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Four Biblical Stories and Sites in Ma’ale Adumim

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 05:15

Situated just 15 minutes east of Jerusalem, Ma’ale Adumim (Red Ascent) is an urban community in Israel’s Judean Adumim region, named after biblical references that describe the boundary of the tribe of Judah and taking its name from the red rock lining the ascent to Jerusalem from the Dead Sea:

The boundary ascended from the Valley of Achor to Debir and turned north to Gilgal, facing the Ascent of Adummim which is south of the wadi; from there the boundary continued to the waters of En-shemesh and ran on to En-rogel.” (Joshua 15:7)

Curving northward, it ran on to En-shemesh and ran on to Geliloth, facing the Ascent of Adummim, and descended to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuven.” (Joshua 18:17)

The community is much more than a residential area – it features various stunning, cultural, educational, and historical sites related to the Bible. Breaking Israel News toured four of these sites with Tour Adumim founder and director, Shelley Brinn, who seeks to showcase the area’s diversity, beauty, and biblical value.

Brinn, whose previous positions included program manager of aliyah and absorption for the city of Ma’ale Adumim, told Breaking Israel News, “Touring in the Maale Adumim Region makes the bible come alive – riding on the ancient Pilgrimage Route that both Jews and Christians used from the Second Temple Period on, seeing the city of Jericho and hearing the story of its conquest as described in the Book of Joshua, spending time in the Judean Desert where kings and prophets roamed and of course riding camels and seeing the shepherds with their flocks of goats and sheep is so reminiscent of biblical days.”

“I am passionate about the region of Ma’ale Adumim, which borders both the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The desert landscapes, the natural springs, the artists, and the ancient olive trees bring me back to biblical days when the children of Israel lived here after crossing over the Jordan River and settling in their homeland,” she said.

These are four of her favorite biblical sites in Ma’ale Adumim:

Moshe Castel Art Museum

Moshe Castel, a 15th generation descendant of Jews expelled from Spain, was born in 1909 in Jerusalem. After finishing his studies at Bezalel School of Arts, Castel traveled to Paris, the art capital of the world at the time. There, he met many famous artists including Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall, each of whom influenced his art. When he returned home to the holy land, he settled in Safed and grew the art scene in the city, now famous for both Jewish art and mysticism. In Safed, his work began to reflect the local character, often portraying biblical stories such as the love story between Jacob and Rachel.

He maintained that Israeli art, which he sought to develop, must have its origin in biblical stories: “I experienced Safed with every fiber of my being. Within me lives the memory of my forefathers who lived on this Land […] I passed through every circle of hell in European art until I returned here. I want to take the first step towards original Israeli Art, which does not yet exist. Its roots must thrust deep into our past – to the world of the Bible.”   

Good Samaritan Inn Mosaics Museum

A New Testament story tells of the Samaritan who helped out a fellow man. The parable tells of a man who was robbed and left injured on his way to Jerusalem. A Cohen and a Levite passed by and did not help him, but a Samaritan helped the injured man, brought him to the inn, and paid for his lodging there. In Christianity, the parable is a symbol for helping others in times of need without expecting anything in return. The story has also led to modern day laws that require citizens to help others in times of need.

The museum contains mosaic floors from Byzantine Period synagogues, churches, and Samaritan synagogues dating back to the fourth through seventh century CE.

Mosaic floor from the Synagogue at Gaza on display at the Good Samaritan (Eliana Rudee)

Ptil Tekhelet Factory Program (Blue Dye for Tzitzit)

The Ptil Tekhelet educational factory demonstrates the process of a blue dye extraction and application used in making the tzitzit tassels. The heavenly and mysterious color, mentioned 49 times in the Hebrew Bible, was later chosen as the central color of

A worker at the Ptil Tekhelet factory inspects tzitzit tassels. (Eliana Rudee)

Israel’s national flag. The source of the color: a glandular secretion of murex snails indigenous to the Mediterranean shores, near Haifa.

The Israelites were commanded to tie tekhelet threads to the corners of their garments as a reminder of God and his commandments:

Speak to B’nei Yisrael and instruct them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout the ages; let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner.” (Numbers 15:38)

Now, the biblical color is seeing a revival, with people once again wearing tekhelet on their tzitzit, largely credited to the Ptil Tekhelet Factory.  

Hike, swim at Ein Maboa Nature Reserve

A unique spring in the northern Judean Desert, Ein Maboa features a hiking path, waterfalls a picnic area, a natural pool, caves, and mosaic floor. The spring is connected to the larger Ein Prat, part of the riverbed that carries water from Jerusalem to the Jordan River. Along the streams, one can find remains of ancient water systems and Byzantine monasteries, as well as the Fara Ruins, above the northern bank of Ein Prat. Archaeological remains include potsherds, a large wall and burial grounds that suggest the area could have been the biblical city of Parah, mentioned in Joshua 18:23 as a Binayminite tribe.

Every day, the spring completely empties and refills again, a process in which water drips through the limestone ground, filling up a karstic cave. The pool empties out and the process begins again.

Bathers enjoy the waters at Ein Maboa. (Eliana Rudee)

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Priest Stabbed in Bethlehem Protecting Female Tourist from Palestinian

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 04:49

A security camera video shows a Priest in a Bethlehem church being stabbed by a Muslim on Sunday after asking him to stop sexually harassing a Christian pilgrim lady.

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Students on Archaeology Program Unearth 1,700-Year-Old Coin

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 04:38

Students from schools in the Lev Hasharon Regional Council helping on an archaeological dig on the Sharon plain have unearthed an ancient coin dating back to the year 300 C.E., among other finds.

Most of the finds at the Kilodia site near Moshav Kfar Yavetz, east of Netanya, date to the early Muslim period (700-1050 C.E.). They include glazed bowls, wine jugs, decorative bronze weights, a bronze bell and semiprecious stones. The coin predates all these discoveries by several centuries.

The excavation is a joint project with Ariel University and is being overseen by archaeologist Ahiya Cohen-Tabor. Researchers believe that Kilodia was populated in the Byzantine period, based on the discovery of a wine press with a mosaic floor typical of that era.

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The students are helping with the excavation as part of the local council’s Karev program, which is designed to interest young students in history and which spearheaded the first excavation at the Kilodia site. Relics were unearthed in the very first dig.

Cohen-Tabor said, “What’s nice here is that local children are coming to investigate a site very close to their homes, and are discovering and getting to know the children who lived in the same place 1,000 years ago.

“The great thing about this project, other than the archaeological aspect, is that it’s mainly educational,” she continued. “One of the students said that if he had something like this in his backyard, he wouldn’t touch his phone. For me, that’s the most important thing.”

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US Treasury: Iran Tripled Hezbollah’s Annual Pay to $700 Million

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 04:13

Iran has raised its annual support for Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah to more than $700 million a year, according to US Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence and the Acting United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Israeli Born Sigal Mandelker.

