DAY 15: PRAYER POINTS
» Pray Against Anti-Semitism
¤ Jewish anti-Semitism is growing at an alarming rate. This is evident not only in Muslim countries, but also in Europe, Canada, Hispanic countries and on college campuses both here and abroad. Most statistics point to a level of anti-Semitism that was found in Europe right before World War II.
The increase of hate crimes against Jewish people, as well as their homes, schools, synagogues, cemeteries and community centers comes not only from radical Islamic forces but also from the rise of Neo-Nazi groups, “Skinheads,” White Supremacists and those who hate the political actions of the state of Israel.
In addition, traditional anti-Semitism has been replaced by the more “politically correct” anti-Zionism and anti-Israel activism.
We dare not be fooled…they are still one and the same.
Anti-Semitism reached an all -time high during the recent Operation Protective Shield with violent rallies, fire bombs at synagogues, destruction of Jewish businesses, as well as serious physical attacks and death threats to Jewish people worldwide.
The UK saw a 50 % rise in Hate Crimes against Jews in July 2014 alone, while in Paris, a Pro-Palestinian mob besieged and threw bricks at a synagogue with 200 congregants inside.
Though not yet military in nature, efforts to delegitimize and demonize Israel is a potentially deadly form of warfare against the Jewish state.
The question as to whether Israel has “the right to exist” is being seriously debated by global government leaders and intellectuals on college campuses.
One forum known for such evil is the United Nation’s Durban conferences on Racism. Conferences that took place in 2001, 2009, and most recently in New York City in September of 2011,have been filled with extreme anti-Semitism and Israel bashing, constituting a “theater of the absurd” with outrageous examples of racism against the Jewish nation alone.
Complicating and compounding the danger to Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues his pursuit to have the global community recognize a Palestinian state based on the 1949 armistice lines.
Such an act undermines hopes for peace and establishes a dangerous international precedent since a peaceful resolution to the conflict must come through negotiations between the parties and not by a unilateral declaration from the international community.
Whether the United States stands with Israel or joins with her opponents will be critical not only on a political level for Israel, but also on a spiritual and economic level for America.
¤ As another non-military attack, the growing global movement called “Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions” (BDS) against Israel not only puts great economic and political pressure on Israel, but also seeks to isolate Israel from Academic Institutions, from the Arts, and from business.
This movement is especially strong on college campuses and in Academic circles. In early 2014, Arutz Sheva reported that boycotts have cost Israel’s agriculture sector approximately $30 million USD in the past year.
The May 29, 2015 Anti-Defamation League report revealed that in the 2014-2015 academic year, the number of BDS campaigns at college campuses doubled over the previous academic year.
“They compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.” Psalms 109:3
“You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.” Psalm 5:6
Psalm 10:8, 12
Psalm 140:1-2, 4, 6-8