24 August 2009

The Benefits of Interreligious Dialogue?

I keep hoping this is some kind of spoof, but it appears on Haaretz.com, a mainstream Israeli media source. Will Ashton Kutcher spring out and announce that Saint Louis Catholic got punk'd?

Because if this is real, this is so repugnant. Perhaps the Vatican will keep this in mind when deciding which prayers are said in a Catholic Mass, or which persons are or are not subject to ecclesiastical discipline.

This is a joke, right?

Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says pamphlet for IDF troops

By Ofri Ilani

The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Officials encouraging the booklet's distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.

The booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with the chief rabbi of Safed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, and has been distributed for the past few months.

The booklet, titled "On Either Side of the Border," purports to be the testimony of "a Hezbollah officer who spied for Israel."

"The book is distributed regularly and everyone reads it and believes it," said one soldier. "It's filled with made-up details but is presented as a true story. A whole company of soldiers, adults, told me: 'Read this and you'll understand who the Arabs are.'"

The copy obtained by Haaretz included a Pesach greeting from Shalom, "in the name of the Nahshon Brigade."

The story is narrated by a man named Avi, who says he changed his name from Ibrahim after he left Hezbollah and converted to Judaism. Avi says he was once close to Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, and describes Hezbollah's purported close relationships with the Vatican and European leaders.

The IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement: "The book was received as a donation and distributed in good faith to the soldiers. After we were alerted to the sensitivity of its content, distribution was immediately halted."

According to the book, Nasrallah was invited to join a delegation to tour France, Poland and Italy, including the Vatican. Nasrallah could not refuse an invitation from the Vatican, Avi explained: "We knew [the Pope] identified with Hezbollah's struggle."

The book describes the alleged visit of Hezbollah officials to Auschwitz, led by the Vatican: "We came to the camps. We saw the trains, the platforms, the piles of eyeglasses and clothes ... We came to learn ... Our escort spoke as he was taught. We quickly explained to him: Every real Arab, deep inside, is kind of a fan of the Nazis."


Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, the son of former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, is known for his extremist views, and was once charged with incitement to racism after calling for the expulsion of all Arab students from Safed College after a terror attack in the area.


David Menahemov, an aide to Eliahu, claims the book is not fiction. "Avi is a real person and everything in the book is absolutely true," insists Menahemov. "It's a totally true story, I know the guy personaly. He's an Arab, who even though he converted still acts like an Arab. We helped him to write and to translate it. We changed a few details to protect him and his family."


StGuyFawkes said...

Reflections on a IDF Pamphlet accusing the Vatican of teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews.

1.) The pamplet says Hezbollah needs training in murder? Don't they know how to kill Jews already?

2.) Okay, my beloved Israel, first you're angry because the lift of Bp. Williamson's excommunication means the Vatican believes the Holocaust never happened. Now you're angry because the Vatican says that that the Holocaust both happened and can be taught and repeated.

Which way do you want it? Do you want to accuse us of saying the Holocaust never happened or do you want to accuse us of saying it did happen.

3. Doesn't this IDF pamphlet remind you of a certain work called "The Protocals of the Elders of ......."

4. Does the IDF really think their soldiers will fight harder if they believe their real enemy is in ROme and not in oh, maybe.......IRAN!!! and SYRIA!!!

5. Will the Papal City State organize an international outcry over the publication of this mindless screed? No.

6. Why not? Apparently the Vatican has no interest in embarrassing their "older brothers in the Faith" when it turns out that some Jews are morons?

7. Why is it that our morons get no such leniency.

X said...

I just don't understand why the Vatican would do this.

StGuyFawkes said...

In the interests of truth and fairness it must be pointed out that the IDF pulled the pamphlet back in July. Maurice Pinay's Blog has a good article.

Note that the pamphlet was privately financed and doesn't appear to be an official IDF publication. Pinay's link is below.

Pinay's comments on the affair couldn't be better. I'll quote him verbatim:

"The disparity between Vatican silence on this matter and the anathemas against "the 'Holocaust' denying bishop" is remarkable. Where are the calls for accountability and "teshuva"? Catholic-'Jewish' relations operates by the ridiculous double standards of Orthodox Judaism, not the universal standards of Christianity. It's clear that the safety of Christians in the 'holy' land is subservient to the maintenance of the elder brothers delusion which would have been shattered from the very beginning if the Vatican didn't cover up another elder brother 'indiscretion' as this one."

I disagree with much of what Pinay says however his big point being the disparity between the Williamson flap and this cannot be refuted.

Here is the link to Pinay's blog.

Here is Pinay's link.