Follow the Money

Stand with usFollow the money is a catchphrase popularized by the 1976 drama-documentary motion picture “All The President’s Men”, which suggests a money trail or corruption scheme within high (often political) office. In an episode of “The Wire,” Detective Lester Freamon uses the phrase when investigating the dealings of a Baltimore criminal gang to explain the political difficulty of investigating organized crime, saying:

“You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don’t know where the f@#% it’s gonna take you”.

The weird effects of the term follow the money certainly seems to apply with respect to Diane Weber Bederman’s enquiry for a review of one of the funders of the organization StandWithUs; the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ). The weird effects of trying to follow the money also possibly opens up to the rational inquirer the world of doublespeak. Doublespeak with its love of Jews/ Israel and mutual respect promoted by the likes of StandWithUs, perhaps? Kind of like the doublespeak of the left-wing BBC with their mantra that Islam is a religion of peace contrasted with the reality of bombs going off all over the place and hey presto: a piece of you here and a piece of you there, perhaps?

What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that don’t fit an agenda or program.

Stand with us II

Presumably Kay Wilson’s recent promotion by StandWithUs of her story fits with the agenda even though she may be a closet Christian posing as a supporter of Israel:

Shoresh Tours KWDoes it really matter if Jews who secretly believe in Jesus are allowed to represent Israel and Jews who do not want to believe in Jesus? Eta Kushner after her recent visit to Israel to investigate missionary activity writes:

Most Christian Zionist groups operating in Israel (for the most part composed of evangelicals), such as the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, Christians United for Israel, Bridges for Peace, International Christian Zionist Center, and many others, claim they don’t proselytize. And they do not – directly.

Rather, they are aligned behind the scenes with groups that are aggressively proselytizing. If asked, many of these Christian Zionist groups will deny that they are trying to convert Jews to Christianity. Indeed, this is not their agenda. Their goal is to bring Jews to belief in Jesus, without which Jews cannot be “fulfilled.” And they sincerely believe that this is not the same as conversion.

From our perspective, of course, the subtle distinction doesn’t matter. However they word it, it shows a severe lack of respect for the Jewish religion when an outside faith system believes it knows what is best for us and what our true religion is supposed to be….

It would be bad enough if missionaries were successful due to their own efforts alone. Much worse is the fact that they are being aided by the Israeli government and some rabbis. JewishIsrael is replete with articles and videos about right-wing religious leaders, including Orthodox rabbis, who either participate in interfaith prayer services, unwittingly appear to promote a Christian agenda, and/or accept evangelical money with no parameters in place. This is despite the clear and widely accepted rulings from modern Torah authorities prohibiting interfaith theological encounters which blur the lines between religious faiths.

That the ICEJ et al, are funders of missionizing of Jews in Israel is no secret and is yet another example of doublespeak in action.

Perhaps Diane is just not playing the game correctly? After all so many accomplished and renowned rabbis have jumped on the lets do the interfaith thing together band wagon to much great financial success, so it must be OK….. right?

The bottom line of course is that it’s not alright. As a Jew watching from the pews and as a parent, the fallout from such interfaith support of Israel and Jews is already catastrophic. At this stage in the game we see a gaping dissonance between the doublespeak of not proselytizing and in reality aggressively proselytizing of Christian organisations. Worst still some of our Jewish leaders choosing to remain silent, which is the same as consenting to the conversion of Jews. Sadly also that some of our Jewish leaders are more than happy to see the spiritual suicide of their fellow Jews for the sake of financial gain.

Its time for all Jews to make Havdalah using the correct criteria specified by the clear and widely accepted rulings from modern Torah authorities prohibiting interfaith theological encounters which blur the lines between religious faiths. In other words stop taking the money and do the right thing!!

Voice of Jews by Choice

There is a secret page on Face Book which I was invited to be a member of. I was wary of joining, having been burned in the past and for a while I was getting into it. The secret page is called “voice of jews by choice”. However, there is not much choice as far as expressing your opinion goes, especially when run by a cabal of luvees who use popularity as the criteria for being in the club. The type of club which says “my pain/ reputation/ story is bigger than anyones so I can do whatever I want and you have no right to spoil it” etc.. Is there nothing sacred for the convert, perhaps a place where they can feel a part of?

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If you only knew Mr. Born Jew!

Voice of Jews by choice is supposed to be for converts so its kind of strange when folks get thrown out in favour of someone who is not a convert. Then of course the good old favorite if anyone complains; the loshon harah card and of course pre-emptively warning that if you go public, the loshon hara machine will be set in motion against you.

CowThe cabal is known as the professional kiruv circuit [coming to a town near you], who will do all it takes to protect their interest in the cash cow. The cash cow is a business venture that generates a steady return of profits that far exceed the outlay of cash required to acquire it, start it and maintain it.

Part of doing all it takes to protect the cash cow involves supporting lies and that well-known principle of the ends justifies the means. So prolific are the efforts of the cabal that they have no compunction in smearing you all over social media.

Taylor

Popular Penina the wannabe convert.

What they the cabal do of course is not loshon hara. Of course if they new what is loshon harah they would not be relaying alleged loshon harah to somebody who is not part of the group. Well apparently not.

How far do they go? Even to the point of going about like Jehovah Witness’ telling folks in places like the hairdressers of how they have been vigorously vilified by the enemies of the cash cow. The feedback of the efforts of the cabal ‘in the smal world of Judaism’ is such that folks in the street, your neighbours, folks in synagogue, question how you could dare to ruin the reputations of the members of the cabal.

Worst of all is the gaul of the cabal who are so full of themslves that they demand you to apologise for ever having the gaul to even make an inquiry to them about information about them online! So scared are they with their trail of deceit they are blinded to any kind conciliatory approach to them.

I am tired of the nonsense, I am tired that they think they are getting away with it and I am tired of being shut up by a professional kiruv worker who supports a not so secret christian.

Like the builders of babel, the cabal only care for the sytem, the building NOT people…….just the cash cow!

“Players only love you when they’re playing”.

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They are at it again

piccy meWell they are at it again; here I was thinking that the dirty tricks showcase[1] of my blog which highlights the not so nice parts of missionary activity, was in need of an update and hay presto here it is: a hastily newly constructed WordsPress blog[2] as of 27 December 2014. Now just exactly who ‘they’ are I do not know but I have my suspicions. Of course if you have a point to make and folks do not like it then this type of backlash is fairly par for the course, it goes with the territory I am afraid.

In contradistinction unlike other anonymous folks who have similarly attempted to malign me anonymously, my gender, name and surname are exactly as they appear on my teudat zehut (ID card), Israeli passport, Face book page and my blog.

The intention of my blog, inter alia, is in response to the many missionaries from various brands of Christianity, including soIsaiah 53 part 1   Menashe s Blog called “Messianic Judaism’ who over the years on Facebook have seen my Facebook page as a prime target for their evangelistic endeavors[3].

Plainly speaking, my position as to my beliefs are clearly and plainly stated, shown on my blog[4], numerous face book postings and have not mysteriously appeared just in the last 24 hours like the hastily newly constructed WordsPress blog[2].

In general, the convert if they are to survive in the Jewish world has by default to establish very clear boundaries between their former life and the life they are now living. The question is how much more could I have said, other than what has always been written on my blog page. It is a sad reality that despite the best efforts of some converts they become estranged from their families and friends. On the other hand some do successfully maintain and establish new bonds of love and respect between their families, friends and of course with new family and friends from the Jewish community they have joined.

There are of course a number of inaccuracies with the hastily constructed and ill informed blog, which I now wish to point out below, one day after its posting. Points in general include:

  1. Any former lover of Jesus does not remain labeled as such or continues to allow themselves to be labeled as such. Worst of all is that in the case of Kay Wilson, she or the people at Shoresh Tours have continued to lie about her being a Christian, since Soresh Tours still feature Kay Wilson in their promotional video as one of their tour guides who are [in their own words] committed disciple of Jesus. Did Kay Wilson lie in order to secure employment with Shoresh Tours or did Shoresh Tours lie and continues to lie about Kay Wilson’s status to its customers? More recent billings of Kay Wilson as a messianic/ believer and/ or disciple of Jesus still remain extant whilst some are presently being removed.
  2. The issue of Jews having family and friends who are Christian is a totally different matter. There is no ambiguity in any of the statuses of both myself and the likes of missionaries like Christine Darg and Mark van Niekirk for example. Christine Darg is still my friend on Facebook whereas Mark van Niekirk is not. The exchange of public comments on threads in Facebook and my blog clearly show where we all stand. Non of us are claiming to be something that we are not.

In the case of the hastily constructed and ill informed blog, the best person to respond is the person who knows Menashe himself. The last time I checked with him:

  1. He was born and raised as an Anglican, so just how he got named after John T Walsh [Adventist] is a bit of a mystery. The last time Menashe checked with his parents they were still Anglican and his grandparents were a mixed bag of two Anglicans, one Methodist and one Roman Catholic.
  2. He also remains happily married for 23 years to the same woman despite rumors to the contrary and efforts by some on Facebook to add him to groups like Israeli divorced singles etc… I mean really the lengths to which people go to sometimes!
  3. The Manchester Beis Din did not do a conversion of Menashe Walsh. In fact Manchester Beis Din does not do any conversions; they leave this up to the Beis Din in London. Manchester only acts in a supervisory role for folks going through conversion who are living in the Jewish community located around the Bury, Salford and Manchester boundaries.
  4. My family and I have been living in Israel close to 10 years now. Aliyah is a risky venture even for those who have extensive extended family support here in Israel. Our story is no less remarkable than any other Jews who make Aliyah. We are also fortunate unlike some converts in maintaining our close familial ties and associations.

I do not have to say anymore than what I have said above. But if some anonymous folks think that I will be silenced by fear of ‘exposure’ as a ‘convert’ then they are barking up the wrong tree. It’s very important to say that the ill informed and ignorant content comes from those who are against my reasoned responses to missionary activity and their attendant theology. I make no apology if this upsets those who are ambigiously blended into the ‘profe$$ional’ educational cash cow of both sides of Jewish/ Christian divide and should know better.

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[1] https://menashedovid1.wordpress.com/dirty-tricks-showcase/

[2] https://adventofmenashe.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/menashe-dovid-john-walsh-and-more-than-meets-the-eye/

[3] I have more than one FB page, my original FB page I keep for my close family and friends who do not necessarily want to be involved in the antics of missionaries etc.. Even so this has not detered the malignant use of my family photos as can be seen in the examples above [1].  https://menashedovid1.wordpress.com/dirty-tricks-showcase/

[4] Menashe is not a believer in Jesus/ Yeshua (or any name combinations) in any way whatsoever. Menashe is an Orthodox Jew who has a knowledge of Christian theology by virtue of the study of comparative religions. The aim of this blog is to address and provide a reasoned response to those who consider me and my people fair targets for conversion to some form/ brand of Christianity, of which there are many. This blog is not to make you become Jewish either since Judaism advocates the 7 laws of Noah as the path for the gentile.

Kay Wilson Update

Jewish Israel

Will the Real “Kishkush” Please Stand Up?

Kay Wilson

On December 18 2010, Kay Wilson, (also known by her nickname, “KishKush”) and her colleague and friend, Kristine Luken, were brutally attacked by Arab terrorists in a forest near Beit Shemesh in Israel. Luken was butchered to death. Wilson was repeatedly stabbed and lived to tell of the horrors of her personal ordeal and of watching her friend die before her eyes.

It was widely reported in numerous articles in the mainstream international, Israeli, and Christian press that both women worked for the Christian missionary organization, The Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (CMJ). CMJ is affiliated with the Anglican Church and was formerly called the “The London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews”. CMJ is an organization dedicated to tearing Jews away from their faith and spreading Christian belief in Israel.

Extensive media coverage at the time referred to Luken as a missionary. Kay Wilson herself was identified as an Israeli “messianic Jew” who was serving at the time as the main educator and tour leader for CMJ’s sub-ministry, Shoresh Tours.

Since the 2010 attack, Wilson has appeared in and assisted in the production of a Shoresh Tours promotion video. Wilson first makes her appearance in the video at the 1:38 mark, giving a new testament based tour to a group of Christians visiting northern Israel. At the 3:35 mark, Shoresh’s narrator proclaims that “all Shoresh staff members are committed disciples of jesus” – a claim repeated in an article interviewing Kristine Luken’s parents.

Leading Christian missionary ministries and personalities, such as Joel Rosenberg and Chosen People Ministries placed a special emphasis on both victims’ beliefs in Jesus, with Israeli messianic leaders, such as Asher Intrater, the messianic publication Israel Today, and Leah Ortiz referring to Wilson as a “messianic sister” and a “believer” in jesus. The Caspari Center, a leading evangelical missionary organization in Israel which monitors the Israeli press, stated that the Hebrew versions of Ha’aretz and Yisrael Hayom reported that many members of the messianic community came to visit Kay at the hospital and that she was a member of the messianic community

Over the years, neither Wilson nor her friends, colleagues or employers have challenged the label “missionary” or “messianic”.  As recently as August 2014, the Messianic Times was still referring to Wilson as a “messianic Jewish tour guide”.

Damage Control, Denial and a Lot of Unanswered Questions

Since the terror attack, Kaye Wilson has been on the speaking circuit for a number of Israeli organizations such as One Family, Stand with Us, and Magen David Adom. JewishIsraelassumes that the Jewish leaders of such organizations do not want to be perceived as empowering and legitimizing the messianic missionary community in Israel.  We assume that Kay Wilson knows this too. And so references to Wilson as a messianic and her Christian missionary affiliations have recently and very quickly been disappearing from the Internet.

For example, an article in the Christian messianic publication Israel Today, “American Christian killed by terrorists, Messianic friend wounded“, was still accessible on December 20, 2014 but was “removed” a few days later.  JewishIsrael has posted a copy of the original article. Israel Today’s December 2012 feature article, “Messianic terror victim relives attack” has now dropped the term “messianic”, although the publication Messianic Times continues to carry those headlines.

