Appreciation of the Israeli Embassy in Spain for the leaders of the Baha’i sect
The website of the National Assembly of a small number of Spanish Baha’is has reported with great joy about the meeting of the Spanish Baha’i representatives with the officials of the Israeli embassy in Madrid on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Abbas Effendi (Abbas ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the second Baha’i leader).
The meeting was attended by two Israeli political diplomats, Ms. Noah Hakim, Spokeswoman, and Ms. Laura Garcia, Public Embassy Coordinator of the Israeli Embassy, along with two representatives of the Israeli Baha’i community, including Ms. Clarissa Nieva, Director of the Baha’i Community Public Relations Office, and Ms. Nuria Vahdat.
Picture 1. Representatives of the Bahá’í community in Spain present the book on the Terraces of the Sanctuary of the Báb, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From left to right Ms. Clarisa Nieva, Ms. Noa Hakim, Ms. Laura Garcia, Ms. Nuria Vahdat.
Addressing the embassy spokesperson, Clarissa Nieva briefly described the various ceremonies held by Baha’is in Spain over the past few months. He recalled the 40-year presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Israel and the recent ceremony in Haifa; in which the special messages of the President of Israel !! and the Prime Minister !! were delivered in the presence of some diplomats and representatives of other religious communities. President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, via video to all those attending, declaring: “On this centenary of His passing, may the memory of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá be a blessing for all of us, and may the wisdom of His teachings bring comfort and inspiration to a world in need of healing and help bring humanity closer to a vision of unity and peace.”
In addition, the presence of the mayor of Haifa during the ceremony who highlighted not only the historical connection of the city with ‘Abdu’l-Baha’, but also the current lasting legacy he left in the Holy Land and the world.
A spokesman for the Israeli embassy said the embassy was ready to work with the Spanish Baha’i community on cultural and social issues.
Representatives of the Baha’is of Spain also presented Israeli diplomats with a book including photographs of Baha’i sites in Haifa and Acre (the tomb of Bab and the tomb of Mirza Hussain Ali as the Baha’is Qibla) and a book entitled “’Abdu’l-Baha’, the Architect of the New Age.”
Picture 2. Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem in her speech where she mentioned the city’s connection to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
Are Israeli political diplomats aware of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s inner beliefs and behavior during his lifetime? Or do they still consider the same puppets of the House of Justice as Baha’i history?
Reproduction of these buildings and the architectures under the supervision of the Baha’i Continental Consultants in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is it anything but a boost to the Baha’i religious landscape and a diversion of public opinion to religion?
Mirza Ali Mohammd Bab, the first Leader of the Baha’i Faith, is the one whom ‘Abdu’l- Baha’ describes in his writings as follows: “On the day of the advent of His Holiness Bab, Bob’s order in the book of Bayan was to cut off the necks and burn the books and writings, and to destroy the tombs and to kill anyone who did not believe in Bab.”
Picture 3. Leaders of religious communities – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze – participated in the meeting held in Haifa.
UNESCO must now answer the question of the public mind of human societies: “What humanitarian services has Bab done in his lifetime that his tomb should be declared a World Heritage Site today?”
If today Israel hopes for the teachings of Baha’u’llah in the media showcase of His Son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, to achieve peace, it’s better to ask which peace? Peace to the leaders of Israel and the Baha’is and the bewildered communities? Or a peace that respects the rights of all human beings and humanity, especially the displaced Palestinians? Is not it more deserving that the rights of the Palestinian people be restored to them in the implementation of this peace plan?
What is the matter with the fact that Israeli personalities have been so pursued by the Baha’i agenda? While Baha’i propaganda is banned in Israel, how is it that from the president to the Sassi officials of Israel and the mayor of Haifa, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Abbas Fendi (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the second Baha’i leader), he is hailed as a prophet of peace and a model for humanity? To make an Israeli a Baha’i is a criminal act under Israeli law! (2)
Baha’is not only do not have the right to operate or propagate in occupied Palestine, but are also restricted from traveling there. Baha’is cannot travel to Israel at any time and stay as long as they wish, but according to the agreement they have with the fake Zionist regime, they must come and control their population in occupied Palestine and not exceed a quorum, unless someone leaves the House of Justice without permission. If he travels to occupied Palestine, he will be expelled from the Baha’is and will no longer have the right to talk or visit his family. Baha’is have no right to the land or water in which all their shrines are buried, but the headquarters of the Baha’is administrative body in the port of Haifa have no problem. (3)
It is very surprising that the Israeli government has banned the propaganda of the Baha’is there (!!) but the mayor of Haifa is allowed to participate in the Baha’i community?!
Does the Spanish Baha’i community still claim that “the Baha’is do not interfere in politics?” How does a meeting with the presence of political officials at the Israeli embassy (Noah the Wise and Loragarcia) conclude with adherence to the teachings of the Baha’i Faith?
Aren’t these connections the hidden layers of the words of the Rúhíyyih Maxwell, the American wife of Shoghi Effendi, who said: “Israel and the Baha’is are like the seeds of a chain.”
Woe to the day when the blindness of his staff becomes blind …
1) ‘Abdu’l-Baha., Makatib, vol. 2, p. 266
2) Shoghi Effendi, Mobarakeh Toghayeh Shoghi, years 102 to 109 Badi, vol.3 p.295.