Sigal Mandelker (Photo credit: Treasury.gov)

Mandelker told a gathering of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD) in Washington on Tuesday that “Iran provides upwards of $700 million a year to Hezbollah,” and that this figure is more than three times the $200 million previous US estimates of Iran’s funding for the group—which is officially classified as a terrorist organization by most Western countries.

Mandelker said Iran is using shell and front companies, and forging documents to hide its tracks as it continues to “fund terrorists, support weapons of mass destruction proliferation or exploit its own people through corruption and human rights abuses.”

Mandelker, a former DOJ prosecutor, said Iran’s central bank was also directly involved in funding Iranian terrorist groups, noting: “What is all the more remarkable about this activity is that we are seeing Central Bank of Iran complicity in Quds force financing.”

The Quds Force is a 15,000-strong, special forces unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards responsible for operations beyond Iran’s borders. The Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. In 2007, The US designated the Quds Force a supporter of terrorism.

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“Iran’s central bank governor, other Central Bank of Iran officials and the Quds force team up to take advantage of Iraq’s banking sector in order to surreptitiously move funds on behalf of Quds and Hezbollah,” she said, adding that in Yemen, Quds printed “counterfeit Yemeni bank notes, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to support Iran’s destabilizing activities.”

Mandelker reported on UAE-US efforts against Iran’s funding efforts: “We took action with our partners in the UAE to designate this network and shut it down” she said. “The UAE also sent a very strong message that these exchanges and the Quds force are not welcome there, designating individuals and entities involved in this network and cutting their access to the UAE’s financial system.”

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Palestinians Celebrate Cancellation of Soccer Match After Death Threats to Argentinian Players

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 04:02

After numerous threats on the life of Argentinian soccer megastar Lionel Messi, the Argentinian national soccer team has canceled a friendly match scheduled to take place with the Israeli national team in Jerusalem on Saturday night. The decision represents a major victory for the anti-Israel BDS movement.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina confirmed the cancellation, saying it was made following death threats against the Argentinian players.

“The threats and provocations directed at Lionel Messi, which logically aroused the solidarity of his colleagues and fear of playing the friendly, are no strangers to the daily life of Israel’s civilian population whose sporting stars, to put it simply, have been on numerous occasions the targets of violence and attacks,” the embassy wrote on Twitter.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie confirmed the threats, saying the players and the coach wanted to cancel the game, having been influenced by viral social-media campaigns, threats, and bloodied Argentinian team shirts used during protests.

The match was scheduled to be played at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium. Excitement over the last game before the World Cup led to tickets being sold out within 20 minutes.

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According to reports, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev was informed that from the moment the game was first announced, terror organizations began sending explicit threats to the players and their families, including images and videos of children’s dead bodies.

Palestinian Football Association chairman Jibril Rajoub issued a statement celebrating the cancellation, claiming “values, morals and sport have secured a victory today and a red card was raised at Israel through the cancellation of the game.”

On Sunday, Rajoub called for Palestinians to boycott the Argentinian team and burn all Messi memorabilia if the team came to play in Jerusalem.

“I congratulate the Palestinians on the great sportive victory and on the serious blow to the occupation,” Abdel-Salem Haniyeh of the Palestinian Higher Council of Sport posted on Facebook. “We thank all the liberals among the sports people and all those who stood by our side in the demand to cancel the game between Argentina and the occupation in Jerusalem.”

The BDS movement issued a statement welcoming the cancellation, saying it was scrapped because “the team responded to creative campaigning from fans around the world denouncing Israel’s sports-washing of its crimes against Palestinians.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote on Twitter, “It is a shame that the soccer greats from Argentina gave in to the pressure of the anti-Israel instigators, whose only goal was to violate our basic right to self-defense and lead to Israel’s destruction. We won’t give in to a group of terror-supporting anti-Semites.”

Israel national football team coach Alon Hazan expressed his disappointment on Wednesday.

“With all due respect to Messi, if the match is canceled because it was supposed to take place in Jerusalem, I wish him and Argentina the best of luck,” said Hazan. “As an Israeli and a Jew, Jerusalem is far more important to me than Messi and Argentina.”

“Messi is the greatest of his generation,” he said. “But Jerusalem is forever.”

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Arab MKs Move To Get Eurovision Song Contest Taken From Israel

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 03:23

The Joint Arab List is to petition the European Broadcasting Union to cancel the Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem next May following Netta Barzilai’s win for Israel in this year’s event in Portugal.

MK Yousef Jabareen, the head of the Joint List’s international relations committee, who is behind the initiative, said he has yet to make a formal request, but intended to do so in the near future.

“The Netanyahu government is spitting in the face of the world and the international community, both regarding the annexation of Jerusalem and its ongoing denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, and therefore it should not be awarded with a prize in the form of the Eurovision in Jerusalem” Jabareen told Tazpit Press Service.

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The request comes against the backdrop of the cancellation of a friendly match between the Argentinian and Israeli national soccer teams, which had been scheduled to take place at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on Saturday.

“The cancellation of the Eurovision is prompted by the same reasons, I raised in my letter to the Argentinian ambassador in Israel. The arguments are even more valid when it comes to a major international event in Jerusalem, such as the Eurovision,” Jabareen said.

In a letter to Argentinian Ambassador Faustino Garcia, Jabareen wrote: “While Israel has long sought international recognition and acceptance of Jerusalem as its capital, the recognition should not be forthcoming. Jerusalem was acquired in violation of international law as laid out in numerous United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.”

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Kudos to Michael Brown

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 01:00

I have been critical of Charismatic leader Dr. Michael Brown for accepting a speaking slot at the odious “Christ at the Checkpoint” gathering in Beit Jala, outside Bethlehem. As has been said many times, CATC is a leftwing, anti-Semitic hate-fest.

I felt that Brown would be used as a propaganda photo-op, as certain Palestinian Christians continue to assault Israel via the Palestinian Authority.

My friends Dexter Van Zile and Brian Schrauger are there, reporting now on the CATC gathering. Brian’s Jerusalem Journal is absolutely an indispensable resource for all of us who care about what is going on in Israel. He is literally the best on-the-ground source for Bible-believing Christians.

Dexter’s new piece details Brown’s impressive speech, given in the most hostile of settings. Imagine if you wanted to laud the legendary status of Vince Lombardi and his Packers, and do it in the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium.

Brown’s task has been daunting. Although I still would not have accepted an invitation, his performance must be given its due.

“Instead of defending Israel’s efforts to defending itself and leaving it at that, Michael Brown, a conservative radio host and a Jewish believer in Jesus, went on the offensive. Brown, who spoke at the conference on May 29, 2018, began by describing his problems with the conference.

“’I have already been grieved by things I heard from leaders in private, comparing Israel to Hamas, vilifying Palestinian Christians who have a different perspective, CATC encouraging tours of the blatantly propagandistic Walled Off Hotel, which distorts the past and the present and accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing,’ Brown said.”

There was much more.

