There was only one contentious set of moments for me, and it had nothing to do with anti-Trump sentiment or angry liberals threatening us--although that happened twice.
One young man, who went by the name of "Michael", announced to everyone that he had driven all the way from Temecula to meet with fellow Trump supporters and rally for Free Speech.
Then I listened to some of the views he had to share.
I have never been so shocked and disturbed.
Following a brief poll of hands raised whether anyone did not support the state of Israel, this young man raised his hand.
And the reasons why were even more disturbing, in part because they were hard to follow.
I am a hard-core Zionist and I do not apologize for it.
I do not hide my love for the state of Israel, nor does my respect for the state of Israel mean that I support every decision of the Israel government.
I do not support going back to the types and shadows of the Torah. There are more Jews who believe in Jesus, based on the Hebrew Scriptures, tat he
Here is the final segment of the video that I uploaded following the Facebook Live feed I recorded at Santa Monica's Palisades Park:
Michael advertised himself as a conservative, and a Trump supporter.
He also called himself a conservative and a Christian.
|"I do not support Zionism. I do not support the state of Israel."|
When he signaled to the group that he was not a support of Israel, I had to follow up on this.
How can he claim to be a Christian and not support the Jewish State?
The existence of Israel falls in line with Biblical prophecy, an essential party of God's final will for the last days.
I gave him two scriptures (even though there are more):
"Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." (Isaiah 66:8)
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem." (Zechariah 12:2)
I could have also mentioned:
"For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation." (Psalm 132: 13)
Or how about the outlines of the land promised to Abraham and his descendants:
"18In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:19The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,21And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites." (Genesis 15: 18-21)
At first, he was willing to talk to me. He admitted that his views were controversial. Certainly, because it does not line up with a welcome embrace of Judeo-Christian values.
Then he shared his concerns about Zionism--which he refused to define for me.
I offered him my definition as a departure point: "Support for the Jewish State and support for Jewish people all over the world to make aliyah, or to relocate to their homeland."
A more historical answer stems from the movement by Theodor Herschel to grant Jewish people in Europe a homeland where they would be safe from the latent and rising anti-Semitism in Europe.
The he uttered of the most alarming statements I have heard in a long:
"We have seene global Jewry."
The argument beneath this phrase suggests that Jewish people are colluding together to take over the world. Such rhetoric hearkens back to the anti-Semitism of the late 1800s--which precipitated Zionism as well as the Nazi and Stalinist regimes during and after World War II.
Then he shared the following:
"One problem I have with Zionism is the complete Jewish control of the media,"
Alarm bells went off in my head when I heard this.
Such nonsense is a lie propagated by the Czarist forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", specifically Protocol XII:
1. The word "freedom," which can be interpreted in various ways, is defined by us as follows -
2. Freedom is the right to do what which the law allows. This interpretation of the word will at the proper time be of service to us, because all freedom will thus be in our hands, since the laws will abolish or create only that which is desirable for us according to the aforesaid program.
3. We shall deal with the press in the following way: what is the part played by the press to-day? It serves to excite and inflame those passions which are needed for our purpose or else it serves selfish ends of parties ... I BEG YOU TO NOTE THAT AMONG THOSE MAKING ATTACKS UPON US WILL ALSO BE ORGANS ESTABLISHED BY US, BUT THEY WILL ATTACK EXCLUSIVELY POINTS THAT WE HAVE PRE-DETERMINED TO ALTER.
WE CONTROL THE PRESSThe Protocol text pushed this brazen lie. "We control the press."
No, "The Jews" do not control "the press" -- and I apologize for using so many scare quotes, but it's pretty scary how young minds like Michael and perhaps other alt-right white nationalists are falling in
The Russian secret police concocted then spread the falsehoods of Jews collaborating to overrun democratic institutions, including the press, media, and corporations.
This is scary stuff, people. The "Protocols" have been thoroughly debunked for at least a century ...
Yet this young man was spouting of the items in those false reports as though they were fact.
