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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

God’s Spirit is like a Broadcasting Station, broadcasting all the time. You Just have to learn to Tune In!

Lots of youngsters may like the bonke-bonk music and often do not listen to what is said in the lyrics. Often there is much noise going on, one ear in and one ear out,without much notice. But at God‘s station every note can work inspiring and uplifting, even the silence in between brings the necessary peace.

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To remember:

Just like radio waves unseen in the air = God’s Spirit ever present all around you > waiting for you to make contact.  designed by your creator to receive those signals

. God’s power is always on. The  message is always there but in order to receive it you must turn on & tune in to His frequency!

Prayer = hand of faith that flips the switch & turns on power + hand of hope tunes with expectancy, feeling for the frequency upon which God is broadcasting

spiritual receiver continually turned on & tuned in to His frequency?

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Just like the radio waves which are unseen in the air all around you this very minute, God’s Spirit is ever present, waiting for you to make contact. And much the same as a simple little transistor radio, you have been designed by your creator to receive those signals. God’s power is always on. The  message is always there but in order to receive it you must turn on & tune in to His frequency!

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Turkey: A dictatorship by any other name

I could not resist to reblog this nice overview by the musician Philip Lee, of what a dictatorship implies or means. I would have loved it to be placed on my private blog Marcus Ampe’s Space, but at the moment I am very far behind by posting my personal visions and non-religious articles. Not fitting yet in the series nor in my other blogspot “Our World” I am publishing it here in the hope you may enjoy it too.

In his article the writer looks at how a dictatorship gives total power to its ruler and its hallmark which is often a cult of personality. In Turkey Erdogan managed to built up his personal ‘cultus’ very cleverly, being patient enough to get his goal. As the the 12th President of Turkey since 2014 Erdogan has done all he could to bring the country back to 80 years ago concerning the way of life but this time in an economically much improved country, that must be said. though he handy made use of war to divert attention from domestic problems.

Today we not only see a dictatorship in Russia and Turkey, soon there is one looming around the corner with Trump and some other nationalists, who get the citizens in their trap by telling them lots of lies and making them cross against those who were before them so that attention on any default of them is taken away by diversion.

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  • current State of Emergency rule = wide net targetting coup conspirators + Erdoğan’s opponents => After 2016 coup, thousands arrested + thousands of civil servants (supporters of the many secular-oriented officials who opposed Erdoğan in the past) ousted from their jobs => eliminating any criticism or opposition.
  • President Erdoğan targeting anyone who doesn’t support him > silence anyone who is critical of the ruling AKP party >by ongoing state of emergency
  • Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) >  breakdown of a peace process + escalating conflict between Turkish security forces + armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party => mounting civilian deaths + multiple human rights violations.
  • Freedom of expression + freedom of the press curtailed or drastically censored > shutdown of newspapers + magazines

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If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.

One great problem by hate against others is the non-knowledge of those others. The not knowing enough of history is the second part which makes that hate crimes and socio-political situations can re-occur.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A video published this weekend by a politician from Gent showed clearly how people from different communities took over words they heard adults shouting at each other. As such we do hear young Moroccans (5-10 years old) calling to have all “the Makakken (sobriquet for Moroccans) out”, dark skinned girls shouting to get all niggers or Negroes where they belong, etc.. It is quite confronting to see how those young, so called innocent toddlers and teens, call their own group of people names, not really understanding the content of such calling and the hate they would or could create with it.

The pictures clearly show how an attitude of hate or love is created by the ones responsible for the education (parents, teachers, surrounding society) of the youngsters and the next generation.

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English: symbol of anti-zionizm

Symbol of anti-zionizm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 16 year old aspiring journalist in what looks like her first posting, can imagine that, for a teacher, a GCSE religious studies lesson on racism may be one of the most challenging classes to teach, especially in a school like hers; overrun with teenage girls desperate to voice their opinions in an attempt to seem more intelligent than their classmates.

She tells about her experience, which could happen in any school, she sitting in class, learning about prejudice, already pissed off having had to discuss why ‘reverse racism’ is simply just ‘racism.’

She looks at the

very link between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism which racists everywhere deny they are doing. It is perfectly possible to be against the Israeli government and their brutal domestic policy, and simultaneously not be an anti-Semite.

In which she is totally right. Much too many people consider those who are against what is going on in Israel, to be anti-semitic, but they can be themselves real Jews as well as real lovers of Jews.

One of the great problems of the disturbance in relationships with Jews is that

as soon as you relate the Holocaust to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the way that has been done here, you are both insensitive and ignorant.

English: No racism Lietuvių: Ne rasizmui

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What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

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Further reading

  1. USA Today: Rise in hate crimes spurs launch of database and hotline
  2. Daily Prompt: Instinct or Wisdom?
  3. Do White Nationalist Think Brown Babies Are Destroying Our Country? Ask Dr. Karen!
  4. Prejudice
  5. Prejudice and the ink in my skin…
  6. I am white, and I refuse to be ashamed of i
  7. This Post Is For White People
  8. Acting Black…
  9. The Irony of Prejudice
  10. What I Now Know About My Own Prejudices
  11. My Multi-Cultural Childhood Could be the Answer to Racism & Xenophobia
  12. Reverse Racism Doesn’t Exist
  13. Does reverse racism exist?
  14. The Truth About Reverse Racism
  15. What is reverse-discrimination?
  16. Liberalism has lost all perspective #reverseracism
  17. You can be a dickhead no matter your race, religion or sexuality
  18. public education, passing, #womensday2017, all for Prompt Night on A Dash of Sunny
  19. Complexity
  20. Is being racist against racists racism?
  21. Students Report Being Triggered by the Word “Trigger”
  22. High School Evacuated Due to Presence of “Toxic Masculinity”
  23. “Travel is Fatal To Prejudice” – Mark Twain
  24. Masters of Misunderstanding
  25. I see you
  26. Anticipation, Mrs. Beasley and Starlings
  27. Frankie’s America: Too strong to be brought down
  28. In the News: Hijab, Hijab, Hijab. Why Are We Obsessed With a Head Scarf?
  29. Muslims portrayed as “they” in the media
  30. Don’t Tokenize Us 
  31. “Use my Pronouns or I Won’t Eat,” Says Non-Binary Student
  32. Inadequate Evidence: The Major Problem with Microagressions
  33. We’re Not Friends
  34. The Thankful Foreigner: An Award-Winning Essay from a Millennial
  35. Dealing with the Stares: My Muslim Experiance
  36. When the PC culture goes too far…
  37. You have no Bucket
  38. The Illusion of Christianity in America
  39. Jewgle racism pt. infinity
  40. Reed’s quote of the day from Charles Caleb Colton on Truth
  41. Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 A : 19 March 2017 on John 4:5-42
  42. Racial Tension in Trump’s America. What Are You Going To Do About It?
  43. Black Activists Reject Trader Joe’s: Might Attract ‘Non-Blacks’ – Minutemen New
  44. ‘Gingerism’ – is it a real thing?
  45. Flipping the Script: The Tragedy of Mary Rowlandson
  46. Comic: Antisocial media
  47. Coversations with Becky
  48. 10 Of Megyn Kelly’s Most Racist Moments
  49. I can’t believe I’m writing this in 2017
  50. A response to Racism
  51. How Not To Be A Privileged Ass …

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I can imagine that, for a teacher, a GCSE religious studies lesson on racism may be one of the most challenging classes to teach, especially in a school like mine; overrun with teenage girls desperate to voice their opinions in an attempt to seem more intelligent than their classmates.

The other week, I was sitting in class, learning about prejudice, already pissed off having had to discuss why ‘reverse racism’ is simply just ‘racism.’ Doodling Radiohead lyrics over my folder and pondering why on earth I had chosen to study RS, I couldn’t help but tune into a conversation between two of my classmates. One girl, for the sake of privacy let’s call her Jennifer, was explaining to a friend why Israel obviously belongs to the Arabs, not the Jews. Fair enough, if she has evidence to support this. But what Jennifer said next surely would’ve angered anybody, let alone…

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The Rise of Anti-Seminism

In January a Jewish community centre received a recording, which was obtained by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a news service. On the tape one could hear the pitch of the voice computer-altered, making the speaker sound a little like Donald Duck, but the message was hardly cartoonish.

“In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered.”

In February there was a rash of threats on Monday the 27th hit 20 Jewish institutions in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.  It was the fifth round of similar threats that have come during the last two months, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which has counted 90 bomb threats for those two months.

Paul Goldenberg, who used to head a hate-crimes office for the state of New Jersey and is now in charge of investigating anti-Semitic threats for Jewish organizations, said, anti-Semitic incidents would increase in reaction to events in the Middle East, such as Israeli incursions in Gaza or Lebanon, but the recent incidents appeared to have no such trigger.

“I am a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, and these are extraordinary times. … I have never seen such an uptick in such a short period of time.”

Goldenberg said.

English: "Anti-Semitic Jewish Postcard"

English: “Anti-Semitic Jewish Postcard” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some analysts have tied the upsurge of hate crimes to the polarizing election of Donald Trump as president, but Naomi Adler, head of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said it dated to 2015.

“The rhetoric and disgusting speech began two years before the actual election at the beginning of the election season, but is not the whole explanation,”

she said.

“There is an incredible amount of anxiety and fear in our community.”

Jews, Christians and Muslims should show they want to be children of God. They should do everything to show the world the Love of God and how we as creatures created in God His image, should all respect every other human being, ass well as every other created being (animals and plants).

The best way to take away anti- or hate feelings is to make sure the wrong ideas about the religious community (be it Jews, Christians or Muslims) are taken away by openness and clarity of teachings and way of living, not isolating oneself from the rest of the surroundings society.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Find a reaction on the University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano inside view from a university Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about the recent tragedies,  JCCs and cemeteries that are threatened and neighbourhoods or houses that have experienced anti-Semetic attacks.

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  9. Is Pope Francis ushering in a revival of Catholic anti-Semitism as it seeks to ally itself with Islam? Prominent Italian Rabbi Giuseppe Laras sounds the alarm

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Disclaimer: I have chosen this article due to my photojournalism project that was also about anti-Semitism. I wanted to see how similar my questions were with another school’s student’s questions.

Jewish communities continue to receive threats and are attacked by anti-Semitism. The University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano interviews a Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about these recent tragedies.

The newsworthiness of this piece is evident with the current and continuous threats and attacks to Jewish communities. To get an inside view from a university Jewish student is a great way to frame a story. It is a first-hand attack, but in this case, it is not a first-hand experience.

The first thing that I notice about the questions asked were the audiences for the questions. Isaac Serna moves from a broad, national, audience to a specific, university, audience and back to a broad, national…

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Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter

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The American rabbi is convinced that many have been scratching their heads trying to figure out why on earth the government of Israel and writes in “Zionism’s Marriage of Convenience to Anti-Semitism” that so many staunch Zionists are just fine with the election of Donald Trump

– the darling of the anti-Semitic alt-right.

Zionism not being new he does find it having a

cozy, if somewhat Faustian relationship with anti-Semitism since its very origins.

He argues that

Theodor Herzl (born Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl) also known in Hebrew as חוֹזֵה הַמְדִינָה‎, Chozeh HaMedinah (lit. “Visionary of the State”) an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer who was one of the fathers of modern political Zionism. – in Basel, 1897

The founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl never made a secret of his belief that his new movement would have to depend upon anti-Semitism and anti-Semites in order to create a Jewish state. In his pamphlet, “The Jewish State,” he suggested raising money for the effort by means of a “direct subscription,” adding that “not only poor Jews but also Christians who wanted to get rid of them would subscribe a small amount to this fund.”

Scholars such as Yehuda Bibas, Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and Judah Alkalai were already promoting Zionist ideas before him.

Herzl grew to believe that anti-semitism could not be defeated or cured, only avoided, and that the only way to avoid it was the establishment of a Jewish state where there would be place to co-operate with those anti-Semites he even thought could become their most dependable friends and allies. {his diary}

Russian imperial statesman Vyacheslav von Plehve, whose efforts to uphold autocratic principle, a police-bureaucratic government, minister of the interior and an infamous anti-Semite who encouraged the Kishinev pogroms on April 19 and 20, 1903, and a second, smaller riot that erupted in October 1905.

Herman S. Shapiro. “Kishinever shekhita, elegie” [Kishinev Massacre Elegy]. New York: Asna Goldberg, 1904. Irene Heskes Collection. The illustration in the center of this elegy depicts the April 1903 Kishinev massacre.

The most popular newspaper in Kishinev, the Russian-language anti-Semitic newspaper Бессарабец (Bessarabetz, meaning “Bessarabian“), published by Pavel Krushevan, regularly published articles with headlines such as “Death to the Jews!” and “Crusade against the Hated Race!” (referring to the Jews).

The Times published a forged dispatch by Vyacheslav von Plehve, the Minister of Interior, to the governor of Bessarabia, which supposedly gave orders not to stop the rioters.

Today it is again that same region in eastern Europe where again such hate against the Jews is growing and infecting the West of Europe, by mouth of the right wing neo fascist groups. As in the previous century Plehve’s would not have worried

as long as the Zionists encouraged emigration of Jews from Russia, the Russian authorities would not disturb them.

perhaps several living in the Balkan, East and West Europe would not mind giving them time to leave.

Rabbi Brant Rosen looks at British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour who is perhaps best remembered for his World War I statement (the Balfour Declaration) expressing official British approval of Zionism. Though he may be long been lionized as a Zionist hero, he wasn’t particularly well-known for his love for Jews or the Jewish people.

(see: 1917 Balfour Declaration, 1905 Aliens Act)

The rabbi writes:

Balfour spoke of the “undoubted evils which had fallen on the country from an alien immigration which was largely Jewish.” Balfour, like many Christians of his class, “did not believe that Jews could be assimilated into Gentile British society.”

In this regard, it is worth noting that the sole Jewish member of British government, Edwin Montagu, strongly objected to the Balfour Declaration, submitting a memorandum to the British cabinet in August 1917 that resonates with haunting prescience today:

I wish to place on record my view that the policy of His Majesty’s Government is anti-Semitic and in result will prove a rallying ground for Anti-Semites in every country in the world…When the Jews are told that Palestine is their national home, every country will immediately desire to get rid of its Jewish citizens, and you will find a population in Palestine driving out its present inhabitants…

When the Jew has a national home, surely it follows that the impetus to deprive us of the rights of British citizenship must be enormously increased. Palestine will become the world’s Ghetto. Why should the Russian give the Jew equal rights? His national home is Palestine. Why does Lord Rothschild attach so much importance to the difference between British and foreign Jews? All Jews will be foreign Jews, inhabitants of the great country of Palestine.

He also looks at the most troubling example of Zionist association with anti-Semitism which occurred in 1933, when the Jewish Agency struck a deal with the Nazis’ Economic Ministry known as the Ha’avrah (Transfer) agreement.

Today we may wonder how it could come so far that the Zionist movement came to negotiate with Nazi Germany in order to facilitate the transfer of German Jews and their property to Palestine.

(see also an essay for Yad Vashem’s Shoah Resource Center, Israeli historian Y’faat Weiss pointing out that the Nazi regime’s participation in the agreement was motivated both by a fear of the boycott and its desire to rid Germany of its Jews.)

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it is not difficult to understand why, on a practical level, the Zionist movement would find a perverse kind of common cause with anti-Semitic regimes. As a form of ethnic nationalism, Zionism has always been dependent upon the maintenance of a demographic majority of Jews in the land. It makes sense that Zionists have been willing to deal with nations that were more than happy to rid themselves of their Jews in order that they maintain their own national ethnic homogeneity.

Would there be a big problem that there was taken a “Faustian bargain” like Brant Rosen calls it?

I would not think that Zionism from its origin has

necessarily fed off the existence of anti-Semites to justify the need for a Jewish state.

because normally every Jews and sincere Christian would know that God had promised a Holy Land to the descendants of Abraham. What I well can see is that several secular Jews saw a good opportunity to enlarge their power and to get some own state where they would be really their own boss.

Even more tragically, as Edwin Montagu predicted, Jewish ethnic nationalism did indeed result in a “population in Palestine driving out its inhabitants.”

I think one big problem is that Israel has too many secular politicians who allow the extremist fundamentalist Jews to take in the land of others and are not worrying about the respect human beings have to show to other creations of the Most High Elohim.

Our Christian believe that Jerusalem shall have to become the capital of the Holy Land and God’s Kingdom should be known to all lovers of God and to be a reality the world has to cope with. In the end God His Kingdom shall anyway establish.

Like rabbi Brant Rosen writes Millenarianism has taken on many forms, most of which were rooted in the belief that the physical restoration of the Jews to the land would be a necessary precursor to the apocalypse and the eventual second coming of the Messiah. This religious dogma, brought by a.o. English Puritan colonists but also by very liberal non-trinitarian Christians to North America, could evolve into previous century and present-day Christian and Jewish Zionism.

Clean-shaven man in his 60s, with gray hair, wearing glasses, dressed in a dark suit and blue tie, speaking from behind a dark, varnished wooden lectern, with his right arm outstretched.  The front of the lectern is emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States.

John Charles Hagee, the 5th of 6 pastors in his family, all of whom were named John Hagee, dating back to the colonial era.

In his second article he looks a.o. at Pastor John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church, a charismatic megachurch in San Antonio, Texas. He also is the the CEO of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV) and founder and National Chairman of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel (CUFI), incorporated on February 7, 2006, the largest coalition of Evangelical Zionists in the world.

Hagee, who believes the Bible commands Christians to support the State of Israel and the Jewish people, is one of those American ‘prophets’ and doom preachers who makes his apocalyptic religious views clear.

The rabbi also looks at Hagee’s 2005 book (and not 2007) Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, where Hagee interprets the Bible to predict that Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and will be destroyed by God. This will cause the antichrist, (for Hagee) the head of the European Union, to create a confrontation over Israel between China and the West, getting Israel to be covered in “a sea of human blood.” .

Hagee’s attack against Christian antisemitism in his book Jerusalem Countdown claimed that Adolf Hitler’s antisemitism derived especially from his Catholic background (calling Hitler “a spiritual leader in the Catholic Church”), and that the Catholic Church under Pope Pius XII encouraged Nazism instead of denouncing it (pp. 79–81)

[The book echoes predictions made in The Late, Great Planet Earth, the best-selling 1970 book co-authored by Hal Lindsey and Carole C. Carlson.]

Rabbi Rosen also looks at Hagee’s more recent book, “Four Blood Moons,” in which Hagee promotes the Blood moon prophecy, and states that a tetrad (a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses —coinciding on Jewish holidays — with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of the end times as described in the Bible in the Book of Joel, Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12. The tetrad ended with the lunar eclipse on September 27-28, 2015. (see what Haggee wrote).

[In January 2014, Mike Moore, the then General Secretary of Christian Witness to Israel, wrote a lengthy article dismissing the claims of Biltz and Hagee. Moore’s view was that no significance can be drawn from the eclipses]

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David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), an American pro-Israel Christian organization

Further the rabbi looks at CUFI’s Jewish Executive Director, David Brog, who clearly serves to give cover to Christian Zionists, painting them as “mainstream” and not nearly as scary as their beliefs would indicate.

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Bannon at the 2017 CPAC

Next former naval officer, banker, radio host, research director, film producer and media executive, Breitbart editor Stephen Bannon, currently serving as assistant to the President and White House chief strategist in the Trump administration comes under the attention. His documentary “Destroying the Great Satan: The Rise of Islamic Facism (sic) in America” can give us an idea how his mind may be tormented by the fundamentalist evangelist teachings.

While most of the Jewish concern toward Bannon has primarily focused on his alt-right leanings and his personal comments about Jews, less attention has been given to his apocalyptic world view. Strongly influenced by generational theorists William Strauss and Neil Howe’s book “The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny”  Bannon ascribes to the theory that American history has operated in four-stage cycles, moving from major crisis to awakening to major crisis.

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What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

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Further reading

  1. Zionism in Palestine
  2. The relationship between Ariel Sharon and the Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson)
  3. Israel loves wars.
  4. Six Years Ago: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind The 2011 “Protest Movement”?
  5. Abby Martin and Eran Efrati on Institutionalized Israeli War Crimes and Oppression of Palestinians
  6. From Washington to the Middle East, Should the World Brace for March 15?
  7. Steve Cohen’s ‘That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Anti-Semitic’
  8. Does Feminism Have Room for Zionists? – The New York Times
  9. Emily Shire’s Zionist Feminism
  10. From Washington to the Middle East, Should the World Brace for March 15? | James Perloff
  11. The false teachings of Zionism & dispensationalism
  12. How did the Talmudic “Noahide Laws” Become Part of American Law?
  13. A Liberal Zionism for the Trump Era
  14. The control-freakism of the CIA, UK and other western supposed “intelligence” organizations!
  15. Origin Of The Oppression Of Palestine By israel
  16. Canada offers tax deduction for promoting ethnic nationalism, war
  17. Will the Royal Family Celebrate 100 Years of Shame by Endorsing Israel?
  18. Pro-Palestinian activist: Zionism and feminism don’t go together
  19. What Linda Sarsour Said
  20. Zionism vs Islam – Which is More Dangerous?
  21. The Millet System & Minorities in Israel/Palestine
  22. The Charge of Replacement Theology is a Cover for Fuzzy Theology
  23. Alliel – A Window Into Tribal Arrogance
  24. “Many American left-liberal Jews believe that Israel only deserves to exist…if Israel serves as a ‘light unto the nations…’ and is ethically perfect”
  25. The Rise of Anti-Seminism
  26. What Type of Utopia Will Israel Be?
  27. Italian rabbis accuse biblical conference of fueling anti-Judaism
  28. On anti-Semitism, anti-Islam and fictitious alliances in U.S.
  29. US 2018 Budget Guarantees Foreign Assistance Only for Israel, State Dept. Says
  30. German newspaper backtracks after listing Netanyahu as a ‘crazy world leader’

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In my previous post, I explored how Zionism has historically fed off of anti-Semites and anti-Semitic regimes to justify the need for a Jewish state. In this post, I’d like to discuss a phenomenon that has even more ominous resonance for the current political moment: the willingness of political Zionists, Israeli politicians and right wing Israel advocates to court the support of Christian millenarians and apocalyptic extremists.

Some history: In the century after the Protestant reformation, the religious ideology of millenarianism began to spread throughout Europe. Millenarianism took many forms, most of which were rooted in the belief that the physical restoration of the Jews to the land would be a necessary precursor to the apocalypse and the eventual second coming of the Messiah. This religious dogma was eventually brought by English Puritan colonists to North America, where it evolved into present-day Christian Zionism.

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A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

We European citizens are worried and scared. The economic and financial crisis has impoverished many of us. Youth unemployment risks creating a lost generation. Inequality grows and social cohesion is in peril. The EU is surrounded by war and instability from Ukraine to Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. The flux of refugees and migrants has become a structural feature we must address together, in a human and forward-looking manner. In many Member states we witness authoritarian tendencies and the rise of nationalist and xenophobic forces. Democracy and the core values of the European modern civilisation are under attack. The EU itself is questioned, although it ensured peace, democracy and welfare for decades.

We European citizens don’t want our national politicians to care only about their next local or national election. They ask for European solutions to European problems but then they act to render those solutions impossible or ineffective. They disregard sensible Commission proposals or fail to implement decisions already taken , including when agreed by all. They claim, one day, for Europe to do something and protest, the following day, Europe’s proposed actions.

As the anniversary of the signature of the EU’s founding treaties is approaching, a group of over 300 European academics and personalities are endorsing this appeal to relaunch European integration and inviting civil society, academia, young people and citizens to participate to the March for Europe in Rome on March 25.

Alberto Alemanno for VoxEurop

Signing of the Treaty of Rome, March 25, 1957.

Signing of the Treaty of Rome, March 25, 1957. – AP Images – Treaty of Rome, originally (1957–93) Treaty Establishing the European Economic Community, succeeded by (1993–2009) Treaty Establishing the European Community and (2009– ) Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; also called, together with the Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

25 March 2017 is the day of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties which have made the EU project the most successful experiment of peace and integration ever.

This date may go down history as yet another self-praising, boring, closed-door party of 27 EU leaders or as the germ of a first conscious, popular and patriotic European manifestation. A March for Europe – mimicking the one that took place in London in the aftermath of the Brexit vote – has been announced by the Union of European Federalists. Unfortunately, only the usual suspects – a few pro-European organisations – are behind this one-in-a-generation opportunity to show how many citizens of Europe support and share its ideals, values and lifestyles. Despite its high-potential in prompting a genuine, pan-European manifestation calling for a renewal of the EU project through an inclusive, constituent process, the risk that it may reveal a flop is dangerously high.

The appeal below intends to pierce the typical Brussels bubble currently surrounding the March for Europe, by broadening its audience to a much wider public. There has never been a better opportunity to federate – in a critical moment of its existence – the multitude of associations, movements and grassroots actors who believe in the European project. There has never been a better opportunity to make your voice heard and contribute to the emergent European public space. There has been never been a better opportunity to shape your history and that of the generations to come.

See you in Rome on 25 March. Help us spread the call below through the hashtag #MarchForEurope2017!

A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

We European citizens are worried and scared. The economic and financial crisis has impoverished many of us. Youth unemployment risks creating a lost generation. Inequality grows and social cohesion is in peril. The EU is surrounded by war and instability from Ukraine to Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. The flux of refugees and migrants has become a structural feature we must address together, in a human and forward-looking manner. In many Member states we witness authoritarian tendencies and the rise of nationalist and xenophobic forces. Democracy and the core values of the European modern civilisation are under attack. The EU itself is questioned, although it ensured peace, democracy and welfare for decades.

We European citizens don’t want our national politicians to care only about their next local or national election. They ask for European solutions to European problems but then they act to render those solutions impossible or ineffective. They disregard sensible Commission proposals or fail to implement decisions already taken , including when agreed by all. They claim, one day, for Europe to do something and protest, the following day, Europe’s proposed actions.

We ask national politicians and the media to stop depicting integration as a zero-sum game, thus pitting nations against one another. In an interdependent world no nation can satisfy all of its citizens’ basic needs and appeals for social justice. In this context, integration and supranational government is a positive-sum game. Our European social model based on liberal democracy and a social market economy can only survive in a multi-level framework of government, on the basis of the subsidiarity principle.

Dutch passportEstonian passportWe European citizens are aware that globalisation is transforming the world. We need a European government to foster our common values and contribute to the solution of the global problems threatening humanity. The world needs an outward-looking cosmopolitan Europe to help build a more effective and democratic global governance to cope with climate change, peace, global poverty, and the transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable economy.

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The European Central Bank (ECB; French: Banque centrale européenne) = central bank for the euro and administers monetary policy of the eurozone, which consists of 19 EU member states and is one of the largest currency areas in the world.

Phrygian cap on pole.svgWe European citizens recognise the EU as an incomplete Res Publica. It has a ridiculous budget (0.9 percent of GDP) and no financial autonomy from Member states, while its current competences are out of date for what is necessary to successfully answer the challenges of the current crises. It has a federal like legislative, judiciary and central bank. But democracy is the possibility for citizens to choose the government and make it accountable. For the Union to work and be democratic its decisions, including budget, foreign and defence policy, and the reform of the Treaties, should primarily be taken by a qualified majority representing the majority will of European citizens and states. The Commission should evolve into a fully-fledged government, setting and promoting a political agenda legitimated through elections. European parties should present their candidates to the Presidency at the European election.

The alternative is a directly elected President of the EU merging the Presidencies of the Commission and the European Council.

On 14 February 1984 the European Parliament adopted the Draft Treaty establishing the European Union, the so-called Spinelli Project, pointing towards a political union, which Member states disregarded. On 14 February 2017 we call upon the European Parliament, the only directly elected body of the EU, to take a new initiative to kick-start the EU on strengthened democratic basis. Talking about banking, fiscal, economic, energy, security, defence and political unions makes sense only within a genuine democratic European Union, with all those policies under a European government.

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Signing of the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, in the Jerónimos Monastery of Lisbon, Portugal, 13 December 2007, which entered into force on 1 December 2009

On 25 March 2017 the Heads of state and government will celebrate the Treaties of Rome establishing the European Economic Community and Euratom in 1957. We call upon them to match the vision of the Founders. They should open the way to the re-foundation of the EU on the basis of the European Parliament proposal, and immediately exploit all the Lisbon Treaties’ instruments to strengthen EU institutions and policies, especially on foreign and security, economic and social policies.

We call upon the Europe’s youth, its civil society, workers, entrepreneurs, academia, local governments and European citizens to participate in the March for Europe in Rome on 25 March. Together we shall give the political leaders the strength and courage to push forward the EU to a new beginning. European unity is key to solve our common problems, safeguard our values and ensure our welfare, security and democracy.

This Appeal was drafted by Roberto Castaldi with Giuliano Amato, Yves Bertoncini, Stefan Collignon, Anthony Giddens, Ulrike Guérot, and Miguel Maduro. It is available in various languages for further adhesions at March for Europe with the list of signatures and the info on the March.

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Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer, Staatssekretär Walter Hallstein und der italienische Ministerpräsident Antonio Segni bei Unterzeichnung der Römischen Verträge

Der Jahrestag der Unterzeichnung der römischen Verträge rückt immer näher; eine Gruppe von über 300 europäischen Akademikern, Persönlichkeiten und Intellektuellen unterstützen diesen Appell, die europäische Integration zu erneuern und laden Zivilgesellschaft, die akademische Welt, die junge Generation und EU Bürger dazu ein, am March für Europa in Rom am 25 März teilzunehmen.

Alberto Alemanno for VoxEurop

Der 25 März ist der 60. Geburtstag des Vertrags von Rom, der die EU zum erfolgreichsten Experiment in Frieden und Integration machte.

Der Tag könnte als noch ein Tag voller Selbstlob sein, ein Tag einer geschlossenen Gesellschaft der 27, die sich feiern; er könnte allerdings auch als erstes bewusstes, breites, patriotisches Fest in die Geschichte eingehen. March for Europe – ein Appel der Union der europäischen Federalisten – inspiriert sich von jenem der in London nach dem Brexit Votum stattgefunden hat. Jedoch unterstützen leider nur die “üblichen Verdächtigen” – ein paar pro-europäische Organisationen – dieses Projekt ; doch ist es eine noch nie dagewesene Chance zu zeigen, wie viele Bürger in Europa die europäischen Werte, Ideale und Lebensweise unterstützen. Trotz der Möglichkeit, eine wahrhaftige, pan-europäische Demonstration für eine erneuerung des europäischen Projekts sein könnte, die zu einem inklusiven, contitutierendem Prozess führen kann, ist die Gefahr eines Flops sehr groß.

Dieser Appell will die “Brüssel-Blase” durchdringen, die derzeit den “March for Europe” umringt, und dessen Publikum vergrößern. Noch nie gab es eine bessere Möglichkeit, die verschiedenen Organisationen und Bewegungen die in das europäische Projekt glauben, zu einem unwahrscheinlich wichtigen Zeitpunkt seiner Existenz, zu vereinen. Noch nie gab es eine bessere Chance, Ihrer Stimme gehör zu verschaffen, und zur Entstehung eines europäischen öffentlichen Raums beizutragen. Noch nie gab es einen besseren Zeitpunkt, die Geschichte Ihrer Generation, und jener, die nach Ihnen kommen, nachhaltig zu beeinflussen.

