Righteous among the Jews

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I heard on social media that the real problem is not Muslims but Jews.  I was stunned by such a bold statement.  Do we see Jews killing Christians practically every day?  No.  I don’t remember hearing a single contemporary case of that happening.  Do we hear Muslims killing Christians left and right virtually every day?  Yes we do.

Steve Maman, a Canadian Jew and businessman, has raised money to save Christian and Yizidi women from sex slavery and Lord George Weidenfeld, a Holocaust survivor who was given safe passage by Christians, has founded the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund to help save Christians in particular from the evil clutches of ISIS.  These are two Jews who have been at the forefront to save Christians when even Christians in large number are doing little if nothing at all to help them.  Then there is Pamela Geller who is at the forefront of criticizing Islamic law and doctrine, even speaking up for the Christian minority in the Islamic world.  Jihad Watch, operated by Robert Spencer, is part of the larger David Horowitz Foundation which is named for a Jewish political activist and critic of Islam.

Some get so caught up in their anti-Jewish conspiracy theories about Jews running the banks and governments of the world that they forget an actual issue of Muslims persecuting Christians and there are plenty of Jews to stand up for these Christians.  I call them Righteous among the Jews which is based on the term Righteous among the Gentiles, a term used by the Jewish community to refer to Gentiles who helped save Jews and give them safe passage during the Holocaust.  We have to remember that the Jews were “the first to hear the Word of God” (cf. CCC 839).  Although one must convert and be baptized in the Church to be saved (either by water, baptism or desire), the Jews as a group are a people close to God.  Because of their lineage sprout our Savior Jesus Christ and so salvation is from the Jews (rf. John 4:22).  For this reason salvation was offered first to the Jews and then to us Gentiles (rf. Romans 2:10).

We must remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: “Although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures” (Nostra aetate, n. 2:6).  Saint Paul himself reaffirmed this when he spoke to the Roman Christians.

“I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Of course not! . . . God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. . . If you do boast, consider that you do not support the root; the root supports you. . . For if God did not spare the natural branches, [perhaps] he will not spare you either.” (Romans 11:1-2.18.21)

Are there wicked Jews?  Of course.  But these would be removed from the olive tree with the pious Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus Christ being grafted on the olive tree.

On Lord Weidenfeld: https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/jewish-man-who-survived-the-nazis-funds-the-rescue-of-2000-christians-from-isis/

On Steve Maman: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.3196252/steve-maman-the-jewish-schindler-working-to-rescue-young-women-taken-by-isis-as-slaves-1.3196699

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