“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess. 5:17
PURIM 2019: Purim celebrations begin this year at sundown on Wed. 20 March 2019. Shushan Purim, which is celebrated in walled cities such as Jerusalem, will begin the evening of 21 March. This holiday described in the biblical book of Esther commemorates the story of the Jewish Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai who rescued the Jewish people from the evil Haman and his plot to kill Jews in Persia. Following the Jewish victory, "He [Mordecai] wrote to them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor." Esther 9:22. Taking time out of our busy lives to celebrate a joyous holiday like Purim is good for the spirit, soul, and body. It’s a season to rejoice in our freedom and to pass on that joy by giving gifts to those in need, just as the Jews celebrated their deliverance by giving gifts to each other and to the poor. Please help us to make this holiday a joyful event for children at risk, victims of terrorist attacks, and many families and individuals who fall below the poverty line in Israel: Give generously at: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk. Your donations are deeply appreciated.
REPUBLICANS PROPOSE RESOLUTION TO CONDEMN ANTI-SEMITISM AND OMAR: Four Republicans on Thur. 14 March 2019 proposed a new House Resolution specifically calling out Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar for previous comments she’s made about Israel. Reps. Greg Steube, Jim Sensenbrenner, Jeff Duncan, and Louie Gohmert brought the resolution forward to condemn many of Omar’s comments about Israel that have gained negative attention as well as how Democratic leadership handled her most recent remarks. It mentions Omar’s now-deleted 2012 tweet in which she accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world.” The text of the resolution also brings up more recent comments that Omar has made since being sworn into office. In Feb. 2019, the Minnesota congresswoman accused the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of buying pro-Israel support from American politicians in a tweet. Omar was rebuked by both parties.
Omar’s most recent remark that received backlash - accusing members of Congress of having a “dual loyalty” with the United States and Israel - was also referenced in the document. Lastly, it goes on to condemn Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Party leadership for their handling of the incident. “Democratic leadership failed to primarily and directly address Representative Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks in a resolution that should have been specifically about anti-Semitism so as to address the rising threat thereof,” the resolution reads in part. This resolution comes a week after the House passed a resolution in response to Omar’s comments condemning bigotry against “African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants and others,” without specifically naming Omar. The original resolution passed with a vote of 407-23, with all 23 “Nays” coming from Republicans. Many of them cited their beliefs that the final draft of the resolution no longer accomplished the goal they set out to reach - a condemnation of Omar’s comments and of anti-Semitism in general. (Dailycaller)
ONLINE PETITION CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION OF OMAR, TLAIB, AND CAIR: An online petition started by the group Stop Anti-Semitism calls on the USA attorney general William Barr and special anti-Semitism envoy Elan Carr to take a deep look at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR. The petition, shared on change.org with more than 1,000 signatures so far, calls into question what lies behind CAIR. It claims that Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are “strong allies” of the organization and that the organization helped get these Muslim women into office. On the petition web page, it explains that CAIR was founded following a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia of the USA Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which the Department of Justice has described as a covert organization established to support Hamas. In 2007, CAIR was listed as a co-conspirator in the case that found the Holy Land Foundation responsible for siphoning over $12 million to Hamas. A 2009 ruling by USA District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis determined that CAIR is Hamas. The petition questions what precisely the two Muslim Congresswomen are themselves loyal to after challenging the dual loyalty of the members of the Jewish-American community. CAIR will host Omar at its 4th Annual Valley Banquet in Los Angeles on 23 March 2019. (J. Post)
CAIR SUPPORTS TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS: CAIR is known for supporting terrorist organizations that have acted against Israel and the United States, including Hamas and Hezbollah. FBI investigators uncovered evidence establishing CAIR's place in the "Palestine Committee," which was a Muslim Brotherhood-created network aimed at helping Hamas in the United States, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. In 2009, USA District Court Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there is "a case confirming CAIR's involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas." Moreover, the organization was officially designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, placing it in the company of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and others. “CAIR and Hamas are one in the same,” said Justice to the Nations founder Laurie Cardoza-Moore earlier this month. She has accused Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of being a “Hamas plant” in Congress. She further claimed, “Ilhan Omar openly fundraising for CAIR means she is not just a rabid anti-Semite, but a real threat to our national security.” (J.Post)
WHY THE DEBATE OVER ANTI-SEMITISM IS SO IMPORTANT: Anti-Semitism, the oldest of hatreds, is proving to be, as a leading Irish writer and politician once put it, a very light sleeper. It has set off a full-blown crisis inside Britain's Labour Party, and the first hints of one inside the Democratic Party in the USA. The stereotyping and dehumanization of Jews, once the province of fringe figures, has increasingly been given space within the mainstream. Moreover, there is a real human cost. Synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, and other Jewish property have been attacked. And Jews have been assaulted, even murdered, in Western countries - on a scale that for decades after the Nazi Holocaust would have seemed unthinkable. (Christian Science Monitor)
DONALD TRUMP PRAISES ‘JEXODUS’ MOVEMENT, INVITES JEWISH PEOPLE TO JOIN REPUBLICANS: President Trump on Friday 15 March 2019 called on American Jews to join the “Jexodus’ movement” following “total disrespect” by Democrats. The president advertised the “Jexodus” grassroots campaign, a movement to get Jewish millennials to leave the Democratic Party, as part of a continued claim that the party is anti-Semitic. “The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms. Remember Jerusalem (USA Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal!” Trump’s response came after an interview on One America News Network with Elizabeth Pipko, a spokeswoman for the “Jexodus” movement. “We’re super excited to get people involved, excited for 2020, finally voting to our own values, our own conscience and ready to fight against the narrative that tells us what we should do and who we should vote for,” she said. The president and Republicans have been saying that Democrats are the “anti-Israel” party after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, made several controversial comments that many said were anti-Semitic. Democrats recently passed a bill in the House denouncing prejudice of all kinds, but many said it did not go far enough to condemn Omar’s comments. (Washington Times) Some 52% of American Jews identified themselves as Democrats in a combined Gallup tracking poll data for 2018, which encompassed over 75,000 interviews with USA adults, including 938 self-identified Jewish Americans. Jews were the religious group with the highest percentage identifying as Democrats. The data was released earlier this month. Pray for American Jews to closely examine their true beliefs and stands on political statements and policies that negatively affect Israel and the Jewish people, also with regard to horrifying pro-abortion laws so liberally supported by the Democratic Party. Many USA Jews identify and cast their votes for the Democrats simply out of decades of habit and tradition.
HOUSE DEMOCRATS BLOCK BILL TO STOP INFANTICIDE FOR 17th TIME, REFUSE CARE FOR ABORTED BABIES BORN ALIVE: On Wed.13 March 2019, two weeks after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill to stop infanticide, House Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a similar bill to require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions. This is the 19th time Congressional Democrats thwarted an attempt by Republicans to vote on a bill that would provide medical care and treatment for babies who survived failed abortions - 17 times in the House and twice in the Senate. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) offered the unanimous consent request to allow a vote on the anti-infanticide bill but Democrats ruled it out of order. After Democrats denied Johnson’s request to vote on the bill he criticized them for failing to allow a vote. As Democrats have done on six occasions, the pro-life Congressman’s microphone was ultimately cut off as he attempted to speak further on the legislation. After Democrats blocked the vote, Congressman Wenstrup said, “As a doctor, I strongly believe that every patient, especially those infants born alive, should be given appropriate medical care. This should not even be a question. It’s our duty, as Members of Congress, to defend the God-given right to life for every baby in this situation. And it’s our duty as compassionate human beings to ensure that these uniquely vulnerable babies receive the care that they deserve.”
Every single Democrat in the Senate who is running for president voted against the bill that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who are born alive after botched abortions. That includes Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Amy Klobuchar. While they all voted to support infanticide, President Trump spoke out against infanticide in two tweets saying that it’s nothing short of “executing” babies to let them die after failed abortions. The blocking of the bill to stop infanticide comes even as national polling shows Americans - including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion - oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. And doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health and women admit having abortions on healthy babies. A new poll finds a massive 17% shift in the pro-life direction after Democrats have pushed abortions up to birth and infanticide nationally. (Lifenews) With nearly 42 million abortions performed across the earth in 2018, the murderous procedure was the leading cause of death among individuals worldwide, eclipsing the number of deaths globally from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, and traffic accidents combined. The horrifying methods used to terminate even late-term pregnancies are too sickening to comprehend. Please be among those who continue to fervently intercede against the murder of the most innocent, beautiful and defenseless of God’s creatures; the human infant. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Jas. 5:16
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