The International Raelian Movement, which believes life on Earth was created by extraterrestrial beings, officially ended its support for Zionism on Tuesday, after its leader claimed to have received a divine prophecy condemning Israel.
A statement from the Raelians said that their leader, Rael (Claude Vorilhon), was told in an August 6 prophesy from Yahweh, the head of the extraterrestrial beings called the Elohim, that “protection” for Israel had been withdrawn due to Israeli policies on the Palestinians. Both Yahweh and Elohim are Hebrew words for God.
According to Rael, Yahweh said in a message for Israel: “You have betrayed all the exemplary values of Judaism by stealing land and houses that don’t belong to you, and especially by not respecting my most important commandment: ‘Thou shall not kill.’ And you have accumulated nuclear weapons that could kill millions of people in one go and spark off a world war capable of destroying all of our creation.”
Therefore, Rael was told, “the protection previously granted by to Israel is totally withdrawn as of today, and we ask that all real Jews leave the land of Palestine as quickly as possible.”
The message also reportedly said that Jews who do not leave Israel would face dire consequences.
“Jew, leave Israel as soon as possible without turning back if you don’t wish to be turned into a pillar of salt, as happened at Sodom and Gomorrah.”
The International Raelian Movement, which was founded in 1974, is known for a campaign to rebrand the swastika, which it sees as a symbol of peace abused by the Nazis. Raelians are known to display the swastika publicly, including by flying banners with the symbol above crowded areas.
For the past three years, they have been holding annual “World Swastika Rehabilitation Day” events in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Melbourne and Tel Aviv, among others.
Renee Ghert-Zand contributed to this report.