donderdag 30 juni 2016
13 year old Hallel Yaffe Ariel was stabbed to death this morning by a Palestinian terrorist near Hebron, who broke into her home and stabbed her in her sleep.
Our hearts are broken as we mourn this tragic loss. May her memory be a blessing!
Murdered in her bed: Jewish teenage girl killed in terror attack
dinsdag 21 juni 2016
Dr. Irving Moskowitz, one of American Jewry's leading philanthropists, has passed away aged 88.
A passionate and lifelong support of Israel, Moskowitz, together with his wife Cherna, founded and led the Moskowitz Foundation in 1968, which supported countless initiatives in Israel and across the Jewish world. The couple also founded the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, which awards leading Jewish figures for their activism on the part of the Jewish state and its people.
Dr. Moskowitz was a particularly ardent supporter of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, aiding countless projects to reclaim Jewish land stolen by Arabs during the early twentieth century.
He is survived by his wife, Cherna, eight children and more than 40 grandchildren.
Born to Jewish immigrants from Poland, more than 100 of his relatives perished during the Holocaust.
Irving, the ninth of thirteen siblings, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he qualified as a doctor, and then moved to California to open a medical practice. After that, he moved to Miami Beach, Florida.
Apart from his immense support for the Jewish community and State of Israel, Irving Moskowitz founded several hospitals and donated generously to many humanitarian causes in the United States and elsewhere.
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woensdag 15 juni 2016
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The Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, said he would like to see the Jewish temple rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
To build it, there was no need to remove any of the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount, where there was plenty of room for “Jews, Christians, Muslims, everyone,” he told the Knesset Channel on Tuesday.
“I can’t tell you exactly what was in the temple, but the truth is that when you see the prophets, the writings, the sayings of the sages, you understand that whoever went there came back full of inspiration, emotion, joy and satisfaction, so I yearn for those days,” he added.
The most important site in Judaism because two temples stood there in biblical and post-biblical times, the Temple Mount today houses Islam’s third-'holiest shrine', the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It sits at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over sovereignty and land, and what Palestinians perceive as a danger that Jews will rebuild it has fueled much of the terrorism against Israelis over the past eight months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to maintain the status quo that prohibits Jewish prayer at the site, and has ordered members of Knesset not to approach the Mount, a move contested by Jewish zealots bent to building a third temple.
dinsdag 7 juni 2016
Inclement weather couldn’t keep the state of New York from showing its Israel pride on Sunday, with over 30,000 supporters – including Governor Andrew Cuomo – joining the annual Celebrate Israel Parade through the streets of Manhattan despite pouring rain.
Just before the parade, Cuomo announced a new pro-Israel initiative to be implemented in New York: a state ban on dealing with companies or organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to harm Israel through economic means.
The executive order requires a list to be drawn up of all businesses that support BDS, either directly or indirectly. Once the list is established, “all executive branch agencies and departments — which make up a large portion of state government — as well as public boards, authorities, commissions, and all public-benefit corporations will be required to divest themselves of any company on the list”, the order read.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also marched in Sunday’s parade, added, “The residents of New York believe in Israel and we have a deep love for the people of Israel.” “As long as I am mayor, we will always stand by Israel,” de Blasio vowed.
The day of the parade was overcast, with occasional downpours, but that didn’t stop thousands of supporters from turning up.
“People’s spirits are so good,” said de Blasio of the weather. “We believe in the state of Israel, we defend the state of Israel. It doesn’t matter that it’s raining, doesn’t matter what the circumstance or what the critics say, here in this city, we have a deep love for the people of Israel and the state of Israel.” “Every act of solidarity matters,” he said firmly.
The parade coincided with Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the reunification of Israel’s capital city in 1967. Much like in New York, Jerusalem’s streets were filled with blue-and-white clad supporters waving flags, singing, and dancing in celebration of God’s holy city.
93,000 Lovers of Israel Sign Covenant Affirming Eternal Unity of Jerusalem
maandag 6 juni 2016
Although news of the devastation caused by flooding in France and Germany has rightly elicited both shock and sympathy, I couldn’t help connecting it with the new ‘peace’ efforts Europe is trying to foist on Israel. And it now looks like President Obama will be supporting the French plan to impose Palestinian demands upon Israel.
As I’ve outlined in my book Peace in Jerusalem (olivepresspublisher.com) in a chapter headed God’s political storms – sparked off by controversy over the floods that beset Britain two years ago – natural disasters have accompanied virtually every attempt by the U.S. Government to impose a ‘two-state solution’ on the Jewish state which would divide the land in direct contravention of God’s Word.
For God has made clear that he will judge those who scatter his people among the nations and divide up his land (Joel 3.2). And Psalm 83 paints an accurate picture of the policy and intentions of Israel’s enemies, such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran, who say, “Come, let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more” (verse 4). And the same psalm calls on the God of Israel to pursue the plotters “with your tempest and terrify them with your storm” (verse 15).
George Bush Snr’s “land for peace” Oslo Accord of October 31, 1991, was followed the very next day by “The Perfect Storm”, as it was dubbed, which ended up demolishing his own home. A year later, on the very day he presided over further moves to push this agreement, Hurricane Andrew – the worst natural disaster ever to hit America at that time – destroyed over 180,000 homes in Florida, causing over $30 billion in damage.
And I have cited a string of similar such incidents in my book including, perhaps most notably, the terrible floods that struck New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, just as Jews were being evicted from their homes in Gaza as part of a ‘peace’ plan Israel was pressured into accepting by America and the international community. But Gaza subsequently became the launch-pad for constant rocket fire aimed at the destruction of Israel, which is the ultimate aim of the Palestinian Authority and its allies.
The politicians may mock, but the Almighty is watching over his own special piece of property, and Western leaders are invoking disasters on their people, costing many lives and billions of dollars. Yet few apparently see the link with their foolish stubbornness in defying the God of Israel.
To those who don’t believe God is in the business of judgment in an ‘age of grace’, reference the striking down of Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit in the very early days of the church (Acts 5.1-10). And to those who reckon he doesn’t interfere with weather patterns, reference the occasion when he stilled the storm with a word on the Sea of Galilee.
“What kind of man is this?” his disciples asked each other afterwards. “Even the winds and the waves obey him.” (Matthew 8.23-27)
Oh that we too – and our leaders – would seek more than anything to obey the Lord of the universe!
Overstromingen in Frankrijk - en zijn Israël-beleid
Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) is here! Today is the 28th of the Jewish month of Iyar, which in 1967 corresponded to the 6th of June – a very special day for the Jewish people!
On June 5, 1967 the Jewish neighborhoods of western Jerusalem were attacked. The bombardment destroyed residential buildings, commercial and religious centers, schools and hospitals. Then came Operation Focus – the surprise Israeli preemptive air strike, which launched the Six Day War.
Contrary to popular misconception, it was not only Egypt, Syria and Jordan that attacked the nine-mile wide Jewish state; forces from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Tunisia and Sudan participated as well. This was not David against Goliath – it was David against 12 Goliaths!
After two days of brave and historic battles, the Jewish people were once again reunited with the Old City of Jerusalem. Hebron and all the cities of the Bible followed soon after.
IDF Tank During 1967 Six Day War
Once Jerusalem was unified, all of eastern Jerusalem’s Arab residents were offered full Israeli citizenship, but they chose to decline. Still, eastern Jerusalem Arab residents who are not citizens of the State of Israel enjoy full municipal privileges and social benefits. They can even vote! That’s right folks – Israel is the only place on the planet where Arabs enjoy democracy and the secret ballot, even if they are not citizens.
Jerusalem will never again be divided. There is no “West” Jerusalem or “East” Jerusalem. There is ONE Jerusalem – with religious access and freedom for all!
Jerusalem Day Celebrates Liberation of Eternal Jewish Capital
Jeruzalemdag: Jeruzalem viert bevrijding en hereniging