JNN News Update March 27, 2017

UNHRC DIRECTS COUNTRIES TO AVOID TIES WITH ‘SETTLEMENTS’: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday 24 March 2017, adopted four resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) conflict, including a motion condemning Israel for its construction in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The last motion calls on states and firms to avoid both direct and indirect ties with the “settlements”. The resolution also calls to refrain from providing Israel with any assistance that could be connected to the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, as well as to avoid trade with them. 36 member states voted in favor of the resolution criticizing Israeli construction, including Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil. Nine states abstained: UK, Latvia, Croatia, Albania, Georgia, Hungry, Panama, Paraguay and Ruanda. Only two countries – the USA and Togo – opposed the resolution.

While Britain abstained from the resolution rather than vote against it, it did issue a harshly worded statement putting the UNHRC “on notice” over its anti-Israel bias. The Israeli ambassador to the UN institutions in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, criticized all the resolutions at Friday’s session as one-sided and called out the Council for its "absurdity" and "cynicism." "Again and again we ask: where is the sense of priority of the HRC? Where is its moral compass?" she said. “Absurdity reaches yet again new heights in the Golan Resolution. The Syrian regime is killing its own people and for the last six years the country is torn apart by a bloody civil war. This Council still votes on this ridiculous resolution," said Shechter. (INN) Intercessors please pray, also in your groups and gatherings, that both the UK and the United States will defund and cease to stand with this repeatedly and blatantly anti-Israel global organization.

AFTER LONDON TERROR ATTACK, UK BLASTS UNHRC ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS: The United Kingdom blasted the United Nations Human Rights Council for its biased treatment of Israel and for failing to condemn Palestinian terrorism in a strongly worded speech it delivered in Geneva on 24 March 2017. “Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” UK Ambassador Julian Braithwaite told the UNHRC as it wrapped up its 34th session. He spoke just after the 47 member UNHRC had approved four resolutions that condemned Israeli actions against the Palestinians and one that called on it to return the Golan Heights to Syria. The UK supported two of the resolutions, abstained on another two, and voted against the one with regard to the Golan Heights. Out of a similar concern with regard to bias, the USA, traditionally has been the only country to consistently vote against all UNHRC resolutions that involve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Golan Heights. In this session, the USA and Togo, voted against those texts. But Braithwaite warned that it would follow the USA in rejecting all resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if the UNHRC did not treat Israel proportionally. In this session out of the 10 condemnations issue against individual countries, five were leveled at Israel. Braithwaite statement came just two days after a terrorist attack in London claimed the lives of five people, including the assailant. (J.Post)

SAY WHAT?! UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DECLARES ISRAEL WORLD’S NO. 1 HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR: According to the UN's top human rights body, Israel is the worst human rights violator in the world today. That’s the result of the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council which wrapped up in Geneva on 24 March 2017, by adopting five times more resolutions condemning Israel than any other country on earth. If President Trump were to choose a swift departure from the Council as one of his very first foreign policy moves, it would demonstrate a principled reset of American values and priorities on the world stage. The reasons for leaving are many. Here are a few: The Council plays a leading role in the demonization and delegitimization of the Jewish state by the United Nations. In its history, the Council has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after this session’s pogrom tell the story: Israel – 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria – 29, North Korea – 9, and Iran – 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there’s nothing at all. Think of it this way: 500,000 dead in Syria, forced starvation and mass torture in North Korea, systematic and lethal oppression in Iran, gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia, and an elementary lack of basic freedoms affecting over a billion in Russia and China. But at the UN Human Rights Council, little democratic Israel is the problem. (Fox) Pray that USA President Trump will make a firm decision to remove his country from the UN Human Rights Council.

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IS NOW THE PRINCIPAL UN ENGINE OF BDS: The “Human Rights” Council is now the principal UN engine of “BDS” - the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. Economic strangulation is Plan B for Israel’s enemies, war and terrorism having so far failed to rid the world of a Jewish state. The Council has sponsored the creation of a blacklist of companies around the world ‘directly or indirectly’ doing business with Israeli settlements – in effect, Israel period. Make no mistake: there is no middle ground. Staying on the Council means American taxpayers will pay for the production of a blacklist of American companies doing business with Israel. The State Department representative told the Council that it will not provide information for the blacklist. But, of course, the UN will simply get what it wants from the Palestinian entourage. With predictable regularity, the subject of UN reform bubbles to the surface of this toxic environment. The ploy needs to be challenged head on. The only body that can change the Human Rights Council is the one that created it – the General Assembly, where the USA has one vote and Islamic states have 56. Less than half the members of the General Assembly are fully free democracies. The majority aren't going to create a club they can’t join. It is understandable why Council members like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Cuba and China want to masquerade as human rights authorities. But why would the United States want to legitimize this charade by standing beside them? (Fox)

USA HOUSE AND SENATE INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILLS AGAINST BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL: Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress introduced legislation on 23 March 2017 that would penalize international governmental organizations and foreign countries seeking to boycott, divest and sanction the State of Israel for its handling of its conflict with the Palestinians. The bill would amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to include in its prohibitions on boycotts against “allies of the United States” those fostered by NGOs against Israel. The bill also directs the USA Export-Import Bank to combat boycotts against the Jewish state. The bill states that USA policy will be to oppose last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution “which urges countries to pressure their own companies to divest from, or break contracts with, Israel, and calls for the creation of a ‘blacklist’ of companies that either operate, or have business relations with, entities that operate beyond Israel’s 1949 armistice lines, including east Jerusalem,” it reads. If passed, the legislation would punish violators with a fine in accordance with the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The bill explicitly states that USA opposition to boycotts of Israel shall not be construed as an alteration of USA policy “concerning final-status issues associated with the Arab-Israeli conflict, including border delineation, that can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.” (J.Post) Intercede that this important bill will pass. Many leaders of the BDS campaign, which was launched by Palestinian groups in 2005, have publicly affirmed that they seek Israel’s destruction. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti said in 2014 that Palestinians have a right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance,” while leading activist As’ad Abu Khalil acknowledged in 2012 that “the real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel.”

Senior Hamas terrorist Mazen Fukaha was assassinated in the Gaza Strip on Friday 24 March 2017. The deadly incident took place in front of Fukaha’s home in Gaza City. The parties behind the assassination are unknown, said the Hamas-backed Interior Ministry, however, Hamas has officially accused Israel of carrying out the assassination. “Hamas and its fighting brigades place the full responsibility for this reprehensible crime on the Israeli occupation and its collaborators.” Hamas also threatened retaliation for Fukaha’s assassination. The Ezzeldin Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, vowed it will exact revenge for Fukaha’s assassination. Fukaha, who was born and raised in Tubas, was a senior official in the Qassam Brigades, which carried out a number of suicide bombing attacks against Israel during the second intifada. An Israeli court sentenced Fukaha to life in prison for planning a suicide bombing in northern Israel in 2002 that left nine people dead and tens of other victims wounded. Nonetheless, Israel released Fukaha in 2011 as a part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, but barred him from returning to Judea & Samaria. Since his release, Fukaha relocated to Gaza, where he has continued to play a key role in the Qassam Brigades. (J.Post)

ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 3 WOUNDED DURING ATTACK ON ISRAELI TOWN: A gang of five Arab terrorists attacked the Jewish town of Beit El in Samaria on 23 March 2017, hurling firebombs at the entrance to the community. The terrorists drove up to the entrance of Beit El in a car, exited the vehicle, and began throwing the firebombs towards the town. IDF soldiers stationed in Beit El quickly opened fire on the terrorists, who attempted to flee the scene. An army spokeswoman confirmed the attack and the IDF response, but declined to elaborate. "The suspects hurled firebombs towards the community," she said, adding that the soldiers returned fire. "Hits were confirmed." Sources in the Palestinian Authority claimed one terrorist was eliminated, while the other four were wounded. No casualties were reported in Beit El or among the soldiers stationed in the area. A security official in Beit El described the incident: “A Palestinian vehicle drove up with five passengers. They exited the vehicle and threw a number of firebombs, some of which went over Beit El’s security fence, some of which exploded outside of it, while others were unused and left whole, and were taken for investigation.” (Arutz-7) Please pray against terrorist attacks in all parts of Israel. May all intentions of the enemy continue to backfire.

PALESTINIANS, JORDANIANS AND ISRAELIS TEAM UP TO COMBAT EARTHQUAKE RISK: With the border area with Jordan at high risk for earthquakes, Israeli institutions have joined with the Jordanian Red Crescent and Hebron’s Greenland Association to train local residents as first responders in the event of such a catastrophe. The project, called “Community Emergency Response Teams,” was conceived by Ben-Gurion University, the EU and Magen David Adom. Limited access and rough terrain after an earthquake mean that rescue teams may take some time to arrive. This training gives residents tools to provide first aid, shelter and psycho-social support before professional rescue teams appear. Participants underwent a 100-hour course on subjects such as needs assessment, first aid, shelter, hygiene promotion, psycho-social support, search and rescue, firefighting and community resilience. Similar training took place simultaneously in Palestinian and Jordanian communities. First-response teams throughout the region will also be prepared to assist one another in case of an emergency. (J.Post)

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JNN News Update March 24, 2017

FIVE DEAD, 40 INJURED IN UK PARLIAMENT TERRORIST ATTACK: Five people were killed and 40 injured in London on Wed. 22 March 2017, after a car plowed into pedestrians and an Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britain's parliament. The dead, in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack," included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The other three victims were among those hit by the car as it sped across Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings just outside parliament. Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters the attack started when a car was driven over Westminster Bridge, hitting and injuring members of the public and three police officers. "A car then crashed near to parliament and at least one man, armed with a knife, continued the attack and tried to enter parliament," Rowley said. PM Theresa May condemned the attack as “sick and depraved”. "The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech." Any attempt to defeat those values through violence was "doomed to failure", May said. It was the deadliest attack in London since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city's transport system in July 2005, in London's worst peacetime attack. It took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist terrorists that killed 32 people in Brussels. (Reuters) Pray for the swift and complete recovery of those who have suffered injuries and shock in this attack, and for the comforting of those who have lost family members and friends.

JEWISH STATE ‘STANDS AS ONE WITH THE BRITISH PEOPLE’ IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM: Israel “stands as one with the British people as we all work together to defeat the scourge of terrorism,” the Jewish state’s UN envoy Danny Danon declared on Wed. 22 March 2017, following the ramming and stabbing attack outside the UK Parliament building in central London in which five people were killed and dozens wounded. “We send our condolences and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured,” Danon stated. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said, “Israel expresses its deep shock at the terror attack in London today and its solidarity with the victims and with the people and government of Great Britain. Terror is terror wherever it occurs and we will fight it relentlessly.” President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, “Our thoughts are with the people of London. Terror is a threat to us all and we must stand united against it.” PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who wrapped up his multi-day trip to China on Wed., did not issue an immediate statement, as he was aboard a flight back to Israel as the news of the attack broke. Israeli Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog whose father Chaim Herzog served in the British Army during World War II, before going on to become the president of Israel, said, “My thoughts are with the British people, following the terrible events at Westminster today. I wish a speedy recovery to all those injured.” (Algemeiner)

EIGHT ARRESTED IN VEHICLE RAMMING ATTACK IN LONDON – ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY: British police arrested eight people in London and Birmingham after a vehicle ramming attack that killed five people, and wounded dozens. The attacker was shot dead after he stabbed and killed a British police officer. British MP’s returned to work on Thurs. a day after the attacker ran down several pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge. He then charged at a policeman at the parliament gates stabbing him to death with a large knife. Trucks were used in attacks in crowds in Nice last July, when a truck killed 86 people, and in a Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12. Vehicles have also been used in several attacks in Israel, most recently when a Palestinian drove his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in Jan. 2017, killing four. Terrorism experts say that vehicle attacks can cause a lot more deaths than a knife. Also on Thurs, ISIS claimed responsibility for the London assault. A source told the ISIS-associated Amak news agency, "It was a soldier of ISIS who responded to the call to harm the citizens of the countries that are members of the international coalition." PM Theresa May confirmed that the attacker was British-born and was once investigated by MI5 intelligence agents over concerns about violent extremism. (Medialine)

LEADERS OF THE LONDON’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TELL MEMBERS TO BE CAUTIOUS IN THE COMING DAYS, IN THE AFTERMATH OF TERROR ATTACK: The Community Security Trust the UK’s main watchdog group on anti-Semitism, called on the Jewish community to be “calm, vigilant and to cooperate with security measures.” Additional police patrols were visible in London neighborhoods with large Jewish populations, such as Stamford Hill. UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “Today’s attack, which targeted the very heart of our democracy in Westminster, will serve only to unite us against the scourge of violence and terrorism. The prayers of the Jewish community are with the families of the victims and with our security services, who so often selflessly place themselves in harm’s way for our protection.”

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) also strongly condemned the terror attack in London. “This strike, at the heart of democracy, on the anniversary of the Brussels attacks which claimed the lives of 32 people, once again demonstrates that radical extremists continue to have the ability and motivation to commit mass murder in Europe,” said President of the EJC, Dr. Moshe Kantor. “The European Jewish Congress and the Jewish communities of Europe extend our deepest condolences to the British Government and people and pray for the welfare of those injured." The World Jewish Congress (WJC) also slammed the attacks as "A callous and calculated strike against democracy and liberty which won’t succeed. Once again, we must all stand together, rise to the challenge and defeat terrorism in all its forms. Nothing can justify the steamrolling or stabbing or shooting or bombing of innocent people in our cities, absolutely nothing." (J.Post)

IRAN SAYS IT’S ‘COMPLETELY READY’ TO RESTART NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Referring to the nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on 20 March 2017 that Iran "is fully prepared to return to the pre-JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) situation or even to conditions more robust than that if the USA reneges on its promises to the extent that the JCPOA's continuation harms our national interests." Zarif warned it could do so very quickly if the agreement falls through, and the restored nuclear program would be more advanced that the one mostly frozen by the 2015 deal. “During the past couple of months, with the efforts made by skilled Iranian scientists and experts, we have succeeded in making operational the most advanced centrifuges, that were just an idea at the time of approving the JCPOA,” Zarif said. (Times of Israel)

‘IRAN REMAINS CENTRAL THREAT TO ISRAEL’: Mossad Director-General Yossi Cohen referred on 21 March, 2017 to Israel's situation regarding Iran and said that as long as the present administration exists, with or without a nuclear agreement, Iran will continue to be the central threat to Israel. "The USA was and is a superpower, and the new buzzword is hybrid strategy. The idea is to work concurrently utilizing a variety of measures at different levels," Cohen asserted. At the conference at the Netanya Academic College, Cohen also referred to other regions around Israel and said that "the security establishment needs to focus on the enemies in our region and learn them in depth in order to overcome them when required - and it will be required. The Middle East is our home ground and therefore we need to be acquainted with the entire region. We need to create treaties, identify mutual interests with partners and even with enemies at a certain level," concluded Cohen. Earlier, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot addressed the conference and said that Israel’s military was working to secure the nation’s northern border, but warned that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon had become Israel’s greatest security challenge. Hezbollah is the number one challenge facing the IDF,” said Eizenkot, adding that Israel was paying close attention to “the regular use of tactical chemical weapons in the fighting in Syria.” (Arutz-7) Pray for wisdom and strategy to be given to those who lead in Israel’s government, intelligence, and military agencies to know how to deal with Iran and Hezbollah’s increasing northern border threats and advanced weapon’s danger.

IRAN VOWS TO ‘LIBERATE’ GOLAN HEIGHTS: Many believe that it’s inevitable that the Syrian civil war will eventually spill over into northern Israel. Iran is doing everything in its power to prove them right. Iran’s Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah terrorist group, is already heavily engaged in the war in Syria. But the group has suffered major losses, and is stretched thin trying to keep Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power. So Iran has funneled money and resources to establish a new Hezbollah brigade focused on “liberating” the Golan Heights from Israeli control. A spokesman for the “Golan Liberation Brigade” told Iranian media: “This is a trained army with specific plans. If the government of Syria requests, we and our allies are ready to take action to liberate Golan. We will not permit Arab and Islamic countries in the region to remain in the grasps of the occupiers.” The new brigades promotional video featured soldiers carrying flags that read “Israel Will Be Destroyed.” (Israel Today)

ISRAEL PLANS MASS EVACUATIONS IF WAR ERUPTS AGAIN: Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other terror groups. The mass evacuations would be unprecedented in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe. Elements of the evacuation plan, code-named “Safe Distance,” were recently disclosed by a senior Israeli officer. There is currently an uptick in tensions between Israel, Syria and Hezbollah. Each side has warned that a new conflict would be worse than previous ones. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israeli communities in the 2006 war, while Israel bombarded militant targets in southern Lebanon. The month of fighting killed an estimated 1,200 Lebanese, 44 Israeli civilians and 121 Israeli soldiers. In 2014, 50 days of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers saw 73 Israelis killed, 66 of them soldiers. Thousands of rockets and mortar shells were fired by Hamas and other Islamic terror groups at Israeli towns and cities, where damage was limited by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Hamas also utilized tunnels dug under the border to carry out attacks. “In 2017, all of Israel is under threat,” said Col. Itzik Bar of the military’s Homefront Command. Bar pointed out that Hezbollah has gained battle experience from fighting alongside Assad’s forces and that Hassan Nasrallah, the Shiite group’s chief, has recently increased his rhetoric about attacking Israel. The idea is to “remove the threat by not having civilians there,” Bar said. “We want a meeting of army and Hezbollah forces, and not civilians with Hezbollah forces.” (Times of Israel) Pray according to scripture: “Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood.” Ps 59:2

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JNN News Update March 22, 2017

ISRAEL AND CHINA EXPAND COOPERATION: Ministers and chief executive officers accompanying PM Binyamin Netanyahu on his trip to China signed agreements that include cooperation on emergency medicine, exchange of scientific delegations, the environment and cooperation in matters of education during the third innovation conference involving the two countries this year in Beijing. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong told Netanyahu that the meeting with Israeli ministers proves itself and brings significant results, explaining, "At each meeting, significant agreements are signed that promise to enhance cooperation in innovation between the two countries. Other government ministries join each meeting, indicating the success of the forum. China has such a framework for innovation only with Israel. We must ensure that the framework of the innovation committee continues, will bear fruit and will expand in the coming years." PM Netanyahu noted that the framework of the conference is vital to bilateral relations, adding that the two countries have a long tradition and past, and both are committed to building a society that promotes technology and innovation. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL FORBES PUBLISHES LIST OF BILLIONAIRES, INCLUDING 18 ISRAELIS: Forbes magazine published the list of billionaires for 2017, with 233 new billionaires joining the list. At present there are 2043 people with nine-figure fortunes. The list also includes 18 Israelis, with Eyal Ofer who lives in London the wealthiest Israeli in the world with a net worth of 8.9 billion dollars, having lost 2 billion dollars since last year. He is ranked in 145th place. (INN)

MAJOR GLOBAL AD AGENCY PULLS UK CLIENTS FROM GOOGLE WEBSITES, INCLUDING YOUTUBE OVER CONCERNS ABOUT EXTREMIST CONTENT: A top global advertising agency has withdrawn all of its 240 UK clients from Google websites - including YouTube - due to concerns about ads being displayed next to extremist content, media sources reported on 20 March, 2017. According to the report, Havas spends around £175 million a year in the UK on digital advertising, of which Google gets around £35 million. “We have a duty of care to our clients in the UK marketplace,” said Paul Frampton, chief executive of Havas UK. “Our position will remain until we are confident in the YouTube platform and Google Display Network’s ability to deliver the standards we and our clients expect.” Last week, a top Google executive told British lawmakers that an anti-Semitic YouTube video titled “Jews admit organizing White Genocide” did not constitute hate speech. While the video - narrated by ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke - was “deeply offensive and shocking,” it did not violate YouTube rules against hate speech and would remain on the site, Google Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Peter Barron said at a House of Commons Home Affairs Committee hearing. The hearing marked the start of a parliamentary inquiry into online hate. (Algemeiner) Pray that Google websites and social media outlets that refuse to cease posting material that is clearly anti-Semitic and full anti-Israel bias will incur increasing sharp penalties for their slander and incitement.

