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People of the Book under attack

“Europe is burning, just as Notre-Dame was” (Dennis Prager, April 17). The Ministry of Interior in France recorded 541 anti-Semitic and 1063 anti-Christian acts in 2018. According to the statistics, an average of two churches per day was destroyed by fire in France.

Only a few of these incidents made the news headlines. In general, the church leaders and authorities were silent so as not to alarm their congregations and cause anti-migrant (Muslim) sentiments. One may wonder about the fear the European Jews have as they see Christianity’s holy sites burning. The world Jewry lost their artifacts, holy books, worship places and lives of millions of Jews in the previous wave of fires in the 1930s and 1940s.

The “Israel Apartheid Week” saw demonstrations against Israel, as well as counter-demonstrations by Israel’s supporters in South Africa in April 2019. The annual event is organized on behalf of the Palestinians. At the same time period, numbers of Jewish gravestones were destroyed in Romania. Knife and other attacks against Jews reached new heights globally in 2018. May we Christians do all we can to support our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith as Jews and Christians are the People of the Book.

May 30, 2019

For Zion’s sake

For Zion Sake

Week-end of terror from Gaza

The IDF enforced troops along the Gaza border after close to 700 rockets and several long-range missiles were fired towards southern and central Israel during the first weekend of May. The Iron Dome intercepted about 200 rockets. However, the rocket barrage killed four Israeli civilians and injured close to 80 others. A guided anti-tank missile struck a moving vehicle in Kfar Saba killing the driver. In Ashkelon, a factory was hit killing one and injuring other workers. A man running to a shelter in Ashdod died after suffering shrapnel wounds. A cease-fire has since taken place with the Gaza-based terrorist group of Hamas.

Reaching out to attack victims

Terror activists guided and motivated by the Hamas leadership are mobilizing brainwashed youth and use women and children as human shields as they seek to destroy the security fence near the Gaza border. Hundreds of Hamas-fired missiles and rockets have caused injuries all over the southern communities.  CFI’s teams are visiting the border communities as civilians and farmers are in despair and children are traumatized. The property damage and human suffering are devastating. It is greatly disturbing that the world has continuously chosen to be blind and believe the lies of Hamas, rather than the eye-witness accounts from the Jewish communities. We thank you for making it possible for us to reach out to the communities undergoing such horrendous attacks and hardship. The families we visit are deeply touched by Christian love and support.

Praying in confidence

His dwelling, saying, “This is My resting place forever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it” (Psalm 132:1314).

The awakening of Christians around the world to the understanding of the need to pray for the nation of Israel is truly astounding. For the past few decades, the increase in those reaching the heavens in prayer for the nation and her people has grown exponentially. The growth in numbers involved in corporate prayer for the nation of Israel is convincingly a move of the Holy Spirit. It has been laid upon the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Now more than ever it is important that we press into the heavens through intercession as so much prophecy continues to unfold around us. God’s people are gathering, the nation is preparing, and surely the Messiah’s arrival is on the horizon. Let us join together as Christians from around the world to pray in the confidence of our Lord, and according to His will for the nation of Israel.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us  whatever we askwe know that we have what we asked of Him (1 John 5:14─15)

Wall of Prayer, prayer@cfijerusalem.org

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet (Isaiah 62:1 NASB)

Your will be done in Heaven and an earth

One of the pilgrim festivals

In the Bible, the Feast of Shavuot is connected to the seven-week-long season of the grain harvest which began with harvesting the barley during Passover and ended with the wheat harvest at Shavuot.

The Book of Ruth is read in synagogues as well as homes because its events occur at harvest time: “So Naomi returned and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest” (Ruth 1:22). Both women were widowed but Ruth had committed to join Naomi as she said: “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your god, my God” (Ruth 1:16).

According to the Jewish tradition, King David, Ruth’s descendant, was born and died on Shavuot. Also, Shavuot is traditionally cited as the day of the giving of the Torah, therefore, it is a major theme for the day.

When our ministry tours take place during Shavuot, we enjoy a variety of dairy foods, such as cheese blintzes, cheese ravioli and cheese-filled pancakes. In keeping with the observance of the Jewish holiday, dairy is served during the day and meat at night as based on Exodus 34:26: “You shall bring the very first of the first fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.” Happy Shavuot on June 910!

Praying with the past generations   

Our Father who is in Heaven
Sanctified be your name
and blessed be your Kingdom
Your will be done in Heaven
and on earth
And give us our daily bread
And forgive us our sins as we
forgive sinners of ours
And do not lead us to temptation
And protect us from all evil Amen

Translated by Hannele Pardain from the Hebrew
“Gospel of Matthew”
from 329 A.D., which document
was rediscovered in Spain in 1380s.

Pray also for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6─7).

