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In the 100 year old war of Arabs against Jews in Israel (1), a[i] new strategy of stabbing Jews, driving vehicles into crowds of Jews, Arabs disguising themselves as religious Jews to enter synagogues to kill, or other venues to vent their murderous hate, has recently engulfed Israel.
These events conveniently followed the recent UN session where Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to a mostly empty chamber (with US delegates conspicuously absent). Today Western European countries have all but written Israel off as a viable state; university faculties in Europe and increasingly in the US have continually attacked, demonized and delegitimized Israel, Zionism, Jewish history and Judaism; and the media in Europe gloats over the murder of Jews by Arab terrorists, but defends, mitigates and explains the motives of their murderers as understandable. Further, “high-minded” clergy of mainstream churches have embraced the delegitimization of Israel, and the Catholic Church has recognized “Palestine” (2) —a non-state community of hate. Out of this maelstrom, Jews now feel alone in the worldwide resurgence of Antisemitism.
In a sense the Arabs are recreating the political theater of the 1960s, preening at the cameras during their killing sprees. While Arab supporters and abettors shout out and intimidate Jews at college campuses, even in the New York City Council the Arabs feel emboldened by the near universal backing which feasts on more innovative and theatrical methods of murder.
But the question again is Why? Why this murderous hate? Why this worldwide condemnation? Why the celebration of Iran’s eventually attaining and producing an A bomb or even a thermonuclear weapon to be used specifically to kill “another six million” Jews in Israel, as they proudly declare. And finally is the Why of the current resurgence of Antisemitism.
Before 1948, Jews were an object of history —with no power, no influence— subject to expulsions, pogroms, massacres, and finally to the Holocaust. But with the establishment of the State of Israel, Jews again entered the realm of history as a subject for the first time since their revolt against Rome in 132 (3). This historic event presaged a new axial age with an implicit threat to the two world religions. To wit, if Israel has revived after 2,000 years (Zechariah) (4), then is the Church the new Israel? If the Jews return to Israel (and in 1967 to Jerusalem), is Islam a false religion? (5) These religious questions, while not publicized by Jews, Jewish leaders or Rabbis, have affected the theologies of Christianity and Islam. The Holocaust produced a spiritual crisis in Christianity after the Second World War, particularly in Europe. How could the home of Catholicism and The Protestant Church with all its denominations produce the Holocaust where Jews were being murdered while the clergy and the Church ignored, minimized, relativized, and even applauded the killing of Jews? Even after the War, the German Lutheran Church declared that the Holocaust was punishment of the Jews for killing Jesus; and the Polish Catholic Church and other Eastern European Church leaders explained that the murder of Jews was “Because of the Jewish support of the Soviet Union.”
These excuses gradually caused such a moral revulsion that they became more muted, but never completely silenced (6). Religious observance in Europe has waned, reaching a miniscule number of less than 10% of the population regularly attending church, leading to a significant diminution of the church’s moral influence. In Islam, the emergence of the Jewish State, the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the elimination of the Caliphate, and finally the near total subjugation of Islamic lands by the West, produced a crisis of faith unparalleled in their history. Since Christianity as a world religion was born in Europe and constituted Christendom (7), its replacement by an increasingly secular society and culture still had the underpinnings of Christian belief and prejudices — especially about the Jews. Openly attacking Jews was looked down upon, especially after the Holocaust, so a replacement had to be found. Conveniently, here it was: Israel the Jewish State. For Islam, for the Arabs, all the indignities of colonialism by the West, their backward civilization, their lack of progress (8), their corrupt society, honor killings and mutilations of women, Israel and the West became the target of their frustrations and anger. Not feeling the moral sting of the Holocaust, the Arab/Islamic world imported all the European lies about the Jews: Christ killer (even though The Koran itself disputes that the Jews killed Jesus); The Blood Libel; The Protocols of the Elders of Zion; Jews are the Devil; Jews are monkeys, Jews are pigs; the Holocaust didn’t happen at all, etc. This hatred has built upon itself to inflame a ready audience of killers, producing suicide bombers, terrorists (9/11, et al), and Arab intellectuals who blame all the woes of Islam and the Arabs on the Jews.
Finally, all the recent archaeological discoveries in Israel dating back to the Dead Sea Scrolls and most recently the Ossuary at Talpiot (9) have confirmed the verisimilitude of the Bible. Perhaps the reemergence of Israel and the Jewish People, along with these discoveries, have produced a fear of the EndTimes. It has also upended the whole corpus of Western Philosophy – St. Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Voltaire, Heidegger and Foucault with their antisemitic and secular underpinnings. If the Bible is right, then their philosophies are wrong. If the Bible is right, then the Jews are truly The Light Unto The Nations. If the Bible is right, then the Jews are The Chosen People (the Am Segulah). If the Bible is right, then the Noahide Seven Commandments (10) should be the Law of Mankind. If the Bible is right, then we are truly at the birth of the EndTimes. In the words of Habakkuk, Though it (The Messiah) may tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay. These are truly revolutionary times.
(1) The 1929 Arab riots in Palestine organized and orchestrated by the Grand Mufti killed hundreds of Jews as British soldiers stood idly by. There were also earlier unorganized attacks on Jews by Arabs under the Ottoman Empire.
(2) In August the Roman Catholic Church gave full diplomatic recognition to Palestine even though it is a non-state and has never in history been a nation. The Pope called Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, a saintly man and a man of peace. This is curious, considering that Abbas, a former terrorist (Abu Mazen), wrote his doctoral thesis and published the book The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism. Abbas recently said, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.”
(3) The Bar Kochba Revolt of 132-135 against the Roman Empire.
(4) Zechariah 5:6–6:3 “They (The Jews) will return on the Third Day” (after 2000 years)
(5) The Koran unalterably opposes the Jews being in Israel and Jerusalem. They have put mosques on all Holy Jewish places, on the graves of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the grave of Joseph, and The Holy Temple.
(6) Franklin Littell, Chief Protestant Religious advisor in the High Command in Post-War Germany.
(7) Christendom: the political, religious and cultural world of Europe from the Middle Ages up until the 20th Century.
(8) The entire Islamic Middle East without its natural resources —oil and natural gas— has a GDP less than Finland (Arab Human Development Report 2009): Challenges to Human Security in the Arab Countries; United Nations Development Programme.
(9) The Talpiot Garden Tomb most probably contains the ossuary of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and a child. The Jesus Discovery, Professor James D. Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici, 2012, Simon and Schuster, New York.
(10) The Noahide Seven Commandments:
- Do not murder.
- Do not steal.
- Do not worship false gods.
- Do not be sexually immoral.
- Do not eat a limb removed from a live animal.
- Do not curse God.
- Set up courts and bring offenders to justice.