“Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips. Selah Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble.” Ps. 140: 1-4
TRUMP MAY PULL US OUT OF UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DUE TO ISRAEL BIAS: The Trump administration may soon back Israel on its claim of UN bias and pull out of the organization’s Human Rights Council, Politico reported on Saturday, 25 Feb. 2017. Discussion of the option has already begun and is expected to include input from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump. The administration regards the Council as being inherently anti-Israel, which is the main reason for the consideration for pulling out of the international body, according to the report. The news site also reported that in private conversations, Secretary Tillerson has expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the Council. Former Israeli ambassador to the US and current deputy minister for the Kulanu party Michael Oren welcomed a potential US move to withdraw from the council. “The decision to quit the insanely anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council would send a moral message to the world,” Oren wrote on Twitter. Since its creation in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has been persistently criticized by the US for its biased treatment of Israel, which has been condemned more than any other country, including persistent human rights abusers such as Iran and Syria. (J.Post)
‘EVERYONE NEEDS TO FIGHT THE DE-LEGITIMIZATION OF ISRAEL’: Responding to the extensive anti-Israel campaign led by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Israel’s Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid on Sunday called on Democratic and Republican Congress and Senate members to support President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the UNHRC. “The fight against the de-legitimization of Israel needs to cross all political boundaries,” Lapid said. “And the UNHRC is at the very heart of this anti-Israel effort. One year ago, I stood outside the UN Human Rights Council with hundreds of people from all over Europe. We stood there in protest of the UN’s continued bias against the only Jewish state in the entire world. At that time, I said, ‘The UNHRC’s attitude towards Israel is hypocritical. It’s obsessive. It’s insane. We learned over the past 2,000 years that it doesn’t matter what anti-Semites say – all that matters is what they do. And what they’re doing here, in the UNHRC, is pure old-style anti-Semitism.’ Immediately after the protest, I called on Congress to halt funding to the UNHRC. Now that the US government is considering exiting the Council, I hope we will be able to count on our friends in the Senate and in Congress to support this step.” On Sunday morning, it was reported the US will be leaving the UN Human Rights Council after the Council slammed convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya’s 18-month sentence as “too light” a punishment. Azariya was convicted of manslaughter in January 2017 and sentenced last week to 18 months in prison for shooting a terrorist suspected of having an explosive vest. (Arutz-7)
‘TRUMP WAS RIGHT!’ INSIDE THE STOCKHOLM SUBURBS WHERE CARS ARE TORCHED, DRUGS SOLD OPENLY AND FIRE ENGINES MUST BE BULLETPROOF: The Stockholm suburb that was hit days ago by violent riots is a police no-go zone where cars are torched almost every day, gangs rule the streets and fire engines have to be fitted with bulletproof glass. Residents of Rinkeby, where nine out of ten residents are immigrants, have spoken out about how they live in fear, as Swedish politicians and police officers admitted that ‘Trump was right’. ”The situation here is terrible,” one resident said. “I am scared most of the time when I leave my apartment. I have been assaulted twice and robbed once since I moved to Rinkeby. Gangs control this whole area. There are riots every evening and the police can do nothing to contain the situation.” Beat officer Hanif Azizi, who was scrambled to the scene in the most recent unrest said “when we sat in the car and saw the riots I tapped my colleague on the shoulder and said, ‘perhaps Trump was right after all’”. The US president said Sweden, usually considered among the most peaceful and stable on earth, was suffering from social problems linked to mass migration. His comments were widely mocked. But days ago, police were forced to fire warning shots after rioters torched cars, hurled stones at police and looted shops in the Rinkeby district of the capital, injuring a policeman. Politician Mattias Karlsson from the populist Swedish Democrats, Sweden’s second most popular party, said that the chaos was the result of mass immigration, adding: “I am very grateful to President Trump for focusing attention on this issue.” (UK Daily Mail)
ISLAMIC TERROR ATTACK FOILED IN GERMANY: Authorities in the German state of Lower Saxony announce last week the arrest of a 26 year-old Islamist for allegedly planning a terrorist attack. State prosecutors said that bomb-making materials were found in his apartment in the town of Northeim in the state of Lower Saxony. Police believe that he was planning to target police officers or soldiers. They maintain he wanted to lure them into “a trap,” where he would lay the explosives. The German domestic security and intelligence agency (BfV) announced that there has been an increase in the number of radical Jihadists in Germany. The number of radical Jihadists has increased from about 100 in 2013 to approximately 1,600 in 2017. “We receive between two and four credible tips on planned terrorist activity in Germany each day,” BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen said. “We have to recognize that we are living in a different situation now than was normal.” Maassen said that approximately 570 Jihadists in Germany are considered “extremely dangerous” and capable of plotting terrorist attacks. (Arutz-7)
JEWISH MAN’S FINGER SAWED OFF IN PARIS ATTACK: Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant. The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident last week in Bondy. The kippah-wearing siblings, whose father is a Jewish leader in Bondy, were forced off the main road by another vehicle on to a side street. While the vehicle was in motion, the driver and a passenger shouted anti-Semitic slogans at the brothers that included “Dirty Jews, You’re going to die!” The vehicle forced the brothers to stop their car, and they were surrounded by several men whom they described as having a Middle Eastern appearance. The men came out of a hookah café on to the side street. The attackers surrounded the brothers, then kicked and punched them repeatedly while threatening that they would be murdered if they moved. One of the attackers then sawed off the finger of one of the brothers. (Arutz-7)
FRENCH ANTI-SEMITISM RISES TO SURFACE: Boaz Bismuth, Foreign Editor of newspaper Israel Hayom, analyzed the current state of Jewish life in France: “The cause of the serious incident between two young Muslims and two skullcap-wearing Jewish brothers in Bondy, a popular suburb of Paris where a large Muslim population lives, is not clear. As French police investigate the case, the father of two Jewish youths has no doubt that the attack was anti-Semitic. The Bondy incident has once again raised the issue of anti-Semitism in France, an important component of the Republic’s ills that are coming to the surface before the presidential elections to be held in May 2017. During the latest annual CRIF dinner (the umbrella organization of French Jews), a decline in French anti-Semitic incidents in 2016 was reported. The numeric decline is not reflected in the feelings of French Jews, who feel threatened from every direction: the extreme right and National Front activists express the classic anti-Semitism that has always existed in France; the radical leftists and Greens unilaterally and blindly support the Palestinian narrative, and Muslim activists in France who exploit the Middle East conflict to release frustrations and for personal and communal promotion. (INN) “Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.” Ps 25:19-20
HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIANS FLEE EGYPT’S SINAI AMID ISIS KILLING SPREE: Hundreds of Christians in Egypt’s North Sinai province fled the area in recent days after the ISIS terror group killed seven Christians in just three weeks. Reuters says one of its reporters saw at least 25 families from the Evangelical Church in Sinai in the city of Ismailia on the Suez Canal. Church officials were quoted as saying that 100 of the roughly 160 families in North Sinai were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in el-Arish, the province’s capital, have also left. “I am not going to wait for death,” Rami Mina, a Christian who fled, was quoted as saying. “I shut down my restaurant and got out of there. These people are ruthless.” The previous day, Kamel Youssef, a plumber, was shot to death in front of his wife and children in their home in el-Arish. It was the seventh killing since 30 Jan. 2017. ISIS recently released a video threatening Christians in the country and is also believed to be behind the bombing of a chapel adjoining Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic pope, in Dec. 2016. At least 28 people were killed. Egypt’s ISIS affiliate is based in the Sinai Peninsula. (Christian Post) Continue to intercede for the safety of Egyptian Christians in the Sinai and other parts of the country.
NETANYAHU, JULIE BISHOP SPEAK ABOUT IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Israeli PM Netanyahu said on Sunday, 26 Feb. 2017 that his five-day trip to Australia was “wonderful” and that he felt Australia and Israel shared “the same path” more or less. It was the first time a sitting Israeli Prime Minister visited Australia. “This has been a wonderful visit here. Your people are amazing,” Netanyahu told Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop before holding bilateral talks behind closed doors. “I’d stay longer if I could.” Netanyahu explained the substantial dangers of the nuclear agreement and in Iran’s aggressive conduct in the region as well as in its support for terrorism and the continued development of its ballistic missile program. During Netanyahu’s visit, Australia and Israel agreed to upgrade security, intelligence, economic, cyber and technology relations. (INN)
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