December 17, 2013
Why would Amish people be apologizing to Jews for the Holocaust? Because they are of German ancestry? Not having been subject to the endless propaganda in the media and public education system, why would they even believe in the Holocaust, let alone feel bad about it?
And to actually go to Israel to apologize? This reeks of some type of Jew scam/hoax.
From Lancaster Online:
Some members of the Anabaptist community — including a group of local Amish men — have a message for the Jewish people.
They expressed their sorrow in words and song during a visit to Israel over Thanksgiving week. It was part of an ongoing mission of reconciliation between people of two essentially disparate faiths.
“This was our third trip,” said Steve Lapp, of Ephrata.
About a dozen Anabaptists from Lancaster and Lebanon counties — as well as nearly two dozen more Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites from Ohio, Indiana, Montana, Idaho and Canada — returned Dec. 1 from the latest effort in a process that began three years ago.
“In 2010, the mission was to go and apologize to the Jews and Israel for rejecting Israel and (for) the atrocities that they went through during the Holocaust,” Lapp said.
“Our people were silent during that time,” he said. “We didn’t speak up against it.”
There was even some residual anti-Semitism among the Anabaptist community, added Jonas Stoltzfus, of Paradise. Lapp described the sentiment as: “The Jews crucified Jesus and thereby missed the mark.”
Many Christians felt they had replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people, he said. “But the Scriptures say God has made an everlasting covenant with Israel,” he said. “And an everlasting covenant cannot be broken.”
That realization might be coming late in the game, he conceded. “This generation seems to have a greater awareness of forgiveness.”
“It’s about reconciliation,” Stoltzfus said. “God in his sovereignty … is able to bring about a revelation. This is the time. This is now.”[...]
The mission statement for the journey says the Anabaptist people “turned away from the Jewish nation, while they were in their darkest hour of need. … We hardened our hearts against them, we left them — never lifting our voices in protest against the atrocities that were committed against them. We want to publicly repent of this and acknowledge our support of Israel.”
At least some of them were disgraced Amish.
As Berman noted in The Times, some of the Anabaptists on the mission are at odds with their faith leaders — largely for challenging the strict requirements of the Anabaptist traditions.
The flight to Israel alone was a violation of a ban on modern technology.
“It was different,” Steve Lapp said, recalling his first flight. “In another way it was exciting, too.”
Some members of the group have questioned biblical interpretations accepted by the Old Order Amish community.
Some were shunned or excommunicated by the church, although they still consider themselves Amish.
Stoltzfus, who was excommunicated three years ago, told The Times his separation from the church was painful, but necessary.
“I had to make a choice between compromising my belief or being put out,” he said.
Even so, Lapp said there is much interest among members of the broader Anabaptist community in this move toward reconciliation with the Jews.
“A lot of people are watching the process, and asking questions,” he said. “It’s maybe a little new yet. Maybe too new. But people are engaged, and they’re watching.”
I think this was a publicity stunt. Perhaps some other type of sick weirdness. As I understand it, the Amish reject modern materialist interpretations of the Bible, including Zionism.
But the Jews have their hooks in everything, do they not?