England’s Prince Harry used the slang “Paki” in a private video to refer to a Middle Eastern friend, and the world is outraged. He is forced to publicly apologize and is reprimanded by his military superiors. But when pro-Hamas demonstrators rally in the streets of Fort Lauderdale a few weeks ago calling for Jews to “go back to the ovens,” there isn’t even a blip on the screen. A pro-Hamas rally in Copenhagen, Denmark, this weekend chanted: “We want to kill all the Jews,” “All the Jews should be slain,” “They have no right to exist.” Where is the outrage?
While the Sun Sentinel never even mentioned the chant in the article that covered the Fort Lauderdale event, they did quote one pro-Israel protester, Allyn Kanowsky of Coral Springs, who summarized what is going on very well: “If the Palestinians laid down their arms, there would be no war. If the Israelis laid down their arms, there would be no Israel.”
That’s what it’s all about. Israel’s right to exist.
Two little Jewish boys came to my door a few days ago selling chocolate. I ordered some not because I need more chocolate but, as I told them, because I want to bless Israel. Those who bless Israel are blessed and those who curse Israel are cursed. As Christians reading their One-Year Bible beginning in Genesis are reminded, this is the promise God made to Abraham and it wasn’t a “limited time offer.” I’ve not seen anything in the Bible to suggest that it expired at the coming of the Messiah.
I was shocked by how the propaganda about what was happening in the Middle East had permeated even these Jewish children who were raising money for their Hebrew school. One of the boys said, “Everyone is mad at Israel because they blew up a Hamas school.” As I explained to them, this may be what’s being reported, but the truth looks quite different.
The fact is: In 2005, thousands of Jews were pulled out of their homes and communities in Gaza. They tore down temples, dug up cemeteries and gave up land on the premise that it would somehow bring peace. Since that time, the terrorist group Hamas has launched 6,500 rockets into Israel, including 300 in a period of six days before the Israeli offensive started. Civilian areas were deliberately targeted in these attacks against the Jews.
It’s all about self-defense.
But most of the media has given the false impression that Israel made an unprovoked attack on poor Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip. The truth is that from 1993 through 2005, Hamas sent 113 suicide bombers into Israel to kill innocent civilians on buses, at malls, restaurants and hotels. Thousands of Hamas terror attacks killed 425 Israelis and wounded 2,233 in the last eight years.
My friend Don Feder writes, “If you’re curious about what a Palestinian state would look like, consider Mumbai. Among 174 dead were a rabbi and his pregnant wife, who endured unbelievable torture (the wife was also sexually assaulted) before they were killed.”
Around the globe, Jews are being assaulted and are the subject of protests. There have been arson attacks against Jewish congregations in England, France and Sweden. Feder said what’s happening in Europe is “the worst anti-Semitic violence since Kristallnacht.”
Former PLO terrorist Walid Shoebat – now a pro-Israel Christian – was a guest on my Faith2Action radio program last week. He committed a capital offense in Muslim law by converting to Christianity when he spent six-months studying the Bible in an effort to discredit it and to convert his wife to his Muslim faith.
I learned something in that interview. In a response to a caller’s question, Shoebat gave some of the “names for Allah,” which are nothing like the description of the Judeo-Christian God. Our God is referred to with names such as, Father, Savior, Prince of Peace, and Comforter, just to name a few. But the names of Allah he listed are: “the most proud one,” “the creator of all deceivers,” the one who causes death,” and “the afflicter.” Quite a contrast.
No, Islam is a “religion of peace” – suggest otherwise in, say, a cartoon, and you can count the dead bodies to find out just how peaceful they are.
Now, not surprisingly, President-elect Obama is reaching out to meet with the Hamas terrorists. What did you expect? They endorsed him, after all.
We in America may be getting what we deserve, but our greatest ally, Israel, I’m afraid, will also suffer greatly. Just another reason for the U.S. Supreme Court to verify this guy’s citizenship in the second case by Philip J. Berg before the Court this Friday, and the case brought by attorney Orly Taitz, which the Court has agreed to consider taking a week from Friday.
Christians, when you pray for the peace of Jerusalem – as we’ve been commanded to do – pray also for the Supreme Court to take these cases to verify Obama’s citizenship and uphold our Constitution.