Picket of Brighton’s Sodastream Shop
Christian anti-Semites are out to back up neo-Nazi Zionist & 'Christian' demonstrators
Many thanks to Inminds for these excellent photographs of the Palestinian BDS demonstrators and their anti-Semitic Christian/JDL opponents
|One of the most obnoxious and stupid of the Christian demonstrators Jill Young. Not unsurprisingly she is hiding her face. Her message about other countries being more repressive than Israel is reminiscent of apologists for Apartheid in South Africa.|
|The public queues up to sign the petition opposing Sodastream and Israel's occupation of the West Bank|
|Exceptionally the Police escort one particularly abusive Zionist across the street|
|Zionist Doublethink - a Zionist carries leaflets entitled peace whilst advocating war. Hitler as also a 'peacemaker' who was attacked by Poland!|
|Despite repeated threats Mike on the right continues to come down from London to give support to the Palestinians|
|The shop is empty as usual, but it pays for a security guard nonetheless. In the foreground another member of the public shows her support.|
|Sodastream playing dumb (or dumber than usual) doesn't know where it's products come from.|
Although I was there at the beginning of the pickets of the Israeli shop, Sodastream, I was forced to curtail my attendance last autumn owing to illness. However I kept in touch with the magnificent work of the local Brighton & Hove PSC group.
In the last couple of months I have attended for the last half hour and I notice that the same anti-Semitic Christians are in attendance as when I first took part in the campaign. Gill Young, a Daniel and a couple of others, Christian fundamentalists, who in places like Guatemala presided over the genocide of over 100,000 Mayan Indians.
The 'Christian's' consistent message has been that the Palestinians are the occupiers of the lands that they and their ancestors have live on! Why? Because of the myth that the Jews lived there for 3,000+ years. Apart from abysmal ignorance (there were no Jews then, merely Canaanite tribes who would have spoken a language far different from biblical Hebrew & who worshipped a variety of gods) for over 2,000 years most Jews lived outside Palestine for economic reasons i.e. the land could not sustain them. Those who survived gradually became Christians, especially when Constantine, the Roman Emperor in the 3rd century made Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire. Even Ben Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister and Yitzhak ben Zvi recognised this fact.
Jesus was, apart from being a Phariseeic rabbi, a Jewish rebel against the corruption of the the high priests, the Sadducees. That was the reason why the ruling class and the Romans decided to execute him. The descendants of the Jews who remained in the Roman state of Palestine were ironically the poor Jews who converted to Christianity! The European Jews in so far as they had any specific lineage were descendants of the trading country of the Khazars, situated in between the Black and Caspian Seas. This is well known to historians and was the subject of the book, which was a best seller in Israel for 19 weeks, The Invention of the Jewish People, by Shlomo Sand, a professor at Tel Aviv University and Arthur Koestler’s ‘Thirteenth Tribe’.
The Christians who demonstrate in support of Sodastream support the transfer or massacre of the Palestinian people of the West Bank. Why? Because their primary religious text is Revelations when the return of the Jews to Palestine will herald the second coming of Christ with the evil Jews (most of the Jews are so termed) dying in the battle of Armagheddon and the Christian faithful rising to heaven in The Rapture. In other words they look forward to a new holocaust of the Jews.
In the United States in WWII these Protestant Fundamentalists were the main force behind those who campaigned vociferously against the admission of Jews who wished to escape the holocaust. Indeed one of the primary motivations of Evangelical Christians has always been to get rid of the Jews in their midst. Examples about - Lord Shaftesbury, George Elliot, Ernest Laharanne, Palmerstone, Disraeli etc.
