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The ZAFF Monthly Report
The Zionists Alliance for Freedom


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Local

    Local Christians and Jews rally at UN:  Twenty-six friends of CJUI bussed to NY City on September 21, 2011 and joined with over 700 friends of Israel to rally in support of Israel outside the United Nations which sponsored another Durban III Conference aimed at demonizing Israel. [ed.]

National

•    U.S. Congress freezes $200 Million in aid to Palestinians: “Key U.S. lawmakers are blocking about $200 million in Palestinian economic aid in response to their UN statehood bid, congressional aides said Saturday. Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have frozen the funding ‘until the Palestinian statehood issue is sorted out, one aide said.” Daily Alert 10/03/11

•    US diplomats met with Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood: It was reported that “US officials have held meetings with members of the Egyptian political party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood. A senior US diplomat confirmed the meetings, adding that it was in Washington's interest to be in touch with every potential actor on the Egyptian scene, even if it was not on friendly terms.” ICEJ 10/03/11

•    Hillary warns Against recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning that any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel must be avoided since it would jeopardize the peace process. Her warnings were issued in a brief filed with the Supreme Court - in which she is arguing that a law she voted for when she was Senator is unconstitutional because it could require the U.S. government to give to an American citizen born in Jerusalem papers showing the birthplace as Israel.”  Daily Alert 10/04/11

International

•    Bibi says ‘yes’ to Quartet: “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to the Quartet’s proposal for renewed talks with the Palestinian Authority and may have check-mated Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who cannot back down from his strategy of asking the United Nations for recognition of the PA as a sovereign nation without talks with Israel.” Arutz-Sheva 09/28/11
•    PA paid Arabs to riot: “The Palestinian Authority and international groups paid many of the Arabs who rioted after last week’s United Nations session where a motion was submitted for recognizing the PA as a country, the IDF reports. Arutz Sheva previously has reported that international leftists pay Arabs to riot every Friday at the separation/security fence, but the revelation that the PA pays them contradicts stated agreements not to incite. “ Arutz Sheva 09/27/11
•    Israel’s population approaching 8 million: “Ahead of this year’s Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) holiday, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday released statistics related to the country’s demography.  According to the report, Israel’s population grew 1.9% during 2010 and now numbers 7,787,400 inhabitants,  of which close to 5.9 millions are Jews with 1.6 million Arabs.”  ICEJ 09/27/11


Local

  • Local Pro-Israel Rally:  On Wednesday, August 24th, “Stand With Israel Rally was held in Manchester, NH… [drawing] hundreds of supporters, both Jewish and Non-Jewish.”  The Consulate General of Israel to New England  8/26/11
  • Stand for Israel on September 21st:  CJUI is organizing a bus trip to the United Nations in New York City for those who wish to join other major Jewish organizations in attending an anti-Durban III Rally.  The Durban III Conference will again paint Israel as a racist nation.  Let us bring the truth to the UN in support of Israel. Please contact  Israelmydelight@gmail.com for details and sign up. [ed.]

National


  • US olim to go straight to the IDF:  “On Tuesday, 360 new immigrants from the United States arrived in Israel, with 104 of them set to join the IDF shortly after their arrival.”  ICEJ 8/19/11
  • Beck holds main "Restoring Courage" event:  “The grand finale of former Fox News personality Glenn Beck's ‘Restoring Courage’ tour was held Wednesday evening at the Southern Wall excavation site in Jerusalem's Old City. The event drew some 1,000 visitors…and was viewed around the world over the internet.  During the evening Beck …said that ‘in Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined cold hearts of all the bureaucrats in the United Nations.’   ICEJ 8/25/11

International

  • New construction in Jerusalem approved:  “Brushing off recent proclamations of ‘deep concern’ about Israeli building in eastern Jerusalem by the US and EU, Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced approval of 1,600 additional housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood on Thursday. An additional 700 in Pisgat Ze'ev and another 2,000 in Givat Hamatos are expected to be approved in the next few days.”  ICEJ 8/11/11
  • Coordinated Terrorist Attacks on Egyptian Border Kill 8 – “Eight Israelis were killed and 30 more wounded during a well-planned terror attack along the Israeli-Egyptian border Thursday. The attack was planned in Gaza by the Popular Resistance Committees and perpetrated by terrorists who crossed from Gaza into Sinai via smuggling tunnels.”  Daily Alert 8/19/11
  • Israel to allow re-militarization of the Sinai Peninsula: “The Economist (UK) published an interview with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday in which he revealed that Israel will allow Egypt to deploy thousands of troops in the Sinai Peninsula, in violation of the 1979 Camp David Accords, in order to allow Cairo to reassert control over the area which many fear has become a haven for international terrorist groups..”  ICEJ 8/26/11
  • Egypt postures to expel Israeli ambassador: “A mass demonstration has been called for Friday outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Dozens of political forces and groups are calling to pressure on the Egyptian government to expel Israel's ambassador. They are also calling for Egypt to recall the Egyptian ambassador to Tel-Aviv... The {Muslim} Brotherhood itself has declined to state whether it will participate in or boycott the demonstration.” Arutz Sheva 8/26/11


Local
•    Stand with Israel Rally – August 24th 5-8 PM:  On the day of Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Courage’ gathering in Israel, Vision NH is holding a pro-Israel rally at Veteran’s Park on Elm Street in Manchester, NH.   If you believe the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land, that there is never an excuse for acts of terrorism and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend herself, please come and show your support . (ed.)
 
National
•    US paying PA to financially support terrorists:  A Pajama Media Watch article reported the following: “The Palestinian Authority pays monthly salaries to 5,500 prisoners in Israeli prisons, including terrorists…The US funds the PA general budget …[despite the fact that] US law prohibits funding any person who ‘engages in or has engaged in any terrorist activity…’” July 25, 2011
•    Christians United for Israel annual Washington Summit:  “Over 5,000 CUFI members in attendance heard from prominent pro-Israel national and international figures, including a live satellite address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Summit’s Night to Honor Israel featured remarks from Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, Pastor John Hagee, and Glenn Beck. Beck gave an impassioned and stirring speech expressing steadfast support for Israel. ‘Each of us will be judged as a people and a nation by how we treat Israel,’ he said.”  CUFI- 07/01/11
•    U.S. Muslim soldier arrested – planning attack:  “A U.S. serviceman is in custody after he allegedly admitted he was planning an attack on his fellow servicemen at the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, the same base where 13 people were killed in a 2009 terror attack… Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, was arrested Wednesday… documents say he did not plan to attack the base itself, but instead planned to plant two bombs at a nearby restaurant popular with Ft. Hood personnel…When he was arrested, Abdo was in possession of large quantities of ammunition, weapons and what appeared to be the makings of a bomb...”  abcnews.go.com 7/28/11

International
•    Sderot victims can sue Bank of China: “The New York Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling stating that Israeli victims of terrorist attacks from Gaza may proceed with a lawsuit against the Bank of China (BOC), which transferred cash to Gaza terrorist groups. The ruling was a victory for the Israel Law Center and its clients, victims of terrorism and their families.” Arutz Sheva 7/15/11 
•    ¬All Israel within Hizbullah range:  “Quoting Western intelligence officials, The Times of London reported Friday that the Syrian government is increasing the tempo of weapons shipments to the Iranian backed Shi'ite terror militia Hizbullah in Lebanon. The weapons reportedly include advanced Scud D missiles with a range of 700 km. and which ‘are accurate to within tens of meters and bring all of Israel, Jordan and large parts of Turkey within Hezbollah's range,’ according to the report. Israeli officials quoted in the report added that Syria itself, despite recent civil unrest, has been engaged in a heavy arms buildup.” ICEJ  7/18/11


Local

  • Dr. Kedar’s new report on US mosques, Sharia and Jihad: Israeli scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar, who spoke to local synagogues and churches in January, recently co-authored a comprehensive study of US mosques [ Click here ].  Publishing in The Middle East Quarterly, Dr. Kedar revealed, among many other shocking facts, that 81% of the US mosques disseminate materials that promote violent jihad. (ed.)

