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There's Nothing Christian about Zionism
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah: CCUN, June 14, 2010
A quick video introduction quoting Dr. Ilan Pappé
There's Nothing Christian about Zionism
Compassion VS Antichrists
On March 20,
2006, I traveled from the Little Town of Bethlehem: Occupied Territory to
the Mount of Beatitudes in Israel. This awe inspiring site sits above the
shimmering Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and
I ended up delivering my own Sermon on that Mount!
Sisters, one each from Syria, Jordan, Malta and Italy care for the shrine
and the pilgrim guests at the Hospice Center where I spent two nights and a
day of silent reflection after nine days on a Sabeel Reality tour through
At dinner a Catholic Pentecostal from Scotland
introduced himself and asked me why I was there and what church I was from.
I responded that I have Irish Roman Catholic, Polish Jew, Russian
Orthodox DNA, but my rock is The Beatitudes.
He looked even more
perplexed when I told him I had come to the Mount of Beatitudes to
decompress and reflect upon my nine days in Occupied Territory. I asked him
if he were aware of the work of Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian liberation
theology organization founded by a 1948 refugee, which promotes a theology
of liberation, based on justice, peace, non-violence and reconciliation with
all people regardless of faith path or nationality.
admonished me; “God gave this land to the Jews! The Bible never mentions
Palestine, and that is that! God gave this land to the Jews and that is
I responded just as fervently that the Palestinian Christians
are the descendants of those who first followed Jesus and they have been
denied inalienable human rights by the Israeli government. I told him the
Christians in the Holy Land have shrunk from 20% of the total population to
less than 1.3% since 1948 and if things don’t change soon, there will be no
Christians left in the land where Christ promised that it is the peacemakers
who are the children of God.
He sputtered, “But the Jews have
suffered! God gave this land to the Jews and that is that!”
really got my Irish up and I retorted, “Yes they did because good people did
nothing for far too long, and now the oppressed have become the oppressors.
In the 21st century good people are unaware, ignoring or are in total denial
of the injustices Israel gets away with in the so called Holy Land. And the
Hebrew prophets, such as Micah reminded the people of what the Lord
requires: To be just, to be merciful and to walk humbly with your God!”
I could NOT shut up although I knew that that Scotsman was trying to get
away from me, but, I was on a tear and barely took a breath as I told him
that instead of staying in Israel for his entire visit, he should go and
witness life in the occupied territories; go and see the effects of The Wall
on his spirit and see what it has done to the Palestinian economy. I told
him he should go and tour some of the Bethlehem refugee camps and see the
ruins of all the uncompensated home demolitions. I brought it on home by
telling him that I also doubt that God was ever in the real estate business!
His eyes had bugged out and his mouth had dropped open while the torrent
of words spewed out of me. After I finally shut up, he stammered, “But there
is suffering everywhere!”
“Yes there is and Christ always stood up
for the poor and the oppressed. And he told us what ever we do or do not do
for the least and the outcast; we do it or not unto God.”
his head and turned and walked quickly away and never again looked my way.
Nobody else spoke to me the rest of the evening or the next day. That
was fine with me, for I was listening to the voice within and what I kept
hearing was Luke 23:34:
“Father forgive them; for they do not know what
they are doing.”
But when you know and if you are of good will, you
must do something and as education is the way to compassion and compassion
is the way to change, I persist.
Those needing the most education are
those who have been misled into the fastest growing cult in the USA-and also
perhaps in Scotland-the cult of Christian Zionism.
Christian Zionism is an extremist
Christian movement, which supports the claims of those who believe that the
State of Israel should take control of all of the land currently disputed
between Palestinians and Israelis. It views the creation and expansion of
the modern state of Israel as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy toward the
second coming of Jesus.
Christian Zionism is a modern theological and
political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of
Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and
Israel. The Christian Zionist program provides a worldview where the Gospel
is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In
its extreme form, it laces an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the
end of history rather than living Christ’s love and justice today.
What is the Christian Zionist connection with the Holy Land?
Believing that God fights on the side of Israel, Christian Zionists call
for the unqualified support for the most extreme political positions. They
do not have eyes to see or ears to hear their sisters and brothers in
Christ, or cousins in the family of Father Abraham who are caught in the
crossfire of the military minded.
Christian Zionist spokespersons
have also attributed Hurricane Katrina to God’s wrath over America's failure
to stop Israel from "disengaging" from Gaza in 2005, although Israel has
never ceased their total control over air, land and sea borders!
also consistently oppose any moves towards a solution to the conflict, which
would validate the political aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis.
Who Supports Christian Zionism?
Zionism has significant support within American Protestant fundamentalists,
and number between 10 and 20 million. Its reach is broad, by virtue of its
favorite themes related to the “End Times” and an Israel-fixated Christian
Christian Zionism is both a political movement and a way of
mis-interpreting current events. Its focus on Israel and the Middle East is
an ideology and a movement. Its promoters share many beliefs but are not
organized through any one institution.
Throughout history Christians
have at times twisted scripture to justify violence: for the Crusades, for
Antisemitism, and for slavery.
Too often the Church has been slow to
respond to these biblical distortions and with disastrous results.
Today Christian Zionists - particularly those with dispensationalist
leanings - are well organized and although their motives are couched in
terms of compassion toward the Jewish people they base their theology on
literal readings of scripture.
The political agenda of territorial
expansion advocated by Christian Zionists has given rise to the brutal
injustices against Palestinians, which fuels the fires of militancy in the
While Jewish Zionism began with the hope that all Jewish
people would have a safe and peaceful dwelling place, these corruptors of
the gospel Christ preached, adhere to a 200 year old convoluted
interpretation of disparate scriptures that they have chosen to weave
together to support their fear based judgmental narrow minded doctrine.
This heretical theology of Premellenial Dispensation worships a god of
Armageddon and not the God of love, forgiveness and compassion that
Jesus/The Prince of Peace modeled even while being nailed to a cross.
The Left Behind series of fiction is the epitome of what millennium of
theologians have always understood to be what the term anti-Christ is truly
The term “Antichrist” only appears five times in the Bible, but
a cult not based on sound theology has created an urban legend that seeks
The term “Antichrist” never appears in John’s Revelation or
Daniel, two disparate works of literature written three centuries apart and
under very different circumstances, yet the Left Behinder’s weave them
The small texts that mention the “Antichrist” were written
to attack the Gnostic understanding of whom Christ was. A Gnostic relies on
intuition and not on dogma and doctrine. Gnostic’s were most certainly free
spirits and most all of the writings we have about Gnostics, have been the
attacks upon them. That all changed when the Nag Hamadi Library was
translated and published, for what had been deemed heretical by those in
power in the fourth century can now be read in most every language.
Biblical scholars today agree that many books of the Bible were written by
others in the name of an apostle, for the quickest way to gain credibility
is to trade on another’s reputation. We may never know if the author who
coined the term “Antichrist” was actually the apostle John who wrote I John
and 2 John-the only sources where the term appears.
John also say’s
much more: “Dear Children, as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming,
even now many have come.”- I John 2:18
“This is how we know who the
children of God are not: anyone who does not do right; nor anyone who does
not love his brother.”-I John 3:10
“If anyone has material
possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the
love of God be in him? Let us love with actions and in truth.”-I John 3:17
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out all fear because fear has
to do with punishment [and God is love].”-1 John 4:18
promoted in the Left Behind fiction is a theology based on fear and
These misinformed Christians worship a punitive father as
God. They do not have eyes to see that nature is God’s primary temple, and
war the greatest abomination.
The theology of the fictional Left
Behind series is the epitome of the spirit of the anti-Christ: which is the
evil within ones own heart that leads one to fear “the other” and compels
them to violence.
According to Christ, to be his follower, one must
do what the Father requires. The Hebrew prophet Micah summed it up best:
“What does the Lord require? He has already told you o’man: Be Just, Be
Merciful and walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8:
To be just is to
be fair and reasonable. To be merciful means to treat all people the way we
want to be treated. To be humble is knowing oneself; the good and the evil,
for both cut through every human heart.
Jesus taught that the only
way to resist evil is with good and he modeled that one must always work for
peaceful resolutions, even to the point of returning violence with
compassion and forgiveness.
True Christians have been speaking out against Christian Zionism for
years, but the attack on the FREEDOM FLOTILLA has caused many more to rise
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UMC-New England Task Force Updates Divestment Recommendations
GAZA: United Church of Canada--Take Action Page
SABEEL Statement: "Gaza-The Conscience of the World"
GAZA: Faith Groups Call for New Israeli Policies
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GAZA: UCC/Disciples Respond to Israeli Raid
GAZA: Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop-Letter to Obama
GAZA: Pope Deplores Israeli Assault
Evergreen State College Students Vote for Divestment
GAZA: KAIROS Canada Condemns Assault
GAZA: Churches for Middle East Peace Respond to Attack
GAZA: American Friends Service Committee Response
SAVAGERY AT SEA: The Flotilla Massacre
GAZA: LA Episcopal Diocese, Word from Bishop Bruno
GAZA: Friends Committee on National Legislation, Letter to Obama
GAZA: ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Assault
GAZA: PCUSA Stated Clerk Statement on Gaza Blockade Incident
religion owns God and no church owns Jesus, who was never a Christian, for
that term was not even coined until three decades after he walked the earth.
Jesus was a social justice radical revolutionary nonviolent Palestinian
devout Jewish road warrior who rose up and challenged the job security of
the temple priests by teaching the people no need to pay the priests for
ritual baths or sacrificing livestock to be OK with God; for God already
LOVES All just as they are.
Jesus always dealt compassionately with
the humble, the poor, diseased, widows, orphans, prisoners, refugees and
outcasts, but hypocrites received his wrath!
Compassion, which is
sorrow for the suffering of others, is accompanied by the urge to help.
If there is no compassion within a Christian, then it is the spirit of
the Antichrist that rules.
John Hagee CUFI
conference in Miami
Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes
Staff Member of
A Feature Correspondent for
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's'
Life in Occupied Territory"
Solidarity do "we have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine