A Jewish charity that monitors antisemitism has said it received a record number of reports of hate incidents in the first six months of this year. The Community Security Trust (CST) reported 1,308 reports of antisemitism in the UK between January and June, a 49 per cent increase on the 875 incidents during the same period last year. The number of incidents was higher than the annual totals for the previous five years. Mark Gardner, the chief executive of the CST, said British Jews had this year
“suffered levels of hatred that were worse than anything seen in recent decades”.
The charity attributed the rise to a “wave of anti-Jewish hate” in response to violence in Israel and Gaza. When the conflict intensified in May, a monthly record of 639 antisemitic incidents accounted for almost half of all those recorded in the first six months of this year. CST said that the influence of the conflict in the Middle East could be seen in the language used.
It is hard to comprehend antisemitism. The hatred shown to Jews and Israel is getting worse around the world. The Jews are still God’s people. The nation of Israel is still the centre of God’s plan and purpose. It was ”for the hope of Israel” that Paul was in prison in Rome. But the world does not see it this way. Most Christian’s believe God has cast off the Jews. That Israel has nothing to do with his plan and purpose.
Andy Walton of Weekly World Watch spoke at a large Pentecostal church in Birmingham some years ago about Israel. No one there had any concept of God’s continued involvement with His people and His land. Israel of course was God’s antidote to Babel. Babel the original kingdom of men will be replaced entirely when Israel (God’s kingdom) is setup on earth. Israel of course means “God prevails”….
“1 Now ADONAI said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”” (Ge 12:1-3 CJB)