JNN Newsletter - November 10, 2017

“They shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant,
where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they,
their children, and their children’s children, forever.” Ezek. 37:25


1,600 – YEAR – OLD CHURCH MOSAIC PUZZLES OUT KEY ROLE OF WOMEN IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY: A newly uncovered mosaic in the western Galilee speaks to the relatively high status of women in the early Church. Dating to the 5th century, a Greek-language inscription memorializes one “Sausann” (or Shoshana) as a donor for the construction of a village church. It is one of seven inscriptions — including a massive five-meter long text — which were found in three Byzantine churches during this summer’s excavations by Kinneret College archaeologist. Unusual in a patriarchal society, the donor Sausann is credited in the inscription independently of any spouse or male guardian. This Sausann is thought to have been a woman of some standing, perhaps following in the footsteps of her presumed namesake, the female disciple Susannah, who was among the women named in Luke 8:3 who provided for Yeshua “out of their resources. The find buttresses the position taken by a growing number of early church scholars that women played an important role in its foundation. According to a recent article in Christianity Today, “in the upper echelons of society, women often converted to Christianity while their male relatives remained pagans, lest they lose their senatorial status. This too contributed to the inordinate number of women in the church, particularly upper-class women.” (Times of Israel) “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Prov. 31:25

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‘ARABS SEXUALLY HARASS ME EVERY TIME I GO OUTSIDE': I immigrated to Israel in 2000, and since then I've grown up and was educated in Nazareth Illit (Upper Nazareth). A wonderful city by all accounts; the capital of the Galilee - with one problem that has become a daily reality for every woman who lives in this city: Sexual harassment. The term sexual harassment sounds very bombastic and aggravated by the ease with which this term is bandied about and what it has become in our public consciousness. But when everyday situations such as walking to or from work, catching a bus to the mall, boarding a taxi, throwing garbage in the dumpster outside - become unpleasant, unbearable, or even impossible, one can appreciate that there is a problem. So I am Jenny, 21, now from Ramat Gan, but until two months ago I was living in Nazareth Illit. I experienced harassment on a daily basis by minorities in my hometown. I couldn’t leave the house without being honked at, without being catcalled, without being invited to get into a car. In the more unusual cases (which unfortunately are not unusual in Nazareth Illit), these harassers aren't embarrassed in the slightest to stop next to me or in front of me down the road, and suggest that I get in the car. I mean, with no hesitation whatsoever

And I ask - why? Why, regardless of my attire (for the sake of disclosure - it's not provocative, just because it is not my style). How do I know that the harassers are members of minorities? When you grow up in a mixed environment, in a town surrounded by Arab villages; when you work with this population (whom, incidentally, I greatly respect), you simply learn to identify them. There is no politically correct answer. You recognize the vehicles, you recognize the accent, you recognize the language. You learn to identify the expressions, the faces, the pattern of behavior. You just know. Not because you're a racist, not because you assume, not because you're guessing, not because you estimate. You just know. Among the many ways to harass a person, harassment in his public and secure space is perhaps the most serious, at least to me, because it disrupts the most basic thing a person needs in his or her living environment - that is security. (Arutz-7) Holy Spirit, please help Israeli women and other women in the Middle East who are being bullied and harassed by Arab men who don’t know what it is to respect a women and treat them with kindness and honor. Send people to help these victims of harrassment.

ARAB CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ATTACK JEWISH PRESCHOOL IN TEL AVIV: Despite an influx of foreign aid dwarfing the per-capita investments in post-World War II Europe, the Palestinian Authority has failed to create jobs for its people. Israel has sought to alleviate the pressure that unemployment brings by allowing large numbers of Palestinian Arabs to enter its sovereign territory each day to work in construction. On Sunday 5 Nov. 2017, it was demonstrated how such gestures of goodwill can sometimes backfire. Fortunately, this time, it was without tragic consequences. Some 100 Jewish children had to be urgently evacuated from their preschool in the Tel Aviv suburb of Givatayim when Arab construction workers at an adjacent building site began hurling stones. The children were all inside the preschool at the time, which is why no one was injured. A school staff member witnessed the attack when she went to the kitchen and saw the construction workers throwing rocks and cursing the Jews inside. Police were called to the scene, and arrested two of the Arabs involved. The perpetrators were later released on bail with a restraining order. (Israel Today) Pray for the protection of Israeli children and adults who are so often targeted with rock and other terrorist attacks in spite of Israel’s kindness.

PALESTINIAN TERROR GROUP THREATENS IDF, PROMISES WAR WITH ISRAEL: The organization, which has been classified as a terrorist entity by both the EU and the USA, boasts of preparing for a major conflict with Israel. The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an organization that orchestrated terrorist attacks that killed scores of Israelis over the years and has been classified by both the United States and the European Union as a terrorist entity, released on Tues. 7 Nov. 2017 a threatening video against the Jewish state and in particular its army. The video depicts IDF vehicles moving along the security barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and as one vehicle emerges a text appears in Arabic and in Hebrew on the screen saying: "In the line of fire." The video also shows Palestinian snipers aiming their weapons at Israeli combat engineering units that operate in the area in order to ensure the safety of other military units as well as uncover terror tunnels being dug into Israeli territory with the intent of harming the country's population. "The weapon of resistance is a holy weapon, one we will not accept seeing damaged, and it will remain in the hands of the resistance which doubles its efforts to prepare for the next confrontation." (J.Post) “The king of Israel answered, ‘Tell him: One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.'" 1Kings 20:11

IRAN PLEDGES TO SUPPORT LEBANON STABILITY AFTER PM RESIGNED: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country will "not hesitate" to help maintain the stability of Lebanon following the resignation of the Lebanese Saudi-backed prime minister that threw the government into disarray. According to Rouhani's official website, the Iranian president called his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, on 7 Nov. 2017 to assure him that the Iranian leader firmly believes the Lebanese people will overcome "this sedition" and will not let their country become "a battlefield for foreign powers." Saad Hariri unexpectedly announced his resignation last weekend from Saudi Arabia and in a televised speech accused Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and the Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah of holding Lebanon hostage. The resignation was seen as a reflection of growing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, its arch rival in the region. (Fox)

SAUDIS, IRAN ON PATH TO 'VERY, VERY BLOODY' WAR: While the world tries to interpret Saudi Arabia’s moves to clamp down on corruption and watches the kingdom accuse Iran of an “act of war,” a former Reagan administration Pentagon official says Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the very real possibility of a “very, very bloody” war with Iran. Within the past several days, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is next in line to the Saudi throne, has ordered the arrests of many government officials, including 11 princes, on allegations of corruption. More recently, the crown prince accused Iran of an “act of war” after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an Iranian missile toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The Houthis admit firing the missile, and Saudi investigators say the fragments prove the missile is from Iran. Furthermore, the Saudi-friendly prime minister of Lebanon abruptly resigned, and many other elements of the Lebanese government are loyal to the Shiite regime in Iran.

Frank Gaffney is president of the Center for Security Policy, and he served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He said these recent events are very significant. “Something is moving, for sure,” Gaffney told news sources. “I think this is a lot bigger than chess pieces. I think this is nothing less than tectonic shifts taking place throughout the region.” Gaffney said Iran’s goal of creating a “Shiite Crescent” is greatly disturbing to the Saudis. The crescent is a continuous stretch of Iranian-dominated areas that stretches from the southern end of the Red Sea through Yemen to Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. He said Crown Prince Salman is bracing for a major fight to prevent Iran control of the entire region. “As I see it, is probably a very, very bloody war in that part of the world and it may not be confined to that part of the world,” Gaffney said. (WND)

USA LAUDS SAUDI EXPOSURE OF IRAN’S SUPPORT FOR YEMEN REBELS: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is blaming a rebel missile launch on Iran and warning it could be “considered as an act of war.” On 6 Nov. 2017, the coalition also closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world’s poorest country over the missile launch targeting Riyadh. The United States says it welcomes Saudi Arabia’s statement exposing Iranian support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said on 7 Nov. 2017 that a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom by Yemeni rebels was a “direct military aggression by the Iranian regime.” The White House’s statement says the USA condemns the Iranian government’s activities and stands with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf partners against Iran’s aggression and “blatant” violations of international law. It says missile systems were not present in Yemen before the civil war there. It also urges the United Nations to review evidence that Iran is perpetuating the war in Yemen to further its regional ambitions. A Saudi-led military coalition has been at war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels for more than two years. (Washington Post)

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