NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As Israel weathers a tide of criticism over its actions against a Gaza-bound flotilla, an expert in Jewish studies identified a new form of prejudice against the Middle Eastern country.
"What we see in the reaction of much of the world in the wake of Israel's enforcement of its blockade of Gaza is what is called the new anti-Semitism," Jim Sibley, director of the Pasche Institute for Jewish Studies at Criswell College in Dallas, told Baptist Press.
"The old anti-Semitism was largely founded on a racial basis, while the new anti-Semitism is politically based," Sibley said. "Nevertheless, it is still anti-Semitic in that it is a hatred of Israel simply because it is a Jewish state."
In world opinion, Israel is suffering a fate similar to what Jesus said His followers could expect, Sibley said.
"Matthew 24:9 says, 'Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name,'" Sibley noted. "Satan still opposes both Israel and the church, because God has promised blessings to both."
In regard to the ongoing threat posed by Iran, Sibley said he doesn't sense that the historical sites in Israel that carry Christian significance are in danger. Read More