Friday, December 27, 2013

A picture that the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC (U.S.A.) favors

I must update this before it is even posted. It is about a picture that was placed on the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)--I was just finishing the posting when I noticed they had removed the picture. However, it is still on their list of favorite tweets. So about the picture:

A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. But sometimes the picture that is offered says more about the one offering it than the intended meaning. Using Twitter and Antonio Degante's  twitter link, the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) re-tweeted this picture:

For several reasons the re-tweet shows how IPMN is anti-Semitic. First of all, the picture which seems to be an attempt to say that BBC purposely gets it wrong when it writes about violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, uses a caricature of a Jewish man. He is pictured not as a symbolic Israeli but simply as a Jewish man. Admittedly he does have a Star of David on his hat but even that is small and insignificant. On the other hand the man representing the Palestinian appears as a symbol of Palestine because of his keffiyeh which is seen as symbolic of Palestinian solidarity. However, ultimately it is the idea in the picture that the Israeli is violent without any violence on the part of the Palestinian that makes the picture anti-Semitic.

But that is hardly the worst part.

The cartoon is on an Iranian Spanish language site that is truly anti-Semitic. (One must use the Google Translate) The site, Islam Oriente, has writings by various Imams but there are also articles and news. One of the articles, The fourteen reasons why Israel is doomed to disappear as a legal status is simply all of the arguments radical Islamist give for the end of Israel including that in a war with so many Arab states Israel would undoubtedly disappear. That is reason five—but one must read carefully with the Google translation.

Another article is 11 S: Internal Operation or Operation Mossad? written by Laurent Guyenot of Voltaire Network an odd web site that seems to offer multiple articles on 9-11 and Syria. He accuses Israel of being behind the 9-11 catastrophe. But there is an even clearer reason why IPMN's posting of the picture on their twitter site is a sign of their anti-Semitism.

Although IPMN has a statement that re-tweeting an article does not mean endorsement, they have marked this particular tweet as a favorite. So they really like the picture offered by a very anti-Semitic site. This is truly a case of a religious organization mixing bigotry with a very unprofessional attitude toward those they must deal with in order to gain any kind of peace. And it is a Christian organization whose attitudes are anything but caring and Christ like.

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