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The “Cultural Intifada” Israel is Losing on the Temple Mount

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:01

Visitors to the Temple Mount have documented timbers from the First and Second Temple being abused in a manner that will ultimately lead to their destruction.

In March, Palestinians rioted on the Temple Mount, breaking into an area adjacent to Sha’ar HaRachamim (Gate of Mercy, also known as the Golden Gate). The site was locked 16 years ago by court order after it was used as a meeting place for a Hamas-affiliated organization.

Their actions were in gross violation of agreements between Israel and Jordan concerning the site. In 1967 there was one mosque on the Temple Mount: the silver-domed al Aqsa. Due to Mulsim expansionism, there are currently five areas set aside for Muslim prayer that are off-limits to non-Muslims. As per the initial agreement, non-Muslims are restricted from praying on the Temple Mount.

This area is incredibly sensitive for political as well as religious reasons and this violation led to international negotiations involving Jordan and the United States. Several court orders were issued by the Israeli High Court. The Waqf ignored these summonses and ultimately was allowed de facto control over the site.

According to Jewish tradition, the Messiah will arrive via the Sha’ar HaRachamim. Out of a mistaken belief that Jewish tradition speaks of the Messiah being from the priestly caste, the Ottomans built a cemetery in front of the gate in order to prevent the Jewish Messiah from arriving.

In addition to religious interests, the site has archaeological significance that is being overlooked. Adjacent to the site is a pile of timber covered in a tarpaulin. Though they appear to be refuse and are treated as such by the Muslims, some of these timbers are from Solomon’s Temple. Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount have noted that refuse is being piled on top of these precious timbers.

Timbers at the Golden Gate (Photo courtesy Michael Miller)

Dr. Gabriel Barkay is familiar with Waqf abuses leading to the destruction of artifacts. He began the Temple Mount Sifting project in 2005 after Waqf renovations to Solomon’s Stables resulted in over 400 truckloads of material containing artifacts being removed from the Temple Mount and dumped in landfills. Much of the material was lost but Dr. Barkay’s Sifting Project has succeeded in recovering many of these invaluable remnants from the Jewish Temples.

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Dr. Barkay explained the history and significance of the timbers.

“The earthquake in 1927 caused extensive damage to the Aqsa Mosque, causing it to collapse,” Dr. Barkay explained to Breaking Isreal News. “The roofing beams were dismantled and later, at the request of the Waqf, the beams were studied by Robert W. Hamilton, director of antiquities for the British Mandate. He described most of the beams and wooden panels as being from the early Islamic Ummayad Dynasty from the Eighth Century. The best examples were taken to be displayed at the Rockefeller Museum near Jerusalem where they are on display to this day.”

Dr. Barkay explained that some of the beams are currently in the Islamic Museum on the Temple Mount. Others were stored underneath the Temple Mount in Solomon’s Stables.

“When that area was turned into the Marwani Mosque, the beams were moved and many of them disappeared,” Dr. Barkay said. “The leftovers were put in the outer courtyard next to the Golden Gate.”

Some of the beams were sold to an Armenian wood merchant and even more disappeared.

“They were sold as scrap wood,” Dr. Barkay said. “It is quite possible that some ended up as firewood.”

Some timbers found their way to the town of Ofra in Samaria where they are being stored. Some of these beams have Arabic inscriptions and decorations while others have Roman inscriptions and decorations.

In the 1970’s, the beams were checked by a team of Israeli botanists who determined that most of them were cedars from Lebanon and some are Cyprus trees. They carried out Carbon-14 tests on several of the timbers.  Some were determined to have been felled about 1,340 years ago which is approximately when al Aqsa Mosque was originally built. One cypress beam was determined to be was found to be 2,600 years, or around 630 BCE, around 50 years before the destruction of the First Temple.

Shockingly, one of the oak beams was determined to be 2,860 years old. That meant the tree had been cut down around 880 BCE, early in the First Temple period.

“It may be that these beams were used in al Aqsa Mosque as a secondary use,” Dr. Barkay said. “It is possible that when al Aqsa was first built, the builders used materials that were on site from the destroyed Jewish Temples.”

About a decade ago, the Israeli Antiquities Authority wanted to preserve the beams but the Waqf insisted the beams are their property. There have been unconfirmed sightings of some of the beams stored next to the Golden Gate being burned.

“It is a very sad situation when antiquities of this importance are destroyed,” Dr. Barkay said. “Past experience has shown that the Waqf does not care about the antiquities of any civilization but their own. And here we see that they don’t even care to preserve artifacts from their own history.”

“When the Waqf worked with heavy machinery and carted away over 400 truckloads of earth from the Temple Mount, they showed a barbaric approach. They for sure should not be entrusted to take care of such delicate and important antiquities.  These artifacts are important for the history of all of humanity and civilization. We see here, as in other nations, that the Muslim attitude towards history and the past is entirely lacking tolerance and respect. This is a war of civilization; the Islamic civilization against all others. It is, quite simply, a cultural intifada.”

The appearance of refuse at the Golden Gate is additionally disturbing because it may indicate that the Waqf is renovating the site into a more permanent prayer area. Shortly after the riots that opened the area to Muslims, the Waqf requested permission from the Israeli authorities to perform these renovations at the site and they were denied. If the renovations are extensive, then even more artifacts will be destroyed.

Top 10 Biblical Tourist Spots in Israel [PHOTOS]

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:12

Israel is filled with Biblical heritage sites, offering tourists various opportunities to connect with the land, people and God of the Bible. As a top tourist destination for Biblical experiences, tour guides in Israel have even been known even bring a Bible along to point out locations found in Biblical texts. Here are 10 of the most compelling Biblical sites you can visit on your next tour of Israel:

  1.    The Western Wall (Kotel)

Rising to about 62 feet, this 2,000-year-old wall of stone stands on the western side of the Temple Mount and once served as an outer retaining wall of the Holy Temple. For generations, the Jewish people have prayed at this site and continue to do so, especially on pilgrimage holidays, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentacost). Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the large Kotel plaza is often crowded with people on Shabbat and on holidays, and at other times, it serves as a peaceful, spiritual retreat for quiet contemplation and prayer. The Western Wall ranks as Jerusalem’s #1 tourist destination. For a unique Kotel experience, check out the Kotel Tunnel Tours operated by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation where you will be able to learn more (and see for yourself, below ground) about the history of Solomon’s Temple, Herod’s Temple and the Western Wall, sourced from Biblical, historical and archaeological perspectives.

A Jewish man blows the shofar while thousands pray in front of the Western Wall during the Cohen Benediction priestly blessing, Oct 07, 2004. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

                                                

  1.    Cave of Machpela (Tomb of the Patriarchs)

The ancient stones of this towering structure in Hebron may look familiar, as they were constructed by King Herod the Great (who also built the Second Temple of which the Western Wall still remains). Also known as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the structure houses the underground burial caves where the Biblical Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives, the Matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah are believed to be buried. As the second Jewish holiest site in the world, approximately 700,000 people per year visit Hebron, located about an hour’s drive south of Jerusalem. The Hebron Fund is a popular choice of tour organizers, with tourists and locals alike sightseeing and participating in prayer services with experienced and local guides.

