Palestinian/Israeli Conflict – History To Know

Smoke and fire from an Israeli bomb rises into the air ove Gaza City

Excerpt from Genesis:  Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict by John B. Judis (a Jew who has no religious allegiance to Judaism)

At a meeting in Basel during the Seventh Zionist Congress in 1905, Yitzhak Epstein, a teacher who had migrated to Palestine, raised what he called the ‘Hidden Question.’  Among the difficult problems associated with the idea of renewal of life of our people in its land, there is one question that outweighs all the others, namely, the question of our attitude to the Arabs,’ Epstein said. ‘We have overlooked a rather ‘marginal’ fact – that in our beloved land there lives an entire people that has been dwelling there for many centuries and has never considered leaving it.’

Hillel Zeitlin, who wrote in Hebrew and yiddish, charged that Zionists ‘forget, mistakenly or maliciously . . .that Palestine belongs to others, and it is totally settled.’

Some Disturbing Gay History You Should Know (Kill the Gays! Burn them! Stone them!)

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Excerpt from Homosexuality & Civilization by Louis Crompton

“Philo of Alexandria – the only ancient Jewish writer whose surviving works treat [homosexuality] in detail – could invite mob violence by urging that suspect effeminate men should not be allowed ‘to live for a day or even an hour.’ Unfortunately, with the ascendancy of Christianity, this deadly tradition which held that all male homosexuals should be ruthlessly exterminated became dogma in European states in some fourteen centuries.

Philo’s wish seems to have been realized under Constantine, Rome’s first Christian emperor, who, we are told, exercised his authority by exterminating the effeminate priests Philo had inveighed against in Egypt.  Such a campaign accorded with the endorsement of the Levitical death penalty by such early Christian writers as Tertullian, Eusebius, and the authors of the Apostolic Constitutions.  It was also furthered by the fateful transformation of the Sodom story in religious teaching for a tale of selfish greed and mistreatment of aliens to an indictment of all consensual homosexual acts.  By 390 the fanatical emperor Theodosius felt it incumbent to rid Rome ‘of the poison of shameful effeminacy’ by consigning passive men to ‘avenging flames in sight of the people.’  At that same moment Saint John Chrysostom, preaching in Christian Antioch, called for all homosexuals to ‘be driven out and stoned,’ an inflammatory cry of hate that bore terrible fruit in the Eastern Empire when Justininian launched his blood campaign against bishops, rich laymen, and political enemies a century later, causing the death of many.”

A Hard Time For Liberals: Prayers For A Peace That Seems Impossible

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It’s a hard time for liberal Christians. In our ears we hear holocaust screams, the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Christians throughout history, and the sound of in-coming missile alerts. We also hear the wailing of Palestinians, while not believing God would give any land as promised land that is occupied land any more than we believe God had to kill God’s son to love us or forgive us. While it is a hard time for liberal Christians, it is a heart-wrenching, hate-infusing time for Israelis and Palestinians.

Prayers for a peace that seems impossible.