Father Dave Smith On Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism: “Politics And Religion Mixed Up A Lot.”

By Jerry Alatalo

Australian Father Dave Smith at a recent “Warrior Weekend” – part of the “Boxing For Life” program, using boxing to bring people of different faiths and cultures together through sport.

ather Dave Smith of Australia was one of  the men and woman from around the Earth who received invitations to speak at the recent New Horizons Conference in Iran – the 6th Annual convening of the event in May 2018.

Among the group of others who participated were (from the U.S.): Alison Weir (author, founder of If Americans Knew), retired Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence expert Philip Giraldi, former State Department official Michael Maloof, military psychological operations expert and author of “Shell Game” (Swiss banks terrorist financing) Scott Bennett, and attorney/author Michael Springmann (Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry).

Father Dave Smith’s talk  focused on the erroneous theological foundations of Christian Zionism, the distinctive branch of the faith finding 50-70 million adherents in the United States alone. The Christian block is very influential (negatively, if what Father Dave Smith suggests is correct) when it comes to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere around the Earth, particularly with regard to Israel-Palestine.

If one accepts the central thrust of Father Dave Smith’s thesis, the most worrisome aspect of Christian Zionists’ erroneous beliefs set is holding the idea that being a Christian requires giving full support to Israel – and accepting the “prophecy” that the return of Jesus Christ is dependent on Israel’s militarily conquering its neighbors or enemies. In other words, Christian Zionists are to believe (and do believe) that wars fought by Israel, including those fought by the United States for or joined with Israel, are absolute/solid “signs” – ignorant of the potential huge losses of human lives, the injuries, dislocation and destruction associated with military violence – of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

This theologically incorrect stance is actually the one held firmly by millions of U.S. Christian Zionists (readers might have family members or friends in the religious category) – in fact to the point where many are joyously anticipating the “Armageddon” of Revelations in the Bible or major war in the Middle East, which supposedly then triggers the prophecy-fulfilling supernatural spiritual event of Christ’s return, the 2nd Coming, and/or “The Rapture”.

Americans might find it important to know that former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and now Secretary of State under Donald Trump – Mike Pompeo – believes in “The Rapture”. Moreover, Father Dave Smith wonders out loud in his talk whether Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton is a Christian Zionist. The selection of Bolton by Trump did not require the approval/vote or confirmation of the U.S. Congress.

The Rapture has come into the consciousness of America’s estimated 50-70 million Christian Zionists through the reading of the controversial (many Christian leaders criticize and consider it sheer blasphemy) Scofield Bible, published in 1909 and including extensive end notes or interpretive commentary by editor Scofield, which portray biblical scriptures/verses in an extremely Israel-centric light.

Perhaps some men or women journalists can ask Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton if their bibles are the Scofield version. It might be very important to know the answer, and especially so, given the current highly tense global situation.

A few hours of research into the Scofield Bible, its historical facts and the theological controversy surrounding it are enough for one to lean strongly in the direction that millions of Americans who’ve used/read solely the Scofield publication have been sadly fooled about Israel vis-à-vis Christianity. In many instances people professing themselves as Christians have used the Scofield Bible alone … solely that book without exception, for decades and/or generations.

Among America’s more well-known Christian Zionists are Pat Robertson (who ran for president as a Republican, and once publicly called for the political, literal assassination of  Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez), John Hagee and Robert Jeffress (who both spoke in Israel at the U.S. Embassy dedication ceremony, after Donald Trump moved it from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem), Jerry Falwell, Benny Hinn, Hal Lindsey, and many others.

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Father Dave Smith spoke toward the end of his talk:

“Hence, biblical prophecies … they’re never designed to help shape foreign policy; any more than they’re designed to just satisfy our curiosity about the future. They’re designed to call us back to the commandments. Once we recognize this, I think we can see the fundamental flaw in the logic of Christian Zionism. They claim the biblical prophecies point to the triumph of the modern-state Israel over its neighbors.

“Even if they could be right, that some prophet had predicted this, it wouldn’t mean that either the prophet or the scriptures as a whole endorsed the event, nor would it mean that people should support it, any more than Jeremiah’s dire warnings were intended to garner support for the destruction of Jerusalem. In the Hebrew bible, when the prophet gives dire predictions about the future, his hope is that his warnings will cause his hearers to come back into a relationship of obedience to God – resulting in the prophecy proving false.

