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 Activists Urge Iran Appeal In U.S. Courts.

By Jerry Alatalo

“A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”

– DAVID HUME (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher

he government of Iran has been urged to act quickly to appeal a U.S. court judgment of complicity in the events of 9/11. The urgent invitation was offered by researchers and activists who assert they hold the evidence for overturning the decision. In what most informed observers perceive as a completely irrational, nefarious and politically provocative legal move – and in a process Iran ignored and never engaged with, Iran was eventually “ordered” to pay $6 billion to surviving family members of 9/11 victims. The deadline for Iran’s appeal – should their government decide to challenge the U.S. court system – is only hours away on Wednesday May 30.

Were the Iranians to appeal the decision, long-time determined men and women activists would be feeling added encouragement – after the petition for a Grand Jury was officially served on April 10 in New York City by the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry – that their wish for a new investigation of 9/11 will become reality. The U.S. Attorney in New York has the obligation by law to act upon the petition by the Lawyers Committee, and, should the petition be denied, the Lawyers Committee has the right of pursuing additional legal (mandamus) action making it impossible for the government to block the initiative’s moving forward – effectively forcing the U.S. Attorney to act.

Were Iran to choose the appeal process and accept the extremely strong body of research, facts and evidence of the (currently) over 40 men and women who signed the letter urging Iran to appeal, one could foresee a situation where the global spotlight on 9/11 shines at an unprecedented level since September 11, 2001. One might describe such a development as the lighting of a fuse which leads to the blowing up of the greatest military false flag deception of the 21st century, quite possibly the most decisive and consequential in world history.

While millions around the Earth wish for Iran to appeal and accept the help of researchers, academics, military experts and investigative journalists in challenging the official U.S. government narrative as put forward in the “9/11 Commission Report”, the idea of measuring the magnitude of the decision reveals that instances of such historical importance and enormity are very rare – thus making a correct assessment close to impossible.

One thing is certain. An Iranian appeal would represent and fully entail, among others, the following descriptive terms:

  • Off-the-charts
  • Paradigmatic
  • World-changing
  • Volcanic
  • Stupendous.

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(Thank you to PressTV at YouTube)

Lecture in Girona on the Universal Right of Self-Determination of Peoples

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NOTES FOR THE ASSESSMENT

 OF ACTIVITIES AND ALLEGATIONS

 RELATED TO THE PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE

OF THE UNIVERSAL RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES

Introduction: The “right of self-determination of peoples”, hereinafter the “right of self-determination”, is a fundamental right protected at the highest level by the international legal order. It is enshrined in the first article of the Charter of the United Nations, the founding treaty of the Organization, and in other international legal instruments, including the UN Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It is considered “jus cogens”, that is, fundamental norm of superior hierarchical rank, standing above any contradictory legal provision which would become automatically null, in accordance with the Charter and with Article 53 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

 

It is therefore a direct and legally binding right applicable to all United Nations Member States…

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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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