The two-minute video is a straight rip-off of Spielbergian Schindler's List visual effects: a black-and-white video showing Jews in 1943 Poland being taken off trains at Auschwitz and divided by ferocious Nazis into two groups: workers, and gas-chamber fodder. Jesus alone appears in color, like the little girl symbolizing innocence in Schindler, helping some of the Jews as they stumble their way to fate.
As the Son of God approaches the Nazis' processing desk, a cross hoisted over his shoulder, the SS troops render their verdict—the gas chamber—then sneer that he's nur ein Jude: Just another Jew.
This release comes not only during a Jewish holiday, but also immediately before Easter, when Passion Plays have historically been used to evoke strong emotions and then those emotions have been funneled into anti-Semitic acts. Add on the fact that it evokes one of the most traumatic times in Jewish history to attempt and convert Jews to Christianity. Then again, the religious right has proven time and again it has no problems in using the Holocaust to attempt and score cheap points.
If that was not enough, "Jews" for Jesus managed to get even more offensive, as The Forward's Jay Michaelson points out:
A “making-of” video available on thatjewdiedforyou.com elaborates: “The Holocaust, perhaps more than any other event or topic, has kept Jewish people from being open to considering Jesus as the Jewish messiah.” If only we didn’t blame Christians for the genocide of our people, the reasoning goes, we’d be more open to converting to Christianity.
Michaelson touches on the fact that while we do not blame Christians, as a whole, for the Holocaust, we do remember that Christian nations have persecuted us. Many of us are here today because our ancestors fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia, a Christian nation. We remember that it was Germany, a Christian nation, that perpetrated the Shoah. We remember that it was Spain that launched the Inquisition and kicked us out, just one of many nations to do so.
No, Christians are not at fault, but as Michaelson points out we have a very different worldview, one that comes from our millennia of persecution and we do not appreciate our history being invoked to try and convert us and to try and have a Christian group portray themselves as victims.
"Jews" for Jesus has a right to proselytize. They have a right to claim that they are Jewish. The First Amendment protects those rights and as abhorrent as I find their claims and actions I will defend their right to do those things. However, I have the same right to speak out and I choose to exercise that right.
Their actions are absolutely abhorrent. They invoke the greatest tragedy in the history of our people since the beginning of the Diaspora. They seek to make themselves the victims in their attempt to convert us. They lie about what they are. They may claim that they are Jewish, but there is a term for any "Jew" or person of any other faith or ethnic group that believes in Jesus; that term is "Christian."
I am a Jew. I was born a Jew. I live my life as a Jew. I will die as a Jew and be buried as a Jew. Those gentiles that seek to invoke the history, both good and bad, of my people for their own ends can go self-fornicate with a metallic implement covered with oxidized iron.