In this very interesting clip from Louis Theroux On Ultra Zionists we see Christian-Zionists (primarily Americans) providing free labor to an Israeli wine maker. Christian Zionists are eager to serve, eager to help and very emotional about it.
The winery’s owner, Nir Lavi explains that the Christians can bring the grapes to the factory, but are not allowed inside, since the process of wine-making has to be kept kosher (they are not clean). Lavi agrees that for the Christians, their wish to “serve” him is spiritual (“through this they are redeeming themselves”), but that they have less understanding the politics (“they don’t come on the political side”).
He says his land is state-sanctioned. But officials in the neighboring Palestinian village of Iraq Burin say part of the vineyard was planted on ground taken from their residents in a parcel-by-parcel land grab.
Evangelicals arrive by coach to work for free for a month at a time, bringing in the wine harvest. They explain their reasons for coming; according to one volunteer, Martin from Denver:
“This is a labour of love for the nation of Israel and for the people here, to see that they prosper in the West Bank and help them fulfil the prophetic calling that’s on this land.”
A second volunteer explains further:
“It’s about acting out the love that we have. The bible talks about not just loving in word but also in deed and in actions. And so when you pick a vine and a cluster of grapes and you get to hold them in your hands, it’s like, it’s like you’re part of prophecy, you’re part of scripture. You’re part of the promises that God has made.”
A third — a young man — expresses a wish to join the IDF:
“They’re the chosen people, you know… it’s kind of something I’m coming into, just with the revelation you get being here. It’s good stuff.”
The programme does not mention which group organised the Christians’ involvement, although a New York Times article from July has the background:
Various strains of American pro-settlement activity come together in Har Bracha… Nearby, a winery was built with volunteer help from HaYovel ministries, which brings large groups of volunteers to prune and harvest. Mr. Ha’Ivri’s charity promotes the program.
Such disputes are typical for the area, as are the opposing accounts of what happened that February day when HaYovel’s leader, Tommy Waller, and his volunteers say they came under attack and the shepherd was shot. “They came up screaming, slinging their rock-slings like David going after a giant,” Mr. Waller said. A Har Bracha security guard came to the rescue by shooting in the air, not aiming for the attackers, he added. …In the last year, he said, he brought 130 volunteers here. This coming year, he said, he expects as many as 400.
The winery is at Mount Blessing at Har Bracha. This is the website for the Mount Blessing winery: grizimtour.com
If you read the bible it becomes clear that the “chosen people” are “superior” to other people and other races. This is taken to its extreme if you read the book of Isaiah 60 and 61. The Gentiles / Goyim will serve the Jews and all their wealth will become theirs.
In my view this is racist garbage and it’s the foundation for the zionist movement. When you think about it, it’s amazing that the Nazi’s have (understandably) been bashed so much yet this stuff goes largely uncriticized. It is VERY one sided and the debate is not balanced at all.
Point out the evils of one side, yes, but don’t go blind to the action of the “victim” either.
It’s two sides of the same coin.
To constantly get branded as an anti-Semite for questioning and critizising these claims of “superiority” of one race over others, is no basis for argument. It is a fallacy.
We shouldn’t let these invalide “counter” arguments quiet valid complaints of brutal behavior. No matter how “old” and “traditional” those practices are.
Isaiah 60 – The Gentiles Bless Zion
60: 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light.
60: 5 The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
60: 9 Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them,
60: 10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, And their kings shall minister to you;
60: 11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
And their kings in procession.
60: 12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined.
60: 14 Also the sons of those who afflicted you Shall come bowing to you, And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; And they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
60: 16 You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles, And milk the breast of kings;
Isaiah 61 – The Good News of Salvation
61: 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
61: 5 Strangers (non-”chosen people”) shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner (non-”chosen people”) Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
61: 6 But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast.
61: 9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”
By the way, did you know that the European Union is founded on the ideas and writings of a racist?