Over at the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism (ISCZ), John Hubers comments on complaints from Israeli soldiers about the Israeli military rabbinate framing the recent conflict in Gaza as a religious war.
The army rabbinate’s literature could, in fact, have been written by John Hagee or Mike Evans or any number of Christian Zionists who have always claimed that the land upon which the ancient Israelites built their state continues to belong to the world’s Jewish population by divine fiat; all of it, including Gaza.
And, John Hubers has some questions for the Christian Zionists:
It’s time to call Christian Zionists out on this, to ask the obvious question: do you believe in ethnic cleansing or not? A simple yes or no answer is all that is required here. John Hagee, Mike Evans, Joel Richardson, Pat Robertson: do you believe Israel should “get rid of” the Palestinians, doing a thorough and violent cleansing of the West Bank, Gaza strip and Golan Heights? Do you or don’t you? If you don’t – please let us know what you do believe. Remember what the Bible says about fence sitters??
Now, I’ve no doubt that there are plenty of people out there who advocate violent and genocidal policies towards Palestinians, and indeed there will be some who are looking forward to all-out nuclear warfare in the Middle East when “things will get interesing,” spelling doom for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
There are people who do teach with perhaps a little too much zeal about their vision of Armaggeddon, whether they have a pro-Zionist worldview like Tim LaHaye or an anti-Zionist worldview like Anthony McRoy.
Now, John Hubers is right to suggest that people should be forthright in their views. Yet it is interesting how he seamlessly links together the words and theology of the Israeli military rabbinate with American Christian Zionist leaders.
So, based on Hubers’ tacit assumption that the words of your political allies implicate your group by association, there are some questions which the Christian anti-Zionists over at the ISCZ need to answer.
The Institute for the Study of Chrstian Zionism (ISCZ) was founded by Hubers, Gary Burge, Donald Wagner and Stephen Sizer. In May 2008, Sizer represented the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism at an anti-Zionist ‘Nakba’ conference in Jakarta; an event which turned out to be rather antisemitic.
Here are some of the other participants in the conference:
Dr Zahra Mostafavi – daughter of Ayatollah Khomeini; wrote a letter to Hassan Nasrallah in praise of Hezbollah, imploring children to become suicide bombers.
Rima Fakhry – only female member of Hezbollah: a terrorist group that murders Jews around the world.
Khalid Meshal – chairman of Hamas, whose charter claims that the end of the world will come when the stones and trees will say “O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Mohammed Habib – second highest-ranking official in the Muslim Brotherhood, whose expressed aims include establishing a global Islamic caliphate.
Sayid Abdillah Hosseini – South African Islamic theologian who teaches that Israel will be destroyed in 2022 according to prophecies in the Quran.
Aharon Cohen and Dovid Weiss – Neturei Karta representatives who have sent congratulations to Hamas and attended a conference on Holocaust denial in Iran. (More on this story here). Cohen thinks that those who died in the Holocaust deserved it.
Dr Jawad Sharbaf – head of the NEDA Institute in Iran who has previously asked Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson for assistance.
…All of which I’d say reflects pretty badly on the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism’s participation in the Jakarta conference.
So, John Hubers, do you believe that: the Holocaust never happened, if it did the Jews deserved it, Hitler was a good man, it is acceptable for children to become suicide bombers in a jihad against the Zionist Entity, attacks by on the Royal Navy is fair game if they attempt to stop the smuggling of arms into Gaza, it’s okay to kill Jews around the world, the ushering in of a global Islamic caliphate will be preceded by a genocide of the Jews, and according to the Quran Israel will be destroyed in 2022?
In your own words:
“Do you or don’t you? If you don’t – please let us know what you do believe. Remember what the Bible says about fence sitters??”