As depicted in the film Schindler’s List, as SS Hauptsturmführer Amon Goeth was briefing his troops on destroying a Polish city’s Jewish Quarter, screen writer Steven Zaillian may have penned the best example of how a determined force can make centuries of history disappear in very short order. As the scenarist wrote; “Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great – so called – told the Jews they could come to Kraków. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. They came with nothing. And they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Kraków. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened.”
With estimated hundreds of thousands of Iraq’s and Syria’s ancient Christian communities taking refuge in the Hashemite Kingdom, they joined together with the Kingdom’s own 2,000 year-old indigenous Christian tradition in honoring the murdered Air Force pilot slain by Islamic Jihadists. As reported by the Catholic-centered Asia News service (of Rome, Italy) and also the Aleteia news aggregate, both on Feb. 4, 2015, Christians across the Middle Eastern nation will peal Church bells in honor of the horrifically murdered Jordanian pilot, as well as in a display of patriotism and unity with their nation against the ISIS terrorists.
Depending who you talk to, Israel’s military recruitment efforts aimed at young Arab Christians has either been a dismal failure or a step in the right direction, albeit a slow one. A prime example would be the two very different takes on the same story as reported by the openly tilted “supporters of the Palestinian cause” left-of-center Middle East Monitor news portal on April 23, 2014, and also reported on the opposite end of the spectrum by the self-described “Jewish and Israel news for Jewish media” internet portal The Jewish and Israel News Service on April 22, 2014.