“’ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Zech. 4:6
HAMAS LEADER THANKS IRAN FOR LONG-RANGE ROCKETS, THREATENS TEL AVIV: Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has thanked Iran for providing his terror group the rockets it used to strike deep into Israel and warned the Jewish state that Tel Aviv would be struck again in response to any offensive against the Gaza Strip. “Iran provided us with rockets, and we surprised the world when our resistance targeted Beersheba,” Sinwar said in a live TV address. “Had it not been for Iran, the resistance in Palestine would not have possessed its current capabilities,” Sinwar said. (Times of Israel)
SAUDI ARABIA ASKS NATIONS TO RESPOND TO IRAN WITH ‘FIRMNESS’: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister last week urged Muslim nations to confront recent attacks in the region that the US and its allies have blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness.” Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments at a meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Al-Assaf said the sabotage of boats off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels require the region to “make more efforts to counter the terrorist acts of extremist and terrorist groups. We should confront it with all means of force and firmness,” al-Assaf said. The US has accused Tehran of being behind the string of incidents last month, which also included a rocket strike near the US Embassy in Baghdad.
Bolton described Tehran’s decision to back away from its 2015 atomic deal with world powers as evidence it sought nuclear weapons, even though it came a year after America unilaterally withdrew from the unraveling agreement. He also stressed the US had not seen any further Iranian attacks in the time since, something he attributed to the subsequent military deployments. America recently sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf. But Bolton warned the US would strike back if again attacked. “The point is to make it very clear to Iran and its surrogates that these kinds of action risk a very strong response from the United States,” Bolton threatened, without elaborating. Meanwhile Wed. 29 May 2019 acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said some 900 troops coming to the Mideast over the perceived Iran threat — to reinforce the tens of thousands already in the region — would be deployed in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “The Iranian threat to our forces in the region remains,” Shanahan said. (ABC)
PRO-PALESTINIAN GROUP SUPPORTED BY CORBYN FORCES JEWISH SHOPS TO CLOSE: Pro-Palestine activists have been conducting a ‘campaign of intimidation’ against Jewish shops that sell products from Israel for years. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is supported by UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has forced two Jewish businesses to close and activists have threatened others. Other groups targeted a British Jewish shopkeeper in Ireland and Scotland, forcing him to relocate three times and eventually flee Britain. A new film, Hounded, has been released by anti-racist campaigners to draw attention to how British Jewish shopkeepers have been living in fear for years. British Jews have spoken of their fear after a pro-Palestine group supported by Jeremy Corbyn forced Jewish-owned shops to close by staging aggressive rallies outside them. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), of which Corbyn is patron, targeted shops selling Israeli products in Brighton, London and Manchester, forcing two businesses to fold. Last month, it organized a rally in London which saw ‘open anti-Semitism from attendees’, according to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. A statement from the Labour leader was read out to the crowd. It comes as Labour became the only party after the BNP to be formally investigated for racism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
One Jewish father said: “It is so sad that Corbyn is a patron of this group. I live in a Jewish community and people are beaten in the streets and pelted with eggs. With Corbyn’s support, people feel free to do these things.” The PSC has waged a prominent ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions’ (BDS) campaign against Israel since 2001. Its activists have targeted the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and an Israeli theatre company at Shakespeare’s Globe. A Labour spokesman said: ‘Jeremy is a patron of PSC, the UK’s foremost organization campaigning for the rights of Palestinian people. (MailOnline) Please intercede for Britain’s Labor Party to be confronted regarding its blatant anti-Semitism.
MIKE POMPEO ‘CONCERNED’ BY WARNING NOT TO WEAR KIPPOT IN GERMANY: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last weekend voiced concern over a warning to Jews by a German official about the dangers of wearing the kippa skullcap in Germany in the face of rising anti-Semitism. The German government’s commissioner on anti-Semitism Felix Klein sparked alarm when he said in a recent interview that he “cannot advise Jews to wear the kippa everywhere all the time in Germany.” Pompeo expressed his disquiet over the warning during a visit to Berlin on Friday 31 May 2019. “We were concerned to see Jews discouraged from wearing the yarmulke in public out of safety concerns. None of us should shrink in the face of prejudice,” he said at a press conference. Germany, like other Western countries, has watched with alarm as anti-Semitic and other racist hate speech and violence has risen in recent years while the political climate has coarsened and grown more polarized. Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has voiced shock at Klein’s warning, calling it a “capitulation to anti-Semitism.” Anti-Semitic crimes were up by 20 percent in Germany last year. (Arutz-7)
MERKEL REFUSES TO OUTLAW HEZBOLLAH, SNUBBING GERMAN JEWS AFTER KIPPAH ROW: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, ignored an urgent plea from the country’s Jewish community to outlaw the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah amid a shocking climate of anti-Semitism. When asked numerous times by media sources if the German government – in response to a demand by the nearly 100,000-member Central Council of Jews – plans to ban the Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist organization, Merkel and Seehofer refused to answer. Berlin authorities claimed they wouldn’t prevail in court with respect to a ban of the al-Quds Day rally on Sat. 1 June 2019. The anti-Western and anti-Israel rally calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. The authorities have declined to test the law. A full ban of Hezbollah’s organization has already happened in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Hezbollah is heavily financed by Iran, and poses, in its entirety, a threat to the entire world. (J. Post)
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IRANIANS MARCH ON QUDS DAY, REJECT TRUMP’S PEACE PLAN: Tens of thousands of Iranians marking the annual “Quds (Jerusalem) Day” in the Islamic Republic on Fri. 31 May 2019 condemned a planned Middle East peace plan that US President Donald Trump has touted as the “deal of the century.” State television said state-sponsored marches were being held in 950 communities across Iran and showed demonstrators carrying banners with slogans such as “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine” and “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Marchers also set fire to a Trump mask and Israeli and USA flags, according to pictures on Iranian news websites. Trump’s plan is to encourage investment in Judea & Samaria and the Gaza Strip by Arab donor countries before grappling with thorny political issues at the heart of the conflict. Palestinian officials, angered by Trump’s decision in 2017 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, have already spurned it. Iran said it would fail. “No to the deal of the century” read a banner splashed across the news screen on state TV, which also showed a Quds Day march in neighboring Iraq, where thousands of fighters from powerful Shi’ite militias took to the streets. Opposition to Israel is a cornerstone of Shi’ite-led Iran. It backs Palestinian and Lebanese terrorist groups opposed to peace with Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize. (J. Post)
THANK YOU, GOV. DE SANTIS: Even before his trip to Israel, in the weeks after DeSantis was elected governor last year, he immediately took action on behalf of the Jewish state. Florida’s cabinet recognized Jerusalem as “Israel’s eternal capital,” invested $10 million in Israel Bonds, and blacklisted Airbnb because of its plan to boycott listings in Judea & Samaria settlements, which the global company has since reversed. Last week, DeSantis repeatedly spoke out against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, leading the first official trade mission to Judea & Samaria led by a USA governor – with two dozen business leaders. “Anti-Semitism is driving the BDS movement, and you cannot separate the two,” he said at the Gush Etzion Industrial Zone, meeting with Jewish and Arab businesspeople who oppose boycotts. “We are not going to discriminate against certain Israelis – and if people do… we will take action accordingly. You have people that are willing to trade with Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world – some of the worst regimes in the world – and yet they only want to boycott the one Jewish and democratic state in the world,” he said. “If you support BDS in Florida, you are dead, politically,” he added. The Florida delegation signed over 20 memoranda of understanding in multiple fields including business, trade, academia, innovation, and tourism. (J. Post)
DESPITE TRADE WAR, ISRAELI INNOVATORS FLOCK TO CHINESE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE. Eager for investment, more than 100 Israeli hi-tech companies and start-ups traveled last week to Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong Province, to participate in the 22nd international GoforIsrael investment conference. Approximately 1,400 investors attended the conference. During the summit, held in China for the third time, organizers said Israeli entrepreneurs took advantage of 800 one-on-one meetings with potential backers. Spanning almost 160,000 sq.km. and home to 100 million people, Shandong Province boasts GDP of $1.1 trillion, the third-largest economy in China. Potential areas of interest, Vice-Governor of Shandong Province Ling Wen told the conference, include next-generation IT, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, and advanced agricultural technology. China is Israel’s second-largest trade partner worldwide today, with bilateral trade exceeding $10b. in 2017. The visit of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to Israel in October 2018 symbolized the growing importance Beijing places on increasing innovation cooperation with the Jewish state. (J. Post)
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