrace of Israeli recalcitrance?

Interestingly, Harper’s government’s real stance on the 1967 borders has nothing to do with any objective viewpoint pertaining to the conflict.

Under the Harper administration, Canada doesn’t even say where the future borders between Israel and a putative Palestinian state should lie. In fact, Harper’s Canada doesn’t even believe in the two-state solution, whereby a viable Palestinian state, with contiguous borders, could be established on the West Bank.

Canada’s true, undeclared stance under this pseudo-Christian bigot is actually the evangelical stance, namely that those non-Jews, including thousands of Christians, have no right to human rights, political rights, dignity and civil liberties in Israel.

And in case one tries to challenge Canada’s premier on his manifestly oblique understanding of Christian values, let alone his scandalously skewed understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, he doesn’t hesitate to quote from the the Old and New Testaments of the bible.

Within a minute he can produce a text proving that non-Jews, presumably including thousands of Christians, living under the Jewish rule have to resign to a status of  “wood hewers and water carriers” in the service of the Master Race, or Chosen People. So, here we have a classical example, vintage Canada, of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, being used to promote Israel’s lebensraum policies.

Indeed, in light of the ideological underpinning of his foolish embrace of Israeli fascism and jingoism, one can safely conclude that Mr Harper is effectively adopting the most racist policies of the Israeli right, including that of the settler groups, which openly offer Palestinians, including Christians, three choices: Enslavement as water carriers and wood-hewers, expulsion or Old-Testament-style physical extermination.

In his ostensibly infinite ignorance of the basic tenets of Christianity, Harper claims that the Almighty wholeheartedly supports the nearly genocidal geopolitical goals of the Israeli government. According to him, the Lord, who is portrayed as an avaricious real estate dealer, is an enthusiastic advocate of Israeli “lebensraum” policy in the West Bank and beyond.

Under this light, Christians have to back Israel unhesitatingly and under all circumstances, irrespective of the crimes against humanity Israel is committing non-stop against the virtually defenceless Palestinians.

Of course, Harper may continue to invoke Jesus to justify his un-Christian and immoral policies toward the Palestinian plight; policies that Christ would never support if only because they contradict basic morality.

Indeed, Jesus Christ, who some settler leaders openly and shamelessly refer to as the “Hitler of Bethlehem,” would be hounded and perhaps killed by the very same people Mr Harper is now supporting heart and soul.

But, alas, fanatics don’t hold ideas, they are held by them.

Besides, invoking Jesus doesn’t mean that one is really following Jesus’ ideals. Throughout history, many evil men, who were notorious agents of inequity and oppression, thought or gave the impression that they were serving the Lord when, in fact, they were doing just the opposite.

I have no doubt in my mind that Harper and his government are doing just that.


SARAH PALIN AND THE STAR OF DAVID

Over the weekend, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin arrived in Israel, where she was photographed wearing a Star of David around her neck.
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So what was the most decidedly not-Jewish Palin doing wearing one in Israel? Not appealing to American Jews — that’s for sure. Most American Jews, being Democrats, can’t stand her. And one visit to Israel, a nation many American Jews have mixed feelings toward, anyway, isn’t going to change that.

Why Did Sarah Palin Wear a Star of David in Israel?

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Over the weekend, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin arrived in Israel, where she was photographed wearing a Star of David around her neck.

The Star of David or Magen David is a symbol associated with Jewish texts far back as the 11th century and has been used by European Jews to symbolize their faith since the 17th century. As Zionism developed as a European philosophy, the Star of David came to represent the movement and later became the defining symbol on the flag of the state of Israel. In contemporary urban America, wearing a Star of David on a chain generally marks the wearer as Jewish.

So what was the most decidedly not-Jewish Palin doing wearing one in Israel? Not appealing to American Jews — that’s for sure. Most American Jews, being Democrats, can’t stand her. And one visit to Israel, a nation many American Jews have mixed feelings toward, anyway, isn’t going to change that.

Rather, by wearing the Star of David, Palin was reaching out to American evangelical Christians — and also being one herself.

According to David Brog, the (Jewish) executive director of Christians United for Israel, “it is increasingly common” for evangelical Christian supporters of Israel — who follow a fairly common Israel-centric strain of American biblical interpretation — to wear Stars of David as symbols of solidarity with the Jewish state.

“A lot of the folks in my organization, they wear Stars of David,” he noted. “Mainly the women.”

In CUFI circles, indeed, “it is increasingly common to wear one all the time,” Brog noted, and not just while visiting Israel.

To do so is seen as an expression of being “pro-Israel” and “philosemitic,” part and parcel with worshiping Jesus as a Jewish carpenter and honoring the Jewish roots of Christianity.

CUFI says it is the biggest pro-Israel organization in America, bigger even than the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, though the groups measure members differently. The Founder and National Chairman of CUFI is Pastor John Hagee, who during campaign 2008 raised the ire of the Catholic League, which condemned him as a “bigot” after Hagee endorsed Palin running-mate John McCain. Hagee and the Catholic League have since reconciled.

CUFI was not involved in Palin’s trip to Israel.

Image credit: Reuters

PAT ROBERTSON HAS FINALLY CROSSED THE LINE AND GONE OVER THE EDGE

American TV personality and evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson, backed by an Israeli flag, delivers a speech on a pilgrimage to Israel. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Pat Robertson: Muslims are the New Nazis

 By Tim Murphy*

Televangelist Pat Robertson isn’t the powerful political force he once was, but as the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, he’s still an influential voice on the Christian Right. Yesterday, on his television show, The 700 Club, Robertson delivered a warning to a weary nation: Muslims are the new Nazis:

Robertson: I was thinking, you know, if you oppose Muslims, what is said? Well, you’re a bigot, right? Terrible bigotry. I wonder what were people who opposed the Nazis. Were they bigots?  

Co-host: Well, in that day I think they were looked down upon and frowned upon.

Robertson: Why can’t we speak out against an institution that is intent on dominating us and imposing Sharia law and making us all part of a universal caliphate? That’s the goal of some of these people. Why is that bigoted? Why is it bigoted to resist Adolf Hitler and the Nazis and to say we don’t want to live under Nazi Germany?

Not to nitpick here, but people who opposed the Nazis were not “looked down upon and frowned upon” as bigots. This was a few decades ago, so it’s understandably a little obscure, but the United States actually went to war with Nazi Germany. There was a movie about it and everything. 

As you’d probably guess, this is hardly the first time Robertson has compared a large and diverse group of people to Nazis:

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Here’s Robertson in 1995:

“Since the advent of the head of the Justice Department, Janet Reno, things have gotten out of control. Something is going on that is just very unwholesome in this nation….this is a shocking abuse of federal power. It is reminiscent of the Nazis. Something has got to be done.”

And in 1993:

“Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians.”

Also in 1993:

“When lawlessness is abroad in the land, the same thing will happen here that happened in Nazi Germany. Many of those people involved in Adolph Hitler were Satanists. Many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.”

And in 1990:

“[T]he liberal media and the screenwriters…are the spiritual descendants of Goebbels and the Nazis. They’re not just talking about kikes and Jews; they’re not talking about, quote, ‘n—–s.’ They’re talking about Christians now.”

And in 1984:

“The state is steadily attempting to do something that a few states other than the Soviets and the Nazis have attempted to do, namely, to take the children away from the parents and educate them in a philosophy that is amoral, anti-Christian and humanistic and to show them a collectivist philosophy that will ultimately lead to Marxism, socialism, and a communistic type of ideology.”

