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“Sit Down and Shut Up”

Don’t make waves! Better not to draw attention to yourself and make this seem like it’s only a Jewish issue. It’s not good for the Jews…

The tactic has been used for years by Jewish community leaders, especially in the western world, to evade the responsibility of standing up for their fellow Jews who are in danger or even facing annihilation. “It’s not good for the Jews” really means, “We’re scared to death of being viewed as trouble-makers and as politically incorrect, part of the lunatic fringe of fear-mongers. We might lose our social standing and our access to the powers that be. People might use our actions as an excuse to hate Jews even more than they do now.”

We’re about to celebrate the festival of Purim. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, click here.

The Jews of the Persian Empire were about to be exterminated through the machinations of the evil Haman. Had Mordechai and especially Queen Esther reacted like the cowardly leaders of more modern times, there might not be a Jew left on earth today (this, of course, is strictly hypothetical because God promises that the Jewish people as a nation can never be wiped out).

Esther was the queen of Persia, living in the royal palace, and up to this time no one knew she was Jewish. She might have been able to escape the fate that had been decreed on her people. On the other hand, to go to the king and plead for them might have cost her her life. Here is what she said in a message to her cousin Mordechai,

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”  (Esther 4:16)

That’s courage! She broke Persian law by approaching the king unannounced, a deed that usually led to instant death. Instead, with the backing of prayer and fasting, it led to a great deliverance.

How many of our leaders, Jewish, political or otherwise are willing to put their lives on the line today? The threats are just as serious as they were in the time of Esther and Mordechai and many of them are coming from the same source – Persia, today known as Iran. The modern day Haman, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has made his views and his intentions clear. These are direct quotes:

• The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor.

• Any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do his best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.

• The Zionist regime’s establishment was based on numerous deceptions and lies and one of the biggest lies was the Holocaust.

• All values, even the freedom of expression, in Europe and in the United States are being sacrificed at the altar of Zionism.

The reaction of the spineless – or complicit – world? Give Mr. Ahmadinejad center stage at the United Nations so he can spew his venom in an unfettered manner. And then find a way to get around the “harsh sanctions” that have been clamped on Iran to prevent them from going nuclear.  Twenty countries have so far been granted exemptions by the Obama administration. Some sanctions!!

There are numerous other Hamans today, driven by the same evil spirit that has attempted to wipe out the Jews numerous times. One of the names by which he has been known in more recent centuries is “Allah.” So whether Israel has to deal with Mahmoud Abbas, the so-called moderate leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mohamed Morsi of Egypt, the leaders of Hamas in Gaza, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader in Lebanon and Syria, the same evil that empowered Haman energizes them and their hatred.

Europe’s obsequious leadership, as expected, has nicely fallen into line, obediently calling evil good and good evil. What else can be expected from a populace that by and large has shoved God out of society and is now wallowing in its own mess? But what about the United States?

It’s worrisome that a known anti-Semite like Chuck Hagel has been nominated for Secretary of Defense. And then there’s Muslim sympathizer Robert BrImageennan, nominated for CIA Director. Both men’s views of Jews and Israel are far out of the American mainstream and in Brennan’s case, heavily influenced by Islamist ideology. Jewish groups are grumbling but, except for the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), they have been afraid to step up and speak out strongly. They’ve been told by the administration in no uncertain terms to “sit down and shut up!” And they’re being good little lap dogs and obeying their master, even though the lives of millions of Jews, whom they supposedly represent, are in jeopardy.
We are in desperate need in these days of men and women with the courage of Mordechai and Queen Esther, who will put their faith in God and then be willing to do the right thing, come what may.

Will you be one of them?

Loving Dead Jews

January 27th marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date, that of the liberation of Auschwitz, was chosen in 2005 by the United Nations to honor the memory of those who were slaughtered by the Nazis. It gives politicians all over the world the opportunity to give flowery, emotional speeches, pouring out affection toward the dear departed ones. Yes, it’s easy to love dead Jews. But living ones??! That’s another story altogether. And it doesn’t matter whether those Jews are in Israel or anywhere else. Hating them is back in vogue, seemingly everywhere.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day itself is now an excuse to vilify those dastardly Jews who refused to perish. Consider the following pearls of wisdom issued especially for the somber memorial:

• British politician, Lee Jasper of the Respect Party, posted on Facebook, “We are asked to remember that which Israel has forgotten, that religious and racial hatred is a sin against God.” He went on further to say, “Israel has failed to learn the lessons of its own tragic history having evolved into a racist oppressor.”

• Also in England, Liberal-Democrat MP David Ward just prior to International Holocaust Remembrance Day put on his website the following statement:    “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

Even though he was reprimanded by his party, he replied, “I don’t feel bad about it in any way.” He also said his comments had received an “overwhelmingly positive” response from the public, with 80 unsolicited supportive emails, and just two from detractors.

• On Sunday, JanuarUgly cartoony 27, the very day of the International Holocaust Remembrance, The Sunday Times of London ran a vile cartoon by Gerald Scarfe entitled, Will Cementing Peace Continue? It featured PM Netanyahu with a scowl, an accentuated nose and a hunchback, reminiscent of Nazi caricatures of Jews.  He was pictured building a wall made of bricks, blood and Palestinian body parts. This was a variation of the classic Jewish blood libel in which Jews through the centuries were accused of using the blood of young Christian boys to make their Passover matzah. Today many Arabs and Muslim extremists make the same accusations against us except that we’re now using young Arab boys.

• Mahmoud Abbas, our supposed peace partner, said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen, a Beirut TV station, “I challenge anyone to deny the relationship between Zionism and Nazism before WWII.” This confirming that he still believes what he wrote in his 1984 book, The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism: “a partnership was established between Hitler’s Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement” in which the Zionists gave “permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.”

Mr. Abbas’ PA-TV continues to spew out hate toward Jews (otherwise known as the descendants of apes and pigs) and yet none of this is reported in the mainstream media or is challenged by the US State Department or the Obama White House.  Indeed, in spite of all this, the United States has made it clear that they are officially waiting for an Israeli coalition to form, so that negotiations can resume. The two-state solution cannot wait!

Are the above isolated incidents or are we witnessing a worldwide phenomenon?

The Israeli Ministry of Information and Diaspora has prepared a disturbing report on anti-Semitic trends in 2012 which stated that there was “an alarming rise in the number of terrorist attacks and attempted attacks against Jewish targets and an escalation in violent incidents against Jews throughout the world.” The perpetrators?… “primarily… groups which identify with radical Islam and the extreme right.” At the same time, the report found, there has also been an increase in the number of street attacks and incidents of verbal and physical violence against Jews, in Europe as well as in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The conclusion of the matter in my opinion is this: those who hate God hate Jews, even if it’s disguised as antipathy toward Israel. It doesn’t matter whether the haters call themselves secular, progressive or “religious.” Yes, one can be religious and not know or love God Himself. Even worse, one can be a worshiper of a “deity” who in reality is a demon, even Satan himself, and whose religion is falsely praised as a “religion of peace.”

The spiritual battle lines are being drawn between light and darkness and it would behoove each of us to make sure he/she is on the right side of history and of eternity.