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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Twilight Zone of the New Anti-Semitism!

     Unless you have been living in a cave (excluding the Taliban of course!) you are well aware that anti-Semitism is back and in full force. It is back and growing exponentially as most of the world is turning against Israel and the Jewish people while the rest of the world is watching. It has been refurbished and repackaged under the guise of anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism, Christian Palestinianism or any new "anti-anything-remotely-Jewish-ism"!
     We can divide the players on the stage of anti-Semitism into four main categories. The perpetrators, the by-standers, the victims and the rescuers. The stage hasn't changed much from 70 years ago, neither has the players's agenda, although the "script" is a bit different. A brief review of each group is necessary before we look at the new unlikely co-perpetrators.

• The Perpetrators: They are those guilty of acts of anti-Semitism in thoughts, words or deeds. They are part of the Church (Replacement Theology and Dual Covenant Theology), the liberal left, the extreme right and radical Islam. A convergence of these different enemies of Israel has happened over the last five years. Against all odds, this convergence has been strengthening the perpetrators who are now becoming a powerful ideological, spiritual and even political conglomerate. 

• The By-standers: They are those who by omission or by commission will decide to DO NOTHING TO HELP ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE. By-standers by omission will refrain from helping mostly out of ignorance, but with the proper correction and exposure to the facts, they can be redirected to become rescuers. By-standers by commission are of the more dangerous kind, as they CHOOSE to do nothing! They often stubbornly refuse to know the facts and are easily swayed by the latest diatribe from the media, political faction or religious group.

• The Victims: They are those who suffer at the hands of the perpetrators. They comprise any Jewish person in Israel OR in the diaspora. The new anti-Semitism is now affecting Jewish people globally as if any move whatsoever by Israel brought instant collective guilt for all Jews, no matter where they reside or how involved/uninvolved they are in Israeli policy. No place is safe anymore (to the exception of Israel)!

• The Rescuers: They are those among Jews and gentiles who choose to stand-up, speak-up and fight in prayer, words AND/OR deeds against the cancer of anti-Semitism. They write articles, they speak at conferences, they participate in rallies. In short, they come to the rescue of the victims defending them and promoting the truth, but they are a dying breed!

     Until now, the roles of each group had been defined rather clearly. Aside from the fact that many of the perpetrators are pretending to be victims and painting the victims as perpetrators, the roles have been straight forward for the most part. BUT THINGS MIGHT BE CHANGING, NO SO MUCH FOR THE VICTIMS BUT FOR THE RESCUERS!

     This all happened in Italy but should be a sobering warning for all of us anywhere in the world where we choose to defend Israel and the Jewish people.
      It started in 2008 when Italian cartoonist Vauro Senesi drew a cartoon of Italian politician Fiamma Norenstein as a "Frankenstein monster" with a hooked nose, a star of David and a fascist symbol. The cartoon was entitled "Fiamma Frankenstein".  Journalist Giuseppe Caldarola spoke up (rightfully so) and accused Senesi of anti-Semitism. Senesi decided to sue him! As it appears, freedom of press and freedom of speech are both "One-Way streets" when it comes to Israel!

     Fast forward to early May 2012 and enter "the Twilight Zone of the New Anti-Semitism" in an Italian court, where journalist Giuseppe Caldarola was fined 25,000 ( about $33,000) simply because he had accused the cartoonist of anti-Semitism. 
     The judge decided that the cartoon was not anti-semitic, mostly based on Mr Senesi other humanitarian efforts, namely in Third World countries and in Afghanistan. What does that have to do with anything? 
     The precedent created by the judge's ruling shouldn't be undermined as it will undoubtedly become an encouragement to others around the globe.
     Victims and rescuers might increasingly be equally at risk. This is certainly not going to discourage me from speaking up and fighting against the hatred of my people. But what about YOU?
     When comes the day when we cannot rely on our own judicial system that has become a co-perpetrator, we will still be able to find solace in Yeshua (Jesus) who ultimately is THE ONLY ONE who can change the hearts of men.
     Therefore if any man is in Messiah, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dhimmitude: The Weed that choked the West!

