An interesting article on the support of fundamentalist Christian Zionists for Israeli settlements. As has been documented on this blog before, no group in the USA, where most of these creatures are based, is more anti-Semitic and at the same time more pro-Zionist than the Christian Fundamentalists (see American Jews Reject Zionism’s anti-Semitic Christian Friends).
This should not surprise anyone. Historically Zionism was the offshoot of messianic and evangelical Christianity – people like Lords Shaftesbury, Disraeli, Palmerstone as well as Napoleon and Ernest Laharanne, Napoleon III’s Secretary and of course Arthur James Balfour. The most vigorous opponents of Zionism were Jews, who saw Zionism as another (Jewish) version of anti-Semitism. When Herzl, founder of Political Zionism, wanted to hold the First Zionist Congress, he wanted to hold it in Munich, but the local Jewish community and a petition of Jewish rabbis forced him to hold it in Basel, Switzerland. Likewise the only member of the Lloyd George Cabinet to vote against the Balfour Declaration was its only Jewish member, Sir Edwin Montagu (though Lord Curzon was none too happy about it either). People like George Elliot in Daniel Deronda romanticised it in a crude pastiche of cardboard characters of Jews.
If you wanted to get rid of the Jews in your society, what better place than to send them to than a colony adjacent to the Suez Canal, the route to the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, India.
This was what was done in South Africa, where under the influence of ideologues such as Edward Gibbon Wakefield
Today the most devoted supporter of Zionism are the Christian Dispensationists who believe in the ‘return’ of the Jews to Palestine in order that they might then be subject to an almighty conflagration in order that the Elect might wing their way to heaven with the joys of Rapture.
Cross-post from Corporate Watch
|Sign for Christian Friends of Israeli Communities in the illegal Israeli settlement Ma’ale Efrayim.|
Charity’ and Ethnic Cleansing: Christian Friends of Israeli Communities
Posted on March 8, 2013 by Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper
Corporate Watch has previously reported on the role that Zionist charities play in the support of illegal settlements and a recent research trip provided more evidence of this practice. On 21st January 2013 Corporate Watch researchers photographed a sign stating that Christian Friends of Israeli Communities (CFOIC) had donated a playground in Ma’ale Efrayim, an illegal settlement with a population of around 1400 in the occupied Jordan Valley.
|Signs of expansion of the fields by the illegal settlement Maskiot in the Jordan Valley, 2013|
Christian Friends of Israeli Communities is an ideologically Zionist charity which supports the settlements for religious reasons. Set up in 1995 in response to the Oslo Accords, it exclusively supports settler projects and actively encourages tourism to the settlements in the West Bank. Reading through the list of projects the charity is currently fundraising for, it becomes obvious that a lot of them are chosen for strategic reasons. For instance, there are a growing number of projects instigated in the Jordan Valley which is an area under threat of ethnic cleansing by the Israeli military. Whilst their projects in the valley might sound harmless enough – they include petting zoos, gyms and youth clubs – the aims are not. In the pitch for donations to the Argaman youth centre the charity states that “Argaman, like many of the Jordan Valley communities, is vital in securing Israel’s eastern border”. To encourage their potential donors to give generously to an exercise room in the settlement of Na’ama CFOIC writes “In Israel, physical fitness is a way of life, just as serving in the army and protecting the land is. Naama is seeking assistance to furnish an exercise room to help their young adults to stay physically fit and be ready for military service”. There are also appeals for donations to pay for security services to the settlements. The charity does not recognise the West Bank, which it refers to as “Judea and Samaria”.
|Armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiot setting up a tent on Palestinian land.|
There are at least thirteen different projects currently being planned by CFOIC in the Jordan Valley. CFOIC is also fundraising for other settlements next to particularly threatened Palestinian communities including Kfar Adumim, the expansion of which is forcibly displacing the Jahalin Bedouin of Khan Al Ahmar, and Susiya settlement, which is threatening the existence of the Palestinian village of the same name in the South Hebron Hills.
|Christian Friends of Israeli Communities donated olive field by Maskiot settlement in 2010.|
Charities which support settlements have a very real impact on Palestinian communities on the ground. The first time Corporate Watch came across CFOIC was on a visit to the settlement of Maskiot in 2010. Maskiot was the first new settlement to be approved by the Israeli Government in the Jordan Valley for a decade, and most of the settlers moving in were ideological settlers who used to live in the Gush Katif settlement in Gaza. CFOIC had donated a field of olive trees to the settlement. Since 2010 the Bedouin communities in Al Maleh, next to Maskiot, have suffered constant harassment by the Maskiot settlers and faced numerous home demolitions and threats by the Israeli Occupation Forces as Israel are tightening their grip on the land.
Armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiot setting up a tent on Palestinian land.
Visiting the area again in January this year, it was clear that Maskiot had expanded since our last visit, with the entry gate moved forward significantly and evidence of more fields being planted.
Corporate Watch will publish another article with more news about Christian Friends of Israeli Communities next week.
Of all the numbskull Zionist supporter, the CUFIs and assorted groups must really take the biscuit.
It's really a feather in the cap of Zionism that flirting with Hagee and racist cosorts has paid off so handsomely.
Those Bible twisting Christian dispentationists are something else I admit but the Zionist-Created Scofield ‘Bible’ was financed through the House of Rothschilds through its Oxford publishing company & it was financed for some very obvious reasons now.
I don't know anything about a Scofield Bible but I'm dubious about references to the House of Rothschilds as this seems similar to Nazi and anti-Semitic references to the Rothschilds, you were relatively minor bankers compared to the big American bankers like the Gettys.
The main point is that Zionism was a Christian creation, not a Jewish one and it was part of their christian imperialism, which we see to day in John Hagee's CUFI.
'If you wanted to get rid of the Jews in your society, what better place than to send them to than a colony adjacent to the Suez Canal, the route to the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, India.'
Smart tactics for British anti-Semites. Out go the Jews… and they can be useful to the British Empire in the place to which they have gone. Two for the price of one.
'Today the most devoted supporter of Zionism are the Christian Dispensationists who believe in the "return" of the Jews to Palestine in order that they might then be subject to an almighty conflagration in order that the Elect might wing their way to heaven with the joys of Rapture.'
Again, get the Jews to go to Palestine/Israel, this time to be caretakers to keep the place safe for you whilst you wait back in the USA for the Rapture. Bingo!
Presumably in this latter case, the Israeli state, whose officials and lobbyists surely can't believe in all this Rapture nonsense, regards the ultra-Christian supporters of Israel as quite bonkers but very useful as they help it to expand and consolidate itself, and act as cheerleaders in the USA.
As the Rapture promises to be a somewhat unlikely event, I reckon that the state of Israel is getting a pretty good bargain here.
I you don't know anything about the Scofield Reference Bible, then, to me brutally honest, you're opinion on Dispentationism is pretty worthless.
The major banking house of 19th century Europe was not the the Gettys, it was Rothschilds.
Karl Marx—you may have heard of him—was the grandson of Nanette Saloman Barent-Cohen, whose first cousin Hannah Barent-Cohen, married Nathan Mayer Rothschild.
Marx's connections to the Rothschilds don't end there. Heinrich Heine was an intimate friend of both Marx and James de Rothschild, the younger brother of Nathan.
Moses Hess, the inspirer of both communism and Zionism, was also connected—although not related—to the Rothschilds. The IISH in Amsterdam holds several letters written by J.J. Speyer (private secretary of Carl von Rothschild)to Hess, and even a letter to Hess written by Carl von Rothschild's wife Louise von Rothschild nee Rothschild (they were more than kissing-cousins).
As well as being a correspondent with Moses Hess, Betty Rothschild, was the grand-daughter of Nathan Rothschild, meaning she was a blood relation of Marx. Betty's and Karl's mothers were first cousins.
[Hi Tony. Enjoy what I found on the web – this great exposure of CZism's lucrative sacred cow which is deficient biblically as well as historically! Jack]
PRETRIB RAPTURE STEALTH !
Many evangelicals believe that Christ will "rapture" them to heaven years before the second coming and (most importantly) well BEFORE Antichrist and his "tribulation." But Acts 2:34, 35 reveal that Jesus is at the Father's right hand in heaven until He leaves to destroy His earthly foes at the second coming. And Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven with the Father "until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. ("The Rapture Question," by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn't dare to even list, in its scripture index, the above verses! They were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called "father of dispensationalism" – to list in the scripture index in his "Letters"!)
Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The "rest" for "all them that believe" is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who'd be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the end of trib “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which Scofield views as Israel's posttrib resurrection!) It's amazing that the Olivet Discourse contains the "great commission" for the church but not even a hint of a pretrib rapture for the church!
Many don't know that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this "rapture" was stretched forward and turned into an idolized separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which evangelical scholars overwhelmingly rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” ["gathering"] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Google "Walvoord Melts Ice" for more on this.
Other Google articles on the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view include “X-Raying Margaret,” "Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart," "Pretrib Rapture's Missing Lines," "Edward Irving is Unnerving," "The Unoriginal John Darby," "Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture," "The Real Manuel Lacunza," “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” "Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy," “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty," "Famous Rapture Watchers," and "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View" – most by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history which is obtainable by calling 800.643.4645).