Caleb Parke, the senior correspondent for the Todd Starnes Radio Show, received death threats on Instagram after posting pro-Israel messages this week. As Israel is under attack from Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Parke posted about why he supports the Jewish State as a Christian Zionist and ways people can support Israel.
“I am a proud Christian Zionist. I was baptized in the Jordan River by a man named John. I have prayed at the Western Wall several times. And I have been to the empty tomb.
Zionism is the self-determination movement of the Jewish people in the form of a state in their ancestral homeland. It is the only Jewish state in the world, the only safe haven of the Jewish people that’s ever existed. Israel has an obligation to defend it’s citizens against all terrorist attacks.”
Let me be clear. I don’t hate Palestinians. I hate terrorism. I hate the shedding of innocent blood. I hate attempted genocide of the only Jewish State. I hate lies and misinformation about Israel. Anyone can hate me or call me names but I can respond with love – thanks to the Holy Spirit.
Todd Starnes (h/t nita) But his messages of peace and support were met with a barrage of cyberbullying and threats of violence on his Instagram.
Another commented, “all of you should be killed.”
“This ain’t got to do nothing with Israel and Palestine but Godam you got the most punchable face in the world,” another said in a message.
Parke, a former Fox News journalist, reported the messages to Instagram but hasn’t received any updates.
“It doesn’t surprise me that simply stating support for Israel is met with hate and threats of violence as the only Jewish nation in the world defends herself from Islamic terrorists,” Parke said Friday. “Anti-Israel hatred is in Congress, on college campuses, and, sadly, in many houses of worship today.”
He added, “I will not be silenced nor will I stop speaking up for our greatest ally, Israel.”
Todd Starnes, the owner of Starnes Media Group, condemned the death threats directed at Parke. “We have been in touch with law enforcement and we plan to pursue charges against those who would threaten our journalists,” Starnes said. “We will not be bullied. We will not be intimidated – especially by anti-Semitic cowards.”