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What Stand Should Christians Take in the War between Non-Christian Jews and Non-Christian Arabs?

Is the war between Israelis and their Muslim neighbors a religious war or a war of civilizations? If it is a religious war, is it right for non-Christian Jews to drag American Christians into a war against Shiite Iranians and Christian Russians so as to protect Zionism that privileges Judaism, not Christianity? If it is a war of civilization, should the nations that value democratic humanism like the Modern State of Israel stand with Israelis against the forces of illiberalism, despotism, and terrorism?

It is best to start by approaching the current conflict between Israelis and Arabs from a religious angle. The most pressing question that needs to be asked is if Jews who practice Judaism cherish their Christian allies. Does Judaism allow Jews to value Christian support?

Anti-Christian Polemics in Orthodox Judaism

Onkelos then went and raised Jesus the Nazarene from the grave through necromancy. Onkelos said to him: Who is most important in that world where you are now? Jesus said to him: The Jewish people. Onkelos asked him: Should I then attach myself to them in this world? Jesus said to him: Their welfare you shall seek, their misfortune you shall not seek, for anyone who touches them is regarded as if he were touching the apple of his eye. Onkelos said to him: What is the punishment of that man, a euphemism for Jesus himself, in the next world? Jesus said to him: He is punished with boiling excrement.

Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Gittin 57a.
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The above quote states that Jesus of Nazareth – whom some Christians regard as God – is boiling in human feces. It also implies that each and every Christian who venerates Jesus of Nazareth is bound to be punished in the afterlife by being cast into hell to boil in human excrement. It is not only the Talmud that has virulent anti-Christian polemics; Toledot Yeshu, Tanya (a book of Chabad philosophy), and Sefer ha-Zohar (ironically developed from neo-platonism and Castilian Christian Gnosticism) express bigotry and hatred of Christians.

As Postmodern Christianity has explained, a “retrogressive binary opposition exists in the Bible. This binary opposition is the division of humanity by the God of Abraham (also called Yahweh, Jehovah, Greater Yahweh, Adonai he-Aretz, Eheieh, Eloah Va-Daath, HaShem, Elohim Sabaoth, or Shem HaMephorash) into the chosen elite and the non-chosen people. This creates a hierarchy that privileges the chosen few to establish a political and social power structure that oppresses people not favored by the God of Abraham. This power structure mainstreams bigotry and actively strangles human creativity by banning art, sculpting, and independent search for knowledge”.

The problem in Judaism lies in its claim to exclusive ownership of divine knowledge – a claim that has been debunked in the God of Abraham is not Holy, the Hebrew Bible has Errors, and the Synoptic Gospels are Pseudohistorical Accounts. Yet, Christianity is Divine. As Michel Foucault noted, the problem with exclusive ownership of knowledge is that it creates a power asymmetry that allows the “knowledge hoarders” to keep that knowledge away from other people so that they can accumulate power and build power structures that favor them (the knowledge hordes). Consider the following exposition from the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 59a:

And Rabbi Yoḥanan says: A gentile who engages in Torah study is liable to receive the death penalty; as it is stated: “Moses commanded us a law [torah], an inheritance of the congregation of Jacob” (Deuteronomy 33:4), indicating that it is an inheritance for us, and not for them.” (Emphasis mine).

So, what is the ultimate value of this exclusivity to supposed divine knowledge? As it turns out, the ultimate value is exclusive political power that allows for divinely-mandated domination over the rest of humanity. This is expressed well in Who is Anochi?:

What is interesting is that the Book of Daniel prophecies that Israel would be a world power, which proves that the Hebrew Bible is a political tract geared towards propelling Jews to world domination. However, this depends entirely on getting people to believe in Yahweh (as Jewish scholars blame their lack of power on people refusing to make Yahweh their only God).

To summarize, people claiming exclusive ownership of knowledge want to use that knowledge to enslave ignorant people. In other words, they want to deprive the supposedly “ignorant” people of their freedom. Is it any wonder that people fighting for their freedom have always hated or detested Jews? The Spanish liberation of Iberia from Muslim colonization was quickly followed by the expulsion of Jews in 1492. An uprising of peasants and Cossacks in 1648 in Khmelnytsky against their tyrannical nobility ended up claiming the lives of almost all Jewish leaseholders. Presently, the victory of peasant revolutions in Bolivia and Colombia has seen their governments adopt a hostile attitude towards Israel, with Eva Morales (former President of Ecuador) on October 22, 2023, calling for Israel to be declared a “terrorist state“.

Equally, philosophers who have interacted with Jews or Judaism have ended up hating and detesting Jews. Some philosophers like Arthur Schopenhauer, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) expressed blatant dislike of Jews and Judaism, while others like Martin Heidegger and Carl Jung were more nuanced. The classic Gnostics were open in describing Jews as devil worshipers tasked by the devil to keep knowledge away from humanity.

What about philosophers leading a liberation struggle (the so-called militant philosopher)? To answer this question, let us consider how Franz Fanon. In The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon argues that…

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