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Beck insisted in a Jerusalem Post interview this week that he is "not here for politics". Many are unconvinced. Joanna Brooks, a US expert on Mormonism, the faith Beck was converted to in 1999, argued in the online magazine Religion Dispatches that Beck sees tonight's rally – at which he will appear with the famously right-wing Hollywood actor Jon Voight – as part of "a latter-day crusade to save the Holy Land from the Palestinians".
A flavour of the views he expressed at his packed "Restoring Honour" rally in Washington a year ago shows how far Beck identifies with the pro-settler far-right in Israeli politics.
"There are forces in this land, and forces all over the globe, that are trying to destroy us," he told his ecstatic audience then. "They are going to attack the centre of our faith, our common faith, and that is Jerusalem. And it won't be with bullets and bombs. It will be with a two-state solution that cuts off Jerusalem, the Old City, from the rest of the world."
But many, if not most, of the 1,600-strong audience will be from abroad – mainly American supporters who have flown in for an event which the organisers say has pledges of support from Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman, Mort Zuckerman, the Canadian-born billionaire publisher of the New York Daily News, and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry. They will include representatives of Christian Zionism, whose passionate support for Israel is complicated by a belief among many of its adherents that Jews will have to convert to Christianity before the second coming of the Messiah.
Christian Zionism, whose passionate support for Israel is complicated by a belief among many of its adherents that Jews will have to convert to Christianity before the second coming of the Messiah.
Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage rally at the Southern Wall excavations site next Wednesday could spark a conflagration of violence in Jerusalem, Arab Knesset members and activists warned Wednesday.
“There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US,” Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei said.
“The lessons from Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount apparently haven’t been learned. This event isn’t for building coexistence, but to spark fires in a sensitive location ahead of the United Nations vote on a Palestinian state in September.
“There is a danger that the event will lead to people being harmed, and the police should have prevented it,” Barakei added.
Beck, a self-proclaimed Christian Zionist and Israel-firster, described the brutal carnage “as a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. I mean who sends their kids to a political camp? Disturbing."
Barkat: 'Jerusalem is our destiny, and we will not derail from our vision... building united, undivided Jerusalem, there is room in Jerusalem for everyone... for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike.' I'm not sure he ran his speech by the event organizers.
Barkat: 'Tell people what you saw, tell people what you felt.' In other words: TESTIFY!
My name is Nir Barkat. You've been a great audience. Try the chicken.
Pop sensation Katy Perry thought she sent a positive vibe out into the universe when she tweeted her support to a fan who asked her to pray for Israel — but she got very little positive back. Or, to put it another way, she prayed for Israel and nobody liked it.
User @luvmikapenniman tweeted at Perry asking her to “please pray with us” and accompanied the request with the hashtag #prayforisrael. Perry responded affirmatively:
“That worked out well for the Soviets,” Beck said when told about the protesters’ demands.
“Why even look if there is any leftist global financing involved?” Beck asked. “Do not look to see if there is any Islamist movement that is joining them.”