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Dear Visionary Friend,

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 10.12.2013 09:45

Dear Visionary Friend,

“For three years I have been imploring you, Jews of Poland, the crown of world Jewry, appealing to you, warning you unceasingly that the catastrophe is nigh… My heart is bleeding that you, dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spew forth its fires of destruction. I see a horrible vision. Time is growing short for you to be spared.” — Ze’ev Jabotinsky, 1938

For raising the alarm for his fellow Jews, Jabotinsky was disparaged as an extremist by Jewish organizations that turned a blind eye to the approaching storm. Then the catastrophe he long predicted arrived in 1939. Imagine how differently the course of our history might have run had the Jewish people listened to the “extremist” rather than to those who sought to diminish him. History has taught us that those referred to as extremists are, indeed, visionaries.

The shadow of a new catastrophe now darkens our world. Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors sees trends and undercurrents today that mirror those of the 1930s which led to the Holocaust. What Nazism was in 1939, Islam is today. Contrary to what many insist, Islam does not mean “peace.” It means “submission” and its aim is to bring the entire world to its knees. Please help Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors today continue to send you the message.

What are the warning signs of the coming catastrophe?
•Antisemitism and anti-Israel propaganda, rampant in the Arab world but across Europe and America;

•Threats to our free speech by efforts to criminalize defamation of Islam;

•Domestic and international efforts to abolish the 2nd Amendment and enforce gun registration and control;

•Political indoctrination of our children through the educational system;

•Government harassment and intimidation of any political opponents;

•Secret government surveillance of private citizens;

•Big government intrusion in, and control of, every aspect of our lives.

•Geo-political interference in the Middle East that destabilizes the region and favors the terrorists.

•Worldwide disrespect of Israel’s sovereignty.

Sound familiar? The growing alliance of Islam and the radical left echo totalitarian ideologies of the past: Nazism, Communism. This time we have the weighty evidence of history. At Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors we know how it ends, and we see catastrophe on the horizon. Please make your gift right now.

Many of you are familiar with our work. Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors keeps our international community informed by presenting courageous speakers whose message is not often heard. All of these presentations are made available online for viewing in full and unedited, at no cost so as to reach as many as possible anywhere internet access is available. We educate and empower individuals and groups through lectures, forums, discussions, newsletters and compilations of articles from experts and opinion-makers not readily available, as well as an historical archive of over 70 videos of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivor-sponsored events dating back to 2007. Our website is a resource center whereby you can access Knesset members, thinkers, writers, bloggers and policy-makers. Please help us continue and build this valuable resource.

Armed with this knowledge, you too can be an extremist and push back against the threat facing us locally, domestically, and internationally. We at Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors remind you that, in the words of Barry Goldwater, “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”

2014 will be a pivotal year for Israel, for the U.S. and for the world. We owe it to those who were murdered in the Holocaust to be their voices here and now, speaking out against evil. This time the catastrophe will not be limited to the Jewish people or to Israel. Islam is a threat to freedom-loving people anywhere. Make your tax-deductible 2013 end-of-year contribution today.

Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors has learned from history. We see the trends and connect the dots. We know how it ends. We are the New Holocaust Resistance. Join us. Support us. We cannot do it without your help.

Doris Wise Montrose
President and Founder
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Duck Dynasty Matriarch on Making a Merry Home

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 14.12.2013 08:50

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Help Us Restore Hope in Time for Christmas

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 17.12.2013 09:42

Help Us Restore Hope in Time for Christmas

Normally, this is the time of year when the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is helping to spread some seasonal light and cheer around Israel with our traditional holiday distributions at Christmas. However, this effort has taken on a whole new dimension in recent days due to the massive winter storm which struck Israel late last week, dumping a half-meter of snow on Jerusalem and higher elevations and wreaking havoc across the country.

The storm has been called unprecedented in Israel for the record amounts of snowfall over a three-day period, which was accompanied by high winds and freezing temperatures. Damage is extensive throughout the Land of Israel, as strong winds and flooding also impacted the coastal areas. The nation is not used to such severe winter weather and is struggling to get back to normal.

Our Embassy building itself suffered damage from fallen trees and water leaks, and repairs will need to be done quickly to prevent further harm. We are also receiving requests from several Christian ministries across the land for help in recovering in time to bring some joy back into Christmas.

