Why Does the World Hate the Jews?
by Shira Sorko-Ram

On March 15th of this year, Abdullah Kuran, age 11, was asked to carry several bags through an Israeli checkpoint at the Gaza border and hand them to a woman waiting on the other side for five shekels ($1.00 U.S.) Unaware that one of the bags contained a 10-kilo bomb, he was stopped by the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) who discovered it during a routine inspection.

When his handlers (who were watching in the crowds on the Gaza side) saw that the boy had been stopped, they tried to blow him up through a cell phone connected to the bomb, but the bomb failed to explode. The IDF later sent him back to his parents. The officer-in-charge, Lt.-Col. Guy, explained to the media, "We're not going to do anything with a boy like that, an innocent kid trying to earn his daily bread."

Back home, Abdullah now says he does not believe the Israeli army's version, that the bag he was carrying contained explosives. "They are lying," he said. "I never saw a bomb. If the bag really contained a bomb, why did they release me?" A teacher at Kuran's school said the majority of the camp residents are convinced that Israel made up the story. A Palestinian cab driver told the Jerusalem Post, "I think the Israelis planted the bomb there. The Palestinian groups are much more responsible and they would never do such a thing."

Nine days later, at the same checkpoint, Israeli soldiers caught a 14 year-old boy, Husam Abdu, on his way to be a suicide bomber. This time Lt.-Col. Guy told the press, "The boy was fully aware of what he was to do and told us he received NIS 100 ($22.00) and was instructed to blow himself up near soldiers. The IDF's quick action not only saved their own lives but those of 200 Palestinian men, women and children who were at the roadblock." The whole incident was recorded on video.

When questioned, the boy explained why he did it. "They told me suicide is the only chance I've got to have sex with 72 virgins in the Garden of Eden."

Now listen to this! The BBC, reported the incident and accused Israel of abusing the child by letting the media air the attempted suicide.

In fact, the BBC's account was so brutally anti-Israel that Israel's Cabinet Member Natan Sharansky sent a letter to the BBC stating that BBC correspondent, Orla Guerin, employed a "gross double standard to the Jewish State that smacks of anti-Semitism," when she used "an attempted suicide attack by a child to point cynically to Israel's attempt to manipulate the media."

Sharansky wrote the BBC that such an approach "reveals a deep-seated bias against Israel. Only a total identification with the goals and methods of the Palestinian terror group would drive a reporter to paint Israel in such an unflattering light instead of placing the focus on the bomber and the organization that recruited him," he said.

He quoted Guerin as describing to viewers how the IDF "paraded the child in front of the international media," then "produced" the child for reporters, "posed" him a second time for the cameras, and then "rushed him back into a jeep." She then reported that the entire event was under "Israeli army control," which meant that they "were not allowed to get his [the child's] version of events." The report ended with her saying, "This is a picture that Israel wants the world to see." (Jerusalem Post, Mar. 31, 04)

An Israeli spokesman replied, "When the child almost lost his life, we have to ask ourselves, is he being harmed by the showing of his face on French or American television? Unless we talk about it, you won't see any change." Indeed, we might add, few in the world would have believed it if they didn't actually see it.

To keep the record straight, the BBC has never run a story about Palestinian use of children - how 29 suicide bombers have been teenagers under 18, taking hundreds of lives with them, and how another 40 children have been arrested who were planning attacks. No studies have been conducted concerning methods of terrorist leaders who often surrounded themselves with children as they attack Israelis so that if Israelis return fire, children would be in harm's way.

Here we have a clear description of modern anti-Semitism in action: First, fierce, raging desire on the part of the Islamic people to destroy Israel by any and all methods, including using children as suicide bombers. Secondly, the international media twisting the truth of what is happening to portray Israel as the epitome of an evil nation.

As one rabbi wrote, "Once again, it is socially acceptable in civilized circles to slur Jews - even more so the Jewish state. The storm clouds that have gathered over the worldwide Jewish community in the past two years are chillingly reminiscent of the period just preceding the Holocaust."

