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JNN News Update March 27, 2017

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 ASSASSINATED IN GAZA STRIP:
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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Archaeologists in Rome uncover medieval Jewish cemetery, and its history of persecution
Only a fragment of a Hebrew inscription was found in the cemetery used from the 14th to 17th century, because the pope decreed Jews should be buried in unmarked graves.

 www.haaretz.com  Mar 26, 2017

Archaeologists in Rome have found remain's from the city's Jewish cemetary during the Middle Ages, along with tangeable reminders of the persecution.


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JNN News Update March 24, 2017

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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In an Israeli warehouse, clues about Jesus' life and death
www.abcnews.go.com    March 19, 2017

n a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus. Not THAT Jesus. Archaeologists in Israel say Jesus was a common name in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago, and that they have found about 30 ancient burial boxes inscribed with it.

Ahead of Easter, Israel's antiquities authority opened up its vast storeroom to reporters on Sunday for a peek at unearthed artifacts from the time of Jesus. Experts say they have yet to find direct archaeological evidence of Jesus Christ, but in recent years have found a wealth of material that helps fill out historians' understanding of how Jesus may have lived and died.

"There's good news," said Gideon Avni, head of the archaeological division of the Israel Antiquities Authority. "Today we can reconstruct very accurately many, many aspects of the daily life of the time of Christ."

Israel is one of the most excavated places on the planet. Some 300 digs take place each year, including about 50 foreign expeditions from as far away as the United States and Japan, the Antiquities Authority said.

About 40,000 artifacts are dug up in Israel each year. A third of all the antiquities found attest to the ancient Christian presence in the Holy Land, Avni said. Historians now know how long it took to travel between cities and villages where Jesus preached, and what those places looked like at the time.

Avni said knowledge of the period has advanced over the past 20 years. "We can reconstruct precisely how the country looked," he said.


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JNN News Update March 22, 2017

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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Prophecy fulfilled: City of David ‘shakes off the dust’
www.kehilanews.com   March 18, 2017

When people visit Jerusalem’s Old City, they may believe it’s the same place King David set up as his capital more than 3,000 years ago. But that’s not exactly the case. Archaeologists are uncovering the original city and telling others its amazing story.

Anarina Heymann serves as the outreach coordinator for the City of David.

“Welcome to the City of David,” Heymann told CBN News. “It’s the home to the ancient biblical Jerusalem and up until 150 years ago, everybody thought that the ancient biblical Jerusalem lies within the confines of the Old City right behind you in the wall – within the walls there. So the question is what happened 150 years ago and where is the ancient biblical Jerusalem?”

She then helped answer that question by explaining how the City of David lay hidden for nearly 2,000 years until a British archaeologist began a discovery that continues to this day.

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Abundant Life: Choosing – and sustaining – life
www.kehilanews.com   Mar. 19, 2017

Abundant Life, a non-profit organization in Israel, fights for the protection of a mother and the unborn baby in her womb – and then supports in practical ways mothers who have chosen life.

Just as its name implies, the organization believes in the gift of life. Abundant Life upholds the sanctity of life and identifies with the words in Job 1:21: “The Lord gave (life) and the Lord has taken away (life) – may the name of the Lord be praised.”

The vision of Abundant Life began in 1999 when a young girl with an unwanted pregnancy contacted Anat Brenner for counseling. Following the counseling she received from Anat, the young girl decided to keep her baby instead of having an abortion.

Because of the pregnancy, however, the girl was fired from her job and, when she returned home from the hospital with her newborn baby girl, the landlord ordered her to leave the apartment claiming she failed to pay rent.

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JNN News Update March 20, 2017

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

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

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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