Wednesday, January 04, 2017
IDF ARRESTS 34 PALESTINIAN ARAB-MURDERERS IN OVERNIGHT WEST BANK RAIDS.
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.)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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
IDF arrests 34 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids-Weapons, ammunition and cash uncovered in refugee camps; Hamas activists detained-By Times of Israel staff January 3, 2017, 10:40 am
Israel’s security forces arrested 34 Palestinian terror suspects early Tuesday, including 12 people described by the IDF as a Hamas activists.The joint operation between Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet Security Agency and Border Police uncovered weapons, ammunition and large sums of money.According to Palestinian media reports, 10 people were arrested in the West Bank refugee camp of Balata in Nablus, nine in Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem, five in Ramallah, four in Qalqilya, one in Jenin, north of Nablus, and five near Hebron.An M-16-style gun and ammunition were uncovered in Balata. In Qalqilya thousands of shekels were discovered, which police suspect were intended to be used for terror activities.In addition to the 12 suspected Hamas activists, the other 24 people arrested are suspected of involvement with terror activities, rioting and violence.
Israeli victim of Turkey attack to be buried in hometown-Large crowd expected in Tira for funeral of 19-year-old Lian Zaher Nasser, killed in Istanbul nightclub shooting-By Times of Israel staff January 3, 2017, 9:21 am
An Israeli teenager killed in the shooting attack at an Istanbul club during New Year festivities will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Tuesday in her home town of Tira.The cortege of 19-year-old Lian Zaher Nasser will depart from her home in the Arab city and proceed to the local cemetery.A spokesperson for the Joint (Arab) List confirmed that faction leader MK Ayman Odeh will attend the funeral, and possibly other parliamentarians. The party called for as many people as possible to attend the funeral.The town has also declared a day of mourning in solidarity with all the victims of terror.Nasser was one of 39 people killed Sunday when a gunman went on a rampage at the exclusive Reina nightclub in Istanbul where she was celebrating the New Year along with three friends from Tira.Her body arrived back in Israel on Monday. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Sunday that his ministry arranged Nasser’s return to Israel.“Lian was killed in a serious terror attack and as a state we are obligated to help return her body to Israel,” Deri said.Search-and-rescue organization ZAKA coordinated the repatriation at various levels, including finances, logistics, transportation and communication with the relevant authorities in Israel and in Turkey.“ZAKA is an international humanitarian organization that honors the dead, regardless of religion, race or gender,” said ZAKA head Yehuda Meshi-Zahav.The Islamic State (IS) terror group took responsibility for the attack, claiming that Christian revelers were targeted in response to Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. However the most of the dead were foreign tourists from Muslim countries.Palestinian social media was filled with discussion about the terror attack, and while many comments were sympathetic, a large number were critical of Nasser and her friends for going against Muslim tradition by being in a nightclub and celebrating the secular New Year.Tira resident Dr. Ala’a Abdulahi, who was also in the nightclub at the time of the shooting, hit back at the criticism on social media. She told Channel 10 television that “it is better to ignore such people. They are sick.”Nur Samara, another resident of Tira, lodged a complaint with police over the social media attacks, calling them more painful than the nightclub shooting itself. “These were girls who just wanted to travel, to enjoy themselves, to eat and drink. That’s all,” he said.The Joint (Arab) List also condemned the social media attacks, referring to them as “creeping IS-ism.” The party called on the public to dismiss such comments “which endanger the entire Arab community, its identity, its existence and its fundamental struggles.”The claim came after a recent IS propaganda video urged attacks on Turkey, which is home to an air base used in the US-led effort against the group in Syria and Iraq.The nightclub assailant, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian early Sunday outside the club before entering and firing at some of the estimated 600 people inside. The establishment is frequented by famous locals, including singers, actors and athletes.Authorities obtained the fingerprints and a basic description of the gunman and are close to identifying him, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday after a weekly cabinet meeting. He confirmed that eight people have been detained in connection with the attack.Associated Press contributed to this report.
