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Italy Makes New Law: Muslims Will Not Be Allowed To Build An

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.02.2015 07:12

Italy Makes New Law: Muslims Will Not Be Allowed To Build Any New Mosques

The Italian government in the state of Northern Lombardy has made a new law: no new mosques will be allowed to be built.

I did a whole video on this:

According to the report:

Milan, January 22 – A regional government commission in the northern Lombardy region on Thursday approved a bill that would limit the opening of new, non-Catholic places of worship. The so-called anti-mosque bill submitted by the regionalist, anti-immigrant and anti-euro Northern League party of Governor Roberto Maroni would also impose security cameras in places of worship.

The bill has sparked opposition from the center left and from civil liberties advocates. The bill specifically refers to religions that have conventions with the Italian State and their municipality – which Islam does not – and that have a "diffused, organized and consistent presence."

Critics say this would disproportionately affect religions that do have conventions with Italy, such as the Jewish faith and the evangelical Christian church. It will go to the floor of the regional assembly on Tuesday, sources said.

This is a first step to the restoration of Christendom. God willing, Italy will pursue this to the fullest and go back to being a fully Christian government. But I know that that will take much time, after enough people are killed by Muslims, then they will realize that the only solution to prevent Islamic and modernists evils, is Christendom.

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Jordan stands up to ISIS: ‘Kill our pilot and we’ll execute

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.02.2015 07:17

Jordan stands up to ISIS: ‘Kill our pilot and we’ll execute ALL your prisoners’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Meanwhile, President Obama is still learning how to say “Islamic terrorists.”

The Kingdom of Jordan wont bow down to Islamic State terrorists. They can be just as ruthless.

One of the Islamic State’s hostages is Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is being held along with Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. Jordan told the terrorists that it will summarily try and execute ISIS prisoners in their control should they murder their pilot.

After the Islamic State announced they had Jordan’s F-16 fighter pilot and demanded a prisoner swap with a Thursday deadline, Jordan noted that it required proof-of-life before it would even consider negotiating, as has been widely reported.

The Islamic State was tough — it said if the deadline for releasing the female would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, was missed, the pilot would be executed, The Daily Mail reported Friday.

That deadline came and went — and Jordan is getting tougher. The Daily Mail reported:

Elijah Magnier, chief international correspondent for Kuwait’s Al Rai newspaper, told MailOnline: ‘I have reliable contact in the Jordanian government who says a message has been passed to ISIS.

‘It warns that if they kill the pilot they will implement the death sentences for Sajida and other ISIS prisoners as soon as possible.’

Shortly after reports of the ultimatum emerged, Jordan issued a statement saying they were still waiting for proof that the captured F-16 pilot was still alive.

Read more at http://patriotupdate.com/2015/01/jordan ... prisoners/
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Israel blesses the world

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 02.02.2015 20:58

Israel blesses the world

The internationally respected 2015 Bloomberg Global innovation index was published over the weekend showing, among other things, that Israel is the world's fifth most innovative country, behind South Korea, Japan, Germany and Finland and just ahead of the US. The index is based on an amalgamation of factors including R&D, high-tech companies and manufacturing and rates of higher education. Elsewhere, President Reuven Rivlin greeted a delegation of Israeli ambassadors to Latin American countries at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Sunday to review the many programs Israel and Latin American countries are jointly pursuing to improve the quality of life for people in the region, including in the fields of agriculture, water management, security and environmental protection.
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Quiz: Political Change in the Middle East

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.02.2015 08:18

Quiz: Political Change in the Middle East
Take the Aish.com quiz and see how many questions you can answer correctly.


2015 has already seen some memorable political turnovers in the Middle East – and beyond. Rate your knowledge of recent developments.

1. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died on Thursday, January 22. Who succeeded him as Saudi head of state?
1.Unclear. Elections have been scheduled for February 17, and parties are vying for the votes of Arabias’ 28 million citizens.
2.King Abdullah’s son, Prince Mutaib, succeeded his father as absolute monarch.
3.King Abdullah was replaced by his 79-year old half-brother, Prince Salman.
4.Abd Al-‘Aziz al-Wahuibi, head of the Saudi opposition party Umma, became President.

Answer: C

Since the death of Saudi Arabian founder King Abdulaziz in 1953, Saudi Arabia’s absolute rulers have all been one of his many sons. (There are no exact figures, but there seem to be about 45, from a number of wives.) While the Umma party did form as an opposition Saudi party in February, 2011, its ten founders were arrested a week later and sentenced to prison. International observers complained about irregularities in their trials; the treatment of party leader Abd Al-‘Azia al-Wahuibi was particularly problematic: tried in secret, he is currently held in a military hospital, where Saudi officials say he’s suffered a mental breakdown.

