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If talks fail, Abbas said to be weighing dissolution of Oslo, PA

April 21st, 2014

Dramatic move would create security and diplomatic fallout for Israel; Bennett: ‘We won’t stop him’

TimesOfIsrael.com

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the PA and disband Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic problems for Israel.

According to Palestinian sources cited by Yedioth Ahronoth on Sunday, Abbas and top PA officials are considering the drastic move, which would involve cancelling the 1993 Oslo Accords and announcing that the Palestinian Authority is a “government under occupation” without full sovereignty, which would technically move full responsibility for the Palestinians, in the West Bank at least, to Israel.

The threat, which has reportedly been passed on to Israel, would also disband and abolish PA security forces operating in the West Bank, theoretically opening the way for expanded Palestinian unrest against Israeli forces. The move could also prompt a surge in international legal and diplomatic action against Israel.

Yedioth said a vote on the move is scheduled for a PLO meeting on Saturday, three days before the peace talks are currently scheduled to end.

The prospect of the PA’s dissolution was greeted with derision on Sunday by Economics Minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett, who has been a vocal critic of the negotiations. As PA head, Abbas is “encouraging terrorism against Israel” with his threat, Bennett told Maariv.

“If he wants to go, we won’t stop him. Israel won’t conduct negotiations with a gun to our head,” he said.

The current round of US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are scheduled to end on April 29 after a nine-month negotiating period, and the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement to extend the talks. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said last week that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are striving to reach an agreement to extend their peace talks beyond the deadline.

However, officials in Jerusalem said Friday that no progress had been made in emergency talks that took place between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the night before, and that the two sides would meet again this week after the Passover holiday.

Washington is pushing for an extension, but the negotiations hit an impasse two weeks ago when Israel refused to release a group of Palestinian prisoners as agreed at last year’s launch of the talks.

Under the agreement, Israel had committed to a four-phase release of 104 prisoners held since before the 1993 Oslo autonomy accords, but it cancelled the release of the last group of 26 at the end of March. Among them are 14 Israeli Arabs who the Jewish state is refusing to free. It also wanted a prior commitment from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to extend the peace negotiations, which Abbas refused to make.

According to Israel Radio, the Palestinians are adamant in their demand that all 26 prisoners be released, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to concede on the issue of releasing the Israeli Arab terrorists. The head of the Shin Bet security service advised Netanyahu to release the 14 Israeli Arab prisoners in question and deport them to the Gaza Strip or abroad, the report said, but Netanyahu said he would not act in a way that may endanger Israeli citizens. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a group of Israeli MKs last week that he opposed any such deportation.

The Palestinians retaliated for the delay in the prisoner releases by seeking accession to several international treaties, a move Israel described as a “major breach” of understandings.

Abbas told the Israeli opposition MPs visiting him in the West Bank city of Ramallah last Wednesday that if talks were extended, he would want the first three months “devoted to a serious discussion of borders,” Haaretz reported.

The Palestinians want a state based on the lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Anti-Semitism a political tool in Ukraine

April 20th, 2014

Holocaust survivor urges Jews to flee, ‘author’ of anti-Semitic notice claims it’s a forgery

Sam Pivnik, who was sent to a death camp aged just 14, has urged Jews in Ukraine to flee[MARK KEHOE]

Sam Pivnik, who was sent to a death camp aged just 14, has urged Jews in Ukraine to flee[MARK KEHOE]

By Marco Giannangeli / SundayExpress.co.uk

The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax, or leave.

They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People’s Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week: “After all of the miles travelled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it is grotesque.”

Sam Pivnik, 86, was only 14 when his family were rounded up in Bedzin, western Poland, and sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.

After his parents, brothers, and a sister were chosen “with the flick of a glove” for extermination by “Angel of Death” Dr Josef Mengele, the teenager, tattooed with a prisoner number, was left to survive alone. Mr Pivnik, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, said he was not surprised by the literature’s anti-Semitism.

“Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” he said Saturday, “and as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945.

“There is no point in staying there waiting for trouble, in the hope that the world Jewry can save them. Even Germany is doing everything it can to tackle anti-Semitism and is better than Ukraine. Jews in the Ukraine should leave.”

During the war, the Nazis exterminated more than 900,000 Jewish people in Ukraine.

Anti-Semitism resurfaced after the nation’s independence in 1991, with attacks on Jewish mayors by right-wing extremists.

The chaos in Ukraine during recent months has seen groups both pro- and anti- Russia levelling accusations of fascism.