Fields around Bethlehem where Naomi and Ruth returned. An ancient seal to stamp the Temple bread, and a serving of cheese-blintzes.

Jerusalem Day parade on Jaffa Road

Jerusalem─the divided city becomes one

Day to celebrate the Eternal City

Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which proposed the establishment of two states in the British Mandate of Palestine─a Jewish state and an Arab state─Jerusalem was to be an international city for a period of ten years. The Jewish leadership accepted the plan, including the internationalization of Jerusalem, but the Arabs rejected the proposal. By the end of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Jerusalem was left divided between Israel and Jordan as Jordan occupied the Old City and East Jerusalem.

During the Six-Day War, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967. In the same day, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan declared what is often quoted during Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim:

“This morning, the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem, the divided capital of Israel. We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again. To our Arab neighbors, we extend, also at this hour─and with added emphasis at this hour─our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens, we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other peoples’ holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faith, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity.”

In 1968, the government proclaimed Jerusalem Day to be celebrated for the divided city becoming one, and in 1998, passed the Jerusalem Day Law. The theme of Jerusalem Day is based on Psalm 122:3: “Jerusalem that is built as a city that is compact together.”

Memorial Day for the Ethiopian Jews

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with the Priests of Beta Israel

Also an annual ceremony is held on Jerusalem Day to commemorate the Ethiopian Jews who perished on their way to Israel. The long and dangerous travel from their home villages to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa took thousands of lives. In 2004, the Israeli government dedicated the day as a state ceremony for the lost members of the Ethiopian community. The 2017 Jerusalem Day marked the 50th anniversary of the reunited Jerusalem.

“Liberation of Jerusalem” logo for the 50th Anniversary

The Ethiopian community had their ceremony on Mount Herzl where the first Memorial Day for their people was dedicated. This year, Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day with official and city-wide public events on June 2.

Deadly riots in Gaza

For March 30, the Hamas terrorist organization forced Gazans to riot at the Israeli border and called it a “million man march.” It was to mark the first anniversary of the 2018 riot movement, named March of the Return. Over 40,000 Arabs rushed to the border throwing explosives and stones at the IDF soldiers and burning the usual quantity of tires to cause pollution on Israel’s side. As a result of the violence, three terrorists were killed by the IDF fire and hundreds were injured.

To disperse the masses of violent demonstrators, the IDF used for the first time a new Israeli developed system called “The Roar” or Sha’aga. It is a non-lethal riot dispersal system based on radio waves. The soldiers who operated it reported that it had been very effective for controlling the rioters and avoiding fatalities.

 

Please pray for the safety of Israeli soldiers as they risk daily their lives to keep the nation save. Thank you!

“The Roar” vehicle to disperse rioters


Gazans rioting under Hamas leadership

April 29, 2019

Be strong and courageous

Flashback from the 1930s

As anti-Semitism is spreading in European countries,

a Polish right-wing newspaper with a national distribution ran in one of its March issues an article that instructed readers on How to recognize a Jew. The weekly newspaper, called Tylko Polska or Only Poland, listed on its front page some Jewish names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits and methods of operation. The article that was included in the current press kit also read: “How to defeat them? This cannot go on!” Poland is one of the countries of strong anti-Jewish sentiments. In the February 2019 Holocaust Conference in Paris, France, the Polish representatives felt attacked by other conference speakers. In 1938, to easily recognize Jews by their name in Germany, Jews with non-Jewish first names had to add “Israel” (men) and “Sarah” (women) to their names. For the same reason, a large “J” was imprinted on the Jewish passports.

News from Romania and Brazil

Viorica Dancila, the first female Prime Minister of Romania, announced in the 2019 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) meetings that Bucharest will transfer their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Today there are about 400,000 Romanian Jews in Israel.

On his April state visit to Israel, President Jair Bolsonaro announced that Brazil will open a trade and commerce office in Jerusalem. The Jewish community in Brazil is estimated to be 120,000 people, the 9th largest in the world.

Most of the Romanian Jews in Israel have settled in the pioneer cities of Zichron Ya’akov (photo), Rosh Pinna and Kiryat Bialik

On his April state visia to Israel, President Jair Bolsonaro announced that Brazil will open a trade and commerce office in Jerusalem. The Jewish community in Brazil is estimated to be 120,000 people, the 9th largest in the world.

Pray and give thanks

Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day

Yom HaShoah is commemorated on May 2. Pray for the very elderly survivors for the healing of their traumatic memories and for the care they need.

Israeli Memorial Day

Yom HaZikaron is on May 8, to remember the soldiers who fell while defending their homeland and the civilian victims of terrorism. Intercede for the families of victims and those who are still recovering after terrorist attacks.

Israel’s 71st Independence Day

Yom HaAtzmaut is celebrated on May 9 with many official and unofficial countrywide events. Give thanks for the nation of Israel and the seventy decades of her independence.

Defender of Israel at the UN

Col. Richard Kemp delivered a surprising testimony before the UN Human Rights Council on March 18. He told the truth about Israel’s actions in Gaza as a response to the accusations on Israel for violating the Palestinians’ human rights. Intercede for Israel’s representation in the UN.

New platforms of hate

Hate speech has spread like wildfire through social media and the internet, resulting in a flood of racism and intolerance, including in rising tides of anti-Semitism. The UN is currently preparing a global plan of action to combat such developments. Pray that the UN plans won’t turn against Israel since it has happened time after time in the past.

Meditate His promises for Israel

Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you.  I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them…Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:6, NASB).

May the recognition of the Golan region allow the residents of Ma’ale Gamla and of other northern communities to live in peace.

A dramatic change after fifty-two years of an unspecified status

During the holiday of Purim in March, the United States officially recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The formal signing of the presidential proclamation took place on March 25 in the White House by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump. After 52 years, it was a dramatic change in the U.S. policy. Speaking at the document signing, President Trump said that the move would allow Israel to defend itself against the security challenges from Syria and Iran. The history of the region records that in 1920s the British gave the Golan to France’s Syrian colony. For the following decades, the Golan was a Syrian army encampment whose sole purpose was to target Israeli farmers, fishermen and villages around the Sea of Galilee. Because of the endless shelling, Israeli children slept in bomb shelters.

The formal recognition of the Golan Heights, March 25, 2019

Under the Syrian occupation, no agriculture of any significance took place and no restoration of its terrain was ever undertaken on the Golan Heights.

Israel captured the Golan in the 1967 Six-Day War and in 1981 Israel applied the Golan Heights Law to the territory. The law was not recognized internationally and the UN Security Council passed resolutions 242 and 497 as attempts to force Israel to withdraw.

As the world realized that the Golan Heights will not be a part of any future peace agreement, the Arab world, Russia, Turkey, the European Union and the United Nations were eager to condemn its recognition by the U.S. The world has forgotten, or had never learned, that the Golan Heights region is historically a part of Israel.

Golan Heights, the region between Israel and Syria

The Bashan region, now known as the Golan Heights, is a part of the Biblical territory promised to the Patriarch Abraham and the people of Israel for an everlasting covenant as recounted in Genesis 15:7:

“I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.” One of the Israelite refugee cities was in Bashan as recorded in Deuteronomy 4:41−43: “Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east that a manslayer might flee there…and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.” As evidence of the ancient Jewish communities on the Golan, archaeologists have found the remains of 34 synagogues.

The Islamic invasion in 636 A.D. largely ended Jewish life on the area. Jews returned yet again in the 1890s when the Jews of Safed purchased land on the Golan. The Jewish pioneers of the First Aliyah (immigration) to Ottoman Palestine from 1882 to 1903 began farming the land they had purchased. A few years later their land was seized, and in 1923 the entire Golan was given away by Britain to the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon. Only the “Purim Miracle of 2019” brought Bashan back to its rightful landowners. HP

Benjamin Netanyahu surrounded by his wife Sara and supporters

Benjamin Netanyahu successfully outmaneuvered his opponents, including three former generals, to continue leading the country. In his victory speech in Tel Aviv on April 9, Mr. Netanyahu said, “I will work day and night for you, on behalf of you and for our country. This is an unimaginable achievement. I am very moved tonight, a night of tremendous victory. I am very excited that the people of Israel once again trusted me for the fifth time and with greater confidence. I believe that God and history gave the Jewish people another opportunity to turn their country into a strong nation, and that is what I’m working for.” The leaders of the Blue and White party conceded to Netanyahu.

Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid from the Blue and White party
celebrated their victory even before the final results were published.

Benjamin Netanyahu became known internationally as Israel’s representative to the United Nations during the years 1984−1988. His first term as the Prime Minister was in 19961999, followed by his third and the fourth terms since 2009.

Loving with deeds

The elderly and disadvantaged Israelis are close to our heart. Since most of them cannot come to our Jerusalem Distribution Center for assistance and help, we go to visit them. “So many Jewish people are just waiting to be visited─especially those living from day-to-day, who are barely existing because of a lack of resources in their lives. We are thankful that you have the opportunity to help us in our unique work of ministering to individual needs” (Sharon Sanders).

Many lonely and poor elderly have no one to turn to in times of need. Contacting CFI has opened for them a way of practical assistance through home visits with uplifting conversations and prayers. CFI goes to where they live. Your prayers for those whom we assist are much appreciated. Pray also that our teams have the needed wisdom and guidance as they minister.

Thankful recipients of Streams of Blessing assistance

“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power” (Isaiah 40:29).

