Posts tagged ‘Palestine’
In his presentation at Christ at the Checkpoint 2018, Michael Brown remarked on what he termed the ‘Palestinian celebration of violence’ asking, “Will you renounce the celebration of terrorism?” On the face of it this seems a reasonable request, even a demand. However, the remark and request could be reversed to ask the same of Zionist Israel. Will Israel stop celebrating violence, will it renounce and cease its terrorising activities in Gaza and in the Palestinian Territories? Sadly, like too many Messianic Jews, Michael Brown’s compassion seemed limited principally to Jews.
Let’s dig a little deeper. Mr Brown was speaking to an international audience but directly to Palestinian Christians. Palestinian Christians renounced violence over 30 years ago, even though resistance to occupation is legal under international law. In 1940 Britain approved and supported the French resistance movement against Nazi Germany, and, more recently, when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq occupied Kuwait the US formed an international force … (to read more … )
(Edited from Original post of September 2016)
My Objection to Zionism has nothing to do with Jews as a people group. It isn’t Jews I have a problem with but the ideology that some Jews, (and sadly, some Christians) hold. I have to oppose Zionism because it is racist, exceptionalist and militarist. These should not be attractive characterstics for evangelical Christians, (like me), although they will be if you have an affinity with e.g. KKK, BNP, Frances FN or any other ethnic supremacist party, (whether white, black or other).
Zionism claims that it is simply about the rights of Jews to live in a land of their own, which sounds reasonable until we examine what that means in practice. The fact is that the land most Jews in Israel-Palestine now live on and the land they are taking away daily by building settlements is land where another people, Palestinians, live and have lived for many generations.
The Zionist arguments in justification are exceptionalist – the Jews are special (that, by the way, is not the same as the ‘chosen people’ argument. Most of the early Zionists were secular socialists). Zionists believe that Arabs are inferior, not just different. It is only necessary to listen to their descriptions, ‘snakes’, ‘rats’, ‘dirty’, etc. That is racism.
Thus, to defend Zionism is to give comfort to a system that denies the inherent equality of humankind — contradicting both creational monotheism (Hebrew) and the Christian Gospel — and demands special treatment for one people group, Jews, over all others, especially Palestinians. Defending Zionism is to support an ideology that achieves its aim of occupying all the land through overwhelming military force – the ‘Iron Wall’ and retains control by militaristic, economic and political oppression. It is to praise a system that allows democracy only when Jews are in a substantial majority. Militarist, racist, exceptionalist, it is utterly at odds with true Judaism and as far as can possibly be from the Sermon on the Mount. (Mt 5-7) and the commssion Jesus gave his followers.
The claim that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic reverses logic. The real anti-Semitism is the claim that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic. Put it simply; because in its inherent nature it defines all Jews as racist, militaristic and exceptionalist it is Zionism that is anti-Semitic.
… is what they said; is what they’ll say –
and I wonder ‘Why?’ How come I, a mere pew-Christian know of the crimes against the Palestinian people this Eastertide of 2018? And Christian Leaders stay silent (with the noble exception of Christian Aid).
Don’t they know? How can they not know? Of what, of whom are they afraid? Doesn’t the Word tell us, “Don’t be afraid, I am with you” So what is holding you back from speaking out?
MY TELEGRAM 1119 WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE APPRECIATION
RECENT JEWISH MILITARY SUCCESSES (IF INDEED OPERATIONS BASED ON THE MORTARING OF TERRIFIED WOEMN AND CHILDREN CAN BE CLASSED AS SUCH) HAVE AROUSED EXTRAVAGANT REACTIONS IN THE JEWISH PRESS, AND AMONG THE JEWS THEMSELVES A SPIRIT OF ARROGANCE WHICH BLINDS THEM TO FUTURE DIFFICULTIES …
Apologies for the Uppercase, but that is how telegrams were formatted in 1948. The full text of this ‘TOP SECRET’ telegram from the High Commissioner for Palestine to the British Secretary of State is available in The National Archives (a link is available from the ‘History’ page of my website where this blog is relocating. You can get to the document HERE