First of all, thank you for your heartwarming concern and support during this time. It’s been traumatic going through this horrible time watching the news of so many innocent lives taken as well as innocent civilians being bombed in this war. For the first time our city of Ashkelon has evacuated some of its most vulnerable citizens, the elderly, disabled without shelters.
I can't imagine the trauma of the victims and their families of the worst terrorist attacks and massacres since the holocaust.
My thoughts and prayers are with those grieving and suffering right now. Let us pray together for healing, strength and light in the midst of this darkness.
I wanted to take a moment to appeal to women of the world and all humanity to stand against the evil of using sexual violence against women and children during times of war.
We just witnessed the terrorist group Hamas inflicting this barbaric violence on young Israeli women and we must lift our voices high against this gross evil and wickedness!
Rape is one of the most atrocious and barbaric acts of cruelty that can be inflicted upon another human being. Anyone who inflicts this type of harm on women, children or any weak and unarmed civilians is a coward and deserves the worst type of judgement.
Sexual violence is not only used to bring extreme physical injury or death, but to inflict severe emotional harm of the victims and to break the spirit of an entire nation. I and those of the lost tribes of the transatlantic slave trade, the worst and most brutal slavery of all time, are all too familiar with the damaging effects of sexual violence and genocide.
The Tanakh compares rape to murder and Elohim hates all forms of violence against the innocent and we should too..
The live version of the song, ‘Clean Hands’ (from the Peace Process album) was performed at the Zone in Tel Aviv with my band The Sheba Warriors in order to bring attention and condemn the sexual violence used by the Ethiopian Government/soldiers against the women of Tigray in recent months.
I never thought I’d be dedicating this song to the young women of Israel now victims in the Israel-Hamas war, but today I hope this song can be used to rally others to the cause of righteousness.
I call all women and men of the world, no matter your racial, political, national, ethnic identity, to stand together with me against the brutality of sexual violence or rape as a weapon of war - against Hamas - and any other nation or terrorist organization..
All of us have mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends who need protection against the forces of evil of this world. If we give organizations like Hamas permission to do this in the name of political gain, it sets a standard that will hurt us all and will create a much more hostile and dangerous world for all women and children to live in.
To watch a clip of Clean Hands live from the Zone, click here: https://youtu.be/5E9j-qZUXDI?si=kNZdoIuq4_e9rZVJ
To watch the professional film video of Clean Hands Psalms 24 filmed in Israel click here:
Here are verses from Tanakh that remind us that Elohim hates violence:
- Genesis 9:5-6 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man. "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of Elohim He made man.”
- Gen. 6:13 So Elohim said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence (hamas) because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.”
- Exodus 20:13 "You shall not murder.”
- Exodus 21:12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
- Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood…
- Psalm 11:4-6 YHWH is in His holy temple; YHWH’S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. YHWH tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
- Psalm 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
- Psalm 7:11 Elohim is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day.
- Psalm 92:9 “For surely your enemies, YHWH, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.”
- Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things YHWH hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
- Proverbs 15:29 “YHWH is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”
- Jeremiah 4.3-4 ‘... I am going to bring a disaster to this place… for they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.’
- Deut 22:25-27 “Only the man who rapes her shall die, but you shall do nothing to the woman. The woman did not incur the death penalty, for this case is like that of a man attacking another and murdering him. He came upon her in the open; though the betrothed woman cried for help, there was no one to save her.”
In close, at every opportunity, Yah's word tells us what we should do in times of injustice and evil:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31.8-9
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