     Like an unwanted weed in a well maintained garden, dhimmitude continues to invade Western civilization. Its steady growth only means one thing, and that is the progressive choking of Western values and freedoms to the point of death. Shariah could soon reign over the infidels (anyone who is not a Muslim) as global Islam enslaves them to its barbaric ideologies. We could all be dhimmis caught in an Islamic nightmare of Koranic regulations enforced upon us.
     According to Islam, a dhimmi is a non-Muslim "subject" in a Muslim state. That person is required to pay a tax  known as the "jizya"for protection by the Muslim community. By definition, a "dhimmi subject" to Islam has less rights than a Muslim after they surrender to Muslim domination through a special treaty or "dhimma".
     As Islam started to grow and conquer different parts of the world, non-Muslims were essentially given three choices: Conversion, death or dhimmitude. The later placing them into some sort of limbo state where they were barely tolerated and certainly DID NOT have equal rights with Muslims. The only individual treated with even less respect by "orthodox Islam" might be Muslim women.
     But the weed of dhimmitude doesn't grow well unless it is left alone where its roots of intolerance and hatred can run deep and choke its surrounding world. As I see it, there can only be three reasons for allowing oneself to be turned into a dhimmi: Ignorance, fear or stupidity. In many cases, it is difficult to determine the reason why a person, organization or even community would allow such a change to occur. But being out of fear, ignorance a bit of both or even stupidity, the status of dhimmi will undoubtedly lead to an increasing submission to Sharia law, only attainable by a simultaneous decreasing of the enjoyment of Western values and freedoms. Even though dhimmis may have benefited from some short periods of tolerance throughout the ages, THEY WERE ALWAYS AT THE MERCY OF THE RULING MUSLIMS WHO SUBJUGATED THEM. Jewish Author and activist Bat Ye'or is an expert on the subject and has covered it extensively in several of her books such as The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam (1985) and The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude: Seventh-Twentieth Century. (1996).
     What Bat Ye'or almost prophetically announced to the west over 27 years ago was that dhimmitude was very real and potentially very lethal. In the preface to her book Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, we read:
     The entire Muslim world as we know it today is a product of this 1,300 year-old jihad dynamic, whereby once thriving non-Muslim civilizations have been reduced to a state of dysfunctional dhimmitude. Many have been completely Islamized and have disappeared. Others remain as fossilized relics of the past, unable to evolve.
     To the critic of what may appear to be a witch hunt against Muslims on my part, let me clearly state that I believe that the first victims of the erroneous and hateful teachings of Islam are the Muslims themselves. Additionally, their passionate jihad against Israel and the West is nothing more than a case of "the blind leading the dumb". Here are a couple of recent examples of 21st century dhimmitude in all its "splendor".
     • USA-February 2012: Best Buy Corporation provided CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) with its "platinum sponsorship" for a CAIR's annual banquet of their Minnesota chapter. CAIR's link to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas led the US government to remove their non-profit status and  CAIR is currently considered an unindicted co-conspirator in criminal conspiracy to support a Palestinian terrorist group.  A petition is being signed by Americans desiring to boycott Best Buy. Now, that's a boycott that I can support as opposed to the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).
Also, let's not forget that Minnesota is the first US state to elect Keith Elisson to Congress, who in turn requested successfully to be sworn in on the Koran.
     • FRANCE- May 2012: François Hollande defeats Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the French presidential elections. It has now been reported that between 93% and 95% of French Muslim voted for Hollande. The new French President was put in office by a push from the Muslim community and how much of an "dhimmi president" will he really be will be determined in the near future.
     Additionally, Mr. Hollande, just made a decision to never "let pork touch his lips again". Dhimmitude or gratitude towards the muslim community of France who gave him the necessary push to win the election? time will tell! It will start small, but before you know it, the burqua will be re-introduced, prayer for muslims on Paris streets will increase and mosques will pop up like mushrooms.
     But "dhimmis in deeds" are not alone, they are joined by a plethora of "dhimmis in words". We cannot ignore that there is also dhimmitude or "politically correct cowardice" in the ongoing attempt by media outlets, political factions and even church denominations at redefining some keywords to delegitimize Israel and the Jewish people. The real meaning of words like anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism are constantly challenged by postmodernism and liberalism. Definitions based on truth must be established.

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     In this growing case of "the blind leading the dumb" there are still decent people left who want to share a world where all creatures are equal and equally loved by God (John 3:16). These people are found in my community. A community of Bible believing followers of Yeshua (Jesus).
     I will not succumb to Islam and become a dhimmi because I can only serve one master and I have already pledged my unconditional allegiance to Yeshua who died for me, for you and for all Muslims as well. As a result, I am not a second-class citizen but a full citizen of Heaven
     But for as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name. (John 1:12)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

UC Irvine Palestine Week 2012: A False Premise but a Real Motive!

     For several years, the Muslim Student Union (MSU) at University of California Irvine (UCI) has organized a week-long event introduced as "Palestine Liberation Week". This year's theme is "Getting to the Root of the Occupation". They advertise the event on the MSU website as:
This week, titled "Palestine Liberation Week: Getting to the Root of the Occupation" aims to educate and raise awareness on campus about the plight of the Palestinian people, who have been living under illegal occupation for almost 64 years, with the hope that this knowledge will turn into action.
      I am all in favor of education, awareness and call to action, after all this is the reason why I teach and write on the subject of anti-Semitism. But this being said, we must honestly examine both the premise and the motive for such an event. If the event provides a platform for a balanced dialogue with equal opportunities for both sides to presents their perspectives, then we might even start to see some progress. Unfortunately, all I saw was one-sided xenophobia against Israel, Zionism and Jewish people.

     I must admit that when I heard some of the speakers for this year's event and how they promoted the need for justice, equality, tolerance and peace, I could have been impressed if it wasn't for the fact that they rested their arguments on a faulty premise.
     The preconceived notion that has underlined every single UCI anti-Israel event including this one, has been the same and it is the "fact" that Israel has been occupying Palestine for 64 years" (namely since the rebirth of the modern state of Israel). This is hardly a fact! Consider this and the following statements heavily documented in the excellent work by Mitchell Bard titled Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict:
When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose Palestinian representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, the following resolution was adopted: We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are 
connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds. Chapter 1
How about this fact?

In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine:“There is no such country as Palestine! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible.Our country was for centuries part of Syria.”The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations echoed this view in a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947, which said Palestine was part of the Province of Syria and the Arabs of Palestine did not comprise a separate political entity. A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, later the chairman of the PLO, told the Security Council:“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.”
Bard continues and asserts Israel's right to exist as he writes:

Israel’s international “birth certificate” was validated by the promise of the Bible; uninterrupted Jewish settlement from the time of Joshua onward; the Balfour Declaration of 1917; the League of Nations Mandate, which incorporated the Balfour Declaration; the United Nations partition resolution of 1947; Israel’s admission to the UN in 1949; the recognition of Israel by most other states; and, most of all, the society created by Israel’s people in decades of thriving, dynamic national existence. (chapter 1)


     The motive behind reclaiming Palestinian land that has been "stolen" by Jewish people is not based on disputed real-estate or historical boundaries, it is simply the best way to invade Eretz Yisrael and eliminate the Jewish people from within. If land mass was the real issue, several of the neighboring Arab countries such as Syria, Lebanon or Jordan would have invited the "so-called" Palestinian to come and stay.
     Anti-Zionists are painting over an existing canvas in an effort to change the original. They promote a lie banking on the world's ignorance, apathy and attraction to the underdog, and they are making progress as we can see on campuses such as UCI. Their only goal is the complete destruction of Israel and what better way to do this than the delegitimization of the Jewish people and their right to the land?

     So, they orchestrate events like what is going on at UCI and also takes place on a myriad of other campuses all over the US. This is known as "Campus Intifada" and is part of the Global Jihad against Israel and the West.
    Counting on the ignorance of their audience, the organizers invite and promote speakers who's reputations precede them all.
     Ben White spoke twice on May 7, 2012. He is a British journalist and activist who was also a speaker at the recent "Christ at the Checkpoint" in March 2012 in Bethlehem. Neither a Christian nor a Muslim, White distilled lies after lies about the plight of the Palestinians in "Apartheid Israel/Palestine" as he called it. He heavily promoted B.D.S. (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) as a method to cripple Israel. The same Ben White started his career with an article titled "Is it possible to understand the rise of anti-Semitism?" where he was justifying anti-Semitism when quoted saying: I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are. There are, in fact, a number of reasons. 
     Mr. White, anti-Semitism is racism against the Jews and you claim that you are against racism. Which racism may I ask?
     The next day, on May 8, the main speaker was Imam Amir Abdel Malik Ali who has been a regular guest speaker at UCI. That man displayed no desire for reconciliation and/or dialogue but instead spewed his anti-Semitic venom and propaganda against Israel and the Jewish people.
     I am still trying to recover from some of his statements like: "Al-Qaeda doesn't exist!" This is the same man who boldly supports Hamas, Hizbullah and suicide bombers. So we must ask how these kinds of diatribes can possibly promote anything positive? Why is the Muslim Student Union inviting men like him year after year? Is it possible that the MSU has ties with the Muslim Brotherhood? 
     Actually, it is a fact as reported in the thorough and very sobering booklet "Muslim Hate Groups on Campus" by Daniel Greenfield (available here)
     Let me remind you of the motto of the "Peaceful" Muslim Brotherhood
"God is our objective. 
The Prophet is our leader. 
The Qur’an is our law. 
Jihad is our way. 
Dying in the way of God is our hope.”
     Today, on May 9, the speaker was Holocaust survivor gone Palestinian activist Hedy Epstein. I was greatly saddened by the sight of a fellow Jew who survived the Holocaust and yet was sharing the platform with hate mongers such as Ben White, Amir Abdel Malik Ali and the likes. How can a Jew endorse, promote and share ideologies with groups who openly support the actions of Hamas, Hizbullah and suicide bombers? When during the Q&A, I asked Miss Epstein how as a Jew she could associate herself with those who openly want to kill her, her response was that she didn't know yesterday's speaker and/or topic, then she quickly changed the subject to Palestinian hunger strike victims. The connection completely escapes me! 
     Ignorance and/or denial will not protect you from the enemies of Israel and the Jews Miss Epstein, so you'd better watch your back!
     In the past, I have been falsely accused of sending my fellow Jews to their death again because of my burden to share Messiah with them. I have been accused of cultural suicide, but frankly, the real suicide is that of Jews like Miss Epstein who hold hands with those who openly desire FOR ALL JEWS TO BE DEAD.
     Additionally, some of the "Irvine 11" pro-Palestinian students arrested in 2010 after they disrupted a speech by Israel's Ambassador Michael Oren in 2010, are also on the schedule under the topic "Giving a voice to the voiceless". They were pretty loud for a group of voiceless victims if I recall.   
     Overall, the entire week is nothing but another installment of the anti-Semitic agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and MSU supported by ignorant sheep following the wrong shepherd. How sad to see so many people driven to hatred and often even violence in the name of a false god. The god of the so-called "religion of peace".
     But what is sadder to me is that a university system would allow such displays of racism and bigotry on multiple campuses year after year. If this is what we are teaching the next generation of young Americans, the establishment of Sharia will not even have to be done by force, and this is a pathetic commentary on how corrupted our world has become. 
     Our human hearts are in need of cleansing and this can only be done by Yeshua the Jewish Messiah.

“The  heart is more deceitful than all else 
And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 
(Jeremiah 17:9)
And if Messiah is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, 
yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 
(Romans 8:10) 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Convergence of Israel's Enemies

