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THIS let me to cry for happines.

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 14.08.2014 09:47

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Professional Failures of the Western Media in Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 14.08.2014 20:30

Professional Failures of the Western Media in Gaza

Prof. Eytan Gilboa, BESA

Western media coverage of Operation Protective Edge has been marred by deep anti-Israel bias and serious failures, both professional and ethical. Hamas has terrorized foreign journalists in Gaza, and imposed harsh censorship and limitations on their movement and work. Consequently, the Western media did not show any Hamas fighters or images of rockets firing from populated areas in Gaza, instead they exclusively focused on civilian casualties, primarily of women and children. They also played "the daily civilian casualty competition," comparing the number of casualties on each side to demonstrate how Israel's reactions were disproportional, and causing too many civilian casualties and too much damage. With such distorted and misleading coverage in Western media, it is of little surprise that these reports have given rise to increased anti-Semitism and hostility towards Israel. Read More >>
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Still a miracle

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.08.2014 09:41

Saying Shema in Gaza

The Jewish prayer may have stopped a would-be suicide bomber who was Jewish.
by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith

I am rather skeptical when it comes to “miracle stories” – especially ones that emerge from war. So I did not believe the story about the female suicide bomber in Gaza who flinched upon hearing the Israeli soldier cry out “Shema Yisrael”, allowing them to apprehend her. Turns out the terrorists mother was an Israeli Jew who married an Arab, and the would-be suicide bomber was in fact a Jew whose soul was rattled upon hearing Shema.

Well, apparently the story migiht be true. An unnamed Israeli military source spoke to Breitbart News, revealing details about the attack that killed Lt. Goldin and two other soldiers, and he also mentioned the incident with the Jewish suicide bomber. The article reports:

The officer explained how, after the suicide bombing that killed Lt. Goldin, a second kidnapping team of Hamas terrorists... ran back into the tunnel from which the terrorists emerged. The tunnel led back into a mosque. From the mosque, they escaped in a clearly marked UNRWA ambulance. The terrorists then made contact with high-ranking Hamas officials hiding in the Islamic University.

Israeli intelligence intercepted a conversation between the kidnappers and the Hamas officials at the Islamic University and thus got all the particulars regarding the hiding place of the kidnappers. Within minutes, the IAF attacked both the kidnappers' location and the Islamic University.

In the midst of this attack, a second force of IDF soldiers--which had gone into a mosque looking for weapons, explosives, and rockets-- encountered a female suicide bomber who was about to detonate the belt she wore, which would have resulted in the deaths of the soldiers. One of the soldiers instinctively recited the opening words of the holiest Jewish prayer “Shema Yisrael”. The female suicide bomber hesitated and began trembling, giving the soldiers a chance to grab her and disable the device.

The soldiers then took her prisoner and turned her over to a counter-intelligence unit. Their investigation uncovered that the female suicide bomber’s mother was a Jew who had married a Palestinian in Israel and, after the wedding, was smuggled against her will into Gaza. There she lived a life filled with abuse and humiliation, and was basically a captive. In addition to the female suicide bomber, there were two smaller children as well. An armored force went in and rescued the two small children.

The story is reminiscent of Rabbi Eliezer Silver who rescued Jewish children in Europe who had been hidden during the Holocaust in Christian orphanages and monasteries. The children themselves, raised as Christians for years, no longer knew they were Jewish. And there were times the local priest denied harboring any Jewish children. So how did Rabbi Silver discover the Jewish children? Dressed as a high ranking U.S. army officer, he would visit the children during bedtime and loudly proclaim “Shema Yisrael” – "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One!"

Many children burst into tears and cried out “mommy” in the various languages they spoke. The Shema which their mothers had said to them each night was so deeply ingrained in their minds they had not forgotten it. And that is how the chaplains were able to identify the Jewish children.

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The Shema saved those Israeli soldiers and rescued three Jewish souls – the suicide bomber and her two children -- from the bowels of Gaza. Something she heard startled her. Her Jewish soul, buried by years of indoctrination, hate and abuse, was stirred.

My teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, would tell the story of Rabbi Silver as a lesson that the Jewish soul always has a pulse. It is our responsibility to find the words that will penetrate. If this story is true, then through his tragic death Lt. Goldin enabled three bewildered Jewish souls to be brought back to their people.

With thanks to Rabbi Stephen Baars
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Hamas Targeting Fun in the Gaza Strip

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.08.2014 10:41

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Muslim, Zionist and Proud

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.08.2014 11:29

Muslim, Zionist and Proud

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Date Posted: 2014-08-15 01:27:27


kasim hafeez muslim zionistI am a Zionist, a proud Muslim Zionist, and I love Israel, but this was not always the case. In fact, for many years I was quite the extreme opposite. I experienced the high levels of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity taking place on British university campuses, because I was the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel activist.

Growing up in the Muslim community in the UK I was exposed to materials and opinions at best condemning Israel, painting Jews as usurpers and murderers, and at worse calling for the wholesale destruction of the "Zionist Entity" and all Jews. In short, there was no accommodating a Jewish State in the Middle East.

To grow up around this constant barrage of hatred directed at Israel has a massive effect on an individual's own opinions. More disturbingly, many of these people weren't radical or extreme, but when it was about Israel the most vicious of rhetoric poured out, coupled with the casual anti-Semitism that seemed too prevalent, when the phrase "stop being a Jew" used as an insult.

My father, however, was much more brazen in his hatred, boasting of how Adolf Hitler was a hero, his only failing being that he didn't kill enough Jews.

By the time I had reached 18 I was completely indoctrinated to the fold of radical Islamism. My hate for Israel and for the Jews was fueled by images of death and destruction, set to the backdrop of Arabic melodies about Jihad and speeches of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or Osama Bin Laden.

These views were reinforced when I attended Nakba Day rallies, where speakers predicted Israel's demise as Hezbollah flags were waved proudly in the centre of London.

The Case for Israel

Hafeez in Israel in a visit that changed his lifeHafeez in Israel in a visit that changed his life

Was there a case for Israel? In my mind, of course not, there was no shadow of doubt. Even the most moderate clerics I came across refused to condemn terrorism against Israel as unjustified; the Jews must obviously deserve it, I believed.

So what changed? How could I go from all this hatred to the great love for and affinity with Israel and the Jewish people? I found myself in the Israel and Palestine section of a local bookstore and picked up a copy of Alan Dershowitz's The Case for Israel. Given my worldview, the Jews and Americans controlled the media, so after brief look at the back, I scoffed thinking "vile Zionist propaganda."

I did, however, decide to buy it, content that I would shortly be deconstructing this propaganda piece, showing that Israel had no case and claiming my findings as a personal victory for the Palestinian cause.

As I read Dershowitz's arguments and deconstruction of many lies I saw as unquestionable truths, I searched despairingly for counter arguments, but found more hollow rhetoric that I'd believed for many years. I felt a real crisis of conscience, and thus began a period of unbiased research. Up until that point I had not been exposed to anything remotely positive about Israel.

Now, I didn't know what to believe. I'd blindly followed others for so long, yet here I was questioning whether I had been wrong. I reached a point where I felt I had no other choice but to see Israel for myself; only that way I'd really know the truth. At the risk of sounding cliche, it was a life-changing visit.

No Apartheid State

I did not encounter an apartheid racist state, but rather, quite the opposite. I was confronted by synagogues, mosques and churches, by Jews and
Arabs living together, by minorities playing huge parts in all areas of Israeli life, from the military to the judiciary. It was shocking and eye-opening. This wasn't the evil Zionist Israel that I had been told about.

After much soul searching, I knew what I had once believed was wrong. I had been confronted with the truth and had to accept it. But I had a bigger question to confront, what now? I'd for years campaigned against Israel, but now I knew the truth.

The choice was obvious: I had to stand with Israel, with this tiny nation, free, democratic, making huge strides in medicine, research and development, yet the victim of the same lies and hatred that nearly consumed me.

Doing this is not easy and that's something that has become very obvious. I have faced hostility from my own community and even some within the Jewish community in the UK, but that's the reality of standing up for Israel in Europe today. It is not easy, and that's what makes it so necessary.
This isn't about religion and politics; it's about the truth.

When it comes to Israel, the truth is not being heard, the ranks of those filled with blind hatred continue to swell, yet many have not been exposed to the reality, away from the empty rhetoric and politically charged slogans they are so fond of.

We can change this situation but we need to be strong and united. Israel is not just a Jewish issue ? it's about freedom, human rights and democracy, all the values that Western nations cherish. It's also about trying to be a light among nations.

Israel's international humanitarian aid work speaks for itself, but if we don't get the message out there, no one will. We don't have to be head-bowed apologists leading with :Israel's not perfect..." ? we should never be afraid to say: I am a Zionist and I'm proud. I stand with Israel. Now I ask, will you do that?

by Kasim Hafeez via aish.com
Click here to visit www.standwithus.com
Published April 2012
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An officer and a Muslim Zionist

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 15.08.2014 11:55

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God's healing power

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.08.2014 08:48

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Things Work Differently Here in the Land of Miracles

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.08.2014 09:02

Those who love the Land of Israel will appreciate this week’s Torah reading, which reminds us that God watches over it and we should never lose faith.

Things Work Differently Here in the Land of Miracles

Perhaps when Moses said that it is “a land that God seeks out, the eyes of God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year,” he was repairing the damage done by the spies. He was reminding the people that we have a covenant with God. God controls the world, and if He said we are getting the land, it means we are getting the land!

This is the message of “the eyes of God are always upon it…” Things work differently here. We work on a supernatural playing field. Could anyone have imagined that the land of Israel would absorb millions of immigrants since its inception? Look at the technology, modernity, advancements, medicine, military and so much more. This is nothing short of miraculous.

And to get even more recent: Hamas terrorists fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel and there were only three civilian deaths! Most of the rockets seemed to fall into “open spaces!” Where does Hamas find all these “open spaces”? I can’t even find a parking spot in Tel Aviv, but Hamas seems to know where every open space in the Tel Aviv area is!

There you have it: “A land that God seeks out, the eyes of God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” Please don’t expect the ordinary here!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Ari Enkin
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Ben Shapiro did what we all Wish we Could do.

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 16.08.2014 09:34

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You Are Where You Are For a Reason

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 17.08.2014 19:35

You Are Where You Are For a Reason

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by Kristen Welch

I don’t know where you are right now. You might be in any country in the the world. You might be in the middle of your house, in the middle of suburbia folding laundry. You might be reading this on your shift break at your job in the hospital on floor 2. You might be standing in line at the pharmacy, waiting on medicine for your mother who is very sick. You might be in the lowest season of your life or the best. I don’t know. But it matters
Because you are where you are for a reason.

Someone in your world, at your job, in your neighborhood, on your path needs to know that you are where you are because you can help them where they are.

Someone is waiting for you to share your money, your time, your life with them.

We were created to reveal the glory of Jesus to others.


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by Roy Lessin

His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:3

A godly man is not a stone,
But bread that has been broken…
Not a dry wasteland of emotion,
But a flowing stream of kindness and compassion…
Not a tower of hardened steel,
But a living tree that bends in the storm…
Not a harsh, self-centered ruler,
But a servant who seeks the highest good of others…
Not a cold, rigid sign-post,
But a guide who wisely leads through example…
Not an indifferent, casual observer,
But a caring communicator who speaks from the heart…
Not a self-sufficient individual who wants to go it alone,
But an abiding branch who is totally dependent upon the Living God.


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