A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Call me naive, if you must, but I have been astounded in recent years at the depth of “Jew hating” among the peoples of Europe. I have become used to the raw, visceral, hatred of Jews from so much of the Middle East, but after fighting a war in Europe to eradicate Hitler, and the Jew hating Nazis, one would expect that Europeans had learned a lesson. Apparently, they have not.
Here in America, hatred of Jews is alive and well. One must remember that prior to the Second World War the American Nazi Party was a strong vibrant entity -- right here on American soil. One of their biggest rallies was in Madison Square Garden in, of all places, New York City.
Hatred of any race of fellow human beings is morally despicable. For those who profess to be followers of Christ, Christians, hating Jews is more than morally wrong and despicable, it is a vile sin. Jesus, Himself, was a Jew. It doesn’t even make sense.
The old excuse of blaming the Jews for the crucifixion of Christ is pure bull. History, (and the scriptures) confirm(s) the presence of a Roman governor, who pronounced the death sentence, and the Roman soldiers who carried it out. The Jews were forbidden by their faith from doing so. Both Gentile and Jew, share the blame.
For the so-called religious among us to envy the Jews as a result of their special favor in the sight of God as His “Chosen People” is ludicrous. Remember, it was Cain’s envy of the favor God extended to Cain’s brother Abel that led Cain, in his jealousy, to murder his own brother.
It is important to remember that Palestine was the name the Romans gave the area they governed in what we call the Middle East today. Israel was a part of that territory. Clearly, Jews were there. History confirms it.
The modern state of Israel was founded May 16th, 1948. Within 24 hours, their Arab neighbors attacked them from all sides. Their intent was to murder the state of Israel aborning. They failed. The Infant nation of Israel was victorious over all the nations intent on her destruction.
Israel has had its big brother, America, by its side since some ten minutes after its founding when the American President Harry Truman phoned to congratulate Israel’s government and the Israeli people -- and to pledge America’s support.
It has been an on-going struggle for Israel at the United Nations. One could even say that the only thing about which the UN is “united” is their combined distaste and hatred for Israel. One can easily conclude that the reason for this concentrated condemnation of Israel at the UN is because Israel is viewed as the “Jewish State.”
The recent incident with the so-called “peace activists, “ attempting to run the Israeli/Egyptian blockade of Gaza, exhibited all the earmarks of a “set-up.” It was an obvious publicity stunt gone very bad.
Of course, the world media made Israeli out to be the villain -- as is their wont. Apparently, it is considered villainous if Israel attempts to defend itself. It would seem that Israel is the only country on the globe expected to allow her enemies to do as they please and never, ever, dare to assert their rights as a sovereign nation – and as human beings.
All of this should tell anyone willing to listen that anti-Semitism is alive and well and even thriving -- even after the Third Reich demonstrated to the world where it ultimately leads.
I am not optimistic that hatred of the Jews will end, or even lessen, any time soon. In fact, I expect it to get much, much, worse and eventually lead the nations of the world to a place known as the Megiddo Valley and the final battle known as -- the Battle of Armageddon.
J. D. Longstreet