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Israel Seeking Palestinian-American Detained by PA

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 04:00

 

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has long-outlawed sale of Arab lands to Jews. It is punishable by life in prison or even execution. A Palestinian-American found himself detained in Palestinian facilities for facilitating sale of land from Muslims to Jews in Jerusalem’s Muslim quarter. Now, Israel is looking to get him in its custody.

Anti-Semitism Part of the War of Gog and Magog Says End Times Rabbi

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 03:31

In an interview earlier this week, End of Days expert Rabbi Mendel Kessin told radio talk show host Tamar Yonah of Israel News Talk Radio that anti-Semitism is a signal that God is accelerating the end times.

“We are very close to the end. We are looking at a messianic process that has been going on for quite awhile. And what you’re seeing now unfolding is a process that will bring the Moshiach (Messiah). That’s really what’s happening.

“What you’re looking at, in many ways, is an acceleration of the end, just like it happened in Egypt. What God seems to be doing is rushing up the end, therefore there are so many things going on simultaneously.”

Kessin spent a considerable amount of time exploring the connection between anti-Semitism and the End of Days.

“As we approach the Messianic era, anti-Semitism will rise,” he explained. “This is driven because Satan, who is the major enemy of the Jewish people, is dying. What you are looking at are the death throes of the Satan. And that is why he’s trying to bring in all the energy he has, in order to do away with the Jews.”

“When holiness is about the enter, then evil and corruption energize and try to stop the entry of righteousness. And that’s really what you’re looking at,” Kessin elaborated.

He connected the chaos of what’s happening on the political map today to the End of Days War of Gog and Magog.

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“Anti-Semitism isn’t new. It’s been going on since [the time of] Avraham Avinu (Abraham our father). It will always be. But you have to understand that at the end of time, it gets much worse. Because the Satan is dying and you are looking at the beginning of the entry of holiness. There’s an incredible attempt of evil to stop the entry of holiness.”

Kessin further explained that the First and Second World Wars absorbed most of the worst prophecies associated with Gog and Magog. As a kindness, Kessin claimed, “God distributed Gog and Magog over three different wars. Therefore, the last war will be a confrontation, as opposed to a real war. And we are seeing now the confrontation between Israel and the entire world.”

He further pointed out the contradiction between a rise in anti-Semitism on the one hand and “an incredible rise in the stature of Israel among the nations,” on the other . “It’s not just anti-Semitism. Israel is rising among the nations. They are gaining incredible respect. Economically they are now spread out – Africa, Asia, India. Even Europe is beginning to turn against Hamas.

“You’re looking at a duality here. It’s not just the rise of anti-Semitism. It’s the rise of the Jewish people. How do you explain that?” he challenged.

He concluded this point by emphasizing that “we are looking at a spiritual war between the side of good and the side of evil. And that is what Gog and Magog is really all about.

“Israel is supposed to rise among the nations and that is the beginning of the messianic era. At the same time, the Satan is trying to destroy Israel. This will happen in the end of time because evil is threatened by its end and by the entry of good,” he summarized.

When asked directly by Yonah, Kessin predicted the arrival of Moshiach, “within 10 years, maybe sooner.”

First They Came for Confederate Generals, Then for Black Conservatives

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 02:00

The Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine near the Detroit Medical Center has an ambitious program of preparing its mostly African-American students for careers in medicine.

Students from Ben Carson High recently toured a hospital and experienced what it’s like to be doctors.

The school’s name, in its own words, honors “Dr. Benjamin Carson whose journey from impoverished, inner-city Detroit youth to acclaimed neurosurgeon is remarkable and is a constant reminder to Benjamin Carson students that their career dreams are achievable.”

Or maybe not.

The Detroit school board voted to rename the school under guidelines that say a school can be renamed when it doesn’t reflect the student population or when “information newly discovered about the current name of the school is negative in nature.”

LaMar Lemmons, a Democrat, was the leading advocate for removing Ben Carson’s name from the school. Lemmons, who along with his wife, Georgia Lemmons, sits on the school board, has used his position to blame Michigan’s emergency managers for all of Detroit’s self-created problems.

Lemmons, a “Bernie-crat”, also got his completely unprepared sister-in-law elected to the State Senate.

“Quite frankly, it is a political thing,” he admitted. “We named a school after an individual who is in the Trump administration.”

The Democrat insisted that having a medical sciences school named after a brilliant African-American surgeon from Detroit was “synonymous with having Trump’s name on our school in blackface.”

“When you align yourself with Trump, that is a direct affront to the city of Detroit and the students of Detroit,” he insisted.

If the name change goes forward, it may be the first instance of a school being renamed because it was named after a Republican.

Lemmons is okay with a school being named after a white slaveholder, but not a black conservative.

“Lewis Cass was a slaveholder,” Lemmons said. “But I would never recommend changing the name of Cass.”

Also on the nomenclature chopping block, for unclear reasons, is the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men.

Ben Carson isn’t the only African-American conservative being targeted by the renaming squad.

Last month, a petition to change the name of Savannah College of Art and Design’s Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation received favorable media coverage.

The petition was put forward by a former student named Sage Lucero. Clarence Thomas is the grandson of sharecroppers from rural Georgia. Lucero is a Brooklyn hipster and junior copywriter.

Lucero’s illiterate petition demanded that the Center be renamed after Anita Hill, “A woman who stood up for herself despite being denied of true justice.”

She ranted that Justice Thomas “wrongfully won against a woman’s word.”

The building was named after Thomas because he had served there as an altar boy.

Instead of filing the petition in the internet’s underwear drawer, the media hurriedly amplified the white leftist’s grievance against the highest ranking African-American judge in the country. One media outlet breathlessly reported that the petition had over 500 signatures. And then actually interviewed Sage.

The president of the Savannah College of Art and Design (or, as Sage put it, “one of the president’s”) actually contacted her about her ridiculously ignorant petition.

“I don’t want any other female who has hopes and dreams to have to walk through the doors of that building,” Lucero, who lives in New York, insisted.

She also claimed that “many of the students feel unsafe about the building” and that she wanted to start a conversation about “diversity” by taking a black man’s name off a building.

When Lamar Bowman wrote a counter-petition that received over 20,000 signatures, no one in the media interviewed him to learn why he thought that Thomas’ presence on campus spoke of its “dedication to the struggles and achievements of millions of African Americans.”

Or why he wrote that Thomas’ story “is one that I want my children to know and understand.”

Lamar’s story, like Thomas’ story and Carson’s story, is not the story that the media is interested in.

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It took protests from Capitol Hill for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to include Clarence Thomas. But not before it had included Colin Kaepernick and Anita Hill.

When the renaming cultural revolution took off, it was under the guise of fighting racism. And now it’s come full circle to fighting against the legacy of conservative African-Americans.

The parade of renamings has drifted into the realm of the ridiculous. In Portland, Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View elementary schools were renamed because they had the word, “Lynch” in them. The schools were named after Patrick Lynch, a berry farmer, who donated some land to build schools.

Renaming schools named after a berry farmer, who shares a last name with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and numerous other African-Americans, has nothing to do with fighting racism.

It’s political correctness.

Political correctness doesn’t actually fight racism. It only pretends to do so, exploiting outrage over racism to justify its power grabs. The point of renaming a school named Lynch isn’t to fight racism, but to wield the power to rename schools. Renaming educational institutions and buildings named after African-American conservatives however is the core purpose for which that power is truly wielded.

