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Another Jewish Exodus
Israel - Middle East
Friday, March 01, 2013
Alf Cengia

Last weekend my family watched the Schindler's List movie on television.  I only caught the last half hour or so.  However, the little I did see really moved me, as it did the girls.

I don't know how accurate the portrayal was in the fine details, but one of the end scenes was particularly touching for me.  It was the one in which the formerly materialistic and superficial Schindler agonized over how he might have used his money more wisely to perhaps save another Jewish life.

There was another scene, following after that, where a Russian soldier tells a crowd of Jewish survivors that they've been liberated by the Soviet army.  He ignores a question as to whether there are any Jews left in Poland (where he has just come from).

"Where should we go?" someone asks the officer. He responds: "Don't go east, that's for sure.  They hate you there.  I wouldn't go west either, if I were you."

It's a film complete with actors and a script.  But the dark history that inspired it is too true.  But it isn't restricted to the holocaust of World War Two, and it is happening again.

Coincidently, the very first headline I see as I start researching a new article is about an exodus to the United Kingdom by French Jews escaping anti-Semitism!

Why have these people been subjected to so much hatred and abuse throughout history?  Why is it happening again?  I've asked these questions, and I'm asking it again.  If the theme sounds repetitive, just imagine how the Jews feel about this repetition on a practical level.

According to the Jewish Chronicle, there was a 58 % increase in anti-Semitic incidents in France in 2012.  Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, is quoted as warning that:

"...the position of Jews in Europe today is very difficult. There are threats at this moment to brit mila and shechita, and Jews in Europe have begun to ask, is there a place for us here?" (Emphasis mine)

Does that sound at all familiar?

Remember Helen Thomas who said occupier-Israel must "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Germany and Poland and America and everywhere else?

That would be anywhere but Palestine!  That's the same spiel one Christian apologist (known for his anti-Zionism) spun when he interviewed author of "Whose Promised Land" and Israel critic, Colin Chapman, in 2004.

Following after the apologist's erroneous inference that the Palestinians are "arguably the largest displaced people group in the world" (ostensibly because of Israel); he further notes:

"...if you look at Zionism from Theodore Herzl Long and you recognize that Palestine was not the only choice of destination. There were other choices as well back then in the embryonic stages of Zionism. Argentina or Uganda were possible places of relocation for the Jewish people." (Emphasis mine)

But are Uganda and Argentina really far enough away for the anti-Israelians?  What about Alaska or Tasmania?  Aside from the racist overtones of even raising the possibility; what makes anyone think that sending the Jews to these places would have solved the problem?

Does anyone remember the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires?  How about the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires which killed 29 people?  Uganda has experienced a multitude of Muslim backlashes against majority Christians.  I wonder how they would treat Jews.

The problem of anti-Semitism isn't confined to France. It is becoming endemic throughout Europe:

"Clearly, a hatred so powerful and categorical that it leads even Muslims in Western Europe to attack non-Israeli Jews in the streets, and identify with a deliberate child-murderer, is far removed from 'criticism of Israeli policy' or longing for a two-state solution." (Emphasis mine)

Note to Helen Thomas - the Jews aren't welcome back home.  They're not welcome in "Palestine" either!  Where should they go?

Speaking of "Israeli policy" - there's a new blurb announcing the upcoming Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 (the 3rd one).  It begins by paying tacit attention to the turmoil in the Middle East (Egypt, Syria etc) - while carefully avoiding the Islamic nature of the turmoil - and immediately hones in on occupier Israel.  It mentions the "Gaza war" without addressing the cause.  It asks the familiar questions:

"What would Christ say and do if he were to stand in front of a checkpoint today? What would his message be to the Palestinian crossing the checkpoint? And to the Israeli solder who is stopping him? What is the Christian calling in the midst of this reality?"

According to the author, part of the "Christian calling" is "to be peacemakers and to lovingly challenge all forms of injustice."  It appears that the only injustice these people recognize involves "occupied real estate".

During the 2012 CatC Conference, Colin Chapman was asked about Muslim hostility towards Jews and Christians in the Middle East.  He responded "brusquely" by saying "the questions themselves indicated that the questioners hadn’t put themselves in the shoes of Muslims in the Middle East."

Did they mention a Christian calling to lovingly challenge all forms of injustice?

It's also ironic to me that, in the shifting sands of anti-Zionism, these people can't seem to make up their minds regarding the theological status of the land.  Last week I mentioned a book which was heavily endorsed by CatC organizer Gary Burge.  The premise of the book (and another written by that author) is that Israel and Jerusalem have lost the right to be considered holy.  In fact Peter Walker wrote that:

"Any Christian attempt to invest the places associated with Jesus in Palestine with a new spiritual significance should be ruled out - Jesus himself was the only true ‘Holy Place’." (Emphasis mine)

And yet the organizers of the CatC Conferences repeatedly call Palestine "the Holy Land."  So which is it?

I guess it works this way - the land isn't really holy if you think God hasn't finished with Israel and that they still have a prominent future role in the land.  But if you want Palestine to be inclusive of all faiths (preferably without a Jewish state) then it may certainly be referred to as "the Holy Land."

This kind of paradoxical bias is even found in the world of the gay activist where Jews and Israel are demonized yet Islamic intolerance to homosexuality is ignored!

Recall the words of the Russian officer in the Schindler's List movie.  They ring true.  It really doesn't matter where the Jews go or what they do; anti-Semitism will always find them and find reasons to hate them.

The problem is that they're running out of places to hide.

And, tragically, some professing Christians are feeding this hatred against Israel and the Jew.

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