Visitors of all ages enjoy connecting in Hebron – pictured in front of the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Hebron Fund)
  1.    Mount Tabor

In modern times, this 2,000 foot-tall mountain in the lower Galilee is a beautiful spot for hiking trails. Covered in pine trees, Mount Tabor is surrounded by lush plains. But its history dates back to Biblical times – it is here where Barak and Deborah led the Jewish people against Sisera’s army and the Canaanites. Visitors can tour Mount Tabor to learn more about the area’s Biblical and strategic significance during the Second Temple, as both a site of settlement and the location of various battles.

Spring blooming of poppies in Galilee near the Nazareth, against the background biblical Mount Tabor, Israel (Shutterstock).
  1.  The Tomb of King David

Located on Mount Zion and outside the Old City of Jerusalem, an ancient building houses a cenotaph, or memorial marker, that indicates the underground caverns where tradition holds King David was buried. Prayer services are held on a regular basis, with Hasidic musical gatherings often taking place on Saturday nights.

King David of Israel playing the harp. Statue located near the entrance to the King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion in Jerusalem (Shutterstock)
  1.    The Jordan River

Many songs have been written about the river that connects the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. According to Jewish tradition, the Jewish people crossed into the land of Israel at the Jordan River following the 40-year journey from Egypt. Additionally, according to Christian tradition, the Jordan River is the site of Jesus’ baptism. Today, the Jordan’s often-calm waters offer areas where tourists can partake in kayaking or rafting. There are many hiking trails run by the Israel National Parks Authority, as well as the famous baptismal site near kibbutz Kvutzat Kinneret (Casa al Yehud).

Beautiful landscape of the mountains of Galilee and Golan Heights via Jordan River (Shutterstock)
  1.    Masada

Masada, the high plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, has seen a great deal of Jewish history, from the Jewish zealots making their last stand against the Roman legions, to modern times, as tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the incredible views and history the site has to offer. Ascend and alight Masada by foot (there is a longer snake path or a shorter way up) or cable car. In Biblical times, unlike Shimon bar Kochba at the battle of Betar or the siege of Yodfat, the residents of Masada held out against the Romans and took their own lives rather than be taken captive and enslaved. Enjoy impressive archaeological remains protected by Israel’s National Parks Authority, concerts and Israel Defense Force ceremonies atop Masada – sure to be an inspirational site for your visit to the Holy Land.

Beautiful sunrise over Masada fortress and Judaean Desert. Ruins of King Herod’s palace. Israel. (Shutterstock)
  1.  The City of David

Located near the Old City, the City of David (Ir David) and its spectacular Jerusalem archaeological sites show what Israel’s capital looked like in Biblical days. Coins and other artifacts have been found in the neighborhood (Silwan), what may have been royal quarters for the rulers of the city. The site also includes portions of the underground aqueduct, which tourists can visit – the water tunnels are perfect for tourists to visit and learn on a hot summer day.

Excavations at the City of David in Jerusalem. (Shutterstock)
  1.  Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake in Israel, fed largely by the Jordan River. Its Hebrew name, the Kinneret, is a Biblical reference from Numbers 34:11 and Joshua 13:27, which references the sea. Located on the ancient trade route linking Egypt with the northern kingdoms, the Sea of Galilee drew many Jewish, Greek and Roman settlers, including the families of Jesus and his disciples. According to Christian tradition, the Sea of Galilee is the site of Jesus’s ministry. Today, the site is an important tourist attraction, with hiking trails and baptism sites for Christian pilgrims, as well as leisure activities such as rafting and swimming.

A view of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) from Mt. Arbel. (Credit: Shutterstock)
  1.    Shilo

The Biblical city of Shilo is mentioned in both the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament in the Books of Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Psalms and Jeremiah as the site where the Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant were once located. Points of interest at the site include the place where the Tabernacle stood, storehouses from the time of the Tabernacle, water cisterns and ritual pools, lookouts, an olive press, wine-making press, family burial caves and more. Shilo is also great for family outings, with a short movie about its historical significance, as well as outdoor and leisure attractions like cycling, paintball and ATVs.

Excavations at the Biblical Tel Shiloh, a potential site of the Jewish Tabernacle. (Wikimedia Commons)
  1. Rachel’s Tomb

Although Biblical Rachel did not make it to Hebron, she gave up her burial place next to her husband in Hebron and accepted a burial on the side of a deserted road. Through this act of sacrifice, Rachel’s ‘prize’ was the children of Israel who visit her tomb every day, located at the northern entrance of Bethlehem. Stopping on the way to Hebron, visitors may pray at Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel), which is the third holiest site in Judaism and a cornerstone of Jewish-Israeli identity, with Jews making a pilgrimage to this site since ancient times. Rachel’s story of years of childlessness, before she was granted children, has made her tomb a magnet for Jewish women to pray who are suffering from infertility.

Rachel’s Tomb as it looked more than a hundred years ago (right) and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Credit: Breaking Israel News)

Written in cooperation with the Hebron Fund

PA Announces Plans to “Torpedo” Trump’s “Despicable” Middle-East Peace Plan

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 03:24

As is the case every year on “Nakba Day,” this May 15 the Palestinian “right of return” dominated the discourse of both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah. However, this year the discourse was doubly important, coming against the backdrop of the official announcement, expected in the next few weeks, of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, known as the “deal of the century.”

According to leaks and assessments, the deal is not expected to include the right of return.

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Senior P.A. and Fatah officials reiterated that there would be no concessions on this matter, nor on any of the other Palestinian positions, and categorically rejected the deal. Additionally, Fatah posted messages and posters on its social media channels emphasizing its adherence to the right of return.‘’

The P.A. Foreign Ministry said in an official statement that the Palestinian people and its leadership conveys “its determination to torpedo the ‘deal of the century.’ [This day] will serve as a true platform for standing up to the despicable American measure and thwarting it. … Our people’s commemoration provides solid proof of its insistence on its just and legitimate national rights—its right of return, self-determination, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is further proof that there is no statute of limitation to Palestinian rights, as long as our people keep the embers alive and remains steadfast on its homeland’s soil, behind its sagacious leadership, as personified by President Mahmoud Abbas.”

At a Ramadan iftar (breakfast) meal at the Kalandia refugee camp, P.A. Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh stressed: “The camp will continue to be a symbol of steadfastness and of the sacred right of return.” He promised to “provide the [refugee] camp with all form of assistance to bolster the steadfastness of its residents until they have returned to their land from which they were expelled.”

Fatah, too, released an announcement emphasizing that the Palestinian people is even “more determined to adhere to the legitimate national rights and principles, in conformity with international law and United Nations decisions, and first and foremost the right of return.” It underlined its opposition to the “deal of the century, the attempts to split the [Gaza] Strip from the West Bank, and the deplorable Trump declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the occupation state’s capital.”

Senior Fatah officials made similar statements. During a march in the Gaza Strip, PLO Executive Committee member Ahmad Abu Houli, who heads the PLO’s Palestinian Refugee Affairs Department, said: “The grand American scheme that targets [the Palestinians’] rights and principles via the American ‘deal of the century,’ the implementation of which effectively began with Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to transfer the [U.S.] Embassy there, and which continued with the attack on UNRWA and the ending of its funding … shall not pass, and will be thrown on the trash heap of history. … The Palestinian leadership will not agree to [any] substitute for return, and it rejects all plans for granting citizenship [to the refugees in their current country of residence], expulsion, compensation, and an alternative homeland.”

See full article at MEMRI.

Al Jazeera: ‘Holocaust Paved Way’ for Jewish Immigration to ‘Palestine’[WATCH]

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 03:06

AJ+ Arabic, an online media platform run by the Qatari Al Jazeera network, posted a video on May 18 about “the story of the Holocaust” on Twitter and Facebook. The video was titled: “The gas chambers killed millions of Jews—that’s how the story goes. What is the truth behind the Holocaust, and how did the Zionist movement benefit from it?”

The video is narrated by Muna Hawwa, a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian who lives in Qatar and works as a producer for Al Jazeera. In the video, Hawwa claims that the number of Jewish Holocaust victims remains “one of the most prominent historical debates to this day,” and says that some people believe that Hitler supported Zionist ideology.

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She claimed that the “much-regurgitated narrative of the Holocaust sorrows” paved the way for Jewish immigration to Palestine, and although she stressed that “denouncing the Holocaust is a moral obligation,” Hawwa added that Israel is the biggest “winner” from the Holocaust.

She added that it uses the “same justification” as a “launching pad for the racial cleansing and annihilation of the Palestinians.”

The ideology behind the State of Israel, she said, “suckled from the Nazi spirit,” concluding: “So how can a Palestinian denounce a crime that has become the flip side of his own tragedy?”

Shortly after its publication, the video could no longer be accessed on Facebook.

Israel Researchers Find Link Between Autism and General Anesthesia During Caesarean Births

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 02:43

Autism arouses great fears among parents of babies and toddlers because so little is known about its causes and – while there are numerous subtypes along the autism spectrum and children can improve – it is not yet curable.

Now, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba have documented how children who are exposed to general anesthesia during Caesarean section births are at higher risk of developing autism.

Their findings were just published in the journal Autism and Developmental Disorders under the title “Exposure to General Anesthesia May Contribute to the Association between Cesarean Delivery and Autism Spectrum Disorder.”  

“We have known for many years that children born via C-section are at higher risk of autism, but we weren’t able to quantify exactly why,” says Dr. Idan Menashe, from BGU’s department of public health and the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience.

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“The current research shows that the exposure to general anesthesia commonly used to perform a Caesarian section, rather than the operation itself, is related to communication challenges later in life. This is important because our findings highlight the potential reason for the association between c-section and autism for many years and suggest that C-sections performed with other types of anesthesia such as epidural or spinal sedation are relatively safe,” explained Menashe, who also serves as the scientific director of BGU’s National Autism Research Center.

Last year, the US Centers for Disease Control announced that one in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Although the condition characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication can be reliably diagnosed as early as 18 months, in most countries, parents receive the diagnosis after age four.

Almost a third of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (IQ of less than 70); 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85); and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each individual has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues. 

The study, conducted by an interdisciplinary team from the National Autism Research Center at BGU and headed by Menashe, compared the births records of 350 children with autism and 2,000 healthy controls. They found that birth by C-section that was conducted with general anesthesia increases the risk of autism, while those performed with epidural or spinal (regional) anesthesia did not.

Their analysis of the records further showed that the risk of autism associated with general anesthesia is not related to the original reason for the surgery – whether it was by choice or because of medical complication. “We show that only CS performed with general anesthesia elevated the risk of ASD with no significant difference between indicated and non-indicated surgeries. We, therefore, suggest that exposure to [general anesthesia] during CS may explain the association between C-section and ASD,” Menashe explained.

Disturbingly, the team also found that the association between an infant’s exposure to general anesthesia and the development of ASD is particularly evident in relation to the most severe type of autism.

The team, besides Menashe, also included Maayan Huberman Samuel, Gal Meiri, Ilan Dinstein, Hagit Flusser, Analiya Michaelovski and Asher Bashiri.

Americans Paid for the Internet, We Deserve Free Speech On It

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 02:00

“But, it’s a private company.”

It’s a familiar argument. Bring up the problem of Google, Facebook and Twitter suppressing conservative speech and many conservatives will retort that it’s a free market. The big dot com monopolies created their own companies, didn’t they? And we wouldn’t want government regulation of business.

In a FOX Business editorial, Iain Murray writes that breaking up dot coms like Google would be “a repudiation of conservative principles”. He argues that “Twitter is a private company” and that “there is no positive right to free speech on Twitter or any other private venue.”

“The same goes for the president’s attacks on Google and the complaints of conservative censorship,” Diane Katz writes at the Heritage Institute. “These private enterprises are not obligated to abide any sort of partisan fairness doctrine.”

The talking point that Google, Facebook and Twitter are private companies that can discriminate as they please on their private platforms, and that the First Amendment doesn’t apply, is in the air everywhere.

But it overlooks two very simple facts.

The driving force behind the censorship of conservatives isn’t a handful of tech tycoons. It’s elected officials. Senator Kamala Harris offered an example of that in a recent speech where she declared that she would “hold social media platforms accountable” if they contained “hate” or “misinformation”.

“Misinformation” is a well-known euphemism among Democrats and the media for conservative political content. It was originally known as “fake news” before President Trump hijacked the term to refer to the media. The recent Poynter list of “unreliable” sites was stacked with conservative sites. Lists like these aren’t hypothetical. Poynter runs the International Fact Checking Network which had been empowered by Facebook and other sites to deplatform conservative content through its ‘fact checks’.

All of this got underway in response to claims by Hillary Clinton and her allies that “fake news” had cost her the election and represented a grave attack on our democracy. The call was quickly taken up by Democrats in the House and the Senate. It’s been commented on supportively by powerful Clinton allies in the tech industry, like Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Google.

Dot coms like Facebook are cracking down on conservatives as an explicit response to pressure from elected government officials. That’s not the voluntary behavior of private companies. When Facebook deletes conservatives in response to threats of regulatory action from Senate Democrats, its censors are acting as government agents while engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

Free market conservatives can argue that Facebook should have the right to discriminate against conservatives. But do they really want to argue that Senate Democrats should have the right to compel private companies to censor conservatives?

What’s the difference between that and a totalitarian state?

It might, arguably, be legal for your landlord to kick you out of your house because he doesn’t like the fact that you’re a Republican. But is it legal for him to do so on orders from Senator Kamala Harris?

Defending abusive behavior like that is a desecration of the free market.

The second fact is that the internet is not the work of a handful of aspiring entrepreneurs who built it out of thin air using nothing but their talent, brains and nimble fingers.

The internet was the work of DARPA. That stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA is part of the Department of Defense. DARPA had funded the creation of the core technologies that made the internet possible. The origins of the internet go back to DARPA’s Arpanet.

Nor did the story end once the internet had entered every home.

Where did Google come from? “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine,” the original paper by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google, reveals support from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and even NASA.

Harvard’s computer science department, where Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg learned to play with the toys that turned him into a billionaire, has also wallowed in DARPA cash. Not to mention funds from a variety of other DOD and Federal science agencies.