The renaming revolution was not about fighting dead Confederate generals. It was a convenient pretext for legitimizing a politically correct purge. Outrage over racism and slavery was used to build a movement whose ultimate targets were not dead 19th century rebels, but living conservatives.

Including the greatest threat of them all, African-American conservatives.

Political correctness doesn’t fight discrimination. It implements it. And its machine for suppressing intellectual diversity inevitably reaches the same African-Americans, women, gay people and others whom it claims to be protecting from discrimination when they dissent from political correctness.

The Left begins by fighting racism and then implements it.

African-Americans are the group most frequently abused as a pretext for political correctness, and so African-American conservatives pose the greatest threat to the power of political correctness.

The existence of a Clarence Thomas or a Ben Carson undermines the ideological infrastructure that has been used to silence hundreds of millions of Americans in the name of millions of African-Americans who never sought such a silencing. The renamings don’t just attack Carson or Thomas as individuals, they erase their existence. This political genocide removes people whom the Left thinks shouldn’t exist.

Political correctness exploits the suffering, the history and the bodies of African-Americans to suppress other African-Americans. While it divides the country along racial lines, it also divides racial groups internally, putting its activists in charge of forcing African-Americans into conformity with the Left.

Black leftist activists are given power by white leftists in order to keep other African-Americans in line

Erasing Thomas and Carson also erases the identities of countless African-American conservatives, the history of African-American conservatism, and the values of African-American conservatism.

It tells the students at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine that they shouldn’t learn from his journey or adopt his values. They shouldn’t aspire to be successful surgeons, but aggrieved victims whose only purpose is to serve as foot soldiers in the culture wars of their leftist masters.

The Left is not really at war with the unalterable past. It is at war with the future.

The students at Benjamin Carson High and at the Savannah College of Art and Design are that future. By destroying the past and present of African-American conservatism, the Left hopes to destroy its future.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Sultan Knish Blog

Terra Incognita: Israel and the Yazidis

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 01:00

I saw the mass graves of Yazidis murdered by ISIS. It was a genocide and Israel should recognize it.

In December 2015, almost three years ago, I made the long drive into the killing fields of Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Islamic State committed genocide against the Yazidi minority. It was night by the time we got there, to the desolate areas around Sinjar mountain, called Shingal by locals. This was the place where members of the Yazidi minority had fled attacks by ISIS in August 2014.

Scenes of tens of thousands of people huddling, starving and dehydrated, galvanized the US to begin air strikes on ISIS. Yet just beyond where I slept on one of those cold nights in December, ISIS had machine-gunned men and elderly women and buried them in mass graves.

Last week the Israeli Knesset failed to pass a bill to recognize the Yazidi genocide. There are compelling reasons for Jerusalem to recognize the genocide, particularly because Israel is a living example of how people have taken the future into their own hands in the wake of the Holocaust. The Yazidis are a clear case, there is nothing controversial about the issue. They suffered genocide, experts at the UN and EU and others have already agreed on this. No one denies there was a genocide, and recognizing it doesn’t compromise Israel’s relations with any country. Yet Israel’s parliamentary majority chose not to back the bill; the ruling coalition ordered its members to vote against a preliminary reading.

IT’S WORTH remembering how we got here and why recognition should be considered by Israel.
ISIS had been allowed to take over swaths of Syria and parts of northern Iraq in the spring and summer 2014. Cynical and powerful countries in Europe and the West did nothing to prevent the takeover and often turned the other way as thousands of their citizens joined the black-clad ISIS columns of fighters. Social media companies initially did nothing as hundreds of thousands of pro-ISIS accounts tweeted scenes of beheadings and mass killing. Like the Nazis, ISIS crimes began with one group and grew to include others. ISIS began with the mass executions of Shi’ites at Camp Speicher, a former military base they captured in June 2014. While the world watched, more than 1,000 men were murdered, many of them beheaded. Then ISIS expelled all the Christians of Nineveh plains, marking their houses like the Nazis marked Jewish property. The world shrugged, as it had in 1938. Not our problem.

Then ISIS attacked the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. ISIS prepared meticulously for this offensive against the towns and villages populated by 400,000 Yazidis. It used captured equipment from the fleeing Iraqi army, including US-made Humvees and M-16s to overrun the Yazidi areas. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fled. In just a few days in August, ISIS massacred thousands of men and elderly women and began selling women and children into slavery. At first people didn’t want to believe this was happening. How could thousands of women be marked with numbers, like Jews had been at Auschwitz, and sold in 2014? But it happened. And it happened as Western countries looked on and did nothing.

Eventually, ISIS made several mistakes. Like Hitlerism, ISIS thought it could conquer the world. But as Hitler ran into Stalin and Churchill, ISIS ran into things it didn’t expect. In Iraq, it ran into masses of Shi’ite militias who flocked to defend Baghdad, and in Syria it ran into Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) who refused to surrender the city Kobani. In the Kurdish region of Iraq, it faced hundreds of thousands of men and women willing to defend their homes. As the Nazis had been stopped at Stalingrad, so the black plague of ISIS was broken in Kobani and in their offensive toward Baghdad in 2014 and 2015. Conveniently, by this time the world had begun to sign on to the US-led international Coalition. Though the Coalition helped defeat ISIS militarily, nothing was done to help victims of the ISIS genocide. No investment has been made in Yazidi villages or Sinjar. I went to Iraq and interviewed many Yazidis seeking shelter in the Kurdistan region, and saw again and again how the international community failed to help.

Four years after the genocide, the displaced Yazidis live in muddy tents, still fearful of being attacked again. Cynical politics in Iraq, including Baghdad’s disputes with the Kurdish region, have prevented Yazidis from returning or even feeling secure. The road to Sinjar, the one I drove on in 2015, is blocked. Yazidis are told to drive through Mosul, where they were sold into slavery. It would be like asking Jews to drive through Hitler’s smoldering Berlin in 1946. They wouldn’t feel safe. But the international community doesn’t care because Yazidis are not seen as important to the future of Iraq. The international community cares about powerful groups in Iraq – particularly politics in Baghdad. Today the US and Iran are in a contest over who will control Iraq. The Yazidis, like Jews in 1946 in Europe as the Cold war began, are victims of history. They simply do not matter in the larger scheme of the Middle East’s power politics.

THE PARALLELS between what happened to Jews in Europe and what happened to Yazidis in Iraq do not have to be exaggerated to make the similarities seem to fit. There is a direct connection.

ISIS is a Nazi ideology. It replaces the Nazi obsession with racial supremacy with an obsession with religious supremacy. It views all other religions besides a narrow interpretation of its own as sub-human and deserving of death, expulsion or slavery. This is the model Nazism used as well. Jews, Slavs, Gypsies and others were to be exterminated, enslaved or expelled to make way for “living space.” Nazism, like ISIS, came up with rules, laws and reasons. Both murdered systematically.

ISIS, for instance, rounded up Yazidis in their towns and often kept them for a few days before separating men and women. The men were systematically machine-gunned to death, like the Einsatzgruppen had done during Hitler’s campaigns in the east. Women were sold. More than 30 mass graves have been found. I saw two of them in 2015.

Scenes of tens of thousands of people huddling, starving and dehydrated, galvanized the US to begin air strikes on ISIS. Yet just beyond where I slept on one of those cold nights in December, ISIS had machine-gunned men and elderly women and buried them in mass graves.

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Last week the Israeli Knesset failed to pass a bill to recognize the Yazidi genocide. There are compelling reasons for Jerusalem to recognize the genocide, particularly because Israel is a living example of how people have taken the future into their own hands in the wake of the Holocaust. The Yazidis are a clear case, there is nothing controversial about the issue. They suffered genocide, experts at the UN and EU and others have already agreed on this. No one denies there was a genocide, and recognizing it doesn’t compromise Israel’s relations with any country. Yet Israel’s parliamentary majority chose not to back the bill; the ruling coalition ordered its members to vote against a preliminary reading.

IT’S WORTH remembering how we got here and why recognition should be considered by Israel. ISIS had been allowed to take over swaths of Syria and parts of northern Iraq in the spring and summer 2014. Cynical and powerful countries in Europe and the West did nothing to prevent the takeover and often turned the other way as thousands of their citizens joined the black-clad ISIS columns of fighters. Social media companies initially did nothing as hundreds of thousands of pro-ISIS accounts tweeted scenes of beheadings and mass killing. Like the Nazis, ISIS crimes began with one group and grew to include others. ISIS began with the mass executions of Shi’ites at Camp Speicher, a former military base they captured in June 2014. While the world watched, more than 1,000 men were murdered, many of them beheaded. Then ISIS expelled all the Christians of Nineveh plains, marking their houses like the Nazis marked Jewish property. The world shrugged, as it had in 1938. Not our problem.

Then ISIS attacked the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. ISIS prepared meticulously for this offensive against the towns and villages populated by 400,000 Yazidis. It used captured equipment from the fleeing Iraqi army, including US-made Humvees and M-16s to overrun the Yazidi areas. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fled. In just a few days in August, ISIS massacred thousands of men and elderly women and began selling women and children into slavery. At first people didn’t want to believe this was happening. How could thousands of women be marked with numbers, like Jews had been at Auschwitz, and sold in 2014? But it happened. And it happened as Western countries looked on and did nothing.

Eventually, ISIS made several mistakes. Like Hitlerism, ISIS thought it could conquer the world. But as Hitler ran into Stalin and Churchill, ISIS ran into things it didn’t expect. In Iraq, it ran into masses of Shi’ite militias who flocked to defend Baghdad, and in Syria it ran into Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) who refused to surrender the city Kobani. In the Kurdish region of Iraq, it faced hundreds of thousands of men and women willing to defend their homes. As the Nazis had been stopped at Stalingrad, so the black plague of ISIS was broken in Kobani and in their offensive toward Baghdad in 2014 and 2015. Conveniently, by this time the world had begun to sign on to the US-led international Coalition. Though the Coalition helped defeat ISIS militarily, nothing was done to help victims of the ISIS genocide. No investment has been made in Yazidi villages or Sinjar. I went to Iraq and interviewed many Yazidis seeking shelter in the Kurdistan region, and saw again and again how the international community failed to help.

Four years after the genocide, the displaced Yazidis live in muddy tents, still fearful of being attacked again. Cynical politics in Iraq, including Baghdad’s disputes with the Kurdish region, have prevented Yazidis from returning or even feeling secure. The road to Sinjar, the one I drove on in 2015, is blocked. Yazidis are told to drive through Mosul, where they were sold into slavery. It would be like asking Jews to drive through Hitler’s smoldering Berlin in 1946. They wouldn’t feel safe. But the international community doesn’t care because Yazidis are not seen as important to the future of Iraq. The international community cares about powerful groups in Iraq – particularly politics in Baghdad. Today the US and Iran are in a contest over who will control Iraq. The Yazidis, like Jews in 1946 in Europe as the Cold war began, are victims of history. They simply do not matter in the larger scheme of the Middle East’s power politics.

THE PARALLELS between what happened to Jews in Europe and what happened to Yazidis in Iraq do not have to be exaggerated to make the similarities seem to fit. There is a direct connection.

ISIS is a Nazi ideology. It replaces the Nazi obsession with racial supremacy with an obsession with religious supremacy. It views all other religions besides a narrow interpretation of its own as sub-human and deserving of death, expulsion or slavery. This is the model Nazism used as well. Jews, Slavs, Gypsies and others were to be exterminated, enslaved or expelled to make way for “living space.” Nazism, like ISIS, came up with rules, laws and reasons. Both murdered systematically.

ISIS, for instance, rounded up Yazidis in their towns and often kept them for a few days before separating men and women. The men were systematically machine-gunned to death, like the Einsatzgruppen had done during Hitler’s campaigns in the east. Women were sold. More than 30 mass graves have been found. I saw two of them in 2015.

Reprinted with author’s permission from The Jerusalem Post

On ‘Shloshim’ of the Pittsburgh, a Jew and a Christian Turn to their Bible

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:00

A month ago, the world witnessed the devastating murder of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh – individuals killed because of their faith. Yet, as people of the Book, Jews and Christians should not turn away from God in the face of this tragedy. Rather, we can look inside His holy book for guidance.

When we are at a total loss for words, we turn to King David for inspiration. When our hearts are shattered in a million pieces, the prophet Isaiah offers us hope. Rather than letting this heinous crime divide our faiths, our common love of the Bible – the true Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18) should unite Jews and Christians and allow us to mourn together.

AS AN Orthodox rabbi (Tuly), I immediately think of two chapters in Psalms that are frequently invoked by synagogues in times of communal tragedies. When we first hear bad news, we immediately look heavenward and cry out, “A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes unto the mountains: from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

Once we put ourselves in the right frame of mind and recognize God’s role in controlling life’s events, both good and bad, we go from looking outward to looking inward: “Out of the depths have I called Thee, O LORD. Lord, hearken unto my voice; let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications” (Psalm 130:1-2).

As the editor of The Israel Bible, the first Tanach prepared by Jews for Christian readers, I was curious what verses in the Hebrew Bible non-Jews looked to for comfort following the synagogue shooting. So I reached out to my colleague and a Christian friend of mine who lives in Pittsburgh, John Isett, the director of BibleHub, one of the largest Bible sites on the Internet.

I (JOHN) was touched when the rabbi reached out to me and I told him what I have told my friends in Pittsburgh: We are grateful that the Jewish community in Pittsburgh has so graciously allowed Jews, Christians and non-believers alike to share in the grieving process. By their dignified and faithful response, the Jewish community has provided a wonderful testimony to the Pittsburgh community at large.

You have helped reflect the faithfulness and graciousness of God, and you have shown the same trust in Him that Abraham displayed. You have not wavered or blamed God, but have drawn even closer in the time of greatest need and distress. You have proved that no weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

We send our prayers and support, knowing that even 30 days later, the process is only beginning and the most difficult days may still lie ahead.

We pray for the comfort and shelter for the whole community, claiming David’s promise that “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:4, 5).

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As David goes on to say, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).

This blessing is our heartfelt prayer for all involved.

WE BOTH (John and Tuly) are encouraged to see so many people come together in prayer and mutual support. Although the incident has shocked us all and we are grieving, we are also encouraged by the  strength and resolve of those present that day, as well as the family and community members who have begun the long process of recovery and restoration.

“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; break into joyful song, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and He will have compassion on His afflicted ones” (Isaiah 49:13).

As two individuals representing two faiths with one Bible that speaks for love, we must together turn last month’s darkness into a journey of hope.

Reprinted with author’s permission from The Jerusalem Post

EZEKIEL 34:13

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:56

The “ingathering of the exiles,” known in Hebrew as kibbutz galuyot (קיבוץ גלויות), is promised in multiple places throughout the Bible. Although they are scattered throughout the four corners of the earth, Yechezkel (Ezekiel) declares that one day, God will gather the People of Israel and return them to their ancient soil, the Land of Israel. For centuries, Jews have been praying three times daily for the fulfillment of this prophecy in their central prayer, known as the amidah. With the establishment of the State of Israel and the many waves of immigration that have taken place in recent history, we are fortunate to witness the beginning of the fulfillment of this tremendous miracle.

ECCLESIASTES 5:9

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:23

The word hevel (הבל), ‘futile,’ appears many times throughout Ecclesiastes as a description of the pursuit of various physical pleasures. Although the word is translated as ‘futile,’ it literally means ‘vapor’. Vapor has the power to distort what a person sees. For example, the hot air rising from desert sands creates the mirage of an oasis. In this verse, the author observes that amassing wealth is “hevel.” More than just futile, the pursuit of wealth is similar to vapor, since it has the power to distort a person’s reality and values. King Solomon warns not to pursue wealth, because one who does so will never be satisfied.

IFCJ Brings 330 Immigrants from Ukraine to Make Aliyah

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:14

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has brought 330 Jews from Ukraine to Israel. The olim (new immigrants) arrived against a backdrop of increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. A number of the immigrants have experienced economic hardship since fighting between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists broke out in 2014.

USAID To Fire 50% of Employees, Shutter Operations in Judea/Samaria by 2019

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:40

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced this week that they will be firing half of their employees in Judea and Samaria in the near future and plan to shut down operations entirely in early 2019.

USAID is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. USAID is one of the largest official aid agencies in the world, operating in more than 100 countries, and accounts for more than half of all U.S. foreign assistance. USAID has been operating in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza since 1994, investing approximately $5.5 billion in infrastructure, medical services, and education.

The decision to end funding came from the State Department which directed USAID last week to present a list of 60 percent of its employees that can be fired immediately.  USAID was also directed to shut down its operations in 2019. USAID was slated to have invested $250 million in helping the Palestinians over the next year. $35 million of that would have gone to the Palestinian Authority security services.

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This is the final stage of a series of cutbacks in U.S aid benefiting the Palestinians since President Trump took office. In January, Trump announced that the US would withhold $65 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). In July and August, President Trump ordered a $200 million in cuts to Palestinian aid initiatives while ending the U.S. contribution to UNRWA entirely. In September, the U.S. government removed $10 million in funding for USAID programs promoting coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. The cutback was in response to the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to engage the Trump Administration to initiate direct negotiations with the Israeli government.

USAID officials told Haaretz news that the cutbacks are meant to put pressure on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to renew talks with the and Israel ahead of the peace plan the U.S. government is expected to present soon.

This is consistent with what President Trump has said. In a dialogue with Jewish leaders in September, President Trump said, “I stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians and the Palestinian leaders. We were – the United States was paying them tremendous amounts of money,” he said. “And I’d say, you’ll get money, but we’re not paying you until we make a deal. If we don’t make a deal, we’re not paying.”

“Shadow Over Europe” as Anti-Semitism and Fading Memory of Holocaust Rise

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:06

A report by CNN has revealed a “shadow over Europe” in the context of recent polls illustrating anti-Semitic stereotypes that are “alive and well” in Europe as the memory of the Holocaust starts to fade. Pollster ComRes partnering with CNN interviewed more than 7,000 people across Europe, including respondents in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland and Sweden.

The report maintained that a third of Europeans know “just a little” or “nothing at all” about the mass murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust and Second World War. A quarter believed Jews have too much influence in business, finance, global conflict and wars. One in five believed Jews have too much influence in media and politics and that anti-Semitism is a response to the everyday actions of Jews.

According to Robert Hassan, president of Institute for the Study of Global anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP) Europe, analyst and government relations manager, “stereotypes lead to disasters in human history.” He told Breaking Israel News that this was true leading up to the Holocaust when Jews were “juxtaposed to everything: to communism, capitalism, to media power, to those who support immigration and to those who are anti-immigrants.” Thus, the risk of anti-Semitic stereotypes means that such beliefs could lead to future anti-Semitic violence, or worse – genocide.

Of the respondents, 44% agreed that anti-Semitism is a growing problem in their country with 40% saying Jews are at risk for racist violence, and when Europeans do know about the Holocaust, they believe it is important to keep the memory of atrocities alive.

“Two-thirds of Europeans said that commemorating the Holocaust helps ensure that such atrocities will never happen again. That figure rises to 80% in Poland, where the Nazis established Auschwitz, the deadliest concentration camp of all. Half of Europeans said commemorating the Holocaust helps fight anti-Semitism today,” reported CNN.

Nonetheless, 31% of Europeans who do know about the Holocaust also believe that Jews “use the Holocaust” to advance their own positions or goals. In addition, 18% said anti-Semitism is a response to the everyday behavior of Israel with 28% saying that it is a response to actions of the state of Israel.

The results of the poll among young people between the ages of 18-34 were perhaps most striking – with 20% saying they have never heard of the Holocaust. However, noted CNN, Americans do not fare any better, with 20% of American Millennials also reporting they have never heard of the Holocaust.

Concluded CNN, “The poll uncovered complicated, contrasting and sometimes disturbing attitudes about Jews, and some startling ignorance.”

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Another poll published on November 26, conducted by the EenVanddag television show of the NPO 1 channel with the JMW Jewish group and the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands, showed equally disturbing statistics of anti-Semitism in Holland. According to the report, reported by JTA, 43% of Dutch Jews said they hide their Jewish identity through dress – covering their kippah (skull cap) with a hat or hiding their Star of David pendants.

In response to the statistics of anti-Semitism throughout Europe, Dr. Charles Asher Small, a prominent scholar and public speaker specializing in contemporary anti-Semitism, told Breaking Israel News of the ways his organization is attempting to address such alarming trends.

Small founded ISGAP in 2004 with the goal of “exploring anti-Semitism within a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework from an array of approaches and perspectives as well as global, national and regional contexts.” With their analysis, the organization creates high caliber academic programming, international seminars series and research projects that address pertinent contemporary subject matter and policy development to map, decode and confront contemporary anti-Semitism effectively.  

Toward these ends, Small said “ISGAP is currently engaged in an international project with more than 15 Jewish organizations from around Europe, Israel and North America, the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.”

“We are working scholars of big data and also social media and algorithms to develop new tools to measure anti-Semitism more effectively.” he added.   “No longer is it possible to count swastikas on walls – the world has changed – and we are developing a way to measure and understand the rapidly changing dynamics of contemporary anti-Semitism and hatred in general.”

Small suggested that anti-Semitism should be solved not through the legal system, but through “creating bonds in every area of society” to cultivate alliances in government, media, education, law enforcement and corporations based on shared interests.