National


  • US opens dialog with Muslim Brotherhood: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said…’We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence…And we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us,’”  Arutz Sheva 07/01/11
  • U.S. Senate Opposes Unilateral Declaration of Palestinian Statehood:  “The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday that threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to seek a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood. The resolution also reaffirmed U.S. opposition to any Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless the group renounces terrorism and is willing to make peace with Israel… the resolution had 88 co-sponsors.”  Daily Alert 06/30/11
  • Jews denied Delta flights:  “The Zionist Organization of America on Wednesday sent a letter to Delta Air Lines telling them about their concerns over making Saudi Arabian Airlines a member of its Sky Team.  The letter emphasized on the fact that Saudi policies towards Jews are discriminatory as Jewish people or persons with an Israeli stamp in their passport are denied visas to the country.”   ICEJ 07/01/11

International

  • Unemployment in Israel at all time low of 5.8%:The Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Thursday that unemployment fell to an all-time low of 5.8 percent in April, as compared to 6.7% in April of last year. Unemployment has been steadily falling since hitting a three-year high of 7.7% in mid-2009, as the economy expands.” ICEJ 06/24/11
  • ­Holland imposes kosher bans:  When Holland imposed a ban recently on a type of kosher slaughter, international Jewish leaders worried… Noting that such a ban was an early step of Hitler's Third Reich, some fear the action is part of a growing assault on Jewish life linked to the spread of anti-Semitism sweeping across Europe. The production of kosher meat…has long been illegal in Norway, Denmark and Sweden… The anti-shechita measures have been driven largely by animal rights groups who maintain the practice is cruel to animals.” Adam Dickter; JewishWorldReview.com
  • Apple removes "3rd Intifada" app from options: “Israeli Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein on Thursday announced that Apple Inc had heeded a letter it {received} to remove a ‘third intifada’ application from its online store, which gave detailed information of violent activities planned against Israel.”  ICEJ 06/23/11


Local

  • Boston’s Charles Jacobs continues to expose covert radical teaching: On May 13, APT {Americans for Peace and Tolerance} released a 15 minute video –‘Losing our Community’–which documented the anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti Western and homophobic teachings of radical Islamists who had been embraced by the civic leadership in Nashville.”  See www.americansforpeaceandtoloerance.org

National

  • Circumcision practice threatened in US:  “A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has been cleared to appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for the nation's first public vote on what has long been considered a private family matter…If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.” Huffingtonpost.com 05/18/11   (a similar ballot proposal was voted down in the Massachusetts legislation in 2010 – ed.
  • Obama speech marks policy shift:US President Barack Obama delivered a major policy address at the US State Department Thursday night in which he announced a major shift in official US policy to endorsing a Palestinian State along the border which existed before the June 1967 Six Day war…Netanyahu issued a sharp response to Obama's speech on the Prime Minister's Office website shortly after it was broadcast, saying the 1967 borders ‘are not defensible, and...place large population centers in Judea and Samaria outside of these borders.’” ICEJ News 05/20/11
  • Palestinian state would hinge on US veto: “The president of the UN General Assembly said Friday there is no way that a Palestinian state could become a UN member without a recommendation from the Security Council… if the U.S. or any other permanent council member used its veto, the General Assembly would not be able to vote on membership for Palestine. President Obama said last weekend that no vote at the UN would ever create a Palestinian state, a strong indication that the U.S. would veto such a resolution.” Daily Alert – 05/30/11

International

  • Hamas relocating?:  Hamas is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt, and the terror group is strengthening itself in the Sinai, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday. He also noted that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprung, also has become a more powerful force in Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The Prime Minister stated his concern about the inability of the provisional military regime in Egypt to exercise sovereignty in the Sinai..” Arutz Sheva 05/30/11
  • Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza:The transitional military government in Egypt took a step towards normalized relations with some of Israel's most dangerous enemies on Thursday when it announced that it will open the Rafah crossing on the border with the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip.ICEJ News 05/27/11.


Local
  • Hundreds gather in Peabody for Holocaust Memorial: In a moving interfaith service on May 2nd, Jews and Christians remembered and honored the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, the survivors and those men and women who now stand up against anti-Semitism and all persecution of innocent people. 
National
  • Facebook sued for $1 billion over Third Intifada page: “Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg are being sued for more than $ 1 billion for not immediately taking down a page calling for a Third Intifada against Israel…Facebook removed the ‘Third Palestinian Intifada’ page on March 29 after it had been up for a couple of weeks and garnered 350,000 friends…The page, which called for a third Palestinian uprising to begin May 15, included quotes and film clips calling for killing Jews and Israelis…” The Jewish Chronicle – May 2011  
International
  • Osama bin Laden killed:  Navy seals stormed bin Laden’s secret Pakistani compound in a covert CIA operation aimed at taking out the evil leader of global terrorism.  On May 1st, Bin Laden was killed and his body buried at sea on the day of Yom HaShoah and the 66th anniversary of Hiltler’s suicide. (ed.)
  • Palestinian factions announce unity government: The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas “announced on Wednesday that they will form a government of national unity for the Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Gaza strip causing alarm in Israel and dismay in the US and Europe. Although the deal has not been signed and there are details for both sides to work out, Hamas has already announce that by joining with Fatah, …they are not joining in the recognition of Israel or participation in peace negotiations with the Jewish State.” ICEJ News 04/29/11 {Netanyahu says the peace with both “is impossible” (ed)} 
  • All of Israel within rocket range under Hamas-Fatah state: “A new illustrated map presented by the pro-Israel Americans for a Safe Israel (ASFI) shows that a Hamas-Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority state, with or without all the borders the PA demands, would leave all of what would remain of Israel within Katyusha missile range. A Hamas-Fatah PA state would allow the Hamas terrorist organization, whose stated aim is the destruction of Israel, to deploy Iranian and Syrian-supplied Katyusha missiles near all Israel urban centers.” Arutz Sheva 5/1/11 
  • Egypt plans to permanently open Gaza border crossing: Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby told Al-Jazeera during an interview on Thursday that the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza could be permanently opened within seven to ten days. Opened for the first time since January 30, 2011, the Rafah border will allow greater freedom of movement for people on both sides of the border, as well as goods in and out of Gaza without Israeli permission.”  ICEJ News – 04/29/11
  • Another Gaza bound flotilla?:  “A new Gaza bound flotilla originally set for May by the terror linked Turkish IHH organization has been postponed. The new scheduled sailing date will not be until after the June 12 parliamentary elections, according to a statement by IHH officials.  The Islamist group owns and operates the Mavi Marmara ship that last year was involved in clashes between terror activists and Israeli naval commandos.”  Arutz Sheva 04/27/11


Local

  • Ties That Bind Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to Boston: “The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood branch in Egypt has a long history in Boston, MA. And the relationship continues, despite denials by the leaders of the Boston mosque – the largest in New England – where Yusuf al-Qaradawi once reigned as trustee. According to a report released by the Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) organization, the imam who long preached his hatred of Jews, homosexuals and women, is currently the leader of the Islamic American University -- a major project of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the organization that runs the Boston mosque… Federal prosecutors have named the MAS as the arm of the American branch of the Muslim Brotherhood… Jacobs, president of APT, commented, ‘Considering the relationship between New England's biggest mosque and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, it would seem that the nation's concern over this extremist group should extend from Cairo to the Hub.’”  ArutzSheva-02/20/11

National

  • Saudi student in Texas arrested on suspicion of terrorist attacks: “The FBI has arrested a Saudi citizen attending a small college near Lubbock, Texas, on charges of attempting to build and use a weapon of mass destruction after he allegedly purchased chemicals and bomb components and began researching U.S. targets, authorities announced Thursday. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari reportedly kept a detailed journal outlining his plot for a string of attacks…” Los Angeles Times – 02/24/11

International

  • Iranian warships enter the Suez Canal en route to Syria: “Egyptian officials confirmed that two Iranian naval vessels had transited the Suez Canal en route to Syria, moving close to the coast of Israel in a move that Israeli officials have blasted as a brazen provocation and an attempt to expand Iranian influence in the region. Egypt's military rulers, who are struggling to restore order to their country after the recent popular demonstrations which ousted long time dictator Hosni Mubarak, said they are obligated under international law to allow the Iranian ships passage since they have taken no offensive action against Egypt. It was the first time Iranian warships have moved through the Canal since the Islamic revolution of 1979.”  ICEJ 02/22/11

  • Secular Egypt Opposition Head Anti-Israel:  “The leader of the secular Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) opposition party in Egypt, Ayman Nour, says that the peace agreement with Israel ‘has ended’ and must be re-negotiated…The remarks are worrisome to Israel, as they come from a leader of a non-Islamic party. The Tomorrow Party, in fact, was formed to represent a secular liberal democratic perspective, with a strong interest in human rights issues and political reform.” Arutz-Sheva 02/14/11
  • Anti-BDS Bill passed by the Knesset: “On Tuesday, a bill was approved by the Knesset imposing legal penalties on Israeli citizens who encourage foreign governments or entities to engage in boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns against the Jewish State.”  ICEJ 02/16/11

National


Republican Effort to Cut Funding for 'Beast' UNHRC: “A key House Republican wants to scale back U.S. funding for the United Nations anti-Israel ‘Human Rights’ council.   Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, {said that} funding to the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) is ‘a waste of taxpayer dollars.’ ‘I'd like to make sure that we once and for all kill all U.S. funding for that beast,’ she said last month. ‘Because I don't think that it advances U.S. interests, I don't think that that's a pro-democracy group…’“ Arutz Sheva 1/25/11 


College Responds to Write-ins:   Everett Community College, in Washington state, announced an upcoming presentation about Islam in America, listing an official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of its speakers. A member of ACT for America put a notice on their Facebook page, urging friends to contact the college, educate them about CAIR’s ties to Hamas, and demand that the college provide an opposing viewpoint to CAIR’s. Everett responded to hundreds of comments written in to their Facebook by saying that this was by far the most public reaction the college has ever received on any issue. “What’s more, the college removed CAIR from its website announcement” and announced another presenter with no ties to any terrorist organizations.  ACT for America 1/21/11.


Palestinian Flag Raised over Washington :  “The PLO flag flew in Washington, DC for the first time Tuesday, with PLO officials hoisting their banner over their United States mission…The Obama administration's willingness to allow the flag to go up was met with criticism from {the} Republican …head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee {who stated}  “Raising this flag in DC is part of the Palestinian leadership’s scheme to manipulate international acceptance and diplomatic recognition of a yet-to-be-created Palestinian state while refusing to directly negotiate with Israel or accept the existence of Israel as a democratic, Jewish state…’ “ Arutz Sheva 1/19/11


International


Unrest in Egypt: Unrest in Egypt continues with fear of direct interventions by the Muslim Brotherhood. 


Report: Stuxnet a Joint U.S.-Israel Project: “Over the past two years, Israel's nuclear facility in Dimona has served as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran's efforts to make a bomb of its own. ‘The reason the worm has been effective is that the Israelis tried it out,’ said an American expert on nuclear intelligence. The retiring chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Meir Dagan, told the Israeli Knesset in recent days that Iran had run into technological difficulties that could delay a bomb. The biggest single factor in putting time on the nuclear clock appears to be Stuxnet, the most sophisticated cyber weapon ever deployed.” (New York Times) Daily Alert 1/17/1

 
Jerusalem Mayor Declares that Jerusalem Will Never be Divided:  Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat has unequivocally declared that the
      capital of the Jewish State will never be divided to allow the eastern side to become the capital of a future Palestinian state. ‘It's not
      going to happen, it's not natural, it's the wrong thing to do from any perspective,’ Barkat said during a recent visit to New York. …
     ‘Therefore it is not on the table.’ “  ICEJ 1/11/11  


Local

 

  • Brandeis: Israel Occupation Week constitutes intellectual dishonesty: “Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace have co-sponsored the tellingly named Israeli Occupation Awareness Week, which will be held from Nov. 8 to 11. The events once again demonstrate the moral incoherence seen on many college campuses … about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Solomonia.com 11/09/10.  

 

National

 

  •  House Republicans expected to help Israel:  “The Republicans are expected to take a tougher stance on Iran and put pressure on the Obama administration to be easier on Israel. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), who is expected to become House Majority Leader and thus the highest ranking Jewish member of the House, told Haaretz last week that a ‘Congress would have a tangible impact on improving the U.S.-Israeli  relationship.’ ‘The system of checks and balances permits us to apply oversight to the administration’s foreign policy,’ he said…We will press the administration not to pressure Israel into making concessions that will compromise Israel’s already tenuous security.’” Ha’aretz 11/06/10

 

  • Oklahomans Say No to Sharia: “As Americans learn more about Islam, the aspect they find most objectionable is … its law code, called the Sharia. Rightly, they say no to a code that privileges Muslims over non-Muslims, men over women, and contains many elements inimical to modern life…Tennessee and Louisiana, recently passed laws effectively blocking applications of Sharia that violate existing laws and public policy. And, in a referendum on Nov. 2, the voters in Oklahoma likewise voted 70 to 30 percent to amend their state constitution.“ Daniel Pipes - National Review Online,  November 16th, 2010

 

International

 

  • Israeli official confirms Hamas rockets can reach Tel Aviv:  “A senior Israeli intelligence official warned Sunday that the Hamas terror militia has stockpiled rockets in the Gaza Strip which can travel 80 kilometers (50 miles), which means Tel Aviv is within range of its launchers. The official blamed Egypt for not doing enough to stop the smuggling of explosives into Gaza, and added that Egypt could put a stop to it within 24 hours if they wanted to.” ICEJ 11/15/10

 

  • BDS movement against Israel gaining traction in the West:  “A movement to support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is gaining traction in the Western world, as many Palestinian sympathizers have successfully promoted the narrative that Israel is an aggressive apartheid state brutalizing the Palestinians through illegal occupation of the West Bank. The BDS campaign is an attempt to copy the economic and diplomatic assault on apartheid-era South Africa.” ICEJ 11/25/10
  • PA Study on Jerusalem's Western Wall a "Moderate" Outrage:  “The PA's information ministry this week released an official ‘study’ declaring that the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City - revered for 2,000 years as one of Judaism's holiest sites - isn't Jewish at all. In fact, claims the report by a senior ministry official, it is nothing more than the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and has only been a worship site for Jews since World War I - and then, only because of ‘Muslim tolerance.’” Editorial New York Post – in Daily Alert 11/26/10



Local

  • A Report Card on Anti-Israel Voting Records - U.S. Reps from Mass:  The following U.S. Congressmen from Mass. repeatedly voted against Israel, in 3 out of 5 House votes, from Jan 2009 to Aug 2010: John W. Olver (D - District 1); Michael E. Capuano, (D - District 8); and Bill Delahunt, (D - District 10).  Their opponents on Nov 2 are: Bill Gunn; George Burton; and Jeff Perry.  Israpundit newsletter  10/15/10  

National

  • Iran Strengthens Terrorist Ties with Lebanon – U.S. Military Aid to Lebanon Unlikely after Iranian's Visit: “Sources in the US Congress said that the warm formal welcome Lebanon has extended to Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has convinced key representatives in Congress to continue the freeze on military aid to Lebanon.” Arutz Sheva INN 10/15/10

  • The Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. Includes CAIR and Other Front Groups:  “With branches in 70 countries and linked to major Islamic organizations, the MB has an extensive and well-financed network of educational, social, and cultural institutions which promote a strategic MB plan for Islamic dominance -- not through violence, but integration, becoming part of the national social and political life, and the application of Shariah law”… Moshe Dann- AmericanThinker.com, October 19, 2010

International

  • Terror Attack Hits Church in Iraq – 58 Killed: “Fifty-eight people were killed and 75 others injured at a Catholic church in Baghdad when Iraqi security forces stormed it to free hostages taken by gunmen… All the marks point out that this incident carries the fingerprints of al Qaeda, Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi said… The Islamic State of Iraq later claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement posted on a radical Islamic website. The umbrella group includes a number of Sunni extremist organizations and has ties to al Qaeda in IraqCNN 11/1/10
  • Iran Loads Fuel into Nuclear Plant after Stuxnet Delay:    “Iran has   begun  loading uranium fuel rods  into the core of its  Bushehr  nuclear  plant, one month late  due to problems, such as the Stuxnet virus that reportedly damaged key computers.  Iran has denied that the plant was affected by the virus, which many accuse as having  been generated by Israel.”  Arutz Sheva Israel National News 10/26/10

  • Hizbullah has 10,000 militiamen, 40,000 missiles at ready: “The French daily Le Figaro reported on Monday that the Iranian backed Shi’ite terror militia Hizbullah now has in excess of 10,000 trained operatives armed with over 40,000 rockets, all of them located in southern Lebanon ready for use against Israel.” ICEJ 10/26/10.

  • New Survey Indicates Large Oil Field Buried Under Negev Sand: “A new preliminary geological survey indicates 26 million barrels of recoverable oil—worth $2 billion—may be sitting underneath the sandy soil in the area of two kibbutzim in the Western Negev, near Gaza.” Arutz Sheva 10/19/10
  • Israel's incoming tourism numbers at record levels in 2010: Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday that nearly 2.5 million tourists have visited the country since the start of 2010, 27% more than visited in the first three quarters of 2009 and 9% more than in the same period in 2008. The numbers mean Israel is on track to have a record year for visitors and might even achieve the Tourism Ministry’s goal of 3 million tourists for the year.” ICEJ 10/13/10

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Local

•    Captured soldier, Gilad Shalit – Held 1500 days in captivity by Palestinian
      terrorists:  A community vigil was held for Gilad on August 3, 2010 at BU Campus.

•    Upcoming event: ‘Support Israel's right to defend herself against Iran's nuclear 
      threats’ will be the theme of a rally on September 26, 2010 at Temple Emeth in
      Chestnut Hill.  At this annual ‘Genesis Awards’ gathering at 3 PM, there will be
      awards presented to special guests and a keynote speaker from Washington,
      there will also be a time of celebration of Sukkot. 

National

•    House Republicans Giving Green Light for Israeli Strike on Iran: ”Nearly  one third
      of the Republican congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives have
      introduced a resolution that would support Israel's right to use ‘all means
      necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran’, including
      military force.


      …House Resolution 1553  ‘condemns the Government of the Islamic Republic of
      Iran for its threats of ‘annihilating’ the United States and the State of Israel, for its
      continued support of international terrorism, and for its incitement of genocide of
      the Israeli people.’ ”  Arutz Sheva 7/16/10  


International

•    Rocket Explodes in Heart of Ashkelon – “The Grad rocket was fired from the
      northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. Eight people suffered shock. Two empty
      floors of an apartment building and several cars sustained damage… Ashkelon
      Mayor Benny Vaknin said that ‘this is a very serious incident, the worst since
      Operation Cast Lead …There is no doubt that such a hit inside the city is an
      escalation.’ " Ynet News, 7/30/10. 

•    PMW: Palestinian incitement against Israel unabated: “Palestinian Media Watch
      will present a report to lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday that accuses the
      Palestinian Authority of continuing to incite hatred against Israel and Jews, in spite
      of commitments it made when proximity talks started in May to end such
      incitement.” ICEJ 7/22/10.  

•    Iron Dome system to be deployed in Sderot by November: “Even as fears of a
      regional war increase, Israel’s deterrence received a large boost on Tuesday with
      the announcement that the Iron Dome air defense system will be fully operational
      and deployed by November.”  ICEJ 7/20/10 

•    Russia confirms scratching S-300 sale to Iran: “The Russian military announced on
      Tuesday that it will not deliver batteries of its advanced S-300 surface-to-air
      missile defense system to Iran, drawing praise and sighs of relief in Israel.
      Russia's Interfax news agency quoted a top military official today as saying the
      United Nation’s latest sanctions on Iran, which Moscow endorsed, ruled out the
      delivery of ‘large missile systems,’ although he did not identify the S-300 by
      name.”  ICEJ 7/20/10

•    Israeli Firm Develops 'Stealth Paint' for Aircraft:: “The Israel-based Nanoflight firm
      has just completed trials on a special paint that can make an aerial vehicle nearly
      undetectable by radar. It won't make it impossible, but it will certainly make the
      task infinitely more difficult, due to the qualities of the paint, which makes it appear
      as if the aircraft is some other object in the surrounding environment.” Arutz Sheva
      7/15/10

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Local


Save the Date: ‘Defend Isarael against Iran's nuclear threats’ will be the theme of a rally on Sept. 26 at 3pm at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill. All are welcome to come! At this annual ‘Genesis Awards’ gathering, there will be a keynote speaker from Washington, DC. There will also be a time of celebration of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). The event is sponsored by Christians and Jews United for Israel.  [ed.]

 

A Controvertial Video: “MA Governor Patrick and the Imam: Already, over 47K views have been recorded at Youtube for this APT video, showing Gov. Patrick embracing the Roxbury mosque Imam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUYIHRRaPmA

 

National


Supreme Court Nominee, Kagan, on Sharia in America: As Dean of Harvard Law School, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, E. Kagen, excluded from the campus any recruiters from the US military, which “liberated countless Muslims from the hate and tyranny of Saddam Hussein.” Yet she supported Harvard to “accept $20 million from a Saudi Royal family to establish a center for Islamic Studies and Sharia law.”  Kagan also “helped launch an Islamic Finance Project that the United States following the British model of accepting Islamic laws of finance. In other words, Kagan believes that the laws that govern American society should not apply to Muslims.” OneJerusalem, Frank Gaffney 06/21/10

 

87 Senators Tell Obama: Stand Behind Israel!:An overwhelming majority of the United States Senate has signed a letter to President Obama encouraging him to stand strongly behind Israel in the face of ‘challenges’ to its international standing.” Arutz Sheva- Israel National News  6/24/10

 

US Sanctions against Iran: “U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new Iran sanctions law. The law imposes penalties on foreign companies that do business with Iran including the sale of gasoline.”  The David Project 07/02/10   

 

Muslim students suspended in California: The University of California at Irvine has suspended the Muslim Student Union for organizing a protest to stop M. Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the USA, from speaking in February.  Arutz Sheva  6/17/10 

 

International


Britain’s Methodist Church to boycott Israeli goods: The annual conference of the Methodist Church of Britain unanimously voted to “adopt a boycott of Israeli-produced goods and services from the West Bank with the aim of ending ‘the existing injustice’ of Israel’s ‘illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.’” The motion stated that the boycott was “in response to a call by the World Council of Churches.” ICEJ 07/01/10

 

Iran and Syria team up against Israel: Iran sent Syria “a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel's ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, say Israeli and U.S. officials, extending an alliance aimed at undermining Israel's military dominance in the region. The radar could bolster Syria's defenses by providing early warning of Israeli air-force sorties.” The Wall Street Journal, 07/01/10

 

Jewish Dancers Attacked in Germany:  “A Jewish dance group was attacked in Germany last Saturday while performing during a street festival in Hanover. The incident led to discussion this week of the phenomenon of anti-Semitism among immigrant youth.” Arutz Sheva 6/25/10

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Local

   Sudbury/Worcester Connection to Mumbai Massacre:  Americans for Peace and Tolerance has produced a brief, stunning video on YouTube outlining the connections between Sudbury native {and Worcester-employed} Tarek Mehanna, indicted for planned terrorist acts, and jihadists indicted for the Mumbai massacre in India. [see www.americansforpeaceandtolerance.org.]    

National


     Custodian of U.S. mosques promotes slaying Americans; ‘The custodian of most of the major mosques in America acts as a front for the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, and publishes and distributes Islamic literature that exhorts Muslims to “kill” any Westerners who get in the way of spreading Islam, WND has learned.  “No political system or material power should put hindrances in the way of preaching Islam.  If someone does this, then it is the duty of Islam to fight him until either he is killed or until he declares his submission,” asserts an Islamic publication distributed by the North American Islamic Trust.  NAIT holds title to more than 300 mosques in America.’  WorldNetDaily 3/7/10


   Clinton Speaks in Washington: ‘In her speech U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated "New construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides want and need." ‘  The David Project 3/23/10


  Netanyahu Counters Clinton in Washington: ‘In his speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated "The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital...’ The David Project 3/23/10

International


   PA  Names Square After Terrorist Murderess:  ‘While Israel was twisting in the wind because of an ill-timed announcement on progress in Jerusalem construction, the PA was “officially” canceling a ceremony honoring a terrorist –but conducting it anyway on the sly... {A square was named in honor of} a woman who had murdered 37 Israelis…’   Arutz-Sheva 3/23/10

   Anti-Semitism Rising in France, Canada:  ‘Anti-Semitism in France is strongly on the rise, according to the 2009 annual report released late last week by the Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ). The organization reported that 832 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in France in 2009, as compared with 474 such incidents in 2008 - a 75% increase…Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada also reached record highs in 2009, according to an annual report released by the B'nai Brith Canada organization…’  Arutz Sheva 3/2/10

   EU demands halt to Jewish building in east Jerusalem: ‘The European Union on Monday described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement yesterday that Israel will not restrict further construction in East Jerusalem as “unacceptable” ‘  ICEJ 3/22/10

   CIA Reports Iran Capable of Producing Nukes: ‘The Obama administration appears to have finally gotten China to agree to at least discuss the possibility of tougher sanctions…but the minor diplomatic victory comes just as the CIA has released a report … that Tehran is now capable of producing nuclear weapons…’ ICEJ 4/1/10

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  • Anti-Semitism on the college campus:  ‘From the 1st to the 14th of March of 2010, pro-Palestinian groups are launching their 6th annual Israel Apartheid Week on college campuses.  Last year events were held in 41 cities around the world, including Boston, New York, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, Toronto, and Montreal.  (Anti-Israel events at Boston University are scheduled on March 1-2). The Israel Apartheid Week is increasingly creating an insidious environment where some Jewish students are physically and verbally attacked on campuses. What may have once been considered anti-Zionist rhetoric seems to be crossing the line into pure anti-Semitism.  To raise awareness about this dangerous anti-Semitic movement, Imagination Productions is launching a film…Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus.’  CJUI 02/15/10   
National
  • Gallup Poll: American Support for Israel Near 20 Year High: American sympathy for Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict has surged, with 63% of Americans saying they side more with Israelis than with Palestinians, according to a new Gallup poll. In 1996 and 1997, support for Israel hovered at a lowly 38%. Support for Palestinians is currently 15%, down from 23% a few years ago, according to the poll, which was conducted February 1-3. The last time Israel enjoyed such high popularity in the United States was almost 20 years ago in January 1991… Support from Republicans stands at a towering 85%, up from 77% in recent years, with Democratic and Independent support remaining about the same.  A whopping 67% of Americans are doubtful that a time will ever come in which Arab nations and Israel will "settle their differences" and live in peace. Politically, Democrats (39%) were more inclined to think this scenario would occur than independents (26%) or Republicans (25%).’  Arutz Sheva 2/25/10
International
  • Lebanese PM vows to side with Hizbullah in war with Israel: Hariri told the BBC in an interview that in the event of a war between Israel and Hizbullah, ‘his government will stand by Hizbullah. This in spite the fact that the US and EU have armed and financed the Lebanese Army over the last several years specifically so that they would resist Hizbullah’s growing power.’ ICEJ news 2/10/10.
  • Anti-Semitism at all-time high in UK: ‘According to a report published Friday by the British group Community Security Trust, anti-Semitism in the UK was at an all-time high in 2009 with 924 recorded incidents, including a large spike during Operation Cast Lead. CST spokesman Mark Gardner said anti-Semitism is an increasingly significant problem for British Jews and called upon all “decent people” to speak out against it. “Anti-Semitism is one of the most ancient of hatreds – and yet it constantly adapts to modern times, requiring ever greater vigilance from all of us who are determined to stand up for tolerance and for the truth,” noted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. ‘  ICEJ  2/08/10
  • Russia Says 'Nyet” to Israel on Missile Sale to Iran: ‘Russia gave Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the cold shoulder before he even landed in Moscow Sunday night and said it will proceed with its sale of advanced S-300 missiles to Iran. The Prime Minister said before departing for Moscow he would press Russia to cancel the sale.’ Arutz Sheva 2/15/10

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Local

§  Hamas comes to Boston: Christians & Jews United for Israel and Americans for Peace and Tolerance co-sponsored a protest against a fundraiser for Hamas at the Palestinian Cultural Center …Allston, MA on Monday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. George Galloway, who is being banned in Canada and was recently deported from Egypt, has entered the U.S. to raise money for his Hamas-affiliated organization. The Palestinian Center hosted  him for a talk and a $1,000 per-plate dinner. CJUI 1/29/10. 

§  Counter protest to ‘Gaza Freedom March’ Held Outside Israeli Consulate:  ‘A counter protest was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, which brought together a coalition of individuals and groups [including Christians & Jews United for Israel]. Ari Alexenberg, director of the Israel Action Center said that he was troubled to see the Gaza Freedom Marchers’ signs supporting Hamas and tagging Israel as the occupier and oppressor of the Palestinians. In his view, the anti-Israel marchers have misdirected their anger and frustration towards Israel. “The protestors didn’t seem to recognize that the root of suffering in Gaza is a direct result of Hamas rule.’ Participants from Christians and Jews United for Israel held a banner with the image of Martin Luther King, with a quote by the civil rights leader that read ‘When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews.  You’re talking anti-Semitism.’’ There were also members of Boston for Israel present. Openmediaboston.org 1/16/10.

§  Activists block Gitmo jihadist detainee from settling in Newton: Charles Jacobs, from Americans for Peace and Tolerance writes, ‘We are all in debt to the dozens of activists who braved a freezing rainy night to come out to city hall and face down clueless Newton aldermen who proposed to have as our neighbor a man who belonged to "the charity wing" of Lashkar-e-Taibah - the organization that committed mass murder in Mumbai.’  Americans for Peace and Tolerance 1/21/10

  National

§  Massachusetts voters elect  pro-Israel Republican, Scott Brown, as Senator.

§  Report says Al-Qaeda seeks WMD, US unprepared:  The United States has not     done enough to protect the country against the threat of weapons of mass destruction even as Al-Qaeda appears intent on staging a large-scale attack, reports said. A bipartisan panel warned that the government had failed to adopt measures to counter the danger posed by extremists using WMD, saying the administration lacked plans for a rapid response to a possible biological attack. "Nearly a decade after September 11, 2001, one year after our original report, and one month after the Christmas Day bombing attempt, the United States is failing to address several urgent threats, especially bioterrorism," said former senator Bob Graham, chair of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.’  Breitbart.com article 1/26/10


International

§  Israel gears up for defense of country: Israeli reports indicate tests of the ‘Iron Dome' anti-missile system were successful. The system is designed to detect and shoot down short and medium range missiles. Reports indicate that it will be deployed along the border with Gaza in June 2010. The David Project 1/8/10

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Local

Anti-Semitic graffiti spreads in Worcester:  ‘On Monday, someone spray painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the Newton Square War Memorial.  According to Worcester police, the defacement was the latest in a spate of hate-filled graffiti to hit the Tatnuck/Newton Square in the past couple of weeks.  It began on Nov. 25 with anti-Semitic and racist graffiti on a bench and windows at Worcester State College and spread to include a fire-damaged house at 531 Chandler St., Chandler Magnet School, the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 2 Airport Drive, Doherty Memorial High School, a basketball hoop on Suburban Road, and Temple Emanuel. The perpetrator or perpetrators used both symbols and words in the hate spree… having been the point man on hate crimes throughout his tenure in the {police} department, Deputy Chief McGinn acknowledged that the continued occurrence of hate graffiti means they’re still behind the eight ball in addressing the problem.’ cmcfarlane@telegram.com 12/11/09    

National

·         Protest stops second graders from having to sing ‘Allah is God’: ‘A battle over religion is brewing in central Indiana after a public school wanted second graders to sing a song declaring, “Allah is God.” The phrase was removed just before the performance after a national conservative group launched a protest…That drew the ire of the Muslim Alliance of America {:} “It’s unfortunate if that was removed from the program just because of Islamophobic feelings.”  FoxNewsRadio.com 12/14/09

·         Supremacist group conspires against rights in Chicago:  ‘In the Chicago suburbs on December 20, 2009, a group that has conspired to deny Americans their Constitutional and civil rights will be using a government-managed facility to recruit new members to their supremacist cause. In this case it will be the Islamic supremacist Hizb ut-Tahrir America organization, which will be using the Lombard Park District community building in the Village of Lombard…. The self-defined supremacist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir America at {a} July 19 event distributed brochures to the public calling for the "death penalty" for those who committed the "treason" of leaving Islam;’  Responsible for Equality and Liberty {REAL} 12/15/09


International

Global anti-Israel protests expected on 'Cast Lead' anniversary:  ‘The first anniversary of Israel's counterterrorism Operation Cast Lead in Gaza is set to be a catalyst for a series of anti-Israel protests worldwide. A mass march to the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel is to include several Western VIPs… Researchers from the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR) expect "protests and marches by anti-Israel, Islamist and far-left activist groups in various population centers worldwide."’. Arutz-Sheva IsraelNationalNews.com 12/21/09

Most Arabs see Iran as bigger threat than Israel:  A survey of Arab public opinion published last week by Qatar's Doha Debates has revealed that a majority of citizens across 18 Arab states included in the polling now view Iran as more dangerous to regional security than Israel. The YouGov survey also found that 80% of Arabs do not believe Iran's assurances that it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons.’  ICEJ News 12/21/09

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Local

·    Coakley and Capuano would meet with Ahmadinejad!’: U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown today {11/24/09} called on Attorney General Martha Coakley and Rep. Michael Capuano to renounce their statements at last night’s Democratic debate that each would be willing as U.S. senator to meet directly with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  “Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier who has threatened to wipe Israel off the map,” said Brown. “Meeting with him confers legitimacy when the only correct response to his anti-Israel comments and repeated Holocaust denials is to treat him as an outcast.”  BrownforSenate.com


National

·         Government seizes US Islamic centers: ‘Federal authorities have seized Islamic centers in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston, more than one hundred acres in Virginia and a 36-story Manhattan office tower belonging to the ‘non-profit’ Alavi Foundation.  Persecutors allege that the Alavi Foundation…, illegally funneled millions in rental income back to Iran’s state owned Bank Melli.  It is illegal to do business with Bank Melli in the US.’  The David Project Update, 11/13/09.


International

·         Gaza group offers bounty for Israeli soldiers:  ‘A Gaza charity linked to Hamas is  offering $1.4 million to anyone who captures an Israeli soldier.  The Waad group sent an email on Wednesday calling on people living in Israel to try to take soldiers hostage. The organization, which supports Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, is headed by Hamas’ Interior Minister…’ JPost Middle East, 11/18/09 

·         Pressure causes Norwegian university to vote down academic boycott of Israel:The board of trustees at the University of Trondheim in Norway unanimously rejected a petition to impose an academic boycott on Israeli professors and scholars on Thursday, after a counter campaign drew too much unwanted attention to the school. The boycott recommendation originated with a letter to the board from 34 university professors and assistant professors, which said Israeli universities "have played a key role in the policy of oppression" against the Palestinians since 1948 and that "Israel goes against all the ideals of open universities and academic freedom." …’   ICEJ News 11/13/09

·        Israeli naval commandoes intercept weapons headed to Hizbullah: ‘In the largest such operation ever carried out, Israeli naval commandoes {boarded} …a German-owned cargo ship flying the flag of Antigua.  The ship, bound for the Syrian port of Latakia, turned out to be carrying nearly 500 tons of Iranian-supplied weaponry, apparently heading to Hizbullah militia forces operating in Lebanon.’ November News Review, David Dolan

·         PA and Hamas officials warn of violent Palestinian uprising: ‘Tensions escalated after the Jerusalem municipality announced that 900 new apartment units will be constructed in the southern neighborhood of Gilo, a move condemned by the Palestinians, the White House, European leaders and Iran.  Obama himself added significant fuel to the political firestorm, saying the apartment construction “does not contribute to Israel's security, and embitters the Palestinians.”  November News Review, David Dolan

 

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·         A Muslim who attended Worcester Mosque and taught religion and math to children at its Islamic school was arrested for terror activity:  Tarek Mehanna, 27, was arrested on October 21st by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy to provide ‘material support’ to terrorists.  Affidavits claimed Tarek had planned to terrorize a shopping mall and kill US soldiers among other things.  Christian Science Monitor, 10/22/09. 

Mehanna was already out on bail from a federal arrest last year, charged with lying during a terrorism probe.  Boston Herald.com 10/21/09

·         Hundreds of Christians & Jews gather to support Israel:  Christians & Jews United for Israel gathered with guests at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill on October 18th to award local leaders for their courageous Zionist endeavors.  Themes emerged of the need for Christians and Jews to stand together, to become better informed about and aware of current anti-Semitic and anti-American trends and to be active in support for freedom and for Israel.     

