Way back when I was a Christian Zionist, I watched a Louis Theroux documentary on Israeli settlers and thought, “These people are dangerously insane.”
So I concluded that there probably were very few Israelis who thought the same as the settlers-i.e. that the Palestinians were the biblical Amalekites whom the Hebrews were commanded by God to exterminate-men, women, children and even sheep. The Hebrews were further commanded to take a huge swath of land, according to the settlers, God having acted as their real estate agent 3,000 years ago.
I am no longer a Christian Zionist, simply because I researched all these issues. I think Christian Zionism is a deadly delusion and the sooner it is exposed as such the sooner more peace and justice will return to the planet.
Speaking of peace and justice: Have you ever wondered about man’s inhumanity to man? I studied the Germans during WWII to see if they were unusually inhumane people. They were not. I studied the Armenian and Rwandan genocides to see how such things could happen, because if we could figure that out, maybe we would “never again” see such things. That would be good, right?
What they all have in common is a very ancient idea, an idea left over from our 100,000 years living in tribes. The idea is that our tribe is fully human, we are “The People.” Others we run into are “not The People. They are not fully human, they are inferior, and so they can be killed, robbed and enslaved. You will find this attitude lurking behind imperial adventures and every genocide.
We no longer say it so bluntly. The idea has fallen into disfavor, thank God. But some people still hold to the old, tribal idea, as the Israeli settlers do. A Jewish life is precious, the life of an Amalekite (really, everyone else) is not.
As Denis Leary said, “Racism is not born, it is taught, folks. My son is two years-old-you know what he hates? Naps. End of list.”