This is a guest post by Joseph Weissman
Stephen Sizer’s book Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon (IVP, 2004) heavily criticised Christians who supported Israel for having dodgy political opinions.
Whilst the book is hugely popular amongst Bible scholars, there has been somewhat of a backlash in recent months, with Faydra Shapiro writing an article in the Review of Biblical Literature dismissing Sizer’s theology as “terrifying”, and noting that Sizer has been accused of associating with:
“known figures in the American far right and the world of Holocaust denial, which he categorically denies having engaged in knowingly”
One of these figures was Dale Crowley, a Holocaust denier who is cited uncritically in Christian Zionism. Apart from Crowley, there were other reasons to be fearful about the book.
On page 251 footnote 170 of the original edition, Sizer invites his readers to consider that Israelis might have been complicit in 9/11.
That was back in 2004 – six years later, Rev Sizer has returned to troofing.
Sizer recommends you read the whole piece by Margolis. The article tries to implicate Israel in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. Let’s look at Margolis’ piece.
One of the most colorful theories [about 9/11] comes from Gen. Hamid Gul, former director of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI. He insists that 9/11 was staged by Israel’s Mossad and a cabal of rightwing US Air Force generals.
Hamid Gul has accused Israel and the US of staging 9/11 since September 2001. Gul admits openly his support for the Taleban’s cause. Gul thinks the Mumbai terror attacks were also an “inside job“. Probably not a reliable source then.
Other excerpts of Margolis’ article:
I still cannot understand how amateur pilots could manage to maneuver in low to hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The arrest of Israeli “movers” filming the attack and dancing with joy, and the subsequent arrest of groups of Israeli “students” supposedly tracking the would-be hijackers remains a deep mystery. So does the immobilization of US air defenses.
The US 9/11 Commission was a whitewash, as are all such government commissions. They are designed to obscure, not reveal, the truth.
But I’ve seen no hard evidence to date that 9/11 was a plot by America’s far right or by Israel or a giant cover-up. Just, perhaps, the Mother of All Coincidences.
I wonder how much credibility Sizer will have after linking to this Margolis piece.
Oh, and Margolis also claims that a Jew set fire to the Reichstag building.
Then Margolis insinuates that Israeli Jews were responsible for the fires in the Twin Towers buildings.