As everyone knows, the most vociferous ally the Israeli ultra-nationalist government has aside from the Israel Lobby is Christian evangelists like John Hagee and Christians United for Israel (with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein‘s International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a close second). I’m always astonished about this considering that the theology of settler Jews is exclusivist and supremacist. In other words, the Christian Zionists’ most ardent allies are the most hateful toward any religion other than Judaism. They are, in short Islamophobic and Christophobic. Not to mention that these settlers hate most of the rest of us Jews as well and view us as fakes, idolaters or worse.
I’ve reported here on settler attacks on Christian holy places including the ancient Church of Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee. I’ve also reported on other similar attacks against other Christian sites and holidays. Then there are other attacks I haven’t reported on here like the priests spat upon by the ultra-Orthodox settlers in the Old City. Jack Teitel planted a bomb outside the family residence of a Christian family and one member had his hand blown off.
In the comment section, readers challenged one of the pictures I posted. So I’m now linking to multiple videos of Israeli verbal and physical assaults against Christians. In one video (mp4 download), Lehava Stoßtrupper, Benzi Gopstein assaults a Christian choir performing in an Israeli mall as part of the celebration of Festival of the Cranes. You can clearly see Israeli police doing a piss-poor job of removing him from the premises. They take so long to do so that the performance is entirely sabotaged, which is what both parties wanted. In other videos, ultra-Orthodox stormtrooopers harass Christians, tell them to go back to Germany, or simple “Get out!” One charming fellow tells the Christians that if they spill Coca-Cola on themselves they’ll become Black Christians. Another tells the Christians they can “take all the stinky, rotten Jews,” including one who has a ‘Black child.’ “Take them all,” he says. He continues: “We needed that stupid Jesus, that bastard of Jews, to take out all the sick Jews, the six-million Jews.” In this video, two settlers tell Christians: “We killed Jesus and we’re proud of it.”
But today on Twitter, I saw some interesting Christophobic graffiti I hadn’t seen before. It “graced” the Jerusalem Baptist Church in 2012. Here are the translations: 1. Death to Christianity 2. We will crucify you. 3. Jesus, son of a whore. 4. Jesus son of Mary, the whore.
Might our Christian Zionist friends want to reconsider their slavish alliance with settlerism and its crude Judean idolatry, which worships Jewish racial purity and power–a corrupt theology passing for Judaism? Unless of course, their aim is to use such extremism to promote the Apocalypse. In that sense, radical settler Jews aren’t really allies, but tools for a bloodthirsty messianic redemption.
ISIS of course treats Christians even worse in other Arab countries. It murders them and bombs their churches with worshippers inside. But is this the standard Israel wishes to measure itself against? It only spits on and assaults Christians and burns down their churches without killing them?
What’s also ironic is that this same Jesus was a nice Jewish boy named Yehoshua ben Yosef. A bit of a troublemaker, it’s true. Even one prepared to die for his beliefs. But his views were no more radical than those of many other Jews through the ages. And many other Jews were martyred before him (and after) for their beliefs. It was only after his death at the hands of the Romans that others came along and transformed his legacy into a new religion.
So when you think about it–why disparage such a nice Jewish boy? He was one of us until his last dying breath. When you smear him aren’t you smearing his own Jewish faith?
Please, no approaches from Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jews and the like. This is not an advertisement for conversion to Christianity.
NOTE: My newest piece for The New Arab was published today: Who was responsible for Israel’s 1967 massacre? Please circulate it via social media.