Passover – Easter, 2017


Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel, a good Internet Jewish friend, sent a combination Passover/Easter message to me on Easter Sunday. Due to other research opportunities and the holiday itself I did not get to his email until yesterday (4/18/17).

 

A couple of things to think about while reading this.

 

One, marketing has become way too intrinsic with Christian Holy Days in the Western World. These days a Holy Day has been downgraded to a mere secular holiday.

 

Two, there is a truism in this essay. Judaism will exist without Christianity, BUT Christianity would never exist without Judaism. Now that is something to think about for those people who consider themselves in the Christian traditions yet are antisemitic Jew-haters. (Muslims can’t help it. Jew-hatred is encoded in their revered writings whether it is the Quran, Hadith or Sunnah.)

 

JRH 4/19/17

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Passover – Easter, 2017

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 4/16/2017 5:47 PM

 

upper right hand side:  1937 Passover Haggadah printed in New York (p. 182:  Psalms 118) — lower right hand side:  2001 Passover Haggadah printed in Israel (p. 76 highlighting Jerusalem, the Holy City)

 

A mother walking with two daughters stops me this morning: “Do you know what time the stores open today?  Will they be open at all?”

 

It is Easter Sunday, and we are the only ones on Rodeo Drive, likely the most known street in Beverly Hills and one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world.

 

Clearly, what is Ari to do?  Without preparation or hesitation, I send them to Church.

 

“It is too early on a Sunday morning,” I say, “but you may want to go up the block.  At the corner is the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, and one block over is the Catholic Church.  Everyone is celebrating Easter, and it is very nice just to walk over there.”

 

The two churches sit atop what we call the Santa Monica Gardens, a wide strip of grass and magnificent trees separating the Business Triangle and the better residential part of the city.  Around the Catholic Church, like any morning, one can see the local homeless people, including one lady in particular with numerous bags and packages.  She had settled at the front steps of what looks like a private residence, and she is talking with herself, waking up the entire neighborhood.

 

Toward the Presbyterian Church, parents with young children are converging on the playground outside.  Everyone is dressed up nicely, in pinks and yellows and other Spring colors.  It is quite different than when we, the Jewish People, go to shul (synagogue).  We are dressed usually in blacks and whites or other very elegant but subdued colors, most appropriate for welcoming the holiness of Shabbat or Chag (the Sabbath or a holiday).

 

Easter.  Even the Farmers’ Market in Beverly Hills, a City predominantly Jewish, is closed.  In neighboring cities, the spirit of the holiday is absent; and this is most regretful.  Can we not survive one day without shopping?

 

Maybe it is simply too early on Sunday, because I expect more people to be at church, much like our own convergence on synagogues for our major holiday, Passover.

 

The two – Passover and Easter – are intertwined.  In fact, much like everything else, Christianity cannot be separated from Judaism.  Exactly a week ago we celebrated the Seder, the special meal at the first night of Passover; otherwise known in Christianity as The Last Supper:  Yeshu of Nazareth (Jesus), a Jewish Rabbi, led the Seder celebration.

 

Whether or not one believes in Jesus as the Son of God, the evidence is clear that He indeed came back to life and remains living to this very day, some two millennia later.  Christianity, along its various streams, is the manifestation of the lasting impact made on humanity, and it is living, changing, advancing, never relenting.

I cannot stop but note that Easter Sunday this year is the same day that we will be celebrating the eve of the last night of Passover.  Leviticus 23:4-8 declares the “appointed seasons of God,” starting in the first (Hebrew) month (of Nissan; Spring, right now), “on the fourteenth day of the month at dusk, is the Lord’s Passover.  And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Feast of the Unleavened Bread unto the Lord, seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.  In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation, ye shall do no manner of work.  And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days, in the seventh day is a holy convocation, ye shall do not manner of work.”

 

Much like this past Chanukah and Christmas that coincided in December 2016, so now, Easter and the seventh day of Passover fall on the same day.  I think of the woman and her two daughters whom I sent to church early morning on this Easter Sunday.  Just the Chutzpah, what an idea!  Church instead of early shopping?

And I continue thinking of the influence of a single person, believed by so many millions to be the Son of God, thus God Himself, and His influence on our civilization, on our very being.  We hear constantly that “Jews control the world,” but we leave an imprint, never shy from expressing an opinion, trying to better the world, being a light unto the nations.  Here is the epitome of this understanding.  The heights to which a Jewish person can ascend, the influence He can attain – the promise that is embedded in each and every one of us, created in the image of God Himself, and the depth of the suffering and sorrow which one can experience.

 

Remember, “for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (First Corinthians 11:26)

 

Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows to the place of the Crucifixion, whereupon its entire length and its various stops, Jesus was mocked, spat upon, beaten and scourged, and yet He “carried our illnesses and our pains He suffered … and in His company we were healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).  The death of Christ on the Cross and his bodily resurrection are pivotal events in Christianity, as Passover and the great miracles of God are in the Jewish Bible.

 

The deliverance from slavery to freedom, the Ten Plagues, Passing Over the abodes of the Hebrews and sparing them the Plague of the First Born, the Parting of the Red Sea, the Giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, feeding the Hebrews Manna from Heaven, providing them water and guiding them during the 40 years of wandering in the desert, and finally bringing them to the Promised Land, a Land of Milk and Honey, and residing there, in the place of His choosing, among His people, [a very long sentence, to be read in one breath, as the Glory of the Almighty like a storm engulfs, overwhelms and uplifts us] is the paramount action of God the Almighty that we remember and celebrate to this very day.

 

Each Shabbat, the Jewish people read a consecutive portion of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.  Corresponding to each of these Portions is a specific section from the Prophets.

 

For the Shabbat that falls during Pessach (Passover) we read Ezekiel 37, the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones.  In Biblical days, it was the deliverance from slavery to freedom, and in modern times, in this era, it is redemption – Geulah.  We are not quite there yet, for even among us, we are still divided.  Ashkenazi Jews add more verses than Sephardic Jews, and it is very prophecy that tells us how a house united, one in God’s hands, becomes one people, God’s people, and He their God.

 

And Ezekiel then ends this prophecy: “And the nations shall know that I am God who sanctifies Israel when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”  (37:28)

 

Despite all the minor though visible divisions, both internal and external, within Judaism and within Christianity and between the two religions, we are all God’s people, and it is good that there is a major holiday, Passover for the Jews and Easter for the Christians, to remind us of what is truly important, more than just shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Easter.
As the Prophet Micah tells us (6:8):

 

“What does the Lord requires of thee?  Only to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, April 2017

 

First Published April 16, 2017

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

Terror in Israel


Arab-Palestinian kid brainwashed to hate Jews

Ari Bussel gives a much needed lesson on Antisemitism and how the West (i.e. the USA and EU) seem to have been anesthetized to the Jew-hatred being acted out by Arab Muslims who call themselves Palestinians. This is a must read.

All rational and good people must become an obstacle in the advance of the devout extremist Muslims. Time to stand up and see good and evil for what they truly are and not what our prejudices would like them to be.” –Ari Bussel

JRH 10/12/15

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Terror in Israel

 

Foreign Correspondent Ari Bussel found himself alone on Bus #1 encircling the Old City, from Damascus Gate to Jaffe Gate. It turned out to be a very short while after a terrorist attack in the Old City. This called for a first ever “selfie,” where the impression is the empty bus (anyone who has ever taken Bus #1 to the Kotel, the Western Wall, knows how crowded the ride is without exception).

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 10/12/2015 1:59 AM

Three police officers were severely wounded at a stabbing attack in the Old City in Jerusalem just now. The terrorist was killed.

This is the latest in a sequence of many such incidents gaining momentum, now called a “terror wave” throughout Israel. In Jerusalem, one hears about the “security situation,” and the streets and buses feel less crowded than normal. There are demonstrations throughout Israel by Arabs, trying to inflame a situation that simply does not exist.

Police reinforcements at the main entrance to the Western Wall square in the Old City in Jerusalem.

In the city of Afula’s central bus station, a young woman terrorist was shot as she was about to commit an attack with a knife. She is hospitalized, and her father was interviewed complaining that the response was too harsh. (The response was ruled “just and proper” given that the terrorist had both the tool and the intention.)

Really, how preposterous. She was running with a knife, attempting to murder innocent civilians indiscriminately (as long as they were Jewish Israelis), and as she was shot in an attempt to stop the act in progress, perhaps the shooter—who must be commended for his ability to react in time—should have asked her nicely to stop. There is no rationalizing with the irrational.

Here in the Middle East, the Arab mentality is disjointed from reality. They have started this “spontaneous” stabbing intifada in reaction to Israel supposedly trying to “topple” the Al Aqsa mosque and changing the “status quo” on Temple Mount. Nothing can be further from truth, as neither ever happened.

Well, if this does not stand to the test of facts or reality, then the reason for this new “instantaneous uprising of the youth” is the Jews’ defiling the Temple Mount. Abbas, the head of the “Palestinian” clan in Ramallah, likes to use the word “defile.” Well, here they are correct about at least one thing: Jews do ascend to the Temple Mount, their holiest place of worship.

Alas, they claim I am wrong here, too. For in their minds Israel and the Jews have no connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The Islamists are actively erasing any connection between the two, although they have quite a formidable task of erasing three thousand years of Judeo-Christian history, archeology, literature, music, religion and culture. Worry not; they are hard at work and making great strides!

An Arab member of the Knesset went as far as to say that Israeli Jews are confusing a property owner and a burglar. He demanded the right to go to the Temple Mount after the Prime Minister forbade all Members of the Knesset and all Ministers from doing that – be they Jews of not. Clearly to this particular Arab MK, the PM is mistaken, for Israeli-Jews are burglars in a land not theirs.