     In 2007, as a result of 6 years of research and one year of writing, my first book on anti-Semitism was published (They Have Conspired Against You: Responding to the New Anti-Semitism). Back in 2000 when I started my research, I quickly was able to identify three different perpetrators of the New Anti-Semitism. All three were coming on the world scene as the Second Intifada (Palestinian uprising) was developing in the Middle East.
     The source of anti-Semitism "Old" and "New" has never changed. The battle is not a historical, geographical or even a socio-political one, it is purely a SPIRITUAL battle to completely destroy the people that God chose to call The apple of My eye in Zechariah 2:8.
     This spiritual battle has taken many forms over the centuries. It has undergone much morphing from a simple theological construct that created a disconnect between early Christians and Jews, to an all encompassing drive to destroy the Land of Israel and the Jewish People worldwide.
     Yes, it has had many historical markers such as the Middle Ages, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation, the Pogroms and the Holocaust to name just the main ones!
     Yes, it has seen multiple battlegrounds in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East or North America to name a few!
     And yes, it has "benefited" from the ideologies of various political factions over time, from extreme right to extreme left!
     But at the end of the day the battle is between the enemy of God–Satan– and the chosen people of God–The Jewish People. Why, because Satan knows that he cannot hurt God Himself, but he knows that you can hurt people the most by hurting their loved ones. Thus God's enemy will rejoice in the hurting and killing of the Jewish people, simply to hurt God.
     As God's enemy got organized to destroy the Jews, he always subcontracted his destructive work to different groups throughout mankind's history. Early Christians under the leadership of Church Fathers such as Origen of Alexandria heard statements such as: "We may thus assert in utter confidence that the Jews will not return to their earlier situation, for they have committed the most abominable of crimes, in forming this conspiracy against the Savior of the human race…hence the city where Jesus suffered was necessarily destroyed, the Jewish nation was driven from its country, and another people was called by God to the blessed election.”[1]
     John Chrysostom, "the Golden Mouthed Orator" provided early Christianity with additional perfidious diatribes such as: " The synagogue is worse than a brothel…it is the den of scoundrels and the repair of wild beasts…the temple of demons devoted to idolatrous cults…the refuge of brigands and debauchees, and the cavern of devils. It is a criminal assembly of Jews…a place of meeting for the assassins of Christ… a house worse than a drinking shop…a den of thieves, a house of ill fame, a dwelling of iniquity, the refuge of devils, a gulf and a abyss of perdition."…"I would say the same things about their souls… As for me, I hate the synagogue…I hate the Jews for the same reason… men who are lustful, rapacious, greedy, perfidious bandits…inveterate murderers, destroyers, men possessed by the devil,… they have surpassed the ferocity of wild beasts, for they murder their offspring and immolate them to the devil. [2]
     These early Church Fathers (and many others) set a stage of faulty exegesis from which a play that could be titled "The Fate of the Jews", has been playing non-stop for the last 2000 years. Different actors, different sets, different locations, but same director!
     From the shaky foundation established by the Church Fathers, Jewish history was written, and to an extent continues to be written in blood and tears. From theological differences to the Crusades to the Shoah to the global Jihad.
     Fast forward to the 21st century, and the same poison is being dispensed worldwide. It has simply been "repackaged" and it has received a new "Marketing strategy" catering to a much greater audience and thus appealing to a tremendous cross-section of people across the globe.
     The three enemies of the Jewish people that I had identified at the turn of the 21th century were Radical Islam, Liberals and Christians. It goes without saying that each group is not equally responsible for the denigration, demonization and annihilation of the Jews.
     Yet. it is also is very important to notice the recent shift in the way these three groups of perpetrators are now working together. There has been a convergence of the enemies of Israel happening in front of our very eyes.
     When I first identified the new perpetrators, they all fed the beast that is the New Anti-Semitism, but for the most part, even though their hatred was fueling a somewhat similar goal, they were far from working together, at least knowingly. Three unlikely partners in crime were promoting their own agendas against the "perpetual scapegoats of humanity".
     Radical Islam was mostly interested in the COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE ISRAEL AND THE JEWS also described by them as "THE LITTLE SATAN" (America being the Big Satan, and next on their agenda).
     Christians continued to display a "not so subtle" jealousy for ISRAEL AND THE JEWS as they thrived to make God say something He never said and replace Israel in God's program as the NEW ISRAEL.
     Three threads of hatred and jealousy have been pulling individually the Jewish people and Israel towards ostracization and even destruction. The danger was great then and I believe it is greater now. It has become more serious because the three unlikely partners have teamed up. What they were good at accomplishing individually, they are becoming better at accomplishing corporately. These unlikely partners are currently teaming up against a common enemy, ISRAEL AND THE JEWS.
     I started to notice some rather mind stretching partnerships recently. 
     • Liberals are pushing for Islam to become more accepted. The two vastly different ideologies will inevitably clash sooner or later, but hey, later is later so why worry?
     • Christians who used to support ISRAEL AND THE JEWS  are starting to change their views and are now unashamedly promoting "Christian Palestinianism" as was the case during the March 2012 "Christ at the Checkpoint Conference". Further delegitimization of  ISRAEL AND THE JEWS are on the way. For a superb exposé of Christian Palestinianism, (see this site).
     • Muslims and Christians are contemplating a new hybrid faith labelled as "Chrislam". In reality, Christians are compromising as they perform theological gymnastics to accommodate Muslims. Tolerance as a one-way street will only lead to cultural suicide! It is only a matter of time!
     These three threads of hatred and jealousy were pretty strong individually, but now that they have been weaved together, they have picked up momentum and strength as they continue to pull  ISRAEL AND THE JEWS towards oblivion. The rope of anti-Semitism appears to be indestructible as it keeps pulling. 
     It is not over and I really don't think that we have seen the worst yet, but even though much of the world is now teaming up against the Apple of God's Eye, God's hand is uncompromisingly holding the rope that ISRAEL AND THE JEWS appear to be pulling on their own. 
     God's lovingkindness for  ISRAEL AND THE JEWS is confirmed by His promise to never allow their complete destruction. We come into this picture as lovers of God and of His people and we have no other choice but to tell them about the salvation that only comes through the death and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah (Isaiah 52:13-53:12, 1 Timothy 2:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
     A tug of war between the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the enemies of ISRAEL AND THE JEWS , which side do you want to be on?
     There is a way to make a difference and it can be done with E.A.S.E..... more on that later!

[2] Bareille, J: Oeuvres Complètes de Saint Jean Chrysostome, Tome 1er (Librairie de Louis Vivès,  Editeur, Paris, 1865) Pages 514-582.  http://ia700402.us.archive.org/20/items/ChrysostomeOeuvresCompltesT1/ChrysostomeT1.pdf