Bonfire Of The Stupidities

So apparently Israel is a Christian fundamentalist state. That’s at least what it sounded like when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Christians United For Israel’s annual conference via satellite in Washington, D.C.:

“When you support Israel, you don’t have to choose between your interests and your values; you get both.”

So, in other words, when you support the Jewish state, you support institutionalized Christian supremacy and theocracy. You also support the destruction of non-Christians who will perish in the End Times as outlined within the millennial worldview – that includes Jews. According to a pamphlet from the National Council of Churches:

“Because Christian Zionism bases support for the State of Israel on its supposed role in the end of history, its adherents tend to treat Israelis and Palestinians not as neighbors to be loved, but as pawns in a cosmic drama of divine vengeance and retribution. The conclusion of this drama involves the death of all non-Christians, including Jews, through apocalyptic warfare or divine judgment. “

Christian Zionism’s support for Israel is driven in large part by its virulently anti-Muslim hostility and supposed support for Jews. Yet the underlying premise of Christian Zionist “philo-semitism” is in fact antisemitic, according to Rachel Tabachnick:

“Christian Zionist literature regularly uses this threat of the second holocaust to warn, or intimidate, Jews to move to Israel before it is ‘too late,’ and steeps it with additional antisemitic imagery. In Let My People Go, Tom Hess describes his vision of trains taking fleeing Jews from the major cities of the world as they voluntarily leave for Israel, thus saving themselves from an impending holocaust. Its cover shows a Jewish businessman chained to Wall Street, and the book is filled with stereotypes of Jews as money-oriented materialists and worse. Hess’ ministry, based in Israel, sends the books to Jewish households around the world , and claims to have distributed tens of thousands to the ‘fish’ as he calls the Jews of Russia and Ukraine. Hess also hosts the annual Christian Governmental Leaders Luncheon in conjunction with the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus.”

CUFI founder John Hagee is one such proponent of this antisemitic worldview:

The recognized theological source of modern Christian Zionism is U.S. fundamentalism from the last century, which has its own history of embracing antisemitism. Many leaders such as William Bell Riley, perhaps the major leader of fundamentalism, merged religious narratives with secular antisemitic conspiracies including the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion which they saw as supporting their end times narrative.

Today’s internationally broadcast Christian Zionist media is a major source of anti-Jewish conspiracy thinking and features New World Order conspiracism. Hagee preaches from the pulpit that the American dollar is being intentionally devalued through the Federal Reserve by a conspiracy of the Illuminati, Rothschilds, and European bankers.

Tabachnick goes on to write that:

Hagee picks up on another antisemitic story line with a long history when he demeans the much revered Rabbi Hillel. In Final Dawn over Jerusalem, Hagee states that antisemitism comes from the bowels of hell but, in the same book, claims Hillel was an ‘extremist’ and his Pharisee followers were ‘sword-carrying legalists’ who plotted to have Jesus killed. It is they, he claims, who are responsible for Christian antisemitism.

Nice. Glenn Beck praised Israel and Jews effusively:

“‘Jews have been chased out of every corner of this planet,’ said Beck.” “‘Enough is enough.'” 

What a progressive attitude; for the 1930s, that is.

“Beck repeated a refrain that Netanyahu had introduced earlier, appealing to audience members to self-identify as Israelis and Jews themselves. He exhorted, ‘When we see Israelis not as part of us, but as us, we can move to the next level as human beings,’ adding, ‘Let us declare ‘I am a Jew,’they cannot kill all of us.'”

Hmmm, I wonder what Elizabeth Dilling would’ve thought about all this? Dilling was a far right, antisemitic and anti-communist activist who wrote books like The Plot Against Christianity which purported to show that Jews were historically trying to destroy the Christian religion in various ways. In it, she wrote:

“The ultimate object of hatred in Talmudic Judaism is Christ, and the targets of Talmudic hatred are not just Gentile non-Jews, ‘the people who are like an ass — slaves who are considered the property of the master’ (Talmud, Kethuboth 111a). Of these non-Jews, the Christians are most insanely hated and loathed because their doctrines are the opposite of every Talmudic doctrine. They rank not just as animals, like the rest of non-Talmudic humanity, but almost as vermin, to be eradicated. Language in the Talmud is virtually exhausted to find foul and hated names for Christians.”

Dilling spoke at rallies hosted by the pro-Nazi organization the German-American Bund in the 1930s, praised Hitler and blamed WWII on “Jewish Communists.” She also authored a book called the Red Network, purporting to identify who was behind international communism. Jews, of course, were behind communism, which she blamed for Germany’s antisemitism:

 “The problem of the large number of revolutionary Russian Jews in Germany doubtless contributed toward making Fascist Germany anti-Semitic.”

Naturally, Beck would have a huge problem with someone like Dilling because of her anti-Jewish worldview, right? Um, no … Glenn Beck is a huge fan of Dilling and promoted The Red Network on his radio show:

“This is a book, The Red Network. This came in from 1936. People — McCarthy was absolutely right. Now he may not — he may have used bad tactics or whatever, but he was absolutely right. This is a book — and I’m a getting a ton of these — from people who were doing what we’re doing now.”

Exactly.

Earlier this year, on two separate occasions commemorating the Holocaust – International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 26 and Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance day on May 1 – Netanyahu chastised those who haven’t adequately learned the lessons of the Shoah as well as he and world Jewry have:

“Have the lessons of the Holocaust been learned? For us, the Jewish people, the answer is yes. For the rest of the world, the answer is no, or at least not yet.” – International Holocaust Remembrance Day  

“Has the world learned the lesson of all this? I doubt it. Have we learned it? I believe so. May the whole world know that when Israel and the Israel Defense Forces say ‘Never again,’ we mean every word.” –  Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day

Never again … until the Rapture, that is. Or until a major shift occurs within the Right, and open Jew-hatred becomes fashionable again. Until then, it’s all about the Muslims.

Hagee told Beck on his radio show last April that “you can’t be a lover of Israel and be an anti-Semite.” Like Obama said, yes we can. And Israel – which was supposed to be the antidote to antisemitism – helped make it possible.

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