donderdag 30 juni 2011
Bron: weblog Harry
Zo Twittert onbeleefde blinde vogel en volksvertegenwoordig Harry naar critici:
Zie ook: De Harry van Bommel (SP) Files
DEN HAAG (ANP) – Eerste en Tweede Kamerleden hebben de Palestijnse president Mahmoud Abbas donderdag vrijuit aan de tand kunnen voelen over zijn intenties.
Dat gebeurde tijdens een besloten gesprek in de Senaat. Vooral de PVV maar ook de SGP zijn tegenstander van het bezoek en waren er niet bij.
Volgens aanwezige Kamerleden was Abbas open en direct en nam hij de tijd de vragen te beantwoorden. CDA-Tweede Kamerlid Henk Jan Ormel sprak van een goede sfeer. „Het CDA steunt de tweestatenoplossing waarbij beide volken, die beide lijden, in vrede naast elkaar kunnen leven.” VVD-Tweede Kamerlid Han ten Broeke hoopt dat de Palestijnen het pad van eenzijdige erkenning door de Verenigde Naties verlaten en weer met Israël praten.
Joël Voordewind van de ChristenUnie was teleurgesteld. Het Kamerlid vindt dat de Palestijnse leider een dubbel gezicht heeft. „Hij zegt te streven naar vrede, maar ondertussen wordt geweld getolereerd of zelfs gepromoot.”
Notitie: Wij willen melden dat het CDA ook religieus verblindt is met hun 2-Staten-destructie!
Lees ook: Abbas bij Trix, beiden kregen DVD “islam en waarheid” ! (Tora-Yeshua)
Despite the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ensures the daily transfer of nearly 6,000 tons of goods and roughly 260 truckloads via Kerem Shalom, an Israel-Gaza land crossing.
Lawfully enforcing the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip allows the Israeli Navy to halt rocket and missile attacks into Israel by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
woensdag 29 juni 2011
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But with all of the evil and hate that exists in the Arab public towards the Jews, thankfully there are Arabs with compassion and love. It gives us hope for the day when there will be true peace in Israel (Our note: By Yeshua HaMaShiach only) .
The other day a man made a wrong turn in Jerusalem and entered an Arab area. As he turned onto the Arab street, a young boy called outhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif that a Jew had approached and a throng of people assembled and starting throwing rocks at the Jew’s car. The man thought his life was over. Thank God, he was saved by the Mukhtar’s family, who took him out of his car, into their house and escaped with him to an side street where a police car whisked him away to safety.
This man owes his life to the Mukhtar, and his family, who placed their own lives in danger by saving the Jewish Israeli.
It is sad that this occurrence takes place in the year 2011 in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, yet this is a reality that Israelis lives with each and every day.
We pray for peace and educate our own for peace, but that same thing is still not reciprocated by the Arabs.
In the meantime, we thank G-d for those righteous Arabs, who stand up for love and justice, even though it endangers their own lives.
For the full article: YnetSource: United with Israel
read: Palestinians attack man accidentally led to east Jerusalem by GPS
Feb. 23, 2011 - VANCOUVER — When David Hancock saw the bald-eagle count on the Chehalis River drop from more than 7,000 to fewer than 400 over a few days in December, he knew a crisis was coming. Earlier this week, news reports that starving eagles were “falling out of the sky” in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, confirmed his fears.
Wildlife rescue centres on the Island have reported birds growing so weak from hunger that they fall out of trees, or fly so clumsily they hit things. One crashed into a roof.
Mr. Hancock said a collapse of chum salmon runs has left British Columbia’s bald-eagle population without enough food to make it through the winter, leaving them weak from hunger and forcing thousands of birds to scavenge at garbage dumps.
Reports of starving eagles have been coming in from all over the Lower Mainland but seem concentrated in the Comox Valley, he said.
“This is what I said would be happening,” said Mr. Hancock, a biologist, publisher and author of The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC, and Washington.
Mr. Hancock said about 25,000 eagles flock to salmon rivers in the Pacific Northwest in the fall, to feed on the carcasses of spawning salmon. One of the biggest gatherings is on the Chehalis River, about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, where as many as 9,000 eagles gather in November and December, drawn by what is usually a large run of chum salmon. The big fish, which average about 6 kilograms, are among the last salmon to spawn and their carcasses are usually available on gravel bars well into the winter.
But Mr. Hancock said the chum didn’t arrive in any numbers on the Chehalis this year, reflecting a coast-wide collapse of the species, and then heavy rains washed away what carcasses there were. The birds were forced to disperse, to look for food where they could find it.
“It was absolutely incredible. Within 10 days, we had gone from 7,200 eagles to 345 … So I knew it was going to be a pretty desperate winter,” said Mr. Hancock, who has been studying eagles for 50 years.
“So where did they go? I have a count of 1,387 one day at the Vancouver dump … that was in the week following the Chehalis dispersal,” he said. …
Mr. Campbell said he has nine bald eagles under care, and most of them are recovering from poisoning they got while feeding at the Campbell River landfill.
“We had 1,300 eagles sitting there at the dump the other day,” Mr. Campbell said. “People dump poisoned animals in there and the eagles feed on them … the birds are starving, but a large percentage are poisoned, too.”
Maj Birch, manager of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society in Courtenay said she usually handles 40 eagles a year, but in the first two months of this year alone she has taken in 20 birds.
“One young bird was perched in a tree and it just fell out. One was flying and hit a roof. They are falling, collapsing, losing their ability to fly,” she said.
Prophecy Verse: Matthew 24:28
"For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." (KJV)
dinsdag 28 juni 2011
"Slinger uw bliksem en verstrooi hen [de vijand], werp uw pijlen en breng hen in verwarring."
"Cast forth lightning, and scatter them [the enemy]: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them."
"Want gelijk de bliksem flitst en van de ene kant des hemels tot de andere kant licht, zó zal de Zoon des mensen wezen op zijn dag [bij zijn komst]."
"For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day [at his coming]."
Opperrabbijn Jonathan Sacks uit Engeland tracht sjechieta legaal te houden.
Een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer heeft dinsdagmiddag voor een verbod op onverdoofd ritueel slachten gestemd. Het wetsvoorstel is aangenomen met 116 stemmen voor en 30 tegen. Drie PvdA'ers en een PVV'er stemden anders dan de rest van hun fractie.
Dat is gebleken tijdens de stemming over het wetsvoorstel van de Partij voor de Dieren.
De partijen waren lange tijd al duidelijk over hun standpunt. Vorige week bereikten VVD, PvdA, GroenLinks en D66 een compromis, waarmee zij joden en moslims tegemoet willen komen. De partijen hebben besloten ritueel slachten toe te staan, als kan worden aangetoond dat dieren niet meer lijden dan bij een reguliere slacht.
Lees gehele artikel: Elsevier
Ronnie Eisenmann woordvoerder Joodse Gemeenschap
Joodse gemeenschap is niet blij
Niet iedereen is blij met het verbod op onverdoofd ritueel slachten. En dat was natuurlijk te verwachten. Zo is er de Joodse Gemeenschap Amsterdam. Die zijn niet blij met het verbod.
"De principiële strijd hebben we verloren, en dat doet pijn", zegt Ronnie Eisenmann namens de Joodse Gemeenschap Amsterdam. "Wij als Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam staan hier ook in de Kamer namens de Joden die hier in het verleden hebben gewoond en die hier destijds in vrijheid zijn opgevangen. Het is een slag voor iedereen, niet alleen voor de Joden in Nederland maar voor alle religieuzen in het land, omdat het in strijd is met de godsdienstvrijheid."
Read: Nazi German Third Reich bans on religious slaughter (shechita), first anti-Jewish Laws implemented in 1933
"Daarom zie, de dagen komen, luidt het woord des HEREN, dat niet meer zal gezegd worden: Zo waar de HERE leeft, die de Israëlieten uit het land Egypte heeft gebracht, maar veeleer: Zo waar de HERE leeft, die de Israëlieten heeft doen optrekken uit het Noorderland en uit al de landen waarheen Hij hen verdreven had; ja, Ik zal hen terugbrengen in het land dat Ik aan hun vaderen gegeven had (Israël). Zie, Ik ontbied vele vissers, luidt het woord des HEREN, die hen zullen opvissen, en daarna zal Ik vele jagers ontbieden, die hen zullen opjagen van elke berg en elke heuvel, en uit de rotskloven; want mijn ogen zijn op al hun wegen, deze zijn voor Mij niet verborgen...." (Jeremia 16:14-17)
Deze vele 'jagers' zitten nu ook in onze eigen Tweede Kamer en in onze huidige Regering, en ze hebben het niet eens zelf door! Dit verbod op Joods Kosher slachten, zal vele Joodse mensen doen besluiten om naar Israël terug te gaan, omdat zij zich door deze antisemitische maatregel niet meer thuisvoelen in Nederland (een terecht gevoel vinden wij). Hierdoor zullen zij - zoals de profeet Jeremia voorzegd - opgejaagd worden en teruggebracht naar het Land dat God aan hen gegeven heeft, Israël.
"Wij allen dwaalden als schapen, wij wendden ons ieder naar zijn eigen weg, maar de HERE heeft ons aller ongerechtigheid op hem doen neerkomen. Hij werd mishandeld, maar hij liet zich verdrukken en deed zijn mond niet open; als een lam dat ter slachting geleid wordt, en als een schaap dat stom is voor zijn scheerders, zo deed hij zijn mond niet open." (Jesaja 53:6,7)
MaShiach (Yeshua/Jezus) werd uitgeroeid, geslacht als een schaap/lam, om onze overtredingen en ongerechtigheden/zonden, zonder enige verdoving!
Ondanks waarschuwingen van het kabinet en partijen in de Tweede Kamer, doen verschillende Nederlandse organisaties toch mee aan de zogeheten Tweede Gazavloot. De activisten vertrekken over een paar dagen.
In de Tweede Kamer is een meerderheid tegen het uitvaren van de vloot.
VVD, PVV, CDA, ChristenUnie en SGP (samen 83 zetels) zijn tegen. De partijen spreken van een 'pure' en 'dwaze' provocatie.
Ze steunen de oproep van minister Uri Rosenthal (VVD, Buitenlandse Zaken) aan Nederlandse organisaties om niet deel te nemen aan de vloot van vijftien schepen. 'Deze actie levert allerminst een bijdrage aan een oplossing van het Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict,' zei de minister eerder dit jaar.
Lees ook: Rosenthal: doe niet mee aan Gazavloot
maandag 27 juni 2011
Mohammed Sawalha, a key organiser of the second flotilla which is set to attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza later this week, is alleged to be a Hamas operative with long-standing connections to the militant organisation.
Last year’s flotilla resulted in widespread media coverage and international condemnation when nine individuals aboard the Mavi Marmara were killed by Israeli soldiers. Israel maintained that its soldiers had acted in self-defence after being attacked by activists from the controversial Turkish Islamist charity IHH.
Read whole article: justjournalism.com
Afgelopen zaterdag werd herdacht dat de Israëlische dienstplichtige militair Gilad Shalit door ontaarde terroristen werd ontvoerd vanaf Israëlisch grondgebied.
Sindsdien is er een keer een videoboodschap vrijgegeven door de lafaards van Hamas. Verder contact wordt door de terroristen niet toegestaan, Geen bezoeken door het Rode Kruis, geen pakketjes of brieven van zijn familie en al helemaal geen bezoek van wie dan ook. Cynisch links beweert, natuurlijk, dat het de schuld van Israël is omdat er genadeloze terroristen in Israëlische gevangenissen worden vastgehouden. Cynisch links draait er de hand niet voor om de compleet onnvergelijkbare situaties met elkaar te vergelijken.
Daar waar de Palestijnse terroristen recht hebben op bezoek, brieven, recreatie en onderwijs heeft een dienstplichtig soldaat niets. Stel dat Israël de gevangen terroristen dezelfde behandeling zou geven als dat Shalit krijgt, dan zou de wereld te klein zijn, maar de gevangen genomen Shalit daar hoor je cynisch links niet over, dat is tenslotte de schuld van Israël.
Israël wil gevangenen ruilen. Duizend Palestijnse terroristen tegenover een Jood. Dat zegt veel over de waarden Een Jood is dus duizend Palestijnen waard. De onderhandelingen verlopen via een Duitse bemiddelaar. Hamas weigert te ruilen. Dat heeft meerdere redenen. Een reden is dat zij geen gezichtsverlies willen leiden. Om dit te bewerkstelligen eisen zij het ondenkbare van Israël. Israël is bereid terroristen te ruilen voor een dienstplichtige soldaat. Israël is niet bereid Israëlische Arabieren vrij te laten die terreurdaden hebben gepleegd of hebben helpen plannen. Dat ziet Israël terecht als een inmenging in binnenlandse aangelegenheden. Hamas weet dat en zal daarom die eis niet laten vallen. Gezichtsverlies gaat ver in de Arabische wereld.
Dinsdag vaart de haatflotilla richting Gaza om solidariteit met Hamas te uiten. Ik durf te wedden dat er niet een op die boot zit die zal willen pleiten voor de vrijlating van Gilad Shalit. Cynisch links en islamisten, a match made in hell.
Gilad Shalit, 5 years of captivity
The man suffered mild injuries when the attackers pelted stones at his car and beat him. He was rescued by Border Guard officers who were alerted to the scene, and was taken to Hadassah-Ein Kerem Medical Center. Police forces are searching the neighborhood for the perpetrators.