Now, this event was a free speech rally, and instead of labeling him brainwashed or an anti-Semite, I asked him to prove his point.
He crumbled immediately. I asked him for proof that every major media owner was Jewish.
Then I pointed out that just because certain high-profile media moguls are Jews does not mean that they are all united in some corrupt scheme to lie to everyone and take over the world.
For the record, News Corps. is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who not only is NOT Jewish, but faced some heated criticism for talking about a "Jewish-owned press":
The owners of the Washington Post and its parent company are not Jews, either.Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012
Back to Michael ...
The more that I pressed on Michael to explain his criticism of Zionism, the more he refused to explain his views on Jewish people or the Jewish state.
He then crossed over into his vocal opposition to Communism and multiculturalism.
OK--I disagree with those movements, too, absolutely.
Then he wanted to claim that 80% of the Communist Revolution in the Soviet Union were Bolsheviks, which means "Jewish".
I looked up this connection, too, regarding the militant wing of the Russia Communists which later overthrew the Czarist regime.
First, from Wikipedia:
Jewish Bolshevism, also known as Judeo-Bolshevism, is an antisemitic and anti-communist canard which alleges that the Jews were at the origin of the Russian Revolution and held the primary power among Bolsheviks. Similarly, the Jewish Communism theory implies that Jews have been dominating the Communist movements in the world. It is similar to the ZOG conspiracy theory, which asserts that Jews control world politics. The expressions have been used as a catchword for the assertion that Communism is a Jewish conspiracy.
In fact, many of the criminal, megalomaniacal movers and shakers in global communism have NOT been Jews!
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Yes, Leon Trotsky was a Communist, and Jewish--but he opposed Zionism! The notion of a Jewish State was foolish to him!
The notion that Zionism is a backdoor entry for Communism is total folly--and note that this link has nothing to do with Michael's unjustified argument that the Jews control the media.
Because they don't. Even if there are individual Jewish people who head media corporations, that does not indicate a Jewish cabal trying to brainwash people and take over the world.
How did Jewish people fare under the Soviet Union? Ask freedom fighter Natan Sharansky, who was jailed as a prisoner of conscience, living in constant fear throughout his childhood and formative years. Throughout the Soviet regime, Anti-Semitism was official condemned, but the religious ideology was rigidly atheistic.
Add to that the political conflicts fomented by rival factions within the Soviet Union, which many times scapegoated Jews--including Trotsky.
Not only that, but if "The Jews" are really trying to take over the world, why are they the #1 victims of hate crimes?
Jewish people. Check out the FBI crime statistics from 2012 here.
In Toronto, Jews are the most targeted for hate crimes. Check here.
So ... again, back to Michael.
Notice that I did not shut him down immediately when he claimed that the Jews control the press.
I asked him for proof, which he claimed that he could not find (poor Internet connection? Not true. I was recording him on Facebook live with no problems). He even claimed that all the major reporters have some kind of Jewish last name, too!
Incredible. He got jittered, then he got angry. He told me twice that he wanted to end the discussion. I would not let him get away with ending our conversation.
|"Uh, I do support Israel, but I am not a Zionist!"|
Then my camera's battery ran out.
Afterwards, he insisted on attacking me (without identifying me by name)--but he refused to explain what we were talking about. On Harim's livefeed, viewers rebutted Michael's arguments, because I did indeed allow him to speak, and I asked him repeatedly to define his terms.
But slowly yet surely, it was clear that Michael has been brainwashed with some serious anti-Semitic hatred. He also tried to double-talk his way out of his previous assertions. "I have no problem with the state of Israel" Huh? He had started out stating his opposition to the state of Israel.
"I am not a conservative." Then he claimed that he was a traditionalist, which is essential conservatism.
Individuals of this stripe are lurking and making a stance on their views. It's very important for all of us to confront these false ideas as strongly as possible without attacking individual citizens. White nationalism, white supremacy, or these other alt-right movements are all wrong.
God bless the great state of Israel!
And God Bless America!