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Hasbara: Reach-out to non-Jews with ‘Zionist-inspired’ calendar

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February is…America-Israel Friendship Month screen shot.

A Pro-Israel organization recently created a “Zionist-inspired” calendar, to bolster campus pro-Israel support. “Designed to promote a positive image of Israel,” the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise built the calendar to feature twelve “Israel-related themes.”

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March is…Israel Women’s History Month banner screen shot.

Each month has a calendar of events, where students from different campuses can coordinate hosting national events. This month’s theme is “America-Israel Friendship Month,” and March is “Israel Women’s History Month.”

Each month also includes resources such as recommended books, event programs, videos and important historical facts. For example, “Women’s History Month” not only includes a great visual that could be mistaken for “Military History Month,” but the feminist themed month includes unique possible events such as:

Profile famous/successful Israeli women

And:

Hold a Purim carnival and invite non-Jews to participate and learn about the female role models of the story – Vashti and Esther.

Yes, what fun. Invite your non-Jewish friends to learn all about the queen who is put to death for “not obeying the bidding of the King.” Brilliant!

The new calendar, launched a week ago, includes a sparse handful of user-uploaded events.

Hat tip to Abe Greenhouse for catching this**

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  1. FreddyV on February 18, 2012, 8:07 am

    Does is have a ‘Human Rights Violations’, or a ‘Land Theft’ month.

    No?

    Nah, not interested then…….

    The Women’s History month looks a little sinister. Forgive the comparison, but it reminds me a of another bunch of propagandists from the middle of the last century…..

  2. FreddyV on February 18, 2012, 8:46 am

    Seafoid:

    Nice job sir!

  3. Pixel on February 18, 2012, 9:23 am

    Israel’s best bet would be to lay low and stay low.

    Almost everything they do has the opposite effect of what they intend.

  4. Chaos4700 on February 18, 2012, 10:28 am

    Considering what happened during Operation Cast Lead, I don’t even want to see what they could possibly use for the Advent calendar.

  5. Winnica on February 18, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Allison –

    Where do you get the idea Vashti was put to death? The Bible doesn’t say this. I just checked.

    • Donald on February 18, 2012, 12:28 pm

      It says something worse. Briefly, some bad guys tried to kill the Jews. But Esther persuaded the king to side with the Jews, who were then allowed to slaughter their enemies, specifically including women and children. It doesn’t actually say in the next chapter whether that happened, but the claim is that 75,000 enemies of unspecified gender and age were slaughtered. The Book of Esther is not one of the more edifying books in the Bible.

      (See verse 8:11)

      link

  6. MHughes976 on February 18, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Vashti was merely divorced and sent away. On the other hand she was Iranian, not Jewish, and much more feminist in her behaviour – women-only parties – than Esther was. If people enjoy celebrating the slaughter at the end of Esther that is their problem. The New International Version does make of point of translating 8/11 so that it does not imply a slaughter of women and children, but that is questionable.

    • FreddyV on February 18, 2012, 3:35 pm

      NIV: Murdoch owns exclusive publishing rights in the US via his company Zonderan and via Hodder Stoughton in the UK.

      • MHughes976 on February 18, 2012, 4:34 pm

        Thank you, how interesting!! I suppose ‘Murdoch Holy Writ’ is a contradiction in terms.

      • FreddyV on February 18, 2012, 7:41 pm

        The NIV is designed to do one thing. Sell to the broadest possible audience. It’s been distorted to accommodate gender,to be less offensive to modern sensibilities and pushes a Zionist spin on scripture, attacking the deity of Christ. Jesus isn’t God incarnate, but merely a transition point, which Jews are yet to recognise.

        http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/NIV/niv_2011-deity.htm

        Interestingly, it’s the most popular bible in the English speaking world. I might be paranoid here, but I wonder how many Zionist pastors use this translation.

    • GalenSword on February 18, 2012, 4:23 pm

      Rashi explains that divorce and being sent away from the king was euphemism for execution.

      • MHughes976 on February 19, 2012, 3:26 pm

        Another interesting point, Galen, thanks.
        I hope that Ruth, that heroine of interracial marriage, is being remembered alongside Esther.

  7. Charon on February 18, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Dunno if we can embed images here. I improved the calender with a more accurate version of the US and Israel’s friendship:

    http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/2691/aifriendship.jpg

    • Daniel Rich on February 18, 2012, 9:05 pm

      @ Charon,

      Sir/Madam,

      Hammer – Nail – Head.

    • Chaos4700 on February 18, 2012, 10:16 pm

      Yep, that about covers that month accurately.

    • Charon on February 19, 2012, 12:07 am

      Just wanted to be clear that I mean absolutely no disrespect for Furkan Dogan, Rachel Corrie, any of the brave Americans who lost their lives or were injured during the assault on the USS Liberty, or anybody who has been executed, tortured, or imprisoned as a result of Jonathon Pollard’s treason.

  8. Daniel Rich on February 18, 2012, 9:03 pm

    What does the ‘non-terrorist’ month look like?

  9. Citizen on February 19, 2012, 8:37 am

    somewhat related to some of the comments on this thread, so food for thought:
    http://uriyo.blogspot.com/2005/03/was-vashti-hero.html

    I’ve always wondered, when discussing the bible with fundies–those who claim to have their personal Jesus with them always–how such people so glibly gloss over what happens to often innocent non-Jewish folks in the Old Testament. The answer is always the same: Don’t question God and the Jews are God’s chosen people. Full Stop.

    • FreddyV on February 19, 2012, 12:00 pm

      Christian Zionist love quoting Old Testament stuff to justify the occupation today. The book of Joshua is a real biggy on this.

      Here’s one that always bends their heads. The story of Samson.

      He committed suicide by pulling a building down on himself, killing 3000 people.

      The world’s first ‘suicide bomber’.

      Throw that hand grenade in a room full of Christians. It really pisses them off. In order to justify that, they have to admit that suicide isn’t a hell worthy trespass and in certain circumstances is a noble and godly thing to do, thus 9/11 was completely acceptable.

      Or they have to accept that the Bible was written in a time when certain things that were acceptable then are in no way acceptable now.

      • unVet on February 19, 2012, 2:46 pm

        I have said that Samson was the world’s first jihadist.

    • Charon on February 20, 2012, 2:27 am

      I’ll never understand the fundies. I’m not religious, but my wife is. My friends are. Several have opinions on I/P and I’ve lost a friend over it unfortunately. But the fundamentalist position is an anomaly. Especially their devotion to Jesus despite their interpretation of the OT. I do not understand these people. Apparently they have not read there own bibles or do not realize that Jesus is not in the OT. These folks are in limbo or something. They have odd interpretations of the OT and know absolutely nothing about the NT except they like Jesus.

      • FreddyV on February 20, 2012, 7:41 am

        @Charon:

        Jesus is all over the OT. This is the huge error with Christian Zionists. They separate the two books and peoples and claim that the coming of the Messiah for the Jewish people as prophesied was a failed mission. The Christian Church received Him but is merely a ‘parenthesis’ until Jesus’ second coming when the remaining 1/3rd of Jews left after The Great Tribulation will finally recognise him. What they don’t like to admit is Christianity was hugely successful in gaining converts at the time of the NT’s writing and is recorded as such. They also don’t like to admit that Christ came for the Jews at that time and as prophesied instead, hoping some future calamity leaving a remnant of Jews alive so that Jesus can come and ‘all Israel will be saved’ as per their interpretation of scripture. This is why we’ve got all these pastors demanding war with Iran. They want to usher in the second coming.

        Here’s Acts2:16-21:

        16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

        17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

        18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

        19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

        20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

        21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

        When you compare it to the text in Joel 2:32, something interesting is there (in bold):

        32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

        According to this, there won’t be a national salvation of Israel. There will be a remnant, which there has been since AD1 and continues to this day.

        So, if you take the Christian message of the Bible, Jesus fulfilled everything over 2000 years ago. This is the CZ’s big problem. They want to separate the whole thing out and place things in time slots that suit their theological framework instead of allowing scripture to interpret scripture.

        Taking the entire Bible and reading through, it’s very consistent. It’s essentially a story of God and His people. They consistently fall out of fellowship with God, starting with Adam and Eve, only to return in repentance. God, knowing that his people cannot live up to the demands placed on them, promised a saviour, Jesus who is God incarnate. All conditions and rituals are wiped away with the only criteria being faith. It was all done on the cross and most of the prophetic texts that CZ’s place in a future time such as revelation can be explained in the events of AD70.

        The Jews were never God’s Chosen people by right and it was never meant to be an ethnic reality. Anyone was welcome. It was all by faith. Because of Abraham’s faith, God gave him the privilege of being the Father of the faith leading to his seed Christ.

        Sorry for the sermon, I just felt like exercising the theological area of my brain.

  10. unVet on February 19, 2012, 9:10 am

    I wonder if there are any references to this video clip in the Women’s History month:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYqcEnsT8pU

    The clip is from the 1960s documentary “Women of the World,” which I did see in the theater when it was released.

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