Archive for May, 2011

Happy Memorial Day 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011

We would like to wish all of you a very happy Memorial Day. This year hols special meaning for many around the Midwest; Joplin, Missouri, especially. Please continue to pray for the people affected by these terrible storms. Also, remember those who not only fought and died to maintain our freedom, but be thankful for the sacrifice they have made. Please be safe and have a wonderful day.

See our military tribute here.

“IN MEMORY OF HERB ZWEIBON Z”L – AFSI SPRING CHIZUK MISSION TO ISRAEL” by Fern Sidman

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Helen Freedman, executive director of Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI), has announced that their upcoming semi-annual “Chizuk” mission to Israel will be dedicated to the memory of their beloved chairman Herbert Zweibon, Z’L who passed away in January of 2011. The tour will run from May 29th through June 7th.

Having founded AFSI in 1970 out of a deep concern for the future of Israel, Mr. Zweibon is best remembered for his generosity, kindness and tireless devotion to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. “Herb was the heart and soul of our organization and a stalwart advocate for the rights of Jews to live anywhere in the land of Israel. The most fitting tribute we could pay to this exemplary “Ohev Yisroel”(lover of the Jewish people) is to dedicate our Spring Chizuk mission to his extraordinary life and legacy”, said Ms. Freedman in a statement to the media.

Coming on the heels of some tense times for Israel is terms of the dramatic foreign policy shift emanating from Washington, the focus of the trip will be the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) and visits to crucial sites in Judea and Samaria. “The Prime Minister of Israel addressed the status of Jerusalem in his speech before the joint sessions of Congress, and we at AFSI are here to reiterate our steadfast support for Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided, and only capital of the Jewish nation” declared Ms. Freedman.

In terms of Israeli retention of settlement blocs in any future peace deal with the Palestinians, Ms. Freedman said, “When we hear the words ‘painful concessions’ spoken by Prime Minister Netanyahu, we know exactly what that translates in to. We are also mindful that the prospect of removing Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria is totally unacceptable and thoroughly intolerable. Based on previous negotiations, we know that the Arabs will never utter those six magical words, “I will accept a Jewish state”. We fervently pray, however, that no more token concessions and “sacrifices for peace” will be necessary to appease the enemy appetite.”

With these sentiments in mind, participants in the AFSI Spring Chizuk mission will be visiting the former residents of Gush Katif now living new communities in the southern part of Israel. In addition, a very special visit will be paid to the beleaguered town of Sderot where a new soccer field has been built with contributions from AFSI members. Under the guidance of Israel Danziger of Mishmeret Yesha the tour members will also be visiting the residents of Gush Etzion, Hebron and the Hebron Hills. It is there that the AFSI members will get some hands-on training in rifle practice under the tutelage of the Mishmeret Yesha rapid response team.

Yom Yerushalayim will be spent in a grand and glorious fashion as tour members partake in an ebullient celebration of the day that Jerusalem was liberated from Arab forces by joining a gala dinner at Beit Orot, while rejoicing with them upon the completion of new apartments for Jews at Shimon HaTzaddik. No AFSI trip to Israel would be complete without a visit to the Temple Mount, and as in previous years, the tour will be led by Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute. Having the rare and unique opportunity to celebrate the privilege of being present in Israel’s capital city; this most special day will be enhanced by an enlightening tour of East Jerusalem and the Old City, led by Dan Luria, executive director of Ateret Cohanim.

Providing succor for communities that might be threatened with expulsion also takes precedence in the AFSI itinerary. As such, the tour will proceed to such settlements as Shilo, Chavat Gilad and Itamar, among many others. Heading north, a visit to the mixed city of Carmiel will take place, where many Jews feel that they are under demographic siege by the influx of Arabs into their city. Trips to Haifa, Tzfat, Kiryat Shemona, the Golan Heights and such locations in the Jordan Valley as Hemdat, Maskiot, Massua and Mevo’ot Yericho are also planned. The tour members will also engage as active participants in meetings with prominent personalities in the settlement movement. Among them are: Professor Steven Plaut of the University of Haifa, Rabbi Adam Kennisberg of the Yeshivat Hesder in Akko, Nadia Matar, MK Effie Eitam, Aharon Pulver of the Israel Independence Fund, Sephy Choter and Ramona Bar-Lev, wife of Sami Bar-Lev, the mayor of Katzrin.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Obama Offers Condolences, Encouragement to Joplin Tornado Victims

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

President Obama received warm applause and a standing ovation Sunday from members of the Joplin, Mo., community after pledging that the nation isn’t going to stop helping recovery from a devastating tornado even when the cameras go away.

