December 25, 2017
Copied from We Hold These Truths
We’ve known about Rich Siegel and his activism for Palestine for a number of years. What follows is a report he made to Palestine that surely qualifies as “Unheralded News!”.
Be sure to watch the 12 minute video (posted below) by Rich Siegel, performing his composition, “In Palestine.” [Ed.-TEC]
I’ve recently had an amazing experience! I did something that many Palestinians don’t get to do. I visited Palestine. Palestine is one of the few places that, as soon as you mention the name, it becomes controversial. Cuba is like that to an extent, but everyone agrees that Cuba exists, whereas with Palestine, there are actually those who claim it doesn’t exist. I proved them wrong. I went there! And when I went I found people who speak Arabic and who worship in mosques and in Christian churches, and smoke shisha and drink really strong coffee, and I’m pretty sure they were Palestinians. And I got to experience first hand the way they live. I got to see Jewish-only roads which are forbidden to them, (infrastructure allowed to one group, and forbidden to another group: the very definition of apartheid). I got to see an ugly wall snaking around the otherwise beautiful country-side, which is not on any border, and is only serving to steal land and cause lots of inconvenience. I got to see villages surrounded by illegal Jewish settlements, settlements that have plenty of water for swimming pools while Palestinians have to ration the limited water they get. I got to see the ruins of houses that were demolished, families given just an hour to get out. I got to see once thriving business districts made into ghost-towns due to inaccessibility caused by the wall. I got to see Bedouin villages that get no services at all because they are not “recognized”. I got to see things I did not expect to see, for example, an Arab family’s house in a “cage”, completely surrounded by a Jewish settlement and fenced in, only accessible by a driveway with a gate controlled by the settlement. Basically I got to see apartheid in action.
And I got to see these ugly big red road signs that Israel puts up, warning Israelis that they are in danger if they cross into an Arab area. But the funny thing was that when I, a Jew, went into these areas, I always got handshakes and hugs and hospitality. Great food, great music, great fun, warm hearts! Go figure! Anyway, I know it’s controversial, but when I was a kid the war in Vietnam was controversial and now, nobody’s ashamed at having opposed it. So I’m here to shout from the rooftops that I have seen Israeli apartheid up close and personal and I oppose it! And I also want to say that I want everybody to go to Palestine and see it. It’s beautiful, there is so much history, and the people, the food and the culture are lovely. And the awful situation needs to be witnessed. Anybody interested in going, just pop me an e mail back and I’ll help you make it happen.
I even had a little gig while I was there, at al-Jisser bar in Beit Sahour, a fun hang if you’re in the neighborhood. Don’t worry, Israel, I didn’t make any money. I played for beer and a T-shirt. But can you imagine this Jewish guy playing piano in a bar in Palestine, for an audience of Palestinians and internationals, including Jews, even drinking local Palestinian beer? How many assumptions and stereotypes get smashed in that picture?!
Rich Siegel is a very talented pianist and singer who journeyed from being an ardent Zionist, who even lived in Israel. Rich delved into the Zionist beliefs he held so dear and found that the “facts” he had learned were wanting. After a thorough investigation into the Israel/Palestine conflict, he became an activist for peace and justice for Palestians. In this remarkable, 12 minute video, Rich performs his haunting composition, “In Palestine,” talks about his journey out of Zionism, and, how he came to write the song. Rich performs in the New York City area. To find out where Rich is playing, check out his website.
[MW note: Radical Press editor and publisher Arthur Topham offers us hope for the New Year. I highlighted one of his introductory paragraphs below. But don’t miss reading the rest of his New Year’s message on his website to find out what you can do this year.]
So much is out of our direct control but regardless there still remains some fundamental truths that no fickleness on the part of mainstream media can alter. First off we know beyond certainty that the global mainstream media throughout the Western world is absolutely under the control of the Zionist Jew Rothschild criminal cartel and that ALL ZIONIST NEWS IS FAKE NEWS. Secondly, we know that more and more people throughout the Western world are turning to the Alternative News media in search of real news along with real interpretations of events and a whole host of broad-ranging opinions and perspectives that resonate with fundamental human values such as honesty, morality, authenticity, open-mindedness and plain-dealing. The third and still growing certitude is the revelation that the swamp is infested with #pizza-eating satanic, demonic entities who thrive upon the basest of human behaviours that span the gamut of grotesque to despicable in terms of pedophilia, beastiality, cannibalism and child sacrifice.
Putin’s ‘Anti-Evangelism’ Law Revealed
Interview With Archbishop Gabriel
By Brother Nathanael Kapner August 21, 2016 ©
___________________________________ ARCHBISHOP GABRIEL, of full Russian extraction,
was born in 1961 and currently serves as
Bishop of Montreal and Canada with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).
Steeped in the history and culture of Russia, Archbishop Gabriel speaks with authority on the religio-political scenario of that nation of which he and his peers call “Holy Russia.”
His “Monarchy Must Come To Russia” reveals a penetrating perspective on world events.
Br Nathanael: What’s this anti-evangelism law all about?
Abp Gabriel: It’s not an ‘anti-evangelism’ law, that’s a misnomer. It’s recognized by Russians as a set of “anti-terrorism laws,” officially titled, the “Yarovaya-Ozerov Laws.”
Br Nathanael: Why is the press calling it an “anti-evangelism” law?
Abp Gabriel: Because the Western press has been on a Russophobia track ever since the Washington-enabled coup in Ukraine. It’s just another attempt to pick on Russia as “the evil empire.”
Look, the Yarovaya-Ozerov Laws, which are the surnames of the sponsors of the legislation, primarily deals with internet and cell phone providers requiring storage of data for the purpose of identifying terrorist threats.
A subset of laws addressing ‘proselytizing’ by cults and unregistered religious groups were subjoined to the main body as an added precaution.
Br Nathanael: Added precaution?
Abp Gabriel: Yes. One concern is itinerant imams ‘proselytizing’ a radical brand of Islam, which is gaining an appeal among a segment of Muslim youth.
The other concern is that there is a belief in Russia among politicians and the people that some Protestant groups, including evangelicals, have been allowing their ‘churches’ to be used as covers for CIA operatives and foreign-backed NGO subversive activities. The supplementary laws will hamper these efforts and practices.
Br Nathanael: You mention “Russophobia” by the West with regard to these laws. Can you elaborate?
Abp Gabriel: Russia is a free country where all religions can worship and practice their faith without restraint.
But try “evangelizing” in Israel, you won’t get very far. Why is the Western press silent?
How about another ally of the US, Saudi Arabia? Share Christ with a Saudi Muslim and you’ll lose your head, literally.
Yet in Russia, with a large Muslim population inherited from Imperial Russia’s expansion, there’s a brand new, actually, an enormous mosque right in the center of Moscow. Could that happen in the center of Tel Aviv? I don’t think so.
Br Nathanael: Is the Russian Orthodox Church for or against the Yarovaya-Ozerov Laws?
Abp Gabriel: Neither. That’s because the laws primarily address terrorist threats.
Yet at the same time, and I visit Russia regularly, it needs to be understood what Solzhenitsyn pointed out when many in the West were criticizing Russia for its Soviet cultural-holdovers since 1991.
Br Nathanael: What did Solzhenitsyn say?
Abp Gabriel: “Give us time, we’re just getting off of our knees after 70 years of Bolshevik oppression.”
And this applies to proselytizing by evangelicals in Russia, and sects like Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses going door to door. There have also been attempts by Protestant groups to perform same-sex marriages.
Russians are still vulnerable to these efforts…some of these groups offer presents and money to induce Russians to come to their gatherings…and need time to return to their Orthodox roots.
Br Nathanael: But shouldn’t they be free to choose what religion to be part of?
Abp Gabriel: They are free to choose. But at the same time, as Solzhenitsyn said, “give us time.”
With the onslaught of Protestant so-called evangelism, much of it offering a “feel good” experience, Russians are yet vulnerable to this kind of Western influence.
Look, Russia’s culture was built upon the life of the Orthodox Church, especially before the era of Peter the Great.
Russians had lived in unison based on the teachings, daily cycle of worship, and worldview of the Church – but was disrupted in the 18th Century when Western influence began to creep in.
In some ways the influence was good with regard to Russia’s civil affairs, but had a deleterious effect on its religious consciousness due to the Vatican’s rationalistic worldview, and the rebellious spirit spread by Martin Luther’s Reformation.
Today, President Putin, a pious Orthodox Christian, is encouraging the growth of the Church both to re-invigorate Russia’s historical culture and instill a moral consciousness into society.
Br Nathanael: Do the people like what Putin’s doing?
Abp Gabriel: The majority of Russians support President Putin and view his efforts to regrow the Church as a positive thing.
Isn’t this better than what’s happening in America with its riots, homosexual propaganda which is gaining a foothold in the elementary schools, and now its repulsive transgender advocacy by the government?
And why is it, with Russia growing as a Christian country, it is targeted as an enemy by the US government and picked on for the slightest things? The Russian people constantly perceive a double-standard in operation.
Washington constantly criticizes Russia for “annexing” Crimea—a misnomer, since Crimea voted to “reunite” with Russia—yet brushes off blame for enabling the illegal annexing of Kosovo by Albania which historically and culturally has been part of Orthodox Serbia.
No wonder Russians look at the US government and shake their heads saying, “Before you take the speck out of our eyes, try taking the log out of your own.”
In 1790, Ezra Stiles, the president of Yale University wanted to know the religious beliefs of Benjamin Franklin who quit going to church. He had noticed “corrupting changes” just as today we see the corrupting changes inherent in Christian Zionism.
Here is part of Dr. Franklin’s reply.
You desire to know something of my religion. It is the first time I have been questioned upon it. But I cannot take your curiosity amiss, and I shall endeavor in a few words to gratify it. Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think his system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is like to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon [he died a month later] an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble. I see no harm, however, in its being believed, if that belief has the good consequence, as probably it has, of making his doctrines more respected and more observed; especially as I do not perceive that the Supreme takes it amiss, by distinguishing the unbelievers in his government of the world with any peculiar marks of his displeasure.