For instance, a unique day-care center in Jerusalem which caters to Jewish, Arab and expatriate believing families, Little Hearts, has urgently asked for help in repairing the playground used by the children. A large canopy system covering the playground was completed destroyed by the snow and wind (see picture below) and now needs replacing, along with much of the play equipment crushed under the weight of snow and debris.

Damaged canopy

Elsewhere, the largest Evangelical church in Bethlehem has informed us that the storm caused a number of roof leaks in their church compound, with more than half the rooms in the complex affected. A major outside wall also got inundated with water from flooding on an adjacent street and this shorted out the electrical power in most of the building.

Besides these sorts of structural damages which need urgent repair, our local church partners are telling us that there are also people in need of heaters and blankets to combat the unusually cold weather. One Arab pastor in Bethlehem said a recent Muslim convert who lives in a nearby Palestinian refugee camp has asked for three space heaters for his family, and the testimony of a ready Christian response would mean so much to them.

So we are asking that you respond at once to these urgent needs. You will not only be helping people to recover from this massive storm. But doing so now will bring a timely witness of Christ’s love and restore some hope just in time for Christmas.

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Thank you for making a difference in Israel.

In Christ,

ICEJ Executive Director, Juergen Buehler

Dr. Jürgen Bühler
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In first, Sheba doctors save Syrian refugee boy's life

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 17.12.2013 21:41

In first, Sheba doctors save Syrian refugee boy's life

Four-year-old Syrian boy with a rare heart condition undergoes life-saving surgery at Israel's Sheba Medical Center • "The Israeli doctors saved his life and I am happy to have met this country," says the boy's father after the successful surgery.

Adi Rubinstein

A 4-year-old Syrian refugee from the besieged city of Homs underwent surgery recently at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, the first time a Syrian has been operated on at the pediatric cardiology ward.

The boy, Mohammed Hamudi, was born with a rare heart condition, reversed ventricles. A surgical team led by Dr. Dudi Mishali operated on Hamudi, who arrived in Israel accompanied by his father. The surgeons managed to implant a pacemaker in the boy's heart with a long-lasting battery, probably saving his life.

"This was a complicated surgery that gave us two options. Either we could have operated regularly on him, allowing him to live another 15 to 20 years, or we could have chosen the harder, more complicated option granting him, all things considered, the lifespan of a healthy person," Mishali said. "We chose the harder surgery because we thought this choice was a better one. I am very pleased that the surgery was extraordinarily successful and the boy was released after a few days."

The boy's father told Israel Hayom the story of the family's grueling journey, which began when the family escaped the fighting in Homs, fleeing Jordan and temporarily resettling at a refugee camp. Several of his family members have died in the fighting in Syria over the past two years, the father said. Hamudi's mother and brother stayed behind in Jordan after Israel only allowed his father to accompany him to Tel Hashomer for the operation.

The father painted a picture of constant, life-threatening turmoil in his home country.

"In Syria, every mother is saying she wishes her sick children could go to Israel for surgery, because we hear all the time about Israel treating the wounded in the Golan [Heights]," he said. "When they brought him for care at the refugee camp, I knew our dream would be fulfilled. The Israeli doctors brought him back to life, and I am happy to have met this country."

Hamudi's ability to travel to Sheba for medical procedures was organized through careful coordination by the Jordanian authorities and the Israeli Interior Ministry. The boy and his father were able to travel freely between the countries despite not having passports or visas.

An Israeli aid official said another Syrian refugee, a 17-year-old teenage boy, needs urgent heart surgery, but his entry to Israel has so far been blocked due to bureaucracy.

"I can't describe this feeling, saving a life," Mishali said, with Hamudi and his father by his side. "A child is a child. When you see the tears of his father or mother, you don't really need a translator, you understand."
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ECI closes working year with new request to the UN to respec

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.12.2013 19:51

ECI closes working year with new request to the UN to respect Jewish High Holidays

Tomas-Greg-director UN Dec 2013New York, December 16th, 2013 - On Friday, ECI concluded its last mission this year to the United Nations in New York, by appealing to senior UN officials to recognise the Jewish High Holidays.

’As the UN closes down for Christmas and other major religious holidays, it should also recognise and respect the Jewish High Holidays’, ECI Director Tomas Sandell said in a statement in New York on Friday. In private meetings with Permanent Representatives to the UN, the issue was discussed in the context of the ongoing reform process at the UN.

Judaism is the only religion out of the three monotheistic world religions which does not have its holidays recognised at the UN, although a recent internal memo has asked NGOs affiliated to the UN to avoid organising events on Jewish holidays.

’This is a step in the right direction, but it takes more than that to accommodate fully the Jewish people and the State of Israel at the UN’, Sandell said.

This year the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was unable to attend the opening week of the UN General Assembly as it fell on Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Next year’s UN General Assembly will start on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which illustrates the dilemma that Israeli Government officials and other Jewish officials face when working with UN institutions.

’As the Christmas season draws near, the time has come for this world organisation to show goodwill to all men, including the Jewish community’, Sandell said.

The initial talks at the UN were conducted in a positive and constructive spirit, as senior UN officials are looking at ways to give the Jewish people equal rights in the world organisation. The various Permanent Representatives at the UN who the ECI delegation met with, including two UN Security Council members, were also optimistic to see the reforms implemented in the near future.

Israel joined the UN in 1949 but it was not until 2000 that it was accepted in any of the regional groups. In the last two weeks, Israel has scored some major diplomatic victories, with the country being accepted as a full member of CERN and as a member of the regional WEOG (Western Europe and Others Group) at the UN in Geneva. Earlier this month, an Israeli-sponsored UN resolution on agricultural development was accepted at the UN General Assembly, in what some observers have called a Hannukah miracle. Some believe that the recognition of Jewish holidays could follow this new pattern of diplomatic victories.

The Muslim holidays were recognised and given the status of official UN holidays in 1996. Other religious holidays, such as the Buddhist holiday of Vesak and the Iranian New Year, have also been recognised in special UN resolutions.

’The time has come for the United Nations to welcome the Jewish state fully into the family of nations by recognising her culture and heritage through recognition of the Jewish High Holidays’, Sandell concluded.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, recently praised this Jewish heritage by pointing out the great inspiration to be found outside the UN building on the so-called Isaiah Wall. The Wall has an inscription from Isaiah Chapter 2 which reads ”They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up sword against nations nor will they train for war any more.” In the previous verse it states, ”The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and settle disputes for many peoples”.

ECI will continue its diplomatic efforts to support Israel at the UN and in the EU with Isaiah Chapter 2 as its guiding principle.
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Prince Charles: 'Muslims Persecuting Christians'

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.12.2013 20:22

Prince Charles: 'Muslims Persecuting Christians'
by Ari Yashar After visiting British branches of Middle Eastern churches, Britain's Prince Charles reached the conclusion that "Christians in parts of the Middle East are being deliberately targeted by Islamist militants in a campaign of persecution."

The Prince of Wales visited the Egyptian Coptic Church in Stevenage, north of London, and the Syriac Orthodox cathedral in west London. In talking with church leaders, accompanied by Prince Ghazi of Jordan, Charles heard tales of massive persecution following the 2011 "Arab Spring."

"For 20 years I have tried to build bridges between Islam and Christianity to dispel ignorance and misunderstanding," Charles said in a speech later at Clarence House, attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbiship of Westminster and the Chief Rabbi, reports BBC.

Charles acknowledged "we have now reached a crisis where bridges are rapidly being deliberately destroyed by those with a vested interest in doing so. This is achieved through intimidation, false accusation and organized persecution including to the Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time."

Prince Charles's comments join other official expressions of concern regarding the region. In November, Pope Francis stated that the Vatican "will not resign itself to a Middle East without Christians," during a meeting with Christian leaders from the region.

It has been charged by many that Christians in the Middle East are in grave danger, particularly in the current unrest since the so-called "Arab Spring" unrest began.

Christians have been caught in the crossfire of Syria's war. On December 2, Syrian rebels captured the historic Christian town of Maalula, reportedly kidnapping 12 nuns. Meanwhile Islamist rebels publicly beheaded a Catholic priest in July, in the northern Syrian town Idlib.

One Christian leader told BBC that a third of Syria's Christians have fled the country, joining the 2.2 million refugees of the bloody conflict.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, noted in 2012 that the Christian population in the Middle East dropped from 20% a century ago to 5% currently amid ongoing persecution.

Oren said that in Egypt, 200,000 Coptic Christians fled their homes in 2011 amid anti-Christian violence during the Arab Spring uprising that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. Ongoing violence in the country continues to target Christians.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia's top Muslim leader, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh, issued a fatwa (religious decree) to demolish all churches on the Arabian peninsula.

Currently, Israel is the only Middle Eastern country whose population is growing, rather than shrinking.
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Jerusalem to Help Christians Celebrate Christmas

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 18.12.2013 22:47

Jerusalem to Help Christians Celebrate Christmas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Ryan Jones

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Israel’s antagonists, chief among them the Palestinian Authority, routinely claim that Israel is trying to “Judaize” Jerusalem and even ethnically cleanse the city of all but its Jewish inhabitants.

The Jerusalem Municipality has provided another bit of evidence that such claims are nothing but vicious lies.

Early next week, the Jerusalem Municipality, in cooperation with the Jewish National Fund, will provide thousands of Christmas trees free of charge to the city’s Christian residents.

The municipality is also coordinating with local residents and shop keepers to decorate the city in commemoration of the Christian holiday. “Our city is proud to be an open city, with freedom of religion for all residents,” read a statement put out by city hall.
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To save the life of a child, whoever he may be

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 21.12.2013 09:54

To save the life of a child, whoever he may be

Israeli doctors perform life-saving heart surgery on 4-year-old Syrian refugee from war-torn Homs • As the boy recovers, his father says: "The man we thought loved us is trying to kill us and the supposed enemy saves my son's life. I could live here."

Adi Rubenstein

Four-year-old Mahmoud, or Hamoudi (cute one), as he is nicknamed, has begun to fit in well in the hallways of the Pediatric Cardiology Unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Wearing a track suit from an Israeli company, he jumps energetically on the gymboree and runs up and down the corridor, sometimes stopping for a snack of apple chips. Children from Petach Tikva, Jerusalem and other places play with him, though without words, only with the natural dynamic of children.

None of the children or their parents knows that Hamoudi, who is busy jumping on the colorful cushions, is a Syrian refugee. These youngsters were never supposed to meet, but the world has its own ways of making children laugh together in unexpected places.

Hamoudi's father, barely 30, looks at his son with a shy smile. If somebody had told him four years ago that Israeli doctors, of all people, would save the life of his son, who was born with a rare, life-threatening heart defect, he would not have believed it.

Hamoudi's father remembers the moment he was in his small shop in the Syrian city of Homs when the first rumors of armed conflict between Assad's opponents arrived. At first the rumors seemed distant and unimportant. He was busy taking care of Hamoudi, whose right and left ventricles were reversed.

When the British cardiologist in the clinic in Damascus examined Hamoudi during the first weeks of his life, he said that not even heart surgery would give him more than a few years of life. Then his family, who refused to believe that Hamoudi was living on borrowed time, found themselves dealing with a far graver problem: The fighting reached Homs, and their city was under artillery fire.

Many of Hamoudi's relatives were killed during the first weeks of fighting in Homs. The family home was damaged by a direct hit from a shell fired by Assad's army. In the ensuing chaos, fear and panic, the family decided to do what tens of thousands of other Syrians were doing, and fled to one of the borders -- with Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey or Iraq. When Hamoudi's father and mother crossed the border (to protect the family's identity, we are not mentioning which one it was), they settled in a refugee camp, where their situation grew worse still. The locals regarded them with suspicion, and survival was impossible. A refugee family receives a grant of $150 per month, which is not enough for four people (by this time, Hamoudi had a younger sibling).

But even in the impossible conditions of the refugee camp, the family kept dreaming about a better future for Hamoudi. Rumors came from the refugee camps throughout the Middle East, particularly about what was happening on Israel's Syrian border, on the Golan Heights, where many people who had been wounded in the fighting were being given medical treatment in Israel. For the first time, Hamoudi's family had the option of seeking help from the country they had been taught to hate and fear most of all.

Hamoudi's father says, "We always heard in the Arab media how children from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank were receiving medical treatment in Israel. When the stories began to come from Syria, I believed with all my heart that Mahmoud would also go for treatment there. I knew that was what was supposed to happen." But with the way things were in the refugee camp, a journey to Israel would be possible only with the right combination of luck and good will.

The good will was provided by a Christian organization called Shevet Achim, which works from Jerusalem and employs volunteers from all over the world. When periodic medical examinations at the refugee camp showed beyond all doubt that Hamoudi's life was in danger, Shevet Achim's coordinator, Jonathan Miles, made arrangements for him to undergo surgery in Israel.

