Israel Update



“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Ps 31: 24 

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS DISPLACED IN ETHIOPIA AFTER MUSLIM EXTREMISTS TORCH CHURCHES:  : Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes. At least one Christian has been killed; many more have been injured and anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 have been displaced in the attacks that began March 2 after a Christian in the community of Asendabo was accused of desecrating the Koran. (Fox News) “You who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth.” Ps 71:20

WOMAN KILLED IN JERUSALEM TERRORIST ATTACK NAMED:  A British woman killed in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem last Wednesday was named as Mary Jean Gardner, who was originally from Orkney, Scotland. She died in an ambulance on her way to the hospital. She had spent much of her life living in Togo, Africa, where she worked as a Bible Translator. She was in Israel for six months studying Hebrew in order to go back to Togo to translate the Hebrew Bible. A Hebrew University spokesman said she was a student at the Home for Bible Translators and Scholars and took courses in Biblical Hebrew and historical geography at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and lived in the dormitories. Members of the British Embassy visited the scene of the attack on Thursday. In a statement, the British Embassy said it utterly condemns the attack. (CiF-Watch/Ha’aretz)

SIX AMERICANS INJURED IN DEADLY JERUSALEM BUS BOMBING: Six Americans were injured in the deadly Jerusalem bus bombing Wednesday, according to a State Department official. A British tourist was killed when a bomb went off on a bus during evening rush hour in Jerusalem. Police said Gaza terrorists fired 10 rockets and mortars toward Israel Thursday, including two rockets that exploded north of the city of Ashdod, a main Mediterranean port city about 20 miles north of Gaza. This was a first since Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers reached an unofficial truce following a three-week war that ended in January 2009. Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to terrorist rocket and mortar attacks, stoking concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will fill the vacuum left by an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. (Ha’aretz)

NETANYAHU:ISRAEL’S REACTION TO ROCKET ATTACKS WILL BE MEASURED: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that if Hamas chooses to escalate cross-border tensions, Israel's reaction to the attacks will be measured. Netanyahu spoke during his visit in Moscow, and sources close to the prime minister said he was not eager to launch a comprehensive operation in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Netanyahu said that US President Barack Obama called him on Thursday evening and complimented him for using relative restraint in Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip. Obama also extended his condolences regarding the deadly bombing in Jerusalem on Wednesday and reaffirmed the US commitment to Israel's security. (Ha’aretz) Pray unceasingly for the strength and wisdom of Israel’s leaders in all of their decisions on behalf of the nation.

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  Make your online donations today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our website at   (Hannah)

FEEDING THE MOUTH THAT BITES: IDF LETS GAZA IMPORTS CONTINUE: The IDF Spokesman's Unit said Thursday that Israel is continuing to allow supplies into Gaza. "In the shadow of the recent increase in rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, the IDF is continuing to move forward with its broad policy of aiding the civilian population of the Gaza Strip," it said. "The policy is carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, with the help of the international community." Over the past week, an average of 300 aid trucks entered Gaza per day. That makes about 30 trucks per missile fired at Israel last week. The trucks carried a variety of materials, including wheat, gravel and animal feed. (INN) “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom 12: 21

JEWISH LEADERS DEMAND INCREASED PROTECTION AT THE MOUNT OF OLIVES CEMETERY:  Israelis and American Jewish leaders are demanding that the Israeli government increase protection to ensure that those buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem can rest in peace. Israelis claim Palestinians from surrounding east Jerusalem neighborhoods attack visitors two to three times a week, sometimes stoning funeral processions. They accuse Arabs of building illegally on top of graves, using tombstones as goalposts for soccer games and lobbing firebombs to desecrate the cemetery. (AP)

ZIONIST ELIZABETH TAYLOR DEAD AT 79:  An ardent Zionist has passed away: Actress Elizabeth Taylor, who died last Wednesday in Los Angeles from heart failure at the age of 79. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) issued a statement of mourning for Taylor. The ZOA tribute listed a series of efforts Taylor made for Israel and the Jewish community, including her purchase of $100,000 in Israel Bonds in 1959, her participation in raising $840,000 for Israel in a 1967 London gala, and her cancellation of a visit to Moscow after the Soviet Union lashed out at Israel following the 1967 Six Day War. In addition, she was one of 60 prominent women to sign a statement in 1975 to then-UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, condemning the General Assembly’s infamous Zionism-is-Racism resolution. Taylor offered herself as a hostage when 104 Jews aboard an Air France airbus were held hostage by PLO terrorists at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport. Taylor frequently visited Israel and met with its leadership, including PM Menachem Begin in 1983. After she bought $100,000 in Israel Bonds in 1959, Egypt banned all her movies. Gen. Essam Elmasri, head of the Cairo regional bureau of the Israel Boycott Office, said at the time that she would not be allowed into Egypt because she had adopted the Jewish faith and “supports Israeli causes.” (INN)

ISRAELI DELEGATION TRANSFERS 80 TONS OF AID TO JAPAN:  The Defense Ministry announced Friday that the delegation leaving for Japan will be carrying 80 tons of humanitarian aid including 60 tons of medical supplies which will allow Home Front Command forces to establish a field clinic in the tsunami hit area. Moreover, the Defense Ministry will be sending 20 tons of equipment to residents left homeless in the disaster including coats, gloves, blankets and portable toilets valued at millions of shekels. The 747 plane will be leaving for Japan Saturday night together with Air Force planes carrying the medical personnel. (Ynet)

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 StorehouseŽ", 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


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