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African Christians & Muslims Stand United - Show Americans How NOT to Let  

By William N. Grigg on January 22, 2016 -

For three years, the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group, which has aligned itself with ISIS,  
has carried out murderous attacks in neighboring Cameroon. The advertised purpose of that  
onslaught, in which more than 1,100 people have been killed, is to turn the country into an “Islamic  
state.” Five people were murdered in the most recent attack, a suicide bombing at a mosque in  

Rather than seeing the country’s Muslim minority as a fifth column, many within its Christian  
population - led by prominent clerics, such as Joseph Klofou of the Protestant Church of Cameroon -  
have volunteered to guard mosques so that Muslims can worship in peace. Muslims have  
reciprocated that gesture by standing guard outside Christian houses of worship.

“I feel frustrated seeing my brothers and sisters dying,” explained Klofou. “I must act while praying to  
God to send his angels and warriors to fight Boko Haram because He is the merciful God of armies.”

Referring to Boko haram as “a group of bad people,” Djafarou Alamine of Cameroon’s central  
mosques declared that “Islam condemns all that they have been doing to both Christians and  
Muslims who are all God’s creatures even though they have religious differences.”

This inter-faith cooperation is not unusual in Cameroon, contends Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the  
country’s Far North region.

“Cameroon is a country where priests and imams both go to churches and mosques to preach and  
pray during ecumenical services,” reported “It is a treasure to keep.”

Although the inter-communal self-defense project has been applauded by government officials, it is  
an entirely private initiative in which neighbors of different religious backgrounds organize to protect  
each other without the state’s involvement. All of this offers a striking and instructive contrast to the  
conditions that prevailed in Rwanda that led to the genocidal massacres that descended on that  
nation twenty-two years ago. Up to 1.1 million people were annihilated by government-backed death  
squads over the course of roughly one hundred days. Most of the victims were part of the Tutsi  
ethnic group while the government was in the hands of people identified as Hutus.

Rwanda is a country in which ninety percent of the population, at the beginning of the 1990s,  
identified as Christians. Unfortunately, as Timothy Longman of Vassar College points out, during the  
late 19th and early 20th Centuries colonial administrators had created a political system in which the  
churches were treated as adjuncts to the government - and all positions of public influence were  
defined by a racial caste system. Rwandans considered to have more “European” features were  
labeled “Tutsis,” and given access to power. Those with what the colonialists regarded as less  
desirable physical traits were called “Hutus” and saw their once-autonomous tribal leadership  
abolished - relegating them to second-class status. This led to decades of intermittent ethnic  
warfare, which in turn entrenched the politics of ethnic collectivism in Rwandan society - including  
the Christian churches.

“The leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches were all close  
associates” of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimama, and many had key positions in his “Hutu  
Power” government, Longman points out. In 1993, the Hutu Power regime organized a plan to  
massacre Rwandan Tutsis and Hutus who were seen as traitors. Weapons were cached, and death  
squads quietly made preparations. In December 1993, Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian  
officer commanding a UN peacekeeping mission to Rwanda, learned of the impending slaughter  
from a defector but was forbidden to intervene to prevent it. The massacres begin in April following  
the death of President Habyarimana in a suspicious plane crash.

When the death squads began their rampage, terrified Tutsis sought sanctuary in churches - only to  
find no refuge.

Church leaders in Rwanda “helped make genocide possible by making ethnic violence  
understandable and acceptable to the population,” Longman writes. This was “not simply because  
church leaders hoped to avoid opposing their governmental allies but because ethnic conflict was  
itself an integral part of Christianity in Rwanda. Christians could kill without obvious qualms of  
conscience, even in the church, because Christianity as they had always known it had been a  
religion defined by struggles for power, and ethnicity had always been at the base of those  
struggles.” (Emphasis added.)

This was why machete-wielding death squads “attended mass before going out to kill,” or, if the  
victims had been cattle-penned in a church, the killers would pause “during the massacres to pray at  
the altar.” Like the Aztec priests who personally slaughtered an estimated 30,000 victims during the  
1487 dedication of a temple to Huitzilopochtli, the devout murderers in Rwanda “felt their work was  
consistent with church teachings.”

Acting as palace prophets on behalf of the political elite, Rwanda’s churches made the slaughter  
“morally permissible,” Longman continues. Some individual congregants and clergy “took  
courageous stands, even risking their lives to save those threatened, but the majority of people in  
the churches gave tacit or even open support to the genocide. Church officials lent credibility to  
those organizing the genocide by calling on their members to support the new government.”

With churches being used as slaughter pens, Christian Tutsis were offered sanctuary in mosques.

Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, a Tutsi who saw his father and nine members of his family butchered by  
fellow Christians, was offered refuge by a Hutu Muslim family.

“I know people in America think Muslims are terrorists, but for Rwandans they were our freedom  
fighters during the genocide,” Sagahutu told a Washington Post reporter in 2002. “If it weren’t for the  
Muslims, my whole family would be dead,” agrees Aisha Umwimbabazi, who was struck by the fact  
that mosques, unlike churches, rejected the state-defined ethnic categories and social divisions.

Rwanda’s Hutu Muslims refused to allow the government to depict their neighbors as their enemies.  
As the late historian and human rights activist Dr. Alison Des Forges documented in her book Leave  
None to Tell the Story, what happened in Rwanda was not “an uncontrollable outburst of rage by a  
people consumed by `ancient tribal hatreds,’” but rather the result of “the deliberate choice of a  
modern elite to foster hatred and fear to keep itself in power.”

At a time when many governments are fostering collectivist hatred and fear, officials in Cameroon  
are to be commended for encouraging citizens to regard each other as neighbors and cooperate to  
protect each other. Regrettably, albeit predictably, while Cameroon’s population is uniting to defend  
the country from terrorism, the national government’s cross-border military operations against Boko  
Haram may be exacerbating that threat by killing civilians and laying waste to entire villages.

Terrorism is a plague cultivated, nurtured, aggravated, and exploited by political elites working  
through the state, which is why the state cannot protect us from it.


For 35 years Embrace has worked with open-hearted, open-minded Rabbis and Rebs and looks  
forward to doing so for many years to come.

Founding Rabbis, like the close personal friend of the Embrace Founders, Rabbi Gelberman, were  
raised in the Hasidic tradition and were even Hasidic Rabbis in Europe, before deciding to become  
what might be termed “interfaith - spiritual.” This change came partially because of their desire to  
share mystical Jewish teachings with interested gentiles and their determination to reach out to  
people who were not Jewish to create better understanding between communities.

Rabbi Gelberman however, is one who despite losing his wife and children in the holocaust,  
decided to “Embrace” love and goodness and to look forward with hope to a new kind of world with  
the enthusiasm of the Besht. He was almost always cheerful. Of the Jewish Rabbis and Rebs doing  
intensive interfaith work in the 1960’s and 1970’s Rabbi Gelberman and Rabbi Carlbach were  
among the first and foremost. They both, especially Rabbi Gelberman contributed greatly to  
Embrace. It should also be noted that these Rabbis were recommended to us early on by members  
in the Sufi community who had already been doing interfaith programs with them before Embrace  
was founded in 1982.

(A Note: Of all the early Religious, Spiritual leaders and Scholars working with Embrace, four were  
deeply involved with interfaith work in the United States long before we were founded and all of  
them were a strong foundation for our organization to build upon. - They were: Pir Vilayat Inayat  
Khan (Sufi), Swami Satchidananda (Yoga, Hindu), Rabbi Joseph Gelberman (Judaism & the  
Interfaith Seminary) and Rabbi Carlbach.)  Also, these men were doing a lot of their work on the  
East Coast of the United States, so they were easy to call upon and meet with. They all knew each  
other for years and had collaborated with each other before Embrace was founded.)

It should also be noted that for many years Embrace had offices in two buildings in Manhattan, New  
York where a large number of tenants were Torah Jews, (members of the Jewish Hasidic & Litvak  
communities.) We grew to greatly respect and admire their unremitting adherence to “Truth” and to  
their devotion to the Divine despite much unkind discrimination. The Litvak community regularly  
demonstrates on behalf of Palestinian Human Rights in front of the United Nations and other  
locations. All Hasidim and Litvak are peace oriented and try hard to adhere to the 10  
Commandments, which the Government in the Holy Land perpetually violates especially  
commandments 6, 8,9 & 10 without compunction.

To Learn More About Spiritual Judaism and Hasidic/ Litvak Judaism:

See: Ushpizin (The Guests) DVD - A Touching Story about Faith and Trying to Do the Right Thing  
- All people can relate to it

Kabbalah -The Way of The Mystic, by Perle Epstein - Inspiring (Good for Beginner with Basics)

Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genziah - By Rabbi Mark Glickman - The Embrace Founders visited  
the Ben Ezra Synagogue where the Genziah is upstairs.  As Rabbi Glickman muses, this is a long  
period when Jews and Muslims were just normal neighbors and friends. Kept documents in the  
Genziah give reference to these years. (Fine for Introduction)

The Tales of the Hasidim - Later Masters - Martin Buber - (Excellent for Introduction)

Zohar (Their are other translations) -Daniel Matt (Skylight Illuminations, Series Editor Andrew  
The Essential Kabbalah - (Also other Translations) Daniel C. Matt - Intro. - Huston Smith

Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism - Gershom G. Scholem - (Scholarly)

Tree of Life - Zev Ben Shimon Halevi

Judaism - Edited by Arthur Hertzberg - George Braziller Publishers, (The Braziller family were  
neighbors of the Embrace Founders for many years) (Excellent Book for Everyone) part of a series  
of volumes on Buddhism, Christianity (Protestant & Catholic volumes), Hinduism, Islam & Judaism

These are just a very few we’ve pulled from our shelves.

Photos of Mars by India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft
Indian Space Research Organization
For more recent photos of Mars, visit ISRO

The Demographic and Ecological Situation in the Holy Land

Embrace has researched some information and percentages regarding the population in the Holy  
Land.  For those not familiar with the history of the Holy Land since WW II, we would like to explain  
that there are Palestinians that agreed to become citizens of the government now controlling the  
Holy Land, (hoping not to lose family homes, property and businesses - never-the-less, many lost  
their homes, lands and businesses anyway.)  Other Palestinians refused to become citizens and  
lost all of their property, family heirlooms and businesses. These Palestinians live in the West Bank  
and Gaza.

