Monday, August 29, 2016

 

HEBREW NATION RADIO-LUTHERN CHURCHES REJECTION OF ISRAEL BROUGHT LOUISIANA FLOODING CATASTROPHE.I TOTALLY AGREE - THE GODLESS LUKEWARM CHURCHES WILL PAY FOR GOING AGAINST ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM-JESUS' HOLY CITY.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.
12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

LUKEWARM CHURCHES

REVELATION 3:15-19
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I(GOD) will spue (VOMIT) thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

GENESIS 12:1-3
1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I (GOD) will shew thee:
2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3  And I will bless them that bless thee,(ISRAELIS) and curse (DESTROY) him that curseth thee:(DESTROY THEM) and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Hebrew Nation Radio: Lutheran Church’s Rejection of Israel Brought Louisiana Flooding Catastrophe-By Abra Forman August 18, 2016 , 12:30 pm-breakingisraelnews   

“And I, behold, I do bring the flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; every thing that is in the earth shall perish.” (The Israel Bible™)-After historic flooding devastated Louisiana this week, a Hebrew Roots radio station suggested that the statewide disaster could be understood as divine retribution for anti-Israel resolutions passed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) in New Orleans last weekend.“I think you can connect the dots,” wrote a news editor for Hebrew Nation Radio in an article about the flooding. “There is a measure for measure principle here.”The article then linked to reports on the recent resolutions condemning Israel which were approved by ELCA at a triennial assembly in New Orleans on Saturday.The resolutions, which accused Israel of occupying Palestinian territories and committing human rights abuses against Palestinians, called for a number of anti-Israel measures, including a demand that the United States government halt all aid to the Jewish state if Israel continued building “settlements” in Judea and Samaria.The Lutheran Church also demanded that the US recognize the “State of Palestine” and called for divestment from Israeli companies.The measures were passed by an overwhelming majority of 751-162.Do you agree the Jewish people have a Biblical right to Jerusalem? The ELCA churchwide assembly began last Monday and concluded on Saturday. On Thursday night, torrential rain began to pound Louisiana. By Friday, most of the state had received over a foot of rain, with some locations seeing over 30 inches, reported NBC News.Thousands have had to flee their homes, with about 30,000 people needing to be rescued. Aerial photos show massive flooding in Baton Rouge area https://t.co/7iuXshT70W @theadvocatebr #LouisianaFlood pic.twitter.com/BGJNiFps2o— Dennis Dimick (@ddimick) August 14, 2016-These devastating pictures from @Mwfontenot17 show the extent of the current historic #LouisianaFlood situation pic.twitter.com/bTO6Y3OjKZ— Met Office (@metoffice) August 14, 2016-The disastrous flooding constitutes “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy” in 2012, said the American Red Cross.So far, 13 people have been killed and 8,400 displaced, and 40,000 homes have been damaged by the torrents of water still streaming through Louisiana. On Sunday, President Barack Obama declared the flooding a major disaster, with 20 parishes included in the federal disaster zone. Relief efforts are estimated to cost up to $30 million.As for the divine connection between the two events, for some, the correlation is clear.“The storm and deluge came out of nowhere without any warning,” pointed out the Hebrew Nation Radio article. “Folks are calling it ‘an act of God’. I wonder what got Him stirred up? Connect those dots!”It would not be the first time a connection has been made between events affecting Israel and natural disasters in the US. Parallels have also been drawn between the American-backed withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast eight days after Israel began dismantling Jewish communities in Gaza.

PJTN Leader Cardoza-Moore: No Church Should Send a Cent to Gaza Ruled by Murderous Terrorist Bandits-By Abra Forman August 11, 2016 , 1:30 pm-breakingisraelnews   

“Give us help against the adversary; for vain is the help of man.” Psalms 60:13 (The Israel Bible™)-The world’s humanitarian organizations must stop sending aid money to Gaza as long as it is ruled by Hamas, said Christian Zionist leader and Special Envoy to the United Nations (UN) Laurie Cardoza Moore on Wednesday.“The enemy of the people of Gaza is Hamas, not Israel. Hamas has hijacked the coastal strip and rules over its people with an iron fist. For decades, the leadership of Hamas has robbed its people of aid money,” said Cardoza-Moore, who is the head of the pro-Israel Evangelical organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN).“The time has come to halt all aid money into the Gaza Strip as long as Hamas is in control,” she declared, referring to the terror organization which runs the Strip.Cardoza-Moore’s call to action follows revelations in the past week of two separate cases of Palestinian employees of aid organizations in Gaza, one of them a UN-run agency, using their positions to embezzle humanitarian funds and redirect aid towards Hamas.Fight Hamas Terror Tunnels. Defend Israel!-One of the men arrested for diverting aid funds and resources to Hamas worked for an Evangelical Christian organization, called World Vision International, operating in Gaza. The employee stole millions of dollars, in cash and goods, from the goodwill group over a period of years.Cardoza-Moore contacted World Vision last week to ask how a Christian organization could hire an agent of Hamas and employ him for years without realizing it, but did not receive a response, reported the Jerusalem Post.“It is unacceptable that hundreds of millions of dollars are likely being directly transferred to the coffers of an international terrorist organization in the name of Christianity and humanity,” she charged.“No church or humanitarian organization should send a single cent to Gaza as long as it is run by a band of murderous terrorist bandits.”

Religious parties demand meet with PM over Shabbat work on train-Shas, UTJ heads say they feel ‘cheated’ by transportation minister after Katz tells press he resisted their pressure-By Times of Israel staff August 27, 2016, 11:54 pm

The heads of the religious parties in the ruling coalition have demanded an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he ruled on Friday that construction work on a train station in Tel Aviv would go ahead this Shabbat despite their objections.Work on the Shalom station is part of construction on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high-speed train line.In a joint statement Saturday, Shas leader Aryeh Deri, United Torah Judaism party head Yaakov Liztman and UTJ MK Moshe Gafni said they “strongly protest the unnecessary desecration of the Shabbat” with the work on the rail line over the weekend.The interior minister, the health minister and the chairman of the Knesset Finance committee, respectively, held a conference call Saturday to discuss their response to the Shabbat work. According to Haaretz, the three are likely to demand Netanyahu fire Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz.A source with UTJ told Haaretz Saturday that the parties felt “cheated” by Katz after he and Netanyahu indicated to them that postponing the work was tantamount to endangering human life.The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday issued a statement saying just that and ordering that the work go ahead. Sections of the Ayalon highway, the main expressway through Tel Aviv, were closed until Saturday evening.“With the end of the Shabbat, we saw pictures taken during the day and we heard Katz saying that he didn’t succumb to religious pressure [not to have work done on Shabbat]. That doesn’t look like the preservation of human life,” said the source.In their statement, the parties said they “regretted the extensive, unnecessary media festival surrounding the work that included a press conference and a press statement, which made the desecration of the Shabbat worse.”Gafni told Haaretz Saturday that the work “could have been done on a regular day, not on Shabbat. It looks like lying is part of Katz’s profession.”At the construction site earlier Saturday evening, Katz told reporters that the work was “necessary and warranted” and that he refused to cancel them “despite the [religious] pressures.”Shas and UTJ held marathon talks on the issue overnight Thursday-Friday with Katz, and denied Friday reports that they had threatened a coalition crisis.The PMO announced this week the establishment of a committee to “boost coordination between the Transportation Ministry and the religious factions.”The committee will be headed by Netanyahu’s chief of staff, and will include the director general of the Transportation Ministry, the police commissioner, and ministers from the religious faction or their representatives.Last year, then-economy minister Deri ordered a halt to all Shabbat construction on the line, in a move that Israel Railways warned would delay the project by two years.Construction on the express railway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was originally set to be completed by late 2017 or early 2018.Army Radio said at the time that Deri’s decision was the result of a dispute between the Economy Ministry and the Transportation Ministry. The Economy Ministry maintained the railway had to obtain special labor permits from the Transportation Ministry to work on Shabbat. The Transportation Ministry, meanwhile, said that the permits fall under the sole jurisdiction of the Economy Ministry.The Economy Ministry defended the decision, telling the Ynet news website at the time that Israel Railways was bound by law to seek special Shabbat permits and had not done so.The railway authority said the move would effectively set back the NIS 6 billion ($1.5 billion) project — which began in 2001 — until 2020.

IDF opens probe into death of Palestinian said to have charged at troops-Iyad Hamad, 38, most likely did not pose a threat to the soldiers in pillbox near Silwad, according to initial investigation-By Times of Israel staff August 27, 2016, 10:09 pm

The IDF’s Military Police Investigative Unit opened an official investigation into the shooting death Friday of a Palestinian man after he allegedly charged at troops in a guard post near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah.Preliminary reports say the suspect most likely did not pose a threat to the soldiers, according to Haaretz and Channel 10.Palestinian medical officials say Silwad resident Iyad Hamad, 38, a father of three, was shot in the back. Hamad is said to have suffered from mental illness and was receiving psychiatric treatment, Hebrew media reported.According to the IDF, troops stationed outside Silwad identified a suspect running toward them and opened fire, killing him. Initial reports Friday said the man had opened fire on the post and Israeli troops returned fire, but the IDF later said it appeared that the suspect was not armed when he approached the guard post.He did not heed the soldiers’ repeated orders to halt and was shot, Army Radio reported. The IDF probe is said to confirm that Hamad did not respond to warning shots and kept running toward the pillbox.“He was a very simple man. Either he got lost and tried to get to the mosque through a dirt road. We don’t know, but it is clear that there was no need to shoot him. He didn’t pose a threat to anyone, a relative, Walid Hamad told Haaretz Saturday.Channel 2 reported that troops were on high alert since earlier this week amid reports that a Palestinian suspect had disappeared from his home, with the intention of carrying out a terror attack. The alert was cancelled on Friday morning.

2 Palestinians arrested with knives at West Bank checkpoints-Young woman detained at Qalandiya, 18-year-old nabbed in Hebron; IDF arrests fisherman off northern Gaza coast-By Times of Israel staff August 27, 2016, 2:06 pm

Israeli security forces arrested two young Palestinians on Saturday at checkpoints in separate locations in the West Bank, both carrying knives.At the Qalandiya checkpoint just north of Jerusalem, a young Palestinian woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she was found to be carrying a knife in her bag.The blade was discovered during a security inspection as the woman, said to be in her 20s, tried to pass through the checkpoint on foot.At around the same time, Border Police officers stopped an 18-year-old youth at a checkpoint close to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, south of Jerusalem.According to Israeli reports, the officers stopped the youth at the checkpoint to carry out a thorough search, which led to the discovery of the knife hidden on his person.The youth is thought to have been planning a stabbing attack in revenge for the death of his cousin, who was fatally shot as he himself carried out a knife attack six months ago.Both suspects were taken away for questioning.The two incidents are the second and third arrests this week of Palestinians in possession of a knife in the West Bank. A woman was detained Wednesday near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a police spokesperson said. She was handed over to security forces for questioning.A Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF troops Friday morning when he ran toward a guard post near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah.Also Saturday, Israeli naval forces arrested a Palestinian fisherman off the northern Gaza coast, close to the Israeli border.Army Radio quoted Gaza sources as saying that the Israeli forces attempted to arrest other fisherman, but they managed to flee.Thirty-five Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since last October. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed in that time period, most of them while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.

In Hebron, Fatah faces a civil war at the polls-While Hamas has a low profile, and just as low stakes, in upcoming local elections, its Palestinian rival is trying to keep other moderates from splitting the secular vote, and preparing for the worst if it doesn‘t succeed-By Avi Issacharoff August 28, 2016, 3:32 am-the times of israel

Wednesday noon, downtown Hebron. Registration for the various slates for the local elections will be closing in roughly 36 hours, and it is hard to sense anything special in the air. Those who see themselves as candidates are meeting with their advisers and their friends in anticipation of the official announcement of their candidacy, but no election posters have yet gone up in the West Bank city.The well-known restaurants here — Al-Khalil, Abu Mazen, the Pasha’s Palace — are full of customers, and one would be hard-pressed to say that the residents are all that excited about the municipal elections planned for October 8.The talk of the day, of all things, is an incident that took place here just about two weeks ago, when an argument between two kids devolved into a deadly armed battle between two clans in the city.Yet although the public in Hebron seems somewhat indifferent to the elections, for the Fatah party, tensions are as high as the stakes.These are the first elections in more than a decade in which voting is taking place at the same time in both Gaza and the West Bank, and Hamas and Fatah are going head-to-head against one another.Whatever the result may be, it will affect not only the status of these organizations but also of their leaders, and could even seep into the relationship between the Palestinians and Israel.While these elections are local, and won’t directly change anything politically or security-related between Israel and the Palestinian, a sweeping win by the hardline Islamist movement Hamas is still liable to ramp up the amount of suspicion and lack of trust between the two peoples.As in the other cities in the West Bank, the trouble in Hebron is that because there are so many secular slates of candidates, there is a reasonable chance that the more moderate camp of Fatah and groups of their ilk will split the secular vote, paving the way for victory by Hamas candidates.For Hamas’s leaders in Gaza and abroad, the vote marks an extraordinary opportunity to take stock of where public opinion stands.But fear of arrests by Israel or the Palestinian Authority have kept Hamas from openly running their members for office in the municipalities, forcing the movement to content itself with semi-independent figures who are known as Hamas supporters.The flip side is that should Hamas lose at the polls, the movement will be able to claim that the lists it ran were not really part of the group, exposing it to less potential damage in the vote than Fatah.Like the parliamentary elections of 2006, these elections are more liable to show the degree of weakness of Fatah and the secular camp than the strength of Hamas.-Where enemies become friends, and friends enemies-One need only travel to nearby Yatta to see what the risks of Fatah and the other moderates tearing themselves to bits looks like in action.A 20-minute drive from Hebron, Yatta is a town that has metastasized into something resembling a city of 120,000 people.Although the elections are a month and a half away, the fighting has already begun. Attacks, violence, threats and the like have been reported, mainly between groups considered to be associated or affiliated with Fatah.Hamas has refrained from running a list under its own name in Yatta. As in other locales, its leaders are in no hurry to present their candidates for fear of Israeli or Palestinian security. But they are promoting figures who are identified with them on independent or semi-independent lists.One of those candidate slates is the Joint List, headed by outgoing mayor Musa al-Muhamra, who resigned from his position just last week to run in the election.If his last name is familiar to readers, its because the two terrorists who opened fire inside a restaurant at the Sarona entertainment center in Tel Aviv are from the same clan, and the ruins of their demolished home can be seen fairly close to his own.“My list contains representatives from the Arab Liberation Front, the Popular Front,” Muhamra says. “Several political movements are represented there. My list contains [representatives from] Hamas as independent representatives.”In the past, Muhamra was a member of the People’s Party movement, which is considered left-wing, but quit over its support of the Oslo Accords in 1993. His lefty past makes him an odd bedfellow for Hamas, and shows the length to which the movement is willing to go in order to see its candidates defeat Fatah.The threat to Fatah is real enough that COGAT commander Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli Defense Ministry body which administers the West Bank, and top Shin Bet officials even warned high-ranking PA officials that holding the elections could be a dangerous gamble.But PA President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted on holding the elections on schedule in order to demonstrate the existence of even a shred of democracy in the territories.When I asked Muhamra about Israel’s connection with the local elections, he could hardly stem the flow of words.“Unfortunately, there is more than one sign that [Israel] is interfering with the Palestinian elections, using people who are connected with the Israeli Civil Administration and also through direct interference by the State of Israel and its mechanisms to influence the elections.”When asked if that means people are being “pushed” as candidates by Israel, he says “exactly.”“It is pushing people, and it is playing a role in heating up the security situation and in the change that took place in the security situation on the Palestinian street as a result of this unfair and wrong interference,” he says.Asked to explain how they are interfering, though, he answers in generalities, accusing Israel of using Palestinians who used liaise with the Civil Administration as agents to do its bidding.“It interferes in everything that happens on the Palestinian street that has to do with elections and acts to keep Palestinian citizens from voting freely in the local elections,” he says. “Everybody knows that. It’s known on the street and in the Palestinian Authority that Israel is interfering directly in the elections. It has a certain specific attitude toward the various candidates.”While Muhamra uses the term “Mordechai’s friends” again and again to refer to the colleagues of the COGAT commander , he never mentions the name of Ismail Abu Hamid, the other candidate, who is at the center of a political furor in Yatta.Abu Hamid was mayor of Yatta until 1995. When the Palestinian Authority came into being, he left his position but is now considering running for mayor again.Abu Hamid, who has Israeli citizenship, is the owner of a large fuel station at the entrance to the town. “I have a home in Beit Safafa,” he says, referring to a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, as well as businesses in the territories and in Israel.A Hamas member he is not and posters denouncing him as a collaborator with Israel were put up all over town.When we meet him, he is surrounded by people, and says his decision will come in the next few hours. (Indeed, the next day he filed as a candidate). Some are trying to help him decide, while others appear to be guarding him for fear that someone might try to harm him.Abu Hamid says that his people had found the ones who were putting up the posters. “They fired a shot at me, but my cousins managed to get the gun away from them and hand it over to the Preventive Security Service,” he says.What he leaves out is the fact that the people putting up the posters were member of Fatah who did not want to see Abu Hamid run in the elections and split the moderate vote.“They put up posters against me saying that I was an agent, a member of Hamas, a member of the Civil Administration, that Israel had sent me. It is known who is responsible for these posters, but the PA is not taking any action. It’s not doing a thing. I demand that the PA act on the issue and prosecute all those responsible,” he says.He says time and again that no Israeli ever spoke to him about the topic, and attacks everyone who criticized him for his connection with Israel.“There is security coordination, after all,” he says, referring to cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on security matters in the West Bank. “There is coordination with the PA. So they’re attacking me for my own connection with Israel?”-Threat level: Moderate-It’s not only in Yatta that Fatah faces a threat from a candidate likely to nab votes from its clutches.One of the most popular radio stations in Hebron is al-Huriya (Liberty), headed by journalist Ayman al-Qawasmeh. Just 43 years old, Qawasmeh is considered a key figure in the city and the district. One can see photographs of Yasser Arafat in his office, as well as the Palestine soccer cup that the Al-Ahli soccer club from Hebron won only several weeks ago in a game against the team from Khan Yunis.Qawasmeh, who reopened the station in April after IDF troops shuttered it for for incitement to violence in November, has put his name up for mayor, leading a list of candidates entitled The Martyr Fahd al-Qawasmeh, named for the mayor of Hebron in the 1970s who was assassinated in Amman in 1984.Qawasmeh says the decision to run was not made by him.“The heads of 19 of the city’s families met in the Harat a-Sheikh [a neighborhood] and chose me,” he tells me.When I ask him whether the list will represent only his clan, he assures me that it contains representatives of many other families.“We took into account the city’s geographical division into many neighborhoods and the division into clans, and we chose people of extraordinary quality,” says Qawasmeh,.Known in the past as being closer to Fatah, Qawasmeh now says he is trying to distance himself from the movement, and demurs when asked even if he defines himself as Hamas or Fatah.“We define our movement as representing the people on the street, who actually represent the majority. Forty percent of the people belong to the movements, while 60% have no connection with, and are not members of, any group. Those people are our constituency,” he says.Our representatives are members of the new generation, he adds. We have brought in new faces. Our list contains more than one woman, he says proudly.He admits that he was pressured not to run, but repeats “The decision to run for mayor was made for me.”As we speak, it is still not clear who from Hamas or Fatah will run against him come October. But from a look at the candidates on his list, which includes friends gathered in his office, it’s clear, as in the case of Abu Hamid, he’ll steal more votes from Fatah.



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