Israel and the White Trash Elites
So when did all the snide anti-Israel elites turn into poor white trash?
New York’s Metropolitan Opera puts on an Arab-terrorist-loving piece of garbage, entitled “The Death of Klinghoffer.”
Meanwhile The Rolling Stones swing through Tel Aviv, defying the boycott of Israel, as Mick Jagger talks to the crowd in Hebrew.
Who would have thought that The Stones would be educating the Opera crowd?
So I guess it’s time for the Met not only to “move like Jagger,” but also to sing and think like Jagger, rather than like a a bunch of pot-smoking nerds who could not distinguish between Italian opera and real-life mafiosi and terrorists, between Il Trovotore and TV’s “The Sopranos.”
Is this what the board of the Metropolitan Opera thinks will bring out paying customers to the opera at Lincoln Center?
But the Met is not alone in its anti-Israel tones.
One of America’s grandest churches, The Presbyterian, has officially signed on to the Jew-haters parade by endorsing a boycott of three companies that do business with Israel in an area widely known as the West Bank, or, as Jesus would have called it: Judea.
Yes, and Hewlett-Packard and the Israeli start-up geniuses are just quivering in fear (if you believe that, then there is a bridge I can sell you cheap that runs between Brooklyn and Manhattan).
For years now, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S., like the Anglican Church in England, has become a place for venting against Jews and Israel and in favor of the PLO and other wonderful servants of a loving God.
In the Presbyterian Church, apparently, they have scratched out one of the Ten Commandments – Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness – and replaced it with Thou Shalt Be A Stooge of Arab Extremists Like the PLO. This is the same PLO whose suicide squads hid behind nuns and priests in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.
And they were such wonderful church-going men, those PLO guys – outdoing even the Hamas terrorists in the number people murdered in suicide bombings.
What would Jesus say about that?
Jesus, as real Christians know, was a Jew, which means he came from the tribe of Judah and lived in the region of Judea. He was also an observant Jew, a proud Jew
Jew-Judea, Jew-Judah: get it. Not the Presbyterians. Not the Anglicans.
Maybe God, in whose image we humans are formed, is showing us his sense of humor. Church attendance in the U.S. for the Presbyterians and in England with the Anglicans is dwindling.
In 2006, the Presbyterians had almost 2.3-million members. The Presbyterian Church membership has dropped by about 100,000 every year to a level of about 1.7-million. (See Table below for partial figures)
The Presbyterian Church, along with its fascination for gun control and gay marriage, has developed a real devotion to the false god of Palestinian Arab statehood – and that is probably something Roman governor Pontius Pilate would have liked, but not Jesus.
The Romans, who crucified Jesus, deliberately used the term Palestine consciously to de-Judaize and sub-divide the Holy Land. They divided Judea into Palestina Prima, Palestina Secunda, and Palestina Tertia, labeling Jerusalem Aeolina Capitolina.
That conscious effort to take the Jews out of Judea and Jerusalem may have inspired the Arab claims that Israel and the Jews are trying to “Judaize” Jerusalem. The Arabs make these claims while digging under and around the Western Wall of the Jewish Temple, trying to erase signs of Judaism in the Temple built by Solomon and later by Ezra.
It did not work for the Romans, and it will not work for the Arab haters and Presbyterian fellow-travelers.
This is because of both archeology and history at work.
Just in the last month, archeologists have found Jewish artifacts dating back to the period of Solomon’s Temple, including drainage tunnels and pottery from inside the First Temple itself.
So the Jews are still here, still praying in Jerusalem, and they have restored their national heritage. Incidentally, Israel is in much better shape than any Arab country and probably in better shape than the Presbyterian Church, too. Probably better than the Metropolitan Opera.
Somehow, Christian churches that accept the Jewish return to Zion seem to be doing better than the Presbyterians (such as many other Protestant, Evangelical, and even the Catholic Church itself).
Maybe God is sending a message, and it is being sung in Hebrew by the Rolling Stones, not by the Presbyterian choir or the Metropolitan Opera.
Maybe if Groucho Marx were here, he would produce his own answer to the Met and the Presbyterians and call it “A Night at the Opera in Israel With the Rolling Stones.”
Michael Widlanski is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, published by Simon and Schuster. He teaches at Bar Ilan University and was Schusterman Visiting Professor the University of California at Irvine for 2013-14.