1 killed, 1 injured in separate Haifa shootings-Police say incidents likely criminal, investigating possibility of link between attacks-By Times of Israel staff January 3, 2017, 12:08 pm
One man was killed and a second injured in two shootings in Haifa Tuesday morning, as police investigated whether the two incidents were linked.A police spokesperson said the shootings were likely not terror-related, but the incidents were still being investigated.There were no reports of arrests made in connection with the shootings, and the shooters had apparently fled.The fatal shooting occurred shortly after 10 a.m. when a 45-year-old-man was shot on the city’s Hagiborim Street, according to Hebrew media reports.First responders who arrived at the scene found the man in critical condition and attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead shortly after.A paramedic said the victim, who was not immediately named, suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body.A half hour earlier, a 40-year-old man was shot several times and wounded on Haatzma’ut Road, about two kilometers away.The victim was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
Vandals twist Arizona family’s garden menorah into swastika-Seth and Naomi Ellis horrified to discover hideous display outside their house; supporters later gather to help fix and relight the festive candelabrum-By Times of Israel staff December 31, 2016, 4:45 pm
A Jewish family from Arizona received a nasty shock over the weekend when a festive menorah they had erected outside their house was vandalized overnight and contorted into a swastika.In recent days Seth Ellis of Chandler built the menorah out of PVC pipe for his children, who had asked for a holiday display in the garden after seeing Christmas trees around town.However, on Friday, Seth and his wife Naomi woke up to discover the menorah had been destroyed and bent into the shape of the Nazi symbol.Naomi called the police, who arrived at the scene in the early morning to help the couple take the swastika down before the children woke up.“I broke down in tears waiting for the police to come and hoping that my kids would not be awake to see it,” Naomi wrote on Facebook.“We live in a great neighborhood with kind and welcoming neighbors. We never would have imagined that someone would spread so much hate here,” she said.“I’m still not sure how I will explain this to [my children],” she said. “I’m not sure I quite understand it myself… How can people be filled with so much hate and violence? To think that someone would make such an effort to hurt and vandalize a family, is downright sickening.”ABC News noted that police were investigating the incident, though currently not as a hate crime but as a trespassing incident.Ellis’s Facebook post quickly received almost 2,000 shares and brought an outpouring of support. On Friday evening members of the community gathered to rebuild and relight the menorah.“Many of the people we spoke to in the crowd say they felt like they needed to be here tonight,” said ABC News reporter Megan Thompson.One such supporter, Miriam Schildkert, said: “We can show people — no really, that’s not how you behave.“We can believe different things, we can look different, but we can still all get along, we can still be friends and… be a community.”
Western Jews prefer big cities-Why Tel Aviv is Israel’s new ‘aliyah capital’-New immigrants flocking to beach city say its startup scene and liberal, cosmopolitan lifestyle among biggest draws-By Andrew Tobin January 1, 2017, 12:12 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
JTA – Meet Daniel Rubin, in many ways the new face of aliyah.Originally from Los Angeles, Rubin, 27, moved to Israel a decade ago to study at a Jerusalem yeshiva. In the following years he served in the Israeli army and bounced back and forth between Israel and the US for college and work.But last month, he and his wife made aliyah. They settled in Tel Aviv so he could found a startup and they could enjoy the coastal city’s Mediterranean lifestyle. The couple were among about 3,000 new immigrants who made this city home in 2016, helping Tel Aviv earn the title as the “aliyah capital” of Israel for the third straight year.“Tel Aviv is young, Tel Aviv is fun, Tel Aviv is exciting,” Rubin told JTA. “And I’m from LA, so I love the beach.”Rubin’s story reflects recent trends in aliyah.As the wave of immigrants from the former Soviet Union has ebbed since the 1990s, aliyah has reached historic lows. Among those who have continued coming, a greater ratio have been from Western countries, and they have been more likely to choose to launch their Israel experience in big cities. Tel Aviv, the nation’s cultural capital, is now the favorite destination.“Israel rescued millions of people from disadvantaged societies in Muslim countries and Eastern Europe,” said Sergio DellaPergola, a preeminent scholar of Jewish demography and migration. “But today, Diaspora Jews are overwhelmingly free people, mostly employed and mostly urban. There are no more rural Jews, no more persecuted Jews in ghettos, and therefore the whole migration balance is totally different. Aliyah is voluntary and based on Israel’s capability to offer employment and a good life.”Israel was largely built by Jews escaping persecution. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Russian pogroms, European anti-Semitism and Nazi persecution helped povulate pre-state and early Israel. The country’s Jewish ranks then swelled with consecutive floods of Jews fleeing the Middle East from the 1950s, Ethiopia from the 1970s and the former Soviet Union countries from the 1990s.In recent years, anti-Semitism in France and war in Ukraine have contributed to another uptick in aliyah, with Russian immigration hitting a 10-year high in 2016. But the broader trend since the early 1990s is downward. Aliyah from the former Soviet Union has largely run its course — after bringing almost a million immigrants to Israel — and overall numbers have reached lows only seen before in the 1980s, data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics shows.Meanwhile, immigration to Israel from Western countries — mostly Europe and the United States — has remained relatively steady. Therefore, new arrivals from the West now account for a much larger percentage of the total.And apparently, Western Jews prefer big cities. Since 1989, no Israeli city has attracted more than 4 percent of new immigrants, with Tel Aviv — which is Israel’s second most populous city, with about half as many residents as Jerusalem — getting just 3 percent. But in 2016, Tel Aviv was the destination for 12 percent of new immigrants. The next three most popular cities were Jerusalem (10 percent), Netanya (9 percent) and Haifa (8 percent), according to the Ministry of Immigration.In interviews with about a dozen people who had recently made aliyah to Tel Aviv or were considering doing so, the city’s startup scene and liberal, cosmopolitan lifestyle were cited as the biggest draws.After a year in Jerusalem, Rubin and his wife, Talia, 23, moved to Tel Aviv. They loved Jerusalem, Rubin said, and the modern Orthodox community in the capital. But only in Tel Aviv could he launch The Pub Hub, his startup that turns bars into co-working spaces during the day. He opened the first location last month on Rothschild Boulevard, the city’s most happening thoroughfare.“The vibe here — the energy and the opportunities — you just can’t find anywhere else,” he said.Israel weathered the global recession better than most countries, and Tel Aviv is its financial and business center. The Israeli economy has grown by an average of nearly 4 percent annually over the past 13 years, and unemployment has fallen almost to 5 percent.Much credit goes to Israel’s startups. According to Tel Aviv’s municipal government, the city is home to about 1,450 of the country’s 5,000 early-stage companies, which is more than one startup for every 300 residents — the highest ratio of any city in the world. Many of those startups look to reach the international market, providing plenty of jobs for native English speakers.Groups that seek to attract young people to Israel have recognized the opportunity. Birthright Israel, which brings young Jews to visit the country free of charge, started an entrepreneurship program this year in Tel Aviv called Excel Ventures. And Nefesh B’Nefesh, the aliyah services provider, said it is opening a new office in the city next month to cater to the growing number of American, Canadian and British immigrants.What those interviewed seemed to most appreciate was Tel Aviv’s lifestyle — the cafes, the nightlife and the beaches, plus the prevalence of English speakers. Tel Aviv boasts 1,748 cafes, bars and nightclubs — one for every 230 residents — along with some 1,500 restaurants, according to the municipality.Uri Gafni, an official for Birthright’s Excel, summed up the sentiment.“Tel Aviv embodies many of the things these young professionals are looking for when they come to Israel — they want the nightlife and the bars and the beach and this delicate balance between lifestyle and work in an environment that is liberal and open to a variety of people from all over the world,” he said.“I think it’s easier for secular Jews around the world to relate to Tel Aviv than to Jerusalem. It’s much sexier for Jews to hang out in Tel Aviv, where they can finish the day and go drink a beer on Rothschild.”Although Tel Aviv is said to attract a secular crowd, a growing number of Orthodox Jews like Rubin are coming to the city, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh officials. Seventeen percent of the immigrants they helped make aliyah in the past two years were Orthodox, the agency’s numbers show — similar to the community’s representation in all of Israel.The Tel Aviv municipality has made quality-of-life investments in recent years, such as introducing bike sharing, renovating the central Dizengoff Square to make it more pedestrian friendly and creating open-air markets. At the same time, it has branded Tel Aviv as a “world city,” perhaps most effectively with Pride Week, which attracted more than 200,000 revelers and a handful of American celebrities this year.A downside of all this choice, from an aliyah perspective, is that people can also choose to leave. According to DellaPergola, many immigrants to Tel Aviv return to their home countries at some point, or to move back and forth. Even those who build a life in Israel often get priced out of the city, where already high housing prices leaped 13 percent this summer from a year earlier. The internal migration rate from Tel Aviv to other parts of the country is among the highest of any city in Israel, said DellaPergola.The good news for Tel Aviv, he said, is those who leave have in recent decades been replaced by new generations eager for their turn at life in the big city.
Reporter's notebook / 'If there is trouble, it will be very bad for the business. That we know'-From Hebron hovel to airport kiosk, on the trail of Holy Land ceramics-Tourists flock to Jerusalem and Jaffa to purchase this ornate flowery pottery — made in Palestinian workshops in the West Bank-By Brett Kline January 3, 2017, 10:29 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
HEBRON, West Bank — The dusty gray single-story workshop and adjoining poorly lit sales outlet fit in well with the decrepit buildings lining the Hebron street. Under the weak yellow streetlights, it feels like a movie set.Inside the workshop, piles of colorful ceramic construction tiles lie helter-skelter on the floor in between shelves full of coffee mugs and espresso cups painted in flowery motifs. Some are decorated with the words “Jerusalem,” “Tel Aviv,” “Holy Land,” or “Peace.”A man and boy are seated at two tables. The boy is rapidly painting tiny red, blue and green flowers on the mugs, with a level of concentration unusual for a 12 year old. He says nothing, but takes the time to smile.The man, perhaps 35, is carefully applying gold trim on a vase likely more beautiful than the flowers intended for it. He glances quickly at the boy’s work, then asks visitors to have a seat. No offer of coffee is forthcoming — though not for a lack of cups.The man’s brother is pulling fired mugs and cups from a top-loading kiln and placing them carefully in a box. Out they go, replaced by the freshly painted items, and the kiln whines into action again.These mugs, and the bowls, dishes, ashtrays and vases produced in similar workshops in the city, have been purchased by visitors to Israel for decades. The colorful, flowery motifs have made their way to hundred of thousands, perhaps millions, of households around the world.These ceramics are ambassadors of passive culture. They belong to the world of souvenirs, things people look at in their homes and remember a one-off visit to Israel — and Palestine.Some visitors do ask about the origins of the ceramics, but most — and most local Israelis — are unaware they are produced by seven hamulas (clans or extended families) in the West Bank city of Hebron. This, for example, is the Al-Okhowa Pottery Center, run by the Ghaithe and Zeloum families.“We export to Jordan and even to the Gulf,” notes Khalif Ghaithe, the brother loading the oven. “But almost everything we make goes to Israel.”“Let me tell you,” he says. “Politics can be a real problem in Israel and Palestine. We all know this.”His brother Lao’i looks up from the gold trim and doesn’t miss a beat to the question, “So how’s business?”-‘We export to Jordan and even to the Gulf, but almost everything we make goes to Israel’-“Business is good, al hamdoolilah [thank God], but it was much better before the Second Intifada,” he says. “Politics? Don’t ask.”Many Jewish Israelis identify Hebron with radical Islamic activity and Hamas, or equally radical Jewish settlers. There are few foreign visitors, except to the Cave of the Patriarchs, and a small area of conflict where nationalist religious Jews and leftist activists go — albeit for different reasons — in an area far from this workshop.But politics aside, Hebron is still the manufacturing capital of the West Bank, with strong markets for ceramic construction tiles, certain household items and even sandals, all sold both in local Palestinian shops and in Israel.The Second Intifada has left its mark. Before the end of September 2000, the seven potter clans in Hebron had 30 workshop-factories and more than 300 employees between them. Today, there are seven factories and perhaps 100 people working.“Today we worry about possible violence between the Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan factions of Fatah,” Ghaithe says straightforwardly. “Before it was with Israel; today it could be here. We don’t know. But if there is trouble, it will be very bad for the business. That we know.”The clay for all seven centers is imported from Italy and Spain through the port of Ashdod. In this workshops, one doesn’t see anyone actually making the mugs.“You want to see the wheel in action?” Ghaithe asks. He makes a phone call. “Let’s go quickly. They are closing up shop.”His car is dusty and worn; the translator drives in the newer rented car. At this hour, most women in Hebron are home cooking dinner. Outside, there are few streetlights and not much traffic, but drivers seem to be in a sudden race.After five minutes of up and downhill turns, the car comes to a stop in front of a small building in Halhul, next to Hebron.A ceramic artisan in his early 20s, Bilal Saleima, turns the electric pottery wheel back on, reaches for a handful of clay and some water, and in less than five minutes, has produced a sugar bowl and lid. Next comes an espresso mug. He says he can spin 100 coffee mugs a day on the wheel.“Yes, I can go to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv and see my work in stores,” he says with a wide smile. He has big, powerful hands that dominate the clay and the wheel. “I have the ishur, the pass, but I don’t go often.” He shrugs.In his free time, he teaches pottery at a local arts school in Hebron. And he cares nothing for politics.“Come back and visit when you want,” he says with a smile. He really means it.He opens his arms towards the dimly lit, chilly, small, cement-floored room. It is obvious that visitors are rare.Back in Hebron at ceramics headquarters, espresso mugs are for sale at NIS 5 each, or about $1.30. Khalef and Loa’i Ghaithe stand by the entrance.“Ahalan wa salan,” they both say. “You are most welcome, any time.”Outside waits a minivan with Hebrew and English lettering advertising guided tours. Two men load up boxes for a run to Jerusalem. Up to 200 pieces go out every night, to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere.The drive back to Bethlehem on Route 60 is uneventful, with little traffic and no checkpoints at the Gush Etzion roundabout.The translator is happy for the opportunity to go to Hebron, but could care less about these ceramics. Palestinians do not buy these attractive but lightweight mugs and bowls, he says, offering no explanation.-The Jaffa market-The main street in the Jaffa flea market is warming up to young bohemian Israeli shoppers, alongside domestic and foreign visitors.At Pahcer Siuri’s City of Presents, the only Palestinian-Muslim store on the street, the full stock of ceramics from Hebron has a small but steady stream of buyers. A few also purchase from the store’s modest supply of household items.Almost empty the other day, the espresso mug shelf space is now full. Supplier Itzik Zeloum brought them up from Hebron himself.-‘My father taught me, small profit margin and large volume’Here, the espresso cups go for NIS 9 each, about $2.35 — up from NIS 5 in Khalil. The full size mug is NIS 12, or $3.15, up from NIS 9 at their point of origin.“These are the cheapest prices in Israel,” says owner Pahcer (pronounced Faher). “My father taught me, small profit margin and large volume. And people like to buy small things, mugs, cups, tiles, stuff to put in their bags.”Zeloum also supplies the two small, full-blown souvenir shops across the street, where prices are slightly higher.Pahcer says he sees an average of 70 buying customers a day, and up to 300 on Friday afternoon and Saturday.“The rug and antique dealers, and the souvenir shopkeepers on the street are all religious guys so they close on Shabbat,” he explains. “Of course they do. It’s normal. But I guess many foreign tourists don’t know that. So they come. And they find me.”He says that some people ask where the ceramics are made.“I answer, from Hebron, Khalil. But many people don’t know where that is. But I don’t get into the politics. It’s not worth it,” he says.His grandfather, a Khalili, brought the family here from Hebron 40 years ago, apparently a prudent move. Pahcer was born here in Jaffa. His English is not great, but this reporter’s Hebrew and Arabic are worse.Pahcer can’t imagine living anywhere else. The Israeli Arab is as at home with the hummus and salad which he and his wife share from the small restaurant next door, as he is with her black headscarf and long black robe.A few days later at the airport, which always invites melancholy, ceramics are for sale in a Steimatzky bookstore.When asked if they sell many of these ceramic mugs, or if she knows where they are made, the sales girl pretends not to hear.The price tag reads “9,” but on closer inspection, there is a dollar sign in front of it, making it almost three times as expensive as in Pahcer’s shop. Nobody appears to be buying. Perhaps every good thing has a limit. Happily, the buck stops in Jaffa.
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