Yet, the true insanity is that no one corrects the Arab MKs or the Israeli Arabs, who voice utter hatred and either perpetrate, participate or cheer when these vile terror attacks against Jewish Israelis take place.

For many years the rhetoric among those who call themselves “Palestinians” has skyrocketed. It pervades every form of communication and life, from books and TV programs, songs, movies, stamps, city square and football fields names, both for adults and still more worrisome for children.

They teach their children that Jews are evil, the very incarnation of the Devil on earth, and the aspiration of each child must be to become a martyr, to liberate the land, to drive the Jews to extinction in a most horrific and painful manner.

They strive to do that, encouraged and brainwashed from an early age on TV, later in summer camps and at schools and throughout young adulthood at the mosques in weekly sermons.

No one counteracts this poison. It is a society of Shaids [or Shahids aka Muslim suicide martyrs for Islam], ready to be sent on homicide missions. An army trained and brainwashed to automation, so that the mere utterance of the word “Jew” or “Israel” prompts a physiological reaction, triggering a mechanism that readies the body and soul to spring into action.

They do not want “peace,” and for those of us who say “two states for two people,” allow me to define the “two states” for better clarity: One state, “Palestine,” is clean and clear of any Jews. The other, “Israel,” is a temporary state of affairs: a country of all its citizens, with a “refugee right of return to their homes.” (“Refugees” are defined according to the UN very-special-definition-of-“Palestinian”-refugees-only: they and their descendants for all eternity.)

In other words, they want official recognition of a country-hood, and then they can continue the systematic destruction of whatever is left of the Jewish state.

Make no mistake; theirs is not a striving for peace or for “living side by side.” Theirs is nothing short of a holy war to destroy the Jewish State and become part of a global Islamic Caliphate.

The sooner the world internalizes there is no difference between the “Palestinians” and IS-ISIL-ISIS, the less complicated it will be to protect and defend our very existence. Until then, we remain confused.

From the society at large, to the individuals that compose it, the attitude is one: Terrorism is the method of choice, and it is definitely not “Terrorism” when applied toward Jews or Israel. It is merely “singing a freedom song.”

Thus, terrorists who have been convicted of murders, many of multiple most horrific murders, and are in Israeli jails receive huge annual compensations from the Palestinian Authority. The PA justifies such use of European and American funds as just and proper. So the United States winds up indirectly paying terrorists for their handiwork.

At the individual level, a child was recently hurt from a gunshot. The parents immediately blamed Israel, for apparently Jews’ favorite pastime is target-practice on Arabs.

It did not take long to establish the gunshot was a result of the child playing with a gun that belongs to his older brother who is part of the “Palestinian” security apparatus. Oh, just a tiny confusion, for Israel and the Jews are always to blame.

One of the most certain realities of life aside from the fact the sun will rise and set is that the world hates the Jewish people and will always be happy to believe the worst of them. Until one accepts this truth, human behavior will be colored and tinged with fantasy.

The make-belief does not stop with the so-called “Palestinians” or the Israeli Arabs. Take, for instance, Jordan and Egypt, both at peace with Israel, both aware and understanding the current situation. Yet both are blaming Israel – in recent declarations – for the “escalation” of the tensions and for her overly severe reaction.

If one does not accept the insanity of these assertions and how bias they truly are, it is easy to see that the Arab world has become a breeding ground for terror and killing, and yet the world dismisses their bad behavior and continues to blame the Jews and Israel.

Jordan, for instance, called on the international community to apply pressure on Israel to “stop the crimes of the Occupier’s force in the West Bank and Gaza.”

The following measures are intolerable:

o Calling to duty border police reserves;

o 2,000 police officers as added reinforcements to Jerusalem;

o Possible additional reinforcement to other cities (Haifa, Afula, Ramlah, Lod – mixed Arab-Jewish cities);

o Special protective measures along major transportation arteries;

o Changing the policy regarding issuance of guns for civilians for self-protection (the mayor of Jerusalem called anyone with a gun to carry it at all times).

Indeed, a wave of terror has been washing Israel, the totality of the country, and Israel must be restrained and allow the tension to dissipate, i.e. sacrifice more innocent victims, in order to appease the haters of the world.

A week ago Palestinians shot a young couple of “Settlers.” (There was a special bonus, for they were Orthodox, he apparently a Rabbi.)

The murderers confirmed the kill, but spared the four young children sitting in the back. Why did they do so, when offspring of the evil settlers must be eradicated completely, lest we want “more of the same?” [A Blood Sacrifice” by Ari Bussel]

Only because previous such murders, of parents and kids, of young children, many not yet talking or walking, (e.g. the Fogel family [Partners in Peace” by Norma Zager]) created a backlash that was not conducive to the “freedom fight” and image of innocence of these “Palestinian Heroes.”

Where was the outcry of the Islamic clergy throughout the Arab world and in America? They were and remain silent. Utter and complete silence. “Islam is a peaceful religion” that does not tolerate such behavior, we are told repeatedly. How slick are CAIR’s spokespeople, how ingenious. Clearly, it is not “tolerated” when applied toward “believers,” but Jews are nothing than filth. Lest one thinks Jewish people are victims, they would be wrong, as they are a big part of the problem.

If the opposite had occurred, Jews, particularly Israeli and American, would have been shouting at the top of their voices “we are sorry; we repent; this is so wrong; please accept our sorrow, please forgive us!” Until Jewish people abandon their mass psychosis of enabling their destroyers and helping them to destroy other Jews, nothing will change.

According to prevailing wisdom, Israel must quietly accept what is coming to her. Apparently, in the eyes of the haters, citizens stabbed to death on the streets of Israel are a tiny price to pay for the audacity of being.

Jewish people must stop apologizing for the evil of their enemies. Throughout history Jews have stood silent while being destroyed as the world silently ignored Jewish pain. Nothing has changed nor will it until the self-hatred of the Jewish people is eliminated.

Israel must have “Chutzpah,” and refuse to submit. All rational and good people must become an obstacle in the advance of the devout extremist Muslims. Time to stand up and see good and evil for what they truly are and not what our prejudices would like them to be.

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Edited by John R. Houk

Any text or links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

Any text enclosed by parentheses are by Ari Bussel.

This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related. Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

© Israel Monitor, October, 2015

First Published October 10, 2015

Contact: bussel@me.com

Could there be some Jewish/Christian Spiritual Significance?


Jesus Last Supper Seder

John R. Houk

© April 4, 2015

 

I sense there is some spiritual significance that Good Friday and the first day of Passover occur on the same day this year in 2015. In full disclosure these thoughts on this event have been inspired by a Jewish friend Ari Bussel’s Easter message which I have cross posted below my thoughts.

 

The Passover season and the Easter season coincide occasionally. This is interesting because Passover commemorates the time God and Moses delivered the 12 Hebrew Tribes from the slavery suffered for 400 years under Egypt and its sovereign called Pharaoh. The English translation for the event is called Passover because the blood of a lamb was painted on the door posts of Hebrew slaves so that the last plague of a death Angel would pass over the Hebrews’ first born males. This last plague pushed Pharaoh to finally free the Hebrew slaves. Passover is an eight day celebration memorializing the preparation for freed from slavery Hebrews to leave quickly. The couple of days of Passover is called the Seder.

 

Easter commemorates the timeframe Jesus Christ Crucified, buried and arose bodily from the grave providing all humanity who believe in that Resurrection eternal life in the Presence of God, forgiven of the debt of Adam’s sin and transferred out of Satan’s realm (a slave system of eternal death/separation from God) into the realm of God via Christ’s Resurrection. For Christians the Jesus represents that lamb slain that we pass from certain death in Hell to certain life with the first born from dead – Jesus Christ – in the Kingdom of God – the new Promised Land. Jesus celebrated the Seder the night before his Crucifixion in which Christians call the Last Supper. The unleavened bread (matzah) blessing Jesus tears/breaks in half telling the Apostles the bread is His body broken for Believers. The second (of four) cups of wine is blessed and Jesus tells the Apostles to drink for the blessed cup of wine is His Blood to be spilled to Redeem Believers (at the Resurrection).

 

The Good Friday of 2015 and the beginning of Passover begin on roughly the same day. The eight day Passover and the three day Easter season do not always occur on the same day because the Jewish calendar is lunar and the Catholic/Protestant calendar is solar based on the present day on the solar calculations of Aloysius Lilius and instituted by Pope Gregory XIII circa 1582. Eastern Rite Christian Churches still determine Christian Holy Days according to the Julian Calendar instituted by none other than Julius Caesar on 45 BC.

 

I am a Christian Zionist which means I am a huge supporter for the existence of Israel. Many might consider me a Christian Zionist to the extreme as I believe Israel’s nation should be measured by Biblical standards which means its land mass should be much greater than currently exists and that Arabs that call themselves Palestinians must not have a sovereign nation carved out of the Israel that is Biblically entitled to Jews. And although I am a great believer in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ the Son of God to all people, I understand that religious Jews view Christian motives of evangelism are repugnant to them.

 

Regardless of Jewish mistrust of Christianity and probably some mistrust of Christian Zionist motivation, it is my Sola Scriptura belief that Jews must populate the Land of Israel for the Second Coming of Christ which brings complete Redemption not just of the human spirit, but also the mind (soul) and body. It is my belief that Jesus will reveal He is the Messiah of Jews as much as has ever been to the Gentile Believers who have embraced the Old Testament prophecy pointing to Jesus as both the Son of God and the son of man through the Davidic line. (Although I have graduated from a Bible school, I do not have the appropriate academic letters behind my name to claim to be a scholarly theologian. So take my Sola Scriptura with a grain of salt.)