2. Israelis are going to the polls on March 17, 2015. What new option will Arab Israeli voters will have on that day?
1.None. Arab citizens are not allowed to vote in Israel.
2.Arab voters will be able to vote for a special advisory committee that will relay their concerns to the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body.
3.This will be the first Israeli election in which Arab Israelis can vote.
4.Four Arab parties have joined together to create a radical new unified list, in order to maximize their share of seats in Israel’s next legislative session.

Answer: D

All Israeli citizens enjoy the right to vote. This year, four Arab parties – Raam, Ta’al and Balad, and the Arab-Jewish party Chadash – have unified to form a single electoral bloc in the March elections in order to boost voter turnout and maximize their numbers in the 120-seat Knesset. About a fifth of Israeli Arabs typically vote for mainstream Israeli political parties, with the remainder voting for a diverse range of Arab political parties.

3. World leaders lined up to praise Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah following his death. In Britain, flags flew at half mast on Westminster Abbey. US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the late king as “a revered leader”. Yet a recent survey placed Saudi Arabia last in the world, tied only with North Korea, for civil liberties and political freedom. Which of the following events occurred in Saudi Arabia recently?
1.“Witchcraft and sorcery” was the charge given in the beheading of a woman.
2.A blogger was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a hefty fine for questioning the link between state and religion.
3.Two female activists were arrested for bringing food and drinks to a starving woman.
4.Tens of thousands of foreign workers, especially Ethiopian residents, of the kingdom have been arrested, beaten and forced out of the country in recent months; witnesses report that many have been killed, though their deaths haven’t been formally acknowledged by Saudi authorities.

Answers: all of the above.

Amina bint Abdel Halim Nassar was beheaded on Monday, December 8, 2014 for, according to Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, “committing the practice of witchcraft and sorcery” after authorities found books on witchcraft in her home.

The liberal blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to ten years in prison, a large fine, and 1,000 lashes for his blog, which some said denigrated religious leaders; his first public whipping was carried out after Friday prayers on January 9, 2015 in the Saudi city Jedda. Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni, women’s rights activists, were arrested after delivering provisions to a Canadian woman whose Saudi husband imprisoned her in their home – without food and water: the activists were found guilty of the Sharia law of “takhbib”, or inciting a woman against her husband.

Witnesses testified they saw Saudi police beating Ethiopian workers – some fatally; in recent years, Saudi newspapers have characterized foreign workers as criminals, building tolerance for violence against them.

4. January 9, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of what notable event for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas?
1.It was his wedding anniversary.
2.It was the 10th Anniversary of his 2005 election – to a four year term.
3.The date marked a year and a half from his wife Amima’s surgery for a problem with her leg in a hospital in Tel Aviv – days after Abbas signed a Unity Government with Hamas, whose rockets routinely target hospitals in the Jewish state.
4.It marked ten years from the withdrawal of Israeli civilians and troops from Gaza, turning the area over – Jew-free – to Palestinian control.

Answer: B, C, and D

9 January, 2005 was marked by scenes of jubilation as Palestinians elected Abbas to a four year term, replacing Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, who had allowed no political opposition to his reign. Although Abbas’ term was meant to be for four years, he has yet to schedule elections for his successor.

5. Although it’s not in the Middle East, Greece’s radical new governing party, Syriza, which was the big winner in elections on January 25, 2015, has a lot to say about the region. Which of the following events did not happen in recent weeks?
1.Theodoros Karypidis, Syriza’s candidate for Governor of Western Macedonia, criticized a visit by then-Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to a synagogue in the Greek town of Thessaloniki, accusing Greek Jews of seeking another “Hanukkah” victory against Greece.
2.Syriza formed a coalition with the political party ANEL, whose leader falsely claimed that Greek Jews pay no taxes.
3.Senior Syriza member Theodoris Dristas, a possible candidate for Finance Minister in Greece’s new government, sailed on a flotilla to Gaza, bringing building supplies to the Hamas-controlled region in defiance of international sanctions.
4.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on the continuation of Greece’s close ties with Israel, citing diplomatic tensions both nations have with their common neighbor, Turkey.

Answer: D.

