- Just a few weeks ago, the following was the issue of
the day in Israel:
- http://www.isfsp.org/zion-docs.html http://www.israelnational
- Report: Israel To Hand Control Of Jerusalem
- Haaretz By Amiram Barkat
- Israel is to give the Vatican control over one of the
most sacred Christian sites in Jerusalem, several European newspapers have
reported recently. According to the reports, Israel will give the Holy
See possession of the Coenaculum, or the Room of the Last Supper (also
known as the Upper Room or the Cenacle), on Mount Zion.
- In response to the news, I wrote an article which proved
the handover of the Old City of Jerusalem was a done deal. In fact, it
was one of the secret clauses of the first Oslo "peace" accord
signed by the Israeli government.
- A week after, I received a phone call from a rabbi of
the Diaspora Yeshiva. He explained that the Tourism Minister was visiting
their school the next day and he was trying to fill the study hall to prove
to the government that their yeshiva was too valuable to be given away.
- I replied that I would not partake in such a spectacle.
I might come if the students forcibly barred the Minister or any government
official from entering the property. Hadn't he learned anything from Gush
Katif? The government of Israel couldn't care less about him and could
care even less how many students he can pack into a room. Mount Zion was
a litmus test of how much opposition the government and its corrupted army
could expect when all of the Old City was turned over to the Vatican.
- He said I must talk to the headmaster of the Yeshiva,
- An hour later, I was honored by a call from Rabbi Goldstein.
Soon, however, I was in despair. As far as he knew, the Vatican wanted
to turn his school into a money making tourist site and the Ministry of
Tourism was being enticed by the prospects of millions of Catholic tourists
visiting Israel to see the Last Supper room.
- I did my best to wake the Rabbi. I told him that tourism
was the facade, not the issue. I tried to explain the global forces using
their muscle to get the Jews out of Jerusalem's holy sites. I noted that
the government of Israel was the worst enemy of Judaism and that he must
block the entrance of their representative with whatever force he could
- However, as with the Rabbis of Gush Katif, my words were
wasted. Mount Zion will give up without a real fight. You watch.
- Nonetheless, the truth marches on. A brilliant Jerusalem-based
German-born historian, Dr. Asher Edar, also honored me with a conversation.
Vive le difference:
- BC - Why is the Vatican suddenly so interested in getting
its hands on Mount Zion real estate?
- AE - There's nothing sudden about it at all. In fact,
the roots of the desire go back 1200 years to the time of Charlemagne.
He was the Vatican's military tool for converting Europe to Roman Catholicism.
He succeed magnificently and created what is known as the Holy Roman Empire
but what was then called The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation. Charlemagne's
capital was at Aachen and there he built his first cathedral.
- BC - Excuse me but, so?
- AE - Next to the yeshiva on Mount Zion is the Dormition
Abbey, built by the Germans starting in 1906. It is an exact duplicate
of Charlemagne's Aachen Cathedral.
- BC - How did that happen?
- AE - Kaiser Wilhelm II came to Jerusalem in 1898 to build
two churches, a modest Lutheran Church of minor religious significance
and a magnificent Catholic structure on Mount Zion. In 1898, the ruler
of a nation didn't make such a difficult journey to a diplomatic backwater
unless it was extremely important. The Vatican was worried that the British
had an operating church in Jerusalem and its presence could solidify and
spread. The Vatican provided much of the funds for the trip and the bribe
to the Turkish Sultan, Khamid. Since Wilhelm had a Protestant population
to appease, he put up a smaller Lutheran church as well, but the real prize
was Mount Zion.
- BC - Why all the money and trouble if the Vatican gets
the real estate? What was in it for Germany?
- AE - Germany has never given up its dream of reviving
the Holy Roman Empire. At the height of that empire, their greatest king,
Frederick the Great, marched into Jerusalem and became the city's king.
Jerusalem was once part of the Holy Roman Empire and the dream is that
it will be again. In this empire, the delineation of powers was strict.
The pope was the spiritual leader, but the political leader was whoever
ruled Germany. This dream led straight to World War I.
- BC - Where do the Jews fit in all this?
- AE - Nowhere. Herzl tried to get a role for the Jews
and met with Wilhelm in Jerusalem. Wilhelm would have nothing to do with
him. His goal was to save Jerusalem for a Christendom led politically by
Germany and spiritually by Rome. Nothing has changed except now the pope
is a determined German. The Vatican want the Jews out of the Old City
and apparently our government is agreeing with them.
