|I have received a letter from World Jewish Congress President describing the menace of contemporary anti-Semitism and asking for monetary assistance in fighting this menace. In particular, the letter says:
“It’s with the greatest concern and urgency that I write to you today. I need your help to confront the growing crisis threatening the future of Jews in some European countries … and nowhere is this clearer than in France.
The shock and horror felt following the Jihadist terrorist attacks that took the lives of 17 people in Paris – that included four Jews targeted at a kosher market– served to shine a global spotlight on the crisis. But, sadly, France’s Jews have grown all too accustomed to such hate-fueled attacks.
Sadly, this latest attack is just the most recent in a disturbing trend. In 2012, a teacher and three school children were massacred at a Jewish school in Toulouse. And just this past summer, 200 congregants at the Don Abravanel synagogue in Paris were forced to barricade themselves as rioters, mainly Islamic radicals from North Africa armed with chairs, clubs and knives shouted “Death to the Jews” and “Alla Akbar,” and attempted to break through.”
Of course I understand the contemporary menace of anti-Semitism and I am ready to provide a monetary assistance to help everybody to fight anti-Semitism. But I am trying to figure out how the money will be used, and why our great efforts in fighting anti-Semitism have not brought yet any tangible results.
Will the money be used for anti-anti-Semitic education and advertisement in Europe, for creating government anti-anti-Semitic laws, for organizing marches and conferences, for hiring more security guards for Jewish places? All those actions have not worked in the past.
Or, the money will be used for creating a sort of world-wide Judeo-Christian union where the Jews and the Christians would work together on defeating the contemporary anti-Semitism in all its forms – anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, or anti-Israelis – at its source. It might work, if we correctly identify the source.
What is the source of contemporary anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attacks from which the attacks are originated? What is this source where anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attacks are aimed at undermining the entire Judeo-Christian Western Civilization?
Reverend Franklin Graham defined it correctly in one of his recent interviews – see for example at
In the interview, a leading Christian evangelist Franklin Graham reminded that President Obama discussed during one televised interview his “Muslim faith” but on other occasions stated being a Christian. However, being a Christian and being a Muslim are two completely different things. Jesus Christ came to earth to die for the guilty, while Islam’s Muhammad killed the “innocent.” This year at the National Prayer Breakfast the president implied that what the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, or ISIL) is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1,000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition. However that is profoundly wrong – Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness; He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life [as Muhammad and his co-religionists did].
Thus in the opinion of a leading evangelist Franklin Graham the source of murderous actions against Judeo-Christian world is the Islamic one.
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League further elaborated on the source. He said the following:
“In an attempt to deflect guilt from Muslim madmen, President Obama said, ‘Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.’ Obama’s ignorance is astounding and his comparison is pernicious. … The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages. Here is how Princeton scholar and Islamic expert Bernard Lewis puts it: ‘At the present time, the Crusades are often depicted as an early expansionist imperialism – a prefigurement of the modern European countries. To people of the time, both Muslim and Christian, they were no such thing.’ So what were they? ‘The Crusade was a delayed response to the jihad, the holy war for Islam, and its purpose was to recover by war what had been lost by war – to free the holy places of Christendom and open them once again, without impediment, to Christian pilgrimage.’”
Thus, the leaders of two mainstream Christian denominations – Evangelicals and Catholics – found the source of all contemporary murderous actions against Judeo-Christian Western Civilization, and that is Islamic one.
I have not heard anything like that from our Jewish religious leaders. However, the Israel’s government leader Benyamin Netanyahu defines the source as the Christians do: the Islamic assault on the Judeo-Christian Western Civilization where the State of Israel and the entire Jewish Nation belong to.
If it is so, a plan of actions to fight anti-Semitism which is worthwhile to support financially may look like the following:
· Define the fight against anti-Semitism as a vital part of the fight against Islamic assault on the entire Judeo-Christian world
· Unify Jewish and Christian organizations of the Judeo-Christian Western World in this fight
· Help relatively peaceful Muslim organizations which are trying to modify the fundamental teachings of Koran to make them suitable for peaceful coexistence with “infidels”
· Intensify lobbying efforts to encourage Western governments to legislatively acknowledge the Islamic assault – not of the Muslim people – as the chief source of current adversary, even murderous actions against Judeo-Christian Western values, and to fight it
· Organize intellectual discussions on the role of Jewish people as the founding members and currently first-line defenders of the Judeo-Christian Western Civilization.