A homemade bomb exploded outside the Ben Weider Jewish Community Center in Montreal on Tuesday, in the middle of Passover week. No one was injured and only a little damage was caused. So far no one is willing to say it is a racist hate crime, so what does that make it? An Accident?
Is it OK to bomb a Jewish establishment (or any other) provided that it cannot be associated with the expression, 'Racism'? Do we sooth our consciences by simply saying: 'Oh, but they didn't prove it was a hate crime'?
In its annual audit of anti-Semitism, B'nai Brith identified a 70 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents last year in Quebec and a 12.8 percent rise in Canada. (Jerusalem Post)
Where does Anti-Semitism come from? Perhaps Michael Devolin is right when he lays the blame squarely on the shoulders of Christianity. But what about those who claim to owe no allegiance to or faith in Christianity? What about the demonstrable anti-semitism of the United Nations?
I wrote an article at King's Calendar recently, in which I addressed just this issue. (The United Nations and the Rising Hypocrisy of Political Activism), in which I drew attention to at least one particularly odious development.
- "Once again, the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations are inordinately focused on alleged Israeli violations while ignoring or downplaying the most serious human rights crises around the world," said Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "To use the U.N. Human Rights Council as an institutional bludgeon against the state of Israel is a disgraceful abuse of power and an affront to the very concept of human rights." (Proposed U.N. Human Rights Mandate To Probe Israel 'A Disgraceful Abuse Of Power')
It was my contention in that article, that the rising hypocrisy of the United Nations and it's political activism, is that in it's attempt to make of itself something noteworthy; to gain the support of those who can empower it, the United Nations has become a bigoted hypocritical farce eager to pretend to believe obvious lies and play a game of "let's pretend we are righteous".
It is my belief that Political activism in a variety of shades, has forced us to become hypocrites, compartmentalising our moral standards so as to uphold our basic tenets of faith (non discrimination and equality), whilst at the same time being totally discriminating against Israel.
I concluded that article by saying:
And so today, as we fearfully walk along not willing to make of ourselves hypocrites by reneging on some of our highbrow social agendas, we have begun the slide into a madness that first commences with our refusal to see what is clearly before our eyes and to hear what is clearly spoken in our ears, and which then rushes headlong into blatant hypocrisy that self justifies by the slimmest of threads. Deceitfully claiming that we are not prejudiced against Jews but like the United Nations, walking a righteous politico/legal path in opposition to Israel and in support of the poor Palestinians, in reality we have merely found a politically correct way to say: 'Kill the Dirty Jews!'
Today, with the United Nations leading the way, the world pretends that Israel is Evil (Israel = Jews / Jews = evil), whilst pretending that the 'poor Palestinians' ( read - Hamas and Fatah) are innocent bystanders trying to survive in a lopsided racist pogrom. Very little attention is paid to what is said by the People of Palestine themselves, some of which I included in the King's Calendar article.
But just today, a news report from the Jerusalem Post demonstrates quite clearly that the true 'poor Palestinians', are not the victims (or at least not solely the victims) of Racist Israel.
- Gaza Net cafe owners seek protection unidentified assailants detonated explosive charges inside an Internet cafe in the town of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip.
- Wednesday's attack was the third of its kind in less than a week and the 48th in the past five months.
- the attacks were the work of a radical Islamic group - Swords of Islamic Righteousness - believed to be an offshoot of al-Qaida.
- Its members have also claimed responsibility for assaults on women whom they accused of being dressed immodestly.
- "They are trying to impose strict Islamic teachings; they want a Taliban-style regime in the Gaza Strip. For them, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are too moderate in their views."
- "The attacks on the Internet cafes and music shops are a sign of the cultural and intellectual deterioration in Palestine,"
There are always two sides to every story, but I find it interesting that in our 'intellectually' enlightened societies, we still end up acting like illiterate yokels. Not willing to part with our comfortable ideological security blankets, we turn a blind eye to the truth, and pretend that all is right with the world. Maybe Saint Paul (Book of Romans Chapter 1) was correct. He said that those who through pride and arrogance willingly deny the truth, have their minds given over to darkness and they turn themselves over to all manner of evil.
Romans 1:29-32 (Bible.Org) They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know Godís righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them. (Vs.:28 was not quoted because that is usually where preachers stop preaching.)
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran (www.kingscalendar.com) and is a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News.
From Brisbane in Australia, BenDedek comes from a Multi-Faith and Multi-Ethnic family (including Christians and Muslims), and is currently teaching Conversational Business English in SuZhou City, Jiangsu Province China.