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10 Jul 2015
Good news and bad news for Israel’s international relations

Two large educational groups, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and the UK’s National Union of Teachers (NUT) have proposed resolutions hostile to Israel which will be discussed and perhaps voted on at the world congress of Education International, to be held in Ottawa, Canada, later this month. The resolutions will call on members of the congress to declare their support for the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) against Israel and that it deplores Israel’s security procedures and the US support for Israel at the UN and other international forums. In the plus column however, Israel and China signed an agreement Thursday to expand by $500 million a financial protocol that helps finance Israeli exports to China. The move builds on previous agreements which have seen trade skyrocket in the last decade, leading to the creation of thousands of jobs and enhanced quality of life in both countries.

Haredi group disrupts Messianic conference in Jerusalem
The “Elav” Conference of Messianic Jews and Christians in Israel, held this year at Jerusalem’s First Station venue, was briefly disrupted Thursday evening when a group of Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jewish men burst into the conference and shouted abuse at the assembled worshippers. The protesters, from the anti-missionary group “Lehava” numbered about 10 according to police, who arrested two individuals for “attacking and disturbing public order,” but Lehava claimed that at least 100 were involved in the ruckus. “Unfortunately there are many churches in Jerusalem but this was not one, and we protested their attempts to appeal to Jews and convert them,” Lehava leader Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein told the Jerusalem Post.

Here is the video from Elav 2015

Pope speaks out against genocide of Christians
Pope Francis addressed a crowd in Bolivia on Thursday as part of a tour of South American countries, declaring that "Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus. In this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end."

Here is a video which discusses the role Islam plays in the ongoing Middle East crisis

Israeli Imam laments rift between Hamas and IS
MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), published a report on Thursday about a recent sermon preached by imam Muhammad Abd Al-Ghani in the Al-Tawhid mosque in the predominantly Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in the Galilee. During the sermon, Al-Ghani voiced several bizarre assertions. “Recently, that Jewish dog Netanyahu, may Allah curse him, said, following the operation of the [Islamic State] mujahideen in the Sinai, that our brothers in Hamas had participated, with the Islamic State, in this operation,” said Ghani according to the report. He went on to lament that Hamas denied their cooperation with IS and instead said they were fighting against it. Al-Ghani, who was forced by Israeli police to remove an IS banner from the entrance to his mosque, implied that Hamas should be cooperating with IS against Israel.

“Behind all the catastrophes, all the bloodshed, all the countries that have been invaded and their governments brought down, all the countries that have been burned down, along with their people, and all the blood that is shed in the streets... Behind all these is an accursed Jew” he declared. “You should know that. This is divine law. In His beloved Quran, Allah mentioned ‘corruption upon the land’ only in reference to the Jews.”

Today's video is a celebratio of the bravery and skill of the soldeirs who protect Israel


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