Holocaust Remembrance Day: More Relevant than Ever! by Olivier Melnick

Yom HaShoah was voted by the Israeli Knesset as an official national memorial day in Israel in 1953. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion established that day as a yearly memorial for the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Every year since that day, Jewish people remember the Shoah or “Catastrophe” as they perpetuate the memory of the loved ones they lost in the Holocaust. In Israel, on that day, two minutes of silent reflection is observed at 10:00 AM as a siren is heard all over the country. It isn’t unusual to even see motorists stop in the middle of the road and get out of their cars to observe that solemn moment. This year, it takes place on the 27th of Nisan which happens to start at sundown on April 11.

Full article here:
http://www.newantisemitism.com/antisemitism/holocaust-remembrance-day-more-relevant-than-ever

 

 

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As a Jew, I can support Palestine! Article by Olivier Melnick

Depending on which side of the Middle East fence you are on, Palestine and the Palestinians can be defined in very different ways. Of course, your understanding and supporting of the Arab/Israeli conflict will vary greatly based on which definition you adhere to.

One of the major reasons why there is so much strife in the region is because of the lack of clarity in these definitions as well as the amount of historical inaccuracy supporting them. Modern day Palestinians and their supporters often speak of “historic Palestine” in an attempt at validating its existence prior to that of the Jewish people. But was there such a thing as a historic Palestine and if there was, how could it be defined?

See complete article here:

http://www.newantisemitism.com/antisemitism/as-a-jew-i-can-support-palestine

What About Israel, by Bill Randles.

What About Israel, by Bill Randles.

The epistle to the Romans is often said to be the perfect rendering of the gospel, because the epistle wasn’t written to correct a specific heresy as many of the others were. I have always believed this to be true and have stated it many times, but now I have been shown that I was wrong on that point.

Romans is indeed the best and most complete rendering of the workings of the gospel that I know of in scripture. But the epistle was written to address an error that had crept into the church in Rome, and which would eventually make its way into almost all of the churches.

That error is called “Replacement Theology”, the false teaching that the church of Jesus Christ is the new Israel of God, and that other than coming into the church as individuals, God has no ultimate plan for the physical children of Israel.

See full article (the first of a series) here:
https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/what-about-israel-romans-9-11-pt-1/

Also see my own article:
https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/gospel-of-the-kingdom-what-about-israel/

Is Baptism a Christian Concept or Jewish – by Ron Cantor

Growing up Jewish, I was taught that Christian Baptism was the ultimate act of betrayal. Considering that Jewish people in the Middle Ages were forced into Baptism by so called Christians who had completely erased the Jewishness of the Gospel from the pages of the New Testament, its understandable that Jews today feel that way.

continued at:
http://messiahsmandate.org/video-ep-2-is-baptism-a-christian-concept-or-jewish/#sthash.cZtxmAVJ.dpbs

Qanta Ahmed

In the west I think we need to understand that, despite the anti-west rhetoric spewed by spokesmen from ISIS,  Islamism has so far proven to be more of  danger to middle-eastern Moslems than to us.

For every American or European journalist and aid-worker butchered by ISIS, tens of thousands of Moslems (as well as Christians) in Syria and Iraq have also been brutally killed. So the apparant lack of condemnation of ISIS from western Moslems seems significant. [On the other hand, is the western media reporting when Moslems are condemning them?*]

Last Saturday I saw an interesting interview with Dr Qanta Ahmed, a Moslem woman who IS speaking out about the dangers of “Islamism”.

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/25585233/the-muslim-supporting-israel/

 

It was refreshing to hear a Moslem willing to speak against the atrocities being committed in the name of Islam and the danger that Islamism presents not only to western interests but to Moslems as well.

During the interview I think she politely put Andrew O’Keefe, the Aussie interviewer, “in his place” (though I’m sure he didn’t realise it) when he tried to compare/equate Islamic extremism (ISIS, Hamas etc) to other religious extremism in the world – also inferring that extremists in the US Bible Belt are no less dangerous than ISIS.

Andrew O’Keefe: I think the debate here in Australia is centred around Islam but meanwhile, in Burma, we have Buddhists running riot against Muslims trying to attempt a genocide there.

We have Hindu nationalism going crazy in parts of India.

The southern states of America, even now, there is an extreme fundamentalist Christianity that has sought to stamp out Judaism and other forms of religious, it’s any religious tradition.

 

Qanta Ahmed: Your point is well taken, any belief system can be galvanised into grounds for persecution but Islamism is extraordinary.

It’s over 100 years old that steals and borrows language from one of the world’s most populated religion, 1.62 billion Moslems.

So that has a power and scale that few ideologies can lend themselves.

 

There are Islamist governments that are in power and Iran, also in other countries which have wielded enormous influence.

So it’s much bigger than some of those things you’ve mentioned.

I have previously heard O’Keefe trying to minimise the dangers of Islamists by refering to the dangers presented by all religions. And it seems at times that some media sources can go the extra mile to downplay any Islamic responsibility regarding the rise of Islamism*. A trend not gone unnoticed by Dr Ahmed, who wrote last year:

Expressing concern, executive editor Chris Fields of The Blaze recent wrote “American journalists bend over backward to treat Muslims in a positive way, even to ludicrous extremes. As a result, terrorists are often called “militants”—even when they are on U.S. government terror watch lists. And any open criticism of radical Islam has typically been treated as “Islamophobia.”

He later draws a contrast with the much more critical portrayal of Christians in the media. His argument is long overdue, though most members of the press are too uncomfortable to consider engaging in this debate.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/islamists-media-jihad-the-deadly-embrace/

(It’s nice to see her make reference to claims of the all too common negative portrayal of Christians in the media.)

It is also refreshing to hear a Moslem speaking of Israel’s right to exist, especially when so many other voices, even “Christian” opinion has been so opposed to Israel, especially in recent months when Israel responded militarily to Hamas rocket attacks.

Dr Ahmed had this to say in an article from early 2013 (showing the persistency of the Hamas campaign against Israel, and the little value Hamas continues to place on the lives of the Palestinian people in Gaza).

Hamas is never sated – each year it devours ever more Palestinians, regardless of age or gender. If Israelis lose fewer citizens than the Palestinians in these conflicts it is for the same reason Israel exchanges more prisoners for each captive soldier: quite simply Israel values human life more than does Hamas, which relishes ground operations taking place among densely populate civilian areas.

Full article here:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israels-jihad-is-mine/ 

 

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I want to draw attention the the two statments above marked with *. Why does the media seem to have this attitude?

 

Protect Middle Eastern Christians. (article from International Christian Embassy Jerusalem)

Unequalled

At a press conference on Monday (13 Oct 2014) in Jerusalem, prominent leaders of major Jewish and Christian global organizations announced an historic joint initiative calling on world leaders to take urgent, determined actions to halt the brutal persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

“The current plight of Middle East Christians is heart-breaking and even western churches have to do more to bring the suffering of our fellow believers to the forefront worldwide,” … . “But to have a prominent global Jewish leader lend his voice to this moral call for protecting the region’s persecuted Christians is unprecedented in modern times. We welcome all others of goodwill who will take a stand now for these vulnerable ancient Christian communities.”

“Just as Christians defend Jews against anti-Semitism, just as Christians support Israel, we Jews have an obligation to speak out against the growing persecution of Christians in many parts of the world,”.

“Islamist extremists have launched a full-fledged assault on our Western values, on our civilization, and Jews and Christians must work hand in hand to defeat this threat. For too long, the world has remained silent in the face of this evil. We must act before it is too late,”

Complete article here:
http://us.icej.org/news/special-reports/call-world-leaders-halt-persecution-middle-east-christians

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