I ask that you read this post in its entirety before making up your mind about the validity or invalidity of it.
There once was a nation that proclaimed the righteousness of its people over all others. The leadership vowed to rid the country of all those it determined were the problem. They terrorized many into leaving the country and massacred others who stayed behind. All the time they claimed what they were doing was in the name of national security.
Their own countrymen who spoke out against the actions of the leadership were mocked in the press to turn others against them. They received death threats and for their own safety, most left their homeland. This is what the national leaders wanted because if there was no patriot calling them out for their unjust actions, it gave the perception to the rest of the world that they were all in accord with what was happening.
When this happened to the Jews by Germany during World War Two, the world cried out for justice.
Israeli and Jewish historian, Ilan Pappe, wrote that Israeli leadership committed many war crimes against the Palestinians. He wrote of Palestinians being forced out of their homes and the homes then razed to the ground. He wrote about Palestinian civilians being sniped by army sharpshooters; and for doing so had his photograph published in local newspapers with a target on his face which resulted in him receiving death threats. Mr. Pappe ended up leaving Israel and moving to England for his own safety. Is this not a sign of state sponsored terrorism against one of its own? Is this not a tactic to silence opponents who see injustice?
When people bring the subject of Israeli atrocities up, they are immediately labeled as an anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism is defined as prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as a national, ethnic, religious or racial group. In other words, if you say anything against an action that is in any way associated with a Jewish person, you can be labeled anti-Semitic. This is a pretty inclusive way to try and keep anyone from speaking up against what you might be doing. According to some this is considered racism because Israel is predominantly Jewish. I would say that anyone who uses a race card to defend actions that are considered to be inhumane by the vast majority of humanity is the actual racist. It is nothing more than a bullying technique used to try and force opponents into silence for fear of being labeled.
If an Israeli breaks the law in Israel, he or she is subject and tried by civilian law. If a Palestinian breaks the law in Israel, they are subject to military law, this is discrimination and racism. An Israeli juvenile charged with throwing rock at vehicles is likely to have the charge dropped or given a sentence without conviction so he does not have a criminal record. A Palestinian juvenile committing the same act will likely be tried, convicted, and sentenced as a criminal to prison time; another case of racism and discrimination. A Palestinian can be thrown in prison under “administrative detention” and held without charges; another case of discrimination and racism.
When Israel does this to Palestinians, where is the world cry for justice?
Here are some other facts:
• The Jews abandoned their homeland in the year 135 after losing a war with Hadrian’s Army. This was called the Jewish Diaspora. Had God wanted the Jews to stay in Judea, would He have let them lose the war to the Romans? The region was then renamed Syria Palestina.
• For nearly 2000 years, Palestinians lived on the land and it was therefore rightfully theirs.
• In 1948, after the British handed over the region to the United Nations, Zionists were given ownership of property that the United Nations had no legal right to give away.
• After the UN action, Palestinians were thrown off their land and it was handed over to Jewish immigrants.
• In further actions too numerous to count, again and again more Palestinians have been either thrown off their land, thrown in jail without trial, or killed in order to hand over the property to more Israeli families. This reeks of the Fascist persecution of the Jews in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
• The United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned Israel for actions more than all the other country specific condemnations combined; and
• The United Nations have resolved to take sanctions against Israel on numerous occasions, but with the United States consistently blocking actions against them, Israel continues to ignore those condemnations.
There is a group out there called the Christians United For Israel (CUFI). Their pledge says:
• We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.
• We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.
• We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.
To CUFI, I say:
• The Jews gave up their “right” to the ancient land of Judea when they left two thousand years ago. If your belief is correct, are you ready, willing and able to hand over your property to those who lived on it in ancient times? (For any Christian living in the Americas, that would be Native Americans.) If not, what makes it different for the Jews?
• The attacks against Israel come from the people who lived there long before the Jews returned in the 1940’s. They are fighting for land that was unjustly taken from them. Oh! And the people fighting now are the rightful “citizens” of that land.
• For the attacks to stop against Israel, Israel has to first stop attacking the people or “citizens” that were already there when they moved back. Instead of blindly justifying the actions of a government that persecutes those of different faith in the name of racism, is it not more Christian to show them the error of their ways and preach Christian values to them?
Finally, I say:
• If this truth results in me being labeled “anti-semitic” for bringing them to the attention of others, so be it. I will not be bullied into silence by a label. The facts need to be known for people to make just decisions.
• I do not condemn Jews for being Jewish and I do not condemn Christians for being Christian; just as I don’t condemn Muslims for being Islamic.
• I do condemn any nation or group using their faith to cover up inhumane treatment or persecution of those who worship differently than they do though.
• I do think that the only solution to this is for Israel to cease and desist in its expansionist policies and to return all land taken after 1948 to the Palestinians.
• I do think that Jerusalem should be a city-state governed by the whole of the United Nations and the United Nations headquarters moved there.
• I do think The United States government needs to quit enabling Israel and or any other nation that persecutes people.
• I do think that The United States government should not give any foreign aid in any way, shape or form to nations who persecute others or makes war against other nations.
• I do think that all of mankind needs to hold everyone to the same standard and not turn a blind eye to “friends” who commit atrocities.
I have spoken my peace now and will step back down off the soapbox once again.