Dual Citizenship

One of the reasons for the discrepancy in population accounts of the Jewish population in the Holy  
Land is that a vast number of Jewish people with citizenship in the Holy Land actually have dual  
citizenship in the United States, Britain, the British Commonwealth Nations and Europe. Some  
*Russian Jews also have dual citizenship although dual citizenship seems to be phasing out. A very  
substantial number of these dual-citizens live outside of the Holy Land.  

Our estimates from information gathered is that Palestinians living as citizens under the  
current Holy Land government already outnumber the Jewish population living in the Holy  
Land (not counting dual citizens) at approximately 53% or perhaps more.

(This is why when the Pentagon decides it isn’t going to fight a war for the Holy Land, amidst  
threats of lobbying groups and media controlled by Holy Land government interests they must call  
up Jewish people living in the countries listed above to serve in their armed forces.)

Having millions of Palestinians whose parents or grandparents were driven from their ancestral  
homes living in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria as well as the Gulf States is the reason the Holy  
Land government has been tirelessly lobbying politically and through the media to get the U.S.  
military to bomb Palestinians particularly in Syria and their neighbors, so they don’t have to call up  
quasi-citizens living in Western nations to fight.

(*Russian Jews - It should be noted that due to very different outlooks on life and two world wars,  
secular German Jews who run the Holy Land government and Russian Jews, as well as Torah  
Jews rarely see eye to eye. That is why large numbers of Russian Jews returned to Russia from  
the Holy Land.  Also, some religious Jews notably the Litvak have given testimony that secular  
German Jews who historically formed (and whose current adherents) run the Holy Land  
government collaborated with the Nazis, sometimes turning-in religious Jews who died in the  
concentration camps so that they could escape themselves.)

Ecological Damage

We are not going to reiterate what Aytzim.Org in the Holy Land has already honestly and concisely  
outlined as to the ecologically toxic environment of the Holy Land. Every single part of nature has  
been destroyed, air, land, water, animals, flora except to also mention the destruction of all the coral  
reefs off the Coast of the Holy Land which are largely dead.

Unbridled greed, total lack of respect for the planet and overpopulation are the major causes.

No Water Security

The Holy Land is a desert and water shortages were always a great probability. More so with more  

Population Explosion of Pacifist Torah Jews

With the undisputed doubling or possibly more of the Orthodox (Torah) Jewish population, what  
influence will they have on Holy Land politics?  What will be socially and culturally acceptable in the  

Population Explosion of Palestinians

If the brochures of the Bethlehem Hospital run by the Catholic Church and the CIA World Fact Book  
are anything to go by, Palestinians who are not part of he Holy Land government citizenship are  
burgeoning. Palestinians in the West Bank are tripling.

West Bank Population Growth:

The West Bank population is approximately 3,284,787 as of 2017.

“The cities included in the West Bank have grown over the years, with some being far more  
populous than others. As these cities are modernized and offer opportunities for employment, the  
population can only be expected to continue to grow. Figures from the 1990s through the 2000s  
show that the population has seen steady growth, with the number of Palestinians growing from  
almost 1 million in a 10-year period.”

Gaza Population Growth:

Population: is approximately 3,284,787 as of 2017.

Population Growth Rate: 2.33% (2017 est.)

Birth Rate: 31.4 Births per 1,000 people (2017 est.)

Economy & Poverty

Population Below Poverty Line:  22%
note: Israel's poverty line is $7.30 per person per day (2014 est.)

“In the long term, Israel faces structural issues including low labor participation rates for its fastest  
growing social segments - the ultraorthodox and Arab-Israeli communities. Also, Israel's progressive,  
globally competitive, knowledge-based technology sector employs only about 8% of the workforce,  
with the rest mostly employed in manufacturing and services - sectors which face downward wage  
pressures from global competition.

Income inequality and high housing and commodity prices continue to be a concern for many  
Israelis. Israel's income inequality and poverty rates are among the highest of OECD countries, and  
there is a broad perception among the public that a small number of "tycoons" have a cartel-like grip  
over the major parts of the economy. Government officials have called for reforms to boost the  
housing supply and to increase competition in the banking sector to address these public  
grievances. Despite calls for reforms, the restricted housing supply continues to impact younger  
Israelis seeking to purchase homes. Tariffs and non-tariff barriers, coupled with guaranteed prices  
and customs tariffs for farmers kept food prices high in 2016. Private consumption is expected to  
drive growth through 2018, with consumers benefitting from low inflation and a strong  
currency..Expenditures on educational institutions remain low compared to most other OECD  
countries with similar GDP per capita.”

From the:

In conclusion, secular Jews will be increasingly out-numbered, powerless except for using  
the intimidation and torture tactics of the South African apartheid government and  living in  
a grossly polluted land without any water.

Is All the Greed, Hatred, Propaganda, Torture, Death Worth It ?
Holy Land Pollution

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