Yesterday I wrote about David Duke, the past Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, endorsing the Israel/Palestine Mission Network’s booklet Zionism Unsettled. Now Press TV is giving it an endorsement. Press TV is one of the official media outlets for the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Like other media outlets, they use press people in various countries to publish their news. Press TV uses Veterans Today for their United States News. Veterans Today is the site I have written so many postings about because of their extreme anti-Semitism. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch stated that they had entered the neo-Nazi realm because of their accusations about Israel and the Newtown murders. This is how Hate Watch put it:
VT seemed to be trying to outdo itself when its financial editor Mike Harris, who also sits on VT’s editorial board, went on Iranian government-backed Press TV to claim that the recent murders of 20 small children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school was carried out by Israeli death squads.
Press TV’s endorsement can be found here, “Zionism destroying lives of Palestinians, Jews: IPMN.” In the article they state, “The study guide, dubbed Zionism Unsettled, also argues that most Jews reject Zionism and choose to live outside the Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands, depicting Jewish life inside the Islamic Republic of Iran as “alive and well.”
The Jewish community that lives within Iran is often used by Iran to prove that Jews reject Zionism as well as Israel. But initially that rejection by some ultra-religious Jews had to do with their views that there would be no homeland until the Messiah came. Pushing aside the religious thinking, it is politicized and used as a caricature of Jews outside of Israel by both the Israel/Palestine Mission Network and the Republic of Iran.
But the Jewish state of Israel is like a lynch pin for many of those Jews who live in other places. It is that which undergirds the Jewish people of many lands and many persecutions. As Walter Laqueur points out in his seminal work, A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel:
A survey of the origins of Zionism must take as its starting point the central place of Zion in the thoughts, the prayers, and the dreams of the Jews in their dispersion. The blessing ‘Next year in Jerusalem ‘ is part of the Jewish ritual and many generations of practicing Jews have turned towards the East when saying the Shemone Essre, the central prayer in the Jewish Liturgy.
It does not matter that the Jewish people make other countries their home, the Jewish State of Israel is the answer to two-thousand years of prayer. Marina Benjamin, author of The Last Days in Babylon, while rightly complaining of the way the Iraqian Jewish immigrants to Israel were at first treated, nontheless states:
Jewish people will often remark that only in Israel does their feeling of Jewishness disappear, because only in Israel, where being Jewish is the pervasive norm is it inconsequential. Having visited Israel several times, I can vouch for having experienced this strange unburdening.
On the Facebook page of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) I argued about this horrible booklet Zionism Unsettled. This is the answer I got from whoever oversees the site and whose title is “Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The Israel/Palestine Mission Network authored the booklet, and the network was created following a directive from the General Assembly in 2004 to move us toward the goal of a just peace in Israel/Palestine. The booklet is not a publication of the PC(USA). The network speaks to the church, not for the church.
That is not a good answer. The leadership in the PC (U.S.A.) is in some measure liable for their own organizations. If the IPMN, as an organization, decided to physically beat up those they considered their enemies, and they have done that emotionally, the PC (U.S.A.) would be liable for the physical damage done to the enemies—they are PC (USA) after all. But there is something more, and far more important. As a Christian organization the PC (U.S.A.) is liable for the wellbeing of others. Spiritually, they are called to justice and righteousness. Lying about, vilifying and slandering their neighbors is unscriptural, and as long as the leadership of the PC (U.S.A.) fails to speak up about Zionism Unsettled, they are involved in sin.Picture of Jewish holiday Shavuot . Taken from Wikipedia & Jewish Free Image Collection Project. By Amos Gil.