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This is ugly hogwash typical of crazy religious people. Except when you live in an ethnocratic state, it gets elevated to the category of “news.” The Jerusalem Post, picking up a Jewish Telegraphic Agency story: ‘Jimmy Carter’s cancer is God’s punishment for his behavior toward Jews’

For some Jews (and evangelical Christians), the cause apparently is obvious. No, it’s not his genetic makeup, or the spread of a mass from his liver to his brain. It’s divine punishment for his behavior toward the Jews.

Not so fast, writes Rabbi Benjamin Blech on, the website of Orthodox Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah: “Don’t presume to know that his illness is a result of his anti-Semitic views.”

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency puts out this crap? My lord. I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with Islam when Zionism is in the cupboards.

Thanks to Ofer Neiman.

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  1. talknic on September 7, 2015, 11:32 am

    Would that be the same G-d who didn’t show for the Holocaust? The supreme Holocaust denier was where? Playing golfd?

    • Kathleen on September 7, 2015, 6:03 pm

      How can one’s mind not go there “where was this God during the Holocaust” when a religious person applies insane thoughts to anyone’s suffering. Total bs.

      The other day was reading over at the Intercept about the death and destruction in Yemen. One woman’s family had been wiped out and when asked about her future and what she had been through she said something like ” if God wills it” or “God willing” No no no God (I am clearly not a believer) did not do any of these horrific things to these humans. Other human beings committed these human rights crimes….We are the angels, we are the killers. Has nothing to with some sky god.

  2. amigo on September 7, 2015, 12:13 pm

    Using this holy man.s logic did Sharon lie in a coma for years paying for his sins.

    • Brewer on September 7, 2015, 3:55 pm

      Jimmy has lived 15 years beyond a normal life-span. By the very same idio-logic it could very reasonably be argued that God allowed him those extra years to do exactly as he has done – speak against the Political direction the State of Israel has taken.

      • ritzl on September 7, 2015, 5:26 pm

        You have a grace about you, Brewer.

        That wasn’t in my top 20 reactions.


      • Kathleen on September 7, 2015, 6:04 pm

        Yes indeed if you apply that same thinking

      • RockyMissouri on September 8, 2015, 7:35 pm

        TRUTH! IMO. Artfully spoken.

        Thank you.

    • Leahj on September 8, 2015, 7:00 am

      From Wiki’s piece on the Pulsa diNura — Oh, My!!
      “Accusations of the use of this curse by religious Jews against Jewish figures who have committed major transgressions has been made often over the past 50 years and quoted mostly in Israeli media. As the saying goes in Israel “you have not made it in Israeli politics until you’ve been cursed by the Pulsa DiNura.” Early in the 20th century, Haredi Jews in Jerusalem were accused by the media of having recited the curse against the linguist Eliezer Ben Yehuda. There have been unsubstantiated media reports of the curse being recited against archaeologists and authors. Prior to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, there were reports that the curse had been recited against him. On February 26, 2012, Tamar Yonah of interviewed Yosef Dayan, who with rabbinical guidance was involved in the Pulsa DiNura of Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon.

      Avigdor Eskin, a member of the Gush Emunim (bloc of the faithful) claimed to have recited the following maledictions of the Pulsa diNura on the night of October 6, 1995: “Angels of destruction will hit him. He is damned wherever he goes. His soul will instantly leave his body… and he will not survive a month. Dark will be his path and God’s angel will chase him. A disaster he has never experienced will befall him and all curses known in the Torah will apply to him. I deliver to you, the angels of wrath and ire, Yitzhak, the son of Rosa Rabin, that you may smother him and the specter of him, and cast him into hell, and dry up his wealth, and plague his thoughts, and scatter his mind that he may be steadily diminished until he reaches his death. Put to death the cursed Yitzhak. May he be damned, damned, damned!”
      Rabin was assassinated within the month.

      In July 2005, the Israeli media, without citing sources, reported that opponents of the Gaza pullout plan recited the Pulsa diNura in the old cemetery of Rosh Pina, asking the “Angel of Death” to kill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Six months later Sharon suffered two strokes and was in a coma, fighting for his life, until his death on January 11, 2014. Of course, most analysts think this was due to his age (77) and obesity.

      Reportedly, ten rabbis and kabalists instigated the same curse at the gravesite near Safed several months prior to the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

      On November 7, 2006 the HaEdah HaCharedis said it was considering placing the curse on the organizers of the gay pride parade scheduled to march in Jerusalem on November 10, 2006. Israel Army Radio interviewed Rabbi Shmuel Papenheim who announced, “The Rabbinical Court has held a special session and discussed placing a ‘pulsa denura’ on those who have had a hand in organizing the march.” Papenheim, editor of the haredi religious umbrella organization’s weekly magazine, added that the rabbis were also considering placing the curse “against the policemen who beat haredi Jews.”

    • genesto on September 8, 2015, 12:01 pm

      Touche’! Well put!

    • K Renner on September 9, 2015, 6:12 pm

      To say that Sharon’s coma was divine punishment for presiding over and allowing the Sabra-Shatila massacre to happen, or for his worst actions as a military leader and political leader, is the right way of, if you wanted to, turn it into something religious, By this reasoning, he received punishment for the very real crimes and atrocities he presided over or otherwise caused/allowed to happen.

      This rabbi, on the other hand– the people who publish his words as well– is of course just being whiny and spiteful. The premise– Jimmy Carter’s non-existent “anti Semitism”, because he “criticizes Israel and supports the Palestinian animals”– lays this childish, malicious spitefulness bare for all to see.

    • BI on September 9, 2015, 8:55 pm

      Amen to that “amigo”. Well said. Using this logic he better get ready for when God decides to cause The Downfall of Apartheid Israel >>> for all the evil they’ve done to their neighbors, and that evil is real as opposed to the imaginary grievances they have vs Jimmy who only wanted Peace in the ME.

  3. Laurent Weppe on September 7, 2015, 12:57 pm

    So, God’s punishment to a guy who went into a nuclear reactor on the verge of a meltdown is to give him cancer once he reached 90 years of age?

    I think I’ll increase my ice cream consumption: If God works the way the Jerusalem Post says, I’ll probably get Diabetes for my 115th birthday.

  4. John Douglas on September 7, 2015, 1:11 pm

    If they are right that it was God’s decision when to end President Jimmy Carter’s life then we have God to thank for giving us 90 full years for him to carry out his loving good works for those underrepresented and thus preyed upon. This includes, of course, calling an apartheid an apartheid.

    • TheAZCowBoy on September 8, 2015, 3:59 pm

      Jimmy PROVED the presidency is no place for a decent man.
      (Just as 666 [Ronald Wilson Reagan] proved that the devil can take the form of a man.)

      Jimmy Carter: ‘Going, Going, Gone – but his words NOT forgotten!’

      God bless this man!

  5. traintosiberia on September 7, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Faith often doesn’t elevate man to the level near to the God
    It often brings God down to the level of the man.

    Didn’t Katrina happen due to something similar according to one Rabbi?

    Emotion trumps the reason – that’s why he won’t try to answer why Carter didn’t get the cancer immediately after 1979 or after he had written the book on Israeli apartheid or why Bush 1 hasn’t or why Obama hasn’t got .

    • just on September 7, 2015, 8:27 pm

      I don’t know of a Rabbi, but:

      “On September 18, 2006, Pastor John Hagee — whose endorsement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said this past Sunday he was “glad to have” — told NPR’s Terry Gross that “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.” “New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God,” Hagee said, because “there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.””

      Bless Jimmy Carter, his wife, and his family.

      I know that I’ve been blessed to have him in my life.

      • JLewisDickerson on September 7, 2015, 9:43 pm

        ■ John Hagee on Katrina
        P.S. BONUS VIDEO:
        ■ John Hagee 2015, “The Red Horse” – Aug 23, 2015

      • JLewisDickerson on September 7, 2015, 9:59 pm

        P.P.S. THE BOOK OF JOHN:

        • 1940: John Hagee is born in Goose Creek, Texas, to pastor parents.
        • 1958: Hagee preaches for the first time, at his father’s Houston church.
        • 1960: Hagee marries his first wife, Martha.
        1975: Hagee divorces Martha and leaves his ministry, amid hints of infidelity[*]. He quickly begins a new ministry at Trinity Church.
        • 1976: Hagee marries Diana Castro.

        • 1978: Hagee and Diana make their first trip to Israel. He also launches Global Evangelism Television.
        • 1981: Hagee hosts the first “Night to Honor Israel”
        • 1987: Hagee dedicates new Cornerstone Church.
        • 1996: He draws fire from African Americans for his “go home with a slave” promotion to raise money for high-school students.
        • 2005: Hagee blames the sinfulness of New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina.
        • 2006: Hagee helps to create Christians United for Israel.
        • 2008: He endorses John McCain for president. McCain later rejects the endorsement.

        SOURCE –

        * Some “pastors” like to dip their “pens” in the congregational “ink”! ! !
        “Deep within the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car salesman.”
        SOURCE –

      • Marnie on September 8, 2015, 12:08 am

        Apparently Hagee’s only concerned about “homosexual parades” that occur in cities predominantly African American. He must have his head in the sand about the pride parades in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, huh?

        Any human being who presumes to know the mind of God by stating he is punishing so and so because of this and that should watch themselves because the same God judges us all. I know too many people who have the same mentality, “God is judging you,” etc. Those people are the ones passing judgment here. From my understanding, God is merciful, slow to anger and quick to forgive. Jimmy Carter has been a believer all of his life, and I can’t imagine he believes any more or any less because he has cancer. He’s reached an age few of us see and seems to have done his greatest works in his latter days. God is not done with him yet.

      • JLewisDickerson on September 8, 2015, 12:54 am

        P.P.P.S. Isn’t Las Vegas widely known as “sin city”? I wonder what God has in store for them.
        Lookout Sheldon Adelson! ! !

        • How Las Vegas Became Sin City –

        • Sin City (description) –

      • RockyMissouri on September 8, 2015, 7:56 pm

        Hagee is a corrupt vulgarian…. Former President Carter is an outstanding beacon of humanity, who would be first to say that that he is only a very human being.

      • JLewisDickerson on September 9, 2015, 9:26 pm

        P.P.P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “John Hagee’s Controversial Gospel”, by Sarah Posner,, 12 March 2008
        An excerpt from Sarah Posner’s book, God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.
        LINK –

    • JLewisDickerson on September 7, 2015, 9:23 pm

      SEE: “Rabbis warn Bush: Annapolis will bring destruction to US”, by Neta Sela, Ynet News, 11/06/07
      Group of right-wing rabbis writes open letter to US president demanding he cancel Annapolis summit or risk provoking ‘wrath of the almighty.’ Rabbis assert Katrina disaster a result of America’s support of 2005 disengagement, say California fires a warning

      [EXCERPT] A fringe group of prominent ultranationalist rabbis issued a harshly-worded letter to United States President George W. Bush earlier this week, warning him that the upcoming Annapolis peace conference would bring destruction upon America.
      The rabbis evoke their previous prediction in 2005, when they published an open letter to Bush in the New York Times, demanding the US rescind its support of the disengagement plan.
      “We wrote to President Bush, a man who believes in the Bible, to warn him against the terrible danger to which he is exposing his country by hosting such a conference,” said Rabbi Meir Druckman, one of signatories to the letter.
      “The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. God punishes anyone who coerces Israel to give up its land,” he said.
      “There is no doubt the New Orleans flood from the Katrina hurricane was God’s punishment for evicting the settlements [i.e., in Gaza],” said Druckman , “with hundreds of thousands left homeless, hundreds killed or wounded and billions of dollars sent down the drain – can we really ignore God’s hand collecting an eye for an eye?”
      The disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank was completed August 23rd, 2005 – which was also the date Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas.
      “Despite those consequences, yet again we find ourselves facing an initiative to expel Jews from Judea and Samaria and cede their cities to terror organizations. And once again the patrons of the event are President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
      “This time the Almighty is warning the US in advance: if the plague of water was not enough now he shall send flames. While hundreds of thousands of families have already fled the terrible fires in California, and we ask you, will you really forge ahead with this malevolent plan?” added Druckman. . .

      SOURCE –,7340,L-3468489,00.html

      • Marnie on September 8, 2015, 12:28 am


        “God is not done with him yet”. I apologize for this ridiculous and hypocritical statement. I tried to delete it because after reading it again it looked pretty stupid but the changes didn’t “take” and here it is. Kharma is a bitch.

  6. michelle on September 7, 2015, 2:18 pm

    by that measure we must all understand
    that people who have/or had cancer are anti-Israel or anti-whatever
    life is just womb sweetheart
    G-d Bless

  7. Boomer on September 7, 2015, 2:19 pm

    I’ve never understood why so many Zionists (not just extremists like the one cited) here in the U.S. and in Israel are down on Mr. Carter. Objectively, he has been a supporter, merely stating in a mild way some obvious truths. It seems that the Zionist world view is so distorted that even that is unacceptable. I’m no psychologist, but perhaps it isn’t unreasonable to suggest that at some level–perhaps not conscious–these people know that they are in the wrong, and the intensity of their reaction is fueled by that unwelcome awareness.

    • michelle on September 7, 2015, 3:20 pm

      one wonders when has a liar ever shown pleasure when called out as a liar
      or a thief
      or a murderer
      seems like the people who sweep their dirt under the rug are well aware of the dirt
      G-d Bless

  8. pabelmont on September 7, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Let’s see now.

    ISIS (and others) are fierce and (to some) “crazy” Muslim fundamentalists.

    Israel is well supplied by fierce and (to some) “crazy” Jewish fundamentalists.

    The USA is no slouch and some American fundamentalist Christians are telling us that 5 Supreme Court Justices don’t know (or perhaps “don’t make”) the law (on more inclusive non-religious rules about marriage). And other Christian fundamentalists are shooting abortionists and otherwise imposing their religious views on people who do not hold the same views.

    The big three Abrahamistic faiths all seem to attract weirdos who are eager to “interpret” ancient religious texts so as to screw up the world. QUESTION: should I have used scare-quotes around the words “Muslim”, “Jewish”, and “Christian” as used above? Or are we in the “end times”? Or “beginning times”?

    • druid on September 7, 2015, 6:48 pm

      Of course you’re right, however, there are crazy Hindu fundamentalists trying to and forcibly convert Muslims in India, there are the “peace-loving” Buddhists killing the rohinga’s in Burma. There are crazies everywhere

    • RoHa on September 7, 2015, 7:33 pm

      “The big three Abrahamistic faiths ”

      There are only two big Abrahamic faiths. They are Christianity and Islam. The others (Baha’i, Judaism, etc.) range from small to minuscule.

      “Or are we in the “end times”? Or “beginning times”? ”

      Bangs, whimpers, and Memphis Blues notwithstanding, I don’t think this is the end, or even the beginning of the end. It might, however, be the end of the beginning.

  9. echinococcus on September 7, 2015, 2:43 pm

    I’ve never understood why so many Zionists (not just extremists like the one cited) here in the U.S. and in Israel are down on Mr. Carter

    If “extremist” has any meaning, this occurrence (as so many others) should be enough to show that Zionism is by its very nature extremism: the mild-sounding are as extreme in their reaction to taboo-breaking as the most rabid. It’s a totalitarian and absolutist cult, differing only quantitatively from, say, Jonestown, to choose a pre-1945 example

  10. HarryLaw on September 7, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Pastor John Hagee ties Ebola to Obama’s Israel policy. Says epidemic is part of God’s judgment for his efforts to divide Jerusalem. All I can say with all these religious nutcases about is, ‘God help us all’.

