Period: April 2013


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Friday Church News Notes, February 1, 2013 - The following is excerpted from “No Hebrew, Please, This Is Europe,” FrontPageMag.com, Jan. 7, 2013: “Israel’s ambassador to Denmark and the head of Copenhagen’s Jewish community have both warned Jews in that city that if they don’t want to be roughed up on the street by anti-Semites, they’d better not wear anything that would identify them as Jews--and, for good measure, they should also lower their voices when speaking Hebrew.
... a Jewish theological seminary in Potsdam has asked its rabbis not to wear yarmulkes in public. Pupils at a Jewish school in Berlin have been warned to speak German, not Hebrew, on school trips--and to wear baseball caps over their yarmulkes ‘so you don’t give stupid people something to get annoyed about.’ Jews at Rome’s main synagogue now remove their yarmulkes when leaving services; so do Jews in Malmö, Sweden.
A Jewish teacher at an adult education center in Kristiansand, Norway, has been told ‘that wearing the star could be deemed a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school.’ ... [A] Paris Metro passenger was recently beaten unconscious by a mob who pegged him as Jewish because he was reading a book by Paris’s chief rabbi. ... [In a New Year’s Eve report in Haaretz] Joel Braunold admitted that Europe does indeed have “a serious anti-Semitism problem” now, and that “the number of safe European capital cities has shrunk to a tiny number.” ...
In a piece headlined “Anti-Semitism: a growing problem in France,” Public Radio International noted that the Toulouse school shootings last March were only the most widely reported of an alarming number of anti-Semitic attacks across France this year,’ PRI quoted anti-Semitism expert Sammy Ghozlan as saying that French Jews now ‘avoid going out late, going to certain neighborhoods, wearing yarmulkes.’” http://www.wayoflife.org

Associated Press writer Josef Federman contributed to this report. - By BRADLEY KLAPPER
From Associated Press April 08, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry worked Monday to corral Israeli and Palestinian leaders into a new and ambitious peace process that includes reviving parts of a long-dormant plan embraced by the Arab world a decade ago, officials said. The 2002 initiative [Arab Peace Initiative] that Kerry wants to revive parts of would have provided Israel recognition throughout the Arab world in exchange for a pullout from territory conquered in 1967.
On his third trip to Jerusalem in the last two weeks, Kerry committed himself to a multi-month peace push that could mean numerous follow-up trips to the region. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli and Palestinian officials Monday, a day after sitting down for private one-on-one talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. [...]
Although Israel never embraced the plan and the Palestinians oppose any changes to it, the basic parameters seem to be gaining traction as a framework for future talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Arab League chief Nabil El-Araby and Qatar's prime minister will lead a delegation to Washington this month to discuss the initiative with Kerry, Arab officials said. [...]
There is also a spiritual component. For Israel, returning to its old borders would mean a withdrawal from east Jerusalem, home to the city's holiest Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious sites
Winning Netanyahu's support will be difficult. He sharply clashed with President Barack Obama two years ago when the American president publicly endorsed the 1967 borders as the basis of a two-state solution. While Netanyahu has described the Arab peace initiative as a welcome sign of acceptance, he has refused to accept its take-it-or-leave it conditions. Full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/kerry-trying-to-build-support-for-new-israel-peace-

Wednesday, April 17, 2013[huffington post] Senate Resolution: U.S. Will Go to War With Iran if Israel Does
It is customary for Congress to pass resolutions commending Israel on the anniversary of its founding in 1948. Once these resolutions were innocuous with references to "making the desert bloom" and "ingathering" Jewish refugees. Standard "pro-Israel" boilerplate. No more.
In recent years Congress, with the Israel lobby's eager assistance, has coupled salutations and congratulations with increasingly strident language about terrorism, Palestinians, and now, Iran. (For an excellent analysis on how the concept of being "pro-Israel" has degenerated in recent years, see this smart piece by Michael Koplow, program director of the Israel Institute at Georgetown University.)
One such anniversary resolution now being considered in the Senate and, with 79 cosponsors, certain to pass is Senate Resolution 65, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), two lobby stalwarts. It cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.
The resolution begins with five clauses of standard rhetoric, noting that "since its establishment nearly 65 years ago, the modern State of Israel has... forged a new and dynamic democratic society including "freedom of speech, association, and religion; a vigorously free press; free, fair, and open elections; the rule of law; a fully independent judiciary; and other democratic principles and practices...." The usual fare. Continued:

