Monday, August 18, 2008

When is it Convenient to go against 'Prophecy'?

Asslaamu alaikum, wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu,

It is known that some Jews and Evangelical Christians provide Biblical justification of the illegal occupation of Jerusalem by Jews. Other parts of the area are being annexed gradually and systematically at will. Many Jews from all over the world are given citizenship on the basis of their Jewish faith, to fill up these occupied lands at the detriment of their Arab neighbors(Christians and Muslims).

Biblical support for these acts is often in reference to Zechariah 8: 7-8 which says; "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness." Another reference is to Isaiah 43: 5-6 which says; "Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth..." Most of the Jewish immigrants over the years have been Jews with Caucasian background, who are somewhat educated, and can easily adjust to the life in Israel. That sounds very great for prophecies coming to pass.

According to this news article from Newsweek, some Jewish immigrants are not part of the prophecy. The article says of one Ethiopian with Jewish roots, Abe Damamo; "[his] remote village uses donkeys for transportation and has no bathrooms. Damamo has no formal education and speaks no language but his own." It is obvious that it will take some time and resources to integrate this man into a modern Israeli society. The articles also says that "...most Ethiopian immigrants over age 35 go straight onto welfare after reaching Israel..."

Could this be an economically motivated decision to stop Jewish immigrants from migrating to Israel? If the United States, Argentina, and Yemen can produce people of the Jewish faith, why not Ethiopia? If some of these Jews from all over the world can easily adapt to life in Israel, and are granted entry into Israel, why not grant entry to those who find it hard to adapt? The prophecies of the Bible they latch unto when convenient, are now calling on the Israeli government for fulfillment. Is this a racial issue, or is it economical? Either one is an obstruction of 'prophecy.'

Wa Salam.

1 comment: