Israel needs friends everywhere, including Aberdeen, Scotland. The state of Israel is a modern liberal democracy but its enemies try to demonise it. We want to tell the truth about Israel. There is propaganda from both sides of the conflict. We want to promote the hope of communities living side by side in peace instead of all the confrontational rhetoric.
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An Everlasting Covenant
On 22nd September 2018 there will be a conference at Bon Accord Free Church, Rosemount Viaduct.
“Amazing Christian speakers from various parts of the world discussing prophecy with a dive into Biblical scripture – featuring a Hebrew Scholar who opens up the Bible in a whole new way.This will take you from the comfort of your seats on a whirlwind tour of ancient history and ancient prophecies in the Middle East and into the relevant reality of Biblical prophecy in the modern day”
The speakers are:
Simon Barrett the presenter of the Middle East Report on Revelation TV
Stephen Briggs (Hatikvah Films) Bible teacher and filmmaker
Paul & Jessica Parkhouse (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem)
Iain Hepburn (Gilcomston Church) Hebrew lecturer and theologian.
Doors open 9:30 bring lunch – drinks provided.
2017 has been a significant year for Aberdeen Friends of Israel. Our Scottish city, so far North and West from Israel, is an active site of the ongoing Middle East struggle. Why should this be? What difference does that remote conflict make here? The reality is that what happens in Jerusalem is the focus of centuries of struggle and affects the entire world. In millennia past it was empires and enslavement, then religious rivalry and supremacists, but now in the 21st Century, added to the religious rivalry we have racism and political revolutionary ideology – a nasty cocktail.
The Christmas meme “Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind” seems yet to be a dream, but as at Hanukkah, we intend to be a light to our city. Over the last year we have:
In March: supported a Schools Holocaust event and held an advocacy seminar.
In May: Aberdeen hosted the Israeli netball team and we made sure they were supported and welcomed.
In August: Supported and contributed to the Shalom Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe.
October: We had the WIZO Olive Trees paintings exhibition in Duthie Park, supported, visited, opened and closed by local politicians and dignitaries. The opening speech from Ross Thomson MP is HERE and Mr Nissan Aylon’s testimony of WIZO’s work is HERE
November: Held a “Balfour 100 Destiny’s date” film night.
All year: We have been acting as victim support in two court cases of racial harassment, and helped Jewish Human Rights Watch monitor antisemetic protests in the city.
On Sunday 19th November 2017 we had a film show which looks at four major events which occurred on 31st October –
500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his statement to the church door;
119 years ago Kaiser Wilhelm II entered Jerusalem;
100 years ago simultaneously the British Cabinet approved the Balfour Declaration and General Allenby captured Bethsheba.
How are these linked?
Olive Trees are symbols of Peace
These trees live for hundreds of years. They are not touched during conflict because they will be the source of prosperity when peace comes.
An Olive Branch offered to an adversary is an offer of peace. After Noah’s flood, the dove brought back an olive branch – the tragedy was over.
In the community of Afula, Israel, the women have each painted their olive tree.
They were on display at Duthie Park Winter Gardens.
Our answer on the streets
- BDS is destroying efforts for peace. The movement promotes the conflict and was initiated in Canada by militants.
- Neither the Palestinian nor Israeli leadership support the BDS movement. Boycotts harm the economy of the West Bank and create unemployment for the Arabs.
- Boycotts only create more divisiveness and hatred, and perpetuate conflict by strengthening radical positions on both sides
Quotes from BDS founders
- BDS does mean the end of the Jewish State – Ahmed Moor
- We oppose a Jewish State in any part of Palestine – Omar Barghouti
- The real aim of BDS is to bring down the State of Israel – As’ad AbuKalil
- Bringing down Israel will really benefit everyone in the world – Lara Kiswani
A true comparison.
This guy knows what he’s talking about!
This movement is being exposed for what it is: Jew-hatred… and promoting it is ‘hate speech’ for which ‘freedom of speech’ does not apply.
The new French President (top left) has said, “We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism”.
Of course he is right. The term ‘anti-Semitism’ was coined in 1879 by German political agitator Wilhelm Marr (bottom left) to replace Judenhass (“Jew-hatred”) to make hatred of the Jews seem rational and sanctioned by scientific knowledge.
The Zionist movement was a response to widespread anti-Semitism throughout Europe and the Middle East, a solution to the frequent pogroms. Theodor Herzl (bottom right) founded political Zionism to provide the Jewish people with a safe homeland. This was endorsed by the British government 100 years ago this year (1917) in the Balfour Declaration. This was then agreed and enacted internationally by the League of Nations at San Remo in April 1920 (main group).
Now the term anti-Zionism has been adopted by a new generation of political agitators to make their anti-Semitic views more acceptable as a ‘political movement’.
Since Zionism is the agreed answer to anti-Semitism – the hatred of Jews – and is a solution endorsed in international treaties, it follows that anti-Zionism must be anti-Semitism by another name.
We have produced a new leaflet for distribution on the streets of Aberdeen:
- 20% of Israeli citizens are Arabs and have full and equal rights under the law.
The PA allows no Jews in Palestinian Authority areas.
- 3 Million citizens in Israel are Muslim and receive full and equal rights in the Israeli education system, and have freedom to practice their faith.
In Palestinian Authority areas children are educated to hate, and people are not allowed to exercise religious freedom apart from Islam.
- Israeli-Arabs serve in all areas of public life, including as elected members of parliament.
Hamas has frequently killed its own people who are in opposition to its political ideology.
- Israeli-Arab citizens can live, work and travel freely, and receive medical care as all full Israeli citizens.
In Palestinian Authority areas people are routinely treated in Israeli hospitals by Israeli Jewish and Arab hospital staff, while PA hospitals are often used for storing weapons.