*edit, July 21, 2016 – I referred below to some 6000 laws in the Mosaic Law Code. That should be 600.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Alex Kane follows:
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Facebook has not changed the fundamental contours of the conflict, but it has accelerated it. A demonstration against the Israeli occupation can be organized in a matter of hours, while the monitoring of Palestinians is made easier by the large digital footprint they leave on their laptops and mobile phones.
Israeli officials have blamed social media for inciting a wave of violent attacks by Palestinians that began in October 2015. Since then, Israeli security forces have arrested about 400 Palestinians for social media activity, according to Palestinian rights groups Addameer and Adalah. Most of the arrests have been for postings on Facebook, a popular network among Palestinians.
In that year alone, the Israeli attorney general opened 155 investigations into alleged social media incitement, a marked increase from previous years, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (although the law on social media incitement applies to all citizens and residents, the vast majority of cases have been directed at Arabs in Israel).
The arrests of Palestinians for Facebook posts open a window into the practices of Israel’s surveillance state and reveal social media’s darker side. What was once seen as a weapon of the weak has turned into the perfect place to ferret out potential resistance.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a slew of punitive and deterrent measures against Palestinians in the wake of the shooting in a popular Tel Aviv nightspot, the deadliest attack in a months-long wave of violence. Among the measures, the Israeli government said it was revoking entry permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians to visit relatives in Israel during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, a move likely to further stoke tensions. / AFP / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
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My online response to the above linked-to article follows. I always get tripped up by the complex puctuation that results from writers quoting writers quoting writers. Adding to the confusion, I don’t always agree with punctuation that others do. Bible passages often present me with that sort of difficulty. I struggled with it a bit in quoting the passages you see in my following comment. I recommend that you do not struggle to sort it out. It isn’t necessary for the meaning to come through:
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I never pay attention to the religious justications for Zionism because I am a former Bible student (forgetting much and not studying, to be honest) and I know my Christian Bible, which includes the Hebrew/ Aramaic part that religious Jews claim to believe in. And their religious ideas, like Catholics, are ‘based’ on Bible texts. One Catholic reference book, I’m told, explains simply that the Catholic religion is based partly on the Bible and partly on tradition, which Jesus Christ cautioned against. See Mark 7:9-15. He didn’t say tradition was automatically a sin. He only noted that there are those who water down God’s word with their tradition. They simply ‘use’ the Bible. They use God. I don’t know of religionists who don’t ‘use’ God, to be honest.
It’s pretty wonky that religious Jews then reject the Christian Greek scriptures. The New Testament is simply part 2 of the same book. By ignoring that, and accepting only one of the volumes as good, you destroy the integrity of the story and lose the value of it’s lessons and instructions. You introduce yourself to darkness and then become a source of confusion. You become incoherent.
The labels of old testament and new testament are okay, but they would possibly be better to read old and new convenants. (“…M’Clintock and Strong’s Cyclopediae (1981) says, under “Covenant”: “There seems to be no necessity for the introduction of a new word [other than “covenant”] conveying a new idea.” Did they mean ‘the same idea’? – page 520 of “Insight On The Scriptures” by Watchtower Bible And Tract Society Of New York, Inc.. The thing is, there [are] more than two convenants in the Bible. Also, “Covenants always involved two or more parties. They could be unilateral (where the party on one side was solely responsible to carry out the terms) or bilateral (where parties on both sides had terms to carry out). Besides the covenants in which God is a party, the Bible records the making of covenants between men, and between tribes, nations, or groups of persons. To break a covenant was a grievous sin. – Eze 17:11-20; Ro 1:31,32”)
The Old Covenant, which is to say the core text that Old Covenant refers to, is found in the Bible book of Exodus. It was the Law Covenant, which the Israelites broke, as God’s people again did when they broke the New Covenant foretold by Jeremiah in the Hebrew/Aramaic Scriptures (Jeremiah chapter 31). “The terms of the Law covenant were that if the Israelites kept the covenant they would be a people for the name of Jehovah, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation… The Law covenant extended benefits to others not of natural Israel, for they could become proselytes, getting circumcised, and could receive many of the Law’s benefits. – Exodus 12:48,49″
One of the purposes of the Law Covenant was to lead the Jews to Christ. Jesus’s sacrificial death (which I think everyone misunderstands, believing that God meant for Jesus to be killed exactly the way he was killed), in integrity before God, created a legal value (symbolized by his shed blood) that could now be bestowed upon those who acted to avail themselves of it. Those who would accept Jehovah God and his standards and his plan of salvation for imperfect humankind and his appointed chief agent for making it possible would be those availing themselves of the benefits of this arrangement.
“”Look! The days are coming,” declares Jehovah, “when I will make with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new convenant. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day I took hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, ‘my covenant that they broke, although I was their true master’”, declares Jehovah.” “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares Jehovah. “I will put my law within them, and in their heart I will write it. And I will become their God and they will become my people.” – Jeremiah 31:31-33. It goes on and is worth reading. One sees clearly that only through Jesus Christ can that New Covenant be activated. Jesus himself said, I came not to destroy the Law but to fufill it. And at a convention of Jesus disciples, it was determined that God’s people would no longer be bound by the old Mosaic law code (with some 6000 laws, only summarized in the ten commandments that are all most people know), but they only need exercise faith in Jesus (showing loyalty to God and staying within his new covenant), each one treating others the same as he or she would be treated and loving God with all one’s heart. At the time, Christian and Jews who had begun following Jesus were experiencing some dischord, due to the (unecessary) burden of having to observe the many laws of the Mosaic Law code and the apostles and elders met to deal with. They prayed, received guidance and settled upon a course of action, which they announced: “For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you except these necessary things: to keep abstaining from idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you.” -Acts 15:28-29. I guess there’s not a lot of work there for those who want to be priests, and experts in all kinds of rules and rituals, but it is what it is. And it shouldn’t be what it shouldn’t be.
“Jesus said to her: “Believe me woman, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father… Nevertheless, the hour is coming and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for indeed, the Father is looking for ones like these to worship him.” – John 4:21,23
Jesus was speaking to a Samaritan woman who he came upon as he was travelling through the area, which he was forced to do because the Jewish religious leaders at that time were seeking to kill him, apparently. They didn’t like his work and saw him as a competitor, among other things. Jews were supposed to have no contact with apostate Samaritans. But times change.
“Now look, A man versed in the Law stood up to test him and said: “Teacher, What do I need to do in order to inherit everlasting life?” He said to him: “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” In answer he said: “You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole mind and your neighbor as yourself.” He said to him: You answered correctly. Keep doing that and you will get life.” But wanting to prove himself righteous the man said to Jesus: “Who really is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down to Jericho and fell victim to robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went off, leaving him half dead. Now by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, but when he saw him, he passed him by on the opposite side. Likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the opposite side. But a certain Samaritan travelling the road came upon him, and, at seeing him, he was moved with pity. So he approached him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine upon them. Then he mounted him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said: “Take care of him, and whatever you spend besides this, I will repay you when I return.” Who of these three seems to you to have made himself neighbor to the man who fell victim to the robbers?” He said: “The one who acted mercifully toward him.” Jesus then said to him: “Go and do the same yourself.”” – Luke 10:25-37.
Palestinians, Samaritans. Same thing. And the religious Jews and all of the Nazi Jews in Israel who base their depravity and abuse of God and their neighbors upon the Bible will have to answer to God for it. If they didn’t know God at all, they’d have some excuse. But they certainly claim to, and they do possess enough of his message to us. As Jesus said, “If the light that is in you, is in fact darkness, then how great that darkness is.” – Matthew 6:23b
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