“See, the tragedy of Christian Zionism … Is it gets the whole process back to front, urging us to follow the prophecy even if it means breaking the laws of God, breaking the commandments. Prophecy has never been normative. The commandments are normative. The commandments tell us how we have to behave towards God and towards our neighbors. It’s the commandments with which we can base our foreign policy on, – a biblically based foreign policy, which would require of course a focusing on justice.

“As a Sydney Anglican priest I’m privileged to be part of a church tradition that has never been greatly influenced by Zionism. Indeed, I believe that at the Sydney Anglican Synod of 1948, some people did indeed stand up suggesting the creation of Israel was the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

“It was the principal of our theological seminary who corrected them, saying: ‘No, no … It’s the fulfillment of the 8th commandment – Thou shalt not steal’. And this is the great tragedy of Christian Zionism … That under the guide of faithfulness to biblical prophecy it indeed justified stealing, and murder, and any number of other crimes that are clearly contrary to the commandments of God.

“A genuinely biblical approach to the situation in Israel-Palestine must begin, I believe, not with prophecy, but with the unambiguous command to do justice. A justice that respects the rights of Palestinian people to their land, to life and to liberty.”

Father Dave Smith after declared the ‘winner’ of an exhibition boxing match.

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(Thank you to Dave Smith – YouTube)

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9/11 Truth Legal Battle Shifts Into High Gear.

By Jerry Alatalo

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry

Petition to U.S. Attorney to Report Federal Crimes to Grand Jury

he nonprofit public interest organization, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc. is filing a Petition with the U. S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York formally requesting, pursuant to federal statute, that he present to a special grand jury extensive evidence of thus-far unprosecuted federal crimes relating to the destruction of three World Trade Center (WTC) Towers on 9/11/01. The evidence presented in the Petition and the exhibits thereto is considered by the Lawyers’ Committee, after careful evaluation, to be conclusive.

In the Petition, the Lawyers’ Committee explains that the U. S. Attorney is legally required to present the evidence submitted to a grand jury. The 52-page Petition, accompanied by 57 exhibits, presents extensive scientific and eye-witness evidence that explosives were used to destroy three WTC buildings on 9/11, including:

1) Independent scientific laboratory analysis of WTC dust samples showing the presence of high-tech explosives and/or incendiaries in the form of thermite or thermate.

2) Testimony of numerous New York firefighters who were 9/11 First Responders that they heard sounds of explosions and saw explosions on 9/11 at the WTC resembling controlled demolitions, and some reported seeing molten iron like in a foundry.

3) Testimony and scientific analysis by numerous architects, engineers, physicists, and chemists which demonstrates conclusively that the WTC Twin Towers and WTC Building 7 were brought down by use of explosives and incendiaries, not by airplane impacts or the resulting jet fuel and building fires.

4) Expert analysis of seismic evidence that explosions occurred at the WTC towers on 9/11 prior to the airplane impacts, and prior to the building collapses.

The Petition presents scientific reports and testimony explaining that the documented presence of molten iron proves that temperatures were present at Ground Zero much higher than those that jet fuel and building contents could create when burned, extreme temperatures consistent with use of the high tech explosive and incendiary materials called thermite and thermate.

The Petition also presents scientific reports and testimony explaining that the presence of previously molten iron microspheres, which have been established as present in the WTC dust in large quantities by electron microscope analysis of WTC dust samples, by both government and independent scientists, is scientifically impossible based on the burning of jet fuel and office contents alone but would be expected from the use of thermite or thermate.

Video evidence is also presented that shows the ejection during the collapse of WTC 1 and 2 of heavy steel elements laterally some distance from these WTC buildings which would not be possible from a gravity-driven collapse.

In addition, the Petition notes that scientific analysis, eyewitness testimony, and government reports confirm sulfidation and high temperature corrosion of the steel found in the rubble after the collapse of the WTC towers and WTC 7, a phenomenon not expected in a jet fuel fire and gravity driven collapse but consistent with the use of thermate.

The Petition cites longstanding federal court precedent that recognizes that a grand jury may act independently of any branch of government. The Petition adds that Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 3332(a), requires the United States Attorney who receives information concerning an alleged federal crime from any person, if requested by that person, to provide that information to a special grand jury. The Petition emphasizes that this federal law creates a duty on the part of the United States Attorney, and removes the prosecutor’s discretion in deciding whether to present information to the grand jury.

The Petition cites the law that makes it a federal offense to bomb places of public use and government facilities. In the Petition, the Lawyers’ Committee concludes that the scientific, video, and eye-witness evidence taken together is conclusive that explosive and incendiary devices that had been pre-placed at the WTC were detonated causing the complete collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers on 9/11, substantially increasing the tragic loss of life from the terrorist attacks. The Lawyers’ Committee states unequivocally that the evidence permits no other conclusion — as a matter of science, as a matter of logic, and as a matter of law.

Pointing out that these crimes were not committed by a single person acting alone but rather by several persons acting in concert, the Petition urges that the attention of the jurors should not be limited simply to the bombing crime but should include a full inquiry into the crimes of aiding and abetting and conspiracy, and into those who may be guilty of these additional crimes, whether or not such parties are principals (direct perpetrators).

The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote transparency and accountability regarding 9/11. The Lawyers’ Committee’s work includes conducting investigations and public education in the public interest regarding matters related to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the circumstances leading up to and following those events. A primary focus of the Lawyers’ Committee is government accountability for the diligent investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the crimes related to 9/11 (whether those responsible are foreign or domestic individuals, corporations, or government entities).

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(Transcript of Press Event – April 10, 2018)

“Witness this historic press conference”

Les Jamieson: Hello. My name is Les Jamieson. I’m a big supporter and participant with the efforts of the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Truth. We want to welcome everybody to witness this historic press conference. This is the culmination of many, many years of hard work of researchers and activists all involved in a quest for the true explanation and full spectrum analysis and exposing of all the evidence of the events of 9/11. And this is also, more specifically, a culmination of three years of hard work and research and strategizing by a team of lawyers called the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Truth. Right … Let me rephrase it … They are a nonprofit organization called the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry.

Their website is LCFor911.org. And there’s a groundbreaking article on Op-Ed news.com about this event today by Andrew Craig. We urge everybody to go to Op-Ed news.com … send a million people there to read the article, and then also to the website LCFor911.org.. With that I’m going to introduce you to the attorneys and also you’re going to hear from a 9/11 family member Bob McIlvaine. And first we’re going to start off with Julio Gomez. He’s on the board for the Lawyers for 9/11 Inquiry and is part of the entire process to formulate this grand jury petition.

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Sergey Lavrov: Syria, Douma, Khan Sheikhoun And Skripal.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Truth is a torch, but a terrific one; therefore we all try to grasp it with closed eyes, fearing to be blinded.”

– JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE (1749-1832) German philosopher

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ussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke in Moscow on Saturday April 14, the day after the U.S., U.K. and France launched over 100 missiles on Syria, discussing and sharing important facts regarding the attack, the Skripal event in the U.K., last year’s Khan Sheikhoun incident, and the alleged April 7 chemical incident in Douma.

Chances are likely zero that any of the relevant factual information Sergey Lavrov presented will become acknowledged, analyzed, responded to, nor otherwise mentioned by the administrations of President Donald Trump in America, Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France, or western corporate media. …Until it becomes impossible to ignore.

The most crucial aspect of Mr. Lavrov’s statement is the stark contrast presented between his version or narrative of what occurred in the ultimately consequential events, and the narratives of Trump, May and Macron presented to justify their previous decisions along with their most recent, coordinated, arguably illegal military action.

As demonstrated for years at United Nations Security Council meetings focused on warring in Syria where often-heated discussions have featured the same widely contrasting narratives, it seems the building intensity of the Syrian crisis has reached the point of profound revealing – the culmination in a certain, decisive and historic moment – and the inevitable, world-altering identification of those speaking truth and those speaking lies.

Some might refer to or recall the phrase “separating the wheat from the chaff” to describe what is now surely and unavoidably occurring on Earth. Due to the extraordinary nature of discussions held at the 8,233rd meeting of the United Nations Security Council on April 14, 2018, it will become recorded in history books as a world milestone event.

There is no doubt conditions on Earth have developed sufficient for predicting an imminent, immense, paradigm-shifting and truly historic collision of truth and lies. For the well-being of humanity, now and for the sake of future generations – may that profoundest of collisions be a peaceful one.

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(Thank you to RT at YouTube)

Syria’s Bashar Jaafari To World: ‘You Need To Know A Bitter Truth.’

“And we will not allow anyone, permanent member or non-permanent member, to do to us what they did to Iraq and Libya.”

United Nations Security Council – April 10, 2018

Syrian Arab Republic – Ambassador Dr. Bashar Jaafari

Thank you, Mr. President.

I will give my colleagues who are about to leave the room some of my valuable time. They are afraid that I will win them in a battle of the arguments, and they do not want to hear any opposing opinions. Those who just left the room in their statements said that today is a sad day for the non-proliferation regime. I would like to refresh their memory, and say that the violation of the non-proliferation regime is their specialty – the specialty of those Western states.

The United States of America used nuclear weapons in Japan; it’s used chemical and biological weapons in Vietnam, and enriched uranium in Iraq. France used Algerian human samples when they tested an atomic bomb in the desert of Algeria. They had actually put them in the desert against poles, and they actually tested the first atomic French bomb and Britain conducted all their nuclear tests in their colonies in the ocean, in the islands in the ocean.

And then the ambassador of Britain says that this is a sad day. English is not my mother tongue. But I know that in Douma there is no people, there are Syrian people; there is no people of Douma, there are residents. The people are the Syrian people. I would like to quote a British author apart from Marx and Lenin. I would say that Shakespeare the poet, the British poet, said one day, and I quote: ‘Lies defame you. Either be honest or be silent’. This is back-translated by the interpreter remarks.

She said that Russia does not have the authority to go to Douma and establish whether chemicals have been used in Douma or not. She said that this is not the authority of our Russian friends, who are actually on the ground. It’s not their purview to go to Douma and to actually examine the scene. This is quite strange. Why didn’t Britain say this to itself when it sent it’s intelligence to Khan Sheikhoun, and they gave themselves authority to take samples from Khan Sheikhoun. This is what they claimed.

They claimed this and the French did the same. They took samples and they took them to French and British labs, without coordination with the JIM (Joint Investigative Mechanism) or with the FFM (Fact finding mission). This is quite a paradox. They give themselves the right that they deprive others. Anyway … Britain did sign, I think two weeks ago, an agreement with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the sale of weapons for a hundred billion US dollars, which is much bigger than (inaudible) deal, to continue to kill people in Yemen, and to start new wars with Syria, with Yemen … and to implicate the entire region in war that would be never-ending.

This is what Britain can do. Mahatma Gandhi … He knew the British. He knew them well. He was right when he said one day, and I quote: “If there is a fight between two fishes in the ocean, you have to know that Britain started the fight between the two fishes”. End of quote. The colleague from the United States said that there is only one monster that’s facing the entire world today in defiance.

It is the monster that financed terrorists for years in Syria. I would say this monster is the United States, Britain, and France. They sponsored terrorism in my country for seven years. Before that they did the same in Iraq and Afghanistan and in Libya. They sponsored terrorist organizations that are splinters of Taliban, ISIL, al-Nusrah Front, al Qaeda and Jaysh al-Islam … and the white helmets, which is the new invention by the British intelligence.

The monster she spoke of destroys and occupies and sends its troops everywhere in the world for thousands of miles to destabilize and to threaten international peace and security. The monster is an American monster that so far refuses to destroy its chemical arsenal. The United States has refused and continues to refuse to destroy its arsenal, but they would lecture others and give sermons on the destruction of chemical weapons.

Mr. President. My colleague from the French delegation said that he was horrified by the pictures he saw – but he wasn’t horrified by pictures of hundreds of civilians that French airplanes killed in Manbij in 2016. Two hundred civilians killed, entire families killed by the warplanes of France. The Ambassador from France did not see those pictures, and they were not a source of horror for him. The word double-standard is an understatement in itself, for those people.

Mr. President. In response to the web of lies by some Western states against my country, against the backdrop of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7th 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expatriates in the Syrian Arab Republic, today, on the 10th of April 2018, has sent official invitation to the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) to dispatch a fact-finding mission to visit Douma and investigate the allegations, on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma. And … to establish the facts on these allegations.

I did inform you of this yesterday in this very chamber. The Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the visit of the FFM. And, it stands ready to fully cooperate and provide all forms of assistance for this mission undertaking its functions, and guarantees the safety of its members, and it will facilitate the interviewing/sampling in accordance with the terms of reference. We look forward to the FFM undertaking its work in transparency and professionalism and reliance on credible, tangible evidence.

