Israel Update

 

JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE May 17, 2011

"The violence of the wicked will destroy them.” Prov 21:7 

ISRAELIS CALLED TO WAVE ISRAELI FLAGS PROUDLY ON NAKBA DAY:   As Palestinian Authority Arabs enter into public demonstrations Sunday to mark the "Nakba Day" (literally the "catastrophe"), which is how they characterize the date of the establishment of the State of Israel, Jews throughout the nation are carrying out Zionist responses. They say, had the state been established even earlier, the real catastrophe of six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust who had nowhere to escape, would have been avoided. Citizens are flying Israeli flags on their vehicles and homes. Activists from the Samaria Residents’ Council are standing at major intersections throughout the country handing out Israeli flags to drivers. (INN)

CLASHES ERUPT AS NAKBA DAY PROTESTS SWEEP PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES:  There were widespread protests throughout the Palestinian territories on Sunday, as fears the annual Nakba Day commemorations would spiral into violence seemed to be realized. Reports emerged of repeated clashes and arrests. Nakba Day is a Palestinian day to mourn the creation of the State of Israel. Israel fired two tank shells and several rounds from machine guns as dozens of Palestinian protesters approached the heavily fortified border in the Gaza Strip over the course of the day, wounding at least 45 people. Across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, waving flags and holding old keys to symbolize their dreams of reclaiming property they lost when Israel was created on May 15, 1948. In a West Bank refugee camp and on the outskirts of Jerusalem, IDF troops fired tear gas to break up large crowds of stone throwers. Demonstrators gathered at a g as station near the village of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem early Sunday, hurling rocks at the security forces. Palestinians demonstrating near Mount Scopus in Jerusalem hurled firebombs at the back of the Hadassah University Hospital. In the West Bank city of Qalandiya, some 200 protesters began marching toward a local checkpoint. Police attempted to disperse those protesters by firing tear gas canisters. Other protesters gathered near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the West Bank. Palestinian security forces arrested some rioters, but left other demonstrations to continue unhindered. Israel had deployed thousands of security forces across the West Bank to stave off potential violence on Nakba Day. (Ha’aretz) Pray against the ongoing Palestinian violence on Nakba Day and in its aftermath this coming week. Pray all Israeli security officials and IDF soldiers will be on special alert.

IDF BATTLES THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN ARABS IN GOLAN AND LEBANESE: People were killed and dozens were wounded as IDF soldiers try to beat back nearly 2,000 Syrian Arabs who called themselves "Palestinians" and invaded the Golan Heights Sunday during Nakba Day protests. Syrian troops at the border did not prevent the infiltration. Analysts had predicted the possibility, suggesting that Damascus would allow the crossings to draw the populace's attention and participation away from the ongoing rebellion in the country and the regime's harsh crackdown on civilian protesters. The Syrians reached the Druze town of Majdal Sham, located near the border and on the road to the Hermon Mountain range. Dozens of ambulances have been dispatched as the IDF uses tear gas and live fire as it tries to force the Syrians back across the border. The government has not explained how and where the Syrians were able to cross the border, but they may have marched on an area that is off limits because of the presence of land mines from the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Israeli military and government officials have blamed Syria for intentionally allowing hundreds of Syrian Arabs to cross into the Golan Sunday.Thousands of Lebanese protesters tried to breach the border with Israel.

WHO CAN I TRUST WITH MY DONATIONS?  Many people ask, "Where can I send my financial contributions and be sure they reach the people who need them most?"  As an employee of Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse, I have witnessed since 2006, food, clothing and household goods go out to the poor, often twice a week. Thousands of dollars of hospital equipment have been freely given to old age and care institutions that simply can't afford new beds or other medical necessities. School packs have been prepared annually for thousands of needy children. Additionally, when there have been catastrophes abroad, Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse are among the first to send necessary supplies to alleviate the distress. Your donations are needed and welcomed at www.visionforisrael.com  Make your online donations today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk   (Hannah)

PRO-PALESTINIAN PROTESTS IN JORDAN AND EGYPT: Jordanians and Egyptians took to the streets Friday calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state and an end to the displacement of refugees. The protests took place just two days before the "Nakba Day," when Palestinians mourn the “catastrophe” during which their ancestors voluntarily left the Jewish state in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, creating thousands of refugees. Hundreds of protesters marched in Amman's downtown market district. Jordanians and demonstrators of Palestinian origin also demanded that the Israeli ambassador be sent home. Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries in the region to have signed peace treaties with Israel. In Cairo, thousands rallied in support of the Palestinians, beginning a Facebook-generated campaign aimed at marching on the borders of the Palestinian territories. Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood backed Frida y's demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Ha’aretz)

COUNCIL: NO RESTRAINT IN THE FACE OF ARAB RIOTS:  The Binyamin Residents Council said Sunday the IDF and police must remain strong and carry out their mission with selfless dedication, and defend the Land of Israel and its citizens from Arabs who are anxious to attack Jews. The Council called on soldiers and police to ignore calls for “restraint” when dealing with Arabs protesting the existence of the State of Israel as part of the expected “Nakba” riots. All events surrounding the “Nakba” should be made illegal, the statement said. It also called on police and the army to issue clear instructions to residents of Judea and Samaria on how to deal with attacks, such as when they are faced with Arabs throwing rocks at them. (INN)

ARAB RIOTERS THREATEN JEWISH HOMES IN OLD CITY:  Arab rioters attempted on Saturday to burst into several Jewish homes built in the Moscowitz housing project in eastern Jerusalem, hurling rocks and damaging Jewish property. The rioters were protesting the death of 17-year-old Milad Said Ayash, who died Saturday morning of wounds sustained Friday after being shot during a Nakba Day riot in eastern Jerusalem. Media reported an Israeli security officer shot the teen in response to a perceived threat to his own life. Hundreds of Arabs began rioting during the funeral for the teen on Saturday morning. Arabs hurled rocks at police and at Jewish residents of the Moscowitz housing project. Police used tear gas to try to break up the riot, which continued as the mob made its way to the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City. At the mosque, located on the Temple Mount the holiest site in Judaism young men draped PA flags on the roof. "Nakba Day" unrest continued into the later hours of the day and on into the evening. Jerusalem police arrested a total of 34 Arabs who were involved in the day's rioting. Palestinian Authority Arabs also hurled firebombs and rocks at Border Police posts near Rachel's Tomb on Saturday evening. Rioting continued Saturday night in eastern Jerusalem, where Arabs hurled rocks at police. (Arutz-7)

HUNDREDS MARK NAKBA DAY IN JAFFA: At least 1,000 people on Saturday attended a procession held at the coastal city of Jaffa ahead of Nakba Day. The procession moved along Jaffa's main street Sderot Yerushalayim and blocked traffic in both directions. Protesters waved Palestinian flags and signs reading: "We have the right of return", we will not leave Jaffa," and "From Jaffa to Beirut one people will not perish." The crowd chanted slogans against the Israeli government, calling it "a terror government." (Ynet)

EXPERT WORRIED ABOUT ISRAELI ARAB DEMONSTRATIONS: Middle East expert David Bokai expressed concern over the weekend's demonstration by Israeli Arabs in solidarity with Palestinian Authority Arabs who will mark May 15, the secular date of the establishment of the state of Israel. Dr. Bokai cited growing extremism by Arab Knesset members and said the Arab street was led by radicals. Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh spoke to Muslim worshipers on Sunday morning, telling them to pray for an end to Israel. "Palestinians mark the Nakba with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine," Haniyeh told 10,000 people at Gaza City's al-Omari. "To achieve our goals in the liberation of our occupied land, we should have one leadership," he said, praising the recent unity accord between the Hamas terrorist organization and Fatah. (Ynet/J.Post)

DRIVER IN TEL AVIV TRUCK RAMPAGE SHOUTED DEATH TO JEWS: "It was deliberate," witnesses say; Bar Lev St. strewn with wreckage, damaged cars; angry residents at scene shout "death to Arabs." A witness who claims he stopped the driver who hit several cars on Tel Aviv's Bar Lev Street Sunday in what police called a suspected terror attack said he initially thought the driver had just lost control of his brakes. Arik Levy told Israel Radio that when he went to go help the driver, he saw him continue to hit cars and street lights, and heard him saying "Allahu Akbar" and "death to Jews." Levy said he ran up to the driver, the two struggled for a short time, and then police arrived at the scene after 10 minutes. (J.Post)

HAMAS TO ISRAEL: ONE YEAR TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINE OR ELSE: Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal days ago warned Israel it has one more year to recognize an independent Palestinian state. If Israel fails to do so, Hamas will "add new cards to the resistance," Mashaal told a group of young Egyptians who took part in the recent overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak. Mashaal said further the Palestinian state Israel recognizes must include 100% of Judea, Samaria and the entire eastern half of Jerusalem. And this must come about via a unilateral surrender to Arab demands by Israel, as Mashaal and Hamas, which last week signed a reconciliation agreement with the regime of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, continue to insist they will not negotiate with the Jewish state. Israeli leaders say the reconciliation agreement and the possible formation of unity government including Hamas and Abbas' Fatah faction has effectively kill ed all chances of a bilateral peace agreement. Israelis also argue the deal is further evidence of the true goals of Abbas and his allegedly "moderate" leadership. Many Americans agree with that sentiment. Last week, 27 US Senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama demanding that American financial aid to the Palestinian Authority be halted if Hamas is brought back into the government. The lawmakers reminded Obama that it is actually illegal to give US aid to those listed as terrorists by the US State Department, which Hamas is. (Ryan Jones/Israel Today)

MOB ATTACKS CHRISTIAN PROTESTERS IN EGYPT: An angry mob attacked a group of Christian protesters who were demanding drastic measures to heal religious tension amid a spike in violence, leaving 65 people injured, officials said Sunday. The Christian protesters have been holding their sit-in outside the state television building in Cairo for nearly a week following deadly Christian-Muslim clashes that left a church burned and 15 people dead. More than 100 people rushed into the sit-in area, lobbing rocks and fire bombs from an overpass and charging toward the few hundred protesters sleeping in the area. Vehicles were set on fire and fires burned in the middle of the street. Police and army troops fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Medics said 65 were injured in Sunday's melee, two in critical condition. The security official said at least 15 of the riot instigators were arrested. Religious clashes and a rising wave of crime have proved to be a major challenge for Egypt's military rulers in the days following the 18-day uprising that led to the Feb.11 ouster of ex-President Hosni Mubarak. (INN) It is an inescapable fact that what happens to the Jewish people is going to happen to the Christians also. How imperative it is for Christians as well as Jews to comprehend this reality and to join the stand against the spread of radical Islam. Pray for our suffering brethren in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East.

OVER A MILLION TOURISTS SINCE JANUARY: More than a million tourists came to Israel in the first quarter of this year, despite the tension generated in the region by the “Arab Spring.” According to the Tourism Ministry, a total of 1,040,000 visitors arrived in Israel from January to March. During April 300,000 visitors arrived in the country including 260,000 tourists. (INN) “Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations.” Isa 60:11

Blessings from Israel 

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff 

 

As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God's purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision 's most challenging project to date is "The Joseph Storehouse?", humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal's web site is http://www.visionforisrael.com/

 

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