Also calling on changes in the way we approach the problem of anti-Semitism, ISGAP’s Hassan reflected upon Nobel Prize Elie Wiesel’s belief that “anti-Semitism begins with Jews but never ends with the Jews,” concluding that “anti-Jewish prejudice is an attack on every single one of our freedom of identity, of behavior and existence.”

Each of us, he said, regardless of identity or interests, “must fight anti-Semitism as one defends his or her own personal freedom.”

NFL Cleats With the Israeli Flag

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:30

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce chose Israel Collective to be featured on his “My Cause My Cleats.” Pierce proudly displays Israel’s flag “front and center” on his football cleats.

 

California Democrat Delegate Calls for Israel to be ‘Terminated’

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:18

A delegate to the California Democratic Party posted a tweet equating Israel with Iran while calling for both countries to be “terminated.”

Hussam Ayloush is a senior official on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and, as a representative of District 60 of California, was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. His Twitter and Facebook pages state that “for over 14 years, I have been a fundraiser and activist for many Democratic Party campaigns. I have also helped register thousands of new voters. I work for a national civil liberties organization (CAIR-CA).”

Ayloush posted a tweet on Saturday in reaction to a statement by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in which he called Israel a “cancerous tumor in the region.” Ayloush tweeted in response  that both Israel and Iran were “murderous regimes” that need to be “terminated.”

Iran's regime calling Israel a "cancerous tumor" is like the pot calling the kettle black.
All the people of that region will be better off once both murderous regimes are terminated. https://t.co/3z1yQAGckv

— Hussam Ayloush (@HussamA) November 25, 2018

Ayloush’s tweet is still online, indicating that Twitter does not consider it to be in violation of their guideline prohibiting “dehumanizing speech.”

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported the story, noting that Ayloush has a record of anti-Semitic statements that fall outside accepted standards. Frequently referring to Israelis as “Zionazis,” he wrote in an official CAIR email in 2002, “Indeed, the Zionazis are a bunch of nice people; just like their Nazi brethren! It is just that the world keeps making up lies about them! It is so unfair.”

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In accordance with the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism established in 2010, “[d]rawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” and “denying Israel the right to exist” constitute anti-Semitism.

Ayloush has also justified the actions of American Muslims joining the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) by comparing it to Jewish Americans who join the IDF.

“You know, you don’t hear about countering violent extremism to deal with the thousands of Jewish-American kids who join the Israeli army killing the people of Gaza,” Ayloush said in a speech at at the Islamic Center of Orange County in 2015, one day after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris. “When was the last time the DHS – the Dept. of Homeland Security – or the FBI approached the Jewish community to ask them to deal with this trend? Actually, there are many more Jewish Americans who have joined the Israeli army than there are Muslim Americans who join ISIS.”

Ironically, Ayloush posted another tweet on Tuesday calling for unity in fighting hate.

OPINION EXCHANGE | Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar: Let us stand together as Americans in rejecting hate https://t.co/UnVuXJ4com

— Hussam Ayloush (@HussamA) November 28, 2018

II SAMUEL 5:7

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 06:23

Once the entire Nation of Israel united behind King David, he was able to conquer the holy city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) from the pagan Jebusites, and to rule there for thirty-three years. His palace was located in the City of David, just outside the present walls of the Old City of Yerushalayim. After fifteen years of archaeological excavations at this site, a Canaanite fortress dating back to the eighteenth century BCE was uncovered. This impressive structure is the largest fortress to have been discovered in Israel from before the time of King Herod. It protects the Gichon spring where Shlomo (Solomon) was anointed king (I Kings 1:38), making it possible to access the spring only from within the city of Yerushalayim. As this verse describes, when King David entered the city he conquered the “stronghold of Tzion” from the Jebusites, quite possibly referring to this very fortress discovered thousands of years later. Visitors to modern day Yerushalayim can visit this site and be inspired by seeing first hand evidence of the truth of the Bible.

Did God Assign Jews to Save World From Cataclysmic 2023 Meteor Strike?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:58

The National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) announced this week that a large asteroid is on track to cross paths with the earth in 2023 but they say there is little cause for alarm, setting the odds of a cataclysmic collision at one in 30 million. An expert in end-of-days astronomy claims that this asteroid is part of a pre-Messiah wave, with which the Jews are specially gifted to cope.

The asteroid was labelled LF16 when it was discovered last June 14. Projections predict 62 different potential impact trajectories with Earth over the next 100 years.The first such encounter could take place in five years, on August 8, 2023. Other imminent close impact dates will be August 3, 2024 and August 1, 2025. The observation arc (the time between the first and last sightings) extended only 2 days, leaving large uncertainties in scientists’ ability to accurately predict the asteroid’s path.

LF16 is estimated to be 700 feet long and is currently travelling at almost 34,000 miles per hour. It is estimated that an impact by an asteroid of this size would have the same effect as a 57-megaton nuclear bomb, or roughly 3,000 times more powerful than the first nuclear device dropped in 1945 that obliterated Hiroshima.

In comparison, an asteroid less than 150 feet across exploded over Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and the resulting airburst flattened 770 square miles of forest. Fortunately, there were no known casualties. In 2013, an asteroid 65 feet across entered the atmosphere undetected  and exploded over Chelyabinsk Russia, injuring 1,500 people. Sixty-five million years ago, a 10-mile wide asteroid wiped out two-thirds of all life on the planet.

NASA experts estimate that the asteroid has a one in 30 million chance of crashing into our planet and has a 99.9999967 percent chance of missing the Earth. In general, large asteroids rarely collide with the earth. The European Space Agency stated on its site that asteroids larger than 330 feet in diameter usually cross paths with Earth only once every 1,000 years.

In a disturbing case of synchronicity, last June, just six days after the discovery of LF16, NASA announced a “vulnerability” in their asteroid defense system. This flaw was discovered after a six-foot wide asteroid travelling at 38,000 mph was detected only a few hours before it exploded over Botswana earlier that month.

Lindley Johnson, the space agency’s Planetary Defence Officer, described the specifics of NASA’s blind-spot.

“If the object is coming into the inner solar system and approaching Earth from the night side… our chances are pretty good of picking up objects of almost any size as they come close to Earth,” he told the press. “The smaller it is the closer it would have to come to earth for us to detect it.”

“But we have a vulnerability from the day side if asteroids have already had their closest approach to the sun, which is called their perihelium, then coming back out of the Solar System and approaching earth from the day side our capability to detect them ahead of time right now is very limited.”

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NASA’s program tasked with detecting asteroids utilizes two optical telescopes that cover a large field of view. Each telescope requires three weeks to cover the complete section of the sky assigned to it. They are able to detect larger objects even when they’re still far away from the Earth but they are not entirely successful at detecting smaller objects up to 60 feet across until they are at least as close as the Moon.

Yuval Ovadia, whose videos on Nibiru have garnered hundreds of thousands of views, relates to these astronomical phenomena according to what is written in classical Jewish sources. He predicted that sightings of asteroids will increase in the coming years.

“NASA wants people to believe that they see everything,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “But even now, that they are the most technologically advanced people in astronomy, many asteroids get past them and are sighted by amateur astronomers or seen when they fall to earth.”

Ovadia explained that the renowned medieval scholar Maimonides explained that the prophecy of Balaam in the Bible described astronomical phenomena that would presage the Messiah.

What I see for them is not yet, What I behold will not be soon: A star rises from Yaakov, A scepter comes forth from Yisrael; It smashes the brow of Moab, The foundation of all children of Shet. Numbers 24:17

The Zohar, the basis of Jewish esoteric learning, describes the Star of Jacob in great detail.


“After forty days, when the pillar rises from earth to heaven in the eyes of the whole world and the Messiah has appeared, a star will rise up on the east, blazing in all colors, and seven other stars will surround that star. And they will wage war on it.”

“As the star approaches, space debris will be pushed along in front of it like a wave in front of a boat,” Ovadia explained. He noted that this will also affect gravity on the Earth, causing floods, storms, and seismic activity.

“But the Jews were given a function in the world specifically for those times when the world is threatened before Messiah,” Ovadia said. “Our role as a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation isn’t just to serve religious purposes. We were chosen to get the world through the dangers.”

In his book Comets, Jews, and Christians published in 1996, John Hulley noted that Jews have been awarded 25 times their proportional share of Nobel prizes in science. Hulley suggested that the Jews were gifted by God with exceptional intelligence and ingenuity in order to save mankind from a global threat.

“This is clearly true,” Ovadia said. “This is how the Jews have survived for thousands of years, far longer than any other nation, despite being threatened and attacked far more than any other people. Someone who does not have the Torah in their soul will hear of this threat and build a bunker to save himself. Even if he is a leader appointed to serve the nation. In our soul, we think as a nation, for the public benefit, and not for the individual. That is why the Torah was given at Sinai to the entire nation and not to one prophet.”

Ovadia emphasized that this beneficial attribute of the Jews is conditional.

“If Jews work as a people and for the people, then great good comes out of it. If they turn this special gift toward personal gain, for money, then it becomes perverted. The Torah was given to the Jews for the benefit of the entire world and just so was our divine purpose as a people. If there is a global threat, you can be sure the Jews will be tasked with finding the solution.”

US Continues to Squeeze Iran, Warns Others Not to Impede Sanctions

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 03:36

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned nine targets last week related to an illicit oil network between Iran and Russia.

“We are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the [Bashar] Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Central Bank of Iran officials continue to exploit the international financial system, and in this case even used a company whose name suggests a trade in humanitarian goods as a tool to facilitate financial transfers supporting this oil scheme.

“The United States is committed to imposing a financial toll on Iran, Russia and others for their efforts to solidify Assad’s authoritarian rule, as well as disrupt the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorist organizations,” he added.

Experts said this move was crucial in combating the Iranian threat.

“The scheme uncovered by the Treasury Department shows just how closely Iran and Russia are cooperating to not only help prop up the Assad regime financially, but to help finance the leading players in Iran’s global terrorism,” said Boris Zilberman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “So when Russia talks about cooperating with the United States to counter-terrorism this is empty rhetoric plain and simple.”

“As this scheme shows, Russia works hand in hand with some of the very terror groups we seek to counter,” he continued. “Russia is not a partner in our counter-terrorism efforts, but is, in fact, an adversary.”

“There are already sanctions on Russian arms exporters, but the United States should continue to uncover and sanction schemes such as this,” added Zilberman. “The administration could also  consider, in conjunction with Israel, striking destabilizing arms transfers by Hezbollah.

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“It’s an important step, and highlights just how much [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has supported Iran, Hezbollah and Assad, and how committed he is, despite hopes that Putin’s partnership with Iran is skin-deep short-lived,” according to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Anna Borshchevskaya.

“Hard to tell if this pressure will succeed without being incorporated into a broader strategy,” she continued. “It comes as no surprise that the Kremlin said earlier this month it will continue to help Iran trade oil. It’s possible to imagine Moscow setting up another intermediary to continue shipping oil to the Syrian regime, but nonetheless, this is an important step.”

The State Department joined Treasury in sending a message to the Islamic Republic.

“The sanctions levied today directly target the Iranian regime’s exploitation of the international financial system to hide revenue streams it uses to fund terrorist activity, provide support for sectarian militias responsible for abuses against civilian populations and destabilize the region,” said the department in a statement. “The Iranian regime, Iranian-commanded forces inside Syria and the proxy terrorist groups it supports such as those targeted today continue to foment instability to extend their malign influence. These actions by the Iranian and Assad regimes undermine the legitimate processes to resolve the conflict in Syria.”

This development preceded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday for calling Israel a “cancerous tumor” and a “fake regime.”

“This is a dangerous and irresponsible step that will further deepen Iran’s isolation,” warned Pompeo.

“The Iranian regime is no friend of America or Israel when they repeatedly call for the death of millions, including Muslims,” he added. “The Iranian people know better and do not agree with their government, which has badly represented them to the world for 39 years. The people have suffered under this tyranny for far too long.”

White House Cuts USAID in West Bank; Gaza

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 03:07

In a blow to US-Palestinian relations, the White House has further cut its aid to Gaza and the West Bank. USAID is thought to be cutting its workforce by 60%. It follows a decision earlier in the year to cut US funding to UNRWA by more than $200 million.

NY Times Reporter Uses Coal Piece to Attack Trump

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 02:00

New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta moved into the role of advocate in her article “The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?”

Early in the piece, Sengupta unquestioningly accepts the premise of a U.N. report without setting up a contextual explanation of how decimating the coal industry would hurt the poor.

“An October report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on global warming found that avoiding the worst devastation would require a radical transformation of the world economy in just a few years,” Sengupta wrote.

Sengupta describes coal as a throwback to a Norman Rockwell-type mythology that has been exploited by selfish, “right-wing” politicians: “In the public imagination, the coal miner has long been a symbol of industrial virility, a throwback to an era when hard labor — particularly men’s labor, rather than robots — fueled economic growth. That idea has been central to politics. German coal miners have lifted the fortunes of that country’s far-right party. Poland’s right-wing government has promised to open new coal minesAustralia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, rose to power as a champion of coal.”

Sengupta also uses the occasion to attack the Trump administration.

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“President Trump has promised, unsuccessfully so far, to revive coal mining jobs and instructed his Environmental Protection Agency to roll back rules to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants,” Sengupta writes.

“That message might be welcome in American coal country, but the industry’s future in the United States is not promising. There are cheaper fuels, including natural gas; gas now accounts for around 31 percent of total power generation in the United States, the same share as coal. China has imposed tariffs on coal imports from the United States, in the tit-for-tat trade dispute. More than 200 coal plants have closed since 2010, and coal consumption has continued to decline, contrary to Mr. Trump’s false claims. Coal mining jobs have plummeted over the last decade, despite a modest increase of about 4 percent in the first 18 months of the Trump presidency.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from Accuracy in Media

A Tiny Minority of Half a Million Jihadists

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 01:00

Islamic terrorists are a “tiny minority of extremists”. That’s the message we’ve been hearing ever since 9/11. They’re only a handful of “guys in a cave” or a few “lone wolves” radicalized over the internet.

How tiny is that tiny minority?

According to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, there are 230,000 Jihadists.

Put this tiny minority of extremists together in a city and you would have Boise, Idaho, or Richmond, Virginia, or Des Moines, Iowa. But that’s not a roster of Muslim civilians who support Islamic terrorism, just active members of terrorist groups. And so a better point of comparison is to national armies.

At 230,000, Sunni Islamic Jihadists outnumber the British Armed Forces (149,000), the French Armed Forces (117,000), and Germany’s Bundeswehr (179,753). That should be troubling since those are some of the militaries and countries on the front lines of Europe’s reluctant fight against Islamic incursions.

The list of Sunni fighters has a lot of questions marks and is incomplete. Sunnis outnumber Shiites, but under the Iranian umbrella, Shiites have fielded sizable terror forces in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

Hezbollah in Lebanon boasts between 25,000 to 65,000 Jihadists. The Houthis in Yemen, currently the beneficiaries of a massive propaganda campaign in the media, have around 25,000 to 30,000 Jihadists. Iraqi PMU’s add another 90,000 to 150,000 Jihadists to these numbers. And finally there’s Iran’s own Revolutionary Guard, a regional terror hub with another 120,000 members.

These numbers add between 260,000 and 365,000 Jihadists on the Shiite side for a total of over half a million Sunni and Shiite Jihadists making Islamic terrorists the world’s eighth largest military.

That’s not a tiny minority of extremists and it’s not a few guys in a chat room or a cave.

This dark army of terror grew by leaps and bounds under the Obama administration which fractured Sunni countries by overthrowing their governments in and bringing Islamists to power in the Arab Spring, while the Iran nuke deal fed and freed up billions for Iran to invest in Shiite expansionism.

The CSIS report notes that the number of Salafi Jihadists and allied terror groups more than doubled between 2008 and 2016. Despite the Iraq War, during Bush’s second term, the increase was fairly light. The stratospheric increase, from the thirties to the sixties, took place during the Obama years.

The estimated number of Jihadist fighters rose from a high of 100,000 in 2008 to 250,000 in 2016.

The mass deaths in Syria, Libya and Yemen (to name some of the worst Arab Spring trouble spots) are a direct result of the policies and, in Libya of the military intervention, of the Obama administration.

Lefty twitter brims with propagandas photos of supposed Yemeni children starving to death. The media has tried to blame the religious war between Sunnis and Shiites (and their Saudi and Iranian backers) on President Trump. But dead children in Yemen are the wages of the foreign policy of Hope and Change.

As the Democrats and the Republican foreign policy establishment advocate for Jamal Khashoggi, intervention in Syria and support for the Palestinian Authority, it is urgent to remember that these are the same old failed policies that led to a 150% increase in Jihadists and killed over 500,000 people in Syria, and cost the lives of tens of thousands more in Yemen and Libya. And elsewhere in the region.

“Democratization” is a poisoned Islamist chalice. At its cloudy bottom lie terror and death.

The media has accused President Trump of a callous indifference to human life for putting American national interests ahead of Khashoggi, an Islamist pal of Osama bin Laden. But it’s the media radicals whose horrid idealism put half a million people into the ground in the service of the region’s Islamists.

Khashoggi’s Islamist political agenda killed enough people to qualify as its own genocide.

Half a million dead and half a million Jihadists rampaging around the world are the outcome of an idealistic foreign policy in which chattering class lefties allowed Islamists like Khashoggi to call the shots. The tiny minority of extremists was never that tiny, but it grew to a monstrous size with massive infusions of cash and military interventions plotted by Islamists and implemented by Washington D.C.

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Many of the 70,000 Jihadists in Syria were directly or indirectly funded by the Obama administration. As were many of the 5,000 Jihadists in Libya, where Obama’s illegal military intervention led to everything from a near Al Qaeda takeover of Mali to the flow of surface-to-air missiles to Hamas terrorists.

Major terror groups and state sponsors of terror from Pakistan to Iran to the Palestinian Authority also saw huge cash transfers from American taxpayers to Islamic terrorists.

In his first year in office, Obama signed off on a $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan. The Islamic terror state repaid us by harboring Osama bin Laden and aiding Islamic terrorists killing American soldiers.

This year, President Trump made drastic cuts to foreign aid to Pakistan after tweeting, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”

We’re still foolishly funding Jihadists, including the tens of thousands of members of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, even after their leader, Abbas, called for the destruction of the White House.

CSIS doesn’t list the Islamic terror militias in the Terrorist Occupied Territories in Israel. That leaves the tens of thousands of Jihadists in Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian Authority TOT terror groups out of the calculations. These groups are not just a threat to Israel. Hamas is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and is backed by Iran. Its skills and resources are at the disposal of allied terror groups.

That’s how Iran’s Hezbollah assisted Al Qaeda in its preparations for 9/11. It’s why Iran is aiding the Taliban today. An Islamic terror group or terrorist anywhere is a link in a global terror network.

That is the understanding that made ISIS so deadly, striking from Iraq to Paris to New York.

Islamic terrorists are not a tiny minority of half a million. They are not an aberration. They are everywhere. And the failed foreign establishment funded and aided many of them.

Military interventions spread them, democratization brought them to power and immigration transplanted them from war zones into our countries. Their numbers have more than doubled in a decade. If the Left gets to set foreign policy again, in another generation there will be millions.

If we want to avert that outcome, our interventions, regime change and immigration policies must all objectively meet the test of making societies, including our own, less Islamist, not more so. Foreign aid should be barred by law from going to any country or militia whose goal is to establish Islamic theocracy by force. Any intervention must be objectively shown to make a society less bound to Islamic law. And immigration policy must be aimed at reducing the percentage of Islamists in the United States.

Otherwise the next Islamic civil war won’t be fought in Syria, but in the United States of America.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Front Page Mag

What Will It Take to Get the Haredim to Enlist?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:00

For Israelis, bringing teenage sons and daughters barely out of high school to the army induction center to begin their compulsory military service is one of the most fraught and difficult realities of life. Underlying the cheerful, almost celebratory sendoff is the terrifying possibility of one day being forced to join the crowds at Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery, part of the growing “family” who have paid the ultimate price for living in the world’s only Jewish country.

Ever since the nascent State of Israel agreed in 1948 in return for Orthodox support not to draft 400 yeshiva students—a number that by 2012 had risen to an astounding 58,000—the unequal sharing of the burden of military service has become an ever more toxic and explosive element in Israeli public life. In the 1980s, religious Zionists (in American terms, Modern Orthodox) voluntarily chose to obligate their yeshiva sons to join the army. Not so the haredim, who zealously guard their exemption and are deaf to all entreaties to compromise. Today, that intransigence threatens to bring down the government, exploiting a political system in which haredi parties hold a stranglehold on that issue.

It’s not the first time a compromise has failed. In 1999, political impotence resulting from that system led the High Court of Justice to rule that army exemptions for yeshiva students were illegal and to demand a solution. The resulting Tal Law—requiring yeshiva students who dropped out of their studies by age 22 to serve a scant four months in the army or do a year of national service—infuriated everyone. It also had little effect, ignored by both yeshiva students and the IDF, which was accused of not wanting the students anyway. By 2012, complainants who wanted haredim to serve were back at the High Court, which ruled that the Tal Law (by then expired) had indeed failed and again demanded legislative action.

A historic turning point came in 2014 when the Yesh Atid party, led by journalist-turned-politician Yair Lapid, ran on the platform of “sharing the burden” and gained enough votes to form a Likud-led government without haredi coalition partners. The Equal Service bill that year would have severely curtailed yeshiva student deferments and created criminal penalties for those caught draft dodging. The bill passed, but the victory was short-lived. When Lapid left the government for unrelated reasons and new elections were held, haredi parties regained their place in the governing coalition and—inevitably—demanded that all the deferments be reinstated.

