STUDY: OVER 10% OF EASTERN EUROPEANS DON’T WANT JEWS AS CITIZENS: More than 10 percent of Central and Eastern Europeans do not accept Jews as citizens of their countries, according to a new study. The study, released 10 May 2017 by the Pew Research Center, surveyed the residents of 18 countries and found that 80% of respondents would accept Jews as fellow citizens. The remainder was not sure or declined to answer. Many fewer respondents would accept Jews as family and neighbors. Less than half would accept Jews as family and fewer than three-quarters wanted them as neighbors. The study interviewed 1,500 to 2,500 residents in each of the countries from June 2015 to July 2016. In some countries, the number of respondents who do not accept Jews as citizens was far higher than the median, notably Armenia, where a third of respondents said Jews should not be citizens. Several countries with large Jewish populations before the Holocaust also topped the average: Lithuania, at 23%; Romania, 22%; the Czech Republic, 19%, and Poland, 18%. (INN) “As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong, ” Zech 8:13
‘THE USA EMBASSY WILL MOVE TO JERUSALEM’: Marc Zell, the co-chair of Republicans Overseas in Israel, on Wed. 10 May 2017, said there was no truth to the reports that President Donald Trump had decided that the USA Embassy in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv. "According to my sources, and according to what I know, there is no intention of extending the waiver ordering that the Embassy remain in Tel Aviv," said Zell, adding that the Embassy move would happen in a quiet manner. "I have said more than once in the media that in order for the Embassy to move to Jerusalem, the President simply does not have to do anything. If he does not do anything, then according to the law, the Embassy must move to Jerusalem. I understand that this is the plan and I think it's wise to do it without declarations. Let the American law do the job,” he said, adding that he believes Ambassador David Friedman will live in and work from Jerusalem. "The Ambassador is due to arrive here in five days, and I intend to meet him and he will tell us what he intends to do," said Zell. His remarks came following reports in Israeli media that Trump has already decided to extend the order which prevents the Embassy in Israel from being moved to Jerusalem. (Arutz-7)
‘THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:’ Israel's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is at the moment in New York, spoke with media sources about the planned visit of USA President Trump to Israel. “It’s nothing new that the two-state solution is completely out of the question as far as we’re concerned. I hope the Trump administration will think outside of the box,” she said. “When they talk about a ‘deal,’ it’s not necessarily a political deal, but maybe regional economic peace which could be interesting. I hope that this administration will not be held captive to the paradigms of the previous administration.” She noted the significance of Trump’s arrival in Israel at the time of Jerusalem Day. “I don’t know if it was planned that way, but it’s certainly symbolic,” she said. “There’s a new administration and a positive atmosphere and I think a lot of good things can come out of it,” she said, adding that she is to meet with the USA head of the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “We will speak about cooperation that we can have and the struggle against incitement on the Internet and the funding of terror. I think that the Attorney General is a great friend of Israel and that it will be possible to work together on matters important both to Israel and the USA.” (Arutz-7)
FOR ARAB GULF STATES, ISRAEL IS EMERGING AS AN ALLY: Attitudes about Jews are beginning to change in some parts of the Arab world. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa, secretary-general of the Saudi-based Muslim World League, recently pointed to a lesson in coexistence from Islam's past. "The neighbor of the Prophet Muhammad was a Jew, and when that Jew was ill, the Prophet visited him and gave him kind words," said al-Issa, who is also a former Saudi minister of justice. "The hard-liners don't wish to know that." The White House said last week that Trump's first foreign trip as president will feature stops in both Israel and Saudi Arabia. "We have the same enemy, the same threat," said Saudi Maj. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, the kingdom's deputy intelligence chief, "And we are both close allies of the Americans." Most of the influential TV news channels and pan-Arab newspapers are owned by the Gulf states. "On TV, we no longer hear the usual words 'Israeli aggression.' Now, it's mostly about the 'Persian aggression,'" said Ahmad al-Ibrahim, a Saudi political analyst. (Wall St. Journal)
SETTING STRAIGHT MUHAMMAD’S RECORD WITH THE SAUDI JEWS - THE JEWS OF MEDINA: Although the Prophet Muhammad supposedly once had a Jewish neighbor – and once said nice things to him when he was sick - the more significant history of Muhammad’s relationship with the Jewish community is as follows: For almost a thousand years (three times longer than the Jews have been in America), Jews lived in the oases of Teyma, Khaybar, and Yathrib (later known as Medina), in the northern Arabian Peninsula. The Jewish community of northern Arabia was one of the largest ancient Jewish communities in the history of the Jewish people. They were powerful and wealthy. They were respected by the local Arabian tribes for their religion, culture, erudition, and literacy. They built castles on mountaintops and developed productive plantations. They had military prowess, horses, and advanced weaponry. And they were almost totally annihilated in the short span of a few years. The Jews of Medina were divided into three groups: The Banu Qaynuqa were blacksmiths, weapon wrights, and goldsmiths. The Banu Nadir had date plantations. The Banu QurayUa were wine merchants.
When Mohammed fled from Mecca in 622, he went to Medina. At first, he entered into an alliance with the Jews. He studied in their study halls and adopted many of their customs into his new religion (e.g. not eating pork). But when, after two years, Mohammed could not convince the Jews to accept him as a prophet and convert to his religion, his attitude turned toward open hostility. He instructed his friends to murder and decapitate Ka’b Ibn al-Ashraf, a renowned Jewish poet and chief of the Banu Nadir (date farmers tribe), and ordered his followers, “Kill every Jew you can.” Mohammed then besieged the Banu Qaynuqa (blacksmith tribe). Although the Banu Qaynuqa were proficient warriors, the lack of food and water due to the siege weakened them to the point of surrender. The protagonist, Mohammed openly declared his intention to kill every Jew. And he started his killing campaign with the grisly beheading of the head of the date famers tribe. (JNN/Aish)
EGYPT: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER SENT TO LIFE IN PRISON: An Egyptian court on 8 May 2017 sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, to life in prison for "planning violent attacks", judicial officials and a lawyer said. Badie was part of a group of 37 people accused of conspiring to stir unrest during protests that followed the July 2013 military-led ouster of Egypt's former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, who hailed from the Brotherhood. The court sentenced Badie to a life term along with Mahmoud Ghozlan, a Brotherhood spokesman, and Hossam Abubakr, a member of its guidance bureau. Badie has in the past called for a jihad (holy war) to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli rule. A video released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) showed him telling the court that his movement was not against Egypt but only against the Jews. The Brotherhood has faced the toughest crackdown in its history since Morsi’s removal, with thousands of Brotherhood supporters having been jailed. The rise of mass convictions in Egypt has been described by the United Nations as "unprecedented". (Arutz-7)
FORMER ANTI ISRAEL MEDICAL JOURNAL DEDICATES ENTIRE ISSUE TO ISRAEL’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: After publishing a harshly-worded letter critical of the Israel Defense Forces during the 2014 Gaza war, the British medical journal Lancet has dedicated its latest issue to Israel's healthcare system. The edition published this week features ten articles showcasing Israeli lifesaving medical devices, detailing groundbreaking genetic research, and highlighting Israeli efforts to treat Syrian refugees injured in the civil war. Lancet editor Prof. Richard Horton had previously apologized for the letter and promised to publish an edition that would highlight Israel's contributions to the medical profession. (i24news) "The Lord will vindicate His people,” Deut 32:36
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