With the social media somewhat ablaze over the question of her faith and agenda, Wilson, in a recent Times of Israel blogpost, shed her “messianic Jewish” persona and morphed into a humanist everywoman kind of Jew. In highly poetic prose she denied that she is Christian, Messianic, Torah Observant Jew, Secular, Atheist, Right Wing, Left Wing, etc…

But Wilson is an expert in the new testament and fond of quoting Paul, so we would like to be assured that she has not taken on the deceptive approach of becoming “all things to all people”, or that her everywoman persona is not in reality a version of the new testament’s “one new man” in christ.

A Call for Accountability

Kay Wilson was a victim of the worst kind of man’s inhumanity to man and she may well be in a process of rethinking and reworking her beliefs, political ideology and affiliations. But under no circumstances should the fact that she widely preached the new testament and headed an educational branch of one of the most virulent and established missionary organizations in Israel be forgotten or disregarded by Jewish organizational leaders. This is especially true, since Ms. Wilson has yet to come out over the past four years with a clear renunciation of her previously known affiliations and beliefs.

JewishIsrael’s Public Relations Director, Shulamit Leibler, who has a longstanding relationship with One Family, commented:

“No one can accuse JewishIsrael of being insensitive to the plight of terror victims.  In fact, I worked closely and have been intimately involved with One Family from its inception.  I volunteered for One Family as a social worker, visiting wounded and bereaved families. I was a member of One Family’s allocations committee, spoke many times to donors and took terror victims on trips abroad. I remain in close contact with One Family staff members. After the recent massacre in Har Nof, I facilitated between the victims’ families and the Jerusalem coordinator of One Family. Because of my experience in helping terror victims, I am deeply concerned that anyone who was a part of a messianic missionary group would, G-d forbid, have access to vulnerable Jewish terror victims or be able to provide details of their vulnerabilities to missionary ministries.”

Jewish community leaders and activists who would like to discuss or see further documentation on this issue are welcome to contact JewishIsrael.

related posts:

Missionary Murdered

Hospital History in the Holy Land: a Proactive Jewish Response to Christian Missionary Activity


  • Batya Medad

    This must be further publicized.

    It’s very important.

The Elaborate Smokescreen?

In a follow up to my previous conciliatory blog posting which subsequently met with a great backlash from both Kay Wilson and her supporters. I now have a theme repeated over and over again which I heard personally from Kay Wilson herself in PM and now publically from one of her supporters. The theme goes something on the lines of:

I hope you’re thanking HaShem that you’ve never had to go through what Kay went through, or what some pathetic little people are insisting on putting her through now……may you never have your soul fractured and your innocence robbed[like she had].

Saying now what has to be said, does not in any way undermine the awfulness of Kay’s experience at the hands of murderous terrorists. However, the theme when possibly used as a smokescreen and an emotional blackmail to stifle or divert any discussion is not right. The possible implied threat of emotional blackmail to stifle or divert any discussion caused me to reply sarcastically on a thread that Kay’s suffering is the only suffering which is valid. I like anyone else have had their own fair share of suffering but an attempt to silence based on your suffering will never be as great as mine is kind of like going into the absurdity of Monty Pythons “The Yorkshire mans Sketch”. Equally absurd in a discussion is to insist that any and/ or all information is wrong in an article or a post because “they spelled my name wrong” or they “claimed I was a lesbian and I killed my friend that day because we had a lovers tiff” etc……. but I digress.

The Issue at Hand

The issue at hand was my shock in a recent post concerning Kay Wilson: “Jewish terror victim (Kay Wilson) hid Arab Zionistdelicate flower 2 teen during Gaza war”. Apparently Kay Wilson, survivor of a terror attack, opened her home to Nazareth native Mohammad Zoabi, who later fled to US for his pro-Israel views.  The shock to my system was the description of Kay Wilson as:

A Messianic Israeli, who played dead and escaped the same deadly fate her American-Christian travelling companion met at the hands of Palestinian Authority terrorists, wrote on her Facebook page Saturday that she recently protected  “Muslim Zionist” teenager Mohammed Zoabi from Arabs who wanted to murder him. (http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/christian-terror-victim-protected-mohammed-the-zionist-from-terrorists/2014/12/21/)

Kay a Messianic Jew and/ or a Christian according to some Christian/ Messianic links[1]?

Some may argue “so what, what can be so dangerous about a missionary trying to convert a Jew to one of the many brands of Christianity here in Israel or anywhere else in the world for that matter?” The danger has is in actual fact two sides, a spiritual side and a physical side demonstrated to us as a people as Chanukah and Purim respectively.

“Chanukah celebrates heavenly rescue from a threat of spiritual genocide. The Hellenist Greeks were interested in forcing assimilation upon the Jewish People, not physically destroying them. Since the threat was a spiritual one, the celebration of our deliverance is a spiritual one of lights and prayers of praise.