President Bashar Assad says the U.S. and Europe are supporting his Islamist opponents, which will come back to haunt them. He also has words for Jordan.Syrian President Bashar Assad, seen in an image taken from video, said on state television that the war against his government could spread to Jordan and beyond. (Syrian state television / April 17, 2013)
BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in a television interview Wednesday that the war against his government risked spreading to neighboring Jordan and predicted that rebel fighters, whom he described as Islamic extremists, would later take their violence to the West. Speaking on the pro-government Syrian channel Al Ikhbariya, Assad presented himself as a staunch patriot who was fending off meddling by the West. He appeared to be wooing Syrians wearied by the country's bloodshed, disillusioned by all sides and desperate for Syria's conflict to end.
Assad charged that the United States and Europe were supporting his Islamist opponents. He said the alleged support was cynical and would come back to haunt them. The United States and its European allies have given limited support to Syrian rebels, but have been wary of providing aid, especially arms, that could fall into the hands of Islamist extremists.
"The West uses any element, even if it is against them elsewhere," Assad said. "They fight Al Qaeda in Mali and they support it in Syria and in Libya, but the West doesn't know — or perhaps it knows but is not now aware — that this terrorism will return to it and they will pay the price later in Europe and the United States."
Continued: http://cybertribenetwork.blogspot.com/2013/04/syrias-bashar-assad-warns-terrorism.html

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 by Reza Kahlili WND - Although it is not known yet who is responsible for Monday?s heinous bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 100 people, a source within Iranian intelligence services told WND the Islamic regime was behind them and to look for trails through Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The source said the bombs were planted near the end of the race so that the horrific images of the blasts would be captured by all the media there and be replayed over and over throughout the world. A senior commander of the Islamic regime had warned less than two months ago that terrorism was coming to America.
"If the people of America and Europe do not confront the aggressive policies of their governments, they cannot then remain far from the possible future events (terror attacks)," the regime?s armed forces deputy chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, said in a Feb. 23 interview with Fars News Agency, a media outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards. "Al-Qaida groups and other services which operate for the interests of America (in Syria) will soon change the region of their operations and thereafter create new problems for America and Europe." Jazayeri, objecting to U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war, warned that explosions similar to those in Syria would take place in other countries.
With information from a source in the supreme leader?s office, WND reported exclusively on Dec. 11, 2012, that a team of Quds Force terrorist leaders had infiltrated the United States to attack from within in 2013. The source said the team is to create instability in America through terrorism should the U.S. fail to accept the regime?s illicit nuclear program or increase sanctions, confront Iran militarily or intervene in the Syrian civil war.
The source said that a six-member team, including an explosives specialist, was to join 10 Quds Force commanders who already have a cell of 50 terrorists in the U.S. The source added that Iran is working with al-Qaida factions because al-Qaida attacks would not leave behind a link to Tehran. The source for today?s information blamed the Islamic regime for the Boston attack and pointed to the collaboration of the regime?s Quds Forces with Hezbollah and elements of al-Qaida with links to individuals in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He said that under Quds Force guidance, Hezbollah recruited Sunni terrorists allied with al-Qaida factions in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who then entered the U.S. for terrorist activities. The information has been shared with U.S. officials. But until the FBI and other U.S. agencies complete their investigations, all information regarding the bombings must be considered with great caution and any conclusions would be premature.
If the source is correct, however, then three individuals will likely have had a hand in planning and preparing for the attack: Mustafa Badr Al Din, the brother-in-law and cousin of the dead terrorist Imad Mugniyah, who now serves as Mugnyiah?s replacement as the military leader of Hezbollah and who also serves as the deputy of Qasem Soliemani, the head of the Islamic regime?s Quds Forces.
Mohammad Ali Hamadei, on the FBI?s most-wanted list, a Hezbollah operator responsible for operation and infiltration of forces into America who was based in New Mexico with a Latin American passport and who was also seen last year in England.
Talal Hamieh, the head of Hezbollah?s External Security Organization responsible for operations outside of Lebanon. He has been in Mexico collaborating with drug cartels to raise funds for Hezbollah cells and facilitates the transfer of arms and terrorists into the U.S.
Both Badr Al Din and Hamieh were designated for sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department last year for their involvement in terrorist activities throughout the world. In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, Fars News Agency put out a piece headlined, "Obama in deep trouble if Boston bombing was by Salafis (ultraconservative Sunni Muslims)." Fars said one reason that Obama has not linked the Boston bombing to al-Qaida is that his administration wants to show it has defeated al-Qaida and any mention of the terrorist group would undermine his position. It ominously mentioned that America is now allied with the Salafis and al-Qaida in confronting Syria?s Bashar Assad and that if it?s proven that the same elements were responsible for the bombings in Boston, then Obama would be severely criticized by the American public.
Fars, as with the earlier warning by Jazayeri, denounced Obama?s decision to help the opposition in Syria and hinted that the Boston attack is related to al-Qaida and the hardcore Sunnis. It concluded that Obama would likely not name them as the guilty party to save face. Although the Islamic regime has long warned that America will not be safe from its reach and that it must not only accept Iran?s nuclear program but also end its support for the opposition in Syria, there is no proven link yet between Boston and Tehran. http://www.wnd.com/author/rkahlili/

rt.com - April 2, 2013 - Editor’s note: The sort of jihadists and al-Qaeda fanatics the CIA specializes in arming and supporting have made this sort of behavior their trademark. There is no shortage of them now in Syria, thanks to the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The holiest Jewish site in Syria – the 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in Damascus – has been looted and burned, and its roof blown off. The Syrian army and rebel forces have both blamed each other for the demolition of the historic landmark.
It is believed that the Jobar Synagogue, one of the world’s oldest, was built atop a cave where the Prophet Elijah once hid from persecution. One of the earliest historical mentions of the synagogue can be found in the Talmud.
According to Israel Radio, the rebels claimed that the Syrian government looted the synagogue before burning it to the ground. Meanwhile, the government alleged that the rebels had burned down the synagogue. It has also been claimed that “Zionist agents” stole historic artifacts from the holy site as part of a planned operation, Al-Manar Television reported. Continued: http://www.infowars.com/2000-year-old-damascus-synagogue-destroyed

The head of the Israel Police, Major General Yohanan Danino - (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)
Published: Apr 17, 2013, 08:11 PM
The investigation into Mondays deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon has officially gone international: [why? what's wrong with FBI?] law enforcement officials from Israel have been sent to the United States to assist in the probe.
Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino says he has dispatched officials to Boston, Massachusetts, where they will meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other authorities, the Times of Israel Reports.
Citing an earlier report published by the newspaper Maariv, Times of Israel writes that Danino has dispatched police officers to participate in discussions that will center on the Boston Marathon bombings and deepening professional cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of both countries.
The paper reports that Israeli law enforcement planned the trip before the deadly pair of bombings on Monday that has so far claimed three lives, but the discussions will now shift focus in order to see how help from abroad can expand the investigation.
In an address made Tuesday, Israel President Shimon Peres said that tragedies such as this weeks incident in Boston, sadly, bring people together from across the world.
When it comes to events like this, all of us are one family. We feel a part of the people who paid such a high price. God bless them, Peres said. Today the real problem is terror, and terror is not an extension of policy: Their policy is terror, their policy is to threaten. Terrorists divide people, they kill innocent people. Continued: http://rt.com/usa/police-israel-investigation-boston-009/