 

The history of the Christian Church in relation to Jews is a horrible picture of Christians persecuting Jews. This horror can be found in all branches of Christianity – Eastern Rite (Orthodox and others), Roman Catholic and Protestants. The Patristic Fathers of the Early Church from third and fourth centuries A.D. often were blatantly Antisemitic. The Roman Catholics and Eastern Rite Church both in their traditions honor the Patristic Fathers. Protestants are not quite so tradition minded and more Biblical minded but nevertheless theologians study the Patristic Fathers for further understanding of the development of the Christian faith.

 

Undoubtedly a book could be written about Roman Catholic inspired Antisemitism. Aside from a book look at the infamous historical Antisemitism of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.

 

Crusades:

 

 

In May, 1096, in a period of four weeks frenzied bands of Crusaders struck the Jewish communities of Speyer, Worms, Mainz, and Cologne. The Jews were offered the option of conversion to Christianity or death; the vast majority chose the path of Kiddush HaShem, sanctification of G‑d’s name. Rather than submit to forced conversion, in many cases Jews killed their wives and children, and then themselves.  … Estimates of the toll taken on the Jewish communities range from 3,000 to 10,000 deaths.

 

 

Undaunted, unstoppable, the Crusaders conquered Eretz Israel, reaching Jerusalem in 1099. Once there, they gathered all the Jews of Jerusalem into the central synagogue and set it afire. Other Jews, who had climbed to the roof of Al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount, were caught and beheaded. The Crusader leader, Godfrey of Bouillon, wrote to the Pope, “If you want to know what has been done with the enemy found in Jerusalem…our people had their vile blood up to the knees of their horses.” … READ ENTIRETY (The Bloody Crusades; By Yosef Eisen; Chabad.org; from Miraculous Journey © 2004)

 

Spanish Inquisition:

 

In 1481 the Inquisition started in Spain and ultimately surpassed the medieval Inquisition, in both scope and intensity. Conversos (Secret Jews) and New Christians were targeted because of their close relations to the Jewish community, many of whom were Jews in all but their name. Fear of Jewish influence led Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to write a petition to the Pope asking permission to start an Inquisition in Spain. In 1483 Tomas de Torquemada became the inquisitor-general for most of Spain, he set tribunals in many cities. Also heading the Inquisition in Spain were two Dominican monks, Miguel de Morillo and Juan de San Martin.

 

First, they arrested Conversos and notable figures in Seville; in Seville more than 700 Conversos were burned at the stake and 5,000 repented. Tribunals were also opened in Aragon, Catalonia and Valencia. An Inquisition Tribunal was set up in Ciudad Real, where 100 Conversos were condemned, and it was moved to Toledo in 1485. Between 1486-1492, 25 auto de fes were held in Toledo, 467 people were burned at the stake and others were imprisoned. The Inquisition finally made its way to Barcelona, where it was resisted at first because of the important place of Spanish Conversos in the economy and society.

 

More than 13,000 Conversos were put on trial during the first 12 years of the Spanish Inquisition. Hoping to eliminate ties between the Jewish community and Conversos, the Jews of Spain were expelled in 1492… (Christian-Jewish Relations: The Inquisition; Jewish Virtual Library)

 

The Ninth of Av of the year 1492 was the date designated for all Jews of Spain to leave the country. This mass expulsion was a disaster of a magnitude that we can barely imagine. The horrors that those Jews experienced are not diminished by the centuries that have passed.

 

Dr. David Raphael has collected accounts from those who personally lived through these events. He has translated them into English from the original Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese, and collected them into a unique volume entitled, “The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles.” We include here a few excerpts to help you better understand this tragic time in Jewish history.

 

The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles (Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492; By aish.com)

 

The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles [continued]

 

·         The Account of Elijah Capsali

 

·         The Account of Don Isaac Abravanel

 

·         The Account of Solomon Ibn Verga

 

·         The Vale of Tears, Joseph Hacohen

 

·         When My Children Were Sent to the Lizards, Samuel Usque


by David Raphael pp. 13-17 Section I – The Minor Order of Elijah (Seder Eliyahu Zuta), quoted from Elijah Capsali (c. 1483-1555)

 

 

When the Jews heard this, a great and anguished cry arose among them. And wherever the king’s pronouncement was heard, the Jews went into mourning. For many Jews, this pronouncement arrived just before the festival of Passover, and they spent the first day of the festival dressed in sackcloth and ashes, and ate and drank nothing the entire day. Even those who did eat, did so with the bitterness of the bitter herbs in their mouths, for G-d had sent forth His angels against all the houses of Israel. …

 

 

In those terrible days, if a Jew owed a non-Jew money, he would be beaten mercilessly until he paid, while if a non-Jew owed a Jew money and the Jew went to court to collect it, the judge would ignore the case …

 

In those awful days, thousands and even tens of thousands of Jews converted, and this even included some who were leaving or who had left the country, as they saw what a terrible fate awaited them in their travels. …

 

 

In the end, all suffered: some by the sword and some by captivity and some by disease, until but a few remained of the many. In the words of our fathers (Num. 17:28), “Behold we perish, we die, we all perish,” may the name of the L-rd be blessed. …

 

 

…  The King used to send common criminals there, and those who had been sentenced to death. There he sent the poor Jews, together with the criminals, and no one came to their aid. The mothers rose their voices with weeping when these barbarians tore the children from their laps, and the men tore out their beards because of their souls’ grief in this time of terror. …

 

 

Thereafter, one of the King’s servants went to the aged and said to them, “Your youngsters and sons have already accepted a new religion: do as they have done so that ye may live.” However, as they refused to listen to him, the King commanded that they be given neither bread nor water, and when, after three days of fasting, they still refused to listen to him, they were dragged to the church, mercilessly beaten – not even the faces of the very aged were spared – and then, forcibly baptized. Many refused even then and preferred to be killed.

 

One man wrapped his son in a prayer-shawl and exhorted them to sanctify the Name of the Holy One of Israel, whereupon one died after the other, and he himself after them. Another man killed his dear wife, and then plunged the sword into his body so that he died. Those who wished to bury the dead, were murdered by the Christians with pikes. Many plunged themselves into graves just to remain faithful, and many jumped through fences and out of windows, and their corpses were thrown into the sea by the Christians in the presence of all the other Israelites. This was done to intimidate their hearts so that they would no longer persist in their obstinacy. … (The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles [continued]; Ibid.)

 

I might have did a little overkill with your time and space on how the Roman Catholic Christians treated the Jews, but I wanted readers to understand the extreme mistrust that Jews have for Christians. There are many examples of Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Russians horribly persecuting Jews.  

 

Even so the Protestant Reformers are also on the hook for their share of Antisemitism. The greatest example of this is Martin Luther the Reformer that first gained support of Christian rulers.

 

“Set fire to their synagogues or schools,” Martin Luther recommended in On the Jews and Their Lies. Jewish houses should “be razed and destroyed,” and Jewish “prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, [should] be taken from them.” In addition, “their rabbis [should] be forbidden to teach on pain of loss of life and limb.” Still, this wasn’t enough.

 

Luther also urged that “safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews,” and that “all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them.” What Jews could do was to have “a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade” put into their hands so “young, strong Jews and Jewesses” could “earn their bread in the sweat of their brow.” READ THE REST (Was Luther Anti-Semitic? By ERIC W. GRITSCH; ChristianityToday.com; 7/01/1993 12:00AM)

 

And yet it is a fact that Jesus Christ is a Jew first and a Redeemer to all humanity inclusive of Gentiles second. Christians must throw off the bad rap of Christ-killers aimed at Jews. Christians must come to grips the Gentile Romans actually ordered the Crucifixion. And yet without the Crucifixion of the Redemptive plan of God would not be available to Jew, Gentile or anyone. Also the Jews responsible for egging on Pilate to Crucify Jesus did so were greedy and jealous Jewish religious leaders’ intent on maintaining their privileged position under Roman suzerainty even though such a situation was repugnant to the majority of Jews. Rather the Jewish leaders believed Jesus was the Son of God or not was more an excuse to get rid of the man that could rock the boat of their position.

 

So my thoughts come to an end. Below is Ari Bussel’s Easter/Passover message.

 

JRH 4/4/15

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An Easter Message from the Bussel Family: 

AND THE KINGDOM SHALL BE THE LORD’S (Obadiah 1:21)

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 4/2/2015 11:13 PM

 

Dear Friends,

 

Good Friday.

 

Leil HaSeder (Eve of the Seder Special Gathering and Meal and the beginning of Passover).

 

This year, they coincide, reminding us of the importance of standing together.

 

Standing as one – the People of the Bible.

 

As we are about to celebrate the ancient-yet-eternal, allow me to remind us that contrary to prevailing belief, Israel is not infallible.  Nor is she invincible. 

 

Lamentations 4:12:

 

12 The kings of the earth believed not, neither all the inhabitants of the world, that the adversary and the enemy would enter into the gates of Jerusalem. {S}

 

Today, when the P5+1 have covered their eyes and ears for an “agreement,” one that the other side neither recognizes nor respects, we must remember the past. 

 

Not so long ago (September 30th, 1938), then British Prime Minister has pronounced to the world “Peace for Our Time!”  Then it was the Munich Agreement.  Now it is a so-called agreement with Iran.  (WWII started on September 1st, 1939, not even a year later; How long will it take WWIII to start?)

 

Obadiah 1:15:

 

15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations; as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy dealing shall return upon thine own head.

 

As we are about to celebrate the ever-lasting, what is beyond human comprehension, we turn to the Bible.  For everything was foretold, all is already written.

 

Lamentations 5:19, 21:

 

19 Thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever, Thy throne is from generation to generation.

 

21 Turn Thou us unto Thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

 

We, the Jewish People, will be reminding ourselves the stories of the past, looking at the present.  We will be celebrating, yet my heart is heavy.  Life as we know it is changing, in front of our very eyes; yet we do not see, we do not wish to see.

 

As we are about to be engulfed in current events that may be beyond our comprehension, let us always remember the light at the end of the tunnel, a distant future, a better future for all of humanity.

 

Micah 4:1-3:

 

1 But in the end of days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow unto it.

 

2 And many nations shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths’; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

 

3 And He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide concerning mighty nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 

As we journey together, toward this better future, allow me to end the same way I did a year ago today:

 

How blessed we are to call each other friends, to stand strong side-by-side, for this friendship runs deep, as it is said in Psalms 1:3:

 

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, {N}
that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper.

 

Always,

 

Ari Bussel

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Could there be some Jewish/Christian Spiritual Significance?

John R. Houk

© April 4, 2015

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An Easter Message from the Bussel Family

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Edited by John R. Houk

Ari’s original email had the Scriptures in Hebrew side by side to English.

Wondering about Hamas Connection – Ari Bussel Thoughts Following


Negotiation with Hamas like Negotiation with Rabid Dog

John R. Houk

© July 20, 2014

 

While I was researching my last post – “Stand with Israel against Islamic Terrorists – Hamas” – I ran into a bothersome Google Search Engine situation. I was piecing together a very brief (and definitely not comprehensive) line of events that led Hamas to fire missiles at civilian targets in Israeli cities and the no-choice resulting Israel response of Operation Protective Edge led by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Now this is what I found bothersome: somewhere in this long overdue Gaza invasion to get rid of (or at least cripple) Hamas, Israel does not share the smoking gun data connecting the Islamic terrorists that murdered in cold blood Eyal Yifrah – 19, Gilad Shaar – 16, and Naftali Fraenkel – a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship. One has to be a numbskull to believe that the murderers – Arabs that call themselves Palestinians acting as terrorists – had not executed these teen kids.

 

The problem I am having is this: Did these Islamic Jew-haters work for Hamas, one of the terrorist organization under the PLO umbrella (now Western legitimized as the Palestinian Authority – PA) or did the Jew-haters concoct the murders on their own to gain Palestinian prestige among their family and friends which are constantly brainwashed to hate Jews? So far in my Google Search Engine research I failed to find the absolute linkage to Hamas.

 

I have no doubt that Google is one of the moron organizations that treat Israel as occupiers of Arab land rather than defenders of the ancient Jewish Homeland bequeathed by God Almighty as the Promised Land. So I would not be surprised if Google techs have programed their search engine for such queries to make Hamas a victim and Israel a perpetrator.

 

Indeed, as of yesterday the top results of searches pointed to Palestinian apologists, Leftists and incredulously Left thinking Jews that have defined a conspiracy that Prime Minister Netanyahu or the IDF or both concocted a scheme to kidnap three Jews and hold them for a while as an excuse sweep the Hamas organization out of Judea-Samaria (labeled as occupied West Bank by Arabs and the West) and then invade Gaza as an excuse to eradicate Hamas from further executions of terrorist activities against Israel.

 

I was not surprised a lying fabrication from Palestinian apologists and Leftists because that is what these guys do to persuade sympathy from gullible readers of media reporting. I was incredulous though to see Jewish pundits reputed as either definitely Left Wing and Center-Left that usually are supportive of Israel’s right to exist, BUT are under the delusion that providing undeserved land to Arabs that call themselves Palestinians will bring peace between the Arab world and Israel.

 

At this point I grew weary of finding the wording that the Google Search engine would deliver in pointing out if the Israeli government had publicly delivered the smoking gun evidence that the Islamic terrorists that murdered the three Jewish teens was specifically Hamas. So I emailed pro-Israel journalist (and a person I consider an online friend) Ari Bussel if he could point me to any specifics.

 

Ari gave a detailed account of the information he knew. Surprisingly the Israeli government has not made the details public, but Ari reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu made the information available to the relevant Heads of government which I presume includes the USA.

 

Ari’s email is good enough to post for readers to have something to think about. So this is what I am going to do. I am going to post the email exchange between Ari and I. Ari Bussel emailed a CC of my question and his own response to various others. One of those replies was CC’ed to me and I am also including that. In full disclosure I am editing the exchange to refrain from exposing the email addresses involved. And at this point includes Ari’s email even though he often includes his email address in many of his submissions to my blog.

 

JRH 7/20/14

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Email Exchange: John Houk & Ari Bussel

All Emails 7/18/14 (last email 7/19/14)

 

From John Houk to Ari Bussel

Subject: I have a question

 

Dear Mr. Bussel,

 

I am writing because I am having difficulty in pinning down a reliable answer pertaining to the murders of the three teen Israeli boys. Prime Minister Netanyahu says Hamas is responsible for the murders. This accusation is absolutely believable due to the nature of the Hamas Charter to destroy Israel and kill Jews. Unsurprisingly I have come upon numerous Palestinian apologists that claim Netanyahu and the IDF conspired to kill the three teenagers for an excuse to clear Judea-Samaria of Hamas operatives and to attack Gaza. What I am surprised about is that I am reading left leaning Jewish publications and left leaning Jews agree with the Hamas accusation.

 

So my question is: Has the Prime Minister made good on publicizing the definitive proof that Hamas was responsible for the heinous murders of three Israeli teens? Google isn’t cooperating for me in balanced searches.

 

Thanks in advance if you are able to respond.

 

John R. Houk

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From Ari Bussel to John Houk

Subject: RE I have a question

 

Dear John,

 

Allow to start with the following:  I have not seen the evidence, and I sent a request, asking if it is possible to receive detailed information (some may be classified still, given that the two kidnappers are still in hiding and have not been caught and brought to justice yet).

 

I would also like to add that the details are no longer relevant.  Why?  Because once a lie is told, and then repeated often enough, the seeds of doubt have been planted, and even a later correction, and factual evidence will not repair the damage caused.

 

A classic case in point may be the Goldstone Report.  Anyone remembers the correction by the Judge himself?  We all remember that the Report “proved” Israel is guilty.  (Guilty of what makes no difference whatsoever, nor do refutations, line by line, fact by fact, of what was contained therein.)

 

Richard Goldstone, of course, is a Jew.

 

A person with whom I swim every day at a local Jewish Community Center (that is open to all, not only “Jews” or “Whites”) has confronted me at the very start of the abduction of the three youths, Eyal, Naftali and Gil-Ad, HY”D (may the Lord avenge their deaths), suggesting at first they were in hiding then that the Israeli Security Service (Shin-Bet) is responsible for the abduction of the three from the bus stop that Thursday afternoon.

 

He further stated they were being held at the cellars of the Shin-Bet somewhere, still alive, but did not rule out we will kill them to put the blame unto others (i.e. the “Palestinians”).

 

All this while telling me, as I was leaving in disgust, he is saying Psalms for the three boys (a common manner of praying for Jewish people). 

 

I turned around, shocked, and asked:  Why do you bother? 

 

Incidentally, the story changed as the days went by.  The boys were in hiding.  They were taken by Israel.  Etc.  All these horrible things, and yet the (meaningless) “prayer” continued.  My friend does not understand that having such ideas cannot be reconciled with being a Jewish person, one who believes in God the Almighty.

 

My fellow-swimmer is a professor, specializes in demography, writes regularly and is otherwise both a respected and known member of the Jewish community in Los Angeles.  His opinion, as “off the wall” as it may sound to some, reflects the prevailing thought of many of the Old Guard of the local American Jewry.  He is not an extremist by any measure.  He is intelligent and interesting.  And he is a reflection of our worst enemies from within.

 

In many ways, their thinking is not much different than that of Turkey’s Prime Minister.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu presented evidence of the Hamas connection of the two kidnappers (still at large) to different heads of state around the world.

 

For many years, Hamas has been promoting the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers and Israeli citizens.  It is a protocol that has worked very well for both Hamas and Hizbollah.  It was in the summer of 2006 that Hizbollah went over the border to Israel proper, attacked an IDF patrol and kidnapped Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, HY”D.

 

[Blog Editor: I plead a learning moment. I had no idea of the meaning for ‘HY”D’. Here is the explanation for the non-Jews who love Israel:

 

May Hashem avenge his/her blood

 

This honorific “May Hashem avenge his/her blood” is used for a non-rabbinic general individual who perished as a result of anti-semitism, for example pogroms or the Holocaust. The Hebrew version is “Hashem yinkom damo” (m.) / “Hashem yinkom dama” (f.) and in the Hebrew: (f.) “ינקום דמה” \ (m.) “השם ינקום דמו.” The English abbreviation is “HY”D” and in Hebrew “הי״ד.”

 

Hashem

 

(Judaism) a periphrastic way of referring to God in contexts other than prayer, scriptural reading etc. because the name itself is considered too holy for such use]

 

That prompted what would later be called “The Second War in Lebanon.”  Israel received their body parts back in exchange to more than 200 terrorists.

 

Not two weeks later, Hamas, promoting the very same tactic publicly and following exactly the same manner as Hizbollah, went into Israel (via a tunnel), attacked an army base and kidnapped an Israeli soldier. 

 

That soldier was kept in a high rise building in Gaza for five years and was exchanged for more than a thousand terrorists, many who were convicted in a court of law for multiple life sentences.

 

There were other failed attempts to kidnap Israelis.  Until last month, when three Israeli boys, standing at a bus stop on their way home for the weekend, disappeared.  It took Israel several long hours until the process known as Hannibal Directive/Procedure [Wikipedia] was launched.  By that time, it was too late. 

 

Was that a red line?  Kids being kidnapped? 

 

Some excused it by saying they are “religious fanatics.”  Other said they are “Settlers” and should not even have been there (“there” is Judea and Samaria).  Easier to blame ourselves apparently for the sickness of our enemies.

 

The following day, the identity of the two kidnappers was made public by Israel and the necessary evidence was presented by PM Netanyahu to his counterparts among world leaders.

 

For eighteen days Israel, the Jewish People and people who believe in the Bible were praying to the Almighty for the safe return of the three boys.  The IDF and Israeli security services were on a search and rescue mission, leaving no stone and bush unturned.  

 

On the eighteenth day, the bodies of 16 year olds Gil-Ad and Naftali and 19 year old Eyal were discovered. 

 

Their only sin:  Being Jewish in the Jewish Homeland. 

 

(Well, that is a double sin.)

 

Celebrations erupted throughout the “Palestinian” cities and towns.

 

After all, the mother of one of the three kidnappers had stated before she raised her kids on the Quran and the Prophet, then she added, that if it turned out her son did kidnap (and/or murder) the Jews, he will be blessed and she could not be happier.  (Incidentally, she will receive money for the rest of her life as a result of the atrocity committed by her son.)

 

Theirs is a culture of death.  They glorify murder.  Thus, it is not surprising they name kindergartens, school yards, soccer fields, city squares and public institutions after such murderers.

 

The discovery was followed by a very somber day of mourning in Israel, and the three were brought to their final resting place. 

 

Israel stood in shock.

 

Sane and reasonable people everywhere were silenced at the horror of what took place.

 

Israelis stood in unity, for we are all commanded DO NOT MURDER.

 

It was at the same time that three Israelis did exactly that, violating the very commandment of the ten that guide our lives.

 

The difference could not be clearer.  They were apprehended and immediately brought to justice.  They likely will not be allowed back among civilized society for the rest of their lives (for Israel does not have a death penalty).

 

We abhor and will do everything against anyone who finds murder a reasonable and necessary course of action.  Revenge is not an excuse to capture a 16 year old and set him on fire while he is still alive.

 

And that is exactly the difference between Israel and her enemies.

 

I now return to the question you posed, albeit from a slightly larger context. 

 

Tell a lie often enough, and one starts believing in it.

 

Our greatest enemy is confusion, and see how easy it is to plant the seeds of doubt:

 

Maybe the Israelis kidnapped the three boys?

 

The Israelis will stop at nothing, as long as it serves their purpose.

 

The greater good – the ability to subjugate the local population to invasion, torture, persecution, etc. – is justified.  Sacrificing three boys is a very small price to pay.

 

Israeli Settlers are extremist ideologists.  They will follow the dictum of the Torah to sacrifice their own sons!

 

All that Israel wanted is an excuse to invade Gaza.

 

Israel is no different from the Nazis!

 

I must admit, it is very difficult to fight when surrounded with absolute darkness.

 

Nothing makes sense. 

 

Israel does not need ruses or excuses.  All that Israel tries to do is live peacefully in the only Jewish country in the world, its Biblical and eternal homeland.  We are not raised to hate Arabs because they are Muslim.  We want to live in peace with our neighbors.  In fact, our Torah directs us time and time again to remember we were a foreign people in Egypt, thus, we must treat the foreigner, widowed and orphaned among us with extreme care.

 

Israel does not kidnap and torture its own citizens, be they Jewish, Muslim or otherwise.  For that there are numerous human rights organizations and an Israeli Supreme Court that see that even “torture” designed to obtain information to thwart activities such as terrorist attacks is done within a certain framework.

 

In Israel, incidentally, there can be no secrets.  Now more than ever before, everything is public knowledge.  I have long advocated that even field security within the IDF needs to be strengthened, since everything is available on-line or on the radio or tv.

 

A secret such as this (“Israel kidnaps, tortures and murders its own youths in order to fight Hamas”) is too big to hide.  Surely someone, on some moral, ethical or other grounds go public with it.

 

Israel does not need excuses to conquer Gaza and eliminate Hamas.  Hamas has vouched to destroy Israel, and has been actively pursuing this goal.  Israel must fight Hamas with all her might, although for too long she did not do so.

 

We can go on and analyze each and every statement above (italicized), and others like it, and soon we will get to the conclusion that they are all a mirror reflection of the enemy.

 

It is the enemy who regularly sends its women and children and young men to act as human bombs.

 

It is the enemy who uses civilians as human shields.

 

It is Hamas that sits in bunkers underneath hospitals, kindergartens, schools and mosques.  (Fatah terrorists are those who, likewise, ran into the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, defiled and desecrated the place knowing Israel will not dare touch a holy place.)

 

It is Hamas that fires hundreds of rockets a day directly at civilian populations, in order to kill, maim and instill fear and terror in the hearts and minds of as many Israelis as possible.

 

Israel’s enemies, including Hamas and Fatah and the other tribes that constitute modern day “Palestinians,” regularly advocate the abduction and killing of Israelis.

 

In short, all these statements are an exact description of what is commonplace within our enemies.

 

So the question to be asked is not the minutia, rather the truth.

 

How does one separate truth from fiction, reality from a thousand and one Arabian fantasies?

 

My colleague and partner, award-winning investigative journalist and author Norma Zager and I have recently embarked on a series called “How not to be Conned.”  It is part of our “Conversations Eye to Eye” on Christian radio on the Crawford Broadcasting network of 23 stations across the USA.

 

I will send you a powerpoint of the presentation we recently gave at a local church on the same topic. 

 

I am also including a segment on Christian TV with a friend of mine from Israel, Prof. Abraham Sion of Ariel University (in those “Occupied-Occupied Territories,” otherwise known as Judea and Samaria; double-Occupied since all of Israel is “Occupied”).

 

Fighting Israel with Hitler’s Weapons:

http://www.heaventv7.com/vod/player/?program=35211

Also, I am forwarding an e-mail from a blogger in Israel.  (Appended here below.)  It also discusses exactly the same matter.

 

You see, you raised a most important question.  Not the actual proof (that exists, but it will make little difference in terms of the lies being floated around), rather how to separate truth from fiction, how to know if something is true or not.

 

Whether by Israeli enemies or self-haters, our job turns to be most challenging.  We are thinking individuals, and we are easily confused.  Likely because we hear the lies time and again.  Many times the lies come from “reliable” sources (“I am a Jew” or “I am Israeli” or “I served in the IDF” or “I am a son of Holocaust survivors” or from organizations with like names “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace,” “Jews for Peace,” …).

 

We are not sure any more what is truth and what is a lie.  What is good and what is bad.

 

Thus, Norma and I always start and end as follows:

 

What you need is a benchmark.  It can be God.  It can be the Bible.  It can be your children.  Or your spouse.  It has to be something that for you is the absolute truth.

 

When something then does not make sense, for instance, when you are told it is dark now, yet you look and the sun is at a zenith and your watch shows 1PM, pinch yourself.

 

Check what you are told (“it is dark outside” or “Israel kidnapped and murdered the three kids”) against that is most dear to your heart.  God.  The Bible.  Your children.  Your spouse.

 

And then you will know the answer.  Deep in your heart.  In your mind.  In all your senses.

 

The fight is difficult, the confusion easily gaining the upper hand.  Thus we must stand ready, knowing our path is right, believing with all our might and putting all our trust as we are like blind persons or a busy highway, a tiny light engulfed in dense darkness.

 

There is no doubt we will prevail, but the fight is not easy.

 

It was on July 3rd at the presentation we gave at a local church that I realized that the “Benchmark” or “One’s Absolute Truth” slide was very simple:  At a Church, The Truth is Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi.

 

So compare the doubts and the statements by Jewish-self-haters and other enemies of the People of the Bible (i.e. us, the Saturday and the Sunday People) to what Jesus has said, and you will have the answer and the proof.

 

You asked a seemingly “simple question” and clearly did not expect such an answer.

 

Yet, you managed, as you often do with your preface for every posting of ours, to raise awareness, to focus the attention to bring about truths that need to see the light of day, be read and discussed.

 

For that – as always – I thank you.

 

I took the liberty to add a few people to this e-mail, among them:  my colleague, Norma Zager, Pastor Lorraine Coconato in whose Church we gave the most recent talk, Leehy Shaer, the aunt of Gil-Ad HY”D (one of the three kidnapped and murdered youths) who lives in LA, Prof. Abraham Sion of those Occupied-Occupied areas of Zion Jerusalem, Dr. Daryl Temkin, who taught me how easy it is to float a lie and how difficult it is to combat the aftermath, and my friend Danny Seaman from Jerusalem, who for ten years headed the Government Press Office in Israel.  There is no better person that him among us – the soldiers on the front line, the guards on Israel’s walls.

 

“For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest.”  (Isaiah 62:1)

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John Houk to Ari Bussel

Subject: RE I have a question

 

Actually Mr. Bussel I did expect such a passionate email response. It is one reason I emailed you. I knew you would give me an honest answer that is also pro-Israel. I need to take some time to digest the entire email including attachments. With that in mind may I have your permission to post your email response? And I also welcome the input of anyone else you sent an email to.

 

Thanks for your time and love of Israel,

 

John

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Ari Bussel to John Houk

Subject: RE I have a question

 

Dear John,

 

With thanks.  Please feel free to extract segments and/or use as you see fit.  There is plenty of information therein.

 

I do expect an answer, as the Consul General of Israel for the Western Region (USA) was blind copied on this e-mail and promised a reply.

 

This said, I am trying to put as little pressure on him as possible, given the current situation and his on-going responsibilities as the highest ranking Israeli representative for the West Coast.

 

Sunday morning we will be at a Church where he will be speaking. 

 

Always,

 

Ari Bussel

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Abraham Sion to Ari Bussel

CC: John Houk …….

Subject: RE I have a question

 

Dear Ari,

 

Thank you for copying me on your informative article to John, and I would like to add the following:

 

The Palestinian Arabs have adopted and mastered Nazi propaganda. Goebbels could have learned some tricks from them. They use the same narrative, same cartoons and same repetition of lies and falsehoods, blaming the Jews for almost all world evils. Just to give one example: When Germany decided to invade Poland on the eve of WW2, it came up with a false story that Polish guards at the border between Poland and Germany killed German soldiers. The fact was that German troops killed some fellow German soldiers and blamed the killing on the Poles as a pretext to invade Poland. See how similar Arab propaganda is.