There in the heart of PLO country, Brown was bold:

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“Brown didn’t just chide CATC organizers for their apparent submission to the PA. He called on conference organizers to condemn the tendency of Palestinian leaders to celebrate the murder of Israelis in terror attacks. He made this plea after recounting the details surrounding the murder of Fogel family in 2011: ‘Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, a neighbor who entered the house with their 12-year-old daughter (who returned from a youth event to find her slaughtered family), told the Ynet website that her two-year-old brother ‘was lying next to his bleeding parents, shaking them with his hands and trying to get them to wake up, while crying … The sight in the house was shocking.’ Brown said.

“’Today, the families of the murderers, Amjad Awad and Hakim Awad, receive regular payments from the PA as part of their pension. In fact, it is reported that PA payments to families of terrorists and prisoners amount to roughly 10 percent of the PA budget,’ he added.”

Munther Isaac, the director of the CATC, is an enemy of truth and of course he was dismissive of Brown’s comments when he followed. But the word is now out, and Brown’s performance on the battlefield is important.

Remember, the PLO was formally launched—incredibly—on the Mount of Olives in 1964, at what is today the Seven Arches Hotel. This is only miles from where Brown spoke to the CATC group.

Congratulations to Dr. Brown, Dexter Van Zile, and Brian Schrauger for going into that den of vipers and speaking the truth.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Rapture Ready

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The Israeli Right’s Campaign Against Israel

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 00:00

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil won’t come to Israel. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe decided to postpone—and perhaps cancel—his visit to Israel, which was scheduled to take place this week. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a sincere friend of Israel, postponed his visit as well.

This all happened, and there is more, on the backdrop of black Monday in Gaza two weeks ago. These are harbingers, and not of spring. They are making us realize that we are losing in the international battlefield. Mainly in Europe, but also in the United States, where the Democratic Party is becoming a European branch concerning Israel. And the Democrats will rise to power again sometime, maybe even in the not-so-distant future.

Our euphoria following US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, the massive bombardment of Iranian targets in Syria, this time claiming responsibility for the strikes, the US Embassy move to Jerusalem and Israel’s Eurovision win, came to its end sooner than expected. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a king for two weeks. That’s over. Because with all due respect to the wonderful and important alliance with Trump, in the Western world Israel is left almost alone with Trump.

Hamas has made it its mission to harm Israel’s international status, to stir up Israel’s Arabs, to slightly increase Israel’s ostracism—and the goal has been fully accomplished. It would be an illusion, however, to think that this conflict is only with Hamas. The 62 fatalities, who were mostly Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives, were a match that sparked much deeper and more serious criticism. For years, Israel hasn’t been doing or initiating anything, and if it actually does something, it’s usually to announce the construction of more housing units in the territories.

Just several days ago, Tom Friedman blasted Hamas in the New York Times. He is adopting Israel’s justified claims. But what is Israel doing in Judea and Samaria? There is no Hamas there. There, despite everything, there is security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. But the government is insisting on more construction, on approving more outposts, on another Regulation Law, so that Israel won’t only be hated by its haters, who will only settle for a suicide, but by its friends as well.

Israel’s ruling party has already decided on an annexation. Granted, this disastrous decision to establish a binational state has no practical meaning, but it has a lethal impact on the global public opinion.

How can anyone complain about the Palestinian Authority, when Israel is single handedly thwarting the chance for a separation? Creating one state serves Hamas and the BDS movement, not the Zionist vision. That’s the problem that is making more and more Jews and friends despair.

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It’s not the only reason: The cancellation of the Western Wall plan and the surrender to the Haredim on the conversion issue are also part of the Israeli Right’s campaign against Israel. The US Jewry is a strategic component of power. But Israel’s friends, and they’re the majority, want a Jewish and democratic state. They don’t want a Haredi and binational state. Neither do most Israelis.

This government, thanks to its leader as well, has an impressive list of achievements, including tightening relations with previously hostile regimes, a stable economy, a growing recognition of Jerusalem and stopping the surrender to the ayatollah regime. But these important achievements could go down the drain in light of the hostility being fostered by Israel, both because of the deliberate settlement deep within the Palestinian area and because of zero initiative vis-à-vis the Palestinians, in the West Bank and in Gaza.

I am writing this column from Europe, where I participated several days ago in a meeting with senior European Union officials. I presented blatant arguments against the aid provided by EU and European countries to NGOs that are part of the demonization campaign. And then two statements arrive—one from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman about the construction of thousands of housing units in Judea and Samaria, and another from Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz that “Europe can go to a thousand, thousand hells.”

We have excellent claims against the global hypocrisy, the double standards, the campaign of lies. But the Right, in its actions and declarations, is reinforcing the anti-Israel campaign.

Reprinted with author’s permission from YNet News

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Orthodox Rabbinic Groups in Favor of Supreme Court Ruling Supporting Masterpiece Cakeshop

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:59

Three prominent Orthodox rabbinic organizations came out with official statements supporting the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

In a narrow decision published on Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy handed down a 7-2 ruling in favor of  Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. The supreme court ruled that Phillips was within his rights to refuse to provide creative services, such as a custom wedding cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple, on the basis of the his religious beliefs. The case pitted First Amendment claims of free speech against free exercise of religion, allowing the business to be exempt from laws ensuring non-discrimination in public accommodation.

The Orthodox Union (OU), one of the oldest and largest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the US, came out in support of the ruling.

“Too many pundits and politicians have lately engaged in rhetoric that seeks to paint religious liberty in a negative light, especially as they seek to advance policies to which some have sincere dissent,” Nathan Diament, the OU’s executive director for public policy, said in a statement. “Today, the United States Supreme Court sent a clear message: that the demonization of religious beliefs – especially in policymaking – is constitutionally unacceptable.”

“It’s crucial for Jews and for other minority communities that religious freedoms be given the strongest and widest scope,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “The intent of the policymakers is going to be taken into consideration when they’re evaluating a policy.”

The Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA) (Igud HaRabonim), a national rabbinical organization, with over 950 Orthodox rabbis as members, also came out with a statement praising the Supreme Court ruling.

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“Since its inception in 1942, the RAA has consistently championed the protection of our first amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religious choices,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht, presidium chairman of the Today’s decision, said. “Today’s decision,  rendered by the highest court in the land, clearly demonstrates that our constitutional rights have not been quashed in favor of political correctness.”

He added: “In this historic decision, religious choice and religious conviction have been preserved and honored by the distinguished jurists of the Supreme Court, whom we wholeheartedly applaud. Everyone who cherishes religious liberty and the freedom of religious expression should take pause at this moment to thank God for the multitudinous rights conferred upon us in this great nation.”

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy, today welcomed the US Supreme Court Decision.

“The premise of the case was patently absurd,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Managing Director of the CJV. “Bigotry has always been understood as discrimination against individuals. Leftist groups attempted to elevate same-sex marriage to be a fundamental matter of identity, such that not baking a wedding cake would be akin to refusing service to blacks or Jews. That would not enhance civil rights; it would have trampled them, sacrificing religious freedoms ensconced in the First Amendment on the altar of political correctness.”