During the fortnight before the Donetsk leaflets were distributed, anti-Jewish slogans and swastikas were daubed on houses and a Jewish cemetery in Odessa.

Saturday night it emerged that Jewish families in eastern Ukraine had become so concerned they were seeking advice about repatriation to Israel.

Alexander Ivanchenko, who runs Sohnut, an organisation helping people to move to Israel, said: “It is hard to talk about numbers now but there are more people who come for advice.”

As the climate of fear grows, however, the authenticity of the pamphlets is being called into question. Denis Pushilin, leader of the breakaway pro-Russian People’s Republic, vehemently denied his organisation was behind the leaflets. “Look at this document, I have never called myself the people’s governor, my job is different,” he told the Sunday Express.

“The stamp is bigger than it should be because it was Photoshopped from some real document.”

Mr Pushilin, who claims to run the industrial region of Donetsk, added: “I am personally strongly against any declarations of this sort made against Jewish or any other people. This is a dirty trick by our foes. It is a forgery.”

His militant supporters, who were yesterday still defying last week’s Geneva agreement to lay down arms and surrender control of government buildings, showed how Room 514 in the regional HQ, supposedly where Jewish people should register, was empty.

They called on Ukraine’s police and secret services to find the real culprits, claiming the authors “tried to provoke a conflict”, and pin blame on the separatists.

Dr Efraim Zuroff, of the respected Simon Wiesenthal Centre, agreed, suggesting the Donetsk flyers were “an attempt to paint the pro-Russian forces as anti-Semitic”.

Saturday night, Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk vowed to use “every legal means” to prevent the “import” of xenophobia and anti-Semitism, and indirectly blamed Russia.

He told US TV he had urged police “to find these bastards and to bring them to justice”, adding: “The ideology and practice of pogroms, exported by a neighbouring state, will not be allowed into Ukraine.” He also said there were “reports of pro-Moscow terrorists” conducting “pogroms” against Roma near Donetsk.

Yaakov Dov Bleich, the chief rabbi of Ukraine, warned that the real danger for the Jewish community was provocation from Russia. He said: “We expect provocations, we expect Russians will want to justify their incursion into Ukraine.”

Whatever the truth, it seems anti-Semitism is being used as a political tool. “For us, the terrible fact is someone made this terrible thing,” said Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski. “Someone tried to use the Jewish community in Donetsk as an instrument in this conflict; 73 years ago, it was the Nazis. Nobody wants to go back to those very, very bad times in history.”

Blood Moons eclipsed and Israel’s Iron Dome explained–video

April 20th, 2014

This link connects to a video that uses Scripture to explain why the Blood Moon tetrad and solar eclipse are simply wonderful examples of God’s fixed patterns, but not the sign that Joel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, and others speak about portending the coming Day of the Lord.

Within the hour-long Blood Moons video, another video explains Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. If you are already familiar with how Iron Dome works, you might want to fast-forward through this section. Otherwise, you may find it of interest to watch.

(This video originally posted just before Passover in April 2014.)

By Keith Johnson
I was confronted with the “Four Blood Moon” teaching that is sweeping across the Christian and Messianic world. As much as I tried to ignore another end-times flash in the pan prophesy parade, I could not escape the constant barrage of blood moon mania being launched at me through internet, radio, and television … even in Israel!

After spending some time and energy researching the foundations of the “teaching”, I felt led to address this four-blood-moon-teaching head on.

The video.

Egypt Demands Compensation for 10 Plagues

April 18th, 2014

IsraelToday.com

“We demand that the State of Israel pay compensation for the ten plagues that our forefathers in Egypt suffered thousands of years ago as a result of the curses of the Jewish forefathers.” So wrote prominent Egyptian columnist Ahmad Al-Gamal shortly before the Jewish Passover, causing a great stir.

“What is written in the Torah is that Pharaoh discriminated against the children of Israel. What have we to do with it? We therefore need not suffer!” exclaimed Al-Gamal, drawing a clear difference between the Egyptian kingdom of the Pharaohs and Islamic Egypt of today. Note that Islam accepts the biblical narrative as historical evidence.

The columnist suggested that the government in Cairo press charges against Israel: “The Jews caused the land to be stricken with locusts and all agriculture destroyed, turned the Nile red with blood so that one could drink its waters, sent darkness, frogs, and killed the firstborn.”

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Al-Gamal continued: “During 40 years of wandering in the desert, the Children of Israel enjoyed our goods, which they stole before abandoning us.” He also recommended that Egypt bring charges against France, Great Britain, and Turkey for those nations’ historical conquests of Egypt.

The Egyptian column was picked up by the Israeli press, especially religious news outlets, which readily acknowledged all that Al-Gamal wrote as historical fact.

Some Israeli columnists retorted that Egypt need first compensate Israel for keeping the Jewish forefathers as slaves and for killing all male Jewish babies in the generation prior to the Exodus.

Jews Ordered to Register in East Ukraine

April 17th, 2014
A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine, calls for all Jewish people over 16 years old to register as Jews. (Photo: The Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism)

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine, calls for all Jewish people over 16 years old to register as Jews. (Photo: The Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism)

Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

Donetsk is the site of an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia. The news was carried first by the Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.

The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government,” and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the reports.

Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization’s name in Donetsk but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew.

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flier and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”

It says the reason is because the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” a name adopted by the militant leadership.

The leaflet then described which documents Jews should provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship being revoked “and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.” A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said.

Olga Reznikova, 32, a Jewish resident of Donetsk, told Ynet she never experienced anti-Semitism in the city until she saw this leaflet.

“We don’t know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it’s serious that it exists,” she said. “The text reminds of the fascists in 1941,” she said referring to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II.

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest pro-Israel group in the USA, said the leaflets should be seen in the context of a rising tide of anti-Semitism across Europe and the world, and that it should prompt a strong response from the White House.

“This is a frightening new development in the anti-Jewish movement that is gaining traction around the world,” Klein said.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the incident “grotesque.”

“It is beyond unacceptable,” Kerry said. “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.”

Kerry, who participated in a conference on Ukraine with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, told reporters all parties condemned anti-Semitism and all religious intolerance.

Michael Salberg, director of the international affairs at the New York City-based Anti-Defamation League, said it’s unclear whether the leaflets were issued by the pro-Russian leadership or a splinter group operating within the pro-Russian camp.

But the Russian side has used the specter of anti-Semitism in a cynical manner since anti-government protests began in Kiev that resulted in the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Russian former president Viktor Yanukovych. Russia and its allies in Ukraine issued multiple stories about the the threat posed to Jews by Ukraine’s new pro-Western government in Kiev, Salberg said.

Those stories were based in part on ultra-nationalists who joined the Maidan protests, and the inclusion of the ultra-nationalist Svoboda party in Ukraine’s new interim government. But the threat turned out to be false, he said.

Svoboda’s leadership needs to be monitored, but so far it has refrained from anti-Semitic statements since joining the government, he said. And the prevalence of anti-Semitic acts has not changed since before the Maidan protests, according to the ADL and the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, which monitors human rights in Ukraine.

Distributing such leaflets is a recruitment tool to appeal to the xenophobic fears of the majority, “to enlist them to your cause and focus on a common enemy, the Jews,” Salberg said.

And by targeting Donetsk’s Jews, they also send a message to all the region’s residents, Salberg said.

“The message is a message to all the people that is we’re going to exert our power over you,” he said. “Jews are the default scapegoat throughout history for despots to send a message to the general public: Don’t step out of line.”

That Jew Died For You–video

April 17th, 2014

As the Church rediscovers its Jewish roots, it must also confront its history.

Visit the website to make comments there and to see personal stories and other background material.

Jews for Jesus explains why the organization made this film:

Below are the key points we wanted to get across in the film as well as a more expanded explanation.

Jesus has often been wrongly associated with the perpetrators of the Holocaust. In reality, He is to be identified with those who were the victims. As a Jew, if He were in Europe at the time, Jesus may well have suffered the same fate of the six million who perished in the concentration camps.

Jewish teaching promotes the idea that the death of Jews in the Holocaust accomplished kiddush ha Shem, the sanctification of God’s name. How much more then, the Bible tells us, Jesus’ death was intended by God for kiddush ha am, the sanctification of the people. Through Him we can be made right with God. (See Hebrews 13:12)

Rescue Jewish Property and petition

April 16th, 2014

At one time Jewish People made up a large community in Iraq. They lived successfully, although they endured various degrees of persecution along the way. In 1941 things began to change dramatically resulting in a terrible pogrom (an organized massacre). 1948 and 1967 brought new waves of persecution along with the forced relinquishment of property. Many precious articles of Jewish history were plundered by the Iraqi government as most of the Jewish People fled or were airlifted to safety. The government of Iraq imposed intense restrictions on those who remained, causing them to live in fear of persecution, beating, and murder.

In 2003, the looted belongings of a 2,500 year old Iraqi Jewish history were discovered by Coalition forces searching the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters. Recognizing the historical value of the treasures, Coalition members contacted the US National Archive who stepped in to recover and restore the collection of nearly 2,700 books and 10,000 personal records. In order to take the archives out of Iraq, the US agreed to return them once the costly restoration was done.

HOWEVER, we are asking you to join your voice in pleading with the US to do the right thing by the owners of the archives, the Jewish People not Iraq who plundered them from Iraqi Jews through acts of intolerance, prejudice, persecution, and brutal treatment. One tragedy was averted by the generosity of the United States stepping in to restore these precious documents of history. Another tragedy is on the horizon as the Iraqi Jewish Archives are set to be returned to Iraq in June of 2014.

Can we expect Iraq — a country that refuses to recognize Israel and continues to show hatred to Jewish People — to handle the treasures of Jewish history with any respect? Can we expect Iraq to honor the valuable historic archive of a people they hate? No. We want to see the archives returned to their rightful owners.

Please speak up with us for what is right and add your name to the petition today. Take Action. Click here and sign The Petition NOW!

If the previous link doesn’t work with your browser, try this one.

If you still have trouble opening the petition, copy and paste this address into your browser: www.rescuejewishproperty.org/site/take-action-sign-petition

Matza…and other delights

April 16th, 2014

Food photographer Yula Zubritsky explores the ins and outs of matza in a holiday-themed photo series.

By Rachel Neiman / Israel21c.org

Matza — also known as the bread of affliction — is generally not considered a sensual delight. Crunchy? Yes. Cardboard consistency? You got it. Difficult to digest? Roger that. But a delicious delicacy? Not so much.

Like it or not, matza is on the menu every Passover and so — having no other recourse — we dress it up with sweet toppings, savory spices, egg coatings and all manner of mix-ins. But on Seder night, it’s four glasses of wine and three pieces of plain matza that make up the meal which opens and closes with — you guessed it — matza.

matza 3 pieces 4 glasses of wine

The topography of matza — ridges, furrows, perforations, lights and darks — is the subject of a holiday-themed series by food photographer Yula Zubritsky.

matza topography Yula-Zubritsky

Through her lens, matza becomes a graphic element…

matza graphic element Yula-Zubritsky

And an architectural one…

Matzo, Matza , matzah,passover, jews

Here’s a novel way to hide the Afikomen — in plain sight!

matza Afikomen in plain sight Yula-Zubritsky

Who knew matza could be so versatile?

New immigrants mark Passover in Israel after fleeing Ukraine

April 15th, 2014

Instability in Ukraine prompts 70 percent rise in Ukrainian immigration • Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky says there is “symbolic significance” to the immigrants’ arrival just ahead of the holiday that celebrates freedom.

By Yori Yalon / IsraelHayom.copm

Immigration to Israel from Ukraine has risen 70% in 2014 | Photo credit: Boris Buchman

Immigration to Israel from Ukraine has risen 70% in 2014 | Photo credit: Boris Buchman

Immigration to Israel from Ukraine has risen 70 percent in 2014 due to the instability in that country. According to figures from the Jewish Agency for Israel, 375 new immigrants from Ukraine arrived in Israel in the first three months of the year, compared to 221 in the same period of 2013.

Last week, dozens of new immigrants from Odessa–including medical professionals, engineers, and economists–arrived and for the first time will celebrate Passover in Israel. Odessa is the fourth-largest city in Ukraine, and some 30,000 of its residents have the right to move to Israel under the Law of Return. Over 100 new immigrants from Odessa alone have come to Israel since the start of 2014, three times the number who came in the first three months of 2013.

The Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in Odessa hosted a model Passover seder like the one the new immigrants will attend here. The new arrivals were also briefed on life in Israel.

Miriam Blonovsky, a dental hygienist who is moving to Israel with her husband Vitaly (a mechanical engineer) and their six-year-old daughter, said that she and her family visited Israel a few months ago and understood that this would be their home.

“When we went back to Ukraine, we starting getting ready to emigrate [to Israel]. Now our dream is coming true,” she said.

In light of the instability in Ukraine, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky and IFCJ head Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein recently announced that Ukrainian Jewish communities would be receiving extra aid. Eckstein stressed that he was impressed by the strength of the community, which had gone through a difficult time, and promised to keep providing them with financial help to emigrate to Israel.

