Did the U.S. State Department Try to Wreck Glenn Beck's Jerusalem Rally?
By Moshe Phillips
Did the U.S.
A U.S. based Christian organization called the "Liberty
Counsel" has claimed that the U.S. State Department tried to wreck Glenn
Beck's August pro-Israel "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem by officially
advising American citizens that the immediate
area where the rally was scheduled to be held was dangerous.
The terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by
Islamo-fascists while Beck was in Israel
were in the Eilat area, a four hour drive south from Jerusalem.
Below is the text from the news release from the "Liberty
August 29, 2011
State Department Promoting an Anti-Israel Propaganda Agenda
DC – The U.S. State Department is
promoting an anti-Israel propaganda campaign. The extent of the campaign and
the misinformation raises serious concern. The most recent misinformation
surfaced last week when the U.S. issued a “warning” to all U.S. citizens the
day of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” event on August 24 in Jerusalem.
On the same day, the Consulate General of the United States released an “Emergency Message”
stating that “Jerusalem
is under a heightened Security Alert.” U.S.
citizens in Jerusalem were told to “exercise
extra vigilance and avoid large crowds during upcoming rallies and religious
holidays, particularly in and around Jerusalem’s
Old City.” The “warning” continued: “On
Wednesday, August 24, 2011, there will be a rally held near the south east
[sic] corner of the Old
City.” The areas where
the “Restoring Courage” event was being held “are off limits to official U.S.
Government personnel from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on that day due to recent
clashes in the area.” http://Jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/wms-082411.html.
Beck’s event began at 5:00 p.m. in the exact area
referenced above. “As one who spoke at Glenn Beck’s event outside the Southern
Wall of the Old City on August 24, I can say that the
U.S. State Department’s ‘warning’ was false political propaganda designed to
advance an anti-Israel agenda,” said Mat Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and
Dean of Liberty University School of Law. “There had been no ‘clashes’ in the
area prior to the ‘Restoring Courage’ event, and there were none during or
after the event,” said Staver. “When U.S. citizens who attended Glenn
Beck’s event learned of the State Department’s ‘warning,’ they were outraged
because they knew it to be untrue,” Staver added. Staver also said, “At the
event I spoke with Israelis who work in the highest level of government. If
anyone would have had intelligence suggesting danger, these people would have,
and yet they appeared at the event.”
The District of Columbia
is far more dangerous than Jerusalem or the
entire nation of Israel.
As of August 26, there were 71 murders in the District, down from a high of 479
in 1991. In all of Israel
last year there were 139 homicides, but in the District there were 132.
Considering only Jerusalem,
the number of homicides or violent crimes pales compared to the District.
The U.S. Consulate General for Jerusalem
issued a press release promoting a folk rock concert, funded by U.S. tax dollars, to “promote dialogue and
mutual understanding between Palestinians and Americans” held in Jerusalem and the “West Bank”
only one month prior to Beck’s event. http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/pr_072011.html.
The same website lists 7 pro-Palestinian programs and no pro-Israeli programs. http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov.
END PRESS RELEASE
The "Liberty Counsel" states that it "is
an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization
dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family
since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and
related topics. With offices in Florida, Virginia, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Israel,
Liberty Counsel has hundreds of advocates around the world."
says that it is designated "by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization,
Liberty Counsel is funded by tax-deductable donations from concerned
individuals, churches and organizations."
The press release can be found online here: http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14102&AlertID=1300