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Jews were often condemned by populist politicians alternately for their left-wing politics, or their perceived wealth, at the turn of the century.  Anti-semitism grew in the years leading up to America's entry into World War II, Father Charles Coughlin, a radio preacher, as well as many other prominent public figures, condemned "the Jews," and Henry Ford reprinted The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in his newspaper. 
The Vatican and its Friends
By Shelomo Alfassa April 4, 2005
This article was written before the death of John Paul II
In February, the Vatican blamed Israel for not protecting Christians in violence that took place in a Galilee village, when members of the Druze community attacked Christians. The Vatican demanded that Israel place a permanent police force in the village to protect the Christian citizens; however, when Israel places a police force in towns to protect Jews from Palestinian attacks, the Israelis are labeled as occupiers. This type of double standard has become par for the course when dealing with the Vatican.
The Vatican knows about terrorism, about Palestinian Arabs attacking Jews, but when Israel decided to make a defensive move by constructing a security fence, Israel was criticized by the Church. The Pope's spokesman, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray said the Israeli fence, "inevitably creates a geography of apartheid, which provokes rather than controls violence... it lacerates the human fabric."
We really need to wake up and reexamine if the Vatican is our friend. Last week, world newspapers ran stories and photos of 160 Jews "blessing the Pope." The Pave the Way Foundation, which organized the meeting in Rome, said, "We have traveled here with the blessings of millions of our faith in order to thank you." Well, with all due respect to that group, I doubt millions of Jews were sending blessings to Vatican City.
Halacha (Jewish Law) was nowhere to be found at that event. In the presence of the chief rabbis of Italy, the Pope was praised, Catholic saints were spoken of and the Jews presented the Pope with a cross. The media referred to 160 "world Jewish leaders", which immediately begged the question - what Jewish leaders? They were not political leaders of Israel, nor were they top American politicians that happen to be Jewish. Who they were, were mostly businessmen from New York, none whom wore a kippah, but who all shook hands with the Pope, calling him "Your Holiness". For a Jew, what is holy about the Pope?
Website photos show the founder of the Pave the Way Foundation posing with monks, nuns and members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem. The latter is the Church led by Irineos I, the very man who wrote last year that Jews were "descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord," the same man caught trying to smuggle a pistol into Ramallah to meet Arafat, a loyal friend of his. Irineos' spokesman, Atallah Hana, caused controversy for the Greek Orthodox Church after statements he made in favor of suicide attacks. Israeli police detained and questioned him regarding his pro-terrorism statements, his illegal travels to Syria and Lebanon, his meeting with the head of the Hizbullah and his remarks of support for "martyrdom by Palestinian men and women."
The Jews operating the Pave the Way Foundation desire to have part of the Kever David HaMelech (traditional tomb of King David) on Mt. Zion handed over to the Vatican. Currently, the building belongs to the State of Israel, but this group feels it should be taken away from the Jews and given to the Vatican. This is the very building where until the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967, people migrated to pray as it was the closest location to the Western Wall. David Ben-Gurion planted trees in its ancient courtyard, Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira (the "Baba Sali") made a pilgrimage there and the place remains holy to Jews; yet, this husband and wife team that runs their organization from Long Island, New York are working to convince the Israeli government to transfer this building to the Vatican. As the husband has been knighted by the Pope, he can represent him to the Israeli authorities, some of whom he has met with previously, such as Chaim Silberstein, the chief of staff of the Minister of Tourism, and Director of Religious Affairs Gadi Golan.
The Pave the Way Foundation, representing itself as leaders of the Jewish world, have said the Pope has made it a "sin to be anti-Semitic," and that he has "been a friend to the Jewish people and has tried to bridge the ancient gap." These statements are baseless, made by "tikkun olam pagans" in their self-fulfilling desire to play quasi-ambassador of the Jews.
Note, the Papacy they are talking about is the same one currently considering making a "saint" of Isabella of Castile, the 15th century queen of Spain who initiated the Inquisition. The Vatican already has taken a step forward towards this, officially granting Isabella the title "Servant of God." Where is the outrage of the Jewish community? This scenario would be like Gerhard Schroder, Chancellor of Germany, taking steps to make Adolf Hitler a saint. As revisionists, and the Vatican, turn Isabella into a saint, this same Pope plans to canonize Pope Pius XII, who was largely silent about the Nazi genocide against the Jews when he reigned during World War II. On his sick bed just two weeks ago, the Pope stated, "I will not die before I canonize Pope Pius XII."
The Church has a precedent for making Isabella a saint. In the 15th century, the Vatican canonized Vincent Ferrer. Vincent was a man who was responsible for inciting furious mobs that burned Jewish shops and homes and murdered Jews throughout Spain starting in 1391. When order was restored one year later, it was estimated that 100,000 Jews had been killed, another 100,000 had converted to Christianity, and another 100,000 had survived by going into hiding or fleeing to Muslim lands. Today, schools named Saint Vincent Ferrer are dotted across the globe, everyone seeming to have forgotten who he was. The Catholic Encyclopedia praises Ferrer, saying, "multitudes were won over by his preaching."
Many in the Jewish community forget there is a well-crafted, strategically minded and highly funded crusade to convert the Jewish people, and the Vatican is conspiring in this cause. There is a secretive group called the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, which was founded in association with American preacher Billy Graham. The Vatican has participated in this conference, which strategizes on how to target the Jewish people for conversion. One of the Lausanne Occasional Papers stated that God has forsaken the Jews for not believing in the Christian scriptures and Jesus. Their statement is purely anti-Semitic, for what type of greater anti-Semitism exists than telling Jews that their God has forsaken them?
In 2001, the Vatican initiated a meeting among Christians who call themselves Messianic Jews. These people are part of the Presbyterian-funded proselytization movement known as Messianic Judaism, which is growing in Israel and remains problematic across the globe. Shockingly, Israel just issued the world's largest messianic proselytizing group Jews for Jesus an amutah, official non-profit recognition from the government to operate in Israel. When The Passion of the Christ was released, it was met with criticism from Orthodox Jewish leaders in Israel and around the world. But even in the face of criticism, the Vatican thought differently. Reports released said the film portrayed the death of Jesus as accurate: "It is as it was."
The Vatican consider themselves supreme rulers of the world, superior to all common people, kings, prime ministers and presidents. All that is missing is a title of power, and the Pope almost had that. Only a few years ago, the Catholic leader sought the ultimate authority, he was going to announce himself as the Holy Roman Emperor, reigning from the Urals to the Atlantic.
Just last month, the Vatican "graciously" opened its "secret archives", which contain a large amount confiscated Jewish property. The repository will "loan" to Israel papers of Maimonides, which they have held captive since the 12th century. For hundreds of years, Jews have wanted these documents, among other items, but the Vatican has denied access to them. If the Vatican was intrinsically good, if they really wanted to make a gesture towards peace, they would hand over all of the Jewish material to the Jewish people. These games of "letting us borrow" our own materials is preposterous and juvenile.
Planning the conversion of the Jews; working with non-Israelis to obtain Jewish holy places and give them to the Vatican; holding priceless historical materials of the Jews hostage; and making people like Isabella of Spain a saint -- how much more absurdity can we stand? Some keep denying the fact that the Vatican is not a friend of the Jews; how can they remain so foolish?
Views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of israelinsider.