National

·         Obama advisor fails to challenge the perception that Sharia law promotes justice for women :  Dalia Mogahed, an advisor to the President on Muslim affairs, claimed that the Western view of Sharia is ‘oversimplified’ and reported that the majority of Muslim women around the world associate Sharia with ‘gender justice.’  She made her comments on a British TV program hosted by a member of a group that believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy.  Wife beating, stoning for adultery, polygamy and endorsement of underage marriage are some of the established teachings of Sharia Law that went unchallenged by Mogahed.  Unity Coalition for Israel 10/15/09

·         CAIR’s ultimate purpose to transform US to Islamic nation under the Quran:  A daring, undercover investigation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently led to the publication of a book, "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America," which documents ‘indisputable evidence’ that CAIR and other “mainstream” Islamic groups ‘are acting as fronts for a well-funded conspiracy of the Muslim Brotherhood – the parent of al-Qaida and Hamas – to infiltrate and destroy the American system.’  WorldNetDaily 10/14/09

·         Younger American Jews abandon Israel:  ‘A growing segment of the American Jewish community is abandoning Israel… Two American Jewish sociologists, Steven Cohen and Ari Kelman, wrote that among American Jews aged 35 and younger, a full 50% said that the destruction of the State of Israel would not be a personal tragedy for them.’   The Jerusalem Post 10/15/09


International

·         Freedom to speak out against Islam at risk:  The UN is considering a ‘Defamation of Religions’ resolution which, if passed, could put those who proclaim the gospel of Christianity around the world in jeopardy of criminal action.  The largest group of Islamic nations in the UN, the Organization of the Islamic Conference {OIC}, is pushing this resolution.  American Center for Law and Justice 10/26/09


Action

·         Friday, Dec 4th, 7pm at Leominster Assembly of God – monthly Messianic meeting


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Local

·         ‘The Third Jihad”: This excellent documentary film was presented at the Brookline Public Library by Americans for Peace & Tolerance (APT) on 9/15. Charles Jacobs, ATP’s Founder and Boston College Prof. Dr. Wyman led discussions.


National

·         Alarming increase in US terrorist plots suggested:  Islamist jihad attacks in four US cities were foiled by US authorities in September.  It is likely that major attacks upon the New York City commuter trains, a Dallas skyscraper, an Illinois courthouse and a US Marine base in Quantico, Virginia have been averted by the arrests of several, unrelated terrorist suspects living here in the US.    Telegraph.co.uk - 9/27/09

·         Islam on Capitol Hill September 25th: Columnist Robert Knight wrote ‘Visitors to Washington D.C. today got to hear what residents in Hamtramck and Dearborn, Michigan, as well as areas of London, Amsterdam and other Western cities already endure five times a day: The sound of amplified Muslim prayers lifted to Allah.  This time, the prayers reverberated over America’s front lawn as some 2,000 Muslims gathered for …A Day of Islamic Unity.’  The theme of the day was ‘Our Time Has Come.’ Townhall.com 9/25/09


International

·         PM Netanyahu powerfully challenges world leaders at UN:  In a bold, stirring, politically ‘incorrect’ speech delivered at the United Nations on 9/24, the Israeli PM spoke, among other things, of the hypocrisy of many world leaders, Israel’s desire for peace and the threat of Iranian fanaticism.  He said ‘The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization.  It pits civilization against barbarism… those who sanctify life against those who glorify death. The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century.  The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day.’  Nowpublic.com 9/24/09

·         US Admits Iran near ‘Breakout Point’ for Nuclear Bomb: ‘The United States has confirmed long-time Israeli intelligence reports that Iran is close to achieving the ability to produce a nuclear bomb…The US envoy to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said  “Iran is now either very near or already in possession of sufficient low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, if the decision were made to further enrich it to weapons grade…This moves Iran closer to a dangerous and destabilizing possible breakout capacity” Israel INN.com 9/9/09

·         Film Warns of Non-Violent Muslim Takeover:  A new film warns that Islam has all but taken over Europe, and that radical Islam threatens to do the same in the United States. ‘The Third Jihad paints a dramatic picture… depicting   the non-violent methods by which radical Islam seeks to fulfill its goal of nothing short than conquering the world and establishing “the global Islamic state.”   INN.com 9/11/09 


Action

·         Watch Netanyahu’s speech to the UN on You Tube. 

·         Watch ‘The Third Jihad’ documentary on thethirdjihad.com

·         Attend the Genesis Awards sponsored by Christians & Jews United for Israel at Temple Emeth; 194 Grove St., Chestnut Hill, MA; Sunday, October 18th at 3:30 PM.

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·     Christians and Jews come together to support Israel :  Rev. Fumio Taku, newly elected President of Christians and Jews United for Israel (CJUI), delivered his initial address to CJUI members gathered at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill on 8/25/09.  He described the uniqueness of Christians and Jews working together to fight Anti-Semitism and presented a local vision for CJUI members to herald the truth about Israel’s right to the Land, to be alert to the dangers of radical Islam, to promote Zionism and to signal the caution that is needed with respect to the advancement of the current ‘peace process.’


National

·         17 year old Rifqa Bary flees Ohio Muslim home in fear of life:  After allegedly having her life threatened by her father who discovered that she had converted to Christianity, Rifqa fled to friends in Florida.  A judge there ruled recently that she should stay in Florida until a follow-up hearing scheduled for September 3rd in that there was sufficient evidence to raise concerns about her safety in Ohio. Please keep her in your prayers!  Act for America 8/24/09

·         Jewish Groups Slam Obama's Honoring Anti-Israel Leaders  Regarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom being presented to Mary Robinson, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) called on the administration to “firmly, fully, and publicly repudiate her views on Israel and her long public record of hostility and one-sided bias against the Jewish state.” The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) also condemned the decision to award former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu stating that both Tutu and Robinson “have made statements and presided over organizations and conferences that were viciously critical of Israel.” - Arutz Sheva [Israel National News.com] – 8/5/09    


International

·         Netanyahu proclaims Jerusalem as Sovereign Capital of Israel:Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told British officials Tuesday in London that Israel would not stop building in any area of its capital city.’  Despite hundreds of shouting protestors, Netanyahu bluntly stated to reporters, ‘Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is the sovereign capital of the State of Israel, and Israel will not accept limits on its sovereignty there.  We have been building in Jerusalem for 3,000 years.’ Arutz Sheva [Israel National News.com] 8/26/09        

·         Jewish columnist praises evangelicals: Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Isi Leibler wrote, ‘At a time when much of global public opinion views Israel through the distorted lenses of Arab and anti-Semitic defamation, millions of Evangelicals have emerged as our most devoted supporters. The evolution of this relationship is extraordinary and defies logic. It is only over the past three decades that support for Israel assumed such a high priority among this Christian denomination, which is rapidly expanding at a time when other churches are in dramatic decline’… Jpost.com 8/17/09


Action

·         September 15th 6:45pm: Christians & Jews United for Israel to meet at Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, MA: All are welcomed. Pastor Smith of Christian Renewal Church Danvers, MA, will be the main speaker.



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Local

·         Protest at Roxbury Mosque dedication: Dr. Charles Jacobs (Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT) led the protest. Their website, www.hatefreeamerica.org, has videos and articles. Members of Christians and Jews United for Israel (CJUI), Tom Trento of Florida Security Council, and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy of Washington D.C. also joined. Charles reported, ‘With a press conference, protest, and extensive behind-the-scenes legwork, we've succeeded in placing the issue of Boston's extremist-led and Saudi-funded Islamic center on the public agenda, …that there is a problem with the leadership of the Center.’ APT 7/13/09


National

·         Maine fines Christian Action Network (CAN) for ‘anti-Muslim message’: The State of Maine fined CAN $4,000 for a fundraising mailing they sent out in which they referred to a public school curriculum used in California.  It requires students to pray to Allah, dress up as Muslims, adopt Muslim names, and learn the five pillars of Islam. Since Christians and Jews are not given similar accommodations, CAN encouraged their supporters to petition the Maine governor, asking him to prevent such instruction in Maine public schools. The CAN president said, “These bogus charges and fines the State of Maine has imposed are nothing but an attempt to stifle our free speech and silence our organization from speaking out about the steady creep of radical Islam in America.”  Pajamas Media – June 25, 2009  


International

·         Palestinian Authority (PA) leader says peace with Israel is never their goal.  A deputy head of the PA in Jerusalem recently stated, on one of its TV broadcasts: "Our goal has never been peace… the goal is Palestine."   This means that they want all of Israel, such as illustrated by the PA Fatah flag that still shows the map of Israel under rifles. Arutz Sheva, 7/13/09  [ed. - Israel was given her land by God, by mandate and by subsequent successful defensive wars against Arab aggression.  Since the PA has refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a state, issued death sentences to their people who sell land to the Jews, demonstrated an inability to prevent rockets from being fired into Israel from Gaza, and indoctrinated their children to hate Jews, why should the US government continue to pressure Israel to give parts of its land away in order to set up a Palestinian state which aims at their destruction?]

·         Iran: Protests against Iran’s mistreatment of demonstrators continued: Protesters around the world in support of the opposition Iranian activists (who were detained since the disputed presidential election) took to the streets in NYC, London, Paris, Prague, Geneva, Amsterdam, Korea, Japan, and Australia. Over 100 detainees were reportedly found dead with signs of beatings and torture.  New York Times 7/28/09 

·         Bethlehem: Terrorists to descend on Jesus’ Birthplace. The PA President Abbas held Fatah’s 6th General Congress in Bethlehem. Attendees to include Kamal Ranam, head of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group and Abu al-Ainiin, Fatah’s main contact in Lebanon with the Hezbollah terrorist group.  WorldNetDaily 7/6/09


Action

·         August 25th 6:45pm: Christians & Jews United for Israel to meet at Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, MA: All are welcomed.  Fumio Taku will be the main speaker.

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Local

·         The largest mosque in NE opens in Roxbury: On June 26th, the new Islamic Center held an opening celebration, with Mayor Menino in attendance. A group of concerned citizens gathered in a peaceful demonstration, questioning the Center and some of its leaders’ connections to Islamic terror groups.

·         Increased area interest in the threat of radical Islam:  On June 9th over 60 Christian and Jewish leaders gathered in Leominster, MA, to hear Dr. Charles Jacobs speak about the global, national and local threats of radical Islam.

·         Former Muslim terrorist speaks in Brookline synagogue:  Walid Shoebat, author of Why I Left Jihad, God’s War on Terror and Why We Want to Kill You, a former PLO member who has become a Christian, gave a stirring message on the need for Jews and Christians to support Israel. He said, “Today’s Nazism is the radical Islamist, and everyone is afraid of speaking out against it.” 06/11/09, The Jewish Journal  


International

·         Persecution and bloody demonstrations in Iran: Following the presidential elections on June 12th, hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of major cities of Iran. What began as demonstrations against the questionable election results turned quickly into a populous uprising against the current theocratic leaders, headed by Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei. In today’s Iran, anyone that opposes the dictatorial power of the Supreme Leader and seeking more freedom is held in fear of arrests. To this day, Christians, about 0.5% of Iran’s population, and Jews as well, are persecuted.

o   In 1994, Kaik Hovsepian Mehr, bishop of Assemblies of God and chairman of the Council of Protestant Ministers of Iran, was murdered by the Iranian agents after refusing to stop accepting new Muslim converts to his church. About 80% of Assemblies of God members in Iran are converts from Islam.

o   Hamid Pourmand, a former colonel in the Iranian army and pastor of an Assemblies of God church, was arrested in 2004, along with 85 other church leaders at the annual conference of Assemblies of God in Iran. While others have been released, Hamid remains to this day incarcerated at a maximum security prison in Teheran, with his wife and two children left in hardship. Several other pastors have also been arrested or murdered.

o   The Iranian regime has forced to close several churches, including house churches in Ahwaz where the Christians there are strictly forbidden to meet.

o   Jewish population in Iran has dwindled from 80,000 on the eve of Islamic Revolution in 1979 to about 25,000 in 2004, where any Jews “cooperating with the Zionist Israel or imperialist America” are punishable by death.

o   In Iran today, every Presidential candidate must first be approved by the Supreme Leader. Thus, there is no freedom of expression and no real political opposition allowed, except as the bloody demonstrations on the streets we witnessed. Christians and Jews have no religious freedoms. 


Action

July 30th, Tisha B’Av, the date on which, among other tragedies in Jewish history, both the first Temple, in 586 BCE, and the second Temple, in 70 AD, were destroyed. Fast and pray with Jews and Christians around the world on this solemn day.  May the Lord soon build the third Temple on Mt Moriah in Jerusalem.


 

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Local

·      LOCAL PASTORS & RABBI in Leominster/Fitchburg area gathered to hear Dr. Charles Jacobs (an internationally recognized activist on behalf of oppressed Christians and Jews around the world). Charles gave an eye-opening presentation on how radical Islamic groups are spreading quickly in major US cities, with specific information on their connections to the building of the new multi-million dollar mosque in Roxbury, MA. He and others willing to stand up for the truth paid a high price for exposing their financial links, tactics, and connections to those that threaten our freedom and security in America and Israel.


National

·      US PRISON SPAWNS MUSLIM TERRORISTS. Four Muslims, arrested in NYC for plotting to bomb synagogues and shoot down a jet plane, were converted to Islam and radicalized in prison. Silber, a top NYPD intelligence analyst and co-author of the 2007 NYPD report, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat”, said inmates converting to Islam are so common that they referred to it as “Prislam.” Jose Padilla (plotting to detonate a dirty bomb) was also converted to Islam and radicalized in prison. [AP 5/27/09]

·      ISLAMIC TRAINING CAMPS. It is reported that there are at least 35 Islamic training camps sprinkled around our country in secluded areas.  Participants are called “Soldiers of Allah” and they are trained in explosives, kidnapping, murder, firing weapons, and guerilla warfare. [Fox News 2/16/09]


International

·      DRILL IN ISRAEL: On June 2 at 11am, as part of a five-day defense drill to prepare the citizens for potential future attacks, an air raid siren will sound across the entire nation, with everyone expected to head to the nearest bomb shelter, simulating fiery missile attacks. The residents in the Golan Heights are given less than 30 seconds to find shelter, while those in Jerusalem have three minutes. The drill is planned with a specific scenario that Israeli officials believe may occur in the very near future. [J-Post 5/25/09; ICEJ, 5/26/09]

·      CHRISTIAN SLAVES LIBERATED IN SUDAN: Christian Solidarity International (CSI) helped liberate 232 Sudanese slaves in May. Most of them are Christians from the Dinka tribe, enslaved by Arab masters in Darfur and neighboring Kordofan during jihad raids by Arab militias backed by Sudan's Islamist government during the late North-South civil war (1983-2005) [PRNewswire 5/29]

·      MISSILES IN IRAN: Iran test fired a 2-stage, solid fuel ballistic missile, the Sejil II, with a 1,250 mile range (able to reach Israel). In addition, Iran already has 50 to 100 Shahab III missiles (also able to hit Israel). Both may be fitted with a high explosive or nuclear warhead. [Strategy Page 5/27/09]


Action

·      Dr. Jacobs will be available to give his presentation at any interested churches and synagogues.

·      Pray for God’s grace and protection over America and Israel.

·      Pray for God’s protection over Israel and our soldiers stationed in the Middle East.