Taxpayer sank a fortune into developing a public marketplace where ideas are exchanged, and political advocacy and economic activity takes place. That marketplace doesn’t belong to Google, Amazon or Facebook. And when those monopolies take a stranglehold on the marketplace, squeezing out conservatives from being able to participate, they’re undermining our rights and freedoms.

“A right of free correspondence between citizen and citizen on their joint interests, whether public or private and under whatsoever laws these interests arise (to wit: of the State, of Congress, of France, Spain, or Turkey), is a natural right,” Thomas Jefferson argued.

There should be a high barrier for any company seeking to interfere with the marketplace of ideas in which the right of free correspondence is practiced.

Critics of regulating dot com monopolies have made valid points.

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Regulating Google or Facebook as a public utility is dangerous. And their argument that giving government the power to control content on these platforms would backfire is sensible.

Any solution to the problem should not be based on expanding government control.

But there are two answers.

First, companies that engage in viewpoint discrimination in response to government pressure are acting as government agents. When a pattern of viewpoint discrimination manifests itself on the platform controlled by a monopoly, a civil rights investigation should examine what role government officials played in instigating the suppression of a particular point of view.

Liberals have abandoned the Public Forum Doctrine, once a popular ACLU theme, while embracing censorship. But if the Doctrine could apply to a shopping mall, it certainly applies to the internet.

In Packingham v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court’s decision found that, “A fundamental principle of the First Amendment is that all persons have access to places where they can speak and listen.”

The Packingham case dealt with government interference, but when monopolies silence conservatives on behalf of government actors, they are fulfilling the same role as an ISP that suspends a customer in response to a law.

When dot com monopolies get so big that being banned from their platforms effectively neutralizes political activity, press activity and political speech, then they’re public forums.

Second, rights are threatened by any sufficiently large organization or entity, not just government. Government has traditionally been the most powerful such organization, but the natural rights that our country was founded on are equally immune to every organization. Governments, as the Declaration of Independence asserts, exist as part of a social contract to secure these rights for its citizens.

Government secures these rights, first and foremost, against itself. (Our system effectively exists to answer the question of who watches the watchers.) But it also secures them against foreign powers, a crisis that the Declaration of Independence was written to meet, and against domestic organizations, criminal or political, whether it’s the Communist Party or ISIS, that seek to rob Americans of their rights.

A country in which freedom of speech effectively did not exist, even though it remained a technical right, would not be America. A government that allowed such a thing would have no right to exist.

Only a government whose citizens enjoy the rights of free men legally justifies is existence.

If a private company took control of all the roads and closed them to conservatives every Election Day, elections would become a mockery and the resulting government would be an illegitimate tyranny.

That’s the crisis that conservatives face with the internet.

Protecting freedom of speech does not abandon conservative principles, it secures them. There are no conservative principles without freedom of speech. A free market nation without freedom of speech isn’t a conservative country. It’s an oligarchy. That’s the state of affairs on the internet.

Conservatives should beware of blindly enlisting in leftist efforts to take regulatory control of companies like Facebook. The result would be a deeper and more pervasive form of censorship than exists today. But neither should they imagine that the ‘free market side of history’ will automatically fix the problem.

As the internet has devolved from its origins in academia to a set of handheld devices controlled by one of two companies, and then to a set of smart assistants controlled by one of two companies, it has become far less open. Even if Google were to lose its monopoly, Silicon Valley hosts a politicized workforce which allies with the media to compel any rising new company to toe the same line.

And if that fails, there are always House and Senate hearings and harder laws coming out of Europe.

We have an existing useful toolset to draw on, from anti-trust laws to civil rights investigations to the Public Forum Doctrine. This will be a challenging process, but we must remember through it all, that we have a right to freedom of speech on the internet. Our tax dollars, invested over generations, built this system. It does not belong to the Left. Or, for that matter, the Right. It belongs to all of us.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Sultan Knish Blog

Missiles in the Desert

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 01:00

Evidence grows that Iran is stationing missiles directed at Israel with its client militias in western Iraq.

In a speech delivered on May 9, Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, Secretary General of the Hizballah Nujaba movement in Iraq, delivered a series of threats against Israel.  Hizballah Nujaba is an Iran supported Shia militia. It is affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces, or Hashd al-Shaabi, which is a gathering of mainly Shia, mainly pro-Iran military groups.  Al-Kaabi’s speech is by itself of only passing interest.  But it is an indication of the growing involvement of Teheran’s Iraqi servants in Iran’s preparations for conflict with Israel – and not only on the verbal level.

In his speech, al-Kaabi accused Israel of supporting ‘Takfiri’ organizations – the Shia militias’ and Iran’s preferred term for Sunni groups such as ISIS.  The Takfiri groups, al-Kaabi said, wage a ‘proxy war’ on behalf of the ‘Zionist entity’, so that it may ‘enjoy peace, while its proxies are killing the Muslims.’  The Shia militia leader pledged that after the ‘Takfiri’ groups were defeated, the goal of his organization would be to ‘completely end (the Zionist entity’s) existence, and restore the land to its rightful owners.‘

This is not the first time that al-Kaabi has expressed himself in this manner.  On February 13, 2018, the Nujaba leader visited Beirut, and pledged that his movement would ‘stand with the axis of resistance’ in a future conflict with Israel. On March 8, 2017,  al-Kaabi announced the formation of the ‘Golan Liberation Brigade,’  intended to take part in a future war against Israel on the Golan.

From one point of view, al-Kaabi’s words might seem somewhat pretentious – coming as they do from the leader of a force of around 9000 lightly armed militiamen.  It is indeed unlikely that his threats will cause the commanders of the IDF’s 210th Bashan Division on the Golan Heights any sleepless nights just yet.

Nevertheless, the Nujaba leader’s latest comments reflect a deeper reality – namely, that the land area encompassing Iraq, Syria and Lebanon today constitutes a single arena from an Iranian operational point of view.  Al-Kaabi’s controllers, in the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), have freedom of action in each of these areas, and operate a coordinated strategy across their entirety.  This strategy involves the centralized coordination and use of the many political and military elements which the Iranians have established across this space and which they sponsor.

This is a new situation  for Israel. Addressing it requires a broadening of focus, and paying closer attention to players and geographical areas formerly of only peripheral interest.   Conversations with Israeli officials suggest that this widening of the lens of observation is taking place.

In this regard,  an article published this week by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is worthy of close attention.    The piece, authored by IDF Brigadier-General (Res) Assaf Orion and veteran Iraq analyst Michael Knights focuses on indications that Iran is making use of its Iraqi militia clients to deploy short range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) in the deserts of western Iraq – with the intention that these could be launched against Israel at a time of Iran’s choosing.

These indications are of particular relevance given the current high level of tension in the Persian Gulf.

Knights and Orion’s article is not the first public airing of Iranian activity in this regard.  A Reuters report on August 31, 2018 was the first to note the concerns of US and Israeli intelligence agencies. The article detailed the transfer by the IRGC’s Qods Force  of  Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar missiles and launchers to western Iraq.  The Zolfaqar has a claimed range of 750 km – putting Tel Aviv within its range if it was deployed in this area.  The distance from al-Qaim on the Iraqi Syrian border to Tel Aviv is 632 km.

