“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem. They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isa 62: 6-7
JERUSALEM POLICE ON HIGH ALERT AHEAD OF PASSOVER HOLIDAY: Israel’s defense establishment believes terrorist groups will try to strike over Passover, and security forces have been placed on high alert nationwide. The Jerusalem District Police on Sunday declared high alert across the capital, which will be in effect throughout the Passover holiday, beginning on 10 April, 2017. The decision followed a terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem the previous day, when a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two youths and tried to stab a border policeman. The terrorist attempted to flee the scene and was killed after a short clash with Border Police. Both victims of the terrorist attack were released from hospital on Sunday morning with no major injuries. Security forces’ deployment in Jerusalem has been steadily increased since the onset of the wave of terrorism in the fall of 2015. While police operations are routinely stepped-up during the holidays, recent security tensions warrant unusually heightened vigilance. Jerusalem District Police Commander Maj. Gen. Yoram Halevy said, “The escalation is definitely something we must prepare for with additional manpower and be much more vigilant about, even though we’ve managed to thwart the majority of incidents that took place this past year, and will continue to do so.” He suggested that anyone seeking to fan the flames and prevent people from visiting Jerusalem “think twice.” (Israel Hayom) Intercede against terrorist attacks threatened over the Passover holiday throughout Israel – and especially in Jerusalem.
THE COUNTERFEIT STATE: THERE IS NO “HISTORIC” PALESTINE: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people; no such thing as a Palestinian history; and no Palestinian language exists. There has never been any independent, sovereign Palestinian state in all of recorded history – let alone an Arab independent state of Palestine. You will search in vain for Palestinian Arab coinage or Palestinian Arab archaeological artifacts specifically related to any Palestinian Arab king or ancient leader. But what you will find are coins, pottery, ancient scrolls, all providing conclusive, empirical and millennial evidence of Jewish civilization dotting the land known correctly as Israel – not Palestine. The present-day so-called “Palestinians” are an Arab people sharing an overwhelmingly Muslim Arab culture, ethnicity and language identical to their fellow Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, with few if any distinctions. Yasser Arafat, the arch-terrorist, who imposed himself undemocratically upon the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, was fond of repeating the absurd myth that Palestinian Arabs were descended from the Canaanites and the Philistines. As we know, the bigger the lie, the bigger the number of people will believe it. And so Arafat twisted history in order to disinherit the indigenous native people of the land: the Jews. The term “Philistines” provides the source from which the term “Palestinians” is derived. Like the Arabs who gave themselves the concocted name “Palestinian,” the Philistines were alien peoples who entered the land from the Mediterranean isles. That is why they were also known as the Sea People. The modern “Palestinian Arabs” are primarily the descendants of itinerant Arabs who illegally flooded British Mandatory Palestine from Arab territories as far away as Sudan, Egypt, Syria and what was Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). They were attracted during the early decades of the 20th century by new employment opportunities provided by the Jewish pioneers, whose heroic efforts were turning the desert green again and restoring centuries of neglect that the land had endured under a succession of alien occupiers. (Arutz-7/JNN)
UPDATED HAMAS CHARTER STILL DOESN’T RECOGNIZE ISRAEL: A Hamas political document leaked on 2 April 2017 reveals plans to soften the group’s charter so that it recognizes a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, but still does not recognize Israel. It is due to be officially released in the coming days by Hamas leader and politburo chief Khaled Mashaal. Hamas officials said that the group would release the document as part of its efforts to help its standing in relation to the international community and Arab countries, chiefly Egypt. “It is possible to agree to a state within the 1967 borders, but it does not necessarily include recognition of Israel and does not mean that there is a relinquishment of historic Palestine,” the new charter states. The document will also make clear that Hamas is an independent organization not tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. This declaration is expected to help Hamas it in its contacts with the Egyptian authorities who are demanding that Hamas be fully disconnected from the Muslim Brotherhood, which is blacklisted as a terrorist organization in Egypt. Hamas has been working to improve ties with Egypt that have been strained under President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Cairo has accused Hamas of being involved in terrorist attacks in the Sinai, most of which have been carried out by the Sinai Province, which is the ISIS affiliate in Egypt. Hamas denies the accusations. (Arutz-7)
PA MEDIA BOASTS: 93 ATTACKS IN ONE MONTH: The Palestinian Arab Al-Intifada website on Sunday published new statistical data regarding the “Al-Quds Intifada”, the name used by Palestinian Arab terrorist groups to describe the wave of violent attacks against Israelis which began in October of 2015. According to the report, the number of terrorists killed during the “intifada” reached 298 as of the end of March 2017, and Israel still holds the bodies of seven terrorists. 93 attacks were carried out during the month of March 2017 in what the terrorists consider “occupied Palestinian territories”, according to the website. Among those, there were seven shooting attacks, three cold-weapon attacks, one car-ramming attack and more than 69 attacks on soldiers and “settlers”, including throwing firebombs and pipe bombs that caused injuries to 39 “settlers”. As well, the website reported of clashes in 292 points of friction with Israeli security forces in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, as well as in other parts of Israel and Gaza, in which 138 Palestinians were injured. (Arutz-7)
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TEXTBOOKS TEACH PUPILS TO BE EXPENDABLE ‘MARTYRS’: The latest Palestinian Authority elementary school textbooks are even more radical than previous editions, according to a report just issued by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education. The report was based on examination of elementary- school grades one through four and high-school grades 11 and 12 of the 2016-2017 PA’s educational curriculum. The new textbooks showed deterioration in messages of tolerance and peace compared to previous editions. They teach pupils to become expendable martyrs and reject negotiations, while demonizing and denying the existence of the State of Israel, according to the findings. As such, the report concluded that the curriculum does not meet the UNESCO-derived standards of peace and tolerance in education. (J.Post)
HOW PALESTINIANS PREPARE THEIR CHILDREN FOR PEACE WITH ISRAEL: PA television broadcasts, even for tiny children, call for destruction of the Jews; promote Holocaust Denial and glorify terrorism. Hatred of Israel is rampant in PA school textbooks. Taking a realistic view at what is at the heart of the Palestinian people and their leaders in terms of future peaceful co-existence with Israel; one must examine what is being taught to the next generation. It has been long been known PA school textbooks lack any positive information regarding Israel. School maps do not even indicate Israel exists. In 12th grade textbooks, the PA teaches its young people to deny the Holocaust. In addition, both old and new materials are directed at educating PA Arab children toward Jewish genocide, embracing jihadism, and are opposed to forwarding peaceful co-existence with Israel. Text books refer to the founding of the Jewish State as a “catastrophe unprecedented in history.” PA history books while including detailed information of World War II make no mention of the Holocaust or the Jews. It must also be remembered PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas considered to be a moderate force in the camp of Israel haters, in his doctoral dissertation written in 1982, denied documented facts about the Holocaust. One would almost have to will to be deceived to buy into the lie that Fatah, or the PA society as a whole are desirous of, or planning toward a future peace with Israel. (JNN)
HAMAS THREATENS TO TARGET ISRAELI OFFICIALS: The Islamist Hamas terrorist organization ruling in the Gaza Strip released a new video threatening to target Israeli security officials in retribution for the assassination of senior Hamas official Mazan Fukha, who Hamas says was killed by Israel. In the video, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal says “We accept the challenge” as targets are placed on a series of Israeli officials including Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, as well as the heads of the Shin Bet and the Mossad. After all the faces are shown, the video ends with the warning, “The type of retribution will be in accordance to the act. The enemy uprooted one of our heroes in Gaza.” Israel does not comment publicly on the assassinations of Hamas officials. Meanwhile, a Palestinian who was convicted in the lynching death of two Israeli army reservists who accidentally entered the city of Ramallah, which is administered by the Palestinian Authority, was days ago released following a retrial and new evidence which made positive identification difficult. Haitham Muari had requested a retrial and pled guilty to lesser charges. He was taken from the Ofer Prison in Judea & Samaria to a checkpoint in the Gaza Strip as part of his plea deal. (Media Line)
HAMAS ARRESTS SUSPECTED COLLABORATORS WITH ISRAEL: In the wake of the assassination of senior Hamas official Mazan Fukha, Hamas has vowed it will do more to stop Palestinians collaborating with Israel. The organization has locked down the Gaza Strip since last month’s killing, prohibiting anyone to enter or exit Gaza except for urgent humanitarian cases. Hamas further announced over the weekend that the group has arrested several Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. The suspects are facing charges of treason and aiding and abetting the enemy in wartime. A Hamas spokesman said that the Gaza Prosecutor’s Office plans to file charges against anyone who violates a gag order that has been put in place over the investigation into Fukha’s death. He stressed that violating the gag order was akin to treason, as it essentially helped Israel, meaning that anyone charged over the issue could face the death penalty. Fukha was released from prison in Israel as part of a prisoner exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. After his release, Fukha began managing Hamas activities from Gaza. (Israel Hayom)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff