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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood with Israel, walked out on booing Christian crowd.

UPDATE: A GRAINY BUT AUDIBLE VIDEO CAPTURING THE MOMENT CRUZ RESPONDED TO THE ANTI-ISRAEL JEERS, AND AS HE WALKS OUT WITH DIGNITY,  HAS BEEN ADDED AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE.

About that Christian event U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attended last night, Sept. 10? Some have characterized what happened as Cruz having been booed off the stage.

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Au contraire.

What happened is that Cruz walked out on the crowd, some of whom booed his stalwart support for Israel. It wasn’t a large percentage of the audience, but it was a relentless group.

I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”

Here is what the senator sent out last night, describing what happened at the “In Defense of Christians” event:

Tonight in Washington should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians.’ Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred.

When I spoke in strong support of Israel and the Jewish people, who are being persecuted and murdered by the same vicious terrorists who are also slaughtering Christians, many Christians in the audience applauded. But, sadly, a vocal and angry minority of attendees at the conference tried to shout down my expression of solidarity with Israel.

They cannot shout down the truth. And we should not shy away from expressing the truth, even in the face of – especially in the face of – ignorance and bigotry.

I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America, that those who hate Jews also hate Christians, and that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ.

These statements were met with angry boos. I went on to tell the crowd that Christians in the Middle East have no better friend than Israel. That Christians can practice their faith free of persecution in Israel. And that ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, along with their state sponsors in Syria and Iran, are all part of the same cancer, murdering Christians and Jews alike. Hate is hate, and murder is murder.

I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East. American leaders have been far too silent as to this horrific evil.

But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion. Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.

After just a few minutes, I had no choice. I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.

Will the words he spoke, and the action he took, endear Senator Cruz to the sneering, jeering, (largely Jewish) intellectual elite?  Doubtful. And sad.

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400 COMMENTS

  1. Sadly, Christian and pro-Israel are not synonymous terms. There are many, perhaps the majority of the Evangelicals, who love and support Israel. The old-line denominations are not marching in step with them. Historic supersessionism is an open doorway to arrogance and intolerance toward the Jewish people. Perhaps God will weed the garden one day.

  2. WHOEVER BLESSES ISRAEL SHALL BE BLESSED BY GOD; WHOEVER CURSES ISRAEL SHALL BE CURSED. (ref. Genesis 12:3)
    Pray for the peace of Israel.
    Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. The only country without leaders for life or freedoms for no one. It’s a country bursting with ideas and debates, with technology and creativity and that offers a level of human rights completely foreign to the rest of the region.- Daniel Greenfield

  3. “Israel is the only country in modern history to have returned disputed territory captured in a defenseive war and crucial to its own self-defense in exchange for peace. And Israel has killed fewer innocent civilians in proportion to the number of its own civilians killed than any country engaged in a comparable war. I challenge Israel’s accusers to produce data supporting their claim that, as one accuser put it Israel ‘is the prime example of human rights violaters in the world.’ They will be unable to do so.” —Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz

  4. Ultimo Patriach The Christians in Bethlehem are under Palestinian control you idiot, they are being prosecuted by Muslims in Bethlehem, I have direct information fro European Christians who where there on tour and where plated with stones from Muslims, children and youths instigated by adults, yelling Allah Akcbah, it the Israeli Police who rescued them, only nobody writes about this.Get lost !!

  5. Ultimo Patriarch apartheid exist in all Arab country’s, Christians are being murdered and forced to become Muslims, they have to pay homage to Muslims and restricted in life unless they become Muslims and that’s apartheid you retard!! there is no such think in Israel everybody is equal.

  6. Ultimo Patriarch You degrade the events that took place in South Africa. You demean the African people!
    Israel is the only country in the middle east that is democratic and provides all people..including women and children equal rights and protection under the law.

  7. Ultimo Patriarch
    Zechariah 8:23
    This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'”

  8. What the hell are you talking about my friends who live there have been attacked by the Muslims many times ISRAEL has had to come to there rescue . Unless you live there the only thing you see or hear is Properganda !!!!!

  9. Sadly, Christian and pro-Israel are not synonymous terms. There are many, perhaps the majority of the Evangelicals, who love and support Israel. The old-line denominations are not marching in step with them. Historic supersessionism is an open doorway to arrogance and intolerance toward the Jewish people. Perhaps God will weed the garden one day.

  10. WHOEVER BLESSES ISRAEL SHALL BE BLESSED BY GOD; WHOEVER CURSES ISRAEL SHALL BE CURSED. (ref. Genesis 12:3)
    Pray for the peace of Israel.
    Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. The only country without leaders for life or freedoms for no one. It's a country bursting with ideas and debates, with technology and creativity and that offers a level of human rights completely foreign to the rest of the region.- Daniel Greenfield

  11. This is how Christians turn people off….they just don’t practice what Christ preached…….I’m not a fan of the senator, but he should be treated with courtesy…whatever happened to “Love thy neighbor as thy self “……….

  12. This is how Christians turn people off….they just don’t practice what Christ preached…….I’m not a fan of the senator, but he should be treated with courtesy…whatever happened to “Love thy neighbor as thy self “……….

  13. Although I find the Tea Party out of synch with many of my beliefs, on this issue, the Senator has his moral compass pointed absolutely correctly. The left is sadly blind, deaf and dumb on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Only when the root cause of the ongoing strife, the goal of the Palestinians to eliminate Israel, not coexist with it, is addressed, exposed, and dealt with, will there be any chance at peace. When the 1948 war is finally declared ended, the future will be brighter for all.

  14. Although I find the Tea Party out of synch with many of my beliefs, on this issue, the Senator has his moral compass pointed absolutely correctly. The left is sadly blind, deaf and dumb on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Only when the root cause of the ongoing strife, the goal of the Palestinians to eliminate Israel, not coexist with it, is addressed, exposed, and dealt with, will there be any chance at peace. When the 1948 war is finally declared ended, the future will be brighter for all.

  15. Ultimo Patriarch You degrade the events that took place in South Africa. You demean the Africa people!
    Israel is the only country in the middle east that is democratic and provides all people..including women and children equal rights and protection under the law.

  16. “The White House wants Congress to approve $500 million to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants,”
    Translation:
    Barrack Hussein Obama regime wants the USA to train/arm Islamist armies

    [in preparation of the planned invasion of Israel].

    What the vast majority of people don’t get is that the Bush invasions were IN SERVICE to Islamist.
    Same as Obama’s “we gonna fight ISIS” charade is IN SERVICE to Islamist.
    Obama is simply getting congress to approve giving MUCH MORE weapons to Islamist.

    Obama is not incompetent. He’s treacherous.

  17. Ultimo Patriarch apartheid exist in all Arab country's, Christians are being murdered and forced to become Muslims, they have to pay homage to Muslims and restricted in life unless they become Muslims and that's apartheid you retard!! there is no such think in Israel everybody is equal.

  18. A true Christian believer should respect the Jewish people and love the Israel country. Where can they find the holiest place on earth other than JERUSALEM? Come to think of it friends and brothers, all the Great Men in the BIBLE whether old or new are Jewish people, and who is authorize to rebuild the temple from the beginning? It is only but the Jewish people. And to whom the teachings are revealed / such as commandments ? Only but to the Jewish people. Let us RESPECT the Jewish people, and the holiest place on earth. God Bless Sen Cruz

  19. Just because ISIS engages in cowardly and repulsive acts does not mean that one should wholeheartedly throw one’s weight behind a supposedly democratic theocracy that dehumanizes and exacerbates suffering of those whose lives it controls and moderates in minute detail. I abhor both the actions of Isis and the stance of Israel. To be selective in one’s upholding of dignity and the basic principles of humanity is highly regrettable and questionable morally.

  20. This is hilarious. And off we go with the ‘true’ Christians vs. the ‘true’ Christians. They will then proceed to tell you who the true Jews are (“Christian Jews” or conservative Jews). And just because Cruz “supports” Israel does not mean he truly supports Jews and Judaism (like a lot of his pals here).

  21. It is the true, classical anti-Jewish Christianity. Christians like that are actually the right wing Jew hating Christians historically killing Jews for centuries. These ‘new-found’ friend Christians represent the left wing “love the Jews to Jesus” are simply a newer innovation to convert (destroy) Jews. All Christianity is pseudo-something since Jesus of Nazareth has no relationship historically or religion-wise with Christianity.

