USA VICE PRESIDENT PENCE PLANS MIDEAST TRIP: CHANUKAH IN ISRAEL: USA Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Middle East in Dec. 2017. Pence will visit Israel during the festival of Chanukah, meeting with PM Netanyahu and other government leaders on a variety of topics headed by the prospects for President Trump’s “ultimate deal,” an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Also on the docket is a review of what the new American policy toward Iran will mean. The Vice President will also travel to Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before leaving for Egypt and meetings with President Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi in what is being described as an American show of solidarity with Egypt. The USA-Egypt relationship has had its ups and downs including the withholding of aid and Egypt’s inclusion on the list of nations facing a reduction in its future aid package. But the VP himself described religious freedom as the centerpiece of the forthcoming trip to Egypt. He has stressed that President Trump is sending him to the Middle East to “bring the president’s message to leaders across the region; the message that now is the time to bring an end to the persecution of Christians and all religious minorities.” (Medialine)
ISRAEL ACCUSES UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL OF HATEFUL INCITEMENT: A special investigator assigned by the United Nations Human Rights Council to look into abuses in the Palestinian territories left out any mention of actual Palestinian abuses in his report. He instead released a litany of complaints and charges against Israel. Lynk, the UN special rapporteur, admitted to journalists that he did not add human rights abuses by either the Palestinian Authority or Hamas to his report because that was not in his mandate to do so, even though his title seemed to indicate it was. But that wasn’t the end of it: UN Watch, a human rights group based in Geneva, released a letter to Lynk calling on him to investigate human rights abuses by Palestinians. “By any definition of human rights, morality and logic, if Mr. Lynk is a United Nations human rights monitor for the Palestinian Territories, he must address Palestinian Authority and Hamas torture and arbitrary arrest committed against their own people,” said Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch.
Neuer listed examples of human rights violations enacted against its own citizens by both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority that included jailing of journalists, the suppression of peaceful protests, torture, torture of juveniles and extrajudicial killings. He also cited the killing of Israelis in terror attacks, suicide attacks and kidnappings by Palestinian terror groups. Lynk did concede that he possibly would consider asking the council when he next reports in March 2018 to expand his mandate to include Palestinian abuses. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon fired off a statement accusing Lynk of spreading hateful incitement against the State of Israel. “The UN Human Rights Council has lost its legitimacy as it focuses obsessively on attacking Israel instead of working on resolving the real human rights problems plaguing the world. The Council has lost all touch with reality and the original intent of upon which it was founded,” Danon said. The Trump administration is said to be strongly considering pulling the USA out of the Human Rights Council just as it recently did when it left another UN body, UNESCO, citing amongst other reasons its anti-Israel bias. (Fox)
130 ISRAELI COMPANIES, 60 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ON UN “BLACKLIST”: 130 Israeli companies and 60 international corporations operating in Israel have received warning letters from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein cautioning them of their impending inclusion in a “blacklist” of companies active in the territories. No such lists pertaining to other regions of conflict have been created. Meanwhile, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been working to promote legislation in Congress determining that any company divesting its business dealings from Israel will be considered to have “capitulated” to the Arab boycott, and would thus be in violation of American law. (Ynet) Intercede that AIPAC will quickly be successful in promoting its proposed legislation in Congress and that the anti-BDS measure will pass.
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IN SHOCKING ABUSE MOVE, EUROPEANS AWARD FATHER OF SLAIN PALESTINIAN TERRORIST: Last week the Geneva-based International Institute for Human Rights and Peace presented a “human rights” award to Palestinian Arab lawyer Mohammed Allyan. Allyan was honored for his legal representation three years ago of the wife of one of the terrorists involved in the synagogue massacre in Jerusalem. In that attack, terrorist Ghassan Abu Jamal and his accomplice shot, stabbed and beheaded four Jewish rabbis at worship before also gunning down one of the police officers. When questioned by police, Jamal’s wife, Nadia, expressed support for the massacre and revealed that she had prior knowledge of her husband’s bloody plans. She was subsequently stripped of Israeli residency and lost the health care that Israeli taxpayers had previously covered for her and her family. Nadia insisted her human rights had been violated, and Allyan jumped to her defense. That in itself makes Allyan more villain than hero. But that’s not where the story ends:
Allyan is also the father of Bahaa Allyan, one of two terrorists responsible for the October 2015 attack on a Jerusalem commuter bus, during which three Israelis were mercilessly murdered. Beyond the fact that Allyan raised a son capable of committing such atrocities, a year later, in 2016, he was arrested for publicly praising his son’s heinous actions during lectures at local elementary schools. Allyan actively trying to encourage future generations of Palestinian Arabs to follow in his son’s footsteps by murdering Israeli Jews. And the Europeans reward him as a champion of peace and human rights. (Israel Today) “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isa. 5:20
RUSSIA TEST FIRES HUGE ‘SATAN TWO’ BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT CAN CARRY 12 NUCLEAR WARHEADS AND WIPE OUT BRITAIN OR TEXAS IN ONE STRIKE: Russia carried out a successful test of its Satan 2 nuclear missile on 27 Oct. 2017 the country’s defense ministry said. The rocket, also known as RS-28 Sarmat, was fired from the Plestek Cosmodrome and traveled 3,600 miles before hitting a target on the Kura test range. Three submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads also carried out successful ballistic missile tests, while three bombers hit ground targets with cruise missiles. Two of the submarine-launched missiles were fired in the Okhotsk Sea, north of Japan and close to North Korea, the Russian military said. A third missile was fired from the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. The rockets hit ‘ground-based’ targets in Kamchatka, eastern Russia, in the Komi Republic, in the north, and on Russian military terrain in Kazakhstan. The missile is capable of carrying 12 nuclear warheads and wiping out entire countries in a single strike, according to the Kremlin. The Sarmat next generation intercontinental ballistic missile can ‘beat any defenses’ and wipe out entire countries, according to Russia’s military. The weapon could be in use by 2019 – 2020.It would be capable of delivering warheads of 40 megatons – 2,000 times as powerful as the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. (UK Daily Mail)
SYRIAN GOVERNMENT TO BLAME FOR APRIL SARIN ATTACK -UN REPORT: The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is to blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people last April, according to a report sent to the United Nations Security Council on Thurs. 26 Oct. 2017. The attack prompted a USA missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike. “Time and again, we see independent confirmation of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime,” Nikki Haley, the United States’ UN ambassador, said in a statement. “The Security Council must send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons by anyone will not be tolerated, and must fully support the work of the impartial investigators.” The report also said ISIS was to blame for the use of sulfur mustard in the Syrian town of Umm Hawsh on Sept. 15 and 16, 2016. “The continuing use of chemical weapons, including by non-State actors, is deeply disturbing,” said the report. “If such use, in spite of the prohibition by the international community, is not stopped now, a lack of consequences will surely encourage others to follow.” Previous reports have already found Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015. Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States. (Reuters)
ISRAELI JUDOKA WINS GOLD MEDAL: Israeli Judoka Tal Flicker took home the gold medal at the Judo Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi. Flicker beat Azerbaijan’s Nijay Shikhalizadeh to win the top prize in the 66 Kilogram division. Earlier, Israeli Gili Cohen won the bronze medal in the women’s 52 Kilogram division. The Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi had found itself in a storm of controversy after the Arab nation discriminated against the Israeli athletes and refused to permit them to wear the Israeli flag during the competition, forcing them to compete under the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) flag instead. Abu Dhabi also refused to play the Israeli national anthem after Cohen and Flicker’s win. The International Judo Federation fired off a letter to the United Arab Emirates Judo Federation President Mohamed Bin Thalub on 25 Oct. 2017 in response and demanded that “all delegations, including the Israeli delegation, shall be treated absolutely equally in all aspects, without any exception.” The Israeli delegation was also left stranded at Ben-Gurion Airport after Abu Dhabi refused to allow them to fly via Turkey. The 12 Israeli judokas were supposed to receive their visas to the United Arab Emirates in Istanbul and arrive for the competition on Mon 24 Oct. 2017. The team had to travel to Amman to receive the visas instead. It has historically been challenging for Israeli athletes to compete at sporting events that are held in Arab countries. (Arutz-7) “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.” Ps 129:2
ISRAEL TOUR: “70 YEARS – A MIRACLE”: Come join us from the Americas for a unique tour and opportunity to bless and be blessed as we will celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday, as a revived modern nation, during Independence Day next year: April 15-23. For those in the western hemisphere, the flights you choose should depart on April 14 in order to arrive on the 15th. The package price will be for the tour package only (land) which will allow you to shop around for convenient prices for flights. For more information and the USA price, call JDI Travel at (248) 340-9191, Ext. 110 and talk with Bethany or Dee. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime. Watch for more details atwww.visionforisrael.com.