"Amen" for Israel, say Christian Zionists
- "Amen" for Israel, say Christian Zionists
By Rebecca Harrison
SHILOH, West Bank (Reuters) - With a skullcap bearing the Star of
David and a fervent belief that God gave the Holy Land to the Jews,
Paul McCaleb could be mistaken for a Jewish settler.
The 73-year-old from Tennessee is actually a born-again Christian,
part of a growing group of devout Protestants, many from the United
States, who are supporting Israel with their votes and their wallets.
"Coming here just does something inside of me," McCaleb said at
Shiloh, a holy Jewish site in the occupied West Bank where the Bible
says the Ark of the Covenant once rested. "This land belongs to God,
and God gave it to the Jews."
McCaleb and some 7,000 mostly evangelical Christians from across the
world flocked to the Holy Land this week to celebrate the Jewish
festival of Sukkoth and to show support for Israel.
During the event, busloads of pilgrims travelled in bullet-proof buses
to Jewish sites in the West Bank -- which some Jews call Judea and
Samaria -- and to Jewish settlements, which are deemed illegal under
Some pilgrims toured army bases and donated gifts to Israeli soldiers
while others gave money to buy mobile bomb shelters for communities
near the border with the Gaza Strip, which are often targeted by
rockets from Palestinian militants in the enclave.
Shouting "Amen" and "Hallelujah" as settlers acting as tour guides
vowed to hold onto "the land of their forefathers" in the West Bank,
the pilgrims said it was their duty as Christians to support Israel
against a broader Muslim threat.
"We are here to support the Jewish people and to bless them," said
Scott Fritz from California. "The idea of giving land back to the
Palestinians is completely wrong."
A group called the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem organises
the annual festival, which culminates with a march through the holy
city on Tuesday.
This year some Orthodox rabbis urged Jews to stay away from the
marching pilgrims for fear the Christians -- many of whom believe
Jesus is the only hope for salvation -- would try to "exterminate" the
Jewish people by converting them.
The ICEJ concedes it "cannot offer hope outside of Jesus", but argues
Christians and Jews share the same spiritual roots and says it wants
to help erase the legacy of anti-Semitism.
"There is no dark agenda," David Parsons, ICEJ media director said.
"Christians are realising that God still loves the Jews and their
return to Israel is of great biblical significance."
Some Christians, particularly evangelical Protestants, believe the
return of Jews to Israel paves the way for Christ's return and the end
of the world, and represents the fulfilment of God's promises to
Christian Zionists form a growing part of the pro-Israel lobby in the
United States, the Jewish state's main ally.
Groups such as the Chicago and Jerusalem-based International
Fellowship of Christians and Jews raise millions of dollars each year
to support projects in Israel and to lobby Washington.
During the trip to Shiloh, representatives of the Jewish settler
movement urged pilgrims -- some of whom wore "Praise the Lord"
baseball caps -- to lobby governments against peace talks that may
lead to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
"Governments come and go but anyone who tries to give away God's land
will fall," settler Yehudit Tayar told one of the buses, prompting
cheers from the pilgrims.
Not all Christians back Israel. The Vatican's envoy in the Holy Land
and bishops from three other churches last year accused the Christian
Zionist movement of promoting "racial exclusivity and perpetual war".
While pilgrims in Israel this week were keen to visit Jewish towns and
settlements, few appeared to venture into Palestinian towns, or meet
many Arabs during their stay.
"We dare not go into the Palestinian areas and anyway they are not
open to us," said Elizabeth Lee, a Pentecostal Christian from Malaysia
who has been to Israel 40 times.
Many pilgrims saw the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians as an
extension of U.S. President George W. Bush's "War on terror", and
talked about a clash between good and evil.
Mark Burns is an ardent Israel supporter who runs Christian radio
stations in Illinois and brings groups every year to the Holy Land to
donate blood and money.
"Christians who read the Hebrew scriptures know God made a promise
with Israel," he said. "People who are clueless about the Old
Testament can be persuaded to support the other side."
But as the bus rumbled past an Israeli checkpoint and through the West
Bank barrier that Israel says it needs to stop suicide bombers,
Australian Denise Vince was not so sure.
"I don't know much about politics but I do get the sense I'm only
hearing one side of the story."
The Ideological Struggle of the Twenty-first Century
"To oppose the policies of a government does not mean you are against
the country or the people that the government supposedly represents.
Such opposition should be called what it really is: democracy, or
democratic dissent, or having a critical perspective about what your
leaders are doing. Either we have the right to democratic dissent and
criticism of these policies or we all lie down and let the leader, the
Fuhrer, do what is best, while we follow uncritically, and obey
whatever he commands. That's just what the Germans did with Hitler,
and look where it got them." - Michael Parenti, author
All of us who read these pages, on this side of the Internet, are
stuck on the same unanswerable question: How can we stop this new war
against Iran, before the "decider" pulls the trigger? The closest that
anyone can come to an answer is expressed in the idea of rousing the
American majority to take democratic action to oppose this rapidly
approaching heinous act of pure evil. This leads to the question of
"how?" Because Americans have been raised in a controlled illusory
environment (which has been fabricated by decades of
corporate/government brainwashing), like rats in cages, and because of
the very effective "filtering" system on all public communications
systems, it is practically impossible for the "Paul Reveres" of the
Internet to awaken the town.
We look at the challenge before us and are overwhelmed at the utter
impossibility of it all how can we stop the things that are about to
be, and save those things that are about to be no more? Is it
America's destiny to become the new "Reich?" Doesn't our greatly
revered Constitution acknowledge our God-given rights to oppose
dictatorship if it raises its head in our government, and even to
abolish and change government that becomes abusive of these rights and
the rights of innocent others? Yes, we have all these rights and more.
(Most of the powers that belong "to the People" are yet to be defined
[10th Amendment, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the
States respectively, or to the people."], but that too has to change.)
What we do not have is freedom of expression in this country for
anyone who opposes the criminal actions by our government, or by those
corporate elites who sit in the real seats of power, over them.
To activate the majority of the American people, or at least a large
minority, it may only be necessary to give them the rest of the story
about the real world (that we read about in our cyber-world everyday).
Maybe all it would take is a little peek, done in a way that is beyond
the control of the networks of the "corporocrats" to twist and spin it
While some of us work to devise the means to make our little "pirate
broadcast" others must concentrate on crafting a short message, that
will lead open minds to the same conclusions that most of us have
already made about the coming new war. The consensus seems to concur
that this war is imminent, either by design, or accidentally through
bluster and brinkmanship. We know that this new war will change all
things, shattering the illusory world that we think we now know. We
have to lodge an all-encompassing grain of truth into the distracted
eye of the American sheeple.
The great problem for us is that we have to deal with those who only
deal in disinformation. The real ideological struggle is here, within
America, between Americans, not between us and all the Muslims in the
Middle East. We have to fight a war of ideas to take back that which
has been stolen from us. We the People must be the ones to set the
foreign policy of this country, not a bunch of "dual loyalty" agents
who are loyal to a duplicitous foreign government. The neocon
conspiracy (many of whom have dual American/Israeli citizenship) has
bound America's fate to Israel's fate, and placed in Israel's hands
the trigger to be used to fire the first shot. To stop this war before
the bombs begin to fall, we must take our trigger out of Israel's
hands and bring to justice the lying traitors who have placed our fate
into the hands of a hostile foreign power.
Our task remains, to focus the argument against the war upon those who
are working so hard to start it. If we can prove that because of
Israel and the neocon traitors, we are about to launch a "blitzkrieg"
upon Iran, then we can also prove that the Iraq war can be linked to
them as well. If not for the neocon plot this war would not have
happened. Since the neocon motives and the Zionist motives cannot be
separated, implicating one surely implicates the other. It is time for
our own counter-offensive to get underway, unleashing our own
"blowback" (backlash) that the enemies of America never even dreamed
would happen. It is time for every American with at least
"half-a-brain" to fight the defining "great ideological struggle of
the twenty-first century," (in their own peaceful way) just like Bush
said we would.
We have to dig out and discredit the neo-conmen who still have their
hands on the government machinery and those neo propagandists who puke
out the lies for the new war. They all have to go. It is time that we
stopped laying-down before the neoconservative intellectual plot. The
neocon cabal that fronts for the Zionist cause here is a subversive,
highly un-American force. They are dangerous to us and to the world.
The most important thing in the world, right now, is that we unseat
them from their positions of power in government, academia and the
media, where they have subordinated the legitimate foreign policy of
the United States to their own pro-Israeli foreign policy.
To those of us who are now determined to stop the cabal from launching
a war against Iran, it should be obvious why we must concentrate all
our efforts on the only two forces that are pushing us towards this
new war the Israelis and their lobby, and the Zionist/ neocon
ideologues. There is nobody else who really wants this disastrous new
war, except for the anti-Iranian Sunni terrorist groups like
Mujahadeen e-Khalq (MEK), who have served as the Israeli Mossad's only
source of evidence on Iran's nuclear intentions. (involving 6
"misplaced" American nuclear cruise missiles and the Israeli air
strike on Syria) should be seen as elements of the plot to manipulate
America into another war on Israel's behalf.
Debate on Iraq is distracting us from our urgent task. The pro-Israeli
propagandists have their hands full with their PR campaigns in America
to create this war and to defend their lobby. Instead of approaching
the American people in a legitimate fashion, to argue for the new war,
the Zionists have tried their usual divide and conquer strategy, by
dividing Americans with the smokescreen they are creating over the
"Israel Lobby." By using this charade to label all criticism of Israel
as anti-Semitism, they hope to paint everyone who criticizes Israel
for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and their aggression against
Iran, with the big red brush of anti-Semitism. This is the key to
countering all of these disinformation psychological warfare
operations; they always seek unity of their cause through the sowing
To fight the war campaign, we fight the division. The centerpiece of
the ADL campaign to slander Walt and Mearsheimer's "Israel Lobby and
American Foreign Policy" is the lie that Israel did not help to push
the Iraq war upon us. The Zionist agents and "fellow travelers," like
Colin Powell's aide Larry Wilkerson, are coming out of the woodwork to
dispute this claim from the book. The truth on this matter is in the
public record, just as the overwhelming proof that Israel is behind
the coming nuclear attack on Iran is. We have to hit hard at proving
the truth about Israeli/neocon intentions and actions, exposing the
lies they helped to supply us before the attack on Iraq and now before
the coming attack on Iran, both wars fought as much for Israel as for
American oil concerns.
Surely we can muster enough good American anti-Zionists to mount our
own PR campaign to counter the lies with the truth about the Israel
Lobby. If we defend American Jews from those who would manipulate them
to support cold bloodied murder, then how can we be called
"anti-Semitic?" After all, the known objective of AIPAC and the rest
of the pro-Israel lobby is to manipulate Jewish Americans into
activism on behalf of Israeli aggression in Palestine and elsewhere.
The primary target of their disinformation campaigns here are always
Jewish Americans. The Zionists manipulate unsuspecting Jews to do
their bidding, usually by feeding the fires of anti-Semitism, in order
to scare them back to Israel, or into speaking-out in defense of those
Zionist Jews who are already there.
A successful anti-war anti-Zionist offensive would have to enable us
to separate the Jewish people from their Zionist manipulators, their
tormentors. Their claim to the mantle of "spokesmen" for all of
Judaism is the basis of the Israeli claim of divine right in their
siege of the Palestinian people. According to these ultra-orthodox
Jewish sites, Jews Against Zionism and Jews Not Zionists, the Jewish
people of the Diaspora have always been victimized by anti-Semites,
because of Zionist agitation against hostile fascist nationalist
interests. Publicity stunts engineered by groups like AIPAC here are
also done with the same intention, to provoke anti-Semitic hatred, as
a motivator for the targeted Jewish people.
Legitimate criticism of Israel or Zionism is deterred by harassment
tactics and threats of lawsuits for "libel." Many websites are afraid
to publish anything of this nature because of the threats, or because
of the power of "cronyism" to effect journalistic content. Wealthy
Jewish lawyers like Alan Dershowitz provide the legal "muscle" that is
needed to intimidate would be critics of Israeli actions. By making
well-publicized examples of anyone who speaks-out, or by using
well-known "anti-Zionist" agitators like Prof. Norman Finkelstein and
Noam Chomsky, to serve as counterfeit counter-points, a lot of the
potentially effective opposition is cowed into acquiescence. You know
that Finkelstein is a fake, because he has taken Walt and Mearsheimer
to task for their claims about the power of the lobby to influence
American policy. According to Finkelstein:
"I don't think there's any evidence that the is lobby was a crucial
factor in the decision for the US to go to war in Iraq and I don't
think that there is evidence that US policy in the Middle East in
general is shaped by the lobby... I don't think it determined US
policy in Iran, in Turkey or in Iraq. But on the Israel-Palestine
conflict the building of settlements and the colonisation of
Palestine, I think it is a crucial factor."
The recent staged event at Columbia University was an AIPAC inspired
publicity event, intended to mock and debase an invited guest of the
university, in a most undemocratic manner. AIPAC used this event to
once again manipulate the good Jewish people of the New York area into
doing the bidding of the Zionist government in Israel. The main
purpose was to scare the Jews and their American Gentile supporters
into supporting this new war against this "frightening/pitiful" new
"Hitler" (?). Even recent high school graduates in Israel know the
real power of their lobby, to manipulate American Jews and thereby
affect the policies of the American people.
Why is it that common knowledge in Israel is slammed as
"anti-Semitism" when spoken by Americans?
Another recent publicity event at the University of California,
Irvine, was staged by the good foot soldiers of Zionism. Here, the
B'Nai B'rith and ADL (Anti Defamation League) were using a Jewish
student in an attempt to ban criticism of Israel or Zionism as "hate
speech." Their charges were based on deceptive quotes of famous
Zionists, provided by a group called CAMERA.org. This group seems to
play a central role in providing re-worked Zionist quotes, and in
having "offensive" material removed from YouTube and elsewhere on the
web. From their point of view, anything that shows the Zionist state
in the real world must be suppressed, especially video evidence of
brutal anti-Palestinian military/police actions.
Through the research that has been done by psychological and social
science experts, the wealthiest of the corporate elite fully control
America. According to people who count such things, 40% of all the
billionaires listed on the "Forbes 400" list are Jewish, making them
targets of the Zionist manipulators. The Zionist provocateurs have
been able to successfully manipulate mainstream America into accepting
the ethnic cleansing policies that have historically been utilized
against the Palestinian people, because of this effective stranglehold
on the entertainment industry
Israeli agents within the US government (neocons) like Sen. Lieberman
are doing everything they can to compel the United States Congress to
order military action against Iran (Lieberman-Kyl Amendment). Others,
like Gen. Kevin Bergner, have been trying to provide evidentiary
grounds for the Lieberman covert war declarations by trying to
mislabel Iranian aid to fellow Shiites in Iraq with "hostile intent,"
intended to kill Americans, instead of to be used primarily to defend
against al Qaida attacks. They are also helping to fabricate proof of
Iranian military support for Iran's mortal enemies, the Sunni
Baathists of Iraq. If the "evidence" that had been provided by General
Bergner and General William Caldwell for Lieberman's first subversive
amendment were true, then why was it not also included in the second,
more lethal Lieberman Amendment?
The existence of high-ranking generals within this manipulated effort
to manufacture "grounds for war" and to force Congress into supporting
their plot brings to mind past efforts by ranking generals (as high as
the Joint Chiefs of Staff) to deceive the Congress into an unwanted
illegal war - the 1962 "Operations Northwoods" false flag attempt.
This was a formerly covered-up US military project proposal to
undertake covert operations against Cuba, in the form of terrorist
attacks, a staged remote control downing of a jet supposedly full of
civilians, even going so far as to recommend sinking a US ship at
Guantanamo. (Crashing remote control jets, in order to start a war
sound familiar to anyone?) According to the copy of the report, it was
turned down by Sec. Defense McNamara, on orders from President Kennedy
(not too long before he was murdered).
Cheney expressed a desire that Israel would start the bombing of Iran,
intending to back them up, as Bush had promised. A recent Newsweek
article quoted Cheney inner council acolyte David Wurmser as saying
that Cheney wanted to provoke the Israelis to attack, which would
provoke the Iranian retaliation, that Bush had pledged to defend
Now reconsider the two previously mentioned "mysterious events" of the
last few weeks, in this light the missing nukes headed for the
Middle East and the Israeli practice run in Syria for the attack on
Iran. Here we have an extremely complex scenario unfolding (made
possible only because of a complicated series of improbable events)
over US soil, where someone very high-up was trying to scare-up a few
loose nukes (with one of the nuclear cruise missiles possibly still
missing). Concurrently, Israel was running another psy-ops attack on
Syria, in order to heighten the threat level and contribute to
panicking the Congress into authorizing this new war. All this happens
as the Lieberman war declaration is sneaking through the Senate, under
the approving evil eye of Cheney and his civilian and military
Since the two events virtually took place within the same time frame,
it is reasonable to suspect a clear linkage. Both events, in light of
the "Northwoods" danger, harmonize perfectly with Cheney's sentiments
as expressed by a key player from his office. It is time to tell the
people about the danger. We have to make the Congress investigate
Cheney and the neocons, in order to stop their new war plans and to
find out exactly how far they have gone in subverting the Constitution
of the United States. We have to do it now.
We have to overcome the ideological forces that suppress the real news
in this country and devise ways to get word to the people, past the
filter that sanitizes our communication. One commercial on
"Northwoods," then and now, with emphasis on the Israeli connection to
the coming Iran war, might be a large enough dose of truth, to crack
open the conspiracy known as "neoconservatism." Meanwhile, we have to
counter the organized campaign of lies that now masquerade as truth.
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