 

Also, in no Arab country one can find a constitution safeguarding civil rights. In no Arab country, including areas governed by the Palestinian Authority, no Jew can live or have any rights. Yet the Palestinian Arabs blame Israel falsely for all the evils that exist in their own countries and territories. They work around the clock to discredit Israel, but unfortunately, Israel is hardly engaging in any way in refuting those allegations. The outcome is that if the Arabs repeat an allegation one thousand times and there is no one on the other side who bothers to refute them, they are then, in the minds of many people, regarded as facts.  The worst of those who engage in discrediting Israel are often anti Semite Jews.

 

Best

Abraham

 

Prof. Abraham Sion, Chair

The Center for Law and Mass Media

Ariel University of Samaria

Israel

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Edited by John R. Houk

Within the emails, anything enclosed by brackets is from the Editor.

 

I am very grateful to Ari Bussel and the later email by Abraham Sion for their input regarding Palestinian apologist and Left Wing propaganda that wrongfully implicates Israel as perpetually at fault for all acts of violence against Israel and the nation’s Jewish citizens.

 

Pray for Israel

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Ari Bussel recommended link: http://www.truthprovider.com/

 

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The West has to DECIDE what Bigotry is and what Cultural Survival is


Doubting Thomas. reduced size

John R. Houk

© April 26, 2014

 

Numerous people in the blog world and even my own family have labeled me a bigoted homophobe and Islamophobe propagator of hate-speech because of my agreement with the Biblical moral standards and the New Testament message that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. I am definitely not the perfect Christian by Biblical standards. I mess up way more than I should. BUT, I am quick to repent to turn myself around with conviction. As a Christian the most prominent reason I can offer ‘messing up’ is that I do not meditate on the Word of God enough and neither do I commune with God in prayer as often as I should. I find when I am lacking in those two qualities I tend to gravitate off the narrow road into a ditch. God have mercy on me in Jesus’ Name.

 

Yeah … That is about as much holy groveling that a human will hear or read from me so let’s move on.

 

There is absolutely no doubt that homosexuality is clearly morally reprehensible to God Almighty. It is only in the moral dilution of secular-minded Leftists that the Bible is pronounced an archaic book with some good ideas and some outdated modes of thinking not of the modern age of humanity. And “Progressive” Christians seem to align themselves with secular Leftists in which the Scriptures of the Bible are cherry-picked as applicable to modernity and none of the Bible is God-inspired but rather the sole work of human hands and minds. There might be degrees of agreement or absolute agreement with me when I say the secularist stand is a denial of God and of Christ Jesus the Risen Savior. AND that the “Progressive” Christian mentality is similar in which some of those Church theologians doubt that Christ arose in bodily form from the grave. Ergo the accusation of bigoted homophobia is the same as calling the Creator of all that exists as bigoted. Nope! I will never go there.

 

Then I absolutely believe that Jesus Christ is the only path to God by the Redemptive act of offering the Lord’s own Blood as a Redemptive price enabling each individual human of choosing life in Christ or choosing death (i.e. the second death) to eventually join Satan in the lake of fire eternally separated from God. Since Jesus as Crucified, Buried and Arisen Bodily in Resurrection is the only way to God by Faith through Grace I reject all other religions that teach something different. I don’t care if it is Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism and so on. I also reject sects that are a spinoff from Christianity but in some way or another reject Christ’s Death, Burial and Resurrection and that as the Son of God is co-equal as God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Three Persons in ONE God is Biblical. Thus that leaves out Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cult deviations from the basics of orthodox Christianity. On a personal level I’m on board with the Protestants that still respect the Bible, Roman Catholicism, and various Eastern Orthodox Church variations that do not deny the Godhood of Jesus Christ. In my book if a Believer has faith in the Christian basics I can live with differences in dogma. Even if my faith beyond the Christian basics is unacceptable to some of the Protestants, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox variations.

 

Historians have classified three religions as being derived from the Abrahamic Covenant because the Patriarch Abraham holds a prominent starting place for those three religions. If you are unaware of those three religions in historical order are Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Historically there has been an element of disdain between all three religions. I am going to briefly talk about these three religions from my Christian perspective.

 

The Old Testament is basically the Tanakh of Judaism. The Tanakh is divided into the Torah or the Law (Christians call it the Pentateuch or Books of Moses), the Nevi’im (Christians call the Prophets, but includes Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings) and Ketuvim (which roughly corresponds to Old Testament Wisdom books e.g. Psalms, but also include Daniel, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ruth, Ezra-Nehemiah, Lamentations, Song of Songs and Esther). For the Jews the Torah is the preeminent Word of God.

 

I’m not going to pretend that I know the theology of Judaism in any kind of detail. From the Christian perspective, the Old Testament is the scarlet thread (royal bloodline) that points to Jesus Christ as the promised Savior from Adam’s sin of rejecting God at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The New Testament portrays the Jewish leadership during Jesus’ birth as a human that are also the prime movers of Jesus’ death. And then the Jewish leadership is shown as trying to stamp out the influence of the Apostles in the spread of Christianity in which Saul of Tarsus is mentioned as persecutor-in-chief. Jesus appeared in a vision of stunning light to Saul and transformed him into a Believer and thus became Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles and the God-inspired writer of most of the New Testament.

 

As Christianity became the State Religion of the Roman Empire then the hostility was reversed. Christians became more numerous than Jews with the infusion of non-Jews into the Christian faith. The Gentile dominated Christian clergy began to vilify Jews as Christ-killers. THIS COUNTER-PERSECUTION IS ONE OF THE MOST HEINOUS SINS OF EARLY CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP!

 

Among both Roman Catholics and the eventual Eastern Orthodox Christians Antisemitism became embedded among Christians in the same way that the Jewish leaders before the Romans compelled Diaspora of Jews persecuted Christians. Christians persecuting Jews became so much more wicked than the Jewish persecution of Christians in pre-Diaspora Judea. The Roman Empire was huge. Christians became so much more numerous than the Jews of Judea had ever become. Forced conversions, forced deportations and/or ethnic cleansing became the plight of the Jews in the Roman Empire and later Christian Europe and what was left of Christianity under Byzantine rule until Islamic conquest. Christ-killer antisemitism was so embedded in Christianity that Protestantism that emerged from the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther was still present. Indeed, as famous as Martin Luther was for standing up to Roman Catholic theological abuses he was also a rabid antisemite.

 

A closer reading of the Old and New Testament should have brought at the very least a reverence for Jews from among Christians. The Old Testament pointing toward Jesus as the Deliverer first to Jews and even after Jewish leadership rejection, Jesus is pointed to as the restorer of David’s Kingdom among the Jewish faithful. Who knows? Perhaps a better treatment of the Jews may have hastened the return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign as the Messiah-King already. Christ’s return would have flocked Jews to finally believe that He is the Risen Savior. Even the Apostles had a problem believing the Resurrection of Christ until the Lord revealed Himself to them. When Christ returns there still will be some Jewish rejection of Jesus; however the Bible records that there are also nations with a Christian heritage in which people will believe a supernatural acting Antichrist above Christ Jesus as representative of God’s Kingdom on Earth. So even though there is good reason for Jewish distrust of the motives of Christian Evangelism I am a Christian Zionist in full support of Israel. I’ll let King Jesus handle the belief factor among Jews in the same way He did with the Apostles right after the Resurrection.

 

This is my view that connects Jews and Christians today. It is my belief the Bible shows this in the Bible.

 

Historians also classify Islam as being one of the great Abrahamic Religions. In a historical sense there is some validity to this classification of Islam. Islam’s prophet Mohammed looks back to Abraham as one of Islam’s great prophets. In a Biblical sense there is no possible way Islam has a valid connection to Judaism or to Christianity.

 

The so-called valid collected recordings of Mohammed in the Quran totally warps the message of the Old and New Testament. Mohammed molded his Islam by twisting the Bible to be applicable to the trade and raiding nature of Arabs of today’s Arabic Peninsula. Mohammed had to find a way to connect his Allah with what the Arabs already believed and mix reworked Biblical stories to provide an eternal nature of Islam in Earth’s history. In Mohammed’s early trading days he undoubtedly heard dialogue from Jews and Christians that had migrated to the Arabian Peninsula or were part of the Arab trading routes. The Arab tribes of Mohammed’s day actually had tribal families that were Jews of the Diaspora. Mohammed thought an eclectic message that merged Arabic belief systems with Jewish and Christian theology would inspire Jews and Christians to join him as much as Arabs. Unfortunately for Mohammed Jewish Rabbis and Christian clergy were educated enough in their faith to recognize Mohammed’s version of Biblical history was totally revised to fit the thinking of the majority Arab group he lived and grew up among.

 

Jews and Christians rejected Mohammed’s message as a message of false prophecy.

 

After Jewish and Christian rejection of Mohammed’s message I find it amazing how the Allah preached in Mecca became hostile to Jews and Christians when preached from Medina. Medina is the city Mohammed fled to after Meccan leaders grew weary of the anti-polytheistic message and pro-monotheistic message that he hoped would persuade Jews in particular who were quite numerous on the Arabian Peninsula. By a good amount of subterfuge and a little military skill that enriched his followers from raiding parties, Mohammed eventually became the supreme leader of Medina. With a military base Mohammed proceeded to conquer the Arabian Peninsula with a convert, submit or die paradigm. Any resistance was viewed as not submitting which led to the ethnic cleansing of Jews in the Arabian Peninsula.

