Christopher Jon Bjerknes
In a hateful attack against me and my work, Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs took issue with my factual assessment of Jewish beliefs regarding Christians, and the Jewish mandate to murder all Christians. Jacobs writes,
"Without evidence, he argues that there were six reasons why the Jews of Turkey were 'motivated' to murder Assyrians [sic]: [***] 2. The Hebrew Bible, Jewish Talmud and Jewish Cabalistic writings instruct Jews to murder Christians and to impose the 'Noahide Laws' in the 'End Times,' which laws forbid Christianity on pain of death, because Jews consider Jesus to be an idol, and the Noahide Laws forbid idol worship.[xxiv] [***] [xxiv] Jews do not consider Jesus an idol, but, historically, a false or failed messianic pretender. The laws themselves, according to Talmudic tradition, were given by God to Noah to re-establish human communities after the Great Flood. They included prohibitions against idolatry, murder, theft, blasphemy, dietary restrictions (specifically eating flesh taken from a living animal), and the establishment of a judicial system."
Jacobs' assertion that I provided no evidence for my claims is false. In my book The Jewish Genocide of Armenian Christians, at page 39, the following text appears and it provides exact references to the Jewish Old Testament and the Jewish Babylonian Talmud which prove my assertions,
"The Jewish Talmud, in the book of Sanhedrin folios 56a-60b, sets forth seven laws which it insists non-Jews must follow on pain of death (see also: Sanhedrin 20b; 88b; 97a-99b; 105a). These are called the 'Noahide Laws'. Rabbinical scholars fabricated these laws, in part, as a response to Christianity. Jewish leaders have already introduced these laws into the laws of the United States of America. [House Joint Resolution 104-102-14 enacted 20 March 1991.] Christians, Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, etc. who refuse to abandon their religious beliefs and become slaves of the Jews will all be killed. Anyone who questions Judaism will be killed. Anyone who disobeys the commands of the Jews will be killed. Jewish leaders are attempting to persuade Gentiles to adopt the 'Noahide Laws'. These laws forbid Gentiles to worship idols. Jews view Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and all other religions as forbidden religions (Zechariah 14:9)."
Hypocritically, Jacobs does not provide any sources for his empty assertions, let alone any sources which would tend to refute my fully substantiated claims, which are essentially three: 1. The Jews believe that idolaters must be killed. 2. The Jews believe that Christians are idolaters. 3. The Jews openly plan to murder all Christians.
As was stated in my book, the Jews believe that all people must obey their seven Jewish Noahide Laws, one of which forbids idol worship, a fact which Jacobs has already conceded. As I stated in my book, and contrary to Jacobs' false claim that I provided no evidence, these laws, the Jewish belief that Christians are in violation of these laws, and the Jewish call to murder all Christians due to their alleged idol worship, are found in The Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin, folios 20b, 56a-60b, 88b, 97a-99b, and 105a. In note 6 of my book, I also cited I. B. Pranaitis' book, as follows:
"I. B. Pranaitis (also: J. B. Pranaitis), Christianus in Talmude Judaeorum sive rabbinicae doctrinae de christianis secreta, Academia caesarea scientiarum, Petropoli, (1892); English: The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians, Sanctuary, E. N., New York, (1939); German: Das Christenthum im Talmud der Juden oder die Geheimnisse der rabbinischen Lehre über die Christen, enthüllt, Verlag des 'Sendboten des hl. Joseph', Wien, (1894); Russian: Khristianin v Talmudie Evreiskom ili tainy ravvinskago ucheniia o khristianakh, Tip. M.A. Aleksandrova, St. Petersburg, (1911); Polish: Chrzescijanin w Talmudzie zydowskim = Christianus in Talmude Iudaeorum, Instytut Wydawniczy 'Pro Fide', Warszawa, (1937); Spanish: El Talmud desenmascarado!: las enseñanzas rabinicas secretas sobre los cristianos, La Verdad, Buenos Aires, (1981)."
This note, which also contains numerous other sources not reproduced here, appears at the conclusion of the following text:
"The New Testament makes numerous charges of the Jewish persecution of Christians and the murder of Jesus and of Christians (Matthew 10:16-18; 21:43-45; 23:31-39; 27:25. John 7:1, 13; 8:37-40, 44-45; 10:19-38; 19:38; 20:19. Acts 1:6-7; 12; 23:12-35. Philippians 3:2-3. I Thessalonians 2:14-16). Jewish religious literature, including the Talmud and numerous Cabalistic works, calls for the extermination of all Christians.6"
At pages 9-14, I documented through quotations of authoritative sources, numerous instances of Jewish genocidal murder of Eastern Christians.
Returning to Pranaitis, whom I cited in my book, I will next quote his survey of Jewish literature proving that Jews view Christians as if idol worshipers whom the Jews must execute:
"Article III. -- Christians Are to Be Avoided -- Because They Are Idolaters
1. Lest a Jew be the occasion of sin to the idolatrous Christians, according to the precept in Levit. XIX, 14: Do not put a stumbling-block before the blind--he must avoid all contact with them on the days when they worship their gods. In Abhodah Zarah (2a) it says:'For three days before their idolatrous festivals it is not permitted to buy or sell them anything. It is also forbidden to give or take any help from them, to change any money with them, to pay them back any debts or allow them to pay back debts.'
In the Abhodah Zarah, 78c (the Perusch of Maimonides, fol. 8) it says:'All the festivals of the followers of Jesus are forbidden, and we must conduct ourselves towards them as we would towards idolators. The first day of the week is their principal feast, and it is therefore forbidden to do any business whatsoever with those who believe in Jesus on their Sabbath. We must observe the same rules on their Sabbath as we do on the feastdays of idolators, as the Talmud teaches.'
2. A JEW MUST NOT USE ANYTHING WHICH PERTAINS TO THE WORSHIP OF CHRISTIANS
In Iore Dea (139, 1) it says:'It is forbidden to have anything to do with idols and everything that is used in their form of worship, whether they are made by the Akum or by Jews.'
3. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO SELL TO CHRISTIANS ANYTHING CONNECTED WITH THEIR IDOLATROUS WORSHIP
The Abhodah Zarah (14b, Toseph) says:'It is always forbidden to sell incense to an idolatrous priest, for it is evident that when he asks for it he wants it for no other purpose but to offer it before his idol. Anyone, therefore, who would sell it to him sins against the precept which forbids us to place a stumbling-block before the blind. It is also forbidden to sell candles to gentiles for their Feat of Candles. Candles however may be sold to them on other days. Neither is it permitted to sell a chalice to a gentile which a Jew has bought after a Goi has broken it and thrown it away. It may only be sold again to a gentile after it has been completely made over. For after it has been broken just once it can be used still to hold the wine which is offered in honor of their idol.' Then follows the prohibition as to the selling of books to Christian priests, as we have seen above. Even the work of binding such books is forbidden to a Jew. In Iore Dea (139, 15) it says:
'It is forbidden to bind the books of the Akum, with the exception of law books. It may be done, however, if refusal to do so should cause enmity, but only after every effort has been made to refuse such work.'
Likewise in Iore Dea (151, 1, Hagah):'It is not permitted to sell water to an Akum if it is known that it will be made into Baptismal water.'
Mention is also made of many other things which it is forbidden to sell to Christians, such as: cloth from which priestly vestments and banners may be made; paper and ink which may be used for writing books pertaining to their divine worship. It is forbidden to sell, or even to rent, houses to Christians which will be used by them as a place of worship. Nowadays, however, Jews trade with Christians, especially on Christian feast days, and also sell them houses knowing full well that certain Sacraments will be administered therein, such as Baptism, Holy Communion and Extreme Unction. The Talmud can give no reason for this, and in the Abhodah Zarah (2a, Toseph) it says:'It is difficult to say by what right Jews nowadays trade with the Goim on their (evil) feast days. For although many of them commit all kinds of licentious acts and perversions on their feast days in honor of saints which they do not look upon as gods, yet every week they celebrate the Day of the Nazarene [Sunday] which has always been forbidden to us.'
Bartenora, however, in his commentary on Abhodah Zarah (I, 2, fol. 7b) it says:'Since, while we are in captivity, we cannot live without trading with them, and we depend upon them for our food and we must fear them, it is only forbidden to trade with them on their feast days.8 Furthermore, it is permitted nowadays to trade with them on the actual day of their feasts, because the Rabbis are convinced that they do not worship their idols just because they trade with us. And what is forbidden in this book must be taken as applying directly to idolatry.'
Rabbi Tam,9 however, contends that the Mischnah only forbids the selling of things to idolaters which will be used by them in the worship of idols, since they rejoice and worship their idols because they obtain the things necessary for that worship. He explains it thus (in Abhodah Zarah, 2a, Toseph):'No one should wonder at this custom of ours. For, although we look upon them as idolaters, they can only offer up what they buy for money. Hence, our gain and their joy is not the reason for this prohibition, for they have enough money for these things, even if we did not trade with them.'"
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"Article II. - Christians are to be Killed
Lastly, the Talmud commands that Christians are to be killed without mercy. In the Abhodah Zarah (26b) it says:'Heretics, traitors and apostates are to be thrown into a well and not rescued.'
And in Choschen Hammischpat (388, 10) it says:'A spy is to be killed, even in our days, wherever he is found. He may be killed even before he confesses. And even if he admits that he only intended to do harm to somebody, and if the harm which he intended is not very great, it is sufficient to have him condemned to death. He must be warned, however, not to confess to this. But if he impudently says 'No, I will confess it!' then he must be killed, and the sooner the better. If there is no time to warn him, it is not necessary to do so. There are some who say that a traitor is to be put to death only when it is impossible to get rid of him by mutilating him, that is, by cutting out his tongue or his eyes, but if this can be done he must not be killed, since he is not any worse than others who persecute us.'
And in Choschen Hamm. again (388, 15) it says:'If it can be proved that someone has betrayed Israel three times, or has given the money of Israelites to the Akum, a way must be found after prudent consideration to wipe him off the face of the earth.'
Even a Christian who is found studying the Law of Israel merits death. In Sanhedrin (59a) it says:
'Rabbi Jochanan says: A Goi who pries into the Law is guilty of death.'
II. Baptized Jews are to be Put to Death
In Hilkhoth Akum (X, 2) it says:'These things [supra] are intended for idolaters. But Israelites also, who lapse from their religion and become epicureans, are to be killed, and we must persecute them to the end. For they afflict Israel and turn the people from God.'
And in Iore Dea (158, 2 Hagah) it says:'Renegades who turn to the pleasures of the Akum, and who become contaminated with them by worshipping stars and planets as they do, are to be killed.'
Likewise in Choschen Hamm. (425, 5) it says:'Jews who become epicureans, who take to the worship of stars and planets and sin maliciously; also those who eat the flesh of wounded animals, or who dress in vain clothes, deserve the name of epicureans; likewise those who deny the Torah and the Prophets of Israel--the law is that all those should be killed; and those who have the power of life and death should have them killed; and if this cannot be done, they should be led to their death by deceptive methods.'
Rabbi Maimonides, in Hilkhoth Teschubhah (III, 8) gives the list of those who are considered as denying the Law:'There are three classes of people who deny the Law of the Torah: (1) Those who say that the Torah was not given by God, at least one verse or one word of it, and who say that it was all the work of Moses; (2) Those who reject the explanation of the Torah, namely, the Oral Law of the Mischnah, and do not recognize the authority of the Doctors of the Law, like the followers of Tsadok (Sadducees) and Baithos; (3) Those who say that God changed the Law for another New Law, and that the Torah no longer has any value, although they do not deny that it was given by God, as the Christians and the Turks believe. All of these deny the Law of the Torah.'
III. Christians are to be Killed because They are Tyrants
In Zohar (I, 25a) it says:'The People of the Earth are idolaters, and it has been written about them: Let them be wiped off the face of the earth. Destroy the memory of the Amalekites. They are with us still in this Fourth Captivity, namely, the Princes [of Rome] . . . who are really Amalakites.'
1. THESE PRINCES ARE TO BE KILLED FIRST
For if they are allowed to live, the hope of the liberation of the Jews is in vain, and their prayers for release from this Fourth Captivity are of no avail. In Zohar (I, 219B) it says:'It is certain that our captivity will last until the princes of the gentiles who worship idols are destroyed.'
And again in Zohar (II, 19a) it says:'Rabbi Jehuda said: Come and see how it is; how the princes have assumed power over Israel and the Israelites make no outcry. But their rejoicing is heard when the prince falls. It is written that: the King of the Egyptians died and soon the children of Israel were released from captivity; they cried out and their voice ascended to God.'
2. THE PRINCEDOM WHOSE CHIEF CITY IS ROME IS THE ONE TO BE HATED MOST OF ALL BY THE JEWS
They call it the Kingdom of Esau, and of the Edomites, the Kingdom of Pride, the Wicked Kingdom, Impious Rome. The Turkish Empire is called the Kingdom of the Ismaelites which they do not wish to destroy. The Kingdom of Rome, however, must be exterminated, because when corrupt Rome is destroyed, salvation and freedom will come to God's Chosen People.5
Rabbi David Kimchi writes as follows in Obadiam:'What the Prophets foretold about the destruction of Edom in the last days was intended for Rome, as Isaiah explains (ch. 34, 1): Come near, ye nations, to hear . . . For when Rome is destroyed, Israel shall be redeemed.'
Rabbi Abraham also, in his book Tseror Hammor, section Schoftim, says the same:'Immediately after Rome is destroyed we shall be redeemed.'
IV. Lastly, all Christians, including the Best of Them, are to be Killed
In Abhodah Zarah (26b, Tosephoth) it says:'Even the best of the Goim should be killed'
The Schulchan Arukh, after the words of Iore Dea (158, 1) that those of the Akum who do no harm to Jews are not to be killed, namely those who do not wage war against Israel, thus explains the word Milchamah - war:
'But in time of war the Akum are to be killed, for it is written: 'The good among the Akum deserve to be killed, etc.''
V. A JEW WHO KILLS A CHRISTIAN COMMITS NO SIN, BUT OFFERS AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE TO GOD
In Sepher Or Israel (177b) it says:
'Take the life of the Kliphoth and kill them, and you will please God the same as one who offers incense to Him.'
And in Ialkut Simoni (245c. n. 772) it says:
'Everyone who sheds the blood of the impious is as acceptable to God as he who offers a sacrifice to God.'
VI. AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM, THE ONLY SACRIFICE NECESSARY IS THE EXTERMINATION OF CHRISTIANS
In Zohar (III, 227b) the Good Pastor says:
'The only sacrifice required is that we remove the unclean from amongst us.'
Zohar (II, 43a), explaining the precept of Moses about the redemption of the first born of an ass by offering a lamb, says:
'The ass means the non-Jew, who is to be redeemed by the offering of a lamb, which is the dispersed sheep of Israel. But if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull....They should be taken out of the book of the living, for it is said about them: He who sins against me, I shall take out of the book of life.'
VII. THOSE WHO KILL CHRISTIANS SHALL HAVE A HIGH PLACE IN HEAVEN
In Zohar (I, 28b, and 39a) it says:
'In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those who lamented over Sion and Jerusalem, and all those who destroyed idolatrous nations...and those who killed off people who worship idols are clothed in purple garments so that they may be recognized and honored.'
VIII. JEWS MUST NEVER CEASE TO EXTERMINATE THE GOIM; THEY MUST NEVER LEAVE THEM IN PEACE AND NEVER SUBMIT TO THEM
In Hilhoth Akum (X, 1) it says:
'Do not eat with idolaters, nor permit them to worship their idols; for it is written: Make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them (Deuter. ch. 7, 2). Either turn away from their idols or kill them.'
Ibidem (X, 7):
'In places where Jews are strong, no idolater must be allowed to remain...'
IX. ALL JEWS ARE OBLIGED TO UNITE TOGETHER TO DESTROY TRAITORS AMONG THEM
In Choschen Hamm. (338, 16) it says:
'All the inhabitants of a city are obliged to contribute to the expense of killing a traitor, even those who have to pay other taxes.'
X. NO FESTIVAL, NO MATTER HOW SOLEMN, MUST PREVENT THE BEHEADING OF A CHRISTIAN
In Pesachim (49b) it says:
'Rabbi Eliezer said: It is permitted to cut off the head of an 'idiot' [one of the people of the Earth] on the feast of the Atonement when it falls on the Sabbath.6 His disciples said to him: Rabbi, you should rather say to sacrifice. But he replied: By no means, for it is necessary to pray while sacrificing, and there is no need of prayers when you behead someone.'
XI. THE ONE OBJECT OF ALL THE ACTIONS AND PRAYERS OF THE JEWS SHOULD BE TO DESTROY THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
Thus the Jews picture their Messiah and Liberator whom they expect, as a persecutor who will inflict great calamities upon non-Jews. The Talmud lists three great evils which will come upon the world when the Messiah comes. In Schabbath (118a) it says:
'Whoever eats three meals on the Sabbath shall be saved from the three evils: from the punishments of the Messiah, from the pain of hell and from the war of Magog; for it is written: Behold, I shall send you Elias the Prophet before the coming of the 'Day' of the Lord, etc.'
XII. IN THEIR PRAYERS THE JEWS SIGH FOR THE COMING OF THE REVENGEFUL MESSIAH, ESPECIALLY ON THE EVE OF THE PASSOVER:
'Pour out thy anger upon nations that know thee not, and upon the kingdoms which do not invoke thy name; Pour out thy indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them; Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord.'7
They also pray as follows:
'How long will thy strength remain captive and thy beauty lie under the hand of the oppressor? O God! Show forth thy strength and thy zeal against our enemies; break their strength and let them be confounded...'
And again:'Cut off the hope of the unjust; let all heretics perish at once; root out, break up and destroy the Proud Kingdom; hasten to make all peoples subject in our days.'
At that very same time, on Good Friday, that 'Prince of the Proud Empire' of Rome, the Pope, prays, and orders everyone in the world to pray for all 'heretics' and those who are 'lost,' as follows:'Let us pray for the perfidious Jews: that the Lord our God may take away the veil from their hearts, that they may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord.
'Omnipotent and Eternal God, who does not even exclude Jewish perfidy from thy mercy: hear our prayers which we offer for the blindness of that people, that, having recognized the light of thy truth, which is Christ, they may come out of their darkness, Through Jesus Christ our Lord . . .'"
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As for Jacobs' depiction of the Jews' view of Jesus Christ, it is false by its failure to disclose the Jewish beliefs that Jesus was himself an idolater and a magician, that Jesus is boiling in excrement in Hell, that Jesus is the son of a whore, that the Jews murdered Jesus several times, etc. These facts were recently iterated in Peter Schafer's book Jesus in the Talmud, which was published by Princeton University Press. Before Schafer's book appeared, I documented these facts and demonstrated the Jews' intentions to exterminate Christians and eliminate all other religions through violence in my book The Jewish Genocide of Armenian Christians at, among other places, pages 35-49. If he has read my book, Jacobs could not have missed my long and thoroughly documented exposition. You can read some of the Talmud quotes in my article on Christian Zionism, where you will also find direct quotations from the New Testament accounts that the Jews murdered Jesus Christ and sought to slay his followers, here:
Jacobs grossly misrepresented the contents of my book by falsely claiming that I did not offer evidence in support of my statements. Jacobs hypocritically failed to provide references for his empty and false assertions. Jacobs misrepresented by omission Jewish views of Jesus Christ. Jacobs misrepresented by omission the Jewish desire to exterminate Christians.