It seems the only people who have learned nothing from Palestine over the last 20 to 60 years are the US, the UK and parts of Europe (& we can ‘bundle in’ Canada & Australia). The Palestinians have tried negotiation, they have tried non-violence and they have been, and are ignored. The so-called ‘christian countries’, ( a contradiction in terms) have responded to violence with violence but without comprehension. Religious fanatics respond with greater violence because they are psyched up with religious fervour and feel they have nothing to lose, (& everything to gain in ‘paradise’).

The west has listened and watched in horror at the news of the murder of the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh. The Paris attacks on journalists and Jews is still news in France, and stories of the rise in anti-Semitic attacks are heard regularly in our media. There has been an outpouring of anger at the barbarism of these acts.

So, what happens when a ‘Western democracy’ carries out such acts? What happens when journalists are killed for doing their job or young people are burned alive because of their ethnicity? The answer is, not much. Mohammad Abu Khdeir was found with 90% burns to his body and evidence that he had been burned alive. The difference is that Khdeir was Palestinian. Palestinians can be killed at the rate of more than 3 each week, their homes can be torn down and families made homeless, and their olive trees ripped up and their sheep poisoned. But that’s OK because Zionist exceptionalism means they can get away with murder.

Real Jews are increasingly, but all too slowly, coming to realise the threat zionism poses, not just to their lives but to the future of Judaism. If we in the West had any sense we would do everything we could to help them, rather than covering up for their unpleasant cousins. In any sensible world Israel would be being held to account in the highest international courts. There may still be time to avoid that stigma if international Jewry applies pressure to Israel to pursue justice and righteousness. Christians who love Jews must support and encourage what makes for peace. Being on the wrong side of Israel and USA pales into insignificance against being on the wrong side of God!

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