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Is There Room for Zionism in Christianity? by Khalida
May 21, 2009, 5:42 am
Filed under: Interfaith, International, May Volume I - 2009, Politics, World | Tags: ,

(IP) –The Independent’s reporter, Donald MacIntyre, states in his article, “Israeli’s Told to Fight ‘Holy War’ in Gaza,” “Many Israeli troops had the sense of fighting a “religious war” against Gentiles during the 22-day offensive in Gaza, according to an Israeli soldier. The soldier testified that the “clear” message of literature distributed to troops by the rabbinate was: “We are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the Gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land.” Reuters, the Jerusalem Post, the UK Times, Haaretz, and the BBC noted similar reports about the espousing of a holy war against the Muslim and Christian Arabs of Palestine.
Even with the new Benjamin Netanyahu administration, elected after the strikes against Gaza began, a historian of Israeli expansionism, Rev Dr Stephen R Sizer, wrote that Israel is being steered “very definitely to the Right and away from an integrated society and peace with the Palestinians.” He further noted, “Barack Obama is going to have his work cut out to keep the Two State solution alive.”
Far from moving towards a peaceful solution, Israeli authorities are planning to “evacuate and demolish 1,700 homes in East Jerusalem during the current year,” the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah told Arab News. Arab News also reported the head of the Islamic Higher Committee in Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikremah Sabri’s, elaboration on the new demolition project: “More than 5,500 Israeli housing units were under construction in occupied Jerusalem and 73,000 in the West Bank in order to accommodate more than one million” settlers.
The debate on the legality of such projects spilled into the global arena after millions worldwide protested the bombing of Gaza earlier this year. Reporting on the suppression of the local media giving voice to such protests, Ma’an News stated that a woman and journalist were among those beaten by Israeli troops during a press conference held by the parents of critically wounded American peace activist Tristan Anderson. “Mr. Anderson had an Israeli tear-gas canister shot at his head in Ni’lin … his skull shattered and several surgeries have left him semi-conscious in a Tel Aviv hospital. His parents arrived shortly after Tristan was hospitalized,” wrote Ma’an News. The raid, allegedly ordered by Israeli Minister of Internal Security Avi Ditchter, came early in the media event and prevented Anderson’s parents from addressing the crowd. This is the second case of an American peace activist suffering at the hands of the colonists to have been widely publicized. The first was Rachel Corrie who was bulldozed in 2003 while using a bulwark in front of a Palestinian home in an attempt to stop its destruction.
Christian Zionists?
In February, Israeli media shocked millions of Muslims and Christians by satirizing the miracles of Jesus (the Second to Last Messenger of Islam), the chastity of his Virgin mother Mary and also trying to belittle the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). According to the BBC, a Vatican statement said “the show had ridiculed Mary and Jesus ‘with blasphemous words and images’ that amounted to a ‘vulgar and offensive act of intolerance.’” The comedy hour came “to teach a lesson” to a Christian religious figure who had made the mistake of denying the Holocaust. Jerusalem Christians were also prevented by Israeli authorities this year from commemorating their traditional Easter rites.
This begs the question whether there is room in a ‘holy war’ against Christians and Muslims for Christ? Christians who support Zionism say, ‘Yes.’ Christian Zionists adhere to the belief that Jesus (peace be upon him) will not return to the Earth until Armageddon takes place, which in turn occurs after the establishment of the Kingdom of Israel, which includes a new Temple in Jerusalem at the site of the Holy Sanctuary (Haram Sharif) right under the golden Dome of the Rock, which is one of the three most holy sites in Islam.
However, the establishment of the Kingdom of Israel has more to do with awaiting a Messiah foretold in the Torah. According to Christianity and Islam, that Messiah appeared in the form of Jesus Christ, who was widely rejected at that time and even now, which is why Christians who do not support Zionism adamantly say, ‘No,’ to a war between any of the major religions.
Rev Sizer writes in his book Zion’s Christian Soldiers: “The problem with all this speculation about a future Temple in Jerusalem is simply this – from a Christian perspective – it is heresy. There is absolutely nothing in the New Testament about the need for another Temple in Jerusalem – just the reverse…” Sizer concludes: “How tragic that, while the good news of Jesus is intended to bring peace and reconciliation with God and healing between nations, some Christians are fueling religious hatred, and are bent on inciting an apocalyptic war.”
Such a war would pit Christians and Muslims –who share their common values upon the doctrine of Jesus– against each other.
Sources: Stephen Sizer.org, Ma’an News, Arab News, BBC.

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A Tale of Two Reverends by Khalida
June 17, 2008, 8:11 am
Filed under: July Volume I- 2008, National, Politics | Tags: , , , , , ,
“Christopher Jon Bjerknes, a Jew who founded the Interfaith Council to Defeat the Anti-Christ Al-Dajjal, asserts that Zionism has pitted Christians and Muslims against one another in an effort “to reduce Christendom and Islam to ashes.”
“What better way to fight back,” Bjerknes says, “than to join together the forces of righteousness and peace to expose” the globalist plot for a One World Order and One World Religion.”

Rev. John Hagee

Reverend John Hagee (left), who was forced to withdraw his endorsement of Senator John McCain for the presidency, and Reverend Jeremiah Wright (right), former spiritual advisor to presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. (Photo of Rev. Wright, AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Noora Ahmad

Having received no less than 13 standing ovations, Senator Barack Obama’s conciliatory speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) just after his nomination as the official Democratic candidate, more than made up for any comments his former pastor made that were deemed anti-Semitic.
Senator John McCain, the main Republican challenger to Obama, cast doubts on Obama’s sincerity, while others point to the fright over comments about Zionism made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago, now Obama’s ex-spiritual advisor. McCain’s loyalty to the Jewish constituency also came into question regarding statements on the same topic that were made by Rev. John Hagee of Texas who was subsequently forced to formally withdraw his endorsement from McCain.
Although McCain emphasizes that at no time was Hagee his pastor, a similarity between the two instances remains. A detailed look at their comments will help explain the theory of Christopher Jon Bjerknes, a Jew who founded the Interfaith Council to Defeat the Anti-Christ Al-Dajjal. He asserts that Zionism has pitted Christians and Muslims against one another in an effort “to reduce Christendom and Islam to ashes. What better way to fight back,” Bjerknes says, “than to join together the forces of righteousness and peace to expose” the globalist plot for a One World Order and One World Religion.
Rev. Hagee: Hitler helped Zionism.
John Hagee, a Christian Zionist, asserted Hitler to be a “hunter” doing the will of God. “A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says — Jeremiah writing — ‘They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,’ meaning there’s no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don’t let your heart be offended. I didn’t write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.”
Perhaps Hagee suffers from confusion regarding the desire of his Creator, as opposed to the desire of oppressors amongst men.
Hagee did explain himself further, however: “Theodore Herzl is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So, he went to the Jews of Europe and said, ‘I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.’ So few went, that Herzl went into a depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not, went through the hell of the holocaust.”
Other sources attest to Hagee’s view of history, though not to his interpretations.
Michael Seizer in his book Zionism Reconsidered noted that the Holocaust was seen by Zionists in 1933 as “a God-sent opportunity for an undreamt of wave of immigration to Palestine.” The book, Who Financed Hitler?, by James and Suzanne Pool details how the top globalist of the day financed Hitler for their own ends, a most cruel and calculated effort to eventually sweep the Jews of Europe and Russia into Israel and uphold Zionism as the savior of the Jews.
Ironically Hagee, the Christian Zionist, does not  place proper emphasis on the sadistic population control efforts exercised on Jews during the Holocaust; only on the fact that the ends were achieved.
Christian Zionists adhere to the belief that Armageddon will come to earth after the reestablishment of the Kingdom of Israel. Hence, in a misguided effort to hasten the return of Jesus (peace be upon him), Christian Zionists have turned away from the lovers of Jesus (i.e., Muslims) to those who never supported him.
Rev. Wright: U.S. still helps Zionism.
Rev. Wright, on the other hand, claimed in a past sermon: “We [as Americans] supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . .” Although demonized by this and other controversial statements, which were taken out of context, Wright’s ideas that Zionism is a “racist” ideology are not new. In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 3379 which defined Zionism as, ‘a form of racism and racial discrimination.’
Stephen Sizer, researcher into the Zionist Christian sect and pastor of Christ Church in Virginia Water, UK (which holds numerous Christian-Muslim unity conferences), upholds that Zionism runs contrary to the teachings of the New Testament. “[The] Mosaic promises were always conditional. ‘Obey and stay or rebel and be removed,” says Sizer, who then continues with a reference from the New Testament, “Jesus himself warns: ‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’ (Matthew 21:43).”
In the commentary of Sura Baqara in the Holy Qur’an, Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani speaks about the history of the Jews, encouraging them to come back to the right path. Holy Qur’an is “guidance for all mankind. Come! If you are a Jew, I am not against Jews. I do not say kill them…I feel pity for them because Allah gave them so much honor and they have lost it; Allah trusted them so much and they violated His trust; Allah guided them and they ran away from Him. Open the unchanged Torah (Sura Baqara of the Holy Qur’an) and come back to Allah.”

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