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Sharing a very personal story of faith and clarity on what the courage to love truly means, Dr. Mike Evans recounted a traumatic childhood of anti-Semitic taunts and his ever increasing understanding of what the survival of Israel represents to Western civilization. Imparting historical insights into the words of the Bible, Dr. David Barton shed light on their relevance and gravitas in contemporary society.
Prior to the rally in Caesarea, Beck had toured the Shomron region of Israel, providing support to the settler communities and paid a special visit to the settlement of Itamar, the site of the barbaric murder of five members of the Fogel family by Arab terrorists in March of this year.
Said Beck on his radio program broadcast from Israel: “I went to Itamar in Judea and Samaria; our cameras were the first to be allowed into the home. It is empty now and they are ‑‑ they couldn’t get all of the blood off the walls. I will tell you, this was one of the most horrific, bloodiest massacres I could imagine. It was horrifying, horrifying. And yet in that community, profound hope. If you stand in their backyard, you can see the two mountains: The Mountain of Blessing and the Mountain of Curse. It is scriptural. Which do you choose? The mountain of blessing or curse. And this community has both. I can’t believe what people go through here in Israel, and the world stays silent. The media is distorting and lying, lying to you. Lying to you. And it is important that you know it.”
Meanwhile, Arab Knesset members have warned of possible violence on Wednesday as Beck holds his “Restoring Courage” rally at the Southern Wall excavation sites near the Temple Mount and an event expected to garner an audience of over 2000 at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem. According to reports in The Jerusalem Post, Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei said:
There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US. The lessons from Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount apparently haven’t been learned. This event isn’t for building coexistence, but to spark fires in a sensitive location ahead of the United Nations vote on a Palestinian state in September. There is a danger that the event will lead to people being harmed, and the police should have prevented it.
MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) called Beck “a bizarre, conservative, neo-fascist comedian who is motivated by a hatred of Islam.” He also accused MK Danny Danon (Likud), who is involved in Beck’s event, of “dancing to Beck’s flute-playing and rejoicing to every outrageous word against Arabs and Muslims.”
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Beck advised his critics to watch the event before casting judgment. He said that when he held his “Restoring Honor” event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC last August, people said he would desecrate the site with what they thought would be a right-wing political rally, but it ended up being nothing of the kind. “Israeli control over Jerusalem is the best thing that has happened in many people’s lives among Arabs I’ve met, even though they won’t say it on camera,” Beck said. “They are protected, safe and able to live without violence. Israel has done an amazing job of adhering to love thy neighbor – and even love thine enemy. It’s hard when people are trying to kill you to protect their rights. Jerusalem is an example of coexistence working. You can’t deny truth,” he concluded.
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