The Time Has Come For European Countries to Recognize Jerusalem

Nov 29, 2018

"Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her.” Isa. 66.10

‘THE TIME HAS COME FOR EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM’: Jerusalem Affair’s Minister Ze'ev Elkin presented the 'Magen Yerushalayim' (Shield of Jerusalem) to the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, on Mon. 26 Nov. 2018. The award ceremony was held in the office of the Speaker of the Knesset in the presence of MK Yuli Edelstein and PM Binyamin Netanyahu. Elkin said at the event: "President Zeman has been a true friend of the State of Israel for years. In contrast to the prevailing attitude in the European Union, he promotes the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and works to promote the transfer of the Czech embassy to Jerusalem. The time has come for the countries of the European Union to recognize the simple truth that united Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It is only natural that the Czech Republic, which was among the first countries to extend its hand to Israel during the War of Independence, will also be among the first countries to take part in promoting the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel vis-a-vis the European Union," said Elkin. The Jerusalem Affairs Ministry established the Jerusalem Shield award last year in order to honor people from all over the world who have worked to secure recognition of a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In May 2018 USA President Trump became the first recipient of the award for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocating the USA embassy to Jerusalem. President Zeman is the second person to receive the Magen Yerushalayim award. (INN) “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isa. 60:3

CZECH PRESIDENT OPENS OFFICES IN JERUSALEM: Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, arrived on Sunday 25 Nov. 2018 for a four-day state visit during which he inaugurated an office in Jerusalem that he said will be the precursor to moving the Czech embassy to the city. Zeman opened the Czech House on Tues. 27 Nov. 2018, which will house Czech cultural, investment, trade and tourism offices. East and Central European countries inside the EU that have hinted at an interest in moving their embassies to Jerusalem have come under pressure from other EU countries against the moves. (J. Post)

CZECH PRESIDENT VOICES HOPE EMBASSY WILL SOON MOVE TO JERUSALEM: Israel’s self-proclaimed “best friend,” Czech President Milos Zeman, gave a “message of solidarity with Israel and the Jewish People” in his speech to the Knesset on Mon. 26 Nov. 2018: “Prime Minister Netanyahu said the Czech Republic is Israel’s best friend in Europe. I wonder, why only Europe?” Zeman quipped in English. “Anyway, I am the best friend of Israel in my whole country.” Zeman cited historic Czech support for Israel and the Jewish People, and called the European Parliament’s “support for Palestinian terrorists” shameful. “If we betray Israel, we betray ourselves,” he said, to applause from MKs. Zeman expressed hope that Tuesday’s 27 Nov. 2018 planned dedication of a Czech House – dealing with Czech-Israel tourism, trade and other areas – will lead to the moving of the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s addresses to the Knesset mentioned the history of Czech Jewry, as well as Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomasz Masaryk, who opposed anti-Semitism and supported Zionism. The leaders also thanked the Czech people for their support for Israel’s Independence, including supplying military weapons and providing training for fledgling Israeli pilots. “The Czech Republic and Israel are small but great democracies,” Netanyahu said. “Israel raises the torch of freedom. You also sought freedom. The Munich Agreement, where Czechoslovakia was sacrificed to the Nazis in the name of appeasement, relayed to Israel “we must defend ourselves, by ourselves,” Netanyahu said. (J.Post)

CZECH PRESIDENT RAISES 2 GLASSES ‘TO LIFE’: President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama hosted a state dinner on Mon. evening 26 Nov. 2018 in honor of Czech Republic President Milos Zeman and his wife Ivana Zamanova. President Rivlin received his guests and said: "Dear friends of Israel, dear friends of the Czech Republic, it is a great honor to have you here tonight. Formally, this is an official meal, but in many ways we are having dinner with old and close friends. We are friends from the past, Mr. President, but our friendship does not belong only to the past. Today, the relationship between Israel and the Czech Republic is a strategic relationship, with direct flights between Prague and Tel Aviv, and with the Skoda Innovation Center established here in Israel. But we can do a lot more together, in business, in culture, in science, in security, in energy and in tourism, if I mention only a few areas," said the president. The president of the Czech Republic said in a speech of his own, to everyone’s surprise, moments before all the participants took a toast. "On my table there are two glasses, one of red wine and one of white wine, as you sometimes know, these colors are a symbol of politics, but today I wanted to say that there are some common issues between the two countries. So for the first time in my life, I'll take both glasses and toast to life." (Arutz-7)

ISRAELI MACHINE THAT PULLS WATER OUT OF AIR SENT TO CALIFORNIA: An Israeli machine that can pull water out of the air was sent to northern California to provide clean drinking water for police and firefighters battling the Camp Fire. On Sunday 25 Nov. 2018 officials announced that the fire had been brought 100% under control. At least 85 people were killed and more than 200 are still reported missing in the fire that burned for 17 days and destroyed more than 153,000 acres north of Sacramento, including 17,000 building structures. Thousands are living in emergency shelters and hotels. The atmospheric water generator called the GEN-350, produced by the company Watergen USA, can produce up to 156 gallons of water per day and is transportable. It is carried by an emergency response vehicle, which is equipped with a generator and charging stations. “If we can help relieve the burden by providing clean water, that is something that we will most definitely do,” said Yehuda Kaploun, president of Watergen USA. Watergen’s initiative to provide clean drinking water around the world earned the company its place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018. (Arutz-7) “And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” Gen.12:3. Continue to intercede for California residents who have lost everything to massive wildfires - that they may be comforted and provided for. Also continue to pray for the recovery of those who are missing.

CNN POLL REVEALS DEPTH OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE: Anti-Semitic stereotypes are alive and well in Europe, while the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade, a sweeping new survey by CNN revealed Tue. 27 Nov. 2018. More than a quarter of Europeans polled believe Jews have too much influence in business and finance. Nearly one in four said Jews have too much influence in conflict and wars across the world. One in five said they have too much influence in the media, and the same number believes they have too much influence in politics. Meanwhile, a third of Europeans in the poll said they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust, the genocide of six million Jews in lands controlled by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s. The poll interviewed more than 7,000 people across Europe, with more than 1,000 respondents each in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland and Sweden. About one European in 20 in the countries surveyed has never heard of the Holocaust. Lack of Holocaust knowledge is particularly striking among young people in France: One out of five people there between the ages of 18 and 34 said they’d never heard of it. In Austria—the country where Hitler was born—12% of young people said they had never heard of the Holocaust. Austria also had the highest number of people in the survey saying they knew “just a little” about the Holocaust—four out of 10 Austrian adults.

Americans do not fare any better: A survey carried out on behalf of the Claims Conference earlier this year found that 10% of American adults were not sure they’d ever heard of the Holocaust, rising to one in five millennials. Half of all millennials could not name a single concentration camp, and 45% of all American adults failed to do so. But Europeans do believe it is important to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Two-thirds of Europeans said that commemorating the Holocaust helps ensure that such atrocities will never happen again. That figure rises to 80% in Poland, where the Nazis established Auschwitz, the deadliest concentration camp of all. (Ynet) Intercession is needed that government leaders in Europe, Canada and the USA will not ignore or downplay the growth of anti- Semitism in their countries. Pray that educational institutions, television programs, films and other media sources will keep the catastrophic facts of the Holocaust alive in an effort to secure that such devastation will never happen again.

YAD VASHEM TROUBLED BY RESULTS OF A CNN ANTI-SEMITISM SURVEY: Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is deeply concerned about a new CNN poll, according to which one-third of Europeans claim to know little or nothing about the Holocaust and that many entrenched hateful anti-Semitic tropes persist in European civilization, seventy-five years after the end of the Holocaust. A statement by the Jerusalem-based institution said, "The results of this survey prove the necessity to intensify broad-based efforts in the area of Holocaust education and awareness, which is essential to any effort to contend with anti-Semitism." It added, "While Holocaust education plays an indispensable role in combating anti-Semitism, it must also be augmented by effective government legislation and enforcement. Yad Vashem believes that by raising public awareness about the Shoah, not as a closed chapter in human history but as a relevant topic for our own time, the nations of Europe and elsewhere will be better equipped and motivated to fight anti-Semitism." (INN)

43% OF DUTCH JEWS SAY THEY HIDE THEIR ETHNIC IDENTITY: Nearly half of 557 respondents in a survey of Dutch Jews said they were afraid of identifying as such. Of the respondents, 43% said they take active steps to hide their Jewish identity, such as wearing a hat over their kippah or hiding the Star of David pendants. Many respondents cited their perception of a rise in the prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment, with 48% saying they avoid situations where they suspect they may be exposed to anti-Semitic reactions. The results of the survey were published Mon. 26 Nov. 2018. Other key findings were that 52% of respondents said anti-Semitism on the street has become more common, 59% said it extends also to media and 82% see it rising online. When it came to experiencing anti-Semitism, 34% said they had experienced racially offensive remarks directed against them, and of those, 89% said that those remarks were connected to Israel. 11% of respondents said they had experienced anti-Semitic violence directed against them. The poll was conducted by the EenVanddag television show of the NPO 1 channel with the JMW Jewish group and the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands. (Times of Israel)

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