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I'm an Irish Girl, A Dubliner, with the 'Gift of the Gab' ... I like to talk & to tell you things. In Celtic times news, views and comment were carried from place to place by wandering Seanachaí ~ Storytellers ~ who relied on their host's hospitality and appreciation. I will need that from you too, as I venture to share Politics, Poetry, Laughter, Love, Life & everything in-between ... from Bog to Blog!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Crusade & Crime .... it's christian history !!

Today, July 15th, 1099,  saw the First Crusade of the Roman Catholic Church conquer Jerusalem to establish their 'Kingdom'.  These xtians massacred many, many Jews. Their 'end time prophetic' agenda has not changed, nor has their intent to rule Jerusalem and masscre Jews.  The Story of the Crimes of christianity is one which lasts from the time when it obtained civil power up to the present day.

Among the best-known events of the Middle Ages, the Crusades were a series of armed expeditions by European xtians to conquer Ereẓ Israel from the muslims or to repel their counter attacks. The explicit cause was the reports received from Jerusalem concerning the alledged maltreatment of pilgrims and the manner in which xtian access to the Holy Places was obstructed. In many of these reports, the malevolence of Jews was stressed, so that from the beginning the ground was prepared for including the Jews in the freshly stimulated animosity against 'unbelievers',  indeed at the period of the analogous expeditions of French knights to assist the Spanish xtians against the Moors (c. 1065), the Jews of Narbonne and elsewhere had been attacked (apparentley notwithstanding the admonitions of Pope Alexander II).  It was originally intended that the crusaders should concern themselves solely with the success of their expedition overseas, without intervening in the affairs of the xtian countries of Europe. However, precisely because the crusaders ignored this stipulation, the Crusade was partially deflected from its initial course, with murderous consequences for the Jews of Europe too.

Historians have traditionally bracketed these campaigns between the years 1095, when Pope Urban II preached the First Crusade, and 1291, when the Mamelukes, a caste of muslim slave soldiers, conquered the city of Acre (Israel), bringing to an end any significant European xtian presence in the Holy Land, B"H. Historians disagree over the exact number of crusades, though most agree that there were either seven or eight in total.  I shall assume there was eight and look at such in this blog.    Although Western European xtians lost to date their last significant base in the Middle East in the late thirteenth century, they have continued to make minor attempts to recover territory for centuries, up to and including our own.

The consequences of the early crusades for the Jews of Western Europe were dramatic. Long embedded in the European psyche is the notion of Jews as the enemies of christ. The year 1096 was a notably devastating one for German Jews. Whereas John, bishop of the German city of Speyer, was willing and able to afford some protection to the Jews of his diocese, the Jews of Worms were not as lucky. Turned on by their neighbours and unable to be protected effectively by the town's bishop, many in this city were massacred or forced to convert. The Jews of Mainz also fell prey to violence, and many chose to die by their own hands rather than succumb to the crusaders cruelty.  Suddenly and tragically,  the once renowned Jewish community of Mainz was decimated in a single blow, with this the worst attack on Jews during the First Crusade, where anywhere from seven hundred to thirteen hundred Jews were slain in one campaign.   As they made their way through Germany, the peoples crusade reportedly reasoned that if they had a duty to fight the muslim infidel in the Holy Land, then they had an equal responsibility to deal with the Jewish infidel of Europe. As a result, some of the participants of the first wave actively sought out German Jews and offered them the disturbing choice of death or conversion to xtianity, which amounts to Spiritual Death for the Jewish neshama.  This resulted in the slaughter of thousands of Jews who were unwilling to abandon Yiddishkeit.

The Second Crusade brought more attacks upon the Jews of Europe, although none were as severe as those of 1096.  The Third Crusade, which came on the heels of the coronation of King Richard I of England,  inflamed anti-Jewish passions once again. Riots broke out in London in 1189, followed by others in the kingdom which destroyed a number of Jewish communities. Clearly, then, the Crusades had disastrous social and cultural consequences for Europe's Jews. They had highly negative economic consequences as well, because anti-Jewish violence was not only a religious instrument, it was also a financial one that could be used to force Jews to forgive the debts of the xtian populace and begin the process of 'ghettoization' as professions and livelihoods were denied us.

Karen Armstrong, the popular English Historian has written that the attacks on Jews during the crusades “would bequeath to the Western world…a long and shameful tradition of hatred for the Jewish people.”  Armstrong cites the attacks as the first pogroms of Europe and has suggested that the prejudices  and predelictions of Nazi Germany were inspired by the crusades.   Similar motives have been attributed to the crusaders by James Carroll, who in a recent popular study claimed that attacks on Jews during the crusades were “Europe’s rehearsal for the extermination of Jews that would not conform.”

For 200 years,  Eretz Yisroel,  or the geographical area of Palestine was dominated by the Crusaders, who, following an appeal by Pope Urban II, came from Europe to recover the Holy Land from the infidels. In July 1099, after a five-week siege, the knights of the First Crusade and their rabble army captured Jerusalem, massacring most of the city's Jewish inhabitants. The city was captured on July 15th, with Godfrey entering it through the Jewish quarter, where a terrible massacre ensued.  Barricaded in their synagogues,  Jews defended their quarter, only to be burnt to death or sold into slavery,  the survivors being later redeemed by Jewish communities in Italy.  The Jewish community of Jerusalem came to an end and was not reconstituted for many years.  During the next few decades, the Crusaders extended their power over the rest of the country, through treaties and agreements, but mostly by bloody military victories. The Latin Kingdom of the Crusaders was that of a conquering minority confined mainly to fortified cities and castles.  When the Crusaders opened up transportation routes from Europe, pilgrimages to the Holy Land became popular and, at the same time, increasing numbers of Jews sought to return to their homeland. Documents of the period indicate that 300 rabbis from France and England arrived in a group, with some settling in Acre,  others in Jerusalem.

After the overthrow of the Crusaders by a muslim army under Saladin (1187), the Jews were again accorded a certain measure of freedom, including the right to live in Jerusalem. Although the Crusaders regained a foothold in the country after Saladin's death (1193), their presence was limited to a network of fortified castles. Crusader authority in the Land ended after a final defeat (1291) by the Mamlukes, a muslim military class which had come to power in Egypt.  But not before Jews in and out of our land had suffered eight crusades.

 For centuries the Vatican has attempted to obtain control of Jerusalem, which started with the Crusades. Despite their recent discussions with Danny Ayalon and other Israeli Government representatives, it can't be that the Vatican is only interested in "access to their Holy Sites" in Jerusalem, (sites which are NOT theirs, btw ...).  They already have that access,  as well as legal jurisdiction under Israeli law for their institutions and assets in Jerusalem.   (Scandalously, in my opinion).   Also, when these "Holy Sites" were under the jurisdiction of the Jordanians from l948-l967, no Pope demanded the "internationalization of Jerusalem".  So what is their agenda??

 The Roman Catholic Church,  but not just them,  ALL of xtianity in general need to have certain versions of events be played out for them to stand in front of mankind and proclaim that their "Messiah has returned.” Of course, this Messiah will be as false as the first one was supposed to be and entirely fictional.  Moshiach, the REAL Moshiach, of course NOT being their j-sus Idol, and being expected Only by Jews will come but Once,

For centuries xtianity has been pushing its "replacement" doctrine which states that the they have replaced the Judaic B'rit with them being "the New Jews", under a 'new covenant'.   Or being "ingrafted" into Israel in some way.  All Nonsense.  The Roman Catholic Church wants Israel to lose sovereign control over the Old City of Jerusalem so that "the promises to the literal descendents of Abraham will be applied to the 'New Jerusalem',  i.e. them!!   If Israel controls Jerusalem it is evidence that Rome's claims are not legitimate and that the literal interpretation of Torah is correct.  They hate Torah .... referring to it as "old", implying "outdated".    How can xtianity claim to be "the New Jerusalem" and "rightful heir to the Kingdom of G*d" if the Jews control Jerusalem?  

 The end goal of xtians is to seize control of the Old City of Jerusalem out of the clutches of the state of Israel and Jewish Control.  The Old City of Jerusalem, as well as most of the eastern half of the city, and the ability to control & build on Mount Tsion as they want in OUR Captital City is their land grab hope.  That is the Goal of recent catholic claims and xtian rantings.  That same Vatican has committed itself, in public and in a written agreement, to ensure that the Palestinians have sovereignty in the Old City of Jerusalem.   Xtianity floods EY with people and propoganda at alarming rates.  And, xtianity will ally with islam to wrest control of Eretz Yisroel from Jews .... that has begun to happen tentatively already.  Their 'end time' agenda provides for another Shoah ... a Slaughter of Jews ~ on a mass scale.  Just see the video below ......  it is Shocking in it's portrayal of their deception, and John Hagee, deceiver masks as a "friend" of Yisrael!!!

The end time agenda is very clearly spelled out by Hagee below ..... From the xtian book:~ "But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and kill them in front of me."  ~ Luke 19:27 ~

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