Are Stephen Sizer and Colin Chapman influenced
to the newslist, 'love the muslims'.
to the newslist, 'love the muslims'.
What is anti-Semitism? I offer a simple definition again: a malicious motivation towards the Jews (usually disguised), a falsification of facts about them, and its object is to harm or denigrate. It is diametrically opposed to the spirit of Leviticus 19.17-18.
Is it prevalent? Let an eminent Jewish historian, Martin Gilbert, speak, 'as my research into Jewish history progressed, I was surprised, depressed and to some extent overwhelmed by the perpetual and irrational violence which pursued the Jews in every century and to almost every corner of the globe'. (1)
Does it change? Beyond doubt, Nazi anti-Semitism was
mutated and different from the religious hatred of the Jews, expressed
Catholics and Protestants. Whilst it exploited the former, it
Darwinistic, racist views to justify its mass murder of European
Religious anti-Semitism had become racist anti-Semitism. Since the
racism has been widely abhorred, religious intolerance at least in the
frowned on. So has anti-Semitism almost disappeared? With the rise of
nation and state - most visceral anti-Semites now express their hatred
that are anti-Zionistic. It is an anti-Israeli, anti-Zionistic engine
propels Jewish hatred. In a world where many nations and groups openly
The fact that Jews are amongst its proponents is nothing
those familiar with the tragic history of anti-Jewish hatred. In 2005,
Now the real question Alastair asked needs addressing, is there evidence of the influence of anti-Semitism in the writings of Stephen Sizer and Colin Chapman?. I am disappointed Alastair and the authors chose not to wait for the evidence I had promised before replying.
I recognise that both have not called for an end to
He makes the strange and undocumented claim that the two
His website contains this little
piece, in which God addresses Tony Blair for his recent mediation
This evil influence even colours his exegesis. For his hermeneutical school, he makes the peculiarly literal claim that, Gen 15.18 has been fulfilled in so far as Ishmael's 'descendants extend throughout the Middle East' (2), a quirk which a more accurate translation or better familiarity with the text might have delivered him from.
It is even plain in his travel diary, when security
Is it surprising he has justified Sabeel? Whilst he is
absolutely right we should never neglect or forget the suffering of
believers, to malign
His recent, short resume of the history of
He mentions the 750,000 Palestinian refugees in 1948, but
the 560,000 Jewish refugees to
He describes the '67 war as the result of 'Israeli
and Arab brinkmanship'. Almost as though
He lays the blame for the failure to address UN SCR 242
at the feet of
He lays the blame for Arafat's egregious failure to stop
murder of civilians at
He mentions Arafat's difficulties at
In short, though many other examples could be supplied his account of the history is so biased as to be unhistorical. Even his chief source, the profoundly anti-Zionistic Jewish historian Avi Shlaim, whose debate was mentioned above, handles his data with greater balance.
For Christian workers amongst Muslims awareness of these issues is essential, and the Apostle's challenge not to be high-minded nor wise in our own conceits against God's ancient covenant promises and people is one we need to embrace (Rom.11.20,25).
Yours in the Beloved Son,
Gilbert, M. Atlas of Jewish History 5th Edn. 1995,
Sizer, S. Website http://www.christchurch-virginiawater.co.uk/articles/debate.html
Wikipedia Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Israel#Claims_of_.22Nile_to_Euphrates.22_territorial_ambitions
Sizer, S. Website http://www.christchurch-virginiawater.co.uk/articles/hello.htm Accessed
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Church of England Newspaper:
Redcliffe College Website. http://www.redcliffe.org/uploads/documents/israel_palestine1_05.pdf