Praying and reciting scripture for the love of God for Israel or praying for the peace of Jerusalem is wonderful, nice, sweet…however, when I hear these words said, and I know there are multitudes of Christians who want peace for Jerusalem…it is somehow uncomfortable to hear.
I do not profess to speak for any other Jew, only myself.
Many early pogroms began with Christians who wanted us to convert…or pay the ultimate price.
While Hitler maintained his power, the Pope at that time, Pope Pius was implicit in the dictator’s search for Jews who had converted to Christianity. The pope delivered to Hitler records of Jews whose conversion to Christianity had been made uncountable years earlier… the pope was a ….putting this in an amicable way…Nazi sympathizer …as well as the head of the Catholic church.
Imagine the difference, if you will, if he had used his influence the way Minister Niemoller used his, to affirm the roots of Christianity was Judaism and preached the validity of the Hebrew bible. For this he paid the ultimate price in a concentration camp. A very few encouraged their flock to help their fellow germans, who happened to be Jewish. German jews were very proud, almost to the point of egotism, to be German. They were the first to proudly say they were German first and jewish second.
But that is neither here nor there…a tangent if I could be forgiven.
The part of the prayers for Israel and Jerusalem which makes me uncomfortable is NO where in these prayers is the word jew . I know and understand many will say Israel IS the jews. but we are a people who have been far-flung long ago to almost every country throughout the world.
when Israel and jews are in trouble we are in trouble everywhere we might be on earth.
jews are facing a troubling time now. in Europe anti-Semitism is now bold enough and certainly there are good reasons for it to act boldly, where murder, beatings and harassment are happening daily. finally there have been guards placed at synagogues, and jewish schools. anti-Semitism never rolls back, once it starts it only rolls forward.
several months ago it was called anti-Zionism (remember that ?) supposedly caused by Israel’s defense of her country against rockets fired by Hamas from the Gaza strip. an uproar and growing sentiment grew for the gazan children being killed by Israeli missiles. at this time only Israel knew Hamas used their population of children as human shields. reams of pictures and news outlets showed nothing but dead and severely injured gazan children hundreds, thousands of them. certainly this was an extremely sad and concerning development the people were watching right there on t. v. and no one in a healthy state of mind could help but feel terrible and helpless.
But, now, remember what hadn’t been told was the truth about the dead and injured children.
Israeli missiles answering incoming missiles from Gaza were aiming at the source and area from whence the enemy missile had come from. Israel has known, through the numerous wars, and missiles fired across the border into Israel, that the gazan launching areas used by Hamas are always hidden in schools where children are trying to learn..UN schools, inside homes of everyday gazan citizens, and in this case missiles were launched from the top of a hospital where the doctors were attending to those same children who were hurt and just minutes before shown as an Israeli victim. Israel, not knowing the missile came from a hospital, answered the gazan launch and hit the hospital.
can anyone say Israel should not have fired back in order to defend their people and their country? They are God’s army. There is no choice when you are chosen to do God’s bidding.
Of course yes, Israel is better armed and has a superior fighting force. when in 1967 Israel was attacked by five or six surrounding arab countries at the same time trying to wipe out the tiny jewish state, it was a damn good thing they had that superior fighting force, or Israel would have been no more. gazans, and the arab countries who wring their hands at their treatment while not allowing them into their own arab countries where gazans actually herald from (trans-Jordan to be exact), Having to have someone to blame for their crowded, unemployed misery a new scapegoat would have to be conjured. no one knows who or from which country. happily Israel saved the proverbial day and the Israelis stay in the same job.
Film crews almost out numbered the genuinely grieving parents showing some of the bloodiest bodies.
when news of strategically placed missile launchers in the schools, one at least, a UN school, and inside houses, and the hospital surfaced for all the world to see and know the truth about Hamas and the horrific things they had brought down around their children, there was no turning away from Hamas, no harsh words from the international community, no punishment. it was Israel who was guilty, their fault because they had the ‘iron dome’, and their fault their missiles hit their targets with accuracy.
crowds began to gather in cities of the great countries in europe. they were of moderate size in the beginning, and then they began to grow in size. many of the demonstrators were muslim. Then came the chants of anti-Zionism, not a very stealth cover for the anti-Semitism it was the entire time.
the calls came then for the Zionist monsters to stop the murder of the gazan children. there was NO call for Hamas to move their missiles away from the middle of populated areas. in fact there was no outrage of any type against Hamas, not even from the foreign countries who were ready to stop trading with Israel. there was even talk of expanding the boycott of Israeli goods to turkey, whose icy relationship had thawed to an almost friendship. as far as the arab countries went, the quiet on their part on what Hamas had been doing was deafening.
the UN upon hearing what the Israelis were charging to Hamas did indeed go to Gaza to investigate, officially those charges. the UN did in fact find that weapons were STILL being stored in schools and outstanding evidence that Hamas was indeed launching missiles from the areas that Israel had claimed. Israel was telling the TRUTH.
So what happened to those in hamas who did this to their own children and citizenry you might ask? what happened to those who brought about a true catastrophe ? nothing, absolutely nothing.
meanwhile ani Semitism has grown at fever pitch. jews are being attacked harassed and murdered in france Belgium and Denmark while the jews now are leaving france by the thousands.
as ironic as this seems Israel has been called to the icc for a crimes against humanities trial. Ah but for those who truly love irony… one of the judges who will be judging israel’s crimes will be from hamas.
I think the deck is stacked.