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Volume XVI Number 3.....MayMay/June 2010.....www.barnesreview.org
   


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PURIM: Hostility Toward Christians Rooted In Boisterous Major Jewish Holiday

 

by Willis A. Carto

There is a little-known but deep-rooted history of virulent Jewish antagonism and violence against non-Jews (Christians in particular) but many scholars have ignored the record in this regard.
Now a forthright Jewish academic, Elliot Horowitz, associate professor of Jewish History at Israel's Bar-Han University, has come forth with a book that explores this ugly phenomenon: Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence.
This heavily-detailed, copiously-documented volume is a stunning contribution to the history of the Jewish people and their troubled relationship with "the other" -- the non-Jews whom the Jews refer to as "goyim," a term, which roughly translated, is the equivalent of "beast" (or more specifically, cattle).
Purim -- referred to in the book's title -- is the Jewish holiday spawned by the Old Testament's Book of Esther, a holiday based on a tale most Jewish and Christian theologians say is apocryphal. Esther of legend was the Jewish maiden who -- upon being married to the Persian king, who had no idea his bride was Jewish -- saved the Jews from destruction at the hands of the king's advisor, Haman, who was then executed, along WIth 75,000 other Persians. This, of course, was mass slaughter, genocide, and this early anti-Gentile Holocaust is proudly commemorated at Purim. Today again, the Jewish people and Israel target the Persian people -- the modern republic of Iran -- for destruction.
Most non-Jews have no idea the Jewish people -- who often condemn various historical pogroms (real and imagined) -- actually celebrate this genocide as one of their most boisterous holidays. Horowitz explains that, frequently, when Jews have broached the story of Purim to non-Jews that they have carefully deleted the conclusion of the story wherein the Jews orchestrated the slaughter of the Persians.
According to Horowitz, Jews have a record of comparing their arch-enemy Haman to Jesus Christ, hardly grounds for promoting "interfaith discourse," or the concept of "Judeo-Christianity," two trumpet calls which (when coming from Jewish sources) mean Christians must amend their teachings to accord with what Jews want Christians to believe. Horowitz notes comparisons of Haman to Christ are still prevalent in Jewish religious rites today.
In fact, he points out, deeply religious Jews have a record in modern-day Israel of acts of violence against non-Jews, but also acts of vandalism against Christian crosses. Horowitz focuses on how historians and theologians have deliberately distorted these uncomfortable truths about Jewish teachings and the real impact such teachings have had: that is, the instigation of violence by Jews against Christians.
An entire chapter in Horowitz's book demonstrates the disturbing, one might say "weird," Jewish hatred for the cross and of Jewish violence against displays of this Christian symbol and notes that, in fact, throughout history this Jewish hatred of Christ and the cross resulted in the rise of anti-Jewish attitudes in response. Horowitz explores Purim celebrations worldwide and demonstrates that violence and hatred toward non-Jews is commonplace and integral to the nature of the holiday theme. This ugliness is not the exception. Rather, it's the rule, an unsettling fact to comprehend.
In fact, prior to the 20th century, at which time Jewish influence upon Christian religious discussion rose to great heights, most Christian theologians shared the view of German Protestant theologian Carl Heinrich Cornill who said of the Book of Esther that "all the worst and most unpleasing features of Judaism are here displayed without disguise." Cornill echoed Emil Friedrich Kautzsch, who said the Book of Esther "expresses such national arrogance and such hatred of other nations."
British Baptist Dr. Thomas Davies said of the Book of Esther that in its teachings, "Nothing seems wrong if only it furthers the advancement of the Jews."



WILLIS A. CARTO, is founder of The American Free Press and The Barnes Review.


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