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Gush Katif was a cluster of 21 Israeli communities in the Gaza Strip the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin thought were vital to Israel's border security. In August 2005, however, under the auspices of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gush Katif as well as four additional communities in Samaria, thus displacing some 9,000 residents from their homes. Gush Katif was also a thriving agricultural zone with 4,000 greenhouses producing some of the countries best organic produce. After the IDF left, thousands of Palestinians looted the area and laid it to waste.
In order to raise awareness and to prevent further destruction of additional Jewish communities across Israel under the guise of "concessions," the thriving Jewish community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn hosted a fundraiser for the Gush Katif Museum and to assist traumatized families still reeling from their forced evacuation.
One of the evening's keynote speakers was none other than Glenn Beck.
Dubbed by those who introduced him a righteous gentile and one of Israel's "greatest friends," Beck spoke to the crowd about both the "honor" and "responsibility" we incur for having been born into these tumultuous times, and noted that it is indeed "1938 all over again."
The resounding message of the evening was clear: All of Eretz Israel (the land of Israel) belongs to the Jewish people.
He said that while many think him fearless, he is in truth most afraid of the consequences we may suffer for going against God and abandoning a life of uprightness. For Beck, there is no other choice but a path of righteousness. That righteousness is defending the innocent: Israel.
One of the key messages Beck hoped people would take away was a promise to "question with boldness" that which does not sit right with one's conscience and common sense. He promised that if people were unafraid of such questioning, they would see the truth: that the Obama administration is "no friend of Israel's."
Beck, who lauds the righteous gentiles who rescued thousands during the Holocaust, ceded that too many stood idly by, silent. He added that when the Holocaust simply becomes "academic," we no longer honor those who paid the ultimate price and that history can then easily be repeated. "It's life, not academic," Beck said pointedly.
Brimming with insightful passages and stories from his many travels -- to Israel, the Vatican and even Auschwitz -- Beck's message of standing tall and doing the heavy lifting for what is right resonated with the audience in audible measure.
One instance that drew hearty rounds of approval was when Beck spoke about the new "civil rights movement," saying that today's leaders have twisted a noble pursuit into a hatred reserved for all the wrong subjects. Cloaked under the guise of a belief in civil rights, many today will say, "I am not against Jews, just against Zionism."
"Well," Beck started, "being anti-Israel, and being anti-Zionist, is anti-Semitism." He also noted the irony of the fact that it was actually Dr. Martin Luther King who coined that saying and mindset.
For Beck, today's skewed version of the civil rights movement is a "sham" and a "joke" and is becoming a threat to all humanity. After all, when one compares Israel to an "apartheid state" when there is in fact no shred of truth to the claim, one dishonors those who suffered under apartheid in South Africa and discredits Nelson Mandela's efforts to bring unity to his country. When one claims Israel is committing "genocide" against the Palestinian people, when in fact they are delivering to them food and aid (even at Israelis' own peril), one discredits the atrocities occurring in Darfur. The Left says its civil rights leaders care about oppression and human rights, yet mask the instances of rape in their own communities, like Occupy Wall Street. These same "civil rights leaders" also turn a blind eye to the oppression and abuse suffered by women, gays and minorities in the very regions of the world they inexplicably defend.
Beck drew the stark comparison that today's civil rights leaders are, in fact, no different than the terrorists, dictators and thugs they claim to revile.
Listen to the audio of Beck's speech below:
In speaking about the faithful, Beck also touched on an unsung hero of the Holocaust -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -- a German, Lutheran pastor who wrote a book entitled, Führerprinzip, or Fuhrer Principle. Bonhoeffer was a staunch opponent of the Nazis, and was even involved in the assassination plot against Adolf Hitler. The pastor's plans were never realized, however, as he was arrested and killed just days before the Nazis surrendered and Hitler, in a cowardly display, committed suicide.
The point Beck made by relaying this poignant story was that in his attempt to "fight the madness," he often has looked to Bonhoeffer and his resolve to stand tall in the face of evil.
He also conveyed the story of another righteous gentile, a woman simply by the name of Paulina, who, through her belief in God, saved scores of Jews in Poland during the Holocaust by feeding them soup her mother had prepared for them.
When asked by Beck how we, moving forward, can grow the seeds of righteousness in our own lives, Paulina's answers were simple: "You must believe in something greater than yourself." That, and sometimes people decide not to barrel ahead "off that cliff."
"We must hold onto each other," Beck said, and not lose hold of our humanity.
As Beck touched on both the uplifting and bittersweet snapshots of Israel's history, he took pause to reflect on the Jewish State's many enemies. "When Egypt says they are building the ovens. Believe them," Beck warned. "They say what they mean. They mean what they say."
Culminating in an emotional moment, Beck believes that Israel's enemies are enemies of God, and that he has chosen his path of righteousness for his children. "It's an honor to say my father stood," he said.
At the end of the day, "If America stops being good, we will meet the same fate as Dietrich Bonhoeffer."
Watch some of the footage below:
The Blaze's Billy Hallowell contributed to this report.