Purim recalls the threat of Haman’s “final solution to the Jewish problem.” Haman was determined to annihilate every Jew, “young and old, children and women in one day.” He would not have abandoned his plan even if the Jews had all abandoned their faith in Hashem. Since it was the physical body of the Jewish People which was saved from destruction, it is incumbent on the survivors and their heirs throughout the generations to celebrate with their bodies by eating, drinking and sharing such indulgence with others[2]” (Rabbi mendel Weinbach).

Missionaries and their Greek mindset claim to be Hebraic [because Jesus was Jewish after all] and the outcome of 2000 years in the development of Christian theology has seen the Nazis put protestant Martin Luther’s suggestions into practice. Not to mention the crusades, inquisitions, blood libels etc.. The same heady cocktail of the spiritual and physical is still lethal as it ever was even if its appearance changes over time. Make no mistake the heady cocktail is included in G-d’s way of reminding us that we Jews are “a people dwelling alone, and not counting itself among the nations!” Num 23:9

Kay Wilson the Christian?

Shoresh Tours

“All Shoresh staff members are committed disciples of Jesus. For Shoresh bringing you on a study tour isn’t just a job, it’s a ministry” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwtwcjhBGCs) stated @ 3:36-3:40 minutes.

The above video for Shoresh was Published on Jan 12, 2013, was it made before Kay’s encounter with the terrorists or after? Either way according to the video: All Shoresh staff members are committed disciples of Jesus. What are we to say about this? Soresh is lying about the credentials of one of its staff members to its customers or Kay Wilson is lying to her employer and her tour guide attendees?

In the context of questions for what appears to be a whole lot of evidence to indicate that she may be a Christian and/ or messianic, Kay Wilson has not apparently tried to correct the classification of herself online with nearly as much vigor as those who she perceives to be presently vilifying her. In the possible use of her encounter with terrorists as a useful smokescreen Kay Wilson says:

I am not a Christian because nothing in me wanted to go to heaven. I wanted to live. I am not able to forgive the sons of evil who have shown neither remorse or restitution…. I am not a Messianic Jew because certainties pertaining to the lofty matters of salvation and the World to Come, for me – at least – are unknown and remain a matter of mystery. I envy those who have an inner assurance of the things I myself did not experience at the moment of death. I deplore the hate speech emerging from some elements of this community towards those who think differently.

Ignoring that someone is may be still lying or has lied, are we to assume that Kay Wilson is may be now at the very least an agnostic or even worse for the Jewish people, she hides her Christian and/ or messianic identity and in the circles she presently moves in ‘representing’ Israel and Jews she secretly plots the physical and spiritual genocide of the Jewish people?

To point out the possibility that the wicked who plots the physical and spiritual genocide of the Jewish people is wrong and vilifying?

This notion, that displaying an attitude of mercy towards the wicked who deserve severe punishment involves acting cruelly towards the general public, can be found in the words of Maimonides in his book The Guide of the Perplexed[3]. In reference to the verse (Exodus 21:14), “If a person willfully schemes to kill his neighbor – he shall be (even) taken from my altar and put to death”, Maimonides writes that:

“the wicked and calculating person (who killed intentionally and was sentenced to death) – if he seeks sanctuary among us, we must not provide him with asylum and not have mercy upon him…because compassion towards the wicked – is cruelty to all beings.”

Do we now see a possible comparison between the world’s compassion towards terrorists being a cruelty to all beings and those who stay silent/ provide sanctuary to those Jews/ Christians who covertly missionize bringing cruelty thereby to the Jewish people? Are we prepared to speak up about it and upset the cash cow of supporting and loving Israel?

Well do we?

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[1] 1. A ‘messianic Jew’ according to the Anglicans. (http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/anglican-church-members-grapple-with-fallout-over-brutal-knife-attack-1.334406) 2. Chosen People Ministries [a messianic Jewish organization] has a variant of Kay’s name as Susan Kaye Wilson and her friend Kristine Luken, who are “both strong believers in Jesus who served with local ministries, were hiking in the Judean Hills when they were attacked by two Palestinian men.” http://www.chosenpeople.com/main/israel-articles/567-inside-israel-december-4-2011 3. The Messianic Times has her billed as a “Messianic Jewish tour guide and survivor of a murder attempt in Jerusalem,” http://www.messianictimes.com/daily-news/featured-story/2476-kay-wilson-speaks-at-jewish-community-center

[2] http://ohr.edu/1501

[3] Part 3, Chapter 39. See also Me’am Loez Anthology on Exodus, 21:14.

