A friend of mine who is on the email list of Christians United for Israel passed along to me the latest piece of dross sent out by these votaries of the holy yarmulke. The email consists of a montage of photos from recent CUFI events, as well as a letter signed by organization founder John Hagee and National Director David Brog in which the pair lambaste neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and Hezbollah collectively–while expressing their undying devotion to the Jewish people–all in just under 400 words.
“CUFI members sent over 42,000 e-mails to Congress asking our lawmakers to co-sponsor a bill to make it harder for Hezbollah to raise the funds that fuel its terror,” they inform us. Then they proceed to boast: “Shortly after our alert, the Senate passed this bill.”
First of all, what “terror” are they talking about? Hezbollah is not a terror organization. Hezbollah is in Syria where, along with Russian and Syrian troops, it is waging a battle against ISIS–an army of psychopaths whose atrocities are legion and which exemplify it as nothing less than the complete, total apotheosis of terror. Cutting off funds to Hezbollah, or attempting to, is tantamount to supporting ISIS!
The bill alluded to is the “Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017,” or S. 1595, an oleaginous piece of legislative tripe sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, and Mike Crapo, which–by unanimous consent no less–passed the Senate on Thursday, October 5.
That the US has been providing backing and assistance to ISIS has been an open secret for a while now, but with this act the Senate has in effect placed itself on record as official supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This in effect is what it comes down to.
The letter also talks about Charlottesville and the “ugly neo-Nazi demonstration that threatened the local Jewish community” there, and of course it goes without mentioning that “anti-Semitism is on the rise across the country”- so be horrified; be afraid; lest we see Jews marched into concentration camps in Iowa before the next presidential primary.
And above all else, “love and defend the Jewish people,” which means, of course, support the Jewish state. This, as ever, is the main message of “Christians” United for Israel…yet nowhere in this letter sent out by Hagee and Brog is there anything about Jesus. Not one word. He doesn’t rate a single mention. This of course is typical, though. And, yes, we can well understand their problem here: they can’t find any quotes from Jesus that would validate support for a racist, apartheid state!
By the way, this email from CUFI was sent out on October 12–one day after new developments broke regarding an ongoing criminal case in Israel. Regular readers to this website are familiar with the name Elor Azarya. He’s the Israeli soldier who fired a bullet execution-style into the head of a Palestinian as he lay mortally wounded on a Hebron street. The shooting took place in March of last year on the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Well…long story short, it seems some remarkably good fortune has fallen Azarya’s way! According to a report here, the Israeli Army has awarded the killer the sum of 24,000 Israeli shekels, or $6,897. “The decision to pay the cash to Azaria came after a decision by Israeli Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot to reduce his 18-month prison sentence to 14 months,” the report states.
Fourteen months for shooting a wounded man in the head, plus a $6,897 bonus.
Contrast the treatment of Azarya to that meted out to Ahmad Yasser Baraghithi, a 21 year-old Palestinian who was sentenced to eight years in prison for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.
Or contrast it to Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian poet who spent more than a year and three months (one month longer than Azarya) in jail and house arrest for the “crime” of writing a poem entitled, “Resist, My People, Resist Them.”
Love and Defend the Jewish People? Or Resist them? Take your pick. But regardless which side of the fence you come down on, one thing you can’t deny (unless you happen to be willfully blind) is that in Israel/Occupied Palestine there exists one system of justice for Jews, and another for Palestinians.
One set of legal standards and procedures for members of one race or ethnic group and another set for those of a different group–this is the hallmark of an apartheid state. Perhaps Christians United for Israel should change its name to Christians United for Apartheid.
Below is the full text of the letter sent sent out by CUFI.
Dear _______ ,
One of CUFI’s great strengths is that we are a real and vibrant grassroots organization. That’s pretty rare these days. So many of the groups which claim to speak for large constituencies often represent no one but a few professional lobbyists in Washington. But CUFI represents millions of supporters who live in every Congressional district across the country. When our elected officials leave Washington and go back home to their states and districts, they find hundreds of active CUFI members waiting to speak with them.
During Congress’ August recess, CUFI held a series of local events with key lawmakers across the country that demonstrated this grassroots strength.
One highlight was our Israel Town Hall in Idaho, where we hosted both of Idaho’s US Senators. It’s rare that both of a state’s senators show up to the same event back home, but they showed up together for CUFI.
Also noteworthy were the two events we hosted with Texas Congressmen, one in the Houston area and the other in Amarillo. What made these events special was the fact that they were arranged at the request of the Congressmen, who value CUFI as an important voice for their constituents.
When Congress got back to work in September, they heard from us again. CUFI members sent over 42,000 e-mails to Congress asking our lawmakers to co-sponsor a bill to make it harder for Hezbollah to raise the funds that fuel its terror. Shortly after our alert, the Senate passed this bill.
And in early September, we held a very important event in Charlottesville, Virginia called My Brother’s Keeper. As you all know, Charlottesville was the sight of an ugly neo-Nazi demonstration that threatened the local Jewish community. As you also know, anti-Semitism is on the rise across the country — both on the far right as well as the far left. So we decided to bring Jews and Christians in Charlottesville together to take a firm stand against this rising tide of hate. Our statement was loud and clear — Christians will stand side-by-side with our Jewish brethren to combat anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head.
Thank you for being part of our mission to love and defend the Jewish people, both here at home and abroad. We are seeing progress every month. And we could do none of this without your support and generosity.
Blessings to you and those you love,
Pastor John Hagee