ISRAELIS ATTACK 'AMALEKITES' - WITH BASEBALL
By Rev. Ted Pike
18 Jun 08
The government of Israel is now authorizing construction of thousands
more illegal homes in its occupied territories. But they will need
more land. How do they get it? As they usually have – through
theft and violence.
In 1948, Israel terrorized 800,000 Arabs into fleeing Palestine
. The Jewish state was built on their stolen land (See, Israel:
Found on Terror). This spring, West Bank Arabs repeatedly claimed
that armed Jewish settlers attempted to evict them from their land
through vicious beatings.
Yet such terrorism was difficult to prove. The word of an ordinary
Arab does not carry much clout with the Israeli government or Christian
evangelicals, who should intercede for such victims. Finally, Israeli
human rights group B’tselm, which monitors Israel’s
many human rights abuses (1), provided the embattled Palestinians
with 100 video cameras.
Recently, four masked Israeli settlers were videotaped as they
approached a Palestinian woman grazing her goats next to Susia, an
Israeli settlement. They said she had ten minutes to vacate her land.
She refused to abandon her land as her parents, grandparents and
countless friends were forced to do since 1948. The masked Israelis
savagely beat her with baseball bats.
reports that: “Within a few seconds, she, along with
her 70 year-old husband and one of her nephews, will be beaten
up.” The woman spent three days in hospital. “A dark
stain showed through the white gauze covering her broken right
arm.” Also, “a bloodshot eye and intersection of scars
revealed a fractured left cheek.” Yet she remains defiant: “They
don’t want us to stay on our land. But we won’t leave.
We’ll die here. It’s ours.”
Confrontations between Israeli settlers and Palestinian landowners
occur daily, according to the BBC, but are “not often caught
on camera. That, now, is beginning to change.” In this case,
the weighty evidence of video graphically showed “victims slumped
by the roadside, bloodied, waiting for an ambulance.”
Motive for Terror?
How can Israeli settlers—devoutly religious, ultra-Orthodox
Jews—be so cruel and inhumane? This is not an isolated event.
Ultra-Orthodox Haridim persecute Messianic Christian Jews, especially
in central Israel. (See, Christians
in Israel: An Endangered Species) How can this be?
It's simple. Judaism's most sacred scriptures, the Talmud and Zohar
(Kabbalah), tell them Arabs are less than human. Jewish
zealots believe Arabs are spiritual descendents of the ancient Amalekites,
a people who bitterly withstood Israel ’s passage from Egypt
to Canaan. (Exodus 17:8) Old Testament law commanded Jews to hate,
oppress, and destroy Amalek—a command that has no claim on
Christians Jews today.
says Amalek “is each year associated by many in the religious
public with Israel ’s enemies in contemporary times.” “Numerous
sermons, articles and classes are being devoted this year to the
relevance or lack thereof of the obliteration of the memory of
Amalek in practical terms in our day and age.”
Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of Israel’s Tzomet Institute, told
Ha’aretz: “Amalek as a concept and as the object of our
battle and our hostility exists in each and every generation…This
does not refer to the ethnic Amalek, but to all those in whom there
burns a deep and abiding hatred of Israel in a national or religious
bias.” God, the rabbi says, is “hostile to Amalek all
over the world.” “Only with hostility, and by conquering
our human emotions that are contrary to that, will we be victorious.”
Did the four masked Jewish hate criminals meeting an elderly man,
woman, and their nephew "conquer" their normal human emotions
and heed Rabbi Rosen's call to violence?
Another prominent Israeli rabbi, “The Rabbi of Safed,” Rabbi
Shmuel Eliyahu, is quoted as having “no moral problem with
quashing the wicked – destroying Amalek from beginning to end.”
Christians are “Amalek”
Christians, like Palestinians, are considered Amalekites and in
the crosshairs of Talmudic/Kabbalistic homicidal anger.
Rabbi Ovadia Yoseph, spiritual head of Israel’s Shahs party,
argued in a 1989 article that even though Israel is not strong enough
yet to expel and destroy “churches [which] are definitely places
of idolatry and cult practice…we are commanded by our [religious]
law to destroy all idolatry and its servants (emphasis mine)
until we uproot it from all parts of our land and any areas that
we are able to conquer.” (2)
Did you catch that? Since Talmudic Judaism considers Christians
idolaters of the false god Jesus, the rabbi is teaching that if things
were as they one day shall be all Christian “idolaters” should
be killed worldwide!
recent article about the savage beating of two Arab youths
by a mob of Israeli teenagers claims that more and more Israelis
now view violence as a solution to the Arab problem. Violence in
Israel is not just a backlash against Arab rocket attacks and suicide
bombings; it is sanctioned by the greatest legal and moral authorities
of modern Judaism and Israel : the Talmud and its mystical-revolutionary
companion, the Zohar.
Amalek in Talmud and Zohar
Identification of Amalek as anyone who resists Israel’s
advancement remains deeply rooted in Talmudic and Kabbalistic Judaism.
Most Jewish settlers usurping Arab lands are ultra-Orthodox, Hassidic
adherents of the Zohar, or Kabbalah. They exalt its authority above
the Talmud and far above the Old Testament. The Zohar teaches that
Jews occupy a place of semi-divinity and favor vastly exceeding the
lowly Gentiles, which the Zohar repeatedly refers to as “Amalek.”
The Zohar says the Gentile is a form of demon that should be treated
with no more benevolence than Satan himself. Gentile “Amalekites” have
an intrinsic tendency to disorder the world, causing it to revert
to its primordial emptiness. The Zohar calls this chaos “tohu” and “bohu.”
All of those tend to bring the world back to the state of ‘tohu’ and ‘bohu’ and
they caused the destruction of the Temple. But as ‘tohu’ and ‘bohu’ gave
place to light, so when God reveals Himself, they will be wiped off
the earth. But…redemption will not be complete until Amalek
will be exterminated. (Zohar, Bereshith, 25b)
The people of the earth are idolaters, and it has been written
about them: Let them be wiped off the face of the earth. Destroy
the memory of the Amalekites. (Bereshith, 25a)
The Zohar explains how Israel will finally rid itself of Amalek:
Rabbi Jehudah said to him, (Rabbi Chezkia): ‘He is to be
praised who is able to free himself from the enemies of Israel,
and the just are much to be praised who get free from them and fight
against them.’ Rabbi Chezkia asked, ‘How must we fight
against them?’ Rabbi Jeduha said: ‘By wise counsel thou
shalt war against them.’ (Proverbs 24:6) By what kind of war?
The kind of war that every son of man must war against his enemies,
which Jacob used against Esau – by deceit and trickery wherever
possible. They must be fought against without ceasing, until proper
order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say we should
free ourselves from them and rule over them.’ (I, 160a, Pranaitis
Is the Zohar Outdated?
Are these the ravings of bigoted medieval rabbis, too absurd to
be taken seriously by modern religious Jews? Quite the contrary.
Ultra-orthodox settlers live and breathe the Zohar, as do their Hassidic
brethren worldwide. The preface to the Soncino edition of the Zohar
The Zohar appeals to many Jews in a way that makes them regard
it as the most sacred of sacred books! For it mirrors Judaism as
an intensely vital religion of the spirit. More overpoweringly than
any other book or code, more even than the Bible, does it give the
Jew the conviction of an inner, unseen spiritual universe – an
eternal moral order. (p. 12)
Kabbalistic “mystic sentiment and emotion,” the preface
continues, is “indispensable to Judaism if it is to continue
to play its predestined part in bringing mankind ‘under the
wings of the shekinah,’” i.e. Jewish world domination.
Although Israel describes itself as a democracy much like America,
it was not founded on New Testament values of kindness to one's enemies,
as America was. It is based on the racist "hit back,
never forget" morality of the Talmud and Kabbalah. Pharisaic
bigotry powerfully motivates Israel to gain power through theft and
violence, not to make peace through concessions and self-denial.
For masked Jewish settlers and followers of Kabbalah in the settlement
of Susia, pharisaic influence inclined them away from discussion
and accommodation with their Arab neighbors. It propelled them into
a bloody “diplomacy” of threats enforced with baseball
1. B'tselm continues to expose one of Israel 's most sordid,
best-kept secrets: its torture of very large numbers of Palestinians
in its prisons. (See, Torture
in Israeli Prisons)
2. From “Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel .” 1999. Dr. Israel
Shahak, with Norton Mezvinsky. Cited in www.IsraelNews.com, “Bible
Thumping to Bible Burning.” 5/25/08 .
3. From “The Talmud Unmasked,” by Rev. I. B. Pranaitis. The Soncino
version of this passage, contained in Vol. 2, Vayeze 160a, says the same thing
but in less pointed language. Scholars of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages
translated this and other passages of the Zohar for me out of the authoritative
Mantuan Edition of the Zohar (16th century), which resides in the Judaic Section
of the Library of Congress. Their conclusion is that, in the case of volatile
passages, the Pranaitis translations are consistently superior to the Soncino.
In such passages that cannot be omitted, Soncino’s practice is to tone
them down by paraphrasing.
4. The Zohar, 5 volumes translated by Sperling and Simon, Soncino Press, London
- New York , 1984.
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