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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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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.)

For the rabbi

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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Preceding article

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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Shalom Rav

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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.

It is safe to…

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Bernie Sanders sluit éénstaat oplossing Israël-Palestina niet uit

Bernie Sanders sprak zich in een toespraak tot de Joods-Amerikaanse organisatie J Street voor het eerst sinds de voorverkiezingen uit over Palestina. Hij opperde de mogelijkheid van één staat als oplossing voor het conflict. Over de BDS-campagne bleef hij vaag, wat toch al heel anders is dan zijn collega’s in het Congres die BDS willen criminaliseren.

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Bernie Sanders gaf voor het eerst een toespraak  over de Palestijnse kwestie sinds die voorverkiezingen. Hij deed dat op een conferentie van de Joods-Amerikaanse organisatie J Street. Het is een pro-zionistische organisatie opgericht in 2008 die ijvert voor de erkenning van Israël als Joodse staat, maar tevens gelijke rechten voor de ‘Arabische’ bevolking in Israël en de bezette gebieden wil. J Street streeft in essentie dezelfde doelstellingen na als de meer bekende lobbygroep American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) maar distantieert zich van de fanatieke retoriek van deze organisatie.

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De familie Palache, Joden en Ontroerende onzin

Omtrent het Jood zijn kan er veel gediscussieerd worden. Wie mag zich Jood noemen en van al die verschillende Joodse geloofsgroepen welke heeft er dan het ware Joodse geloof? Tegenwoordig vindt men ook groepen die zich Messiaanse Joden noemen. Hierbij valt op dat er daar ook mensen bij zijn die in de Drie-eenheid geloven en daarom eigenlijk nooit het recht kunnen opeisen om zich Jood te noemen, want dit is een aanfluiting voor de gehele Joodse gemeenschap, mits de God van de Joden een Enige God is die slechts Één is en niet uit meerdere godheden bestaat. De God van Abraham is slechts één. Jezus als Esseense jood wist drommels goed wie die Godheid was en heeft ook nooit opgeëist om zelf als godheid erkend te worden. Integendeel heeft Jezus steeds beweerd dat hij niets kon zonder die Ene Ware God, de God van Israël, die veel groter is dan hij.

Na de afslachting van de Joden kan men toch nog stellen dat in Nederland er nu toch nog zo een 40.000 tot 50.000 Joden zijn. Daarvan zijn er die anderen wegens het moeder of vaderschap geen Joodschap willen toekennen.

De 36-jarige Chaim Moszkowicz zegt bijvoorbeeld:

‘Als kind al besefte ik dat mijn opa anders was dan anderen, met dat vreselijke nummer op zijn arm. Ik voelde haarfijn aan dat het niet iets alledaags was. En nog iedere keer als ik hem opzoek word ik daarmee opnieuw geconfronteerd. Die oorlog roept vragen op: ik geloof wel in íets – al kan ik dat moeilijk onder woorden brengen – maar hoe heeft die oorlog dan kunnen plaatsvinden? Daarom snap ik ook niet dat orthodoxe joden vaak zo neerkijken op liberalen of mensen met alleen een joodse vader; we hebben al zo veel mensen verloren.’

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Ronit Palache

Of er al of niet altijd die overdracht via de moeder moet zijn is  slechts één van de heikelpuntjes bij Joden. Ronit Palache (32) die opgroeide in een traditioneel-joods gezin had zich nooit in de tragiek van de vaderjoden verdiept. De gesprekken die zij met zulke Joden voerde voor haar recent verschenen boek, waren zeer emotioneel.

Soms hadden mensen hun levensverhaal ter voorbereiding opgeschreven. Ze zagen tegen het gesprek op. Sliepen slecht. Huilden veel.

Niet enkel kwamen bepaalde mensen door de oorlog er achter dat zij eigenlijk Joods waren. door de oorlog verstopten ook velen hun Joods zijn of kwamen tot een ontkenning die tot nu door gegaan is bij hun kinderen en kleinkinderen. Maar bij de huidige jongeren, die er nu laat zijn achter gekomen dat zij Joodse familieleden hadden of nog hebben is de vraag gekomen van het al of niet Jood zijn of bij sommigen ook van het al of niet christen en/of Jood zijn.

In ieder geval moet het zeer pijnlijk zijn voor mensen die in kampen hebben gezeten voor hun Jood zijn om te horen dat na de oorlog er zijn die beweren dat hun kinderen geen Jood zijn omdat ze geen joodse moeder hebben. Dit is werkelijk hartverscheurend. Voor die kinderen en hun kleinkinderen is het ook een waar dilemma. Voor hen die daarbij ertoe zijn gekomen om rabbi Jeshua te aanschouwen als de lang verwachte Messias, is het nog moeilijker, want vele christenen willen hen ook niet aanvaarden als Christen omdat zij de Drie-eenheid niet willen erkennen. Maar de Drie-eenheid is iets wat Jezus nooit heeft gepredikt en iets dat geen enkele Jood, dus ook Jezus niet, zou aanvaarden. Gelukkig zijn er ook meerdere niet-trinitarische Christenen die echter ook op weerstand van de andere (valse) christenen vallen. Dit houdt de ware ‘Joodse’ volgers van de Jood Jeshua / Jesus of Jezus, zoals hij door de meeste Christenen wordt genoemd, niet tegen om slechts één Ware God te aanbidden en hun hoop te richten op de wederkomst van Jezus Christus.

Maar ondertussen komt het er op aan zich een leven op te bouwen dat conform is volgens de regels van God en daar kan het wel zoeken zijn naar gemeenschappen die zich daar aan willen houden. Dat is echter niet enkel een probleemgeval bij Christenen. Ook bij Joden en bij Islamieten kan men zien dat ook in die gemeenschappen valse leerstellingen zijn binnen gesijpeld en dat in de verschillende geloofsgroepen van die gemeenschappen ook heel wat menselijke leerstellingen de overhand hebben gehaald op de Schriftuurlijke leerstellingen.

Een van de geïnterviewden vertelt dat hij tijdens een conflict met een orthodox-joodse rabbijn riep:

‘Als dit het jodendom is, kan je Jehova in je reet steken’.

Ontroerende onzinvertelt de liberaal denkende Joods gelovige auteur van de “Verhalenbundel over de joodse identiteit”  “Ontroerende onzin“.

