For the last two years there has been a rising tide of hate crimes against Jews around the world. This has been prevalent in major European cities. A United Nations report said to be, “unprecedented,” was released last month showing the rise and frequency of these attacks.
To address this issue, Jewish leaders gathered in New York City this last week saying that Jews will not be the only ones being targeted.
“More problems will come,” Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Jewish Coalition of Kurdistan told CBN News this last August. “No, it’s just the beginning. We know this. We know that about anti-Semitic…the anti-Semite. They start with Jews. But they never finish with Jews.”
Rubinfeld believes the anti-semites will target Christians next. Persecution against Christians is prevalent in Middle Eastern countries. The anti-semitic attacks are shown in the United Nations report to be linked to, “denunciations of Israel,” and a Palestinian led Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movements trying to boycott all Israeli products.
Within the United States there was the Tree of Life Synagogue attack in Pittsburgh, PA, said to be, “the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.” 11 precious people were killed in cold blood. And it is being said that the Women’s March, New York Times and Democratic Party are having issues of anti-semitism.
Fox News said, “Last month, the anti-Trump Women’s March severed ties with leaders, Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland, all accused of anti-Semitism, but then had to quickly drop a new replacement, Zahra Billoo, a lawyer and executive director of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relation), whom the Anti-Defamation League described as having a ‘long history of deeply offensive and antisemitic statements.'”
The US Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism which may have been in response to seemingly anti-Semitic remarks from Rep. (D) Ilhan Omar. And more recently, Demi Lovato caved to pressure from social media responses against her trip to Israel and water baptism in the Jordan.
Christians should heed Joel Rubinfeld’s words knowing that historically, when anti-Semitism escalates and they say nothing, it eventually turns on them. Despite theological differences within the Body of Christ the Scripture still holds true today.
Zechariah 2:8-9, in context of being addressed to Zion, says, “For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you–for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye–I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me.”