Sharansky said that “the immigrants’ choice to come to Israel on the eve of Passover and build their home and their children’s future has symbolic meaning.”

Christians Rediscovering Passover

April 14th, 2014
Leonardo da Vinci's mural painting of the Last Supper, located at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Nothing reattaches Christians to their Jewish roots faster than realizing the Last Supper was actually a Passover seder meal being led by a Jewish rabbi, writes David Parsons. Credit: PD-Art.

Leonardo da Vinci’s mural painting of the Last Supper, located at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Nothing reattaches Christians to their Jewish roots faster than realizing the Last Supper was actually a Passover seder meal being led by a Jewish rabbi, writes David Parsons. Credit: PD-Art.

By David Parsons/JNS.org

For Jews and Christians, the Passover season is a special time for reflection on the rich spiritual truths contained within this remarkable holiday. Indeed, we can all observe the command to “remember” the incredible Israelite deliverance from bondage in Egypt.

For Christians, the events of a momentous Passover some 15 centuries later have given added meaning to this holiday, so that the truths of the first are reinforced in the latter. Deliverance from Pharaoh’s taskmasters became freedom from slavery to sin. The blood of a lamb on the doorposts became a typology of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Yet the parallels between Pesach and Easter were lost for centuries to most Christians when the early Church fathers deliberately severed our faith from its Jewish roots. In time, this hostility to Judaism produced vicious blood libels against Jews at Passover.

Today, however, multitudes of Christians are rediscovering our Hebraic roots. Indeed, TIME magazine recently identified growing Christian interest in our faith’s Jewish heritage as one of the ten top trends of our day.

Even respected Jewish scholars have started joining Christian theologians in rediscovering the “Jewishness” of Jesus and the Hebraic origins of Christianity. One notable in this regard is the late Prof. David Flusser of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, considered the leading Orthodox Jewish expert on the Second Temple era and Early Christianity.

Flusser placed Jesus within the Pharasic tradition and viewed him as among the great sages of his time, such as Hillel and Ben-Shammai. But Flusser concluded that the Galilean preacher went boldly beyond the classic Judaism of that day, for instance by proclaiming the advent of the Kingdom of God and espousing a radical ethic of loving one’s enemy.

As a result of such groundbreaking scholarship, the Feast of Passover is one occasion when the lineage and cultural identity of Jesus as a “son of the covenant” now holds so much more meaning for Christians. In fact, nothing reattaches Christians to their Jewish roots faster than realizing the Last Supper was actually a Passover seder meal being led by a Jewish rabbi.

Thus, we can now see in the Gospel narratives just how closely Jesus held to Jewish traditions in presiding over the Passover meal with his disciples—or rather, his talmidim.

For instance, he followed the custom then developing in First Century Judaism of serving four cups of wine at the Passover meal to mirror the four great “I wills” of Exodus 6:6-7. When Jesus took the third cup—considered the “cup of redemption”—he used it to seal a new covenant with his followers.

Interestingly, he also used customary Jewish words of betrothal at that same moment, promising to go build them all mansions in his Father’s house and to come back for them one day as a bridegroom for his bride (John 14:2-3).

In serving them wine and unleavened bread, Jesus further played off the command to “remember” the Passover by instructing his disciples to always partake of it “in remembrance of me!”

Then, one of the most extraordinary moments of the Last Supper came when he washed the feet of his disciples.

Like other great rabbis of his day, Jesus had developed a unique preaching style by telling parables, many of which are universally known to this day, such as the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. But he was different in the way he also practiced what he preached. In washing the feet of his disciples, the rabbi Jesus taught by deed and not just words what it means to be a servant in His kingdom (John 13:14-15).

And finally, Jesus demonstrated tremendous grace that evening when he gave the place of the guest of honor to his immediate left to Judas, even though he knew this was the one about to betray him. What a difference it would have made down through history if Christians had understood that Jesus was never bitter towards Judas.

Sadly, it is too late to change that history. But we are witnessing a sea-change in Christian attitudes towards the Jewish people today, as we understand better the Jewish matrix of our faith. This historic shift is helping to build Christian support for an embattled Israel at a critical hour. And just as importantly, it is shielding multitudes of Christians against modern-day blood libels and other anti-Semitic lies now being hurled at the Jewish state.

David Parsons, ICEJ

David Parsons, ICEJ

David Parsons is an ordained minister who serves as media director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (www.icej.org).


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