Israel: Settlement Group Calls for Dividing Al-Aqsa between Jews, Muslims

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Settlement Group Calls for Dividing Al-Aqsa between Jews, Muslims

Thursday, 17 October, 2019 – 10:00
The Al Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Reuters
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Extremist Jewish settler groups distributed a statement to Jewish worshipers coming to the Buraq Square, adjacent to the walls of Jerusalem surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling on them not to just pray in this courtyard, which is considered sacred to Jews as it is near the Western Wall, but to flock into the Jerusalem Mosque’s squares to perform their prayers.

An organization called the “Temple Groups”, called for a gathering on Saturday in Al-Aqsa courtyards, to raise their demand to equally allocate prayer times for Jews and Muslims under the slogan of “equality and non-discrimination against Jews.”

A wave of settlers stormed the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, under strict security measures by the Israeli occupation forces. The raid came in response to calls by Jewish organizations to intensify “visits” to the place in celebration of the Jewish Throne Day.

According to the Islamic Waqf, the total number of Jewish settlers who entered Al-Aqsa on Wednesday reached 906, including 295 in the morning and 611 in the afternoon. Israeli occupation authorities also arrested the preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dr. Ismail Nawahda, and conducted a lengthy investigation with him, and then released him in the evening.

The number of settlers entering the mosque is expected to increase in the coming days. Israeli ministers and officials participated in some of these incursions, creating further tension with the Palestinians.

Book Of Revelation Chapter #7

Book Of Revelation Chapter #7

 

As we now start the 7th Chapter of Revelation I would have thought that it would have started off with Jesus breaking the 7th Seal, but that is not the case. The information about the 7th Seal does not start until the beginning of chapter #8. The 7th chapter is 17 verses long and is broken down into two sections. The first breakdown is chapters 1-8 then 9-17.  Verses 1-8 is dedicated to the 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Then the second subject matter in 9-17 which is about the ‘great multitude’ of the Gentiles (non-Jews) that are before the Throne of God. We will breakdown the meaning of both of these subject matters so that their definitions and truths will be obvious to everyone.

 

The first 3 verses of chapter 7 are quite self explanatory. Yet it seems that verses 3 through 8 dumbfound a lot of people so lets study these first 8 verses now. I pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes and minds of all who earnestly seek the Light of their meanings. 1.) “And after these things (the opening of the 6th Seal and the events thereof) I saw 4 Angels standing on the 4 corners of the Earth, holding the 4 winds of the Earth, so that the wind would not blow on the Earth, nor on the Sea, nor on any tree.” “And I saw another Angel ascending from the East, having the Seal of the living God: and He cried with a loud voice to the 4 Angels, to whom it was given to damage the Earth and the Sea.” “Saying, do not hurt the Earth, neither the Sea, nor the trees, until We have sealed the Servants of God in their foreheads.” “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty-four thousand from all of the Tribes of the Children of Israel.”

 

Then starting with verse 5 through verse 8 the Scriptures name off each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. From each of these twelve tribes there will come 12,000 Souls that must and will be Sealed, saved for Heavenly Service to God. Who these 144,000 people are is very simple, we have already been told. They are Jews with equal amounts from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel. 12 x 12,000= 144,000. Now if you would, for a moment, skip forward to 14:4. There we will learn more about them . It reads “the 144,000 which were redeemed from the Earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb (Jesus The Christ) wheresoever He goes. They were Redeemed (bought with the Blood of Christ) from among men, being the First Fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” I hope that this Scriptural explanation will lay to rest peoples wondering as to whom these 144,000 are and from where they will come from.

 

Now let us discuss the “Great Multitude” of verses 9-17. This “Great Multitude of Gentiles.” First we need to understand exactly what a “Gentile” is. Simply, a Gentile is any person who is not full blood of the House (Linage) of Israel. This definition also means that about 99.99% of the people of today that call themselves Jews are not of this ‘Pure’Bloodline. To be so, a person would have to be 100% of that pure bloodline. There is a small group of men and women that live in Israel that are set aside separate from the general population and these people do not work outside of their own Commune. These people are also exempt from Israels military service. These people are of the Bloodline of King David. It is this Bloodline that the Messiah (Christ) will come from. So, it is this Bloodline that the Nation of Israel is trying to keep pure and safe for the reason of the coming of The Christ through it.

 

The Jewish Nation has the right idea in what they are doing here, to safe guard the Holy Bloodline. But, it is also true that they have missed the proverbial boat. You see, the Jewish People deny that Jesus was/is The Christ. So, they are still looking for Christ to come for the first time. They are still looking for Christ to come for the first time and to set up His Kingdom and to rule the world from His Throne in Jerusalem from the Temple Mount. What they are seeking will come to pass but when this does happen it will be from the Lord’s Second Advent, not His first.

 

Now lets get back to the Redeemed Multitude of Gentiles. The Apostle John speaks of this crowd as being huge, more than a man could count. In Verse 9 John wrote “I beheld a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and kindred’s and people and tongues, stood before the Throne and before the Lamb, clothed in White Robes, with palms in their hands.”

 

Now lets read through the last 5 verses of this chapter so that we can understand more clearly concerning these Gentiles. The Apostle John wrote “and one of the Elders said unto me, who are these who are arrayed in White Robes and where did they come from?”  “And I said unto Him, Sir, you know. And He said unto me, these are they which came out of the Great Tribulation and have washed their Robes and have made them White in the Blood of the Lamb.” “Therefor they are before the Throne of God and serve Him day and night in His Temple: and He that sits on the Throne shall dwell among them.” “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore. Neither shall the Sun light on them, nor any heat.” “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto Living Fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

 

For the people who think it is okay to be prejudice all I can say is folks, you badly need to rethink your positions on the racism matter.  The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:32 “give no offence, neither to the Jews, the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God.” Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be slaves or free, we have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” Then here the Apostle John said in verse 9 “The Holy Fathers children that stood redeemed before His Throne were people from every nation and of every tongue.” Friends, it is not okay to hate, Jesus Himself told us that if a man hates his brother (fellow person) without a cause (something that a person has/had no choice in the matter, like ones skin color or where they were born) that the hater is in danger of Hell’s Fire. When a person is filled with hate it is very often that they become a mirror image of the very thing that they hate. If a person is filled with hate they have no part of the Spirit of God.  And if we reject Jesus and His Teachings in this life Jesus has made it very plain that He will reject us before the Throne of God at our own Judgement. Friends, I do not wish such a horrible fate on anyone. I hope and I pray that we will all be dressed in White Robes before Jesus once this journey of life is over. I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you all everyday.

 

Revelation Chapter #6 Part 1 of 2

Revelation Chapter #6

Part 1 Of 2

 

For a lot of people it is chapter 6 where things start getting interesting for them. Chapter 6 is the beginning of the events of the Great Tribulation period here upon the Earth. This event is being shown to us through the eyes of the Apostle John. At this point in time John had gone to Heaven ‘in the Spirit’ and while he was there he beheld these events. This is where Jesus broke down each of the 7 Seals. This chapter has 17 verses within it so lets go through them and then break them down for easier understanding.

 

1.) “And I (John) saw when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the Seals and I heard what was like the noise of thunder and one of the Four Beasts said to me, come and see.” “And I saw and beheld a White Horse, and He that sat upon him had a Bow; and a Crown was given unto Him; and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.” “And when He had opened the Second Seal, I heard the Beast say to me, come and see.” “And there went out another Horse which was Red. And power was given to Him that sat upon the Horse to take peace from the Earth so that people would kill one another. And there was given unto Him a great sword.” “And when He had opened the Third Seal, I heard the Third Beast say to me, come and see. And I beheld, and lo there was a Black Horse. And He who sat upon him had a pair of scales in His hand.” “And I heard a voice in the midst of the Four Beasts say, a measure (1 quart) of wheat for a penny ( 1 days wages). And three measures (3 quarts) of barley for a penny (1 days wages). But, see that you do not hurt the oil or the wine.” “And when He had opened the Fourth Seal, I heard the voice of the Fourth Beast say to me, come and see.” “And I looked and beheld a Pale Horse: and His name that sat upon him was death, and Hell followed with Him. And power was given unto them over one-fourth part of the Earth to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the wild beasts of the Earth.” “And when He had opened the Fifth Seal, I saw under the  Alter the Souls of them that were slain for the Word of God and for the Testimony which they held.” “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, how long, O Lord, Holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those that dwell on the Earth?” “And White Robes were given to everyone of them. And it was said unto them that they should rest (be quiet) yet for a little season (while), until their fellow Servants also and their Brethren, that would be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” “And I beheld when He opened the Sixth Seal, and lo, there was a great (violent) earthquake; and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the Moon became as red as blood.” “And the Stars of Heaven fell onto the Earth, even as a fig tree casts away her untimely figs, when she is shaken from a mighty wind.” “And the Heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were removed out of their places.” “And the Kings of the Earth and the great men and the rich men and the Chief Captains (military leaders) and the mighty men and every bondman (slave) and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in (under) the rocks of the mountains.” “And (they) said to the mountains and to the rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the Face of Him that sits on the Throne (God the Father). And from the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus the Son of God).” #14.) For the Great Day of His Wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?”

 

Now friends lets break down what we just finished reading. Chapter 6 is the great dividing point of the Book of Revelation. The Apostle Peter told us in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that is two fold and it is something I want us all to remember. He said “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy Men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” The two things about which I hope you will remember are 1.) no  one line or bit of Prophecy should be interpreted as though it is an island unto itself. All Prophecy must be looked at as part of a book. It must first fit in with all of the other Prophecies. The Prophecies all form one play, one writing, one book. 2.) All Prophecy was written by the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Holy Spirit! But, the Holy Spirit also indwells millions of you. These things that I put on paper to you are not some kind of a secret, it is simply the Lord’s Truth being brought out into the light. We, the Lord’s people are all indwelled by the Spirit of God. We are members of the Lord’s Church which is the Body. All parts of the Body have different functions yet all parts of the Body, are one! Just as the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are one.

 

Chapter 6 covers what will happen to the Earth once the Church leaves at the Rapture. The 7 Seals of the Sealed Book open up the Great Tribulation Period. We need to keep in mind that it is Jesus which is directing these Tribulation events. I do want to make it very clear that chapters 6-20 are events that are yet to happen.