“This case created a situation uniquely dangerous to Jewish Americans,” said CJV Vice President Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, “Because our religion is one of observance. The Constitution does not speak merely of freedom of worship or belief, but underscores free exercise, free religious practice. The wrong decision would have prohibited free exercise of religion for business owners, rendering the First Amendment devoid of meaning in a way that affects every aspect of our lives. It could have made Jewish observance a target of potential lawsuits by those seeking a new form of persecution.”

“The people who sued Jack Phillips were not opposed to discrimination, but, as the Supreme Court determined, expert practitioners of the craft,” Rabbi Menken concluded, “and that was not what the Founding Fathers envisioned as American values. False accusations of bigotry demonstrate intolerance for those of different views and limit their freedoms. Those who tried to punish Phillips for expressing his religious beliefs in practice must ask themselves: is that the America in which they would want to live?”

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Inspiring Music Video From NY City Israel Parade

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:36

Among the more than 100,000 Israel supporters parading through Manhattan on Sunday was Six13, an award-winning Jewish a cappella group from New York, who recorded a video of ‘Sababa’, the official song of the parade.

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Israel Bible is Ranked Amazon’s No. 1 New Release

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:06

The Israel Bible, released just seven weeks ago on Israel’s 70th birthday, is now ranked the number one in four categories on Amazon: the number one hot new release in Hebrew Bibles, Jewish Sacred Writings, Torah, and the number one new release in Christian Bible History and Culture.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz, director of Israel365 and the publisher of The Israel Bible and Breaking Israel News, said the ranking is, “beyond our wildest expectations. It is clearly a Bible whose time has come.”

Rabbi Weisz emphasized that the Israel Bible is unique in being the first Bible to focus on the Land of Israel, the People of Israel, and the connection between them.

“There is no other Bible exclusive to Israel, which is the miracle our generation has seen come to life,” Rabbi Weisz explained. “A new Bible coming forth from Israel and sending the light of Torah into the world is the embodiment of Isaiah’s Prophecy.”

And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaakov; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim. Isaiah 2:3

“Other Bibles simply don’t do this, don’t embody this prophecy in the way the Israel Bible does,” Rabbi Weisz said.

The vision of a Bible rooted in the land of Israel first came to Rabbi Weisz in 2012 when he established Israel 365, a nongovernmental organization that serves as a bridge between the Jews living in Israel and the nations of the world.

“The Bible has been a source of division between Jews and Christians for a millennium,” Rabbi Weisz explained. “The Christians have the New Testament and we have the Torah. But now, when we connect it to the land of Israel, the Bible can be the point that connects Jews and Christians since the Bible and Israel are really what we have in common.”

Rabbi Weisz said that just as printing the Gutenberg Bible changed Western Civilization, “printing a Bible like this can bring about enormous change.”

There are several other factors that contribute to the new edition’s popularity, according to Rabbi Weisz.

The Israel Bible is the first Orthodox, English-translated Bible published in more than two decades. It is a 2,200-page, 929-chapter Bible that includes contemporary commentaries, maps, charts, and illustrations. The original Hebrew text appears alongside a modified version of the New Jewish Publication Society translation.  Each page has lessons and commentary written by a team of Israeli rabbis and scholars that highlight the relationship between the land and the people of Israel. The online version can be accessed at www.theisraelbible.com. It can be purchased in the  Israel365 website.

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‘Hopeful and Faithful to Judaism, Jerusalem and God’

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:00

Activists, Ethiopians say it’s time to bring the last Jews of Ethiopia to Israel

Seffi Blilin moved to Israel from Ethiopia nine years ago with her mother, father and four siblings. Her two older, married siblings were considered separate families and could not come over on the same immigration visa.

“We were told it would be a week, maybe a month,” Blilin told Breaking Israel News. “But they never made it here. We have not seen my sisters for nine years. My father died of heartache. My mother cries herself to sleep every night.”

Blilin’s family is Jewish. Two of her younger siblings are serving in combat units in the IDF. But while she continues to pressure the Ministry of Interior to bring her siblings home, there has been little action. She said they tell her that there is not enough money in the budget.

“They are Jews and they should be allowed to make Aliyah,” Blilin said.

On Tuesday, more than 100 activists and family members of the remaining 8,000 Jews in Ethiopia gathered in front of the home of Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, begging him to act to bring these Jews to Israel. The activists are protesting weekly on Tuesdays until a June 18 meeting of the special ministerial committee on the issue of Aliyah from Ethiopia. The fate of the 8,000 remaining Ethiopian Jews waiting to make Aliyah to Israel could be decided at the meeting.

In 2015, Government Decision No. 716 was passed, which calls for the approval of the immigration of 8,000 Jews who are waiting to make Aliyah. However, the government has not implemented the decision.



According to A.Y. Katsof, the Jews of Ethiopia are living in extreme poverty. Katsof is the director of The Heart of Israel, which is running a crowdfunding campaign to bring these Jews back to Israel and resettle them in the Biblical heartland.

Katsof said most Ethiopian Jews eat only one meal a day.

They live in terrible conditions, in tiny, one-room mud huts with no sanitation,” said Katsof. “If they have food to cook, they prepare it on a coal or wood fire. As many as 100 people share a single bathroom. Nonetheless, they continue to remain hopeful and faithful to Judaism, Jerusalem and God.”

Adina Mekonen, an Ethiopian immigrant who today lives in Petach Tikva, volunteered in Ethiopia last Passover. She said “people are dying of hunger. You would not believe they can make it through the day.

“When I left, they said to me, ‘Don’t forget me,’” she continued. “But they have been forgotten.”

At the protest, dozens of Ethiopians told their stories. Mamush [last name withheld], for example, moved to Israel 10 years ago with her husband and oldest child. Since then, she has been waiting for her mother to be granted permission to move to Israel, too.

“My mother never met my youngest children,” Mamush told Breaking Israel News. “I want my family to be here in Israel. It is so hard to be alone.”

She said, “We are Jews, this is our land and we want to be in Israel.”


 

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New Video Explains Why Gaza Protesters Are Not So Innocent

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 05:53

Boomerang, a pro-Israel media advocacy group, produced a new video explaining the situation in Gaza and who was really to blame for the Palestinian deaths.

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Arab TV: Mossad Agents Assassinated Iranian Advisers in Libya

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:37

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is suspected of being behind the recent assassination of two senior Iranian advisers in Libya.

The Dubai-based, pan-Arab television news channel Al-Arabiya reported on Monday that the two Iranians, who were killed in south Libya several days ago, were part of a senior delegation dispatched by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that had recently arrived in Libya to procure uranium for enrichment purposes.

According to the report, the two Iranian advisers were shot at close range by unidentified gunmen who fled the scene. The Iranians had reportedly been under Mossad surveillance from the moment they arrived in Tunisia, which was their entry point into Libya.

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The Mossad agents, Al-Arabiya reported, had shadowed the Iranian delegation members and documented their meetings in Tunisia with senior Libyan officials in an effort to barter Iranian military aid for uranium mined in Libya.

