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Tevet 5762                             Gwen Hamlin, Editor                             December 2001

Bridges For Peace:

God told Jeremiah the prophet to go down to the potter’s house. Jeremiah arrived in time to see the potter make a serious mistake in the pot he was making (Jeremiah 18:1-6) and he made it into another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make. God’s message to Jeremiah was that as the potter was master over his clay, so was God master over the people of Judah. The potter would spin the clay to create jugs, bowls and vases. In this Scripture we are likened to clay in the potter’s hand, revealing stages we go through before we are useful vessels from God’s point of view. God is sovereign and can recreate and rework us to help us understand the purpose of what we are going through in our journey of faith. (Isaiah 64:8)

The level of the Sea of Galilee is dropping faster despite the fact that pumping has been cut in half. Officials in the Water Commissioner’s office confirm that the water level is now 23 inches above the new minimum mark, and two other main fresh water sources are badly depleted and on or below their “red lines”. [Editor: Since this report, Israel has gotten some much needed rain and the level has risen. Keep praying. Much more rain is needed.]

A cornea donated by the family of a teenager murdered in the Dolphinarium terror attack has restored the sight of an 11 year-old Arab girl from a village north of Israel, who has suffered from cataracts and diseased corneas in both eyes. The complicated surgery involved removal of the cataract in one eye, insertion of an artificial lens, and the transplant of the cornea. A few hours after the operation the girl began to see. The other cornea will be given to another patient, and the girl has been put on the list for another cornea later.

The Jerusalem Post:

Archaeological activity in Jerusalem has produced important finds, including the remains of Herod the Great’s palace, and an ancient industrial park in Ir Gamin, in western Jerusalem. It provides a record of daily Jewish life during the First Temple period. Josephus writes of extravagant banquet halls, bed chambers for 100 guests, pools and statues, all decorated in silver and gold. The dig is located south of the Jaffa Gate. Two massive stone walls were found. Coins and pottery also, that point to the era of Herod the Great… No above ground remains of the royal residence were found, as Josephus recorded that in 66 B.C. it was set afire, and up to now his description of the palace was believed to be too fantastic to be true as no archaeological evidence was ever found.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

“The Matzoh of Zion”, the book written by Syrian Defense Minister, Mustafa Tlass, that endorses the notorious Damascus blood libel of 1840 is about to be made into a film. Countless innocent Jews in Europe and the Middle-East have been murdered as a result of this terrible book of lies. The outrageous slander about Jews plotting to drink the blood of their Christian and Muslim murder victims is being hailed as the Arab answer to Schindler’s List. Countless innocent Jews living in Europe and the Middle-East have been martyred over the past thousand years as a result of these despicable lies, and many more will suffer as this outrageous film finds an audience. Write Bible Light (Box 370, Ottawa, KS  66067) for “Judeo-Phobia” by John Stembridge, which refutes these lies.

In an article by a columnist in the Egypt government-sponsored newspaper, Al-Akhbar, the following appears [in literal translation]: “Thanks to Hitler [of] blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance, against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth, although we do have a complaint against him for his revenge on them is not enough.”

THE JEWISH PRESS:

The Bush administration, in trying to build an international coalition against Osama Bin Laden, has muted its dispute with Russia over the Russian plans of $1.5 billion for weapons sale to Iran. Russia also plans to bolster Iran’s nuclear capacity. The White House says that the Bush administration will not step in the way, despite a 1995 agreement signed by Russia to end weapon deliveries to Iran.

Over 2 pounds of dental gold taken from 3,000 Jews murdered at Lieberose Concentration Camp in Germany, (WW2) has disappeared. The Stasi (East German secret police) had found the gold – which now no longer can be located. 90% of the Jews murdered at Lieberose were from the Auschwitz death camp.

When President Bush delivered his inspiring address to the citizens of the USA, there was one omission. When the President listed all the countries who were praying for America he “forgot” to mention Israel, despite the fact that Israel was the first country to declare a national day of mourning and prayer for America. Israel was excluded from the coalition, and the New York Times reports that the Arabs in the group demand that America support Jerusalem as a capital for Arabs as well as Israelis. [All that is changing now since recent suicide bombings in Israel have become catestrophic. It seems finally our leaders are waking up to Arafat’s true character.]

(Excerpts from an article by Eugene Narrett): “Dovetailing with the continuity of American government under its shadow oligarchy of corporate kingpins and their hirelings in the “intelligence services” and with their creation and management of crises requiring “global solutions” and “peaceful co-existence” of irreconcilable ideologies, nations or religions, is the fixation on the Middle East. This reflects the shadow government’s economic interests and their collaboration with Saudi and Gulf State regimes to manipulate oil prices so as to keep western populations off-balance via crises requiring constant involvement, reduced civil liberties and emphasis on secret, ‘expert’ strategic analyses of “national interest.” America’s shadow lords are so eager to comply with the wishes of their Saudi partners, that they have removed from the sanctions list three Saudi-funded ‘charities’ that Osama Bin Laden used to finance his terror groups. (The Rabita Trust for Rehabilitation of Palestinians, the Muslim World League, and the International Islamic Relief Organization are fronts for anti-western and anti-Israeli terror.) The Dictator of Pakistan, General Musharraf, is now courted by U.S. diplomats, and on the board of Rabita, and refuses to resign.

Lawyers for Nazi war criminal suspect, Konrad Kalejs, began a federal bid against his extradition from Australia to Latvia where he faces genocide charges. He is accused of being a guard at the Salaspils concentration camp near the Latvian capital, Riga, where Jews were executed, tortured or died of starvation.

Arafat’s number two man, Abu Mazen, is the author of a book which claims that the Zionist movement was a partner in the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust. Also in a sermon on TV Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi claims that Jews themselves planned the Holocaust, and he called Jews “cursed, corrupt, and donkeys” (translation courtesy of the Middle-East Media Research Institute.)

(Excerpt from an article by Hadar Avraham): After a year of bloodshed and violence, while Israelis mourn their dead, the Palestinians have opened a museum in Shechem (Nablus) to commemorate their suicide terrorists.

The macabre museum has even memorialized in detail the bombing at the Sbarro pizza restaurant on August 9 in which 15 people were killed.

The re-creation, a leading exhibit at the museum, shows the restaurant in a state of disarray, with fake body parts and slices of pizza lying all over the floor. Other rooms of the museum contain models dressed as suicide bombers, holding the Koran in one hand and an automatic rifle in the other, resembling the last pose in front of video cameras by suicide bombers before they embark on their missions.

Another room in the museum honors three Hamas leaders killed by Israeli forces. Three open graves in the midst of candles hold three white coffins symbolizing the deaths of Jamal Mansour, Jamal Salim and Salah Darwazeh.

Towards the end of the exhibition, a figure of an Orthodox Jew dressed in black garb stands behind a large rock.

From within the rock a recording pronounces the following message: “O believer, there is a Jewish man behind me, come and kill him.”

Over 200 people have lost their lives in suicide bombings while hundreds more have been wounded.

Zionism

Zionism is the Jewish national movement of rebirth and renewal in the land of Israel – the historical birthplace of the Jewish people. The yearning to return to Zion, the biblical term for both the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, has been the cornerstone of Jewish religious life since the Jewish exile from the land two thousand years ago, and is embedded in Jewish prayer, ritual, literature and culture.

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