  11. michelle on September 7, 2015, 5:47 pm

    seems like from either end religion is abused
    those who don’t believe blame religion not the person
    those who do believe blame religion not their own poor choices
    top ten G-d said don’t kill
    no excuses just right
    G-d Bless

  12. Kay24 on September 7, 2015, 6:27 pm

    There is a mean mind set when it comes to these zionists…..when someone criticizes them or stands up to them, they become mean and inhumane. I remember these low lives called hasbara who used to get made whenever I criticized Israel’s policies and crimes, and yes, did curse me with the C word. I wonder if their meanness is a sickness or part of zionist culture.

    To the rest of the world Jimmy Carter will always be a respected and compassionate leader.
    No one worthwhile should give a damn about what a zionist newspaper says in that wretched land.

  13. Talkback on September 7, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Israeli newspaper proves: Stupidity is God’s only punishment.

    • RoHa on September 7, 2015, 8:07 pm

      And a harsh punishment it is.

      For even if it is just visited upon the guilty, the effects mean that the innocent suffer as well.

    • Hostage on September 9, 2015, 1:45 pm

      Israeli newspaper proves: Stupidity is God’s only punishment.

      Perhaps, but that still leaves the etiology of Zionist Organization of America Chairman Mort Klein’s #$*&@ Tourette syndrome unexplained;-) Why would a just God have given him both?

      • Mooser on September 9, 2015, 2:38 pm

        “Perhaps, but that still leaves the etiology of Zionist Organization of America Chairman Mort Klein’s #$*&@ Tourette syndrome unexplained;”

        Hostage, for one thing, Tourette’s Syndrome may be, in certain phases of the episode hard to distinguish from the manifestations of the Ziocaine Syndrome. There is also the unfortunate possibility that both conditions may exist in one individual, and be combined with other disabilities.
        The manifestations of the Ziocaine Syndrome are also sometimes confused with cases of Ziocaine Syndrome-by-proxy. Munchhausen’s Syndrome is easily distinguished from the Ziocaine Syndrome, just watch and see if the subject chews the carpet or starts chomping on the sheet-rock.

  14. JLewisDickerson on September 7, 2015, 8:05 pm

    RE: This is ugly hogwash typical of crazy religious people. Except when you live in an ethnocratic state, it gets elevated to the category of “news.” The Jerusalem Post, picking up a Jewish Telegraphic Agency story: ‘Jimmy Carter’s cancer is God’s punishment for his behavior toward Jews’ ~ Weiss

    REVEALING MY (VERY ADVANCED) AGE: I can remember back when the “Jerusalem Post” was a quite good newspaper (before it was taken over by Conrad Black’s Hollinger Inc. in the late 1980s and made into a right-wing rag).

  15. wondering jew on September 7, 2015, 8:58 pm

    Slow news day at the Jerusalem Post. Slow news day at mw.

    • Boo on September 8, 2015, 12:34 pm

      Reporting the death of Riham Dawabshe makes today the farthest thing from a slow news day at MW.

      Numbers 11:31-34 was probably also a “slow news day” in your estimation. The only one who directs God’s wrath is God himself.

      • wondering jew on September 8, 2015, 5:28 pm

        Boo- The article by the Jerusalem Post is kind of stupid and indicates too much time on one’s hands. The article by Phil is kind of stupid and indicates too much time on one’s hands. as for you and your quote from Numbers, your problem is far worse than too much time on your hands.

      • annie on September 8, 2015, 5:41 pm

        the Jerusalem Post is kind of stupid … The article by Phil is kind of stupid

        shorter yonah: ‘i’m the arbitrator of what is and is not news.’

      • tree on September 8, 2015, 5:47 pm

        shorter yonah: ‘i’m the arbitrator of what is and is not news.’

        With addendum: ‘I’m the expert on stupid.’

      • Mooser on September 8, 2015, 6:33 pm

        ” as for you and your quote from Numbers, your problem is far worse than too much time on your hands.”

        Yonah, man, I know where you are coming from. This passage has been used to justify banning the eating of all birds, and that includes chicken. How much stuff do they expect me not to eat?

