I was DONE with Israel on March 30, 2002, which was Holy Saturday that year, when the Israeli military (IDF) was shooting Palestinian fighters who had taken refuge in the Church of the Nativity. On March 29, 2002, which was Good Friday that year, the IDF began Operation “Defensive Wall” (or Defensive Shield) in the West Bank by arresting Palestinian leaders, imprisoning PNA Chairman Yassar Arafat in the "Mukata" compound in Ramallah, and besieging militants in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
The photograph I chose for this article is not random. In fact, it holds much meaning for me. The photo was taken March 29, 2002 in Palestine, just outside Yassar Arafat’s compound in Ramallah. The men in the photo are two of Arafat’s security guards, one of whom has just been mortally wounded by an IDF sniper. The photo appeared in the newspaper (where I lived) the following day, March 30, 2002, and it was obvious to me that the man in the photo had been mortally wounded at the instant the photo was taken, because I could see that he had let go of his rifle, which he would never have done unless he were already dead. When I looked at that photo that morning; and I saw that Palestinian fighter, who was not a young man; I put myself in his place, fighting many years for the freedom of my homeland; freedom from the invaders and the oppressors: Israel.
Along with the photo came the story, of how the IDF were besieging Palestinian fighters in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, and were doing their best to kill Arafat in his compound, in Ramallah. As this occurred not long after 9/11, war-fever was in the air. The US had invaded Afghanistan in order to go after al Qaeda (Operation “ENDURING FREEDOM”), and Israel was using the toxic atmosphere to go after their enemies: Arafat and the Palestinians.
Killing people who were fighting for their freedom, holed up in the Church of the Nativity, on Holy Saturday? I was DONE with Israel.
I had been very suspicious about who was behind the events of 9/11 since the day they occurred, because I had seen no evidence that what the US government said concerning American Airlines flight 77 having crashed into the Pentagon was true. I had seen no evidence that a large jet aircraft had hit the Pentagon, and I still haven’t seen any evidence of such to this day.
For me, the notion that rogue elements of the US government might, in fact, be responsible for the terror attacks of 9/11 was not off-the-wall, nor was it off-the-table as a possible, even probable, explanation for who was actually responsible for the murder of over 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. The Oklahoma City bombing had occurred April 19, 1995, almost seven years prior to March 30, 2002, and I was well aware of the fact that the ATF had had advance knowledge of the bombing, which was to occur that day, and had allowed it to go forward (killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring 680). I was also aware of the fact that the 1993 plot to bomb the World Trade Center in New York City had been monitored by the FBI and allowed to go forward as well (killing six people and injuring thousands more).
DONE with the US government? I was DONE!
And that was many years ago. How DONE do you think I am NOW?
9/11 is, in fact, a thirty-year conspiracy, which was carried out by rogue elements of our own government (with the assistance of rogue elements within the government of their ally: Israel). Do you doubt this? Former Senator Bob Kerrey, who was also a member of the 9/11 Commission, has said, on video, that 9/11 was a thirty-year conspiracy (watch video here). Excuse me? The conspiracy to commit the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 goes back thirty years? I want Kerrey subpoenaed. I want to know what he knows. I will gladly grant him immunity if his testimony will put Rumsfeld and Cheney, who I suspect to be the guilty masterminds of the terrorist operation, in the dock. Peter Lance, an investigative journalist, has documented the thirty-year timeline of events that surround the terror attacks of 9/11. What happened thirty years ago that could lend credibility to claims of a there having been a thirty-year conspiracy behind 9/11? Hmm . . . let me think . . . oh, I know: Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney came into power with the Regan Administration! Iran-Contra, continuity of government, al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, the Mujahideen, CIA cocaine smuggling, Governor Clinton, Mena, Arkansas? Sure, I remember all of that.
Did I say was DONE with the US government?! I am SO DONE!
When we march against the wars on March 19, 2011, you can be sure that I am protesting a lot more than the wars . . . I am protesting my corrupt and murderous government, which has no legitimacy whatsoever, with the hope that one day Americans will wake up, get motivated, and take this country back from these criminals for the People.
Photo credit: © 2002 AP/Nasser Nasser “A Palestinian gunman [above] lets go of his rifle the moment he is fatally shot by an Israeli sniper during fighting in the West Bank city of Ramallah Friday, March 29, 2002. Sporadic gunfire and tank shell fire was heard as Israeli forces entered Ramallah Friday. Israeli forces surrounded Yasser Arafat's compound and occupied some buildings within” [source: link]
* AN IMPORTANT BIBLICAL REFERENCE CONCERNING ISRAEL FOR ALL CHRISTIANS *
For those of you who are Christians, as I am, I have some very important questions for you:
1) Have you ever read the Bible?
2) Do you understand what your reading?
3) Do you understand that, according to Jesus himself, God rejected Israel over 2,000 years ago, because Israel, as a nation, rejected God’s only begotten Son, Jesus?
4) Do you know where, in the Bible, this rejection of Israel by Christ (and God, the Father) can be found?
5) Do you believe in (and act upon) what Jesus said (and did)?
*** ANSWERS ***
Christ proclaimed Israel’s rejection by God for Israel’s rejection of himself as God’s Messiah in the Gospel of St. Matthew, see: MT 23:38.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23: 37-39 (ESV)
Jesus—and God, his Father—was DONE with Israel – more than 2,000 years ago, according to Jesus and the Bible, so when will YOU decide to start believing in (and acting upon) what JESUS said, and STOP SUPPORTING ISRAEL?
Jesus on Israel – Bible Study: Matthew 23:38
The context for Matthew 23:37-39 – Matthew Chapter 23: Christ’s “Seven Woes” to the Jewish Scribes and Pharisees:
English text of Matthew 23:38
Original Greek text of Matthew 23:38
Greek-English Interlinear text of Matthew 23:38
The Greek word: "aphiémi", "desolate" or "abandoned", found in original Greek text of Matthew 23:38