Pompeo Promises Appointment of Special Envoy to Monitor Anti-Seimtism

“I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold, like a flock in the midst of their pasture. They shall make a loud noise because of so many people.” Mic. 2:12

YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY IN FORT MILL, SC: The time is growing short for you to sign up for the celebration of Israel’s 70th year as a modern nation! Don’t miss this joyous event for which Vision for Israel requests the pleasure of your company on 16 June 2018 at Fort Mill, SC. There will be intercession for the nation of Israel, special times of praise and worship, and excellent teaching on Israel and the fulfillment of prophecy. This will be a great opportunity to renew your love and vision for the Jewish state and God’s beloved people. 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.

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POMPEO PROMISES APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR ANTI-SEMITISM: At a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that he would work towards an appointment of a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. During testimony in front of the House committee, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.H.) had asked Pompeo to act on the appointment of the vacant Special Envoy position. “Appointing this important position will make clear to foreign governments that combating anti-Semitism remains an American priority and that the USA maintains its traditional leadership in the fight.” The American Jewish Committee applauded the efforts by Congress to fill the anti-Semitism envoy position. (Algemeiner)

TARGETING OF JEWS IN THE NETHERLANDS HITS A 5 YEAR HIGH: Discrimination against Jews in the Netherlands nearly doubled in 2017, reaching a five-year high that accounts for 41% of all the xenophobic incidents recorded. A report published last month by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service listed 144 confirmed criminal offenses last year involving xenophobia, including intimidation, vandalism, assault and incitement to hate or violence. Of those cases, 41% of incidents were “directed against Jews,” who account for 0.2% of the Dutch population. In March 2018 the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, the Dutch Jewish community’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, published a report listing 117 anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, slightly higher than the 109 record the previous year. Of the 117 cases, 28 incidents involved anti-Semitic vandalism – a 10-year high in that category following a 40% increase over 2016. (Times of Israel) Pray that God will increase the volume of His call to the multitude of Jews living abroad to return to Israel. Intercede that many will hear and respond and launch out in faith as did Abraham.

IN FRENCH POLL, MAJORITY SAY ZIONISM IS A JEWISH CONSPIRACY Only a third of the French know Israel was founded in 1948, and most believe Zionism is a conspiracy, poll finds. Zionism is a Jewish conspiracy meant to manipulate Western societies to benefit Jews. That’s the belief of a majority of 1,007 French respondents to a poll about the Jewish nationalist movement. Some 53% percent of the respondents to the survey conducted this year by the Ifop polling company agreed with the statement that “Zionism is an international organization that seeks to influence the world and societies to the Jews’ benefit.” Of those, 11% said they “strongly agree.” Half of the respondents said Zionism was a “racist ideology.” Twenty-six percent of respondents said they thought a boycott of Israel was justified. Israel’s existence “feeds anti-Semitism,” 38% of the respondents said. The poll also revealed widespread hostility toward and ignorance about Israel. (Arutz-7)

NEW YORK TEEN TO SERVE JAIL TIME FOR VANDALIZING JEWISH CEMETERY: Eric Carbonaro, 19, of Warwick, was sentenced Wed. 23 May 2018 in Orange County Court for the October 2016 incident and apologized. He also must do 150 hours of community service. He had pleaded guilty in Feb. 2018 to two charges, including one that involved a hate crime. Carbonaro spray-painted the wall of the Beth Shalom Cemetery in Warwick, an upstate town about 50 miles from New York City, with anti-Semitic graffiti including swastikas, “Heil Hitler,” and Nazi SS symbols. Dozens of members of the Temple Beth Shalom congregation attended the sentencing hearing, according to local reports, and several spoke in court. At the hearing, Carbonaro said, “I’m deeply sorry to the Jewish community and the community as a whole.” His attorney, Alex Smith, said he had contacted Holocaust education centers on behalf of Carbonaro and they indicated a willingness to teach the teen. (Times of Israel) Pray for Carbonaro to welcome a huge change in his understanding regarding the Jewish people. May his acts of ignorance and hate be healed by paying the price for his crime and education about the truth of the Holocaust and the Jewish people.

SUPREME COURT REJECTS PETITION AGAINST IDF USE OF FORCE IN GAZA: The Supreme Court unanimously rejected petitions filed by extreme leftist organizations against the open-fire regulations given to IDF soldiers operating in the face of the violent riots along the Gaza border. The justices, including Chief Justice Esther Hayut, Vice President Hanan Meltzer and Judge Neal Hendel, ruled that there is ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas. "In view of the circumstances of the violent incidents at the base of the petitions, and in the approach of the violent disturbances that involve the security barrier, we cannot rule out the Respondents' claim that there is a real and immediate danger to the IDF forces and to the citizens of Israel in the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip," Justice Meltzer wrote. "In my view, the events described are not a popular protest, nor a spontaneous protest, especially since the violations of the order of violence, the object of the petitions, created a real and imminent danger to the lives and bodily integrity of the security forces and residents of Israel. The arrangement of violence was organized, coordinated and directed by Hamas, which is a terrorist organization engaged in armed conflict with Israel. "It can be said that Hamas sought to benefit militarily from a possible breach of the security barrier, in a way that would also have helped infiltrate terrorists into Israel. In order to promote this goal, a significant number of the participants in the violent incidents and the casualties were active in Hamas, including its military apparatuses, which were sent in order to disrupt order and security and were instructed to incite the crowd, encourage its progress to Israeli territory," Justice Meltzer added. (Arutz-7)

WHY THE UN SHOULD CONDEMN HAMAS: In recent weeks, Israel has faced violence at the security fence separating our country from Gaza. Tens of thousands of Palestinians, incited by Hamas - some armed with guns, improvised explosive devices and Molotov cocktails - have approached the fence to tear down any obstacle in their way and infiltrate Israel. Instead of directing their condemnations at this internationally recognized terrorist organization for their war crimes against both Palestinians and Israelis, some countries and UN bodies have not only embraced Hamas' propaganda but have even criticized Israel's right to self-defense. Such baseless charges against Israel are morally unjust. Those who criticize Israel's legitimate actions are either unaware, or are willfully ignorant, of the clearly violent nature of what's happening at the Gaza border. Israel is defending itself from terrorists committing orchestrated attacks, not from activists leading an innocent protest. The real tragedy is that this situation was - and remains - completely avoidable. Israel removed all Jewish communities and military facilities from Gaza in 2005. In the years following, we have facilitated the transfer of billions of dollars of aid for Gaza's local population. Countries that criticize Israel must ask themselves how they would expect their security forces to react if terrorists armed with rifles and explosives marched on their borders. The UN must use its power and resources to improve the situation on the ground in Gaza and enforce change. To do so it must start by condemning Hamas for attacking Israel and for holding the people of Gaza hostage. (Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon)

DEFENSE MINISTER: ISRAEL PLANS 3,900 NEW HOMES IN JUDEA & SAMARIA: Israel’s defense minister said on Thurs. 24 May 2018 that he plans to seek approval this week for the construction of some 3,900 new homes in Judea & Samaria prompting Palestinian condemnation. Avigdor Lieberman said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 1,400 of the housing units for immediate construction. “We will promote building in all of Judea & Samaria, from the north to south, in small communities and in large ones,” Lieberman said. He issued the announcement two days after the Palestinians asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to launch a full investigation into accusations of Israeli human rights abuses on Palestinian territory. Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014. Palestinians want Judea & Samaria for a future state, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal and says their future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians. (Algemeiner) In short, the Palestinian Authority demands on Israel in return for a false peace have been at every point, unreasonable, nonnegotiable filled with hypocrisy, anti-Israel bias and the brainwashing of its children and youth to hate Israel. There will be no peace with any people group with this kind of mindset…. Pray that Israel will have the courage and fortitude to build desperately needed housing, schools and community buildings within its own country!

ABBAS REMAINS IN HOSPITAL - NATIONAL PROGNOSIS REMAINS UNCERTAIN Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who officials say is being treated for a lung infection, will remain in the hospital for several more days where he has been under care for more than a week. Abbas has been hospitalized several times over the past months. The 82-year-old leader had been expected to be released from hospital in Judea & Samaria on Sunday 28 May 2018, but this was postponed and his condition remains of concern to medical sources. The prognosis for the PA is far less promising to those under his jurisdiction who see no apparent successor to the 82-year-old Abbas and a potential blood-bath to find one. One-time Gaza security chief for the Gaza Strip Mohammed Dahlan continues to lead in the street corner debate division, but men of violence, including Marwan Barghouti – jailed by Israel for five murders – are somehow right up there as are several others who lack institutional support. Complicating planning is the house speaker who would be in line to succeed Abbas in case the incumbent dies in office, but as a Shiite, it’s unlikely the opportunity will arise. (Medialine) Pray for a new team of Palestinian officials, who will do away with the ongoing incitement towards Israel and praise of terrorism. Pray for leaders with a vision for co-operation with the Jewish state and changes positive changes in the education and instruction of Palestinian youth.

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