We continue to examine the lies collated by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that are commonly presented by Israel’s opponents.

Lie # 8

Israeli policies are the cause of worldwide anti-Semitism. Simon Wiesenthal Centre response

From the Inquisition to the pogroms to the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis, history proves that Jew-hatred existed on a global scale before the creation of the State of Israel. In 2010, it would still exist even if Israel had never been created. For example, one poll indicates that 40% of Europeans blame the recent global economic crisis on “Jews having too much economic power,” a canard that has nothing to do with Israel.

Th e unsettled Palestinian-Israeli dispute aggravates Muslim-Jewish tensions, but it is not the root cause. During World War II, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a notorious Jew-hater, helped the Nazis to organize the 13th SS Division, made up of Muslims. Unfortunately, in addition to respectful references to Jewish patriarchs and prophets, the Koran also contains virulent anti-Semitic stereotypes that are widely invoked by Islamist extremists, including Hezbollah (whose agents blew up the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994), to justify murdering Jews worldwide. The disappearance of Israel would only further embolden violent Jew-haters everywhere.

Comment

Th e Simon Wiesenthal response provides good evidence that lie eight is simply not true, particularly by pointing to the fact that anti-Semitism existed long before the State of Israel. It is certainly true that Israeli policy incites anti-Semitism, but it cannot be the root cause.

Israel’s recent decision to launch an assault against Gaza has incited protests around the globe, yet we know similar events have occurred for centuries  and point to something deeper than a policy disagreement. An earlier article in this issue of the Lampstand (‘Papal Perversions [12]: The Source  of Anti-Semitism’)  shows that anti-Semitism  flourished in the Roman Empire, many years before the nation of Israel existed. There appears to be a connection  with embracing a belief in the Trinity and anti-Semitism, at least in the case of Christian Europeans. 20_5 lies Yet in other nations and in the context of non-Christian beliefs (e.g. Islam), anti-Semitism also thrives. Scripture contains a number of prophecies relating to anti-Semitism (e.g. Deut 28:37; Ezek  36:3; Jer 29:18) and also ascribes a curse to those who curse the people of God (Gen 12:3). Touching Israel  is like touching the apple of God’s eye (Zech 2:8),  an action that will surely lead to a strong response.  Israeli policy may be one cause of anti-Semitism, but history shows that other causes have thrived.

Ironically, it will be “Israeli policy” that brings peace and joy rather than conflict and fear in the coming age. Th e tide will turn to such an extent that people will make a great effort to support God’s people:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isa 2:2–4).

“Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Th us saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech 8:22–23).

Instead of being despised in the Kingdom age, Jews will be sought after in the universal quest of nations to learn about the LORD of hosts. Imagine how humiliating this will be for those who have fed upon anti-Semitism! Such are the wonder of the ways of the Almighty who has chosen to be known as the God of Israel.