USA TO BOYCOTT DEBATES, CONDUCTED AS PART OF PERMANENT UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AGENDA, ITEM THAT SINGLES OUT ISRAEL: The USA will boycott deliberations conducted within the framework of a permanent UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agenda item that singles out Israel, the Trump administration announced on 20 March, 2017. The news came as the UNHRC was set to weigh a slew of anti-Israel resolutions this week at its Geneva, Switzerland headquarters. “While we are making some progress on reversing the anti-Israel bias at the UN in New York, regrettably, today in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council begins debate on the only country permanently on the body’s calendar,” American UN envoy Nikki Haley said on Monday 20 March. “It is not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people. It is not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence. It is not North Korea, where the regime uses forced labor camps to crush its people into submission. It is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. The so-called ‘Agenda Item 7’ discredits the standing of the only UN body specifically designed to address the state of global human rights by allowing nations to distract from their own abuses back home by churning out anti-Israel propaganda,”

Haley further noted. “As a result, the United States will not participate in discussions under Agenda Item 7 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions that so diminish what the Human Rights Council should be, and we encourage other council members who purport to be defenders of human rights to do the same.” State Department spokesman Mark Toner earlier on Monday said, “The United States strongly and unequivocally opposes the existence of the UN Human Rights Council’s Agenda Item Seven: ‘Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.’ Today’s actions in the council are yet another reminder of that body’s long-standing bias against Israel. No other nation has an entire agenda item dedicated to it at the council. The continued existence of this agenda item is among the largest threats to the credibility of the council.” Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely tweeted at Haley on Monday, “I welcome USA determined position against UNHRC’s bias towards Israel. Today’s decision is an important step to change this bias.” (Algemeiner) Pray the UNHRC will be broken of its obsessive anti-Israel bias and pattern of targeting the Jewish state with its bigoted charges and resolutions. Pray that the focus will be turned to the true violators of human rights such as Syria, Iran and N. Korea. “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." Isa 1:17

BDS FOUNDER ARRESTED FOR TAX EVASION: Omar Barghouti, founder of both the BDS movement and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, was arrested on suspicion he committed tax evasion over the past decade, concealing $700,000 in earned income from tax authorities. During a raid of Barghouti’s house, police say they found credit cards and purchase records confirming the allegations against him. Investigators say Barghouti received the money from a company in the Palestinian Authority which sells and rents ATM machines, where Barghouti has served as director. Barghouti has openly advocated for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state and the end of Zionism. Barghouti rejects the two-state solution, and has compared Israel to both Apartheid-ridden South Africa and Nazi Germany. The BDS movement pushes for boycotts of Israeli products and institutions, divestment from companies and institutions “complicit” in the violation of Palestinian rights (through investments in Israel), and sanctions against Israel, such as pushing for the rejection of its membership in international forums. (Times of Israel)

USA TO BAN USE OF LARGE ELECTRONICS ON SOME FLIGHTS FROM MIDDLE EAST: Passengers traveling on certain USA-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once USA authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, USA officials told media sources on 20 March 2017. Department of Homeland Security officials said the ruling had been under consideration since the American government learned of a threat several weeks ago. The ban will affect 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including airlines based in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The source did not name the other countries. No American carriers were included in the ban. Passengers would be allowed to carry in their checked luggage larger devices like tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras. The ban on electronics on certain airlines is related to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and information that came from a recent USA special forces raid in Yemen. Reportedly the group has planned several foiled bombing attempts on Western-bound airlines. Royal Jordanian Airlines said on 20 March, 2017 that USA-bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting this week at the request of USA officials, including those that transit through Canada. Royal Jordanian Airlines confirmed in a tweet that USA transportation authorities had barred carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage. (J.Post)

TORONTO HATE CRIMES INCREASE, WITH JEWS TARGETED THE MOST: Reports of hate crimes in Toronto increased by 8 percent, with the city’s Jewish community targeted the most, according to a police report compiling last year’s data. Hate crimes in the city increased to 145 in 2016 from 134 the previous year, the Toronto Police reported. Forty-three of the reported attacks were against Jews. Crimes motivated by religion accounted for 46% of the incidents, the highest number in the past 10 years. Police said suspects in hate crimes are predominantly male and aged 18 to 40. The three most reported criminal offenses motivated by hate were mischief to property, assault and criminal harassment. The Jewish community saw the most cases of vandalism. Only 11 arrests were made in 2016, down from 19 the previous year. Some 200,000 Jews live in the Toronto area, making it Canada’s largest Jewish community. Last month, Toronto police said they would step up patrols in Jewish areas after a series of anti-Semitic messages targeted members of the city’s Jewish community. Jewish community centers in Toronto have also been targeted as part of the wave of bomb threats to menace Jewish institutions across the USA. (Times Of Israel)

JERUSALEM POLL: 75 % OF RESIDENTS LOVE LIVING HERE: A recent poll carried out by the Youth Authority in the Jerusalem Municipality finds that three out of four of those surveyed are either "highly satisfied" or "very highly satisfied" with living in the capital. 74% said they would recommend that their friends outside the city move to Jerusalem. The survey polled 9,000 Jerusalemites aged 21-40. Chanan Rubin, a member of the Jerusalem city council who holds the city's portfolio for "Youth, Families and Students," said, "Our first-of-its-kind program to involve the public in formulating policy regarding young families has proved itself! In its wake we have developed and invested greatly in parks, public spaces, unique educational frameworks, family-oriented events, and the like." The poll also found that 75% of college students feel that it is likely they will be able to find work in Jerusalem in their field. In certain fields, such as bio-tech, engineering, computer sciences, education, social sciences, and medicine, more than 80% are confident they will find work in Jerusalem. City officials are happy with the results, not to mention surprised. Mayor Nir Barkat said, "In the past, our problem was that younger people were leaving the city in droves, but today, we see that they represent our future. Our efforts have made Jerusalem attractive once again to the young, as well as a leader in high-tech, culture, and all areas of life." The survey results contrast with the popular conception that young Jerusalemites continue to leave the city.” (Arutz-7)“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.‘” Ps 122:6

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JNN News Update March 20, 2017

RECORD NUMBER OF RUNNERS AT JERUSALEM MARATHON: A record number of over 30,000 people took part in the seventh Jerusalem Marathon on Friday 17 March 2017 with Kenya’s Shadrack Kipkogey winning the full race at 2:17.36 hours. Emily Chepkemoi of Kenya was the first woman to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 2:49.25 hours. Almost 3,000 police officers, working in coordination with the Jerusalem Municipality and private security personnel, were out in increased numbers. Around 3,500 of the participants were international competitors, coming in from more than 65 countries. “The fact that we broke a record for number of overseas participants in the year in which Jerusalem is celebrating 50 years since it was reunited is proof of Jerusalem’s might and of the international prestige of the marathon,” said Mayor Nir Barkat. The route began in the western part of the city, between the Knesset and Israel Museum, looping around the Givat Ram campus of Hebrew University and through several neighborhoods on the way up to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. The route then descended to the Old City, taking runners through Jaffa Gate and the Armenian Quarter and out through Zion Gate, before ending in Sacher Park. (J. Post)

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PROTESTS UNRWA CURRICULUM CHANGES: UNRWA's Judea and Samaria Manager Taeh al-Bas announced the UNRWA Education Committee's intention to change the textbooks of schools belonging to the organization. In a media interview on 18 March 2017, al-Bas said the changes are all connected to "national issues related to Palestinian cities conquered by Israel in 1948, geography maps, history, and national culture." He also warned the changes were "very dangerous." According to al-Bas, the changes are meant to prove UNRWA is a neutral organization which teaches subjects objectively. He blamed UNRWA for allowing the USA to dictate what happens in Israel and other countries. Al-Bas called on the Palestinian Authority to involve itself in the matter, and said he had sent a letter to UNRWA demanding they immediately cease efforts to change the curriculum. The Center for Near East Policy Research, led by David Badin, has closely followed UNRWA's activities for two decades, and exposed the fact that the Palestinian Authority teaches children not to recognize Israel's existence and brainwashes them to want to return to "Palestine" and destroy Israel. School children in UNRWA schools in Gaza are trained to infiltrate and attack Israeli towns. Recently, an UNRWA employee was elected to the terror group Hamas’ political bureau. The USA government is currently investigating UNRWA's connections to terror. (Arutz-7) Pray that the Palestinian Authority will incur harsh penalties for promoting terrorism, educating its youth to hate Israel, and glorifying terrorist murderers as heroes. PA political heads have been warned repeatedly that USA and British foreign aid will be cut if such activities persist. So far it seems no one in the PA is listening.

ARABS AGREE TO ESCALATE TERROR WAR ‘IN ALL WAYS POSSIBLE’: The Supreme Coordination Committee in Ramallah called on the various terrorist organizations to unite in "national unity" against Israel. The Supreme Coordination Committee consists of representatives of various terrorist organizations. Following a meeting involving the leaders of numerous terror groups, the Committee published a notice expressing support for a "national plan" which would include escalation of the terror war against Israel and encouraged "all forms" of terror in order to "support the rights of the Palestinian nation and its goals of independence and freedom." (Arutz-7) “He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.” Ps 7:14-15

HAMAS LEADER: WE WANT PALESTINE IN ITS ENTIRETY: Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar recently declared that "removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle" in the Koran. Speaking to Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV earlier this month, Al-Zahar claimed that Allah says in the Koran: ‘And drive them out from wherever they have driven you out.’” He added that the Jews “drove out” the Arabs “from within the 1948 borders. Hence, removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle, because it appears in the Book of Allah. He further urged members of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad never to mention the term “1967 borders” and said, “We have liberated Gaza, part of Palestine, but I am not prepared to accept just Gaza. Our position is: Palestine in its entirety, and not a grain of soil less. We will fight them wherever we can – on the ground, underground, and if we have airplanes, we will fight them from the skies,” vowed Al-Zahar. The comments are exposed following a recent report suggesting that Hamas, as part of its desire to achieve international recognition, would accept the pre-1967 borders. Al-Zahar’s remarks say otherwise. (INN) As PM Netanyahu rightly told the Israeli Presidential Conference in 2013, “The Arabs want it all….” Not one iota of Islamist hatred for Israel - or terrorist agendas to destroy the Jewish state - has budged over the decades.

TRAUMA AMONG CHILDREN IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL RISING DUE TO SOUNDS OF BATTLES BETWEEN EGYPTIAN MILITARY AND ISIS IN THE SINAI: The children of southern Israel - who have long had to deal with the fear of rocket and mortar attacks from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as well as underground terror tunnels - are now dealing with a new source of anxiety. While Gaza has been relatively quiet since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, an increasing amount of area youngsters have recently been showing signs of anxiety brought on by the sounds of fighting they hear from across the border in the Sinai Peninsula - where Egyptian military forces are battling against ISIS-affiliated terrorists. According to data gathered by the Eshkol Regional Council, there has been a 50% increase in the number of Israeli children suffering from trauma due to the explosions echoing from nearby Sinai. The anxiety felt by these children is manifested by - among other things - sleep issues and fear of being alone. Gadi Yarkoni - the current head of the Eshkol Regional Council who was severely wounded in a mortar attack on the last day of the 2014 Gaza war - told media sources that the matter was being handled by local health and education professionals. (Algemeiner) Pray that the children of Israel’s southern communities will be sheltered from anxiety and fear - and that the area will be kept safe from all manner of mortar and rocket attacks.

UN CHIEF ORDERS REPORT ACCUSING ISRAEL OF ‘APARTHEID’ PULLED FROM THE WEB: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 17 March 2017 requested the removal of a report accusing Israel of apartheid from the website of the UN body that published it. Guterres had previously distanced himself from the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which is comprised of 18 Arab countries. The United States on Wed. 15 March 2017 had demanded that the report be withdrawn altogether. “The United States is outraged by the report,” said USA Ambassador Nikki Haley. “The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether. That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising,” said Haley.(Times of Israel)

PLO BLASTS UN FOR REMOVING ‘APARTHEID’ REPORT: Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi on 18 March, 2017, blasted the UN for removing the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report that accused Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinian Arabs. She lauded the apartheid report as “ highlighting the true reality on the ground which is one of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and military occupation.” Ashrawi called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who ordered the report removed from the agency’s website, “to reinstate the ESCWA report and undertake concrete measures to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and human rights.” The report was co-authored by former UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk, who during his tenure repeatedly attacked Israel. (Arutz-7)

ARGENTINEANS DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ATTACK ON ISRAELI EMBASSY: Hundreds of people gathered in the Argentinean capital on 16 March 2017, at the memorial park where the Israeli Embassy used to stand to remember the victims of the terrorist attack that destroyed it more than two decades ago. On 17 March 1992, a car bomb exploded, killing 29 civilians and wounding 242 others. The perpetrators were never captured and Argentineans continue to demand justice. Iran is believed to have been behind the attack. Gabriel Pichon, one of the survivors, opened the event by saying: “In this place there used to be a beautiful house, the Israeli Embassy, which is now a memorial park. We, the survivors, stand here to remember all the victims, because forgetting would mean they die twice.” Pichon said that although many years have passed, the Jewish community will keep demanding concrete measures, from whatever government is in office in Argentina, to bring the criminals involved to justice. (J. Post)

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JNN News Update March 18, 2017

TRUMP PROPOSES CUTS TO UN, INCREASES MILITARY SPENDING: President Donald Trump unveiled the first budget proposal of his presidency Thurs.16 March 2017, one which would see a significant increase in defense spending while cutting domestic programs long targeted by conservatives. The budget outline, totaling $1.15 trillion, covers only discretionary funding, leaving entitlement programs like Social Security, for future documents to be released later this spring. Entitled “America First”, the budget proposal includes a roughly 10% boost to the USA military, amounting to some $54 billion. If enacted, that would constitute the largest defense spending increase since Reagan’s massive 1981 military spending surge. In addition, the budget plan allocates $4 billion for construction of the southern border wall, with $1.4 for immediate spending and another $2.6 billion this fall. To offset these spending hikes, the America First budget dramatically cuts foreign aid, the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, and cuts or terminates certain domestic programs. The State Department would lose 28% of its funding – more than $10 billion – under the Trump proposal. The UN, which currently receives some $10 billion per annum from the USA, would also see a significant cut in funding. Trump said his administration would “do more with less, and make the Government lean and accountable to the people.” (Arutz-7)

STATE DEPARTMENT: ISRAEL’S AID WON’T BE REDUCED: The USA State Department clarified on Thurs. 16 March that President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would not reduce aid to Israel, but added that assistance levels to other nations, including Egypt and Jordan, were still being evaluated. "Our assistance to Israel is guaranteed and that reflects obviously our strong commitment to one of our strongest partners and allies," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. "With respect to other assistance levels, foreign military assistance levels, those are still being evaluated and decisions are going to be made going forward," Toner added. The State Department clarified that "the budget blueprint includes $3.1 billion to meet our security assistance commitments to Israel." (INN)

UN CHIEF AGAINST TRUMP’S CUTS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 16 March 2017 spoke out against USA President Donald Trump’s plan to cut some USA funding for the world body. "Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts," Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric warned. "The Secretary-General fully subscribes to the necessity to effectively combat terrorism, but believes that it requires more than military spending," he added, responding to Trump's proposal for an additional $54 billion in military spending. The UN, which currently receives some $10 billion per annum from the USA, would also see a significant cut in funding, according to the budget. Foreign Policy reported this week that the White House has instructed the State Department to cut more than half of American funding for the UN. The United States is the biggest contributor to the United Nations, paying 22 percent of the $5.4 billion core budget and 28.5% of the $7.9 billion peacekeeping budget. There were calls on Trump to cut American funding to the UN following the Security Council’s passage of Resolution 2334 which criticizes Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. (Arutz-7)

WHY THE USA SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Would the USA remain a member of an organization that condemned it for human rights abuses more frequently than it did Syria, North Korea, and Iran? Yet, the USA is currently a member of the UN Human Rights Council that does precisely that to Israel, America's foremost democratic Middle Eastern ally. Over the past nine years, the UNHRC has condemned Israel 61 times, as opposed to its 16 resolutions on Syria and five on Iran. Denunciations of Israel outnumber those of all other countries combined. Repelled by this bigotry, the Bush Administration refrained from appointing an ambassador to the council. That decision was reversed by President Obama, however, who believed that a USA presence on the body could redress some of its injustices, including that toward Israel. Yet, throughout the Obama years, UNHRC denouncements of Israel only multiplied. A return to America's previous boycott of the council would be warmly welcomed by Israel. The fact that the USA not only helps fund this racist body but is formally represented on it, should be reprehensible to all Americans. Withdrawal from the council would reaffirm America's determination to stand up to hatred against Jews and any ethnic, racial, or religious groups. Quitting the UNHRC would send a moral message to the world. (Newsweek)

UN TURNS STARVATION INTO A CASH COW: Less than a week ago, Stephen O'Brien, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief stated, “More than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.” Mr. O’Brien also said “$4.4 billion was needed by July 2017 to avert disaster.” Here is what I’d like to know: Mr. O’Brien has been in office for nearly two years now. What has he been doing all this time? What has the UN been doing? Starvation of twenty million people does not happen overnight. Why has the UN not sounded the alarm before? All of a sudden, the Internet and newsfeeds are inundated with harrowing images of emaciated children. Could the UN not tell the world about this when only five or ten million people were starving? Apparently, someone in that defunct institution calculated that it requires no less than twenty million starving people to redeem a ransom of $4.4 billion by July.

The billions of dollars the organization already receives could have cured the world’s hunger problems several times over. They could have shipped a few million of the 1.3 billion tons of excess food trashed each year and solved this crisis, but they have no interest in doing so. Starving children bring in donations. Feeding them would dry up the flow of money and kill this cash cow. More than anything, Mr. O’Brien’s declaration is an admission that the UN is rotten to the core. The sole interests of the politicians and diplomats who serve in it are their paychecks and promoting their careers. For example, consider this piece of information coming from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). On its Frequently Asked Questions page, UNICEF USA refutes the “vicious” rumor that Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, “earns more than $1 million.” In truth, the organization proclaims, Mrs. Stern “earns $521,820.” Indeed, a CEO who is a role model of austerity. (J.Post)

ORGANIZATION USED BY PA TO PAY SALARIES TO TERRORISTS IN PRISON DECLARED A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION: Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced on 16 March 2017 his decision to designate the 'Palestinian National Fund' as a terrorist organization, pursuant to his authority to combat terrorism. The decision to declare the fund as a terrorist organization stems from its continuous and sustained provision of massive support for entities responsible for serious terrorist activity against Israel and Israeli citizens. Among the recipients of the fund's largess - to the tune of millions of dollars - are security prisoners serving time in Israeli prisons for terrorist activity, as well as the families of the terrorists. In practice, the amount of money the terrorists receive is determined by the length of their sentence, meaning that the more heinous the terrorist attack, the more money the terrorist receives. The PNF plays a crucial role in the Palestinian Authority's economic support for terrorists who have committed attacks against Israelis, and serves as a delegate in the transferring of a significant amount of funds to terrorists. As a result of the declaration, steps will be taken to seize the fund's property and assets, both in Israel and abroad. "Security officials continue to act firmly against any entity that supports terrorist activities and operations against Israel," the Defense Minister's office stated. (INN) Intercessors, this is answer to pray that stiff penalties will be imposed on organizations that fund and glorify terrorism. Pray that this long overdue decision will succeed in drying up millions of dollars of foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, much of which is siphoned off to the PNF for its programs rewarding jailed terrorists.

PA FURIOUS OVER TERRORIST DESIGNATION: Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on 16 March 2017 slammed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s decision to designate the Palestinian National Fund (PNF) as a terrorist organization. A statement issued by Abbas’ bureau said that the PNF is one of the institutions of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which operates according to international agreements and standards. "We strongly oppose this decision and demand that the Israeli government immediately deal with it and cancel it, as this will lead to the collapse of the foundations of the Oslo Agreement and the legal relationship with Israel," it warned. Liberman’s decision to declare the PNF a terrorist organization stems from its continuous and sustained provision of massive support for entities responsible for serious terrorist activity against Israel and Israeli citizens. The PNF plays a crucial role in the PA’s economic support for terrorists who have committed attacks against Israelis, and serves as a delegate in the transferring of a significant amount of funds to terrorists. It was established in 1964 by operatives from the PLO to manage the terrorist organization's funds in its campaign to destroy the State of Israel. (Arutz-7) Pray there will be no reversals or cancellations on this decision on the part of Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

EVANGELICAL GROUPS PLEDGE $100,000 TO SECURE BIRMINGHAM JCC: Several Evangelical Christian ministries in Alabama announced plans to raise $100,000 to help cover additional security at a local Jewish community center. The Levite JCC in Birmingham has suffered four bomb threats since the beginning of the year and been evacuated each time, disrupting its preschool and exercise facilities. More than half of the children enrolled in the preschool program are not Jewish. The security upgrades required at the JCC building will cost as much as $1 million, according to reports. The threats are part of a wave that has hit JCCs, Jewish schools and other Jewish institutions since the start of 2017. More than 150 threats have been received since the beginning of the year, according to the Secure Community Network, which coordinates security across Jewish organizations in North America. (J.Post)

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JNN News Update March 17, 2017

SRAEL’S MK LAPID: UN HAS BECOME A TERRORIST COLLABORATOR: Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid on Wed. evening 15 March 2017 blasted a UN report accusing Israel of imposing apartheid on Arabs in Judea and Samaria. The entire report "is full of hatred and anti-Semitism", Lapid said. “Instead of an organization which defends freedom, democracy and liberal values, the UN has turned into a collaborator with terrorist organizations. Does anyone think it makes sense that a UN agency in which Syria and Sudan are members will preach morality to the State of Israel - the only democracy in the Middle East that protects the rights of its minorities and provides humanitarian aid to its enemies?” he continued. “Europe and the United States must make it unequivocally clear that as long as the campaign of incitement by the UN against Israel continues, they will stop supporting this organization that has long ago ceased to fulfill its role." Lapid added, "This week I held a series of meetings in Washington aimed at stopping the funding to the UN and convincing the United States to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. I will continue to do so until that happens." (Arutz-7) USA URGES UN TO SCRAP REPORT CALLING ISRAEL ‘APARTHEID’: The United States on Wed. 15 March 2017 demanded that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres withdraw a report by a UN body accusing Israel of imposing apartheid on Arabs in Judea and Samaria. Guterres distanced himself from the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) but USA Ambassador Nikki Haley said it should be scrapped altogether. "The United States is outraged by the report," said Haley. "The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether." The study concluded that "available evidence established beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid." Based in Beirut, ESCWA is comprised of 18 Arab countries, which lists the 'state of Palestine' as a full member. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said "the report does not reflect the views of the secretary-general."

One of the authors is Richard Falk, a former special UN rapporteur on Palestinian human rights who has praised the Hamas terrorist organization and compared it to the French resistance during World War 2. "That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising," said Haley. She described Falk as "a man who has repeatedly made biased and deeply offensive comments about Israel and espoused ridiculous conspiracy theories". Haley has accused the UN of being biased against Israel and has vowed as President Donald Trump's envoy to staunchly defend Israel at the world body. Israel's ambassador Danny Danon condemned the report, describing it as an "attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East." Danon said to label Israel as an apartheid regime was "despicable" and "a blatant lie." (Fox) “Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel” Jer 3:23.

GOP SENATORS ASK TILLERSON TO PROBE USA FUNDING OF SOROS GROUPS ABROAD: Republican senators are asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate claims that USA taxpayer money is being used to back left-wing billionaire George Soros' political meddling and similar efforts overseas. A letter sent 14 March 2017 asked for a probe into how USA funds are being used by agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to back left-wing political groups in other countries. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, even said foreign officials and political leaders have come to him with "reports of USA activity in their respective countries." He explained, "This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the USA Government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles. This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable.” The letter to Tillerson followed a letter in Feb. 2017 from GOP lawmakers asking about whether USA tax dollars have been used in recent years to fund Soros-backed projects in the small, conservative-led country of Macedonia. (Fox)

MACEDONIA’S ETHNIC TENSIONS NEAR THE BOILING POINT (AND SOROS IS STIRRING THE POT): George Soros, the left-wing billionaire who wants to rule the world, is meddling with events that could plunge Macedonia into chaos or civil war, and escalate USA tensions with Russia. Locked between Greece, Kosovo and Albania – and friendly with none of them -- Macedonia is an ethnic patchwork of languages, religions and loyalties. Last year, elections left the nationalist ruling party weakened politically. A group of opposition parties that represent the country’s largely-Muslim Albanian minority put together a fragile coalition that could have let them form a new government. President Gjorge Ivanov, a member of the nationalist party, refused to accept the opposition coalition, claiming they were puppets of the Albanian government next door. Protesters from both sides spilled into the streets of the capital, Skopje, setting the stage for potential conflict.

Behind the scenes, Soros, a Hungarian-American hedge fund magnate, has reportedly been spending part of his considerable fortune to create groups in Macedonia that would further his socialist agenda. Among them: the Platform for Citizens Oriented Politics, Journalists for Human Rights, and an LGBT Support Center. Soros, whose track record leaves no doubt he favors the left of center challengers, is not shy about spending for causes he supports. He is said to have spent hundreds of millions of dollars for last week’s “Day Without Women” protests in the United States. He is also a prime force behind moveon.org. As many as 61 left-wing groups in Macedonia, affiliated with Soros’s Open Society Institute, received millions of dollars from the USA Agency for International Development and the State Department during Barack Obama’s administration. Several Republican congressmen recently wrote to the State Department to complain about this use of taxpayer dollars. The USA and the European Union have called on Ivanov to reverse his position and let the coalition of his opponents take power. Russia, on the other hand, backs Ivanov and says the West is trying to impose its will on Macedonia. Macedonia may not be at the top of President Trump’s concerns – yet. But it is an outlier of the potential conflicts in which the USA and Russia will find themselves on opposing sides. (Fox)

REVOLUTIONARY GUARD COMMANDER: HEZBOLLAH MORE PREPARED THAN EVER TO ATTACK ISRAEL: An assistant to a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps revealed to Kuwaiti news sources that the Lebanon-based terrorist group, Hezbollah, has raised its level of preparedness and is ready to launch a massive attack against Israel with lethal results. The Iranian commander explained that Iran has opened factories in Lebanon for the purpose of manufacturing long-range missiles as well as other munitions and has recently passed ownership of the factories to Hezbollah. The Iranian official, who opted to remain anonymous, said that the decision to set up the factories in Lebanon was made due to "Israel's [alleged destruction] of munitions factories in Sudan, as well as the damage caused to munitions sources from Syria." The official quoted Iranian Defense Minister Hoseein Dehghan who has recently warned that Hezbollah was now capable of manufacturing rockets that could target every spot in Israel, from the very north to the southern border with Egypt. The official also said that a special faculty was opened at Imam Hossein University, which is owned by the Revolutionary Guard, where hundreds of Lebanese as well as foreign students are trained to manufacture rockets. The Iranian source explained that the facilities were built some 50 meters deep and protected by several defense systems to fend off Israel's fighter jets in case of attack. (J.Post) Intercede for the safety of Israel’s northern territory from terrorist groups located there and from hostile nations such as Iran, Lebanon and Syria that continue to build up military strength for future hostile encounters with Israel.

INTEL MINISTER: HEZBOLLAH’S GOLAN LIBERATION BRIGADE’ INCREASES IRAN RISK: The formation of a new Hezbollah brigade which aims to liberate the Golan Heights from Israel increases the threat posed by Iran on the northern border, Minister of Intelligence and member of Security Cabinet Israel Katz said this week. “The so called ‘Golan Liberation Brigade’ sharpens the threat posed by the presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria in general and on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in particular. I have been saying for a long time that if Iran is allowed to base itself in Syria it will be a threat to Israel's national security and a constant source of regional instability and tension and friction with the Sunni majority in Syria and with the Sunni countries in the region as well,” Katz added. The latest Iranian proxy to be formed in Syria is a brigade that was announced last week at a press conference in Iran. “After the latest victories [in Syria and Iraq], we established the ‘Golan Liberation Brigade’, said an Iranian military source. According to the source, the brigade members are well trained special forces and well-armed, ready to assist the Syrian regime in retaking the Golan Heights, territory won by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. The group also released a 45-second video promoting the newly formed Golan liberation brigade, with dozens of fighters marching with a banner reading “Israel will be destroyed.” (J.Post) “Moreover the multitude of your foes shall be like fine dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones like chaff that passes away. Yes, it shall be in an instant, suddenly.” Isa. 29: 5

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR DEATH TOLL: A Britain-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed this week that so far about 465,000 people have been killed or are missing in Syria's bloody six-year civil war. The Observatory said it had documented the deaths of more than 321,000 people since the start of the war six years ago, and more than 145,000 others had been reported as missing. The Observatory estimated that the dead includes more than 96,000 civilians. However these figures did not include many other civilians missing, people whose fate is still unknown. The Norwegian Refugee Council’s Middle East director, Carsten Hansen, said, "Over the last year in Syria all parties involved have blocked vital aid supplies and millions have become poorer, hungrier and more isolated from assistance and from the world. We join the rest of the international humanitarian community on this milestone of shame to voice outrage at the plight of millions of civilians living in a downward spiral of despair." (Arutz-7/J.Post) Please intercede for Syria’s war-torn civilian population, together with its countless besieged children. “Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked” Ps 82:4

ISRAEL TREATS MORE THAN 2,600 WOUNDED SYRIANS: Israel's medical services have treated more than 2,600 Syrians wounded during their country's conflict since 2013, despite the two nations being officially at war, the Israeli army said Tues. 14 March 2027. The wounded are transferred to the border where they receive first aid from Israeli medical teams before being taken to hospitals. Israel and Syria have been officially at war for decades, though the border between the two countries was largely quiet until the Syrian conflict broke out in 2011. The Jewish state has allegedly carried out a number of strikes inside Syria, targeting Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, an Israeli arch-foe and ally of the Syrian regime. (INN)

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JNN News Update March 15, 2017

4 ARRESTED FOLLOWING JERUSALEM TERROR ATTACK: Police raided the eastern Jerusalem home of the Arab terrorist responsible for a stabbing attack which left two Border Police officers injured early Monday morning 13 March 2017. The attack took place at a security post just outside of the Lion’s Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The terrorist entered a booth occupied by the two officers and proceeded to stab them before being shot and killed. One officer suffered serious injuries, while the other has been listed in light-to-moderate condition. Both were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and are in stable condition. After the attack, police and Border Police officers raided the terrorist’s home in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, searching the premises and taking four of the terrorist’s relatives into custody. Police say the four are being questioned in connection with the attack. Jabel Mukaber has been dubbed a terrorist hotbed by security experts, who warn of increasing support there for the ISIS terror movement. "The neighborhood school brings parents of terrorists to laud the greatness of their children's activities,” said Dr. Ephraim Herrera, an expert on Islam and the Middle East. “Our inquiries to the Education Ministry were answered saying it is a private school, so don't be surprised that this is happening." (Arutz-7) Pray for the swift and complete recovery of Israel’s latest terror victims – also for the protection of Jerusalem and surrounding areas from brutal outbreaks of terrorist violence.

24 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY SCHOOLS FUNDED BY UK, EU IGNORE AID CONDITIONS, CONTINUE TO INDOCTRINATE STUDENTS TO COMMIT VIOLENCE AGAINST ISRAELIS: A British daily revealed on 12 March 2017 that 24 Palestinian Authority schools are openly ignoring Western demands to cease encouraging violence against Israelis - or else forfeit foreign aid. According to the Daily Mail, despite public outrage over the UK government’s payments to the PA as part of a commitment to spend £12 billion on foreign aid - following an expose by the paper last year about how taxpayers’ money was going toward paying salaries to convicted terrorists and families of suicide bombers - the schools in question have been continuing to incite students to terrorism through text books and classroom indoctrination. MP Joan Ryan, chair of Labour Friends of Israel - for which a report was prepared by Jerusalem-based research organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) - said that though she supports sending aid to the Palestinians, “We cannot stand idly by while the Palestinian Authority sanctions anti-Semitic incitement which poisons young minds and makes a two-state solution ever more difficult to achieve.”

Among the 24 schools in question, all dedicated to prominent Palestinian terrorists, are four named after the mastermind of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, one after the founder of Hamas and one after Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who backed Hitler during WWII and helped recruit for the SS. Another of the schools on the list, in Hebron, is one of three named after Dalal Mughrabi, the woman behind the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel’s history - the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, which left 37 people dead, among them 12 children. “Britain and the European Union bear responsibility for this terror when they are funding a school system that is actively promoting, and thereby creating, terrorism,” PMW head Itamar Marcus told the Daily Mail. “This is simply child abuse, encouraging kids to die in armed struggle. It is a terrible message for the next generation. Children are the key to peace, but look at what they are being exposed to from a young age, growing up in an environment of terror and told the killing of Israelis is a heroic action.” (Algemeiner) How grave is the tragic truth that Palestinians are destroying the souls of their own society and especially their children. They do so by glorifying terrorists as heroes, furthering incitement to hate and kill Jews via children’s TV programs, school text books and in summer camps designed to instill jihad aspirations in the young. Pray against the sacrifice of Palestinian children to jihadist hatred and murder.

JORDANIAN WHO KILLED ISRAELI GIRLS SAYS ISRAELI ‘HUMAN WASTE’ MUST BE ERADICATED: Hours after his release from 20 years in jail for gunning down seven Israeli schoolgirls, ex-Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh declared on 12 March 2017 that Israelis are “human waste” that must be eradicated. Daqamseh made his remarks to al-Jazeera TV station, shortly after returning from jail to his home village of Ibdir to cheering friends and family. “The Israelis are the human waste of people that the rest of the world has vomited up at our feet” he told the TV station. “We must eliminate them by fire or by burial. If this is not done by our hands, the task will fall on the future generations to do.” In a later media interview Daqamseh said that he did not want to cause political instability in Jordan, and indicated he was not planning to carry out future attacks. “My position regarding Zionists is known. I did what I did 20 years ago and that’s it,” he said. In March 1997, Daqamseh opened fire with an automatic weapon at Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border, killing seven of them and wounding five others and a teacher. A Jordanian court deemed Daqamseh mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison, rather than imposing the death penalty. Early this week Daqamseh was released from the Bab al-Hawa prison in Irbid, 60 miles north of the capital Amman after serving 20 years. Daqamseh was driven home in a convoy of dozens of cars whose drivers were honking their horns. His brother Bassem said the family home was full of well-wishers. (Times of Israel)

TRUMP CALLS MAHMOUD ABBAS, SAYS IT’S TIME TO MAKE PEACE: USA President Donald Trump on 10 March 2017 phoned Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and said the time had come to seek a genuine peace agreement with Israel. The President noted that the United States cannot impose a solution on the Israelis and Palestinians, nor can one side impose an agreement on the other,” read a statement released by the White House. Trump reportedly invited Abbas to visit Washington “in the near future.” Last month, Trump served notice to the Palestinians that he was not married to the two-state solution, and suggested he’d be willing to back any solution that Israel found most fitting. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state solutions, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,” he said during a press conference with visiting Israel PM Netanyahu. (Israel Today)

‘THERE’S NO ONE FOR ISRAEL TO NEGOTIATE WITH’: Israel is interested in pursuing bilateral negotiations for the resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday 13 March 2017, but has no partner in the Palestinian Authority willing and able to make peace. Steinitz made the comments on Israel Radio just ahead of the arrival of special White House envoy Jason Greenblatt, who was slated to land in Israel Monday for talks with PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas. Minister Steinitz slammed the PA leader, arguing his extremist positions made negotiations between the PA and Israel impossible. “Israel is just telling the truth about Mahmoud Abbas’ extreme positions, which negate the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.” (INN) Former Deputy Education Minister Avi Wortzman has likewise in the past sharply criticized the Palestinian Authority for making endless demands to continue peace talks. ''They demanded independence, and we gave it to them. They demanded recognition of a Palestinian state, and we gave it to them. They demanded weapons and we gave them to them. They demanded Hebron, and we gave it to them. They demanded Gaza, and we gave it to them. They demanded terrorist releases, and we gave it to them, again and again," said Wortzman. "In response: we received attacks, we received wounded and dead, we received damage to our economy," he continued. "Now they're coming back and demanding we withdraw to '67 borders, with eastern Jerusalem as their capital. If we do it, God forbid, what will they ask for tomorrow? It's time to demand that we stop giving," he stated. "It's time to put our existential needs and our security before their demands. The time has come to say it clearly: this is our country. Ours - period."

LIBERMAN SUGGESTS NEW PEACE PUSH AFOOT, CALLS FOR POPULATION SWAPS: Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Monday 13 March 2017 that any future peace agreement with the Palestinians should not see some current Israeli Arab MKs as citizens of Israel. Liberman suggested that a new push for peace was on the horizon and warned against repeating what he said were the mistakes of the past. "On the threshold of a new attempt to start up diplomatic negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, we must learn the lessons of the past, and the first lesson is: every attempt to solve the Palestinian issue on a land-for-peace basis is destined to fail." Liberman said that "the only way to a sustainable agreement is through land and population swaps as part of a larger regional peace deal." The defense minister suggested that Israel's Arab population should be part of a Palestinian state if a two-state solution were to be agreed upon. "It cannot be that a hegemonic Palestinian state will be established, without a single Jew - 100% Palestinian, and Israel will be a bi-national state with 22% Palestinians," he stated. "There is no reason that Sheikh Raed Salah, Ayman Odeh, Bassel Ghattas or Haneen Zoabi will continue to be citizens of Israel," he added, referencing the leader of the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch as well as three Joint List MKs. (J.Post)

JEWISH CENTERS IN USA, CANADA HIT WITH FRESH SPATE OF BOMB THREATS: Several Jewish centers in the USA and Canada received bomb threats Sunday 12 March 2017, as a wave of menacing calls and emails showed little sign of subsiding. Threats were reported at JCCs serving Rochester, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Houston, Texas. All the threats were found to be non-credible and the centers were able to resume operations a short time later. The calls and emails came as Jewish communities around the globe celebrated the holiday of Purim. According to the Anti-Defamation League, there have been 152 threats this year against Jewish institutions in 37 states and two Canadian provinces. Many of the institutions have been threatened more than once. In New York, where the Rochester JCC was evacuated for the second time in a week, Governor Andrew Cuomo called the threat “a despicable and cowardly act” of anti-Semitism on the Jewish holiday of Purim. He directed the New York State Police to work with federal and local law enforcement on an investigation. (Times of Israel)

INTEL TO BUY ISRAEL’S MOBILEYE FOR $15 BILLION: Technology giant Intel is purchasing Israeli company Mobileye for $14-15 billion, in the biggest deal in the history of Israel's high-tech industry. Mobileye, based in Jerusalem, develops driver assistance systems and is developing the technology for automated cars. In 2016, Mobileye teamed up with BMW and Intel to develop new technology that could put self-driving cars on the road by 2021. (Ha'aretz)

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JNN News Update March 13, 2017

NAHARAYIM MASSACRE KILLER RELEASED FROM JORDANIAN PRISON: Ahmad Daqamseh, who murdered seven Israeli girls in a massacre at the Island of Peace site in Naharayim in 1997, was released from Jordanian prison early Sunday 12 March 2017 after having served a 20-year sentence. On 13 March 1997, Daqamseh - who at the time was a 26-year-old soldier in the Jordanian army -opened fire at a group of 7th and 8th grade schoolgirls from the AMIT Fuerst School in Beit Shemesh, who were on a class field trip. Seven girls were murdered in the attack and six others were wounded. A military court deemed him mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison, which in Jordan typically means 25 years. Recently, Jordanian government Spokesman Mohammad Al Momani confirmed that Daqamseh was to be released when he had finished serving his sentence. Monday 13 March 2017 marks 20 years since the mass murder.

One of the Jordanian news sites posted photos from Daqamseh's release, showing celebrations in his hometown, the city of Irbid in northern Jordan. "My father was released and he is now with us," Daqamseh's son, Sif, told the Jordanian site. His wife declared that "my happiness is unlike any other happiness" at her husband's release. (Ynet) Pray that this brutal murderer will not return to his former vocation as so often happens when terrorists are released from prison. They instantly become celebrated heroes and frequently return to planning and carrying out acts of violence against innocent civilians of all ages.

THE AMALEK OF TODAY: Yaffa Shoukroun, an Israeli seriously injured in the Jordanian terrorist Ahmed Daqamseh's murderous attack, referred in an Israeli media interview to the terrorist's release. "I heard this morning about the release and I feel that they ruined our Purim celebrations," she said. "The Jordanian government did not coordinate with us the decision to release him," said an indignant Shoukroun. "In the past there were attempts to free him but we made a fight so that the terrorist would never again see the light of day. I never imagined that one day this terrorist would be set free. He should have served a sentence for every pupil he murdered, he didn't even serve a sentence for one and was released after 20 years." Shoukroun was seriously injured in the attack, suffered four bullet wounds and underwent extensive rehabilitation. Three of the seven pupils murdered in the attack studied in her class. "This week we commemorated twenty years since the murder of the seven girls. For me and for the families and all those who were present there it is all still fresh as if it happened yesterday. Every morning when I come to school I see the pictures of those murdered and they accompany me every day and every hour. We do numerous things in memory of the girls and recently we established scholarships in their name. Today on Purim we remember Amalek of then and the Amalek of now. I appeal from here and hope that the Israeli government will demand that he be returned to jail for the rest of his life." (Arutz-7) Amalek was the first to make war against Israel, attacking the rear guard of the Israelites on their deliverance from Egypt. Jewish tradition holds the Amalekites are the undying foe of the Jews. “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, ‘Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation’” Ex. 17:15-16

ISRAEL FEARS ISIS CHEMICAL ATTACK IN EUROPE: The National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau is concerned that ISIS terrorists might be plotting to carry out chemical attacks in Europe in the coming months. The bureau intends to issue a travel advisory to the tens of thousands of Israelis who are planning to vacation in Europe over the upcoming Passover holiday. The bureau is said to be particularly concerned with the possibility that, due to losses ISIS is sustaining in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters there will return to their homes in Europe and carry out attacks along the lines of the truck attack in Berlin in Dec. 2017 that killed 12 people, including Dalia Elyakim, an Israeli tourist, and wounded 56 others. The bureau was specifically concerned with the possibility that ISIS would try to carry out a mass casualty chemical attack in a main European city. The bomb could be made using over-the-counter ingredients available in supermarkets and home improvement supply stores. Last week, the USA State Department issued a worldwide warning, urging American travelers to be vigilant while traveling overseas. “Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles as weapons,” the State Department said in its statement. (J.Post)

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO HOST 68-NATION MEETING ON WAY TO ‘ACCELERATE’ DESTRUCTION OF ISIS: The Trump administration will gather 68 foreign ministers from around the globe this month to figure out a more efficient strategy for decimating the ISIS terrorist group. The State Department confirmed late last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and USA allies will meet March 22-23, 2017 to “accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates and networks.” Coalition forces will also discuss ways to handle the ongoing humanitarian crisis playing out in Syria and Iraq as a result of the terror group’s presence in the region. The meeting will take place less than one month after President Trump told a joint session of Congress that he would take “strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism. As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS -a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs,” Mr. Trump said. “We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.” (Washington Post) Continue to pray ISIS will be utterly defeated and dismantled. “My prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.” Ps 141:5

ISRAEL CONCERNED BY PENDING DEAL BETWEEN IRAN AND ASSAD REGIME THAT WOULD SEE IRAN BUILD MILITARY BASE AT MEDITERRANEAN PORT OF LATAKIA: Iran is on the verge of reaching a deal with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to build a military base at the port of Latakia on the Mediterranean coast, an Israeli diplomatic official told media sources on 10 March, 2017. According to the report, this would be Assad’s way of paying Iran back for the extensive military and financial support it has provided to the Assad regime since the outbreak of the ongoing war in Syria six years ago. The Jewish state, the report said, views the establishment of an Iranian military presence on the Mediterranean Sea as an “extreme step” that would “foster instability in the region and promote terrorism against Israel.” Among other things, it would bolster the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group and increase the threat to the Israeli home front. Latakia is located less than 200 miles up the coast from Israel’s northern port of Haifa.

After his meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow last week, Israeli PM Netanyahu said in a statement, “I made it clear that regarding Syria, while Israel is not opposed that there should be an agreement there, we strongly oppose the possibility that Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria under such an agreement. Days ago, Sarah Fainberg - a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv with expertise on Russia – said that Israel was seeking to become an integral part in the talks about the future redesign of Syria. “Israel needs to enter that conversation because the threat to Israel is not only a few missiles crossing the border into the Golan Heights, but the establishment of a permanent ‘Hezbollah-stan’ on its northeastern border,” she said. (Algemeiner)

MEMBER OF ROYAL FAMILY TO MAKE FIRST OFFICIAL STATE VISIT TO ISRAEL: A member of the United Kingdom’s royal family is reportedly expected to visit Israel this year, in what would be an historic first for the Jewish state. It remains unclear which British royal will visit Israel, but it has been speculated that it will likely be Prince Charles of Wales, heir to the throne. The report added that Queen Elizabeth would likely skip the trip due to her advanced age and health concerns. The royal family has traditionally shunned Israeli invitations for official state visits, but members of the family have visited in personal capacities and to attend dignitaries’ funerals. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin extended an invitation to the British royal family during his recent meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Jerusalem. Rivlin proposed that the visit coincide with celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which established British support for the creation of a Jewish state in the Middle East. “This is a very important year in the history of the relations between Israel and the United Kingdom,” Rivlin said. (Algemeiner)

2016, ‘ONE OF ISRAELI ECONOMY’S BEST YEARS’: Minister Moshe Kahlon praised his country’s economic advances late last week, saying, “It is safe to say that 2016 will be remembered as one of Israeli economy’s best years.” Israel’s economy grew 4 percent in 2016, exceeding the average growth rate of 1.7% recorded by other member states of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to new data released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics. Israel’s gross national product stood at 2.5% in 2015 and 3.2 % in 2014. The country’s business sector experienced 4.2% growth in 2016 compared to 2.3% in 2015, the bureau said. (Algemeiner) “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Ps 1:3

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: ISRAEL CONTINUES TO SHOCK THE WORLD, BEATS CUBA 4-1: Team Israel continued to shock the world and defeated a well-regarded Cuba 4-1 on Sunday 12 March 2017 in the first quarterfinal game of the World Baseball Classic at the Tokyo Dome. The win brings Israel's record in the tournament to 4-0. Israel next faces the Netherlands at 12:00 P.M. Monday 13 March 2017. (Israel time). Cuba, with its rich baseball history and a national team that has won medals in all five Olympic baseball tournaments, was first on the board, after slugger Alfredo Despaigne drove a solo home run to left-center in the second inning. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway, awarded MVP for Pool A last week, dug Israel out from behind the 1-0 deficit in the fourth after driving Ike Davis home with an RBI double. Israel added two more runs in the sixth and finally sealed the deal with a run in the bottom of the eighth. The win over Cuba gives Israel a strong mental boost ahead of games against the Netherlands and host Japan to advance in the quarterfinal round, which is played as a round robin. One win in those two games could be enough to bring Israel to Dodger Stadium for the semifinals. Israel's success to date, a national team representing a country that has little national baseball culture, sweeping its bracket in the last round has surprised many. (Ha’aretz)

COLOSSUS PROBABLY DEPICTING PHARAOH OF EXODUS FOUND: Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive eight-meter statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II’s temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo. The most powerful and celebrated ruler of ancient Egypt, the pharaoh also known as Ramses the Great was the third of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and ruled from 1279 to 1213 B.C. He led several military expeditions, including reasserting Egyptian control over Canaan, and expanded the Egyptian Empire to stretch from Syria in the east to Nubia in the south. Ramses II is often mentioned in popular culture as a candidate to be the pharaoh of the Exodus. On Thurs. 9 March 2017, archaeologists, officials, local residents, and members of the news media looked on as a massive forklift pulled the statue’s head out of the water. If the colossus is proven to depict Ramses II, it will be moved to the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018. ( J.Post)

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JNN News Update March 11, 2017

RAIN, HAIL EXPECTED IN ISRAEL OVER THE WEEKEND: After a week of unseasonably warm weather, forecasters say Israel is in for a cold and rainy weekend. Temperatures dropped late Thurs. night 9 March 2017, following a nearly week-long heat-wave. Expected to accompany the cool weather is precipitation across the country, including rain and hail beginning Friday evening. The rainy weather is likely to continue through the Purim holiday along with strong winds. (Arutz-7) This is an answer to prayer as Israel’s rainy season draws to a close this month. February was defined as an arid month throughout the country, according to data released on 6 March 2017 by the Water Authority. Continue to pray that much needed precipitation will bless the land during the remainder of March. “He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Joel 2:23

TRUMP EFFECT? ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO USA PLUMMETS: The number of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico dropped dramatically during President Trump’s first month in office, Homeland Security chief John Kelly said earlier this week. While the border wall promised by Trump during the 2016 campaign will take another two years to materialize, Secretary Kelly said last month, the level of illegal immigration into the USA across the southern frontier declined sharply over the 30 days beginning with Trump’s inauguration on 20 Jan. 2017. According to Secretary Kelly, illegal border crossings from Mexico into the USA fell from 31,578 to just 18,762 – the lowest level in five years. What makes the decrease more striking, however, is its timing. Kelly pointed out that the time period in question – late January through February – typically sees a 10% to 20% rise. Secretary Kelly attributed the decline to the Trump administration’s heightened enforcement of immigration laws. “The drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends,” the Secretary said. (Arutz-7)

STATE DEPARTMENT REFUSES TO CONDEMN ISRAELI LAW BARRING BDS ACTIVISTS FROM ENTERING COUNTRY: A new law that would ban entry to Israel of foreigners who publicly support boycotts of the Jewish state is Israel’s “sovereign decision,” a State Department spokesperson said this week. In a media briefing on 8 March 2017, Mark Toner said that while the United States opposes boycotts of Israel, we also support firmly freedom of expression. That said, – this is a sovereign decision for Israel to make regarding its borders.” The law, adopted 6 March 2017 by the Knesset, bans entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jewish state. According to the new law, the ban applies to any foreigner “who knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel that, given the content of the call and the circumstances in which it was issued, has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott. It includes those who urge limiting boycotts to areas under Israeli control but not yet annexed, such as the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. (INN)

SENATE COMMITTEE BACKS FRIEDMAN AS ISRAEL ENVOY AMID ROBUST JEWISH WORLD DEBATE: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thurs. 9 March 2017 approved President Trump’s designated ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, following a groundswell of support for the nominee from conservative and centrist pro-Israel organizations and staunch opposition from liberal Jewish groups. Following the committee-level approval, the full Senate is expected to vote on Friedman’s ambassadorship in the coming days. A day before their 12-9 vote in favor of Friedman’s appointment, Senate committee members had received a pro-Friedman letter signed by 17 pro-Israel organizations, such as the Zionist Organization of America, the Iron Dome Alliance and the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET). The Haym Salomon Center news and public policy group, meanwhile, had obtained a list of more than 30 organizations supportive of Friedman’s candidacy, updated from the letter to include organizations such as the World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Congress. “David Friedman’s views represent the consensus of a clear majority of both Americans and Israelis, yet he’s been the target of the very vocal and radical anti-Israel Jewish left,” said Jeff Ballabon, an organizer of the letter to Senate committee members. “Letters thanking the president and urging the Senate to do the right thing, and outreach to responsible Jewish groups across the ideological and religious spectrum to go on the record supporting David, have now set the record straight that the mainstream of American Jews are solidly supportive of Mr. Friedman.” Jewish groups leaning to the political left had actively opposed Friedman’s nomination. (Jewish News Service)

WHO IS FUNDING THE ANTI-TRUMP DEMONSTRATIONS? Media Research Center revealed who funded the "Day without a Woman" demonstrations throughout America. Billionaire George Soros is behind the protests against Donald Trump according to a report by conservative think tank Media Research Center. Soros gave $246 million to groups behind Wednesday's 8 March, 2017 "Day Without a Woman" protest, as well as providing funds for the initial women's protest which took place in Washington in Jan. 2017. Wednesday was "International Women's Day," and schools in at least four states cancelled classes so teachers and staff members could participate in "Day Without a Woman" demonstrations. Movement organizers claimed the demonstration was not politically related and was only meant to spotlight gender inequality, critics say it is intended to protest President Trump. The strike was initiated by the same organizers of the historic Women’s March on Washington in January, which drew hundreds of thousands in protest of the president. A report released by the Center this week claims that Soros, whose net worth is estimated at 25 billion dollars - gave millions to groups behind the demonstration. 100 of the march's 544 groups received funding from Soros totaling $246 million, according to the Center's report. "Those donations represent just a fragment of Soros’ massive global influence," the Media Research Center said. "His Open Society Foundations have given away more than $13 billion to push his globalist, anti-American views." (INN)

WOMAN’S STRIKE’ PLATFORM DEMANDS ‘DECOLONIZATION OF PALESTINE’: The platform for a strike on Wed. 8 March 2017, presumably in support of feminism and women’s rights, did not limit itself to women’s issues, but also called “for the decolonization of Palestine.” The statement on “Palestine” is included in a section on “Antiracist and Anti-imperialist Feminism” in the platform for the USA affiliate of the International Women’s Strike. There is no mention of the Islamic countries in which honor killings, gender mutilation and suppression of women's freedom are the norm. It grouped solidarity with “Palestine” with other causes, including Black Lives Matter, “the struggle against police brutality and mass incarceration,” and immigrant rights.

Critics of the platform included Emily Shire, the politics editor of the women’s news site Bustle. She wrote in a NY Times op-ed that she was “troubled” by the platform’s Israel-bashing. “I find it troubling that embracing such a view is considered an essential part of an event that is supposed to unite feminists,” she wrote. “I am happy to debate Middle East politics or listen to critiques of Israeli policies. But why should criticism of Israel be key to feminism in 2017?” Shire also criticized the strike for the leadership position and involvement of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian Arab terrorist convicted and sentenced by an Israeli military court in 1970 to life in prison for two bombing attacks, including one in 1969 that murdered two Israelis. The niece of one of the victims of the 1969 attack also criticized the strike over Odeh’s involvement. “But, explain how my family is supposed to reconcile the reality that the woman who stripped my uncle of his life is now deemed a hero by many of my fellow Americans. What justification is there for Rasmea Odeh, a woman who killed two people with the intention of killing more to lead a peaceful fight for human rights?” Terry Joffe Benaryeh wrote in an op-ed published last week on Huffington Post. (Jerusalem Post)

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT ABBAS MEETS WITH RELEASED TERRORISTS, VOWS TO ‘END SUFFERING OF HEROIC BROTHERS IN OCCUPATION’S PRISONS’: Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is often touted by the West as a “peace partner” for Israel, recently met with Palestinian Arabs who carried out terrorist attacks and with the family of a terrorist, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) revealed. During meetings this week with terrorists released from Israeli prisons, PA President Abbas vowed to “make every effort to end the suffering of our heroic brothers [terrorists] and release them from the occupation’s prisons so they can take part in building the homeland for which they sacrificed,” MEME reported on 8 March 2017. The terrorists with whom Abbas met were 14-year-old Osama Zaidat, shot while attempting to stab Israelis in Kiryat Arba last September - and recently released from detention - and Imad Asaf who took part in the Second Intifada in 2000 and was recently let out of jail. He also greeted members of the family of Muhammad Al-Jallad, who died of his wounds after being shot in Nov. 2016 while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack at a checkpoint.

According to MEMRI, this is but one of many instances of Abbas’ emphasis on his efforts to free prisoners. At the Seventh Fatah Conference last Dec. 2016 Abbas similarly praised senior Fatah perpetrators of attacks, including the 2001 assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Ze’evi, saying: “We remember the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners and their record. We salute our brave prisoners and respect them. We will not forget our fighting comrades or our glorious woman prisoners.” Abbas’ meetings this week come on the heels of discussions in the USA and Europe about the continued provision of financial aid to the PA, when its leaders encourage and incentivize terrorism. Late last month, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham reintroduced legislation that would cut off American funding of the PA if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families. (Algemeiner) On a regular basis Palestinian Authority leaders glorify, as heroes, those who carry out terrorist attacks against Israel. The two-state dream where Israel and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security is neither a reality, nor is it a vision on the part of those who further violence. Intercede that the Palestinian Authority will increasingly feel the harsh penalties of promoting terrorism, educating its youth to hate Israel, and glorifying terrorist murderers as heroes.

HAMAS TRAINS UNRWA PUPILS TO BECOME TERRORISTS: An excerpt from an upcoming documentary on the relationship between the Hamas terrorist organization and UNRWA shows Gazan children being led into a mock terror tunnel, where they are taught how to attack an Israeli kibbutz. "The UNRWA kids were recruited by Hamas to help build the tunnels, and then infiltrate through the tunnels," said David Bedein, the director of the Center for Near East Policy Research, which is producing the documentary. Bedein said that Hamas has diverted international aid to construct tunnels with which to attack Israel. "At the same time, Hamas has been getting full supplies, including from Israel, for the past year, and they are able to get cement to continue building the tunnels." He said that the tunnel in the video was a "model tunnel that they built" for training purposes, including the training of school children to kill Israelis. "Hamas controls the UNRWA teacher's union, and Hamas comes into the schools and takes the children for this training as one of their after-school activities." (Arutz-7)

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JNN News Update March 8, 2017

ISRAEL MAKES IT TWO WINS IN A ROW IN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Israel's fairy-tale run at the World Baseball Classic continued on Tues. 7 March 2017, with a resounding 15-7 rout of Chinese Taipei in Seoul, moving the blue-and-white to the brink of qualification for the last eight of the tournament. Israel's national team got its campaign off to a dream start the previous day, claiming a 2-1 win in 10 innings against host South Korea, which is ranked No. 3 in the world and is a two-time medalist at the WBC. Israel dominated Chinese Taipei, which is ranked No. 4, from the start of Tuesday's affair, scoring four runs in the first inning. Israel increased its lead to 6-0 in the third, and despite allowing three runs in the sixth inning, effectively secured the victory by scoring five more times in the seventh. Pitcher Corey Baker got the win for Israel, which registered 20 hits in all, allowing three hits and no runs in 4.2 innings. Israel will complete its Pool A games when it faces the Netherlands on Thurs. 9 March 2017, but already looks set for a place in the last eight. The top two teams in the pool will advance to second round Pool E, which will be played in Tokyo, Japan. The top two in Pool E will progress to the semifinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (J.Post)

SIGN OF THE TIMES: MORE ROADS – AND EVEN MORE CARS: The State of Israel continues to grow apace, symbolized by increasing traffic jams and density. In 2016 alone, the number of miles traveled on Israel roads by motor vehicles jumped by 3.4 billion kilometers, or 6.2%, to over 58 billion kilometers. The number of new cars sold in 2016 was 286,000 – 12.5% more than the year before. Already in 2014, Israel's roads and highways were the most crowded among the 35 member countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), with more than 2,500 vehicles per road-kilometer. The situation has only grown more acute since then. Israel is building more roads, but cannot keep up with the increase in vehicles. Between 2000 and the end of 2015, miles traveled grew by 50% and the number of cars jumped by 70% - while road area grew by only 40%. The solution clearly lies in public transportation. Many projects are underway to this end, including new or expanded light rail routes in Israel's three largest cities (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa), and expanded train routes between cities and various parts of the countries. However, only 47% of the objectives set for 2016 for these programs were met. It can therefore be expected that as Aliyah and Israel's birth rate thankfully increase, the problems will not go away – but they are being worked on. (Arutz-7) With the increase of Israel’s population and with it more cars and accidents on the road, please pray for an improvement in Israel’s road safety awareness and courtesy.

MYSTERIOUS, ANCIENT STONE MONUMENT UNEARTHED IN GALILEE: Archaeologists from Tel Hai College, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced the discovery of a 4,000-year-old dolmen, a large table-like stone structure, near Kibbutz Shamir in the Upper Galilee. The dolmen is marked by its huge dimensions and the artistic decorations engraved in its ceiling. The dolmen was discovered inside a large chamber measuring 2 by 3 meters, and was covered by an enormous stone estimated to weigh at least 50 tons, one of the largest stones ever used in the construction of dolmens in the Middle East. The dolmen itself was enclosed in an enormous stone heap (tumulus) approximately 20 meters in diameter, and its stones are estimated to weigh a minimum of 400 tons. At least four smaller dolmens that were positioned at the foot of the decorated dolmen were identified inside the stone heap. “In other words, what we have here is a huge monumental structure built hierarchically (with a main cell and secondary cells). This is the first time such a hierarchical dolmen has been identified in the Middle East,” said the IAA in a release. Experts said the latest find sheds new light on the nature of dolmens in ancient Israel.

Uri Berger, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority and partner in the study said “The engraved shapes depict a straight line going to the center of an arc. About fifteen such engravings were documented on the ceiling of the dolmen, spread out in a kind of arc along the ceiling. No parallels exist for these shapes in the engraved rock drawings of the Middle East, and their significance remains a mystery.” Experts also said the dolmen provides evidence of a significant and established governmental system in the region during the Bronze Age. “Archaeologists tend to interpret the past based on material finds,” said the IAA. “The absence of cities, large settlements and monumental buildings attests to the collapse of the governmental and economic systems during a ‘dark period’ in history. The dolmens tell a different story about the period – a story about a society that had a complex governmental and economic system that executed monumental engineering projects but did not leave behind any other archaeological evidence. The gigantic dolmen at Kibbutz Shamir is without doubt an indication of public construction,” added Professor Sharon, “that required a significant amount of manpower over a considerable period of time. During that time all of those people had to be housed and fed. The building of such a huge construction necessitated knowledge of engineering and architecture that small nomadic groups did not usually possess. And even more importantly, a strong system of government was required here that could assemble a large amount of manpower, provide for the personnel and above all direct the implementation and control of a large and lengthy project.” (Israel News) Giants anybody?

ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER 2,000-YEAR-OLD ‘EMPEROR’S ROAD’ NEAR BEIT SHEMESH: A wide and well-preserved 2,000-year-old road dating to the Roman period was unearthed last month during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Beit Shemesh. On 7 March 2017, Irina Zilberbod, director of the excavation on behalf of the IAA, said the road was up to 6 meters wide, and stretched for approximately 1.5 kilometers. “The road was apparently built to link the Roman settlement that existed in the vicinity of Beit Natif with the main highway known as the ‘Emperor’s Road,’” said Zilberbod. Ancient coins were also discovered between the pavement stones, including one from the second year of the Great Revolt in 67 AD; one from the Umayyad period; one from the prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate, dating to 29 AD; and a coin of Agrippa I from 41 AD, that was minted in Jerusalem. Amit Shadman, the Authority’s district archaeologist for Judea, said the ancient road passed close to the Israel National Trail. “We believe that it will spark interest among hikers,” said Shadman, noting that the IAA and Mei Shemesh Corporation have agreed that the road will be conserved for the public’s benefit. (J.Post)

KNESSET BANS ENTRY TO FOREIGNERS CALLING FOR BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL: Israel has enacted a law banning entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jewish state or its settlements. The Knesset passed the law by a vote of 46-28 on Mon. 6 March 2017. The ban applies to any foreigner “who knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel that, given the content of the call and the circumstances in which it was issued, has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott.” It includes those who urge boycotting areas under Israeli control, such as the Judea & Samaria settlements. The measure was meant to target groups, rather than individuals, according to Roy Folkman, a lawmaker from the Kulanu party. (JTA) “Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.” Prov 29:8

RECORD LOW RAINFALL IN FEBRUARY: February was defined as an arid month throughout the country, according to data released Mon. 6 March 2017 by the Water Authority. In the coastal aquifers, the amount of precipitation during the month was 50-60% of the annual average for February. The northern aquifers suffered a particularly arid month with just 10% of the annual average precipitation in the Kinneret aquifer. For some of the weather stations, this was a record low amount of precipitation for February. This is the fourth consecutive year that the north is suffering from a dearth in rainfall. Despite the policy of the Water Authority to reduce to an absolute minimum the amount of water pumped from the Sea of Galilee, the water level is under the red line and the north is suffering from a water shortage expected to get more severe during the coming summer months. The Water Authority has been investing in desalination processes in order to maintain the water reserves in Israel. At present more than half of the water provided for different uses are man-made, employing desalination and recycling methods. The authority stated that it intends to set up a desalination plant in the Western Galilee which will reinforce water resources. (Arutz-7) Israel’s rainy season is fast coming to a close. Intercede that abundant showers will bless the land during the remainder of March.

CONSERVATIVE SYNAGOGUES VOTE TO ALLOW NON-JEWS AS MEMBERS: The umbrella body for Conservative synagogues approved a resolution to allow individual congregations to decide whether to grant membership to non-Jews. The resolution was passed last week during a Special Meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism General Assembly. The measure passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 94 to 8 with one abstention. “USCJ, as a valued and trusted partner, is committed to assisting welcoming, vibrant, and caring Jewish communities to fully engage the spiritual gifts of all community members. We celebrate the diversity among and within our groups and encourage the engagement of all those who seek a spiritual and communal home in an authentic and dynamic Jewish setting. We call on all of our synagogues to open their doors wide to all who want to enter,” reads the commentary to the new standard.” The change was endorsed by the major Conservative institutions in the United States. (INN)

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