1. 62% of Israeli Jewish respondents also said that as long as conflict with the Palestinians continued, the state should not take into account Israeli Arab opinions regarding foreign policy.
2. 53% of Israeli Jews believe the state has the right to encourage Arab citizens to emigrate.
3. 55% said Jewish cities should receive more government resources than Arab communities.
All posts for the month November, 2010
Posted by Porter Speakman Jr on November 30, 2010
Last night Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, formerly Colin Powell’s chief of staff was on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann“. In response to Keith Olbermann’s analysis from the Wikileaks documents that if Iran gain a nuclear bomb that 1/3 of Israelis would leave and therefore challenge Israel’s desire to be a “democratic and Jewish State” (20% are Palestinian Israelis), Wilkerson responded:
“Anyone who’s studied the situation–and I will admit that that’s few” knows about Israel’s “demographic” “problem.” Israel’s problem is more profound, I think, than you just stated it. The profoundness of it is that Israel will find it increasingly difficult to be democratic and Jewish, even with the current demographic situation–no outside [Iranian] forces impacting. Israel will be an apartheid state probably within a couple of decades if it tries to maintain the current policies vis-a-vis the Palestinians’ growing population. And that’s not very good for the future. South Africa proved that.”
Although I disagree that Israeli is “decades away from being an apartheid state” – the policies are creating that reality now. It was refreshing to see someone on a major cable show state the obvious.
The full interview can be seen here
Posted by Porter Speakman Jr on November 30, 2010
Frank Schaeffer, the son of Francis Schaeffer (“How Shall We Then Live?”) and New York Times Best seller, author of “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back” has blogged his thoughts on “With God On Our Side“.
Here is a sample:
“With God On Our Side is the most powerful, humane and compassionate documentary exposé of the Christian Zionist movement, and the impact of their ideology on the lives they have touched (and ruined), ever made. It is well crafted, subtle and fair. And — notable in the “when hell freezes over” department — it was directed and produced by… an American Evangelical.”
“After watching With God On Our Side I have a renewed hope for the Evangelicals in America. And maybe peace in Palestine and Israel is possible. This film can help that happen by signaling the beginning of the end of the largely unchallenged influence of Christian Zionism.”
“Speakman has gone a long way to proving that sometimes progressives’ smug dismissal of “all those Evangelicals” as nutty is as unfair as it is inaccurate. With his courage (the aptly named) Speakman proves that truth may sometimes be spoken by the most unexpected people.”
“With God On Our Side does more than just present another Evangelical perspective — it presents an opportunity for Christians of all denominations as well as Jews, Muslims, atheists and agnostics — whomever — to engage for peace as vigorously as the Christian Zionists root for war.”
Thank you Frank for taking the time to view our film, and give your own insights. It is much appreciated!
The full review is found at the Huffington Post
Posted by Porter Speakman Jr on November 9, 2010
When Christian Zionists or those who are blind supporters of the State of Israel want to dismiss or delegitimize any criticism of Israeli polices – they normally will throw out terms like “Liberal”, “anti-Semitic” or “anti-Israel”. If those who are offering these different perspectives are Christians it must be the “Evangelical Left”. This is mostly so they don’t have to deal with the issues at hand and more so to ignite their mostly uninformed and zealous support base to join their smear campaigns at the ultimate expense of Israel itself.
During the past year, as my film “With God On Our Side” has been screened around the world– those who are opposed to an approach of reconciliation, justice and peace for all people have tried to smear the content of the film and the motivations behind it. What is clear is that most of the strongest critics have not seen the film as they only refer to the trailer and website (which is typical) or they are blind to their own prejudice’s.
Some recently have expressed concern that by criticizing Israeli policies that are unjust toward others can cause people to become anti-semitic or anti-Israeli. Although a thoughtful concern, it’s reality it’s a veiled attempt to prevent discussion or debate on the issues.
I believe to come away from my film “With God on Our Side” thinking it could turn people to become those things is short sighted. You would have to totally ignore the message of the film, especially the final 15-20 minutes. You may disagree with some of the historical, political or theological aspects of “With God On Our Side”. That is fair and expected. Let’s talk about the issues for the sake of both Palestinians and Jews. I am the first to admit that the film shares a certain perspective – one not often heard – especially in Evangelical churches.
But let the content of the film speak for itself. Here are direct quotes from the film that tend to get ignored. This is what the audience will be left with in the final few minutes of the film:
“But I remember a turning point for me was when my friend said to me, “Raija, you can… It’s okay to have a political opinion about something, but the minute that political opinion causes you to become prejudiced against another people group, you lose the heart of God.” – Raija-Liisa
“So we are, I am, promoting and saying theology of reconciliation, a theology where the justice of the Palestinians are seeking will be met and the hope the Jews are looking for will be met.” – Salim Munayer
“We should recognize the Jews through the Diaspora, and through the Holocaust, have been terribly mistreated and Christians have participated in that mistreatment, which in some levels has been abysmal… abysmal. So there should be an asking for forgiveness to the Jewish people for Christian attitudes over two thousand years”. – Ron Dart
“And I think for Christians, we have to really take seriously Jesus’ call to be peace makers. And the fact that, here, we can’t just sit on our hands while the Middle East burns. You know, there are things we can be doing to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are across the Middle East, as well as the Muslim people who live here too and the Jewish people who live here. And they deserve peace, they’re desperate for peace”. – Ben White
“We need to speak to the Israeli and Palestinian, hatred is not the solution, war is not the solution, destruction is not the solution. We need to speak to these people saying, “ Your enemy, your neighbor, how you treat him reflect who you are, what truly you are. If you claim that you believe in God and you hate your neighbor, you have a problem. It reflects your faith in God, which type of God you believe in.” – Salim Munayer
“So Jesus created the perfect answer to the issue of human rights. The guy in the road was a human being, not one of us, not one of them; he’s a human being. Are you going to stop? Are you going to help him or not? And who is it that stops? Jesus says one of the enemy, the Samaritan, he stopped. And so when he throws the story back to the religious leader, he says, “Which of the three was a good neighbor?” And the religious leader can’t bring himself to say the Samaritan. He says, “the one who had mercy on him.” So Jesus says, “go and do the same.” That’s our responsibility. It’s human responsibility, I should treat every person I meet as if they were Jesus. I should treat them the same way I would if I was meeting Jesus”. – Stephen Sizer
Does this sound like a group of anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli left wing Evangelical liberals? Rather I would submit they are the prophetic voices the Christian Zionists have failed to be. True friends of Israel don’t turn a blind eye.
Posted by Porter Speakman Jr on November 5, 2010