March 30, 2019

Afflictions and turmoil

The Polish view of the Holocaust

In February, a diplomatic fallout took place between Poland and Israel. The acting Foreign Minister of Israel, Israel Katz, and PM Benjamin Netanyahu had made statements critical about Poland’s involvement in the Holocaust. Israel Katz had stated that “I am a son of Holocaust survivors and I was even born and grew up in a community made up of Holocaust survivors. The memory of the Holocaust is something we cannot compromise about; it is clear and we won’t forget or forgive.” Katz added a few days later that “the Poles took part in the extermination of Jews. Poland became the biggest cemetery of the Jewish people.” Katz also referred to Prime Minister Yitzak Shamir’s words years earlier, “that Poles suckle anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk.”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Israel Katz’s statements did not go well with Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. As a younger man, without a personal Holocaust experience,

Morawiecki did not accept any generalization about his country’s involvement with the Nazis in the horrors of the Holocaust. He argued that what happened in Poland was done only by individual criminals.

The tension between the two countries has been high since February 2018, when Poland passed legislation outlawing any blame on Poland for Nazi crimes against the Jews. The reasoning behind the new law is that the Poles were mere bystanders to the Nazis’ deadly mission. The statistics in the Yad VaShem Memorial Museum in Jerusalem tell about a different reality. Out of the 6.0 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, about 3.0 million Jews were killed in Poland. The Soviet Union murdered 1.3 million Jewish men, women and children.

Come united to pray

Targeting the Prime Minister

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced in February that pending a hearing, PM Benjamin Netanyahu will face criminal charges for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust. The news broke out only a few weeks before the April 9th Knesset elections. Commit time to pray for the elections and for PM Netanyahu who is targeted by the opposition parties. (Psalm 129:1−8)

Anti-Semitism in Europe

An unprecedented wave of hate crimes is spreading over countries of Spain, France, Poland and Greece. Jewish people, their homes, businesses and even gravestones are targeted. Like in the 1940s, Jews fear again for their families’ safety. Pray Psalm 124 over the European Jews so that they will recognize  that their “help is in the name of the Lord.”

On the way to the moon

The successful launch of Israel’s first spacecraft took place on February 22 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The $100 million spacecraft could make Israel the fourth country to land on the moon─ following Russia, the U.S. and China. The unmanned craft is named Beresheet as a reference to Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the  heavens and the earth.”

One of the selfies the spacecraft has taken: People of Israel

Live! “Small country, big dreams.” (Israel National News)“Do not fear,” says the LORD, “for I am in charge, and I will fulfill all My purpose. Out of this turmoil, I will bring a saved multitude beyond number from amongst the nations. And I will bring the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb, using the pressures, the afflictions and the turmoil to purify and to refine her, if only in a faithful remnant.” ─Lance Lambert, 1998

The UN and claims against Israel

In 2018, the attacks on Israel over the Gaza border burned tens of thousands of acres of farming land and forest, causing wide-spread smoke pollution over Israel. People on both sides of the border were killed and hurt. The conflict that was initiated and forced on the Gazans by the Hamas terrorist entity still continues with daily destruction and danger to Israel.

On February 28, the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry claimed that there is evidence that Israel committed “war crimes against humanity” in responding to the “protests” in Gaza. The report argues that Israeli snipers targeted children, heath care workers, journalists and people with disabilities─ week after week at the “protest” sites. Why did Hamas force children, mothers and special-needs adults to the war zone? The answer is for Hamas to gain an international sympathy by their so-called harmless demonstrations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders rejected the report, accusing the UN of “setting a new record for hypocrisy and mendacity, out of an obsessive hatred of Israel. It is Hamas which fires missiles at Israeli citizens, throws explosive devices and carries out terrorist activity during the violent demonstrations along the Gaza fence. Israel will not allow Hamas to attack Israel’s sovereignty and its people, and will maintain the right of self-defense. IDF soldiers will continue to vigorously defend Israeli citizens against attacks by terrorist organizations financed by Iran, which declares its intention to destroy Israel” said Netanyahu. (The Times of Israel, February 28)

We will continue to grow and cultivate

Some 200 cherry trees and grapevines belonging to Kfar Etzion in the Gush Etzion region of Judea were uprooted or destroyed by Arabs in February. The head of the regional council declared that “we will continue with pride to grow and cultivate our agriculture without fear.” (Arutz Sheva online news)

Mayor Oded Revivi supervising fruit tree planting by CFI-USA tour in the Gush Etzion capital, Efrat


Mark (CFI-USA Board) planting cypress trees in Efrat

Violence erupted again at the Gaza border on May 14, 2018, due to the U.S. Embassy moved to Jerusalem.

For months, groups of 10,000 to 20,000 Gazans rioted at the border, firing rockets and sending thousands of flammable devises into Israel.