Speaking of persecution: Christians as victims and victimizers 4

“We are living in a time of Christian persecution unparalleled since the days of Hitler and the Soviet Gulag,” Ken Blackwell writes at Townhall.

It is true that Christians are being persecuted with a persistence and viciousness that may in fact be wholly unparalleled in the history of Christendom. The persecutors are Muslims, chiefly in the Islamic states.

Yet the few Christian leaders who can bring themselves to speak out against the discrimination, threats, violence, forced conversions and murders, blame the Jews. (See here and here and here.)

Are any Muslims being persecuted, tortured, murdered? Yes – not by Christians or Jews, but by other Muslims.

The European once-Christian nations grovel before Islam. Muslims carry out terrorist attacks against the indigenous people, rape insult assault and murder them – and cowardly European governments protect them, even from justified criticism. [See our posts:  The West on trial (December 16, 2009); Freedom versus Islam (January 20, 2010); Civilization on trial (October 11, 2010); An honest confession of hypocrisy (October 23, 2010); The new heresy (January 11, 2011); Darkness descending – again (February 7, 2011);  Protecting Islam from criticism (December 18, 2011); Sharia is the law in Austria (December 25, 2011); Only the gagged may speak freely (December 26, 2011); Darkness imminent (January 8, 2012); The most important struggle of our time (April16, 2012); Marked for death (May 10, 2012); The last days of Europe, (June 9, 2012)]

But the Jews … They may be unjustly criticized, condemned, and reviled. For what? The Jews may have given more (see here and here) to the world proportionate to their numbers than any other nation, but in Europe they are not to be endured. Why? For no other reason (though many more are concocted) than that they have continued maddeningly to exist ever since and despite the advent of Christianity.* Christian belief may fade, but its savage hatred of the Jews lives on. The once-Christian states of Europe, keeping up the venerable tradition even though they have largely given up the faith, continue to persecute them.

This is from Front Page by Giulio Meotti:

While the U.S. is home to many Christian supporters of Israel, the Christian groups more closely linked to global public opinion, bureaucracy, media and legal forums are all violently anti-Israel and anti-Jewish. This month, for example, the Church of England voted to support the boycott movement against Israel.

A special report by the Israeli watchdog NGO Monitor, revealed the huge flux of money that is being provided by European governments for the Church-based efforts to destroy Israel. This development is paving the way for a new Jewish bloodbath through the vehicle of excluding Israel’s Jews from the family of nations.

The Dutch government, for example, grants millions of euros to organizations such as Kerk in Aktie and the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, which support a “general boycott” of Israeli products as per the policy of the Protestant Church of the Netherlands. The Interchurch Organization also received money from the European Union (€5.3 million).

Diakonia, Sweden’s largest humanitarian NGO founded by five Swedish churches (the Alliance Mission, the Baptist Union, InterAct, the Methodist Church and Mission Covenant Church), financed programs “to commemorate the Nakba,” the Palestinian term for “catastrophe” which indicates Israel’s foundation in 1948.

The UK’s Christian Aid and Finland’s FinnChurchAid received millions from the EU to propagate the worst anti-Israel blood libels, including starving, torture, dispossession and siege.

The World Council of Churches, which plays a pivotal role in mobilizing churches in the boycott against Israel, gets annually millions from European taxpayers.

European taxes are used in several ways to fund anti-Semitism of an intensity unseen since Nazi Germany. …

The Palestinian Authority has reported that the EU (41.4 million euros), France (19 million euros) Ireland (5 million euros), Norway (53 million dollars) and the World Bank (40 million dollars) have all given funds to the Palestinian budget, used to pay the families of the “martyrs” (read: suicide bombers) and the 5.500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Europe is financing Israel’s destruction also by channeling millions of euros to secular and leftist NGOs. These are just some: Addameer (207.000 $ from Sweden), Al Haq (426.000 $ from Holland, 88.000 $ from bailout-needing Ireland and 156.000 $ from Norway), Al Mezan (105.000 $ from Sweden), Applied Research Institute (374.000 $ from the European Union and 98.000$ from bankrupt Spain), Coalition of Women for Peace (247.000 $ from the European Union) and Troicare (2.000.000 $ from Brussels and 640.000 $ from UK).

There is a fourth way Europe funds Palestinian terrorism and anti-Semitism: books, school textbooks, documentaries, tv channels. This is a kind of “software” of the holy war against the Jews.

According to a report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, the Palestinian textbooks funded by the European Union incite hatred against Israel: “Palestine” is shown to encompass all the Jewish State, Judaism’s most holy sites (such as the Temple Mount and Rachel’s Tomb) have been erased, the Jews are demonized and Arab “martyrdom” is praised. In these texts, Jews are described as “cunning,” “locusts” and “wild animals.”

Thanks to Arab satellite channels, Hizbullah’s al-Manar and Hamas’s al-Aqsa TV stations can beam their hatred into European living rooms, radicalizing Muslim immigrants throughout the continent. Brussels has never tried to stop this European Jihad TV, ignoring even the massacre of four Jews in southern France last spring by a French Muslim. …

Seventy years ago the Europeans had to round up the Jews and take them to the nearest railway station. Now they just need to finance a textbook, fund a television show and draw a check at a distance of 3.299 km (that between Brussels and Jerusalem). It’s a cleaner and more comfortable anti-Jewish policy that resists any rational exorcism.

We will not be surprised if one day, under the Eurabian banner, the new Europeans will try to expel the descendants of the Holocaust from the land of Israel. This second Shoah will be called “Peace and Love for Palestine.”

*There are Christians who are fully aware that Christianity itself is the root cause of the persistent irrational hatred which came eventually, in the late 19th century, to be called “anti-Semitism”. For example, Professor William Nicholls, an Anglican minister and founder of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, wrote in his book Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate:

No amount of tolerance and goodwill can obscure the fundamental threat to the Jewish people contained in the heart of traditional Christian belief … [Because] the very presence of the Jewish people in the world… puts a great question mark against Christian belief in a new covenant

A reviewer of the book, Dave Turner, writes that Nicholls could see no remedy:

Even were all branches of Christianity to agree to somehow moderate the anti-Judaism of the gospels and Paul, is this even possible? These documents … are, after all, considered the inerrant word of God. Unanimity over violating God’s inspired words just for the sake of saving the Jews yet another Holocaust? And assuming a wave of remorse, a universal need to express penance, what then would remain of Christianity if indeed it did agree to do so? According to Nicholls, “Once all the anti-Jewish elements have been removed from Christianity, what is left turns out to be Judaism.”

Which strangely adds up to mean that Christianity is Judaism plus hatred of the Jews!

Dave Turner concludes:

Dr. Nicholls’ book is unrelentingly honest and powerful, a carefully constructed and well-written indictment of a religion that sees itself as embodying the high ideals of “Love, Charity and Forgiveness.” … These ideals … as Dr. Nicholls describes in this volume, clearly … do not apply to the Jews.

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  • Liz

    What a mess religion makes.  The Muslims hate Jews and Christians, and the Christians, since they also hate Jews, support the Muslims in killing them, but since the Muslims are also killing Christians, I guess they have to hate themselves, too, to be consistent… No wonder Christians fill mental hospitals, or become liberals, who are also anti-semitic, which must make libera Jews schizophrenic, too.   

  • Guy Wilkinson

    “This month, for example, the Church of England voted to support the boycott movement against Israel. ”
    It’s a great pity that you repeat this completely untrue comment by Giulio Meotti. The recent General Synod not even discuss boycott, let alone support it. The Archbishop of Canterbury is in structural dialogue with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, meeting annually in London and Jerusalem – does that sound like persecution or boycott? The Council of Christians and Jews founded in 1942 has all the Christian and Jewish leadership as its Presidents – does that sound like persecution or boycott? Of course there is much for Christianity to repent of and there is much more for Christians to do to work for the security of Israel as well as justice for Palestinians but baseless hatemongering of this kind does no one any favours. Guy Wilkinson

    • Jillian Becker

      If the Church of England is not being brutally antagonistic to Israel, these sites are lying: 