The report also said that Tehran was investing considerable resources via pro-Iranian Shi’ite militias it is operating inside Libya to attain access to Libyan uranium mines. Ever since former dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s overthrow and death in 2011, Libya has been mired in a state of governmental instability and general lawlessness.

Al-Arabiya also quoted senior Libyan officials, who said the assassinated Iranian advisers had been responsible for coordinating between representatives of Iran’s nuclear program, senior Libyan government officials and the pro-Iranian militias in Libya tasked with transferring the mined uranium from Libya to Iran.

On Jan. 31, the Mossad carried out a daring operation in the heart of Tehran, seizing thousands of documents from the Islamic republic’s nuclear archive that proved Iran had lied about the nature of its nuclear program.

On April 30, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly unveiled the documents, arguing that Iran’s efforts to hold on to its nuclear expertise demonstrated that Tehran never really abandoned its aspirations of becoming a nuclear power and that it brazenly lied to the International Atomic Energy Agency, even after it vowed to come clean.

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Mass Demonstrations in Jordan Threaten to Topple Government

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:16

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy, has issued a short report suggesting “alarm bells are ringing for the Jordanian regime,” and arguing that “the masses could cross the fear barrier, leading to an intifada against the kingdom similar to the Arab Spring. The Jordanian public has been pushed to the wall, and it has little left to lose.”

Since last Wednesday, demonstrations have engulfed Jordan’s capital Amman and several other cities, following the announcement of a new income tax law and price hikes, in order to comply with the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund. A panicked King Abdullah II cut short a trip abroad, rescinded the unpopular economic steps and on Monday fired his Prime Minister, Hani Mulki, replacing him with Education Minister Omar al-Razzaz.

But according to Al Jazeera in Arabic, despite Mulki’s departure, protests in the vicinity of the government building in Amman and in other Jordanian cities continue.

According to the Jerusalem based think tank, “forming a new government may contain public anger, but in the end, the problems will still exist,” and “dissolving the government will not solve the crisis. Jordan has serious economic problems caused by a considerable lowering of aid from the Gulf States and a significant increase in government personnel,” this while the kingdom is hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, which helped shoot up Jordan’s foreign to at least $35 billion.

And so, the king finds himself between the rock and the hard place, facing a brewing popular uprising while, as the think tank put it, “the economic situation is terrible, and to rectify it, there is no other choice than to make painful budget cuts and institute serious reforms.”

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Maj. Gen. Fadel Hmoud, Director of the Public Security Department (PSD), told reporters on Monday that security personnel have arrested 60 people who violated the law during the protests, including eight foreign Arab nationals, Petra reported. Hmoud added that some violators used weapons and fireworks against security agents, resulting in the injury of 42 security agents. Some arrested rioters were carrying “cold weapons.”

The security chief noted that the PSD last Thursday dealt with 45 different protests with 2,500 citizens, on Friday there were 171 protests with an estimated 18,500 people, and on Saturday the figure was 14,500 people who took part in 125 protests. On Sunday night, there were 14,500 protesters. Law and order violations included closing streets with parked vehicles, burning tires, and blocking roads with rocks.

Definitely sounds like an intifada.

رغم رحيل حكومة الملقي.. الاحتجاجات في محيط مبنى الحكومة وباقي المدن الأردنية مستمرة والملك يحذر من المجهول pic.twitter.com/bGuk5xzdOu

— قناة الجزيرة (@AJArabic) June 5, 2018

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A First: IDF Participating in NATO Exercises Despite Israel Not Being Protected From Iran

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 03:54

The IDF is participating for the first time in the US-led North Atlantic Alliance’s (NATO) eighth annual Eastern European exercise, Saber Strike 2018, which began on Sunday. Nineteen countries participate in the maneuvers, with about 18,000 soldiers spread around Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The Saber Strike maneuvers, which will be concluded June 15, follow an overt threat by the Polish government against its Russian neighbor—which is already paranoid about the NATO presence so nearby. Poland has announced it might invite a permanent contingency of US troops on its soil, and the Polish Defense Ministry has offered to pay upwards of $2 billion a year to help cover the cost of hosting a US tank unit in Poland.

Needless to say, the Russians were not amused and issued a statement suggesting such a deployment “will not benefit in any way the security and stability on the continent.”

Moscow has protested US plans to deploy Patriot missile systems in Poland and Romania, which the Russians say would violate a 1987 arms treaty. Also, when the Patriots aren’t busy intercepting incoming missiles, they could be made to shoot missiles at Russia.

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On the other hand, in February, Lithuania accused Russia of permanently deploying nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles at its border.

This year’s NATO has been divided into two parts, with the IDF engaged in the more minor one: dozens of fighters from the Paratroopers Brigade practicing, among other things, fighting under air strikes by foreign forces, and crossing bridges and rivers.

On Saturday, NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg told Der Spiegel that the alliance won’t come to Israel’s defense should it be attacked by Iran. Stoltenberg, a Norwegian, said Israel is NATO’s partner, but not a member, and that alliance’s “security guarantee” does not apply, even should the Mullahs shoot ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads at Tel Aviv.

So now we know everything.

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PSALMS 89:13

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 03:52

Visiting the Land of Israel brings the Bible to life. The country is filled with landmarks and locations mentioned explicitly in the Bible. Psalm 89 praises Hashem (God), acknowledging that He is the Creator and Master of the world and draws attention to two of Israel’s great mountains, Tavor and Chermon. Mount Tavor is the location where the battle between Barak and the army of Sisera took place (Judges 4). Mount Chermon is the highest point in the Land of Israel. This majestic mountain reaches over 2200 meters above sea level. The above verse records these two Biblical landmarks rejoicing in Hashem’s name and testifying to the greatness of their Creator. Amazingly, Mount Tavor (pictured above) and Mount Chermon are among the most popular tourist destinations in Israel. Visitors from around the world flock to these sights to gain a deeper appreciation and personal connection to the Bible.

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Iranian Blood Money, Palestinian Blood

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 02:00

A significant escalation in the situation prevailing at the Israel-Gaza border took place this week. The prattle about demonstrations and attempts by “returning” Gaza residents to infiltrate Israel was replaced by missiles and mortars on a level not seen since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Up to the time of this writing, on Wednesday morning, there have been several wounded, but no casualties, on the Israeli side. However, it is clear to all that chance alone separates a mortarshell that digs a crater on an empty street from one that hits a home or kindergarten leaving wounded and dead in its wake.

The immediate question is why? Why is this erupting now? Is it a reaction to the direct hit the IDF carried out on an Islamic Jihad observation post of in Gaza, eliminating the three terrorists inside it? Or are there other factors behind this escalation? Another question is:  Why are Hamas and Islamic Jihad working together on this after a long period of tension between the two? And why are they operating beyond the area near Gaza from which they tried to kidnap Israeli soldiers?

For years now, Israel has been acting with a large measure of freedom against Iranian presence in Syria, bombing various targets and eliminating soldiers and officers, with Iran doing almost  nothing to avenge the blood of the tens of Iranians killed in these bombings or the damage to Iranian military infrastructure in Syria. The reason Iran has not reacted to Israeli strikes is its inferior military intelligence and operational ability. Israel has inflicted serrious damage on Iran’s ability to protect itself and using the new anti-aircraft systems it brought into Syria. Israel destroyed them as soon as they arrived, before they were activated and before they became operational.

Israel also proved its exceptional intelligence ability, because its attacks on Iranian forces were exactly aimed and successfully pinpointed. This caused the Iranian command to concentrate on its own defenses for fear that Israel would hit the Iranian commanders in Syria headed by Kassem Sulimani. Israel destroyed Iranian targets all over Syria, not just near the Golan Heights, and showed the Iranians and their Russian supporters just how much strength and resolve Israel has when it comes to attacking distant Iranian targets – hinting obliquely at Israel’s ability to hit them within Iran itself.

However, what  really frightened the Iranians the most is the fact that Russia observed everything Israel did to the Iranian forces in Syria without lifting a finger to come to the aid of the Iranians. The Iranians could not help noticing Netanyahu arriving in Moscow every few months, sitting with Putin for hours, coming out with an almost set declaration praising the understandings between Russia and Israel and hinting that Israel has received a carte blanche from Russia, a glowing green light to act against Iran to its heart’s content. The coordination between Netanyahu and Putin infuriates Iranians, as it is evidence of Russia’s betrayal of Iran after Iranian soldiers’ blood was spilled like water in the ground war against the anti-Assad rebels.

In addition, the Iranians believe that America backs Israel in anything it has already done, is now doing and intends to do against Iran in Syria, since the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem without demanding a political quid pro quo from Israel (at least up to now)  for this beneficent gesture. The Israelis succeeded in convincing the US to withdraw from the nuclear deal, and in point of fact, – at least as far as Iran is concerned – Netanyahu is Trump’s advisor on the Middle East, with American policy in the Middle East relying on the experience and knowledge Israel has gathered during its 70 years in this complex region. Iran considers the Israeli Prime Minister to be responsible for Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and the reestablishment of sanctions on all foreign industries and their representatives, especially European companies, which cooperate with Iran.

The astute, decisive and wide-ranging use Israel evinced in integrating miitary intelligence and operational power, along with the political know-how which persuaded both Russia and the USA  to back Israel’s determined policies in Syria, resulted in the Iranians deciding to lower their profile, swallow their pride and humiliation, and refrain from any direct actions against Israel.

The only fly in the ointment is that the Iranians have an established method of fighting their enemies – they make use of proxies. The Iranians support the Houthis in Yemen, the  Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad in Syria, loyal militias in Iraq,  Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the Palestinian front, with all of them doing the dirty work for  Iran in fighting the costly war against the Ayatollahs’ foes.  Iran supplies these terrorists with weapons, supplies, trains and funds them, expecting them to reciprocate by acting whenever requested to do so.

Backstage, no one can forget the fact that Israel stole Iran’s nuclear project archives, deeplty humiliating the Ayatollahs. Even worse, if the Ayatollahs did not save copies of the stolen material, their nuclear programs may have to start almost from scratch, as their scientists will have to repeat the experiments and calculations contained in the files Israel stole from under their noses. This Israeli operation revealed Iran in all its treachery.

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Iran’s weakness increased Assad’s self confidence, leading him to tell his forces to forbid Iran from storing military equipment in hangars that belong to the Syrian army, so that Israel would not attack them. The Russians are willing to create a situation that prevents the Iranians from approaching Israel, while Assad’s army takes over the Syrian Golan and renews the 1974 ceasefire it signed with Israel. Iran’s status in Syria is now shaky, although it shed much Iranian Quds Force blood as well as that of the Shiite militias brought from Iraq and Afghanistan, all in order to save Assad and his regime.

The events  in Syria over the past few weeks in which Israel saw to a stinging Iranian defeat on Syrian land, have caused the Iranians to demand that the two organizations it funds in Gaza begin to act against Israel with more than just kites, protests and snipers, instead launching rockets aimed to land past the areas in Gaza’s proximity. That is why we saw rockets from Gaza aimed at Ofakim, Netivot and other areas located tens of miles from the Strip.

The two Gazan organizations have their own clear and longstanding anti-Israel agenda, and if they were able to, would push the Israelis right into the sea. However, the heating up of hostilities over the past few days is clearly an Iranian initiative. The Egyptians realize this and are therefore putting much effort into ending the exchange of fire, hoping to pull the rug from under the Iranian feet trying with all their might to set Israel on fire in revenge for what Israel did to them in Syria.

It must be kept in mind that Iran is saving Hezbollah for future use against Israel if a direct Iran-Israel war ever breaks out. Still, if the hostilities between Israel and Gaza develop into a dance of the danmed with tens of wounded, as in the 2014 Protective Edge. Iran might even demand that Hezbollah play a part and attack Israel from the areas Hezbollah controls In Syria, such as the Kalamoun Mountains north of Mount Hermon.

In any scenario, Israel must keep its deterrent capability on high alert, reacting uncompromisingly and without mercy against any force acting against it – either through that enemy’s own initiative or by means of hired mercenaries for another country.

The question to which I have no answer is whether Israel has any way of proving without doubt that Iran is behind the escalalation in the south. If Israel obtains proof, the question is whether Israel decides to make Iran pay a price for this escalation at the Gaza fence. In that case, Binyamin Netanyahu’s next press conference will expose the connection between Iran and Gaza during these warm and arid days of Spring…

May we wish all of Israel’s southern residents as well as those living in Gaza – a speedy return to calm, security and tranquility.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Israel National News

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Emotional Reunion of a Paralyzed Sinai Multinational Force Observer and His Nurse from 1988

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 02:00

In 1988, Colombian Multinational Force Observer (MFO) Alexander Ocampo was serving as a security watch in the Sinai desert with colleagues from 11 other neutral countries when we was critically injured and paralyzed from the waist down.

Alex Ocampo receives a plaque of thanks from the MFO in Israel. (Liana Gold)

Nursed back to health at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv by Liana Zahavi, a Jewish ER trauma nurse, also originally from Colombia, Ocampo’s life was saved by Israeli doctors.

Back in Israel for the first time since his injury, he and Zahavi were reunited and toured the country together, visiting traditional Christian and Jewish tourist sites, as well as the hospital that rehabilitated him. Together, they visited the Knesset, where Ocampo received a standing ovation in appreciation of his service and sacrifice to Israel.

Zahavi, who now lives in Herzliya, was born in Colombia and made aliyah from the United States in 1983. She started working as a nurse practitioner in 1986 and that year, she told Breaking Israel News, “On one of my shifts, the military police let us know that there was a jeep crash in the Sinai, resulting in a severely injured soldier from the MFO.”

Because he was a Spanish speaker, Zahavi said, they sent her – the only Colombian nurse in the country at the time – to help him.

“He had such severe injuries, his lungs were punctured and full of blood. The trauma team put tubes in his lungs to oxygenate him, because in another five minutes he would have suffocated. We saved his life in the helicopter and again in the trauma room, where we found he had other wounds as well, including a spinal cord injury and ruptured diaphragm,” Zahavi explained.