Teheran has also established facilities for missile production in western Iraq, and is employing Iraqi citizens to carry out this work.  The Reuters article named the areas where production is taking place as ‘al-Zafaraniya, east of Baghdad, and Jurf al-Sakhar, north of Kerbala.‘

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Knights and Orion re-focus on this developing story, offering substantial new details.  Specifically, the article names three militias as among the recipients of Iranian ‘long range artillery rockets’ – the aforementioned Hizballah al-Nujaba,  Ktaeb Hizballah, and the Badr Organization.

The article notes that ‘These Shia proxies have reportedly developed exclusive use of secure bases in the provinces of Diyala (e.g., Camp Ashraf), Salah al-Din (Camp Speicher), Baghdad (Jurf al-Sakhar), Karbala (Razzaza), and Wasit (Suwayrah).’

The authors also point out that in ‘Iraqi, US and Israeli’ intelligence circles it is widely accepted that the ‘militias have developed a line of communication and control to Iran through Diyala, allowing them to import missiles and equipment without government approval or knowledge.’

The ability of Iran to operate a de facto contiguous line of control across Iraq, and thence to Syria, Lebanon and the borders with the Golan Heights is thus not under serious doubt.  It appears that Teheran has begun to station SRBMs along this route, directed at Israel, and crewed by the Qods force-directed militia franchises – an arrangement intended to provide Iran with deniability in the event of their being used.

The latest episodes at the Fujairah port in the UAE and the Aramco East-West pipeline in Saudi Arabia this week suggest that Iran intends to follow a strategy precisely of deniability and use of proxies in its attempts to hit back at US efforts to contain and roll back Iranian advances of recent years.  Israel is not outside of this circle.  As an un-named Iranian official quoted by Reuters put it: ‘If America attacks us, our friends will attack America’s interests and its allies in the region.”

It may be assumed that relevant Israeli agencies take careful note of threats of this kind, along with the more florid pronunciations of such figures as Akram al-Kaabi.  These are not mere chatter . In the remote deserts of western Iraq, Iran’s servants are busily at work preparing a new front against Israel.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Jonathan Spyer

Israel at 71

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 00:00

It’s staggering, when you think about it. Seventy-one years!

When David Ben Gurion stood at a mic on the afternoon of May 14, 1948 in Tel Aviv, he told the world that Israel had re-entered history.

The founders of the state weren’t even sure what to call the new state at first. Among the possibles: Zion.

Finally, they settled on “Israel,” and Bible prophecy rocketed forward at warp speed. Today, Israel is a vibrant miracle.

We know what the Romans did to the area 2,000 years ago. The expulsion of Jews from their ancient homeland has been an open wound ever since.

By 1850, there were about 10,000 Jews in Palestine. The village of Rosh Pinah (the “headstone” of Psalm 118) was established in 1882, the year of the largest influx of Jewish immigrants to the area. That began large-scale modern Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel.

Just days before statehood in 1948, Golda Meir made a clandestine trip to meet with Transjordan’s King Abdullah. A bit of their conversation is quite fascinating, as she told it:

“‘Why are you in such a hurry to proclaim your State?’ he asked me. ‘What is the rush? You are so impatient!’ I told him that I didn’t think that a people who had waited 2,000 years should be described as being ‘in a hurry’, and he seemed to accept that. ‘Don’t you understand,’ I said, ‘that we are your only allies in this region? The others are all your enemies.’ ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘I know that. But what can I do? It is not up to me.’ So then I said to him: ‘You must know that if war is forced upon us, we will fight and we will win.’ He sighed and again said ‘Yes. I know that. It is your duty to fight. But why don’t you wait a few years? Drop your demands for free immigration. I will take over the whole country and you will be represented in my parliament. I will treat you very well and there will be no war.’

“I tried to explain to him that his plan was impossible. ‘You know all that we have done and how hard we have worked,’ I said. ‘Do you think we did all that just to be represented in a foreign parliament? You know what we want and to what we aspire. If you can offer us nothing more than you have just done, then there will be a war and we will win it. But perhaps we can meet again— after the war and after there is a Jewish State.’”

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Remarkable!

And when President Truman recognized the new Jewish state hours after the Tel Aviv declaration, the world woke to a new reality. Very few understood the prophetic implications (fewer do now, I’m afraid), but the fact is, God had brought about the very thing He promised to do.

Let us celebrate with our Jewish and Israeli friends, and remember when we get down that God always keeps His promises.

Never let that thought leave your mind and heart.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Rapture Ready

Sabbath Observance Keeps Shalva Out of Competition But They Shine in Eurovision Performance [WATCH]

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 09:02

After winning the competition to represent Israel in the international Eurovision contest, Shalva was forced to bow out due to their dedication to Sabbath observance. But their performance on Saturday night as an interval act brought the crowd to tears.

The band won the popular vote on the television talent show, “Hakochav Habah,” or “The Next Star” in February. The schedule for contestants required rehearsals on Friday and Saturday. Several of the members of Shalva are Sabbath observant so the chose to relinquish their spot rather than violate the Shabbat.

Shalva Band. Just one of a million reasons why #Eurovision is THE GREATEST SHOW! pic.twitter.com/Co12y88tVd

— BBC Eurovision

Shin Bet: No Terrorism Casualties in April, First Since 2017

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 07:47

The Israeli internal security agency known as the Shin Bet or Shabak reported that in April there were 126 terrorist attacks in Israel but they did not result in any injuries or deaths. The last casualty-free month was December 2017. This compares to 308 attacks in March of 2019.

The majority of the attacks, 88 total, were in Judea and Samaria, 12 in Jerusalem, and 12 in the Gaza Strip and Sinai. There were no attacks in the central region of Israel.

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This data does not include the four Israelis killed in last month’s rocket attacks.

Last Wednesday, 65 Palestinians were injured when an estimated 10,000 Gazans rioted the border fence separating Israel from Gaza, setting fires, burning tires, and throwng rocks and incendiary devices. Aerial incendiary devices landed in Israel setting nine fires.

Watergen Provides 120 Orphans in Uzbekistan With Fresh Water Made From Air

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 07:14

Watergen, an Israel-based innovative company that creates clean water out of air is now providing a source of freshwater for over 120 children living in an orphanage in Uzbekistan’s city of Bukhara. The technology comes in the form of an atmospheric water generator known as the “GEN-350,” which can produce up to 900 liters of water per day. A popular tourist destination but also associated with arid weather conditions, Bukhara has recently been experiencing serious water shortages. Earlier this month, water supply was even disrupted for almost two days. The entire city of Bukhara was left without drinking water including several busy hotels. Since the local underground water is unusable, fresh water is currently supplied to Bukhara from the city of Samarkand, almost 300 km away.

(Photo courtesy Gold PR)

 

With a weight of just 800 kilograms, the GEN-350 is transportable and can be installed easily. Each unit contains an internal water treatment system and needs no infrastructure except a source of electricity in order to operate. The GEN-350 was installed at the orphanage as part of a test pilot, estimated to run for about two months, in order to demonstrate the generator’s unique capabilities to produce hundreds of liters of clean, safe-drinking water in the arid environment of Bukhara.

 

Attending the inauguration ceremony of the GEN-350 were senior political leaders in Uzbekistan including First Deputy Prime Minister, Achilbay Ramatov; Prosecutor General, Otabek Murodov; Governor of the Bukhara region, Uktam Barnoev; and Mayor of Bukhara, Karim Kamolov. All signs show that the the pilot has gotten off to a great start. Watergen’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Michael Rutman, who was present at the ceremony said: “I’m very pleased with the results of the GEN-350. The children were very excited to drink the high quality water from the GEN-350.”

(Photo courtesy Gold PR)

Watergen’s president, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili added: “Uzbekistan’s water utility company was thrilled with our water from air solution and requested to run pilots in several other regions of Uzbekistan. Although there is only 20% humidity in the air of Bukhara, the GEN-350 was still able to generate hundreds of liters of high-quality drinking water.”

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Dr. Mirilashvili is also the visionary behind Watergen’s goal to provide clean, safe-drinking water to every human around the world. Watergen’s efforts to make fresh, pure water available around the globe earned the company its place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018.

About Watergen:

Founded in 2009, Watergen has devoted its innovative technology towards solving the world’s water crisis under the leadership of its president, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili. Watergen provides a game-changing water-from-air solution based on its proprietary patented GENius technology that uses humidity in the air to create clean and fresh drinking water to people everywhere. The company offers a range of water atmospheric generators (WAG) for various applications; the home-scale GENNY that can produce 27 liters of water per day, the medium-scale GEN-350 that produces up to 900 liters of water per day and the industrial, large-scale generators that can make as many as 5,000 liters of water per day. Watergen’s WAG are installed in several countries around the globe.  For more information please visit: www.watergen.com

LAMENTATIONS 1:21

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 06:50

The prophet Yirmiyahu captures the sense of utter loneliness that prevailed after the destruction of Yerushalayim and the exile of the people. He describes their feeling that there was no one to stand by their side or to provide any sort of comfort in their time of need. Over many centuries of exile, Jews repeatedly experienced this same sense of abandonment. For example, over two and a half millennia following the destruction of Yerushalayim in Yirmiyahu’s time, as Hitler’s persecution mounted in the late 1930’s, many Jews desired to flee from Europe. Unfortunately, though, not a single country was willing to absorb Jewish refugees. In July of 1938, delegates from over thirty countries met in Évian-les-Bains, France, to discuss the refugee crisis. Despite many sympathetic speeches for the tragic plight of the Jews, no country was willing to significantly change their immigration quota to admit additional Jewish refugees. As this verse bemoans, the entire world had closed their doors to the Jewish people, abandoning them in their time of need. With the establishment of the State of Israel, however, the Jewish people now have a home. Never again will they be left alone with no one to protect and comfort them. As Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik writes in his essay Kol Dodi Dofek, ‘The Voice of my Beloved Knocks,’ “A Jew who flees from a hostile country now knows that he can find a secure refuge in the land of his ancestors… Jews who have been uprooted from their homes can find lodging in the Holy Land.” 
This Passover, it is especially important to thank those who ensure a safe and secure Israel for all of its citizens. Lone Soldiers who have left their families in order to defend the Holy Land are especially deserving of praise and support. YOU can step up to show Lone Soldiers that while they may be ‘lone,’ they are not alone.

IDF: A Small Country With a Big Spirit

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 06:17

An IDF video shows the spirit that drives them to defend a very special country.

Boomerang’s Weekly Terror Report and an IDF Barbecue

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 05:41

This week, there were 56 stone-throwing attacks, 36 firebombs, four arson attacks, one shooting, and an attempted lynching. And generous donations bring a much-appreciated barbecue to weary IDF soldiers.

Syria Accuses Israel of Firing Missiles Twice Over Weekend

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 05:25

Syria accused Israel of two attacks inside in less than 24 hours but, as usual, Israel refuses to comment.

The Syrian news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that that on Friday night, Syrian air defenses reacted to “hostile targets” coming from the direction of the Quenitra region on the edge of the Israeli Golan Heights, claiming that Syrian air defenses shot down several projectiles. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported three explosions southwest of Damascus but it was not clear if the explosions were caused by the airstrikes or Syrian surface-to-surface missiles.

תיעוד מתוך שידורי הטלוויזיה הסורית של ה”גופים הזוהרים” שלטענתם הגיעו מכיוון ישראל @Generalzini pic.twitter.com/l5teJD95os

— החדשות 13 (@newsisrael13) May 17, 2019

The SOHR chief, Rami Abdurrahman, told the Associated Press that the strikes targeted the area of Kiswa where there are storage sites for Iranian and Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces allied with Syria’s government.

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SANA reported a similar strike on Saturday night, saying the Syrian military intercepted “hostile targets coming from the direction of the occupied territories.” The SOHR reported at least three missiles with two targeting a Syrian army brigade which supervises the country’s Quneitra province while the third missile was destroyed by Syrian air defenses.

Israel has a policy of not commenting on military activity outside of their borders.

Business Leaders From Judea and Samaria Expand Ties With Palestinian Counterparts at Islamic Iftar Meal

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 04:57

Immediately after dusk on Monday evening, approximately 30 members of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JS Chamber) gathered for the traditional Islamic Iftar meal that marks the end of the daily fast in Ramadan. The meal symbolized a new approach to coexistence that focuses on economic issues with the aim of offering alternatives to both Israelis and Palestinians in a manner detached from the political sphere and focused on the daily needs of ordinary people.

“We are working out of a vision to bring about mutual productivity and equal partnership in all economic-business aspects between Israelis and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. We are currently engaged in building infrastructures that will enable broad and comprehensive processes at the regional, political and international levels,” said Avi Zimmerman, one of the two founders of the JS Chamber.

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The meal was hosted at the home of Ashraf Jabari, a Palestinian community leader and businessman from Hebron and the other founder of the JS Chamber. “It is a great honor to host all of you in my house,” Ashraf Jabari opened with his remarks. “This meal is a reinforcement of the growing and continuing trend in which the economic-business connection and the strengthening of relations and friendship are leading us all to a more positive place. Breaking the fast together, at a joint meal in the city of Hebron, clearly symbolizes our ability to bridge all gaps.”

Also in attendance was Heather Johnston, executive director of the US Israel Education Association, an organization that is constantly working to inform members of the US Congress and American diplomats about realities on the ground in Judea and Samaria as well as regarding the growth of Israeli-Palestinian partnerships.

“The willingness of all the participants in this special meal is one,” said Heather Johnston. “Our desire is to create a united front in bringing about a breakthrough on the economic issue. In a clear voice, we are calling for a separation between economics and politics, and we hope to achieve productive cooperation in this regard. From our point of view, this would require the continuation of strengthening existing ties between the US Congress and operations here in Judea and Samaria that are driven by the principle of economic equality.”

Monday night’s meeting took place less than three months after the USIEA and JS Chamber hosted an Israeli-Palestinian economic forum in Jerusalem. The participants included leaders of Israeli local councils in Judea and Samaria as well as Palestinian Mukhtars all of whom have been working to promote Israeli-Palestinian cooperation at the local and municipal level. US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman stressed at the forum that “political solutions are important, but pieces of paper are not creating peace, relations create peace, investments create peace, friendships create peace, this is the peace that will last, that is the kind of peace that is sustainable.”