And if it actually reaches the locations, it will reach a Douma that is liberated, and they would be able to have full access to any location they wish to visit.

Mr. President. The situation is quite clear. The co-sponsors of the US draft resolution do not seek the truth, because, simply, it will condemn them and their terrorist proxies on the ground. Instead of waiting for the FFM of the OPCW and establishing whether toxic chemicals were used in Douma, instead of this, they table draft resolutions that do not enjoy consensus and do not seek the truth. It just seeks to establish mechanisms that have no objectivity and pre-empts the results that support their political accusations and agenda. And they are aware that cloning the JIM would not be accepted by the states that truly seek, in this council, to establish the truth on who uses toxic chemicals against Syrian civilians.

In this regard, I reaffirm that the US, Britain and France did make the JIM a failure. And they are the ones who thwarted its work as they insisted on politicizing its work; and they did bring pressure to bear on its leadership; and they did stop being professional and credible. And they issued fabricated reports that accuse us based on open sources that include the White Helmets and false testimonies, and fabricated evidence that finds its source in terrorist groups – most important of which al-Nusrah Front and the White Helmets, which are a British-hatched media arm of al-Nusrah Front.

Mr. President. This scenario is similar to the scenario we witnessed a year ago, when the United States of America launched a wanton aggression on al Shayrat airbase based on weak arguments and pretexts that we have used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.  These were proven false when the US and its allies prevented the experts of the JIM from visiting Khan Sheikhoun, and they prevented them from taking samples from the military base we just referred to.

Things are crystal clear. The aggression of the US and its accomplices thrives across history on lying, misleading and hegemony, and on the rule of the powerful. It is a brutal approach that does not respect the rule of law and does not give weight to international diplomacy. My country Syria, for seven years and to date, is a case in point, for their appetite for lies, misleading and fallacies of the United States and Britain. In this very chamber, what they did actually to destroy Iraq under the pretext of a big lie, which is weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

And I’m compelled this time and every time to remind you of the position of the former foreign secretary Colin Powell when he in this room, and I was there … and I was actually in the seat of the deputy PR of China, Colin Powell did showcase tapes, documents, pictures and maps that we found out later that they are fabricated by the CIA to serve the agenda of invading Iraq, which was prepared in advance at the time. And the same thing happened with Libya.

And you need to know a bitter truth. This world, throughout centuries, you have seen different areas of occupation and hegemony, and they sought to loot the wealth of the nations or occupy land or impose geopolitical agendas. However, the political immorality reached a new low as they destroyed Libya and killed its people to cover up for a case of bribery and financial corruption that implicates the head of a member state that is a permanent member state of this council, that says it upholds democracy and freedom.

And, they have imposed on oil exporting countries to pay the bills of the continued aggression and military intervention. This is an affair between those who are corrupt and have the money and those who are mercenaries and have weapons and power. Today some permanent members are launching an aggression on countries with sovereignty, just to cover up for their domestic crises and the conflict between their political elite.

Mr. President. We in Syria, after seven years of a filthy terrorist war that was imposed upon us, we believe that the choices are clear. And they are a big challenge on this council, so that the council would stand up against such lies and this political failure, failure that the US, Britain and France are trying to implicate the council in and drag it towards it. It’s your decision today, and the international public opinion, your peoples and peoples of the free world, will be your judge as you exercise your responsibilities towards upholding international legitimacy and the maintenance of international peace and security, and protecting the world against dark terrorism that is used and exploited by these three countries to undermine the stability of States and their self-determination.

I call upon you to uphold the multilateral political system and order that believes in the right of people to self-determination and rejecting political insecurity and economic hegemony. The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates its condemnation in the strongest terms of any use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstance and everywhere. We stand ready to cooperate with the OPCW to uncover the lies promoted by some Western parties to justify their aggression, and in service of their political goals.

We can see their ships in the eastern Mediterranean and they were waiting for the veto to start their aggression. I would like to say to those Western parties – and they need to listen to me attentively. Your threat of aggression, your maneuvers, your lies, your terrorism would never derail us, as one of the founding states of this organization, from exercising our right and fulfilling our duties in accordance with our national constitution and the (UN) Charter to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to fend off any aggression from any source. And we will not allow anyone, permanent member or non-permanent member, to do to us what they did to Iraq and Libya.

Thank you, Mr. President.

(Thank you to The Syrian Mission to the United Nations)