God’s Solution To The Conflict In Israel
Israel Is Accused Of Being Apartheid, Like South Africa Was! At least, one speaker at the 2014 Christ at the Checkpoint conference accused Israel of being Apartheid. This was an evil practice of separation and restrictions that the white people in South Africa forced on the blacks for many years. This unjust racial segregation was enforced by legislation from 1948 to 1994. The blacks were forced off their land and herded like animals to certain pieces of land. They were not allowed to marry whites. They were not allowed to go to the same places as the whites. Jobs were hard to find, and they often had little food. They also had to have permission to travel into the areas controlled by the whites of South Africa. Moss Ntlha spoke at the Christ At The Checkpoint conference on March 13, 2014. The following quote gives some background information about Moss Ntlha.
“As an activist, he was one of the leading evangelical voices against apartheid and continues to serve the evangelical cause in post apartheid South Africa. Through the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, where he is the general secretary, he is involved in public policy advocacy nationally and internationally.” (11)
At the conference, Moss Ntlha told how he had visited the Jews in Israel and planted a tree. He later found out that the area where he planted the tree was at one time a Palestinian village. There were Palestinians buried there, and a Muslim mosque had been destroyed. The Palestinians had been forced off the land by the Jews. When Moss found out about the forced removal of the Palestinians, he wanted to go back and pull up the tree that he planted. He said that Israel is apartheid, just like South Africa was.
Moss said that when South Africa was apartheid he had cast stones at those who were enforcing apartheid. This kind of talk will encourage Palestinians to continue casting stones at the Israelis and more. Throwing stones at those you consider to be your enemy is not a proper action for a Christian. When Paul, the apostle, was called Saul, he encouraged others, in the name of his corrupted religious practices, to cast stones at Stephen. Of course, this resulted in Steven’s death. When Saul (Paul) met Jesus, he regretted his actions against Stephen and others like him. Moss was not corrected by those at the Christ At The Checkpoint conference for his justification of violence.
Grace Al-Zoughbi, a teacher at Bethlehem Bible College, spoke at the conference. She said that the Palestinians faced wars, poverty, unemployment and long lines at the checkpoints. She said this was very discouraging to many of the Palestinians.
I certainly am against the apartheid actions of those in South Africa. It is never right to force someone off their land and put restrictions based on their race. America mistreated the blacks for a long time because of the color of their skin. Hitler murdered millions of Jews because of their race. These were all sinful actions on the part of those who enforced apartheid actions on others because of race. The Scriptures state very plainly that we are all one flesh.
1 Corinthians 15:39 “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.”
It may not be wise to marry someone who lives by different customs than you do. It may cause conflict in your marriage if you both cannot adjust to the differences. Of course, it is always wrong for a Christian to marry someone who is not a Christian. Even religious differences can cause a conflict in marriage.
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
It was claimed at the Christ At The Checkpoint conference that Israel is enforcing apartheid actions on the Palestinians. This is claimed because of the wars, walls, checkpoints, and removal of Palestinians from certain areas to control them. I searched the internet and found that many people are claiming that Israel is acting apartheid towards the Palestinian people. I want to state clearly that Israel is not apartheid just because a bunch of people say that it is. These people are misusing the freedom of the press to do Israel harm. In fact, Israel is far from being apartheid toward the Palestinians.
If you came home and found a person in your yard ready to kill you and your family, would you let him stay or would you run him off? Maybe you would be foolish enough to invite him into your home! I do not know about you, but if I could, I would run a killer off to keep my family safe! That is exactly what is happening to Israel. They have to run the terrorist, Palestinian Muslims off to protect their families! This is not a racial issue, it is a safety issue! The Scriptures tell us how a strong man will protect his house, with his family and goods safe inside. It is necessary for God to protect us, but God also expects you to protect yourself.
Matthew 12:29 “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.”
I understand that the interpretation of the Scripture in Matthew 12:29 relates to a spiritual issue, but the application about protecting your house is still apparent. There are many people who observe an Israel Apartheid week, but that does not make Israel Apartheid!
“The name “Israel Apartheid Week” implies that Israel is an apartheid state, which is not true. Palestinian citizens of Israel, despite the challenges they face, work as doctors, journalists, social workers, athletes, professors and politicians, alongside their professional counterparts, Jewish citizens of Israel, in cooperative, collegial relationships. The reality in Israel is a very far cry from South African apartheid.” (12)
Those who act like humans are allowed into Israel, but sad to say, it only takes a few rebels to spoil it for everyone. When I was working at one job, we often got special privileges. But, someone often took advantage of the privileges and spoiled it for everyone. Like Israel, a similar thing happened in America. Since those suicidal, Muslim Arabs crashed into the Twin Towers, there are many more safety checks and long lines! I do not mean to say that the safety checks and long lines compare to what is going on in Israel. But, on the other hand, we do not have terrorists trying to blow us up everyday, as far as I know. Also, I do not want you to think that I hate Arabs because that is absolutely not true. I love them because God loves them, but I do not agree with their religious beliefs. One of their religious beliefs that I disagree with is suicide bombing in the name of their god. These militant Muslims adhere to those verses in the Quran that require self-sacrifice, such as the suicidal bombers.
Dear Palestinians, if you want to blame your stress on anyone, blame it on those radical Muslims, not the Jews who have been very patient with you. Your militant Muslim brothers will use you as a body shield, or they will just kill you if they decide that it will benefit them in some way. At least, the Jews have been patient and have allowed you to live.
Are the walls, checkpoints, surprise safety checks, and passes apartheid actions on the part of Israel? No, definitely not! They are necessary for everyone’s safety, including the Palestinians! Both Jews and Palestinians have been murdered by Palestinian suicide bombers or by some other militant action of a rebellious Palestinian. Most people build houses and put doors on them that lock because the world has become a very wicked place. In the area near where I live, there is a gang that recruits four-year-olds. To be initiated into their gang, they are required to knock on someone’s door and shoot them to death. Sometimes, I open the door and invite a person in, but I do not invite a person in if they are acting suspicious. They could stand at the door and ring it all day long. Of course, if they did that, I may call the police on them. I do trust the Lord to protect me, but He does not want me to purposely put my family or myself in harms way!
One of the Christ At The Checkpoint conference speakers said that the wall was not really doing any good because 10,000 Palestinians climb over it and enter Israel illegally every day. Oded Shoshani, a Messianic Jew, was one of the speakers at the 2014 conference. He said that between 2000 and 2005 AD, 1,200 Jews were killed by Palestinians and around 8,000 were injured. But after the wall was built, the number of people killed by suicide bombers was drastically reduced. Apparently, the wall, along with the other safety precautions is helping.
Munther Isaac was the director of the Christ At The Checkpoint conference in 2014. He mentioned how unfairly he felt treated as a Palestinian Christian. I read one of his articles online titled: “Should Palestinian Christians in Israel Serve in the Israeli Army?” He acknowledged that the Palestinians were much safer under the umbrella of the government of Israel. He said, countries ruled by Muslim Arabs all around Israel were killing and mistreating Christians. Isaac said that the Israeli government was just protecting him because he was a citizen. I guess he feels unloved. I would rather my government not love me and protect me than for them to love me and let someone kill me! If Palestinians, like Munther Isaac, keep complaining about the inconvenience of living under the rule of Israel, they may get their wish to live under a Muslim government run by terrorists. No, the walls and safety checks will not keep all of the terrorists out.
One of the speakers in a previous conference complained about the surprise checks. This may have been Munther Isaac. He said that he was a Palestinian who had been stopped many times at safety checks and that they never checked his backpack. Apparently, they did not need to check his backpack. Just him knowing they might check it was enough to prevent him from doing wrong, if he was considering it. I was a security guard for a while, and I was taught that random and surprise checks would catch a crook off guard. Also, he is not as likely to do wrong because of the fear of getting caught by a random check. If walls and safety checks save just one life, it is worth the trouble! Palestinian Christians, the safety guards may give you a chance to witness to a person who would have been killed if the safety precautions were not in place! Every soul is precious, including the souls of angry Palestinians! Your soul is more valuable than all of the treasures of the world.
Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Israel is not Apartheid! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2015 www.hopeofisrael.net
Next time read: “Israel’s Checkpoint of Safety!” Israel is not Apartheid because of wars, walls, checkpoints, and removal of Palestinians from certain areas to control them. All of these things are a result of necessary safety precautions that Israel must take to protect their citizens, including Palestinians. You can read the related editorial titled: Israel’s Checkpoint of Safety by clicking on the following short link: http://wp.me/p35lgT-y6
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