How to support Israel

What you can do for Israel and for the Jewish people

We must pray for Jerusalem not because we want to prosper, but because we love that city, that Land, that People, and above all, the God of Israel who has set His Holy Name on that city. We pray that Jewish people around the world may stand firm for their God and for His Land and that those Jews who do not really know the God of Israel will soon come to know Him and return to Torah.

By David Rushton, Canada Free Press, February 14, 2010

First, may I say how thankful I am for the many readers that have made very positive comments about this short series of articles. They have more than made up for the two or three atheists and hate-mongers who tried to make themselves obnoxious (or maybe they were not even trying). Obviously, what I have written has been my own opinion backed up with facts, but I do realize others have a right to their opinion too.

As far as I know this will be the last in the series about Israel and the Jewish people. Of course if this generates comments that I am forced to answer, in the words of the Governor of California,  “I’ll be back.” I believe that the foregoing articles need and deserve a conclusion. We have shown that Israel has a right to the Land. We have even seen that the Koran backs this up. We have seen that anti-God Islam is the key to just about all terrorism and anti-Semitism in the world today. So the question is, “What can you do? What should you do to support Israel?”

First as a matter of recapitulation with a little added information let me emphasize the point that the Koran, bloodthirsty and hate filled as it is actually states that God gave the Land of Israel to the Jews (and not to the Arabs or Muslims). Here I quote three Koranic verses found in Suras 5, 7, and 17.

“Recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, remember G-d’s blessings upon you: He appointed prophets from among you, made you kings, and granted you what He never granted any other people. O my people, enter the holy land that G-d has decreed for you, and do not rebel…”

“We let the oppressed people inherit the land, east and west, and we blessed it. The blessed commands of your Lord were thus fulfilled for the Children of Israel, to reward them for their steadfastness, and we annihilated the works of Pharaoh and his people and everything they harvested.”

“And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, “Go live into this land. When the final prophecy comes to pass, we will summon you all in one group.”

So, if these so called “Palestinian” Muslims follow the Koran, what are they doing trying to take away the Land from God’s Chosen People, the Jews?

The Israeli Government rarely comments

Occasionally Benjamin Netanyahu, first as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN or now as Prime Minister for the second time, has made a masterful speech almost rivaling those of Aba Eban. However he has been strangely quiet of late and I wonder why. In fact, I wonder why Israeli leaders have all been quiet once they become Prime Minister. If it were me I think I would be screaming, “You lie” (Sorry Congressman Wilson), at the top of my voice every time a Muslim leader accuses Israel of war crimes or mis-treatment of the so called “Palestinians.” Indeed, they are great big fat lies as we have seen in the last three articles. But Prime Ministers seem to stand aloof from the torrent of abusing language and not worry about public opinion. Are they waiting for us to stand up for Israel? If there is another reason I must confess I do not know what it is. So, in this final article I am going to suggest a few things you might do to help Israel. I hope I do not offend anyone in the Israeli government by stepping forward in this way, but I do it only because of my love of Israel and my distress and at hearing so much abuse thrown at Israel and so few words in defense.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

The scriptures command us to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Obviously that means also for Israel in general. I also believe it encompasses prayer for the Jewish People. May Jerusalem live in everlasting Peace and may her enemies be subdued by the Almighty. Marcia and I pray this prayer at every meal. We remember that Psalm 122:6 reads,

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

We must pray for Jerusalem not because we want to prosper, but because we love that city, that Land, that People, and above all, the God of Israel who has set His Holy Name on that city. We pray that Jewish people around the world may stand firm for their God and for His Land and that those Jews who do not really know the God of Israel will soon come to know Him and return to Torah.

Write letters

Write letters to editors of newspapers when they print anything unfavorable to Israel.

Write letters to your friends and family asking them to do the same.

Write letters to government leaders demanding that they stand behind Israel

It is so easy these days to send emails to all these people. It will take very little of your time but it will do so much good.

Muslims learned long ago that they can get results by sending mass emails. You can too. Learn how to send out emails to lists of newspapers by keeping a list and feeding it into your Blind CC address bar.

Join blogs standing up for Israel ( even anti-Israel blogs).

50% of the American people say they support Israel. Nobody will know how you feel unless you talk about it and write letters and emails.

Support Israel in Conversations

If you hear an argument about Israel don’t just listen or turn away. Join in and make sure everyone knows that you stand up for The Land of Israel and for the God of Israel. If you don’t let your voice be heard you will probably be counted with those who are against Israel. But if you do speak out for Israel you will probably find that others will join you and commend you for your stand.

The persecution continues

The Biblical accounts

The Bible tells how various kings tried to force Jews to convert on pain of death. In most cases they did not convert. Remember Daniel? Remember the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace? Remember Mordechai in the book of Esther? Jews have refused to bow to ungodly kings or convert to their religions for 3000 years.

Early persecution by Muslims

In the late 12th and early 13th centuries Muslims found Jews useful because they had learned trades or because they were well educated and capable of taking care of businesses for the Muslims. They were allowed to live in Muslim cities as long as they paid a heavy tax. However, several Caliphs broke the rules and insisted that Jews convert or be executed. In most cases, of course, this conversion was only evident in the street while behind closed doors they remained faithful to God. However, the rulers made it clear that anyone who returned to the Jewish faith would be beheaded.

The Crusades

In the12th and 13th centuries the Christian Kings of Europe set out several times to rid the Holy Land of Jews. Men, women, and children were slaughtered indiscriminately; homes and synagogues destroyed. While modern Christians abhor all knowledge of the Crusades the fact remains that Jews still remember what was done in the name of the Christian religion. Can you believe that some Christians today invite Jews to a Crusade at their church?

Persecution in Spain and Portugal

In fourteen hundred and ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In that same year the Spanish monarch decreed that all Jews must convert to Christianity, or leave the country. If they did not they were to be executed. What would you have done? Those who converted by force became nominal Christians and for generations they remembered who they really were and passed the truth down to their children. However in time their descendents inter-married with non-Jews and eventually many of the Jewish families ceased to exist. The same thing happened in Portugal in 1497.

Because the Christians of Spain and Portugal mistrusted the converted Jews and felt that perhaps their conversions were not real many of those families immigrated to Latin America where the Portuguese settled in Brazil and the Spanish Jews settled in other countries in South and Central America. Even there they were forced to act as Christians for fear of the priests and Missionaries until eventually most of their ancestors remembered little of their Jewish heritage until recent times. Now many families in Latin America are discovering their Jewish roots and researching family trees to find that indeed they are Jews. What a tragedy that those false conversions ever took place! What a catastrophe that they ever were forced to leave their religion and their God in the first place because of forced conversions.

The Nazis

And then came the Nazis. They were not interested in converting Jews to anything. They wanted only to destroy the Jewish people completely.

Jews have a collective memory of forced conversion and death. They died at the hands of soldiers who went to church on Sunday and marched them to their death on Monday. To the Jewish people these were Christian soldiers just like the crusaders. Did you know that Hitler once studied to become a Catholic Priest? Did you know that he died a Catholic and was never excommunicated?

In these more enlightened times Jews are not forced to convert except in a few Muslim countries. Christians no longer force Jews to convert any more than Jehovah’s Witnesses or Scientologists force Christians to convert. But there are always those who try to manipulate and convince Jews to convert to Christianity. And the question must be asked Why? If a Jew feels strongly enough that he wants to become a Christian he is free to do so. Most Jews occasionally see Christian Television Evangelists like Jimmy Swaggart and they certainly have a chance to convert. Nobody will try to stop him beyond just a gentle persuasion. So why do some groups target Jews with such gusto?

Please take a moment to think about what you are doing if you do persuade a Jew to become a Christian.

The Jewish People have a covenant with God. In fact they have more than one covenant.

The Covenant with Abraham – Genesis 17

7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
9And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

In the above verses God says that this covenant will be everlasting. What does everlasting mean? Does it mean until God changes something or until man changes something? No, it means for ever or until the end of the world. The Jewish People are not perfect any more than others. But they do have an everlasting covenant. Would you want to persuade a Jew to break that covenant?

Covenant of the Sabbath,  Exodus 31

12And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
13Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
14Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Do you seriously want to be responsible for causing a Jew to break those Covenants with the God of Israel? Do you want to teach a Jew to renounce the Sabbath Covenant and start going to Church on Sunday rather than resting and worshipping on the Biblical Sabbath?

I realize that some Christians will feel compelled to tell me they believe in another covenant. Well, it is good that you believe that. But God has made a covenant with His People Israel and I implore you to respect that covenant and allow God’s Chosen people to keep those Covenant with their God.

By all means please spend every minute of your life trying to convert Muslims. That would be a blessing for the whole world.

Please understand that God’s Chosen People are very special and they have an everlasting covenant with the Almighty that they must not break.

A few years ago when I was speaking in a church I was challenged by a “Palestinian” Christian Evangelist who said that God has cancelled His Covenant with Israel. I answered him by saying, “If God made a covenant with the Jewish People that He (God) said was everlasting and God broke that Covenant, what hope do you have that He will not break a covenant with you?”  Thankfully the whole congregation clapped in agreement with me. God MUST keep His Covenants because it is part of His Divine nature.

British and American Courts Threaten Jews – You can help

In an article this week by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu of Israel National News he reports that courts in both the U.S. and Britain have struck a blow against Judaism that in effect forces Jewish organizations to cease being Jewish.

In Britain Muslims are permitted to have their own court system in which many cases are tried under Shariah Law. Yet a Jewish school has been told it cannot have any say in who can be enrolled as a student. The school barred a child because they said he was not Jewish. But the courts decided that they must accept him. Obviously this is at best a case of double standards and at worst a matter of making Islam more important than Judaism.

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, wrote in the London Jewish Chronicle

“You do not have to be an expert in jurisprudence to realize that, as one of the judges put it, the court’s decision “leads to such extraordinary results, and produces such manifest discrimination against Jewish schools in comparison with other faith schools, that one can’t help feeling that something has gone wrong.”

In the United States, the National Council of Young Israel (YI) has filed a legal brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a coalition of minority religious groups – including Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and African American and Hispanic Christians – to defend the right of religious organizations to remain autonomous and to choose their members and leaders.

The idea here is that Young Israel has led the charge for several other groups to ensure that any religious organization can limit members to those who adhere to the principals of that organization. Remember the case of the Boy Scouts of America being forced by the courts to admit an atheist as a member? Well the Boy Scouts are not considered a religious organization so that was a little different. But now Young Israel is afraid that they will be forced to take in Atheists, Muslims and whoever else by the courts. It would be the same, of course, if an association of Christian Doctors were forced to open membership to a Haitian Witch Doctor. What then is the point of the organization? So I hope Young Israel prevails for good of all. You need to take time to let these courts know how you feel about these things. Often the best way would be through letters to the Editor.

We need to petition the United Nations against their anti-Israeli actions

We all remember the Goldstone report that was so critical of Israeli actions in operation Cast Lead when the IDF was forced to return to Gaza to stop the constant bombardment of Jewish villages by rockets. Not only did the UN remove certain parts of that report that concluded that the Muslims had violated international law and committed war crimes but it now turns out that the presumed “military expert” lied time after time about the circumstances.

In a press conference last Wednesday called by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs new criticisms were leveled at the Goldstone Report for inaccuracies and outright lies. One of the four members of the UN “fact-finding” mission, Col. (ret.) Desmond Travers, formerly of the Irish Defense Forces has proved himself to be totally anti-Israel and pro Muslim to the extreme. Nothing in his report could possibly be taken seriously. Yet the UN used it as their basis for their condemnation of Israel and identified him as the officer responsible assessing the military aspects of the conflict.

Travers reported that he asked Arab psychologists in Gaza to explain how Israeli soldiers could kill Palestinian children in front of their parents. Putting such words in their mouths to start with would ensure the right answer. It’s a bit like asking the witness to an accident, “Can you tell me why that driver deliberately ran down the old lady?” But we all know there was no truth to those allegations. There may be a clue to the source for such stories in an interview in the Middle East Monitor, on February 2, 2010, when he asserted that in the past Israeli soldiers had “taken out and deliberately shot” Irish peacekeeping forces in Southern Lebanon. Of course that never happened.

The Goldstone Report itself noted in Paragraph 440 that those interviewed in Gaza appeared reluctant to speak about the presence of Palestinian armed groups because of a “fear of reprisals.” Yet Travers rejected the notion that Hamas shielded its forces in the civilian population and did not accept the idea that Israel faced asymmetric warfare. Furthermore Travers stated that there was no intimidation from Hamas “none whatsoever.”
Travers invented a story that the IDF had unmanned aerial vehicles that could get a “thermal signature” on houses in Gaza and count how many people were inside. He then suggested that with this information the Israeli military deliberately ordered a missile strike on these homes packed with people.

Israel does not have UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that can see though houses and pick up a thermal signature. In fact, Israel used its UAVs to warn civilians to vacate houses that were about to be targeted both as a humanitarian gesture and to ensure that facts could not be misrepresented as Travers in fact did.

Travers insisted that there was no need for the IDF to enter Gaza on December 27, 2008 as an act of self-defense because he claimed that only two rockets had been launched at Israel. This despite the fact that Israel had proof of no less than 32 rockets in just three days.

Apart from being so obviously anti-Semitic Travers is very adept at learning the Muslim art of “the big lie.” How is it possible that the United Nations could employ and believe such an obviously deceptive degenerate? (Yes, that is a rhetorical question).

Who really enjoys being targeted by religious zealots?

How many times have you been watching a comedy show on TV in which the door bell rings and someone says “It’s the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Everybody be quiet and they’ll think we’re not home.

Do you remember back in the 60s and 70s when the Moonies congregated at the airports and tried to give you a flower and when you fought your way past them you ran into a circle of chanting Hari Krishnas in saffron robes? All they wanted to do was convert you. But you were offended weren’t you? You had your religion and you did not want to have it challenged by those wierdos.

Did it ever occur to you that Jews have those same feelings? Torah Observant Jews know the Bible very well.

I hope that by now (after three articles that most of you agreed with) I can speak frankly but kindly to you on this sensitive subject without offending you.

How would you feel if Jews knocked on your door and tried to convert you?

Jews do not actively try to convert anyone to Judaism. In fact it is customary for a Rabbi to refuse to help anyone to convert until they ask on three separate occasions. This is because (1) a Rabbi does not want to allow anyone to convert who might not be sincere (2) because he feels that the person should be given ample time to think over such an important matter, (3) because he must be sure that the person has come on his own after much thought to this momentous decision and, (4) because the Rabbi is a gentleman who does not in any way persuade or encourage a non-Jew to convert to Judaism.

Jews have good reason to refuse to convert to any other religion and I sincerely hope I have been able to help you understand why.

Again, I do hope I have not offended those who have agreed with everything in my last three articles.

May the God of Israel Bless you with His Shalom

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