Below is a report from Middle East Eye on attacks by illegal Israeli settlers on Christian Palestinians with comments by Vince Dhimos.
I chose to repost this report to New Silk Strategies because most of our readers have read our commentaries on “Christian” Zionism and are aware of the contradictions between this cult and Biblical passages relating to Israel. However, for those who are unfamiliar with these commentaries, we recommend reading these first. (See the links at the bottom).
I stress “Christian” Zionism and its effects on geopolitics because, along with US-Saudi relations and the petrodollar, Zionism is one of the main drivers of US foreign policy. Evangelicals constitute up to 35% of the US population and LifeWay has found that 80% of surveyed evangelicals believe that the modern rebirth of Israel and the return of millions of Jews to that land are a fulfilment of Bible prophecy and show ‘we are getting closer to the return of Jesus Christ.’ Some evangelicals say that prophecy includes a belief in a final battle of Armageddon that concludes with Jews accepting Jesus Christ as their saviour.”
Left unreported is that many Catholics – though a smaller percentage than among Evangelicals – have also been infected with the cult of “Christian” Zionism, so the number is higher than these figures show. This explains why US foreign policy toward Israel never changes and the wars against countries it hates never stop. (This is not to say that Saudi plays less of a role in US conflicts in the Muslim world. The fact is, Saudi is hostile towards the same countries as is Israel, and these two US allies powerfully reinforce one others’ warlike influence on Washington’s foreign policy. I discussed here the results of my deep research on Saudi Arabia’s influence on US foreign policy.)
There are two important points regarding the above description of Evangelical beliefs relating to Israel: 1) Some Evangelicals think the Second Coming relies on a war (Armageddon), and 2) “Christian” Zionists’ teachings on the relationship between Israel and the Second Coming ignore the possible role of Christians in evangelizing among the Jews – a role consistent with Jesus’ statements.
The part regarding Armageddon is where the danger lies. The leaders of the European Peasants’ War taught that their war against the elites was the world’s final battle for good and that, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, they invoked divine law to achieve their goals. They invoked scripture as proof of their righteousness, suggesting that God would help them destroy their enemies and that this made them invincible (that turned out to be a tragic miscalculation. Many were ultimately slaughtered in battles and their leaders were burned at the stake. It should have served as a warning to future zealots using the scriptures as a pretext for war). It should serve as a red flag that, like the German peasant revolt’s leaders, American Evangelicals also believe that their wars against groups and nations they perceive as Israel’s enemies will be supported by God. This would, for example, make American pro-Israel fighters – in Iraq, for example, invincible, wouldn’t it? Hence their fearlessness toward nuclear arms and NATO provocations of Russia and China.
But since the Zionism of US Evangelicals is called “Christian,” wouldn’t it be appropriate to know what Jesus himself said about the relationship between the Second Coming and Israel? In fact, wouldn’t His words take precedence over the rest if Evangelicals really cared about their Master’s thoughts on this issue that obsesses them so intensely these days? You’d think so, but what matters most to these Zionists is the socially acceptable thoughts of well-known Evangelical “authorities” who quote passages from all over the Bible – all except the words Jesus spoke. These words didn’t fit the narrative of a god-fearing righteous Israel that was destined to be rewarded for its obedience by being re-established as a nation. This belief is rooted in Ezekiel 37, the dream of the dry bones representing a reborn Israel. But Evangelical Zionists never seem to mention verse 24 of that chapter, which says the resurrected Israel will be “obedient to God’s decrees,” and that a WIN/Gallup poll shows that 65% of Israelis have no religion! If “Christian” Zionists wanted to be honest and sincerely wanted to get at the truth, they would ask how it is possible that an irreligious country can truly be Ezekiel’s reborn Israel.
But for those Christians who are willing to learn, not only from mega-church pastors but from the Master Himself, what did Jesus say about Israel?
From my article “Jesus’ message to “Christian” Zionists”:
“Below is the prophecy, spoken by Jesus Himself, that Christian Zionists have ignored for over a century, to their peril. As Jesus stood before the temple, he addressed the following words to the people of Jerusalem:
“Matthew 23:38. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
“Quite plainly, Jesus is saying that Jerusalem (and by extension the rest of us) will not see Him again until its people – the Jews – say “blessed is He – Jesus – who comes in the name of the Lord.”
“Jesus wept over this city because it rejected Him. He even hinted that Jerusalem would kill him. Do you really think He was concerned whether Jerusalem would become the capital city of the nation that rejected him and “stoned the prophets.” Really?
“Look what He said after that as he stood at the temple.
24:2 Verily I say unto you, there shall not be one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
“Was Jesus blessing or condemning Jerusalem? Clearly, in Jesus’ view, it was God’s will that Jerusalem should be destroyed, and indeed, Jesus’ prophecy came true in 70 AD when Emperor Titus razed the city and destroyed the temple.”
Would Jesus have commanded his followers to fight to make the city that stoned the prophets the capital of a country that rejected him? Mega-pastors think so.
Christian Zionists are obsessed with restoring a secular nation called Israel that routinely kills Palestinians in defiance of its own scriptures enjoining them to love their fellow humans (this commandment first appears in Leviticus!), and ignore the spiritual and the divine except as scripture says Israel received its land from God – but that was before this same God evicted them for disobedience, a scriptural fact never mentioned by Zionist preachers. Even if you do not believe in the Gospels, you can easily see that ignoring Jesus’ words and following wealthy TV pastors’ admonitions to obey a secular, corrupt and warlike Middle Eastern government founded on ethnic cleansing and murder (as described here if you have the stomach for it) is why America has foolishly accrued an unpayable debt from 5 decades of wars that never end. And is now a declining economy that is showing all the classic signs of recession and is predicted by some economists to be on the verge of collapse.
Israeli settlers target Christian Palestinians in West Bank town
By Shatha Hammad in Ramallah, Occupied West Bank, middleeasteye.net
The Basir family woke up in the early hours of Friday morning to the sound of their neighbours shouting – there had been an attack on their home in the Palestinian village of Taybeh.
A group of Israeli settlers had left hostile writing on the walls and had burned the family’s car. But the attackers were nowhere to be be seen when Rollin Basir opened his front door at 2 am (0.00 GMT) and saw that his car was on fire. It burned until 6 am.
‘Today they burned the vehicle, but my fear is that tomorrow they might burn my house,’ Rollin Basir told MEE (MEE/Shatha Hammad).
“Closed military zone,” read one slogan in Hebrew.
Basir said that all of the village residents flocked to the house as word of the attack spread, and stayed until late in the morning. The villagers spoke of their fears that the settlers would repeat such attacks or target people and their homes.
“All the data point to the settlers being behind this attack,” said Basir, adding that the car had cost him over $42,000.
Taybeh is located east of Ramallah and is besieged by four settlements: Rimonim – which is completely built on the lands of the confiscated village (1 million square metres), Ofra, Kawkab al-Sabah, and the evacuated Amona outpost, where Israeli forces still prevent Palestinians from accessing their lands there.
Basir – a father of three children aged between 15 days and seven years – said the vehicle’s alarm must have frightened the settlers and made them get out of the place quickly.
“Today they burned the vehicle, but my fear is that tomorrow they might burn my house, while my children are inside.”
‘This land is Palestinian’
Father Johnny Abu Khalil told Middle East Eye that the villagers heard the sound of an alarm, but it was the smoke that led them to Basir’s house.
Abu Khalil said that the settlers’ attack represents a real danger to the people of Taybeh.
“We are surrounded by settlements. Today it was an attack by burning a vehicle, but we fear that these attacks will escalate to include the burning of trees, houses and churches in the village.”
The Palestinian priest said that Taybeh has a dominant Christian presence, but the attack on the village was not only an attack on Christianity as a religion, it was also an attack on the “Palestinian Arab roots.”
“The Israeli settler does not distinguish between one town and another, nor between a Palestinian Muslim and a Palestinian Christian … The settler considers the land is his land, and we Palestinians have to get out of here,” he said.
“Our message today to the occupation and its settlers is that even if they burned us humans, these stones will utter that this land is Palestinian, the cradle of Christ and the prophets.”
Abu Khalil claimed that a group of settlers verbally assaulted a group of French nuns while on a tour of Taybeh’s mountains in April and held them for hours before members of the monastery found them.
The priest also claimed that one of the settlers had taken off his clothes and stood naked in front of the nuns.
“The nuns were in a state of panic … after this attack, they decided to leave Taybeh and go back to France. However, residents contacted the French consulate and the nuns returned to Palestine,” Abu Khalil said.
Settler attacks on Palestinians and their properties have been on the rise lately. In October alone, 36 attacks took place, including the cutting down of olive trees – which represent a source of livelihood to countless Palestinian families – racist slogans and assaults on cars, according to the Israeli news website Walla.
The escalation comes as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that Washington no longer considered Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to be “inconsistent” with international law.
Issa Zayed, deputy mayor of the Taybeh council, said that the village witnessed attacks by settlers during the first intifada, or uprising (1987-1993), but this latest attack was a very dangerous sign.
“We condemn and reject this attack by the settlers who are supported by the Israeli government … This attack is a result of continued American support for Israel and legalizing settlements in the West Bank,” Zayed told MEE, Zayed said in regards to protective measures for the villagers, the council advises the residents to remain vigilant, especially around the entrances to the village.
“This [attack] will not stop our steadfastness in our historic village,” he said.
Jesus’ message to Christian Zionists
Atrocities that led to the founding of Israel
Why “Christian” Zionism is heresy if you know what Jesus really taught