Israel is Under Attack! We Need to Speak the Truth!
Tricia Miller, Ph.D. and Dexter Van Zile
Dear Christian Leader,
Today, Israel is under a fresh wave of attacks that were timed to coincide with Jerusalem Day, the 54th anniversary of the reunification of the city during the Six Day War. As of this writing, approximately 150 rockets and missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip towards cities and towns in Israel, including Jerusalem. Violence has also been incited inside Jerusalem and even on the Temple Mount.
Fast on the heels of these attacks will come lies and more lies about the events, and the cause of these events.
Lies from so-called journalists and Christian peacemakers will be told in order to justify the violence perpetrated against Israeli civilians in Jerusalem and cities and communities within range of the Gaza Strip.
Lies from propagandists will be told in order to convince audiences that Jewish self-determination – rather than efforts to deprive Jews of their sovereign state – is the cause of violence in the Holy Land.
The lies themselves are an act of violence because they will be used to justify more murder and mayhem in Israel and beyond.
As Christian leaders, we must counter these lies and speak the truth! Please join the efforts of CAMERA’s Partnership of Christians and Jews and help broadcast the facts about current events in Israel by sharing them with all those within your sphere of influence in the days and weeks ahead.
Here is what you need to know:
Terrorists launched approximately 150 rocket attacks against Israel on Monday, May 10, 2021 - the same day Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day. News reports indicate that Palestinian terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad had previously threatened to attack Israel if it did not withdraw its troops from the Temple Mount and from Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem and the subject of a lawsuit between Israeli landowners and Palestinian tenants.
The two terrorist organizations also objected to the planned march of Israelis through the Old City of Jerusalem in celebration of Jerusalem Day. In response to the objections, Israeli officials changed the route of the parade to keep it away from the Damascus Gate, which is the scene of ongoing confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians. Moreover, Israeli officials delayed the enforcement of the eviction of families in Sheikh Jarrah because of the tension the court decision had caused.
The takeaway: Israel worked to deescalate tensions; Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired rockets anyway.
Monday’s rocket attacks took place after weeks of increased friction between Jews and Arabs in the Old City of Jerusalem, during which Arab youths posted videos of their assaults on Orthodox Jews on TikTok, an internet video-sharing service. One victim of a TikTok attack told Ynet, “There is a competition for likes and views. A video of an Arab slapping an ultra-Orthodox man will get you both, so now everyone is trying to get more likes and views.”
Israeli journalist Jonathan Speyer reports that appearance of these videos on the Internet caused “widespread anger” in the Israeli Jewish population, which in turn resulted in “revenge attacks carried out by young Israelis on random Arabs employed in the service sector in downtown west Jerusalem.”
The takeaway: Arab extremists photographed themselves while attacking Orthodox Jews. How hateful and inciteful is that?
Sheik Jarrah Lawsuit
Coinciding with the TikTok phenomenon is the ongoing controversy over the previously mentioned lawsuit regarding Sheik Jarrah, an Arab village built on land purchased and owned by Jews in the 1870s. Jordan confiscated this land after the 1948 War of Independence and built a neighborhood on it. After the Six Day War in 1967, Israel declared that the property belonged to Jewish organizations which had owned the property during the Ottoman Empire, but allowed Arabs to remain as tenants. As this CAMERA article reveals, Arab residents of Sheikh Jarrah and their lawyers agreed in 1982 that two Israeli non-profits, the Sephardic Community Council and the General Council of the Congregation of Israel, owned the properties.
That said, Sheikh Jarrah continues to be the subject of competing property claims, and as a result, a lawsuit is currently before Israel’s Supreme Court. The case has gained increased attention recently due to new anti-Israel actions taken by Human Rights Watch, the International Criminal Court, and concerted campaigns by pro-Palestinian NGO’s – all of which are used by the Palestinian leadership for the purpose of promoting anti-Israel propaganda and inciting violence against Israeli citizens.
For more information on the chronology of the dispute over Sheikh Jarrah and the resulting lawsuit, please see this article from May 10, 2021 in Jewish News Syndicate.
The takeaway: Arab tenants and their lawyers agreed that Sheikh Jarrah belonged to Jews in the 1980s. Jewish organizations are using the courts to enforce their property rights while extremists try to portray the case as a land-grab by the state of Israel.
Temple Mount Incitement
Palestinian extremists routinely use the Temple Mount to engage in confrontations with Israeli soldiers charged with keeping the peace in Jerusalem. It is also used as a platform from which to preach hate against Israel and Jews. In the days before the current rocket attacks from Gaza, Palestinians standing atop the Temple Mount chanted “Strike Tel Aviv!” On May 7, 2021, a Hamas terrorist called on Palestinians to buy five-shekel knives and cut off the heads of Israelis.
The takeaway: The pause in anti-Israel violence and incitement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Palestinian elites are getting ready for another round of increased violence against the Jewish state.
The Days Ahead
The lies are going to come fast and furious in the days and weeks ahead. Media outlets and Christian “peace” activists are going to do what they can to portray Israel as the aggressor in the face of Palestinian terrorism. Please strengthen yourself as you continue to stand with Israel by being equipped with the facts and then sharing the truth about what is really happening with everyone in your sphere of influence!
In Case You Missed It!
On April 29th, the Partnership was privileged to host a webinar featuring Rev. Malcolm Hedding, who spoke on the subject of Israel and apartheid. As a former South African pastor who actively opposed apartheid, and as someone who has lived and worked in the Jewish State for many years, there is no one more qualified to expose the truth concerning Israel and apartheid.
Since the false accusation of apartheid is one of the libels used in the current propaganda war against Israel, there is no better time than today to be informed and equipped with the truth presented here!
If you missed the webinar, or would like to listen again or share it with others, the recording is available here.