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  1. The UN Secretary General is concerned about Hizbullah's rearming and the situation in Lebanon, as Lebanese military officials claim their soldiers opened fire on Israeli warplanes;
  2. Two people are wounded in a terrorist drive by shooting attack
  3. Defense Minister Barak authorizes cutting electricity to Gaza in response to the continued Palestinian rocket attacks.

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"No Jewish Prayers in Palestine's Jerusalem'- Mufti

If Jerusalem is divided, and it's eastern part made the capital of "Palestine" - world Jewry will be forever cut off from the hope it has held onto for 2000 years, and be once and for all prohibited from ascending the Temple Mount and even from praying at the Western Wall.

This warning was clearly sounded in an interview the former PLO-appointed mufti of Jerusalem gave to The Jerusalem Post this week, excerpts of which were published Thursday.

Ikrema Sabri emphatically told the Post no Israelite temple had ever stood on the Temple Mount.

What's more, the cleric insisted, the Western Wall - whose massive stones the entire world knows to have been laid by Herod the Great during the Roman occupation of the Land of Israel - had nothing to do with any temple either.

"The wall is not part of the Jewish temple. It is just the western wall of the mosque. There is not a single stone with any relation at all to the history of the Hebrews.

"It was always only a mosque - all 144 dunams, the entire area," Sabri said.

"No Jews have the right to pray there. ... No Jewish prayer. If the Jews want real peace, they must not do anything to try to pray on Al-Aqsa. Everyone knows that."

The Mufti's ranting underscored how the Muslim Arab effort to wrest Israel's holiest site from the Jewish people and entrench it under irreversible Islamic control is intensifying in the run-up to next-month's US-sponsored Middle East conference.

Washington is pushing for this conference, fully aware that the Arab side’s intent is to steal great chunks of Israel’s historic homeland for the creation of a Juden-rein Palestinian state that will never tolerate Jewish and Christian worship on or near the Temple Mount – or at any other site deemed sacred to Islam.

Reported by Stan Goodenough of Jerusalem NewsWire.

Antisemitism in the Past Millenium - Timeline

1250 - Pope Innocent III refuses Jews of Cordova, Spain to build a synagogue
1253 - Jews are expelled from Vienne, France by order of Pope Innocent III
1275 - King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews

1290 - Last of 16,000 English Jews expelled by King Edward I, leaves
1294 - Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland
1322 - Jews are expelled from France for 3rd time
1348 - Jews in Zurich, Switzerland are accused of poisoning wells
1349 - Townspeople of Fulda, Germany massacre Jews
1349 - People of Krems, Austria accuse Jews of poisoning wells
1349 - Jews of Freilsburg, Germany are massacred
1349 - Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland
1349 - Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland
1349 - 60 Jews murdered in Breslau, Silesia
1360 - Jews are expelled from Breslau, Silesia
1370 - Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels, Belgium
1391 - Jews of Palma, Majorca massacred
1391 - Jews are massacred in Toledo and Barcelona, Spain
1394 - Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI
1420 - Jews of Syria and Austria expelled
1421 - Jews of Styria Austria imprisoned and expelled
1427 - Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland
1430 - Jews are expelled from Speyer, Germany
1430 - Jews are expelled from Eger, Bohemia
1450 - Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria by order of Ludwig IX
1452 - Ferdinand II, the Catholic, King of Aragon/Sicily, expelled Jews
1453 - 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
1454 - Jews are expelled from Brunn, Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
1479 - Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt, Alsace by Emperor Frederick III
1492 - 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily
1492 - Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
1493 - Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily
1496 - Jews are expelled from Syria
1496 - Jews are expelled from Carintha, Austria
1496 - Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
1497 - Jews are expelled from Graz (Syria)
1498 - Jews are expelled from Nurenberg, Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian
1505 - Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1510 - Jews are expelled from Colmar, Germany
1515 - Jews are expelled from Laibach, Austria
1526 - Jews are expelled from Pressburg, Hungary by Maria of Hapsburg
1539 - Jews of Tyrnau, Hungary (then Trnava, Czech), expelled
1549 - Jews are expelled from Ghent, Belgium
1550 - Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
1563 - Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI
1563 - Jewish community of Neutitschlin, Moravia expelled
1567 - Jews are expelled from Brazil by order of regent Don Henrique
1598 - Genoa, Italy expels Jews
1654 - Jews are expelled from Brazil
1670 - Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
1670 - Austrian Emperor Leopold I expels 4,000
1699 - Jews are expelled from Lubeck, Germany
1716 - Decree orders all Jews expelled from Brussels, Belgium
1727 - Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
1731 - All Hebrew books in Papal State are confiscated
1738 - Jews are expelled from Breslau
1740 - Jews are expelled from Little Russia by order of Czarina Anne
1742 - Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia
1745 - Jews are expelled from Prague
1775 - Marshal Oscar von Lubomirski expels Jews from Warsaw, Poland
1784 - Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek
1809 - Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau, Switzerland
1816 - Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck, Germany
1829 - Jews expelled from Nikolayev and Sevastopol, Russia
1829 - Jews expelled from Portugal
1853 - Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land
1862 - Gen U.S. Grant expels Jews from Tennessee, issues Order #11, barring Jews from serving under him
1882 - Czar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania (May Laws)
1891 - Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia
1898 - Jews are expelled from Kiev, Russia
1914 - Jews are expelled from Mitchenick, Poland
1914 - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish authorities
1915 - Jews of Laibach, Austria expelled
1917 - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Turkish authorities
1939 - Jews in Lodz, Poland ordered to wear yellow star of David
1941 - All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish star
1941 - Jews are expelled from Hungarian, Ruthenia
1944 - Hungary orders all Jews to wear yellow stars

Defenders of the God of Israel against the Forces of Evil

A moving tribute to our Israeli brothers-in-arms on the front-lines of defense against the Holy War of the global jihad.

Man's role in creation is that of a Guardian. "And G-d took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to keep it" (Genesis 2:15).

The Creator entrusted His world to our care, charging us with the responsibility of safeguarding and developing the resources and potentials which He has granted and made available to each individual.

'Every Jew alive today is a result of a miracle' - the Secret of Jewish Resilience

'Every Jew alive today is a result of a miracle'- the Secret of Jewish Resilience

President John Adams, the Second President of the United States: "I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations ... They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern."

Paul Johnson - Christian historian, author of A History of the Jews & A History of Christianity: "Certainly, the world without the Jews would have been a radically different place. Humanity might have eventually stumbled upon all the Jewish insights. But we cannot be sure. All the great conceptual discoveries of the human intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they had been revealed, but it requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jews had this gift. To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of human person; of the individual conscience and so a personal redemption; of collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice, and many other items which constitute the basic moral furniture of the human mind. Without Jews it might have been a much emptier place."

Mark Twain, an agnostic and self-acknowledged skeptic, penned this in 1899 in Harper's Magazine: "The Egyptian, Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away. The Greek and Roman followed, made a vast noise and they are gone. Other peoples have sprung up, and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out and they sit in twilight now or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal, but the Jew. All other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?" (courtesy CheckItOutNowNYC via YouTube).

13 Fundamental Truths of Judaism and its Foundations

The great codifier of Torah law and Jewish philosophy, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon ("Mamonides" also known as "The Rambam"), com­piled what he refers to as the Shloshah Asar Ikkarim, the "Thirteen Fundamental Principles" of the Jewish faith, as derived from the Torah. Maimonides refers to these thirteen principles of faith as "the fundamental truths of our religion and its very foundations." The Thirteen Principles of Jewish faith are as follows:

1. Belief in the existence of the Creator, who is perfect in every manner of existence and is the Primary Cause of all that exists.

2. The belief in G-d's absolute and unparalleled unity.

3. The belief in G-d's non-corporeality, nor that He will be affected by any physical occurrences, such as movement, or rest, or dwelling.

4. The belief in G-d's eternity.

5. The imperative to worship G-d exclusively and no foreign false gods.

6. The belief that G-d communicates with man through prophecy.

7. The belief in the primacy of the prophecy of Moses our teacher.

8. The belief in the divine origin of the Torah.

9. The belief in the immutability of the Torah.

10. The belief in G-d's omniscience and providence.

11. The belief in divine reward and retribution.

12. The belief in the arrival of the Messiah and the messianic era.

13. The belief in the resurrection of the dead.

It is the custom of many congregations to recite the Thirteen Articles, in a slightly more poetic form, beginning with the words Ani Maamin--"I believe"--every day after the morning prayers in the synagogue.

(Courtesy Chabad.org)

"The Jewish enemy within" - Melanie Phillips on Emanuele Ottolenghi's essay on Jewish victimhood

Emanuele Ottolenghi has written an important and profound article, "The left among us likes victimhood," published in Britain's Jewish Chronicle. He has spotted a particularly striking and grotesque aspect of the odious hatred of Israel displayed by an increasing number of Jewish intellectuals on the left. Redefining moral virtue to exclude every characteristic other than being a left-wing personality, they seek to redefine Jewish moral virtue to exclude Jewish nationalism. Claiming to be returning to authentic Jewish values, they therefore purport to speak in the interests of Jews and Judaism by saving Jews from themselves in their reprehensibly un-Jewish embrace of Zionism and Israel.

Thus Jewish nationalism is un-Jewish, apparently, because it promotes war rather than peace (ignoring, of course, the inconvenient truth that Israel is a militarised society only because it is the historic victim of an unremitting war waged against it); and Jews are said to have a duty to be hostile to Jewish nationalism because Jews were the victims of nationalism. This, of course, is so absurd as to be incredible to anyone outside the bizarre thought system of the extreme left; the equation of fascism with national self-determination not only suggests a form of cultural nihilism, since it would make it morally beyond the pale for any people to have its own nation, but is contradicted by the left’s own championing of Palestinian and other supposedly nationalist movements claiming the very same right to self-determination.

More fundamentally, however, these Jewish Israel-haters – most of whom have only a tangential connection with Judaism – reveal by these arguments a profound ignorance of Judaism and Jewish history and ethics (an ignorance underlined by the way they use the salvation language of Christianity to denounce Jewish self-determination). They appear to think that Zionism, or Jewish nationalism, is a kind of colonial neologism that was appended to Judaism in the nineteenth century. But the Jews’ identification of themselves as a nation, and a nation moreover that had its national home in Israel for hundreds of years until the Romans occupied it and threw them out, is absolutely integral to Judaism as a religion. Jewish peoplehood was introduced with Abraham when God chose his descendants to become a mighty nation to carry the divine message; Jewish nationhood was born in the exodus from Egypt; the mourning for the loss of Zion and the longing to return are woven into the Jewish religious calendar and Jewish religious liturgy.

Moreover, the idea that the Jews should not fight to defend their homeland but turn the other cheek is not a Jewish religious concept at all. On the contrary, the Bible makes it clear that the Jews had a duty not only to fight for their homeland, but to destroy their enemies by causing the kind of devastation which the modern state of Israel would never dream of enacting — unlike its Arab enemies, who would and regularly do. The idea that Jews have a duty not to fight for their collective life but instead to surrender and die is profoundly un-Jewish – indeed, it is suicidal by any standard, and no people would be expected to adhere to such a monstrous precept. But for the Jewish Israel-haters, the Jews alone apparently must choose their own destruction as the pre-condition for their moral redemption. As Ottolenghi observes:

Calls abound for Jews to repent, condemn Israel, hear the gospel of anti-Zionism and convert to a new, exciting form of Judaism, based more on Karl Marx and Rosa Luxembourg than Theodor Herzl and David Ben Gurion. So is the rush to heed them. With antisemitism rising across Europe alongside violence in the Middle East, Jews have been under pressure for several years now. Instead of getting sympathy for the harassment they are subjected to, Jews have earned only
scorn for their refusal to denounce Israel first.

That is the sad truth — one that anti-Zionist Jewish intellectuals, with their demonising rhetoric against Israel and their patronising attitude towards fellow Jews, have irresponsibly abetted. To shield themselves from shame and abuse, Jews are asked to discard Israel from their own collective identity. This step, and an active denunciation of Israel as the antithesis of progressive
and Jewish values (themselves, in this vision, synonymous with one another), will gain them full acceptance. Scores of Jews, especially among the progressive intellectuals, indeed comply in public acts of mea culpa, thus lending an alibi to antisemites and gentrifying anti-Jewish prejudice in the process.
For these Jewish Israel-haters, Jewish victimhood is the authentic Jewish moral experience. To put it another way, to them the most elevated kind of Jew is a dead Jew. And that is surely the real crime that Israel commits in their eyes – that it was restored specifically to ensure that never again would Jews be powerless victims but instead would fight for the survival of the Jewish people. And that is unforgiveable – because what these Jews of the left really hate is not just Israel but Judaism itself.