Showing posts with label Jewish people. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jewish people. Show all posts

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Israel and the Church - The Jewish Apostles: Study 2 - Dr. Peter Wyns


Israel and the Church - The Jewish Apostles: Study 2
Dr. Peter Wyns



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Dr. Wyns continues his series on the relationship between Israel and the Church and what the Bible has to say about it.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Germany Designates BDS Antisemitic - David Lazarus ISRAEL TODAY

Germany Designates BDS Antisemitic

Monday, May 20, 2019 |  David Lazarus  ISRAEL TODAY
A majority of Germany’s Bundestag legislators have voted for a motion to label the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as an entity that uses antisemitic tactics against Israel.
The decision comes after BDS’s recent unsuccessful attempt to harass artists and prevent them from attending the Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel Aviv this week. In the resolution, which was passed on the day of the Eurovision finale, the German parliament adopted a declaration determining that the strategies of the BDS against Israel are similar to the "terrifying Nazi campaign” against the Jewish people under Adolf Hitler.
“The ‘don't buy Israel products’ campaign of the BDS movement is reminiscent of the Nazi call ‘don't buy from Jews’ and other corresponding graffiti posted on walls and shop windows,” the resolution reads. “The argumentation patterns and methods used by the BDS movement are anti-Semitic," continues the motion that was submitted by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party, as well as by the social-democrat SPD, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party.
The resolution entitled “Resisting the BDS movement decisively –fighting antisemitism,” calls on the German government to “cease providing premises and facilities under the administration of the Bundestag to organizations that use anti-Semitic terms or question Israel's right to exist.” This marks the first time a major European parliament has defined the BDS movement as antisemitic.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the BDS movement opposes his nation's very existence and welcomed the decision in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I hope that this decision will bring about concrete steps and I call upon other countries to adopt similar legislation,” Netanyahu’s wrote.
In recent years, the German government has pointed to the importance of taking a stand against antisemitism in light of reports that hate crimes against Jews have been on the rise in the country. According to German police intelligence, the number of antisemitic incidents rose by 19.6% last year. Chancellor Merkel has recently found it necessary to speak out about what she calls a “worrying resurgence of anti-Semitism” in Germany.
BDS responded to the resolution with characteristic fake propaganda. “The German establishment is entrenching its complicity in Israel's crimes of military occupation, ethnic cleansing, siege and apartheid, while desperately trying to shield it from accountability to international law,” the group claimed on Twitter.
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

COMMENTARY: Anti-Semitism Doesn't Pay - Charles Gardner ISRAEL TODAY

COMMENTARY: Anti-Semitism Doesn't Pay

Sunday, November 25, 2018 |  Charles Gardner  ISRAEL TODAY
Proof, if it were needed, that it doesn’t pay to be anti-Semitic has come with the rejection of Roald Dahl’s image for British coins.
The Royal Mint, responsible for such decisions, has ruled him out for his virulent anti-Semitism, which should be taken as some consolation at a time when British society is rife with anti-Jewish sentiment – even a Kristallnacht 80th anniversary vigil at Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner was broken up by men shouting “Kill the Jews” in Arabic.
Dahl’s views on the subject were apparently not widely known in spite of the fact that the immensely successful children’s author made no secret of it.
But as Tony Rennell put it in the Daily Mail, his dark side was brought to light with the Royal Mint’s decision against honouring his achievements by dedicating a British coin to him – the honour going instead to one William Shakespeare “whose caricature of a Jew (Shylock) in The Merchant of Venice fed anti-Semitism for centuries.”
I think that’s a little unfair as the Bard did not make a habit of such sentiment.
Dahl, on the other hand, was quoted in the Independent newspaper as saying: “I’m certainly anti-Israel and I’ve become anti-Semitic.” And he told the New Statesman: “Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them (the Jews) for no reason.”
Rennell lists several other nauseous instances of Dahl’s anti-Semitism that might have had him arrested today (he died in 1990, aged 74). And while acknowledging that he remains one of the greatest children’s storytellers of the 20th century, he suggests that the dark side to many of his tales is a fair commentary on his life, with much evidence of cruelty and unpleasantness.
Yet not even Jewish Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, when he shot the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) film, had any idea of his rank anti-Semitism.
What really bothers me is that there is so much that is dark and gloomy in today’s literature, especially for children, as well as in TV drama. In fact, it’s an absolute obsession, reflected by the way in which Halloween is rapidly challenging Christmas for our kids’ attention as an increasing number of homes are decorated with various aspects of occult paraphernalia.
There is surely an urgency as never before to point our children to the “light of the world” (John 8.12).
Dahl’s rejection for our coins reminds me of how America’s famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, fell spectacularly from hero and zero as soon as his Nazi sympathies were made public on a national radio broadcast.
He ended his life in relative obscurity and even a star-studded movie about his magnificent flying exploits was a flop at the box office.
In other words, he brought a curse on himself. For the Word of God says of Abraham’s seed: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” (Gen 12.3)
Whatever anyone may think of the Jewish people, the Bible tells us quite plainly that they are God’s chosen people, with several references to them being his “treasured possession”. (See, for example, Deut 7.6)
Anti-Semitism is thus the rotten fruit at the end of the dark road of rebellion against our Creator. Hitler went all the way down that path, and not only destroyed himself, but also brought his country down with him, along with much of Europe.
A massive battle for the soul of our nation continues today – between good and evil, light and darkness, God and the devil.
Jesus warned: _“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” _(Matthew 7.13f)
Choose life!

Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon; Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com; and A Nation Reborn, available from Christian Publications International
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