A word from the pews

kay wilsonThere are some things which are difficult to report owing to their complexity sometimes. A case in point concerns my Face book friend Kay Wilson whose story has been posted here previously on my blog: The story entitled “In the Shadow of Death” tells how Kay Wilson and here friend Kristine were victims of terror here in Israel and how subsequently four months after her ordeal, Kay Wilson was not allowed to put her point of view/ story over at “Christ At The Checkpoint,” (CATC) a Christian conference held in Bethlehem. In her own words:

I hoped that the seeming openness of the CATC towards Israelis coupled with the fact that Kristine (Kay’s friend who was murdered) was a Christian would grant me a platform. I was declined on the grounds, “there is no space” bizarrely concluding, “this is not what the Lord wants.”…… For any self-respecting person, and especially for Israelis such as myself, the endorsement of terror by association [i.e. CATC endorsing terror by denying Kay a platform], at a Christian conference, is obscene. (Italics supplied for clarity)

The above presents rather nicely how things are such a mess here in Israel where there is a heavy mix between politicsthe promise and religion going on. The heavy mix often sees Orthodox Jews lucratively caught up in fraternizing with numerous evangelizing Christian organizations and the messianic organizations they support, who are all caught up in the big money pot of ‘supporting’ and ‘loving’ Israel. Just how some of these Orthodox Jews can sleep at night or go about maintaining their acceptance within their respective Orthodox communities without being branded as ‘a secret Christian’ or ‘a secret missionary’ is somewhat of a mystery to me.

The heavy mix also sees the representatives of the numerous evangelizing Christian organizations and the messianic organizations they support living the life here in Israel too. Again as with Orthodox Jews caught up in the money pot but in a different way, there are questions; how do these Christian/ messianic representatives deal with the various dissonances and contradictions they come across and their own personal convictions? Trapped in their own Orwellian double speak they give out the message to the Israeli public that they do not believe in replacement theology yet actively seek Jewish converts to Jesus/ Yeshua. Only this week we have an example of Orwellian double speak where one missionary organization wants the Jewish Israel blog to remove the label ‘missionary’ from one of their videos:

“The work that Asher Intrater [messianic leader in Israel] does is very much the work of a missionary. We have no problem with the word, and Asher would have no problem calling himself a missionary, but in front of the right people.”……

“To a Jewish Israeli mind, the word missionary does not bring good thoughts, nor does it help to build bridges of dialog between Asher and those attacking him. Instead they use this word against him. Because Asher is actively reaching out to religious Jews, it is more beneficial that the word missionary is not connected to his name online.”

A shock to my System

With the above in mind I have yet a shock to my system in a recent post concerning Kay Wilson: “Jewish terror victim (Kay Wilson) hid Arab Zionist teen during Gaza war”. Apparently Kay Wilson, survivor of a terror attack, opened her home to Nazareth native Mohammad Zoabi, who later fled to US for his pro-Israel views.  The shock to my system was the description of Kay Wilson as:

A Messianic Israeli, who played dead and escaped the same deadly fate her American-Christian travelling companion met at the hands of Palestinian Authority terrorists, wrote on her Facebook page Saturday that she recently protected  “Muslim Zionist” teenager Mohammed Zoabi from Arabs who wanted to murder him. (http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/christian-terror-victim-protected-mohammed-the-zionist-from-terrorists/2014/12/21/)

In a closer look via the internet Kay is billed as

  1. A ‘messianic Jew’ according to the Anglicans. (http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/anglican-church-members-grapple-with-fallout-over-brutal-knife-attack-1.334406)
  2. Chosen People Ministries [a messianic Jewish organization] has a variant of Kay’s name as Susan Kaye Wilson and her friend Kristine Luken, who are “both strong believers in Jesus who served with local ministries, were hiking in the Judean Hills when they were attacked by two Palestinian men.” http://www.chosenpeople.com/main/israel-articles/567-inside-israel-december-4-2011
  3. The Messianic Times has her billed as a “Messianic Jewish tour guide and survivor of a murder attempt in Jerusalem,” http://www.messianictimes.com/daily-news/featured-story/2476-kay-wilson-speaks-at-jewish-community-center

By all accounts on both sides of the divide between Jews and Christians have Kay Wilson billed as a messianic believer in Jesus / Yeshua apparently!

So will the real Kay Wilson please say something? Well Kay was good to her word as she personally promised to me to respond. Here is a snippet of what she says:

I am me. I am not an observant Jew because I do not have the desire to refrain from driving to the beach on Shabbat. I live with the reality of the uncertainty that I may not be alive to hear the sound of waves on Sunday. I deplore the hate speech emerging from some elements of this community towards those who think differently.

I am me. I am not a Christian because nothing in me wanted to go to heaven. I wanted to live. I am not able to forgive the sons of evil who have shown neither remorse or restitution. I deplore the hate speech emerging from some elements of this community towards those who think differently.

