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Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro Reacts to Jerusalem Being Declared the Capital of Israel

World  (tags: Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, poliitical, Zionism, Judaism, Israel, Hebrew, Aramaic, Jerusalem, Evangelical Christians, Bible )

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Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro explains that the Jewish people relate to Jerusalem as a holy city, not as a political capital city. Jerusalem as the capital of the "Jews" is a Zionist fiction, & conflicts directly with the teachings of Judaism.


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Thursday January 4, 2018, 3:02 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 7:05 am
Shared all over social media to raise and spread awareness.

fly bird (26)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 11:12 pm
This was very interesting. Thank you, Evelyn.

Important, relevant stuff, many people don't know or never heard about.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 7:25 am
He makes sense and I wish more people would listen to him and others like him.

Peggy B (43)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 7:46 am
Judaism 101. Succinct and easily understood. I shared this on facebook.

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 10:41 am
Please note and share!! Evelyn posted:

What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped An Israeli Soldier.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:09 pm
Noted, Thank you

Roslyn McBride (28)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:50 pm

Beryl L (78)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 1:55 pm
Thank you Evelyn

Glennis W (393)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4:38 pm
Thank you for caring and sharing Evelyn

Shirley S (187)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4:57 pm
Noted T Y

Animae C (507)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 5:04 pm

TY Evelyn

Animae C (507)
Saturday January 6, 2018, 5:06 pm
Also thanx to Darren for forwarding.

SylvieBusy A (190)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 4:39 am
Noted. Thank you for sharing.

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 7, 2018, 5:56 pm
Very valuable video.

********** Evelyn

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 1:39 pm
13 January, Toulouse: No to the annexation of al-Quds!
7 January 2018

Saturday, 13 January
3:00 pm
Metro Jean-Jaures, Toulouse

The unilateral decision of the US president to move their embassy from Tel Aiv to Jerusalem is an attempt to recognize the annexation of Jerusalem and its “unification” by the Israeli state and was met with the warm approval of only Netanyahu.

For 70 years, as part of its policy of “facts on the ground” Israel seized the western part of the city, and 50 years ago it occupied east Jerusalem and then annexed it declaring its unification as an “eternal and indivisible” capital in defiance of UN resolutions and in violation of international law….

International agreements define East Jerusalem as the Palestinian side of Jerusalem, destined to become the capital of the future state of Palestine. But the State of Israel has never respected – with the complicity of the US and Europe – any UN resolution and especially those concerning Jerusalem.

That’s not all. Trump in the process wants to impose on the Palestinians a “peace plan” for a few enclaves isolated from each other and the crushing of Palestinian rights, especially the right of return of refugees.

We must stop Trump and Netanyahu. For that, apart from declarations, we cannot count on the French president. He invited, on Human Rights Day, December 10 in Paris, the Israeli prime minister who daily flouts international law and human rights. Who imprisons hundreds of Palestinians, including the French-Palestinian Salah Hamouri, without charges and without trial. Moreover, the French government itself is criminalizing the BDS campaign and imprisoning the struggler for Palestine, Georges Abdallah, for 33 years, despite his eligibility for release since 1999.

It is high time that the world put real pressure on Israel by supporting the Palestinian struggle for rights and dignity. The occupation regime, colonialism, and Israeli apartheid must be ended by popular resistance and the international Boycott-Divestment -Sanctions movement.

Solidarity with the resistance of the Palestinian people.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 9:35 am
Foreign Minister says Israeli settlement plans have a US green light.

RAMALLAH, January 10, 2018 (WAFA) – Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on Wednesday that Israeli announcement of plans to build 1285 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank was one outcome of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which gave Israel the green light to do whatever it wants with the Palestinian land.

Malki told Voice of Palestine radio that the Israeli decision was also a result of the international community’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its acts, particularly with regard to settlement construction.

He expressed concern that the international community is currently afraid to take a stand on settlements because of US threats to cut aid to states and organizations who speak against Israeli policies.

Malki said that the Palestinian leadership cannot rely on anyone anymore because of the US threats, yet it will continue to struggle against Israel’s ongoing violations on the political, diplomatic and legal fronts.

He said a meeting of Arab foreign ministers will be held on the 31st of this month to determine the next Arab move regarding Trump’s announcement and Israel’s measures, explaining that the last foreign ministers meeting in the Jordanian capital, Amman, was for consultation purposes.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:21 pm
Israel/OPT: Military must end excessive force to avoid further bloodshed and deaths
21 December 2017
Ahead of planned protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tomorrow, and in the wake of the deaths of four Palestinian protesters and the injuring of hundreds of others in the last two weeks, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an end to the excessive force that has been part of its response to demonstrations and clashes resulting from the decision by the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Respect for the right to peaceful protest is an obligation binding on Israel and, even where violence erupts, the Israeli security forces must use the minimum force necessary to address it.”

Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International

“Israeli authorities must stop using excessive force against protesters once and for all. The fact that live ammunition has been used during protests in Gaza and the West Bank is particularly shocking. Under international human rights law lethal force can only be used when lives are at imminent risk, which clearly was not the case in the examples we have documented,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“Respect for the right to peaceful protest is an obligation binding on Israel and, even where violence erupts, the Israeli security forces must use the minimum force necessary to address it, while allowing peaceful marches and demonstrations to continue.”

Over the last two weeks, four Palestinians, three in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, have been killed by the Israeli authorities during demonstrations and ensuing clashes. Figures issued by the Palestinian ministry of health indicate that more than 3,000 others have been injured and, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, more than 400 have been arrested.

Israeli forces have used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at a number of demonstrations, sometimes in response to protesters throwing stones and, in the case of the West Bank, Molotov cocktails. Particularly alarming has been the Israeli army’s use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza during demonstrations at or near the fence that separates the Strip and Israel. One of those killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who was shot in the head by a soldier on 15 December. At the time he was shot, he was sitting with a group of young protesters near Nahal Oz, a heavily militarized area, where barbed wire separated them from the Israeli army, positioned approximately 15 metres away. According to eyewitnesses, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who was wheelchair-bound after losing both his legs in an Israeli air strike in 2008, was waving a Palestinian flag and chanting slogans. He was in possession of a slingshot, which he did not use. Israeli military investigations have concluded there were “no moral or professional failures” identified in this killing.

The other two Palestinian protesters killed in the Gaza Strip were Mahmoud Abdelmajid al-Masri on 8 December and Yasser Naji Sukkar on 15 December. The fourth Palestinian protester killed – in the West Bank – was Basel Mustafa Ibrahim, also on 15 December.

“There’s no denying that Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza threw stones at Israeli soldiers, but it’s hard to believe how any of them posed an imminent danger to the lives of well-equipped soldiers protected by concrete blocks,” said Philip Luther.

“The Israeli authorities have consistently refused to investigate killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers or police or at least not done so to international standards. As long as Israeli officers are not held to account for abusing their powers, the pattern of unlawful killings will continue, and Palestinians will be denied their right to peaceful protest without fear of injury or death.

“If further bloodshed is to be avoided as these demonstrations continue, the Israeli authorities must properly investigate all incidents in which arbitrary and otherwise abusive force appears to have been used and bring those suspected of being responsible to justice. This is all the more important when serious injury and loss of life are involved. Israel must also reform its investigation systems to ensure their impartiality and independence. A failure to do so will only perpetuate years of impunity.”

Three other Palestinians, two armed group members and one civilian, have been killed as a result of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups. The air strikes targeted a military site used by Hamas in Beit Lahya, in the north of the Gaza Strip. Another Palestinian was killed in al-Bireh in the West Bank on 15 December by Israeli soldiers who said he had attempted to stab one of them.


US President Donald Trump’s recent decisions to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv has caused widespread condemnation and protest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and around the world.

This decision has implied a “unified” Jerusalem and implicitly recognized the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem in disregard of the mass violations of Palestinian human rights resulting from Israel’s annexation policies.

Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied East Jerusalem was formalized in domestic law in 1980. It has been repeatedly condemned by the international community through various UN Security Council resolutions.

For more than 10 years, Gaza’s 2 million residents have been subjected to collective punishment as a result of Israel’s illegal blockade. Between October 2015 and September 2016, Amnesty International documented the killings of 21 protesters in Gaza, including a 10-year-old child.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 16, 2018, 9:38 pm
Zionism And Its Impact
By Ann M. Lesch

The Zionist movement has maintained a striking continuity in its aims and methods over the past century. From the start, the movement sought to achieve a Jewish majority in Palestine and to establish a Jewish state on as much of the LAND as possible. The methods included promoting mass Jewish immigration and acquiring tracts of land that would become the inalienable property of the Jewish people. This policy inevitably prevented the indigenous Arab residents from attaining their national goals and establishing a Palestinian state. It also necessitated displacing Palestinians from their lands and jobs when their presence conflicted with Zionist interests.

The Zionist movement—and subsequently the state of ISRAEL—failed to develop a positive approach to the Palestinian presence and aspirations. Although many Israelis recognized the moral dilemma posed by the Palestinians, the majority either tried to ignore the issue or to resolve it by force majeure. Thus, the Palestine problem festered and grew, instead of being resolved.
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