The High Court stepped in, ruling yet again that exemptions granted to haredim were discriminatory and giving the government a year to pass new legislation. After many delays, and having been refused a further extension, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has finally come up with the following: minimum yearly targets for ultra-Orthodox conscription that, if not met, would result in financial sanctions on the yeshivas. With the target for 2018 a mere 3,100 men, rising by 5 to 8 percent every year and reaching only 6,844 by 2027, no one is happy, and the bill itself seems to predict failure: If rates do not reach 85 percent of the yearly target in any three successive years after 2019, it stipulates, the agreement will be canceled. The bill does not detail what the penalties for such cancellation would be.

Lapid, now in the opposition, nevertheless voted in favor of this watered-down bill in a first vote, saving the government from downfall when its haredi coalition partners refused to cooperate. But haredi leaders have refused to back the bill publicly (despite privately expressing satisfaction with it). Their reluctance can be traced to the fears of an entrenched and aging leadership, under siege by the internet and social media, making a doomed last stand against inevitable change. Ironically, it is the aged Hasidic rebbe of Gur, whose United Torah Judaism party holds six Knesset seats, who will decide whether the modern State of Israel’s government stands or falls.

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But not everyone is convinced the gap is unbridgeable. When I sat down to discuss this great divide with my former yeshiva student son Akiva, who voluntarily did full army service, he surprised me with the view that “the people who want to see a law passed in which yeshiva students are handcuffed and led to jail, and the people who want to permanently exempt yeshiva students from any access to the army’s secular environment for fear they won’t come home are in the minority.” The trend among haredim, he insists, is to voluntarily enlist: the Nachal Haredi, an army unit made up entirely of former yeshiva students, is growing and is a highly trained and successful combat unit.

A 2017 “Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel” from the Israel Democracy Institute offers hard evidence of this trend. In 2016, despite the repeal of the “Equal Burden” Law, 34 percent of graduates of the ultra-Orthodox education system—some 3,500 men—enlisted in the IDF or joined a civilian national service framework.

But what of the other 66 percent? As Israel struggles with how best to bring thousands of its haredi citizens into the fold as equal participants in the life of the country, both in the army and in the workforce, it remains to be seen which strategy—draconian laws fraught with criminal penalties or the present mild and accommodating slap-on–the-wrist approach—will do the trick. What is clear, though, is that mainstream political opinion, even on the right, no longer supports the inequality of the status quo. Sooner or later, haredim will no longer be standing on the sidelines, removed from the realities of citizenship—including that day at the induction center.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Naomi Ragen

Beersheba Expert Lectures on Protecting Hospital Equipment from Cyber Attacks

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:12

People who are admitted to a medical center for an emergency or even a planned operation typically worry that the surgical team will be skilled and rested. It doesn’t enter their mind that the hospital may be at risk because of malicious cyber attacks on its sensitive electronic equipment.

However, an Israeli specialist in this growing and increasingly worrisome field has just declared at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) in Chicago that Internet connectivity of medical imaging equipment raises the potential danger for such attacks.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher and doctoral candidate Tom Mahler presented his team’s approach to solutions using artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent future attacks.

The RSNA is an association of over 54,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists that promotes excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technological innovation.

Mahler told the participants that the Internet has been beneficial for health care – radiology included – improving access in remote areas, allowing for faster and better diagnoses and greatly improving the management and transfer of medical records and images. Medical imaging devices such as x-ray, mammography, magnetic resonance (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) machines play a vital role in diagnosis and treatment.

But as these devices are typically connected to hospital networks, they can be potentially susceptible to sophisticated cyberattacks, including ransomware attacks that can disable the machines, said Mahler.

The BGU expert is a researcher at Cyber@bgu, an umbrella organization at the university in Beersheba that deals with various aspects of cybersecurity, big data analytics and AI applied research activities. With Beersheba increasingly being called Israel’s Cyber Capital, the umbrella organization is located in the R&D center on the campus’s new hi-tech park.

Cyber@bgu serves as a platform for the most innovative and technologically challenging projects with various industrial and governmental partners. Mahler showed the Chicago audience could bypass security mechanisms of a CT machine to manipulate its behavior. Because CT scanners use ionizing radiation, changes to dose could negatively affect image quality, or – in extreme cases – endanger the health of the patient.

Hacking a system is the first step in determining vulnerabilities and creating solutions. “In the current phase of our research, we focus on developing an anomaly detection system using advanced AI methods to train the system with actual commands recorded from actual equipment. The system will monitor scan protocols to detect whether outgoing commands are malicious before they are executed and will alert or possibly stop if it detects an issue,” said Mahler.

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Mahler and his fellow cyber researchers are working on new techniques to secure CT devices based on machine learning. Their approach assumes a host PC is already infected with malware. The machine-learning algorithm analyzes the profile of the patient being scanned, the actual and the outgoing commands before they reach the CT itself. This completely prevents the CT malware attack and infection. They are interested in collaborating with imaging manufacturers or hospital systems for on-site evaluation.

While other solutions have focused on securing the entire hospital network, the solution that his team offers is oriented towards hospital devices, he said. “Our goal is to be the last line of defense for medical imaging devices to prevent as many attacks as possible.”

The BGU approach to detect defects included developing a system using AI to train data consisting of real commands recorded from actual devices. The model learns to recognize typical imaging scan protocols and to predict if a new, unseen command is legitimate or not. If an attacker sends a malicious command to the device, the system will detect it and alert the operator before the command is executed.

He noted that the system is not yet complete, but the results are a significant milestone on the path to securing medical imaging devices.

 The development of medical information devices, from concept to market, takes three to seven years, Mahler noted. Cyber threats can change significantly over that period; this leaves medical imaging devices highly vulnerable. “If health-care manufacturers and hospitals take a pro-active approach, we can prevent such attacks from happening in the first place.” The next step in this process is to collect more scans from different devices and sites to create a more accurate model.

Earlier this year, Mahler said at a Tel Aviv Cybertech Conference that manufacturers of medical imaging devices and healthcare providers must do more to protect equipment in hospitals and in and community health clinics from cyber threats. He showed the relative ease of exploiting “unpatched” medical devices whose owners and operators don’t download ongoing security updates. Mahler predicted that the number of attacks will grow and that there would be more sophisticated skills directed at the mechanics and software that are often installed on outdated PCs.

The Tel Aviv conference was one of the biggest and most important cyber events in the world, attracting thousands of individual participants and delegations from 80 countries.

The study, conducted in collaboration with Clalit Health Services (Israel’s largest health maintenance organization), included a comprehensive risk analysis survey based on the “confidentiality, integrity and availability” risk model, which addresses information security within an organization.

Researchers targeted a range of vulnerabilities in medical and imaging information systems and medical protocols and standards. While they discovered weak spots in many of the systems, they found that CT devices face the greatest risk of cyber attack due to their pivotal role in acute-care imaging.

“In cases where even a small delay can be fatal or where a dangerous tumor is removed or erroneously added to an image, a cyber attack can be fatal,” warned Mahler. “However, strict regulations make it difficult to conduct basic updates on medical PCs, and merely installing anti-virus protection is insufficient for preventing cyber attacks.”