Question: When is the sale of land in the Middle East not really a sale?

Answer: When the land is sold to Jews.

The tragic answer to that tragic question became apparent when WND broke the story of the sleight of hand planned by the new, disputed head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Theofilos III was crowned in a ceremony last week at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre after signing a secret document obliging him to nullify the recent transfer of real estate in the Old City to Jewish groups.

His predecessor, Irineos, signed the deal paving the way for the land transfer earlier this year – prompting calls for his head by some of his constituency of about 100,000 Christians in the Middle East.

The elevation of Theofilos under this cloud represents a sad reminder that anti-Semitism is alive and well – even among some who call themselves “Christians.”

It’s time for another Muddle East history refresher course. (And, yes, I purposely spell it “Muddle East,” because so few people understand the conflict, its roots and the Final Solution being planned for the Jews of the region.)

When the Islamic Ottoman Empire controlled the area now known as “Israel” in the early part of the 20th century, it was illegal for Jews to immigrate to their ancestral homeland. It was illegal for Jews to buy property.

Nevertheless, Jews comprised the overwhelming population of Jerusalem. For instance, a travel guide to Palestine and Syria, published in 1906 by Karl Baedeker, illustrates the fact that, even when the Islamic Ottoman Empire ruled the region, the Muslim population in Jerusalem was minimal.

The book estimates the total population of the city at 60,000, of whom 7,000 were Muslims, 13,000 were Christians and 40,000 were Jews.

“The number of Jews has greatly risen in the last few decades, in spite of the fact that they are forbidden to immigrate or to possess landed property,” the book states.

Even though the Jews were persecuted, still they came to Jerusalem and represented the overwhelming majority of the population as early as 1906.

Why was the Muslim population so low? After all, we’re told that Jerusalem is the third holiest city in Islam. Surely, if this were a widely held belief in 1906, more of the devout would have settled there. But I digress.

Ninety years later, Jerusalem was a city of 602,100 people – 421,200 Jews, with non-Jews representing a total population of 180,900.

Some, unfamiliar with these statistics, might argue that the effort to deprive Jews of the right to purchase land in their own country might have something to do with an effort to fight for the oppressed majority. But just look at the numbers. Jerusalem is and has been an undisputed Jewish city – even when Jews were forbidden to come, forbidden from buying property.

No, what is happening in and around Israel today is part of a long-term, nearly 2,000-year history of anti-Semitism. And it’s long past time for Christians of all stripes to recognize it and call it what it is.

We witnessed earlier this year the forced expulsion of thousands of Jews from land in Gaza that was previously uninhabited and undeveloped. Once again, the Jews turned a desert wasteland into a blooming garden, prompting envy and jealousy from their unneighborly neighbors. And, once again, due to a mentality of ethnic cleansing, racism and Jew-hatred, the Jews were uprooted. They were displaced because their unneighborly neighbors (and much of the so-called “international community”) decided this now precious real estate would become part of a new nation of Palestine, one that has never existed in the history of the world, and that no Jews were welcome in this budding new bastion of freedom and self-determination.

There are more plans to expel more Jews from traditional Jewish homelands in Judea and Samaria to make room for this racist Palestinian state.

And now this – even in the capital of the Jewish state – legal purchases of lands from willing sellers are now being reversed.

That so-called “Christians” would participate in this swindle is all the more disturbing. Those associated with so-called “Christian” churches have performed unspeakable evil upon Jews in the past.

I have some advice to those involved. They can read it for themselves in their own scriptures. It should come as a warning – a reality check – to all those involved in the continuing persecution of Jews throughout the Middle East.

Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

I wouldn’t trade places with any so-called “Christian” who doesn’t abide by the promises – and the threats – of the One True Living God of Israel.

God will not be mocked – not even by self-described “priests” and “bishops” and “patriarchs” who claim to represent Him here on Earth.

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