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Fifty years since Nostra Aetate

Most Christians today take it for granted that the Jews of today are not, and the Jews of antiquity were not, responsible for the murder of Jesus two millennia ago. Yet, based on this baseless charge, millions of Jews over the centuries have been murdered, and many more persecuted. It is no small thing that the Catholic Church cleaned up its theological and historical act 50 years ago by rescinding the baseless charge of deicide. Alas, it took the unspeakably cruel and the unimaginably vast mass murder of the Jews in the Holocaust to get the Catholic Church to act.

But act it did, primarily under the influence of the humane Pope John XXIII, though he did not live to see the theological reform, Nostra Aetate, to its conclusion.

Protestant churches could well follow in Catholicism’s wake, ridding themselves of their own historical, anti-Semitic falsifications of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians.

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Netanyahu lies about the Holocaust

Netanyahu says Hitler needed the Mufti to devise the Holocaust. Truth screams: No! Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu damaged Israel’s reputation by committing the very same crime he rightly accuses the Palestinian leadership of. He lied about history. Either that, or he missed the fact that George Washington was the first president of the United States. Palestinians say that the Jews have no history in Palestine, that there were no Temples in Jerusalem, that the Land of Israel was ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:02 )

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1928, the Mufti; 2015, Abbas

The same absurd yet lethal claims that Abbas makes now, the Mufti of Jerusalem made in 1928. The Western Wall is the extension of the al-Aqsa Mosque, not a Jewish holy site. The Jews are planning to gain control of the Temple Mount, raze the mosque there and rebuild the Temple. In response, local Arabs wield knives and kill innocent Jews. Sound familiar? The scene is 1928 in Jerusalem. Nothing has changed, at least from the perspective of the Palestinian leadership. The scene repeats itse...
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The fall of the Jewish state as we know it?

The effects of the Big Lie, circa 2015, are frightening. Pepper spray is sold out in Jerusalem. So are Taser guns. As for firearms, believe it or not, the restrictions on gun ownership in the country where soldiers with Uzis walk everywhere freely are far stricter than in the US, but the laws have been loosened in recent weeks. The trend is clear: Personal self-defense is rising above reliance on Israeli soldiers and police for the simple reason that if someone is stabbing you, or a split seco...
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Above & Beyond

There was a wrench to the gut last week when we read that Leon Frankel, one of the US military veterans who helped found the Israeli Air Force, passed away. We felt the same back in July, when Lou Lenart passed on. The two are key figures in the film “Above & Beyond,” which documents the unlikely story behind the early days of Israel’s Air Force.
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