Traditioneel joods opgevoed voerden Ronit Palache haar ouders een kosjere huishouding. In de Nederlands joodse gemeenschap is de naam ‘Palache’ een begrip. Er is de de zeventiende eeuw was Samuel Pallache (de naam werd toen nog met dubbel ‘l’ gespeld) die als ambassadeur voor sultan Muley Zaydan in Nederland als een kameleontisch figuur op trad en met joden, christenen en moslims overweg kon.

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Juda Lion Palache leider van de Joods Portugese gemeenschap in Amsterdam

Er was de groot rabbijn Isaac Juda Palache (1858-1927), en haar overgrootvader linguist Juda Lion Palache,  hoogleraar semitische talen aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Na zijn ontslag, in 1941, werd hij lid van de Joodse Raad. Drie jaar later volgde deportatie naar Theresienstadt – en van daaruit Auschwitz. Juda Palache werd vermoord, maar zijn naam leeft voort in een bibliotheek voor Hebreeuwse studieboeken: het Juda Palache instituut.

Alle voorvaderen van Palache (haar vader Bram incluis) zaten in het bestuur van de Portugees-Israëlitische gemeente in Amsterdam. Zij leidden de diensten in de orthodoxe synagoge aan het Mr. Visserplein. Een gebouw dat volgens Palache symbool staat voor eeuwenoude tradities, melodieën en overlevering.

Zij zelf doorliep de lagere school Rosj Pina en de middelbare school Maimonides en werd lid van jeugdvereniging Bne Akiwa en sportvereniging Maccabi tennis.

Dankzij de tolerantie van haar ouders kon zij alles vragen en bespreken. Dit is echter niet zo gewoon in de Joodse gemeenschap en gaandeweg besefte zij ook hoe uitzonderlijk dat is.

„Ik ken veel joden die alleen met joden omgaan. Door hun segregatie zijn ze wereldvreemd en beschouwen ze kritiek op de Israëlische politiek als verraad. Het zelfreinigend vermogen van deze gesloten groep is beperkt. Dat is beklemmend voor iemand die graag nadenkt.”

In België stelt zich ook dat probleem. Bepaalde groepen Joden kijken argwanend op indien een Jood maar iets slecht durft te beweren over het huidige bewind in Israël. Echter moeten de mensen in het algemeen beseffen dat er daar ook veel seculiere Joden de klak willen zwaaien en dat veel bewindsvoeringen niet uit religieus maar politiek oogvlak worden voltrokken terwijl extreme Joodse gelovigen het algemeen Joodse geloof meer slecht dan goed doen door hun houding die niet volgens de leer van de Elohim is.

In België, Nederland en in andere landen is het ook een groot probleem als Joden met niet Joden trouwen. In onze contreien zijn er echter onvoldoende gelovigen van de eigen gemeenschap om uit te kiezen. Verder is in onze tegenwoordige maatschappij waar en een andere kijk is op het geslacht en geslachtsgemeenschap ook een moeilijkheid bij gekomen voor diegenen die wel Jood zijn maar verkiezen om geslachtsgemeenschap te hebben met iemand van het zelfde geslacht. De orthodox-joodse homoseksuelen zijn zo de groep die zich het meest uitgesloten voelt.

Palache verklaart

Voor mijn opleiding journalistiek heb ik een documentaire over homoseksualiteit en religie gemaakt. Van een van de geïnterviewden, een lesbische joodse vrouw, mocht de film alleen aan de examinatoren worden vertoond, omdat het thema zo gevoelig ligt in orthodox-joodse kring. De vrouw was zelf orthodox, had een groot gezin, maar vertelde dat ze het liefst met een vrouw samen zou leven. Omdat in de Torah staat dat vrouwen niet als man en vrouw ‘tegen elkaar mogen aanwrijven’, houdt zij haar gevoelens verborgen.”

Voor het boek was het goed dat de geïnterviewden zich niet door de schrijfster veroordeeld voelden.

In het voorwoord van haar boek schrijft zij

Dé joodse gemeenschap bestaat niet

en dat is iets wat de buitenwereld ook moet gaan beseffen dat in het Jodendom en de Islam eveneens een grote verscheidenheid te vinden is zoals deze te vinden is in het Christendom.

Joden moeten zoals Christenen en Islamieten eens durven in de spiegel te kijken en durven kritisch te zijn over hun eigen geloof en het geloof van andere groepen met zogezegd hetzelfde geloof. Niet elke Jood heeft hetzelfde Joodse geloof zo als niet elke Christen hetzelfde Christelijk geloof heeft. dit moeten Joden durven te zeggen en durven delen meet anderen in maar ook buiten hun geloofsgemeenschap.

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Lees ook het interview van Danielle Pinedo met Ronit Palache (32) in NRC Handelblad ” “‘Ik heb een liberaal hoofd en een religieus hart’”

en vindt: Verhalenbundel over de joodse identiteit in het Nederland van nu

Lees een fragment uit het boek: Leesfragmenten uit “Ontroerende onzin”

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An American Embassy to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem

A dark moment in the year 2016 might be the election of the man of whom most people thought he would not even make it to the selection of president candidates. Though very cleverly playing on the fearing minds of radical and right wing Americans blackening all other candidates he managed to blackguard Hillary Clinton many started to cry to put her in jail and would not vote for her.

Donald Trump often turned with the wind and at one moment he was on the blacks and Jews calling them names and at other moments he said he respected Judaism but found all Jews have to live in their own country.

In some of the ads leading up to the campaign Trump clearly stated his position:

Trump Campaign Statement on Israel

I love Israel, and honour and respect the Jewish faith and tradition. It is important that we have a president who feels the same way. For me, respect and reverence for Judaism is personal. My daughter Ivanka, and my son-in-law Jerad are raising their children in the Jewish faith, always reminding me of the important values and lesson we learn about leadership, resolve, and families in Jewish tradition. My administration will stand side by side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans an Israelis. Together we will stand up to the enemies like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people. Together we will make America and Israel safe again.

During his a speech at AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Donald Trump waxed bold and direct regarding his position on Israel:

I speak to you today as a life-long support and true friend of Israel.

I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state.

I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship, and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.

He laid out several of his policies with regard the Nation of Israel. He was very politically incorrect, as his usual style normally is. He addressed the issue of Iran, but also the problematic relationship between Israel, the United States and the United Nations:

“The United States can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling Israel that it should be, and really that it must abide by some agreement made by others, thousands of miles away, that don’t even really know what is happening to Israel, to anything in the area. It is so preposterous; we are not going to let that happen…. When I am president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state.  It will be vetoed 100%.

During this speech Trump pointed out the track record of agreements that were imposed upon Israel in the past and his feelings on the reason for failure:

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President Clinton with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at Camp David peace talks, July 2000.

To make a great deal you need two willing participants. We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions for years. You had Camp David in 2000, where Prime Minister Barak an incredible offer, maybe even too generous, Arafat rejected it. In 2008 Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer, the Palestinians Authority rejected it also. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework, and Abbas didn’t even respond. Not even to the Secretary of State of the United States of America. They didn’t even respond. When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second class citizen will end on day one!

Now many have treated his speech as simply electioneering and grandstanding. But as Donald Trump has been building his cabinet, and announcing the key roles, he has been building a team that is capable of realizing his campaign promises.

What has been most interesting this week has been the appointment by President Elect Trump of the American bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, a 57 year old Orthodox Jew from New York, as the future Ambassador to Israel, which shall receive its residency not any more in Tel Aviv, but moves to Jerusalem.

Friedman helped advise Trump during the campaign and has assisted him in bankruptcy proceedings in the past. He is a supporter of Israeli settlement construction, has downplayed the need for a Palestinian state, and is considered a key force behind the incoming president’s relatively hard-line pro-Israel positions, including supporting moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Though in 1980 the Knesset had already declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel this law was declared null by the U.N., which called for the removal of the remaining embassies in the city. A statement from Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the resolution “unjust” and

“additional proof that the U.N. organization has been converted into an instrument in the hands of Israel’s enemies in their war against her existence and independence.”

With moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to a plot of land in Jerusalem which would be leased from Israel to the US for 99 years, for $1 per year since January 18, 1989, of the last days of the Reagan presidency, according to the agreement singed by US ambassador to Israel William Brown and Israel Lands Authority deputy director Moshe Gatt.

David Friedman was a major contributor to the Trump policy on Israel as he stated in a meeting with an Israeli delegation when meeting for dinner with them:

… anything where there is jobs or national security, the economy, immigration, everything is vetted through a policy committee. With regard to Israel there really isn’t a policy committee. Our relationship is so strong, that on matters of Israel, he’s really given Jason and I full authority to speak on his behalf.

The one thing that I’m proudest about, to date, is the Republican platform as relates to the state of Israel. The Republican platform on Israel is the strongest platform with regard to Israel that either party has ever developed in the history of this country. The way this was developed was a partnership between the Orthodox, within the Jewish community, the Israel lovers within the Jewish community and the evangelical community.

So from this platform, I would invite people to compare 2016 to 2012, there is no longer any reference to a two-state solution, there is an affirmative statement that Israel is not an occupier with respect to Judea and Samaria. There is a commitment to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people, undivided capital of the Jewish people, to move the embassy there.

When this platform was passed by the Republican platform committee, the Evangelical community, got up, not only did they get up and clap, but people were actually crying. That is how motivated, that is how happy they were. They for this was a day they would never see. 

This man is noted for his conservative political views, his belief that the “Jewish left” is a danger to the State of Israel, and that Jews who supported the nonprofit liberal advocacy group J Street, are

“just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction”

But it are just those advocates who try to bring peace in the region promoting American leadership to end the Arab–Israeli and Israel–Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.
J Street’s stated aim is to provide a political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who believe that a

“two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy”.

J Street has a two-fold mission: first, to advocate for urgent American diplomatic leadership to achieve a two-state solution and a broader regional, comprehensive peace and, second, to ensure a broad debate on Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community.

The appointment of Friedman, who once compared a Jewish lobby group to concentration camp prisoner-guards, is a controversial one and some liberal Jewish groups in the U.S. as well as a senior Palestinian cleric have openly denounced the decision.

As believers in the Bible we followed the Iraq-Iran War, the present religious wars and terrorist acts, the Brexit and the American elections suspiciously, very intrigued and  now with appointment of David Friedman to the post of America’s Ambassador to Israel seeing how zigzaw puzzle pieces fitting the details given in the Bible.

We are fascinated to see the finger of God at work in the nations, as the prophet Daniel clearly stated:

“…the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

God allows people to reign matters and to choose their own governments. God also allows events to take place in His time schedule. He may look at the United States and see how Donald Trump may take his position of power in America and the world. Bible students can become quite excited by this prospect, not because of the man, but because of his stated policies with regard to the State of Israel and with the events Donald Trump may bring into this world, where he is perhaps going to make it easier for the Jewish state to develop.

The president elect moving the American Embassy is one thing, but also calling it

“to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem

is giving the voice to what Jews and real Christians are looking forwards to for already many years. We do know that Jerusalem has to become the eternal capital of the world, but now a politician has called it with a clear voice “the Eternal Capital”. That is what more people shall have to come to recognise.

The movement of America’s embassy to Jerusalem is one step closer to becoming a reality.  It is the issue of Jerusalem that will cause the nations to come down to the land in the latter day, and bring God’s judgement upon them:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, When I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, And will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:1–2)

Zechariah also identifies Jerusalem as being the flashpoint:

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, Though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

All nations who come against it will be destroyed. So when we see America, the most powerful nation in the world talking about legitimizing the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it brings the issue to the forefront.

You may read more about this in the Christadelphian News-site: Bible in the News

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Christianity like Judaism God’s call to human responsibility

The season of Pesach (Passover) is a time for reflection for many people.

Shimon Zachary Klein finds that the relevance of Pesach as a festival of freedom is lost for many reasons. He writes
It is a festival that conjures up obsessions for the “Kosher for Pesach” foods that result in the annual hair-splitting arguments between the secular and religious. The losers are inevitably the secular who have to kowtow to the whims of the religious who have the law on their side. What is free about that? Religious coercion reaches a climax during the Pesach week.Another aspect and one that very few people give a thought is the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. Their limited freedom is even further curtailed. Road-blocks, closures and checkpoints are stricter. The reason is always security. However, the difficulties that innocent Palestinians have to endure are further increased by this “Festival of Freedom”. The Israeli soldiers who are on duty in the occupied territories are even more abusive and insensitive to Palestinians to ensure that the “Festival of Freedom” is not “interrupted” by Palestinians.

It is difficult and even hypocritical to celebrate a festival of freedom while denying another people basic human rights. The settlers in the occupied territories show their presence during this “Festival of Freedom” when they trespass on Palestinian lands. At the same time the Israeli government is still expanding settlements on Palestinian land. Racist rabbis continue their anti-Arab diatribes and this does have much influence for the celebration of Pesach. {Pesach (Passover) – the Festival of “Freedom”}

Today, having a holy week and having listened to the stories how God liberated His people, we in these days of particular times, showing that we are coming closer to the end times, it should be a challenge to all of us as lovers of God to seek new meanings and learning new lessons as to how relevant Pesach remains today.

From the previous writings you could find that it is not enough to celebrate the liberation of the Israelites, who to all intents and purposes, are our ancestors. It is also not enough just to think about the Jewish rabbi who called his disciples together to speak about a new covenant.

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English: Omer ceremony – Pesach 2007 , Jewish holidays עברית: חגיגת אנשי אילות לקראת סדר פסח בדשא חדר האכילה.ריקוד אמהות וילדים:שיבולת בשדה., Original Image Name:טקס העומר-פסח 2007, Location:אילות (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many Jews still come together in a very traditional way and even may perform what others consider out dated rituals as to what is Kosher for Pesach and what is not. The religious hair-splitting explanation over what is “kitniot” –“legumes” that are forbidden to be eaten by religious Ashkenazim.

Rabbi John Rosove, J Street Rabbinic Cabinet, Co-Chair brought following message

“As the festival of Passover approaches, we are all challenged, this year even more than most years, to reflect and act on the universal message it conveys — especially in the light of very disturbing trends both in the United States and Israel.

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A page from the Haggadah of Pesach printed in Prague, 1527 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The overriding message conveyed through the Haggadah is that it is our duty to experience the story of our liberation from Egypt as if it happened to us personally — and not just a story that happened to our ancestors countless generations ago. As former slaves, our tradition teaches us to be sensitive to the plight of the oppressed throughout history and in our own time. Accepting our role as active participants in that drama, we realize that we have a hand in forging our own destiny and cannot allow ourselves to become mere bystanders.

“We’re taught as Jews despite cruelty leveled against us not to become cruel and hard-hearted ourselves. That is the key lesson of Pesach, and we ignore it at our moral and spiritual peril.”

We are sensitive even to the pain of our enemies, taking a drop of wine out of our glasses for each of the ten plagues visited on the Egyptians, lessening our joy as we recall their suffering.

As our sages have noted, the one commandment in the Torah reiterated more than any other is to care for and love the stranger — for we ourselves were strangers in Egypt. It is repeated no fewer than 36 times.

Perhaps the repetition is necessary because this commandment tells us to do something that is both counterintuitive and very hard to do. It goes against something that is very deep and fundamental within us. We’re hardwired to be loyal to our own tribe and to be suspicious of and hostile to “the other.” When we’re hurting or in distress, some of us blame strangers and pour out our rage on them. It’s happening again, right now, in Syria, Iraq and in sectors of America.

He is not the only one who looks at what is going on at the 2016 presidential campaign in the United states of America where some of the leading candidates have built their campaigns by exploiting the fears and anxieties of fellow Americans. Also on several religious websites, mainly fundamentalist Christian or American right wing Evangelist sites everything is done to bring people against each other and to downgrade one or an other faith-group.

The rabbi rigthly remarks:

They have cynically fomented an anti-immigrant, xenophobic, nativist feeling against Muslims, Hispanics and others.

and sees the same problematic matter in Israel

we see the same phenomenon in the very disturbing recent polls showing that a sizeable proportion of the Jewish population would favor depriving Arab Israelis of their democratic rights or even expelling them from the country. And tragically, Israelis and Palestinians have become strangers to each other, meeting in fewer and fewer places and not currently engaged around the negotiating table.

Yes, Israelis have been subjected to heinous terrorist attacks, rockets, missiles and constant psychological pressure — and we must stand with them in upholding their right to defend themselves and our Jewish homeland — but returning hatred with hatred is not the response our tradition teaches. We’re taught as Jews despite cruelty leveled against us not to become cruel and hard-hearted ourselves. That is the key lesson of Pesach, and we ignore it at our moral and spiritual peril.

This is not who we are as Jews — nor who we can be and should be.

As individuals and collectively, working through organizations like J Street and its many American-Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian allies, we need to change this. We are called upon by tradition to pursue peace and justice and to love compassion. We must see that our neighbors are fellow humans with the same desires and aspirations as us — and we must never abandon our goal of reaching a two-state solution to end the conflict.

That is the great challenge of our time and it is deserving of particular reflection this festival season.

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Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the UK, at National Poverty Hearing 2006 at Westminster, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the former Chief Rabbi of Britain, Jonathan Sacks, has noted,

“Judaism is God’s call to human responsibility. From this call you can’t hide, as Adam and Eve discovered when they tried, and you can’t escape, as Jonah learnt in the belly of a fish. The first humans lost paradise when they sought to hide from responsibility. We will only ever regain it if we accept responsibility and become a nation of leaders, each respecting and making space for those not like us.”

Also for those who want to call themselves Christian should ring the same bell. Jeshua asked his followers to be messengers of peace. We can not permit it that we again would loose the paradise. It is promised to us, but we can go along the wrong paths and miss that important entrance or small gate to the Kingdom of God.

Christians should take up their responsibility to preach the Good News and to show the right attitude of a lover of God, keeping to the golden Rule of the Agape love.

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Het failliet van de war on terror

November en december waren twee maanden waarin men de inwoners van dit land er nog eens wenste aan te herinneren dat wij gewoon alweer eens een oorlog tegen gewoon alweer een vijand konden voeren, die men gewoon alweer als ongewoon en uitzonderlijk voorstelt. {Als één blok tegen de terreur. Ook de oppositie…}

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Edward James door René Magritte – La réproduction interdite (Reproductie verboden), 1937

Na de aanslagen in Parijs kon Belgiëland nog eens tonen aan de wereld wat een “apenland” dit wel kan zijn. Dat dit het land van Kafkiaanse toestanden is moet toch nu en dan eens bewezen worden aan de buitenwereld.  Dat wij ook allen aanverwanten zijn van Magritte moet ook voor iedereen zichtbaar zijn.

Eenheid in doelstelling werd nog maar eens vertaald als uniformiteit in politieke woorden en denken. {Als één blok tegen de terreur. Ook de oppositie…}

De vraag is hoe velen er wel mee willen gaan met dat denken van de regering. Hun pensée unique waarvan men uit angst voor de volgende peilingen zelfs de uitgangspunten niet durft te bevragen.

Voor velen was al het vroegere terreur gebeuren een “ver weg van mijn bed show”, maar nu leek het plotseling oh zo nabij. Voor velen is terreur minder erg naarmate die verder van huis toeslaat,

maar het teneergeslagen gevoel dat het je geeft, is toch onmiskenbaar sterker wanneer het gevaar dichterbij komt. Dichter in de buurt van je geliefden. Het roept dan persoonlijke vragen op, in plaats van alleen wereldverbeteringsvraagstukken. {La Douleur}

De politici en de media hielpen elkaar gretig om de mensen met angst op te zadelen en zelfs buitenlanders te doen geloven dat men maar beter niet onze contreien kwam bezoeken wegens véél te gevaarlijk.

Het diplomatiek en materieel isoleren en uitputten van IS door een boycot van Saudi-Arabië en Israël, lijkt vast en zeker te moeilijk daar koning Boudewijn vroeger de Saudi’s nog die mooie Brusselse moskee voor de radicalisering in België had geschonken en er zojuist nog een delegatie naar dat land was gegaan om onze economische betrekkingen te verbeteren. Want rond geld draait het uiteindelijk toch. Met de wapenleveringen aan de jihadisten gecompenseerd met de nieuwe geldinbreng voor de Antwerpse haven en enkele plaatsingen van Belgische bedrijven in Saudi Arabië moet alles toch gecompenseerd kunnen worden, of niet?

Men kan toch niet eisen dat men alle Europese wapentrafiek naar de hele regio zou stilleggen (volgens de lui met geld). Maar wat met

het sluiten van bondgenootschappen met de zovele Moslimlanden die zich volkomen hebben gedistantieerd van IS en die hun steun aan de strijd daartegen al hebben uitgesproken (?). Het zou de regio eindelijk “opkuisen” zoals het nu heet. En het is een methode die historisch haar nut al uitgebreid heeft bewezen.

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Verspreiding van oemma (1995) – Al-oemma al-islamiyya of kortweg: Al-oemma = wereldwijde islamitische gemeenschap

Ga je zweepslagen uitdelen omdat je laveert tussen twee culturen? Vrouwen verkrachten omdat je in een schotelwijk woont? Dan zouden er beduidend meer moslims geradicaliseerd zijn. {Waarom jihadi’s niet onze eigen schuld zijn}

Zoals in Nederlands zijn er hier in België heel wat opiniestukken neergepend en televisiedebatten gevoerd over de bekeerde Belgen en Nederlanders die als ‘geradicaliseerde’* moslims afreisden naar het kalifaat. Al maanden kun je geen krant openslaan, geen opiniesite bezoeken, televisie noch radio aanzetten of het gaat erover. *(voor duiding zie Migratie en veiligheid even geherformuleerd)

Anno Bunnik

Anno Bunnik schreef ruim drie jaar geleden samen met Peter Knoope, de toenmalig directeur van een internationaal terrorisme instituut “Al Qaida is geschiedenis”.

De gedachte was dat de Arabische opstanden aantoonden dat alleen vreedzame protesten de machthebbers in het Midden-Oosten omver konden werpen, iets wat Osama Bin Laden jarenlang tevergeefs probeerde te bereiken. Na de dood van Bin Laden enkele maanden later werd onze stelling definitief overgenomen door vele politici en journalisten. Al Qaida was dood en begraven. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

Nu kunnen zij met ons er niet naast zien dat ruim drie jaar later Jihadistische milities vaker het nieuws beheersen  dan ooit te voren.

ShababFlag.svgIn Mali wisten de lokale Jihadisten een stuk land ter grootte van Frankrijk te veroveren. Al Shabaab haalde de voorpagina’s met een grote aanslag op een winkelcentrum in Kenia. In Nigeria doet Boko Haram steeds vaker van zich spreken. En Syrië veranderde in het epicentrum van de internationale Jihad door de introductie van ruim 12.000 buitenlandse strijders aan de zijde van de oppositie, waaronder ook ruim 100 Nederlandse jongeren. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

Latest portrait of Osama bin Laden.jpgDe Jihad is in Syrië, Irak, Mali, Somalië, Nigeria en vele andere landen springlevend. Het succes van ISIS bewijst dit meer dan ooit. Maar in plaats van dat we het over al Qaida hebben, heeft niemand het meer over het centrale gezag van de organisatie. De vervanger van Bin Laden, de Egyptenaar Ayman al-Zawahiri, wie kent hem nog? In plaats van ellenlange discussies over al Qaida hebben we het nu over ISIS, Jabhat al Nusra, Boko Haram en al Shabaab. Deze namen zijn inmiddels gemeengoed voor Jan met de Pet. Alleen in Jemen hebben we het nog over “al Qaida op het Arabisch Schiereiland”. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

Velen mogen dan wel vinden dat de Jihad dus meer lokaal is dan ooit, nochtans kan men zien dat zij over het zuidelijk halfrond zeer actief zijn. Maar wij moeten beseffen dat het neit zozeer om het Westen te doen is, zoals sommige media willen doen uitschijnen.

De huidige Jihad heeft vooral oog voor de lokale en regionale vijanden, zoals de Syrische en Iraakse autoriteiten en de Sjiieten. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

De vele buitenlandse strijders hebben tot nog toe hebben slechts tot enkele geweldfeiten in België en Frankrijk terwijl er in het Midden-Oosten bijna dagelijks terreuraanslagen plaats, vooral gericht tegen Sjiitische burgers.

De Sjiitische versie van Jan met de Pet heeft veel meer te vrezen van de Jihad dan wij. Alle buitenlandse strijders in Syrië die zover zijn geradicaliseerd dat zij bereid waren een zelfmoordaanslag uit te voeren deden dit ter plekke, niet in Londen, Parijs of Amsterdam. Ten minste twee Nederlandse jongeren brachten tot dusver het ultieme offer. {Al Qaida is nu echt dood}

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Te onthouden

  • Enige vorm van terreurbestrijding = die echt terreur doet ophouden = conflict dat aan basis ligt aanpakken + vrede stichten, schrijven Jan Blommaert en Christophe Callewaert.
  • 15 jaar war on terror > militarisering => meer bloedvergieten + globale veiligheid = op achteruitgegaan
  • Na verschrikkelijke aanslagen in Parijs => overheerst de oorlogsretoriek =>aanpak terreur voorgesteld als oorlog die gewonnen kan worden door gemeenten waar de daders van afkomstig zijn ‘op te kuisen’ en hun ideologische basis in Syrië uit te roeien.
  • Frankrijk voert bombardementen in Syrië op.
  • reacties emotioneel + brutaal = weinig plaats voor de rede
  • geopolitieke strategie, die afstapt van de roep om meer oorlog.
  • Internationale conflictenneiging te delokaliseren
  • niet afsluiten van wereld > worden afgerekend op wat we elders in die wereld uitrichten
  • in straten van Europese steden zwaarbewapende politiemensen zij aan zij met militairen in oorlogsuitrusting = repressief + agressief apparaat
  • Algerijnse onafhankelijkheidsstrijd > golf aanslagen in Frankrijk hield op zodra Algerije onafhankelijk werd
  • IRA stopte bommencampagne > eerbaar compromis in Noord-Ierland
  • India reeks aanslagen tegen hotels, een treinstation en een ziekenhuis in Mumbai = provoceren > Indiase regering hield hoofd koel
  • geschiedenis leert > Terreurbestrijding > één deugdelijk recept: conflict aanpakken door vrede te stichten
  • pacificering + einde militarisering = enige realistische + haalbare oplossing.

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  24. A Special Relationship: The United States Is Teaming Up With Al Qaeda, Again
  25. Is It Time To Make Saudi Arabia Pay For Underwriting International Terrorism?
  26. As It Fights ISIS, Pentagon Seeks String of Bases Overseas
  27. Defeating ISIS by Condemning Islam and Embracing Muslims
  28. What’s up with Islamic State’s Oil Business?
  29. In France, whiplash from rotten Syria policy
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Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)

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(De Standaard 19/11/2015)

De enige vorm van terreurbestrijding die echt terreur doet ophouden, is het conflict dat aan de basis ligt aanpakken en vrede stichten, schrijven JAN BLOMMAERT en CHRISTOPHE CALLEWAERT. Hebben vijftien jaar war on terror nu nog niet aangetoond dat militarisering alleen maar naar meer bloedvergieten leidt?

Na de verschrikkelijke aanslagen in Parijs overheerst de oorlogsretoriek. De aanpak van terreur wordt voorgesteld als een oorlog die gewonnen kan worden door gemeenten waar de daders van afkomstig zijn ‘op te kuisen’ en hun ideologische basis in Syrië uit te roeien.

De Franse president François Hollande heeft de noodtoestand afgekondigd en nog meer militairen zullen worden ontplooid ‘om terreur te bestrijden’. Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy stelt voor om de 11.000 mensen, die in de gaten worden gehouden door de staatsveiligheid, preventief huisarrest te geven. Ondertussen voert Frankrijk de bombardementen in Syrië op.

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Preaching Christ Is Not Enough

Too often Christian preachers do forget that they also have to reach those who have no faith at all. So many preachers fail to appeal to the secular mind. So much so that most secular people write off the church because they think the Bible is an ancient relic that “speaks” only to the unenlightened or easily manipulated.

In the church-world we also do find lots of doom-preachers who frighten people so much they do not bother any more. Instead of showing the people the love of God and the love of Christ Jesus the saviour.

Also too many are seeing preaching as a one way one-directional, verbal proclamation of their words how they look at it all, instead of putting God’s Word in the forefront and focussing much more on the good things, instead of pointing out all the time to the bad things.

Too many do not see that the intent behind ‘preach the word’ be fulfilled in other ways than one person talking at other people for an extended time. To preach we not only have to think about a person standing there at the pulpit, everybody listening nicely or doing as if they are listening and following.

The preaching Jesus spoke about is the going out into the world without shame or fear and telling to others in a nice way about the works of the Most High Supreme Being. Showing others why it is important to follow Christ and to come to his heavenly Father as children of God.

The world may be still against those who love God. Nothing much is changed yet. The world belongs to the adversary of God (Satan). We do have the choice to belong to those who are against God or we can try to bring them over to God and to see why it is best to accept God as their Divine Supreme High Being.

The the prophetic voices may perhaps be stilled, but the endtimes nearing the work of the master teacher shall continue and progress, having more and more people bringing the Good News. They also live by that hope that when the time comes nearer all over the world shall be witnessed in the Name of the One True God, Jehovah.

It are not just 144 000 but millions or trillions who shall go out daring to speak and tell others their love for Christ Jesus and his heavenly Father, the only One God.

Merely preaching salvation by Christ is not enough: we must vigorously contend for the original faith; the faith of God’s people, Israel, who did worship the God of Abraham and not a three-headed god. There is really no other option, all should come to know there is only One Way and One God.

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Your position about materialistic desires having conquered the world

Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats

Not making yourselves abominable

When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation

Where are the female writers

Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach

Daring to speak in multicultural environment

How To Get Started In Sharing Your Faith As a Christian

What Should I Preach ?

 

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Additional reading:

  1. Pulpit reserved for the pastor
  2. Determined To Stick With Truth
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  4. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  5. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching
  6. Bringing good News in the world

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The book of Revelation speaks of a time when preaching Christ will not suffice. Early in its pages it sees the possibility of the total change in esteem true believers would hold towards church groups (with which they may have been previously associated) that doggedly persist in a different path from the original Way (Acts 9:2). We can detect this thought on a closer reading of Revelation 2:4,5, which says to the Ephesian church or congregation, ‘Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy [lampstand] out of its place, except thou repent.’

In the same vein, Revelation 9 suggests that men and their counterfeit contrivances would seek to hold true believers firmly within their ranks (like in a bottomless…

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When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation

When you believe today and now it is one step in the right direction. Once you have the right faith that can move mountains, you also need to act according to that faith.

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The Numbering of the Israelites, as in Numbers 1, engraving by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux (1815–1884) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It means you are convinced that there is an Existent complete in all the senses of the word ‘existence.’ It means you do not doubt any more that He is the cause of all existence. You not only know that in Him all else subsists and from Him derives everything, but you want to share this knowledge with others. It is like when you are in love, you feel bright and full of fire with butterflies in the stomach. You do not want to be quiet about it any more. You want to tell everybody.

The existing Supreme Being making you to exist makes you longing for Him and out of thankfulness for your being you want to share your life with other creations of this Most High. You know

“for should He not exist the existence of all else would he extinguished, and nothing could persist.”

Like the Israelites possess a divine legislation — laws, commandments, ordinances, rules of life, instruction in the Will of God as to how they should conduct themselves in order to attain temporal and eternal felicity, we as Christians also are willing to accept those ordinances of the Most High Divine Creator as the only just solution for mankind. therefore we do know it is necessary that more people get to know those rules and regulations.

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Foster Bible Pictures 0067-1 Moses Is Holding Up His Rod (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moses revealed to the Israelites propositions and prescriptions of this kind in a miraculous and supernatural manner, but no doctrinal opinions, no saving truths, no universal propositions of reason. Moses wrote everything down so that next generations could also get to know what to do and how to arrange their life.

We have to come to see that we are obliged to believe in God and to follow His Given Word by which his only begotten son came to declare his heavenly Father and to make it clear what we have to do. This Nazarene Jew asked his disciples to go out in the world and to preach the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God. In case we call ourselves Christian we should be followers of Christ. As followers of this son of God we should listen to his words and accept what he says. We should follow his teachings and follow up the tasks he has given his disciples.

Belief in God does not require us to comprehend the incomprehensible. It is impossible to know everything or to understand everything. But we should help each other. We should help each person around us to come to see more clear and to receive more wisdom in the works of God. The only way to do is when we are willing to share our knowledge and to accept more knowledge from others. Together we should exchange ideas.

From Guestwriters is one of those places where more than one writer, more than one believer can share his or her thoughts with others and give others the opportunity to think about certain matters.

When we truly believe in God and in His only begotten son to be the Messiah, it requires that we have a faithful life, living and behaving by our best understanding of God and the laws He has given us. It requires that we act honourably, with love and justice, with due respect for God’s creation, with humility before the Divine mysteries we cannot understand, and with loyalty to the God’s People, the Jewish people and to those who have chosen to follow Christ, the cornerstone of the new generation children of God.

Jeshua, Jesus Christ, opened the gates to the Kingdom of God for the gentiles, the non-Jews who are willing to come close to God and to accept Him as their Most High Supreme Master of everything.

Together we all should come united, embarking on a pathway away from the societal and cultural forces that lead us to such vile behaviour. For far too long American Jews and Israeli Jews have been wittingly and unwittingly nurturing the forces that encourage extremism and fanaticism to flourish and wreak havoc. As well as in the Jewish culture as in the Christian culture we have seen the right wing groups or very conservative groups bringing more fundamentalist groups in the foreground and protecting. Though those fundamentalists, Jews and Christians do much more damage to the Jewish religion and Christian religion, than good.

We have to show the world that Israel, God’s Chosen people shall have to get its nation, but this in respect to other people living in the surroundings of the future capital of the Kingdom of God (Jerusalem). We do have to let others come to understand that it are not the religious and the faithful to God who are misusing the Word of God to get their own agenda of having more power.

We must be glad that we see changes in Israel itself. The marching and speaking out against the terror of “price tagging” and religious fanaticism in Israel is a good thing we should applaud. We should also let others know this. As lovers of God we also have to show the world that Israel is God’s nation and that we all should work to it that we can come to a peaceful region where the lovers of God shall be able to live in unity. That unity is important. It is a matter of spirit and openness to the differences between each believer. Often it is misunderstood that we all should think and act exactly the same or should all follow exactly the same and only one worldly organisation. But we should follow a heavenly organisation, the one of God. For us Christians Jeshua (Jesus Christ) is that cornerstone of that ‘Church‘. He is the one we should follow.

With our different opinions we should not be afraid to let those different opinions exist one next to the other. We also should know there are lots of things we do not yet understand, so we may have different ideas about it. But when we trust God we shall come to see that in the end He will give guidance and insight and everything shall become clear. We only now, need patience, and that we should bring up, in the love for each other.

When we are prepared to share our knowledge and bring forth some interesting ideas, others can become stimulated and also get inspired. We should give one light to the other so that every next one can start a chain of lights which shall become brighter in the darkness of this world.

Therefore do not hesitate to become a preacher in the name of Christ. Let your voice be heard. Share your thought with us and others.

You too can become a co-author on this platform. You too can become a voice bringing support for the faith in Christ and in God. You too can show others ways of life. You too can open others their eyes so that it would be easier for them to make choices. Only when we understand what is going around us, we shall be able to place ourselves in the whole picture and be able to make the right choices.

We should help each other to see better and to go together on the path prepared by the Messiah, the sent one from God.

Lets unite and put the hands together, helping each other to move forward.

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God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace

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Background reading:

  1. Genesis Among the Creation Myths
  2. Believing in God the Rewarder
  3. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  4. Creation of the earth and man #3 Of the Sabbath day #1 the Seventh day
  5. High Holidays not only for Israel
  6. Days of Nisan, Pesach, Pasach, Pascha and Easter
  7. On the Edge of Believing
  8. Counterfeit Gospels
  9. Bible in the first place #3/3
  10. About a man who changed history of humankind
  11. Entrance of a king to question our position #1 Coming in the Name of the Lord
  12. Marriage of Jesus 5 Papyrus fragment in Egyptian Coptic
  13. Marriage of Jesus 8 Wife of Yahweh
  14. Marriage of Jesus 9 Reason for a new marriage
  15. Marriage of Jesus 10 Old and New Covenant
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  17. Like grasshoppers
  18. Illuminating our minds and watching out
  19. The Best Bedtime Stories
  20. People are turning their back on Christianity
  21. Race, Skin colour and differences
  22. More looking for similarities
  23. Preparation for unity
  24. Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad
  25. Depression, Anxiety, Pressure and megachurches
  26. Stepping Toes 2014 in review
  27. Separation of church and state
  28. The sin of partiality
  29. Moving forward
  30. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  31. Structuur -structure
  32. A visible organisation on earth
  33. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  34. Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
  35. To whom do we want to be enslaved Be enslaved to Christ
  36. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  37. New Preaching Ideas website
  38. Bringing Good News into the world
  39. United people under Christ

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  2. The Messiah went to Many Places Teaching
  3. What will make us ready to preach the gospel
  4. How To Get Started In Sharing Your Faith As a Christian
  5. Preaching the Cross of Christ
  6. Quick Quotes: 25 Quotes from “Preaching” by Tim Keller
  7. Speech
  8. Why Being A Christian Isn’t Cool
  9. Stuff My Church Does I: Preaching
  10. Is Preaching Passé?
  11. The Art of Preaching
  12. What is preaching to me… and what it is for others.
  13. Preach the Word by Alistair Begg
  14. Preaching to the Reader
  15. 10 Years of Preaching, 10 Lessons: Lesson 1
  16. 10 Years of Preaching, 10 Lessons: Lesson 2
  17. Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Preaching (3)
  18. Life at the Church is Kinda Laid Back: How our Preaching Sounds to Newcomers
  19. The earnestness of preaching
  20. Tim Keller on the case for (usually) doing expository preaching
  21. Bulldozer spirituality
  22. Wisdom of Men or the Power of God – By Laurence Torr
  23. The Word of God – Christ, Scripture, Preaching
  24. The Gospel
  25. Transformation through God’s word!
  26. Bread of Life: Gospel according to Jesus, Martin Luther and Brene Brown
  27. Expository Preaching / Haddon Robinson 1.
  28. The purpose of preaching
  29. Preach Christ to sinners
  30. The Whole Counsel of God #563
  31. “Imitating other Believers in Judea” – 1 Thess 2:13-16 [Sermons on 1 Thessalonians, Week 8]
  32. 7 Ways for Men to help Women in Ministry
  33. The Hope of Leaving 1 Peter 1:13
  34. Eat Me, Speak Me
  35. Sermon Verses Motivational Talk
  36. Ending a Sermon on Time
  37. How to listen to sermons when it is the last thing I feel like doing
  38. More Than You Can Handle
  39. Confessions of an Idolatrous Preacher
  40. Topical Sermon vs Topical Series
  41. Preaching (Book Review)
  42. Catherine Booth Writes About Preaching
  43. Frank Pollard on Preaching
  44. Thunder Or Lightning?Preaching
  45. Street Preaching & Something the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Know
  46. Advice for Preachers
  47. Called Not to Preach
  48. Detroit Pastor Is Trying To Launch A “So You Think You Can Preach?” TV Show
  49. Ever had a sermon which totally flopped?
  50. Do you just sprinkle the Bible onto your sermons?
  51. For Preachers and Bible Teachers: Make Sure The Work Of The Scripture Is Completed In Your Own Hearts
  52. Are You Serving Slop In The Pulpit?
  53. Consider When Witnessing
  54. Preaching As The Plane Crashed
  55. Is This What You Face Whenever You Preach? You Should!
  56. Tim Keller’s Book on Preaching
  57. How to listen to character study sermons
  58. Sermon Post: For the Life of the World
  59. Winning Converts?
  60. Sow The Word
  61. Religion of Man; Is this the greatest lie that was ever told?
  62. The Great Duty of Family Religion – George Whitefield
  63. Devotion: Your Word, not my words
  64. Don’t Talk the Talk If You Don’t Walk the Walk
  65. Preaching As Expository Exultation
  66. Sermons That Do Not Just Settle For General Inspiration And Moralising (via Tim Keller)
  67. “Let’s Go Throw Rocks At The Campbellite Preacher!”
  68. Is Your Church–Or Are Your Sermons–A Waste Of Time?
  69. Still Nervous When You Speak In Front Of Others?
  70. Why do we Preach to People With Really Bad Memories?
  71. Why Should I Not Continue To Preach?
  72. Live that they might see
  73. Street Evangelism
  74. Is Evangelism for Everyone?
  75. Are You Afraid To Witness?
  76. Revolutionary Christianty
  77. As We Go Through the World
  78. Can You Help Me Become A Christian?
  79. Struggling with the Spiritual but not Religious.
  80. We are Agents for Expanding God’s Kingdom on Earth
  81. Teach children about God’s blessings
  82. Outreach On The Street Again
  83. Preaching Christ Is Not Enough
  84. Three Gifts God Gives Us to Conquer the Fear of Evangelism
  85. Would You Speak?
  86. God uses our work to put others in right relationship with Him. Makes sense!

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Verzet tegen aanslagen op Palestijnse burgers

De leden van Een Andere Joodse Stem reageren op de ondernomen actie van rechts-orthodoxe joden, die amper 10% van de bevolking van Israël uitmaken, maar toch regelmatig hun mening en levensgewoonten aan anderen willen opdringen.

 

We zijn zeer ontsteld te vernemen dat Joodse extremisten een terroristische daad hebben gesteld het jongetje Ali Saed Dawabshe te vermoorden. Ze maken gebruik van Joodse symbolen terwijl deze afschuwwekkende daad noch Joods, noch humaan is.

We zijn bovendien zeer bezorgd omdat de Israëlische overheid de laatste vier jaar bijna niets ondernomen heeft om dit soort wandaden te voorkomen. Volgens de Israëlische mensenrechtenorganisatie B’Tselem zijn er sinds augustus 2012 negen Palestijnse huizen op dezelfde wijze in brand gestoken, maar werden de brandstichters nog altijd niet gearresteerd door de Israëlische autoriteiten.

Dit alles hoeft, helaas, niet te verbazen gezien het plaats vindt op een moment dat er regelmatig racistische verklaringen gegeven worden door Israëlische politici, inclusief premier Netanyahu, en er een aanhoudend beleid is van militaire bezetting en racistische discriminatie.

Dit afschuwwekkend incident maakt deel uit van een patroon waarbij de Palestijnse bevolking te lijden heeft onder vorm van geweld van joodse kolonisten en onder het institutioneel geweld van het leger en andere staatsinstellingen.

We herhalen de eis van de Europese Unie om resoluut maatregelen te nemen om de plaatselijke bevolking te beschermen en om een zero-tolerantie beleid te voeren tegen het geweld van de kolonisten.

Wij vragen de Belgische overheid en de EU bovendien om gebruik te maken van diplomatieke en economische maatregelen om het leven van de Palestijnse bevolking te beschermen, de mensenrechten te vrijwaren en een einde te maken aan de bezetting.


Een Andere Joodse Stem

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2009 Benjamin Netanyahu campaign posters in Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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