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The Vatican Against Israel: J'ACCUSE, by Giulio Meotti

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Giulio Meotti joins our band of authors with his new book, The Vatican Against Israel: J'ACCUSE

For over a century, and for over 50 years after the Holocaust, the Vatican has been hostile to the creation of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East with its capital as Jerusalem. For 60 years after the Jewish State gained independence in 1948, the Catholic Church adopted a policy fitting to Israel’s Arab-Islamic enemies: total non-recognition of Jewish statehood and peoplehood.

Despite acceptance by every Western nation, Israel was not accorded formal diplomatic recognition by the Vatican before 1993. The Church formally recognized Israel’s existence only two decades after Israels foe, Egypts Sadat, signed a peace treaty with the Jewish State. Apparently only the Vatican considered the State of Israel undeserving of its recognition.

How do we explain this refusal?

Catholicism had long viewed Judaism as a pariah faith and the Jews a group destined to wander the earth for their complicity in the death of Jesus. Although the Second Vatican Council partially revoked this anti-Semitic doctrine in 1965, since then the Vatican rapprochement with the Jewish people took place at two levels, which the Vatican separated, theologically and politically. Each advance on the first plane was counterbalanced by a deeper regression on the second, as if the two movements were synchronized. The closer the Vatican seemed to draw toward reconciliation and dialogue with Judaism, the louder grew the clamor supporting the Arab cause against Israel.

The Vatican Against Israel: J’ACCUSE deciphers, for the first time, the Vaticans criminalization of the State of Israel and its appeasement of anti-Semitic terrorism in the period between 1945 and 2013.

In this book you will find out —

  • how the Vatican glided from anti-Semitism to anti-Zionism...
  • how the Christological themes of Palestinianism developed, based on the Judeophobic schemas of crucifixion and the Arab Churches, supported by the Vatican, transfigured Palestinian terrorism into a Christ-like image...
  • how over the past 50 years, the Vatican authorities obfuscated the reality of a Jewish State as democracy under siege by calling it “apartheid”...
  • how the Arab Catholics waged a war against the Jewish people...
  • how the Vatican has been able to impose a narrative in which peace is contingent upon Israeli concessions and efforts to dismantle the Jewish State...
  • how Vatican leaders use deicide imagery in reference to Israel, portraying Israels efforts to prevent civilian casualties as collective punishment...
  • how the Vatican has become the unabashed apologist for Arab rejectionism by sponsoring international conferences in which Zionism was associated with racism...
  • how a Middle Eastern version of liberation theology, supported by high profile Catholic clergy, presented the Palestinian Christians as the true Israel, oppressed by a malevolent occupation government of theologically cursed Jews...
  • how, within the Catholic hierarchy, there are growing numbers of leaders who demonize Israel because they believe that Jews are not entitled to any part of the Holy Land, indeed, they feel a Jewish state is both theologically illegitimate and intrinsically racist...
  • how the State of Israel has been abandoned by the Vatican during its darkest periods, such as the Second Intifada of the suicide bombers, the wars in Lebanon and Gaza, the Church of Bethlehem's siege, and Iran's Holocaust denial...
  • how, since the First Intifada, the Palestinian Liberation Organization found an ally in the Vatican in its war against Israel...
  • how the Catholic NGOs encouraged an inversion of stereotypes in which Jews become modern-day Roman oppressors, humiliating the Palestinian people whose suffering is likened to that of Jesus...
  • how the latest Vatican synods have demonized the unchosen Jewish people...
  • how the Vatican abused the Holocaust memory and used it as a weapon against Israel...
  • how the Catholic ecumenism and interfaith meetings have been traps for anti-Jewish rhetoric and sentiments

This book urgently matters not only to Jews, but also to Christians, since the two religions share moral values and a common scripture. Jesus was Jewish, and for better or worse, Jews and Christians have lived together in Europe and the Middle East for 2000 years. In fact in many parts of the Christian world, Christians have rediscovered their Jewish roots.

With its more than one billion adherents and strategic influence in the Middle East where Israel is under existential threat by Islamic terror groups and an Iranian apocalyptic revolution, the Vatican has an intrinsic relationship with Israel different from Israel's relationship with any other group. How the Vatican will relate to Israel and its Jews will affect future relations between Christians and Jews. With Israel still establishing the terms of its existence and the Zionists’ current struggle for their own future, the Vatican has the chance to redeem its past mistakes. Will it do so?

 

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Drawing by Ron Dixon

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