A study by Lewi Stone, a mathematical biologist at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, set out to determine the rate at which victims of the Holocaust were killed by the Nazis in World War II. Previous estimates suggested that 6,000 people were murdered daily at Auschwitz alone, but exact figures were difficult to verify because the deaths were covered up by the Nazis.
Stone focused his study on records of the “special trains” used to transport people. Overall, train trips were made from 393 separate Polish towns, destined for death camps such as Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka. Though also used for extermination (mass murder), Auschwitz was also a forced-labor camp.
Stone’s research revealed a “three-month phase of hyper-intense killing” highlighting the Nazis’ “pure focused goal of obliterating the entire Jewish people of occupied Poland in as short a time as possible. Apart from very few exceptions, victims who were transported to the death camps were rapidly murdered upon arrival in the gas chambers, thus giving the system perfected by the Nazis all the characteristics of an automated assembly line,” Stone told Newsweek.
At its peak, the Nazis were killing about 15,000 Jews every day in the camps of German-occupied Poland under Operation Reinhard. According to the study, of the 1.7 million people killed between 1942 and 1943 about 1.32 million died in a 100-day period between August and October of 1942. This three month period accounted for more than one-quarter of the total number of people known to have been killed in the Holocaust.
“To my surprise historians have completely avoided quantitative approaches for examining this period. But the graphs show with chilling immediacy the bloodlust of the Nazi program to ob-literate the Jewish people in as short a time as possible,” Stone told the Daily Telegraph.
The study, “Quantifying the Holocaust: Hyperintense kill rates during the Nazi genocide,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances. According to Stone, the pace abated only when victims became rare and difficult to find.
“The subsequent rapid plunge in the death rate in November and December 1942 simply reflects that there were very few Jewish victims left alive to murder,” Stone said. “It highlights the frenzied killing the Nazis planned for the Final Solution to the Jewish Question and their ability and eagerness to carry it out.”
The new estimates are based on work by Yitzhak Arad, an Israeli historian who compiled data on 480 train deportations from 393 Polish towns and ghettos during the German offensive.
“The Holocaust stands out as a demonstration of how the efficient machinery of government was turned on people in an unparalleled way,” Stone concluded. “It transcended in its ruthlessness and systemic efficiency. This is the key lesson of the Holocaust that I believe must not be forgotten.”
Senate Passes Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions) Measure: The USA Senate on Tue. 5 Feb. 2019 approved by a 77-23 vote a bill that codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and which provides legal coverage to states that target the boycott-Israel movement. Among the Democratic dissenters to the bill - sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) - were declared presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Non-declared presidential contenders who voted against the measure included Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the Senate for passing the bill and noted, "The legislation has no impact on the right of Americans to personally boycott Israel or oppose Israeli policies. The bill's scope is limited to commercial activities between companies and state and local governments." (JTA)
House Pushes Bill to Fund Holocaust Education In Schools: A bipartisan slate of House members has introduced a bill that would grant money to Holocaust education in schools. The Never Again Education Act would establish the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund in the USA Treasury. The bill would combine appropriated funds and private donations. A release from the office of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., one of the lead sponsors said the bill would “finance grants to public and private middle and high schools to help teachers develop and improve Holocaust education programs.” The other lead sponsor is Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. The lead sponsors, launching the bill earlier this week at the Center for Jewish History in New York City, cited reports of a rise in anti-Semitism and a decline in awareness of the Holocaust. “Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here at home, and the memory of the Holocaust is fading for far too many Americans,” said Maloney, who launched a similar initiative in the last Congress which languished. “We can combat this by making sure we teach our students, tomorrow’s leaders, about the horrors of the Holocaust.” Also present at the bill’s launch were representatives of Jewish advocacy groups and Israeli diplomats. (Arutz-7)
Jews Complain: The Rabbis are Sounding Like Christians!
David Lazarus, www.IsraelToday.co.il
Rabbis generally do not speak out against abortion, at least not like Christians. But New York's terrible new law allowing abortion up to the moment of birth has stirred at least two of the largest rabbinical councils in the US to come out with public statements on the controversial issue.
“Jewish law opposes abortion, except in cases of danger to the mother,” reads the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) statement. "There is no sanction to permit the abortion of a healthy fetus when the mother’s life is not endangered."
Jewish congregants were surprised by the public condemnation of abortion. Many of the most popular comments on the ruling, which was posted on the RCA website, complained that the rabbis now sounded like the Christians:
u "This reads more like evangelical Christianity than Orthodox Judaism."
u "Why is the RCA emulating the Catholic Church rather than following the halacha?"
u "RCA you may want to brush up on Halacha before latching on to Christian ideals."
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, vice president of the RCA, went so far as to call abortion murder: “The removal of any restriction from abortion access and the redefining of the word ‘homicide’ to exclude abortion, indicate a further erosion of the moral values of our society, where killing babies is no longer construed as immoral in any way.”
The fact that the law was passed in New York, a state heavily populated by Orthodox Jews, moved the rabbinic councils to make a clear ruling. It also seems like the Orthodox Jewish world is moving to the right politically, much along the same lines as conservative Christians.
Abortion in Israel is common, about 100 to every 1,000 births, but is still only half of that in Europe, while in 2018, New Yorkers aborted 350 babies to every 1,000 births, according to the Guttmacher Institute annual report.
In Israel, Orthodox Jewish political parties have tremendous influence over deciding which coalition can form a government, but they have yet to make any restrictions on abortion a part of their bargaining tactics. Unlike Evangelical churches in the US, rabbinical councils here have not taken a real stand against abortion in the political arena. Orthodox Jewish groups in Israel tend to appeal to the public though massive pro-life advertising, as well as offering services to help pregnant mothers keep their babies.
Dozens of Hamas, PFLP Members Hold Senior Positions in Pro-BDS NGOs: Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry has found more than 100 links between the internationally-designated terrorist organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) movement. More than 30 members of Hamas and PFLP hold senior positions in BDS-promoting NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the new report "reveals the true nature and goals of the BDS movement and its connection to terrorism and anti-Semitism. BDS rejects Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state within any borders. They want to see Israel wiped off the map. Promoting boycotts is just a different means to achieve this goal. I am calling on all governments, EU institutions, philanthropies, banks, and fundraising platforms to end all support for organizations linked to terror." (J. Post)
The Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to cut economic ties with Israel. Since its beginnings well over a decade ago, BDS has never been invoked against any other country. Common sense and decency ask how a self-described "human rights" movement can single-out the only democracy in the region, while ignoring the brutal treatment of women and minorities in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan. Almost everything the Nazis said about the Jews is said today by BDS supporters regarding Israel. There is a worldwide struggle against the very existence of one country of all the countries in the world: It's not North Korea - not Iran- not Sudan. It's only Israel. Prayerfully intercede against the BDS movement.
New Palestinian 'Christian' President is a Fan of Israel
Israel Today Staff www.israeltoday.co.il
El Salvador's new president is an Arab of "Palestinian" descent. He's also a fan of the Jewish state. The small Central American nation is home to a community of 100,000 Palestinian migrants. While it is unclear how most of them view the Israel-Palestinian conflict, what we do know is that President-elect Nayib Bukele has no problem building relations with the Jewish state.
A year ago, in February 2018, at a time when many of his political contemporaries were cozying up to Venezuela and Cuba to spite US President Donald Trump, Bukele chose to visit Jerusalem.
While here, the then-mayor of El Salvador's capital, San Salvador, met with his counterpart, then-Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. He also laid a memorial wreath at Yad Vashem and prayed at the Western Wall.
Arab media reported that Bukele faced harsh criticism from Palestinians in El Salvador over his "normalization" with Israel. It also seems that he was vilified, possibly by conservative Catholic elements, for visiting a mosque.
In a Facebook post addressing what he called these "dirty" campaign tactics, Bukele insisted that he was simply not "religious," and therefore had no problem visiting the Dome of the Rock, the Vatican and the Western Wall.
However, while he has problems with organized religion, Bukele stressed that he does believe in Jesus and relies upon the Word of God to guide his life.
"I respect all religions, and those who wish to believe in them, but I believe that the relationship with God is personal. I believe that no one is saved in groups, but that salvation is obtained individually," wrote El Salvador's new leader. "That's why I've accepted Jesus Christ. That's why I read the Word of God written in the Bible when I feel confused or need guidance. That's why I ask Yahweh for the wisdom he gave to Solomon, though I know I'll never be so wise. That's why I believe deeply in God and in his kingdom, but I don't consider myself religious."
The Progressive Left’s Intolerance Towards Christianity
by Alan Bergstein, Israel National News
Jews have long suffered from the bigotry of the Democrat Party going way back to the WW II Roosevelt years when he coldly ignored the plight of millions of European Jews, most of whom were later murdered.
And then most of us voted overwhelmingly for Obama knowing full well from his close relationships to Rev. Wright, William Ayers, professors Rashid Khalidi and Edward Said, just how he would (and did) deal with Israel. We paid dearly for his hostility toward us.
It’s now time for American Christians to wake up to the creeping hatred against them that is quickly taking form led by the Progressive Left. It sprouted and was incubated during (here we go again!) the Obama presidency and is now a driving force within the Democrat Party.
Remember the Little Sisters of the Poor who were forced to go to court to fight the Obama-Care stipulation that all employers had to provide their employees with birth control whatevers, the case of the Christian baker sued for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake? And how about President Obama’s being granted an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Notre Dame University and his speech at Georgetown U, where both schools were ordered by Obama to cover up their religious symbols? Not so at his talks at mosques.
This war against Christianity started in his early years at the White House, but was anyone listening? A small segment of the Jewish community, the surviving politically conservative ones, together with like minded Christians saw this movement developing but were smothered by the mainstream media’s and our own peoples’ obeisance to the Liberal Left...
Israel: Still the Underdog in Today's Middle East - James Sinkinson (JNS)
Israel is the Middle East's ultimate scrappy underdog. Few countries in the world are more threatened by more belligerent enemies than Israel. Certainly, no country is hated as vehemently for its very existence. Iran threatens Israel on virtually a daily basis and makes belligerent military gestures on Israel's borders through its sponsorship of Syria and terror groups.
Israel is the only rule-of-law democracy and Western ally in the Middle East, struggling to defend itself against a deadly array of Islamist forces - including Iran, Syria, Turkey, Hizbullah and the Palestinians - all of whom are attempting to destroy the Jewish state. In truth, Israel is no less an underdog today than it was in 1948.
It struggles under a constant international diplomatic barrage at the UN, and daily attempts to violate its borders via land and sea...
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is the most widely respected politician in Israel, according to a survey conducted by website Lady Globes with the goal of assessing public attitudes to the country’s politicians.
The minister was chosen as the most admired by 18% of those polled. It’s the second year Shaked was picked for the top spot, beating her last year’s result of 16%. Shaked is most popular among men (26%), compared to women (17%). (Editor's Note: Usually female candidates are more popular among women. In this case, the men prefer the attractive female candidate.)
Shaked is a co-founder of the New Right party with Education Minister Naftali Bennett. The two broke away from the Jewish Home party in December. Although Bennett is the principal leader of the new party, due to Shaked’s popularity her name appears first on campaign posters.
Second place in the survey went to Knesset Member Orly Levy-Abekasis with 13 percent. She currently serves as an independent member of Israel’s parliament, having broken away from the Israel Beiteinu party. Levy-Abekasis has formed her own party, Gesher, which recent polls show winning four seats in the April elections.
Likud member and Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev was selected by 12% of those polled, followed by Labor party MK Shelly Yachimovich with 6%, Lady Globes reports. Yachimovich was recently selected as opposition leader by Labor party chairman Avi Gabbay.
The survey took place in early January through a representative online sample of 604 respondents aged 18 and over, representing all segments of Israel’s population that goes online, including the Arab sector.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein: Builder Bridges of Understanding Between Christians And Jews
Pat Robertson, Founder-CBN said: "Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at the untimely passing of my dear friend, Yechiel Eckstein. Yechiel has been a pioneer and champion of Christian/Jewish relations for decades. We have worked together on many projects, and the success of his organization attests to compassion that he feels for his fellow Jews who suffer in poverty in various parts of the world. I am sure I echo the words of our Lord, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.'"…
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the beloved founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, suddenly passed away Wednesday. He was 67 years old… When Rabbi Eckstein founded The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in 1983, his goal was simple: to build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, and to show Christians how to reestablish their Biblical connection to the land of Israel and the Jewish people.
For more than three decades, IFCJ has far exceeded expectations. Not only is the organization a leader in Jewish-Christian relations, but it has also helped thousands of Jews around the world escape poverty and anti-Semitism and return to their Biblical homeland—Israel.
The organization has funded humanitarian assistance that has touched millions of Jews worldwide. IFCJ raises about $140 million a year, making it one of Israel's largest humanitarian organizations.
Overall, the organization has raised more than $1.4 billion, mostly from evangelical Christians. Those funds go towards Holocaust survivors, social programs, hospitals, and even bomb shelters for those affected by conflicts with Hamas.”
‘Anti-Zionism’ Threatens Europe’s Jews by Daniel Schwammenthal
We keep hearing it isn’t the same as anti-Semitism. Even the EU knows better
‘Anti-Zionism isn’t the same as anti-Semitism,” we keep hearing. A new study suggests that for Jewish Europeans, the distinction is without a difference.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights polled some 16,500 Jews in 12 countries that account for 90% of the EU’s Jewish population. 85% say anti-Semitism is a problem in their country, and 28% report having experienced anti-Semitic harassment in the preceding 12 months—including 37% of those “who wear, carry or display items in public that could identify them as Jewish.” As a result, 34% avoid visiting Jewish events or sites, and 38% have considered emigrating.
Those who reported being harassed were asked to describe the perpetrator of the most serious incident. Only 13% said it was “someone with a right-wing political view,” compared with 30% who cited extremist Muslim views and 21% left-wing political views. (It is interesting to note that Radical Islam and the Radical Left are each bigger threats to Jews than the Radical Right. The Islamic invasion is hurting Jews. RAC)
Respondents were asked about anti-Semitic statements they heard online, in other media and at political events. The most common one, which 51% said they hear “frequently” or “all the time,” was “Israelis behave ‘like Nazis’ towards the Palestinians”—a claim that demonizes the Jewish state while diminishing the crimes of real Nazis.
The leftist counterargument is that anti-Zionism is a legitimate political position that has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. But anti-Zionists discriminate against the Jews alone among the peoples (and nations RAC) of the world and call for the Jewish state’s economic, cultural and academic boycott. What sense would it make to say: “I don’t think Ireland has a right to exist, but I’m not anti-Irish”?
Anti-Semitism has been likened to a virus that adapts to changes in society. What may have started with the accusation of “Christ-killer” morphed to socioeconomic “justifications” for Jew-hatred. In the late 19th century, racial theories provided pseudoscientific “evidence” of Jewish inferiority. The medieval libel of “Jews poisoning the wells” turned into “Zionists poison Palestinian water.” The 19th-century German politician Heinrich von Treitschke said “the Jews are our misfortune,” which the Nazis later picked up. The sentiment finds its modern equivalent in, “The world would be a better a better place without Israel.” A third of the respondents in the EU poll said they hear that frequently or all the time...
An Excellent History Lesson:
A Jewish Boycott
Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.
In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:
"Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not
be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try
to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery
of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea,
he must not seek diagnosis,
because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.
"A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube. Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.
If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of chloral hydrate.
Muslims must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.
Should a Muslim child get diphtheria, he must refrain from the “Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.
"Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.
They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.
"Muslims must refuse to use streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Oh, and by the way, don't call for a doctor on your cell phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer.
Editor's Note: The above items concentrate on medical benefits that Jews have contributed to the world. In addition, Jews are at the forefront of science, technology, agriculture, water conservation, information technology, computers, etc.
Also, Moses and the Prophets, as well as Yeshua, were all Jews. The entire Bible - both the Tanakh and the Newer Testament - were written by Jews. When Messiah Yeshua returns, he will be returning to Jerusalem, to the Jewish people.
Palestinians Apologize for Brutal Slaying of Israeli Teenager
Feb 2019 Israel Today Staff
Jews and Arabs often get along just fine, but that reality is almost never reported by the mainstream media. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Several Palestinian Arabs visited the home of the Ansbacher family in the Jewish settlement of Tekoa to express deep regret over the slaying of their daughter, Ori Ansbacher, by a Palestinian man. "There’s no religion in the world that supports this kind of act," insisted the leader of the Palestinian delegation, Ziyad Sabatin, in remarks to 103 FM, Non Stop Radio, outside the Ansbacher home. "We came to console here today," he added.
Sabatin has been pushing coexistence between Jews and Arabs for years, along with many other Palestinians from his hometown of Husan and other towns and villages in the vicinity of Bethlehem. What's notable is that Sabatin doesn't do this in the framework of left-wing Israeli politics that often view the very presence of Jews in the so-called "West Bank" as an obstacle to peace and a near-justification for terror.
No, Sabatin wants peace and coexistence with his Jewish settler neighbors. And he said that most of the time, there is relative peace and coexistence, but it's never shown by the mainstream media.
"The interest of journalists is to find where there’s violence," he told 103 FM. "Whenever there’s blood, you see them running there straightaway and making a fuss. Where there’s peace, you don’t see that. That’s a problem with journalists. We do a lot for peace, gatherings with people, a ton of activities for peace, coexistence, a shared life."
Muslim texts can be extreme. And some Muslims do not want to admit that. But Mohammad Tawhidi, a moderate Imam, is courageous enough to say the truth.
Mohammad Tawhidi is a moderate Muslim. He wants to spread peace. Tawhidi tries to show the dangers of radical Islam. What is crazy is that he has been kicked off and banned from Facebook on multiple occasions. All he wants to do is stop radical Islam and spread peace, and leftists want to stop him from doing that- for some strange reason.
But he has not backed down. And he does not seem like he will. When it comes to sharing the truth, he has the courage to stand up and speak up. Even if others are fighting against him, Tawhidi stands for what he believes in. He is a Muslim himself, yet he understands that Muslim texts have the tendency to radicalize Muslims.
In this debate, Tawhidi addresses the fact that Muslim texts lead young Muslims in the wrong direction. He says, “This happens because of the books that we have, the Islamic scriptures that we have. They push the Muslim youth to believe that if you go out there and you kill the infidel, that’s how you will gain paradise.” Jamal, on the other hand, claims that is not true. He says that it is because of ISIS that Muslims are getting radicalized. Jamal claims the scriptures have existed for hundreds of years and did not incite violence. But Tawhidi fights back with the truth – for 1400 years, Islam has been a religion of war.
Muslims are hearing and learning what their texts say. Young Muslims are being influenced by radical texts and extremism. Even when it is hard to face the truth, it must be done. Especially when an entire society is at risk.
U.S. House of Representatives Approves Motion Condemning Anti-Semitism - Juliegrace Brufke
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a motion on Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism in a 424-0 vote. The motion states: "It is in the national interests of the United States to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad. With an unfortunate rise in anti-Semitism and attempts to delegitimize Israel, the United States House of Representatives must emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism and reject all movements that deny Israel's right to exist." (The Hill)
David Ben Gurion Spoke About Love
In a speech given in 1944 to a gathering of youth groups in Haifa, David Ben Gurion, who would in the near future be the Prime Minister of Israel, referred to these words as an example of how Judaism serves as a paradigm of a society built on morality, peace and love: “Ours was a tiny nation inhabiting a small country, and there have been many tiny nations and many small countries, but ours was a tiny nation possessed of a great spirit; an inspired people that believed in its pioneering mission to all men, in the mission that had been preached by the prophets of Israel.
“This people gave the world great and eternal moral truths and commandments. This people rose to prophetic visions of the unity of the Creator with His creation, of the dignity and infinite worth of the individual because every man is created in the divine image, of social justice, universal peace, and love: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ This people was the first to prophesy about ‘the end of days,’ the first to see the vision of a new human society.” Even though Ben Gurion was not a religious Jew, he was deeply influenced by the Bible, which had a profound impact on his outlook and his actions on behalf of the Jewish State.
Why Do So Many American Politicians Support Israel? - Sam Goldman
American attitudes toward Israel have been shaped far more by debates among non-Jews than by the influence of Jewish organizations. The most important reason public officials support Israel is that the American public does. In fact, approval is at a 17-year high, with 74% of adults reporting a favorable opinion.
Public support for Israel is not a new phenomenon. Surveys conducted between 1947 and 1949 showed that nearly three times as many Americans sympathized with Jews over Arabs in the conflict in former Mandatory Palestine.
American approval for Israel has deep historical roots in the Christian understanding of America. Leaders of Puritan New England predicted the demographic return and political revival of the Jewish people in the biblical promised land. In 1845, John Price Durbin, a Methodist who served as chaplain of the Senate and president of Dickinson College, insisted on "the undoubted fact of the restoration of a Jewish state in Palestine."
In 1891, the evangelist William E. Blackstone presented a petition to President Benjamin Harrison calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Ottoman Palestine. Americans who signed included Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Fuller, future president William McKinley, titans of industry and finance like John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, and the editors of dozens of major newspapers. (Washington Post)
America Chooses Morality Over Money to Support Israel - David French
America's long support for Israel represents an enduring, bipartisan commitment to moral clarity in the Middle East. Even today, Israelis live under a terror-threat level experienced by few other nations, and it exists in the midst of a region full of people who express feelings of outright hatred
for its right to exist.
Generations of American politicians - from both parties - have seen these realities and have made the moral decision to support an embattled minority in the face of an avalanche of outright hate. It is to our nation's enduring credit that we've stood against that hate since Israel's founding.
A hostile Arab world has far more money and resources than the small Jewish state that it all too often seeks to eradicate. If cash is truly king, we would have thrown Israel under the bus in generations past. It is to our country's credit that we've chosen morality over money since 1948. (National Review)
It is Anti-Semitic to Oppose Israel's Right to Exist - Rob Berg
Israel should be challenged and scrutinized in the same way as any other country. Yet other countries, no matter how they came into being or how they behave, do not have their legitimacy or right to exist questioned or their outright destruction called for. Anti-Zionism should not be conflated with mere criticism of Israeli policy. Anti-Zionism rejects the very idea of a Jewish state.
Zionism is the belief in the right to self-determination of the Jewish people (a right guaranteed to them by international law) in their historical and spiritual homeland, Israel. It acknowledges the Jewish people as indigenous to the land and Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, although all citizens, including Israel's 20% Arab population, have equal civil rights. For most Jews, Zionism is core to their identity.
Had a Jewish homeland been set up anywhere else, for example in Uganda, then the accusation of colonialism would have legitimacy. But in the Land of Israel, where Jewish people are the Tangata Whenua - a Maori term that means "people of the land" - false accusations of colonialism are made to delegitimize the Jewish presence in their ancestral homeland.
Anti-Zionism has become the new form of anti-Semitism. The state of the Jews has become the Jew of the states. Yet Zionism is not just an idea but a reality whose elimination would mean 6.5 million Jews facing the prospect of ethnic cleansing and a return to homelessness.
(New Zealand Herald)
Though Israelis are scarcely surprised by the phenomenon of Palestinian terrorism, they were nonetheless sickened by the recent rape of a 19-year old girl, Ori Ansbacher, by Arafat Irfaiya, a 29-year-old Palestinian Arab from Hebron.
Upon capture by Israeli forces, Irfaiya made plain the motive underlying his foul deed when he told his interrogators, “I entered Israel with a knife because I wanted to become a martyr and murder a Jew.” Clearly unrepentant, Irfaiya, for good measure, smirked at TV cameras during his court remand hearing.
Irfaiya, who is connected to Hamas, the US- and EU-recognized Palestinian Arab terrorist group that calls in its Covenant for the global murder of Jews, was arrested in 2017 at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount armed with a large kitchen knife, and had indicated that, if released, he would “come back here with a knife.”
Such murderous aspirations are endemic within Palestinian Arab culture, because youth are taught in Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA)’s media, schools and youth camps to aspire to just such acts as a national and religious duty.
Examples include kindergarten graduation ceremonies in which youngsters put on plays about murdering Israelis; poem recitals about destroying Israel and its inhabitants’ public honoring by PA officials from Mahmoud Abbas down of youth who attempt to murder Jews; or PA TV inviting children to sing a song that urges Palestinians to seek “war” that will “smash and destroy” Israel; and so on.
Irfaiya has lived some 22 of his 29 years under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, since much of Hebron came under PA control in 1997. It is therefore scarcely surprising that he should frankly aspire to Jew-murder.
Irfaiya’s case is exceptional, however, for one fact: the PA and the various Palestinian Arab terrorist groups, who normally are uninhibited in naming and claiming their murderers as heroes, have disowned Irfaiya because he raped his victim prior to murdering her. It is likely that they fear that the act of rape might discredit a murder that could otherwise be passed off at home and abroad as an legitimate act of “resistance.”
That is the term given to nationally and religiously-motivated murder in the macabre vocabulary of Palestinian Arab politics. Apparently, terrorists have their scruples when it comes to Jew-rape, just not for Jew-murder.
It therefore seems safe to assume that disavowal of Irfaiya’s raping of his victim is an act of PA damage control and nothing more. After all, it is unlikely that a society that spon-taneously celebrates the news of Jews mur-dered in a terrorist outrage is going to be appalled at the rape of an Israeli woman.
In any event, Irfaiya is but one of hundreds of Palestinian Arab terrorists who routinely end up convicted and jailed by Israel, only for the PA to grant them a generous income whose size is proportionate to the number of Jewish lives they have snuffed out. Conversely, had they died committing their terrorist acts or in the course of seeking to evade apprehension by Israeli police, their families could rely on the PA to glorify their acts, to name schools and streets in their honor, and to provide them with stipends into the indefinite future, courtesy of the international taxpayers who provides the bulk of the PA budget.
In short, within the PA, a career in terrorism is the most honorable of callings. The recognition and honor it inspires are enormous, and the financial incentives and rewards are generous. In a society in which youth is taught to aspire, if need be, to a violent death in the course of murdering Jews, the disincentive of death and injury is not anything like the inhibitor one would expect it to be in the Western world.
As Western publics have learned in recent years, death in the cause of waging terrorist war on non-Muslims has attracted no shortage of Muslim men and women across the globe. The remarkable distinction in the Palestinian case is that acts of jihadist terrorism do not enjoy wall-to-wall public approval in other Muslim societies.
In the PA-controlled West Bank (Judea/ Samaria) and Hamas-controlled Gaza, they do. Thus the absence of peace and thus, too, the durability of hostilities.
Sea Of Galilee Rises Over 4 Feet Since Start Of Winter: The water level of Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) has risen more than four feet since the rainy season began in late October 2018. According to the Water Authority, the Kinneret has been steadily rising... Despite current rainfall and the lake’s increased water levels, the Kinneret is still more than 16 feet below the mark that is considered full. Water levels are expected to rise as the winter progresses. (J.Post)
by Emily Jones WWW.CBN.COM/CBNNEWS
Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, who is described as the "Imam of Peace," is calling out Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Semitic statements, and he's doing it in a powerful way – while standing in the very place where millions of Jews were murdered by anti-Semites – Auschwitz.
The Muslim cleric visited the death camp to pay his respects to the Jewish people and take aim at anti-Semitism in the US. "I am here to take a stand against anti-Semitism. I am in Auschwitz in Poland. This is where millions of Jews were killed," he says in a video posted to Twitter. He then urged the United States to not allow anti-Semitism in its halls of government.
"The American Congress should focus on serving the American people. It should not be a platform for Islamist members of the American government to preach their hate against the Jewish people. The Jewish people will remain a minority and have remained a minority. If this situation continues then this minority will be persecuted once again and we need to make sure that this never happens," Tawhidi says.
"It is very sad to see what is happening within in the American government. People like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, absolute frauds and Islamists, promoting hatred against the Jewish people," he continues.
Editor's Note: There are indeed good Muslims who condemn Radical Islamists. May God bless Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, and keep him safe.
Jewish Nobel Prize Winners
The Nobel Prize is perhaps the most prestigious award that anyone can receive for outstanding achievements in science and humanity. It was established by Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) in his will. He was the inventor of dynamite and a successful industrialist. His will instructed that a fund be established to recognize people or organizations for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, economics, literature, and peace. Perhaps this was to atone for his invention of dynamite.
The first Nobel Prizes were given in 1901. Of the 908 individuals who have received Nobel Prizes, 205 have been Jewish. This is astonishing! Jews make up only 0.2% of the world's population. That's only a fifth of one percent! Yet 22.6% of the prizes were won by Jews, or 113 times more prizes than they should have won based solely on the Jewish population of the world. These prizes are given annually to those who "during the previous year, have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind."
It is obvious that the Jewish people have benefited mankind tremendously considering all of the Nobel Prizes that have been won by Jews. These prizes were not won by Jews because the world loves the Jews. They were won by Jews because Jews earned these prizes. Jewish people often had to struggle far harder to get an education, often stymied by strict quotas keeping Jews down to a very low number in colleges and universities, or completely forbidden in many cases.
Six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. The surviving Jews of Europe became refugees. Yet these survivors were able to somehow rebuild their lives, and even help bring about the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948. Jews continued to win far more Nobel Prizes than their relatively meager numbers should warrant, for which the world owes them a debt of gratitude. Not only did we lose six million Jews during those awful years of World War II. We also lost the descendants of these six million.
These multiplied millions of Jews could have (and would have) contributed much to civilization if they had been allowed to live. Science, technology, medicine, agriculture, and many other fields of human endeavor would have benefited the world. There could have been cures for hundreds of diseases that continue to plague mankind. Israelis travel the globe sharing the wonders of agricultural innovation and water conservation with many countries. Whenever there is a disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami, massive forest fires, etc., Israelis are often the first ones on the scene. Much more could have been accomplished if more Jews had lived.
In addition, Jews gave the world Moses, the prophets, and even Messiah Yeshua. The Bible itself was written by Jews - both Testaments!
The World Jewish Congress marked the official day of remembrance for the “forgotten refu-gees,” namely those Jewish refugees from Arab countries who were exiled from their homes between the 1940s and 1970s. Jewish communities lived, flourished and made impor-tant contributions to societies in Arab lands for over 2,500 years, and were forcibly expelled when Arab regimes began campaigns of perse-cution.
Robert Singer, WJC Executive Vice Presi-dent and CEO, said, “ For too long, the inte-rnational community has ignored the true and complete history of the Middle Eastern refu-gees. While the subject of the Palestinian Arabs has been most salient in the United Nations, the rights of the Middle Eastern Jew-ish refugees have been virtually ignored.
“The world has long recognized the Pales-tinian refugee issue without acknowledging the other side of the story – the nearly 900,000 Jewish refugees of Arab countries who were deprived of their rights as citizens during the same time period. The persecution of the Jews of the Middle East began even before the establishment of the State of Israel and continued with the outbreak of the 1967 war. Arab states expropriated the property of their Jewish citizens and arrested, tortured, mur-dered and expelled many of them.”
“The World Jewish Congress has a long history of assisting Jews in Arab and Muslim countries,” added Singer. “In the 1950’s, the WJC helped to enable the safe passage of Jewish refugees in coordination with several Arab governments in North Africa. The story of these refugees that the world forgot continues to be a focus of the WJC in order to correct the historical record and to ensure the preser-vation of Jewish communal and sacred sites in Arab countries where Jews once lived. Without recognition of their history and their plight, the international community cannot understand the entirety of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is time that the United Nations and its agencies, governments and other international organiza-tions recognize the facts and bring to light what truly happened to the Jewish communi-ties that once thrived in Arab lands.”
odd of God, to choose the Jews;
But not as odd, as those who choose,
The Jewish God, but spurn the Jews.
100 Gravestones Desecrated With Swastikas in Jewish Cemetery in France: In an incident of a series of anti-Semitic attacks in France, a Jewish cemetery close to Strasbourg was vandalized and some 100 gravestones desecrated and spray-painted with Swastikas. President of France Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery on 19 Feb 2019 to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. “Anti-Semitism is the negation of what France is,” tweeted Macron on his journey to the cemetery, adding that he would be visiting the Holocaust memorial that evening in France “to recall the biting facts of our history." In Dec 2018, a Jewish cemetery in the nearby town of Herrlisheim was also desecrated with 37 gravestones spray-painted with Swastikas and other graffiti. Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog denounced the desecration of the graves, describing it as “another severe incident which underlines the anti-Semitism virus attacking Europe and threatening Jews in the streets,” adding “governments, wake up”. Minister of Aliyah and Integration Yoav Gallant called on Jews to immigrate to Israel in response to the vandalization of the cemetery and other recent anti-Semitic incidents. (J.Post)
Netanyahu: ‘Arab Countries Concerned About How to Fight Radical Islam': Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke in Feb 2019 at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The Israeli Prime Minister said, "With the Arab countries, the question is how to fight radical Islam. Last week in Warsaw we saw something amazing - there were 64 ministers, representatives of 60 countries, together with representatives of Arab countries who came to the stage and talked about Iran. They said that Iran is the greatest danger today. They talked about finding solutions to problems in the Middle East and said, 'Yes, we want to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem, but it cannot be solved unless we stop Iranian aggression'." (INN) Source for the above items:
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Australia’s PM Scott Morrison has deemed Israel “a beacon of democracy in the Middle East.” He said that though Australia chaired the 1947 UN Committee which voted to divide the territory of Mandate Palestine, the country will be “standing by Israel in the face of biased and unfair targeting of Israel in the UN General Assembly.” Morrison last week described Israel as “a nation of immigrants with a free press; parliamentary democracy; financially prosperous; the source of innovation in the world; and a refuge from persecution and genocide, that is somehow now the center of cruelty in the world, according to some in the UN. That is intellectual fraud.”
