12 Tishrei 5778
2 October 2017
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror continues unabated . . .
It sounds like a broken record, but life in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem is a broken record of continuous Palestinian terror.
A few of the attacks from yesterday:
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli motorists with “rocks” and Molotovs at the Jit Junction, near Shavei Shomron, at Beit Anun, north of Kiryat Arba, south of Ofra, between Kiryat Arba and Ma’arat HaMachpela in Hevron, at the Giti Avisar Junction, on Road 443, at Turmus’aya, on the Gush Etzion road near Beit Ummar, at Luban a-Sharqiya, at Deir Jarir, and near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron.
Israeli security forces were attacked in Beit Anan, Silwan, in the southern Hevron Hills, and on the Gaza border.
The above information comes from citizens’ reports to Rescue Judea and Samaria and hakolhayehudi.com.
With friends like these . . .
It was revealed yesterday that last August, U.S. intelligence sent Cairo a warning that a North Korean cargo boat loaded with weapons was headed for the Suez Canal. Flying under the Kampuchean flag, the Jian Shun Tsa had its entire deck covered with heavy sheets making the cargo invisible.
As the ship entered Egyptian waters, it was intercepted and Egyptian customs agents found 30,000 rocket grenades on board. This turned out to be the biggest capture of weaponry in the U.N. sanctions regime against North Korea.
So where were the rocket grenades headed? Who was the buyer?
Assad in Syria? the Houthis in Yemen? Iranian militias?
No, the buyers were the Egyptians themselves. What do the Egyptians need 30,000 rocket grenades for?
Want to live longer?
Then live in Israel. According to the Israel Heart Society, Israel has become one of the world leaders in dealing with heart related problems as the country shows a 50% decline in mortality rates from heart disease in the last 16 years.
The Heart Society reports that in the last sixteen years (from 2000 to 2016), Israeli cardiologists performed 250,000 electrocardiograms, 45,000 cardiac catheterizations, 5,000 heart transplants and 4,000 other open heart surgeries at Israel’s 23 hospitals.
The explosion in air travel to Israel . . .
Boycotts against Israel? Just the opposite has occurred in terms of air travel as airline after airline fights for landing rights at Ben Gurion.
The latest excellent news (because it involves one of your humble servant’s favorite airlines) is that Cathay Pacific will soon begin operating nonstop daily service between Tel Aviv and Hong Kong.
Boycotts against Israel?
The largest number of Christian tourists from abroad who have ever come here for Sukkot are already arriving in the country for the holiday that begins on Wednesday night.
The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem alone is hosting more than 6,000 Christians from almost 100 nations.
It is expected that these friends of ours will spend more than $500,000,000 while here.
Christian Evangelicals and U.S. States Wage War Against BDS
Back on September 22, the state of Colorado placed the Danske Bank of Denmark and all of its subsidiaries on a blacklist of companies that the state will not do business with.
Danske Bank’s Thomas Kjaergaard, the head of its ridiculously titled department of “responsible investments” was quick to issue this disingenuous statement:
“Danske Bank does not boycott Israel or Israeli companies as such, and we do not take part in the so-called BDS campaign targeting Israel.”
Let’s take a moment and parse Kjaergaard’s nonsense.
“Danske Bank does not boycott Israel or Israeli companies as such.”
As such? What the heck does that mean? It obviously means that the Danske Bank does boycott Israel and Israeli companies–Danske just does not call what it boycotts “Israel” or “Israeli companies.” To be more specific, Danske does not boycott everything made in Israel or all Israeli companies, it picks and chooses what Israeli companies it wants to boycott.
“We do not take part in the so-called BDS campaign targeting Israel.”
Translated this means: Of course we agree with the BDS campaign targeting Israel and of course we boycott Israel and Israeli companies, but we do not allow BDS to list our name as one of its supporters.
The ridiculous point is that Danske makes no secret of who or what it boycotts. For example, Israeli companies Aryt Industries and Elbit Systems have long been on its hit list, and everyone knows it.
So, how did we get to the point of Colorado blacklisting Danske? You can thank our Christian evangelical friends who helped push the anti-BDS Colorado legislation through the Colorado House and Senate.
By the way, Colorado is not the first state to sanction Danske. New York blacklisted Danske last year, and Illinois is thinking about doing so in the coming months.
In fact, as of this morning the following states have passed anti-BDS legislation:
Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Nevada, Kansas, and North Carolina.
21 states out of 50, and anti-BDS legislation is pending in many more. It should be noted again that in most of these states the main groups waging war against BDS are Christian evangelicals–the same evangelicals who are arriving in Israel this week to celebrate Sukkot.
Each one of these states and of course our friends the Christian evangelicals should be praised for their support of Israel. They are our true friends.