“Cry out, ‘Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations that we may give thanks to your holy name that we may glory in your praise.’” 1 Chron. 16:35
PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST: 'HAMAS BRINGS KIDS TO FRONT LINE TO DIE': A Palestinian journalist has described in detail how Hamas operatives take children in buses to protest against Israel on the Gaza border. In a new documentary released by TPS, the journalist, whose face is blurred and his voice distorted for security reasons, says he has witnessed Hamas operatives taking chairs and sitting nearby the fence eating seeds and watching people die. “They bring children to the playgrounds and let them play and then encourage them to do whatever they can to get close to the fence,” the journalist told media sources. The documentary focuses on the March of Return riots, which started in March of last year. Some 2,200 terror-related incidents have been reported since the start of the riots - a combination of gunfire, explosive devices, and Molotov cocktail attacks. One IDF soldier has been killed and several more wounded. By Palestinian estimates, more than 200 people have been killed, including children. “The goal is to bias the general public opinion because the general public opinion is that the kids are safe,” the journalist reported. “Hamas exploits this to claim that Israel is killing our children.” (J. Post) Pray that more and more Hamas journalists and personnel will expose the atrocities of this terrorist organization. Intercede for the protection and deliverance of Palestinian children from terrorist wiles, indoctrination, and threats to their very lives. Pray for the collapse of the ruling Hamas terrorist government and for new positive leadership to come about in the Gaza Strip.
GOOGLE BLOCKS ANTI-SEMITIC CONTENT IN SPAIN: The Lawfare Project has achieved a significant breakthrough in its efforts to block some of the worst examples of online Jew-hatred from Google search results in Spain. As a result of legal action taken last year by Spanish Jews, Google has reached an understanding with lawyers in Spain to block defamatory content, including material promoting Nazi ideology and denying the Holocaust. Due to a mutual understanding with Google, Lawfare Project lawyers acting for Spanish Jewish claimants filed several take-down notices with Google identifying content in its search results that included extreme and defamatory racism against the Jewish people. Google's lawyers examined the complaints and, subsequently, various examples of anti-Semitic content identified in the notices are now blocked from appearing in Google searches in Spain. This is the first time that Google has blocked illegal content against the Jewish People based on defamation complaints. Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, said: "For many, the road to anti-Semitic radicalization is through an online search result. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful in Spain for online platforms to profit from extreme and violent propaganda against Jews. The Lawfare Project will continue to support such actions in Europe to get tech firms to clean up their act." (Arutz-7)
ISRAELI EMBASSY IN FINLAND ATTACKED FOR THE 15TH TIME IN PAST 18 MONTHS: The glass front door of the embassy in Helsinki was shattered last week, and images of swastikas and Adolf Hitler were hung in the entrance to the building. The Israeli Embassy in Finland has been vandalized by neo-Nazi and far-right extremists for at least the 15th time in the last year and a half. Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry called the attack “another link in the chain of anti-Semitic attacks targeting the embassy. The Israeli Embassy in Helsinki expressed its disgust over the events to the Finnish authorities and demanded they act in full force to locate the culprits, bring them to justice and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.” Meanwhile, Senior officials in Finland have expressed concern over the attacks, but have not taken real action against their perpetrators. (J. Post)
HAMAS: ‘KILL THE JEWS. IN PARIS YOU ARE FREE TO DO SO': Why do the progressives continue to support the Palestinian Arabs, not recognizing who really are the enemies of Israel, the Jews, and the West? The explanation lies in Paris, where Arabs rallied and fought hard for the Palestinian Intifadas. In July 2014, during the war in Gaza, Jews got attacked even inside the French synagogues. In 2017 Kabili Traore killed a neighboring French Jew, Sarah Halimi, shouting "Allahu Akbar". But to the justice system of Paris, the barbarian is not responsible as he smoked cannabis. If you throw someone down with your car after drinking, they condemn you to a more severe sentence. If you throw a Jew from the window after smoking cannabis, they send you free. The French justice system ruled that the 27-year old man from Mali could not be held criminally responsible for the murder of Halimi. As Traore beat Halimi, he was heard screaming “Shaitan” (Arabic for “Satan”) and a few weeks beforehand Traore had called Halimi’s daughter a “dirty Jewess” in their building elevator in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Francis Kalifat, president of the official representative body of French Jews, called the view of the French court “shocking”. Because France - where several Jews have been killed and maimed, where thousands fled abroad and changed their city to avoid being attacked on the street - has officially betrayed the Jewish people. The French cesspit is flooded. The Jews will leave the country or become invisible, France will be Islamized and it will deserve it. They are rotten inside. (Arutz-7) Continue to intercede for the European Jewish communities that they will be protected from the growing tide of anti-Semitism in their lands and governments. Pray for protection and safety for Jewish People around the world. Intercede that many Jews will make the decision to make their homes in Israel. “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Ps. 37:3