- Now a history lesson with little comment:
- Encyclopedia"Frederick II, Holy Roman emperor and
German king King of Jerusalem
- Having married (1225) Yolande, daughter of John of Brienne,
he claimed the crown of Jerusalem, but again postponed his departure on
crusade. He further offended the pope by reasserting at the Diet of Cremona
(1226) the imperial claim to Lombardy. The Lombard League was immediately
revived, but open conflict did not break out until 1236. On the insistent
demand of the new pope, Gregory IX, Frederick embarked on a crusade (Sept.,
1227), but fell ill, turned back, and was excommunicated.
- In 1228, he finally embarked. His "crusade, actually
a state visit, was a diplomatic victory. At Jaffa he made a treaty by which
Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem were surrendered to the Christians,
with the Mosque of Omar being left to the Muslims. In 1229 he crowned himself
king at Jerusalem.
- In 1226, by means of the Golden Bull of Rimini he confirmed
the legitimacy of rule by the Teutonic Knights under their headmaster Hermann
von Salza over the Prussian lands east of the Vistula, the Chelmno Land.
- At the time he was crowned Emperor, Frederick had promised
to go on crusade. In preparation for his crusade, Frederick had, in 1225,
married Yolande of Jerusalem, heiress to the Kingdom of Jerusalem, and
immediately taken steps to take control of the Kingdom from his new father-in-law,
John of Brienne. However, he continued to take his time in setting off,
and in 1227, Frederick was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for failing
to honor his crusading pledge - perhaps unfairly, at this point, as his
plans had been delayed by an epidemic. He eventually embarked on the crusade
the following year (1228), which was seen on by the pope as a rude provocation,
since the church could not take any part in the honor for the crusade,
resulting in a second excommunication. Frederick did not attempt to take
Jerusalem by force of arms. Instead, he negotiated restitution of Jerusalem,
Nazareth, and Bethlehem to the Kingdom with sultan Al-Kamil, the Ayyubid
ruler of the region.
- THE TEUTONIC ORDER OF HOLY MARY IN JERUSALEM
- Some forty knights were received into the new Order at
its foundation by the King of Jerusalem and Frederick of Swabia, who selected
their first Master in the name of the Pope and Emperor. The knights of
the new confraternity had to be of German birth (although this rule was
occasionally relaxed), a unique requirement among the Crusader Orders founded
in the Holy Land. They were drawn predominately from the noble or knightly
class, although this latter obligation was not formally incorporated into
the rule until much later. Their blue mantle, charged with a black cross,
was worn over a white tunic, a uniform recognized by the Patriarch of Jerusalem
and confirmed by the Pope in 1211.
- The waves of German knights and pilgrims who followed
the Third Crusade brought considerable wealth to the new German Hospital
as well as recruits. This enabled the knights to acquire the Lordship of
Joscelin and, soon thereafter they built the castle of Montfort (lost in
1271), the rival of the great hospitaller fortress of Krak des Chevaliers.
Never as numerous in the Holy Land as either the Hospitaller or Templar
Orders, the Teutonic knights were nonetheless a formidable power.
- THE EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER OF JERUSALEM
© Guy Stair Sainty
- The origins of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher have been
disputed for centuries. In this examination of the history of what is today
a major Catholic Order of Knighthood, under the direct protection of the
Holy See, it has been my intention to separate fact from fantasy and outline
the historical development of this great institution. It now has a world-wide
mission to support the Holy Places, particularly in Jerusalem, and has
approximately eighteen thousand members across the globe. 
- Two Christian sources who are certain the goal of the
"peace" process is to establish a German/Vatican capital in Jerusalem
are David Ben-Ariel, and the Philadelphia Trumpet:
- Looking to Jerusalem
- We have also said that the next pope would have his sights
set on Jerusalem. Ratzinger was known for statements he made concerning
a reconciliation of sorts with the Jews. That reconciliation being, "the
moment in which Israel too will say yes to Christ. After all, the "star
points to Jerusalem, Ratzinger said once. Watch for this new pope to have
a more fervent interest in Israeli politics and affairs surrounding Jerusalem.
- First let's understand Aachen Cathedral's history:
- Aachen Aachen in north-western Germany (in French, called
Aix-la-Chapelle), was the capital of Charlemagne's empire in the 9th century.
It became the site of one of the great medieval pilgrimages because of
the textile relics obtained by Charlemagne and Ortho III. The four "Great
Relics include the cloak of the Blessed Virgin, the swaddling clothes of
the infant Jesus, the cloth on which St. John the Baptist,s head lay after
his beheading, and the loin cloth which Jesus wore on the Cross. These
four relics were shown only once every seven years.
- CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES HAVE UNIQUE LINK WITH ROME AND JERUSALEM
- John Paul II's Letter for 1,200 Years of Aachen Cathedral
- VATICAN CITY, JAN 31 (ZENIT).- John Paul II referred
to the ties that unite the Catholic community spread over the world with
the Church of Rome and the Holy City of Jerusalem, in a letter to commemorate
1,200 years since the construction of Aachen Cathedral, an event which
was celebrated last Saturday and Sunday in this historic German locality.
- The Pope's special envoy to the celebration was Cardinal
Dar?o Castrill?n Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. The
Holy Father addressed the letter to Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff of Aachen.
John Paul II pointed out that the Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin, was
built at the request of Charlemagne. That same year, 800, the emporer was
crowned in Rome by Pope Leo III in the Vatican Basilica. This historical
event reflects the closeness that existed between that local Church and
the diocese of Rome.
- But Aachen Cathedral has yet "another link"
that carries it "with heart and mind" to the Holy City. These
are 4 precious relics that Jerusalem gave to Charlemagne and that recall
"with profound reverence events in the history of salvation."
The 4 relics are fragments of the newborn Jesus' diapers, the cloth Jesus
wore around his waist on the cross, the dress Mary wore on Christmas Eve,
and the cloth of John the Baptist's beheading.
- Now, we have a look at Aachen Cathedral:
- Next, we look at the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion:
- Surprise! It's an exact copy of the first church built
by Charlemagne, founder of the Holy Roman Empire.
- Conflicting Agendas!
- Mount Zion and Dormition Abbey, JerusalemMount Zion lies
to the south of today's city walls. Coming out of Zion Gate you are faced
with the Benedictine Basilica of the Dormition. The Dormition Abbey is
a massive structure that rises on Mount Zion, just outside the Zion Gate,
and resembles a mighty fortress; it is topped by a high, domed belltower,
a conical dome and corner towers. This Benedictine Basilica, built over
the site where Virgin Mary is said to have fallen asleep for the last time
(Dormitio - from here one of the apocryphal writings describing this event).
It was completed by Kaiser Wilhelm II at the beginning of 20th century
based on plans by Heinrich Renard who used as a model the Carolingian cathedral
- The Room of the Last Supper lies just outside the Dormition
Abbey behind the Franciscan house on Sion. The whole area has been transformed
by religious Jews into various Yeshivas (Schools of the Torah) especially
due to the devotion for the Tomb of King David which is believed to be
located beneath the Upper Room.
- Germany Rejects The Jews Not For The Last Time
- When Herzl met the Duke of Baden, the Kaiser's uncle,
he tried to persuade him of the importance of a meeting with Kaiser Wilhelm
for the Zionist cause. After more than one and a half years of fruitless
contacts with influential German figures, Herzl was called to the German
consul during a stay in Amsterdam and informed that the German Kaiser was
prepared to meet him on his journey to Jerusalem.
- Kaiser Wilhelm II's first stop on his journey to the
land of Israel was at Kushta. In October 1898, Herzl traveled to Kushta,
where he met with the Kaiser for the first time and received a promise
of a subsequent meeting in Jerusalem.
- Herzl and his companions went up to Jerusalem in an optimistic
frame of mind to wait the second meeting, which took place on November
2. His frosty reception by the Kaiser and the lack of protocol led Herzl
to realize that the German monarch had withdrawn his initial offer of support
for Jewish settlement in the land of Israel.
- For the rejection of Herzl and the race against Britain
for Jerusalem real estate, Turkey and Germany paid a heavy price. In 1910,
the Dormition Abbey was completed. Within a decade, Germany and Turkey
were defeated in all out war, and Britain was in Jerusalem alongside Herzl's
- Then came the Holocaust.
- This Thursday I'll be discussing Mount Zion for the Root
And Branch Association at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem.
It's supposed to start at 7 but I'll wait a bit longer.
- THURSDAY, December 22 (21 Kislev) (7 PM (in English)
- THE VATICAN AND MOUNT ZION
- A Lecture By Barry Chamish
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