My Journey Out of Christian Zionism"
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Is its theology solid? Does it bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
"Segev (One Palestine, complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate) makes a major contribution to the existing literature on this issue by putting Britain’s record as a mandatory power under an uncompromising lens.To me, the scenario is similar to the first nations in America displaced by broken treaties. Many tribes fought back, only to be labeled savages (I guess we'd call them 'terrorists' today). Profiling natives collectively as dirty, untrustworthy brutes made it easier for us to herd them into reservations and care little for the resulting squalor.
His verdict is that British actions considerably favored the Zionist position and thus helped to ensure the establishment of a Jewish state. The evidence he presents of British support for the Zionist position is both rich and compelling. So is the evidence he adduces for the proposition that once the Zionist movement came to Palestine with the intention of creating a Jewish state with a Jewish majority, war was inevitable. From the start there were only two possibilities: that the Zionists would defeat the Arabs or that the Arabs would defeat the Zionists. British actions tended to weaken the Arabs and to strengthen the Zionists as the two national movements moved inexorably towards the final showdown.
Arab resentment and riots in Palestine persuaded the Lloyd George government to replace the military government with a civil administration, but not to reverse its pro-Zionist policy. And once the government resolved to continue to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine, it could not have chosen a more suitable man for the post of High Commissioner than Sir Herbert Samuel. Samuel’s association with Zionism was intimate and his attachment to the Zionist cause was perhaps the one passionate commitment of his entire political career. Samuel was sent to Palestine not because of—or even despite—his Jewishness, but because he was a Zionist.
The appointment pleased the Zionists but it destroyed the last vestiges of Arab faith in Britain’s integrity and impartiality. Before Samuel took over from the military government, the chief administrative officer asked him to sign what became one of the most quoted documents in Zionist history: “Received from Major General Sir Louis Bols, KCB—One Palestine, complete.” Samuel signed.
The role of umpire became increasingly difficult to sustain with the passage of time. High Commissioners came and went but their hands were tied by the pledge of November 2, 1917. Shortly after his arrival in Palestine, in December 1928, Sir John Chancellor reached the conclusion that the Balfour Declaration had been a “colossal blunder,” unfair to the Arabs and detrimental to the interests of the British Empire.
In January 1930 he sent a long memorandum to London. He wanted to extricate Britain from the Balfour Declaration and to deal a blow to Zionism. His ideas were given a respectful hearing in London and the King asked for a copy.
On learning that the King would like to hear from him directly about the state of affairs in Palestine, Chancellor obliged with a 16-page letter explaining why, in Chancellor’s view, Britain’s national home policy in Palestine was misguided, unjust, and impossible to carry out. Chancellor portrayed the Jews as an emotional people:
"What makes them difficult to deal with is that they are, regardless of the rights and feelings of others, very exacting in pressing their own claims. Even as a minority of the population of Palestine the Jews adopt towards the Arabs an attitude of arrogant superiority, which is hotly resented by the Arabs with their traditions of courtesy and good manners."
Nor did the Jews cherish genuine sentiments of loyalty towards Britain. In spite of what they said on public occasions when it was in their interest to proclaim their devotion, “the bulk of the Jewish population of Palestine have little feeling of gratitude or loyalty towards Great Britain for what she has done for the establishment of the Jewish National Home.”
"The British entered Palestine to defeat the Turks; they stayed there to keep it from the French; then they gave it to the Zionists because they loved “the Jews” even as they loathed them, at once admiring and despising them. The British were not guided by strategic considerations and there was no orderly decision-making process.The Israelis who are adamant that God gave them the land and therefore, they have a divine right to uproot Muslim and Christian Palestinians, need to read history and their Prophets. The Biblical Jews only kept the land through obedience; the Israel that exists today was birthed from the will of man through shrewd politicians.
The Balfour Declaration “was the product of neither military nor diplomatic interests but of prejudice...and sleight of hand. The men who sired it were Christian and Zionist and, in many cases, anti-Semitic. They believed the "Jews controlled the world.”
Britain’s belief in the mystical power of “the Jews” overrode reality, and it was on the basis of such spurious considerations that Britain took the momentous decision to sponsor the Zionist cause."
- Oh what a tangled web we weave,
- When first we practise to deceive!
- Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
Scottish author & novelist (1771 - 1832)
'The task is not to cross the sea, nor to undertake a lengthy pilgrimage... both when we come to church and when we stay at home, let us earnestly call on God.'Nevertheless, the visit of Constantine's mother (Helena) to Palestine toward the end of the fourth century ensured that a pilgrimage to the Holy Land became a fashionable as well as a religious duty. Despite the costs, hazards and arduous nature of such a journey, pilgrims increasingly traveled to the Holy Land to do penance, to obtain redemption from serious crimes, and to secure relics for their churches.
"She pulled up to the Bethlehem checkpoint run by the Israeli border police to the south of Jerusalem in a mini-van with her husband, Todd, her assistant and Israeli guides.
"None of the occupants left the car nor did they speak to the police officers at the checkpoint, according to photographers at the scene. They then turned around and drove away. A spokesman for the Israeli police said there was no incident at the checkpoint and a spokesman for the Israeli army said that Palin's group had not coordinated a visit to the occupied Palestinian territory.
"Tourists need to carry passports to cross checkpoints into the occupied Palestinian territory and Israelis are not normally permitted to enter areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, such as Bethlehem."