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The political consequences of trivializing racism and ignoring anti-Semitism

Written By | Aug 27, 2019
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LEWISVILLE, TX: There are serious racial tensions in America that must be a part of the national conversation. The heated rhetoric coming from political advisories has trivialized the real problems. However, the barrage of wild charges of racism and avoidance of anti-Semitism is seen by the thinking electorate as political trash-talk emanating from political hopefuls seeking power and the votes of minorities. It is transparent—yet so many seem to miss it. Is identity politics at play?

Everyone, except the most fanatical white supremacists, condemns racism.

Racism is “the belief in the superiority of one race over another.” Who believes minority races are inferior? Minorities are athletes, actors, and entertainers. They are political leaders, doctors, lawyers, and academics in prestigious universities.

There is not one place or profession in normalized America whose door is closed to another person due to race or religion.

The Scriptures are clear on the subject of racism: “All humankind is created in the image of God.”

However, politically, the term “racism” means prejudice, discrimination, and ill-treatment toward other races or ethnic groups.

Racism is not a communal attitude—nor should it be a party platform.

It is the individual who chooses a racist attitude. We cannot say all white people are racists. The Democrat Party infers that all Republicans are racists. It is no longer limited to a personal choice. Racism is now a Democrat political platform with the goal to create hate for the Republican Party.  And Capture the votes of minorities.

While racism dominates political agendas, another form of bigotry is on the ascendancy in national politics: anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is the hostility and discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group. This is not just an American debate but a global problem.

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The Jewish people have experienced prejudice and hostility for centuries. World War II and Hitler’s attempt to eradicate Jews was not the first attempt to destroy the Jewish people nor did Hitler’s defeat eliminate hatred toward what the Bible calls “God’s chosen people.”

While racism is a politically winning issue, anti-Semitic sentiments expressed openly by democrats are ignored or swept under the rug.

For political advantage, both anti-Semitism and anti-Israel are lumped together and called “racism.”

The rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism.

The Palestinian – Israel conflict is still over land. The Jews believe that if the Palestinians have an independent state, it will give them a military advantage. Furthermore, they will then be an existential threat to Israel’s survival. To complicate the issue the division between traditional Jewish liberal Democrats and Jewish Republicans is clouding the issue.

The more conservative Jews insist that their current situation makes it impossible to have peace with its Arab neighbors. Recent history of the conflict and open Arab hostility proves that nothing can give Israel the feeling of security enough to make territorial concessions.

Occupation and settlements are unfortunate, but they provide some security.

The cry of Liberal Democrat Jews

Liberal Democrat Jews point out that the government of Israel has shifted dramatically toward a right-wing position and have left them and many Jews behind.

They support a more emphatic view that seeks a commitment to a just peace with the Palestinians. Even if that peace means territorial concessions will be made. Geraldo Rivera, roaming correspondent-at-large for Fox News, and in a recent spar with Andrew McCarthy, is an example of a Jew who passionately believes a two-state solution will end Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.

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The nineteenth-century Zionist movement intended to assure continual existence and prosperity in a Jewish homeland. While the WW II holocaust made a national homeland a necessity. No European nation could be counted on for Jewish safety.

The movement eventually led to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The Arab nations were more interested in preventing a Jewish state than establishing their own.

Since independence, Israel has fought continuously to preserve its democratic state.

The Arab nations initiated four wars against Israel to destroy it:

  •  War of Independence (1948)
  • Sinai War (1956)
  • Six-Day War (1967 )
  • Yom Kippur War (1973)

Israel defeated the Arabs each time. After each war, the Israeli army withdrew from most of the areas captured, but dug deep into the soil it controlled.

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In addition to wars, the Intifada (PLO) beginning in 1987 was a large-scale Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Then came Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers in 2006 which lead to Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

Israel’s relations with the Arab world today can be called either “reserved” or “openly hostile.” A positive relationship with Turkey has faded. Relations with Egypt have improved since the 2013 Egyptian coup d’ état. Otherwise, Israel swims in a sea surrounded by sharks.

Anti-Semitism in 2020 election cycle

The issue intensifies within American politics. The Arab/Israeli conflict dominates a large portion of the current political news cycle. While the charge of racism is a large part of every democrat’s speech, they ignore the latent anti-Semitism. Emphasis is towards the burden of Israel’s “occupation” (usually associated with the accusation that Israel is violating Palestinian human rights).

Racism, as applied to minority races, is a democrat’s battle cry, yet the Democrat-controlled House could not unite to condemn anti-Semitism.

The Republican-controlled Senate, on the other hand, voted unanimously in a resolution unequivocally condemning anti-Semitism.

At the heart of the debate over Israel/Arab issues are two Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

These freshmen lawmakers have become voices in the Democrat Party. Omar spews her venom towards Israel and open support for Miftah’s anti-Semitism with little party objection.

Israel’s BDS against Congresswoman Omar and Tlaib and their anti-semitism

Israel’s recently barred Omar and Tlaib’s entrance into the country is an example of the intensity of the issue.

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Freshmen Senators Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying:

“They planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

The firestorm of the refusal has divided the Jewish community.

Democrats and some Republicans condemned the action and defended Omar and Tlaib. House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi condemned the decision.

“[It is] beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that

“it will only hurt the U.S.-Israel relationship and support for Israel in America.” (CBS News 8/15/19)

So will there ever be a resolution to the Israeli/Arab conflict?

The Bible proclaims Israel as God’s chosen people.

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord, your God, has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” (Deuteronomy 7:6)
“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 26:4)
“May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.” (Genesis 27:29)

The Bible clearly states that Israel will survive.

“Again, I ask: Did they [Israel] stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But, if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!” (Romans 11:11-12)

The Palestinians deserve to have their self-governing state but it cannot and will not take Israel’s God-given land that has been in their possession for thousands of years.

As the late Charles Krauthammer wrote:

“Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil, and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store.” (The Weekly Standard, May 11, 1998)

While Israel’s policies and actions do not deserve carte blanche support, most Bible-believing Christians will enthusiastically support its continued viability as an independent nation. Other Americans will support Israel’s right to exist because of its Western values, democratic government, and its importance as a geopolitical ally.

If every political opponent is a racist, and every issue, including the electoral college, is racism, then nothing can be racism. Furthermore, legitimate racial and social injustices will never be solved.

On the other hand, anti-Semitism is not just an Israeli existential threat, it will lead to a worldwide Armageddon.



By The Author:

Donald Brake

Donald L Brake, PhD is Dean Emeritus of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, past president of Jerusalem University College; and is author of: They Called Him Yeshua, How 30 Missing Years Changed Human History, a novel coming in 2018 (with Shelly Beach) Jesus, A Visual History, Zondervan 2014 (with Todd Bolen) A Monarch’s Majestic Translation: The King James Bible, Christian Faith Pub, 2017 A Visual History of the English Bible, Baker Books 2008 A Visual History of the King James Bible, Baker Books 2011 (with Shelly Beach) A Royal Monument of English Literature 2011 (Leaf 1611 KJV) Wycliffe New Testament (facsimile) 1986, IBP