      This Wikipedia entry: 

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinvestment_from_Israel

      The Church of England has voted for disinvestment from Israel, which was criticised by George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury as as “inappropriate, offensive and highly damaging”.

      http://www.bdsmovement.net/2012/church-of-england-backfires-9273

      From which we quote (but see it all):

      “A few people said that all the lobbying from the Jewish side led us to vote the
      other way,” said the Rt. Revd. Nigel McCulloch, who is chair of the Council of
      Christians and Jews (CCJ), the UK’s oldest Jewish-Christian interfaith group. “There was over-lobbying by some members of the Jewish community. The CCJ actually warned against this, as we know how the Synod works and it’s not a good way to get things done.” The General Synod, which is the church’s highest legislative body, voted Monday night to support “the vital work” of the ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The scheme brings international church members to the West Bank to “experience life under occupation” for three to four months, and expects them to campaign on their return for “a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and
      implementation of UN resolutions.” The group members spend limited time — up to one week — inside the Green Line.The British Board of Deputies, Anglo Jewry’s main representative organization, has accused the group of creating “a cohort of very partisan but very motivated anti-Israel advocates who have almost no grasp of the suffering of normal Israelis.” It encouraged members of the Jewish community to express their concern before the vote in a letter campaign to senior members of the Church and to the Church Times, the most influential Church of England newspaper, while other Jewish groups, as well as Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and the Anglican Friends of Israel, all called for the motion to be rejected. (July 10, 2012)

       

      http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/07/10/church-of-england-does-not-like-pushy-jews-israel-palestinians/

      From which we quote (but see it all):

      “The Church of England not only refused to back off its
      endorsement of a biased program that sought to indoctrinate Christians visiting the Middle East to support the Palestinians against Israel, many of its members took offense at the efforts of English Jews to get them to change their minds.
      This controversy showed the level of animosity for Israel that
      is entrenched in the culture of the state-supported Anglican hierarchy. But it
      also may betray the barely disguised anti-Semitism that runs through European
      and English discourse about Israel and Jews. This story may sum up in a
      nutshell the starkly different predicaments of American and English Jews. As
      one bishop pointed out, the problem wasn’t just that the Anglican bishops,
      clerics and laity are predisposed to think ill of Israel. It was also that they
      were offended by the lobbying efforts of Jews to get them to look at the issue
      differently. Apparently, the spectacle of Jews standing up for themselves
      rather than keeping quiet or, as is the case with a vocal but not insubstantial
      minority of British Jews, joining the chorus of Israel-bashers, was too much
      for them to stand.”

      That a prominent member of the Church of England under the leadership of pro-Islam Rowan Williams dares to accuse Giulio Meotti (and us for quoting him) of “hate-mongering” is an exercise in cynicism and sheer gall that would be astonishing were it not ever more typical of leftist churchmen.

    • C. Gee

      “It’s a great pity that you repeat this completely untrue comment by Giulio Meotti. The recent General Synod not even discuss boycott, let alone support it.”

      It is true that the General Synod (9 July, 2012) at issue did not, in as many words, vote to support the boycott movement against Israel. They did not have to. They voted to support, by name, despite a proposed amendment to leave the name out, the EAPPI. This organization is a brainchild of the WWC, deliberately set up to promote its Middle East policies, which include:

      Certain economic measures are legitimate forms of pressure for peace. The WCC encourages member churches to avoid investments or other economic links to illegal activities on occupied territory, and to boycott settlement products.

      See http://www.oikoumene.org/en/programmes/public-witness-addressing-power-affirming-peace/churches-in-the-middle-east/pief/world-week/resources/wcc-policy-on-palestine-israel.html for further policies. 

      See http://eappi.org/en/about/overview.html for into the institutional hypocrisy of the EAPPI and its working for “peace and justice” in the Middle East. 

      Why was the amendment to exclude by name the EAPPI voted down by the Synod? Because then the WWC policy of boycott would not be implicitly incorporated into the Synod’s resolution. The Church of England has voted to support the boycott movement against Israel.