Trump and the Jews: A Fascinating Look into American Jewry and the US-Israel Relationship Under Trump

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 04:35

Book cover (Courtesy the author)

Ever since U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 election, it seems as if nobody on the political spectrum has stayed neutral. Trump’s detractors have called him racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and a white supremacist. His supporters, the so-called “deplorables” (nicknamed by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections) are quick to come to his defense, calling his critics equally negative names and arguing that Trump’s non-traditional ways have positioned the U.S. administration back onto the right side of history.

Whether left, right or center on the proverbial political aisle, nearly everyone agrees that the Trump era has caused a significant change in the U.S., and even global, political arena.  

As such, and as author David Rubin notes in his new book, Trump and the Jews, whenever something momentous happens in the world, the Jewish people ask: “Is it good for the Jews?” In his book, Rubin seeks to answer this question in the context of a Trump Presidency, exploring the complexities of the President and his relationship with the Jewish people and Israel.

He poses that while American Jewry has historically trended toward the Democratic party, at the same time, they represent some of “Trump’s harshest and most vociferous opponents” This raises the obvious question, “How can a president who has been so good for the Jewish people fail to receive [the liberal American Jewish community’s] support?”

Rubin speaks about his book on the Lou Dobbs show on Fox (Screenshot)

Trump and the Jews explains that while the majority of Jewish Americans voted for Hillary Clinton, there is a “strong and growing part of the Jewish community that isn’t so clearly anti-Trump,” Rubin told Breaking Israel News. The majority of these Jews are Orthodox Jews and those “very strongly connected to Israel and their Judaism.”

To inform and explain this perspective and as a US-Israel relationship expert, Rubin provides examples, photographs and illustrations woven into a historical backdrop about the relationship between the Jewish people and America. The beginning of the book focuses on America’s founders and former Presidents, including “Biblically-based visionaries” like Benjamin Franklin, who Rubin says “derived much of his wisdom from the Torah of Israel.”

He shares how the relationship went from a strong one to a difficult one, influenced by “anti-Israel sentiments” of President Carter, whose imprudent “peace plans” were echoed by the succeeding administrations of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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There is an entire chapter dedicated to the Obama years, which Rubin argues sped up the “process of failed peace plans” and resulted in a shift in American alliances in the Middle East and around the world. “During those eight years, the Israel-United States alliance was tested and threatened like never before,” writes Rubin.

The book then goes on to describe discourse about Israel in the 2016 elections, now turning its focus to Trump’s life prior to becoming a Presidential candidate and his campaign. Rubin does not gloss over Trump’s character flaws and mistakes, however concluding, “Donald Trump is not the monster that some networks would have you believe, even if his style could often be more refined and his statements more eloquent.”

In the next chapters, Rubin focuses on the ‘American Jews’ and ‘New Jews,’ telling us who they were and are and explaining how their immigrant experiences of throwing themselves into American life and culture led to their new identities and political tendencies.

He explains how the “New Jews” have positively influenced Trump’s economic policies, through “relationships of trust that Trump maintained through the years as a high-profile businessman in New York, as well as some Jewish family connections.”

Rubin describes the increasing political polarization of the United States political arena, with anti-Israel discourse and anti-Semitism now coming from the extreme left. He then turns to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, discussing key players including Arab leaders and their historical alliance with Adolf Hitler.

Rubin then refocuses on the realities of the conflict, also bringing in personal anecdotes. He writes, “My three-year-old son and I were victims of one such Fatah (Palestinian Authority sponsored) terror attack at the end of 2001, when we were shot and wounded while driving home from Jerusalem. I was shot in the leg and my son was shot in the head by terrorists armed with AK-47 assault rifles. The bullet that crashed into my son’s head and through his neck missed his brain stem by just one millimeter, and he survived.”

Rubin notes that among one of President Trump’s “important achievements” is the Taylor Force Act, signed into law on March 23, 2018 and aimed at stopping American economic aid to the Palestinian Authority until the PA stops paying the salaries of imprisoned terrorists and the families of deceased terrorists.

“The terrorists who tried to kill my son and I are still receiving salaries from PA because what the PA sees as a great deed of wounding and killing Jews,” Rubin told Breaking Israel News.

The author then cites Trump’s other key policy decisions regarding Israel, including his nullification of the Iranian nuclear deal, and Israel’s embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  

Through this book, Rubin hopes to offer knowledge to Jewish and Christian “supporters of Israel who want to know how to [fight for] the Israel-American relationship.” He continued, “Israel and the U.S. have an opportunity to work together as two bastions of freedom on two sides of the world. Together, these countries can repair the world in God’s image.”

When reading Rubin’s reviews on Amazon, it seems that he is indeed instilling this knowledge amongst Jews and Christians alike. One reviewer called the book a “must read,” maintaining, “The author has presented the historical backdrop which merges into today’s events in a way that brought clarity to me. […] It also has me rethinking the opinions I’d been holding on to about President Trump. I feel so much more enlightened after reading this easy to understand informative book.”

Another reviewer, Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media, declared, “David Rubin’s Trump and the Jews is a powerful and true account of President Trump’s transformation of America’s relationship with Israel, creating a new opportunity for peace. A great read!”

Explaining how his book may pave the way for peace, Rubin clarified that genuine peace must be “based on truth and historical precedent,” virtues to which Rubin believes Trump is dedicated, as compared to former U.S. Presidents who erroneously bolstered the “land for peace” formula.

“The Oslo Accords 27 years ago was one of the greatest mistakes in world history, as it led to intense waves of Muslim terrorism that the world had never before experienced,” said Rubin. “Israel is the size of New Jersey and to hand over historical places in the biblical heartland to the Palestinian Authority, which includes several terrorist organizations, is insane and would not bring peace. Trump understands that it’s a big problem to talk about peace in terms of land for peace.”

Rubin ends his book with “Eleven Suggestions For Trump (From the Jews)”. Whether the American President will read the book and heed Rubin’s advice is unknown, however, Rubin concludes that “one thing is for sure – Donald J. Trump will continue to make headlines and the Jews will continue to be involved.”

To purchase Trump and the Jews on Amazon, click here.  

Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigates Two Suspicious Fires Targeting Boston Synagogues

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 03:27

As part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Massachusetts state and federal law enforcement are investigating three suspicious fires at Jewish institutions in Boston suburbs.

Police in Arlington, Mass., have responded to two cases of such fires over the past week at the home of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries.

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Rabbi Avi and Luna Bukiet’s home also serves as the Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Arlington.

On Thursday night, there were “light flames burning shingles on one side” of the house, reported local Fox affiliate WFXT, citing officials. A police officer patrolling the area was at the scene within 30 seconds to get rid of the flames by using a handheld extinguisher.

Police say another suspicious fire was set last night at an Arlington Rabbi’s home. The second in less than a week. This sign now posted asking for tips @boston25 pic.twitter.com/l23ahG4Tej

— Natalie Rubino (@newswithnatalie) May 17, 2019

That same evening, there was a suspicious fire at the Chabad Jewish Center in Needham, Mass., which state and federal authorities are also investigating.

Chanie Krinsky posted on Facebook that her husband, Rabbi Mendy Krinsky, who directs the Chabad center with her, “was outside with the fire extinguisher before the smoke alarms even went off.”


