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Second Coming of Christ - Puritans and Israelites

by Oui Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 07:35:04 PM EST

George W Bush's new 'crusade': converting Jews to Christianity | The Guardian - 14 Nov. 2013 |

Bush is speaking at a fundraiser today for Messianic Jews. It's the same imperial mentality that's ravaged the holy land for ages

George W Bush bows his head in prayer during an event marking the 2005 National Day of Prayer. Photograph: Win Mcnamee/Getty Images

Some people think George W Bush did as much as he could to bring about Armageddon with his earlier interventions in the Middle East. But not the man himself, apparently. He has signed up for a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an organisation which aims to promote the second coming by converting Jews to Christianity, and will speak today at their fundraiser in Irving, Texas.

Such "Messianic Jews" - who accept that Jesus was the promised Messiah - are loathed by most other Jews, and regarded with great suspicion by mainstream Christian denominations. If Jesus really was the promised Messiah, this would restore much of the traditional basis for Christian anti-Semitism, which most Christians have struggled against for the last 50 years.

But a belief in the necessary conversion of the Jews still flourishes on the wilder shores of American Christianity. Portions of Biblical prophecy seem to require it. And there is widespread confusion among evangelicals about whether Israel is really a kind  |of America overseas - a recent poll for the Pew Foundation found that twice as many American Evangelicals as American Jews were unwavering in their support for Israel. This is something that successive Israeli governments have deliberately cultivated.

There is a delicious symbol of this confusion in the tat sold off the institute's website - a dog tag bearing the Star of David, with "Defender" written in the middle of it. The description reads:

    God is raising up an army of believers to defend Israel, especially in these times more than ever. Wear this to represent your defense of Israel. In so doing, it will create conversations to give you opportunity to give a testimony of Isaiah 31:4-5.

Maybe that's the kind of pickup line that works better in Texas.

Apocalyptic Politics are Clouding the U.S. Response to the Israel-Hamas Conflict and Demonizing Muslim-Americans | Informed Comment |

The Puritans colonized the northeast corner of what became the United States expressly to build themselves a New Jerusalem and welcome the Second Coming, a catastrophe they felt certain would happen any minute now.

Doomsday sects have flourished throughout American history, from the Millerites of the 19th Century to the Branch Davidians to James Watt, Ronald Reagan's notoriously pro-pollution, anti-environment Interior secretary.

Watt figured there was no reason to save the planet when the Lord was going to show up soon and deliver a new heaven and a new earth.

So why not drive that big car and crank up that AC?

Jonesing for the End Times

According to the Pew Center, 60 percent of evangelicals think we are living in the End Times. A Texas preacher, one of Donald Trump's pet pastors, responded to the Hamas assault on Israel by praying, "The last days are coming and are here, when you will come again, for your church and for your people."

This kind of thinking, plus Americans' perennial Islamophobia, gives cover to the rightwing politicians hollering themselves hoarse about reducing Gaza to rubble and never mind the dead children.

The excitable senior senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, told CNN:

"I don't think there's any way Israel can be expected to coexist or find some diplomatic off-ramp with these savages." Hamas must be "eradicated," and if there are thousands upon thousands of civilian casualties, well, it's their own fault for living in Gaza -- not that Israel lets people leave Gaza.

Republican and Democratic politicians are all trying to outdo each other in assuring their voters that they stand with Israel and condemning anyone who suggests that the Netanyahu government -- bellicose at the best of times -- should share a least a little of the blame for the death toll.

True Believer? Why Donald Trump Is The Choice Of The Religious Right | NPR - 12 Sept. 2015 |

When Donald Trump stepped to the podium in a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, filled with 30,000 people there to hear him spread the gospel of Trump, he was overcome.

"Now I know how the great Billy Graham felt," Trump said last month.

White Evangelicals Made a Deal With the Devil. Now What? | New York Mag Intelligencer - 6 Dec. 2020 |

In the end, white Christian America stood by its man. The exit polls present an imperfect but definitive picture. At least three-quarters of white Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in November, a figure largely unchanged from 2016. Evangelicals didn't win Trump another four years in power, but not for lack of effort. While most of America tired of the president's impieties, the born-again found in themselves a higher tolerance for sin.

Interesting insight into a chapter of history ...