Wir sehen uns in Rom am 25. März ; bis dahin, helfen Sie uns, den Appell mit dem Hashtag #MarchForEurope2017zu verbreiten!

Eine echte Europäische Union die Gemeinwohl, Sicherheit und Demokratie gewährleistet

Wir, die Europäischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger haben genug von nationalen Politikerinnen und Politikern. Sie kümmern sich nur um ihre nächsten Kommunal- oder nationalen Wahlen. Sie fordern europäische Lösungen für europäische Probleme, welche sie jedoch anschließend als unmöglich oder ineffizient abtun. Sinnvolle Vorschläge der Kommission werden von ihnen missachtet oder bereits erfolgte Beschlüsse, sogar wenn sie von allen Mitgliedern Zustimmung erhalten haben, werden von ihnen nicht implementiert. Sie behaupten an einem Tag, dass sie für Europa handeln, und protestieren am darauffolgenden Tag gegen die Handlungen Europas. Darum bitten wir nationale Politikerinnen und Politiker und die Medien es zu unterlassen, Integration als ein Nullsummenspiel darzustellen und auf diese Weise Nationen gegeneinander auszuspielen. In einer interdependenten Welt kann keine Nation alleine alle Grundbedürfnisse ihrer Bürgerinnen und Bürger befriedigen und soziale Gerechtigkeit gewährleisten. In diesem Kontext sind Integration und eine supranationale Regierung eine Win-win-Situation. Das Funktionieren unseres europäischen Sozialmodells, das auf einer liberalen Demokratie und einer sozialen Marktwirtschaft beruht, kann nur in einem Mehrebenensystem mit einer Regierung, auf der Grundlage des Subsidiaritätsprinzips, gewährleistet werden.

Wir, die Europäischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind uns dessen bewusst, dass die Globalisierung unsere Welt verändert. Wir benötigen eine europäische Regierung, um unsere gemeinsamen Werte zu pflegen und zu einer Lösung für die globalen Probleme, die unsere gegenwärtige Gesellschaft bedrohen, beizutragen. Die Welt bedarf eines weltoffenen kosmopolitischen Europas, das die Errichtung einer effizienten und demokratischen Weltordnungspolitik unterstützt, um Klimawandel, Frieden, globale Armut und den Übergang zu einer umweltfreundlichen und sozial nachhaltigen Wirtschaft zu bewältigen.

Sitz der Europäischen Zentralbank in Frankfurt am Main

Wir, die Europäischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger verstehen die Europäische Union als eine unvollständige Res Publica. Sie besitzt ein lächerliches Budget (0,9% des BIPs) und keine finanzielle Autonomie von den Mitgliedsstaaten. Um erfolgreich auf die Herausforderungen der aktuellen Krisen reagieren zu können, ist ihre aktuelle Ausrichtung, wie die föderale Gliederung in Legislative, Judikative und eine Zentralbank, zu veraltet. Demokratie repräsentiert aber für Bürgerinnen und Bürger die Möglichkeit eine Regierung zu wählen, und ihr Verantwortung zu übertragen. Demokratische Entscheidungen, einschließlich der Budget-, Außen- und Verteidigungspolitik, sowie der Reform der Abkommen, sollten primär von einer qualifizierten Mehrheit, die den Mehrheitswillen der Europäischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger und Mitglieder repräsentiert, durchgeführt werden. Die Kommission sollte sich zu einer vollständigen Regierung entwickeln, die ein politisches Programm, legitimiert durch die Wahlen, etabliert und fördert. Europäische Parteien sollten ihre Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten für die Wahl einer europäischen Präsidentschaft vorstellen. Die Alternative ist ein/e direkt gewählte/r Präsidentin oder Präsident der Europäischen Union, die oder der die Vorsitze der Kommission und des Europäischen Rates vereint.

Am 14. Februar 1984 nahm das Europäische Parlament einen Vertragsentwurf zur Gründung einer Europäischen Union in Form einer politischen Union, das sogenannte Spinelli-Projekt, an. Jedoch wurde dieses Vorhaben von den Mitgliedsstaaten missachtet. Am 14. Februar 2017 fordern wir das Europäische Parlament, das einzig direkt gewählte Gremium der Europäischen Union, auf, eine neue Initiative zu ergreifen, um die EU anzukurbeln und die demokratische Basis zu stärken. Diskussionen über eine Banken-, Fiskal-, Wirtschafts-, Energie-, Sicherheits-, Verteidigungs- und Politische Union ergeben nur Sinn mit einer echten demokratischen Europäischen Union, die all diese Politikbereiche in einer Europäischen Regierung zusammenführt.

Am 25. März 2017 werden die Staats- und Regierungschefs die Römischen Verträge zelebrieren, auf deren Basis die Europäische Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft und Euratom 1957 gegründet wurden. Wir fordern sie auf die Visionen der Gründungsväter zu verwirklichen. Sie sollten den Weg ebnen für eine Wiedergründung der EU anhand eines Vorschlages des Europäischen Parlaments, und unverzüglich die Instrumente der Lissaboner Verträge ausnutzen, um die Institutionen und Politikbereiche der EU, im speziellen die Außen-, Sicherheits-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik, zu stärken. Wir fordern die Europäische Jugend, die Zivilgesellschaft, Arbeiterinnen und Arbeiter, Unternehmerinnen und Unternehmer, die Intellektuellen, die lokale Regierungen und Europäische Bürgerinnen und Bürger auf, an dem „Marsch für Europa“ am 25. März in Rom teilzunehmen. Gemeinsam sollen wir den politischen Entscheidungsträgern Kraft und Mut zusprechen, um die Europäische Union zu einem Neuanfang zu treiben. Die Europäische Einigung ist der Schlüssel, um unsere gemeinsamen Probleme zu lösen, um unsere Werte zu leben sowie unser Gemeinwohl, unsere Sicherheit und unsere Demokratie voranzutreiben und zu sichern.

This Appeal was drafted by Roberto Castaldi with Giuliano Amato, Yves Bertoncini, Stefan Collignon, Anthony Giddens, Ulrike Guérot, and Miguel Maduro. It is available in various languages for further adhesions at March for Europe with the list of signatures and the info on the March.

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Une véritable Union européenne pour garantir le bien-être, la sécurité et la démocratie

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Nous, citoyens européens, sommes inquiets et effrayés. Beaucoup d’entre nous ont été appauvris par la crise économique et financière. Le chômage des jeunes risque de créer une génération perdue. Les inégalités augmentent et la cohésion sociale est en péril. L’Union européenne est cernée par les conflits et l’instabilité de l’Ukraine à la Turquie, en passant par le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord. L’afflux de réfugiés et de migrants est devenu un enjeu structurel que nous devons appréhender ensemble, de manière humaine et en étant tournés vers l’avenir. Dans de nombreux États membres, la tendance est à l’autoritarisme et à la montée des forces nationalistes et xénophobes. La démocratie et les valeurs essentielles de la civilisation moderne européenne sont menacées. L’Union européenne elle-même est remise en question, bien qu’elle garantisse la paix, la démocratie et le bien-être depuis des décennies.

Nous, citoyens européens, ne voulons pas de responsables politiques nationaux qui ne pensent qu’à la prochaine élection locale ou nationale. Ces derniers réclament des solutions européennes aux problèmes européens, mais rendent ensuite ces solutions impossibles ou inefficaces. Ils négligent des propositions judicieuses de la Commission et n’appliquent pas des décisions déjà prises, y compris celles sur lesquelles ils se sont tous mis d’accord. Ils demandent un jour à l’Europe d’intervenir et le lendemain, ils lui reprochent ses actions. Les responsables politiques nationaux et les médias doivent cesser de présenter l’intégration comme un jeu à somme nulle, et de monter ainsi les pays les uns contre les autres. Dans un monde interdépendant, aucun pays ne peut satisfaire à lui seul tous les besoins essentiels de ses citoyens et les appels à la justice sociale. Dans ce contexte, l’intégration et la gouvernance supranationale sont un jeu à somme positive. Fondé sur la démocratie libérale et une économie sociale de marché, notre modèle social européen ne peut survivre que dans un cadre de gouvernance à plusieurs niveaux, sur la base du principe de subsidiarité.

Nous, citoyens européens, sommes conscients du fait que la mondialisation transforme le monde. Nous avons besoin d’un gouvernement européen pour soutenir nos valeurs communes et contribuer à résoudre les problèmes mondiaux qui menacent l’humanité. Le monde a besoin d’une Europe cosmopolite tournée vers l’extérieur pour soutenir la création d’une gouvernance mondiale plus efficace et démocratique et gérer les enjeux du changement climatique, de la paix, de la pauvreté mondiale et de la transition vers une économie durable sur les plans environnemental et social.

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Siège de La Banque centrale européenne (BCE), la principale institution monétaire de l’Union européenne.

Nous, citoyens européens, reconnaissons que l’Union européenne est une Res Publica incomplète. Son budget est ridicule (0,9 % du PIB), elle n’a aucune autonomie financière vis-à-vis des États membres et les compétences dont elle dispose aujourd’hui ne sont pas à la hauteur des enjeux des crises actuelles. Elle a un système de type fédéral en matière législative, judiciaire et monétaire (Banque centrale européenne). Toutefois, la démocratie signifie que les citoyens peuvent choisir leur gouvernement et le responsabiliser. Pour que l’Union fonctionne et soit démocratique, ses décisions, y compris celles sur le budget, la politique étrangère et de défense et la réforme des traités, doivent se prendre essentiellement à la majorité qualifiée représentant la volonté majoritaire des citoyens et pays européens. La Commission devrait devenir un gouvernement à part entière, définissant et soutenant un programme politique légitimé par les élections. Les partis européens devraient présenter leurs candidats à la présidence lors des élections européennes. La solution alternative serait d’élire directement un président de l’Union européenne qui fusionne les présidences de la Commission et du Conseil européen.

Le 14 février 1984, le Parlement européen a adopté le projet de traité instituant l’Union européenne, appelé “projet Spinelli”, visant une union politique que les États membres ont ignorée. Le 14 février 2017, nous appelons le Parlement européen, le seul organe directement élu de l’UE, à prendre une nouvelle initiative en vue de relancer l’Union sur des bases démocratiques renforcées. Il ne fait sens de parler d’unions bancaire, budgétaire, économique, politique, de l’énergie, de la sécurité et de la défense qu’au sein d’une véritable Union européenne démocratique, avec toutes ces politiques gérées par un gouvernement européen.

Le 25 mars 2017, les chefs d’État ou de gouvernement célébreront les traités de Rome qui ont institué la Communauté économique européenne et la Communauté européenne de l’énergie atomique en 1957. Nous leur demandons de respecter la vision des pères fondateurs. Il faut ouvrir la voie à la refonte de l’Union européenne à partir de la Description de cette image, également commentée ci-aprèsproposition du Parlement européen et mettre tout de suite à profit tous les instruments du traité de Lisbonne en vue de renforcer les institutions et les politiques européennes, notamment les politiques sociale, économique, étrangère et de défense. Nous appelons les jeunes Européens, la société civile, les travailleurs, les entrepreneurs, les universitaires, les autorités locales et les citoyens européens à participer à la Marche pour l’Europe qui aura lieu à Rome, le 25 mars 2017. Ensemble, nous devons apporter aux dirigeants politiques la force et le courage de donner un nouvel élan à l’Union européenne. L’unité européenne est essentielle pour résoudre nos problèmes communs, protéger nos valeurs et garantir notre bien-être, notre sécurité et la démocratie.

Cet appel a été rédigé par Roberto Castaldi avec Giuliano Amato, Yves Bertoncini, Stefan Collignon, Anthony Giddens, Ulrike Guérot, et Miguel Maduro. Il est disponible dans plusieurs langues si vous souhaitez adhérer sur March for Europe, avec la liste des signatures et les informations sur la Marche.

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60 years after creation of European Economic Community, Europeans skeptical about one of their biggest achievements this century

Anti-European movements seem to be enjoying a fair wind, not only in Great Britain but also here on our side of the Channel. This demonstrates how Euroskepticism has become a threat to the fundamental values of the common European life.

Although the EU considers itself a unity, it is unable to introduce a united policy. In the absence of such policy, it is impossible to overcome the growing economical and social inequalities between the citizens of the Member States.

The European Economic Community, founded 60 years ago, was meant to maintain and guarantee peace. More than ever nowadays, in an unsafe world where hundreds of thousands are fleeing the horrors of war, we should embrace and take care of this precious gift of peace. Though many people today are willing to step out of the union, this is not the moment. It would be reckless to put all of it on the line.

People may not forget that we have already so many years of no war experience. In our regions the EU also managed to protect democracy: the freedom of press, freedom of speech and a free choice of religion (those being just a fraction of the inviolable rights Europeans enjoy).

All Member States of the EU have to ensure democratic guidelines, and countries aiming to join the EU cannot hinder reform processes. This contributes to the broadening of democratic values.

Two essential aspects of the European Union are the free movement of persons and a single currency. Admittedly, they Euro Series Banknotes.pngare not perfectly elaborated; the Euro being the most commonly criticised aspect. However, in the Euro Zone, currency exchange disappeared along with the attached fees. We can cross the borders of all EU countries without passport control or visa requirements. It is really a pity that the last few months we saw the Schengen Agreement undermined. That agreement is the seal of proof for our ‘Union’, which assured a free movement concept within the internal borders, not only contributing to the economical dynamism but also to an inter-cultural exchange and thus to peace and understanding between different cultures.

No border control: Border crossing between two Schengen Agreement states, view from Germany to the Netherlands. The Netherlands begins at the red line added to the photo.

The ex-communist countries by putting up walls are forgetting what it meant to be inclosed and are taking on a very selfish attitude. Free movement across our internal border-states is necessary, but also an allowance for people and goods entering our community.

Map of Europe indicating the four member countries of the Visegrád Group

Visegrad Group, also called the Visegrad Four, or V4 is a cultural and political alliance of four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration, as well as for advancing military, economic and energy cooperation with one another.[

All the Visegrád countries now have leaders who could be fairly described as national-populists. In Western Europe, their rhetoric would often put them at the far-right of the political spectrum: they typically reject migrants and Islam, and do not wish to reproduce the Westerners’ experiment in multiculturalism in their own countries. This has led to clashes with Western Europe, notably Angela Merkel’s Germany, and the European Commission, who have advocated the welcoming of millions of refugees and the distribution of thousands across Central Europe.

Furthermore, all these nations – with the exception of Poland – have made various pro-Russian statements, and implied that they would ideally want a reconciliation and reinforcement of economic ties with Moscow. This bodes ill for the maintenance of the EU’s sanctions against Russia, in retaliation for the annexation of Crimea, and which can only be maintained by unanimity. More generally, Trump’s traumatic surprise electoral win in the United States is likely to embolden Central European conservatives in challenging Brussels and Berlin’s leadership of the EU.

Central Europe according to The World Factbook (2009),[17] Encyclopædia Britannica, and Brockhaus Enzyklopädie (1998)

The area in which this is most apparent is perhaps demographics. Central Europe faces severe medium-term decline in the face of ongoing emigration – while wages have risen, they remain much higher in the West – and extremely low fertility, which goes from 1.3 children per woman in Poland to 1.5 in the Czech Republic.

As a result, the European Commission projects that all these nations, with the exception of the Czech Republic, will see a drastic decline in population between now and 2080, falling by as much as 25 percent. In Poland, this would mean almost 10 million less people. This will inevitably mean a weaker Central Europe in the world, with a rapidly-shrinking labour force obligated to commit an ever-greater share of resources to an exploding population of pensioners.

The case of demographics shows the weaknesses of Visegrád’s alternative vision for Europe. Borders and national sovereignty are indeed means of slowing change, including undesirable change. But in themselves, they would do little to halt Europe’s decline to an elderly collection of statelets on the western Eurasian periphery. No doubt more creative and forward-looking measures are needed to prevent such a scenario and secure a sovereign Europe’s place among this century’s leading powers.

Everywhere in Europe we have to face the problem of the older getting population. Europe shall need young men and women to strengthen our workforce. When we can help rescuing people fleeing for the horrors of war we should open our borders.

Therefore, we can only shake our heads when we hear that others plan on building walls. Europe is familiar with such division. We must not let it come to that point anymore. To question the free movement of persons, on anyone’s behalf, would be a major setback for this free and diverse community.

The EU is not perfect but it assures peace and safety in Europe. To criticise it, is legitimate. To destroy it, is not.

We cannot deny that reforms and innovations are needed to make the EU fit for the future. However, these reforms can only be completed through unity and cohesion and not through antipathy and inner conflict.

A strengthening of the European Union is very overdue.

Isn’t it a privilege to be able to call our neighbours our friends? To move freely without passport control? Not to have to exchange currency? And moreover: to live in peace?

For us Europeans, these privileges have become self-evident, just like so many other things in the EU. And yet so many are beginning to question it all.

With thanks to Vox Europe

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  6. Europe and much-vaunted bastions of multiculturalism becoming No God Zones
  7. 2015 Human rights
  8. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  9. Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World
  10. The New gulf of migration and seed for far right parties
  11. Problems by losing the borders
  12. Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties
  13. Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts

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Neem afstand van heidense vastenperiodes

Vooral de Katholieke Kerk heeft in het verleden handig gebruik gemaakt van bepaalde jaargetijden om de mensen geld af te trochelen en hen intens te binden aan hun kerkgemeenschap. Katholieken in velerlei landen werden regelmatig opgeroepen om zich te bezinnen en voor hun aflaten geld te geven aan de Kerk van Rome.

Freelance auteur en chocolade verslaafde (zoals ik) Annemarie Latour, kijkt in haar artikel “Haal de buikriem aan en vier de Keltische advent” naar die vroege kerk en naar de Ierse christenen. Zij schrijft

Vasten… de vroege Ierse kerk lustte er wel pap van. Niet één, niet twee, maar drie keer per jaar haalden Ierse christenen de buikriem aan. Allereerst gebeurde dat veertig dagen voor Pasen (in het Iers corgas erraig), gevolgd door veertig dagen na Drievuldigheidszondag (samcorgas), om het jaar in stijl af te sluiten met veertig dagen vasten voorafgaand aan Kerstmis (gamcorgas). {Haal de buikriem aan en vier de Keltische advent}

Verkleedfeest en een paradefeest Mardi Gras in New Orleans

In de Benelux en vele andere landen hebben de Katholieken vorige dinsdag, op Vastenavond, de carnavalsperiode afgesloten met allerlei zotte fratsen en omkleedpartijen. Na hun pannenkoeken avond op Vette dinsdag (mardi gras), een feest dat terug gaat tot in de tijd dat er geen bewaarmogelijkheden waren voor de voedingswaren enerzijds, en de aanvang van de vastentijd op Aswoensdag anderzijds en al het eten dat de winter had overleefd moest opgegeten worden tot iedereen vet genoeg was om de periode te kunnen overbruggen tot de nieuwe lente met nieuwe gewassen, zijn sommigen op Aswoensdag naar de kerk gegaan om een askruisje te gaan halen als teken van hun verbondenheid met de Katholieke Kerk en met hun ‘treurnis voor zonde’. Voor hun is Aswoensdag de eerste vastendag van een 40 dagen lange vastenperiode. In mijn kindertijd werd er nog echt gevast, met die verstande dat alles werd geminderd en er van ons ‘versterving’ werd verwacht en extra  ‘goede daden’. Vandaag zijn er zelfs al mensen die denken dat vegetarisch eten al vasten is, wat maakt dat ik al jaren alle aan het vasten zou zijn.  Wel geef ik toe dat in de jaren 40-60 van vorige eeuw het ontberen van vlees ook werd aanzien al zich een tekort aan doen. Toen was het doorheen het jaar trouwens de gewoonte om op woensdag en vrijdag niets van vlees te eten.  Op vrijdag mocht er dan wel vis gegeten worden. Snoep dat niet meer zo veel gegeten mocht worden, was voor ons kinderen toen wel al een opdracht, maar toch niet zo erg als men het nu zou moeten vragen aan jongeren. Vermoedelijk om dat men weet dat de huidige generaties zulk een vasten niet zouden kunnen verdragen wordt het hen ook niet meer opgelegd.

Een priester die een askruisje toedient op het voorhoofd.

Zo wel bij de Katholieken als bij de Moslims kan men een vasten van 40 dagen vinden waarbij eigenlijk wordt gehoopt dat mensen zich bezinnen en in die periode werkelijk alle moeite doen om het zondige van zich af te zetten, en zo niet te denken aan schunnige dingen of verkeerde gedachten te laten opkomen. Bij Katholieken wil  men in die periode in het bijzonder denken aan Jezus welke zo een 40 dagen ter herinnering aan de 40 jaren doortocht in de woestijn ook een periode doorbracht in de woestijn. Door te vasten zouden die Katholieken dan meer tijd moeten nemen om hun ‘Heer’ te ontmoeten, de bijbel te lezen, zich te bezinnen (bidden) en zich zo voor te bereiden op hun Pasen.

Velen vergeten hier bij dat het vasten terug gaat op oudtestamentische tijden (vgl. Leviticus en Numeri) maar ook op het Nieuwe Testament (vgl. Handelingen). Al in de eerste eeuw aten christenen geen vlees (van warmbloedige dieren) op vrijdag om zo de “kruisdood van Jezus” in ere te houden.

Hoe er werd gevast hing af van plaatselijke tradities en hierbij valt ook op dat in veel gemeenschappen de heidense gebruiken ook gretig intrek vonden.

Het ‘wintervasten’ van de Keltische monniken was een mildere variant dan de strenge vastentijd die aan Pasen voorafging. In plaats van het normale rantsoen, kregen monniken een half rantsoen brood, een klein stukje boter – als ze geluk hadden – en waterige melk. Dat kon worden aangevuld met bosvruchten, appels of bijvoorbeeld kool. {Haal de buikriem aan en vier de Keltische advent} (Merk hierbij op dat het daarbij steeds om het heidens Pasen van de Katholieken ging, dat niets vandoen heeft met de joodse en ware Christenen hun ‘paasviering‘)

Naargelang de streek waren er kloosters die alleen op maandag, woensdag en vrijdag vastten, terwijl anderen dat de hele week deden met uitzondering van zon- en feestdagen. Volgen sommigen moest dat ook wel omdat het anders zogezegd fysiek niet vol te houden was, want er moest gewoon worden gewerkt. Hierbij kan ik u verzekeren dat dit was omdat zij op de verkeerde wijze vasten en niet werkelijk volledig over gingen tot niets eten. (Als ik vastte ging ik van vaste voeding over tot vloeibare voeding om dan verder verscheidene dagen werkelijk niets te eten en slechts alleen zuiver water te drinken voor meerdere dagen, terwijl ik als danser toch zwaar werk verrichte, en dit over een periode van totaal zes weken, waarbij de meerdere dagen van helemaal geen voeding werden opgevolgd door een overgang van zeer lichte kruidenthees tot sterk verdunde fruit en groenten sappen, om dan van vloeibare voeding terug over te gaan tot vaste voeding.)

Voor zowel de Keltische monniken als kloosterlingen elders was het vasten bedoeld om het hoofd en hart helder te krijgen. Minder eten en meer biechten, bidden en boete doen, hielpen daarbij. In de aanloopperiode naar Kerst, zuiverden ze zo hun geest van alles wat er volgens de kloosterregel niet in thuishoorde. {Haal de buikriem aan en vier de Keltische advent}

Voor de lente vasten was de idee om zich voor te bereiden op de offergave van Jezus Christus, waarbij wij als nietige mens het ook op ons moeten nemen om iets op te offeren. Zo waren er de gebruiken om dingen met anderen te delen en zich speciaal in te zetten op de meer behoevende. Vandaag zijn er gerust nog steeds voldoende armen die alle hulp kunnen gebruiken. Vluchtelingen zijn er nu ook bij gekomen, alhoewel wij die in onze kindertijd ook kenden, de oorlogsslachtoffers en de voor het communisme op de vlucht gegane mensen. Op dat vlak is er eigenlijk niets nieuws, want oorlogsvluchtelingen zijn er steeds geweest, maar hun aantallen zijn nu wel zeer erg toe genomen en uitvergroot door de media.

Goede Vrijdag herdenkingsdag bij bepaalde christenen van de kruisiging en dood van Jezus op de heuvel Golgotha nabij de stad Jeruzalem – Kreusigingstriptychon, Rogier van der Weyden, 1445

Voor Katholieken is de vasten periode in de lente ook een tijd die opbouwt tot Goede Vrijdag, de dag waarbij zij het overlijden van Jezus herinneren.  Op die dag zwijgen de kerkklokken en haalt men het ‘tabernakel’ leeg. Wat daarna volgt met Stille zaterdag en Paaszondag is dan weer een verbintenis met een ander heidense gebeurtenis.

Ware Christenen echter zouden zich moeten onthouden van zulke heidense gebeurtenissen en tradities. Zij kunnen over gaan tot een 40 dagen van bezinning indien zij wensen. Daarbij kunnen zij denken aan de moeilijke jaren die de Israëlieten moeten doorgebracht hebben in de woestijn, bij de tocht naar het Beloofde land of het Heilige Land. Dat was trouwens wat Jezus er toe bracht om ook naar de woestijn te trekken om die gebeurtenis te herinneren en zich te bezinnen vooraleer hij zijn belangrijke publiek taak zou gaan opnemen.

Het kan gerust geen kwaad om ofwel deze Katholieke bezinningstijd of een andere periode ook even stil te staan bij die trektocht door de woestijn en na te denken over wat Mozes in die woestijn kreeg op de berg Sinaï. Daar werd aan Moses de Wet gegeven. Voorgaand weekend, op 6 en 7 Adar, herdachten wij die gebeurtenis en de optekening van de gebeurtenissen van Gods gekozen volk door Moses.

Drievoudige godin Brigid

Zoals de Katholieke Kerk niet enkel de drie goden over nam van de Grieken en Romeinen voerde zij ook de gebruiken van andere drie-eenheden-godsdiensten zoals die van de Kelten in en nam ze er vele gebruiken van over. – Drievoudige godin (illustratie: Paul Dempsey)

Vast staat wel dat wij niet het Keltisch gebruik moeten over nemen om de overgang van donker naar licht op te nemen, zoals de Katholieken doen met o.a. Lichtmis en andere feesten.

Een belangrijk kenmerk van Imbolc – en daarmee van de godin Bríg en Sint Brigid – is het element vuur. Dit element is overgenomen in de katholieke traditie. Er bestaat bijvoorbeeld een oud verhaal waarin de naam van Sint Brigid verbonden wordt aan het gebruik van kaarsen in een heilige, religieuze ruimte.

Maria-LichtmisMaria-Lichtmis wordt dus op 2 februari gevierd. Deze datum valt precies veertig dagen na Kerstmis, waarmee een afgesloten periode van geestelijke groei wordt gesymboliseerd. Op Maria-Lichtmis worden in de katholieke Kerk traditioneel kaarsen gewijd en wordt soms ook een speciale kaarsenprocessie gehouden voor aanvang van de eucharistieviering. {Keltische lente en katholieke kaarsjes: Imbolc voor beginners}

Vast en zeker mag onze bezinning dezer dagen niet leiden naar het heidense ‘Christelijk Paasfeest’ maar moet het dan een voorbereiding zijn op Pesach. Het moet er ons toe brengen om 14 en 15 Nisan waardig te herdenken.

Door te vasten kunnen wij de exodus herdenken en op 14 Nisan een speciale Vastendag houden vanwege de eerstgeborenen of bij de aanvang van 14 Nisan (‘s avonds) bijeenkomen voor de herinneringsmaaltijd waarbij wij Jezus zijn samenkomst in de bovenkamer te Jeruzalem herinneren. Die bijeenkomst horen wij jaarlijks als het voornaamste herdenkingsmoment van het jaar als hoogtepunt van het kerkelijk of religieus jaar te aanschouwen. die dag is dan ook de openingsdag voor 15-22 Nisan of Pesach.

Als wij werkelijk als Christenen willen door gaan moeten wij Christus Jezus volgen en zoals hem ons voorbereiden op Pesach. Hierbij komt het er op aan dat wij onze vriendschap met Jehovah voorop stellen. Als wij dat belangrijk vinden, willen we graag dat Hij blij is met alles wat we denken en doen. Wij moeten beseffen dat God het belangrijk vindt dat wij ons afhouden van alles wat onrein is. Daarmee moeten wij alles wat maar raakt aan heidense gebruiken terzijde leggen. doch moeten wij beseffen dat het vasten of het ‘ont-houden’ van iets bij alle volkeren voorkwam. Steeds hebben mensen beseft dat zij zich moesten reinigen. Al eeuwen hebben allerlei volkeren jaarlijks zich er toe genomen om hun lichaam te zuiveren. Ook wij willen ‘rein van hart’ zijn. Ook wij beseffen dat een gezuiverd lichaam belangrijk is voor onze gezondheid. Maar ook een gezuiverde geest is zeer belangrijk. De periode naar Pesach toegaande kunnen wij proberen onze geest te zuiveren, door ons te concentreren op dingen die zuiver en eerbaar zijn (Ps. 24:3, 4; 51:6; Fil. 4:8).

Ons helemaal ‘clean’ krijgen zal wel niet echt lukken, maar wij mogen er op aan dat Jehovah er gelukkig rekening mee houdt dat we onvolmaakt zijn. Hij weet dat er oneerbare gedachten in ons op kunnen komen. Maar in het besef dat het Hem verdriet doet als we zulke gedachten zouden voeden in plaats van ze te verwerpen (Gen. 6:5, 6) willen wij er ons op toe leggen om verkeerde gedachtengangen te vermijden. Daarom doen we alles wat we kunnen om onze gedachten rein te houden. Het is belangrijk dat we ons gevecht tegen verkeerde gedachten blijven benoemen in onze gebeden. Zo laten we zien dat we echt op Jehovah vertrouwen. Jehovah zal zulke gebeden beantwoorden door ons royaal zijn heilige geest te geven, waardoor we immorele gedachten beter kunnen weerstaan en eerbaar kunnen blijven.

Als je dus wil vasten, neem dan afstand van het Katholieke vasten, Goede Vrijdag en Stille Zaterdag, maar bereid je voor op 14 Nisan en kom dan samen met ons Jezus laatste avondmaal op Erev Pesach herinneren. die gelegenheid zal dit jaar (2017) plaatsvinden op maandag 10 april, gevolgd door Pesach op dinsdag 11 april. Noteer alvast deze data in uw agenda.

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Voorgaande

Glimlach raam naar je ziel

Alleen ogen die geweend hebben kunnen helder zien

Adar 6, Matan Torah remembering the giving of Torah

Adar 7 Moshe’s review of the Torah contained in the Book of Deuteronomy

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  18. 40 days & then some
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  22. Sacred Struggle – Journeying through the Desert
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