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Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathe

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.11.2014 18:02

Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | David Lazarus

It looked like a chilling scene from a Last Days, anti-Christ-takes-over-the-world disaster movie. Hundreds of Muslims take over America’s most notable church, prostrate on their prayer rugs as their unified chant echoes out in full volume: “There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle."

Only this was not a movie. This was the scene, last Friday, for the first time in history, at the iconic National Cathedral in Washington, where orthodox Muslim clerics were invited to lead an Islamic prayer service. A congregation of hundreds were lead by an Imam in declaring that “god has no son, that Jesus Christ cannot be his son, and that there is no god like Allah.”

Only a single middle-age woman jumped up in the middle of the service and shouted, “America was founded on Christian principles. . . . Leave our church alone!” She was escorted quickly out of the church by security guards.

The National Cathedral in Washington, DC has been an extremely important symbol of the Christian roots of the United States. The cathedral was designated by Congress as America's "National House of Prayer." The church has hosted a number of inaugural presidential prayer services, including Franklin Roosevelt and both presidents Bush.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, took to Facebook in reaciton to the Muslim prayer service:

“The National Cathedral in Washington, DC–one of the most prominent Episcopal churches in America–will host a Muslim prayer service to Allah. It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible, who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus was clear when He said, 'I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me' (John 14:6)."

As of this writing, 80,000 people had “liked” Graham’s post.

The Islamic service at the cathedral was ostensibly intended to promote interfaith dialogue. Its organizers said that they hoped the service would “help correct some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths.”

However, it is hard to understand how a Christian church opening its sanctuary for Islamic prayers that renonce Jesus Christ contributes to interfaith tolerance. Muslims would never allow a Christian to preach the Gospel in a mosque. Palestinian Muslims continue to ban all Jews and Christians from praying at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It would appear that “interfaith dialogue and tolerance” are just more code words calling for Muslims to rise up and conquer.

The Washington Post reported that the Islamic prayer service was closed to the public because of security concerns. Armed guards checked every person and every bag of those in attendance.

Islam is growing rapidly around the world, and is now the third-largest religion in the United States, behind Christianity and Judaism, with an estimated 2.6 million American Muslim citizens.
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'Zidan Gave His Life To Save People He Didn't Know'

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 20.11.2014 21:42

'Zidan Gave His Life To Save People He Didn't Know'

Prime Minister pens condolence letter to family of Druze officer who died in Har Nof attack, praises 'values of giving and sacrifice.'

By Hezki Ezra, Tova Dvorin

First Publish: 11/19/2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke Wednesday evening with Sheikh Nuhad Seif, the father of Sergeant Major Zidan Seif (30), who was shot in a firefight with terrorists as he heroically intervened to stop the massacre at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Har Nof Tuesday.

"Your son's courageous actions prevented the terrorists from killing many more victims," Netanyahu stated. "On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I wish to express condolences over his death while fulfilling his mission."

Netanyahu also addressed an official condolence letter to Seif's family.

"I heard with deep shock about the murder of the late Sergeant Major Zidan by terrorists," Netanyahu wrote. "Zidan gave his life to save innocent civilians from terror unseen before."

"His actions are a testament to his courage, resourcefulness and above all humanity and love of life," the Prime Minister continued. "Zidan was called to the scene at random, but when the Israel Police and his job called for him to help others in need, he did so without hesitation, he stood against the violence, he charged fearlessly at the terrorists, and thus saved innocent bystanders by giving his life."

"To the dear Seif family, I'm sure you raised Zidan on values of sacrifice and giving in your home," he added. "Precisely at this time you have to raise your heads proudly, knowing that the death of your son was not in vain. Thanks to him, there were many citizens who continue to live their lives. In his merit, Israeli society is good and just. And in his merit, we will continue protect the country and its people, knowing that justice resides among us."

Netanyahu also addressed Zidan's wife, Rinel.

"Dear Rinel, I wish to hold your hand at this difficult time. Along with Zidan, you established a fine Israeli family. Just three months ago you gave birth to your eldest daughter, Larin. You had planned to expand your family, to progress, to evolve and always contribute to society and the state."

"The fall of Zidan is a great loss to us all," he concluded. "We are commanded to cherish his memory, and to teach his legacy for future generations. Please accept my sincere condolences. May you know no more sorrow. Mourning with you, Binyamin Netanyahu."

Zidan was buried in his home town of Yanuh-Jat on Wednesday, in the presence of several Israeli, Jewish, and Druze public officials.
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Israel in Their Hearts: The Jewish State's Honorary Consuls

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.11.2014 22:10

Israel in Their Hearts: The Jewish State's Honorary Consuls

Monday, November 24, 2014 | Yossi Aloni

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They are the long arm of Israeli diplomacy, and they aren't even Israeli citizens. They help foster strong relations, and open doors that would otherwise be shut. They are motivated by love for Israel, and, no, they receive no monetary compensation. In fact, they invest much of their own time and money to fulfill their important diplomat mission.

Introducing the honorary consuls of the State of Israel, a total of 77 specifically accredited persons, many of them non-Israeli Jews, but also including a large number of Bible-believing Christians.

Earlier this month, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs held its second Honorary Consuls of Israel conference, which was attended by 48 of the honorary consuls, representing 36 nations, 13 of which don't even have official diplomatic representation in Israel.






One of the honorary consuls in attendance was Roberto Nelkenbau of Bolivia, which severed all diplomatic ties to Israel in 2009. As the only representative of Israel in the South American country, Nelkenbau is often called upon to provide consular services to Israelis visiting Bolivia, which remains a popular destination for backpackers from the Jewish state.

Following the summer's Gaza war, the Bolivian government decided to punish Israel by canceling a 1972 agreement that exempted Israeli visitors from obtaining a visa before arriving. Nelkenbau quietly negotiated with his government on Israel's behalf, ultimately securing an understanding whereby Israelis could continue to travel to Bolivia and pay at the border for a temporary visa.

The backpacking and hiking adventures in which these Israelis partake are often dangerous, and Nelkenbau regularly plays a key role in dealing with accidents involving Israelis in Bolivia.

And while he is known to Israelis visiting the country, Nelkenbau is even more recognizable among his own countrymen. Like most of the other honorary consuls, Nelkenbau is a known public figure in his country. He is a former professional race car driver who today owns a chain of popular cinemas.

Also like Nelkenbau, many of the honorary consuls are from nations in which Israel has no embassy or official diplomatic representation. These consuls, in effect, serve as Israel's ambassador. They raise the Israeli flag with pride at their residences, the addresses of which are often used by the Israeli government for all matters pertaining to government or local media.

One of the longest-serving honorary consuls is Benny Gilbert of Barbados. Despite Barbados' small size, Gilbert has been able to play an important role in Israel's global diplomacy. Any time there is an important vote regarding Israel at the UN, the Jewish state scrambles to find nations willing to vote on its side. In such situations, the Israeli Foreign Ministry calls up Gilbert and guides him in how to approach the government of Barbados and what message to convey. More than once, Gilbert's intervention has resulted in Barbados abstaining from votes on important anti-Israel resolutions. "My greatest success was convincing Barbados to abstain from a vote on accepting the [State of] Palestine at the UN, [a motion] the government had planned to support," said Gilbert.

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Fredrik Ekholm is one of the newer honorary consuls. He represents Israel in the city of Vasa, Finland. As a devout Christian, Ekholm is constantly on the lookout for anti-Israel boycotts, which he and a group of like-minded Christians immediately seek to counter by promoting the boycotted Israeli goods.

"I explain to people that they must not be foolish. Even if they have criticism of Israel, it is no reason to boycott Israeli products, which are the best available," said Ekholm. "I believe that doing business with Israel is a blessing."

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Ekholm owns a company that imports Israeli wines and Dead Sea products to Finland. He also regularly organizes pro-Israel conference and rallies, and never tires of directly intervening when he comes across biased anti-Israel news reports.

"Whenever I read or see reports negative of Israel, I immediately pick up the phone and contact the reporter in question to correct him," said Ekholm, who has become something of a one-man PR army.

"The problem is that the media in Europe constantly reports false information," he explained. "We have to find a way to deliver the right information, and one way is through videos. In Finland, we have published numerous videos, for instance showing Hamas hiding rockets in residential areas or calling for Israel's destruction. Those who see the videos often change their tune."

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Jewish businessman Philip Kaye has been serving as Israel's honorary consul to Wales since 2010. In this capacity, Kaye works closely with the Israeli Embassy in London, in addition to also operating as a one-man PR war room. Not a scrap of anti-Israel propaganda in the local media escapes Kaye, who immediately responds either personally or by mobilizing a network of pro-Israel voices.

"People are affected by the information they receive. This is not a lost cause, and we must not give up," said Kaye. During the last Gaza war, Kaye hosted the former mayor the rocket-battered southern Israel town of Sderot, David Buskila. "We introduced [Mayor Buskila] in churches, where he explained life under the threat of missiles," said Kaye. "Unfortunately, we were unable to arrange any media interviews."

Presently, Kaye is working to bring Israeli musicians for a first of its kind music festival in Wales. "I try to advance Israeli interests not only in politics, but also in culture and economy," he said.

But doing this work often comes with a price.

Kaye has received threats in the past, but said local police are on the case and he is not frightened. Much more harrowing is the situation for Israel's honorary consul in Cordoba, Argentina, Mr. Alejandro Orchansky. The Jewish businessman's private home has been the scene of four demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists, and he has received a number of death threats necessitating regular police protection.

Orchansky related that the situation is so bad that most are scared to actually speak up for Israel, or to even be neutral on the subject.

"I fight constantly with a local media that is completely against Israel," he said. "I spoke to journalists and asked, 'Why don't you allow anyone to write in favor of Israel, or at least to be neutral?' The answer shocked me: 'What do you want, we would be the only ones!'"

Orchansky lamented that the media in Argentina are "like cattle. I found the best way is to avoid politics and instead show the beauty of Israel. I show Israel's achievements in medicine, education and culture. I also take governors and other trainees on tours of Israel. They all return to Argentina as ambassadors for Israel."

During the recent conference, attending honorary consuls met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who provided an overview of the current situation in the region. They also received briefings from senior Foreign Ministry officials and toured local "hot spots" like the Gaza border.

Concluding the visit, Israel's Foreign Ministry called the honorary consuls "an important part of Israel's diplomatic 'Iron Dome,'" referencing the anti-missile system that saved so many lives during the Gaza war.

PHOTO: Israel's honorary consuls meet with President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. (Chaim Tzach)
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Poll: Arabs Prefer Israel to Palestinian Authority

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 25.11.2014 21:27

Poll: Arabs Prefer Israel to Palestinian Authority

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

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The picture painted by the mainstream international media and loud-mouthed anti-Israel advocates is always the same: Israel is a racist and oppressive place to live for Arabs. This, so the argument goes, is particularly true following this week's government approval of the controversial "Jewish State" law.

But, if Israel's such a bad place for non-Jews to live, then why does an overwhelming majority local Arabs prefer life under the rule of the Israeli government, as opposed to the Palestinian Authority?

That was the finding of a survey commissioned by Israel's Channel 10 News and carried out last week by the Statnet research institute, which is headed by Israeli Arab statistician Yousef Makladeh.

Makladeh asked fellow Arabs plainly and clearly: "Under which authority do you prefer to live, Israel or the Palestinian Authority?"

A full 77 percent of respondents chose Israel.

This was despite the fact that most respondents said that as a minority, they experience some degree of racism, and that only nine percent felt they enjoy full equality with Israel's Jewish citizens.

An 81 percent majority said they believe Israel is trying to alter the status quo on the Temple Mount, where Jews are currently forbidden to pray, but 84 percent said they oppose the reactionary violence emanating from the Arab sector.

An earlier Peace Index poll found that a 46.5 percent plurality of Israeli Arabs ultimately support allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, which is Judaism's holiest site. Just 34 percent continue to oppose such a change, and 19.5 percent declined to weigh in on the topic.

PHOTO: Former Israeli President Shimon Peres hosts a Muslim holiday together with local Arab leaders at the presidential residence in Jerusalem.

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