Translation of Letter from Rashid to Meier

Page 297 of the 2nd edition of the Talmud of Jmmanuel, Wild Flower Press
Page 267 of the 3rd edition of the Talmud of Jmmanuel, Wild Flower Press
Page 236 of the 4th edition of the Talmud of Jmmanuel, Steelmark LLC

Baghdad, September 14.9.1974   
Poste Restante
Head Post Office

Dear Friend Billy:
       I am sorry, dear friend, for not having written so long and for not being able to send you additional translations of the rolls of writing ["schriftrollen" in German]. That has its reason in my fears which unfortunately have come true now.
       As I always told you, I was prepared that one day I would be persecuted on account of the discovered rolls of writing. That has happened now. Just barely was I able to flee from Jerusalem with my family. Now I am staying with good friends in Baghdad where, however, I cannot stay long and must move on soon. Where to, I don't know yet, but I will notify you as soon as possible.
       I have been persecuted by two different groups, both Christians and Jews, which was to be anticipated, because the rolls are not favorable towards either religion. After my lucky escape a misfortune struck me, which cannot be made undone. First I fled from Jerusalem to Lebanon and stayed there at a refugee camp with my family. But there the Jews located me and, with their military, attacked the camp, which resulted in many deaths. With great difficulty my family and I escaped the massacre and we were able to flee once more. But unfortunately all rolls of writing got lost and they are no longer in my possession. I believe they all burned when the Jews destroyed the homes by fire, but maybe they fell into the hands of the Jews?
       Then the Israelis announced that they had undertaken a punitive action against Palestinian guerillas. However, in reality, they, together with some people from the Christian church, were after me and my scrolls. By means of the alleged punitive action they were now able to cover up and falsify the actual reason and purpose of their venture. And because of the disappearance of the original rolls, any proof is missing that the New Testament of the Bible is an outrageous lie whereby mankind is condemned.
       Dear friend, unfortunately these are the latest bare facts and I do hope that you and your family will not meet with the same fate as I. After all, you do have 36 chapters of the Talmud Jmmanuel and they do represent an immense danger to Christianity, the Jewish faith, Islam and other religions. Therefore be very cautious and see to it that those few existing teachings of Jmmanuel will not get lost. They are really too valuable. I for my part do withdraw from the whole matter because I cannot endanger my family even more. Therefore keep my name and everything else a secret on the occasion of publication. I entreat you to do so. I know that I can always rely on you and thank you for it. You will hear further news from me on occasion and I am sending you my best regards, also from my family.

[signed] Isa Rashid    

[Note: Meier did go ahead and publish Rashid's actual name, which is a common one, but only after learning of his assassination and that of his family in Iraq.]

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