It was late in the previous coalition's term, and the former interior minister, Eli Yishai, unenthusiastic over what could be a precedent-setting idea, asked for financial guarantees. But time passed, and about two weeks ago, with fairly good cooperation between Shevet Achim and the Israeli Interior Ministry, the proper permits arrived, signed by Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar.

With no passports or visa, Hamoudi was taken to Israel for examination, treatment and rapid surgery at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Dr. Dudi Mishali, director of pediatric cardiac surgery at the hospital, and Dr. Shai Tejman-Yarden, who heads its pediatric arrhythmia clinic, were updated on Hamoudi's condition before he arrived.

"We had two options," Mishali said. "The first was to go with an easier operation, which would have given him another 15 to 20 years of life. If he had been 60 years old, for example, that would have been the best option, and we would have said we had done him a great favor. But we felt that for a 4-year-old, that option would be cruel and unfair to him and his family."

So Mishali and his team chose to perform the most complicated surgery available for Hamoudi's condition. This option was fraught with danger, an all-or-nothing proposition.

"The operation is called a double switch," says Dr. Mishali, "because we use a highly complex procedure to change the direction of the ventricles and the arteries."

Before the operation, the doctors prepared Hamoudi's father for all possible outcomes, including the worst. His mother, who remained in the refugee camp with their younger son, received updates by telephone. All they could do was pray. Hamoudi, supported by Shevet Achim volunteers from Denmark and the United States and by the hospital staff, did not understand why everyone was fussing over him.

The eight-hour operation was a success. A state-of-the-art pacemaker made by the Medtronic medical devices company -- whose vision also includes working across borders -- was implanted in Hamoudi's heart. The pacemaker contains a battery that will enable it to last for many years, much longer than other pacemakers, since no one knows when Hamoudi will next be able to receive thorough medical treatment or regular follow-up.

'I would like to live here'

Mishali, the nurses and the entire staff of the unit still get excited when they see Hamoudi running around and smiling so soon after the operation. Hamoudi is more mature than most children his age, perhaps because of the constraints of a wartime childhood in a refugee camp and the tragedy that has befallen his country.

Hamoudi was supposed to stay under observation for two weeks in the intensive-care unit. But just two days afterward, he amazed everyone by jumping out of bed, running among the hospital units, gorging himself on sweets and asking for his mother.

"Now that the operation is over, he is a child like any other. His life expectancy is exactly like yours or mine," Mishali said.

Mishali wears the skullcap of a religiously observant Jew and a plaid shirt beneath his scrubs. He is particularly short of time this week, since he came back from performing 10 heart operations on teenagers in Nigeria to a backlog of work at the hospital.

A volunteer wherever he is needed, Mishali comes back to the unit at Tel Hashomer, where children not only from Israel but from the entire Middle East await him. "These are the moments in my work that give me the drive to get up for work every morning," he says, smiling. "I see this as my mission."

The children in the Pediatric Cardiology Unit have already seen every possible response: Some parents have knelt to kiss the physicians' feet, others have broken into song and dance in the hospital corridors, and still others have fallen weeping on the surgeons' necks, refusing to let go. But Hamoudi's father holds back, mostly from shyness and fear. He does not know Israel, and if he ever thought he did, he is learning about it anew.

"Israel is a very good place," he says, first making sure that we will not give his name or publish his photograph. "I would like to live here. But I know it will be difficult. Nobody knows when the war in Syria will end, and in the meantime we live in uncertainty."

Every day he is here, he is surprised by the treatment he and his son receive.

"All our lives, we were taught to love one person and hate another," he says. "Now the one we learned to love is trying to kill us, and the one that is supposed to be my enemy has saved my son's life. The people on the Syrian street do not hate Israel, and I'm sure that is how the Israeli people feel about Syria."

Soccer in Jerusalem

Hamoudi's father speaks about the extremely harsh conditions in the refugee camp. Shevet Achim's volunteers, who visit the many refugee camps, say, "The world is looking away once more. For the people of Syria, it is inconceivable that after so much time, the whole world is not interested in what is happening there, and people have already begun dealing with other things."

According to Hamoudi's father and the volunteers, life in the camps is bleak. At first, the Jordanians and the Lebanese opened their doors to Syria's war refugees, but now their patience is wearing thin. On the one hand, there is the human desire to help people whose homes were destroyed and whose families were murdered. But on the other, the Arab countries fear the far-reaching economic repercussions of taking in so many refugees.

Survival in the camps is very difficult, Hamoudi's father says. Everybody is looking for jobs, and willing to work in subpar conditions to provide for their families. The Syrian families live in tiny apartments, for which they are asked to pay a higher rent than the local population, and the fact that they have no legal status that would allow them to work or plan for their future makes their struggle harder still.

They also miss their country as it used to be, and the family members they left behind.

"This week, we saw photographs of the snow in Homs on Facebook," Hamoudi's father says. "That was rare, but I do not know whether we will ever go back, or what will happen to us in the future."

Before leaving Syria, Hamoudi's father was a devoted soccer fan, even taking Hamoudi to games played by the local team, which often won championships. Hamoudi is already a discerning soccer fan who, like his father, admires the well-known Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo. The Shevet Achim volunteers say that on the long evenings at the convalescent home in Jerusalem where they stay, Hamoudi's father sometimes gathers the children for a game of soccer, and the volunteers join in as well.

Who is your friend?

Hamoudi is the first Syrian refugee to have a planned operation in Israel (others refugees have been treated for war-related injuries). But of course, not every story like his has a happy ending. Just this week, an Iraqi baby died after waiting 40 days for a heart operation that was to have been performed in Israel. A delay in the issue of his entry permits sealed his fate, and his heart stopped 15 hours before he was to enter the operating room.

"Unfortunately, there are such cases. In an attempt to find consolation, I tell myself that these are the slaps God gives us to remind us, the doctors, that we are not God and we should not get too far above ourselves," Mishali said.

He chooses to concentrate on the cases where he succeeded in saving the child's life "without it making any difference to us who he is or where he is from."

"There have already been situations where, during one day of a military operation, we operated on a child from the Gaza Strip, and the next day we operated on the son of a pilot from Ramat Hasharon. That is when I think, as a doctor, that when I see this father's tears of happiness or that one's, does it really matter to me which is which?" he said.

"The happiness of a mother and father is happiness in any language. It needs no translation. Our real mission is here. There is no feeling like this one, that we saved the life of a child, whoever he may be and wherever he may be from."

Even though Hamoudi's condition is good, Shevet Achim's volunteers know of more work to be done. A Syrian 17-year-old needs urgent cardiac surgery, but the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly.

"This is the essence of 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,'" says coordinator Miles. "Together with the staff of the Israeli hospital, we define who 'your neighbor' is, and our goal is that everyone realize that people are people, certainly when it comes to children. For the members of Shevet Achim, the answer is clear, though for the State of Israel, it is more complex."

In the small physicians' room at Tel Hashomer sits a surgeon in a skullcap, a group of devout Christians and a bleary-eyed and battle-weary Muslim father. On the warm floor between them sits a little boy, drawing with colored marker pens on stationery with the Sheba Medical Center's letterhead at the top.

Before we part, I ask Hamoudi if he knows a bit of Hebrew. The only Hebrew Hamoudi knows is "Shabbat shalom." His favorite moment of the week, which he chose during the short time he has been in Israel, is the Friday night service welcoming the Sabbath. In the hospital, he murmurs the word "Shabbat" to himself, a shy blush rising in his cheeks.
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Pastor sentenced to month in jail for Bible teaching on homo

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 22.12.2013 08:50

Pastor sentenced to month in jail for Bible teaching on homosexual behavior

Posted on December 21, 2013

Obama will hear about this and make an executive order.
Check it out:

The controversy is cause for concern for Christian and Jewish ministers who teach the traditional interpretation of Scripture regarding homosexual behavior.

With a growing intolerance for religious teaching on the subject following “hate crimes” legislation in 2009, could American ministers soon find themselves in the position of Swedish pastor Ake Green?

Green was sentenced to a month in jail on June 29, 2004, for showing “disrespect” to homosexuals in a sermon at his church in the small town of Borgholm that he titled “Are people born with homosexual orientation or is it the result of influence by evil powers?”

In 2002, the Swedish Parliament had enacted a law that criminalized expressions of “disrespect” against homosexuals. Just before the law was enacted, the Swedish Prime Minister made it clear that referring to homosexual behavior as “unnatural” would be a criminal act.

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God Sent Us A Saviour

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.12.2013 20:15

God Sent Us A Saviour

If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
so God sent us a Saviour.
-Roy Lessin
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