Perhaps the best example of these anti-Semitic Christians was Arthur James Balfour whose Balfour Declaration in 1917 set the seal on an alliance between the Zionists and the British which was the real beginning of the Israeli state. Balfour as Home Secretary, introduced the Aliens Act 1905 whose primary purpose was to prevent the immigration of Russian Jews fleeing the pogroms into Britain. He was a man who also disliked Jews intensely but he was a good Zionist, which is why Zionist HQ in Britain is named Balfour House. He wrote that:
If [Zionism] succeeds, it will do a great spiritual and material work for the Jews, but not for them alone. For as I read its meaning it is, among other things, a serious endeavour to mitigate the age-long miseries created for western civilisation by the presence in its midst of a Body which it too long regarded as alien and even hostile, but which it was equally unable to expel or absorb. Surely, for this if for no other reason, it should receive our support. [From co-existence to conquest, International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 by Victor Kattan]
Examples abound of Evangelical Christians who are and were anti-Semitic Zionists, not least among the Nazis. One example was H H Beamish who wrote that ‘‘There is only one cure for this world-evil, and that is for all the Christian white races to combine and to repatriate to Palestine and the neighbouring territories every Jew, male and female, and to take the most drastic steps to see that, once they have founded their Zionist state in their own Promised Land, they permanently remain there.’[The Jews’ Who’s Who: Israelite Finance. Its Sinister Influence, Popular Edition (London: The Judaic Publishing Co., H.H. Beamish, Proprietor, 1921), p. 43.
|British Brothers League - opposed the entry of Jewish refugees but they were ardently in favour of Zionists|
Another example is the first proto-fascist organisation in Britain, the British Brothers League headed by William Evans-Gordon MP, who gets a remarkably sympathetic write up in Chaim Weizzman's auto-biography Trial and Error. Its President, William Stanley Shaw, in a letter to the Jewish Chronicle of 6th November 1901, who declared that 'I am a firm believer in the Zionist movement which the British Brothers League will incidentally do much to foster. The return of the Jews to Palestine is one of the most striking signs of our times.' before going on to quote some obscure passage from the Bible.
|British PM David Lloyd George, an ardent Christian Evangelist, standing shoulder to shoulder with his hero|
But perhaps the best example of a combination of anti-Semitism was that of Lloyd George, the ‘Welsh Wizard’ and British Prime Minister from 1916-21. He was the strongest supporter of the Balfour Declaration after Balfour himself. He was also an admirer of Hitler and after a visit to Hitler in 1936, wrote that Hitler was "the greatest living German". [Jones, J Graham. entry in Dictionary of Liberal Thought Brack & Randall (eds.) Politico's Methuen, 2007]
In a Jewish Telegraph Agency report of 20 September 1936 it reported that ,David Lloyd George, who had just returned from a visit to Germany, had expressed enthusiastic approval of Chancellor Hitler, whom he visited twice, and he explained persecution of Jews as due to the Nazi leader’s belief that the Russian Jews were responsible for Soviet press attacks on the Reich.’ A lie of course as anyone who is at all familiar with Mein Kampf will confirm. But Lloyd George was a fervent Zionist so he is forgiven..
In case anyone should be under the impression that this was all in the past, the Baptist and Evangelical leader of American Christians and Pastor John Hagee of the San Antonio, Texas-based Cornerstone Church, Pastor, who heads Christians United for Israel, which has 1.1 million members, wrote in his book Jerusalem Countdown that Hitler was born from ‘accursed, genocidally murderous half-breed Jews.' Bruce Wilson, The Huffington Post, August 1, 2009.
|John Hagee during his speech describing Hitler as god's messenger demonstrates what a hunter does|
Hagee is best know for his statement that Hitler was a messenger from god sent to drive the Jews to Israel!
"Theodor Herzl is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Herzl went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.
"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel." see video clip of the speech.
|John Hagee addressing the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the main pro-Zionist organisation in the United States, explaining why Hitler was much misunderstood|
When Senator John McCain was running for President he sought and obtained the endorsement of Hagee. Such was the outcry that he was forced to distance himself from the brute when this was revealed.
|The Anti-Defamation League - opposed to 'anti-Semitism' when its anti-Zionism but supporting Christian anti-Semitism of John Hagee|
None of this stopped the Abe Foxman, of the appropriately named Anti-Defamation League (it has its own history of Jewish uncle tommery) writing to defend Hagee:
‘“We are grateful that you have devoted your life to combating anti-Semitism and supporting the State of Israel,” [The New York Jewish Week, 18.6.08]
|Glenn Beck, who believes the Jews killed Christ, after addressing the Knesset. Seen here talking to Baruch Mazel|
a settler and supporter of Kach, the Zionist Nazi organisation
But Hagee isn’t the only anti-Semite who loves Israel. Glenn Beck, who Murdoch was forced to fire from Fox TV for his explicit anti-Semitism, was responsible for the gems below, calumnies worthy of the gutter anti-Semite, Julius Streicher, who was hanged at Nuremburg. He hosted one guest on his Fox show
‘“…who describes as “accurate” the anti-Semitic tract “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”; likening Reform rabbis to “radicalized Islam”; calling Holocaust survivor George Soros a “puppet master,” a bloodsucker and a Nazi collaborator; touting the work of a Nazi sympathizer who referred to Eisenhower as “Ike the Kike”; and claiming the Jews killed Jesus.'
|Knesset members give a rapturous reception to a prominent anti-Semite|
Yet none of this prevented Beck being invited to give an address to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.