      • talknic on September 8, 2015, 7:58 pm

        @ Mooser How much stuff do they expect me not to eat?”

        Stop complaining. You said you have dachshund. Are they Kosher?

      • Mooser on September 8, 2015, 10:07 pm

        “You said you have dachshund. Are they Kosher?”

        Fritz may be a daschund, but he’s all bull.

  16. Xpat on September 8, 2015, 12:13 am

    Phil – where did you get that The Jerusalem Post is “a leading Israeli newspaper?” Just because an immigrant paper happens to be in the English language doesnt’t make it a leader of anything.
    Some American cultural superiority going on here.

  17. JohndeClefPineiro on September 8, 2015, 9:55 am

    How trite and dishonest when those who harbor but can’t admit to having petty revenge fantasies resort to the equally petty fantasy of imagining a deity as the instrument of retribution.

    There is only ugliness, not godliness, in such pettiness.

  18. hophmi on September 8, 2015, 10:26 am

    C’mon. The J Post did not say that. It reported that some fanatics had said it, and then spent six of the seven paragraphs of the story quoting Rabbi Ben Blech’s criticism of the idea.

    • Boo on September 8, 2015, 12:47 pm

      Yet Blech summarizes his position as follows: “Don’t presume to know that his illness is a result of his anti-Semitic views.” He thereby perpetuates the calumny that Carter is an “anti-Semite”.

      Interesting to note that JP has changed its headline, whicih now reads “Some Jews have divined the real cause of Jimmy Carter’s cancer”.

      While I’d love to characterize this revision as the result of a twinge of conscience or recognition of abject stupidity, the new version is no better because the original was at least in quotes, whereas the revision fails to put quotes around “real”, indicating that they don’t dispute that assessment.

  19. Qualtrough on September 8, 2015, 2:36 pm

    Ninety years old is well beyond the average male lifespan in the USA, and Carter ain’t dead yet. The evidence seems to suggest that God actually likes President Carter, anti-semite or not.

  20. Pamela Olson on September 8, 2015, 2:42 pm

    So their God is both vengeful and slow as hell?

  21. Mooser on September 8, 2015, 2:53 pm

    “So their God is both vengeful and slow as hell?”

    It does not do to question the pace and timing of divine intervention! As the Scriptos say (Numbers: 11.8 sec. 122.7 mph.): “His tempo be-eth neither sloweth, nor fasteth, but about in the middle-eth. Yea, verily, half-fast is our God!”

  22. Vera Gottlieb on September 8, 2015, 3:06 pm

    How low can anyone sink???

    • Mooser on September 9, 2015, 2:23 pm

      “How low can anyone sink???”

      Sorry, I only noticed the “half-fast” connotation after the edit window had closed. Too late to change it. Yes, [email protected] 122.7 is actually pretty darn fast.

  23. Citizen on September 9, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Sheldon Adelson is only age 82

  24. Cliff Oswald on September 10, 2015, 12:41 am

    I’m with Boo on this; Phillip should have done his homework and checked this out in the JP.
    More of Blech’s comments:

    “Not so fast, writes Rabbi Benjamin Blech on, the website of Orthodox Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah: “Don’t presume to know that his illness is a result of his anti-Semitic views.”

    Blech, an Orthodox Jewish author and professor of Talmud of at Yeshiva University, writes:

    “There are those already proclaiming with prophetic certainty that Jimmy Carter is being punished by God for his sins against Israel and the Jewish people. Carter’s cancer is the divine edict for his anti-Semitism. And with that smug analysis of heavenly justice these false prophets have unwittingly besmirched millions of righteous and God-fearing people who similarly find themselves suffering from incurable diseases and facing painful deaths.”

    “Carter is not the only one dying from cancer. People in my own family were victims; pious and holy individuals I knew personally were targets of agonizing final ailments. But the Torah taught us not to dare make judgments based on equating someone’s suffering with sin and be guilty of the crime of the friends of Job.”

    • Marnie on September 12, 2015, 2:46 am

      What punishment is fit (biblical) for false prophets, soothsayers and sorcerers? Stoning anyone?.

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