I am me. I am not a Messianic Jew because certainties pertaining to the lofty matters of salvation and the World to Come, for me – at least – are unknown and remain a matter of mystery. I envy those who have an inner assurance of the things I myself  did not experience at the moment of death. I deplore the hate speech emerging from some elements of this community towards those who think differently.

I am me. I am not a secular Jew. I am unable to see that we are solely People of the Land and not People of the Book. I am unable to embrace an ideology that does not acknowledge the miraculous nature of the gathering of exiles to the Land of Israel after 2000 years. I deplore the hate speech emerging from some elements of this community towards those who think differently…..

I am me; a Jew, yet first and foremost a human-being who has eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; I am fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as any other human-being. If you prick me, I also bleed. I am a human-being who four years ago aged decades in thirty minutes in a forest in Israel. I am a human being who was prematurely awarded insights that belong to those who have suffered and know the fragility of life and its priorities.

On behalf of all the regular and not so regular customers of religion and politics, a big thank you to you Kay Wilson for your clarification [original blog post ended here] even though you cancelled the authenticity of it by your subsequent nasty comments which shows your true colours. As a regular customer of religion I can see right through you and your empty words above!

True colours

In the Shadow of Death

by Kay Wilson

FEBRUARY 15, 2014, 3:37 , http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/in-the-shadow-of-death/

Bound, gagged and barefoot with machetes at our throats, we were pushed through the trees to the site of our execution. I whimpered, “Please don’t kill us.” One of the terrorists looked me in the eye, put his hand on his heart and declared, “I am good, I not kill.” I believed him. I did so because I subscribed to the delusion of reprieve, the hope that if we did what they say, we would be set free.

Throughout three years, where day has blurred into night, I have relived the horror again and again. I shudder to remember their deranged faces contorted by deluded, perverted, intoxicating power. I recall that unfathomable half hour of helplessness, placating, pleading and promises of liberation, all meshed together in a concoction of sadistic terrorism.

A few months after the attack, I approached a certain “Christ At The Checkpoint,” (CATC) a Christian conference held in Bethlehem. I wanted the opportunity to speak and honour the memory of my murdered, Christian friend. The conference prides itself on being ecumenical and draws a mixed audience of western Christians and Palestinians. One protagonist of the conference is an Israeli Arab. I hoped that the seeming openness of the CATC towards Israelis coupled with the fact that Kristine was a Christian would grant me a platform. I was declined on the grounds, “there is no space” bizarrely concluding, “this is not what the Lord wants.”

I suspect that I was refused because the CATC manifesto does not allow a voice like mine to be heard. It calls only for partisan justice,“There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored.” This bias conveniently ignores Israel’s innocents, Israel’s murdered and Israel’s maimed.

The CATC manifesto also states, “All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.” However, they have no qualms about inviting violence into their room, by giving the platform to the likes of personalities from the PA, that hateful organisation which overtly sponsors terrorism. They also have no reservations in inviting Victor Batarseh, the Christian mayor of Bethlehem. Batarseh is a supporter of the savage, Marxist terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP’s armed division is the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, which has carried out many suicide bombings in Israel, murdering civilians.

For any self-respecting person, and especially for Israelis such as myself, the endorsement of terror by association, at a Christian conference, is obscene. Yet it is also a spurn for Palestinian Christians such as the Bethlehem Baptist minister, Naim Khoury. Khoury has been shot three times and his church has been bombed fourteen times because he advocates Zionism based on his understanding of the Bible. Khoury is too busy to care. He is exerting his energy pastoring a vibrant and unexpectedly, flourishing congregation, even though the PA has informed Khoury that his church now lacks the authority to function as a religious institution – announcing this decision the week following CATC. Unlike Khoury, a Christian minister who is always welcome at conference is the Reverend Stephen Sizer.

Sizer, an Anglican priest who oversees an English congregation, has been accused of anti-Semitism – a charge that he vigorously denies. The allegations arose in part due to links that he posted on his numerous blogs that directed people to anti-Semitic sites. Sizer, insistent that he “loves Jews” and “loves Israel,” agreed to remove the links, although he still has photos of himself standing alongside those who advocate the murder of the very Jews and Israelis whom he loves; people such as Yassir Arafat, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Raed Salach and Nabil Kaouk the senior commander of Hezbollah forces in Southern Lebanon.

Stephen Sizer raging anti-Semite

direct quote from Gideon Levy: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.598719.

The Reverend Sizer also asserts, “Israel has the right to live within secure international borders…” He sees no conflict between this exhortation and his dealings with Zahra Mostafavi, the daughter of the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini. Mostafavi participated in an international convention that praised girls who carried out martyrdom and sacrificed their lives for the Palestinian people. Mostafavi sent a letter to Sheik Nasrallah commending him for Jihad. Mostafavi translated Sizer’s book on Christian Zionism into Farsi. This was surely the first and only Christian book to be published by the Khomeinist regime, as the Iranian police arrest Muslim converts to Christianity for distributing Bibles.

When blogger Joe Weisman questioned Sizer’s activities and the company that he keeps, the priest alerted the British police. No charges were pressed and no warnings were issued because no crime had been committed. When all the attention had died down, Sizer astonishingly continued to fan the flames of animosity. He posted another response to a critical blog,“You must take a little more care who you brand as anti-semitic otherwise you too will be receiving a caution from the police… one more reference to me and you will be reported.”

Some have questioned if Stephen Sizer is fit for the office of the Anglican Church. Some continue to be angered at his constant taunting of Jews and the State of Israel. Sizer’s behaviour however is eye-opening. His relentless, attention-seeking exploits testify not of a man who possesses any genuine compassion for others, but rather a self-seeking, immature, emotionally-deprived juvenile who has an insatiable need for affirmation. Like all spoilt children, his sulking should not be taken seriously. Although he continues to have “Israel-tantrums,” and throw his toys out of the cot, Jews and Israelis would do well, for his sake, not to indulge him by being overly angry about his embarrassing behaviour.

Like all the conference protagonists, Sizer claims that he is a peaceful, Christian activist, advocating for justice on behalf of the Palestinians. History has not been kind or fair to the Palestinians. Neither has it been kind or fair to the Kurds, the Polish, the Serbs, the Aborigines, the Native Americans, the Armenians or the Jews. History has not been kind or fair to me either. But it is history. I was a victim of a terror attack but what happened to me does not need to define me. Just as there is more to me than “being stabbed,” there is more to being a Palestinian than being a “victim.”

Together with Ben White and other Christian activists, Sizer identifies with the graffiti on the security barrier, “Injustice, oppression, discrimination, suffering, violence and dehumanisation.” In Israel, I have never gathered with Israeli survivors of terrorism to spray, “Injustice, oppression, discrimination, suffering, violence and dehumanisation,” on the remains of exploded buses. On the contrary, I have participated in art classes with parents who have buried their murdered children. Together we painted portraits, sunsets, flowers and cites. I have even attended comedy clubs, pioneered by parents whose child was bludgeoned to death. I have marvelled at disabled survivors of terrorism running marathons for those in need. I thank G-d for these inspirational Israeli survivors of terrorism who spur me on to celebrate life.

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Watching ISIS Jihadists slaughter unarmed Iraqi troops, praying for the safe return of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Jihadist Boko Haram in Nigeria or the Al-Shabab Jihadist attacks in Kenya, to name but a few, gives a clear view of what a Jihadi is. However, despite all this recent coverage of Jihadi murder and terror, for Rev Stephen Sizer the vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, England, it is those pesky Christians who ideologically support Israel and especially hold him accountable for all the extreme statements he regularly makes about Israel, that are the Jihadists!

The Palestinians, like any people, should never be denied the opportunity for their pain to be heard. In trauma therapy I was encouraged to embrace my own pain and fears by returning to the forest. My friends gathered around and watched as I knelt on the painful and hallowed ground, clawing in grief at the earth that cried out with Kristine’s blood. They did not leave me on my knees, drowning in my tears, they stretched out their hands and helped me to my feet. Together we then planted a tree in honour of Kristine’s memory. In the place of her gory death, we sowed a seed of life. I thank G-d for people who help me to my feet. I thank G-d for people who soothe my pain and don’t exacerbate it. I thank G-d for people who show me that I am not helpless and I do not need to be a perdurable casualty. I thank G-d that even though my life is not at all what I would have envisioned, it is still very much life. I cannot work six days a week, but at least I can work. I am no longer able to sit and play the piano for hours on end, but at least I can play. I am in pain when I breathe, but at least I am breathing. I thank G-d that I am still alive to count my blessings.

This year at the CATC, Stephen Sizer and others like him, will bully the Palestinians into a world of make-believe. Sizer will do so by making them believe that they are only victims and their lives amount to nothing but perpetual misery. He will do this to build himself up at their expense. He will sadistically hold them hostage in the Shadow of Death, never once urging them to look up to the light that creates that very shadow. He will offer them the Islamist falsity that their aspirations will be fulfilled by virtue of antipathy. Sizer will leave them shackled with resentment. He will not reach out his hand to help them up. He will not urge them to look to Heaven and see the countless signs of wonderful life happening all around.

Metaphorically, Reverend Stephen Sizer will place his chained hands on his heart, just beside the cross which he readily preaches “sets you free.” He will look his victims in the eye and declare, “I am good, I not kill.” I can only hope, that unlike me, the bound and the gagged in this particular able-bodied and well-fed audience, will have the fortitude not to succumb to his futile and deathly delusion of reprieve.

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