With extreme Christian Fundamentalists and their Jewish ADL-provacature-type allies on one side; and another extreme allied with the Naturei Karti anti-Zonist messianics on the other; the ideological dangers of Christian ideology have been on display of late in Washington and on the world stage (thanks to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson).
‘Christians’ Attack Anti-Zionist Jews at Rally
Not all Christians or Jews endorsed the Christian Coalition rally in support of Israel’s theft of Palestinian lands and brutal occupation. Many demonstrated in support of the Palestinians —but you’ll read it only here.
Exclusive to American Free Press
By M. Raphael Johnson
The full force of the self-described “conservative Christians” came to the Washington Convention Center to “rally for Israel” on Oct. 11-12. Expecting at least 50,000 demonstrators, only about 1,500 showed as the rains brought the events inside the center rather than outside the White House, where they were originally planned to occur.
The roster of speakers read like a call-girl date book for Beltway hacks: Pat Robertson; Jerry Falwell; members of Congress such as House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Rep. Dick Armey (R-Tex.), Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Rep. Ernie Istook (R-Okla.), Sen. Mitch Mc Connell (R-Ky.), Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.), Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.) and many others who agreed to speak in defense of America’s “most faithful ally,” the Zionist state of Israel. Also in attendance were former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “conservative” black speaker Roy Innis, talk show host Oliver North, lawyer Ken Starr, singer Pat Boone and columnist Phyllis Schlafly. Bush addressed the gathering by video conference.
The confab did not go off without a hitch, however. About 10:30 a.m., two minivans pulled up to the main entrance of the center, containing 11 rabbis from the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta organization.
Fresh from a major demonstration in Atlanta against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the rabbis unloaded signs that read: “True rabbis reject Israel,” “Israel is a cancer for Jewry” and “Zionism is the cause of Mideast bloodshed.”
Clothed in traditional Hasidic garb, the black fedora, side curls, long beards and black overcoats, the rabbis were a standing embarrassment to the Zionist meeting.
“Zionism is not traditional Judaism,” said Rabbi Dovid Weiss, the group’s American leader. “This secular ideology requires that Jews lord it over non-Jews, attempting to control their foreign policy and media in the interest of this bandit state [of Israel]. True Orthodox Judaism says that we must be loyal and patriotic citizens of whatever nation we reside in.”
Although an allegedly Christian gathering, the appearance of the protesters brought a flood of individuals from the convention center wearing yar mulkes.
One of the younger Orthodox rabbis said in response: “Now we see who is really behind this show.”
Several of the protesters were convinced that Mossad and Shin Bet were behind the rally.
Laughably, the “Christian” attendees—though this writer saw many wearing yarmulkes taking them off—began to lecture the rabbis on the “true nature of the Old Testament.”
Clearly embarrassed and outclassed, the “Christian Zionists” yelled and spat in frustration.
As the Zionist counter-demonstration began to form, several “official” looking people attempted to intimidate the protesters, claiming to be from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), the Israeli army. Several more claimed to be Israeli citizens.
Protesters were struck by the fact that, for a “Christian” rally, the majority of attendees they met did not even pretend to be Christian.
As the afternoon wore on, many of the “Christian Zionists” began to filter out of the center. One alleged “Coptic Orthodox” screamed at AFP representatives that “Islamic fundamentalists are destroying Coptic churches in Egypt, I hope Israel wipes them all out.”
Calls for genocide were heard at ear-splitting levels as the followers of the millionaire Beltway preachers confronted the demonstration.
One of the major canards at the presentations inside the forum was the notion that if one is anti-Zionist, then one is a supporter of Islamic fundamentalism and terror.
Lost on the “Christian Zionists” is the ironic fact that, in the name of the Christian God of love, they support a war criminal, Ariel Sharon, who has committed many acts of terrorism and who has murdered thousands of people—many of them Christians.
Many of the evangelicals who spoke to AFP representatives had never heard of a Christian or Jewish anti-Zionist position before. They assumed that any anti-Zionist must be either an atheist or a Muslim, as they had never heard anything but Falwell’s and Robertson’s views.
Unsurprisingly, The Washington Post, The Washing ton Times, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times made no mention of the protests, though Weiss was interviewed by a Post reporter. Weiss’s comments were not published.
“The New York Times has a policy of not mentioning my name or Neturei Karta,” Weiss told AFP.
The Post article made the justifiable claim that the Christian Coalition was using the Israel issue to boost its national support as the organization has gone into a steep decline over the years.
Many of his fellow rabbis echoed Weiss by saying that the Zionist influence in the American media and entertainment industry is creating a situation where non-Jews are beginning to resent Jewry and unfortunately are identifying all Jews with Zionist control.
“How ironic it is that the Zionist state, the entity that was supposed to give Jews a safe haven from anti-Semitism, is now the greatest producer of anti-Semitic resentment in the world,” Weiss said.
“We are very proud of our association with AFP,” Weiss added.
Weiss lectured at the Third International Conference on Authentic History and the First Amendment sponsored by The Barnes Review in Washington, D.C. last June.