These were all Doom items, but there were so many of the same theme I grouped them as one post.
Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.
Gazan Christians will be granted permits to travel abroad but none will be allowed to go to Israel and the occupied West Bank, home to many sites holy to Christians, a spokeswoman for Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians said….
This year’s decision is a break with usual policy. Last year, Israel granted permits for close to 700 Gazan Christians to travel to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other holy cities that draw thousands of pilgrims each holiday season.
Gisha, an Israeli rights group, said the ban points “to the intensifying of access restrictions between the two parts of the Palestinian territory,” calling it “a deepening of Israel’s separation policy” for the West Bank and Gaza.
Israel needs lebensraum, which is why they’ve been expanding their boundaries since they were formed. This is not a criticism! Since Trump’s executive order, criticism is now probably illegal and “anti-Semitic”; at least, if you’re on a university.
Now my idea is that Jerusalem at least should be Christian, for the very obvious reason of our Lord’s sacrifice. And for the mundane reason that the Jews had their butts kicked but good by the Romans. Not a stone left standing and so forth. The crusades were fought not to make Palestine Jewish, but Christian. So on and so forth. There is no longer any Jewish homeland by any spiritual or natural right. Politics says otherwise. Just as politics makes it a no-np to say these things at universities.
The new Conservative government in the UK will pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to engage with BDS, UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Eric Pickles said at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s conference in Jerusalem on Sunday night.
“BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such,” Pickles said, explaining that the new law will not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel in any way…
The Conservative Party’s platform in the UKs general election last week included a commitment to “ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries. These undermine community cohesion.”
From the BDS people: “The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.” The group is firmly on the left, speaking of such things as “climate apartheid” and “international law”. So it’s tough to support them.
Of course, BDS was fully supported against another apartheid state in the 1990s, and by the same people who are now against this BDS. It’s all very confusing.
Whether or not whatever-are-being-defined-as Palestinians have a “right” to lands in that area of the world is a political question. I say, as above, that the lands should be Christian (and some “Palestinans” are Christian). But I would not make it illegal for non-Christians to live there or to discuss the question. Which it will be in England, and is in Florida schools, and given Trump’s executive order, supposedly in universities. Jewish supremacists in Israel sure do have some muscle. Israel is self-defined as Jewish state, so the “supremacist” tag fits.
Item Israel’s Refusal to Recognize the Armenian Genocide Is Indefensible (This is Foreign Policy and not some suspect site)
Walking atop Tsitsernakaberd Hill overlooking the Armenian capital of Yerevan, one can see the striking similarities to Jerusalem. The view resembles that from Yad Vashem, the main Israeli memorial site that honors and commemorates the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
At Yad Vashem, also located on a hill, there is the “Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations,” where trees have been planted to commemorate gentiles who saved Jews. In Yerevan, foreign leaders and other dignitaries are also asked to pay respect to the memory of those who died by planting trees….
More than 20 years later, after World War II, Jewish fighters known as “The Avengers” also decided to take revenge and devised a plan to kill German SS officers responsible for murdering Jews during the Holocaust. They planned to poison German drinking water and bakeries. (Dozens of Germans were killed, but the poisoning plans failed.)…
Israel has consistently refused to acknowledge that what happened to the Armenian people was a genocide. This decision doesn’t derive so much from a desire to monopolize victimhood and portray the Holocaust as a unique and unparalleled historical event. It is primarily a cynical political ploy.
I think we ought to pass an “international law”, or at least have an executive order, that not only makes Resurrection and WWII Holocaust denial crimes, but that also makes denying the Armenian Christian Genocide a crime. Come on, Germany, let’s legislate! School kids ought to be made to visit Armenian Genocide museums. Ninety-year-old ladies ought to locked up if they cast aspersions on the Genocide. Et cetera.
As long as we’re at it, let’s make Holodomor denial a crime. More than 7 million Christians were killed (which is more than 6 million), and only a few less permanently stunted.
There is also this: “Israeli Lawmaker Drops Bill Recognizing Armenian Genocide“, with sub-heading “Meretz chief Tamar Zandberg withdrew the legislation after the governing coalition and Foreign Ministry demanded to replace the term ‘genocide’ with ‘tragedy’ or ‘horrors'”. Trump agrees with all this, refusing this week to agree with Congress who called the Christian killings a genocide.
More Christians (think also of who was killing in Russia) and Chinese were murdered in the 20th century, and throughout history, than Jews, but you don’t hear them making it part of their identity, and certainly they don’t use these sad facts to, à la Al Sharpton, put the squeeze on everybody. Some Jews can really be prima donnas of suffering.
The two ink-smudged, Soviet-era documents were the only official proofs they had of their Jewishness. The rest was memory and ash.
In 2000, Dinara Haya Isteleou and her mother, Galiya Rozendorf, immigrants to Israel from Kazakhstan, approached a rabbinical court in the central city of Bat Yam. They came under happy circumstances: to obtain a verification of Jewishness as part of a marital license application for Isteleou’s upcoming wedding, which in Israel must be overseen by the state’s Orthodox authorities, the Chief Rabbinate….
But when the paper trail ran dry, Shorashim directed them to another, unconventional method quietly taking root among some rabbinical judges — in Israel and as far away as Australia and Russia: A private (non-rabbinate) rabbinical judge who founded a genetics lab would collect a cheek swab, they were told, and send it for testing. Should the results come out in their favor, it could be submitted as forensic evidence in the state rabbinical courts as proof of their Jewishness.
You don’t know if you’re part of the master race unless it’s confirmed with DNA tests. The DNA question is a big one, with genetics apparently backing the hypothesis that most European Jews are descended from non-Semitic races (and many Semites are non-Jews). However, that it is disputed by some Israelis who want Jews to be a race. Other Jews like Yoram Hazony say Jews are not a race, which you would think must be to so to, for instance, account for Trump’s apostate daughter.
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