JNN Newsletter - June 12, 2017
“May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow,” Ps. 129:5-6
HAMAS TERRORIST TUNNEL DISCOVERED UNDER A SCHOOL RUN BY UNRWA IN THE GAZA STRIP: A Hamas terrorist tunnel was discovered under a school in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), Israeli media reported on Friday 9 June 2017. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, confirmed the discovery of the tunnel in a post on his Facebook page in Arabic. “The tunnel was discovered underneath a school for boys in Al-Maazi. It is clear that the entire Arab world understands that it is the Hamas terror organization that destroys Gaza and eliminates any chance of a good future for Gazans,” wrote Mordechai. Digging a tunnel underneath a building used as a school is nothing new for Hamas, which regularly uses civilians as human shields and hides rocket launchers in places such as schools and soccer fields. During Israel’s 2014 counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge, Hamas rockets were discovered inside an UNRWA school building. Likewise, a booby-trapped UNRWA clinic was detonated, killing three IDF soldiers. Aside from the massive amounts of explosives hidden in the walls of the clinic, it was revealed that it stood on top of dozens of terror tunnels, showing how UNRWA is closely embedded with Hamas. (Arutz-7)
UNRWA: A BRIEF REVIEW: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), with its $1.3 billion budget (30% of which comes from USA taxpayers), actually perpetuates the refugee problem it was created to solve, while promoting Palestinian rejectionism and Jew hatred. The original 700,000 Palestinians leaving Israel have now been magically transformed into over 5.6 million "refugees" registered with UNRWA, about half of all the Palestinians living in the world today. The "temporary" UN agency has developed into a bloated bureaucracy with a staff of 30,000, almost all of who are Palestinians (many are activists of Hamas, the Islamist terrorist group). Less than 5% of UNRWA's clients ever lived in Israel, but the agency's regulations state that all descendants of the original displaced persons shall retain their refugee rights in perpetuity. (JNN)
ISRAEL PROTESTS TO UN AFTER HAMAS TUNNEL FOUND UNDER UNRWA SCHOOL IN GAZA: Israel has protested to the United Nations Security Council after a terror tunnel was discovered under a UN-run schools in the Gaza Strip this month, appealing to the world body to condemn Hamas and prevent its facilities being exploited by the terror group, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday 10 June 2017. Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon submitted the letter of protest to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council. “The latest finding verifies once again that Hamas’s cruelty knows no limits, including endangering centers of learning and education, and using children as human shields,” Danon wrote. “I call on the Security Council to strongly and unequivocally condemn Hamas and its repeated abuse of civilian infrastructure, and designate this group as a terrorist organization,” Danon continued. (Times of Israel)
NIKKI HALEY AT YAD VASHEM: 'WE MUST ALWAYS CHOOSE A SIDE': USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem on Friday 9 June 2017 during the third and final day of her Israel visit. Haley toured the vast Holocaust museum in Jerusalem and participated in a memorial ceremony in the museum's Hall of Remembrance. Signing the Yad Vashem guest book, she wrote that "we must always honor and remember the lives lost during one of the most horrible times in history. There is a lesson here. Leadership is not about power. Leadership is the acknowledgment and value of human dignity. We must always choose a side." Her visit was closed to the media, but the USA Embassy posted a short video of the trip, including shots of Haley standing in the tunnel Hamas had dug from Gaza into Israel. In Kibbutz Nahal Oz, she spoke with residents about their experience of living under fire from Gaza, asking mothers there how it is to live in the shadows of the missiles. The American diplomat then flew north, first for security briefings along the Lebanese border where she received a security briefing and spoke to female IDF soldiers responsible for monitoring developments on the border. (J. Post)
ISRAEL – 70 YEARS CELEBRATION TOUR: After a very fun and successful tour last month in Israel, we are already announcing next year's "Israel - 70 Years Celebration" tour for 2018. The date of arrival and beginning of the tour in Israel will be April 15 and the departure date or end of tour will be on April 23. This is a one time opportunity to celebrate with the Israeli nation 'for such a time as this' during Independence Day. 'For more information as it develops, go to www.visionforisrael.com or make sure you are receiving the JNN news and prayer updates. We also have a new VFI Facebook page at: VFI - Vision for Israel.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: NO CONDEMNATION OF SETTLEMENT CONSTRUCTION: The Trump administration refrained from condemning Israel’s approval for 2,600 new housing units in Judea & Samaria last week, signaling a significant policy shift in Washington. While every administration over the past half a century, from Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, has chastised Israel for the construction of much needed civilian housing units in Judea & Samaria, the Trump White House made no comment as the first housing permits issued since the 20 January 2017 inauguration were approved. (Arutz-7)
EGYPTIAN BILLIONAIRE: BUSINESSES SHOULD CUT TIES WITH QATAR: Egyptian billionaire investor Naguib Sawiris on Friday 9 June 2017 discussed why Arab investors should pull their money out of the oil rich country of Qatar. “I’m not just advising them to take their money out of Qatar, I’m advising them not to deal with Qatar. All intelligence services of the world have all material showing that they [Qatar] are supporting all the terrorists and extremist groups in the Middle East, from Libya, in Syria, in Iraq and everywhere,” he stated. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen have all cut their ties with Qatar, but Sawiris explained why countries aren’t being more proactive in dealing with Qatar. “Nobody is doing anything because they are the richest country in the world because of their oil situation,” he stated. "They have blood on their hands. Why is Qatar the only country in the world that no single incident of terrorism happened there?,” he said. Likewise, on Friday, USA President Trump accused Doha of "historically" being a funder of terrorism. Trump alleged that Qatar was funding terrorism at the "highest level." (Fox/Arutz-7)
AUSTRIA TO BAN BURQAS STARTING OCTOBER: New Austrian legislation came into force on Friday 9 June 2017 that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places starting 1 Oct. 2017. People who break the new law could be fined up to 150 euros. Other measures include a clampdown on distributing extremist material, and immigrants being obliged to sign an “integration contract”. A 12-month “integration program” will include courses in “values” and the German language. (Times of Israel)
GOVERNMENT TO FURTHER AID HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WITH NURSING, HOUSING: The ministerial team entrusted with addressing the issue of Holocaust survivors' rights passed a series of decisions Thurs. 8 June 2017 that will make it easier for them to realize those rights. Primarily, survivors will no longer have to fill out an application form for additional nursing hours. Second, it was decided that Holocaust survivors waiting for public housing would be promoted to the top of the queue for apartment allocation. Third, the process of filling out forms for organizations dealing with Holocaust commemoration will be made easier. The Accountant General will be tasked with formulating guidelines for easing the bureaucracy with which non-profit organization are contending, to help better utilize donations. (Ynet) Pray that government words and resolves will be quickly put into action as many of Israel’s needy Holocaust survivors are nearing the end of the lives, do not speak the Hebrew language fluently, or know their rights. Most Holocaust survivors are not equipped to deal with Israel’s many layered bureaucratic processes.
POVERTY IN ISRAEL IS HARSH: THE NEED IS URGENT FOR YOUR DONATIONS: Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse continues to provide desperately needed aid to poor Israelis. Many who suffer hardship, including Holocaust survivors, and victims of terror, receive food, clothing and household necessities from our storehouse each week. Hospitals catering especially to the underprivileged and elderly obtain life-saving equipment and medical supplies, and hundreds of at-risk children are equipped with new school packs each school year. All of this, and so much more is being provided through your generous donations. Please continue to assist us to do all that we can. Your financial gifts are welcome and appreciated at: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.
The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on the best information received.
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff