From Hamas Rockets In Sderot To Anti-Semitic Gunman in California

Apr 30, 2019

“Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, ‘I am your salvation.’” Ps. 35:1-3

FROM HAMAS ROCKETS IN SDEROT TO ANTI-SEMITIC GUNMEN IN CALIFORNIA: The Dahan family emigrated to America after suffering for years under Hamas rocket fire, only to nearly lose their daughter at the hands of a rabidly anti-Semitic gunman. The California synagogue that was shot up by a 19-year-old white supremacist on Saturday 27 April 2019 had a large number of Israeli congregants. An American-Jewish woman was tragically killed, and the local rabbi and two Israeli congregants were wounded. Among them was 8-year-old Noya Dahan, whose face and leg was hit by shrapnel. The girl's family had originally lived in Sderot, where they came under regular Hamas rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip. Noya's father, Israel Dahan, told Israel Radio that their house in Sderot had been hit several times and that he had been wounded in a terrorist rocket attack. That situation had prompted the family to leave Israel for California several years ago. But on Saturday, the family realized that they had "come from fire to fire," Dahan told Israel Radio. "It can happen anywhere." Also wounded was Noya's uncle, Almog Peretz, who had likewise left Sderot for the perceived safety of California.

Speaking to Israel Channel 12 News, Peretz recalled, "A person with a big rifle entered the synagogue and started shooting everywhere. At first, we thought the ceiling had collapsed, but then I turned around and saw he was aiming his weapon at me. There were many small kids next to me. I took a little girl who was our neighbor and three nieces of mine and ran. I opened the back door and we ran with all the children to a building in the back. I hid them in that building. As I picked up the girl, the terrorist aimed his weapon at me. I was injured in the leg." Both Noya and her uncle Almog are in stable condition. (Israel Today) Pray for the complete healing of this injured family – also of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein who was reportedly wounded in the attack.  Intercede for the comforting of those who were friends and family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who was tragically killed in Saturday’s assault.

SUSPECT’S MANIFESTO: JEWS DESERVE HELL. I WILL SEND THEM THERE: The Poway Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect in the shooting at the local synagogue as John Earnest, a far-right activist who allegedly posted a manifesto shortly before the attack occurred and may have been involved in another hate crime.  About twenty minutes before the attack, a Twitter user reported that a manifesto had been published on a site popularly used by the far-right and was worried that a mass shooting was imminent. It contained common far-right catchphrases, including descriptions of an "international Jewry" which is responsible for countless age-old blood libels, including alleged control over the media and the economy. This is similar to a trope in the anti-Semitic pamphlet, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”. Within the post, he wrote, "Every Jew young and old has contributed to these. For these crimes, they deserve nothing but hell. I will send them there." He also stated that he hoped to inspire others to commit similar crimes to his and that he expected to be freed from prison and "continue the fight." (J.Post) “Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long. Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.” Ps. 74: 22-23  

PM: AN ATTACK ON THE HEART OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE: PM Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the deadly shooting attack at a California synagogue. "I condemn the abhorrent attack on a synagogue in California; this is an attack on the heart of the Jewish people. We send condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye and our best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded. The international community must step up the struggle against anti-Semitism," Netanyahu said. In light of the upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks around the world, PM Netanyahu will, this week, convene a special discussion of all elements dealing with the issue. "Checked the news tonight after celebrating Passover; heartbroken to discover the horrible news about the deadly attack at a synagogue in Poway. We must gather together & fight the scourge of anti-Semitism. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of all those affected," he said. (Arutz-7)

TRUMP CONDEMNS ANTI-SEMITISM FOLLOWING SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING: President Donald Trump on Saturday 27 April 2019 said the country stood in solidarity with the Jewish community after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, killing one and injuring three. “Tonight, America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in California. Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate which must be defeated.” USA Vice President Mike Pence, also on Saturday night, condemned the shooting attack at a synagogue near San Diego. “We condemn in the strongest terms the evil & cowardly shooting at Chabad of Poway today as Jewish families celebrated Passover. No one should be in fear in a house of worship. Anti-Semitism isn’t just wrong - it’s evil,” he tweeted.” (NY Post/J.Post)

OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT, CONCERN AFTER CALIFORNIA SYNAGOGUE ATTACK: Sympathy poured in from around the world in response to a shooting attack in a Poway California synagogue on Saturday 27 April 2019. "The words, the demonstrators and the cartoons turn into shootings against worshipers in synagogues," said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon in response to the attack. "Anti-Semitism continues to raise its head and take victims. This is the time for action, for a determined war and not for weak and hollow condemnations that allow the forces of hate to revive dark periods in history." The ambassador was referencing an anti-Semitic cartoon recently published by The New York Times.  

“I am following with deep concern the tragic events in Poway, California, as once again Jewish blood has been spilled on one of our holiest days, in a place of prayer," said Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett. “And even in the face of this terror and hatred, once again we are hearing reports of amazing bravery as the rabbi of the community - who was himself injured - sought to defend his congregants from the vicious shooter. Let all who wish the Jewish people harm understand: We are a strong people and we are a united people and we will never be defeated by hatred. The people of Israel stand side by side with our brothers and sisters in America, and with all the American people against this and all forms of terror."  (J.Post)

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: NEW YORK TIMES A ‘CESSPOOL OF HOSTILITY’: The Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, on Mon. 29 April 2019 criticized The New York Times newspaper and linked it to the “Jew-hatred of growing parts of the intellectual class”. His remarks were posted on his Facebook page. Dermer attributed the Poway attack last weekend, which killed one congregant and injured three, and the October 2018 massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshipers, to white supremacists. But he also added that “we have also seen anti-Semitism increasingly poison minds in the political classes of what once proudly called itself the West. We have also seen one of the world’s most prestigious newspapers become a cesspool of hostility towards Israel that goes well beyond any legitimate criticism of a fellow, imperfect democracy,” Dermer said as he discussed The New York Times. “The same New York Times that a century ago mostly hid from their readers the Holocaust of the Jewish people has today made its pages a safe space for those who hate the Jewish state. Through biased coverage, slanderous columns and anti-Semitic cartoons, its editors shamefully choose week after week to cast the Jewish state as a force for evil,” he continued. The comments come after the newspaper published a cartoon in which PM Binyamin Netanyahu is shown as a guide dog for a blind USA President Donald Trump. In the cartoon, Trump is shown wearing a kippah and Netanyahu's collar features a blue Star of David. The cartoon was widely condemned on Saturday 27 April 2019. (Arutz-7)

‘NO FUTURE FOR JEWS IN GERMANY,’ SAYS JEWISH TEENAGER: The large German broadsheet newspaper Die Welt published online Saturday 27 April 2019: “Why young Jews are leaving Germany.” According to the Die Welt, 50 young German Jews left Germany in 2018 to enroll in the Israeli government-sponsored Naale program. Young Diaspora Jews can apply to be accepted into a high school program organized by the Naale scholarship program, with a view toward aliyah. The 15-year-old Golda Maertens, who has been accepted to Naale, told Welt reporter Philip Kuhn “I also think that there is no future for Jews” in Germany. “I want to go to a boarding school like my brother in Israel. I already visited him and he is doing well there.” In 2016, a student of Arab origin reportedly said during a discussion of the Middle East conflict in a class in Berlin: “If there is a Jewish student in the class, I would kill him.”  “I’m totally afraid of Muslim anti-Semitism,” said Maertens’s mother, Evelyn. “I cannot judge how bad this will become.” According to Welt, Maertens’s aunt in Tel Aviv has repeatedly urged the mother and daughter to move to Israel because it is no longer safe in Germany. The spokesman for Hamburg’s Jewish community, Daniel Killy, said deteriorating security in Germany has led to a highly dangerous situation for Jews. “No, we are no longer safe here,” Killy said. He said the disintegration of state power, excesses of the extreme right-wing, the loss of political credibility, and “the terrible fear of naming Islamism as such” have contributed to an insecure environment for Jews. Hamburg’s Jewish community has nearly 2,500 members. Just under 100,000 Jews are registered with the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Germany has absorbed more than one million refugees from mainly Muslim-majority countries (J.Post) Continue to pray that God will increase the volume of His call to the multitude of Jews living abroad to return to their homeland; Israel. Intercede that many will hear and respond and launch out in faith as did Abraham.

POMPEO CONDEMNS RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM, BLASTS BRITAIN’S LABOUR PARTY: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week condemned the rise of anti-Semitism as a “cancer metastasizing” in the Middle East, Europe and in the United States, where he said the Trump administration would vigorously oppose it. In a speech in Washington, Pompeo accused Britain’s opposition Labour Party of tolerating anti-Semitism, calling it a “national disgrace”. He said attacks against Jews were increasing in France and Germany and hate crimes against Jews in the United States were up by one third in 2017. He slammed the “multiple attacks” on the Orthodox Jewish community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, Pompeo said anti-Zionism - opposition to the existence of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people - was a form of anti-Semitism that was on the rise. “The Trump administration opposes it unequivocally and we will fight it relentlessly,” he said, “Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.” (Reuters)

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