U.S.-Israeli Shared Values: Religious Fundamentalism and War Crimes

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

On Monday Religious Jewish and Christian fundamentalists celebrated the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while Israeli forces fired live ammo at unarmed women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders for being near the barbed wire fence that separates Gaza from Israel.

From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to withholding money from the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, to pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, Mr. Trump’s political prizes for Zion negates the pain of Nakba and is clearly driven by Trump’s tribe of Christian fundamentalists masquerading as evangelicals.

By Eileen Fleming

Responding to the state sponsored violence in the Holy Land the World Council of Churches issued an urgent call for just peace and an end to impunity in the Holy Land stating:

It is a very serious situation for the churches locally – and globally – that some Christians are thanking God for a decision that is so blatantly against international law and policy, so much undermining the peace process based on a common international understanding of the rights of both peoples to share Jerusalem as their capital, and so provocative to the occupied and oppressed people of Palestine. This should concern all who understand their religious faith as compelling them to work for reconciliation and peace.

Fundamentalists uphold belief in their strict, literal interpretation of scripture. Fundamentalist Christianity is on the rise and they are the tribe who support the Trump agenda.

Evangelicalism is a Protestant movement within a variety of Christian denominations. An evangelical use to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ who promised the peacemakers are God’s children and that what ever one does or does not do unto any other: they do it or not unto God.

Nakba literally translates to “disaster”, “catastrophe”, or “cataclysm” and for Palestinians it began when Israel became a state in 1948, forcing over 700,000 indigenous Palestinians to flee for their lives or be expelled from their homes. Upwards of 600 Palestinian villages were destroyed because of the Zionist fueled colonization of the Holy Land.

Monday’s opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem sealed the Trump administration’s recognition of Israel and negated Nakba.

On March 10, 1948, eleven men had a meeting in the Red House headed by Ben Gurion. The eleven decided to expel one million Palestinians from historical Palestine. No minutes were taken, but many memoirs were written about that fateful meeting. A systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestine began and within seven months the Zionists managed to expel one half of all the Palestinian people from their villages and towns.

 

“The New York Times followed Israeli troops and reported the truth of the expulsion and separation of men and women, and of the many massacres. The world was well informed in 1948, but a year later not a trace was reported in the USA press or books. It was as if nothing ever happened.

 

“From March to October 1948 the USA State Department stated what was happening was a CRIME against humanity and ethnic cleansing. When ever one ethnic group expels another group they should be treated as War Criminals and the victims should be allowed to return. This is never mentioned in the USA about Palestine.

 

“Israel is so successful in their ethnic cleansing because the world doesn’t care! The ethnic cleansing continues via the apartheid policies of the Israeli government and because of the denial of the truth by the USA media.

 

“To claim Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East is bullshit! The Six Day War of 1967 escalated the ethnic cleansing and today in Jerusalem every Palestinian who fails to pay taxes, or has a minor infraction will loose their citizenship.

 

“In 1948 the mechanism of denial and ethnic cleansing as an IDEOLOGY, not a policy but a formula began. When Zionism began in the 19th century it was meant to be a safe haven for Jews and to help redefine Judaism as a national movement, not just a religion. Nothing wrong with either of those goals!

 

“But by the late 19th Century it was decided the only way these goals could be achieved was by ridding the indigenous population and it became an evil ideology.

 

“Israeli Jewish life will never be simple, good, or worth living while this ideology of domination, exclusiveness and superiority is allowed to continue. The mind set today is that unless Israel is an exclusive Jewish State, Palestinians will continue to be obstacles. However, there has always been a small vocal minority challenging this.

 

“The only thing that can save Palestinians is for the world to say “ENOUGH is ENOUGH!” The way to challenge and change the ethnic cleansing is to pursue true democracy and the use of sanctions and divestment, for money talks.- Dr. Ilan Pappe, 8 November 2006, during Sabeel’s 6thInternational Conference in Jerusalem

Trump’s decision to open the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day the day before Nakba Day, was unnecessarily provocative and fueled by Trump’s base of Christian fundamentalists who know nothing about what Jesus was all about.

Jesus was angered by hypocrisy in high places but always compassionate and gentle with ‘sinners’ and outcasts.

As the ‘let them eat cake’ elites celebrated in Jerusalem and ignored Trump’s responsibility for this week’s blood bath in Gaza, I again realized the truth in the biblical verse about those who have eyes but refuse to see and have ears that do not hear because of hearts of stone that worship, seek and pursue power and money over the living God within every man, woman, child, creature as they desecrate, rape and destroy Mother Nature and so I repeat my spin on The Sermon on the Mount:

When Jesus was about 33, he hiked up a hill and sat down under an olive tree and began to teach the people;

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” 

In other words: it is those who know their own spiritual poverty, their own limitations and ‘sins’ honestly and trust God loves them in spite of themselves who already live in the Kingdom of God.

How comforted we will all be, when we see, we haven’t got a clue, as to the depth and breadth of pure love and mercy of The Divine Mystery of The Universe.

God’s name in ancient Aramaic is Abba which means Daddy as much as Mommy and He/She: The Lord has said, “My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not yours.” -Isaiah 55:8

Jesus continued: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” 

The essence of meek is to be patient with ignorance, slow to anger and never hold a grudge. In other words: how comforted you will be when you also know humility; when you know yourself, the good and the bad, for both cut through every human heart.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be filled.”

In other words: how comforted you will be when your greatest desire is to do what “God requires, and he has already told you what that is; BE JUST, BE MERCIFUL and walk humbly with your Lord.”-Micah 6:8

“Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy.”

In other words: how comforted you will all be when you choose to return only kindness to your ‘enemy.’

“For with the measure you measure against another, it will be measured back to you”
 Christ warns his disciples as he explains the law of karma in Luke 6:27-38.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they see God.”

In other words: how comforted you will be when you WAKE UP and see God is already within you, within every man, every woman and every child. The Supreme Being is everywhere, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. Beyond The Universe -and yet so small; within the heart of every atom.

“Blessed are The Peacemakers: THEY shall be called the children of God.” 

I pray Godspeed on Peacemakers of Hope for “HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it.”-St. Augustine

PS to Trump’s Tribe of Christians: “He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.” – Aquinas