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DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN USA AND ISRAEL

November 25th, 2014

DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN USA AND ISRAEL
(Jerusalem Post Article)

Disagreements between the leaders of Israel, US do not translate into an actual crisis in relations between the two states.

Monday’s alleged US intervention in Israeli domestic affairs over the “Jewish state bill” is a real-time example how the myth of a crisis in US-Israel ties is perpetuated.

And, yes, the “crisis” in US ties is a myth.

Are there problems between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Absolutely. Do they disagree about policy toward Iran and the Palestinians? They most certainly do.

But disagreements between the leaders do not translate into a crisis in relations between the two states.

Obama is no longer going to be President in two years, and Netanyahu won’t be Prime Minister forever.

US-Israeli relations are much wider and broader than just the ties between the two leaders. They encompass Congress, the Pentagon, the business community, public support. And on each of those counts, the relationship is strong, even very strong.

An extremely pro-Israel Congress was just voted out of office, to be replaced by what is expected to be an even more pro-Israel Congress.

Defense and security ties have never been better, both sides admit, and both sides benefit a great deal (even if Israel benefits much more). Economic ties with the US are robust, and public opinion polls over the summer put Americans’ sympathy with Israel over the Palestinians at near record highs.

There are disagreements, but no crisis – despite the now famous “chickenshit” comment about Netanyahu that appeared in The Atlantic monthly.

But then the State Department spokesman answers a leading question/comment by a reporter at a daily press briefing by saying that the US expects Israel to retain its democratic nature, and we’re all off again to the “crisis” races.

Likud Chairman Ze’ev Elkin screams that the US cannot preach to us, the Israeli left screams that Elkin cannot preach to the US, and former Ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon says on Israel Radio that the US criticism of the bill was unprecedented.

Really. Let’s look at that criticism. And it is important to look at the flow of the Q and A with State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke in the transcript to see whether what he said was, in context, that egregious or wildly intervening in Israeli affairs. Was it, in short, another example of “The Crisis?”

“Question: What’s the US reaction to Israel’s nationality law approved by the government?

“Rathke: Well, this is the beginning of a process, and so I don’t want to speculate on the outcome. It would be our general view, though, that we would expect any final legislation to continue Israel’s commitment to democratic principles.”

Not much there, a rather parve response to a question that becomes much more loaded when the reporter then asks, “That means that every person should have a vote, not just Jewish people?”

Say what? Where exactly is that coming from? Does anybody really think the law is meant to deprive non-Jews of the vote. But back to the manuscript.

“Rathke: Well, the United States position, which is unchanged, has been clear for years – and the President and the Secretary have also reiterated it – is that Israel is a Jewish and democratic state in which all citizens should enjoy equal rights …

“Question: — democratic principles. That means you’re worried that it won’t continue democratic principles, and it suggests that you’re worried that Israeli Arabs may be disenfranchised. Is that your concern here?

“Rathke: Well, I would say also that this [bill] is a [legislative] process that is underway. It is not final. And naturally, it has aroused quite a bit of interest, so I think it’s not strange that we would be expected – that we would be asked and that we would offer our view.

“Question: And is it fair, then, to say that your concern is that it will not continue – that it’s possible it won’t continue democratic principles?

“Rathke: Well, I’m not going to speculate about the shape and final outcome of the legislation, but simply to point out that we would expect it to continue Israel’s commitment to democratic principles.”

Of course he would expect the legislation to continue Israel’s commitment to democratic principles, and – despite the reporter’s reading into his answer and fishing for a conflict – the spokesman is not saying the legislation won’t continue Israel’s commitment to democratic principles.

But to infer from there that the US – as another indication of “The Crisis” – is interfering in Israel’s domestic matters like it has never done before, and that all this just shows how bad things have become between countries, is absurd.

It is doubtful that Elkin read the transcript when he issued this sarcastic response: “I want to thank our allies in the US State Department for making time in their busy schedule of preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb and confronting radical Islam to focus their attention on the most pressing issue in the Middle East and the entire world for that matter: teaching the Israeli public a little bit about democracy,” Elkin remarked.

Huh? Can the spokesman’s words really be construed as the US official trying to teach the Israeli public about democracy?

But, wait, then Economy Minister Naftali Bennett chimed in on Army Radio saying, “I say to the Americans: We will handle the affairs of the State of Israel ourselves.”

What comments like those do – comments which seem triggered as much by the State Department’s spokesman’s remarks as they are by the scent of elections in the air – is to perpetuate the perception of a crisis. A perception that – despite leading and dishonest questions in the US, and overheated, campaign-motivated reactions in Israel – does not accurately reflect reality.

UPDATE ON CAROLE’S MELANOMA SURGERY

November 25th, 2014

UPDATE ON CAROLE’S MELANOMA SURGERY

Carole and I (David) again want to thank all of you for your love, support, and prayers. Carole’s surgery took place on Friday, November 14, 2014. Today (November 25) was her postoperative examination. We are happy to tell you that nothing more is needed to be done. The hospital staff was most encouraging, and we are praising the Lord for what appears to be a successful surgery on her shoulder. The surgery was done at UCI Irvine Hospital at their Melanoma Cancer Center. Again, thank you for your prayers!

IRAN SAYS WEST COULD NOT BRING IRAN TO ITS KNEES

November 25th, 2014

IRAN SAYS WEST COULD NOT BRING IRAN TO ITS KNEES
(Jerusalem Post)

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday “arrogant” powers had tried hard to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees but had failed.

In a comment apparently referring to the failure of Iran and six world powers on Monday to end a 12-year dispute about Iran’s nuclear goals, a message on the English-language account said: “In the nuclear issue, arrogants have made their best to bring Iran to its knees but they were not able and will not be able to do so.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took a more conciliatory tone in relation to the talks, saying Monday that the positions of Tehran and six major powers over its nuclear program had come closer after a week of marathon talks that failed to clinch a final agreement.

“During the talks in Vienna many gaps were narrowed and our positions with the other side got closer,” Rouhani told Iranian state television.

Iran and the six major powers – the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany – decided on Monday to extend the talks until June 30, 2015, hoping to finally end the 12-year dispute at a time when Middle East turmoil is worsening.

“I am certain that we will reach the final accord, if not today, then tomorrow,” said Rouhani, who won the Iranian election in a landslide last year promising to ease tension with the West and improve Iran’s sanction-hit economy.

“We have had some agreements behind the scenes, but putting those on paper, we are still not there yet.”

The goal is a deal that could defuse wider conflict in the Middle East, open the door to ending economic sanctions on Iran and start bringing a nation of 76 million people in from the cold after decades of antagonism with the West.

While US Secretary of State John Kerry cited substantial progress, he said that talks would not continue forever and that the coming months would be tough despite new ideas being floated. He did not outline what those ideas were.

Publicly all sides say it is still possible to reach a comprehensive agreement that would lift sanctions in return for long-term limits on Iran’s nuclear program to ensure it never makes an atomic weapon.

Kerry said there would be no additional sanctions relief beyond what was already agreed under an interim deal signed exactly one year ago in Geneva.

“We not only keep to the Geneva agreement but use the Geneva agreement for coming to a final accord,” Rouhani said.

While denying it seeks to make nuclear weapons, Iran has refused to halt its enrichment of uranium, prompting crippling US, EU and UN sanctions that have cut deeply into Iranian oil revenues and caused inflation and unemployment to soar.

“I promise the Iranian people that the centrifuges (enrichment machines) will not stop spinning, but … people’s lives must continue to get better day by day,” Rouhani said.

NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT APPROVES “JEWISH STATE” LAW

November 24th, 2014

NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT APPROAVES “JEWISH STATE” LAW

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday voted 15 to 7 in favor of new legislation that would make official Israel’s status as the “Jewish state.”

The bill, which will go before the Knesset plenum later this week, seeks to codify the national rights of Israel’s Jews, while also reinforcing the individual rights of all minorities.

In practical terms, that means only Jews can make claims to a national flag, anthem and a right of immigration.

In reality, the law changes nothing. The Israeli flag and anthem are already focused on the Jewish nature of the state, and only Jews are granted a “right of return.”

As such, the move is largely symbolic, but seen as important nonetheless by Netanyahu and many others at a time when the Palestinians and some Israeli Arab elements are trying to undermine the Jewish nature of the state and, in the Prime Minister’s words, “create a state within a state.”

But, as seen in the vote count from this morning, not everyone agreed.

The cabinet only cast its votes following what was reported to be a heated shouting match between Netanyahu and some of his more left-leaning ministers.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni both painted the bill as racist toward the nation’s minorities. However, their outbursts seemingly failed to take into account the changes Netanyahu made to the original draft.

In its original form, the proposed legislation made Israel’s democratic nature subservient to its Jewish nature, and sought to downgrade Arabic as an official language of the state.

Netanyahu was harshly critical of anyone, both in Israel or in the international community, who calls for a two-state solution, but opposes this bill.

“They rush to recognize a state of the Palestinian people, but they strongly oppose a state of the Jewish people,” he said.

Netanyahu has made Palestinian recognition of Israel as the “Jewish state” a cornerstone of his position regarding peace negotiations.

NETANYAHU: A COUNTRY CANNOT BE RUN ON ARGUMENTS

November 23rd, 2014

NETANYAHU: A COUNTRY CANNOT BE RUN ON ARGUMENTS
by Tova Dvorin (Arutz Sheva News)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a series of pressing national and security issues Sunday, elaborating at length on such issues as Iran, the ‘Jewish State Law,’ and bills against incitement, in his opening remarks to his Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu first addressed Iran.

“Last night US Secretary of State John Kerry updated me on the situation in the nuclear talks with Iran,” he said. “We are anxiously monitoring developments in these talks.”

“We are holding discussions with the representatives of other major powers and are presenting them with a vigorous position to the effect that Iran must not be allowed to be determined as a nuclear threshold state,” he added. “There is no reason why it should be left with thousands of centrifuges that could enable it to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb in a short time.”

“Neither is there any reason why Iran should continue to develop intercontinental missiles, which could carry nuclear warheads, and thereby threaten the entire world,” he continued. “Therefore, no agreement at all would be preferable to a bad agreement that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity.”

Iran and six world powers are holding talks in Vienna in an attempt to reach a lasting agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program before a deadline on Monday.

While world leaders have said that Iran and the West have “never been closer” to an agreement, Israel has warned repeatedly that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has embarked on a “charm offensive” to buy time to continue building nuclear warheads.

Fighting terror at home

The Prime Minister then addressed an upcoming vote on proposals to strip Israeli citizenship from Israeli Arabs involved in terror attacks.

“Over the weekend I instructed Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mendelbit, along with Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, to submit draft legislation to revoke rights from residents who participate in terrorism or incitement against the State of Israel,” he said.

“It cannot be that those who attack Israeli citizens and call for the elimination of the State of Israel will enjoy rights such as National Insurance, and their family members as well, who support them.”

“This law is important in order to exact a price from those who engage in attacks and incitement, including the throwing of stones and firebombs, and it complements the demolition of terrorists’ homes, and helps to create deterrence vis-à-vis those who engage in attacks and incitement,” he added.

Netanyahu’s declaration emerges hours after Erdan revoked the residency status of Mahmoud Nadi, the driver for the suicide bomber responsible for the June 2001 Dolphinarium attack.

‘Jewish State’ tensions

Netanyahu also addressed tensions surrounding the upcoming ‘Jewish State Law,’ which is due to be voted upon by the Cabinet later Sunday.

“Today, I will submit to the Cabinet the nationality law and the principles that I believe need to guide this legislation,” he began. “The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish People. It has equal individual rights for every citizen and we insist on this. But only the Jewish People have national rights: A flag, anthem, the right of every Jew to immigrate to the country, and other national symbols. These are granted only to our people, in its one and only state.”

Netanyahu then deflected heavy criticism from the political left over the law.

“I hear from people who say ‘Who needs this law? We’ve managed without it for 66 years,'” he stated. “And I ask: Who needed Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty? We managed without it for 45 years. But both are necessary. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. There are those who would like the democratic to prevail over the Jewish and there are those who would like the Jewish to prevail over the democratic. And in the principles of the law that I will submit today both of these values are equal and both must be considered to the same degree.”

The Prime Minister noted that the new law addresses current realities, especially regarding incitement from within Israel.

“This law is also needed now for another reason: There are many who are challenging Israel’s character as the national state of the Jewish people,” he explained. “The Palestinians refuse to recognize this and there is also opposition from within.”

“There are those – including those who deny our national rights – who would like to establish autonomy in the Galilee and the Negev,” he continued. “Neither do I understand those who are calling for two states for two peoples but who also oppose anchoring this in law. They are pleased to recognize a Palestinian national state but strongly oppose a Jewish national state.”

He also denied that he changed the law, radically, to account for opposition from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

“On the eve of last Independence Day, I stood in the hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed in Tel Aviv and I promised to submit this legislation to the Cabinet and I am doing so today,” he said. “I have not softened it and I have not changed anything. I have submitted the principles of the law that I believe in, the same principles that appear in the Declaration of Independence, the same principles that I absorbed in the Zionist sprit from my father, who absorbed them from Zeev Jabotinsky and from Binyamin Zeev Herzl.”

“Around the nationality law, and around other issues, I hear ultimatums, diktat and threats of quitting from various parts of the coalition; a country cannot be run this way,” he stressed. “We must concentrate on strengthening security against waves of extremist Islam and the Iranian nuclear danger, on strengthening Israel’s economy and increasing citizens’ welfare – and not on threats. I believe that the heads of the parties in the coalition will unite and work in this spirit.”

HAMAS THREATENS: ALL ISRAELI LEADERS “LEGITIMATE TARGETS”

November 21st, 2014

HAMAS THREATENS: ALL ISRAELI LEADERS “LEGITMATE TARGETS”
by Tova Lovrin (Arutz Sheva News)

Hours after Liberman assassination plot foiled, Hamas calls for more ‘revenge’ against ‘leaders of the occupation.’

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri justified a foiled plan to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Friday, claiming that while he does not personally know of information regarding the plot, “all the leaders of the occupation are considered legitimate targets for resistance.”

“The leaders of the occupation, who are responsible for the killing of women and children and the desecration of holy places, are legitimate targets,” he said, in remarks translated by Channel 10 news.

On Thursday, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) revealed that three Hamas terrorists had been planning to assassinate Liberman during Operation Protective Edge over the summer by buying RPG missiles and then launching them at the foreign minister’s car, in hopes that the attack would stop Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

The terrorists – Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, and Adnan Amin Mahmoud Tzabih, 31 – were caught while carrying out surveillance on Liberman’s Nokdim home.

Less than twelve hours later, Palestinian Arab sources revealed that another series of attacks had been prevented after the ISA busted a large terror cell in Judea and Samaria – Hamas terrorists who had been conscripted via Hamas agents in Turkey to commit terror attacks in the region as well as in Jerusalem.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar on Sunday declared that the group was intending to widen its terror scope throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and that it intends to continue to lead the Palestinian Arab camp which advocates for armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.

Hamas has been escalating its incitement campaign against Jews and Israelis through heightened rhetoric and social media, releasing earlier this week a music video in broken Hebrew encouraging “car attacks” against Israeli citizens.

IN THIS STRUGGLE, ISRAEL CAN PREVAIL!

November 20th, 2014

IN THIS STRUGGLE, ISRAEL CAN PREVAIL!
Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Israel can withstand and overcome the current wave of violence, which is just another chapter in the struggle against Arab and Islamist hatred. But to do so, there are concrete steps that Israel should take – now!.

During these difficult days of increasing terror, the most urgent question is: What can we do in order to cope optimally with the growing terrorist violence in Israel, knowing that behind the scenes there are several players who are expending intense efforts to bring about an explosion.

Leading the pack is Hamas, whose goal is to become the undisputed leader of the Palestinian Arabs at the expense of the Palestinian Authority – and, for good measure, giving Sisi something to remember.

Supporting Hamas is a coalition composed of Qatar and Turkey, with unlimited sources of funds.

The PLO, at the same time, is trying to hold on to first place and cannot allow itself to appear less extreme than Hamas, for fear it will be accused of cooperating with Israel. This is the origin of the two-faced behavior of the PA: on the one hand, it presents a cooperative face to Israel and on the other hand, it stabs Israel in the back, through incitement and education, on the street and in international forums.

Qatar bases its standing in the Arab world and the West by pouring oil on the fire, exactly as it does with Islamic State. Hypocritically, in the usual Qatari fashion, it funds Islamic state while, as part of the Western coalition, it expresses support for those who fight it.

Behind the scenes of the growing terror Israel faces stands Islamic State, the model for successful battles against the enemies of Islam: massacre the enemy, act with extreme violence and use fast vehicles that give the impression of Jihad’s sweeping, advancing victory. The murderers who entered the Jerusalem Synagogue did not bring long butcher’s cleavers for nothing.

The answer:

The time for politically correct euphemisms is over and the unpleasant truth must be told as it is. First of all, Israel must say emphatically: the Palestinian Authority established on the basis of the Oslo Accords is an enemy entity, an enemy whose goal is establishing an Arab state in place of Israel, not alongside Israel, but on its ruins. That is the reason the Oslo Accords were violated so blatantly and thoroughly by the other side, resulting in them being declared null and void..

In addition, Israel must cease funding the PA on the basis of economic agreements derived from the Oslo Accords. There is no other country that funds an enemy entity, and there is no reason for Israel to be the only country that acts in such a delusional manner.

The government of Israel must condemn those among us who were instrumental in giving us the “New Middle East”, even those who once held posts of high honor.

2. Israel must announce as clearly as possible that Jerusalem is not a subject in any negotiations with anyone. It was never the capital of any entity connected to the Arab or Islamic world and was never ruled by a king, sultan, emir or caliph, so that there is no historical or legal basis for demanding that it be the capital of any state other than Israel.

3. Israel has to remind the entire world that Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem were areas occupied by Jordan for 19 years, from May 1948 until June 1967. Had the Arab world felt it was just and necessary, it could have established a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital then, without anyone in the world disputing it. The Arabs refrained from doing that for the 7000 days in which Jordan had control of the area and therefore have no right to demand from Israel what they did not demand from themselves.

5. Israel must immediately shut down all the PA institutions in Jerusalem and any governmental entity that is not that of the state of Israel. Sovereignty cannot be shared or compromised on, because he who compromises with regard to his sovereignty loses it.

6.The police must issue a restraining order against all Islamic Movement activists, first and foremost to Sheikh Raad Salah and his deputy Sheikh Kamal el Khatib. After that, the possibility of issuing an order forbidding them to leave Um El Fahem and Kafr Kana should be considered.

7. Israel must immediately shut down all the Hamas TV stations broadcasting in Judea and Samaria.

8. Israel must keep the bodies of all dead terrorists who committed terror attacks. To all events, Israel must forbid their burial in Jerusalem, especially not in the vicinity of the Temple Mount, because burial in that spot is an expression of pride in the shahid and encourages more terror.

9. Israel must announce that it is building a new neighborhood, a new settlement or at least a new building in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria in memory of every terror victim. Let the terrorists discover that terror makes the Jewish People’s connection to its land stronger.

10. Israel must change the way it views Europe. This continent is gradually turning into an Islamist area, and European politicians are becoming more and more dependent on the Muslim voter. They have to take stands dictated to them by the voters in their electoral district, and these brought their visceral hatred of Jews and Israel with them from their countries of origin. I do not see this pattern changing, so that for Israel, relying on Europe is a waste of effort at best and under normal circumstances, like entering hostile territory.

11. Israelis have to internalize the fact that their neighbors do not want them in the Middle East, and that Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon as seen as “settlements” just as Eli, Shilo and Neve Daniel are. The entire Peace industry is just froth topping the waves of the stormy waters of the Middle East. It succeeded in blinding us to the point where we did not accept the reality of the situation and it managed to neutralize the will of some of us to fight for our land and freedom, but it had no absolutely no effect on our neighbors.

12. Israel must develop a psychological mindset that prepares it for a multi-pronged struggle, because many of the countries in the world are against the existence of the state of Israel and will do anything to weaken its security, economic stability and legitimacy.

Israel must publicly condemn people, such as Martyn Indyk, who accept funding from countries like Qatar which uses its money to influence political stands vis a vis Israel.

13. Israel’s justice system must internalize the fact that we are struggling for our survival. We cannot relate to enemies of the state as if they are deserving of mercy at the hands of our country’s legal system. The legal system was not intended to make the state vulnerable but to base it on law and order so that it can continue to function during difficult times.

14. The people of Israel must trust in God and in themselves, they must be prepared to fight for their existence. This struggle is infinitely more important than what the Knesset and the media have been stressing – VAT on purchasing an apartment or any internal political struggle. Ministers and MK’s must rise above narrow party considerations and begin to lead the Jewish people in its struggle to keep its land, state and liberty.

CNN APOLOGIZES FOR “ISRAEL SHOOTS PALESTINIANS” HEADLINE

November 19th, 2014

CNN Apologizes For ‘Israel Shoots Palestinians’ Headline

CNN has apologized for one of several errors in its reporting of Tuesday morning’s brutal terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

In one particularly jarring error, the headline presented for the story broadcast live to tens of millions of viewers read: “Israeli… Police Shot, Killed 2 Palestinians.” The headline sparked outrage, with one prominent Israeli activist calling for the CNN reporter responsible to have his press credentials removed.

Several hours and countless angry responses later, the international news corporation finally apologized.

“As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers. We erred and regret the mistake,” said a statement.

But the particular headline in question was just one of a raft of CNN bloopers surrounding the attack – leading many Israelis suspicious that the “mistake” had more to do with the corporation’s editorial line than human error, with some accusing reporters of bending over backwards to play-down Palestinian violence.

CNN apologizes

One particularly embarrassing, headline aired shortly after the story broke, read “Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque,” while another seemed to play down the role of the “2 Palestinians” (i.e. terrorists) who were killed by police by equating their death with those of their victims, blandly proclaiming: “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Dead in Jerusalem.”

Yossi Dagan, the head of media relations for the Samaria Regional Council, filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Government Press Office (GPO) in response to the headlines. “There is no reality elsewhere in the world where journalists can report a terror attack in this style,” he stated. “This rule should also apply to foreign reporters in Israel. There is good and there is bad, there are killers and there are victims.”

Read: What Really Happened in Tuesday’s Synagogue Massacre?

“The media arena in recent years has become an equally important battlefield for Israel, and it must use all the tools at its disposal to demand certain baselines in its media coverage,” he continued. “Coverage like this legitimizes the next murder; whoever loses in this loses the next war as well.”

“CNN’s strange headline is a direct continuation of a series of other reports in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that appeared recently,” the letter said, noting by way of example the report on the car rampage near the Jerusalem light rail last month by the Associated Press which began with the title “Israeli police shot a man in East Jerusalem.”

CRISIS IN NIGERIA GROWS MORE DESPARATE!

November 19th, 2014

CRISIS IN NIGERIA GROWS MORE DESPARATE!
by Amie Cotton (ASSIST MINISTRIES)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS) — Gunfire and bomb blasts are filling the city of Mubi in northeast Nigeria with smoke and corpses while a Nigeria-based ministry assisted by Christian Aid Mission struggles to meet the needs of a growing number of Internally Displaced People (IDP).

Thousands of people in Adamawa state, Nigeria are fleeing Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

“The situation is so horrific, as all people, including women, children and the aged alike, trek for over 50 kilometers, some of whom have died on the road,” the director of the ministry based in the area said. “The second biggest city in Adamawa state is now occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, killing anyone they see.”

The ministry has begun rescuing groups of IDPs and transferring them to a safe location. Since the Islamic extremist Boko Haram began its takeover of Mubi in late October, many have fled to Yola, all of them dependent on humanitarian aid. The rescue mission has cost 120,000 naira (US$723) in just the last three days, and the director expects the ministry will need more than 1 million naira (US$6,026) to feed, clothe and resettle people in the coming days.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose a strict version of sharia (Islamic law) on all of Nigeria, now occupies Mubi, once a city of 300,000 people, as well as Michika, Madagali and Bazza, the director said. Designated a terrorist organization by the United State, Boko Haram is said to have threatened to seize the key city of Yola within a few weeks.

Having recovered two children captured by Boko Haram, the Nigerian ministry providing aid to those fleeing the Islamist terrorist group must relocate if it is to continue providing relief and development projects in Christ’s name.

In the course of seizing the town of Mubi, in Nigeria’s far northeastern state of Adamawa, Boko Haram militants kidnapped two children of a Christian Nigerian worker aiding people who have fled violence.

“We had combed the bush and checked in refugee camps, and now the Lord enabled them to be released to us,” said the director of the ministry. “Thank God for the safety of our two kids. They were in the hands of Boko Haram, who kept these kids for three days.”

“We had combed the bush and checked in refugee camps, and now the Lord enabled them to be released to us,” said the director of the ministry. “Thank God for the safety of our two kids. They were in the hands of Boko Haram, who kept these kids for three days.”

Islamic extremists with Boko Haram reportedly control more than two dozen towns and villages in Nigeria’s far northeast in their bid to establish a caliphate and impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. There are indications that they are moving toward the state capital, Yola.

The ministry must temporarily relocate aid and development workers to other safe areas until security improves, as well as relocate staff members from its school of missions to another state, he said.

More than 17,000 Internally Displaced People – including 6,000 children – have been registered in six camps in Yola, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The ministry director requested prayer for efforts to meet needs.

“We have to show our Christian love and spirit to support these people,” said the director, who is still searching for some of his ministry’s staff members lost in the commotion. “Some of them that we have taken are not even known to us; some are Muslims, and others are Christians – you have to help all persons regardless of their religious and ethnic affiliations. That is what Christ came to do.”

“Pray for our work right now among the refugees,” he said. “Men and women and children are under severe trauma from passing through the pain of losing loved ones, losing homes and property, and having to eat like beggars. It’s painful.”

“Now it is time for us to move and to move quickly,” the director said. “Boko Haram has finally taken over some major cities and are approaching. By next week, we will have started transferring to Abuja. So much funding is needed to enable this relocation.”

JEWISH WORSHIPPERS MASSACRED DURING MORNING PRAYERS

November 18th, 2014

JEWISH WORSHIPPERS MASSACRED DURING MORNING PRAYERS
by Israel Today Staff

The seething situation in Jerusalem took a turn for the worse early Tuesday morning when Palestinian Arab terrorists entered a local synagogue and attacked Jewish worshippers conducting traditional morning prayers.

Two Muslim assailants entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue complex in the religious Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof shortly after dawn armed with a pistol, knives and axes.

Four Israelis were killed and another nine were wounded, many of them seriously, during the bloody rampage. Eyewitnesses who survived the attack said the terrorists did not wear head covering, but were shouting “Allah Akbar” – “Allah is Greater” – as they shot and hacked at their Jewish victims.


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