“Moreover the word of the Lord came to
Jeremiah, saying, “Have you not considered
what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The
two families which the Lord has chosen, He
has also cast them off’? Thus they have
despised My people, as if they should no
more be a nation before them.”
Jeremiah 33:23-24

As revolt and chaos spreads through the Middle East it turns out that the only stable Democracy in the region is Israel and indeed that the Apartheid State of today is not Israel but the Arab nations around her and even the Palestinian Authority. These nations are imploding with discontent and violence as people take to the streets protesting their lack of freedoms and their subjugation under the hands of thugs, murderers, despots and leaders who have made themselves rich on their backs! Syria, as we once knew it, is no more and, as the country continues to burn, 240,000 of its citizens lie dead, two million more are wounded, displaced and maimed for life and, because of its smoldering ruins, more than a million more have invaded Europe. Among these refugee invaders are jihadists who are determined to bring chaos and mayhem to the capitals of Europe, as we have witnessed in Paris, London, Brussels, and Munich and beyond. Christians throughout the Nineveh Plain have followed Jesus to the cross and the real barbaric face of radical Islam has been laid bare for all to see. Adding to this awful toxic brew is the arrival of the Russian military machine in the region and the mustering of Iranian/Hezbollah forces on the eastern side of Syria near to the Golan Heights. We should all take note and prepare ourselves to witness greater upheavals in the region in the near future and even the possibility of war.

Israel by contrast is a shining example of freedom, the rule of law, an independent judiciary and the freedom of the press and yet the educational institutions of our world have decided to boycott Israeli academics and to annually hold what is called, “Israel Apartheid Week”. The Republic of Ireland and the European Union are now moving to boycott and label Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria. Nothing is more hypocritical, and indeed shameful, as this. While totalitarian dictators, throughout the Arab world, suppress their people and even murder them in huge numbers on the streets of their capitals, these European technocrats, and those of the United Nations, constantly decide to focus on Israel and condemn her repeatedly. Sadly, many Church movements have also joined themselves to this hypocrisy. This is all part of a sinister plan to discredit Israel, delegitimize Israel and in the end dismantle Israel. Anti-Semitism is at work here for sure and it masquerades under the umbrella of the so called BDS movement. It is unbridled and unashamed and sadly attracts many followers and this is seen by the rapid rise of anti-Semitism in Europe just 75 years after millions of Jews were rounded up and murdered in their millions in its region.

We, who have been “washed” by the scriptures, recognize this evil disease that again and again seeks to impact the minds of people where it can flourish and grow. Sadly, this sickness is now invading the Democratic Party in America as in recent days we have witnessed newly inducted Congresswomen casting the age-old slurs of hatred at the Jewish community of the country. As in the United Kingdom and led by the leader of the Labor Party there, Jeremy Corbyn, there is now an attempt to mainstream ant-Semitism in the USA. Thankfully, we stand in its way and we will stand alongside Israel in her endless struggle to exist in a dark world. Jesus said, speaking of Israel, that, “This nation (generation) would not pass away until all things are fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34) and the Prophet Jeremiah declared that as long as the sun, moon and stars are in the firmament just so long would Israel exist as a nation before God (Jeremiah 31: 35-36).

The struggle will be a challenging and difficult one but we will stay the course because we have a God in Heaven who watches over Israel day and night (Psalm 121:4) and Who invites us into a place of dedicated prayer and intercession on her behalf (Isaiah 62:6-7). In the end the God of Israel will be glorified in the sight of the nations because He will arise, save and defend His people in a way that we never thought possible (Ezekiel 38:21-23) (Zechariah 12:1-9). Let us therefore take note of the anti-Israel antagonists and anti-Semites and let us arise to tell the truth about Israel and be faithful to God in defending the Jewish people and Israel from harm. The legacy of people like Corrie Ten Boom must live on in our hearts and be embraced.

Malcolm Hedding