So as you can see, Muslims are the new gays are the new Clinton Justice Department are the new gays (again) are the new screenwriters are the new public schools are the new Nazis; it’s worse than we thought.

*Tim Murphy is a reporter at Mother Jones.

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MIKE HUCKABEE, THE IMMORAL MORALIST

Seeing things one way, talking about them a different way…

Mike Huckabee, the pseudo-moralist

By Khalid Amayreh

(The bottom-line: you can’t be a man or woman of honesty and true morality and at the same time support Israeli terror and genocidal policies. The two are simply an obscene oxymoron)

Former Governor of Arkansas and Fox News host Mike Huckabee serves as a classical example of an American politician who is willing to sacrifice conscience, honesty and moral integrity in order to receive a certificate of good conduct from Israel and its powerful lobby in Washington.

He claims, or would want us to believe, that he is an ethical man who follows true Christian values. However, a closer scrutiny of the former presidential hopeful would reveal a confused man who really evades and ignores the hard and harsh issues that expose the utter depravity and  brutal ugliness of the Jewish state.

This is evident from his enthusiastic embrace of Israel’s markedly criminal policies in Occupied Palestine, policies that stand in stark contradiction to everything and anything that Jesus Christ preached and taught.

In the final analysis, we are talking about a man who combines  false religious zeal with willful ignorance, fanaticism and not a small amount of vindictiveness in forming his positions and views with regard to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Huckabee is often carried away by the atmospherics of the moment, saying things that are plainly  mendacious in order to please and appease his  fanatical fans and bank-rollers.

However, in doing so, he betrays, knowingly or unknowingly, every moral value he claims to espouse and hold aloft.

In a recent speech he gave in New York City,  Huckabee sought to curry favor with fanatical Zionist supremacists who were holding a Huckabee  reception in order to raise funds for stealing more Palestinian lands and homes and terrorizing and dispossessing more innocent people in the West Bank.

His very attendance and participation in this most immoral event caricatured a politician who just goes with the flow, regardless of the oppression, suffering and pain  America’s immoral policies are inflicting on innocent victims several thousand miles away.

“This evening is about the lights,” said Huckabee. “The lights that I hope will burn brightly, because they are not just about the Jewish people, but about all people who love freedom and who believe that every single human life matters and has worth and value and should be never devalued by the hate of other government, religion or madman and denigrated into oblivion.”

Needless to say, and given the ideology and mindset of his audience, Huckabee should have condemned outright  the systematic and unrelenting  oppression meted  out by Israel to millions of Palestinian Muslims and Christians whose only “crime” is their being not part of the “holy tribe.”

It is never sufficient  for  a true Christian to pay lib service to freedom. He or she should also denounce in the strongest terms  relentless  efforts by the Israeli government to deny Palestinians their  God-given freedom and narrow their horizons in order to force them to emigrate so that others would take over their homes and property.

Huckabee should have told his fanatical audience that the crimes  Israel is committing  in Occupied Palestine on a daily basis  were totally incompatible with the universal values of justice and equity.

True Christians, of all people, should not flinch from calling a spade a spade, even if doing  so would  make many people upset. A true Christian, and Huckabee claims to be one, must not seek to please and appease power at the expense of morality.

After all,  Jesus would have never sided with  the oppressors  against the oppressed, the rich against the poor and the strong against the weak. Similarly, Jesus would have never condoned  the  acts of savagery, hate, and persecution with which Israel is tormenting the Palestinian people.

If so, why do those who claim to be followers of Christ play deaf and dumb and look the other way whenever Israel is criticized for its manifestly evil behavior, which happen to be antithetical to every imaginable Christian ideal and virtue.

In the final analysis, it is a sign of hypocrisy  and moral duplicity to invoke higher moral principles about  freedom and equality of men while constantly helping  effect and expedite policies that  seriously undermine both.

Huckabee and similar hypocrites ought to realize that all the standing ovations in the world don’t warrant harming a child, who is made to suffer because Israeli bulldozers, driven by nefarious young  soldiers, came and destroyed his home while he was at school.

On the Day of Judgment, this child and the tens of thousands of other victims of Israeli oppression will point an accusing finger toward the likes of Huckabee who helped Israel carry out her evil acts against helpless Palestinians. Then there will be no Fox News to spin the facts and turn the big lie into a “truth” glorified by the ignorant rabbles.

Unfortunately, conscience and the American political discourse don’t usually go hand in hand.

Huckabee readily condemns the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel (this is a mendacious observation because the Palestinian Authority recognized Israel as part of the Oslo Agreement).  But he says nothing and remains silent about Israel’s refusal to recognize Palestine. So where is the moral consistency, Mr.  Huckabee?

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If Huckabee is truly serious about justice and morality, he should first challenge and denounce the manifestly fascist and criminal  policies and practices of the  Israel  government.

He should declare that Israel should immediately stop all the persecution and oppression meted out to the Palestinian people. He should say “No” to the unmitigated ethnic cleansing of Christians and Muslims in East Jerusalem,  including  the banishing of citizens because of their political views.

He should at  the very least denounce recent Jewish edicts that non-Jews, including  Christians,  are infra-humans, or de facto  animals,  whose lives have no sanctity.

He should strongly condemn the racist views of many rabbis in Israel who openly teach that God created Gentiles to be merely water  carriers and wood hewers for the master race.

He should condemn the acts of savagery and criminality meted out to Christians and Muslims in occupied Palestine at the hands of  murderous settlers who think of themselves as God’s representatives on earth.

I am sure that Huckabee would unhesitatingly condemn any discriminatory acts against Jews in any American city.

But why does he not utter even a word in  protest  against discriminatory acts against Muslims and Christians in Israel like the recent edict by dozens of rabbis who ruled that it is forbidden to rent property to Palestinian students or Arabs in general.

The principles of freedom and justice are universal  and ought to apply to all men and women regardless of race and faith.

However, approaching these values selectively by ignoring the immense oppression inflicted on  the Palestinian people at the hands of Huckabee’s darling state several thousand miles away does represent the apex of hypocrisy.

This is what Huckabee obviously doesn’t understand.

BURN A QURAN FOR JESUS….

Burn a New Testament for zion….

Burn an Old Testament for hitler….

A seemingly endless cycle of hate …..

BUT…. IT CAN BE ENDED!


I am old enough to remember the last country that thought it was okay to burn books. They wore armbands with Swastikas on them and their leader copied his mustache from the film actor Charlie Chaplin and as I recall they were pretty much jerks in the long run.
Dare we follow their example any further than we already have? *

BUT, There are those that are following that example…. the fires of hatred are being rekindled at this very moment….

Two years ago Jewish Orthodox  youths burnt  New Testaments in Israel…. worse yet, the fire was lit by the city’s Deputy Mayor! OFFICIALLY STATE SPONSORED HATRED!

I can’t help but wonder how many of those youths had relatives in Berlin when the fire shown above took place. Is book burning and hatred all these kids learned from the horrors of the holocaust? What ever happened to NEVER AGAIN?? (or does that apply only to Jews themselves?)

In two days time another fire will be lit, this time by a ‘Christian’ Pastor. Instead of declaring 9/11 a Day of Peace and Understanding, this ‘Pastor’ has declared it to be a day of hatred and intolerance. Despite the protests and even death threats that have come from all over the globe, he intends to go ahead with his fiery demonstration of ignorance. Incidentally, the name of Jesus is mentioned in the Quran at least 25 times. Surely He would not sanction such hatred.

