Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The new Biblical Bloc Party is fake-Jewish, fake-Christian and racist

I have great respect for all streams of Christianity and of Judaism but I can’t stand fake. People who pretend to be one thing but actually are another.

This came to mind when I read the news New Judeo-Christian ‘Biblical Bloc’ to Run for Knesset. What are they all about? Let’s read their Founding document, as reported:

The Biblical bloc [sic.] protects everyone who believes in the Bible and opposes the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians from the Land of Israel. The Biblical bloc represents parties all over the world who espouse Judeo-Christian, democratic Western culture.

How many abominations are contained in these two sentences!

The first 10 words made me frown so much that I couldn’t read my computer screen anymore. This is not an impromptu sentence said in a drunk moment. These are the opening words of a Founding statement, for crying-out-loud. That should hold up to close reading!

First of all, even if the Bible Blok will get 20 seats in the Knesset – Heaven forbid! — it will not protect anyone. For that, we have the police and the army — not Members of Knesset.

Worse is that it is absolutely wrong and undemocratic and illegal in Israel to give preferential treatment to people who “believe in the Bible.” All Israeli citizens and permanent residents and even illegal immigrants have a right to equal protection regardless of their beliefs.

That the party registrar found a new party with such undemocratic ideas fit to participate in Israeli elections, I consider a serious mistake to be corrected. If they would have done their work properly, they would have saved us a big mess. There is no way in Hell that such a party would actually take part in elections here. Pleas to have laws that favor people who like Western culture are (per definition) 100% racist. That is not how we do things in Israel. European and US racists often like Israel for being a friend against Muslims but Israel is not!

By the way, they step over the differences between Christian Bibles and the Hebrew one. And they try to exclude Muslims, although Islam subscribes to much of the Jewish Bible. And because Islam rejects the Trinity and gives preference to action over belief, it stands closer to Judaism than classical Christianity. Theirs is just a classical Christian anti-Muslim stand, unbecoming of Jews – and modern Christians.

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The middle part opposes “the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians from the Land of Israel.” It implies that the removal of Muslims and Atheists is fine or even wanted. Hatred disguised as positive ideas!

This is not surprising from someone who supposedly has said that the “final battle is between Judeo-Christians and the Muslims” – a fundamentalist Christian obsession with negative prophecy, while the rabbis teach clearly that negative prophecy doesn’t need to materialize – because we can hope for repentance – which is one of the main messages and goals of the Prophets (another is: don’t lose hope).

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It closes off proclaiming that it “represents parties all over the world who espouse Judeo-Christian, democratic Western culture.” Of course, it does not, in three ways. It can only represent Israeli voters and no one else. Just above, I already explained how undemocratic they are. And there has never been a Judeo-Christian culture.

The false moral equivalence between Judaism and Christianity is in fact a sign of Christian disobedience because it equalizes which is not equal. Jews need to be a Light unto the Nations and Gentiles should listen to us and learn from us – if we do our job well.

That last point is my greatest annoyance. Nothing wrong with Christians who stand for being Christian. They have an important voice. But let them not pretend to be sort-of Jewish too. We are the Jews and we like to speak with our own voice. And Jews who pretend to follow and support Judeo-Christianity really do neither religion.

In the community of Israeli Conservative Judaism are knowledgeable people. I surely hope that they will reject this un-Jewish initiative by a Diaspora graduate of Conservative Judaism. Israel will not gain anything from a new political party founded by people from outside of Israel whose principles are light-weight, bigoted, confused and phony.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. 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