Bush Campaign Speech | C-Span - 8 Sept. 1992 |

President George H.W. Bush spoke to Jewish leaders at the 1992 International Conference of B'nai B'rith in Washington, DC. In his remarks, President Bush announced he would ask Congress to allow $10 billion in loan guarantees to Israel to house Jewish immigrants to the region. He said Israel's survival would have been threatened if Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton had been leading during the Persian Gulf War, and said claims that he held anti-Semitic views because he differed with the Israeli government politically were painful to him personally. He responded to written questions from the audience following his prepared remarks. The president was presented with a gift from the organization following the question and answer session.

Rudy Boschwitz brought 15,000 black Ethiopian Jews to Israel ...

Israel's Beast of Burden | Tikun Olam - 4 May 2015 |

Israeli anti-racism protests are turning violent

Police officers on horseback charged hundreds of ethnic Ethiopian citizens in central Tel Aviv on Sunday as an anti-racism protest descended into one of the most violent demonstrations in Israel's commercial capital in years.

I saw this image tonight and had such an intense wave of disgust wash over me.  This is the proverbial picture worth a thousand words.  It displays a vicious visual `poetry' and deserves to win photographer, Baz Ratner, a Pulitzer Prize.  The picture was shot at a protest by thousands of Ethiopian Israelis angry about an assault on an Ethiopian IDF soldier by police.

Of course, the demonstration was about more than this, but that was the match that lit the fire.  Ethiopians, brought to Israel decades ago as part of Operation Solomon are the underclass of society.  The euphoria and jubilation of the airlift were replaced by the sober reality of life the morning after.  Israel has not been a pleasant refuge for them.  Poverty, joblessness, and discrimination lurk everywhere.  Israeli Jews turn away from Ethiopians in disgust.  They often won't let their children study with them in the same classroom.

Clinton criticized those advocating for a ceasefire as ignorant about Hamas, demonstrating her strong pro-"Israel" stance since the aggression on Gaza started.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 09:12:26 PM EST
Pro-Palestine students, academics being threatened in US | Al Mayadeen |

Supporters of Palestine who spoke out against the Israeli genocide in the Gaza Strip are being threatened in the United States.

The New York Post stated that a "doxxing truck" is  circling Harvard University's campus to expose students who allegedly signed a letter blaming "Israel" for the atrocities on Gaza, and the truck has been displaying students' pictures and standing outside their homes. 

Doxxing is the act of publishing someone's private information in order to shame them or make them feel unsafe.

The president of news watchdog Accuracy in Media (AIM), Adam Guillette, who deployed the truck told The Post that his organization "expanded our fight against antisemitism at Harvard".

The usual 'Go back to where you came from'

Political institutions have been receiving threats as well. Palestinian staff member Kerwin Hall's office found a piece of paper with an anti-Palestinian message, according to an email from American University President Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday. 

Posted on AU Students for Justice in Palestine's Instagram story, the note read "GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM" and "DEATH TO ALL PALESTINIANS!"

Burwell described the note as "vile and dehumanizing" in her email, writing "No act of hate will deter us from supporting community members who are not only feeling the pain and weight of traumatic global events, but also the vulnerability of being subject to hateful acts in our own community."

Burwell added that the University is working with the FBI to investigate the incidents, especially after an incident of antisemitic vandalism last week. 

"Anyone found responsible for these acts will be subject to relevant laws, university policies, and appropriate disciplinary actions," she said, noting: "To those who are responsible for the anti-Palestinian and antisemitic acts we have witnessed over the last several days, you do not represent the American University community... We will take clear and consequential action against those found responsible for these threatening acts."

Residences have been hit with harassment as well. A resident of Dearborn, Michigan received a hateful letter Thursday morning that criticized & threatened him for displaying a Palestinian flag outside his home.

Resident Abdalrahman Ramadan opened the letter mailed to his house that said: "If you want to fly the f***ing Palestinian flag, then move back to Palestine! This is the United States of America, and ONLY the US flag should be flown here. Take that f***ing flag, or you'll regret it."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 09:13:52 PM EST
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Truck with Hitler imagery meant to bash 'Jew-free zones' instead draws backlash

The local chapter of the ADL criticised the inflammatory stunt

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 09:15:36 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2023 at 09:16:35 PM EST
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Should have been a molotov.
by rifek on Fri Nov 3rd, 2023 at 07:03:21 AM EST
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