Just How Radicalized is Ilhan Omar’s District? “More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than in any other jurisdiction in the country,” Fox News reported. The Muslim community is a part of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which is now represented by Ilhan Omar. Omar is one of two Muslim women elected to the House in Nov. 2018. The FBI has at least 45 recorded instances of Somalis from that community leaving the country to join radical Islamic terrorist groups like al-Shabab or ISIS. In 2018 alone, Fox reported, “a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled,” the report stated. In case you were wondering what kind of people would vote for Omar, a clear anti-Semite who unfairly bashes Israel, likely you've found the answer. (Steadfast Loyal)
Did Jesus Come to Start a New Religion? What about Paul?
Answer: Jesus didn't come to start a new religion. We believe Yeshua is the Messiah for the old religion: Judaism. However, even Paul also remained a Jew, and in fact, even remained a Pharisee (Acts 23:6). In Acts 22:3 and Romans 11:1, Paul calls himself a Jew and an Israelite. He never calls himself a Christian. In Acts 24:14, he proclaims his life "in accordance with the Law, and what is written in the Prophets." However, people took Paul's writings and twisted them to make new religions, various permutations of Christianity. Both Paul and Jesus would be appalled to see how their words were twisted, and the new religions born out of these corruptions of their words.
Imagine the horrors of killing Jews in Jesus' name. But it happened far too often. Regretfully, for centuries Christians were forbidden to read the Bible, and it was only available to the priests in Latin. If you had a question, you went to the priest for an (incorrect) answer. If Christians had been allowed to read (and believe) the Bible, most of Christian history would have been much nicer. Actually, Paul talked about grafting Gentiles into the Jewish Olive Tree in Romans 11:17-24, not to start a new non-Jewish religion. If people had followed Paul's instructions, there would be hundreds of millions of Gentiles grafted into the (Messianic) Jewish faith.
Australia on Feb 25 called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop its
biased treatment of Israel by eliminating Agenda Item 7 that singles out only
Israel. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said,
"Denmark will work for a council that treats all states in an equal and
fair manner. It undermines the credibility of this council and its members when
it insists on singling out one country, Israel, a democracy, under its own
agenda item." Only Israel is singled out with its own separate listing on
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne added: "It is our firm view that a separate agenda item focusing on a single country situation - in this case Israel - is inappropriate. It does not occur in any other context for any other country." (Jerusalem Post)
Israel Among 10 Healthiest
Nations on Earth
David Lazarus www.IsraelToday.co.il
That’s according to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 countries according to factors that contribute to overall health. Israel is 54 spots ahead of the United States.
The report, which was published Sunday, shows that four European nations were among the top 10: Iceland (third place), Switzerland (fifth), Sweden (sixth) and Norway (ninth). Japan was the healthiest Asian nation. Israel fell to 10th place from 9th in 2017.
The Bloomberg Index ranks countries on life expectancy, access to medical care, sanitation and diet. Countries are penalized for tobacco use, obesity and other health risks.
Researchers say eating habits may provide clues to Israel’s healthy population, as well as Spain, which placed first. It is well-known that Mediterranean diets based on vegetables, olive oil, garlic and legumes like lentils, sesame seeds, humous, and tahini lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce fats.
In the USA, life expectancy has been dropping due to deaths from drug overdoses and suicides. America placed 64th due in part to a very high rate of obesity. Recent figures estimate that about 40 percent of the country, that’s more than 93 million citizens, are overweight and considered morbidly obese.
China, home to 1.4 billion people, rose three places to 52nd. Life expectancy in China is on track to surpass the US by 2040, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Chief Rabbi of Argentina Violently Beaten in His Home - Jeremy Sharon
The Chief Rabbi of Argentina Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was severely beaten in his home in Buenos Aires early Monday and has been hospitalized with "serious injuries." Davidovich's wife was tied up during the break-in and the assailants stole money and other possessions from the home while telling Davidovich, "We know that you are the AMIA Rabbi." AMIA is the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. (Jerusalem Post)