Rachel Abileah is a Jewish woman who is
opposed to Israel's stealing land from the Palestinians and the
Jewish state's violence against them. She is not content to simply
have beliefs without acting on those beliefs.
On May 24, 2011, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, gave a speech to Congress. The politicians of both parties know and fear Israel and its very powerful Israel lobby. The Congressional sycophants gave Netanyahu a four minute standing ovation before he even uttered a word. His approximately 50 minute speech was interrupted with 26 standing ovations and 30 rounds of applause. Ms. Abileah, who is a member of the women founded peace group Code Pink, also interrupted the violence promoting Netanyahu from hear seat in the gallery. About 10 minutes into his speech, Ms. Abileah stood up and opened a banner which said, "Occupying Land is Indefensible" and at the same time she shouted, "No more occupation. Stop Israeli war crimes!"
As soon as she took this action for justice and progress, Ms. Abileah was assaulted by three men and a woman who were wearing badges from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Policy Conference. She is suing three "John Does" and one "Jane Doe" for her injuries. Plainclothes police officers who saw the assault told her that she was, indeed, "roughed up."
Looking at the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, which the father of the neoconservative movement, Leo Strauss, held in the highest esteem, we quickly see its primary purpose is not to save souls, but it is to make Israel the supreme nation of the world. Deuteronomy 28:1 says that God said regarding Israel, that He will "set thee on high above all nations of the earth." Verse 10 says, "And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee."
The most important prayer in the Hebrew religion is known as the Shema, or Sh'ma. It is taken from Deuteronomy 6. If you take the time to read what is above the chosen text and what is below it, you will see it is for the earthly conquest of the neighbors of Israel. In fact, the very first verse makes this clear. It reads, "Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:"
Bible teachings like these also paint a horrific picture of God. It shows God as a bully who wants the Hebrews/Israel to be afraid of him with the understanding that this fear will be rewarded by the plunder of Israel's neighbors. As the American founder and Deist Thomas Paine wrote in his important book on God, Deism, religion, etc., The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition (for Kindle edition click here), "Had the cruel and murderous orders with which the Bible is filled, and the numberless torturing executions of men, women and children, in consequence of those orders, been ascribed to some friend whose memory you revered, you would have glowed with satisfaction at detecting the falsehood of the charge, and gloried in defending his injured fame.
"Is it because ye are sunk in the cruelty of superstition, or feel no interest in the honor of your Creator, that ye listen to the horrid tales of the Bible, or hear them with callous indifference?"