Others have planned different ways of commemorating the horrors that took place at Ground Zero on that faithful day…

One group in particular, the Network of Spiritual Progressives is calling on all its members and friends to quickly organize interfaith public readings of the Qur’an on the same day. Please reach out to members of every religious community, and none, to join with you in doing this act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Another action of solidarity was suggested in an earlier post on this Blog, wear a Hijab on this day to protest against the blasphemous and satanic act of this church. Information for this campaign can be found on their FaceBook Page… Wear Hijab on 9/11, Defy “Burn a Quran Day”

The fires of hatred can be extinguished if we all act together!


STAND WITH ISLAM AGAINST IGNORANCE AND HATE!

STAND WITH HUMANITY AS ONE ON 9/11!!

DON’T ALLOW THIS MADNESS TO CONTINUE!!!


DON’T LET HATRED WIN ….. EXTINGUISH THOSE FIRES BEFORE THEY EXTINGUISH US!
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WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY ABOUT ‘CHRISTIANS’ THAT HATE?

It is really difficult and pointless  to argue with fanatics especially if they happen to be ignorant as is the case with these stupid so-called Christians. Fanatics don’t hold ideas, they are held by them.  Ultimately, these people bring shame to themselves and to the great religion they claim to represent.

“Christians” whose religion is hate

By Khaild Amayreh in occupied Palestine

In recent days and weeks, some “Christian” fanatics in the United States decided to take on Islam which they called “the devil.” On Friday, about a dozen right-wing “Christians” carrying placards and yelling” Islam is a lie” angrily confronted worshipers outside a Fairfield Avenue Mosque.

“Jesus hates Muslims,” screamed the cultists at worshipers arriving at the Masjid An-Nur mosque to prepare for the first congregational prayer in the Holy Month of Ramadan. One protester reportedly shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque, shouting “murderers.”

One Texan, who was carrying a bullhorn, was shouting “this is a war in America and we are talking it to the mosques around the country.”

The anti-Islam riots coincide with plans by a marginal Pentecostal church to burn copies of the Quran on 11 September to coincide with annual anniversary of the terrorist events which took place nine years ago.

It is not difficult to understand what these ignoramuses and liars are up to. They are insecure in their beliefs and would want to draw attention. This is why Muslims must maintain calm and composure. Reacting violently or in an uncalculated manner would be playing into their hands.  In Surat Aali-Imran, the Almighty reminds us of the following:

“Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.” V. 186

These people are not really interested in  knowing the truth or evening understanding the other. They reject any debate because they have nothing really to say except badmouthing and curses. Their aim is to incite against Islam and foster hatred against Muslims because they view Islam as their ideological and spiritual opponent. Their slogans that Islam represents the devil should be viewed as a sign of moral and religious bankruptcy. There are hundreds of religions in this world and each views itself as exclusively right and others as wrong. However, very few if any openly calls for the annihilation of a specific religion.

Well, if Islam represents the devil, then why not debate it and expose it to all and sundry instead of ranting like mad, barking  dogs? (A Muslim is urged to say “I seek refuge with God from devil” whenever he or she recites the Quran.) So, what kind of devil is that which warns people against itself when reading Islam’s Holy Scriptures?

Besides, does the rejection of the Trinitarian doctrine make the rejecters worshipers of the devil. If so, Jews, too, must be authentic worshipers of the devil since they reject Jesus completely and absolutely?

But why do these morons have a certain fixation on Muslims while paying little or no attention to billions of other people around the world who don’t worship Jesus?

The answer is very clear. Buddhists  and Hindus, for example, don’t represent a religious or spiritual alternative to the Christian religions. Moreover, the perceived proliferation of Islam in some western countries is seen as a strategic threat  by these fanatics who seem to have no other recourse in dealing with this issue other than to resorting to  primitive incitement, saber-rattling and   vilification.

Islam orders Muslims to love, venerate and glorify Jesus. However, the Quran, Islam’s holy scripture, teaches that Jesus is a human being, not a deity. That God neither begets nor is he begotten, and has no sons, daughters or a wife.

The story of Jesus’ birth is highlighted in Surat Maryam (Mary), the Mother of Jesus, who is mentioned in Islam’s holy book more often than she is mentioned in the New Testament.

16. Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East.

17. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.

18. She said: “I seek refuge from thee to ((Allah)) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear Allah.”

19. He said: “Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.

20. She said: “How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?”

21. He said: “So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, ‘that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us’:It is a matter (so) decreed.”

22. So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.

23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): “Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!”

24. But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): “Grieve not! for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee;

25. “And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.

26. “So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye. And if thou dost see any man, say, ‘I have vowed a fast to ((Allah)) Most Gracious, and this day will I enter into not talk with any human being'”

27. At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: “O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought!

28. “O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!”

29. But she pointed to the babe. They said: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?”

30. He said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;

31″And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live;

32. “(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable;

33. “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”!

34. Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.

35. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, “Be”, and it is.  (the Quran, Sura 19)

It is really difficult and pointless  to argue with fanatics especially if they happen to be ignorant as is the case with these stupid so-called Christians. Fanatics don’t hold ideas, they are held by them.  Ultimately, these people bring shame to themselves and to the great religion they claim to represent.

The issue at hand is not whether Jesus Christ claimed to be God or Son of God. People are free to believe what they want to believe. God is the final arbiter. And the arbitration doesn’t take place in this world, but in the hereafter.

However, relating to those who differ with us with vilification, demonizing and calling children “murderers” is an expression not only of religious intolerance, but of  intellectual bankruptcy  to say the least. It is also an expression of a certain propensity to commit violence and terror.

Murderers are those who have murdered innocent people; Hence calling Muslim children on their way to a mosque in Texas “murderers” says more about the Christian fanatics’  morality and way of thinking than about the innocent kids who were taught in school something about First Amendment freedoms and civil liberties, including freedom of religion.

The ugly anti-Islamic discourse in the United States these days  is by no means a healthy discourse. Just imagine what the reaction to such a blaspheme would have been if such events had been  held at a mosque and if Christianity had been demonized in the manner Islam has been?

Again, these barking “Christians” may succeed in generating some “bitterness” in some circles. However, let it be known that all their protests and madness will not succeed in undermining Islam, a religions that is gaining new converts despite all the incitement and hate-mongering.

Muslims are always capable of defending and protecting their religion and religious convictions. But they will not be drawn to meaningless altercations with marginal and isolated  mad dogs that are really a cancer upon the conscience of Christianity.

Hatred is the weapon of the weak, and will only  eventually consume the hateful themselves. Hatred is not Jesus’s way of dealing with opponents, and Muslims are no opponents of Jesus.  Hence, one wouldn’t exaggerate much by saying that the preachers of hate must be acting under the influence of the devil, not the influence of God.

‘CHRISTIANS’ UNITED AGAINST HUMANITY

That’s the only one way to describe the group known as ‘Christians United For Israel’

EVANGELICAL SUPPORT OF THE SETTLEMENTS ARE TAX EXEMPT

THIS article from the New York Times tells it all


WHY WOULD JESUS SAY ABOUT ‘CHRISTIAN ZIONISM’?

What sort of Christians become Zionists?

Stuart Littlewood

“We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation” – The Jerusalem Declaration

Not all Jews are Zionists. Many reject the Zionist project and fight against it.

So why on earth would a non-Jew wish to be one? Indeed, how could a genuine Christian seriously consider becoming a Zionist? It has puzzled me for a long time. The two ideas are incompatible, are they not?

So consider for a moment Anglican Friends of Israel, as an example. Their stated aims include:

  • To support the people of Israel and to secure defensible borders for the State of Israel.
  • To recall the Church to G-d’s Covenant with the Jewish people and to call the Church to affirm the centrality of Israel to the Jewish faith.
  • To call Anglicans to repentance for the wrongs – of both word and deed – inflicted by Christians on the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.
  • To fight all libels against Israel and the Jewish people and their State.
  • To protect the Christian communities threatened by Islamic extremism in the Middle East.

Are they Zionists? It sounds very much like it. For them Israel can do no wrong and Christians need to apologise to the Jewish people… er, what for?

And what makes them think that Muslims are more of a threat than Israeli extremists to Christian communities?

You should also see the sort of stuff the Anglican Friends of Israel post on their website.

AFI Press Release: The Mavi Marmara

Written by Anglican Friends of Israel

Wednesday, 02 June 2010

Anglican Friends of Israel are dismayed at international condemnation of Israel following attacks upon Israeli Defence Force personnel [by] a supposedly peaceful aid convoy… Israeli offers of peaceful means to deliver the aid into Gaza were refused. Video footage proves that the violence which tragically resulted in the deaths of some passengers and injuries to others including IDF personnel was begun by Aid convoy members… Terrorists in Gaza continue to fire rockets into Israel – over 60 this year so far – and to explode bombs in order to kill and maim Israeli citizens.

Western spokespersons might bear in mind that the terror threat to western nations springs from the same source as that faced daily by Israelis and be more circumspect in making demands on Israel before all relevant facts have emerged.

Anyone would be forgiven for thinking it was actually penned by the crapaganda unit in Tel Aviv. These Anglicans (if they are Anglicans) swallowed Israel’s poisonous concoction hook, line and sinker and re-broadcast it while the abducted flotilla aid workers – witnesses to the murderous assault and executions – were incarcerated in Israeli jails and unable to tell the outside world what really happened.

I don’t know of any danger to us from Hamas, Hezbollah or Iran, if those are the “terror” sources referred to. I doubt if groups who wish to see the Israeli nuclear threat to their region neutralised are also gunning for us, even though people like Anglican Friends of Israel and foreign secretary William Hague are doing their best to provoke them. But Israel of course wishes to make the British feel threatened and to draw us for strategic reasons into their schemes for permanent occupation and domination. There are always plenty of useful idiots to do their bidding.

A few days earlier the Anglicans issued a press release stating that the flotilla to Gaza was “a publicity stunt, not a genuine aid convoy”. The item was actually a statement by the Israeli embassy repeated word for word and containing meaningless information like… “Since last year’s January cease fire, 133 million liters of fuel entered Gaza from Israel – That’s more than enough fuel to fill the fuel tank of every car and truck in Israel!” and “Since the ceasefire, well over a million tons of humanitarian supplies entered Gaza from Israel – That’s almost a ton of aid for every man woman and child in Gaza.”

Meaningless, because the figures lacked context. You have to go to the UN for that. Whatever Israel lets in, says the UN, it’s only one-fifth of what’s needed.

Some apparently responsible people, it seems, would rather accept without question the disinformation fed them by the Israeli authorities than on-the-spot assessments and reports by the UN and various charities.

Actually Israel is letting in only a quarter of what it let in before Hamas was elected.

Without question there was a publicity angle to the voyage. The organisers had a political point to make – the whole ugly US/UK-created mess out there is a political cesspit. The Israelis couldn’t afford to see their illegal blockade breached. The evidence points to a planned execution raid on the Mavi Marmara in the dead of night with a pre-prepared hit-list.

And in a letter to the BBC these Anglicans insisted that Operation Cast Lead (Israel’s blitzkrieg on Gaza after breaking the ceasefire with Hamas, subsequently killing 1400, maiming heaven knows how many and making hundreds of thousands homeless) was an act of “self-defense”.

If you are as bewildered as I am why so-called Christians are persuaded to sign up to Zionism, a short paper explaining the phenomenon is available from Sadaka, The Ireland Palestine Alliance – see www.sadaka.ie. I found it very helpful.

“The destiny of the Jewish people is to return to the land of Israel and reclaim their inheritance promised to Abraham and his descendants forever. This inheritance extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. Within their land, Jerusalem is recognised to be their exclusive, undivided and eternal capital, and therefore it cannot be shared or divided.

At the heart of Jerusalem will be the rebuilt Jewish temple, to which all the nations will come to worship God. Just prior to the return of Jesus, there will be seven years of calamities and war known as the tribulation, which will culminate in a great battle called Armageddon, during which the godless forces opposed to both God and Israel will be defeated.

Jesus will then return as the Jewish Messiah and king to reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and the Jewish people will enjoy a privileged status and role in the world.”

That’s the Zionist dream in a nutshell.

As I understand it, the Jews were expelled by the Roman occupation in 70AD, when the second temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and again in 135AD.

These days the right of return is regarded as an inalienable right. But it should be exercised as soon as the reason for expulsion (e.g. foreign occupation) ceases. In the Jews’ case an opportunity would have occurred in the 4th century AD as the Roman Empire collapsed. But they didn’t take it. They can hardly expect to change their mind 16 centuries later. Their right expired a very long time ago.

By comparison the Palestinians’ right of return after being ethnically cleansed in 1948 and ever since is much stronger because the enemy occupation has not yet ended and the UN has endorsed their right.

Nevertheless Zionists claim Jerusalem is theirs by heavenly decree. However, this holiest of cities was already 2000 years old when King David captured it. It dates back 5000 years and was named after the Canaanite God of Dusk.

Historians say that Jerusalem, in its ‘City of David’ form, lasted a mere 73 years. In 928BC the kingdom divided into Israel and Judah, and in 597BC the Babylonians conquered the city and destroyed Solomon’s temple. The Jews recaptured it in 164BC but finally lost it to the Roman Empire in 63BC. Before the present-day conflict the Jews, in total, controlled Jerusalem for some 500 years, whereas it was subsequently ruled by Muslims for 1,277 years. Before the Jews it belonged to the Canaanites. And for nearly 90 years it was also a Christian kingdom. A lot of competing claims, then, which is probably why the UN declared it should be independently administered as an international city.

In 1187 Saladin restored the city to Islam while allowing Jews and Christians to remain. Today Jewish religious groups want control of the city for their spiritual centre and for a third temple to be built in accordance with ancient prophecies. The plan to make the Israeli occupation permanent threatens especially the Muslim but also the Christian holy places and serves to keep political tension boiling. It is no surprise, given Israel’s reliance on ‘black’ propaganda, that when the Iranian president quoted the late Ayatollah Khomeini as saying the unfriendly regime occupying Jerusalem “must vanish from the page of time”, he was immediately reported as wanting to wipe Israel off the map.

Sadaka puts the genuine Christian position by quoting The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism, a statement by the Latin Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued in 2006…

We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.

We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently imposing their unilateral pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine. This inevitably leads to unending cycles of violence that undermine the security of allpeoples of the Middle East and the rest of world.

We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war rather than the gospel of universal love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ. Rather than condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon everyone to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and occupation. Instead, let them pursue the healing of the nations!

The Declaration, explains Sadaka, asserts that “Christian Zionists have aggressively imposed an aberrant expression of the Christian faith and an erroneous interpretation of the Bible, which is subservient to the political agenda of the modern State of Israel… Christian Zionism thrives on a literal and futurist hermeneutic in which Old Testament promises made to the ancient Jewish people are transferred to the contemporary State of Israel in anticipation of a final future fulfillment.”

I haven’t yet seen credible response from the Christian Zionists.

Alarmingly, the US-based Unity Coalition for Israel brings together over 200 organisations and is the largest pro-Israel network in the world. They claim to have 40 million active members and lobby on behalf of Israel through 1,700 religious radio stations, 245 Christian TV stations and 120 Christian newspapers.

The question I’d like answered is this. Are we to believe that an all-powerful supernatural Being has chosen and elevated one group of humans to a position of supremacy above all others, and has approved the use any means including murder and brutal eviction to achieve their goal, and now mobilizes millions of lesser mortals from around the globe, like those who regard themselves as upstanding Christians, to serve as tools and sing the praises of this ‘Grand Design’?

In the meantime I’m with the Churches of Jerusalem on this one.

It took an 89-year old woman, the formidable White House correspondent Helen Thomas, to prick the Zionists’ over-inflated balloon when she said last week that the Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home… to Germany, Poland, America and everywhere else.”

The hatchet squad roaming America’s den of iniquity promptly fell on her. They may have silenced her, and may even have destroyed this frail lady, but the power of her words will live on…

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THE UN-CHRISTIAN EMBRACE OF ISRAELI APARTHEID

The un-Christian “Christians” who embrace Israeli apartheid
Khalid AmayrehBy Khalid Amayreh

“You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, and shall be cast out and  trodden under the foot of men.” Matthew: 5-13

“They may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”

Millions of Christian Zionists think that by blindly supporting Israel’s apartheid policies against the tormented Palestinians, including Palestinian Christians, they are upholding the truth and doing the right thing in the sight of God. Frankly, they are wrong; supporting blatantly unjust policies, including murder, persecution and theft, is never morally correct no matter how many verses one can quote from the Old Testament or any other religious text. Moreover, these pseudo-Christians, many of whom think they are following in the footsteps of Jesus, are convinced that they are doing his will by absolutely and unconditionally embracing evil actions which are in reality the antithesis of everything that Jesus Christ preached.

I am not talking about something about which I have scanty information or rudimentary knowledge. I have written a Master’s thesis on Christian Zionists’ distorted theology, met and spoken with some of their leaders, watched their TV antics and read their books. I heard the late Jerry Falwell on several occasions claim that “if you criticize Israel, you criticize God”, adding that the Almighty “treats nations according to how nations treat Israel”. Similarly, I heard and watched another demented evangelical, Pat Robertson of the 700-Club, who would invoke Old Testament atrocities to justify Israel’s modern equivalents, even those committed against Palestinians who are his fellow Christians. I also know that some evangelical preachers have called for applying the “Biblical approach” to the Palestinians and Lebanese people for resisting Israeli aggression. That “Biblical approach” is nought but a euphemism for genocidal ethnic cleansing.

Unfortunately, this scandalous distortion of Christ’s teachings is being promoted by wealthy Zionist circles that pay lip-service to Christianity, especially among Protestant communities and evangelicals, for purely political reasons, while maligning everything and anyone professing Christianity living in Israel. If anyone still has doubts about the veracity of this claim, let them ask some of the leaders of the Christian communities in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

This mindless infatuation with Zionism, an essentially Godless ideology that views religion   including Judaism   with contempt, is an expression of mental and spiritual sickness. What else explains the enthusiasm among such “Christians” for Israeli atrocities in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank? Christian Zionists claim to be following the way of Jesus. However, a brief scrutiny of their behaviour reveals people who are more concerned about pleasing Israeli-Jewish supremacists than pleasing Jesus. They have the audacity to claim that they love the Palestinians, Israel’s victims, while they quite happily give support to Israel’s criminal acts, such as demolishing Palestinians’ homes, bulldozing their farms, fields and orchards, even burning them with white phosphorus. What kind of “Christian charity and love” portrays evil as good in this way? Jesus would never have condoned the actions of Zionists as even a cursory examination of his ministry will reveal.

It is often understood that “love” rather than “justice” is the essence of Christianity. But is love compatible and consistent with supporting oppression and persecution against innocent people just because they happen to be non-members of a “chosen tribe”? In fact, it is only through the fair treatment of others that true love can be manifested and conveyed. In Islam, true love is called “Ihsan” which is an advanced degree of charity and forgiveness.

It is a positive sign that the erstwhile power and influence of the cult known as Christian Zionism   people who support Israel right or wrong   has been receding, especially in the United States. Nevertheless, we who are the victims of Zionism and America’s enduring embrace of Israeli criminality, want to see true Christians in America and elsewhere speak out and repair the damage wreaked by successive US administrations on an innocent people whose only “crime” is their determination to free themselves from the shackles of neo-apartheid.

It is easy to “prove” any argument with selective readings from sacred texts; taken out of context, such texts can be misused and this is what has happened with fanatical Bible-thumpers viewing the Lord as no more than a Tribal Chief or real estate-dealer. The reality is that, ultimately, God does not condone oppression, even if the oppressor is Jewish.

Any theology that condones and, indeed, endorses oppression against non-Jews (including Christians) by Jews is a theology devoid of morality, a theology which owes more to Satan than to true guidance from the Almighty.

I am not suggesting that Christians should become the enemies of any particular people; I am only challenging them to behave in accordance with the teachings of Christ. If that is done, we will see organisations called “Christians united for justice” rather than “Christians united for Israel”, because true Christians can never be instrumental in implementing oppressive policies.

CHURCH LEADERS CONDEMN ISRAEL AND ‘CHRISTIAN’ ZIONISM IN PARTICULAR

Church leaders condemn Israel and Christian Zionism

Dr. Hanan Chehata

Church leaders condemn Israel and Christian Zionism. Easter was the perfect opportunity for Christians to reconsider their position on the Palestine/Israel conflict and many did. In South Africa, more than sixty church leaders and theologians showed their support for Palestine and expressed their condemnation of Israel’s apartheid policies by supporting the 2009 Kairos Palestine document. This was a paper written by Palestinian Christians and endorsed last December by many high-ranking church leaders. Citing the military occupation of Palestine as a “sin against God and humanity”, the Kairos document refers to the daily humiliation endured by Palestinians of all faiths at the hands of the Israeli regime and claims that the illegal Israeli settlements are ravaging Palestinian land. In doing so, it calls upon the international community and world leaders to withdraw their support for Israel and support campaigns to boycott Israel instead, and to compel Israel to abide by international law.

The renewed wave of support for Kairos coming out of South Africa is an encouraging sign that support for the Palestinian cause is not waning among the churches of the world. On the contrary, support for Palestinians in Christian circles is gaining moral traction and theological legitimacy. This is a very important trend, especially considering the fact that Christian Zionists have been among the most vocal and influential in support of the state of Israel. While there are only 15 million Jews worldwide, there are an estimated 50 million Christian Zionists and the loss of their support will have a profound impact on the overall stability and viability of the Zionist state.

Declarations of support for documents such as Kairos must surely compel Christian Zionists to re-examine their commitment to the state of Israel. The South African Christian response to the Kairos Palestine document frames its arguments in both religious and non-religious terms. In terms of non-religious arguments the South Africans address the building of the separation wall and explain how the apartheid state that Israel has created is now worse than the South African apartheid version ever was. They tell the Palestinian people in no uncertain terms, “From our own experience of apartheid, we can clearly and without equivocation say that your situation is in essence the same as apartheid and in its practical manifestation even worse than South African apartheid.” Consequently, they call upon all of the communities of the world to support the boycott of Israel and they call upon their own government to cut some of the “sinister” ties that regretfully exist between Israel and South Africa.

For those Christians who would welcome some clarification from their church leaders on what their religious stance should be on the whole Palestine-Israel conflict, the declaration issued last weekend presents the situation in unambiguous theological terms. The church signatories had no hesitation in “declaring the occupation a sin and evil”. Furthermore, they profess to the Palestinian people that, “for this sin to be committed in the land where Jesus was born, raised, where he ministered, was crucified, rose and ascended, makes it necessary for us to take your situation even more seriously. Jesus must be weeping at the injustice that he sees in Jerusalem”. In fact, the declaration goes so far as to declare that modern day Christian Zionism “can only be described by us as a modern-day heresy”. The signatories say that “this kind of Christianity” serves to “make the Christian faith a servant of an evil ideology”.

The South African response is also significant in that it addresses the matter in terms of “repentance”, thus echoing the call of the 2009 document which issued “a call to repentance; to revisit fundamentalist theological positions that support certain unjust political options with regard to the Palestinian people. It is a call to stand alongside the oppressed and preserve the word of God as good news for all rather than to turn it into a weapon with which to slay the oppressed”. These are all extremely strongly worded statements which will not have been issued lightly and which should not therefore be taken lightly. They show just how serious theological condemnation is becoming for those who support Israel from within the ranks of Christianity. This is a welcome development from a faith that professes love, humanity and morality above all else.

Easter was indeed the perfect time for this declaration of support to be issued. Not only is it the time for revitalised spirituality for many Christians but it also arrived this year at a time of frustration for many Palestinian Christians who were prevented from celebrating their holy days freely as a result of Israeli-imposed restrictions in the Holy City. As Britain’s Amos Trust reported, “Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Fire Saturday and Easter Sunday are the holiest days celebrated by Christians in Jerusalem, but through road blocks in the old city and a police presence with machine guns, as well as rude and hostile attitudes from police and army officers, Christians are increasingly being restricted from being able to move freely.” Although obviously most frustrating for Christians at this time, the situation serves as a reminder of what all Palestinians go through every day of the year under the oppression of the Israeli colonialists.

It is promising that the view of Israel as an apartheid state is gaining ground. It has already found a foothold amongst student organisations and civil society bodies, trades unions and so on; it is encouraging, therefore, to see religious groups also take more of an interest in what is happening in the Holy Land. As this view takes hold, the less legitimacy Israel will have.

In an article in the Financial Times, Mustafa Barghouthi wrote, “Even Israel knows there is no future in apartheid”. He pointed out that in 2007 Ehud Olmert (the then Prime Minister of Israel) said, “If the day comes when a two-state solution collapses and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the Territories) then, as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished.” That day of reckoning may very well come for Israel in the same way that it came for the apartheid regime in South Africa, and much sooner than the Israelis think. The more Israel denies the human and legal rights of the Palestinians, be they Christians or Muslims, the more it will be viewed with the same revulsion as the Jim Crow era in America and the apartheid era in South Africa. The only way for Israel to save itself from such a poor image and censure is for it to change its policies and grant the Palestinian people their rights once and for all. Until then, the Kairos Palestine document and similar attempts to bring Israel to account for its oppression of the Palestinian people should be supported and proliferated worldwide with renewed vigour based, for Christians especially, on a fresh spiritual momentum and theological justification for such a position.


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‘CHRISTIAN’ ZIONISTS KEEPING ‘THE DREAM’ ALIVE

Image by Paramentis

Hagee’s Gifts to Pro-Settler Groups

Recently, Max Blumenthal uncovered that Elie Wiesel accepted a $500,000 gift from John Hagee, the anti-Semitic pro-settler televangelist. Wiesel appears to have resisted Hagee’s blandishments to come to San Antonio to speak to his congregation as he admits in a video available at the Hagee website. But once Hagee waved that $500,000 check in his face, and after Bernie Madoff had already cleaned him out, Wiesel saw the benefit of making common cause with the Christian Zionist zealot. Wiesel is also a useful tool for Hagee, as the former provides the latter that veneer of Jewish respectability he needs in the face of massive criticism of his motives and his record of strange statements about Jews and the Holocaust.

Wiesel takes home $500,000 check from Christian televangelist, John Hagee, with pro-settler Israeli minister, Uzi Landau, looking on approvingly

Thanks to Didi Remez, I’ve been doing some digging among Hagee’s other gifts to Israeli organizations. In fairness, he does give gifts to hospitals and absorption centers, which are perfectly reasonable. But it is notable how much money and how extensively he gives to pro-settler and extreme rightist Israeli groups.

Besides Im Tirtzu ($200,000 over two years), the radical right smearmeisters who put a horn on Naomi Chazan in a disgusting ad in the Jerusalem Post and Hebrew language press, there are these others (some of which are listed here on page 12):

Gush Katif, $200,000

Young Israel, $150,000

Shurat Ha-Din, $100,000

Nefesh B’Nefesh, $1,000,000

Ariel (settlement), $500,000

Gush Etzion, $150,000

Gush Katif funds support the settler malcontents who resisted the Gaza withdrawal.  It offers them financial support to continue their resistance to territorial compromise and defiance of the directives of Israel’s democratically elected government.

Shurat HaDin’s Intelli tours meeting with targeted killing units

Young Israel is one of the most virulent U.S. Orthodox groups supporting the most extreme of the settlers and settlements.

Shurat Ha-Din is an Israeli-American group using “lawfare” to wage war against the Arab world.  It sues Arab banks alleging that they accept deposits from militant groups in violation of U.S. law.  The group also hosts “Intellitours” to Israel which include meetings with Shin Bet assassins who’ve perpetrated targeted assassinations.

Nefesh B’Nefesh resettles new immigrants who make aliya.  It makes a special point of directing these immigrants to West Bank settlements and subsidizes their lives there.  In effect, this is yet another means of providing ideological and financial support to the settler movement.

Ariel and Gush Etzion are two of the larger settlements in the West Bank.  Hagee’s Ariel gift supported a new conference center.  Again, providing critical infrastructure support strengthens the settler enterprise.

I should add that these are only the publicly announced gifts.  Neither Christians United for Israel nor John Hagee Ministries file 990 IRS forms, claiming they are exempt due to being a church.  As far as CUFI is concerned, this appears to be an abuse of the system as it is certainly not a church.  Rather it is a pro-Israel political-theological group advocating on behalf of the settler movement and Israel’s far right.  Of course, the IRS does nothing to police such abuse as I’ve noted here in similar cases regarding other pro-settler U.S. non-profits.

Since Hagee’s giving is not transparent he could be giving much, much more and to even more radical groups than the ones he publicly acknowledges.  Only he knows and he’s not telling.

Maybe we should ask Elie Wiesel how he feels being among such a hit parade of Israeli Jewish extremists, not to mention taking tzedakah from the bizarro Hagee himself.

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THE FORCES BEHIND THE SETTLEMENTS

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From news reports, one would think that the Jews of Israel are behind the evictions and illegal settlements in East Jerusalem. Despite the lack of a public outcry against these crimes, this is not the truth. Israeli citizens, like citizens anywhere else are totally divorced from the evil realities that go on around them…. if it doesn’t affect them directly, they just don’t seem to care.
 
 
In reality, the forces behind these horrors are not all Jewish… the so-called ‘Christian’-zionist movement is there in full force. Mike Huckabee is here at present to give his fellow zionists a moral boost, as well as a probable economic one from the coffers of the Anti People Fund of America. His local followers are here to support him…. click HERE to see who they are.
 
 
So, please be assured, these crimes are not being committed by the Jewish people…. most have not yet said “NOT IN MY NAME’, but I am sure they will in time. It’s also time for the American people to say the same thing.
 
