Jerusalem on High Alert Ahead of Holidays

“Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful.” Col 4:2

JERUSALEM ON HIGH ALERT AHEAD OF HOLIDAYS: The two terror attacks in the past several days in Mevo Dotan and Jerusalem's Old City, which claimed the lives of three Israelis in total, naturally put defense forces across the country on high alert ahead of the coming Passover holiday, but doubly so in the capital. In Jerusalem, this heightened level of alert is manifested in the increased deployment of Border Police and police forces in the Old City, where many Israelis as well as tourists will spend some of the upcoming Passover holiday. "The defense establishment realizes that the cluster of events we are facing may be highly combustible. We're on the precipice of Passover, two memorial days and Independence Day,” said a senior police source. (Ynet) Please intercede for the safety of Israel, especially its capital Jerusalem and surrounding areas that are frequently targeted by lone-wolf terrorists. Both Jewish and Muslim holidays increase the risk of Islamic violence and assaults across the country.

ISRAEL TO DEPLOY TEAR GAS-DROPPING DRONES ON PLANNED GAZA BORDER PROTESTS: Border Police are planning to deploy a newly developed drone that can drop tear gas canisters against Palestinian demonstrators expected to march on the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip in the coming weeks. Hamas has called for a peaceful protest beginning on 30 March 2018, with thousands of Palestinians moving to tent cities to be built along Israel’s border. In mid-May, coinciding with the English date of Israel’s Independence Day, known to Palestinians as the Nakba, or catastrophe, a mass march is planned on the border, which Israelis fear will turn violent. Border Police Deputy Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai, who is leading the drone development, told media outlets that the tear gas drone gives security forces an extended reach. (Times of Israel/Worthy News)

SENATE GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO TAYLOR FORCE ACT: The Senate on 23 March, 2018 gave final approval to the measure which would slash United States funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it continues to pay terrorists and their families. With the Senate endorsement of this financial cut, the widening gap between the Trump Administration and the Palestinian Authority is expected to expand even further. The loss of American funding is in accordance to the Taylor Force Act, named for an American citizen stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist whose family became eligible for stipends paid by the PA to perpetrators of violence against Israelis. Despite insistence by Palestinian officials who argue that absent the payments from the PA more radical groups such as Hamas will win over the loyalty of the families and associates of assailants, Congress was adamant in its rejection of USA tax dollars being used to “reward” terror regardless of the alleged justification. Since the Taylor Force Act circulated through Congress, relations with the PA have devolved to the point of PA President Abbas refusing to accept the United States as an honest broker to oversee peace talks and President Trump infuriating the Palestinians with a statement of recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and the announcement that the USA Embassy will move to Jerusalem in May 2018. Lest there be any doubt regarding President Abbas’ position vis-à-vis the United States, his recent wish to President Trump that his “house be destroyed” and his reference to American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman as a “son of a dog” continue to reverberate in media and in diplomatic circles. (Medialine) Thank you to all who have interceded that the USA would cease to contribute funds to the Palestinian Authority that end up in the pockets of terrorists and their families. Continue to pray that the PA will find no ways to divert financial aid from any country into terrorist coffers.

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!

HALEY SLAMS UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL FOR MORE CONDEMNATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL: The UN Human Rights Council passed five anti-Israel resolutions in Geneva on Friday 23 March, 2018. USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed America's outrage at the UNHRC's treatment of Israel and warned that the USA would reconsider its membership in the body. "When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name. Our patience is not unlimited. Today's actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights." One resolution called on Israel to give the Golan Heights to civil war-torn Syria. Another called on member states not to sell any military armaments to Israel. Others called for an Israeli withdrawal to the 1948 lines and to cease building homes for Jews in Judea & Samaria. (JNS) “Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” Jer. 3:23

PALESTINIAN CLAIM TO DEAD SEA SCROLLS MAY BE NEXT UP AT UNESCO: The next “prize” the Palestinians will likely claim as their own at UNESCO will probably be the archaeological site of Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls, said Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Samuels chronicled the Palestinians’ success at having attributed to themselves biblical and cultural sites, including Jewish ones, on the World Heritage List since joining the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a member state in 2011. The World Heritage Committee ascribed to “Palestine” Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity in 2012; the agricultural terraces of Battir, site of the ancient Jewish fortress at Betar, in 2014; and Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 2017. "The Palestinian Authority has a tentative list of 13 additional sites it seeks to register at UNESCO. Out of that list the Palestinians are next likely to seek cultural ownership of the Qumran Caves and Dead Sea Scrolls," said Samuels. But among the most tumultuous of issues since the Palestinians joined UNESCO have been its Executive Board’s approvals of resolutions that ignore Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The text of what came to be known as the Jerusalem resolutions called those sites solely by their Islamic names of al-Haram al-Sharif and the Buraq Plaza. (J.Post)

PAYPAL SHUTS ACCOUNT OF FRENCH BDS GROUP WITH LINKS TO TERRORISM: The USA online payment service PayPal days ago pulled the plug on the account of the French branch of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) - an organization that Israel has accused of aligning itself with pro-Palestinian terrorists who murdered three civilians in Tel Aviv in 2003 and injured over 50 people. Israeli journalist Jean Patrick Grumberg, a reporter for the French-language American website Dreuz.info, notified PayPal that ISM-France supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. PayPal has terminated a total of four BDS accounts since 2016 in France due to violations of France's anti-discrimination law barring bias against national origin. (J.Post)

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR’S BODY FOUND BURNT, STABBED IN PARIS APARTMENT: The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, wrote in a statement 25 March, 2018 that the murder of the 85-year-old woman, identified in the French media as as Mirelle Kanol, “is reminiscent of the crime committed against Sarah Halimi,” a 66-year-old Jewish teacher and physician whom prosecutors say was murdered by her Muslim neighbor in April 2017, partly in connection with her Jewish identity. According to the BNVCA, the octogenarian’s body was set on fire last Friday night 23 March, 2018. Her charred body also had at least 11 stab wounds. Prosecutors investigating the slaying of the Holocaust survivor in Paris said the two suspects in custody targeted her because she was Jewish. One of the suspects was a regular visitor of Kanol's whom she treated "like a son" and who had visited her that day, Kanol's son told media sources. Kanol's granddaughter, Noa Goldfarb, wrote on Facebook that her grandmother had been murdered by a Muslim neighbor. France's half-a-million-plus Jewish community has voiced increasing concern over a rise in violent anti-Semitic acts. (JTA) Sometimes there are no words to express the horror and shock at what those committed to evil and violence do to the innocent who befriend them. Pray for the family and loved ones of Mirelle Kanol.

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