It took several surgical teams, a two-week long ICU visit, and a near-cardiac arrest before he moved to the rehabilitation center at Sheba Hospital, where he stayed for six months. Throughout his period of hospitalization , Zahavi was Ocampo’s point person, as she was around the same age, shared a common mother tongue, and lived on the hospital compounds. 

Alex Ocampo and his wife, Marta, at Sheba Hospital (Liana Gold)

“I adopted him like a brother,” Zahavi said, often advocating for Ocampo, who she learned was a guerilla fighter against drug trafficking in the jungles of Colombia, had joined the Colombian army for four years as a combat fighter and he was sent on the MFO mission to the Sinai as reward for his excellence.

This is not Zahavi and Ocampo’s first reunion since their meeting in Israel. On a trip back to her place of birth, Zahavi visited Ocampo in Colombia a few years after he had returned home.

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The conditions in Colombia for people with disabilities shocked Zahavi. “He was living on the sixth floor in a building without an elevator, and had to be carried by multiple friends down the building every time he wanted to get out of the apartment,” she said. “He got disability assistance from the Colombian military, but it’s a small amount and he comes from a poor family, so I sent him money when I could.”

“In Colombia, disabled people were looked upon like their life was useless,” she lamented. “He was living in poverty and anger, knowing the difference between how Colombia and Israel treats their disabled people.”

In rehab in Israel, “we empowered him to be independent, but Colombian doctors wanted him to be more submissive,” Zahavi explained.

Eventually, Ocampo finished law school with a disability at 45 years old, got married, and started saving to come back to Israel to show his wife the place that saved his life and his soul.

“He speaks of Israel saving his life but also saving his dignity, sending him back feeling like a complete human being despite being in a wheelchair,” said Zahavi. “He loves Israel because we fought for him. He says that we are rough and tough on the outside, but we do the right thing and we are real. He sees that we have values.”

Ocampo’s wife, who is a devout Christian, brought him closer to Christianity and was also looking forward to visiting Israel’s holy sites.

All that time, Zahavi said, “we became really good friends.” Staying at Zahavi’s house for the week, Ocampo and his wife visited the Dead Sea and Western Wall – which Zahavi said was especially emotional- as well as Christian sites such as the Franciscan Terra Sancta Church in Acre, the Yardenit Baptismal Site, the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and where Catholics believe he was buried and resurrected (although Zahavi noted that Ocampo could not enter, as it was not accessible for his wheelchair).

Alex Ocampo praying at the Western Wall (Liana Gold)

Ocampo rented a wheelchair and bath chair from Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest national volunteer organization, which offers medical equipment to the sick, disabled, and elderly. “They were amazed at how many volunteers there were and that everything was for rent or at a discount,” said Zahavi.

Ocampo met with an Ambassador of the MFO, showing him what the Colombian troops are doing now. “They brought him a medal and that was very emotional,” said Zahavi, who viewed this moment as a miracle and a tikkun (correction) for the suffering Ocampo endured after his injury.

“It took 31 years for a sense of justice to be fulfilled,” said Zahavi. “The strength I identify in Alex is a will of love. He has got tremendous capacity to love, which helped him survive five surgeries in Israel and another five in Colombia. If you believe long enough, you can see justice being done. It’s a dream come true to host him in Israel.”`

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How the Liberal Jewish Establishment Failed to See Left-Wing Anti-Semitism Coming

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:00

The ADL has been irrelevant for 50 years.

Its full organizational name, the Anti-Defamation League, like that of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is rarely used because that identity and mission lie in another era.

The ADL was founded in 1913 to promote the acceptance of Jews in mainstream society. Its founding charter was concerned with “the caricaturing and defaming of Jews on the stage, in moving pictures”. Its original plan was to fight anti-Semitic prejudice by lobbying theater managers and newspaper editors.

Jews won acceptance in mainstream society over 50 years ago. Hollywood has more Jewish caricatures than ever. The revival of Murphy Brown means that CBS now will have three sitcoms featuring grotesque caricatures that play every negative Jewish stereotype for laughs. But that’s okay.

The ADL long ceased fighting that battle. And all the others. It’s an irrelevant organization on its last legs.

Its original mission became irrelevant when Jews won mainstream acceptance. Jews are the best liked (or perhaps least disliked) religious group in America. Yet anti-Semitic hate crimes dominate the roster.

How can both be true?

As anti-Semitism declined nationally, it receded to the racial and political margins. Instead of a lukewarm prejudice of many, it became the passionate creed of political extremists. The ADL shifted to combating anti-Semitism on the margins instead of in the mainstream. Instead of critiquing movies, it monitored hate groups. But, unlike mainstream lobbying, it’s monitoring of the margins was ineffectual.

Neo-Nazis wouldn’t be dissuaded by the ADL. Neither would any other fringe group. The ADL’s monitoring only fed into their anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and gave them an enemy to fight. But the ADL also needed an enemy to fight, a reason to exist and an incentive to keep the donations coming.

Meanwhile, it was ignoring the threat of a breakout from the margins becoming mainstream.

The far right had been growing less relevant for most of the ADL’s existence. The Klan had gone from marching in the tens of thousands and dominating entire cities to being unable to fill a small room. But the far left had been steadily growing in influence. And its takeover would change everything.

By the sixties, anti-Semitism in America was profoundly changing. But the ADL didn’t change.

Anti-Semitic violence was now largely a feature of urban life. The new Jewish middle class, many of them Holocaust survivors and accented immigrants who had worked tirelessly in sweatshops to put their kids through college, was driven out of its comfortable urban enclaves by racial violence.

Jewish neighborhoods and businesses built by the immigrant generation vanished in riots, firebombs, muggings, and stabbings. The second act of the civil rights movement was an anti-civil rights movement that, had it been directed at blacks, would have been met with protests and outrage. Instead, the left defended the perpetrators and condemned the victims. Black leadership jettisoned Martin Luther King’s calls for equality and co-existence, replacing them with nationalism and racial supremacism.

And the left cheered.

That’s how Al Sharpton went from leading anti-Semitic pogroms to addressing the DNC. It’s why Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus met with Farrakhan. It’s why Bernie Sanders backed Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson despite his anti-Semitism. It’s why anti-Semitic black literature is celebrated.

That is how Tamika Mallory ended up in the audience at a Farrakhan speech. And that’s how Eric Holder likely contrived to help Mallory boot the ADL from Starbucks for calling out her anti-Semitism. When two black men were kicked out of Starbucks, there was outrage. When a Jewish organization was kicked out of Starbucks at the behest of the fan of a black supremacist who admires Hitler, there were shrugs.

The left has been dismissing concerns about black nationalist anti-Semitism for 50 years.

Defenders and condemners of this phenomenon will blame the unique issue of race in America. But that doesn’t hold up. The left did the same exact thing with pogroms in Russia. Whether it was Russian peasants or urban thugs, the left defended the violence as the outcry of an oppressed class or race against the privileged Jewish bourgeoisie, even though the targets were inevitably the Jewish poor.