Read also: Jew Beaten by Arab Mob in Jerusalem
This is what happens with a Muslim-iPhone with GPS-App:
Israeli Security cabinet receives final briefing on Gaza flotilla
Officials express satisfaction with cooperation of other countries in discouraging participation; navy says it's preparing for any scenario.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet on Sunday for final briefings from top naval officials and security officials on the Gaza-bound flotilla that plans to try and break Israel’s sea blockade over the Gaza Strip later this week.
The ministers heard intelligence reports regarding the number of vessels, the passengers on board, and what the ships are carrying. Israel has declared that the flotilla will not be allowed to enter Gaza, but will rather – if necessary -- be towed into Ashdod and the equipment on the ships impounded.
Israeli officials expressed satisfaction that Cyprus has banned the use of it ports for the flotilla, and that Greece and numerous other countries – such as the US, Canada, France and Australia – have issued strong warnings to their nationals not to participate in the flotilla.
Read whole article: JerusalemPost
zondag 26 juni 2011
Today I prayed, as bro. Tom does here, for a Lebanese Muslim guy who is open for Jesus/Yeshua, because he had pain in his back, and he was healed instantly; the pain left his back at the spot, in Jesus Name! He was somewhat amazed, knew not what to say, that it really happened. So God even use the weak, a disabled like me, to display the Lord's Love and His healing power!
The people of Norwich, England have found some skeletons — not in their closets, but in a well. And the bones belong to Jews.
The remains of 17 bodies dating to the 12th or 13th centuries were found at the bottom of a well in 2004 during an excavation for the construction of a shopping center, but it was not until recent testing (using DNA analysis, carbon dating and bone chemical studies) that it was discovered that they belong to Jews who were likely killed as a result of religious persecution.
Eleven of the skeletons belong to children aged 2-15, and the remaining ones are those of adult men and women. Seven skeletons were successfully genetically tested, and five of them appear to have been members of a single Jewish family.
The investigation was conducted by a team headed by forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black, of the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anthropology and Human Identification. Following the Kosovo War, Professor Black worked in the Balkans piecing together the bodies of massacred Kosovan Albanians. For her, this latest investigation is closely related to that difficult project. “We are possibly talking about persecution. We are possibly talking about ethnic cleansing and this all brings to mind the scenario that we dealt with during the Balkan War crimes,” she told the BBC.
Black and her team theorize that the people to whom these remains belong were either murdered or forced to commit suicide. Pictures taken during the well’s excavation suggest that the bodies were thrown in headfirst. It appears that the adults were thrown into the well first, with the children next — the blow cushioned by the adult bodies already inside. There is no evidence from the bone composition or from the carbon dating to suggest that these people died of the Plague or another disease.
Norwich had a considerable Jewish community from around 1135, and records indicate that much of it was located near the well in which the remains were found. Resentment toward Jews grew as they worked in money lending, which they did at the invitation of the King, beginning in the mid-11th century. Anti-Semitic blood libels and massacres of Jews took place in Norwich and other parts of England in the 12th and 13th centuries, leading to the eventual expulsion of Jews from England by Edward I in 1290.
“It changes the story of what we know about the community. We don’t know everything about the community but what we do know is changed by this,” Sophie Cabot, an archeologist and expert on Norwich’s Jewish history, said.
“The Bodies in the Well,” was aired on tv by the BBC2 about the discovery and investigation of the skeletons. Source: The Jewish Daily Forward (article by Renee Ghert-Zand)
Read also: Jewish Bodies Found in Medieval Well in England
There is evidence the children were thrown down the well after the adults.
Thousands of kilometers to the east, in the furthest reaches of northeastern India, a long-lost community continues to nourish its age-old dream of returning to its ancient homeland, the land of Israel.
The Bnei Menashe, or “sons of Manasseh,” are descendants of one of the 10 lost tribes of Israel, which were exiled by the Assyrian empire more than 27 centuries ago. The community, which numbers 7,232 people, resides primarily in the Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh.
Despite generations of wandering, the Bnei Menashe never forgot who they were, where they had come from, or where they aspired to return.
That dream is now poised, at last, to become a reality.
This past Monday, an extraordinary meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Immigration and Absorption took place in the Prime Minister’s Office. At the top of the agenda was the issue of the Bnei Menashe.
AS CHAIRMAN of Shavei Israel, an organization that has been assisting the community for over a decade, I had lobbied intensively for much of the past year for the committee to address the issue.
Testifying before the assembled ministers and bureaucrats, I spoke of the 1,700 Bnei Menashe who have already made aliya, and of the success they have had in integrating into Israeli society.
Approximately 96 percent of Bnei Menashe immigrants are employed, supporting themselves and their families and contributing to the state and its economy. A mere 4% – less than half the national average – are reliant on social welfare to make ends meet.
Nearly all young Bnei Menashe men are drafted into the army, with a majority serving in combat units. Some 50 Bnei Menashe are currently in uniform, and recently the first Bnei Menashe officer was commissioned.
I pointed out that a growing number of Bnei Menashe youth are pursuing higher education at Israeli colleges and universities in fields ranging from computer science to social work, and that several have also received rabbinical ordination after years of study in yeshiva.
And rest assured, I told the ministers, the Bnei Menashe are our lost brethren. In March 2005, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar recognized them as Zera Yisrael, or the “seed of Israel,” and said they should be brought to the Jewish state.
He also ruled that because they were cut off from their people for millennia, the Bnei Menashe are required to undergo conversion to remove any doubt about their personal status. All those who have made aliya have already gone through this process.
Put simply, I said, the Bnei Menashe are a blessing to the Jewish people and to the State of Israel, and they strengthen us no less than we do them.
Nonetheless, the government of Ehud Olmert inexplicably froze their aliya in 2007, dividing families and stifling the flow of this talented and highly motivated immigration.
So I turned to the members of the committee and made a simple yet forceful plea: It is time for Israel to let the remaining Bnei Menashe come home.
And then a miracle took place. After deliberating the matter, the ministerial committee, headed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, formally decided to draft a government resolution and bring it to the cabinet for approval no later than the end of July.
The resolution will permit all the remaining Bnei Menashe in India to make aliya, and will finally bring an end to their years of waiting and uncertainty.
Both the foreign minister and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver said they were behind the measure.
This means we are just one month away from an historic turning point, one that will restore 7,232 precious souls to the Jewish people.
But there are obstacles that may still stand in the way.
The Treasury is likely to object, not wanting to spend a shekel more than it deems necessary. And then there are the naysayers and post-Zionists who have lost sight of Israel’s mission to serve as the homeland for all Jews.
We cannot allow them to prevail.
There is simply no good reason for this aliya to be stymied. The Bnei Menashe are part of the extended Jewish family. They are committed Zionists who observe the Torah and its commandments, and who are reaching out across the centuries to reconnect with our people. We need to extend a welcoming hand back, and bring them to Jerusalem.
I urge all people of faith and goodwill, Jew and Christian alike, to pray for this undertaking to succeed. Write the premier, contact MKs, and tell them in no uncertain terms: Bring the lost tribe of Bnei Menashe home now! This past Monday, as I listened to the committee approve its decision, I truly felt as if I was standing on the banks of the Red Sea, watching the waters begin to part.
Soon enough, I am sure, the Bnei Menashe will cross the sea, reuniting with the Land and people of Israel after a remarkable journey.
Just as the prophets foretold, Manasseh’s children are at last coming back. And all one can say is: Thank God.
Author: Michael Freund
The writer, Michael Freund, serves as chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), a Jerusalem-based organization that assists the Bnei Menashe and other lost Jewish communities in returning to the Jewish people.
An anti-hate group asked Apple to remove “The Third Intifada,” an app available in the company’s App Store.
Apple removed an application from its App Store on Wednesday after a Jewish human rights group and a top Israeli official said it contained anti-Semitic content and promoted violence against Israel.
The app, “The Third Intifada,” notified people of upcoming protests against Israel and also highlighted anti-Israel news and opinion from around the Web.
“We removed this app from the App Store because it violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people,” an Apple spokesman said Wednesday evening.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a group dedicated to stopping anti-Semitism, put out a statement on Tuesday asking the company to “immediately withdraw its approval” of the application. The center said that its researchers had found that the app “contains anti-Israel content — articles, photographs of ‘martyrs’ and stories — and updates its users on further incitements to protest and violence.”
According to Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, Yuli Edelstein, an Israeli minister of public affairs, also sent a letter to Apple asking for the “immediate removal” of the application from the App Store.
Apple states in its App Store policy, under section 19, which pertains to religion, culture, and ethnicity that “Apps containing references or commentary about a religious, cultural or ethnic group that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to expose the targeted group to harm or violence will be rejected.”
In March, Facebook removed a group, “3rd Intifada,” that was said to be promoting violence against Israel. A Facebook representative told The Jerusalem Post that the group’s page was taken down after Facebook “received repeated warnings about posts that violated our policies.
Source: Simon Wiesenthal Center
Read also: Apple Removes Intifada App From Online Store
We urge Apple to be Pro-Israël to come not under Gods devine curse!
Shira Sorko-Ram joins us from Jerusalem, Israel and shares what is about to happen in September of this year if the United States of America makes the wrong decision concerning the dividing of the Land of Israel.Read our: Prophetic Message and Warning for America (USA, U.S.) - Obama Admin. abandoning Israël
zaterdag 25 juni 2011
A montage of pictures and images of recent events in Israel set to Avraham Rosenblum's multi-layered musical observations of society and Jewish life.
The title track of the album, "kedem," a Hebrew word which implies the time continuum of past, present, and future," is based around the Biblical passage, "Return us to You and we shall return. Renew our days as of old." In the past, a state of perfection existed in The Garden of Eden. In the future, perfection will re-enter the world through the coming of Mashiach Ben David.
Read: New York gay marriage bill passes
'Homohuwelijk' bestaat tien jaar in Nederland - 'Gaymarriage' exists 10 years in The Netherlands
Should The Netherlands not be judged?
Did you know that The Netherlands where we live invented the gay-marriage, we have for 10 years now, and that we as a guide-nation in sin we are very proud that Amsterdam is gay-capitol of the entire world! That we are still here is a shere miracle and grace. It is only for the fact that the restrainer [the Holy Spirit] and the believers [in Christ] are still here (are not yet removed) that judgement by the Lord God on our sin-country is delayed.
"Gij ziet het, want Gij aanschouwt moeite en verdriet, om het in uw hand te leggen. Op U verlaat zich de zwakke, voor de wees zijt Gij een helper." (Psalm 10:14)
"Zuivere en onbevlekte godsdienst voor God, de Vader, is: omzien naar wezen en weduwen in hun druk en zichzelf onbesmet van de wereld bewaren." (Jakobus 1:27)
"En omdat de wetsverachting toeneemt, zal de liefde van de meesten verkillen." (Mattheüs 24:12)
vrijdag 24 juni 2011
By Daniel Pipes
Zionists stole Palestinian land: That’s the mantra both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas teach their children and propagate in their media. This claim has vast importance, as Palestinian Media Watch explains: “Presenting the creation of the [Israeli] state as an act of theft and its continued existence as a historical injustice serves as the basis for the PA’s non-recognition of Israel’s right to exist.” The accusation of theft also undermines Israel’s position internationally.
But is this accusation true?
Faisal (right) with Chaim Weizmann (also wearing Arab dress as a sign of friendship) in Syria, 1918.
No, it is not. Ironically, the building of Israel represents almost the most peaceable in-migration and state creation in history. Understanding why requires seeing Zionism in context. Simply put, conquest is the historical norm. Governments everywhere have been established through invasion and nearly all states came into being at someone else’s expense. No one is permanently in charge; everyone’s roots trace back to somewhere else.
Germanic tribes, Central Asian hordes, Russian tsars, and Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors remade the map. Modern Greeks have only a tenuous connection to the Greeks of antiquity. Who can count the number of times Belgium was overrun? The United States came into existence after the defeat of Native Americans. Kings marauded in Africa, Aryans invaded India. In Japan, Yamato-speakers eliminated all but tiny groups such as the Ainu.
The Middle East, due to its centrality and geography, has experienced more than its share of invasions, including the Greek, Roman, Arabian, Crusader, Seljuk, Timurid, Mongolian, and modern European. Within the region, dynastic froth caused the same territory — Egypt for example — to be conquered and re-conquered.
The land that now makes up Israel was no exception. In Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel, Eric H. Cline writes of Jerusalem: “No other city has been more bitterly fought over throughout its history.” He backs up that claim, counting “at least 118 separate conflicts in and for Jerusalem during the past four millennia.” He calculates Jerusalem to have been destroyed completely at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured 44 times, and attacked 52 times. The PA fantasizes that today’s Palestinians are descended from a tribe of ancient Canaan, the Jebusites; in fact, they are overwhelmingly the offspring of invaders and immigrants seeking economic opportunities.
Against this tableau of unceasing conquest, violence, and overthrow, Zionist efforts to build a presence in the Holy Land until 1948 stand out as astonishingly mild, mercantile rather than military. Two great empires, the Ottomans and the British, ruled Eretz Yisrael. In contrast, Zionists lacked military power. They could not possibly achieve statehood through conquest.
Instead, they purchased land. Acquiring property dunam by dunam, farm by farm, house by house, lay at the heart of the Zionist enterprise until 1948. The Jewish National Fund, founded in 1901 to buy land in Palestine “to assist in the foundation of a new community of free Jews engaged in active and peaceable industry,” was the key institution — and not the Haganah, the clandestine defense organization founded in 1920.
Zionists also focused on the rehabilitation of what was barren and considered unusable. They not only made the desert bloom, but drained swamps, cleared water channels, reclaimed wasteland, forested bare hills, cleared rocks, and removed salt from the soil. Jewish reclamation and sanitation work precipitously reduced the number of disease-related deaths.
Only when the British Mandate of Palestine gave up power in 1948, followed immediately by an all-out attempt by Arab states to crush and expel the Zionists, did the latter take up the sword in self-defense and go on to win land through military conquest. Even then, as the historian Efraim Karsh demonstrates in Palestine Betrayed, most Arabs fled their lands; exceedingly few were forced off.
This history contradicts the Palestinian account that “Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people” which led to a catastrophe “unprecedented in history” (according to a PA twelfth-grade textbook) or that Zionists “plundered the Palestinian land and national interests, and established their state upon the ruins of the Palestinian Arab people” (writes a columnist in the PA’s daily). International organizations, newspaper editorials, and faculty petitions reiterate this falsehood worldwide.
Israelis should hold their heads high and point out that the building of their country was based on the least violent and most civilized movement of any people in history. Gangs did not steal Palestine. Merchants purchased Israel.
Zionist leaders continuing purchasing land from friendly sheiks in the area (British controlled) what then was called Palestine
— Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. © 2011 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.
In order to protect Israeli civilians from attacks by the terrorist organization Hamas, the IDF lawfully enforces a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Given previous attempts by the terrorist organization Hamas in smuggling weapons via land and sea and the inherent difficulties in conducting inspections at sea, it is critical that Israeli forces inspect all goods and material marked for Gaza prior to their transfer into Gaza. Thus, the Israel Navy will be forced to intercept the Gaza flotilla if it attempts to break the legally enforced naval blockade.
This week, the Israel Navy conducted an integrated exercise simulating all possible scenarios in the event that the Gaza flotilla attempts to breach the legally enforced naval blockade on Gaza.Source: IDF
The Reasoning Behind the Maritime Blockade on Gaza
donderdag 23 juni 2011
JTA reported that on June 14, some 14 graves were damaged by Arab youths wielding sledgehammers, according to private security guards stationed at the cemetery. The report does not say why the guards were unable to prevent the desecration.
At least five of the damaged gravesites are those of Americans buried in the cemetery, according to Rabbi Moshe Bezalel Buzokovsky of the Chevra Kadisha.
The most recent damage is in addition to vandalism carried out at the cemetery last month on “Nakba Day.” On that day, Arabs hurled large rocks and boulders at the graves, damaging at least 15 of them.
Muslims also vandalized or destroyed nearly 40 newly installed surveillance cameras in the cemetery, according to the International Committee for the Preservation of Har HaZeitim (the Mount of Olives), founded in 2010.
Local Arabs also recently began illegally expanding a mosque near the grave of Menachem Begin, according to the committee.
The sacrilegious Muslim tradition of grave vandalization at Har HaZeitim goes back at least to the 1950s and 60s, when the cemetery was occupied by Jordan. Jordan systematically desecrated graves at the cemetery and used the stones for construction. The acts of vandalism in the past few years – as well as physical attacks on Jews – are well documented, year in and year out, but Israel does not seem to have a solution for the problem.
U.S. Jewish leaders toured the cemetery in February along with Minister Yuli Edelstein following the ongoing Muslim desecrations.
In the last year, efforts by the ICPHZ have resulted in the restoration of 2,000 graves, out of an estimated 40,000 graves that were destroyed prior to 1967 under Jordanian rule. There is also an increased private security presence, 50 surveillance cameras were installed, as was fluorescent lighting. The most recent vandalism shows that the Arabs are not overly impressed by the security cameras, most of which were damaged.
There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, where Jews have been buried since Biblical times.
Our reaction to this destruction must be to continue to build communities on the Mount of Olives.
Dr. Jimmy DeYoung discusses how important it is to get things in their proper place, specifically, when studying current events in the light of bible prophecy. One must first go to God's prophetic Word to get an understanding of the End Times scenario, and then look at current events in light what the Bible says. There is a danger in starting with the current events and then running to the Bible to find a text (out of context) that fits what we already see around us.
Lebanon's Hezbollah is preparing for a possible war with Israel to relieve perceived Western pressure to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, its guardian ally, sources close to the movement say.
The radical Shi'ite group is watching the unrest in neighboring Syria with alarm and is determined to prevent the West from exploiting popular protests to bring down Assad.
Hezbollah supported pro-democracy movements that toppled Western-backed leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, but officials say it will not stand idly by as international pressure mounts on Assad to yield to protesters.
It is committed to do whatever it takes politically to help deflect what it sees as a foreign campaign against Damascus, but it is also readying for a possible war with Israel if Assad is weakened.
"Hezbollah will never intervene in Syria. This is an internal issue for President Bashar to tackle. But when it sees the West gearing up to bring him down, it will not just watch," a Lebanese official close to the group's told Reuters.
"This is a battle for existence for the group and it is time to return the favor (of Syria's support). It will do that by fending off some of the international pressure," he added.
Read whole article: YnetNews
woensdag 22 juni 2011
Sirenes gaven woensdagochtend het signaal Luchtalarm en lieten Israëli's in het hele land naar hun schuilkelders rennen. Zelfs leden van de Knesset moesten schuilen, terwijl premier Benjamin Netanyahu's kabinet vergaderde in een geheime ondergrondse bunker.
Het luchtalarm was onderdeel van een landelijke oefening van de civiele verdediging, "Turning Point 5." De oefening van een week, die zondag begon, simuleerde kritische schade aan de nationale infrastructuur van Israël als gevolg van een aanval met ballistische raketten.
Israël blijft bezorgd dat de islamitische strijdkrachten in Libanon, Syrië en Iran binnenkort hun uitgebreide wapenarsenaal kunnen gebruiken voor een verwoestende gecoördineerde aanval op de Joodse staat.
Het gevaar is de laatste tijd toegenomen nu Syrië in de greep is van een nationale opstand, die naar verwachting zal eindigen met de val van dictator Bashar Assad. Veel Israëli's zijn bang dat als Assad geen uitweg ziet, hij kan proberen een erfenis voor zichzelf veilig te stellen door een laatste http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifaanval tegen Israël te lanceren.
Als het falende regime van Syrië Israël zou aanvallen, is het bijna zeker dat de Hezbollah militie, die Libanon beheerst, hetzelfde zou doen, en dat Iran vergeldingsacties van Israël zou gebruiken om zijn eigen aanval te rechtvaardigen.
Bovendien gelooft men dat de door Hamas geregeerde Gazastrook nog steeds beschikt over duizenden korte- en middellange-afstand raketten.
Israëlische militaire functionarissen schatten dat in de volgende oorlog, de kleine Joodse staat tot 800 raketten per dag zal worden getroffen.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Read in English: Air raid sirens send Israelis to bomb shelters
Read also: Vilna’i: We've never been better prepared for all-out war
Iconic Israeli poet invokes Jesus in latest book
It is difficult to be certain why Haim Gouri uses New Testament motifs in his latest book of poems, entitled Eyval, named after Mount Ebal (Deut. 11:29).
Gouri is an iconic figure in Israeli culture—the personification of the ideal Israeli. Born in Tel Aviv in 1923, he joined the Palmach militia and was sent to Hungary in 1947 to assist survivors of the Holocaust making their way to Palestine. During the 1948 Israeli War of Independence he served as a deputy company commander in the Palmach’s Negev Brigade.
Although perhaps best known as a poet, Gouri is also a novelist, filmmaker, and journalist.
Eyval is a rebuttal of the prevalent tendency amongst so many Israelis to indulge in condemnation of their mother country. “Since…every leper opens up his mouth to frighten her,” Gouri “writes her glory and splendor, counts like a peddler her glories, [and] grinds Balm of Gilead, healing and remedy for her sorrows and illness” (Poem 59).
And in Poem 86, he quotes Jesus Himself: “Who amongst you has not sinned, let him be the first to throw stones at her.”
In Eyval, Gouri dialogues with the Messiah who endlessly tarries. In Poem 23, he seems to identify the Messiah as Jesus and commands Him as a military commander—much like God commanded Abraham before Him: “Move, move over. Get out by night to your land, to your family, through the stone, through the tiredness, through the silence and the shadow of death. Move, move as in a dream of the night. Remember that you have already been here, with the [crown of] thorns that have already became a familiar literary symbol that never lose their greatness.”
While one can understand this poem in various ways, the reader must face Gouri’s need to command Jesus to return immediately to His land and family.
Read in Dutch/Nederlands: Iconische Israëlische dichter citeert Jezus in laatste boek
dinsdag 21 juni 2011
Bob Dylan proves he's still got it in Tel Aviv
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Change Your Way Of Thinking), that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2)
"Jerusalem's planning and urbanisation committee on Sunday authorised the enlargement of 2,000 homes in the neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo," it said in a statement.
"An additional room will be built in each of these 2,000 homes in response to the needs of the numerous families suffering from housing problems in this area," it added.
The Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood lies in an area of Arab east Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in a move not recognised by the international community.
Israel considers Jerusalem to be its undivided capital, but the Palestinians, with the support of much of the international community, want to make east Jerusalem the capital of their future state.
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Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in the east Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo in May last year.