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By Rev. Ted Pike
15 Dec 10

When the United Nations declared “Zionism is a form of racism” in 1975, the Jewish/Christian world erupted in anger over such blatant “anti-Semitism.” When President Jimmy Carter titled his best-selling book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid the Jewish Anti-Defamation League demanded (and got) an apology. Yet for the past week Israel’s media has brought international attention to the declaration by at least 50 top, state-supported municipal rabbis that Zionism is and should be racist and discriminatory.

The rabbis declared Arabs should be treated as unwelcome, second-class citizens to whom Israelis should not rent or sell. Haaretz reports,

‘We don’t need to help Arabs set down roots in Israel,’ Rabbi Shlomo Aviner of the Beit El settlement, said on Tuesday. Aviner explained that he supported the move for two reasons: one, a Jew looking for an apartment should get precedence over a Gentile; and two, to keep the growing Arab population from settling too deeply.

‘Racism originated in the Torah,’ said Rabbi Yosef Scheinen, who heads the Ashdod Yeshiva. ‘The land of Israel is designated for the people of Israel. This is what the Holy One, Blessed Be He, intended and that is what the [sage] Rashi interpreted.’ (Rashi is one of the very greatest Talmudic authorities.)

Voices in Israel’s government repudiated these rabbis. Mertz faction-whip Ilan Ghilon immediately asked the Attorney General to dismiss [from state employment] each of the rabbis who signed their names. (Israel has a law banning incitement to religious hatred.) “We are witnessing an epidemic of racism and xenophobia and we must act firmly,” he said. Prime Minister Netanyahu finally issued a condemnation saying the Bible requires Jews to “love the stranger.”

Yet it is doubted his official statement will go beyond words. It is feared that if the 50 prominent rabbis do not retract their discriminatory commands, 500 lesser rabbis in Israel will preach them.

The original decree commanding Jews not to rent or sell to Arabs was written by chief rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu who said:

Their way of life is different than that of the Jews… among [the Gentiles] are those who are bitter and hateful toward us and who meddle in our lives to the point where they are a danger…. The neighbors and acquaintances [of a Jew who sells or rents to an Arab] must distance himself from the Jew, refrain from doing business with him, deny him the right to read from the Torah, and similarly [ostracize] him until he goes back from this harmful deed…

The rabbi's exhortation toward harsh treatment has taken effect. Followers attacked Arab students and threatened to burn down the homes of Jewish landlords renting to them.

The 50 rabbis’ inflammatory words add fuel to similar declarations over the past few months. Some of Israel’s most authoritative rabbis now publicly contend that authentic, Talmudic Judaism considers the Gentile “goyim” subhuman and says Jews have the right to rule them and even kill them and their children. (See, Homicidal Rabbi Finds Wide Support in Israel and Top Rabbi: 'Gentiles Exist to Serve Jews') Now, 50 state-supported rabbis assert (just as “anti-Semites” have alleged for the past century) that Zionism is indeed an elitist and discriminatory movement and ideology.

A Brief History of Jewish Racism

Jewish history quickly reveals that racism is not only woven into the prayer shawl that covers the Orthodox Jew, but it has also played a vital part in defining and even preserving the Jewish race. The ancient Hebrews had a very strong conception of being chosen by God for a special destiny but actual racism does not exist in the Old Testament. Hebrew separatism implemented God’s command not to be contaminated by the morally polluting Canaanites. Except for the cults of human sacrifice which pervaded Central and South America before arrival of Europeans, the ancient Canaanites were unrivaled in their religious requirement of infant sacrifice. They also practiced every kind of idolatry and moral perversion. When Jericho was excavated a century ago, hundreds of urns were discovered, each containing the skeleton of an infant sacrificed to keep the sun shining, rain falling, and crops growing. The Hebrews under Joshua were commanded to exterminate Jericho but not because Canaanites were genetically inferior or even spiritually unclean by birth. Rather, all Canaanite influence had to be removed from God’s chosen people because the “iniquity of the Amorites” would quickly end God’s whole purpose for the Jewish people: to prepare the world for Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind.

Yet in about the 2 nd century B.C., a class of religious teachers, the scribes and Pharisees, returned to Palestine from Babylon bringing a very different, malignant, truly racist ethic with them. The Pharisees repeated the boast of the rebels of Korah under Moses who declared that “all the people are holy; every one of them and the Lord is among them.” (Numbers 16) The Pharisees asserted that while Moses was atop Sinai receiving a written law from God, 70 elders were also receiving an oral law. This oral law superseded (and mostly contradicted) the written law. Jesus described this as “the tradition of the elders,” which “made the law of God of none effect.” (Mark 7:13) The Jewish Encyclopedia clarifies how this perverse Pharisaic innovation became the basis for modern, or Talmudic, Judaism. “The whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view… Pharisaism shaped the character of Judaism and the life and thought of the Jew for all of the future.” (Jewish Encyclopedia, “Pharisees,” pg. 666)

In the several centuries before Christ, the Pharisees taught the Jews that they were spiritually superior to the “goyim” and that their Sanhedrin of 70 elders vastly surpassed the authority of the Mosaic Law. Within a few centuries after Israel’s rejection and crucifixion of Christ, this oral tradition (Mishna) was written down and became, along with supplemental commentary, the vast Babylonian Talmud—the greatest religious and ethical authority for observant Jews. Today, in every Jewish religious school (Yeshivah) in Israel, half of the nation’s children are first educated in the context of Talmud. Young Jewish boys and girls are taught Jews are specially chosen by God to “repair” a world brought into chaos by the Gentiles. Even more menacing, they are taught the Jew is intrinsically higher, divinely favored, even sacred, in comparison to the goyim.

The Talmud, written by those who crucified Jesus, is the glue that holds religious Jews together. Jewish author Herman Wouk in his book This Is My God wrote: “The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart’s blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, or ceremonies we observe – whether we are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalist – we follow the Talmud. It is our common law.”

Jews Victimized by Talmudic Bigotry

The racism of the Talmud has historically united the Jews together as a people because of the cause-and-effect of its two mentalities.

First, it stimulates a superiority complex: a conviction of a divine right which sanctions Jews to lie, deceive and steal from Gentiles. (See, Kol Nidre: Judaism’s License to Lie and Talmud Encourages Jews to Deceive) Since Jews are superior and destined to rule the nations before the coming of messiah, many supremacist Jews have believed anything can be done to weaken Gentile (especially Christian) power in order to hasten those events. This may include corruption of the nations through liquor, pornography, (See, Talmud: Wellspring of Jewish Pornography Industry), homosexuality (See, Judaism and Homosexuality: A Marriage Made in Hell), media (See, Jews Confirm Big Media is Jewish), etc., as well as philosophies that weaken civilization morally, politically, and economically (See, Jewish Activists Created Communism). God told the prophet Isaiah that apostate Jews are “children who are corrupters.” (Isaiah 1:4) The habitual tendency of many Jews (but not all) in every age to subvert society has, not surprisingly, resulted in scores of expulsions of Jews from various countries over the millennia.

Such reaction from the goyim has precipitated a second reaction fundamental to the creation of the modern Jew: a persecution complex. This is a deep conviction, taught from infancy, that “anti-Semitic” Gentiles are preoccupied with an incurable, irrational appetite to destroy Jews. The only safety for Jews is to never, never forget the evil Gentiles have done to them. Supremacist Jews also demand atonement for Christian/Gentile persecution in the form of special rights and privileges, including exemption from “anti-Semitic” scrutiny and criticism.

Both of these Talmudic racial complexes act in a self-perpetuating circle to isolate the Jew over the past 2000 years, barricading him behind a wall of superiority, self-righteousness, antagonism and suspicion.

Such racism is twisted and tragic. Yet ironically, more than anything else, it has kept the Jewish people intact, preventing assimilation. Many Jewish authorities today would like it that way again, especially keeping young Jews from discovering how much evangelical Christians actually love and elevate them to cult-like veneration. Such discovery explains why more than 50 percent of Jewish boys in “Christian America” now marry Gentile girls. Orthodox authority regards this as a state of virtual “genocide,” rivaling the Holocaust in its potential to destroy the Jewish race.

Evangelicals: Catching Racism from Israel

Evangelical Christianity totally endorses Israel in her anti-Arab racism. Most “Israel-first” evangelicals also increasingly consider Arabs of less value than Jews. They may deny this, but such racism pervades their reflexes. Evangelicals are habitually hardened to any claim that Palestinians or even their children deserve compassion because of horrendous injustices inflicted by Israel. Such unconditional alignment with Israel’s oppressions does not escape notice by the world’s 1.1 billion Muslims. It prejudices them from being open to the gospel, which most evangelical supporters of Israel hypocritically claim is offered to all men equally. As Talmudic racism insulates Jews from assimilation, for the past century it has insulated the church from effective evangelism of the Muslim world. Is God judging the church by allowing Islam to now threaten to overwhelm Western Christian society?

Zionist racism is like a rabid dog which bites anything it can, making others just as menacing. This is what Scripture prophecies. Babylon the Great, Israel, will corrupt and derange the world (including an apostate church) in the last days. It says all nations will have drunk of the wine of her spiritual fornication; “therefore the nations are mad.” (Jeremiah 51:7)


Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization. 

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