"I AM A JEW"
by Jay Rawlings
Dear Friends, Shalom from Jerusalem,
I am forwarding this very vital information. The threat of anti-Semitism is a threat to every Bible believing Christian. It is time
to stand up and speak out. Write letters to the editors, telephone government leaders and make certain that Jew hatred is
answered with truth. Never sit in embarrassed silence when you overhear someone speak anti-Semitism. Rebuke them for their ignorance. Others will be instructed and emboldened and encouraged to speak also. It is a growing problem worldwide.
Meridel and I are presently on ministry tour in Europe, giving seminars "Israel and the Coming World Crisis".
Jay Rawlings, Jerusalem Vistas
|SUBJECT: "I AM A JEW"
I ask each of you to read this and perhaps reflect how lucky we are here in the US, but what are we doing about the rest of
I am beginning to dislike the French very much!
Rocks have been lifted all over Europe, and the snakes of Jew-hatred are slithering free.
In Belgium, thugs beat up the chief rabbi, kicking him in the face and calling him "a dirty Jew."
Two synagogues in Brussels were firebombed; a third, in Charleroi, was sprayed with automatic weapon fire.
In Britain, the cover of the New Statesman, a left-wing magazine, depicted a large Star of David stabbing the Union Jack.
Oxford professor Tom Paulin, a noted poet, told an Egyptian interviewer that American Jews who move to the West Bank
and Gaza "should be shot dead."
A Jewish yeshiva student reading the Psalms was stabbed 27 times on a London bus.
"Anti-Semitism", wrote a columnist in the Spectator, "has become respectable . . . at London dinner tables." She quoted one
member of the House of Lords: "The Jews have been asking for it and now, thank G-d, we can say what we think at last."
In Italy, the daily paper La Stampa published a Page 1 cartoon: a tank emblazoned with a Jewish star point its gun at the
baby Jesus, who pleads, "Surely they don't want to kill me again?"
In Corriere Della Sera, another cartoon showed Jesus trapped in His tomb, unable to rise, because Ariel Sharon, with rifle in
hand, is sitting on the sepulcher, the caption: "Non resurrexit."
In Germany, a rabbinical student was beaten up in downtown Berlin and a grenade was thrown into a Jewish cemetery.
Thousands of neo-Nazis held a rally, marching near a synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath. Graffiti appeared on a synagogue in
the western town of Herford: "Six million were not enough."
In Greece, Jewish graves were desecrated in Loannina and vandals hurled paint at the Holocaust memorial in Salonica.
In Holland, an anti-Israel demonstration featured swastikas, photos of Hitler, and chants of "Sieg Heil" and "Jews into the
But nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France. -- In Lyon, a car was rammed into a
synagogue and set on fire. In Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed; so were synagogues in Strasbourg and
Marseille; so was a Jewish school in Creteil.
A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails, and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris, the
words "Dirty Jew" were painted.
In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bars. The bus that takes Jewish children
to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.
According to police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10-12 anti-Jewish, incidents per day since Easter. Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming "Jews to the gas chambers" and "Death to the Jews."
The weekly journal Le Nouvel Observateur published an appalling libel: It said Israeli soldiers rape Palestinian women, so
that their relatives will kill them to preserve "family honor." The French ambassador to Great Britain was not sacked -- and
did not apologize -- when it was learned that he had told guests at a London dinner that the world's troubles were the fault of
"that shitty little country, Israel." "At the start of the 21st century," writes Pierre-Andre Taguieff, a well-known social
scientist, in a new book, "we are discovering that Jews are once again select targets of violence . . . Hatred of the Jews has
returned to France." But of course, it never left. Not France; not Europe. Anti-Semitism, the oldest bigotry known to man,
has been a part of European society since time immemorial. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, open Jew-hatred became
unfashionable; but fashions change, and Europe is reverting to type.
To be sure, some Europeans are shocked by the re-emergence of Jew-hatred all over their continent. But the more common
reaction has been complacency. "Stop saying that there is anti-Semitism in France," President Jacques Chirac scolded a
Jewish editor in January. "There is no anti-Semitism in France."
The European media have been vicious in condemning Israel's self-defense against Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank; they
have been far less agitated about anti-Jewish terror in their own backyard.
They are making a grievous mistake. For if today the violence and vitriol are aimed at the Jews, tomorrow they will be aimed
at the Christians. A timeless lesson of history is that it rarely ends with the Jews.
Militant Islamist extremists were attacking and killing Jews long before they attacked and killed Americans on Sept. 11.
The Nazis first set out to incinerate the Jews; in the end, all of Europe was ablaze. Jews, it is often said, are the canary in the
coal mine of civilization.
When they became the objects of savagery and hate, it means the air has been poisoned and an explosion is soon to come. If
Europeans don't rise up and turn against the Jew-haters, it is only a matter of time until the Jew-haters rise up and turn against
French Anti-Semitism Finally and long overdue, your people, oppressed and disgraced by hatred and maliciousness, have
achieved justice: now you enjoy full citizen's rights, but you'll remain Jews nonetheless. -- "Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author.
"That shitty little country, Israel. -- "Daniel Bernard, French Ambassador to England (and former French Ambassador to the
UN), December 2001
A brief recap of recent events:
* April 3, 2002: Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue outside of Paris;
* April 2, 2002: Or Aviv Synagogue in Marseille was burned to the ground;
* April 2, 2002: Arsonists struck a pavilion in a Jewish cemetery in the eastern town of Schiltigheim, France;
*March 30-31, 2002: Arsonists attacked synagogues in Strasbourg, France after an anti-Israel demonstration; Fifteen masked
men drove two cars through the gates and into a synagogue in Lyon. They then set fire to one of the cars in the prayer hall;
* A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Toulouse, France;
* A Jewish couple in their 20's were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne, France. The woman was pregnant.
* A Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles, France.
This was in the past week.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, from September 9, 2000, at the start of the intifada, through November 20, 2001,
there were some 330 acts of anti-Semitism just in and around Paris. In addition to literally scores of firebombing of
synagogues, just before Rosh Hashanah, 200 Arabs attacked Jews on the Champs Elysees. The pace has only picked up
* In December, a French cinema in Paris refused to allow a Hanukkah showing of Harry Potter to 800 Jewish children because
of French-Palestinian threats (the threats were confirmed by French police who then went on to do nothing, not even giving
details). It was one incident in an eventful month when synagogues continued to be firebombed and a Jewish kindergarten was
vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti and set ablaze.
We can understand anti-Semitism among the French people. There is nothing the French love like their traditions and, on the
question of hating Jews, they certainly have tradition galore. What, however, can explain the sometimes muted, sometimes
defensively outraged reaction of French officials?
Simple. There are approximately 5,000,000 to 6,000,000 Muslims presently living in France and many more arrive daily.
There are only about 600,000 Jews still living in France. Moreover, France is the number one European exporter to Iraq,
totaling over two billion dollars per year in exports since 2000. To those who are at a loss to explain why French elected
officials seem "helpless" to stem the tide of anti-Semitism, I say that something smells awfully Vichy around here.
So I call on you; whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish
decency from depravity, to do, at least, these three simple things:
First, care enough to stay informed. Don't ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight.
Second, boycott France. Only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than
just oil and hatred.
So boycott their wines and their perfumes. Boycott their clothes and their foodstuffs. Boycott their movies. Definitely
boycott their shores. If we are resolved we can exert amazing pressure and, whatever else we may know about the French,
we most certainly know that they are as a cobweb in a hurricane in the face of well directed pressure.
The number one best selling book in France is "September 11: The Frightening Fraud," which argues that no plane ever hit
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