American Jews, whose ancestors largely arrived from Russia before the Communist violence, were under the impression that anti-Semitic violence was a feature of Czarist life being combatted by the left. This distorted view of what was really going on was encouraged by lefty propaganda rags like The Forward.

Both sides opportunistically encouraged anti-Semitic violence (while occasionally condemning it) when it served their political interests. One mob would shout, “Death to the Jews and the Commissars!” The other mob would shout, “Smash the Jews and the bourgeoisie!” And often, they were the same mob.

Few American Jews have ever heard of the Glukhov pogrom by the Red Army in which leftists massacred 450 Jews, including children, to shouts of, “We are going to slaughter all the bourgeoisie and the Yids.” The Communist Pravda described this anti-Semitic massacre as a victory over the “counter-revolution.”

Soviet anti-Semitism was not a break from its revolutionary principles, as some liberals liked to think. It was the execution of those principles. The Bolsheviks had repeatedly hounded their Menshevik rivals as the “yids” or “kikes”. As they consolidated power, they discouraged pogroms by individual bands and instead implemented a national Jewish pogrom of gulags, torture, execution and religious repression.

The attacks on Jewish neighborhoods and stores by black nationalists like Sharpton were a carbon copy of the pogroms that had been organized in Russia and Ukraine, by the same leftist ideology. A decade after the Glukhov pogrom, the Young Communist League, and the Young Liberators were already working Harlem trying to stir up riots against Jewish storeowners.

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The glamorization of Hitler in the black community did not begin with Farrakhan. Back in the thirties, Sufi Abdul Hamid, now known as a “pioneering labor leader”, but then dubbed the Black Hitler, was vowing, “an open bloody war against the Jews who are much worse than all other whites.”

Neither Tamika Mallory nor Sharpton, are a break with a mythological past dominated by a black-Jewish civil rights alliance that the ADL and its base are obsessed with, instead, they are the fulfillment of a long, ugly alliance between the left and anti-Semitic black nationalists that grew on the ADL’s watch.

The left’s anti-Semitic tactics have been consistent across countries and cultures. When its regimes rise, they persecute the Jews, whether it’s in the USSR, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela or the United States.

But the ADL’s liberalism was its undoing. Like most American Jews, it viewed the rise of the left as a progressive phenomenon. It did not matter that the same mistake had been made countless times with the same outcome. There could be no harm in the Democrats leaning further and further to the left.

Except maybe to Israel.

The debate about lefty anti-Semitism centers largely on Israel. And that’s how the left wants it.

Unlike nationalist anti-Semitism, transnationalist anti-Semitism is cloaked in in abstractions. The Red Army pogromists were fighting the bourgeoisie. Sharpton was fighting racism. BDS is battling Zionism.

Leftist anti-Semitism identifies Jews with an ideological abstraction and then attacks the actual people.

The Red Army thugs, Sharpton’s thugs and BDS thugs are anti-Semitic. Capitalism, racism and Zionism are excuses. Lefty anti-Semitism neither began with Zionism nor will it end there. The Jews who were murdered by the Soviet Union, who fled Nicaragua and Brownsville, had nothing to do with Israel.

The ADL wants to be a lefty organization fighting anti-Semitism. Replacing Abe Foxman with Jonathan Greenblatt was meant to adapt it to the new landscape. But the left doesn’t want to fight anti-Semitism.

There is no future for an organization fighting anti-Semitism on the left.

The left has built its own Soros lobby coalition of anti-Jewish organization staffed by activists with Jewish last names. Like their counterparts in the Soviet Union, the Yevsektsiya or Jewish Section, they redefine anti-Semitism as a ‘bourgeois’ phenomenon that the left is immune to. These activist groups seek to destroy Israel and the Jewish community because they interfere with their task of mobilizing Jews as lefty activist cannon fodder. They defend lefty anti-Semitism and accuse the right of anti-Semitism.

Despite the ADL agreeing with 99% of their agenda, the left is determined to destroy or control it. And the ADL still refuses to confront the left because, like most liberals, it believes that it is on the left.

The leftward drift of the people who were once liberals had left them incapable of confronting lefty illiberalism. They know that they agree with the left’s causes, they only question some of its tactics. They talk a great deal about extremism, but they only whisper about the extremism on their own side.

And when the argument becomes about tactics, instead of worldview, the left wins.

The left’s tactical illiberalism isn’t impatience or passion; it’s the product of an illiberal worldview. Anti-Semitism isn’t an aberration on the left. It’s inevitable. A fundamental difference between liberalism and the illiberal left is that the latter defines solutions to social problems through destroying groups.

Destroy the bourgeoisie, smash the deniers, eliminate religion, crush whiteness and wipe out the Jews.

The left needs an “other” to personalize its abstract hatreds. Jews fill the traditional role of the “other” as scapegoat. And anti-Semitism serves the same function on the left as it did throughout history.

It’s no accident that the star of 1984’s Two Minutes Hate was Emmanuel Goldstein.

Multiculturalism doesn’t mean that there is no “other”. It means that there are a plethora of “others”. And when there are a thousand “others”, an “other” that everyone can agree on is urgently needed.

The left can make Jews embody capitalism, whiteness, nationalism, war crimes, exploitation and every evil. The Jews control the weather, a lefty councilman claims, and the left rushes to defend him. The Jews are killing Palestinian babies, stealing organs, training police to shoot black people and controlling the world’s wealth. It’s the same old bigotry in a keffiyah. And it serves the same tawdry function.

Anti-Semitism is the sewer, sausage factory and the boiler room of the leftist soul.

The ADL has tried to find common ground with the left. But the left is not in the common ground business. Where the left takes institutional power, in a country, a state, a college or a profession, ideological diversity quickly vanishes leaving behind its ruling activists and a silent majority.

As a liberal consensus vanishes, the ADL is becoming an organization with no base. The ADL is too pro-Jewish for the left and not pro-Jewish enough for the right. The left has its own collection of organizations that it wants to impose on the Jewish community. The Soros lobby’s JFREJ, Bend the Arc and If Not Now were hurled into action against the ADL. Eventually they will cannibalize the ADL.

The ADL failed to stand up the left. And like other liberal collaborators, it will be replaced with a leftist Yevsektsiya that will divide its time between condemning Israel and denouncing Jews as bigots who need to be reeducated about their privilege and their complicity in whiteness. And then it will get ugly.

When the ADL was founded, there was a mainstream consensus for it to influence. The consensus has been replaced by political and racial tribalism. The margins are becoming mainstream. And it’s dying.

The ADL may choose to shut down. Or like HIAS, it may jettison its Jewish identity and join the anti-Jewish left. Or it can do what it should have done all along. It tried colluding. It promoted Black Lives Matter and signaled softness on BDS. But its efforts to collude with intersectional anti-Semitism failed.

Now an irrelevant organization in its final years has one last chance to stand up to the left.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Sultan Knish Blog

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