 

The Christians of the Byzantine Empire (the old eastern half of the Roman Empire) became a target for enrichment raids which turned into wealth building via conquest. Conquered Christians soon learned that Islam denies that Christ died on the Cross or that the Lord was Resurrected. For that matter Islam rejects Jesus’ Divine nature altogether but has the hutzpah to name the Jesus of the Bible as one of a long line of Muslim prophets of which Mohammed was to be the last.

 

I suspect Jewish rejection of Islam has a lot to do with the Quran making Ishmael who was the son of Abraham and Hagar the principle heir of Abraham. The Bible makes it clear that Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, was the child of Promise that would lead to the creation of the nation of Israel (12 sons of Jacob) and for Christians the bloodline on the human side leading to Jesus.

 

The Islamic denial of Christ as the Messiah-Redeemer, both the Son of God and son of man, the incarnate God born in human flesh that lived as a sinless man for 33 years, died by crucifixion on a cross and returned to life in His human body to be glorified with the return of Divine attributes surrendered at birth to sit at the Right hand of the Father always interceding for the humanity that believes in the Redemptive-Resurrected work of Christ – is the reason I find Islam particularly despicable.

 

Regardless of the current majority of the so-called Moderate Muslims that believe Islam is peace, the Islamic holy writings and the Sharia Law based on them demand retribution for all insults to Allah and Mohammed. Those insults can be something as simple as apostatizing from Islam to another religion or to atheism, perceived defamation of Mohammed and Allah, refusing to submit to the laws of Sharia if one is in the non-Muslim minority living condition, to being a Muslim that deviates from Sharia. Retribution is up to or including execution or familial honor killing.

 

No holy writing from any other religions mandate such violence based on rejecting or insulting that particular religion. Now there are many adherents of other religions including my faith historical Christian adherents, who have taken it upon themselves to institute violent retribution as a matter of the rule of law apart from religious holy writings. ONLY Islam mandates violence and/or execution as a course of holy writ against a human being.

 

Today! In the 21st century, the so-called Muslim minority have terrorized humanity for the perception of insulting Islam, Allah and Mohammed. Even the so-called Muslim majority disown the practice, the fact remains the Muslim terrorists are instituting a reformation to return Islam to the purity of the lifestyle of the so-called perfect man the Prophet Mohammed.

 

Does exposing this make me a bigoted racist Muslim-hater? That is correct only as far as any Muslim stands by the purist form of Islam espoused by its prophet Mohammed and his immediate shapers of the religion of Islam that conquered in imperial bloodlust, booty and slavery followed by ramrodding the Islamic Sharia system until the remnant non-Muslims eventually became the brainwashed Muslim majority. I deplore purist Islam because I will never submit or honor that false god called Allah or the man placed on the pedestal of prophethood who was either delusionally insane or a demonized individual.

 

Even though I despise Islam for its antichrist nature, Jesus’ imperative to the early Believers before ascending to the right hand of the Father was to go into the world and make disciples of men. (Yup, I said “men”. I realize that is chauvinistic today but I also realize making disciples of men included women as well.) This includes the poor deluded people that have bought into the load of cow manure that Islam is peace when it is really translated to Islam is submission or else.

 

I have no clue as to Geert Wilders’ spiritual beliefs. I don’t know if he is a Protestant, a Catholic, a nominal secular-minded Christian or an atheist. But I do know he is looking out for the heritage that has brought the Western World to the freest humanity has achieved ever. Admittedly Europe’s cultural spin downward was given a push by multicultural Socialist-Marxism to allow the Islamic threat the freedom to prosper like cancer cells destroying its host. People like President Obama wants to push the Christian and Western European destructive mode upon America under the fallacy that transformation is good. The European example is proving to be culturally lethal. Geert Wilders is making a stand to withstand European self-destruction. Multicultural laws in Left Wing oriented Europe has made Geert Wilders a target for political elimination by the European Leftists that still believe multicultural diversity is a concept that divergent cultures and immoral lifestyles can be mutually accepted in a humanistic utopia of diverse egalitarian unity.

 

I am an admirer of Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Why? He is that rare high profile European that speaks his mind of what is threatening Dutch culture in the Netherlands (by the way also a huge chunk of Europe). What is threatening Dutch culture? Could it be a love of America’s free enterprise concepts in business and just taxation? Could it be Socialist/Marxist concepts that undermines the Dutch historical-cultural heritage? Wilders is not as concerned about American Capitalism vs. European Socialism as much as one other huge factor that is altering society in general. That factor is the immigration of Muslims into the Netherlands that not only refuse cultural assimilation but also are encouraged to practice the cultural norms of Islam that run counter to Dutch traditions (well … European socio-historical traditions in generalSee Also book review ofWhile Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within”).

 

Fjordman provides some fantastic insight on the intrusion of Islam that could have or even should have been written in volumes of books:

 

Any discussion of an Islamic “Reformation” projects a Western European phenomenon, the Protestant Reformation, onto a totally different religion with more violent core teachings and religious texts than all other major religions on the planet combined. If by “reformation” we mean to imply a peaceful, tolerant religion with no Jihad and secular laws, then no, it is very unlikely whether such a form of Islam will ever exist. There are a few types of what we might term “diluted Islam” that are slightly less violently aggressive than the mainstream version of it, but these are all marginal in the greater scheme of things and are frequently persecuted precisely because they deviate from traditional Islamic practices.

 

If by “reformation” we simply mean a return to the earliest practices of the religion then we have already had a Muslim Martin Luther: the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. He was a violent Jihadist because the earliest followers of Mohammed were also violent Jihadists. You can base a peaceful Christian religion with secular laws on the peaceful example of Jesus and his disciples as contained in the Christian Gospels. In Islam, however, such an example can only be found in the early Mecca period. As long as the example of Mohammed and his followers in Medina remain in force, along with the chapters of the Koran supposedly introduced there, any form of Islam based on traditional Islamic texts is bound to be potentially repressive, aggressive and violent. You may successfully question whether the story of Mohammed as told in traditional text is historically accurate. It probably isn’t. But if you abandon traditional sources and state that Mohammed as we think of him never existed, Islam may not be reformed, but could collapse instead.

 

 

We are currently mass importing this very conflict to all of our major cities, a process which is already well underway. It is criminal negligence on the part of our so-called leaders to continue this madness and conduct a dangerous Multicultural experiment with hundreds of millions of people as guinea pigs. This needs to end. Now.

 

If you believe that this analysis is correct then you are left with only one possible conclusion: We must physically separate ourselves from Islam and Islamic culture as much as is practically possible. The American essayist Lawrence Auster has dubbed this strategy “separationism,” which is not a bad term. (Why Islam Does Not Belong in the Western World; By Fjordman; Gates of ViennaNew Website); 11/20/12)

 

People like Geert Wilders are trying to reverse the Islamic destruction of Europe’s heritage of Western Civilization. Wilders has already been tried and cleared of Hate-Speech charges in relation to his short documentary entitled “Fitna”. Here is an excerpt of a review of the documentary:

 

Fitna opens with a view of a closed Qur’an, which when opened reveals a bland version of Kurt Westergaard’s turban bomb Mohammed on one page, and a ticking clock counting down from 15 minutes (the length of the film) on the opposite page. The film proceeds in the form of a casual thumbing through a few select pages of the Qur’an. A page is flipped, a few quotes encouraging terrorism and violence toward non-Muslims are presented, numerous video demonstrations of Muslim’s mirroring if not directly obeying the anti-infidel sentiments are shown, and then the page is flipped again and the process is repeated.

 

Video footage throughout the film includes the World Trade Center attacks, the Madrid train bombing, images of the maimed and dead of various terrorist attacks, the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, Muslims celebrating the killing of Theo van Gogh and warning non-Islamic Europeans that they should learn from van Gogh’s fate (read: van Gogh acted against Islam and was stabbed to death; anybody else want some?), Mohammed B—one of van Gogh’s killers—saying that he would do it again if he had the opportunity, Islamic leaders inciting extreme violence toward non-Muslims (e.g., Jews) often to the cheers of large and raucous crowds of fervent Muslims, a 3.5 year old Islamic child saying that Jews are apes and pigs because Allah says so in the Qur’an, anti-semitic signs reading “God Bless Hitler” and (READ ENTIRETYSUMMARY OF GEERT WILDERS’ ANTI-QUR’AN FILM FITNA (SPOILER ALERT; Posted by RB; The Frame Problem; 3/27/08)

 

Showing suras in the Quran which is considered the very word of the uncreated Allah and comparing them to Islamic terrorist attacks got Wilders in trouble with the judiciary in Netherlands. In America such a criminal charge would have been thrown out of Court as a violation of the First Amendment.

 

Leftists in America still went out of their way to label Geert Wilders a racist Muslim-hating Islamophobe. I have to ask, “How are the words of Islamic holy writings labeled as hate-speech when a non-Muslim informs the world that they exist?”

 

At any rate Dutch Leftists are trying to imprison Geert Wilders again under hate-speech violations encoded in the Dutch and EU legal system.

 

JRH 4/25/14

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Who is in More Trouble: Wilders or The Netherlands?

Geert Wilders Campaign Interview 3-12-14

 

By Timon Dias

April 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

Gatestone Institute: International Policy Council

 

“Freedom of speech is a great thing and we have said nothing that is not allowed.” — Geert Wilders, MP and leader of the Party of Freedom.

 

Now, the police have apparently decided to become part of the prosecution. They have drafted pre-filled “Wilders forms” to press charges and have offered to come to people’s homes to help them fill out the paperwork.

 

Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders again made international headlines. Nazi comparisons are rampant, self-proclaimed victims are lining up to sue and now more than ever there is a chance that Wilders actually might be convicted of hate speech.

 

In an interview on the Dutch Public News Service [NOS] on March 12, Wilders said (10:10): “[People] will now be voting for a safer, a more social, and… in any case a city with fewer costs, and, if at all possible, with fewer Moroccans.”