 

Starting with the First Seal, the Rider of the White Horse, this person is the Antichrist, period! The Fake Savior who comes riding in on the White Horse. The world is already now in a lot of trouble as murder and corruption saturate every level of every government and throughout the business world. The Antichrist will be elected, the majority of the people will want Him to be their Leader or at least it will be done through the manipulation of the voting machines. Peace at any price is a very dangerous concept. The events going on right now in the Middle-East and within Israel is a major volley across the bow. This boat that the world is in is ripe for the Dictators who are already in place around the world. We the people of this world are very ‘set-up’ for the destruction that is very soon to come upon us all. When the Antichrist shall be put into place via He and his cohorts all Hell is going to break loose here upon the surface of the Earth. The wicked will never ever allow peace and as is said in the Old Testament Book of Isiah 57:21 “There is no peace, saith the Lord, to the wicked.” They do not bring peace, they bring blood!

 

Now, concerning the Second Seal, the Red Horse of War is unleashed upon the Earth. The counterfeit peace the Antichrist of the First Seal brought was just a ruse. Most Bible Scholars seem to believe that the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. fulfilled the Lord’s Prophecy of Matthew 24:2 but they are simply wrong on this matter if they think this. In this passage Jesus was talking to his disciples about the Temple buildings in Jerusalem when He said “Do you not see all of these things? I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.” But my friends consider the reality, this to this day has not yet happened. Please consider the West Wall of Solomon’s Temple, it stands yet today, most folks of today refer to it as the ‘Wailing Wall’. Friends, the Roman destruction of 70 A.D.  will be considered minute compared to the reality of what is yet to be. As a fellow human, this is very sad that this Prophesy is yet to be fulfilled but reality is that all prophesy must be and will be completely fulfilled.

 

Now, the Third of the Four Horsemen.  As Jesus broke the Third Seal the Rider of the Black Horse came forth. The color of the Black Horse represents mourning. Please see Jeremiah 4:28 and Malachi 3:14. After the arrival of the Black Horse there will be a world wide famine. Folks, please consider the Scripture of Lamentations 4:8-10. “Their appearance is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin clings to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. Those that are killed with the sword are better off than those that will be slain with hunger. For those wither away, stricken through for the wants of the fruits of the field.” Folks, famine and disease will be common in these times yet the wealthy will still have their wine and there oil. This is always how it has been throughout human history, those who have a lot will be be last and the least affected. If you don’t think this is possible in this day and time please consider how painful life was in Europe, Russia, the Middle-East and Asia just after world war 2. History has a way of repeating itself except the events spoken of here will be much worse than the world has ever known and it will be on a totally global scale, no nation will escape it.

 

At the opening of the 4th Seal the Rider of the 4th Horse, the Pale Horse comes forth. The Pale Horse represents Plague and Pestilence.  When Jesus was at Mount Olivet He said what has become known as ‘The Olivet Discourse’ in Matthew 24:5-8, please take a moment to read His words. The Four Events are the Four Horsemen. These events that are to come about through the opening of the Fourth Seal will kill a full 1/4 of the world’s population. In Matthew 24:22 the Lord worded the results of the Fourth Seal this way. “And except those days should be shortened, there would be no flesh saved, but for the Elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” The ‘Elect’ that the Lord is speaking of here are those who have been left on Earth after the Rapture who have decided to believe in and to follow after the Lord Jesus and His Teachings.

 

I am going to end Part #1 of this 2 part letter to you here at this point. Lord willing part #2 will follow within 24 hours. I have my notes all written out to finish this letter with but I feel that it is getting to long so I am going to divide it into two sections to hopefully make it an easier read. Lord willing I will speak with you very soon. Please leave me any questions or comments you have and I will get back with your answers as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for the kindness of your time, I hope that this material is being helpful to your understanding of this incredible Book of Prophecy.

IDF said to arrest 3 Palestinians during hunt for terrorists behind bomb attack

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IDF said to arrest 3 Palestinians during hunt for terrorists behind bomb attack

Israeli troops reportedly confiscate cameras, raid homes in West Bank villages near site of bombing that killed Israeli teen Rina Shnerb

Israeli troops operate in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, following a deadly terror bombing near the Dolev settlement. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops operate in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, following a deadly terror bombing near the Dolev settlement. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli security forces reportedly arrested three Palestinian men in the West Bank early Saturday as they searched for the terrorists behind a bombing attack that killed an Israeli teenager.

According to Palestinian media reports, Israeli soldiers arrested two of the men during raids in the village of Ein Arik. The third man was said to be a resident of the nearby village of Ein Qiniya.

It was not clear what their connection to the bombing near the Dolev settlement was.

Troops also reportedly seized a number of surveillance cameras in Ein Arik.

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The two villages are located near Ein Bubin, a natural spring where an explosive device detonated Friday as three members of the Shnerb family from the central Israeli town of Lod were visiting.

The teenage daughter, Rina, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father, Eitan, a rabbi in Lod, and her brother Dvir, 19, were taken by military helicopter to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition.

Rina Shnerb, 17, who was killed in a terror attack in the West Bank on August 23, 2019 (courtesy)

The army said an improvised explosive device was used in the attack. Police sappers determined that the bomb had been planted earlier at the spring and was triggered remotely when the family approached it.

Following the bombing, security forces launched a large-scale manhunt in the area, with the IDF chief saying he believed they would apprehend the killers “quickly.”

“We are in the midst of a manhunt that is being led by troops from the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet security service and Israel Police. We are focusing our large operational intelligence effort to finding the perpetrators of this severe and deadly terror attack,” IDF chief Aviv Kohavi said at the site of the bombing on Friday afternoon.

Rabbi Eitan Shnerb speaks to reporters from his hospital bed after being wounded in a terror attack that also killed his daughter Rina and wounded his son Dvir on August 23, 2019 (Screencapture/Ynet)

IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said the military did not yet know the identities of the culprits or if they belonged to an established terror group or were acting alone.

Channel 12 quoted unnamed officials as saying that the size and complexity of the the device indicated that one of the major terror groups was behind the attack.

Troops were working to find the terrorists behind the attack as quickly as possible, under the general understanding that the more time they have to flee, the more difficult the search effort becomes.

Israeli soldiers set up a roadblock as part of a search effort to find terrorists who set off a bomb near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank on August 23, 2019, killing an Israeli teenage girl and seriously injuring two other people. (Israel Defense Forces)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, said he was receiving constant updates on the search effort and would meet soon with the commanders of the country’s security forces.

“Security forces are in pursuit of the vile terrorists. We will reach them. Our long arm will pay them their dues,” Netanyahu said.

Speaking with reporters Friday from his hospital bed, Eitan Shnerb said he was in good condition, but had a piece of shrapnel in his stomach and a broken hip.

Dvir’s condition on improved to moderate on Saturday morning and he was conscious after undergoing surgery the day before, according to Channel 13 news.

Israeli military officials have warned in recent weeks of an increase in terrorist activities and violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the lead-up to next month’s Israeli elections.

Last Friday, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into two Israeli teenage siblings, critically injuring one of them, outside the Elazar settlement in the central West Bank, just south of Jerusalem.

The car rolled over after the terror attack, and when the assailant tried to emerge from it, he was shot dead by an off duty police officer who was driving behind him.

Earlier this month, an Israeli religious seminary student, Dvir Sorek, was found stabbed to death outside the settlement of Migdal Oz. Israeli security forces tracked down the suspected killers in approximately 48 hours, arresting Palestinian cousins, Nasir Asafra, 24, and Qassem Asafra, 30, from the village of Beit Kahil in the southern West Bank.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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Israel said bracing for likely Omar, Tlaib visit to flash point Temple Mount

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Israel said bracing for likely Omar, Tlaib visit to flash point Temple Mount

During secret meeting of National Security Council, senior officials agree to allow congresswomen onto holy site, but not accompanied by PA officials

In this photo from February 5, 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, left, is joined by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, at US President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In this photo from February 5, 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, left, is joined by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, at US President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Israeli officials are preparing for the likelihood that US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib may seek to visit the flashpoint Temple Mount in Jerusalem during their visit to the country next week, Channel 13 reported Wednesday.

A “secret meeting” was recently held on the subject in Israel’s National Security Council led by Deputy National Security Adviser Reuven Azar, according to Channel 13.

There, the network reported that Azar said there was a high probability that Omar and Tlaib, who are both Muslim, will seek to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock shrine at the holy site.

The participants at the meeting agreed that if the congresswomen choose to do so, it is vital that the Israel Police not permit their visit to be accompanied by officials of the Palestinian Authority, which would serve as symbolic backing by the US lawmakers for Palestinian claims of sovereignty at the site, the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War and now claims all of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as their capital in a future state.

in 2017 the US, under the Trump administration, shifted years of policy, and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved its embassy to the city. However, the US said the move did not constitute and endorsement of specific borders.

Muslim worshipers perform the Eid al-Adha morning prayers at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Israeli officials were unanimous in their view that the two lawmakers, who have expressed support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, should be allowed to visit Israel and the Temple Mount, as preventing the visits could hurt relations with the United States, Channel 13 said.

As recently as Sunday, tensions at the flash point site boiled over into all-out riots after Muslim worshipers objected Israel’s allowing of some 1,700 Jewish visitors on the site during the Tish’a B’av fast day, which fell this year during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

At least 61 Muslim worshipers were injured in the clashes, according to the Red Crescent. At least four Israeli officers were also lightly to moderately wounded, police said.

Last month Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said that she would visit Israel and the West Bank with Tlaib, a Palestinian-American congresswoman from Michigan. Omar and Tlaib are the first female Muslim congresswoman.

Last Saturday, Axios reported that US President Donald Trump criticized the Israeli decision to allow Omar and Tlaib to visit the country.

Trump said that if Omar and Tlaib wanted to boycott Israel, “then Israel should boycott them,” Axios said, quoting a source with direct knowledge.

However, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denied Trump ever gave any kind of directive to the Israelis. “The Israeli government can do what they want. It’s fake news,” Grisham told Axios on Saturday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) with Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, at the president’s guest house, in Washington, DC, February 14, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Last month Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said Israel would not prevent the lawmakers from coming to Israel.

“Out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” Dermer told The Times of Israel in a statement.

Under a controversial law that Israel enacted in 2017, the state can prohibit any foreigner from entering the country who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.”

Since then, the Interior and Strategic Affairs ministries have used the statute to deny visas to a handful of students, activists and artists upon their arrival to Israel.