Published: Friday, February 01, 2013 11:16 AM - Israel seems to have sold Jerusalem to the Vatican.
Giulio Meotti - An historic agreement has been drafted between Israel and the Vatican. The Israeli authorities have granted the Pope an official seat in the room where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place, on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, and where David and Solomon, Jewish kings of Judea, are considered by some researchers, to also be buried.
It is the culmination of a long campaign by the Catholic Church to regain religious stewardship over the place where Jesus is supposed to have broken bread and drunk wine with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion.
This is an enormous issue pushed through without any public debate.
According to our sources, the agreement, which is expected to be ratified next June, gives the Pope a “special authority” over the second floor of the building, so that Christian pilgrims will be able to celebrate religious functions like Pope John Paul did in 2000.
The agreement constitutes Israel’s capitulation to the Vatican’s efforts to “Christianize” the holy site, like when a Catholic convent was built in Auschwitz.
The Catholic Church has long wanted control over part of the area on Mt. Zion so as to turn it into an international religious center for Catholics. The blueprint of the agreement reads as follows: “The Vatican hands over this use of the Cenacle to the Custody of the Holy Land which will keep the Cenacle open from 6 AM to 8 AM for the celebration of the Holy Mass”. Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/12814#.USYdUKUbL8t

March 6, 2013 — A history of two destroyed currencies might well have precluded Israel from selling its own shekel bonds. So, back at the turn of the 21st century, it seems to have invented a counterfeiting scheme to sell US bonds to Americans. It now issue bonds in America payable in dollars, not shekels. The problem is, the program was a success, and Israel now owes, or will soon owe more dollars than it can ever repay because it cannot print US dollars, as it prints shekels. What is Israel's solution? Sell more dollar bonds, and use the proceeds from the new bonds to pay off the old bonds! In this article I will differentiate this practice from a Ponzi scheme.
Israel may well be the power behind change in US state laws. The Development Corporation for Israel (DCI), with a New York address and US stockbroker connections, is the bond monger that has been working this project for years, with few noticing. I discovered Israel dollar bond huckstering only when someone told me of an impending change to the laws in the State of Colorado, such that only Israel could benefit, and Coloradans, especially state employees, could only lose. It seems DCI has set up 25 sales offices across the US to market Israel's "Jubilee" bond series seven. It came as a shock to me that "Jubilee bonds" (probably first issued in 1998) are denominated in dollars, not shekels, the currency I had to buy and use when I was in Israel. . .
Someone with Israel's interest at heart is instigating changes in US state laws to allow state controlled money, to be invested in Israeli bonds. The best place to stop this abuse is at the state level.
Our 50 states are all strapped financially and have little long-term money to invest. The real target is not the Treasury, but the biggest investment accounts in the states–the employee retirement funds–which have a lot of money to invest. In Colorado, retirement accumulation is in its 80th year and PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association), according to its own statement, holds over $37 billion in "global equities" investment, of which $8 billion is fixed income. The pension plans in other states are much larger, some with more assets than Israel has. That is enough money to keep Israel going for a while. . . Full story: charlesecarlson.com

By STEVEN R. HURST 03/11/13 03:45 AM ET EDT - WASHINGTON -- Three goals will dominate President Barack Obama's coming visit to Israel, his first as president: Convincing Israel and its leadership he means what he says about stopping Iran from building a nuclear weapon, mending a deeply troubled relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, in return, enticing Israel back to negotiations with the Palestinians.
Some of the cosmic stars of diplomacy and Middle East reality are lining up to make the visit a success. Others are not. Whatever the outcome, the visit that will also take Obama to the West Bank and Jordan will mark a significant step by the president deeper into a problem that has bedeviled American leaders for decades. Managing expectations, therefore, is essential in the remaining two weeks before Obama sets off on his mission.
Palestinian and Iranian issues dominated Obama's remarks in a White House briefing with representatives of major U.S. Jewish organizations on Thursday. The president said it would be premature to take a grand peace plan, according to a person at the session who requested anonymity to detail the private remarks. The person said Obama planned to tell Israelis that just wanting peace was not enough, but would ask what hard steps are they were willing to take. Continued: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/obama-israel-trip_n_2853006.html