Jewish Lawmakers Step Into Key Roles

Nov 11, 2018

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” 1 Tim 2:1-2

JEWISH LAWMAKERS STEP INTO KEY ROLES: The new Democratic majority in the USA House of Representatives means that five Jewish Democrats are now set to chair key House committees: Jerrold Nadler, Judiciary; Eliot Engel, Foreign Affairs; Nita Lowey, Appropriations; Adam Schiff, Intelligence; and John Yarmuth, Budget. Despite the election of a handful of Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel, staunchly pro-Israel lawmakers still call the shots.  Engel is one of Israel's most reliable supporters in the House, and so is Lowey, who will be the most influential Democrat controlling government spending.  New Jewish members of the House of Representatives elected in 2018 include Michigan Democrat Elissa Slotkin, who had worked for the CIA and won in Lansing, the state capital. New York Democrat Max Rose, 31, who won medals for his service as an Army officer in Afghanistan, won in Staten Island. Virginia Democrat Elaine Luria, a former Navy commander who once organized a Passover Seder on an aircraft carrier, won in Norfolk. Minnesota Democrat Dean Phillips, whose father was killed in the Vietnam War before he was born, won in suburban Minneapolis. Pennsylvania Democrat Susan Wild, a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, won in suburban Philadelphia. In Nevada, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, a former president of Ner Tamid, a Reform synagogue in suburban Las Vegas, defeated sitting Sen. Dean Heller. (JTA)

BRAZIL REITERATES STANCE ON EMBASSY RELOCATION: The new administration in Brazil has reiterated its position that despite mounting pressure from the Arab world, it will remain true to its word and relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, media sources reported on Wed. 7 Nov. 2018. "We're going to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem," Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro, wrote to Jane Silva, president of a leading pro-Israel organization in Brazil. Silva had approached Eduardo Bolsonaro in the wake of reports in the Brazilian press indicating that Egypt had called off the Brazilian foreign minister's upcoming visit to Cairo in protest of the planned embassy transfer. In her letter to Bolsonaro, Silva wrote: "Jerusalem was always the capital of Israel. There was a partition plan; the Arabs rejected it and launched wars against Israel and persecuted Israel. Israel has suffered, but it held its head high. Israel has seized every opportunity and established a nice home for the sole and legitimate owners of the land of Israel – the Jewish people.

"It's funny that there are over 50 Arab countries, none of which are willing to give a sliver of land to the Palestinians, while Israel is the only Jewish country in the world, smaller than the state of Sergipe in Brazil, and despite this they still want to divide Israel." said Silva. PM Binyamin Netanyahu hailed Bolsonaro's plan to relocate his country’s embassy shortly after it was announced, saying, "I congratulate my friend Brazilian President-Elect, Jair Bolsonaro, for his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!" Palestinian Arab officials, as expected, blasted the move. Senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi condemned Bolsonaro's announcement, saying, "These are provocative and illegal steps that will only destabilize security and stability in the region.” The Palestinian Authority envoy to Brazil, Ibrahim Alzeben, said he would lobby the new government against the move. (Arutz-7)

POLL: 40% OF BRITISH JEWS CONSIDERING LEAVING UK OVER ANTI-SEMITISM: A new survey has found that British Jews are growing increasingly concerned over anti-Semitism in the country. According to data presented by Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism NGO, ‎‎an incredible 90% of British Jews believe that the Labour Party is anti-Semitic, and 40% are considering leaving the UK because of the spike in anti-Semitism.Falter presented the data last week at a European Jewish Association conference in Brussels, during a session on the challenges facing British Jews. The British police have launched an official investigation into alleged anti-Semitic hate crimes in Labour, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has faced growing criticism about his tolerance of racism and anti-Semitism in the party. The conference dedicated Wednesday’s 7 Nov. 2018 session to a proposal by EJA chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin detailing Jewish communities’ “red lines” with respect to various agenda items Jewish candidates wish to promote as part of their political activities in Europe.This includes, among other things, ensuring the freedom of religion and worship across Europe; fully adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism; a commitment to exclude anti-Semitic parties from coalitions; and calling on all political parties to designate the BDS movement as anti-Semitic. ‎(Koenig)

‘HEIL HITLER’ WRITTEN ON JEWISH FAMILY’S VEGAS HOME: The home of a Jewish family in Las Vegas was tagged with anti-Semitic graffiti. Sara Attia, a mother of three, said she called police after finding a swastika and the phrase “Heil Hitler” drawn on the door of her apartment last week. She was already planning to immigrate to Israel when the incident happened. Attia, 27, speaks Hebrew and noted she is open about being Jewish and has no doubt that her home was deliberately targeted, the report said. But police did not consider it a hate crime and believed it was more likely a random attack by teenagers, according to media reports. Police officers came to her children’s Chabad day school and said they would step up patrols in the area. Officials have pointed to a rise in anti-Semitism in the USA in recent years, which culminated with the shooting of 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last month. The Anti-Defamation  League identified 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents in the USA in 2017, up from 1,267 in 2016, and also reported a major increase in anti-Semitic online harassment. Attia said she is leaving the United States due to anti-Semitism. (JTA) Pray according to scripture: “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” Isa 61:7

MEN SHOUTING ABOUT KILLING JEWS AT LONDON KRISTALLNACHT VIGIL:  A vigil held by pro-Israel activists in London for Jews murdered in Arab countries was dispersed violently by men shouting about killing Jews in Arabic. The event held last Wed. 7 Nov. 2018 by the Israel Advocacy Movement was held on Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park, which is known for its culture of free speech and passionate street preachers championing various causes. A few dozen people holding Israeli flags and candles gathered there ahead of Kristallnacht, the name of Nazi pogrom perpetrated in 1938, to highlight the suffering and slaying around the same time of many hundreds of Jews who were killed and wounded in pogroms across the Arab world. Joseph Cohen, an Israel Advocacy Movement activist, filmed the event as about 20 men drowned his talk, shouting: “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” The cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia. Some of the men shouted about “Palestine,” surrounding the pro-Jewish activists and shoving them. “As if on cue, before we’d even begun an extremist began screaming a death chant of Jews,” Cohen said. “The vigil went from bad to worse, they shouted us down, they would not allow us to remember our dead until we had to call off the vigil,” he added. The occurrence “goes to the heart of the matter we’d gathered to commemorate in the first place,” he also said. A German woman who witnessed the event said: “A Christian was preaching and the atmosphere was friendly, a Muslim was preaching, and there were shouts but the atmosphere was still friendly but as soon as Jews wanted to honor their dead a whole of crowd appeared out of nowhere, as soon as the flags appeared, the cursing began against people who only wanted to honor their dead.” She added: “I think what we just saw was anti-Semitism.” (INN) “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; Yet they have not prevailed against me. Ps. 129:2

ISRAELI RESEARCHERS DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY FOR 3-D PRINTING OF DRUGS: Researchers from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University unveiled their novel technology for three-dimensional printing of drug capsules on Wed. 7 Nov. 2018, enabling the customization and personalization of medications unavailable with conventional manufacturing techniques. Prof. Shlomo Magdassi, and Dr. Ofra Benny, presented their cutting-edge technology at the second annual 3-D Printing and Beyond conference in Jerusalem. The new technology enables the printing of personalized medications out of hydrogel objects, producing complex structures which can expand, change shape and activate on a delayed schedule. By prescribing personalized medicines, doctors will be able to accurately tailor the exposure and dosage levels for individual patients. “The population is getting older so we need to think of solutions,” said Benny.“We can now think about combining drugs together into one drug instead of ten, to adjust the kinetics of drugs and improve patient compliance in drug administration.” By fine-tuning the geometry, surface area and swelling index of tablets through 3-D printing, the team’s proof-of-concept prototype enables improved targeting of the site of drug release in the digestive tract as well as greater control of drug-release timing and duration. “It’s not a far-fetched dream to see mass production in the near future,” Benny added. (Arutz-7)

WHY ISRAELIS LIVE LONGER: Israel is among the top countries in longevity with an average lifespan of 82.5 years as of 2016. Other countries on the longevity list - Canada, Sweden, Italy, and Japan - are tranquil, wealthy and at peace. But for Israel, confronted over its 70-year history with war and perpetual conflict, and a seven-fold increase in its population including a large and diverse immigrant base, these findings may come as a surprise. One answer is a "Mediterranean diet" high in fruit, vegetables and fish. Another is low alcohol consumption. Another quite important reason is the close family structure in Israel. But probably the single most important factor is the Israeli health care system. All its citizens receive health care services regardless of income or pre-existing health conditions. All Israeli residents are covered by one of four major health funds. Excellent public hospital care is available equally to all sectors of society. (Times of Israel) “Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the land which You have given us, just as You swore to our fathers, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’” Deut. 26:15

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