Ami Kauffman of the radical Israeli 972 Magazine describes how ‘Outside the Negev hall, the atmosphere was like before a rock concert, complete with the pushing and shoving. Most attendees were religious, all the way from knitted kippas to haredim. After we sat down, it was only a few minutes wait till the star came in. Almost immediately the whole room stood up, including the Members of Knesset, and gave the man a standing ovation.’ 30.8.13.
Whereas John Hagee is widely seen as a clown, Beck is an altogether different figure. He is a convinced anti-Semite and a member of the US Establishment. Beck is so anti-Semitic that he holds that the Jews killed Jesus. Before being fired from Fox, he explained how "Jesus conquered death. He wasn't victimized. He chose to give his life. He did have a choice. If he was a victim, and this theology was true, then Jesus would have come back from the dead and made the the Jews pay for what they did."
Even the ADL, which is tolerant of anti-Semitism when it comes from Christian Zionist supporters drew a line at this. After all the ADL identifies the claim that "the Jews" killed Jesus as one of the top four most destructive of anti-Semitic lies. It was the watchword of Christian anti-Semites throughout the ages.
But none of this matters to the Zionists and their Christian supporters outside Sodastream.
The Christians are part of a tiny but virulently anti-Semitic sect within the wider Christian church and the Zionists come from the far-Right of the Jewish community. At least two Zionist demonstrators, including the leader of the counter-demonstrators, the thuggish Simon Cobbs is, as has been pointed out elsewhere on this blog, a supporter of the Jewish-Nazi group Kach (this description is not mine but that of fellow Zionists for whom imprisoning Arabs who have sexual relations with Jewish women is reminiscent of the racial ‘hygiene’ laws of Nazi Germany under which many Jews were executed. Like Nazi Germany Kach/Jewish Defence League does not seek to criminalise Arab (Jewish) women who have/had sex with Jewish/German men.
|Hitler greets Bishop Muller, head of the Reich Church and Abbot Schachleitner|
The behaviour of a tiny minority, and they are a tiny minority of anti-Semitic Christian counter-demonstrators is not surprising. In Hitler’s Germany the Protestant Churches were more sympathetic to the Nazis than those of the Roman Catholics (though the anti-Nazi Protestants like Dietrich Bonhoffer, who was hanged shortly before the liberation of Mauthausen) were dedicated anti-Nazis. The Confessing Church of the Protestants, which grew throughout the 1930’s held that the doctrine of race was incompatible with the Christian message that all those who accept Jesus message of salvation will be saved. In particular the Protestants set up, under Bishop Muller, the Reich Church, which was wholly supportive of Hitler.
It is no surprise that both the Christian anti-Semites and Jewish neo-Nazis who make up the bulk of the counter demonstration have nothing positive to say or any message to impart. They direct a volume of abuse at Palestinian supporters, including passers by, thus alienating the public even more. Jewish demonstrators are particularly subject to villification as ‘traitors’ (when have we ever been loyal to a Nazi/Zionist creed?) and attempts at physical intimidation. One particularly obnoxious specimen goes by the name of Chelsea. She is a transexual who clearly does hate herself, as the Christians despise transgender people and gays in particular.
It is no surprise of course that the Police have given consistent support to the Zionists, as has the business correspondent of the Argus John Keegan. They have arrested people giving the Zionists a Hitler salute when they are simply recognising them for what they are. But of course when anti-Semitism was at its height in Britain in the 1930’s with Sir Oswald Moseley, the Police were his best friends. Just as today when we stopped the English Defence League marching in Brighton, the Police spent hundreds of thousands of pounds enabling them to pollute Brighton’s sea air (& still failed to force them through!) in April 2012.