 

Wilders has the numbers to support his concern. Statistics show that 65% of all Moroccan youths have been arrested by police, and that one third of that group have been arrested more than five times.

 

Wilders emphasizes the inordinate costs associated with the disproportionately high number of Dutch Moroccans registered as social welfare beneficiaries and who are implicated in welfare fraud.

 

Based on those numbers, Wilders seems to imply that if there were not such a large number of Moroccans, Dutch crime rates and social welfare costs would significantly drop.

 

Wilder proposes that Dutch Moroccans who are habitual criminal offenders should be deprived of their Dutch passports and sent back to Morocco, an act that is possible as all Moroccans and their descendants are, by Moroccan law, prohibited from relinquishing their Moroccan passports.

 

Dutch Moroccan criminals are known to be highly indifferent to sentences in Dutch prisons, which are known for their comfort. In a majority, Dutch prisons are populated by Dutch Moroccans.

 

Moroccans also apparently derive status from prison sentences. Evidently, upon their release, many gloat. Apparently it is only the thought of having to trade the luxury of the Netherlands — even prison — for Morocco that strikes terror into the hearts of potential offenders. In Italy, the same threat is already in effect and acts as a successful deterrent. It seems as if it is only the threat of deportation, more than any other measure, that is likely to deter young Moroccans from a life of crime.

 

Although the proposal is being used by Wilders’s opponents as either a laughing stock or beating stick, the merits of the proposal are rarely elaborated on, including even by Wilders. A recent poll showed 76% of Dutch voters to be in favor of the measure.

 

The NOS, interviewing Wilders again on March 14, asked him if he actually meant what he had said regarding Moroccans in general, possibly expecting him to say that he had only been referring to Dutch Moroccan criminals. But Wilders stood firm. He emphasized that his concern lay with the number of Moroccans currently flooding the crime statistics, and repeatedly stated, “The fewer Moroccans, the better.”

 

“Can you imagine that people are startled by your remarks?” he was asked.

“It is unfortunate if people are startled by the truth,” he said.

 

This latest round of anger against Wilders began after the announcement of voting results on March 19. At the end of his victory speech, Wilders remarked, “And the third question is, and I’m actually not allowed to say this, because I’m being sued, and there might even be Social Democrat DAs that would prosecute me, but freedom of speech is a great thing, and we have said nothing that is not allowed. We have said nothing that is not accurate. So I am asking you now: Do you want, in this city and the Netherlands, more or fewer Moroccans?” The crowd replied: “Fewer, fewer, fewer!”

 

That time, however, after the event, Wilders did nuance his views. He stated that he was referring to criminals, and only in favor of the voluntary repatriation of law-abiding Moroccans.

 

Now the police have apparently decided to become part of the prosecution. They have drafted pre-filled “Wilders forms” to press charges and have offered to come to people’s homes to fill out the paperwork.

 

Is Wilders a racist? He recently tweeted: “Support for Moroccan businesswomen Elou Akhiat. It is a shame she receives death threats over opening a wine bar.”

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© April 26, 2014

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Christians Must Honor Jews


Jew First and the Greek 2

John R. Houk

© November 27, 2012

 

Christians of history past, particularly Roman Catholics, Lutheran Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians (More modern Eastern Orthodox antisemitism), emerged as Jew-haters by calling the Jews Christ-killers. Were the Jews of pre-Resurrection Jesus the murderers of Jesus the Christ (the Anointed One and His Anointing). The accusation is a particularly heinous indictment since Jesus came FIRST as the Savior of the Jews and then as the Savior of the World, i.e. the Gentiles (non-Jews).

 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”[b] (Romans 1: 16-17 NKJV)

 

Take note that Salvation is to the Jew FIRST and also the Greek (i.e. Gentiles). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul included this in the Epistle to the Romans AFTER Jesus was nailed to the Cross, died and arose bodily from the grave.

 

Did the Jews kill their own Messiah? NO! Rather the Greek oriented Sadducees and tradition minded Pharisees in the Temple authority known as the Sanhedrin feared that Jesus’ popularity would remove their political influence bequeathed by Roman hegemony over the Jewish faithful. Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate called for Jesus’ Crucifixion only in the fear the Sanhedrin would notify Roman Caesar Tiberius that a rebellious Jew called Jesus bar Joseph was set free.

 

In my mind the responsibility for Jesus’ death on the Cross lay at the feet of the Jewish Sanhedrin and the Roman government as administered by Pontius Pilate. If Christians blame Jews as Christ-killers because of the actions of the Sanhedrin, then Christ-killer blame must be shared with the Roman government. At the time the Roman government was Italian-Romans. Do we call all Italians Christ-killers? And think of this: the Roman Catholic Church is a vestige of the Latin speaking Roman Empirical government so do we call all current Catholics Christ-killers? Or think of this: the official liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church until the 1960s was spoken in ancient Latin. Do we call all the people that speak a derivative of Romantic languages (e.g. Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and so on) Christ-killers? I believe you get the idea.  

 

The Jews have problems with Christians, especially the proselytizing Christians even though most of those proselytizers are lovers of the Jews. The problem Jews have with Christians is their/our past Jew-hating persecution including the blood libel of Christ-killer. Yes friends I am talking of the kind of persecution that led to pogroms, genocide and/or death march expulsions.

 

Orthodox Judaism has a problem with the theology that their Messiah according to Christians is the Son of God making a human co-equal with God Almighty. Indeed, once religious Jews picked up on the preaching of Jesus that His Father is God and Jesus did co-equalize Himself with God by the Father and the Son is One. The pre-Resurrection Lord Jesus mystically walked away from many stoning opportunities from the Jewish faithful.

 

Christians must abandon the notion of Jewish Christ-killers and Jew-hatred. Christians must embrace the notion the Jews are the Chosen People with the Promise of specific Land to Abraham and the Abrahamic descendants.

 

Part of the Abrahamic Covenant is the Child of Promise. Sarah was privy to the promise of a great nation. With Abraham and Sarah being a bit aged to have children, Sarah thought she’d God a bit of help and told Abraham to make a baby with her slave Hagar. What a surprise: Abraham thought for about a half a second and said, “Okayyyy”. The progeny of that escapade with slave girl Hagar was Ishmael which everyone presumed was Abraham’s heir apparent to the Promise.

 

Sarah’s plan was not God’s plan. God promised aged Sarah a child and it happened. The Child of Promise then was Isaac and the child of the slave was Ishmael. Thus Ishmael was not the heir to the Promise but rather Isaac.

 

The Bible that both Jews and Christians call Holy shows the Promise of Abraham in having descendants as numerous as the stars and the Promise of specific geographical Land. The Jews call this portion of the Bible the Torah and the Tanakh. The Christians call the portion of the Bible with Abrahamic Covenant the Old Testament and the first five books of the OT the Pentateuch. The essence of the differences in interpretation of the Old Testament is the view to who the Messiah will be (Jews) or is (Christians). Of course the theology chasm has widened over years as the Gentiles began to dominate Christianity over the Jews. Regardless of that growing Jewish-Christian theology chasm it is incumbent upon Christians to honor in the plan of Salvation knowing that part of that plan is the Jews FIRST and then the Gentiles.

 

I found a John Piper article posted at Desiring God that highlights the reasons of why to embrace “the Jews First” and the theology that is equal between Jews and Gentiles.  I am just listing the points in the article I do encourage you to read the whole thing. The title is “To the Jew First, and Also to the Greek”.

 

First, then, how are the Jews “first”?

 

1. The Jews have a priority over Gentiles as the chosen people of God

 

2. The Jews have a priority over Gentiles as the guardians of God’s special revelation, the Old Testament Scriptures

 

3. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in that the Messiah himself, Jesus Christ, came first as a Jew to the Jews

 

4. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in that salvation is from the Jews

 

5. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in that Paul evangelized Jews first when he brought the gospel to a new place

 

6. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in final judgment and final blessing.

 

In What Ways Do the Jews Not Have Priority?

 

1. The Jews do not have priority in righteousness or merit

 

2. The Jews do not have priority in how they are saved

 

3. The Jews do not have priority in participation in God’s covenant blessings

 

This is what got me started on Christians must be supportive of Jews even if Jews mistrust Christians. A better writer than I (Danny Jeffrey) found a news article on Israel Nation News in which a moronic Catholic Cardinal calls Israel a bunch of baby-killers in the recent bout with Islamic terrorists Hamas. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi condemns Israel yet does not mention that Hamas shot missiles into Israeli civilian centers targeting among other location schools. Cardinal Ravasi is supporting Jew-hating Muslims that deny the Divinity of Christ and has the goal of killing every Jew in Israel because Islam calls the Bible corrupt and the Promises given to Abraham that was to flow through the child of Promise – i.e. Isaac – a lie. The Quran rewrites the Old Testament and the New Testament to proclaim the Abrahamic Covenant flows from the child of the slave – Ishmael. AND that Jesus is NOT the Son of God but rather a mere man that was a great Prophet BUT second to the butchering self-proclaimed prophet Mohammed.

 

This Cardinal Ravasi is outrageous and should be removed from his high Papal position by Pope Benedict XVI.

 

JRH 7/27/12

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Why Leftists Ally with Islamists


Muslim asks - Vote Dem

Has anyone ever wondered why Muslim Apologists and Leftists from the full scale of Socialism (Socialist Democrats, Christian Progressives, Marxists, Communists and yes even Nazis [as in Nazi is derived from the English National Socialism and German Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiters Partei]) seem to have an unspoken agreement to attack the Biblical faith of Judaism and Christianity?

 

Walid Shoebat has some excellent insight on the odd unified agenda of Leftists and Islam.

 

JRH 6/1/12

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