Ted Cruz made the fatal mistake of assuming that all Christians approve of Israel’s almost genocidal treatment of Palestine. While America, according to Fearless Leader Benjamin Netanyahu, is easily manipulated into blindly accepting the country’s actions the crowd at the Middle East Christian Conference in Washington, D.C. was not so easily swayed by Cruz’s pro-Israel rhetoric.
While Cruz was attempting to speak about the very real, and very horrid illegitimate government that is ISIS, he accidentally told the crowd that if you don’t agree with Israel, you’re an anti-Semite — an assertion that was not well-received.
He kicked off the night by proclaiming that “tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings.”
“Religious bigotry is a cancer with many manifestations,” he continued. “ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East. Sometimes we are told not to loop these groups together, that we have to understand their so called nuances and differences. But we shouldn’t try to parse different manifestations of evil that are on a murderous rampage through the region. Hate is hate, and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis.”
“Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” he said as the crowd responded with boos and reminders that he only speaks for himself, rather than all Christians.
Cruz threw a tantrum in response to the poor reception. “Those who hate Israel hate America,” he protested as the crowd booed louder and called for him to leave the stage. Cruz pretended that opposing Israel’s brutal tactics somehow is equivalent to a hatred of Jewish people.
“Those who hate Jews hate Christians,” Cruz whined. “If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”
The crowd continued to boo the government shutdown’s most emphatic cheerleader. Eventually, he had enough of the indignity of the crowd disagreeing with his views. “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said. “Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.”
Ted Cruz’s temper tantrum reached a breaking point, and he stomped off stage.
Recently, an EU delegation confirmed that Israel committed genocide in Gaza.
“I don’t think it is too strong a word, not when you think of how genocide is described; it’s described as the partial or the whole destruction of people; and what we are seeing happen in Gaza, in Palestine, is the destruction of Palestinians,” Martina Anderson, an Irish member of the European Parliament.
The 13 member delegation has called for the EU to break diplomatic ties with Israel because of the war crimes committed against the Palestinian people, according to PressTV.
“This is our country – our country exclusively,” Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of Israeli Parliament, wrote in an August 1 Facebook post, “including Gaza.” He wrote that the Israeli army must “designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”
After these concentration camps are established, the formerly populated areas” should be “shelled with maximum fire power.” Under Feiglin plan, the Israeli army would “exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.”
Anyone who wishes to remain would “be required to publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel, and receive a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.”
Opposing this Hitlerian mentality is not in any way anti-Semitic. It’s anti-genocide, anti-oppression, and the right thing to do. It is entirely possible to fully support Jewish people while being against efforts to exterminate a population because of a misguided, religious claim to a land.
Watch Cruz humiliate himself, below:
h/t: Crooks and Liars