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16 December, 2009 By Rev. Ted Pike

In a recent video alert on the Anti-Defamation League website, ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman says anti-Semitism is growing explosively worldwide, especially during the last year. It is also “invading the mainstream,” says ADL.

We are going to hear a lot about anti-Semitism in the months ahead—not only from ADL but from ADL’s Dept. of Global Anti-Semitism in the US State Department. President Obama recently appointed the State Department's US Envoy on Anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal. She is charged with helping subdue what Foxman describes as perhaps the worst global anti-Semitism outbreak he has witnessed in his 22-year tenure as head of ADL.

Exactly what is anti-Semitism?

In its latest report to Congress, the Office of Global Anti-Semitism says "classic anti-Semitism" is the New Testament assertion that Jews masterminded the crucifixion of Christ 2,000 years ago. (See U.S. Government, Talmud Mock New Testament) ADL says it is harsh criticism of Israel and any visual or verbal comparison of Nazis to Israel, its leaders, or military. Webster’s New 20 th Century Dictionary—owned by Jewish publishing house Simon and Schuster—defines anti-Semitism to include “fearing Jews or Jewish things.” Israel is quintessentially a Jewish thing. Thus, fearing Israel, its leaders, or its military is, according to this authority, anti-Semitic.

Are Christians a part of what ADL and our government portrays as a frightening scourge that governments worldwide should suppress? In 1982 Stan Mooneyham was president of World Vision International, an evangelical Christian relief organization. Consider his following observations in World Vision Magazine describing the aftermath of Israel’s 1982 bombing of refugee camps in southern Lebanon which killed at least 19,500. Does it contain strong criticism or fear of Israel? Is it “anti-Semitic?”

Some say there was two hours notice. Others insist there was none. In a camp of 60,000, it’s not easy to get the word around, even when warning leaflets are dropped… the first planes came at 5 o’clock in the evening; from just after midnight until eight the next evening the bombing was continuous. For three days the pounding went on. Everybody here has friends who died in the attack. A woman makes a chopping motion across the knee of a baby another woman is holding, saying she saw a baby at Ein-el-Hillweh who had both legs blown off.

There is no Ein-el-Hillweh anymore. Never before have I seen such total destruction, not even in Minagua, the earthquake-stricken capitol of Nicaragua. If the world’s war-makers and peacemakers want to see what saturation bombing looks like, they should look here. Israel, a country skilled in making the desert blossom like a rose, knows also how to turn rose into desert.

Block after block of crumpled wreckage is all that’s left. Plus the unknown number of bodies. There must be hundreds down there underneath the rubble—the permeating odor of decaying flesh tells you that much. Refugees who escaped say that as many as 8,000 died. The Red Cross puts the number at 1,500. Either way, it’s one of the major massacres of modern times.

Mooneyham then describes the Israeli attack on Sidon in the darkness of the early morning:

…at two-thirty Monday morning, June 14, an aerial bomb slices into Kineye School. It rips bodies apart, strews arms and legs and pieces of what a second before had been living, breathing human beings. The concussion takes the rest.

No more running. No more crying. Now they sleep.

Now here I am three weeks later, where no observer is supposed to be, seeing what no observer is supposed to see. The bodies and pieces of bodies…Kineye School is a charnel house; body fluids, creeping across the basement floor from the stacks of bodies, are ankle-deep in places. It is possible to count fifty or so bodies. The rest are piled atop each other, hurled there by the blast that took their lives. We are told there are 255 in the helter-skelter pile. (September 1982)

Lest We Forget

In 1982, ADL was Israel's PR bulldog as it is today. ADL and the Israeli government downplayed the casualties and damages at Sidon as well as Beirut. Yet Mooneyham, who managed to penetrate the area much sooner than other Western observers, reported: “If the Israeli figure of 165 killed in Sidon is accurate, I saw all but 10 of those bodies in one school basement still unburied three weeks after the invasion. That says nothing about the township of Ein-el-Hillweh just outside of Sidon which had a normal population of 60,000 and was obliterated by saturation bombing.”

As the head of an international relief organization bringing $400,000 of medical and relief supplies to victims of this modern Holocaust, Mooneyham was astonished at the refusal of Israeli conquerors to allow distribution of such necessities, even after fighting ended and the area was secure.

Early delivery attempts were thwarted on several occasions by Israeli blockades…causing costly delays…Israel refused all relief agencies access to occupied areas for more than 10 days of the worst need when quick action could have saved many lives. The Red Cross ship S.S. Anton, carrying World Vision relief supplies, was refused permission on security grounds to land critically needed supplies to Sidon two weeks after the invasion, although our people in the city reported total security, with people fishing on the docks. (August 1982)

Mooneyham’s viewing of Lebanon prompted an ominous comparison: “The sheer magnitude of this one visible piece of the Israeli war machine is incredible. David seems determined to become Goliath.” (September 1982)

Is Mooneyham's account “anti-Semitic?” According to ADL and Webster’s New 20 th Century Dictionary, it is. It is rife with strong, harsh criticism of Israeli national policy and her leaders and military. It also expresses "fear of Jewish things" - warplane pilots, generals such as Ariel Sharon who ordered the attack, and the Jewish military's homicidal hatred of Arab refugees and indifference to their sufferings. (Israeli General Rafael Eitan described the refugees during the bombardment as "cockroaches in a bottle.")

Mooneyham did not compare Israel in 1982 to Nazis. He compared Israel to Goliath. But he easily could have. In 1939, German forces unjustly bombed the daylights out of Poland to make a path eastward to destroy what they described as “Jewish communism,” (which did pose a threat to their national survival). In 1982, largely to end sporadic rocket fire into northern Israel (with virtually no casualties), Gen. Ariel Sharon bombed refugee camps into oblivion in southern Lebanon.

Whose was the greater wrong? You decide. But it is clear that Israel’s actions in 1982 were remarkably Nazi-like.

In 1982, ADL argued that, considering Israel's "right to defend herself," her military response of saturation bombing was necessary, just, and proportionate. I closely monitored western response at the time and to my knowledge no evangelical leader, except Mooneyham, disagreed. In fact, virtually all politicians in Congress, Democrat and Republican, as well as Christian and conservative leaders were either silent or praising and defending Israel. William Safire and Georgie Ann Geyer were virtually the only nationally-syndicated columnists I was aware of with the courage to criticize Israel.

Similarly, after “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza last year, evangelicals agree with ADL that Israel’s “right to exist” was challenged by sporadic rocket fire from Gaza and that Israel’s bombardment and quarantine have been appropriate.

According to ADL, the west responded correctly in 1982 but is now reacting very wrongly. Its uproar of strong criticism of Israel's leadership and military is anti-Semitic.

Ever-Broadening Definition of Anti-Semitism

Actual historic anti-Semitism is the racist belief that all Jews, because of heredity, are subversive, degenerate and corruptive. Hitler believed that and taught it to a generation of Germans. But it is not anti-Semitic to protest what you believe is grievous injustice on the part of Israel's leadership. All the Hebrew prophets, including John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, did that. In fact, it was always the false prophet majority who spoke blessings on ungodly Jewish leadership – as do most evangelicals over the past century.

If you listen to any critics of Israel today in the western or even Moslem world, you will find them complain of what they allege constitutes monstrous human rights abuses by Israel toward the Palestinians. They say the Palestinians have been driven to fanaticism and terror by Israeli oppression. Whether you agree, such criticism can’t be properly termed "anti-Semitism." Yet billions of such dissidents are now labeled by ADL and our US State Dept. as anti-Semitic.

In addition, ADL's Dept. of Global Anti-Semitism concludes in its latest report to Congress that hundreds of millions of evangelical, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and other Christians are “classic anti-Semites” for believing the New Testament account of Jewish complicity in the crucifixion. Tens of millions of evangelicals still support Israel unconditionally and inherit a 20 th century pro-Zionist tradition to which Israel owes the bulk of its nationhood and success. But they are now, incredibly, viewed by our State Department and Israel's public relations arm, ADL, as anti-Semitic. They are already regarded by Canada as potential "anti-Semitic hate criminals." (They are "potential" as long they keep quiet concerning agreement with the New Testament. If Christians speak boldly from the pulpit, press, or radio, they become actual anti-Semitic hate criminals. Penalty: $5,000 fine and prison if the offense is repeated.)

Who remains free from possible suspicion of anti-Semitism? Only people with no opinion at all, or those too cowardly to open their mouths. At the rate ADL is going, an "anti-Semitic hate criminal" will be anyone who does not slavishly support whatever Jewish leaders or the state of Israel do—even if it is outrageously evil.

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