  22. Thank you Senator Cruz . The booers are ignorant Jews that hate everything Jewish. I feel sorry for there behavior . Most of these people have forgotten why our grand parents fled Eastern Europe and Russia from the 1800’s through Hitler if they survived the gas chambers or trenches . Many went to Israel if the British did not send them back to Germany and death. I thank you for standing with Israel

  23. A loaded question. They should be respectful of the religious freedom they would enjoy if they lived in Israel, the jewish state. They are being persecuted in Bethlehem by the Muslim who have decimated the Christian population.

  24. Well done Senator Cruz. Thank you for your support of Israel and the Jewish people. Anyone who will not support Israel will not support Christians. I would also have walked out with him. AM YISRAEL CHAI.

  25. Wow, it’s sad what happened. But I rejoice at the same time to see a true leader still here in America! Standing with Israel and Christians and didn’t back down from stupidity claiming to be Christian. Praise God

  26. In my opinion, to be a Christian, one supports Israel from a biblical worldview/perspective. Yes, Israel is to be held accountable for it’s actions just as are Christians and all of mankind for theirs from a biblical worldview/perspective.

    In my opinion, Christians who say, and do otherwise makes them a CHINO (CHristian in name only). They are still operating in, and are a part of the physical/material realm/kingdom, not the the spirit realm/kingdom of heaven.

    Jews and Christians may, and often times do disagree on who Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth says he is, but without Yeshua/Jesus presenting and leading all gentiles into the knowledge of, and into a personal relationship with G-d (Yehwah), I do not believe there would be any real or substantial support for Israel anywhere in the world.

    G-d is in control, he has a plan and that plan will be carried out. Jews, Christians and all of mankind play a part in, and are an important part of that plan which he created.

    G-d created all of mankind, and breathed the breath of life into all of us. It is up to each of us whether we choose to believe in him, recognize him, and love him for it, or not.

  27. Thats a lie they weren’t Christians they were Palestinians or Muslims they had Arabic slang .. Christians dont boo isreal our bible was copied from the Torah I am jewish my grandfather is from germany .. I will tell you those people were not Christian .. get your story straight please before posting this lie

  28. @ Shemaya Shiloh, all Isrealis be you Jew or Christian are God chosen so also are Christians are Israelites in spirit. So any Christian who hate Israel is not a follower of Jesus. He is a pretender. We do not care if Israeli Jews hate us but we love them.

  29. HET, WHERE WOYLD TH RELIGIONS, CATHOLICS, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMAS AND IN ANY OTHER RELIGION THAT WORHIPS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, PLEAS HAVE RESPECT FOR THE FATHER AND HIS PEOPLE. ISRAEL G-D BLESS HIS SONS.

  30. I also was there this past summer. If you are jewish, you are not allowed into Bethlehem. Now if you are from Bethlehem, you are allowed anywhere in Israel. Hmmm…. Who are the ignorant bigoted haters? Not the jews.

  31. Ironic that Christians hate Israel–isn’t is the only country in that part of the world that Christians can practice Chrostianity–Are they so ignorant or ar they so Anti semitic!? Thank you Ted Cruz

  32. A true leader does not walk away. He should have stayed, calmed the audience and gotten into a discussion. Israel does not walk away and if Cruz is going to side with Israel then he needs to learn that solidarity with Israel requires more than what he did with words.

  33. "The White House wants Congress to approve $500 million to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants,"
    Translation:
    Barrack Hussein Obama regime wants the USA to train/arm Islamist armies

    [in preparation of the planned invasion of Israel].

    What the vast majority of people don't get is that the Bush invasions were IN SERVICE to Islamist.
    Same as Obama's "we gonna fight ISIS" charade is IN SERVICE to Islamist.
    Obama is simply getting congress to approve giving MUCH MORE weapons to Islamist.

    Obama is not incompetent. He’s treacherous.

  34. Now you can see Anti-Semitism in America among many groups and strong ‘push back’ by a Conservative Senator which represents the majority in the Senate — Thanks Sen. Cruze.

  35. sorry , you cannot speak to people who are trying to shout you down. The security people there should have removed the disrupters, and I think He would have stayed and finished his presentation had that beden done.

  36. Cruz has become irrelevant, his support for the “moderate rebel” armies may have something to do with his disastrous and embarrassing show of “intellectual illiteracy” and total ignorance of the Middle East and Maghreb Communities of Judeo Christianity; his group-think mentality on this issue is the reason for his ‘reception’ but many who see the Mid East as “complicated/unsolvable” are the ones who sanction Hamas/Fatah to attack Israel; by the same pen they fund “Sewer Improvement” in Gaza,Iran and the Borders of non shariah compliant or those who’d rather see the Moslem Brotherhood disappear from the regions, the Arab Spring destroyed and continues to as Israel is threatened by the Gaza Free Fire Rocket Zone, the Stateless State Department’s head “gauleiter” Intifada Kerry promises another INTIFADA, as casually as ordering another Genocide on credit.
    Cruz has no understanding of the dynamics of the Qatar/Turkey/Obama Collaboration/Participation with the Terror High Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff in Doha, for the “Moderate Rebels” called ISIS, ISIL or Al’Whatever.

  37. Hate to say it, but these “Christians” were from Muslim countries like Lebanon. Middle East Christians are not like European or American Christians. These normally echo the feelings of their home country and it’s own feeling about Jews. I wish I could understand this phenomena more, but like everything else about modern anti-Semitism it is an anachronism.

  38. Jennifer Brower REAL Christians will never hate Israel! I am a Christian and been more than once to Israel with Christian groups. We all love Israel and its People and applaud the IDF protecting Israel <3 from South Africa

  39. It is the same old nonsense. No one in the USA should be surprised by any of it. Your whole nation is built upon it. It’s called the right to say precisely what you want. Reap out, suck it up and fall down with it. Your end is upon you. You did it to yourselves.

  40. A Christian who doesn’t honor his Jewish roots, is like the selfish child who denies his elderly parents and family members when they are in need of assistance, or one who wishes to pass himself off as being something other than related, in order to gain social prestige.

  41. This is a time in history when it is very important that we all stand United for good, I know that some people feel to oppose everything, however, now is the time to oppose only the evil in this world, we must stand united for The Lord, and His values to have strength, United we stand, divided, we fall.

  42. I cannot vouch for Ted Cruz’s intellectual prowess and understanding or lack thereof. But you don’t have to be a genius to hold on to the truth. Cruz’s heart and mind are in the right place. Kudos to him.

  43. Genesis 12:2-3 Which warns everyone what happens if you go against Israel and what will happen if you stand with Israel:

    “I Will Make You into a Great Nation, and I Will Bless You;
    I Will Make Your Name Great, and You Will Be a Blessing.
    I Will Bless Those Who Bless You, and Whoever Curses You I Will Curse;
    and All People on the Earth Will Be Blessed Through You.”

  44. Remember.. It was Christian young men who traveled across the ocean to help people they never met.. It was Christian men who left their families and laid their lives down for strangers.. It was Christian men who went into the Concentration Camps, and made the Germany people that lived in the towns near by walk into the Camps.. So, They could see what they allowed to happen. Never forget what the world might have been if those Christian Men had not stepped in..

  45. haha the jigs up folks, people know you Republicans are just fake phony lying two faced snake oil salesmen who hide behind being a “christian” to fool gullible rubes into thinking you have any morals or ethics when all you have is sick evil greed and naked partisanship for personal gain

  46. One Raphael Cruz is already one too many! He is a proven liar who deliberately twists statements to suit his point. He says voting to overturn Citizens United will result in people not having the right to free speech is simply a lie and he knows it, but by telling you that, he hopes to scare you into believing him!

  47. Then supporting Raphael Cruz is wrong! He is against everything that is good with America. the only real value he has is he has been perfecting the Nazi big lie to his advantage. He lies about everything!

  48. Raphael Cruz has NEVER been right about anything! He is not a strong supporter of Israel! Israel costs the United States money and he does not like to spend money on anything but himself! He is a serious liar and hurts the United States every time he opens his mouth!

  49. You just lost all your integrity and any intelligence you may have had! Raphael Cruz is an evil person who does not really support Israel! It is a far cry from saying you support something and actually vote for them. Cruz votes against spending bills that support Israel!

  50. Phil Nussbaum You are completely wrong! He really does not support Israel! How can you support Israel and vote against spending bills which help Israel. How can you support Israel and vote (as Manuel Rodulfo says above) to help Israel’s enemies! You really need to rethink what you say!

  51. Michelle Wayne Buffoon The Isreali government controls the Palestinian authority. They control all access and often place restrictions on movement. You Americans are so monumentally stupid.

  52. A true leader does not walk away. He should have stayed, calmed the audience and gotten into a discussion. Israel does not walk away and if Cruz is going to side with Israel then he needs to learn that solidarity with Israel requires more than what he did with words.

  53. Go to Arab controlled Judaea and Samaria. Just prepare your funeral in advance: “What seems less well known, however, is the appalling treatment of gays under Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza. At least it was less known until Yossi Klein Halevi wrote about it in the August 19th New Republic. Palestine makes rural Texas look like San Francisco.
    According to Halevi, one young man discovered to be gay was forced by Palestinian Authority police “to stand in sewage water up to his neck, his head covered by a sack filled with feces, and then he was thrown into a dark cell infested with insects.” During one interrogation Palestinian police stripped him and forced him to sit on a Coke bottle.

    When he was released he fled to Israel. If he were forced to return to Gaza, he said, “The police would kill me.”

    An American who foolishly moved into the West Bank to live with his Palestinian lover said they told everyone they were just friends, but one day they “found a letter under our door from the Islamic court. It listed the five forms of death prescribed by Islam for homosexuality, including stoning and burning. We fled to Israel that same day,” he said.

    The head of a Tel Aviv gay organization told Halevi, “The persecution of gays in the Palestinian Authority doesn’t just come from the families or the Islamic groups, but from the P.A. itself.”

    Palestinian police have increasingly enforced Islamic religious law, he said: “It’s now impossible to be an open gay in the P.A.” He recalled that one gay man in the Palestinian police went to Israel for a short time. When he returned to the West Bank, Palestinian Authority police confined him to a pit without food or water until he died.

    A 17-year-old gay youth recalled that he spent months in a Palestinian Authority prison “where interrogators cut him with glass and poured toilet cleaner into his wounds.”

    The U.S. State Department, which more and more seems to be living on some other planet, blandly noted in a 2001 human rights report, “In the Palestinian territories homosexuals generally are socially marginalized and occasionally receive physical threats.” That’s one way to put it.
    In the last few years, Halevi reports, hundreds of gay Palestinians, mostly from the West Bank, have fled to Israel, usually to Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city. Many are desperately poor, he says, “but at least they’re beyond the reach of their families and the P.A.”

    “Israel, Palestine, and Gays”
    Paul Varnell, Chicago Free Press, August 28, 2002

  54. How can they call themselves Christians. answer, they cannot. They cannot be followers of Christ because Jesus was a JEW. They must be affiliated with the terrorists. I guess one of the best questions to ask a Christian after asking if they follow Christ is "Do you also love and support Israel". I support Israel and follow Christ Jesus, to the death if necessary.

  55. Cruz has become irrelevant, his support for the "moderate rebel" armies may have something to do with his disastrous and embarrassing show of "intellectual illiteracy" and total ignorance of the Middle East and Maghreb Communities of Judeo Christianity; his group-think mentality on this issue is the reason for his 'reception' but many who see the Mid East as "complicated/unsolvable" are the ones who sanction Hamas/Fatah to attack Israel; by the same pen they fund "Sewer Improvement" in Gaza,Iran and the Borders of non shariah compliant or those who'd rather see the Moslem Brotherhood disappear from the regions, the Arab Spring destroyed and continues to as Israel is threatened by the Gaza Free Fire Rocket Zone, the Stateless State Department's head "gauleiter" Intifada Kerry promises another INTIFADA, as casually as ordering another Genocide on credit.
    Cruz has no understanding of the dynamics of the Qatar/Turkey/Obama Collaboration/Participation with the Terror High Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff in Doha, for the "Moderate Rebels" called ISIS, ISIL or Al'Whatever.

  56. Hate to say it, but these "Christians" were from Muslim countries like Lebanon. Middle East Christians are not like European or American Christians. These normally echo the feelings of their home country and it's own feeling about Jews. I wish I could understand this phenomena more, but like everything else about modern anti-Semitism it is an anachronism.

  57. Jennifer Brower REAL Christians will never hate Israel! I am a Christian and been more than once to Israel with Christian groups. We all love Israel and its People and applaud the IDF protecting Israel <3 from South Africa

  58. It is the same old nonsense. No one in the USA should be surprised by any of it. Your whole nation is built upon it. It's called the right to say precisely what you want. Reap out, suck it up and fall down with it. Your end is upon you. You did it to yourselves.

  59. This is a time in history when it is very important that we all stand United for good, I know that some people feel to oppose everything, however, now is the time to oppose only the evil in this world, we must stand united for The Lord, and His values to have strength, United we stand, divided, we fall.

  60. I had thought that Christians in Arab countries might have some sympathy for Jews, since they were both oppressed by Moslem regimes for centuries. But, instead of what I expected, I find that Arab Christians are at least as nasty – if not physically dangerous – as Moslems regarding Jews and Israel. It’s very disappointing. I had hoped that Israel, by making itself a haven for Arabic Christians, could get increased public support, but now I see that would be welcoming in the Arab fifth column.

  61. I WONDER HOW MANY IN THE CROWD WERE CHRISTIANS AND HOW MANY WERE MUSLIMS/
    HAVE THE CHRISTIANS NOT YET LEARNED THAT "AFTER THE JEWS" IT WILL BE THE CHRITIANS.
    hopefully, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
    BUT THE TRAGEDY IS THAT THE CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN BRAIN WASHED BY THE MUSLIMS,
    HOW MANY OF THOSE CHRISTIANS HAVE EVER VISITED ISRAEL?
    I AM SURE THAT NOT ONE!!
    HOW MANY OF THOSE CHRISTIANS HAVE BBEEN INFLUENCED BY THE MUSLIMS? ALL OF THEM.

    G-D BLESS SEN TED CRUZ.
    I HOPE HE STANDS FOR PRESIDENT AND THAT HE IS ELECTED THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

  62. One Raphael Cruz is already one too many! He is a proven liar who deliberately twists statements to suit his point. He says voting to overturn Citizens United will result in people not having the right to free speech is simply a lie and he knows it, but by telling you that, he hopes to scare you into believing him!

  63. Raphael Cruz has NEVER been right about anything! He is not a strong supporter of Israel! Israel costs the United States money and he does not like to spend money on anything but himself! He is a serious liar and hurts the United States every time he opens his mouth!

  64. Phil Nussbaum You are completely wrong! He really does not support Israel! How can you support Israel and vote against spending bills which help Israel. How can you support Israel and vote (as Manuel Rodulfo says above) to help Israel's enemies! You really need to rethink what you say!

  65. Go to Arab controlled Judaea and Samaria. Just prepare your funeral in advance: "What seems less well known, however, is the appalling treatment of gays under Yassir Arafat's Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza. At least it was less known until Yossi Klein Halevi wrote about it in the August 19th New Republic. Palestine makes rural Texas look like San Francisco.
    According to Halevi, one young man discovered to be gay was forced by Palestinian Authority police "to stand in sewage water up to his neck, his head covered by a sack filled with feces, and then he was thrown into a dark cell infested with insects." During one interrogation Palestinian police stripped him and forced him to sit on a Coke bottle.

    When he was released he fled to Israel. If he were forced to return to Gaza, he said, "The police would kill me."

    An American who foolishly moved into the West Bank to live with his Palestinian lover said they told everyone they were just friends, but one day they "found a letter under our door from the Islamic court. It listed the five forms of death prescribed by Islam for homosexuality, including stoning and burning. We fled to Israel that same day," he said.

    The head of a Tel Aviv gay organization told Halevi, "The persecution of gays in the Palestinian Authority doesn't just come from the families or the Islamic groups, but from the P.A. itself."

    Palestinian police have increasingly enforced Islamic religious law, he said: "It's now impossible to be an open gay in the P.A." He recalled that one gay man in the Palestinian police went to Israel for a short time. When he returned to the West Bank, Palestinian Authority police confined him to a pit without food or water until he died.

    A 17-year-old gay youth recalled that he spent months in a Palestinian Authority prison "where interrogators cut him with glass and poured toilet cleaner into his wounds."

    The U.S. State Department, which more and more seems to be living on some other planet, blandly noted in a 2001 human rights report, "In the Palestinian territories homosexuals generally are socially marginalized and occasionally receive physical threats." That's one way to put it.
    In the last few years, Halevi reports, hundreds of gay Palestinians, mostly from the West Bank, have fled to Israel, usually to Tel Aviv, Israel's most cosmopolitan city. Many are desperately poor, he says, "but at least they're beyond the reach of their families and the P.A."

    "Israel, Palestine, and Gays"
    Paul Varnell, Chicago Free Press, August 28, 2002

  66. thank you, Ted Cruz and bravo. strong voices in support of western ideals as practiced by the nation state of Israel, stiffen the backbone and goes a long way to kicking the crap out of the evil death cult of Islam. never again will I allow my name to be included as a registered Democratic Party member. to hell with them.

