Anti-Semitism: A Messianic response
One For Israel Staff Nov 4, 2018
“All these Jews need to die!” screamed the gunman as he opened fire in a synagogue. On Shabbat, 27th October 2018, a crazed Anti-Semite burst into in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He murdered eleven Jewish people and shot six others who had come to worship, including some who had survived the Holocaust only to be mown down by the same evil hatred decades later.
We pray for all the families and the community left devastated by such hatred, cruelty and wickedness, and remember the names of those who had their lives stolen from them:
Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal and his brother David Rosenthal, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. May their memories be a blessing.
Anti-Semitism, the oldest hatred?
Anti-Semitism has never been constrained by time or religion – it has continued throughout history at the hands of atheists, Christians, Muslims and pagans alike. Whether Jewish people have assimilated into the culture or kept themselves to themselves in their own communities, they have been hated and persecuted wherever they go, and whatever they do. Whether in exile or in their own land, in Babylon or in Egypt, in Christian Europe, Atheist Russia or the Muslim Middle East, whether they’re following God or in rebellion against him, the attacks do not stop.
British lawmaker, Jenny Tonge, a member of the House of Lords, blamed Israel for the Pittsburgh massacre. “Absolutely appalling and a criminal act”, she wrote on Facebook, “but does it ever occur to Bibi and the present Israeli government that it’s [sic] actions against Palestinians may be reigniting anti-Semitism?” She outrageously suggested that Israel’s policies were to blame for the mass murder of Jews in Pittsburgh – an absolutely appalling act of anti-Semitism on her own part.
But Anti-Semitism goes back long before the modern State of Israel ever existed. It was not the “occupation” that was bothering Adolf Hitler… or the Spanish Inquisitors, or the violent pogroms and Crusades that destroyed Jewish lives throughout the centuries in Europe and Russia. We can be confident it was not the settlements or checkpoints that got Haman’s goat in the story of Esther, or put the Amalekites’ nose out of joint to the degree that they tried to kill off the entire people group just after the Exodus.
It is not that the State of Israel causes racism against the Jewish people, but rather, racism against the Jews that demonstrates the need for a Jewish state.
As long as there has been a people of God, chosen for His purposes, the attacks and annihilation attempts have been relentless. It is ludicrous to suggest that the State of Israel is to blame for violence perpetrated against the Jewish people.