On Saturday night, Chabad in Arlington caught fire. Police are trying to identify someone caught on video walking away from the house.

“We smelled a lot of smoke,” Bukiet told WFXT. “There was a ton of smoke inside in the basement going up to the first floor.”

Firefighters discovered a small fire “burning on the wood shingles of one side of the home. The fire was quickly extinguished and the damage was minor,” reported WFXT.

Neither incident caused personal injuries or damage inside the home.

In a statement, acting Arlington chief of police Julie Flaherty said that an officer will be present full-time in the area.

“These are extremely concerning incidents in which an innocent family has had the safety and security of their home compromised by some else’s violent actions,” she said.

After the Saturday fire, Bukiet said he had not gotten any threats.

“An unsettling time for everyone, but there’s so much love and so much support that goes around, and at these moments you see people coming to the fore and coming to the surface and really showing how much of a community we are,” he said.

“Somebody out there wants to hurt us. Just because we exist. And that is frightening. Hate can’t be reasoned with. Hate just needs to be eradicated,” said Krinsky in her Facebook post. “A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness. Please take this opportunity to help us end this darkness. Do a mitzvah today to bring more light into this world!”

According to Chabad.org, Bukiet says Shabbat services will go on as usual. All of the Chabad emissaries involved expressed their gratitude to local law enforcement and fire departments, which have been supportive and are working on solving what appears to be a string of arson incidents.

US Ambassador Calls on Evangelical Leaders to Fight Anti-Semitism

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:57

A group of more than 200 evangelical faith leaders, organized by the Latin Coalition for Israel, gathered at the Aish Hatorah World Center in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday to celebrate the one-year anniversaries of the American and Guatemalan embassies’ moves to Jerusalem.

The meeting, which overlooked the Western Wall plaza and the Temple Mount, was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; First Lady of Guatemala Patricia Marroquín, the wife of President Jimmy Morales; and Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel Mario Bucaro Flores.

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Speaking of the positive developments for Israel that have come about thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump, Latin Coalition for Israel President Mario Bramnick likened him to Cyrus, the Persian king who permitted the Jewish people to return to Israel to build the Second Temple.

“As a Cuban American, I have never felt more proud to be an American than now having President Trump as our President. President Trump has done more to support the nation of Israel than any other President in the history of the United States,” Bramnick said.

Friedman likened him to the biblical prophet Daniel, and extolled the group to do its utmost to support Israel and to spread that support to others.

He praised the group’s support for Israel, saying “to see how the Jewish people have so many friends is deeply moving, and I am deeply appreciative.”

“Not everyone thinks like us,” he added. “Not everybody appreciates the miracles we are living. I think people take much for granted.”

Bramnick pointed out that along with all the positive developments, Israel’s enemies are intensifying their efforts to harm the Jewish state. “We see these two forces moving simultaneously,” he said.

“We are seeing an unprecedented rise of anti-Semitism in the United States,” he said. “We’ve never seen synagogue shootings. We’ve never seen anti-Semitic cartoons in The New York Times. We’ve never seen an anti-Semitic congressman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. We’ve never seen the Democratic Party stand silent.”

He suggested that “communities as large as the evangelical community in the United States get up and make these complaints as much as possible. There is strength in numbers. Don’t be afraid to use that strength.”

At the same time, he voiced his faith in Israel’s ability to meet the challenges facing it. “Israel today, like it was thousands of years ago in history, is still facing formidable enemies in all directions. The risk is growing, but Israel’s strength is growing faster,” he said.

Friedman then spoke of the new forms of anti-Semitism taking hold around the world.

“We used to think of anti-Semitism in terms of Nazis and neo-Nazis,” he said. “Those are ugly and despicable people, but they’re easy to spot. The more difficult form of anti-Semitism that has emerged, not more lethal but more difficult, is anti-Zionism.”

It is anti-Zionism, he said, that “accounts to some extent for rocket fire that Israelis experience.”

To fight this new anti-Semitism, the ambassador said he recently “led a delegation of ambassadors from various European countries on the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau, trying to send the signal as powerfully as we could that the disease of anti-Semitism—and it is a disease—has to be eradicated.”

Commenting on growing anti-Semitism in America, Friedman said “there are people who hate Israel that are given platforms all over the United States. They apply double standards to Israel that they wouldn’t think of applying to other countries in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.”

‘We hate the violence, we hate the rejectionism’

In preparation for the Mideast peace proposal set to be released by the Trump administration, Friedman said the discussion on Israel and its relationship with the Palestinians “is too often presented as a zero-sum game—that someone has to win and someone has to lose. The issue is always put in political terms and almost never in human terms.”

“The politics [of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas] we are totally against,” he said. “We hate the violence, we hate the rejectionism. But we don’t hate the Palestinian people. And that message doesn’t get out enough. We can be strong Zionists, but we can be sure that every person of any religion that lives on this soil can have the human dignity that every[one] should have under God.”

Guatemalan First Lady Marroquín told the audience in Spanish that she had just prayed at the adjacent Western Wall and “thanked God for the great privilege that he has given us to live in these times. Because he has chosen President Morales to serve his country, to do what is right” in moving the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem.

Friedman related his personal journey from son of a Long Island rabbi, to New York City lawyer, to ambassador to Israel. He took special note of the location of the gathering, calling it “a beautiful venue 100 yards from … the site where [biblical prophet] Abraham brought [his son] Isaac to the altar, and the place that David purchased for the nation of Israel—the place where David wrote so many psalms.”

Speaking about a nearby archeological excavation at the City of David that has uncovered a pathway leading from a large pool to the Temple Mount, Friedman told the Christian leaders, “if you asked what is the probability that Jesus walked that pathway, archeologists would tell you: 100 percent.”

Friedman said he will attend an opening ceremony for this path in June together with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Citing the biblical episode of the 12 spies, in which only two out of 12 spies sent into Canaan by Moses encouraged the Jewish people to enter the land, Bramnick said that “President Donald Trump and President Jimmy Morales are like Joshua and Caleb,” the righteous spies that urged the Jews to enter Israel.

Hamas Issues Statement ‘Saluting’ British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:48

The terrorist group Hamas issued a statement on Thursday to “salute” British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for showing “support and solidarity with the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights to freedom, independence and self-determination.”

Corbyn has previously called Hamas his “friends.”

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“This message expresses support and solidarity with the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights to freedom, independence and self-determination,” read the statement. “It also condemns the ongoing occupation and its crimes against our people, and reflects an advanced moral and political position worthy of all praise and thanks.”

The statement was in the response to Corbyn’s decision to support an anti-Semitic march in London last weekend commemorating the 71st anniversary of the so-called nakba, which is the Palestinian day of morning for the State of Israel declaring its independence in 1948.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism condemned the message.

“Only one leader of a British political party could expect to be ‘saluted’ by Hamas, the genocidal anti-Semitic terrorist organization. Clearly, Hamas feels that when it comes to Jews, Jeremy Corbyn is a brother in arms,” said its director, Gideon Falter.

“Who could say that they are wrong after he gave his fulsome backing to this weekend’s chilling anti-Semitic rally, which was so filled with Jew-hatred that both the National Front and the Muslim Brotherhood came along to support?” continued Falter. “Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite and unfit for public office.”