100,000 People Take Part in Priestly Blessing

“The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.” Ps. 9: 16

YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY IN FORT MILL, SC: It’s Israel’s 70th year as a modern nation! Vision for Israel requests the pleasure of your company at the celebrations on June 16, at Fort Mill, SC. There will be prayer and intercession for the nation of Israel, special times of praise and worship, and great teaching on Israel and the fulfillment of prophecy. All proceeds from this event will go to provide a new, fully-fitted ambulance for use in Israel. Address: The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Some of our guests include: Sister Sledge (for the evening concert), plus worship leaders Paul Wilbur and Barry and Batya Segal. Speakers include Dr. Michael Brown, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin, Sid Roth, host of It's Supernatural (recorded video message), Jonathan Cahn (recorded video message), Samuel Tyler, Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda, Peter Wyns, Rick Joyner, Al Wood, (former NBA player), Kevin Basconi, and Marcus Lamb of Daystar TV with a video-taped message. Book before May 1, 2018 for 40% off! BOOK NOW by clicking on: https://www.visionforisrael.com/content/celebrating-israels-70th-fort-mill-sc View also our video promotion of this event at: https://vimeo.com/258533753. We hope to see you there!

100,000 PEOPLE TAKE PART IN PRIESTLY BLESSING AT THE WESTERN WALL: Around 100,000 people took part in the Passover priestly blessing of the kohanim (members of the priestly line) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Mon. 2 April, 2018. The blessing is recited by Jewish people who are said to be descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses, and is one of the most ancient blessings in the Jewish faith. Kohanim often cover their faces when they utter the blessing, it being a long-held tradition that the face of a kohen during the blessing is awe-inspiring. The ceremony was attended by leading rabbis in Israel in addition to USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The blessing is recited by kohanim at various times throughout the Jewish calendar in the diaspora, but is recited daily during prayers in Jerusalem and weekly across Israel. (J.Post) The Priestly Blessing: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Num. 6:24-26

USA BLOCKS UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION OF GAZA BORDER VIOLENCE: The United States blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for an investigation of Israel’s use of force against Palestinians who massed on Gaza’s border. The statement proposed on 31 March 2018 called for an investigation of the Israel Defense Forces use of live fire, rubber bullets and other crowd control methods to push back the estimated 30,000 Palestinians in six spots along the border. Some of the Palestinians threw firebombs and rocks, and planted explosives on the border, according to the IDF. “While Jews around the world gathered with their family at the Seder table to celebrate the Passover holiday, the Palestinians sunk to a new deceitful low so that they could use the UN to spread lies about Israel,” said Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon. “This shameful exploitation of our holiday will not succeed in stopping us from speaking the truth about the Hamas terror-gatherings that aim to destabilize the region,” he added. Hamas said the lack of a resolution from the Security Council about the border clashes due to the USA rejection showed that Washington is “fully biased” for Israel. (JTA)

ISRAELI SOLDIERS ‘DID WHAT WAS NECESSARY’ ON GAZA BORDER, DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS: Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman asserted that there will not be an international commission of inquiry into the Gaza border clashes that left at least 15 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured. “Israeli soldiers did what was necessary. I think all our soldiers deserve a medal,” Lieberman said on 1 April 2018. Liberman said that Israeli soldiers did not fire on peacefully protesting Palestinians and only targeted those who charged the border fence in an attempt to breach it or to plant explosives there. The defense minister also asserted that Israel would act more forcefully if the violent protests continued. On Saturday night 31 March, 2018 Liberman tweeted: “I do not understand the choir of hypocrites who are calling for a commission of inquiry. They got confused and thought Hamas organized a Woodstock festival and we had to meet them with flowers.”

This year’s Palestinian protests have been dubbed the March of Return, and are set to be followed by six weeks of protest at the border until 15 May 2018, the date marking 70 years since the establishment of the state of Israel, which the Arab world calls the Nakba, or catastrophe. It is also the date by which the Trump administration has pledged to move the USA Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The six weeks of protest are set to include several tent camps housing thousands of protesters living near the border. The Israeli army on Saturday evening announced that at least 10 of those killed in the Friday clashes were “known terrorists with track records of terrorist activity.” (JTA) Intercede for the safety of those protecting Gaza’s southern borders on behalf of the Jewish state, also that Palestinian uprisings planned for the next six weeks will be abandoned.

HAMAS LEADER TELLS GAZANS: NO MAKING PEACE WITH ‘THE ENEMY’: Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar visited protest tents on the Israel-Gaza border on 1 April 2018. He told protesters who took part last Friday in the “March of Return” that his terror movement is with them, and that there is no making peace with the enemy. “We have come here to say that Hamas is not sitting in palaces or in tunnels, we have come to say that we are with you. We are here to remind that there is no peace with the enemy and any attempt or plan will not compel us to make peace with them,” Sinwar said, escorted by his entourage. Turning to Israel, he quipped that the rampant unemployment in Gaza had been remedied on the border with Israel. “The unemployed have found work on your borders, to burn your equipment and snipe at you at point blank range,” he said in reference to the IDF thwarting an attempt by a terror cell to carry out a shooting attack at the northern Gaza Strip on Friday evening. Head of the Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh, also warned on 1 April, 2018 that the next protest in the “March of Return” will not necessarily stop at Israel’s border. (Ynet)

NETANYAHU ANSWERS TURKEY’S ERDOGAN OVER GAZA: Turkish President Erdogan on Sunday 1 April, 2018 said, "Israel has carried out a massacre in Gaza and Netanyahu is a terrorist." In response, Israeli PM Netanyahu said, "Anyone who occupies Northern Cyprus, invades the Kurds, and massacres civilians in Afrin shouldn't lecture us on morality and values." Earlier on Sunday he said, "The most moral army in the world will not be lectured to by someone who for years has been bombing civilian populations indiscriminately." (Ha'aretz)

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM IN PASSOVER MESSAGE: British PM Theresa May addressed the issue of ongoing anti-Semitism in Britain, in a holiday message she delivered to the Jewish community at the beginning of Passover. "The Exodus from Egypt did not mark the end of anti-Semitic persecution," May said in her message. For millennia, the descendants of those Moses led to freedom have continued to face hatred, discrimination and violence. It’s a situation that continues to this day, including, I’m sad to say, here in Britain. It’s something I have consistently taken action to tackle, both through investing in security to protect our Jewish communities and through education, with the creation of a national Holocaust memorial to remind us all where hatred can lead if left unchecked,” she continued. The latest figures released by UK antisemitism watchdog the Community Security Trust found that the number of anti-Semitic hate incidents in the country reached a new high in 2017. May’s message came at the end of a week in which outrage among the Jewish community and its supporters over anti-Semitic incidents in and surrounding the Labor Party bubbled to the surface, with over 2,000 people gathering outside the UK parliament to challenge Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle the issue. (J.Post)

ANTI-SEMITISM IS PLAGUING BRITAIN’S LABOR PARTY: Britain’s Labor Party, by its own admission, has an anti-Semitism problem. So, to some extent, does the USA Democratic Party. But in Labor’s case, the problem involves the party’s leader and candidate for prime minister, Jeremy Corbyn. And it goes far beyond just associating with hatemongers. Corbyn, an avowed hard-left activist, has turned a blind eye not just to anti-Jewish attacks on Israel, but to the kind of caricatures that were a staple of Nazi Germany. By a top Labor official’s own account, more than 150 party officials, candidates and legislators have been expelled or forced to resign over the expression of hateful views since Corbyn took over in 2015 - and 70 more cases are outstanding. But it’s Corbyn himself - and the repeated examples of his blind eye to anti-Semitism and anti-Semites - who remains most troubling.

It recently came out that in 2012 he opposed removing a mural depicting hook-nosed Jewish bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the poor. He’s been a member of five Facebook groups whose members routinely share anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. Nor is he alone: London’s Sunday Times just broke fresh news of a dozen Corbyn aides who belong to Facebook groups where anti-Semitic posts are common. Moreover, a top Labor official resigned days ago after calling for reinstatement of a local candidate who’d stepped down after endorsing an article that claimed the Holocaust was a hoax. Labor MPs who’ve raised the issue are subjected to online abuse and an all-too-popular petition claiming they’re part of a “smear campaign” controlled by a “very powerful special-interest group.” A now-contrite Corbyn says it’s easy to recognize anti-Semitism abroad but “harder when it is closer to home.” Especially when you shut your eyes tight. (NY Post) Please intercede for Britain’s Labor Party to be further confronted regarding its blatant anti-Semitism and thoroughly cleansed of this and its anti-Israel bias. Pray that Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn will not become Britain’s next prime minister.

NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL ENABLE COMPUTERS TO RUN 100 TIMES FASTER: Researchers have created technology that will enable our computers, text messages and phone calls to run 100 times faster through terahertz microchips. Until now, the major challenges that stood in the way of creating the terahertz microchip were overheating and scalability. However, following three years of extensive research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem physicist Uriel Levy and his team have shown proof of concept using flash memory technology. “This discovery could help fill the ‘THz gap’ and create new and more powerful wireless devices that could transmit data at significantly higher speeds than currently possible,” said Levy. “In the world of high-tech advances, this is game-changing technology,” he added. (Israel 21c)

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff