The Blood Libel of the 21st Century

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BIN: For the sixth Friday in a row, protestors from Gaza came to Israel’s border with intentions to penetrate it. They come with scissors to cut through the fence, with burning tires, Molotov cocktails, slingshots with rocks, and kites with firebombs attached to them to destroy Israeli farmlands and villages.

This is not some peaceful demonstration akin to Selma in the 1960s when blacks were simply trying to sit together with whites at a lunch counter. The usage of the word “demonstrators” is a misnomer; these are “rioters.”

The unfortunate Palestinian people have been cynically manipulated by their Hamas leaders and their hate-infested educational curriculum—brought to them by UNRWA—to despise Israel and the Jews, and to replace all of Israel, including Haifa and Tel Aviv, with Palestine.

Last Sunday, the lead story in The Washington Post displayed a photo of a 17-year-old Palestinian with one leg amputated and ran a compelling personal interest story of the boy with the headline “Shooting to Maim,” referring to Israel’s policies at the border with Gaza. more …

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Opinion: The first problem is in the headline. It implies that the conflict between Arabs and Jews is a recent phenomenon. That Jews are trying to inflict as much pain as possible to a poor and impoverished people.

If that were true, why is it that the surrounding Arab leaders deny unfortunate Palestinians (mostly Jordanians/Egyptians/Syrians) citizenship, preferring instead to keep them impoverished as a perpetual irritant to the Jew?

Other headlines suggest that the feud started after WWI with the Balfour Declaration when Britain awarded the land from the collapsed Ottoman Empire to the Jewish people to establish a homeland.

Biblical history teaches otherwise. The hatred began in the womb of Isaac’s wife Rebecca who was pregnant with twins. “Two nations are in your womb” God said. “The older will serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23).

I find it interesting that when the Genesis account of Jacob and Esau is preached, it usually winds up focusing on the deceit and trickery that Jacob and his mother used on Isaac and Esau. The irony is: that is exactly what is being portrayed in the above article.

The Washington Post displayed a photo of a 17-year-old Palestinian with one leg amputated and ran a compelling personal interest story of the boy with the headline “Shooting to Maim”.

The conflict between the twins is about the birthright (Genesis 25:29-34), or title deed, to the land of promise. God intended that Jacob would receive the blessing and Esau would not, and Esau has never gotten over it.

“So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41

The bloodshed over Esau trying to kill his brother Jacob through almost four millennia is incalculable. It began with the first Biblically-recorded terror attack at the Red Sea (Exodus 17:8) and has continued in every generation through Esau’s illegitimate grandson, Amalek (Exodus 17:16).

We can expect Amalek to show up on Monday, May 14 to disrupt the 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth, and again on the 15th, the day which Edom calls ‘nakba’ the day of catastrophe over Israel’s statehood.