Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
The Presbyterian Church USA is considering banning the word “Israel” from its prayers. That anti-Semitic resolution was meant to “distinguish between the biblical terms that refer to the ancient land of Israel and the modern political State of Israel".
Located in Eisenach — the city where another anti-Semite, Martin Luther, translated the Bible — the Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life published treatises arguing not only that Jesus descended from non-Semitic stock, but that his mission had been directed against the Jewish people. The lead figure was Walter Grundmann (1906-76), a seminal figure in the effort to de-Judaize Christianity and marry the faith to Nazism.
It is not a coincidence that Grundmann rose to high positions in the East German Communist Protestant Church after the war.
From the PLO to Hamas, from Hanan Ashrawi to Sheikh Yassin, Arab rejectionists have been able to present the Palestinian Arabs as “the true descendants” of the biblical Israelites because of this Christian rewriting of history.
These are just one of the consequences of the Christian replacement theology.
The “Jewish peril” of pre- Shoah Christianity is reincarnated for post-Shoah Christianity in the State of Israel, with its corollary of the sacralization of the Arab Palestinians’ Jihad.
Taken to its logical end, this Christian ideology suggests that there is only one price the Jews can pay for being accepted by the world: Israel’s elimination.
"Modern-day Jews are not God’s chosen people,” the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, declared recently. For Abbé Moubarac, one of the most important representatives of the Eastern Catholicism, Israel’s liberation of Jerusalem in 1967 was a “rape” and a “ritual crime.”
For these Christians, the “Jewish peril” of pre- Shoah Christianity is reincarnated for post-Shoah Christianity in the State of Israel, with its corollary of the sacralization of the Arab Palestinians’ Jihad and the demonization of “the Zionists.”
Today's most important defining question is: are the Jews the God's chosen people? I believe so. Because the entire conflict, Israel's legitimacy and Jewish sovreignty over the holy land, is all about this question.