CANADIAN JEWS MOST TARGETED GROUP FOR HATE CRIMES: Data released by Statistics Canada last week finds that Canadian Jews were the most targeted group for hate crimes in 2018, a trend continuing from the previous two years. In total, police across Canada reported 347 hate crimes targeting Jews in 2018. Anti-Jewish hate crimes amounted to 19% of the national total, even though Jews account for only about 1% of the Canadian population. Responding to the findings, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies CEO Avi Benlolo said, “It's 2019 and it's outrageous that the Canadian Jewish community is still being targeted by hate crimes after more than 250 years of integration into this beautiful country. Our effort and investment is focused on bringing Canadians together who share the same values of freedom, democracy, and human rights,” said Benlolo. (INN)
SPATE OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS ACROSS USA CAUSES CONCERN: Anti-Semitic posters, flyers, and graffiti have littered different parts of the United States over the past week, with most of them stating Holocaust denial and preaching neo-Nazi sentiments. The most recent incident was in Santa Monica: Anti-Semitic graffiti saying the “Holocaust is a lie” was found on a well-known bicycle path in the city, and on a bridge alongside the words, “Why have Jews been kicked out of 109 countries?” and “Nationalism or extinction.” A police report was filed by AJC Los Angeles with the Santa Monica Police Department and the city has removed the graffiti. On Wed. 24 July 2019, neo-Nazi flyers denying that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust captioned with the words “Is that a challenge? We wish!” and depicting a skeleton dressed in an SS uniform were found in two areas of Oakland County, Michigan. One of the flyers was stuck onto the gates of the Jewish cemetery in Birmingham. Similar flyers have also been found over the last few weeks along street posts on the Royal Oaks and Birmingham border. In Cleveland meanwhile, a poster denying the Holocaust was placed at the entrance to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage that read: “Holocaust = Fake News.” Similar signs were also found at a Massachusetts synagogue and at two other Jewish centers in other states last week, with the words “Holocaust = Fake News,” and captioned below: “The people that lied about soap and lampshades are lying about gas chambers and ovens.” Police are investigating these incidents, as well as the similarities of the cases in the different states as being possibly connected. (J. Post)
NETANYAHU: HERZL REJECTED A HALAKHIC STATE: PM Binyamin Netanyahu took part last week in the memorial ceremony for Theodore Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, on Mount Herzl. "Herzl understood very well that Judaism is both a religion and a nation," Netanyahu said in his speech. "On the one hand, he recognized and respected the vitality of the Jewish religion, and on the other hand, he wanted a nation-state of all its citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike. I want to emphasize that he was in favor of the Jewish state but rejected a state that was Halakhic. We continue to maintain this required balance: the love of Torah and the law of the state. When Herzl came to rest at the top of our capital, there were those who said, 'We saw him in our mind's eye when he smiled,' because Herzl came home to our flourishing country," Netanyahu said. "We continue to follow his path - with a sense of common destiny, and with the aspiration to secure a common future for all parts of our people, for all the citizens of our country. If Herzl sees our achievements, I am sure that his smile has been broadened." (Arutz-7) Halakhic: pertaining to the entire body of Jewish law and tradition comprising the laws of the Bible, the oral law as transcribed in the legal portion of the Talmud, and subsequent legal codes amending or modifying traditional precepts to conform to contemporary conditions.
ISRAELI COMPANY GROWING BONES IN THE LABORATORY: Haifa-based biotechnology company Bonus BioGroup has developed a unique technology that promises to revolutionize the future of bone healing and is delivering promising clinical results. Founded by Dr. Shai Meretzki, the company is behind the world’s first viable human bone graft manufacturing facility, where bone grafts are constructed outside of the human body from the patient’s own live tissue. BonoFill, the company’s unique method for growing a three-dimensional and high-density bone graft requires the isolation of a unique kind of cell from the tissue with the ability to repopulate. From that cell, a new bone is grown in a laboratory bioreactor mimicking the body’s physiological micro-environment. Within two weeks, a live and viable bone has grown and can be implanted back into the patient. “Because every patient gets his own tissue and own cells back, the safety profile of this kind of therapy is very high,” said Meretzki. “There is no immune reaction to the implant, never mind rejection. The body doesn’t know that the cells underwent a short cycle of two weeks outside the human body, and we see a very nice recovery and complete healing of the bone gap.” Bonus BioGroup’s technology, which boasts a long list of patents including exclusivity for the manufacturing and commercialization of live bone grafts in the USA is currently undergoing two Phase II clinical trials in Israel for maxillofacial and orthopedic applications. (J. Post)
JOIN US FOR THE 2019 SUCCOT CELEBRATION: Begin now to plan for the annual Vision for Israel Succot Celebration at the Pavilion in the center of downtown Jerusalem. The dates will be 15 Oct. – 17 Oct. 2019. Take part in praise and worship with Joshua Aaron, Barry and Batya Segal, the Kadosh Dancers and local worship teams. Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East with Dennis Greenidge, David Herzog, Barry Segal, Benjamin Siegal, Jones Boateng, Victoria Sarvadi, Tony Sperendao, Nizar Touma and more to come. Connect with local believers and congregations in the land. Walk and dance on the streets of Jerusalem during the annual Jerusalem March! VFI will also be marking its 25th anniversary in Jerusalem for which there will be a special celebration. For further details including times, venue location, and suggested hotel accommodations, visit our Event’s page on the VFI website at: https://www.visionforisrael.com/en/events/681/succot-celebration-jerusalem-2019-darkness-to-light
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