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Monday, December 26, 2011

UNESCO and the Palestinian Pandora's Box!

     Greek mythology tells us that once, long ago, all the evils of the world were contained in a box, sealed and given to Pandora. Eventually, succumbing to curiosity, she opened it and all the evils were released. Of course, the opening and releasing were easy, as to the capturing back of all evil and re-sealing of Pandora's box, well, that's a different story!
     Late October 2011, a proverbial Pandora's box was opened when UNESCO decided to include the Palestinian Authority on its roaster of member nations. The approval required two thirds of UNESCO general assembly and passed by 107 to 14 (52 abstentions). Almost immediately, the State Department announced that its funding of UNESCO would cease. It is now clear that the catalyst to the State Department's decision was the legal requirement to stop funding any agency that would recognize Palestine. Yet, one is to hope that there was also a shred of moral or ethical motivation, but regardless, damage has been done.
     The Palestinians are determined to acquire recognition by the U.N., but if they cannot parade through the front door with pomp and circumstance, they will quietly enter through any door that will get them any closer to international recognition. The UNESCO membership acquisition was one of those back doors. There are many more the Palestinians could go through, in their attempt to strengthen their case, and don't think for a second that they won't!
     UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The organization has many facets, and thrives to make our world a better world through the promotion and support of education, science and culture. For the last decade, it has emphasized "cultural diversity" in an effort to help radically different people groups get along and promote world peace. Conceptually, it is very hard to argue with that, and this is why the world has been giving its support to the organization.
     But Pandora's Box being opened, we can expect the imminent effects of its evil imposed on our world at any time. As a matter of fact, the first blow was given in the form of a Palestinian Youth magazine know as Zayzafouna. It recently came to the attention of a few who care enough to be watchdogs, such as the Palestinian Media Watch who passed the information to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, that the magazine's February 2011 issue featured an article in which a ten-year-old Palestinian girl said that Hitler told her in a dream: "I killed them [the Jews] so you would all know that they are a nation who spreads destruction all over the world." The magazine, we are told, promotes democracy and tolerance. Why is it then, that a young girl could write about Hitler being her role model?
     To their credit, UNESCO quickly pulled their support away from the magazine, denouncing its hateful article.
     As I see it, there might be some benefits to the Palestinian membership at UNESCO. Now that Pandora's box has been opened and many evils have been released, it is only a matter of time before the next antisemitic deed comes from the Palestinians. This is going to force UNESCO to realize how ludicrous and how wrong their move to accept a group of people committed to the total destruction of Israel was. This is also going to force UNESCO to take sides with common sense, decency and real democracy, a far cry from what Hamas promotes. UNESCO will eventually realize their mistake, but at what cost? It would have been a lot easier and much safer to keep the fox out of the chicken coop, than to hope that the animal would not eat too many chickens before he decides to become a vegetarian.
     There is nothing peaceful about Hamas, Fatah or Hizbullah. Why is the world allowing those terrorist organization to pretend that they care? Beats me! But even UNESCO, in its attempt at promoting world peace, (and many of them are definitely worth mentioning), is still falling short of real peace.
     Real shalom will only come with the real Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace) and that is Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, who over 2000 years ago at this season was born to die for all of us and give us hope.
     Incidentally, as for Pandora's box, the legend also tells us that when all the evils of the world were released, one item remained in the box, and that item was "hope"!

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest  on His shoulders;  And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,  Eternal  Father, Prince of  Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore.   The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

Peace and Hope in Yeshua!

 





   


Monday, December 19, 2011

Voluntary Sharia Compliance in Boston!

     According to Islam, devout Muslims are required to pray five times a day. Each time, as they prepare for prayer, a ritual washing of hands and feet is required. This is the purification ritual known as "wudu". This is part of Islam and entirely up to the individual to perform, if they are religious. In a country such as the United States, where Freedom of Religion still reigns across the land, Muslim hand and foot washing is just one more expression of faith that has been accepted, and rightfully so!
     The same way, religious Jewish men wear tallit (prayer shawls) and tefillin (phylacteries) on their foreheads and arm during their morning prayers, and rightfully so.
     I could go on and on, finding examples to illustrate how each religion has its own requirements dictated by its own holy book or teachings from its sages. Yet I see a major difference between them all and Islam, and that is the fact that religious requirements, as much as they are accepted by mainstream America, always take place in the privacy of one's home and/or in their place of corporate worship.
     How would mainstream America react if anybody walked into a "public" library (emphasis on the word public) and saw a group of Jewish men in a corner of the room next to a little rack holding prayers shawls and praying paraphernalia, putting on tallits and tefillin that had been graciously supplied by taxpayer dollars? I am rather certain that the word would quickly go out, and that a complaint would be filed with the library because of a breech of our "separation of Church and State". To be honest, I cannot blame anybody who would do such a thing! But again, how consistent are we with our principles?
     Why is it that for the last several years, American tax dollars (or airport user fees) have financed the building of foot basins in several airports (Indianapolis, Phoenix, Kansas City), and schools in America (Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, George Mason University, George Washington University and Temple University)?
     Why is it that Islam seems to be the only religion successfully imposing its rigorous demands on us?
     Why is it that they are allowed to use a public place to perform supposed "private" religious rituals?
     It has been stated that the foot basins are "open to all". So what happens when a devout Muslim comes in the room to perform his ritual but the basin is occupied by a non Muslim washing his hands? Can a non-Muslim actually use one of these without "defiling" it ?
     These are questions that WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO ASK if our leaders were only consistent in the way all religions were treated in America. America was built upon a strong Judeo-Christian foundation, and has blossomed from that soil. If we continue to allow Islam to fertilize the very soil we live on, nothing will grow out of it unless it is "sharia compliant". But it is their goal and they are moving towards it faster than most are willing to admit.
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     Additionally, I am afraid that, at least in the case of Boston University, we might have gone even one step further, as foot basins were recently installed for the Muslim student body, ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. Nobody ever asked the University to build those basins. Usually, Islam is very consistent in its boldness to instill sharia in America. Too often they impose their customs on us by force, and Americans are too politically correct to stop them. Yet you know something is very wrong when an American institution is being "sharianized" by CHOICE and not by FORCE. The stealth Jihad is gaining strength as it continues to affect our "Land of Opportunity".
     The country that I love so much as an expatriate French Jew having now become an American citizen, is still "The Land of Opportunity" but it seems that the opportunity might soon be for "Muslims ONLY"
     The Bible tells us that all men are created equal and are also created in God's image. It is my choice if I decide to follow Yeshua (Jesus) as my Jewish Messiah and Lord and Savior. I wish the same to all those who are lost and without hope, but I will certainly not push Him onto anybody. Heck, He doesn't even do that Himself. The choice is yours, so at the end of the day:
     Choose wisely without being coerced!
     Practice genuinely without being forceful!
     And live victoriously without being fearful!

     For  I delivered to you  as of first importance what I also received, that Messiah died  for our sins     according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was  raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Monday, December 5, 2011

Just Released: Antisemitism 2.0!

     Last week, while speaking at a conference on antisemitism organized by the  European Jewish Union (EJU), the American ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman (who happens to be Jewish)  made some very disturbing statements regarding antisemitism.
     Mr. Gutman explained that we should make a clear distinction between the old racially motivated antisemitism and the new antisemitism that he believes is "...a tension and perhaps even a hatred, largely born of and reflecting the tensions between Israel, the Palestinian territories and and neighboring Arabs states in the middle-East over the continuing Israeli-Palestinian problem."

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   So, racial antisemitism (also labelled "traditional antisemitism" by Gutman) is no longer acceptable, so much so that when the old beast shows its head again, the world should be outraged. So far so good Mr. Gutman. We should let the world unite against antisemtism, xenophobia and any kind of racism. I'm in favor of that of course, who wouldn't be?
     But wait, there is more! It seems that "traditional antisemitism" or Antisemitism 1.0 just got a major upgrade. Antisemitism 2.0 is just out. It's better, faster, stronger and much more damaging. Racial antisemitism is so....20th Century!
    According to Mr. Gutman, Antisemitism 2.0, also known as "anti-Israelism" or "anti-Zionsm" is the result of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, but when looking for the guilty party, we should only consider Israel the perpetrator!
     Mr. Gutman's believes that Antisemitism 2.0 is justified because its has a cause. The cause being Israel's "stubborn criminal colonialism" in Palestine. Arab Muslims have the right to be antisemitic because after all they are the "victims". And remember, they don't hate the Jews just because they are Jews ( that would be Antisemitism 1.0). They only defend themselves against the oppressor in Israel, I mean "Palestine" or do they?
     The terminology might have changed, but the meaning remains the same.
     The target might have a different name, but the goal remains the same.
     If Mr. Gutman really believes that the end of the middle-East conflict and of Arab Antisemitism are contingent on Israel's declaring peace and giving away the Land, he is greatly mistaken. Under Antisemitism 2.0 Jews are at risk worldwide no matter how remote they might be from Israel, the settlements and the land.
     When Nazis killed 6,000,000 Jews during World War II, the world didn't go on a witch hunt to kill all Germans. While Saddam Hussein was a butcher only equaled by a few others like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, civilized people didn't start rounding up all Iraqis and Iranians to destroy them, because of the guilt of a few. Why? Because the world was able to separate the corrupted from the the decent people.
     Yet, when it comes to Israel, the standards are different. Simply put, today when Israel makes a move, all of world Jewry is exposed. God forbid that Israel would make a decision that appears unjust or humiliating to the Palestinians, then it is open season on the Jews of the world. That would be of course, assuming that Israel is even wrong to start with when it comes to her biblical right to the Land.
     German attorney Nathan Gelbart, present at the Belgium Conference understood this very well when in response to self-loathing Jew Gutman, he said: "For no other country he would criticize or ask to boycott its goods or academics. And this for one simple reason: Because Israel is the state of the Jewish people, not more and not less." .
     No other country in history has ever been plagued by this disease. This deep-rooted hatred of the Jews is a spiritual weed whose seed was planted by Satan himself.
     Antisemitism might be given a new name, it remains the hatred of Jewish people simply because they are Jewish with the ultimate goal of eradicating all Jews from the planet. Evil doesn't come in different shades when it comes to kill innocent people, it is just plain evil. period!
     I am deeply saddened by Mr. Gutman's statement about my people. I also find it ironic that I am often accused of being a traitor, a renegade and even a self-loathing Jew because I have put my trust in Yeshua (Jesus) as my Messiah (Isaiah 52:13-53-12; John 1:12; John 5:24). But at the end of the day, there is nothing more Jewish than to believe in the Jewish Messiah and there is nothing less Jewish than to accuse our people of being the source for antisemitism. Shame on you Mr. Gutman!

Note:   The White House quickly distanced itself from Mr. Gutman's statement who himself also later apologized for his words. Yet the damage is done and the symptom is of a real disease that must be eradicated.