While Theodoros Karypidis was forced to withdraw his candidacy by Syriza, Greece’s recent election was marked by a feeling of hostility towards Jews and Israel. It is expected that relations between Greece and Israel will cool somewhat under Prime Minister Tsipras’ rule.

6. The Palestinian Unity Government of 2014 set a deadline of December 2 for new elections. When that date for voting came and went with no vote, what causes have Palestinian leaders not blamed for the delay?
1.Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: “because he fears the results”.
2.Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah blamed the war in Gaza, insisting rebuilding homes there is more important than holding elections.
3.Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has blamed Israel, saying “Although individual Israelis are sometimes kind – for instance, Israeli hospitals have treated my close family members when they needed care – the Israeli Government has taken a hostile stance towards me and my party, outlawing Palestinian elections.”
4.Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has said the harsh winter cold makes holding elections a low priority at this time.

Answer: C

Although Haniyeh’s granddaughter was treated in a Tel Aviv hospital in November 2013 and his daughter was cared for in a Tel Aviv hospital one year later, Haniyeh has repeatedly called for the destruction of the Jewish state. Nonetheless, he has not blamed Israel for halting Palestinian elections; his party, Hamas, has instead blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for failing to call for the mandated vote.

7. On January 20, 2015, rebels stormed the Presidential Palace in Yemen’s capital Sanaa; two days later, the US-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigned. Which armed group was responsible for this coup?
1.Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula: the Yemen-based group that masterminded the terror attacks on a kosher grocery store and the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.
2.The Iranian-backed Houthis, a Shiite ethnic group from Yemen’s north.
3.ISIS: Yemeni authorities describe it gaining ground in several provinces in the country.
4.The Yemeni Military

Answer: B

Despite the growing presence of terror groups such as Al Qaida and ISIS in Yemen, January’s presidential coup was overseen by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels; a representative of Iran’s Government described the groups as “similar” to the Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah.

8. “A strong advocate for women” is how Christine Lagarde, the female head of the International Monetary Fund, eulogized King Abdullah. Which of the following statements about King Abdullah’s commitment to women’s rights is false?
1.King Abdullah broke with long-standing Saudi tradition, allowing married women to drive, albeit with special drivers’ licenses.
2.King Abdullah instituted radical new changes in employment law. Banned from most occupations, it’s now legal for Saudi women to work in lingerie stores: a rule instituted to preserve women’s modesty and prevent them from buying undergarments from male salespeople.
3.Four of King Abdullah’s daughters have been kept under house arrest for twelve years, forbidden to leave their royal palace. Recent news reports indicate the royal princesses are maltreated, and are running out of food and water.
4.When King Abdullah funded scholarships to send 100,000 Saudis abroad for higher education, he specified that one third of the scholarships be reserved for women – and that the female students would have to bring chaperones abroad with them.

Answer: A.

Although an advisory committee recommended that Saudi women over the age of 30 be allowed to drive with some conditions: their rights would only extend from 7am to 8pm Sunday to Wednesday and noon to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and it would be illegal to wear makeup while behind the wheel – King Abdullah rejected the recommendation. Women continue to be banned from driving; in 2014, one woman who did so recently received 150 lashes.

This article can be read online at: http://www.aish.com/jw/me/Quiz-Politica ... -East.html.
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Finland - A Place Where Israel is Loved

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.02.2015 08:43

Finland - A Place Where Israel is Loved

I couldn't help but marvel at the fact that after centuries in which Europeans often vied with one another to get rid of Jews, here were Finns competing for the right to host them.
Europe is beset by rising anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. Yet in the far north of the continent, there is one country - Finland - where that seems to be the exception.
As I discovered on a recent lecture tour throughout the country, there is a remarkable level of support for the Jewish state, one that cuts across religious and regional boundaries.

And as I note in the column below, it is refreshing to see that there is a place in Europe where Israel is truly loved. So much of our focus is on our foes and those who hate us, that we often don't pay enough attention to our friends.

This needs to change, and Israel and world Jewry must do more to cultivate relations with Helsinki, where the ground is fertile for deepening the bonds of friendship between the two countries.

A Place Where Israel is Loved

By Michael Freund

Tucked away in a far corner of northern Europe, the tranquil and resourceful nation of Finland often gets unjustly overlooked. Flanked by a swaggering and increasingly quarrelsome Russia to the east and its larger and blonder Swedish neighbor to the west, the Finns seem to receive neither the attention nor the consideration that they rightly deserve.

Indeed, despite being beset by harsh winters and a dearth of arable land, as well as enjoying the dubious distinction of being the European Union's most sparsely populated country, Finland has nonetheless built one of the most pleasant and peaceful societies on the entire continent.

There is little crime and virtually no political corruption, and public places are spotlessly clean, bordering on the pristine. It is akin in many ways to Switzerland, except that the Finns are nice.

But there is something else that distinguishes Finland, setting it apart from much of the rest of contemporary Europe, and that is the deep-seated love and admiration for Israel that exists among large sectors of the public.

On a recent trip to the country, which included a lecture tour in six towns and cities, I found what can only be described as a remarkable level of support for the Jewish state, one that cuts across religious and regional boundaries. From the capital of Helsinki to Tampere, Finland's third largest city, to the small town of Ikaalinen in the western part of the country, hundreds of non-Jews in each locale came out to demonstrate their solidarity.

There are churches where the Israeli flag is proudly displayed side-by-side with the Finnish national colors, and where entire Christian congregations recite "Hatikva" first in Hebrew and then in Finnish.

Literally dozens of Finns approached me to recount how proud they were to have spent periods of time volunteering in Israel at schools and in hospitals or on kibbutzim. They voiced great concern over Iran and its nuclear ambitions, and many pray for Israel and its welfare daily.

In Helsinki, Pastor Seppo Seppala approached me and, much to my surprise, engaged me in conversation in fluent Hebrew. He has been to Israel dozens of times, and continues to bring groups of Finnish tourists. And he is not alone. Without exception, after every speech I gave, there were always several non-Jews who came up to me and addressed me in Hebrew. Many take part in weekly private Hebrew classes, taught by fellow non-Jews, simply out of a love for the language and the people of Israel.

PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY is the fact that Finnish Christian support for the Jewish state is not the province of any one particular denomination, but rather it includes such diverse groups as Baptists, Pentecostals and Lutherans. However much they might disagree over theological or doctrinal issues, when it comes to Israel they stand united.

This was most evident at a day-long meeting I attended on June 14 in Heinola, a town in the south-central part of the country. Organized by the dynamic Finnish branch of the International Christian Embassy-Jerusalem (ICEJ) under the leadership of Juha Ketola, it brought together dozens of pro-Israel community leaders from across the country to discuss efforts to promote and support aliya.

For the past two decades, the Finns have been actively involved in helping Jews from the former Soviet Union to move to Israel, and Helsinki served as a gateway to Zion after the fall of communism.

On March 10, 1990, the indefatigable Kaarlo and Ulla Jarvilehto, a former member of the Finnish parliament who headed the ICEJ Finland branch at the time, teamed up with the Jewish Agency to help the first Soviet Jewish family go through Helsinki on its way to Tel Aviv. Since then, the Finns have sponsored the aliya of well over 17,000 Russian Jews.

As I sat and listened to the proceedings with the aid of a translator, an extraordinary exchange unfolded. The representatives discussed contingency plans in case there was a crisis and large numbers of Jews had to leave for Israel via Finland at a moment's notice. They then began to argue with one another - politely, of course - over which Finnish towns or cities would welcome the Jews, with each one wanting to make sure that his or her community was not left out.

I couldn't help but marvel at the fact that after centuries in which Europeans often vied with one another to get rid of Jews, here were Finns competing for the right to host them.

What accounts for this phenomenon? To some extent, it is based on certain parallels between Finland and Israel, both of which are small countries which had to fight for independence and whose historically ravenous neighbors have occasionally coveted their land. But in many instances, it is because Finnish Christians feel a profound religious and spiritual obligation to champion Israel due to God's promise to Abraham that "I will bless those who bless you" (Genesis 12:3).

OF COURSE, not all is rosy in Finland. In January, for example, the Finnish Green League's paper Vihrea Lanka published a cartoon strip in which the Star of David was compared to a swastika. The paper's editor offered a peculiar justification for the caricature, asserting that "it is quite clearly the flag of Israel featured in the strip and not just any Star of David," as if that somehow makes it OK.

And the general Finnish media, like much of the mainstream press throughout Western Europe, is often biased and slanted in its coverage of the Middle East.

Nonetheless, it is refreshing to see that there is a place in Europe where Israel is truly loved. So much of our focus is on our foes and those who hate us, that we often don't pay enough attention to our friends.

This needs to change, and Israel and world Jewry must do more to cultivate relations with Helsinki, where the ground is fertile for deepening the bonds of friendship between the two countries. For at a time when anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment are on the rise, it is comforting to know that in at least one corner of Europe, there are countless thousands of good and decent people with a warm place in their hearts for the Jewish state.

--- from the July 1 Jerusalem Post
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Doctor: Teen Regains Pulse After Mother's Prayer

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Without Christ you will go to hell.

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Draw Nearer To God Through Prayer

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.02.2015 20:31

Draw Nearer To God Through Prayer

Roy Lessin

When you come to God in prayer, you don’t come to a stranger who needs an introduction, or to an enemy who is against you. You come to your Father, whose heart reaches out to you in goodness and kindness, who knows every detail about your life, and who wants you to come and welcomes your company.

He wants you to come as a child who is loved…who is accepted…who is cared for…and who is secure. He wants you to come in openness…in confidence…in truthfulness.

Read More in Roy's devotional series that focuses on the prayer Jesus taught us. May it be a blessing to you as your heart is drawn nearer to Him through prayer.


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Friendship

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 09.02.2015 20:31

February is often associated with St. Valentine’s Day. Although it’s generally considered a celebration of romantic love, I’d like you to spend some time thinking about your friendships. The Lord didn’t create us to live in isolation but in relationship with one another. As Christians, our foremost friendship is with Jesus. He loves us as no one else can and will never forget or forsake us. Furthermore, when we walk closely with Him, we’ll become the kind of companions others need and want.

Many years ago, I read a description of a genuine friend. Although I don’t remember who said it, I wrote it down and have kept it all these years.

A friend is a treasure who loves you as you are, sees not only who you are but who you can become, is there to catch you when you fall, shares your everyday experiences, accepts your worst but helps you become your best, understands your past, believes in your future, accepts you today just as you are, and comes in when the whole world has gone out.

We all need friends like this, don’t we? The book of Proverbs provides wise counsel to help us select the right kind of companions. Consider the following verses: “A friend loves at all times” (17:17), “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (18:24), “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (27:6), “A man’s counsel is sweet to his friend” (27:9). You see, genuine friendships are characterized by love, loyalty, and honesty. They not only support us, but they also have our permission to advise and even correct us when necessary.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure those closest to us are heading in the same direction we are. Although Christians can have relationships with unbelievers, we must realize that they are going the opposite way spiritually. That’s why our dearest friends must be fellow believers who share the same love for the Savior. Godly companions are essential because they encourage us to walk obediently with Christ and stimulate us to become more like Him in our character, conduct, and conversation.

If you have such a friend, never take that relationship for granted. All genuine friendships must be built and nurtured. And if you are still searching for this kind of friend, please understand that it will require an investment of time, energy, and vulnerability on your part. The value you place on your friends is evidenced by the way you treat them. So let’s consider what it takes to develop a deep friendship.

First of all, friendships require time spent together. If we’re too busy to schedule time for a friend, that relationship will not flourish. I have some wonderful, godly friends with whom I talk every day. I truly enjoy getting together with them and consider our time together to be a valuable investment in our relationship.

Second, communication is essential. Initially, our conversations focus on learning who the other person is, but as the friendship develops, we become more transparent. This is a two-way process in which we both openly share our thoughts and feelings, and attentively listen, as we seek to understand the other person. As trust increases, we feel safe to talk about things we’ve never told anyone else.

The third requirement for a genuine friendship is shared life experiences. We rejoice together over each other’s accomplishments and sympathize with the defeats, trials, and heartaches. Do you have someone with whom you can both laugh and cry? I have a few friends who encourage me whenever we’re together. They make me laugh, but they also comfort me when my heart is broken. I seek their counsel when I’m trying to understand what the Lord would have me do, and sometimes they offer guidance when I don’t even realize I need it. Whatever experiences I go through, they share them with me.

Fourth, true friends demonstrate their love for each other. Their relationship is characterized by gratitude and thoughtfulness. With today’s technology, it’s easy to encourage a friend with a call, email, or text message. Another way genuine friends show their love is by being unselfish and loyal. They are quick to help each other, even if it’s inconvenient, and won’t abandon the other person when everyone else does. Friends accept each other’s weaknesses and failures, and they are quick to forgive any offenses.

The Lord designed us to be relational beings, and He desires that we have intimate compnionship with other people. Throughout my life, I’ve been blessed with a number of faithful friends. The best thing about each of them is that they help me become the person God wants me to be. The richest relationships are always centered on the Lord and His desires for us. My prayer is that you will experience a mutual friendship that encourages you and your friend to become more like Christ.

Prayerfully yours,



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