The photo below shows exactly what America is supporting until those words are said….. “NOT IN MY NAME”!

fascism behind the settlements 

Right-wing activist Baruch Marzel holds a placard depicting US President Barack Obama in an Arab headdress, during a protest next to east Jerusalem’s Shepherd Hotel, where US Republican Mike Huckabee held a reception.

Photo: AP

MIDEAST CHURCHES SLAM CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

Khalid Amayreh, IOL Correspondent
Bishop Younan
“It has nothing to do with true Christian teachings and ideals. It is actually a heresy,” Bishop Younan told IOL.
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Christian leaders in the Middle East and the Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) are on a holy mission to expose Christian Zionism as a pseudo-religious movement that twists Christianity for its own political purposes.

“We don’t consider these people [Christian Zionists] a legitimate Christian sect or denomination,” Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, told IslamOnline.net.

Younan co-signed the landmark Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism along with leaders of seven other major churches in the Middles East.

In the document, the Christian clergy denounce so-called Christian Zionism as a heretic movement whose ideas and ideals are incompatible with authentic Christian teachings.

“[It’s a] false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.”

Christian Zionism, also referred to as Evangelical Zionism, teaches that the creation of Israel on the rubbles of Palestine in 1948 was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

Its doctrine, popularized by the 19th century American Cyrus Scofield, claims that Israel is an important catalyst in the second coming of Jesus Christ and that the Israeli-Arab conflict is a battle between good and evil that will play a pivotal role in this.

They claim that Jesus can’t return until certain events occur, including Jews gaining control of Jerusalem, destroying its Islamic holy places and building their alleged temple.

According to Christian Zionism, the final battle of Armageddon will then precipitate the second coming of Christ.

“It has nothing to do with true Christian teachings and ideals,” insists Bishop Younan.

“It is actually a heresy.”

Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism signatories include Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Swerios Malki Mourad of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate and Bishop Riah Abu el Assal head of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Messages

Bishop Younan says their declaration is to communicate certain messages to all those concerned with what happens in the occupied lands, including Christian Zionists themselves.

“To the Americans and the world at large, we would like to say that the Christians of Palestine stand firmly with their people for freedom and justice and deliverance from the Israeli occupation.”

In the declaration, the eight church leaders reiterate opposition to alliance between Christian Zionists and the right-wing Israeli government.

They warned that the alliance would inevitably lead to unending cycles of violence all over the Middle East.

Organized Christian Zionism has long been rooted and mobilized in the US.

American Evangelicals, who are usually linked to the Christian Zionism movement, believe they have a biblical and moral obligation to support and protect Israel because it is “God’s foreign policy”.

A research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that evangelical Christians were more likely to support Israel than any other religious group in America besides Jews.

“To the Palestinians and the Arab world, we say do not lump Christian Zionists with true Christianity which stands with the oppressed and the weak against the oppressor,” says Bishop Younan.

“And to Christian Zionists we say, you are not welcomed here. Don’t come to our country to dupe and mislead people with your money and poisoned ideology.”

HIS HOLINESS : A WITNESS TO THE EXECUTION

 

When, Where the Pope Inspires No Hope

Nicola Nasser

Palestinians could not understand how the Pope has been to Auschwitz to pray for the people murdered there, ‘as a duty to truth and to those that suffered’, but could not similarly heal the wounds of those who are still suffering in Gaza, says Nicola Nasser.

 

Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to be the third pontiff to visit the Holy Land from 8 – 15 May, following in the footsteps of Paul VI in 1964 and John Paul II in 2000, on a mission officially described as a “pilgrimage” and one of “peace and reconciliation.”

 

 

However, the Pope will be stepping into “a diplomatic minefield,” where the Catholic highest spiritual authority will be unmercifully scrutinized by the protagonists of the one hundred year old Arab – Israeli conflict for the Holy Father’s every step, word and handshake, which would force him into the defensive in an impossible balancing act that will rule out any hope his presence is supposed to inspire, especially among the down-trodden Arabs of Palestine, whether those who are “Israelis” living as second class citizens since 1948 or those Palestinians living under the Israeli military occupation since 1967.

 

 

Even the pontiff’s own Catholic diminishing flock in the Holy Land seems in controversy over the timing and the itinerary of his pilgrimage. “We will ask him why he came, what he intends on saying … and why he isn’t coming to Gaza,” Father Manuel Mussalam, the pastor of the only Catholic church of about 300 believers in Gaza, out of 3000 Christians in the Israeli besieged Mediterranean strip, was quoted by AFP as asking. “We’ll tell him that this is not the right moment to come and visit the holy places, while Jerusalem is occupied,” Mussalam added.

 

 

In November 2006, long before Gaza Strip came under the control of the Islamic movement Hamas, which is cited as the casus belli for the Israeli latest three – week bloody and destructive war on Gaza as well as for the nine – year old Israeli military blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians since 2000, Father Mussalam described the situation there: “Gaza cannot sleep! The people are suffering unbelievably. They are hungry, thirsty, have no electricity or clean water. They are suffering constant bombardments and sonic booms from low flying aircraft… They have no income, no opportunities to get food and water from outside and no opportunities to secure money inside of Gaza. They have no hope and no love. These actions are War Crimes!”

 

 

Vindicating Mussalam’s statement, the World Bank reported on April 24 that a serious environmental threat is evolving in Gaza where only one tenth of water meets the world health standards, a fact that is responsible for a quarter of the disease cases, and creating a water crisis similar to that in Sudan and Congo.

 

 

Nonetheless, the Holy See is determined to rule out Gaza from the Pope’s itinerary. In a recent letter to the Vatican 40 prominent Christians from the occupied Palestinian territories appealed to the Holy See to add Gaza to his itinerary. They could not understand how the Pope has been to Auschwitz to pray for the people murdered there, “as a duty to truth and to those that suffered,” as he said, but could not similarly heal the wounds of those who are still suffering in Gaza.

 

 

The Vatican cites security reasons, according to the spokesman of the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Father Peter Madros. Israel recently barred the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Franco, from Gaza. But security did not prevent Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General from visiting Gaza when the guns were still smoking, nor did it prevent Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, to name only a few.

 

 

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, in an interview provided by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land and published by Zenit.org on April 22, acknowledged that the Pope’s trip has undoubtedly a “political dimension”: “We mustn’t fool ourselves: there is 100% a political dimension … everything will have a political connotation. Here we breathe politics, our oxygen is politics.” But Twal has three explanations. First, “it is difficult to find a good balance and to maintain it.” Second, “imagine the negative consequences it would have on the pilgrimage industry, if the Pope himself was afraid of coming on pilgrimage.” Third, “what should be done? Wait for better times … until the Palestinian question is resolved? I’m afraid that two or three Sovereign Pontiffs will pass before it is definitively settled.”

 

 

The three reasons Twal cited are shocking, but his conclusion devastates whatever hope the papal visit might inspire: “The more the Vatican is a friend of Israel, the more it will be able to draw profit,” otherwise, “we will all lose, we Christians and we Arabs”!

 

 

When His Holiness is to meet on April 14 with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has dispelled all hopes for even the resumption of a peace process, let alone peace, both by his on-record political platform as well as by the composition of his extreme right ruling coalition, and when he will meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, the spiritual capital of Christianity and Islam which his Israeli hosts are determined to Judaise as theirs only eternal capital, and to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, the Islamic Al-Buraq Wall as the Jewish Western (Wailing) Wall of the Temple, and when Israel forces his protocol team to drop from the list of his Arab audience in Nazareth the Palestinian mayor of Sukhnin, Mazen Ghanaim, because he rallied against the Israeli war on Gaza, then the itinerary of his pilgrimage could be described as anything but being apolitically balanced when Gaza is ruled out.

 

 

In his Easter message on April 12, Benedict XVI noted the world food shortage, the financial turmoil, the old and new forms of poverty, the disturbing climate change, the violence and deprivation, “the ever present threat of terrorism,” to conclude that, “it is urgent to rediscover grounds for hope,” and urged his audience to spread the kind of hope that inspires courage to do good even when it costs dearly. But his oversight that did not make him mention military occupation and the long standing refugee problem emanating therefrom, as it is the case in Palestine, to where he is heading as a pilgrim, dispels any hope that he will say, let alone do, anything that would inspire hope.

 

 

Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Bir Zeit, West Bank of the Israeli – occupied Palestinian territories.

 

AIPAC’S FAVOURITE ANTI SEMITE

There has been much discussion, adding to even more confusion as to the difference between anti Semitsm and anti zionism. Groups like AIPAC and the ADL see no difference despite the fact that most of the world’s Jews do not live in Israel, nor do they have any connections to it.

To offset this, groups mentioned above are willing to overlook blatant manifestations of anti Semitsm…. if the price is right. John Hagee has been paying that price…. pouring millions of dollars into the hate filled coffers of the Jewish Right…. from the ‘Christian’ Right to the Jewish Right… but in both cases very WRONG.

The following report deals with the latest developments regarding AIPAC’s favourite anti Semite….

Christian Zionist gathering mired in controversy
Bill Berkowitz

OAKLAND, California (IPS) – The battle lines over Pastor John Hagee have been drawn, redrawn, and are no doubt being drawn again as this is being written. The San Antonio, Texas-based mega-preacher with the multi-million-dollar empire has always been controversial, but these days, the pastor is a lightning rod for critics.

And as the days pass leading up to Hagee’s annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) conference in Washington next month, new revelations of his anti-Semitism have come to light.

At last year’s CUFI conference, US Senator Joseph Lieberman called Hagee “an Ish Elochim,” saying he is “a man of God, and, like Moses, he is the leader of a mighty multitude.”

When it was first revealed that Hagee had made a series of anti-Catholic remarks, critics, including Bill Donohue of the conservative Catholic League, went ballistic. Hagee apologized. When Hagee blamed gay people for causing Hurricane Katrina, many were offended. Hagee offered up a half-hearted apology and quickly moved on.

However, when Hagee’s remarks about Hitler being sent by God to force the Jews to pack their bags for Israel became a YouTube sensation — and then garnered the attention of the mainstream media — longtime allies in the Jewish community began to question what Hagee was up to.

To his credit, Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, quickly threw Hagee off the bus, despite having spent a year courting the pastor for his endorsement.

However, the condemnation hasn’t been universal. A number of fellow Christian conservatives and Jewish leaders have rushed to defend the beleaguered pastor. While last year Hagee was treated like royalty at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), he prudently chose not to attend this year’s meeting earlier this month. Nevertheless, when his name was brought up by CUFI executive director David Brog, “the crowd broke into a lengthy round of applause, ending in a standing ovation,” the Jewish daily Forward reported.

From 21-24 July, Hagee’s CUFI will be holding its third annual “summit” in Washington. Among the scheduled speakers are Gary Bauer, a CUFI board member and longtime religious right activist and president of American Values; former Republican senator Rick Santorum; Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor; Brad Gordon, co-director of Policy and Government Affairs at AIPAC; Daniel Pipes; and Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Leonard Fein, in a Forward piece titled “Our Hagee Problem Has Yet to Be Addressed” asked: “How many of these [the scheduled speakers at the CUFI conference] will now, in light of the new information about Hagee’s beliefs, cancel out? Or will they twist and turn to rationalize their continuing support for this false witness?”

Despite pleas not to attend the Washington meeting from a number of organizations, including the newly formed Jewish group J Street — which has partnered with Democracy for America in an effort called “Say It Ain’t So, Joe” — Lieberman appears thus far steadfast in his willingness to stand with Hagee.

Some of the other guests are also being asked to forgo attending the conference. At the same time, Hagee’s pals are urging their followers to go to Washington and support the embattled preacher.

In defending Hagee, Stephen Strang, president and chairman of Christian Life Missions and regional director for CUFI, wrote that “Hagee has done more than any other Christian in our generation to show love to the Jews and to stand strong with Israel. Yet he made one comment, taken out of context about Hitler, that some liberal blogger says makes him anti-Semitic.”

One comment as Strang alleges? Bruce Wilson, the investigative journalist who first put together the video of Hagee’s Hitler sermon, has uncovered more anti-Jewish material tucked away in the Hagee archives.

In an email interview, Wilson told IPS that all of the Hagee material that he has been “writing about and making videos (short documentary videos in some cases) of has come from material that Hagee has mass marketed himself, mostly from his sermons.”

According to Wilson, at Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio on three consecutive Sundays in March 2003, the pastor delivered “sermons heavily loaded with anti-Jewish memes, stereotypes, slurs and conspiracy theories, one of which was almost identical to what was perhaps Adolph Hitler’s favorite conspiracy theory, which alleged that an international Jewish banking cabal, led by the Jewish Rothschild banking family, controls the fates of entire nation, even the progression of world events and history, through the manipulation of global money markets.”

The three sermons — delivered on the eve of, and just after, the invasion of Iraq — were packaged and sold by Hagee’s ministry as “Iraq: The Final War.”

Wilson claims that Hagee’s sermons are part of a distinct and “deeply disturbing pattern.” He notes that Hagee’s Cornerstone Church members have sung “Blow the Trumpet in Zion” at CUFI’s “signature event,” the Night to Honor Israel, with scripture drawn from the Second Book of Joel, Chapter 2, verses 1-11.

“That scripture … concerns prophecy forecasting the invasion and ‘desolation’ of Israel expected by Hagee and his church flock, which is divided into 12 administrative units each named for a Tribe of Israel,” Wilson said.

Although the preaching of Hagee and other conservative Christian evangelicals has been going on for decades, “Few in the American Jewish community, or the Israeli Jewish community, grasp the magnitude of the anti-Jewish hatred that has been stoked from American pulpits and American televangelist broadcast networks,” Wilson recently wrote.

“The propaganda has been slightly coded but in the end not very subtle. Rather than directly vilify Jews, Christian fundamentalist preachers and leaders have for decades vilified groups and terms that traditionally, for better or worse, have been associated with Jews.”

While some Jewish leaders reject out of hand the End Times theory that sees Israel as the final battleground before the return of Christ, others prefer to look away, sometimes even laughing off the loopier aspects of these apocalyptic visions on the one hand, while accepting millions of dollars of support for their favorite Israel charities and powerful political network the Christian Zionists have built.

Bruce Wilson’s research, and the attendant publicity it generated, has likely forced Hagee to the sidelines for the bulk of the presidential campaign. When asked whether his new discoveries will lead to the severing of ties between Hagee and some of his most fervent Jewish supporters, Wilson told IPS that “were they to get anything close to the same level of media play as the ‘God sent Hitler’ video it might. Barring that, it would probably take something even more shocking to cause such a rift.”

Will Lieberman and Pipes continue backing Hagee regardless of what other anti-Jewish commentaries might be discovered? Will CUFI continue to escalate its push for the Bush Administration to deal militarily with Iran? These questions might be answered when CUFI members flock to Washington next month.

Bill Berkowitz is a longtime observer of the conservative movement. His column “Conservative Watch” documents the strategies, players, institutions, victories and defeats of the US Right.

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