The Cross And The Grave Are Both Empty

I am asked many questions on Quora about Christianity, in general, and specifically about the story of Jesus Christ.¬† Many ask where Jesus is buried, or if one can visit his gravesite.¬† I am so thrilled to say that NO, you cannot – for His tomb was only borrowed for a few days, and today is empty…¬† Here’s my response to one of those Quora questions.¬†

Happy Easter РChrist Is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!


It has struck me often of late that, if you were to visit almost any Catholic Church on earth, as well as many Anglican, United or other traditional mainline churches – you would find images of Jesus Christ proudly displayed in them all, usually displayed in one of three scenes or poses:

  1. ¬†PERPETUAL¬†PAMPERS:¬†¬†Jesus is often seen as a baby under the age of 1, sitting on His mother’s lap.¬† Incidentally, only ONE of these works of art is confirmed to be of Mary and the baby Jesus.¬† Can you tell which one?

(Hint:¬† It doesn’t matterALL of these images depict Jesus either gesturing a Satanic symbol or with some pagan symbolism, especially the tridents you see above, or the globe in His hand).¬† It’s outrageous – these images are also believed by some to be Semiramis (the mother) and Nimrod or Baal (the Baby), or other variants of divine feminine and baby, of which there are over a dozen other pairs.¬† The Devil clearly knew the prophecies of Jesus being born of a Virgin, and so He had false gods coming out of the woodwork, from virtually every major empire or significant culture of the day, including:

VIRGIN MARY

JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God

Semiramis(Goddess Mother or “Queen of Heaven”) (Babel)

Nimrod (Babel)

Ashtarte or Ishtar (Babylon)

(This is where Catholics get EASTER from)

The Winged One or Baal the Sun God (Babylon)

Cybele (Goddess Mother) Asia

Deoius (Asia)

Fortuna (Pagan Rome)

The Boy Jupiter (Pagan Rome)

Isis (The Queen of Heaven) Egypt

Osiris or Horus (Egypt)

Isi (Goddess Mother) India

Iswara (India)

Venus (Rome)

Cupid (Rome)

Ashterath (Phoenicia)

Tammuz (Phoenicia)

Aphrodite (Greece)

Eros (Greece)

Irene (Goddess of Peace) Greece

The Boy Plutus (Greece)

Rhea (Mother of Gods)

Orion (Constellation)

Diana (Ephesian)

Bacchus (God of Party going) of Ancient Greece

Shing Moo (Holy Mother of China)

The Centaur (Greece)

2. 

MILQUETOAST MESSIAH: Who or WHAT is this milk-white-skinned, halo-enhanced, androgynous, suspiciously-transgendered looking creature, that is once again making the Satanic symbol of the trident?¬† And he looks like he’s wearing lipstick, and what happened to the majority of the beard on his face?¬† Jesus is often depicted as an adult like this – a weak-kneed pantywaist who looks like he can barely hold up both arms.jesus2

That “sacred heart’ of Jesus doesn’t really relate to Jesus at all.¬† In fact, if you look above, you’ll see that another Roman deity is also often portrayed as either having a heart or trying to pierce ours with an arrow – on Valentine’s Day.¬† Yep, Cupid is a false god. And by including this pagan symbol on Jesus as a “sacred heart”, pagans of the Roman world could continue their blasphemous worship of their gods, by dressing up Jesus to look like a Ken doll (that clearly looks like he’d rather be Barbie).

3.

HANGING AROUND:¬† Most common of all – Jesus is permanently hanging on the Cross in Catholic churches.¬† Catholic so-called “leadership” wants us to believe that this is a much more spiritual and respectful representation of Christ, than they believe an empty Cross represents – because it apparently “reminds them more of what Christ did for us”.

Which is frankly nonsensical – Christ’s death alone would have done NOTHING for us.¬† He’d be of no more significance than a dead Mohammad, Buddha or Joseph Smith.¬† ALL of us die – that’s not an accomplishment – in fact, it’s an incredible DEFEAT when the dead one also happens to be the SON OF GOD, killed by MEN – the Creator killed by His Creation?

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No matter how horrible the death may be, or the noble mission that caused the death to take place – only¬†His Resurrection granted Him (and us) victory over sin, hell, death and the grave.¬† Which is something that the spirit of antichrist does not want to highlight at all. And contrary to the Exorcist and other related demonic portrayals, the Devil is not afraid of your crucifix.¬† Holding it up in front of the demon-possessed won’t do any more to move a demon out of a person than holding up your driver’s license would. If the demon puts on a show that he’s being “cast out” – I would be very concerned being that exorcist, because he’s about to get a new demonic tenant living in him.

DEMONS AREN’T AFRAID OF YOUR CRUCIFIX (Sorry!)

Let’s get real for a moment – crucifixes or crosses don’t scare demons – and how DARE Catholics use such a powerful symbol as the Cross as some kind of spiritual lucky rabbit’s foot.¬† In fact, the horrid practice was spread throughout the world.¬† If demons are scared of crosses, they sure liked to use them a lot to brutally kill people around the world:¬†


  • Crucifixion was¬†invented¬†by the Persians in 300-400BC

  • Crucifixion (or impalement), in one form or another, it was used by Carthaginians and Macedonians

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    Alexander the Great¬†is reputed to have crucified 2,000 survivors from his¬†siege¬†of the¬†Phoenician¬†city of¬†Tyre, as well as the doctor who unsuccessfully treated Alexander’s friend¬†Hephaestion. Some historians have also conjectured that Alexander crucified¬†Callisthenes, his official historian and biographer, for writing disparaging things about him.

  • In¬†Carthage, crucifixion was an established mode of execution, which could even be imposed on generals for suffering a major defeat.

  • Romans developed it as a form of capital punishment for serious crimes.¬†The upright wooden cross was the most common technique, and the time victims took to die would depend on how they were¬†crucified.¬† Historian Josephus stated that¬†the Roman soldiers would amuse themselves by crucifying criminals in different positions.

  • The rebel slave Spartacus and 6,000 of his followers were all crucified along the highways into Rome – to show everyone what happens to traitors.

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    During the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD, it was written that many Jews were crucified to the walls of the city.

  • Constantine the Great, the first Christian¬†emperor, abolished crucifixion in the Roman Empire in 337 out of veneration for¬†Jesus Christ, its most famous victim.

Regardless, I believe this is a form of idol worship, for:

  • It obscures the glory of Christ – it hides the fact of His deity, His victory on the Cross, and His present kingdom.

  • It displays His human weakness, while hiding from the viewer His divine strength;

  • It depicts the reality of His pain, but keeps out of our sight the reality of His power.

In all 3 depictions of Christ above, they share one common theme – regardless of which one you’re looking at, Jesus is portrayed as powerless and impotent in all of the scenarios.

  • If Jesus never grows up, then Mary can be (and has been) introduced as a co-mediator to help the little guy out – which is what the Catholics did at Vatican Council II in 1959, bestowing the titles of¬† Mary as Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix (#62) in official documents.¬† In its basic definition, a mediator is one who serves as an intermediary between two other parties.¬† Oftentimes, the mediator assists in reconciling differences and bringing the parties to an understanding.¬† It’s like Catholics are wanting to intentionally go against the Scriptures, that state, in 1Tim. 2:5: ““For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”

    Co-Redemptrix is also used by some Catholics, referring to Mary’s role in the redemption of all peoples – a highly controversial theology that isn’t official church theology, but still held by millions to be true.¬†¬†Co-Redemptrix refers to a subordinate but essential participation by the Blessed Virgin Mary in redemption, notably that she gave free consent to giving birth to the Redeemer, which meant sharing his life, suffering, and death, which were redemptive for the world.¬† That’s like saying Abraham Lincoln’s mom freed the slaves, and Adolf Hitler’s mom was responsible for the Holocaust.¬† Good or bad, our mothers do not claim responsibility for our actions simply because they may have given birth to us.

Jesus’ death alone on the Cross is not the power behind the story of Easter. Anyone could die on a cross, as calloused as that sounds. In fact, 2 other thieves died on crosses flanking both sides of him that very day.

1 Corinthians 15:3 says:

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried…

Now, if we were to note a period (.) after the word ‚Äúburied‚ÄĚ, and that was it – then ladies and gentlemen, you‚Äôre serving a dead God in a dead religion. Which, sadly, is where the majority of the world finds itself tonight.

Muhammad, founder of Islam, is dead, and you can visit his grave at the Al Masjid an Nabawi mosque, also known as the Green Dome, in Medina, Saudi Arabia – where he was buried on June 8, 632 AD. They added the mosque over his tomb in 1279 AD.

Gautama Buddha is also dead, and his body was cremated in Kushinagar, India around 483 BC, and the relics were placed in monuments or stupas, some of which are believed to have survived until the present. Ramabhar Stupa in Kushinagar was built over a portion of the Buddha’s ashes on the spot where he was cremated by the ancient Malla people.¬† The cremated remains of what an inscription says is the Buddha, also called SiddhńĀrtha Gautama, have been also discovered in a box in Jingchuan County, China, along with more than 260 Buddhist statues

Cremated Remains of the ‘Buddha’ Discovered in Chinese Village

Confucius is also dead and you can visit his gravesite at the Cemetery of Confucius, in his hometown of Qufu, in Shandong province, China. At his gravesite, where he was buried in 479 BC, today 70 generations of his family are also buried – 100,000 people in all!

Gurdwara Kartarpur (meaning “The Abode of God”) was established by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism in 1522. When Guru Nanak died in 1539, Hindus and Muslims disagreed on how to perform his last rites. A samadhi (according to Hindu tradition) lies in the gurdwara and a grave (according to Muslim traditions) lies on the premises as a reminder of this discord. The gurdwara is located in a small village named Kartarpur on the West bank of the Ravi River in Punjab, Pakistan.

Taoism was founded by Laozi, the author of the Tao Te Ching, who is very much dead today. According to Taoist legend, Laozi transmitted the Tao Te Ching at the request of a border guard before departing from China (i.e. from known civilization). He is believed to have lived out the rest of his days in communion with Nature. No one knows where he was buried, or even if he was, after he departed to the West from China in 531 BC.

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) is dead, and was buried at the Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo, Illinois. After destroying a newspaper that printed negative material about him and his church, Joseph was arrested for “suppression of freedom of the press” and imprisoned at the Carthage Jail. On June 27, 1844, a mob of 200 men stormed the jail where Smith was being held, and murdered Joseph and his brother Hyrum.

The Cave of the Patriarchs is located in the ancient city of Hebron, West Bank, Israel – and is generally considered by Jews, Christians and Muslims to be its spiritual center. All three major Abrahamic world religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) have factions that believe that the compound encloses the burial place of: Adam and Eve; Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah; Jacob and Leah.

The founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) – Mary Baker Eddy – is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after dying on December 3, 1910.

Rev. Sun Myung Moon founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, or the Unification Church, in 1954 (also known as the ‚ÄúMoonies‚ÄĚ). On September 15, 2012, he was buried at his house in Cheongseongsan, in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

On January 24, 1986, L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, died in Creston, San Luis Obispo County, California, and was cremated – his ashes then scattered on the Pacific Ocean, per his wishes. He has a simple gravestone at the family home in Hubbardsville, New York.

CHRISTIANITY…AND CHRIST…ARE INCOMPARABLE

What sets Christianity apart from all the other religions is that according to 1 Corinthian’s 15:3-4:

:3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY according to the scriptures

That’s the good news, friend! The Gospel, in a nutshell, is forever enshrined in four words:

  • The Cross (Jesus died)
  • The Crypt (Jesus was buried)
  • The Comma (that little punctuation mark that tells us that story didn‚Äôt end there, that there was more to come, for on Sunday morning there was‚Ķ)
  • The Comeback (Jesus kicked the end out of His tomb and rose from the grave, triumphant over Death, sin, sickness, Hell and the grave).

I call on Catholics around the world to take our Saviour down from the Cross.  To leave Him there is blasphemous and depraved Рit acknowledges His Death without His Resurrection Рmeaning He is NOT GOD and has no power to forgive sins, set us free or give us eternal life.

There is no greater testimony of the power of God today than an EMPTY Cross and an EMPTY TOMB – For He is not on it or in it any longer, nor did it have power over Him.¬† He cried from the Cross: “IT IS FINISHED” not “I AM Finished”.

Take Him down off the Cross, off His mother’s lap – and out of the tranny make-up bag.

I echo the powerful words of Alfred H. Ackley Рcredited with writing 1500 hymns, gospel songs and children’s songs Рbut likely his most famous is also his most powerful:

“I serve a risen Savior,
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
and just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

He lives! He lives!
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me
and talks with me
along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
salvation to impart!
You ask me how
I know He lives?
He lives within my heart!’

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By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted: April 19, 2019
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Israel Is Going…To The Moon!

The State of Israel is set to become only the fourth nation in the world to land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, behind the United States, Russia, and China.  And they are about to do it in a way that no other nation has done it before! 


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Now, let’s be clear – we’re not talking about Israelis actually walking on the moon.¬† That’s a feat that even the United States has not done in over 46 years (if they ever did at all), and Russia and China have never sent men to the moon.

However, an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL announced in 2015 that they planned to visit the moon by the end of 2017.  While the clock is ticking now, if the mission ever happens at all, it will mark the first time a lunar mission is backed by private donors, rather than government funds.

SpaceIL made the announcement as part of its entry in the Google Lunar Xprize, a $30 million competition to send an unmanned rover to the moon, back in 2015.

To win the prize money, the rover has to roam around for at least 500 meters and snap high-definition video and images that can be sent back to Earth.  The SpaceIL team jokes that this lunar rover, like every self-respecting Israeli, will have the capability of sending a selfie back home.

SpaceIL was the first to sign a contract among the 16 total entrants, though all aimed to eventually get to the moon.

The team will be sending its rover by way of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher (The US-based space company Spaceflight Industries originally purchased the rocket and SpaceIL is now partnering with it to land the spacecraft safely on the moon.)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launcher with a Taiwanese client payload. (Credit: SpaceX)

“Only three countries have ‘soft-landed’ a rover on the surface of the moon: the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China,” said SpaceIL CEO Eran Privman, in a statement. “Now the notion of the small state of Israel being added to this exclusive list look more promising than ever.”

The spacecraft will have the following components:

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Once SpaceIL announced its launch contract, the remaining 15 teams had until December 31, 2016, to announce their own launch contracts.

In the end, there were 5 total teams that made it to the final cut:

According to Xprize, parts for the newly updated spacecraft are already beginning to arrive at the team’s facility in preparation for the 2017 launch.

“This takes us one huge step closer to [realizing] our vision of recreating an ‘Apollo effect’ in Israel,” Privman said, referring to the 1969 space craze that got a generation of American kids¬†interested in science.

Israelis won’t be setting¬†foot on the moon, but they’ll be breaking major ground nonetheless.¬† And we at the Calling Out Community can’t wait to see it happen.

Watch the SpaceIL video on this exciting project!

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Israel Is Forever
Founding Calling Out Member
Posted: November 14, 2017
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]¬†

Israel Breaks Tourism Records


The Jewish News Service (JNS.org) has just announced that, in April 2017, the State of Israel recorded its biggest tourism month since it was founded in 1948.

We give God the glory for taking care of His beloved people, during a period of continuous verbal attacks by the United Nations and liberal news media, physical assaults by Islamic terrorist organizations, and the outrageous financial plotting of the BDS movement.


According to the Jewish News Service, in April 2017, a record-breaking 349,000 tourists entered Israel, a 38-percent increase from April 2016 and the highest-ever figure for any month since Israel’s establishment in 1948.

Additionally, between January and April 2017, 1.1 million tourists entered the Jewish state, an increase of 26 percent from the same period in 2016 and 22 percent more than those months in 2015.

On Tuesday, May 9, Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin released this statement:

‚ÄúWhen there is clear policy, we see results. Every month, we are witnessing exceptional statistics that illustrate the progress we are spearheading in the tourism industry and its tremendous contribution to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

‚ÄúThis important and exciting milestone is part of a positive trend that has been taking place over the last half year or more. I hope and believe that, with hard work, we will continue to reap the benefits of this investment.”

The significant rise in tourism to Israel comes despite higher costs for travelers, due to the substantial strengthening of the shekel currency in recent months.

Incoming tourism during the first four months of the year accounted for an estimated 6 billion shekels ($1.7 billion) being infused into Israel’s economy.

¬†Israel also has received more good news on the home front. ¬†InterNations’ Family Life Index¬†is reporting, in¬†its 2017 listing of 45¬†of the best countries to raise a family, that the State of Israel has risen from 4th place in 2016 to 3rd best country in the world to raise a family, as voted by ex-patriots who have moved abroad.

Canada ranks 21st, which is very suspect, as the Czech Republic, for example, is being listed with a superior education system to our own.

We thank God for giving the State of Israel favor with people around the world, who desired to come to Israel and see firsthand this miracle in the desert.

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By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted May 20, 2017

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The Faking of Middle East News

Occasionally a photo or video will come along that goes viral, captures the hearts or imaginations of the people, who in turn influence their respective governments, and real, positive change is made that changes the world for the better.

This story is about 3 such photos that all meet those qualifiers – all iconic in their¬†own¬†rights – but¬†all¬†3 share a dirty little secret.¬† To be sure, the Middle Eastern events they portrayed shook us, made us cry, changed our lives and the policies of many of our nations…¬†

…and yet NONE of them¬†ever¬†actually happened.


the Threatened Palestinian boy

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You’ve likely seen it before: An IDF soldier aiming his rifle at a Palestinian’s head. No context is given ‚Äď is the soldier about to execute the Palestinian at point-blank range? ¬†The photo spreads via Facebook, reinforcing the (false) narrative of “Israeli aggression against Palestinian victims.”

However, this event never happened.¬† The latest charade in ‘Pallywood’ ‚Äď a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda ‚Äď is now circulating on Facebook, showing “an Israeli rifle butt digging into a young Palestinian’s neck.”

Thankfully, Roi Rahmani, an alert media monitor, discovered another photo, this one showing the two Palestinian actors,¬†appearing in a friendly selfie. ¬†The entire story was later covered on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

(Credit: Roi Rahmani)

THE Burning Egyptian

(WARNING: graphic image.  Viewer discretion advised)

The following screenshot, published by Ahmed Mansour, a famed anchor on the Arabic Al Jazeera claimed that the following image is one of a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, being burned alive by the Egyptian Military – the narrative being that the current Egyptian government is putting ‘victim’ Brotherhood supporters to death.

The Brotherhood, under the leadership of President Morsi, were the government of Egypt from 2012-2013.  The organisation, founded in 1928, has a presence in governments around the world Рbut as of 2015 is considered a terrorist organisation by the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.  Not really the type one would get sympathy for.

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If you search on the internet to check the truth about that image, you will find out that the original image is of a 2008 South African protester, who tragically set HIMSELF on fire.  This was a very embarrassing revelation to Al Jazeera viewers, costing huge credibility in Egypt and beyond.

The Drowning Refugees

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A photo of refugees floating in life jackets, looking for help has been portrayed all over the media as indicative of the plight that Middle Eastern refugees endure every day.  on its own, it paints a grim picture of the risks that these refugees take, often with little kids with them in tow.

ONE SMALL PROBLEM – an uncropped version of the picture has surfaced, proving the photograph was selectively edited to persuade Americans into allowing open borders for refugees and to further liberal agenda.

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The full image, provided by Bare Naked Islam, showed a group of young men standing about seven feet from the crisis.¬† The ‚Äėtreacherous sea‚Äô is 2 feet deep at most. Surprisingly, the media did not add a shark fin into the photo.

What we can learn

The first, and most important thing that we can take away from the story is that all consumers of news (whether we read it in the paper,¬†¬†watch it on TV, or listen to it on the radio) have a responsibility to not pass it on until we¬†know it’s actually accurate.

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So many times I have friends come up to me and tell me a new story that they read online or seen on television that was just so ridiculously fake and so stupid, I able to shoot holes in the story right away…with simple logic or facts they couldn’t dispute. ¬†So many people out there are gullible and naive followers of whatever comes their way – they don’t know what’s true and what’s not.

And some¬†don’t even care. They’re looking¬†for a biased opinion that meets their views – and whether it’s accurate or not is irrelevant. ¬†It could be a¬†ridiculous myth – that’s the battle we fight today in looking for truth.

I don’t care whether you’re a conservative or liberal, I think that any time a news media source that you rely on has shown an obvious bias towards your particular views or those of the opposition, they should be ignored.

And¬†sadly, that doesn’t leave many trusted options. ¬†Right wingers should not be relying on right wing news from Breitbart or Fox News to tell us the truth in every situation. Left wingers should not be relying on CNN or¬†the mainstream media to tell them the truth. It behoves us to find the actual stories ourselves, often buried within the hyperbole and biased nonsense from both sides. ¬†The “no man’s land” between left and right sources is often the truth of the story.

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We are not better informed about the particular issues of the day by listening to only the sources that we agree with. The only time that we will really learn anything about the world around us, and our response to it, is to watch both sides of a story.

One of¬†the best little¬†tools that I’ve ever found to help me know whether a certain online story is accurate or not is a¬†website called¬†TinEye.

You find a photo with an entire story developed around it, and you aren’t really sure you believe it. ¬†Save the photo in question to your¬†device and then upload it to TinEye – and in seconds it will tell you¬†when this photo first appeared on the Net, who the sources were – and you can then click those links and see if the original sources have now disappeared. ¬†It will also show you¬†whether it has been doctored in the meantime.

It was with TinEye that I actually discovered that the drowning refugees’ story was based on a doctored photo – they had merely cropped it down and told a tale based on what was left. ¬†TinEye’s technology somehow analyses the pixels in one photo, runs it against its 17 billion image database, and comes back and says “here are the photos that most closely resemble it” – which is amazing because it almost always finds many sources for the same pic – but¬†cropped, recolored, etc.

You¬†can then click on the original sources of the photo – and may then learn that this “battle in Ukraine” today was actually a photo from Russia 10 years ago.¬†¬†Or a photo depicting¬†something you are told has “just happened” may, in fact, have first appeared online years ago.

maxresdefault-2When fake news uses an image to tell a story it was never meant to tell, it costs the actual photographer or image owner, in reputation, etc.  They might not have intended for this photo to tell this story, and being connected to it could result in them being punished by their customers, with bad publicity, etc.

As Allen Murabayashi states in his excellent January 2017 article for Petapixel.com, The Problem of Fake Photos in Fake News:

Of course, the purveyors of today‚Äôs fake news aren‚Äôt concerned with misrepresentation. And they might not even be motivated by politics, but rather the potential profit from ads that can result from ‚Äúgoing viral.‚ÄĚ

As with any other form of image theft, photographers need to be practical about how to pursue infringement. But misrepresentation can damage a photographer’s credibility, so photographers would be wise to keep a vigilant eye out for real images used in fake ways.

Hear hear.  In fact, we would all be wise to do that.

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
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Posted February 4, 2017

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Palestinian Phony Politics

I truly cannot think of any other place on earth where the government of a region so badly misrepresents or ignores the needs and wishes of its people, yet simultaneously receives such fanatical devotion and support from these same people Рas we witness today within the Palestinian Authority.


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Mahmoud Abbas, third from right, the Palestinian Authority president, at a Fatah party conference on Tuesday in Ramallah, West Bank. (Credit: Palestinian Preaidential Office/Reuters)

On Tuesday, November 28, the New York Times reported that a special conference of the Fatah political party kicked off in the city of Ramallah, in Israel’s¬†West Bank.

During the opening day, incumbent party leader Mahmoud Abbas was re-elected to another term  Рand as a result, was handed a further mandate  as President of the Palestinian Authority.

Long before the conference took place, however, Abbas had already solidified his decade-long hold on power by  purging most of his opponents and stacking the deck with supporters in his favour. Those carefully selected delegates wasted little time in formally re-electing him as the leader of Fatah, the political party that controls the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank Рa party closely connected to the Palestinian Liberation Organization  (PLO).

Thousands of Fatah delegates from around the world seated inside the conference hall. (Credit: Haytham Othman/MaanImages)
Thousands of Fatah delegates from around the world seated inside the conference hall. (Credit: Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

‚ÄúEverybody voted yes,‚ÄĚ a spokesman for Fatah, Mahmoud Abu al-Hija, told reporters who had not been allowed into the conference hall for the decision.

The conference, Fatah‚Äôs first in seven years, comes as the Palestinians face economic troubles, violent clashes among competing clans and the continuing Israeli so-called “occupation” of the West Bank.

Critics complain that Mr. Abbas’s leadership has grown out of touch. He responded to that criticism by demonstrating his continued grip on the Palestinian Authority and to rebuild the Fatah party leadership with allies.

Now 81 years old, Abbas will now be able to  also hold onto leadership for at least another five years, effectively silencing any opposition for the rest of the decade.

FULL STOPstop ¬†Folks, you need to be made aware of a very important point here, and since most Western media won’t tell you this, we will: Mahmoud Abbas is NOT¬†the legitimate President of the Palestinian Authority today, nor¬†has he been for¬†7 years!¬†

Abbas has been a regular bit player in the Middle East drama played out on Western news programs and 24-hour channels for the last decade, and is always¬†referred to as¬†the “President of the Palestinian Authority”

Cable news has been rushing to the lowest common denominator for years and will just keep getting worse. (Credit: Saysomethingblogcom)
Cable news has been rushing to the lowest common denominator for years and will just keep getting worse. (Credit: Saysomethingblog.com)

What’s the lesson in this? ¬†If the media tells a¬†Big Lie enough times, we will eventually believe it as fact.¬†¬†On that note, ¬†here’s how the situation with the Palestinian Authority Presidency unfolded:

  • January 5, 2005: ¬†¬†President Mahmoud Abbas was¬†elected to a 4-year term¬†by the citizens¬†of the Palestinian¬†Authority, which was to end January 9, 2009.

  • June 2008: ¬†With¬†the next presidential election just¬†6 months away,¬†Fatah again nominated¬†Mahmoud Abbas as their candidate.

  • December 2008: ¬†However, Abbas shocked everyone when¬†it was ¬†reported¬†that he wasn’t going¬†to¬†run for a second term.

  • November 5, 2009: ¬†the Guardian¬†reported that Abbas had¬†publicly announced his intention not to run for re-election – with the caveat, however, that he would¬†ONLY stay until the next Presidential election.

Election Evasion

The timeline above, my friends, is a lesson in how to remain in power indefinitely.  Abbas and his party Fatah got into a tug-of-war over the timing of the next Presidential election with the militant Palestinian group Hamas, who are sharing power with Fatah:

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    July 17, 2010:  Originally, the date of the presidential and parliamentary elections for the Palestinian Authority were to be held on this date, but they were postponed several times because of political disputes between Fatah and Hamas.

  • October 2011: ¬†Abbas calls for an election, but Hamas¬†disputes this, stating he didn’t have the authority or legitimacy to make that electoral call – and as a result, Hamas wouldn’t take part in the election.

  • November 2011: ¬†An¬†election date was called,¬†agreed on by both parties.

  • May 4, 2012:¬†Election not held,¬†due to further bickering.

  • December 20, 2013: Hamas called on the Palestinian Authority to form a six-month national unity government that would finally hold the election.

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    April 2014:  An agreement was finally reached between Fayah and Hamas to form a unity government, and for general actions to take place within six months of the agreement.

  • June 2, 2014: ¬†Unity government formed.

  • October¬†8, 2016 elections were finally called for this date. Then the New York Times¬†reported that the¬†Palestinian high court suspended municipal elections, on September 8, pending a second hearing after a challenge by a lawyer over balloting in East Jerusalem. Reports are that it won’t happen until December.

  • 2017?: The elections are expected to be the first elections in all of the Palestinian territories since Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, as Hamas agreed to participate.

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Will we EVER see this scene again in the Palestinian Territories?

Now, with Abbas solidifying his power this week with Fatah, it could be seen as his way of keeping control regardless of the elections Рor he may even be attempting to scuttle them yet again.  The PLO wants him to name a successor, which seems unlikely after giving Abbas a 5-year extension.  The bickering is sure to continue.

Meanwhile the Palestinian people protest Israel’s treatment of them, but seem to still support this sham¬†government, but not Abbas – a June 2-4 poll¬†conducted¬†by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research¬†were clear and¬†surprising:

The survey, conducted June 2-4, showed that 65% of the public in the West Bank and Gaza Strip want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign. ‚ÄúDemand for Abbas‚Äô resignation stands at 64% in the West Bank and 67% in the Gaza Strip,‚ÄĚ read the findings. The survey indicated that 31% want Abbas to remain in office.

If presidential elections were held now, according to the poll, Abbas and two other candidates ‚ÄĒ Ismail Haniyeh, deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently incarcerated in Israel ‚ÄĒ would receive 20%, 35% and 40% of the vote, respectively.

That must be a punch in the gut to Abbas, knowing that the Palestinian people would rather elect someone in JAIL IN ISRAEL FOR LIFE over him?  And is it any wonder?  We have reported in the past that:

  • the Palestinian government had been building a palace for the president at a time when they were also asking for donations from the international community in order to keep themselves from starving. In that same story, we also shared the REAL story the media didn’t want to tell you about the electric power being turned off for 45 minutes in winter across the Palestinian Authority… because the Palestinian government had not paid their $500 million power bill for over a year!

  • Sodastream, an Israeli company had¬†became a major target for the BDS movement, and as a result 600 Palestinians lost their jobs when the plant was forced to move out of the Palestinian Territories. ¬†The attitude of the Palestinian spokesman was very revealing, having stated that some collateral damage was necessary in this war against Israel. I should note that these Palestinian workers were making up to 5 TIMES what they could have made in the Palestinian Territories for a similar position. Photos of the workers weeping on their last day at the plant went viral around the world.

Continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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A United Nations Fox In Israel’s Henhouse

Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion delivers a statement as he is joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right to left, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion,  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan at the press conference on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

In February 2016, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion called a press conference to publicly question the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job.  

One wonders how “Libtarded” you would have to be before the Liberal government of Canada said “no way, this idiot needs to be fired”.¬†

But even when a globalist government like Canada asks the United Nations to reconsider, they do nothing.  Now nearly 9 months later, UN Human Watch  joins a rising tide of opposition against this absolutely ridiculous, inappropriate and possibly fraudulent appointment within the well-heeled ranks of the United Nations Рexposing their dark anti-Semitic plans.


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WARNING:  We assert that the foundational beliefs of the antagonist in this story, and the antagonist himself, are so BLATANTLY STUPID that uncontrolled squinting may result, as you continue to read the details. Reader discretion is advised.

A small but growing union of varied interests are demanding that he United Nations immediately suspend Michael Lynk, a Canadian expert on international law,¬†from his¬†appointment as “UN¬†Special Rapporteur on the Situation¬†Of¬†Human¬†Rights¬†in the Palestinian Territory Occupied Since 1967.”¬†

The job title itself shows the clear bias and intent of the United Nations to malign Israel every chance they can get (Israel, for example,¬†would certainly not agree that they are “occupying” “Palestinian Territory”) – not to mention the fact that just reading the title causes epileptic fits.

But why on earth would a Canadian Liberal cabinet minister go out of his way to fight with the United Nations to have one of our own citizens fired from such a prestigious United Nations appointment?  It seems that Mr. Lynk has embarrassed Canada by failing to disclose, when he applied for the post, that he was:

The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)
The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)

…A member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations; a member of the advisory board of the ‚ÄúCanadian-Palestinian Education Exchange‚ÄĚ (CEPAL), which promotes events like the ‚ÄúAnnual Israeli Apartheid Week‚ÄĚ; and, Lynk is also on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America (a pro-Palestinian advocacy group).

Why would it matter that he failed to disclose his leadership role in three pro-Palestinian organizations when he applied to be come the United Nations special investigator, looking into allegation of Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians?  Hmmm, smells good to me Рsaid no one, ever. 

And this guy isn’t just biased, he’s clearly a card-carrying¬†Jew-hater.¬† As mentioned,¬†he sits on the board of an organization that hosts an “Israeli Apartheid Week“.¬† Just a tiny bit of anti-Israel bias, perhaps?

As they say in sports, “the fix is in”.

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2016 Israeli Apartheid Week poster. (Credit: Israeli Apartheid Week website)

Apartheid Week is a misnomer – the word¬†“apartheid” is defined in the dictionary as a uniquely-coined term relating to the racial discrimination policies of South Africa.¬†Their site introduction:

“Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel‚Äôs ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people.”

They list dates around the world, including in the mythical land called “Palestine”, which isn’t on any map, and South Africa – ironic to be trying to perpetrate “the Israeli apartheid”¬†myth in¬†the only country to have actual apartheid.¬† They also seem to be getting a lot of sponsorship money or something, as they are all over the world?

A¬†letter from the UN Watch group to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, October 27 was issued hours before Lynk presented a 26-page report on Israeli actions against Palestinians to the UN General Assembly‚Äôs Third Committee.¬† In it, he criticized the Jewish state for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank, particularly settlement building and what he termed ‚Äúexcessive use of force‚ÄĚ against Palestinians.

Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces
Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces

Excessive force – wow.¬† 1o,ooo rockets had been fired by Hamas at Israel over a decade, and Israel did nothing.¬† 10,000 rockets, and over 2,300 were fired in 2012 alone, from UN-sponsored schools, hospitals, mosques, people’s homes – it was so outrageous.¬† When Israel finally took action to stop it, a pro-Palestinian spokesmen actually stated “no big deal, Hamas rockets mostly missed their targets anyway, but¬†Israel’s rockets DIDN’T miss”.

bozoHEY KIDS – can you spot today’s special moral lesson, that the REAL Bozos in Hamas seem to have missed?

So, knowing that this guy was a total anti-Semitic hack with very public connections to pro-Palestinian groups, why would the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) want him to oversee their investigations into Israeli human rights violations?¬† Isn’t it obvious – because they already wrote the final report, and just want someone to create the evidence.

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So, clearly he was intentionally hired to do a hatchet job for them against Israel.  

This becomes more obvious when you glance at the current membership¬†of this “Human Rights” love fest including:

  • China (no comment required)
  • Cuba¬†(no comment required)
  • Nigeria (the home of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, killing Christians by the thousands)
  • Philippines (whose wingnut President admitted on TV that he’s murdered 3 drug dealers¬†– then¬†told citizens to do the same)
  • Russia (no comment required)
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    (Credit: Sun Cartoons)

    Saudi Arabia (how does a country, whose women cannot even drive or buy a coffee at Starbucks without male assistance, ¬†get on the UN Human Rights Commission.¬† They also gripe about¬†Israel’s military, budgeted at $18.6 billion, yet THEIR military budget is $87.2 billion)¬†

  • UAE (they don’t even recognize Israel’s existence as a state, and the two countries have no formal diplomatic relations)
  • Venezuela (who’s people are starving and rioting in the streets)
  • Vietnam (America fought a war for 10 years almost to get rid of their Communists – who are still in power)

You could tell just from the make-up of Thugs ‘R Us that Israel would never get fair play with this bunch.¬† Still, it was shocking to read the following Fox News report on March 24, 2016 from the United Nations:

From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)
From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)

“On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women‚Äôs rights anywhere on the planet ‚Äď Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.¬†

On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states. 

There were five Council resolutions on Israel.¬† One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran.¬† Libya got an offer of ‚Äútechnical assistance.‚Ä̬† And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned.” (Emphasis mine)

It makes my blood boil

Again, they are talking about ISRAEL, the one little country in the Middle East of 8 million people, the only democracy in the Middle East?  This same Israel Рwhere you are better off being a woman, a child, a senior, gay, Jewish, a Christian, a Muslim, black or an atheist than in any of the 16 enemy combatant nations that surrounds Her?  Yes, THAT Israel.

It’s outrageous, it’s absurd, and it’s why the United Nations needs to be kicked out of New York and sent packing to one of these Third World crap holes.¬† Maybe President Trump will get the job done.

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By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted October 28, 2016

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Donald Trump And Israel

Today, I am serving notice to the thousands of global followers of our Calling Out Community blog site and Twitter feed, that I am officially endorsing, and will be fully supporting through every avenue available, Mr. Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. ¬†And here’s why…


imageI have had the privilege in the last 2 years Рsince starting this blog on July 28, 2016 Рto speak to some of my 7,000+ followers, now in 100 countries of the world Рthe largest two delegations being my beloved Canada (2,965) followed by the United States of America (2,065), with the third-largest group encompassing my 288 wonderful friends in the United Kingdom.

I’d like to believe that we have had success connecting with Americans because we share so many things:¬†Canada and the United States are each other’s largest trading partner – over $660 billion a year!¬†We share¬†a common language, an¬†equivalent legal and social order, common ancestry with Great Britain – we¬†even share¬†a¬†continent, of¬†course, including¬†the¬†largest international¬†border in the world – over 8,891 kilometres (5,525¬†mi) long!¬† Eight Canadian provinces and territories (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick), and thirteen U.S. states (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine) are located along the border.

So without a doubt, we are interchangeably linked for life.  As a result, the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 U.S. presidential election has an impact on Canadians as well, and therefore dominates both the topics covered by my blog, as well as on the lives of thousands of its followers. As a result, I am going on record today to officially endorse Mr. Donald J. Trump as my choice for President of the United States of America.

trumpaipac-497x350Back on March 21, Donald Trump gave a landmark address at the AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) meetings in Washington, DC on the relationship of Israel and the United States – which I saw in its entirety today for the first time this morning.

(You can click to either WATCH the entire speech on YouTube, or READ the full transcript, courtesy of Time Magazine)

Mr. Trump pledged to rip up the Iranian nuclear deal, to force the Palestinians back to the bargaining table with Israel or face sanctions, and to rebuild the US relationship with its best friend and only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.

The AIPAC later apologized for the speech – one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of – because Mr Trump criticized Barack Obama from their stage, a sitting President, for his efforts against the Jewish State.

What made that apology even more bizarre was the fact that without a doubt, those comments had the biggest reaction from the crowd – a very spontaneous, very unexpected (even for Mr Trump) uproarious standing ovation that lasted several minutes.

Only one other statement garnered a standing ovation of the same magnitude – when Mr. Trump pledged that, when elected President, he would immediately begin preparations to move the American embassy to “the eternal city of Jerusalem”.

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu – Pence “cherishes” Israel. (Credit: Office of the Prime Minister of Israel‚Äôs Google+ Page)

Mr. Trump’s pick for Vice President, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is one of the greatest friends of Israel in the United States today. Earlier this year, he signed a bipartisan bill (passing 47 to 3) that would divest his state from local businesses that take part in the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement. In other words, if a company was openly hostile toward Israel in its practices, the state would pull out of any investments it had in that company.

(Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/mike-pence-seen-having-strong-israel-record#Tq2kre9AZimiGx0x.99)

Based on what I’ve seen and heard of late, Mr. Trump has very strong support for Israel – the strongest I’ve heard from a Presidential candidate in decades – something which I consider to be the most important qualification for President today.

Any friend of Israel is a friend of ours.  Period.

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 By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted September 1, 2016

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It’s Official – “Boycott Israel” Flops!

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I stumbled this morning across a Bloomberg article, published on Wednesday, June 1 – that seems to indicate, to my incredulity and joy, that the Boycott, Divest & Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel – started by Palestinians with the purpose of hindering or even destroying the economy of Israel – is not only losing steam globally – but in fact may have had the opposite desired impact.

According to this article, a deep look into the state of foreign investment in Israel suggests that the BDS movement to boycott Israel is failing.

BDS, founded in 2005 by a group of Palestinians and seen by many as an anti-Semitic effort to single Israel out for punishment, seeks to prevent investors from doing business in Israel.  And it seemed at first to be working, according to Bloomberg:

Physicist Stephen Hawking shunned a Jerusalem conference hosted by Israel’s president, singer Lauryn Hill canceled a Tel Aviv concert and a giant Dutch pension fund blacklisted five Israeli banks. All are signs that an international movement to isolate Israel is gaining ground.

However, in the very next paragraph, you can almost see the jaw dropping and hear the gasp of the Bloomberg writer, Sangwon Yoon:

Yet an examination of foreign capital flow into the country shows the opposite trend – a steep increase. Foreign investments in Israeli assets hit a record high last year of $285.12 billion, a near-tripling from 2005 when the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was started by a group of Palestinians. (Emphasis mine)

Of course, the movement was weakly developed and initially founded with a series of very poorly considered realities:

  • It reeked of anti-Semitism and while many could have looked at individual situations and thought that Israel went to far here and there since its founding in 1948, to seek to compleetely obliterate their total economy to many was just too obvious in its end-goal.
  • It didn’t take into account the power of Israel’s allies.  Nations like Canada stepped up and created laws that outlawed the BDS movement within their borders.
  • It didn’t take into account the wealth of American Jews, who saw the movement from the beginning as an economic Holocaust, and refuses to let it happen again.  Well, some of them fell into the whole disgusting boycott – one wonders what on earth they are thinking by doing so?  Some day they may need Israel and will she still exist when they do?
  • It had far too many Palestinian victims.  We reported previously about the attacks made on carbonated beverage machine maker Sodastream – and how those stupid efforts resulted in over 600 Palestinians losing their good-paying jobs.  And when asked what their response to this was, a Palestinian Authority spokesman made it clear that collateral damage like this was acceptable.  The fallout from such a stupid statement was the unmasking of the true hatred and anti-Semitic foundation of this movement.

But the worst is not over.  We will not rest until BDS has been destroyed worldwide and the economy of the independent state of Israel, which has every right to exist on the world stage, can continue unabated.

Long Live Israel!


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600 Palestinian Jobs Lost By “Boycott Israel”

Israel Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted March 2, 2016

Former Palestinian employees of the Israeli SodaStream drinks firm show their identity cards before leaving the plant for the last time, victims of the failed BDS movement
Former Palestinian employees of the Israeli SodaStream drinks firm show their identity cards before leaving the plant for the last time, victims of the failed BDS movement

In our June 1, 2015 posting about the global BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement against the people¬†and businesses of Israel, we warned in our¬†title¬†that if you Boycott Israel, Only Palestinians Suffer.¬†¬†To our heartache, it¬†seems we¬†couldn’t¬†have been¬†more¬†accurate.

We told the story of global carbonated drink maker Sodastream, a Israeli-based company employing 2,000 around the world Рan iconic corporate role model that almost singlehandedly created its entire industry -manufacturing  DIY carbonated beverage machines and flavoured syrups.

Palestinian employees openly weep as they learn they can no longer work for Sodastream,
Palestinian employees openly weep as they learn they can no longer work for Sodastream,

Let me say at the offset that we hold no shares in this company.  We truly wish we did.  We have no connection to the leadership, marketing, retail sales, finances, human resources, manufacturing or material sourcing for this company.  We really wish we did, as its an interesting product and a well run company with great leadership that closely care about their employees and have demonstrated that rather dramatically.

I am not Jewish nor Israeli though I am extremely fond of both.  I am a Canadian evangelical Christian that has never been to Israel but would consider such a visit the highlight of my life.

Sodastream is not an Israeli government¬†agency, they do not make products that¬†benefit the Israeli military or government.¬†¬†Likely the majority of their sales are¬†in North America and Europe.¬† A good portion of the staff¬†– over 700¬†of their 2000 employees – were Palestinian Arabs.¬†¬†Their corporate site¬†indicates that each year,¬†they provide 1.5 billion liters of home-made soda to millions of homes worldwide, making¬†Sodastream…

…one of the largest beverage companies in the world.

Israel_-_Boycott,_divest,_sanctionEnter the extremely-stupid and short-sightseeing BDS movement against Israel Рa program to Boycott, Divest and Sanction anything made in Israel, demonically birthed by the neo-Nazi bastards running the Palestinian Authority. Everyone of these camel-loving freaks ought to thank whatever backwards impotent creature they worship as a god that I dont own a gun, for when they declared war in Israel, they got at least one more infuriated enemy out for their disease-ridden blood РME.

Though¬†Sodastream has been an outstanding employer to the Palestinian people, reportedly paying between three and five times the average local wage, these leftwing¬†university groups, mainstream (aka dying) Christian denominations, unions and other raging¬†antiSemetic ASSHOLES¬†have sought¬†the financial destruction of Israel and, as a result, have targeted Sodastream because it’s successful – something that none of these towel-headed jackasses knows anything about.

There, I got it out of my system.  For now.

These are some of the Palestinians who lost their jobs thanks to BDS.
These are some of the Palestinians who lost their jobs thanks to BDS.

Bowing to financial pressures and the need to restructure as a result¬†of the¬†boycott’s¬†success, SodaStream was forced to¬†move out of the West Bank in October 2015 under pressure from BDS, and 500 Palestinian employees lost their jobs. Another 74 were able to continue working at the new factory close to the southern town of Rahat, but only on temporary work permits. On Monday, February 29, 2016¬†those permits expired and SodaStream was forced to let its last Palestinian employees go.

Thanks to the BDS movement’s actions, close to 600 Palestinians have now lost their jobs.  At this one company alone.  Good job.  soon there will be no one left to pay taxes to pay for the Presidential Palace there.

BDS activists have clearly demonstrated beyond all doubt that their only goal is to harm Israel, and they don’t care one iota if that causes Palestinians to suffer. Mahmoud Nawajaa, the BDS coordinator  in Ramallah, called the loss of the Palestinian jobs at SodaStream:

part of the price that should be paid in the process of ending the occupation.

Easy for that idiot to say – he’s still got a job.¬† BDS caused irrevocable damage by costing 600 Palestinians their livelihoods, but the movement got what it wanted. BDS supporters claim they are against ‚Äúthe occupation,‚ÄĚ and SodaStream has moved out of the West Bank. What more could there possibly be left for them to do now?

The boycott movement will still be targeting SodaStream as leaders claim that operating from the Negev ‚Äúamounts to participation in Israel‚Äôs plans to forcibly displace at least 40,000 Palestinianstu-bykofsky-philly-BDS-quote-FB600x600 Bedouins into townships,‚ÄĚ and according to BDS leader Omar Barghouti, ‚Äúcolluding in the ethnic cleansing of Bedouin Palestinian citizens.‚ÄĚ Except the Bedouins are not Palestinians, and BDS is simply hijacking their identity to fit their narrative portraying Israel as an occupier of Palestinian land.

This is in reference to the contentious Prawer-Begin plan which was dropped while the government sought to formulate a new version, but aimed to resolve the issues of illegal Bedouin settlements and to more fully integrate them into Israeli society.

The SodaStream factory was built in a new industrial zone in the Negev administered by the Bedouin city of Rahat, the Jewish town of Lahavim and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council.  Around 40 factories will be based in this industrial zone when it is fully developed, providing employment for hundreds of workers, including many Bedouins from nearby towns. A college and hospital are also being built.

The Negev is uncontested land under Israeli sovereignty, but to BDS it is another area that can be used in the attempt to delegitimize Israel altogether.
Just like the 600 Palestinians who lost their jobs, the plight of the Bedouins and the reality of the situation are irrelevant to BDS. The movement will take any opportunity to demonize Israel, even if it is to the detriment of the people it claims to care about.

SHAMELESS PROMOTION

These revolutionary Sodastream systems and related supplies can be purchased at:

  • Amazon: USA and Canada
  • Bath, Bed and Beyond: USA and Canada
  • Wal-Mart: USA and Canada

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NPR Shows Integrity After Israel Map Gaffe

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted January 28, 2016.

imageFollowing National Public Radio‚Äôs (NPR) online publication¬†this week of an illustrative map – which erroneously deleted Israel and replaced its geographic region with the label¬†‚ÄúPalestine‚ÄĚ-¬† NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen quickly issued a statement explaining how the errors came to be, apologizing for the same on behalf of the 900-station radio network, and citing media watchdog HonestReporting‚Äôs role in fixing the situation:

“The map portion of the illustration had a number of mistakes, the most notable being that Israel was labeled as ‚ÄúPalestine.‚ÄĚ There were other errors, as well, as an editor‚Äôs note details. After the online pro-Israel publication HonestReporting posted a report that focused on the exclusion of Israel, critical emails began coming in. NPR‚Äôs editors moved swiftly to remove the map Sunday evening, as they should have.

marc-silver-director-3-1-2-minutes“I asked Marc Silver, the blog‚Äôs editor, how the errors came about. He told me by email: ‚ÄúThe artist doing the illustration for this post added the map element. It was one of many elements in his illustration depicting what world travelers perceive as potential risks when they are abroad. We should have carefully reviewed each map label for inaccuracies and omissions and failed to do so.‚ÄĚ

content_size_KR_140627_Patric_Sandri_zzportrait“NPR has worked with the illustrator, Patric Sandri, once before and his portfolio includes work for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Bloomberg News, among others, Silver said. He added that Sandri used his own sources for the map but NPR takes ‚Äúresponsibility for these errors because of our failure to check the map carefully.‚ÄĚ

“I heard back from an apologetic Sandri Tuesday. He said by email that, ‚Äúit was not my political intention to draw the map that way at all,‚ÄĚ calling it a mistake that happened because ‚ÄúI had a very short time for creating the illustration. If you work under time pressure mistakes can happen.‚ÄĚ He added that he was surprised that the NPR staff did not catch the mistakes themselves, and said they should have double-checked, as well; ‚ÄúThey approved everything and really liked the illustration. I only had to change small details.‚ÄĚ

The Calling Out Community commends NPR and its ombudsman for showing excellence in customer care, as well as journalistic and editorial integrity in identifying the problem as important and acting swiftly to removing the offending map.  However, they even went a step above with their explanation today and we encourage all who were concerned to now thank NPR for an excellent job well done.  

And we are eternally grateful to HonestReporting for once again standing up for Israel, even when it seems the whole world is against Her.  God will truly bless you for your efforts on behalf of His chosen people.

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Israel Erased from NPR Map – Not THIS Again?

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted January 25, 2016.

For a shocking second time in the last three months, yet another American news media organization, that definitely should have known better, has literally wiped Israel off of the map.

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This time the guilty part was National Public Radio (NPR), the 45-year old “privately- and publicly-funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States”, according to its related Wikipedia article.

Media watchdog HonestReporting.com first reported the story earlier today (January 25) and immediately contacted NPR, after the following map of the Middle East was published on the NPR site:

npr240116HonestReporting noted that “Israel” is¬†missing from the¬†map, instead replaced geographically by something called “Palestine” – even though no state by that name¬†has legally existed¬†since 1948 – 67 years ago.

Our readers may recall that the self-named “Global News Leader” CNN committed the same ludicrous faux pas last year, replacing “Israelon its map¬†with the bizarre “Palestina” – the Spanish-language translation of “Palestine”, made equally more bizarre by the fact that the rest of the map was in English.¬†¬†Based on the English context,¬†this Palestina was as imaginary as Narnia or Middle Earth –¬†no nation¬†has never existed by that name in human history.

cnn251115When CNN was approached by HonestReporting regarding that story, it made no efforts to apologize for the error, merely pulling the map and replacing it with a more appropriate graphic for its story about the Syrian Civil War – an event that Israel had not yet played any part in anyway.

The¬†complete lack of journalistic integrity at CNN was starkly displayed –¬†¬†they never spoke to the obvious outrage of thousands of their readers at the visual erasure of Israel, nor did we ever find out who intentionally deleted Israel from the Middle East or why.¬† Their site itself states that up to 9 pairs of eyes reviews everything before it goes up – that being the case, one has to suppose that CNN did this on purpose.

NPR logo in 2016

In this current incident with NPR, however, the broadcaster has taken responsibility in an Editor’s Note, at the beginning of the article:

Editor’s note: The original version of this post contained a map illustration intended to represent the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, which poll respondents identified as the region presenting the greatest risk to travelers and expatriates in 2016. The map had a number of errors. The countries of Cyprus, Israel and Turkey were either not shown or not labeled; the label for “Palestine” should have read “Palestinian Territories”; and Afghanistan and Pakistan were mistakenly included. NPR apologizes for these errors.

We are satisfied with the NPR response, and thank them for being so quick to remove the offensive map.¬† While we could question why some in the news media don’t seem to know Israel exists today,¬†for now we can assume¬†that the unending media war against the State of Israel has no correlation¬†with this story.

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What I DON’T Think About Israel – Part 3

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted January 20, 2016.

Let’s get real for a moment – my personal views on Israel have no correlation to the following statement:

Jews Are NOT “Christ-Killers”
Theologically and practically, the Jews did not kill Jesus.

holocaust-2-728However, let me hit the nail on the head a little harder – to believe otherwise is just plain ideological. Nah, let’s really show our cards – anyone who¬†claims to be a student of theology or history is actually¬†just a plain old STUPID anti-Semitic racist to call the Jews “Christ-killers”.

First of all, friends, Jesus died of his own free will. ¬†You cannot kill God even if He was also 100% man. ¬†The Bible says Jesus “gave up the ghost” (John 19:30, King James Version). No one took his life from Him, He gave it up because He loved us. Full-stop. Period.

Who%20killed%20JesusTheologically, to be blunt: it was your sin and mine that nailed Him there – that had Him agonize there. YOU put Him there. MY SIN made him writhe around in pain there. ¬†And He could have called even 10,000 angels to deliver Him had He felt that necessary or desired –¬†in fact Revelation 5:11 says there are at least “10,000¬†times 10,000” – or 100 million angels –¬†that still reside in Heaven.¬†¬†No one had Jesus “over a barrel”.

He died on purpose, after being betrayed by one follower (Judas) and denied 3 times by another (Peter) – yes, both being Jews. But this latter Jew, Jesus said, was going to be THE leader that built His Church and even Hell itself wouldn’t/couldn’t stand in Peter’s way. So pretty tough to argue theologically that the Jews killed Jesus, or that their involvement in his death somehow disqualified them from His interest. Jesus, after all, named a Jew as the Head of the early Church.

bb7288ca996911e090db12313b10052d_smallPolitically and practically, again let’s get real – the Jews of the day had no political, judicial or military power. They could not have put Jesus to death if they had wanted to – they had no legal or judicial authority. If they had, it’s pretty likely they wouldn’t have brought him before a clearly unconvinced (and possibly irritated) Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of the equally Roman province of Judea, in the middle of the night to get his ruling. The Jews hated the Romans more than they ever did Jesus.

May I also remind you that Roman nails were pounded into Jesus’ hands and feet – as if the conquering Romans would be caught dead using inferior “local” supplies. It was also a Roman spear that was thrust in Jesus’ side, and hours before, 39 Roman whiplashes with a Roman cat-o-nine-tails that ripped his back to shreds (40 was the death penalty).

A deeply-injuring crown made of 6″ thorns was crafted by Roman hands and pushed deeply into His head by mocking Roman soldiers. ¬†Roman soldiers also punched him, ripped out his beard, sold his clothes and gave him vinegar to drink when He was thirsty. ¬†And the form of execution used was called crucifixion, a solely Roman invention.

afterlife9Yes, Jewish leaders called for Him to die, but the whole city at that time had turned against Him – many would have been from other cultures and races as well. And at the point of his death – the only people left to witness it were two Jewish women. Jewish believers in Jesus took Him down before Sabbath, wrapped Him in burial robes and had Him buried in the “borrowed” tomb of Joseph of Arimethea.

Borrowed…a grave? Why? Did these Jewish followers of Jesus maybe believe that He wasn’t going to need it for long?

Let’s also not forget – two Jewish women (Jesus’ mom and Mary Magdalene) were the first visitors to Jesus’ tomb, and those same two Jewish ladies were the first to be given the angel Gabriel’s earth-shaking news that “He is not here, He is risen“. ¬†Jesus then appeared at once to as many as 500 people after His resurrection – all Jews – who had chosen to follow Him.

tumblr_lyjy7eP91X1r77mw4o1_500So friend, with all due respect, regardless of your personal beliefs about Israel or the Jews today, the whole “Christ-killer” insult just makes you look like a raging pinhead. You and I killed Him. He came because “all have sinned and come short if the glory of God”. To summarize: Jesus (himself a Jew by both race and religion growing up) died, not merely at the hands of one race – but for the sins of all of them.

Today, even most non-hostile or even “supportive” Christian pulpits barely speak about Israel – it’s like She doesn’t really exist, or their pastors are embarrassed by Her or don’t hold much credence or importance to her value to the Church or the world. Well, I am afraid I probably wont agree with most of these pastors on the topic of Israel, so their silence on the subject doesn’t remote concern me – I doubt I’d ever be caught dead in most of those churches anyway.¬† So don’t bother inviting me.

You see, in the midst of everything I have just said about what I do not believe or think about Israel, and in the midst of all that negative press that Israel gets today…

6cf67362aa33640ceb4fca433e039d05…When I hear the name ‘Israel’ in the news, my heart jumps a bit, because they are talking about my best friend . OH WAIT, you assumed that because I was not a “fan” or “supporter” of Israel that I didn’t like her? Ah yes, easy conclusion to come to in this day and age – if you are also a deranged, looney leftwing jackass. You might want to go back and read it all again, because this Prairie boy from Canada, that never met a Jew until he was about 38 years old and has never been to Israel, is absolutely, unquestionably, madly, insanely, totally and devotely IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

Those closest to me have learned quickly that to ignorantly (or intentionally) bad-mouth Israel’s actions, intentions, motivations and character in my presence and/or in my home is the best way I can think of to be shown the door. Yes, I have quite literally and actually thrown a person out of my home for continuously berating Israel. ¬†In my defence he was warned. I have even thrown half-eaten carrots at the TV when CNN smeared Her name in the mud with lies and endless stupidity.

netanyahu-obamaI have referred to President Barack Obama often by the¬†moniker “that idiot” when he felt it more important to be buddies with the imperialist Islamic Republic of Iran than with our best friend, the State of Israel. ¬†And when he said he was “the closest thing to a Jew” that the White House had ever seen, after he had just snubbed the Israeli Prime Minister’s recent historic speech to Congress, I unloaded both barrels in this blog about it. No sir, “Osama bin Obama”, how dare you mock my beloved Israel and her Prime Minister Netanyahu – who’s IQ is double your own. You are a ridiculous fraud that brings shame to your office.

All the more reason why I felt it necessary to write this post today Рand make no apologies for the fact that I am totally, singularly, openly, completely, eternally, logically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually IN LOVE WITH Israel, the Jewish people and the Jewish state itself.  

this_land_is_my_land_croppedWhen I was a child I had a similar love for the mythical land of “Narnia” and it’s lion leader “Aslan” from C.S. Lewis’ the Chronicles of Narnia. Narnia and Israel share a similar allegorical foundation for the Christian believer – they both represent the spiritual Kingdom of God, the Church and/or Body of Jesus Christ. ¬†The difference being, of course, that Israel actually exists. ¬†

From those allegories, I’ve learned that, from God’s perspective, it’s Ok to be in love with Israel – because GOD IS IN LOVE WITH HER TOO. My love for Israel has grown incredibly deep over the last 5 years particularly – and the last 18 months specifically – solely independent of any outside voices or influences in my life. ¬† I have merely been paying attention to Israel Herself, and her actions, and She has won my heart.

I’ll even go so far as to throw out this radical statement – I would not think twice about taking up actual arms and going to war for Her, should Her survival ever be threatened. I cannot imagine a more noble death than dying to protect Her freedom and ensure Her survival.

I am not ashamed to confess it. I have logically thought through my thoughts and feelings. I have not been whipped up by the evangelical fervor of some travelling “flavor of the week” TV evangelist road show. Israel has shown Her own true character in bits and pieces through various means, and I began collecting them. Now I have gathered together these reasons why the Jewish people and the State of Israel are so critically important to me into a 4th posting in this series, Why I Am MADLY IN LOVE With Israel. I hope and pray you will open your heart and mind to Her – let Her show you who She is, and you will grow to love Her too.

SHARE-if-you-are-not-ashamed-to-tell-your-friends-YOU-LOVE-ISRAEL-The world grows more hostile toward Israel everyday and I grow more defensive of Her and protective of Her daily as well. The previous generation did not stand up in the defence of the Jewish race, partly due to fear, partly due to an innocent belief that such a horror was not possible, and partly due to being an active participant in the atrocities of the Holocaust. In 2015, we are under no such illusions. Evil exists when good and decent folks do nothing.

I refuse to make that my epitaph. I will not allow future generations to say that about me. I will give the remainder of my life to defend Her, love Her, support Her, encourage Her and as needed, protect Her and die for Her if necessary.¬† I know that million of Christians have had the same love affair with Her. I’m not jealous, I’m happy to brag Her up in hopes YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HER TOO. This is a sovereign move of God as He shows the world that She is still the Apple of His eye and the timepiece of history. Open your heart. Pay attention. She will speak to you to you too.

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Get Caught Up – Read All About It:

What I Don’t Think ABout Israel – Part 2
The Flaky Church and Israel

LATER THIS WEEK:  The start of a new series:
100 REASONS WHY I AM MADLY IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL

What I DON’T Think About Israel – Part 2


IsraelIsrael Is Forever:
Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted January 19, 2016.

(From Part 1):

Along with all the nonsense in the media today about Israel, there are some pretty fundamental beliefs about Israel and the Jews that I hear from major Christian pulpits as well Рeven sometimes from Jews themselves Рand I just do not, will not or can not agree with some of it.

I’ve decided that it’s time to set the record straight. No more grey areas – I want everyone to know exactly where I stand, and to stop propagating some of the “phony baloney” I hear all the time.

Warning: many will find this to be highly controversial. However, please read right through to the end, as I believe it will put things into proper perspective for you. I might even win some of you over along the way.

slide-march-christians-640x341Christian Flakes and Israel

Of course I would like this posting to find camaraderie or kinship with at least some of my readership today, but my opinion won’t be swayed even if everyone that reads this posting sends comments through WordPress (or notes written in red Crayon or fashioned with the cut-out words from 20 magazines) to call me an idiot, an opportunist, brain-washed, uneducated or deceived.¬†¬†You will not be able to ridicule or shame me into changing my mind, so don’t expend the energy trying.

I will start by first saying that I do not merely¬†like Israel. ¬†I do not just¬†“appreciate” Israel. I am not only¬†“friendly toward” Israel. I do not have a “healthy respect” for Israel. I do not simply “stand with” Israel, nor do I feel I can categorize it as “support” for Her, as some better Christians than I innocently state. I do not even “follow Israel with interest” in the media.

d745da141c99679903d142f8050f05c9I also do not cling to the Biblical passage that tells us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). ¬†In my opinion, that’s a pretty myopic, narrow-minded viewpoint. In fact, when people tell me that, I’m suspicious of their motives, as it sounds more like they are doing the absolute bare minimum possible in order to obey God without actually having to LIKE it.

Jerusalem is without a doubt Israel. But Israel is much more than Jerusalem. And if one were to pray for someone they cared about – dare I say, that they loved – would they really stop at praying just for her peace? Would a fan or supporter of Israel not believe that prayer for the following things for Her would also be wise, if they have watched even the smallest amount of media coverage about Her:

keep-calm-and-pray-for-israel-15protection, comfort, wisdom, physical health, government and leaders, success, strength, victory over her enemies, deliverance from fear and worry, military self-control, wisdom in finances, entrepreneurial spirit, inventive mindset, favorable harvests, influence and favor amongst other nations, and protection from the schemes and devices of evil people

…to name a few items.

Yah, there’s a lot more that Israel needs you to bring before God than just Her peace – though that would be great and very welcome sight as well. However, I believe She can’t really have peace as long as the other items I’ve mentioned are threatened – so perhaps the Psalmist was actually asking a lot more from the believer than it seems on the surface, and/or more than some believers are willing to do?

resized_butthurt-dweller-meme-generator-weather-getting-colder-zionist-conspiracy-e2016eThis is why I am not some “fan” of Israel – because I see the high price that needs to be paid for stating support of Her.¬† I have not been influenced by Christian bumper sticker theology, nor am I part of some radicalized right-wing political rallying cry for Her. I am not a schemer or puppet of some global Zionist conspiracy to conquer the world, nor unwillingly or unknowingly a mouthpiece for some Semitic propaganda.¬†I am not a Messianic Jew. I have never yet even visited Israel, though I would practically¬†give my right arm to do so.

I had no Jewish friends growing up, and though I’ve had some in my various careers, I currently have none today. I attend a very large surburban Christian evangelical church (Canada’s second largest) with a weekly attendance of over 4,500 – and I have no idea what their official position is on Israel, because it’s never vocalized. ¬†I receive no financial compensation of any kind from any Jews anywhere for any reason.

I was not “brainwashed” to love Israel by my parents as a child either. They taught us that Israel was the “Apple of God’s eye” and we always were taught to appreciate and respect the Jewish people, but they never pushed an overly aggressive belief system regarding the Jewish state in my home. In fact, I do not believe I even met a Jew or socialized with one in any capacity until I was in my mid-30s – long after most personal philosophies about the world are long since cemented into our characters.

enough-lies-about-israelI have been a news junkie since CNN first gave us the 24-hour talking head back in the 1980s, and all I hear is that Israel is a bully, a war criminal, a sadistic invader of its neighbours and brutal oppressor of the Palestinian people. I have even heard some mainline Christian churches expound the same belief. ¬†So clearly, were I to become a cheerleader for Israel, I would be swimming hard and fast¬†upstream. It certainly would not be criticized as jumping on some popular bandwagon or doing the politically correct (PC) thing, nor is this some fad or phase, or some “movement” or group I have recently joined.

There were even non-denominational charismatic churches I attended as a young adult who preached a form of “replacement theology” – that Israel’s position with God has been usurped or replaced by the Body of Christ – some going as far as to say that Jews’ rejection of Jesus as Messiah has put them into some divine “dog house”. ¬†I’ve even heard some make the suggestion that the Jews were “Christ-killers”.

Let me say flat out that this theology is erroneous at best, stating from a theological perspective, and evil at worst. I know what I’m talking about, having graduated with honours after 5 years of full-time study with a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Education. ¬†And I’ll counter that by stating categorically that I believe my viewpoint in Israel would be considered perhaps extreme by even some of my professors – and though they were quite influential in my life, I can say without hesitation that not one of them has led me¬†to believe as I do about Israel today. In fact, I’m confident that I would make some of them at this very conservative evangelical College located within Canada’s “Bible Belt” very uncomfortable. And I’m totally OK WITH THAT.

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Get Caught Up – Read All About It:

What I DO Not Believe About Israel – Part 1
Jews Are NOT Taking Over The World

What I DO Not Believe About Israel – Part 3
Were the Jews “Christ-killers”?

What I DON’T Think About Israel – Part 1

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted January 18, 2016.

The Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem

The older I get, the more opinionated I become about the State and people of Israel. They are unlike any other people group, nation, race, or religion that exists today, or that has ever existed.

You likely don’t know where Botswana is on a map, nor frankly care. You couldn’t name two unique things about the Honduran people, and if you were totally honest, you would need a Google Search to tell me what language is predominant in Zimbabwe. Fair enough.

But if I say “Jew” and “Israel” – you instantly know who I am talking about, where they are located, what language they speak, what their houses of worship are called, who their Prime Minister is, what their currency is, the name of their holiest book, the name of their largest cities, what kind of climate they live in, one or two of their most famous kings or historical figures of the past.

Can you say the same about Switzerland? Kenya? Malaysia? Uruguay? Likely not. And there is likely no other country in history that is loved by more people and that registers a stronger connection with people that have never even visited it than the State of Israel.

55379440At the same time, everyone can come up with at least one negative news item regarding Israel that they have seen or heard reported and repeated by the mainstream media. And there has never been a single people group or nation that has been despised by more people around the world than the Jewish people and Israel. It is undoubtedly the only group on earth that has been targeted for eradication and the only race of people which has words related to both discrimination against them, and eradication of them:

an-ti-Sem-i-tism
an-tee-sem-i-tiz-uh m, an-tahy-sem-i-tiz-uh m] noun.
Discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews.

Hol-o-caust
(hol-uh-kawst, hoh-luhkawst)
(usually initial capital letter) the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II (usually preceded by the).

Jews Are Not Taking Over The World!

Let me be clear – the Jewish people are not reviled because of the actions of, the government of, the military of, or even as a result of the founding of the State of Israel. I and many other supporters of Israel will say with certainty that public disapproval with Israel exists because it is connected to the Jews, not the other way around.

I truly believe if there were no Israel, there would no less anti-Semitism in the world. The protection that Israel affords the Jews today would not be there in other nations, including in the United States. With no Israel, there would likely be a lot fewer Jewish people in the world. And we would all be the poorer because of it.

35c957bd9da29f3a420e5bf87abc1b561d590e8450e2e005fd3f1a271ee40539It’s no small feat for Israel to be in the media spotlight constantly today,¬†yet the reasons for it spouted by the anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist lot make no sense.¬† The number of Jews in the world is less¬†both in number and in % overall of population than at any time¬†in modern history.¬† The Jews for decades have been evilly, erroneously and eternally blamed for the world’s ills.¬† It’s why the Holocaust happened in the first place, though it made no more sense back then than it does to us today.

  • Yet there are still a lot of seriously whacked-out folks who think the Jews plan to conquer the world, or already have. ¬†Yet according to the American Jewish Yearbook:
  • In 1939, the global Jewish population was 16.18 million. In 1950, it was 11.5 million.¬† In 2008, it was 13.1 million.¬†¬† That means that there are 3 million Jews less¬†in the world today than there were 70 years ago.
  • ¬†The Jewish population in Europe was about 9.5 million in 1933. In 1950, the Jewish population of Europe was about 3.5 million.¬†Why?¬† Because¬†65% of all the Jews in Europe were murdered in the Holocaust.
  • The largest Jewish population in all of Europe was found in Poland in 1939.¬† However, by 1945, only 10% of Polish Jews were still alive.
  • Today there are more Jews in the United States than in Israel.¬† Yet, the population of Jews in the United States only grew by 500,000 people in 70 years, while the population of the United States overall grew from 132 million in 1940 to 308.7 million in 2010 (over 176.7 million people),¬† This means that the percentage of Jews in the population went from 3% in 1939, to 0.17% today. ¬†That doesn’t seem like a very logical or likely percentage of conquerors.
  • It took nearly 70 years, until 2013, for the population of Israel (6.1 million) to¬†equal the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust (6 million)
  • Only 2 countries contain over 85% of the world’s Jews¬† the United States and Israel.¬† And of those, 80% live in just 8 cities in the United States and 2 cities in Israel. ¬†Again, that global conspiracy just doesn’t hold water.
  • In 1948, the population of Jews in Israel was 716,700, which grew to 6.1 million in 2014, a growth of 850%.¬† However, Arabs only had a population of 156,000 in 1948, growing to 2.48 million in 2014, a growth of 1,589%.¬†

(As an aside:¬† How could Palestinians have claimed Israel as their own land in 1948, when they only had 21% of the population of Israel at that time,?¬† How can Palestinians state that they currently have a Holocaust under Jewish rule, when they have grown nearly 16 times¬†larger in population since 1948?¬† Today, they still represent less than 1/3 of Israel’s population.)

57456087Along with all the nonsense in the media today about Israel, there are some pretty fundamental beliefs about Israel and the Jews that I hear from major Christian pulpits as well Рeven sometimes from Jews themselvesand I just do not, will not or can not agree with some of it.

I’ve decided that it’s time to set the record straight. No more grey areas – I want everyone to know exactly where I stand, and to stop propagating some of the “phony baloney” I hear all the time.

Warning: some will find this to be highly controversial. However, please read right through to the end, as I believe it will put things into proper perspective for you. I might even win some of you over along the way.  

As for everyone else¬†– you will not convince me, nor be given a platform to convince any of my followers, that Israel is anything but hat I’ve already stated. ¬†Comments are moderated and offensive ones will be deleted.

Just saying – this blog is not a democracy, you do not necessarily enjoy freedom of speech here, nor am I obligated to provide a soapbox for neo-Nazi or anti-Semitic wingnut filth.

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Get Caught Up – Read All About It:

What I DO Not Believe About Israel РPart 2 
The Flaky Church and Israel

What I DO NOT Believe About Israel – Part 3
Were the Jews “Christ-killers”?

Benjamin Netanyahu Voted #1 World Leader

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted December 9, 2015.

IMG_4044Evangelical website Christian Today recently released survey results from the Washington-based Brookings Institute, which revealed that more evangelical Christians consider Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as the #1 world leader of our modern era (16% of respondents) than any other.  11% percent named Ronald Reagan, and 10% named Barack Obama.

The research showed the political polarity even within the Christian community,  with only 1% of Democrat voters naming Netanyahu as the top world leader.

IMG_4047While Republicans overall have much more favourable views of Netanyahu than unfavourable ones, Democrats have a more unfavorable view of the Israeli leader by a ratio of about two to one. In general, older Americans admire the Israeli leader far more than the younger ones,‚ÄĚ the research stated.

Netanyahu is known as a hardline champion for the defense of Israel and the Jewish people.  In the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential election, a candidate’s support of Israel is already seen as an important issue for voters.

 Shockingly, however, the survey also demonstrated that only 45% of Christians believe the Jews are God’s chosen people, while 49% do not believe they are God’s chosen people.

It is the strongly-expressed opinion of the Calling Out Community that the nation of Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, the Jews are God’s chosen people as much today as at any time in history.

We agree that Prime Minister Netanyahu is one of the great leaders of our age, with a strong intellect, commanding presence as he petitions on the world stage for his people – and it is to our advantage to be aligned with God’s chosen people in these last days.

Congratulations Mr. Netanyahu.  You are a hero to millions Рthis Canadian evangelical Christian writer included.

Israelforever


israelisforeverBy Israel Is Forever
Founding Calling Out Member
Posted: December 9, 2015
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