The Foreign Ministry, however, can recommend the law be waived for visiting politicians or government officials out of diplomatic concerns.

Israeli security forces walk past the Dome of the Rock as they arrive at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019, as clashes broke out during the overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha and the Tisha B’av fast (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Omar last month introduced a resolution, co-sponsored by Tlaib, ostensibly aimed at pushing back against laws seeking to clamp down on boycotts of Israel. The resolution, which does not explicitly mention Israel or the Palestinians, affirms the right of Americans to participate in boycotts as an expression of free speech under the First Amendment, citing boycott movements against Nazi Germany, the USSR and apartheid South Africa.

It currently has three sponsors — Omar, Tlaib and Democratic Georgia Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the US civil rights movement.

Omar, Tlaib and other BDS supporters say that in urging businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel, they are using nonviolent means to oppose unjust policies toward Palestinians. Israel counters that the movement masks its motivation to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.

Omar has said she supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Tlaib, however, has advocated for a single-state outcome.

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Israel: Temple Mount status quo should be changed so Jews can pray there

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Minister says Temple Mount status quo should be changed so Jews can pray there

Gilad Erdan stresses new arrangement should come from ‘diplomatic agreements and not by force’; draws criticism from Jordan

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during a ceremony for the outgoing Jerusalem police chief at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on February 7, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during a ceremony for the outgoing Jerusalem police chief at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on February 7, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday said Israel should push to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, days after clashes at the Jerusalem holy site.

As part of an arrangement in place since the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel captured the Old City and East Jerusalem from Jordan, non-Muslims are barred from praying at the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism and third holiest in Islam.

Erdan, whose ministry oversees police responsible for security at the Temple Mount, voiced support in an interview for changing the existing arrangements there.

“I think there is in an injustice in the status quo that has existed since ’67,” he told Israel’s Radio 90. “We need to work to change it so in the future Jews, with the help of God, can pray at the Temple Mount.”

He clarified that he opposes introducing such a change unilaterally.

“This needs to be achieved by diplomatic agreements and not by force,” Erdan said.

Muslim worshipers perform the Eid al-Adha morning prayers at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

The remarks drew a rebuke from Jordan, whose foreign ministry warned any change to the status quo at the Temple Mount could have serious consequences.

A ministry spokesman said Jordan, which Israel recognizes as custodian of the Temple Mount as part of the 1994 peace treaty between the countries, sent a letter of protest over the public security minister’s remarks through diplomatic channels.

Talk or even rumors of changes to the status quo arrangement at the holy site are typically met with vociferous protest from the Muslim world, which has accused Israel of attempting to “judaize” the site or expand access for Jewish pilgrims.

Some Jewish activists have pushed for Israel to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount as part of the country’s commitment to freedom of religion. On Sunday Tamar Zandberg, a lawmaker from the left-wing Meretz party, tweeted that Jews have a right to pray there but the best way to guarantee freedom of worship is through a diplomatic arrangement.

The compound was the site of clashes between Muslim worshipers and police on Sunday over the entry of Jews during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which this year coincided with the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av.

On Sunday, Jordan’s foreign ministry slammed Israel for using force against Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount after clashes erupted there.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as the Palestinians, also condemned Israel over the clashes.

Israeli security forces clash with Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on August 11, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

According to Erdan, 1,729 Jews entered the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av, a new record high for a single day.

Initially, police announced Sunday that non-Muslims would be barred from entering the Temple Mount, where tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers had arrived during the morning. Hundreds of Jews had gathered at the gates leading to the holy site on Sunday morning.

But following an uproar from right-wing ministers and lawmakers, a first round of Jewish visitors was allowed to enter the site. Several dozen visited under close police escort, but Muslim worshipers began throwing chairs and other objects at the group, and the Jewish visitors left the compound shortly thereafter.

With fewer Muslim worshipers on site than there were in the morning, the second round of visits by Jews took place largely without incident.

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Top pro-Israel group in Australia lauds police recommendation to indict Litzman

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Top pro-Israel group in Australia lauds police recommendation to indict Litzman

Zionist Federation of Australia calls on Israeli deputy health minister to step down over suspected efforts to prevent extradition to Melbourne of alleged sex abuser Malka Leifer

Protesters demonstrate on March 13, 2019, outside the Jeursalem District Court during extradition hearings for Malka Leifer, a former girls school principal wanted for sexual abuse in Australia. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Protesters demonstrate on March 13, 2019, outside the Jeursalem District Court during extradition hearings for Malka Leifer, a former girls school principal wanted for sexual abuse in Australia. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A prominent Australian Jewish organization on Wednesday welcomed news that police had recommended the indictment of Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman for allegedly pressuring officials in his office to prevent the extradition of suspected sex predator Malka Leifer to Melbourne.

“This is a very welcome step forward in a frustratingly long and drawn out process to achieve justice for Leifer’s victims,” the Zionist Federation of Australia, an umbrella organization of pro-Israel groups, said in a statement.

The ZFA also called for Litzman to step down from his post while the legal proceedings against him continue.

Developments in the Leifer case have been closely followed by the Jewish community in Australia and Tuesday’s police recommendation made national headlines down under.

“These are extremely serious allegations and it is simply untenable for anyone in a position of public trust and responsibility to continue in their position while under
investigation for fraud and breach of trust. There should be zero tolerance for an elected official who sabotages the rule of law – a democratic principle which is foundational to the State of Israel,” the ZFA added.

The Australian umbrella group went on to express solidarity with Leifer’s alleged victims, specifically Dassi Erlich, Elly Sapper and Nicole Meyer, who have led a campaign to push Israel to extradite their former high school principal.

(R) Deputy health minister Yaakov Litzman seen during a press conference after meeting with president Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on April 15, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90); (L) A private investigator tagged Malka Leifer as she spoke on the phone, while sitting on a bench in Bnei Brak, on December 14, 2017. (Screen capture/YouTube)

Police on Tuesday recommended that Litzman be charged with fraud and breach of trust for the case involving Leifer, a former ultra-Orthodox girls’ school principal charged in Australia with 74 counts of child sex abuse. Since February, authorities have been investigating the deputy health minister on suspicion that he had pressured employees in his office to alter the conclusions of psychiatric evaluations that had deemed Leifer fit for extradition.

In addition, police also recommended that Litzman, who is also chairman of the United Torah Judaism party, be charged with bribery for attempts to influence officials in the Health Ministry to prevent the closure of a Jerusalem deli that he frequented — a closure that had been ordered due to “serious sanitary findings found that led to the sickness of a number of people who ate from its products.”

Litzman, who possesses many authorities of a full minister despite serving as a deputy, denied any wrongdoing, maintaining in a response to the police recommendation that his office has a “clear open-door policy for assisting members of the public. This is without discrimination between populations and without clarifying the status of those who call for assistance. The deputy minister expressed confidence that no charges would ultimately be filed.”

In the wake of the police recommendation, it will be up to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to determine whether to indict the deputy health minister.

The Kan public broadcaster reported Tuesday that the State Prosecutor’s Office is slated to hand down its recommendation to Mandelblit by the September 17 elections and said the attorney general may even reach a decision to indict — pending a hearing — before the vote.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, speaks with Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, left, in the Knesset, on March 28, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Leifer is known to have links to the Gur community, of which Litzman is a member, having once taught at a school in Israel affiliated with the Hasidic branch.

A Justice Ministry official told The Times of Israel in February that police had recordings of Litzman and officials in his office speaking to Health Ministry employees and pressing them to act on Leifer’s behalf.

In 2000, Leifer was recruited from Israel to work at the Adass Israel ultra-Orthodox girls school in Melbourne. When allegations of sexual abuse against the mother of eight began to surface eight years later, members of the school board purchased a red-eye plane ticket back to Israel for Leifer, allowing her to avoid being charged.

After authorities in Melbourne filed charges against her, Australia officially filed an extradition request in 2012. Leifer was arrested in Israel two years later, but released to house arrest shortly thereafter. Judges deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial and eventually removed all restrictions against her, concluding that she was too ill to even leave her bed.

Jerusalem District Psychiatrist Jacob Charnes in 2016. (Facebook photo)

She was rearrested in February 2018 following a police undercover operation that cast doubts on her claims regarding her mental state, and has remained in custody since. The operation was launched after the Jewish Community Watch NGO hired private investigators who placed hidden cameras in the Emmanuel settlement, a Haredi community in the northern West Bank, where Leifer had been living, which showed the alleged sex abuser roaming around the town without any apparent difficulty.

Despite the seemingly damning footage, the trial has dragged on for an additional year, as the court continues to debate her mental fitness. The Jerusalem district psychiatrist responsible for evaluating Leifer, Dr. Jacob Charnes, has changed his mind three times regarding whether Leifer was fit for extradition, ultimately signing off on a legal opinion in which state psychiatrists found her fit for extradition.

However, when the psychiatrist was cross-examined by the defense on the evaluation late last year, he told the court that he recommended an additional evaluation of Leifer be carried out — a proposal that both sides have rejected.

A legal official told The Times of Israel that police suspected Charnes changed his medical conclusion after being contacted by officials in Litzman’s office. Though Charnes has been interrogated under caution in the case against the deputy health minister, police on Tuesday said they did not recommend he be tried.

The Jerusalem District Court will hand down a final decision regarding Leifer’s mental fitness for an extradition hearing on September 23. The Times of Israel learned last month that a separate court-appointed medical board is slated to officially conclude that Leifer has been feigning mental illness, in a ruling that would likely impact the Jerusalem District Court’s decision.

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Palestine: Practical Measures to Halt Agreements with Israel

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Palestine: Practical Measures to Halt Agreements with Israel

Sunday, 28 July, 2019 – 10:15
A general view shows the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem (AFP Photo)
Ramallah – Asharq Al-Awsat
The Palestinian leadership decided on Thursday evening in an urgent meeting chaired by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to suspend the agreements signed with Israel and to form a committee to implement this, under the decision of the Palestinian Central Council.

However, the Palestinian opposition, which initially welcomed the resolution, now has doubts saying such decisions had also been made in the past and had not been implemented.

Member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ahmed Majdalani announced that the committee charged with implementing the mechanisms of this resolution will meet to take practical measures.

Majdalani said in a press statement Saturday that the committee would be composed of members of the PLO’s Executive Committee, Fatah’s Central Committee and the government and it will draw up concrete mechanisms with a specific timeline for the implementation of the leadership’s decision.

Majdalani said that the committee is of a specialized nature, adding that the government will have the bigger burden in the implementation of the most important part of this decision and what is related to the economic dimension.

He stressed that the decision taken by the leadership establishes for a new stage and must be built on in drawing up strategies for the gradual disengagement with the occupation.

“We are at a new stage that also requires from us the unity of position and national line, which means ending the division.”

For their part, the Israelis also did not take the decision seriously.

The committee’s meeting was postponed following the Tunisian President’s death, and Abbas’ decision to participate in the funeral.

Hamas politburo member Musa Abu Marzouk said that the decision to stop all agreements signed with the occupation is a step that reflects the orientations of the Palestinian people, who seek freedom and independence. But he said in a tweet that Abbas’ announcement needed practical steps.

Member of the political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Talal Abu Zarifa, welcomed the leadership’s decision. He urged the quick implementation of it in the face of the occupation and provide the serious political will to protect these decisions and their implementation by ending division and restoring national unity to tackle the deal of the century.

Secretary-General of the National Initiative Mustafa Barghouti welcomed the decision saying it is a natural response to the occupation and its extreme right-wing government, adding that all responses were supportive of the resolution.

Barghouti stressed the need to have national unity in the face of plans to liquidate the Palestinian cause, calling for rising the popular confrontation and boycott movement against the occupation.

“The decision of the leadership is fundamental to the conflict with the occupation, which continues to break all agreements through arrest, displacement and demolition, and not to recognize the classifications of the territories and the continued invasion of West Bank cities.

In other news, executive director at Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth criticized the policy of the US administration led by President Donald Trump in supporting and encouraging Israel’s repressive policy.

Roth told AFP Trump had provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the protection he needed to crack down on criticism of the state’s human rights record.

“Would the Netanyahu government have tried to expel Omar Shakir without Trump in the White House? I doubt it. I think Trump has given a green light to whatever Netanyahu wants to do,” Roth said.

“You can’t appeal to Trump to promote human rights when he is so busy embracing autocrats around the world.”

Israel says it is seeking to expel Shakir based largely on comments he made before joining Human Rights Watch (HRW) in which he praised the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a boycott of Israel.

HRW does not advocate BDS and Roth said the attempt to expel Omar, who is of Iraqi descent, was a clear attempt to quash criticism.

“It was so clear to us when this case was brought against Omar that this had nothing to do with Omar. Omar was just an easy target because of his ethnicity, because of some of the advocacy he did back in his college days.

“If you look at what Omar has done and said the entire time he has been at HRW, it has been 100 percent HRW’s position.”

He said by trying to expel Shakir, Israel was joining a “very ugly group” of countries that harass HRW, including North Korea and Iran.

American Christians Love The Father Of Habitual Liars And His Puppets

American Christians Love The Father Of Habitual Liars And His Puppets

 

I used to think that the people in the U.S. who call themselves Christians would never ever back a person who is well known to be a constant liar, I have realized that I was wrong. After all when a person is know to lie constantly how could anyone ever trust anything that comes out of their mouth? Even when such a person is telling you things that you want to hear, then you are the one who is a total idiot for listing to them and believing that what they are telling you is the truth. Top that with the knowledge of the fact that this liar is a total idiot who basically knows nothing about the real world or your life experiences. I am totally embarrassed that we have such a person as our President. If Ms. Hillary had won (which she actually did by 3 million votes) we would still have had a habitual liar for our President. About the only differences in the two is that she is actually smart and that it is believed by some that she has her own set of balls, that is compared to Mr. Trump who has never had any.

 

I have studied the Book of Revelation for decades now and there was only one part of it that I was having trouble with and this comes back around to the people who consider themselves to be Christians here in the States. I know that what I am getting ready to write will anger many people, Christians and non-Christians alike but I refuse to lie just to try to sugarcoat the truth. Near the end of days the Devil himself will sit upon the Temple Mount as the King of the world. The Great Whore of Revelation is the Catholic Church who will sit upon the seven continents and the Babylon of Revelation is “the eternal city”, Rome. The Devil’s army will destroy the Catholic Church and God will destroy Rome. The Catholic Church has fornicated with the world now for two centuries, the “Church” is the “Bride of Christ” that He is coming back to get but this ‘Bride’ is highly unholy and will be destroyed. There will be a time where 10 Nations will control most all of the world’s governments and they will give their power to “the Beast”, the Devil. Then the 10 powerful Nations will filter down to three and they will attack Israel and will not leave one stone upon another. You have the Orient which will be controlled by the atheistic China, the middle of the three will be Europe which will be controlled by the atheistic Nation of Russia, then you come to the Americas. Here had been my quandary, what Nation besides the U.S. would be strong enough to gather the other Nations together as one to go and fight against Israel. I had thought that it would be impossible for it to actually be the the U.S. but I have been proven wrong by how our Nations people have fallen in behind the evil Demonic Republican and Democratic political parties.

 

I do know that actual Christians will never fall in line like that but the problem is a financial one for most all people. The time is not far off that currency will be worthless, everything that we can buy, sale, trade or eat will be done through the chip in our hands, forearms. When you can’t work, buy food, gas, transportation or a place to live, most all people will give in, even those who call themselves Christians. For those of you who have never bothered to read or study the Book of Revelation, it says very plainly what Armageddon is. It is when Satan gatherers the Nations together to fight against Christ and His Angels at His return. I had always hoped that the U.S. would never be part of the Devils unholy army but Christians backing and voting for habitual liars has proven that hope to be an empty one. May God have mercy on our ignorant Souls because the Devil sure as Hell, will not. When Christ returns the Devil and His Angels will be cast straightway into Hell as they have already had their judgement day. All that will be left will be the humans who were tricked, fooled into believing in and Worshiping the Beast and the humans will be crushed like grapes in a wine press and their blood will run to the horses reins. Then, everyone of us will have a date at the Judgement Seat of Christ whether we did or did not fall in line with our evil Satanic Leaders.

Israel: Palestinians act like demonic dogs toward Saudi Arabia/Royal Family and Israel

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE TIMES OF ISRAEL)

 

Bitter arguments in Gulf media over harassment of Saudi blogger in Jerusalem

Editor-in-chief of Qatari daily accuses Mohammed Saud of sullying the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but others fault protesters for using foul language and cursing Saudi royals

Likud MK Avi Dichter meeting Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud on July 22, 2019. (Credit: Knesset Spokesperson's Office)

Likud MK Avi Dichter meeting Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud on July 22, 2019. (Credit: Knesset Spokesperson’s Office)

Several prominent Gulf media personalities backed criticism of Israel-friendly Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud, who was heckled and attacked by Palestinians during a visit to Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday.

Others however, pushed back against the tone of the bitter harassment the Saudi social media personality was subjected to during a tour of the Temple Mount, specifically the criticism against the Saudi royal family.

Saud, an outspoken supporter of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrived in Israel earlier this week at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry along with five other media personalities from the Arab world.

The Saudi blogger was harassed and attacked by a group of Palestinians on Monday as he was touring Jerusalem’s the Old City, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Video of the incident showed people throwing chairs and bottles at him, spitting at him and calling him an “animal,” “trash” and “cheap.”

Jaber al-Harmi, the editor-in-chief of Al-Sharq, a Qatari daily, accused Saud of sullying the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a site also known as the Temple Mount.

“The Arabs went to Jerusalem–not as conquerors but rather as normalizers. A media delegation, including [from] Saudi Arabia, the country of the two holy mosques, arrived at the invitation of the Israeli entity,” Harmi tweeted on Tuesday beside a video featuring Saud’s visit to Al-Aqsa. “A Saudi tried to defile the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the protectors and youth of Palestine were on the lookout.”

Ali al-Ghofaily, a Saudi journalist who works as a presenter and producer for the major television broadcaster in the Arab world MBC, attempted to cast doubt on Saud’s national identity and accused him of breaking Saudi laws.

“This [man] is not Saudi. If he is Saudi, he only represents himself because he violated state laws. If he returns to the kingdom, he deserves to be punished,” Ghofaily tweeted on Monday beside an attached photo of the Saudi blogger in Israel. “The wave of Saudi condemnations [of Saud] proves that the Palestinian cause is our cause and that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the solely the right of Muslims. There is always an exception to the rule!”

Israeli officials have condemned the attack on Saud and fervently supported his visit to the Jewish state.

“We strongly condemn the cruel and immoral behavior of some Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa Mosque toward a Saudi media personality who came to Jerusalem to be a bridge to peace and understanding between peoples,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nizar Amer wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Saud, who speaks some Hebrew, has said he hopes for normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia. The username on his Twitter feed is written in Hebrew as well as in Arabic, and his description includes an Israeli flag emoji and the words “Only Bibi!” using Netanyahu’s nickname.

Some Gulf personalities lashed out at the Palestinians at Al-Aqsa who made disparaging comments of Saudi Arabia’s rulers while harassing Saud.

In this photo from November 27, 2018, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian president at the presidential palace in Carthage, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis. (Fethi Belaid/AFP)

“It is shameful to shove Saudi Arabia into this theater. It is shameful to hear the variety of curses and insults against our leaders. Are you not embarrassed? Are you not ashamed of yourselves,” Mohammed Nafaa, a widely followed Saudi commentator, tweeted on Monday, adding that “even if a Saudi individual prayed in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, does that amount to normalization[?]”

In the video of Saud at Al-Aqsa, a man is heard calling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a “collaborator.” Another person is heard telling Saud “to go normalize” with Israel alongside the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have diplomatic ties. However, they have found common cause in their opposition to Iran, including its support for armed groups in the Middle East.

Abdel Rahman al-Lahem, a Saudi commentator who has appeared on talks shows, suggested he could not understand how Palestinians would insult Saudi Arabia, which has long provided them with substantial financial aid.

“I am amazed. It is my right to be amazed: How do those people raise their children with this foulness of language? How have the planted in their minds such black hatred and despise of a country that has dealt with their hunger, spent money on their institutions and supported their cause,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

Abdelatif Al Shakih, a Saudi poet, claimed the footage demonstrates that Palestinians bear greater abhorrence for Saudis than Israelis.

He tweeted on Monday: “Regardless of whether he is Saudi or not..The video shows how much some Palestinians despise Saudis..This video does not bring us shame but rather brings them shame because it is an admission that their hate and rejection of us is greater than that of the Israelis.”

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