JNN Newsletter - May 10, 2017

“The Lord will guide you always. He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and strengthen your frame. You shall be like a well-watered garden, like a spring, whose waters never fail,”
Isa 58:11

APRIL A RECORD MONTH FOR TOURISM: The Ministry of Tourism reported on Tues. 9 May 2017 that 349,000 tourists entered Israel last month, marking an all-time high in the number of tourists entering the country in one month since the establishment of the modern Jewish state. The figure is 38% higher than April of last year and an increase of about 21% compared to April 2015. (Arutz-7)

JERUSALEM DAY: EXPECT ‘A SPECTACULAR’ OPENING EVENT: Jerusalem Day celebrations are to open this year with a central event commemorating 50 years since the liberation and unification of Jerusalem. The ceremony, the initiative of Culture Minister Miri Regev, will take place along the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem on 21 May 2017. It will see the presence of PM Netanyahu, President Rivlin, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and Regev herself. The ceremony will entail an artistic presentation, the first of its kind that will be projected onto the walls of the Old City and will tell the story of Jerusalem, from the period of the Bible through the battles and stories of heroism, until the present time. The breathtaking audiovisual presentation will be projected along 250 meters of the Old City walls. In addition, some 100 drones will fly over Jerusalem to create a presentation the likes have which have not yet been seen in Israel. The event will also include performances by well-known Israeli artists, who will perform new arrangements of well-known songs about Jerusalem. Minister Regev said Tues. 9 May 2017, “There is no other nation in the world that has such a deep and old connection with its capital city as the Jewish people has with Jerusalem. Jerusalem has never been more built-up, prosperous and flowering as she is today, and there never has been such a spectacular multimedia presentation on the walls of the city. Come, everybody, and celebrate with Jerusalem in the jubilee of her liberation and unification.” (Arutz-7) "Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her.” Isa 66:10

FRIEDMAN: HOPEFULLY I’LL BE WORKING IN JERUSALEM SOON: USA Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who was sworn in 29 March 2017, will be arriving in Israel on 15 May 2017, to begin his service at the USA Embassy. After his arrival on Monday, Friedman will present his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who will officially receive him as America’s ambassador to the Jewish state. Friedman also fueled speculation in his tweet that the Trump administration may be preparing to relocate the USA Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital, Jerusalem. “I hope to work out of Jerusalem very soon!” As a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Trump pledged to implement the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act and relocate the USA Embassy to Jerusalem and to formally recognize the city as the undivided capital of the State of Israel. (INN)

‘WE MUST ESTABLISH OUR HOLD ON JERUSALEM’: Housing and Construction Minister Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant addressed the opening of the "Touching the Moment" exhibition at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem on 8 May 2017, to strengthen the city's status. "Jerusalem for the Jewish people is not 'another place.' The entire world looks to Jerusalem because the deepest and most fundamental values of justice and morality for all the nations of the world were formed here in Jerusalem," Galant said. "We must establish our hold on Jerusalem, from Ma'aleh Adumim in the east to Giv'at Ze'ev in the west, from Atarot in the north to the Bethlehem area and Rachel's Tomb, to the outskirts of Efrat and Gush Etzion.” Galant continued that, "Anything that can possibly be done relating to my area of responsibility will be done with an aim to strengthen Jerusalem, whether we are talking about the Western Wall elevator we are working to strengthen, the establishment of the Tiferet Israel synagogue, various commemoration projects, discovering antiquities and their connection to our heritage and history. It is important to explain to the world the rightness of our way, especially these days when there are Holocaust deniers and those who deny the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and everything in it.” (Arutz-7)

‘YOU’RE A LIAR,’ ISRAELI SOLDIERS TELL BREAKING THE SILENCE ACTIVIST IN HARD HITTING NEW VIDEO: An Israeli veterans organization has released a hard-hitting new video attacking “Breaking the Silence” – an Israeli NGO that publishes what it says are the anonymous testimonies of Israeli soldiers who participated in abuses against Palestinians – for “lying” about an incident in which a Palestinian prisoner was allegedly beaten unconscious. The group, Reservists on Duty, said that the original Hebrew version of the video had garnered one million views, triggering their decision to release it in English as well. “Organizations promoting BDS such as Students for Justice for Palestine use testimonies provided by Breaking the Silence to further their agenda of demonizing Israel and attempting to curtail Israel’s right to defend itself from murderous terror,” said Reservists on Duty Executive Director Amit Deri. The video focuses on the claim of a Breaking the Silence activist, Dean Issacharoff, who said at a protest rally that he was compelled by his commanding officer to tie up and beat a Palestinian prisoner while his soldiers watched. The soldiers in the video, who served with Issacharoff in the army, strenuously deny his version of events. A number of them are filmed looking directly into the camera and telling Issacharoff, “you’re a liar.” Another soldier asks, “Where do you come up with this stuff?” (Algemeiner) Breaking the Silence describes itself as "an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada who have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the [so called] Occupied Territories." For around 12 years, Breaking the Silence has delivered anonymous testimonies from soldiers about alleged IDF abuses during conflicts with the Palestinians. In fact, Breaking the Silence is guilty of espionage against the IDF, and has consistently refused the IDF's demands to turn over to its authorities the evidence the NGO has accumulated. Instead, Breaking the Silence has chosen to provide the information to international bodies. In Jan. 2017, Breaking the Silence publicized a video claiming that "stabbing an IDF soldier is not a terror attack." Billionaire George Soros is one of the big financial supporters of Breaking the Silence. Soros has been a magnet for criticism for his funding of Palestinian and Israeli NGOs which criticize Israel or attack its legitimacy. Pray that Breaking the Silence will continue to be exposed for what it is and its lies silenced.

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER RAISES PRESSURE ON CUNY OVER HONORING OF BDS ADVOCATE LINDA SARSOUR: As the row continues over the forthcoming honoring by the City University of New York (CUNY) of Linda Sarsour – a prominent advocate of the BDS campaign targeting Israel – a leading N.Y. City Democrat is calling on fellow progressives to recognize her as a bigot. Rory Lancman, a member of the New York City Council from Queens, said on 8 May 2017 that it was “inappropriate” for CUNY to honor Sarsour, given her persistent record of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist statements. Sarsour is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a 1 June 2017 commencement ceremony for CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health. Although Sarsour has been lionized by Democratic Party leaders, including former President Barack Obama, who named her as a “Champion of Change,” Lancman takes a much less sanguine view of her public outbursts. These include tweets declaring that “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and open incitement against the anti-Islamist writers Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Sarsour has also encouraged stoning the Israel Defense Forces. She posed for a photograph with Salah Sarsour, a former Hamas operative jailed by the Israeli authorities in the 1990s. She acknowledges having many male relatives in Israeli prisons. (Algemeiner/J.Post) Sarsour, a left-wing activist, has a slew of ties to radical figures including devilish billionaire puppetmaster, George Soros, who is well-known for bankrolling various left-wing activist groups and causes. Linda Sarsour helped organize and lead a ‘Day Without a Woman’ march in New York on 8 March 2017, an event heavily funded by Soros. Well known commentator and president of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, interviewed Sarsour in Feb. 2017. Among other unflattering comments following the meeting Pipes noted that Sarsour, “indulges in coquettish vanity. She publicly boasts of her ‘striking good looks,’ announces ‘I am beautiful,’ and raves about ‘Such a beautiful photo taken of me.’ Sarsour also clumsily self-inflates, for example, by referring to herself as one of the ‘amazing people.’”

TURKEY’S ERDOGAN RESUMES HIS EXTREME TIRADES AGAINST ISRAEL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has returned to form when it comes to vicious tirades against the state of Israel. Once a close and important ally who represented an all-important bridge between the Jewish state and the Muslim world, Erdogan was said to be playing to extremist elements in the Islamic world when he changed his tune and became arguably the angriest anti-Israel voice on the international scene. Then, in May 2010, a Turkish ship led an illegal flotilla that set out to run the blockade of the Gaza Strip and things turned violent when armed passengers on the Mavi Marmara fought with Israeli naval commandos, leaving nine Turks dead. Despite Erdogan’s continuing vitriol, after several years of negotiation, American intervention, an apology issued by PM Netanyahu and the payment of $20 million to the families of those who died on the Mavi Marmara, relations between Israel and Turkey resumed and Erdogan toned down his anti-Israel ravings – but apparently not for long. On Mon. 8 May 2017, the Turkish president returned to form, appearing at a festival of Turkish support for Palestinian control of Jerusalem’s holy sites being held in Istanbul. Erdogan repeated the accusation that the Israelis are seeking to “Juda-ize” the holy sites of Jerusalem and called on the masses to flock to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and resist Israel’s plans. (Media Line)

ISIS STAGES ANOTHER ATTACK ON A CHRISTIAN TARGET IN EGYPT: A Christian man was shot and killed by an ISIS gunman on Saturday evening, 6 May 2017, one more attack against Egypt’s Christian population. The incident occurred in the northern Sinai Peninsula town of El-Arish, where fifty-year old Nabil Saber Ayoub was sitting in a barber’s chair. ISIS this month, re-issued a statement promising more attacks on Egypt’s Christian Coptic population. Recent church bombings that killed more than 40 aside, Ayoub is the seventh Christian to have been killed in such incidents. Last week the decapitated bodies of a Christian father and his two sons were discovered in the Sinai town of Rafah. ISIS took responsibility for all of the killings and promised there will be more. Egyptian security forces are battling ISIS as well as smaller factions that have broken away from the Muslim Brotherhood. (Media Line) Continue to intercede for the persecuted and endangered Christian community in Egypt.

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff