The Oldest Disease

By Jan Markell

The world remains sick with a very old disease for which no cure has ever been found. It tends to go into remission now and then, but it always reappears as virulent as ever. It even develops into new strains. Some have called it a lethal obsession. It is called anti-Semitism, and if the Jews did not exist, some anti-Semite would invent them. It's that bad.

None of Israel's enemies have any knowledge of what the Bible has to say about the land or the people of Israel. None of her enemies experience even a nano-second of guilt for telling the Jews to go back to Auschwitz. Even though I researched the Holocaust to write the Anita Dittman story, Trapped in Hitler's Hell, I cannot imagine the haunting thought of being told to go back to Auschwitz had I ever been interned there. But in demonstrations after the May 31 flotilla fiasco in Gaza, signs sprouted up all over the world saying that the Jews should all pack up and head to Auschwitz, which is now a solemn memorial museum. In its own way, it says "never again" just as all of Israel does when the subject of the Holocaust comes up.

For someone to tell a Jew in Israel to "go home" also makes no sense because they are home. They may have passed through Germany or Poland, or Russia as my grandparents did, but the Bible reveals that Israel is their home. Of all earth's inhabitants, only the Jews have a deed to a piece of land from God as recorded in the Bible. But then not even most church members even know that, let alone the monsters of the world.

The destiny of the Jew is to be eternally unsafe around the world. The day is coming when friends of Israel will also feel uneasy and unsafe. Right now the "friends of Israel" are primarily evangelical Christians who do not hold to Replacement Theology -- the belief that the church has replaced Israel. Rather, they recognize that the land and people of Israel were chosen by God to be special real estate and a chosen people. In Leviticus 25 God calls Israel "My land." So it belongs to God. He has given it to Israel to manage and make the desert blossom as a rose.

As I researched the Holocaust for the Dittman book, I became aware that for the first time in the history of the human race, a decision was made in a modern nation (Germany,) in the midst of a civilized continent (Europe). That decision paved the way for people to behave in an unthinkable manner. A unique group of innocent people -- the Jews -- were tracked down, registered, marked, dispossessed, humiliated, and transported against their will. They had generously contributed to the culture of the world. Perhaps their biggest problem was that they were different, but in a good way. They dared to be different. But they cannot afford the luxury of historical amnesia. They must be vigilant, conscious, and always prepared for the resurgence of the plague of anti-Semitism.

There is global outrage when Israel tries to defend herself from rockets or "activists" bearing lethal weapons, riding in a flotilla while world powers who arm themselves with weapons of mass destruction receive little chastisement. Terrorists such as Hamas and Fatah actually receive U.S. aid while Israel is scolded, threatened, and humiliated by Washington. Any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, genocide, or ethnic cleansing.

In recent decades, the anti-Semitism has sprouted new wings and turned into anti-Israel activity and sentiment. It's bad enough that the Jews exist, but to have their own nation is more than most can stomach. Colleges in the Western world are riddled with anti-Israel sentiment. You can find Israel-bashing events, often called Israeli Apartheid Week, on dozens of campuses. And what fuels much of this is the sentiment that Israel is the Goliath beating up on helpless Palestinians. The untold story is that the Palestinians are rendered helpless, not by Israel, but by their own leadership. It would seem that the world -- not just Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- really wants another Holocaust. Yellow stars are even being put on the backs of Jewish Norwegian school children today.

So what is the spiritual connection?

Answer: The devil is in the details.

He knows the Bible better than many Christians. Satan knows that the Jews are the key to the end of the age -- from how it plays out to where it plays out. He knows that if he could exterminate the Jews, perhaps his demise could be thwarted. Anti Semites don't understand that, nor do the Islamic empires who want to vaporize the people and nation of Israel.

It is only this ugly age-old anti-Semitic sentiment that calls the terrorist occupants on the Turkish boat Mavi Marmara good, and the nation of Israel, evil (Isaiah 5:20). At least one video shows the Israelis, who were armed with paintball guns, being mercilessly beaten with multiple kinds of objects. But the world doesn't care. They have bought the lie. The lie is that there would be world peace if only Israel and the Jews would disappear. They won't. That's a guarantee. Their greatest hour is yet future.