  67. thank you, Ted Cruz and bravo. strong voices in support of western ideals as practiced by the nation state of Israel, stiffen the backbone and goes a long way to kicking the crap out of the evil death cult of Islam. never again will I allow my name to be included as a registered Democratic Party member. to hell with them.

  68. I had thought that Christians in Arab countries might have some sympathy for Jews, since they were both oppressed by Moslem regimes for centuries. But, instead of what I expected, I find that Arab Christians are at least as nasty – if not physically dangerous – as Moslems regarding Jews and Israel. It's very disappointing. I had hoped that Israel, by making itself a haven for Arabic Christians, could get increased public support, but now I see that would be welcoming in the Arab fifth column.

  69. Ruth Hess Musgrave the only one here who is ignorant is you! You hang out at a Jewish newspaper and you reap praise someone who does not care if a Jew lives or dies, does NOT support Jews in any way manner shape or form, who believes his father is a great man but yet his father is a racist and vocal anti semite! Sorry it is you who are ignorant!

  70. and you are an ignorant idiot! Everything good in your life is because Liberals gave it to you! From the US Constitution to 5 day 40 hour (or less) work weeks. Liberals need thanks for making sure children are not allowed to work, meaning that your parents could have forced you to work when you were 5 years old. Liberals are responsible for health insurance you get on your job and in fact every single job benefit you get. Liberals are responsible for Social Security and Medicare which “old Jews” love and depend on! No Martin Elsant Liberal Jews are great and Thanks God there are a lot more of them then their are of ignorant conservative Jews. BTW, NAME ONE SINGLE BENEFIT THAT REPUBLICANS OR CONSERVATIVES HAVE GIVEN THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES! Raphael Eduardo Cruz wants to eliminate every single benefit that people have through their employer or through the government! Now explain to me why you still think Liberals are slime!

  71. NO! I am a realist who knows the truth! Not an ignorant fool like you who can be duped by any lie that repubs tell you. Repubs including Raphael Eduardo Cruz who is a big fan of the Hitler and the Nazis who used the big lie theory so well – Lie to the often enough, make it outrageous enough and they will believe! Yes I am Liberal and proud of it. You need to ask yourself why you are not Liberal! Every benefit you have in your life is a result of Liberals including the US Constitution which was written by Liberals, for the rest of the benefits read other posts above!

  72. Edward Lobel I think you have cooked from The Stoner’s Cookbook several times too many. Ha! The only book you list as having read in your profile. You are very ignorant and dangerous with your lies. I think everyone can tell who is the real nutjob here. (Hint: Since you’re not at full capacity…the answer would be YOU!)

  73. If you had a brain you would be dangerous. I do not know where you went to read a profile on me, but I have never read the Stoners Cookbook, nor did I ever list it in my profile! Talking about profiles yours is so interesting you do not have one posted! I have read more classics and history books and current non fiction than you can carry. The little bit I may have forgotten about anything in my life is more knowledge than you will ever know. One thing I know for sure is you are indeed ignorant. Anyone who thinks that Raphael Eduardo Cruz stands with Israel clearly shows that they do not know anything! He is an evil anti-Semite just like his daddy who he worships. His daddy who was a Fidel Castro guy! End discussion!

  74. Unless you are capable of remembering that Israel is cut of from that same tree, into which the gentiles have been grafted, your saying is meaningless and vain. The fact of the matter is that Christians can and do hate Israel. What no true born again man or woman can hate is a true Jew. If you cannot understand that then I would suggest you ask yourself if you are a christian or a true Jew. The term christian ought to mean a follower of Christ. Being a true Jew is a measure of the heart and not the physical body, and a Jew is a biological reality. If you cannot accept that then you have rejected your own greek Scriptures.

  75. Edward Lobel liberals benefited from those benefits you speak of, or at least their foundation laid by CHRISTIANS who’s underlying beliefs are CONSERVATIVE in todays vernacular, and then added a whole bag of crap. I thank the CHRISTIAN conservatives for the good stuff and spit of the LIBERALS for the crap. Read some real history dumb cluck.

  76. Patricia Whaley I hope you might actually look into the history. It is truth. Tell me, if say a bank robber grabbed a child as a hostage, and the police used a rocket launcher to blow them both up, would you consider that ‘defence’? As it goes the only army using Palestinians as Human shields is the Israeli army. Guess what, it works for them too, no-one shoots the IDF soldiers. Even though they have invaded, occupied, and systematically annihilated the population. We can start with the history here if you like: http://www.juancole.com/2014/09/history-betrayal-palestine.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook – “The key feature was that it awarded the incipient Jewish state, whose citizens-to-be owned or controlled less than 6% of the land, 55% of the Mandate.” but they were soon to take much more…

  77. The people performing the atrocities are not from Israel. ISIS prevents the children from leaving a place known to be a target… Israel gave them prior knowledge of the bombing, (because that is where they store all the artillery). So the children could be removed… ISIS did not allow the children to go….they sacrifice their own, using them as human shields…ISIS is responsible for the deaths. But we should
    already know that!! All you need to do is look upon the ones performing the acts of brutality, the be-headings, to see the truth! It is not Israel!! The Iron Dome is a picture of Gods covering and covenant with Israel… we do not want to defy God in terms of whom we stand with…it is not advisable!! Wake up…this will effect you!!

  78. Edward Lobel Secular think tanks in Washington despise the idea that morality is the foundation of functioning democracies. Oddly enough recent research has shown that democracies have only flourished where there was a Christian missionary base influencing enough people to make that shared “morality” strong enough to transition into representative government. Lance Wallnau This is not modern day Liberalism….Liberal Democracy is basically Secular Humanism in a nut shell. Christianity is the source of good values… Gods Word (the Bible).

  79. Mark Davis . Why do you just keep copying and pasting over and over again? If you did really care at all, you would do some research and put more effort into your posts…peoples lives are at stake. ??

  80. Em Jay – we too support that murder of the Christians by the arabs. Hopefully, you will be the next one they behead and looking forward to India retaking Pakistan as it should be since ISLAMIC PAKISTAN.is a waste of humanity

  81. Mark Davis if you are responding to my post you are wrong! Unlike you I am Jewish and the little I may have forgotten in my life about all things Jewish and Israel, is more than you will ever know. I do not use terminology lightly and if I call someone ignorant or liar it is because they are!

  82. amrkelly, you are simly an ignorant idiot who does not believe in the truth! You can blabber all you want about conservatives, but cannot give one single thing that they have contributed to the good of the United States, NOT ONE SINGLE THING! Everything I have mentioned from the Declaration of Independence and U S Constitution to EVREY SINGLE benefit that every American Citizen has a right to had been brought to you by Liberals, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! You call yourself a Christian then start acting like one and admit the truth! No more B/S stories that conservatives invented all out freedoms and benefits, they did not, in fact today’s conservatives are doing nothing, NOT A DAMNED THING TO KEEP AND PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS AND BENEFITS THAT LIBERALS HAVE GIVEN TO US. The are taking away rights all over the country from taking away the right to vote to a women’s control over her own body. You can come up with nonsense all you want, but all you nonsense is simply not the truth!

  83. Edward Lobel Politics is a slippery slope these days….the Founding Fathers created a Republic…that is where Republican comes from….Conservative means preserving that which they initially intended for this country. I live in the USA and what appears to be progress is not always as it seems to be. Promoting Abortion and other things that God ( of the Bible) prohibits is not a good idea. Man is not greater than God. The Liberals have a slanted agenda…unfortunately for us all!!

  84. To acquire really large quantity of weapons requires congressional funding authorization.

    Obama wants to give large quantity of weapons to Islamist . Why ?

    A faction of the American public supports the “fight ISIL” cover story precisely because they sense that Barrack Hussein Obama really wants to equip Islamist for attack on Israel.

  85. are you all really that blind to what israel has done to the poor people of palestine,nearly every pic i have seen of anyone being used as a human shield was the israeli army using palestine kids,do ya really king that the UN was storing weapons in them schools that they shelled and at what time did they shell them during the day when the kids are in school.if you really do believe everything they tell you then you are just a pure muppet

  86. I tried to say it before, but got cut off. In Israel, Arab Christians are enlisting in the IDF in considerable numbers. The situation is somewhat different in Syria and Lebanon, for instance, because the propaganda is saying that Israel is bad. But if you would ask one of them who has been treated in an Israeli hospital, their story would be different, if they would dare to talk freely!

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