Jerusalem Soon 50% Arab

“The Lord shall reign forever - your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!” Ps 146:10

JERUSALEM SOON 50% ARAB: Israel’s National Security Council is weighing various options for preserving Jerusalem’s shrinking Jewish majority, as experts warn that an ongoing flood of Arab migration into the city from the Palestinian Authority will completely reshape the demographic balance in the holy city. Jews have constituted a majority of Jerusalem’s population going back at least to the 19th century. While Jews made up 72% of the city’s population in 1980 and 68% in 2000, over the past fifteen years, the demographic shift has accelerated dramatically. From 2000 to 2015, the Jewish population increased by just 17%, due to the net migration of Jews out of the city as housing prices there skyrocketed. According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the city’s Jewish majority fell to just 61% in 2015. Senior Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs researcher Nadav Shragai warns that since 2015, that figure has fallen even further, dropping below 60%. “We’re fast approaching the dangerous situation in which 50% of Jerusalem is Arab,” said Shragai this week.

Shragai suggests that the unauthorized immigration of tens of thousands of Palestinian Authority residents into the city may be the primary driver of the rapid increase in the Arab population. Unencumbered by building inspectors or police interference, massive illegal housing projects have been built in Arab neighborhoods like Kafr Aqab and Shuafat, including even ten-story apartment buildings. Due to the law enforcement vacuum in the isolated neighborhoods, wildcat building projects have flourished. That has drawn a flood of immigration from the PA, with tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs illegally residing in neighborhoods on the edge of Jerusalem – outside the security barrier but still under Israeli sovereignty and within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries. Given the demographic change in the capital, Israeli political leaders have presented a series of proposals aimed at preserving Jerusalem’s Jewish majority. (INN) Please intercede that Jerusalem’s Jewish population will be built up by more easily available housing and attractive jobs for both men and women. Pray that Israel’s political leaders will proceed with these and other proposals that will lead to an increase in Jerusalem’s Jewish population.

TRUMP’S ENVOY: ‘HAMAS CAUSES MISERY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GAZA’: Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations, blasted the Hamas terrorist group as well as Iran for sending funds to Hamas. “Hamas should be improving the lives of those it purports to govern, but instead chooses to increase violence and cause misery for the people of Gaza. Imagine what the people of Gaza could do with the $100 million Iran gives Hamas annually that Hamas uses for weapons and tunnels to attack Israel!” Greenblatt tweeted. In subsequent tweets, this week, he turned his criticism towards Iran and wrote, “Iran spends almost a billion dollars a year sponsoring terrorism in Lebanon, Israel, Judea & Samaria and Gaza. This blood money only increases violence and does nothing to help the Palestinian people. Hamas literally undermines Gaza’s chance for success. A terror tunnel costs roughly $5.9 million to build ($ that belongs to the people of Gaza) plus roughly $30,000 a day in lost revenue when the crossing is closed as a result. Gaza needs options besides Hamas and its enablers,” said Greenblatt. (INN)

STATE DEPARTMENT ALARMED OVER SYRIAN CHLORINE GAS ATTACK: The State Department this week expressed concern over reports of yet another chemical weapons attack in Syria. “The United States is gravely alarmed by continued allegations of the use of chlorine gas by the Syrian Regime said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. “This attack is the sixth such reported instance in the past 30 days in Syria. We implore the international community to speak with one voice, taking every opportunity to publicly pressure the Assad regime, and its supporters, to cease its use of chemical weapons and hold those responsible accountable for these brutal attacks,” she added. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “noted last month in Paris that Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in East Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria,” said Nauert. Reports of the latest chemical weapons attack came days after the Trump administration accused Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government of producing and using "new kinds of weapons" to deliver deadly chemicals, despite committing to abolish its chemical weapons program in 2013. President Donald Trump has not ruled out additional military action to deter attacks or punish Assad over chemical weapons attacks. (Arutz-7) Intercede that additional brutal chemical weapons attacks will not take place against Syrian civilians. Such heartless violence results in agonizing death and injuries for many. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s is responsible for the death of multitudes of civilians including hundreds of children during the Syrian conflict with the use of chemical weapons.

GERMANY SELLS CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN FOR USE IN SYRIA AGAINST CIVILIANS: Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control approved a license for the German company Krempel to sell military applicable technology to Iranian companies. It was subsequently was used in Syrian regime chemical weapons attacks, reported the German publication Bild on 5 Feb. 2018. Bild showed photographs of the rocket remains with the German company logo of Krempel and the product signature: “Made in Germany.” The rocket debris was found after two poisonous gas attacks were conducted by Syrian President Assad’s regime. The chemical attacks took place on 22 January 2018 and 1 Feb. 2018. The gas attack in January resulted in 21 injuries, including many children.

Germany is Iran’s largest and most important EU trade partner. German exports to Iran increased in 2017 by 19%. The British publication, Jane’s Defense Weekly, reported in 2005 that the Islamic Republic would work with Syria to build an “innovative chemical warfare program.” Iran’s role was to build equipment to produce “hundreds of tons of precursors for VX, sarin and mustard gases.” Iran reportedly sought “products and scientific knowhow for the field of developing weapons of mass destruction as well missile technology.” The 181-page document cites Iran’s cyberwarfare, espionage, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction procurement activities 49 times. Assad first used sarin nerve to attack the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in 2013, killing nearly 1,500 civilians, including 426 children. (J.Post)

CANADIAN PM: SHARIA LAW IS COMPATIBLE WITH DEMOCRACY: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau insists Islamic law isn't incompatible with democracy. The American Center for Democracy disagrees. The American Center for Democracy (ACD) quotes Imam Aasim Rashid of Vancouver, British Columbia, who spoke in October 2017 at Thompson Rivers University, explaining why the Canadian government wants to implement Sharia Law. "I’ll tell you who wants to bring Sharia Law," Thompson said. "The Canadian government wants to bring in Sharia Law and this is not a joke. Why? The Canadian government wants the Muslims to be able to regulate their own issues, to solve their problems among themselves according to Sharia Law, so it is not a burden on the court system which is already so bogged down. The government told us – 'we would like you to have this system, and we would like to work on these initiatives with you.'" Canadian PM Trudeau told CBC in January 2016 that "Islam is not incompatible with Western secular democracy." (Arutz-7) Pray for Canadian PM Trudeau that he will be fully informed and educated on the horrors and brutality of Sharia Law.

SO WHERE IS THE COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN WESTERN DEMOCRACY AND SHARIA LAW? Sharia is the legal code ordained by Allah for all mankind. To violate Sharia or not to accept its authority is to commit rebellion against Allah, which Allah's faithful are required to combat. There is no separation between the religious and the political in Islam; rather Islam and Sharia constitute a comprehensive means of ordering society at every level. The stoning of adulterers, execution of apostates and blasphemers, subjugation of women, repression of other religions, and a mandatory hostility toward non-Islamic nations punctuated by regular warfare is to be the norm. It seems fair then to classify Islam and its Sharia code as a form of totalitarianism. It is apparent that any meaningful application of Sharia is going to look very different from anything resembling a free or open society in the Western sense. While it is in theory possible for an Islamic society to have different outward forms - an elective system of government, a hereditary monarchy, etc. - whatever the outward structure of the government, Sharia is the prescribed content. It is this fact that puts Sharia into conflict with forms of government based on anything other than the Quran. (JNN)

USA, ARGENTINA AGREE TO WORK TOGETHER TO COMBAT HEZBOLLAH: BUENOS AIRES: USA Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Argentine counterpart, Jorge Faurie, on 4 Feb. 2018 agreed to work together to cut off Hezbollah funding networks and money laundering to finance terrorism across Latin America, a measure well received by Jewish groups in Argentina. In Buenos Aires as part of a Latin American trip, Tillerson said in a joint news conference with Faurie: “With respect to Hezbollah, we spoke today about all of the reasons why we must jointly go after these trans-criminal organizations – narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling, money laundering – because we see the connections to terrorist financing organizations as well. We did specifically discuss the presence of Lebanese Hezbollah in this hemisphere, which is raising funds obviously to support their terrorist activities. So it is something that we jointly agree we need to attack and eliminate.” Argentina is home to a large Lebanese ex-pat community and USA authorities suspect groups in that community of raising funds through organized crime to support the Iranian-backed terror organizations. On 5 Feb. 2018 the Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomed the agreement. “Hezbollah cells are lying dormant from Argentina to Venezuela as a pan-American threat to the USA homeland. The joint declaration of the foreign ministers is a hemispheric call to action,” said Shimon Samuels, director of International Relations for the center. (JTA)

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