Tuesday, May 01, 2018


JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

French envoy to Israel: ‘Possibility of war’ if Iran nuke deal collapses-Ambassador Hélène Le Gal warns that if US pulls out of deal, as Trump has threatened, Tehran will do so too, escalating tensions-By TOI staff and Agencies-APR 30,18

If the US pulls out of the Iranian nuclear deal, Tehran will likely do the same, increasing the chance of war, said French Ambassador to Israel Hélène Le Gal, speaking to Hebrew media as French President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his visit to Washington this week.Macron paid a state visit to the US capital, meeting with US President Donald Trump in part to discuss the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement and plead for a more comprehensive “new agreement” that would address what he and Trump believe to be shortcomings of the existing accord.Trump — a fierce opponent of the agreement signed by Tehran and international powers — must declare by May 12 if he will essentially walk away from the existing deal when the renewal deadline arrives on May 12, or stay in.Le Gal told Ynet that Macron and Trump have “a very good relationship,” and in their meeting, held “very long discussions about a number of issues, including Iran.”The French ambassador said that Macron told Trump that France was “not naive about Iran and about the role of Iran in the region,” but that the world powers must have “a comprehensive approach to this problem, a full pillar approach, and the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as the Iran deal is officially called] is one of those pillars.”The other pillars, Le Gal said, include a plan for what happens after 2025 when United Nations sanctions on Iran lift and Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsing the JCPOA expires, requiring a new vote on sanctions; a joint approach on Iran’s contentious ballistic missile program; and reining in Iran’s regional role, particularly in Syria.Le Gal said that Macron and Trump discussed these issues “very thoroughly,” and that work must be done to implement the nuclear deal very “toughly, with inspections, with everything provided in the deal.”She said the nuclear deal “prevents Iran from launching a nuclear military program until at least 2015. If the nuclear deal is canceled, Iran will immediately restart this program. We need the JCPOA to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons. We don’t want Iran to have a nuclear weapon, not now or ever.”If the deal collapses, she went on, “there will be huge consequences because I don’t think Iran will stay in the deal if the US is going [to leave]. The possibility of war exists.”Trump has branded the Iran deal “insane” and the “worst” in history. He made killing the Iran nuclear accord a campaign pledge during his 2016 presidential run.After his talk on Wednesday with Trump, Macron said the US president may well pull out of the Iran nuclear deal for domestic political reasons.Near the end of his three-day state visit, Macron told US media that while he did not know specifically what Trump will decide, he believes the US leader “will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons.”“The rational analysis of all his statements does not make me think that he will do everything to maintain” the agreement signed with Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from acquiring an atomic bomb.The proposal that Macron put forward to his US counterpart involves preserving the existing agreement on the first of “four pillars” of a future deal, as mentioned by Le Gal.Addressing the US Congress on Wednesday, Macron said: “It is true to say that this agreement may not address all concerns, and very important concerns. This is true. But we should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead.”In January, Trump kept the deal alive by waiving sanctions against Iran as required by the pact every six months. But he said flatly it would be the last time he did that unless serious changes were made to the accord.He specifically called for three major changes: amending the sunset clauses, banning Iran’s capacity to test ballistic missiles, which are currently in violation of UN resolutions but not the nuclear deal, and granting inspectors greater access to Iran’s military sites.These demands were issued as an ultimatum to Congress and America’s European allies. Trump said that if these alterations were not struck by May 12, the next deadline to waive sanctions, he would walk away from the nuclear deal.With that deadline mere weeks away, Macron has seemingly sought to find a middle ground with Trump.Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.

Confident Pompeo due in Israel on Middle East diplomatic debut-New US secretary of state heads to Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman on trip to meet with 'key allies' in the region-By AFP and TOI staff-APR 30,18
Washington’s newly appointed secretary of state set off on a tour of America’s key Middle East allies on Saturday, vowing to bring some “swagger” back to US diplomacy.After attending NATO talks in Brussels, Mike Pompeo was to embark on a three-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Jordan to update “key allies and partners in the region,” as referenced by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, on President Donald Trump’s plans for the Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo is set to return to the US on April 30.Pompeo insists his boss has not yet made the decision, but Trump is widely expected to pull the United States out of the accord next month, re-imposing sanctions against Tehran’s nuclear program.The former CIA chief, who was sworn in as Trump’s top diplomat on Thursday and set off within two hours for Brussels, will consult with leaders of Iran’s main regional opponents ahead of the announcement.But he also has a second more personal mission, to show foreign capitals and his own colleagues that US diplomacy is back on track after the troubled reign of his sacked predecessor Rex Tillerson.Trump’s first secretary of state, a former oil executive, failed to fill senior positions, embarked on unpopular bureaucratic reforms, and had conspicuously little chemistry with the president.Pompeo — a former army officer, businessman, and conservative congressman — wanted to set off on the road immediately on being sworn in, in order to reach out to NATO and Middle East allies.The former Kansas politician is seen as an anti-Iran hawk with hardline views about projecting US military might.In Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Pompeo is due to hold talks with his counterpart Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, before having dinner with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The prince, or MBS as he is commonly known, is the kingdom’s de facto ruler and a would-be social reformer who launched an anti-corruption drive to secure his own control over the oil-rich royal elite.Like Trump and Pompeo, he is a tough opponent of Iran, but his war against the Tehran-backed Huthi militia in Yemen is stumbling and has contributed to the country’s large-scale humanitarian disaster.Trump also wants Riyadh to do more and spend more to support the US-led operation in Syria to defeat the Islamic State group and allow American forces to come home more quickly.-Promises diplomacy, ‘swagger’-Where Tillerson was seen as a voice for moderation in the Trump administration, Pompeo is viewed as a hawk who could combine with new White House National Security Adviser John Bolton to back Trump’s aggressive posturing on the world stage.Democrats challenged Pompeo on his hawkish views in a confirmation hearing earlier this month.Pompeo, who Trump hailed as an “incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history,” was accused by Democrats as being too bellicose, and of harboring anti-Muslim and homophobic sentiments.But after barely getting the nomination past the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he was easily confirmed by the entire body in a vote of 57-42, with a handful of Democratic senators facing tough reelection battles voting in favor.Despite his conservative religious background, he also insisted his record at the CIA was one of openness toward Muslim and gay and lesbian employees, though a number of Democrats said he was not convincing.“He will always put the interests of America first,” Trump said. “He has my trust. He has my support.”Pompeo has insisted his focus will be on diplomatic solutions to problems, while pledging to bring “swagger once again” to the State Department.He promised to address State Department staff in Washington on his return on Tuesday, and was full of praise for the staff who scrambled to put together his first foreign itinerary.“I just met with a great group of State Department officers who work here at the mission. They may have been demoralized, but they seemed in good spirits,” he said Friday, at NATO headquarters.“They are hopeful that the State Department will get its swagger back, that we will be out doing the things that they came onboard at the State Department to do,” he promised.“To be professional, to deliver diplomacy — American diplomacy — around the world, that’s my mission set, to build that esprit and get the team on the field so that we can effectuate American diplomacy.”-Secret North Korea trip-A veteran who graduated first in his class at the elite US Military Academy at West Point, and later earned a law degree from Harvard, the 54-year-old served four terms as a Republican congressman from Kansas before Trump tapped him to head the Central Intelligence Agency last year.There, he promised a more “vicious” intelligence operation, making unapologetically menacing statements toward North Korea and Iran.He also earned Trump’s ear in regular intelligence briefings at the White House, accommodating Trump’s desire for simplified, visual presentations rather than detailed texts on the world’s security dangers.Behind the scenes, he made numerous trips abroad to meet foreign political and security leaders, especially in the Middle East. He also took the lead in creating a dialogue with North Korea as Pyongyang demonstrated its theoretical ability to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.In late March, Pompeo secretly traveled to Pyongyang, where he met with Kim to discuss what could become a historic summit between the two countries possibly as early as in May.“He’s the perfect person to come in at this time and lead those efforts diplomatically,” Republican Senator Bob Corker said ahead of the vote.

Key Iceland parliament committee favors scrapping bill to ban circumcision-Judicial council's recommendation all but seals fate of legislation, say Jewish groups, but lawmaker behind it says she hopes to re-raise issue-By JTA and TOI staff-APR 30,18

A judicial committee of Iceland’s parliament has recommended scrapping a bill that would ban the non-medical circumcision of boys.Lawmakers from four parties submitted the measure for a vote in March pending a review by the Judicial Affairs and Educational Committee, the local news site Visir reported Thursday.With parliament set to recess this week, Jewish groups opposing the measure to ban said it was highly unlikely that it would come to vote, especially after the committee’s recommendation.However, the lawmaker behind the legislation, Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, has expressed hope her measure would be raised again after the recess.The bill, which calls the Jewish and Muslim custom cruel and dangerous, would make Iceland the only European country where non-medical circumcision of boys under 18 is illegal. Across Europe, the custom is under attack by liberals who find it a violation of children’s rights and nationalists who argue it is foreign to European culture.In recent weeks, international Jewish groups have lobbied Icelandic officials and lawmakers intensively to have the bill scrapped. They argue that a circumcision ban would constitute a death sentence for Jewish community life in Iceland, where 200 Jews live, and set a precedent for attempts elsewhere to ban circumcision and thus endanger religious freedoms.The Chairman of the European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin praised the recommendation from the judicial affairs committee this week in a Friday statement.“I welcome the apparent demise of what was a discriminatory, unnecessary, and fundamentally anti-Jewish bill,” he said, asserting that the legislation “sought to criminalize an entire faith.”“Whilst we welcome the news, we must remain vigilant. In our experience bills such as this do not come out in isolation but represent an idea that knows no borders,” Margolin added.The US’s Orthodox Union, which helped lobby against the bill, similarly praised the recent development in Iceland.“We are extremely gratified that members of the Icelandic government heard our concerns, understood the importance of this issue, and responded accordingly,” the group said.Last week, officials from Iceland’s Government Agency for Child Protection – an advisory body whose policy is independent from the government — said it will not support the bill if it is brought to a vote.Separately, in Denmark, a petition favoring a circumcision ban has received 90 percent of its target of 50,000 signatures. Once that number is reached, the petition will go up for a vote on a draft resolution in the parliament. Petition organizers have until August to collect the needed signatures.

In Krakow, Jews celebrate their community’s ‘revival’ amid rising xenophobia-During one of the worst waves of anti-Semitism in decades, a tsunami of hate speech has community Jews kitting out emergency shelters -- just in case-By Cnaan Liphshiz-APR 30,18-TOI

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) — At one of Poland’s plushest synagogues, leaders of this city’s small but vibrant Jewish community welcomed visitors from around the world to a celebration of what the hosts call their minority’s “revival” in this country.The occasion for the party Sunday at Tempel Synagogue was the 10th anniversary of the adjacent Jewish Community Center of Krakow, located in the heart of the city’s historic Jewish quarter, Kazimierz.Since its opening in 2008, the three-story building, with its club for some 60 Holocaust survivors and newly opened Jewish kindergarten, has become a symbol for the return of Jewish community life to the city near Auschwitz, where the Nazis obliterated centuries of Jewish presence.“As we have grown, we have also been able to share the story of Krakow’s Jewish revival with hundreds of thousands of visitors,” a beaming Jonathan Ornstein, the New York-born director of JCC Krakow, told the 200 people attending the anniversary party. “Thank you for letting me be a part of the bright, beautiful Jewish future we are building together.”Many of Krakow’s hundreds of Jewish residents acknowledge the progress made since communism, which drove underground what little remained of its Jewish community. But not all of them share Ornstein’s optimism in a country whose nationalist government recently unleashed what critics say is one of the worst waves of anti-Semitic rhetoric in decades.Several blocks away from the JCC, volunteers of the Czulent association of Jewish students are converting the cellar of their building — a former apartment synagogue, or shtiebel — into what Czulent founder Anna Makowka-Kwapisiewicz calls a “safe space.” It’s essentially a room where Jews can hole up in the event of an emergency.“It’s not something I thought I’d be doing in Poland even five years ago,” she said about the shelter.Makowka-Kwapisiewicz said her confidence began to recede two years ago, when five men harassed and intimidated Jewish boys playing at a playground in a poor area of Krakow because one was wearing a kippah. One of the men spat on a Jewish child at the playground while shouting at both kids.The boys’ parents never pressed charges, which is why the incident was not widely reported in the media, said a mother of one of the boys, according to Makowka-Kwapisiewicz, who works for an international nonprofit.Since the fall of communism, such incidents were unheard of in Krakow, a tourist magnet for its Jewish heritage sites and one of the few old Polish cities that was spared major damage during World War II.The city celebrates its ancient Jewish heritage at the annual Jewish Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. The city’s seven large synagogues — of which three are active — swing open their doors for one night a year, attracting thousands of visitors.On the way to the nearby museum on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp, hundreds of thousands of tourists pass through Krakow’s picturesque streets, some of them featuring Jewish-flavored shops and restaurants with Yiddish signs. Many visit the grounds of Oskar Schindler’s factory, where the German industrialist saved hundreds of Jews.The playground incident came one year after the 2015 election of the right-wing Law and Justice party, which some leaders of Polish Jewry and others accuse of encouraging or tolerating a wave of xenophobic incidents, including against Jews.The taboo on open expressions of hatred toward Jews in Poland, where the Nazis killed millions of Jews in the 1940s, began to loosen in 2015, said Makowka-Kwapisiewicz. That year, a far-right activist burned the effigy of a haredi Orthodox Jew during a march against Muslim immigration in Wroclaw.“I never expected I would live in such circumstances,” she added.More recently, in November, tens of thousands of nationalists marched through Warsaw shouting “Jews out” and other racist slogans while carrying banners against Islam. Two weeks after the march, a Warsaw mosque that for years was targeted with threats was vandalized.“When places of worship are being attacked, we need to prepare,” Makowka-Kwapisiewicz said of the shelter her group is preparing.Against this backdrop, the president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, Leslaw Piszewski, and Anna Chipczynska, who heads the Warsaw community, wrote last year to a founder of Law and Justice to say that they are “appalled by recent events and fearful for our security as the situation in our country is becoming more dangerous.”Things went from bad to worse following a row between Poland and Israel over Warsaw passing a law in January that criminalizes blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes. The dispute unleashed the worst wave of anti-Semitism since the fall of the Iron Curtain, according to Rafal Pankowski, co-founder of the Polish anti-racism group Never Again.In the wake of the fight over the law, he told JTA: “In the space of one month, I have seen more anti-Semitic hate speech than in the previous 10 years combined.”At least one person reported an assault that he suspected was anti-Semitic: The Catholic journalist Bogdan Bialek said he was attacked by a person who shouted about Bialek’s efforts to commemorate victims of an anti-Semitic pogrom in Kielce in 1946.Poland lacks a systematic effort by the state to collect data on attacks against minority groups, according to Amnesty International, “meaning that authorities have no way of knowing the scope of the problem,” the group said.The tsunami of hate speech about Jews was conducted mostly on social networks, where calls to “stuff TNT up Pankowski’s ass” and “punch him” were recorded after a government official singled him out for attack on Twitter.But since January, several Polish politicians and prominent figures have joined the Twitter rabble.Beata Mazurek, the spokeswoman for Law and Justice and a deputy parliament speaker, favorably tweeted a quote from a Catholic priest who said that the Israeli ambassador’s criticism of the Holocaust bill “made it hard for me to look at Jews with sympathy and kindness.”TVP, a public television station, aired an interview with a priest who said that the Jews’ perception of the truth is whatever is “beneficial” to them or Israel. And the Do Reczy conservative weekly published a drawing showing two silhouettes — one bearing a swastika and the other a Star of David — pointing a gun at a third figure emblazoned with the Polish flag.Last month, Kornel Morawiecki, a former senator whose son, Mateusz, became prime minister last year, said in an interview that Jews moved gladly into ghettos during the Holocaust to avoid having “to deal with those nasty Poles,” as the ex-senator put it.Government officials have consistently vowed to act tough on nationalist extremism, “but at the same time they are encouraging it, creating a schizophrenic attitude,” Makowka-Kwapisiewicz said.Despite the rhetoric, many Poles still say their country is safer for their religious minorities than many Western European countries, where Islamists and other extremists are responsible for hundreds of physical assaults on Jews, including deadly ones.“OK, the situation is less comfortable than one year ago,” Peter Nawrocki, a 44-year-old computer science university professor, told JTA at the JCC celebration. “Extremists are a problem. But this is not France.”Nawrocki is confident that Poland is good place to raise his 1-year-old son, Shimon.“I think Poland is one of the safest places in Europe to be Jewish,” he said, citing the absence in recent years of a violent hate crime attack on a Jew.Anna Swies, a Jewish-American investment consultant with Polish roots, traded Chicago for Krakow six years ago and married a local man. She said she feels “connected” to her true identity here. Having a luxury Jewish kindergarten for her two children, aged 4 and 6, for a fraction of what a comparable institution would cost in the United States “also helps,” she said.But like Makowka-Kwapisiewicz – she said she would like to leave at least for one year or two — other JCC regulars are having a tough time envisioning a future for themselves here because of rising xenophobia.Serhii Chupryna, a Ukrainian-Jewish student who settled in Krakow in 2013 for his studies, said he feels significantly less comfortable living in Poland than he did when he first arrived. As a gay man, “I feel like I’m everything the ultranationalists here hate rolled into one person,” he joked. Adding that “Ukraine is no better,” he said he plans to save some money and move to Israel in a few years.The JCC, with an annual budget of $1.5 million, was set up with help from the World Jewish Relief group in the United Kingdom and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Chupryna said it has become “something of a safe space” amid growing expressions of hostility.The current reality in Poland makes the JCC’s mission “even more critical,” said Dan Rosenfield, the chair of the World Jewish Relief group, which provides the institution with $140,000 annually.In recent weeks, “things have calmed down a little bit” when it comes to expressions of anti-Semitism, Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC director, told JTA. But even at the height of the anti-Semitic wave, Krakow Jews have not experienced direct assaults, he added.Nonetheless, young people who are now discovering their Jewish ancestry — many Jewish Poles hid it during communism — “are starting to question their place in Poland moving forward,” he said.The new challenges, Ornstein suggested, “are a reminder of how we’ve taken for granted all these incredible positive changes in Poland. When something bad happens, it’s shocking for us, which is maybe a sign of how good we’ve come to expect things to be.”

New bill would entrench Orthodox monopoly over Jewish conversion-US Jewish groups say Rabbinate-appointed panel 'not a compromise,' undermines Diaspora community's connection to Israel-By JTA-APR 30,18-TOI

The Knesset is considering a bill that would give an ultra-Orthodox body a monopoly over Jewish conversion in Israel, and American Jewish groups across the board are unhappy.The bill, which advanced in Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation on April 22, would create an independent Orthodox authority that would control all recognized conversions in Israel. The bill is similar to one, put forth last year and then shelved following a backlash, that would have given Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate control over all recognized conversions in Israel.Under the bill currently being considered, the Chief Rabbinate would not control the conversion authority and would not have to sign off on its conversions, but would have a say in who gets appointed to its board, according to the Haaretz daily. The bill would strip recognition from any conversions — Orthodox or not — that occurred outside of the authority’s auspices.For the non-Orthodox denominations like Reform and Conservative Judaism, and rabbis from the more liberal wings of Orthodoxy, any move to consolidate conversions under ultra-Orthodox authority in Israel threatens to sideline their influence and legitimacy.Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that the state must allow Jews who converted in private Orthodox courts in Israel to gain citizenship. Reform and Conservative groups have petitioned the court to extend that right to their converts in Israel as well.None of the bills, or the court petitions, affects Jewish conversions outside Israel. Even so, American Jewish groups have objected to the current bill, as they did to last year’s, because it sends the message that only Orthodox conversions are legitimate.The Jewish Religious Equality Coalition, an interdenominational group of Jewish leaders convened by the American Jewish Committee, said the bill “undermines American Jewish connections to, and identification with, Israel as nation-state of the Jewish people.”The Jewish Federations of North America told Haaretz that “This is not a compromise. We urge that the document be sent back to be redrafted with real compromise in mind.”“We had and still have hopes for a reasonable compromise over conversion to Judaism within Israel,” Steven Bayme, national director of AJC’s William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, said in a statement. “But this proposed bill does not do the job. It excludes the liberal religious movements, enshrines the Orthodox monopoly legislatively and will only further divide the Jewish people.”

Berlin activists to distribute 10,000 kippas in city’s parks on Sunday-Individuals will wear the skullcaps on their own, experience vulnerability of being Jewish in Germany, organizers say-By Luke Tress-APR 30,18-TOI
Following a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, and widespread displays of solidarity with Berlin’s Jewish community, activists in the city are to distribute 10,000 kippas to passersby in the city’s public places in another kind of demonstration on Sunday. The goal, organizers said, is a more personal and less political rally against anti-Semitism in the city.The kippas will be given out by small groups of Jewish and non-Jewish volunteers in the city’s parks. The event is complementary to the “Berlin Wears Kippa” event that took place Wednesday, organizers said.At that event, around 2,000 participants donned kippas together at a rally in front of the city’s synagogue. Sunday’s event, called “#kippaheadsup,” will encourage people who are not politically active or tied to the issue to wear a kippa on their own and experience the feeling of vulnerability that can come with wearing something identifiably Jewish during their daily life.“Yesterday we wore a kippa, but in a safe space,” said Anne, 30, one of the event’s organizers, on Thursday. “A lot of people don’t have any markers that marginalize them and maybe they can get more sensitive to that,” added Anne, who declined to give her last name because she has a politics-related job in the German parliament.The core group organizing the event, which includes Jews and non-Jews, is making an effort to keep the event nonpartisan, and focus the spotlight on the people on the ground. Previous events, including Wednesday’s, have been politicized to some extent by all sides, organizers said.“We’re trying not to put a stamp of political parties on it. We don’t want talking heads, we don’t want politicians to use it,” Anne said. “We’re just citizens of Berlin who felt the need to do something.”A small protest in the city’s Neukoelln district on Wednesday, the heart of the capital’s Muslim community, may have been organized by far-right provocateurs, rather than protesters sincere about combating anti-Semitism, Anne said.Jannik Schaefer, 29, said he decided to get involved in organizing the upcoming demonstration after hearing casual anti-Semitism at a bar last week. The next day, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee attacked two young men wearing kippas in Berlin, shouting “Yahud” — “Jew,” in Arabic — as he whipped one with a belt.The victim of the assault, 21-year-old Israeli Arab Adam Armush, posted a video online of the attack. It went viral, drawing widespread condemnation. Armush said he wore the kippa to see if it was safe to walk on the streets dressed as a Jew.Following the attack, the head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, advised German Jews against wearing kippas in public in an interview with broadcaster Radioeins.“I was quite taken aback. After a few hours this feeling persisted. I don’t want to live in a city where this is the norm. I told my girlfriend I’m going to wear a kippa. She said, ‘No, don’t wear one, it’s dangerous,’ so I said we would all wear one,” Schaefer said.The core group of four or five organizers connected through friends and started coordinating the event with the help of local Jewish community groups, that also helped facilitate a speedy order of 10,000 kippas from Israel. Around 120 volunteers will distribute the kippas around Berlin.Schaefer, who is not Jewish, participated in the mass rally on Wednesday, which was attended by Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller. He left still wearing his kippa, he said.“I had to go through the question, ‘Do I take it off now, or do I leave it on?’ so I left it on. So as soon as you enter the real world where it’s not everybody that wears one, it becomes a new experience, something you have to process and feel out,” Schaefer said. “We want to raise people’s awareness, feel some sympathy and get a little closer,” he said.


7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).

Nordic scientists warn Brussels over 'superbugs' By Lisbeth Kirk-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, 27. Apr, 14:52-"You never know when your life is going to change". After a brutal virus wipes out most of the Scandinavian population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety...This is the premise for a new Netflix series The Rain, launching on Friday (4 May).It is pure science fiction, but not completely without a connection to reality.In the real world, staff at Nordic hospitals are fighting hard to stop antibiotic resistant bacteria from spreading.Nykoepings Lasarett, a hospital in Sweden, in March cancelled operations and closed infected sections to stop a superbug named VRE from infecting patients.As many as 250 patients received a letter from the hospital urging them to test if they carried the bacteria after being treated in the hospital."The hospitals do not control the infection yet," reported Sweden's public broadcaster, EKOT, on Thursday (26 April).The first VRE case was discovered in Huddinge in northern Sweden before the turn of the year and about 60 patients have now been infected in the Stockholm region.In Nykoeping, 44 patients have been reported infected and the resistant intestinal bacterium has spread further between several hospitals and infected patients also in Umeaa, Oerebro plus Nykoeping for several months.No patient has been seriously ill until now. Most people do not notice that they have been infected, but patients with weakened health may succumb to serious infections such as blood poisoning.-Global problem-The superbug VRE is part of a much bigger problem, according to Nordic researchers speaking at a seminar in the European Parliament organised by the Nordic council on Wednesday (25 April).In Europe alone 25,000 people are estimated to die yearly because of multi-resistant bacteria, according to studies published by the Nordic countries.Less than a century ago, pneumonia often led to death, but the risk was dramatically reduced after the first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in 1928.Antibiotics have been used widely ever since, from human medicine to animal food and saved millions of lives.But now the risk of dying from a bacterial infection is growing again because bacteria develop resistance to these antibiotics."A world without effective antibiotics is the greatest threat to health care worldwide," Aasa Melhus, professor of Clinical Bacteriology at Uppsala University pointed out at the seminar in Brussels.Antibiotics reduced mortality rates and prolonged life but no new antibiotics have been developed for the past 30 years."It is getting dangerous, because we can not offer the citizens anything more," professor Melhus said.Not a 'traditional business'-The industry has moved focus from infection diseases to old-people's diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases."The industry is not very active in the area, because it is not a traditional business," chief consultant of the Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Allan Skaarup Kristensen, explained.If a new antibiotics was eventually developed it would be very important to restrict the use of it as much as possible to avoid bacteria from developing resistance to it."You would make the product, and then put it in a safe box and not use it," he told the seminar in Brussels.Currently has industry globally only 62 new compounds in the pipeline of which only five are expected to be approved as new antibiotics. It costs around $1bn to develop a new drug and takes up to 10 years.Skaarup Kristensen said grants and more public funding was needed to discover new antibiotics.He suggested a $1bn premium for companies to take the risk to bring a new product to the market could be a game-changer - from industry not being active, to becoming active and to quadruple the number of new antibiotics coming to the market in the next 30 years.-Shortage in Europe-Almost all production of antibiotics has been outsourced from Europe to other parts of the world since it is not technically very complicated to produce antibiotics and the old patents have run out."We have outsourced almost all production to India and China – but that leaves us with a security problem and sometimes we see a shortage of deliveries," warned Dag Berild, professor at Oslo University Hospital."We may consider 'insourcing' of the old-fashion production to Europe," he suggested."We all live with two kilo bacteria in our body and they make lots of good use for us. But bacteria can replicate themselves in 17 minutes, so we can never win the war against the bacteria," he said."We also need to promote rational use of antibiotics".The Norwegian government's plan is now to reduce the use of antibiotics by 30 percent by 2020. One way is to shorten the period of treatment."We have all learned to finish the treatment with the antibiotics to avoid resistance. But that is a lie. It is total evidence-free area," said the Norwegian professor."The longer treatment the more resistant bacteria. So my advice is to change this mantra that 'shorter is better'. Studies of pneumonia and other show that shorter treatment works as well as long treatment," professor Dag Berild said.-Foreign travel risk-It is estimated the 60 percent of all infectious diseases stem from animals - but travelling is also contributing to infection and spread of bacteria."The only thing you have to do is to go abroad," said Aase Melhus.She made a study in 2010 concluding that foreign travel is a major risk factor.Samples from 100 healthy volunteers traveling outside Northern Europe, taken before and after their travel, showed that 50 percent returned with multi-resistant bacteria.The most risky country to travel appeared to be India, where 88 percent came back positive."After six months 24 percent were still tested positive and as long as you are positive, you can spread it," professor Melhus explained."This is a global problem. Whatever happens in the world will in the end end up at your own doorstep," she said.-Nordic 12-step plan-During the Nordic Council's theme session in Stockholm last year, the council's politicians presented a 'white book' outlining 12 concrete proposals for Nordic initiatives in the fight against antibiotic resistance.The strategy aims to limit the use of antibiotics, stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance and secure incentives for the development of new health technology, innovative medicines, and vaccines."It is a challenge that should be met on all levels, regional, national and global. The Nordic Council also wishes to promote ambitions solutions in the EU," said Bente Stein Mathisen, a member of the Norwegian parliament and of the Nordic Council.So far the European Union has focussed its legislative work mainly on the use of antibiotics for animals."From a legislative point of view we worked on animal health – now we see there are also links to human health," said Fredrick Federley, Swedish Alde MEP."Many people in this world do not get proper treatment. The poorest do not get what they need, while others are over-consuming antibiotics," he said, adding that "the Nordic action plan could be used as a role model for European Parliament".

Opinion-EU had a plan for Jordan - now it's time to make it work By Gideon Maltz and Cindy Huang-EUOBSERVER

New York, 25. Apr, 09:10-Two years ago, the European Union announced a groundbreaking deal providing Jordan with $1.8bn (€1.47bn) in grants and loans as well as trade measures allowing preferential access for certain products from Jordanian businesses employing at least 15 percent Syrian refugees.For its part, Jordan agreed to expand educational and economic access for Syrian refugees in the country, including 200,000 work permits for Syrian refugees in specific sectors.The overall compact had a powerful strategic logic for the EU: by creating incentives for increased Jordanian exports to the EU and employment of Syrian refugees, the EU could both help support Jordan - a strategic partner feeling acute pressure from the 1.3 million Syrian refugees it is hosting - and induce refugees to stay in Jordan with concrete job opportunities.The deal would benefit Jordanians and refugees - as well as the EU.As the EU prepares to host another summit in Brussels to address the Syria refugee crisis, it must acknowledge that the trade component of the Jordan deal has failed in practice: two years on, only four companies have exported roughly €2.3m worth of products under the deal.Why has the EU deal failed to deliver? While some analysis has focused on the challenges in recruiting refugee workers, our assessment is that they are less the cause of the failure than the symptom of Jordanian businesses lacking strong incentives to take advantage of the deal.Where firms in Jordan have had a clear business reason to hire refugees, they have successfully done so.The EU-Jordan deal has fallen short of ramping up trade because the trade concessions that the EU offered are exceedingly modest.The deal made it easier for certain Jordanian products to qualify for duty-free access to the EU by reducing the "local content" requirement (the portion of the product's value that had to be generated in Jordan) from a high threshold of 70 percent to a more manageable threshold of 30 percent - in principle, an important concession as many of Jordan's products use inputs from other countries.However, the benefits of the trade preference are circumscribed:The trade preference only extends to certain selected sectors - such as plastics, chemicals, and garments. By one credible assessment, almost two-thirds of Jordan's current international exports are excluded from the deal.It is limited to companies operating in 18 designated development zones (located far from the majority of Syrian refugees), excluding Jordanian firms with business operations elsewhere in the country.It provides duty-free access to the EU market - which a large number of other countries already enjoy. In the garment sector, for example, both Turkey (with cheaper transportation costs to the EU) and Bangladesh (with lower labour costs) already have duty-free access - neutralising the advantage for Jordanian firms.The EU-Jordan deal has generated meagre benefits to date, even while the Jordanian government has made progress on its side of the bargain, issuing 83,500 work permits since the start of the compact.But the strategic logic that motivated the EU to enter the deal should now compel the EU to improve, not abandon, it.-Three steps-First, the EU can strengthen the deal by expanding the scope of eligibility.It should start by acceding to the Jordanian government's request to extend trade preferences to businesses operating anywhere in Jordan – an easy fix.It should go further and include a wider range of Jordan's export sectors – the simplified rules of origin could be particularly beneficial in sectors where Jordanian businesses may have more European market demand and/or greater competitiveness, such as in food processing.Second, the EU and European governments should play a hands-on role in trying to facilitate Jordanian firms' access to the EU market. Buyer-supplier relationships are often 'sticky' and European companies may be slow to increase their business with lesser-known Jordanian firms.To accelerate Jordanian firms' access to the EU market, the European Commission and European governments will need to do more to broker these relationships, and also help companies meet EU quality and regulatory standards.Third, the EU should develop targeted tax incentives for EU businesses that make investments in Jordan generating jobs for both Jordanians and refugees.With links directly to EU markets and expertise in meeting regulatory standards, European businesses would be well-positioned to leverage the preferential trade arrangement and advance the EU goals of helping Jordanian host communities and refugees – but these businesses may need additional incentives to set up new operations.Even with the current EU deal, we believe Jordan warrants strong consideration from multinational businesses, both as a place to invest in, and as a place to source goods and services from: Jordan has a stable government, a business-friendly regulatory environment, and preferential trade access to the United States and the Gulf, in addition to the EU.The opportunity to help Syrian refugees, by hiring them directly or bringing them into their supply chains, should also be a consideration for multinational businesses - for humanitarian, strategic, and reputational reasons.But with the scale of what Jordan faces – with Syrian refugees amounting to more than 10 percent of its population – the EU must improve its deal with Jordan and deliver on its promise to boost Jordanian exports and refugee hiring.Gideon Maltz is the executive director of the Tent Foundation. He previously served in key roles at the US mission to the United Nations, USAID, and the White House national security council.Cindy Huang is the co-director of migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy and senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She previously served in key roles at the US State Department and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Syrian army, Islamic State wage fierce battle in south Damascus-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 30, 2018

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies engaged in a fierce battle on Saturday with Islamic State fighters in an enclave south of Damascus held by the jihadist group.Reuters witnesses, a war monitor and state television reported intense fighting including artillery bombardment and small arms fire.The army had made broad advances, said state television. The monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said it had gained control of several buildings in the densely built-up area.Footage on state TV showed tanks rolling across an open area of fields to the edge of the enclave, which includes parts of al-Qadam district, al-Hajar al-Aswad and the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.It showed uniformed soldiers moving through battered streets with dense clouds of black smoke overhead, while the whizz and crash of artillery fire, the rattle of small arms fire and deep echoing blasts could all be heard.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this month defeated rebels in their biggest stronghold near Damascus in eastern Ghouta, and has since then focused on ending resistance in several smaller pockets near the Syrian capital.Islamic State lost most of its territory in Syria last year in the face of two rapid offensives, one by the Syrian army backed by Russia and Iran, and the other by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by the United States.It has held onto some areas of desert in eastern Syria, as well as to the pocket in south Damascus and one other area by the borders with Jordan and Israel which is held by a group that has pledged allegiance to it.Russia's entry into the war in 2015 has propelled Assad to a succession of victories that have dashed any rebel hopes of ousting him militarily, but rebel groups still hold large swathes of northwest and southwest Syria.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday after meeting in Moscow with his counterparts from Turkey and Iran that the three countries need to help Syria's government clear its country of terrorists.Turkish Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meanwhile said Russia, Iran and Turkey needed to work with the United Nations to ensure the legitimacy of any political solution in Syria as any military solution would be illegal and unsustainable.(Reporting By Firas Makedesi in Damascus and Angus McDowall in Beirut; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Greece approves 1.2 billion-euro US deal for F-16 fighters-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-April 30, 2018

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A panel of senior Greek government and military officials has approved a 1.2-billion-euro ($1.45 billion) deal to upgrade more than half of the country's American-made F-16 fighter planes.Officials say the deal approved by the Greek cabinet on Saturday will give 85 of Greece's fleet of F-16s capabilities similar to the much more advanced F-35 fighters minus stealth technology.The terms of the agreement call for Greece to pay for the improvements until 2027 or 2028, but the U.S. agreed to cap annual payments at 150 million euros ($182 million) after that.U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt tweeted that the approval built on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's visit to the White House in October.Tsipras leads the Greek cabinet.

Russian FM says US trying to 'divide Syria into parts'-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-April 30, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Saturday the United States is trying to divide Syria.During a meeting with his counterparts from Iran and Turkey, Sergey Lavrov said the recent U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria "seriously aggravated the situation."He added that statements about supporting the territorial integrity of Syria "are only words that, apparently, cover plans for reformatting the Middle East and plans for dividing Syria into parts."Lavrov met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Russia, Iran and Turkey are the guarantor states in the so-called "Astana process" aimed at ending the violence in Syria.The three agreed to intensify efforts to provide humanitarian aid in Syria."We will ensure that this aid is provided in the most effective way. We will be cooperating with the government, the opposition and of course with our counterparts at the United Nations, the International Red Cross, the Syrian Red Crescent and other international organizations," Lavrov said.International aid groups have repeatedly accused the Syrian government, which is closely allied with Russia and Iran, of preventing the delivery of aid to besieged, rebel-held areas.Lavrov also reiterated Russia's contention that the alleged chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma earlier this month was an "artificial pretext" for the missile strikes by the U.S., Britain and France.The ministers issued a joint statement condemning chemical attacks and said any reports of their use should be "investigated promptly and professionally" by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. An OPCW team was repeatedly delayed in attempts to reach Douma to probe the reported attack.Cavusoglu meanwhile criticized the United States for supporting Syria's main Kurdish militia, which played a key role in rolling back the Islamic State group and now controls much of northern and eastern Syria. Turkey views the Kurdish fighters as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast."Today, the US supports terrorist organizations, and this has to stop," Cavusoglu said.


5  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;(GOD ORDAINED OR LIVES BEFORE WE WERE EVEN CREATED IN A WOMANS BODY)(GOD NEVER CREATED ANYONE HOMOSEXUAL)(AND THIS TELLS US ABORTION IS MURDER) and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

JOHN 8:44
44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

EXODUS 20:13
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)

EXODUS 21:12
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)

20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils,(OCCULT) and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,(DRUG ADDICTIONS) nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)


Toddler whose parents fought to maintain life support dies-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-DANICA KIRKA and SYLVIA HUI-April 30, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Alfie Evans, a sick British toddler whose parents won support from the pope during a protracted legal battle to take him to the Vatican children's hospital for treatment, died early Saturday, five days after he was taken off life support.The parents, Kate James and Tom Evans, announced their 23-month-old son's death on social media, saying they were "heartbroken." Alfie had a rare degenerative brain condition that left him with almost no brain function, and multiple courts ruled that keeping him alive was not in his best interests."My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30," Evans, 21, said in Facebook post decorated with a broken heart and crying emojis.Alfie's case sparked a medical ethics debate that resonated far beyond Britain. Doctors overseeing his care in Liverpool, England said further treatment was futile and he should be allowed to die. But his parents fought for months to try to convince judges to allow them to take him to Vatican hospital, where life support would be maintained.Pope Francis, who had publicly supported Evans and James' campaign, wrote condolences that were posted Saturday on Twitter."I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie," Francis said. "Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace."Italy even granted Alfie citizenship and put a military plane on standby to transport him to Rome, if the courts allowed it.Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano tweeted Saturday: "Goodbye, little Alfie. We loved you."Tensions between the toddler's parents and the hospital had eased in recent days. Evans, who earlier said doctors were wrong about Alfie's prognosis and threatened to resume the fight over care in court, called for a truce and pledged to work with hospital staff to give his son "dignity and comfort.""Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation," Evans said Thursday outside Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where Alfie was treated for more than a year.He thanked the hospital staff "for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them too."Under British law, courts are asked to intervene when parents and doctors disagree on the treatment of a child. In such cases, the rights of the child take primacy over the parents' right to decide what's best for their offspring.Alder Hey issued a statement to express "heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Alfie's family.""All of us feel deeply for Alfie, Kate, Tom and his whole family and our thoughts are with them," the statement said. "This has been a devastating journey for them, and we would ask that their privacy and the privacy of staff at Alder Hey is respected."Alfie's case received much attention outside Britain, especially in Catholic countries. Pope Francis met with Evans and appealed for the wishes of the boy's parents to be heeded, saying only God can decide who dies.Officials in largely Catholic Poland and Italy have criticized Britain's courts and state-run National Health Service.A leading Italian right-wing politician, Veneto Gov. Luca Zaia, said the "so-called civilized world has supplied the latest proof of enormous incivility."Supporters of the parents staged angry protests regularly outside the hospital, at times trying to storm its entrance. People left floral tributes outside the hospital Saturday, but Alder Hey asked for remembrances to be left in a park next door so the hospital's work wasn't disrupted.Alfie's mother, 20-year-old Kate James, posted that she was heartbroken over Alfie's death, but added, "Thank you everyone for all your support."