If I told you, "You should never question your president or prime minister," what would you say?
If I told you, "You should never question authority or the use of violence by authority," would you buy it?
I hope you would balk.
It's troubling then, when those in spiritual or political authority react when someone questions the actions of the state of Israel with the charge of anti-semitism ... and especially so when those raising objections include Israeli Jews and former IDF veterans. So often, the immediate response is that they are self-hating Jews. And why? For questioning their own government's domestic policy?
But what's especially strange is that Christians (not Jews) in another nation (not Israel), would hold an ideology that says, 'How dare you question Israel!' To fail to question anyone about anything creates the very conditions to which our Jewish sages have warned, 'Never again!'
Yet our own Canadian party leaders have rushed to assert unquestioning support of Israel's policies, politicizing their support, seemingly to position themselves for the sake of their political careers, as if this amounted to 'support.' To be clear, 'questioning' is not 'anti-' anything ... it's actually the most important part of processing Israel's long-term peace and security.
Fear not -- Ron Dart's collection of essays does not question Israel. It faithfully examines and questions the phenomenon of Canada Christian Zionism.