The BBC is continuing a long history of anti-Semitism that has plagued the British people. A recent British poll shows that one out of five Brits are at least mildly anti-Semitic. Israeli commentators have noted that if that poll had replaced the word, "the Jews" with the word "Israel," the negative percentage would have rocketed.

In fact, the hatred of the Jewish people by the so-called Christian nations of the world over the last 1900 years, has severely polluted virtually every country in Eastern and Western Europe as well as the Russian territories. The hatred culminated 56 years ago in the shooting, gassing and starving of 6,000,000 human beings of Jewish heritage. But the Holocaust was only a perfection, a realization of technical advances - of better killing machines than those in the hands of bygone rulers.

Nevertheless, because of the enormity of the atrocities of World War II, the UN found herself, for an instant in time, voting to give the remnant of the Jews who were left a country of their own.

In 1947, the UN actually offered Israel defined borders - a tiny slice of the Holy Land, only a fraction of the original British promise of a homeland for the Jews. But Israel's founding father, David Ben Gurion, accepted the offer. Allah's followers did not, and six Arab nations invaded Israel, to wipe her out, to destroy her, and to throw her into the sea.

The spirits of anti-Semitism then moved their center of operations into the Muslim countries, based on these two Islamic principles.

1. Islam is a territorial religion. Land once occupied by Islamic people, is irrevocably Islamic. Since the Holy Land has been occupied by Islamic people - even though Jews have lived there continuously before and after Islam came into existence - the state of Israel must never be allowed to remain on "Islamic" land.

2. Islam's world dominance is inevitable. Her warriors of jihad will conquer all the nations of the world and establish Islam as the world religion. Sharia, the most stringent version of Islamic legal systems would become international law by which the world is ruled.

The establishment of the state of Israel does not in any way fit into Islamic plans. Not at all. Israel is a continuous "bone in the throat" of the Islamic peoples. The ultimate goal of anti-Semitism is and always has been to execute a final solution of the Jewish people and the followers of Allah have now taken up this task.

At present, estimates of the number of Muslims in the European Union range from between 12 to 20 million. In Great Britain, Muslims now constitute the second largest religious community (larger than the Roman Catholics). In France, it is estimated that the Muslim population probably numbers some 6-8 million. (www.wjc.org Policy Dipatches No. 83, Sept 02)

These millions of Muslims have reawakened the historic European monster of anti-Semitism, which has, again, sprung to life in the last few years - causing enormous fear and great distress among the 1,200,000 Jews living in Europe.

Classic anti-Semitism has morphed into anti-Zionism, meaning anti-Israel. The anti-Semitism of yesterday - the demonization of every individual Jew, has now become the demonization of the corporate Jew, the Jewish nation. Israel is now considered a pariah state that doesn't deserve to exist. Israel is the only state and the Jews the only people that are the object of a standing set of threats from governmental, religious and terrorist bodies seeking their destruction.

Think about this: If the Arabs (Muslims) put down their weapons today there would be no more violence. If the Israelis put down their weapons today there would be no more Israel. (www.science.co.il) But this is the unvarying, endless demand of the nations individually and of the nations corporately in the UN.

Cannot we, as believers, see the spiritual war at work here? How can one explain that 30%, yes 30% of all U.N. resolutions, have been adopted to condemn Israel alone? There are 191 countries in the UN that need attention. Yet, one-third of UN "business" is spent condemning, censuring, castigating and vilifying Israel.

Israel - a name that means "striven with God…and prevailed." (Genesis 32:28)
Israel - a nation chosen of God to be a light to the nations. (Isaiah 60:1-2)
Israel - a land picked out by God to be given solely to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Israel - who brought the Bible and the Gospel to the world.
Israel - through whom the Messiah of the world was born.
Israel - of whom God said, "Through you all the nations of the world will be blessed."
Israel - of whom God said, "I will bless those who bless you."
Israel - of whom God said, "I will curse those who curse you."
Israel - of whom her prophets said, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow."
Israel - surrounded by enemies with 650 times more land, and 50 times more population.
Israel - of whom 60% of Europeans describe her as an important threat to world peace.

Here is an eternal truth and terrible reality: If Israel were destroyed, the plan of God for this world would be overthrown.
Yeshua the Messiah would have no people to say, "Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord," at his return on the Mount of Olives.

Israel has suffered 19,000 attacks by Muslim terrorists in the last three years. Yet the UN has not condemned a single one of the over 110 suicide bomb attacks, not one of the 19,000 attacks against Israel. (www.jnewswire.com Dec. 17, 03)

We remember Derek Prince telling the story of a conversation he had with a Jew who had come from the death camps of Europe, and who was fighting for Israel's independence in 1947. Derek as a British soldier engaged the young man in conversation. (Derek was one of the few British soldiers who understood God's plan for Israel as outlined in the Bible, and so identified strongly with the Jewish people.)

Derek recalls that this Jewish resident of Jerusalem told him with great feeling, "Our Jewish people have been persecuted by the nations for nearly 2000 years. The reason is because we have been wanderers and strangers in other nations' lands. Soon we will have our own country," he continued. "And then we will see the end of anti-Semitism forever!"

Derek responded, "If anti-Semitism is simply a natural phenomenon from a people being strangers in another's land - as you suggest - then, yes, anti-Semitism will cease to exist. But if this is a spiritual issue, meaning there are spiritual forces fighting for your extinction, then creating a homeland for your people will not result in the cessation of hatred for the Jewish people."

And this is the key: Spiritual forces are at work. A person who does not understand who the god of this world is and his strategy for world domination will be at loss to understand the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

Satan has, numerous times, attempted to destroy the people of Israel. He could checkmate God, if only he could destroy this one tiny nation. For if one jot or tittle could be proven untrue in the Bible, then God's integrity would be compromised and His justice over the earth finished. Think about Jeremiah 31:36

If this fixed order [of the sun, moon and stars] departs from before Me, declares the Lord, then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever."

But Satan is a loser. Because with every battle, God creates another Queen Esther, another person or people who are ready to put their lives on the line for the Jewish people. Still Satan fights on in his delusions. How else can we explain that the world finds Israel so detestable, so menacing, that the UN, which represents 6.1 billion people, spends almost one-third of all of its time manufacturing resolutions that condemn a nation of just over 5,000,000 Jewish souls! There are no condemnations of massacres and genocides in Sudan, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Iran, Syria, to name a few.

This whole thing is not about Israel. It's about God! If Yeshua had been born in Uganda and had promised to return to his people there, the world would be trying to destroy Uganda!

Israel is the key to God's plan for redemption for "whosoever will." The god of this world, who thought he had won the battle when he crucified the Lord, has come back in his incarnated image of Allah, to make one last attempt to take this planet out of the hands of God. Allah hates Israel with all the hatred that Satan has. He can no longer destroy Yeshua, but maybe, just maybe, he can destroy the people that God promised, "Through your seed, all the peoples of the earth will be blessed."

What is God's surprise for the devil this time? Here it is! Christians - the born-again kind - are standing up for Israel and the Jews. Our God is raising up a mighty army that will cry out to God and face the attackers of Israel with fearlessness, doggedness and tenacity.

In the Jewish mind, this is phenomenal, unexplainable and unfathomable! Christians, who for 1800 years, have sorely persecuted the Jewish people? And now the most fundamental, the most Bible-thumping of them all are adamantly, stubbornly, and vociferously standing with Israel!

It is obvious that God has certainly raised up one nation, though far from perfect, to lead the stand with Israel - the United States. In other nations, such as Canada, Great Britain and Brazil there is a faithful remnant of Christians who are praying and crying out to God for Israel's salvation, and for their own nations to be blessed by blessing Israel. We know! They write to us, pray for us and support the work of God to bring the Israeli people back to an intimate relationship with God. Many are also active in organizations that are reaching into the governments of the world, letting the nations know that We Stand With Israel!

Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram are the founders of Maoz Israel Ministries. The mission of MAOZ is: 1) To declare the Message of Messiah and make disciples in the city of Tel Aviv and throughout Israel. 2) To raise up Israeli leaders to prepare for the coming spiritual awakening among the people of Israel. 3) To educate and inform Christians world-wide of the strategic importance of Israel and the Jewish people in God's plan for world revival. The MAOZ web site is http://www.maozisrael.org/


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