Appearing at a memorial service after a tour of the neighborhoods damaged by an EF5 tornado, Obama said no one can answer when a storm will strike or the severity of the devastation, but that does not mean the community of 50,000 is powerless in the face of adversity.

“How we respond when the storm strikes is up to us. How we live in the aftermath of tragedy and heartache, that’s within our control. And it’s in these moments through our actions that we often see what makes life worth living in the first place. That’s what in the last week Joplin has not only taught Missouri, or has taught America, it’s what Joplin has taught the world,” Obama said.

“Your country will be with you every single step of the way,” he continued.”We’re not going anywhere. The cameras may leave, the spotlight may shift, but we will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored, until this community is back on its feet.

The president spoke following remarks by ministers and laymen heavily doused with scripture and praise for Jesus. Many in the town have not had much more to rely on but faith and federal aid after a near mile-wide tornado last week killed at least 139 people and took out 2,000 buildings in its destructive wake.

The bereaved survivors are trying now to recover from the worst tornado in decades, in what has racked up to be the deadliest tornado season in more than 50 years.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and others greeted Obama on the tarmac before they set out for their walking tour of a destroyed neighborhood. Nixon said that he personally had been moved by the show of volunteers, hundreds who traveled across the nation to be there to pass out blankets, pillows, sunscreen, sandwiches and flashlights.

“You need a flashlight because it gets pretty dark here at night, especially when you’re standing in the middle of the street, staring at the pile of match sticks that was once your home,” Nixon told the memorial service audience.

Nixon said Joplin’s re-emergence will be the result of those living out the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritans.

“One year from today, Joplin will look different, and more different still in two years, and three and five. And as the years pass, the moral of our story will be the same: Love thy neighbor,” he said.

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“AMERICA’S COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL IS ‘NON-NEGOTIABLE’ – SAYS SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID” by Fern Sidman

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

“Our mood is not one of celebration. Our mood is one of caution and concern. Unease sits heavily on our shoulders”, declared US Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the 2011 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Expressing concern about the security of Israel he said, “At no time in Israel’s history has her future faced such tension and such serious tests. Uncertainty awaits us on many fronts.”

In the midst of such unprecedented global acrimony directed at the Jewish state, Senator Reid pledged his continued support for Israel. “I stand with Israel, the Congress stands with Israel and America stands with Israel because the values that have cast our histories are one and the same. And our futures will be intertwined even more than our history has been. You know these values: Democracy, opportunity, justice. Strength, security and self-defense. Innovation. Peace. These values fasten the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel”, he said.

Addressing the recent assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US Navy SEALs, Senator Reid told his audience that the United States based its tactical approach on previous Israeli operations of this magnitude. Referencing the history making “raid on Entebbe” conducted in the summer of 1976 by Israeli commandos when a plane was hijacked and Jewish passengers were separated from the rest, Reid said, “Many of the elements of the Entebbe story sound familiar to the details we’ve heard in recent days about the raid that brought another hijacker to justice. Before both missions, intelligence services surveyed the targets. Troops built and trained on an exact model before flying through the darkness, to unfamiliar foreign terrain, to do what they had to do. The surprise mission was carried out with staggering speed and success.”

Recalling the history of the modern state of Israel, Reid said, “For 63 years, a strong, vibrant democracy has flowered in the unlikeliest of deserts. It’s a democracy dedicated to progress and prosperity and to the values that anchor the free world. So the thousands of us here tonight say in single voice: if you believe in democracy, believe in Israel.”

Supporting President Obama’s foreign policy objective of a “two-state solution” to the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Reid said, “I support a strong democratic, Jewish state of Israel living in peace and security with a Palestinian state. Like you, I hope sincerely for a true and lasting peace between Israelis and the Palestinian people.” He took exception, however, to President Obama’s call for a peace settlement based on the 1967 borders. “The place where negotiating will happen must be the negotiating table – and nowhere else. Those negotiations will not happen – and their terms will not be set – through speeches, or in the streets, or in the media. No one should set premature parameters about borders, about building or about anything else.”

Echoing the sentiments of other speakers at the conference who have condemned the recent partnership of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization with Hamas, Reid said, “Palestinians cannot bring to the negotiating table a terrorist organization that rejects Israel’s right to exist. Nowhere else in the world is one party expected to compromise with a partner who denies its very existence. A peace process can happen only when both sides seek peace. And two partners cannot build a bridge when one party refuses even to admit there is something on the other side of the span.”

Quoting former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Reid intoned, “a government that includes Hamas is a threat not only to Israel – it is a threat to the creation of a Palestinian state, a threat to the legitimacy of a new state and a threat to stability in the region.” Proffering his opinion on the proposed United Nations forum scheduled for September in which the world body will be asked to vote on the creation of an independent Palestinian state, Reid added, :”Palestinians cannot simply stop by the negotiating table on their way to the United Nations, where they seek recognition that is at once purely symbolic and dangerously counterproductive.”

Articulating this views on the existential threat posed to Israel and the Western world by a nuclear armed Iran under the leadership of its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Reid stated, “The threat from Iran has not subsided. It cannot be underestimated or overstated. It is a common threat, a common enemy to both Israel and America. The president of Iran has made anti-Semitism his policy. He preaches vile propaganda and has articulated his regime’s goal of erasing Israel from the map.”

In a voice of deep conviction, Reid continued, “As long as the terrorist state of Iran supports terrorist organizations in the Middle East, including Hamas and Hezbollah – as long as it hides behind these terrorists and uses them as proxies against Israel – as long as Iran continues to defy the international community by enriching uranium and brazenly defying United Nations Security Council resolutions – America will stand against Iran – for our sake, and for Israel’s.”

Concerning the possibility of exploring a US sponsored military option vis-a-vis Iran, Reid strongly intoned, “None of us wants to go to war with Iran. We all hope economic pain on the other side will prevent human suffering on ours. But we will not wait forever. And we will not take any options off the table.”

Reiterating his theme of continued American support for Israel, Reid concluded by saying, “Before the ink had even dried on the declaration of Israel’s independence – with the name of the new state literally penciled in – America was the first nation to recognize Israel’s right to self-determination and self-defense. We were there from the beginning, and we will be with her for all time. America’s commitment to Israel is incorruptible. It is non-negotiable. And we will never leave her side.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Westboro Protestors Reported to be Targeting Joplin MO for Protest

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I normally don’t entertain rumors here, but I thought I needed to mention a rumor that is going around the Joplin area. According to this rumor, the crazies from Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka, Kansas, are going to protest, in Joplin, during Obama’s visit on Sunday.
My advice to them is “don’t”.

Authorities Release List of Joplin Missing

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Continue to pray for the people of Joplin, Missouri. The death toll stands at 125 with 232 people still considered to be missing.

Joplin, Missouri (CNN) — Missouri released a list Thursday of 232 people missing since a tornado tore through the city of Joplin on Sunday.

The list includes people for whom missing persons reports have been filled out, said Andrea Spillars, deputy director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

There may be other people missing as well, for whom such reports have not been filled out.

The list will be published on the department’s website, dps.mo.gov, officials said.

“We know that there are individuals on that list that are deceased,” Spillars said. Experts will work with families to identify the dead. Fingerprints, medical records and DNA will be used, she said.

The current fatality count is at 125, Spillars said.

She also called for anyone who can help locate missing people to call in and provide any information they have.

Residents said they were holding out hope to find their missing loved ones.

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“PRESIDENT OBAMA ATTEMPTS TO SHORE UP SUPPORT AT AIPAC CONFERENCE” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

In an address aimed at placating his disgruntled Jewish supporters, President Barack Obama told his audience of over 10,000 at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington on Sunday that “a strong and secure Israel is in the interest of the United States and the bond between our two vibrant democracies must be nurtured.”

Taking intense criticism from pro-Israel supporters since he delivered a significant Middle East policy speech on Thursday in which he called for Israel to negotiate a future Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. He also referred to Palestinians living under Israeli “occupation” but sought to heal wounds by enumerating actions taken by the US to foster Israel’s security.

“We have made the most advanced technologies available to Israel including the ‘iron dome’ anti-rocket system. We have imposed the toughest sanctions on the Iranian regime as we remain committed to stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. We have told the United Nations that it will meet resistance from the US as we stand in steadfast opposition to their efforts to isolate and delegitimize Israel. We responded to the Goldstone report by reasserting our belief that Israel has a right to defend herself”, declared President Obama.

With the glaring absence of any mention of the Palestinian “right of return” or the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Obama said “demographic realities are making it harder to maintain Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state and a just and lasting peace can only be achieved through the establishment of two states for two peoples.

Warning that procrastination on a peace deal with the Palestinians will only serve to “undermine” Israel’s security, President Obama said that any borders for a proposed Palestinian state would be predicated upon “mutual swaps” and recognition that geo-political realities have changed since 1967. “We must acknowledge that a failure to try and make peace is not acceptable,” he intoned.

Referencing the fact that the Palestinians have jettisoned the concept of peace with Israel, the President placed demands on Hamas that it “accept Israel’s right to exist” and called upon the terror group to “release Gilad Shalit”.

Disclosing the essence of his meeting on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama said, “As friends often do, we may disagree. We have an open and honest relationship.”
Also addressing the policy conference was Rep Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House Democratic whip who cautioned of the uncertainities that lie ahead for Middle East peace He spoke of the legacy of courage that has been the hallmark of the Jewish nation since time immemorial. Citing a biblical passage from the book of Genesis he said, “Just look at the journey of Abraham. He was told to ‘get up, leave your country, your people and G-d said ‘go where I shall show you”. The Jewish nation he said “would never have happened” if Abraham stayed where things were safe.

Attributing Israel’s doughtiness with their ability to weather all storms, Hoyer said, “The Arab Spring is a time of deep uncertainty, and Israel has never known the certainty of other nations. History never plays out as it does in history books and we are unsure of what the future holds. The US-Israel friendship has endured wars, peace, differences, disagreements and Israel will contiune to prevail”.

Focusing on the “shared ideals” of liberty, freedom and democracy of both Israel and America, Hoyer said, it is these, “principles that have given our nations life for over 200 years’ , adding that “regimes accross the Middle East will be more attentive to the needs of their people and despots will be forced to give up power.”

Hoyer echoed the sentiments of other speakers as it pertains to the security of Israel and the Iranian nuclear threat that looms large. “Israel’s security needs must be met by the United States” and a global effort must be made toward “stopping nuclear proliferation”. He reminded the assemblage to be cognizant of the “global implications of a nulear armed Iran” as well and lauded the US financing of the $200 million “irondome” rocket system in Israel that would serve as a deterrent to an Iranian attack.

While underscoring the need for Israel to retain a qualitative military edge, he also called for the creation of a Palestinian state saying, “there must be two states living in peace and secuirty”. Recognizing “the reality on the ground”, Hoyer said Israel’s borders must be defensible. Chiding Fatah and Hamas for putting “faith in violence”, he urged them to “return to the negotiating table with preconditions”.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Key Updates to Joplin Tornado Tragedy

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Here is some of the information, that news services are reporting, concerning the Joplin tornado. Continue to pray for the people affected by this horrible tragedy.

Quick Notes

116 confirmed dead; more than 400 injured

Joplin Schools want to confirm the well being of its students and staff. Contact the school district at 417.625.5270 or comment on the Joplin Schools Facebook page.

To located loved ones

Visit www.safeandwell.org [name and phone number or address of loved ones required. -ed]

Call 417.659.5464

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gets a first hand look at the tornado damage blamed for 116 deaths.

In a news conference this afternoon the the governor said he has spoken to the president and is assured Joplin will get federal assistance.

The governor was joined by the city manager, congressman Billy Long and the adjutant general of the National Guard.

265 Guardsman are in town along with 110 state troopers.

The governor noted that faith-based organizations play a vital role in the neighbor helping neighbor effort and said rebuilding help will come later, but first and foremost the search is on for the missing.

“I just ask that everyone throughout the region, throughout the country, continue to pray for folks as we work out there,” Governor Nixon said. “As you know it’s been a very difficult time but the seven rescues today mean there are other people out there that could be surviving and we need to make sure we’re in a very organized way going about the search as these leaders – very organized leaders – are doing right now.”

A temporary morgue was set up at Missouri Southern to handle the large number of deceased – 116 at the last report.

Some of the deceased were taken to a command center at 24th and Main Street, awaiting transport to MSSU.

The Joplin fire chief said the deaths were widespread and not concentrated at any one location. He said right now they are trying to compile a list of names and identify the bodies.

“We are working on a list right now,” Chief Mitch Randles said. “As you can imagine it’s quite extensive and it’s quite hard to keep track of. I do have my staff working on that and we hope to be able to release it at a later point in time.”

How you can help

Complete spreadsheet of Joplin Relief Drop Off Locations

Volunteers are asked to report to Leggett & Platt (recreation center) at Missouri Southern State University

To give blood in Joplin go to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks located at the Northpark Mall.

To find out how you can help call 1-800-RedCross or visit RedCross.org

Mail monetary donations to:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

Shelters

Ignite Church
Leggett & Platt Center at MSSU
Mount Hope Church of Christ in Webb City (call 624-1795)

Bus’s to Red Cross shelters available at:
– Junge Stadium on 13th Street
– Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th and Rangeline
– Lowe’s, 24th and Rangeline
– Vintage Stock, 32nd and Main

Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles says sightseers need to stay out of the area.

He says St. John’s emergency room was moved to Memorial Hall. A mobile hospital team is at 30th and Range Line.

Randles says rescuers are fighting the elements.

Several county coroners and mobile morgue teams are working together on collection and identification of bodies.

Missouri Task Force 1 and Oklahoma CERT teams are working to locate people still in the Home Depot and Walmart.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says law enforcement and emergency responders are still working in apartment buildings.

The governor said the police and military police working together to prevent looting and keep people out of the damage area.

Pets

Amber Alert for Pets will issue free lost pet alerts families who have lost a pet in the area affect by the tornado. Go to amberalertforpets.com and fill out a lost pet report. Use the code “MS2011”. A cell phone picture will work.

Central Pet Care at 224 West Central in Carthage is open to accept animal emergencies and displaced animals. Call 417.358.1300 for more info.

Golden Paws Pet Resort is accepting animals that need shelter because their owners have lost their homes. Please call 623-0842.

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Joplin, MO Devastated by Killer Tornado

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

We need to keep the people of Joplin, Missouri in our prayers. Last evening (Sunday, 5-22-11), the city of Joplin was hit by a massive tornado, that tore through large swaths of residential areas, leaving, at last count, 89 dead and over 400 injured.
Please pray for all the people affected by this horrible disaster.

Rescue workers were going door-to-door Monday, searching for survivors of a monster tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin, Mo., Sunday night, killing at least 89 people while wiping out entire neighborhoods.

Authorities warned that the death toll could climb as search and rescuers continued their work after the twister cut a path nearly 6 miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town. Their task was made more miserable Monday morning as a thunderstorm with strong, gusty winds and heavy rain pelted part of the city with hail.

“While the weather is bad right now, we still believe there are lives to be saved,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in an interview with Fox News.

City manager Mark Rohr announced the number of known dead at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday’s storm. Rohr said tornado sirens gave residents about a 20-minute warning before the tornado touched down on the city’s west side.

Much of the city’s south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins. Fire chief Mitch Randles estimated 25 percent to 30 percent of the city was damaged, and said his own home was among the buildings destroyed as the twister swept through this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City.

An unknown number of people were injured in the storm, and officials said patients were scattered to any nearby hospitals that could take them.

Authorities conducted searches of the damaged area Monday morning, moving gingerly around downed power lines, jagged debris and a series of gas leaks that caused fires around the city overnight.

Early Monday, Nixon said fires from gas leaks still burned across the city.

Residents said the damage was breathtaking in scope.

“You see pictures of World War II, the devastation and all that with the bombing. That’s really what it looked like,” said Kerry Sachetta, the principal of a flattened Joplin High School. “I couldn’t even make out the side of the building. It was total devastation in my view. I just couldn’t believe what I saw.”

The Joplin twister was one of 68 reported tornadoes across seven Midwest states over the weekend, stretching from Oklahoma to Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. One person was killed in Minneapolis. But the devastation in Missouri was the worst, eerily reminiscent of the tornadoes that killed more than 300 people across the South last month.

Debris from the tornado reportedly spread for miles — even landing in Greene County, which is some 70 miles away from Joplin.

“It’s all over. Walnut Grove, Battlefield. You name it,” Ryan Nicholls, director of Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, told News-Leader.com.

Sunday’s storm in Joplin hit a hospital packed with patients and a commercial area including a Home Depot construction store, numerous smaller businesses and restaurants and a grocery store. Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer said an estimated 2,000 buildings were damaged.

Among the worst-hit locations in Joplin was St. John’s Regional Medical Center. The staff had just a few moments’ notice to hustle patients into hallways before the storm struck the nine-story building, blowing out hundreds of windows and leaving the facility useless.

In the parking lot, a helicopter lay crushed on its side, its rotors torn apart and windows smashed. Nearby, a pile of cars lay crumpled into a single mass of twisted metal. Matt Sheffer dodged downed power lines, trees and closed streets to make it to his dental office across from the hospital. Rubble littered a flattened lot where a pharmacy, gas station and some doctors’ offices once stood.

St. John’s patients were evacuated to other hospitals in the region, said Cora Scott, a spokeswoman for the medical center’s sister hospital in Springfield.

Early Monday morning, floodlights from a temporary triage facility lit what remained of the hospital that once held as many as 367 patients. Police officers could be seen combing the surrounding area for bodies.

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Preacher Claims May 21 as End of the World

Friday, May 20th, 2011

“But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
-Mark 13:32

There is a pastor, Harold Camping, 89, of Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio, who has claimed to have decoded, from the Bible, the date of Jesus’ return, or what is commonly referred to as the “Rapture” of His church (believers). The date this pastor has come up with is May 21, 2011 (tomorrow).

Although I don’t believe that any person can know the time and date of Jesus’ arrival, it is a good reminder to us all, to continue to be diligent in the way we live. We must live each day as if that will be the day Jesus arrives.

Do I believe He will arrive tomorrow. No. Would I be delighted if He did? Absolutely!!

Does the Judgment Day of God begin this Saturday, May 21, with Jesus Christ returning to Earth to “rapture” his true believers away to heaven?

A Christian broadcaster says “the Bible guarantees it,” but so far he’s given no indication he’s getting rid of his earthly possessions including his radio network, as other Christians label him a false prophet with a dangerous teaching.

Harold Camping, 89, of Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio is standing firm in his claim that mankind has run out of time and the Creator of the universe is arriving this Saturday, with earthquakes around the globe heralding the event.

In fact, when asked how he was feeling in this so-called final week, Camping admitted he’s already got a case of the shakes.

“I am trembling. I have never been at this place before,” Camping told CNN. “When we are only a few days away from the last thing that has to happen – the whole world destroyed by God – I have never been here before. Where can you get direction so you know how to feel?”

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Camping’s interpretation of Scripture has led many people to alter their lifestyles dramatically in order to take their message of the end of days to the streets, literally. A publicity tour called “Project Caravan” has been touring cities across America in recent months urging people to repent and prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus.

Among those who agree with Camping is Guy Von Harringa, a former atheist at the University of California, San Diego, who has joined Family Radio’s outreach team. He says there is no back-up plan to go on with life as usual May 22nd, the day after the big event.

“What if Noah made a back-up plan when he was building the ark?” Von Harringa asks in a video posted on YouTube. “What if he didn’t spend all of his money and resources on building that ark? What if he spent a little bit of his money on building an extra house just in case it doesn’t happen?”

But there are many Christians who have serious doubts about the May 21 prediction, and some have offered to purchase all of Camping’s property.

A letter to Camping from Sol David Cuddeback of Eugene, Ore., offered to take possession of everything Camping owns for a total of $1 on May 22:

According to your ‘prophecy,’ you and all the other believers will have departed the Earth the day before, so you will have no need for your possessions any longer,” Cuddeback wrote.

“I am dead serious. I want your home(s), car(s), cash, investments, other real estate, contracts, accounts payable, securities, any position of leadership that you occupy, and any interest in any form of business (sole proprietor, non-profit, corporation). If you refuse, then I must take that to mean that you don’t really believe your own words to be true, which would make you a false prophet.”

Cuddeback says he hasn’t heard any reply back from Camping.

“Mostly, I am intensely angry with him because his stupid, self-serving heresy may cause some who are weak or new in the faith to become disillusioned and fall away, after his ‘prophecy’ fails to come to pass,” he told WND. “It is written that Jesus, when speaking of ‘religious teachers,’ said that it would be better if that teacher had a millstone tied around his neck and tossed into the sea if the teacher caused a ‘little one’ in the faith to stumble because of false teaching. Serious business, taking the position of ‘speaking for God.'”

A more substantive offer of $1 million for Camping’s network of more than 100 radio stations was made by Christians who run abibleanswer.org.

“We made the offer in hopes of turning some from mortgaging their houses and quitting their jobs,” spokesman Richard Myers told WND. “Many have supported this man and his false prophecies at great expense. No doubt some will kill themselves when Jesus does not rapture them on May 21.”

Myers’ group points out on its website:

“Jesus is coming soon, but He is not coming on May 21. There are prophecies that have not been fulfilled. They are in the process of fulfillment, but will not be done by May 21. And, no man knoweth the day nor the hour when Jesus will return. The Bible is very clear in this matter and Harold Camping is acting contrary to Bible truth. This is not the first time he has made a false prophecy concerning the time of Jesus’ return. In 1994 he did the same and was proved to be a false prophet. … If Harold Camping does not sell Family Radio, why should you sell your home? If Harold Camping wants to retain his possessions, then you ought to do the same.”

Camping has not responded to WND’s requests for comment.

The idea of people changing their financial situation in advance of Jesus’ return was even discussed on ABC’s “The View” program, as co-host Sherri Shepherd explained how she thought the world was ending in 1975, according to a prediction by Jehovah’s Witnesses, with many people selling their homes.

“May 22nd will be the second day of Judgment Day. We don’t know what’s gonna happen to Family Radio on that first day or to the banks or anybody else. We have no idea at all, but it’s gonna be horrible. It’s gonna be a horror story that we absolutely cannot conceive of. Millions of people will die on that day and every day thereafter. … It is going to happen! This is what the Bible teaches.”

When asked last week by New York Magazine if he plans to donate his money to charity before May 21, Camping echoed his theme, saying, “What’s the point? In other words, Judgment Day is the end of the world. That means that the whole world is in judgment, it will not be business as usual at all. At all. Nothing that goes on is important any longer, either if you’re a true believer and you’re caught up to be with Christ, of which there are many people that this will happen to, but on the other hand, there will be almost 7 billion people who will be in a tremendous, terrible situation undoubtedly. With those kind of earthquakes millions will die and the Bible teaches that they will not be buried, in fact there’ll be no one to bury them it’ll be so awful. It will not be business as usual at all. This world will be in chaos. It will be in awful suffering.”

While most Christians do expect Jesus to return to Earth at some point, the idea of “the Rapture” – that is to say Jesus whisking away the faithful to heaven to avoid their experiencing any end-time tribulation – is certainly not accepted by all believers.

Not only is the word “rapture” not found in the Bible, some Christian teachers reject the notion outright.

But there are those who standy by it, including Chuck Missler.

“Clearly, the idea of the Rapture can be considered the most preposterous belief in biblical Christianity,” says an advertisement for a Missler DVD on the subject.

Regarding the setting of dates for the return of Jesus, Missler wrote in a 1995 article, “There seems to be a strange virus in the air that frequently converts a colorful possibility into a consuming obsession for specific dates. …

“The Bible teaches that Christ can come at any moment. (This is called the doctrine of imminence.) Any valid date setting would tend to destroy the doctrine of imminence, and would also have a deleterious effect on our Christian walk. We are to live in the expectation of His any-moment appearance for us.”

Many devout Christians adhere to belief in a rapture, and some, such as Todd Strandberg of RaptureReady.com, have chronicled dates that have been set by believers since the first century.

Just one of many false alarms was in 1988, when the book, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988,” came out.

“By the time the predicted dates, September 11-13, rolled around, whole churches were caught up in the excitement the book generated,” Strandberg writes. “I personally had friends who were measuring themselves for wings. In the dorm where we lived, my friends were also openly confronting all of the unsaved. It became my job to defuse situations. … Finally, the days of destiny dawned and then set. No Jesus.”

Last June, WND asked Hal Lindsey, author of the best-selling book “The Late Great Planet Earth,” if he thought we’re now in the “end time” spoken of in the Bible before the return of Jesus to Earth.

“I think the prophecies are written that they encourage us to look for Christ’s return,” he said. “It’s written so that it’s imminent, that it could come at any time.”

“This is not an ordinary time,” Lindsey continued. “I certainly thought that He would come sooner … but the scenario and pattern about what Bible prophecy has predicted is here. I’ve never said I know when He’s going to come, but I believe we’re in the general time.”

For those curious as to how Camping arrives at May, 21, 2011, as the final day, he summarizes it on his website, alleging that the flood of Noah took place in the year 4990 B.C., and 2011 is precisely 7,000 years after that:

In 2 Peter 3:8 … Holy God reminds us that one day is as 1,000 years. Therefore, with the correct understanding that the seven days referred to in Genesis 7:4 can be understood as 7,000 years, we learn that when God told Noah there were seven days to escape worldwide destruction, He was also telling the world there would be exactly 7,000 years (one day is as 1,000 years) to escape the wrath of God that would come when He destroys the world on Judgment Day. Because Holy Infinite God is all-knowing, He knows the end from the beginning. He knew how sinful the world would become.

Seven thousand years after 4990 B.C. (the year of the Flood) is the year 2011 A.D. (our calendar).

4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7,000
[One year must be subtracted in going from an Old Testament B.C. calendar date to a New Testament A.D. calendar date because the calendar does not have a year zero.]

Thus Holy God is showing us by the words of 2 Peter 3:8 that He wants us to know that exactly 7,000 years after He destroyed the world with water in Noah’s day, He plans to destroy the entire world forever. Because the year 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C. when the flood began, the Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment.

Amazingly, May 21, 2011, is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the biblical calendar of our day. Remember, the flood waters also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C.

Camping’s date of 4990 B.C. for the flood of Noah is not a time with which others have agreed. In the 17th century, theologian James Ussher who wrote “Annals of the World” placed the flood date at 2349 B.C. – that is, 2,641 years later than Camping. Ussher also believed the flood occurred in the autumn, instead of the spring as Camping has it.

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“GLENN BECK ANNOUNCES “RALLY IN JERUSALEM” IN AUGUST” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

This morning, FOX news personality and conservative talk show host Glenn Beck announced his intention of organizing a major rally in Jerusalem that is scheduled for August. During his morning radio program, he reminded his listeners of his previous rally, held in Washington, DC on August 28, 2010 called “Restoring Honor” which drew hundreds of thousands of people. Mr. Beck exhorted “all decent people and people of faith” to join him in Jerusalem in a rally called “Restoring Courage”. Having recently returned from a trip to Israel, where he visited the Temple Mount, he said upon his departure, “The Temple Mount almost pulsated. I could feel it.”

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As a vocal advocate and fervent supporter of Israel, Mr. Beck has made Israel and the Jewish people a focal point of his broadcasts. On Feb. 4, 2011, Mr. Beck offered his prognostications on the revolution in Egypt by telling his television audience that, “If President Hosni Mubarak does step down, however, the Muslim Brotherhood would be the most likely group to seize power. They’ve openly stated they want to declare war on Israel and they would end the peace agreement with Israel and they would work towards instituting something we told you about, a caliphate.”

Often declaring his deeply held conviction that Israel and the Jewish people are being “set up”, Mr. Beck has consistently addressed the exponential rise in anti-Semitism. “Old hatreds are coming over the horizon; it’s a well-laid plan. Right now, when you’re paying $4 a gallon for gasoline, it’s tough. Pretty soon, you’re going to want somebody to blame. And politicians always are there to give you someone to blame. And mark my words, we will be paying 10 dollars a gallon for gasoline. When that happens and someone comes to you and says, “It’s the Jews. It’s Israel. If they would just give up Jerusalem. If they would just divide Jerusalem.” It is coming. This will be the mantra come September. “If they just divide Jerusalem, they just give it up! Go back to the ’67 lines.” It’s coming”, he ruefully observed.

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Issuing an impassioned appeal to his listeners earlier today, Mr. Beck warned that Israel is in imminent danger, “Things in Israel are going to get bad. They are going to spread across the Middle East. The things that I’ve told you are coming, will come. It’s only a matter of time.” Making an oblique reference to the upcoming meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Beck said, “There are people that will promise you “peace” in the coming months. They are going to attack the center of our faith; our common faith, and that is Jerusalem but it won’t be with bullets or bombs. It will be with a two-state solution that cuts off Jerusalem; the Old City, to the rest of the world.”

Alluding to the dramatic escalation in global anti-Western and anti-Israel animus, Mr. Beck said, “There are forces in this land, and forces all over the globe that are trying to destroy us, but remember, ‘we are the great Satan and Israel is the little Satan'”. Offering a historical retrospective, he said, “Many in the history of man have had the opportunity to stand with the Jewish people; Poland, Russia, Germany, and time and time and time again, they have failed.”

As a devout Mormon, Mr. Beck spoke of his religious beliefs in the unfolding of geo-political realities. “The only seat of government that can and will solve this problem, with or without us is G-d. It is time to return inside the walls that surround Jerusalem and stand with peoples of all faiths, all around the world.” Beseeching his listeners to join the rally in Jerusalem, Mr. Beck exclaimed, “As a citizen of America and a brother in the family of man, I come to you today and ask you to stand; stand with me in Jerusalem.”

Candidly admitting that he didn’t know how many people would show up, or how much the event would cost, he declared that the rally would be “a life altering event” and warned that the “very gates of hell” would fight his attempts to hold the rally.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Navy SEALs Knew Bin Laden Mission Was One-Shot Deal

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

More details are coming out about the mission to get Bin Laden.

WASHINGTON — Those who planned the secret mission to get Usama bin Laden in Pakistan knew it was a one-shot deal, and it nearly went terribly wrong.

The U.S. deliberately hid the operation from Pakistan, and predicted that national outrage over the breach of Pakistani sovereignty would make it impossible to try again if the raid on bin Laden’s suspected redoubt came up dry.

Once the raiders reached their target, things started to go awry almost immediately, officials briefed on the operation said.

Adding exclusive new details to the account of the assault on bin Laden’s hideout, officials described just how the SEAL raiders loudly ditched a foundering helicopter right outside bin Laden’s door, ruining the plan for a surprise assault. That forced them to abandon plans to run a squeeze play on bin Laden — simultaneously entering the house stealthily from the roof and the ground floor.

Instead, they busted into the ground floor and began a floor-by-floor storming of the house, working up to the top level where they had assumed bin Laden — if he was in the house — would be.

They were right.

The raiders came face-to-face with bin Laden in a hallway outside his bedroom, and three of the Americans stormed in after him, U.S. officials briefed on the operation told The Associated Press. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a classified operation.

U.S. officials believe Pakistani intelligence continues to support militants who attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and actively undermine U.S. intelligence operations to go after Al Qaeda inside Pakistan. The level of distrust is such that keeping Pakistan in the dark was a major factor in planning the raid, and led to using the high-tech but sometimes unpredictable helicopter technology that nearly unhinged the mission.

Pakistan’s government has since condemned the action, and threatened to open fire if U.S. forces enter again.

On Monday, the two partners attempted to patch up relations, agreeing to pursue high-value targets jointly.

The decision to launch on that particular moonless night in May came largely because too many American officials had been briefed on the plan. U.S. officials feared if it leaked to the press, bin Laden would disappear for another decade.

U.S. special operations forces have made approximately four forays into Pakistani territory since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, though this one, some 90 miles (145 kilometers) inside Pakistan, was unlike any other, the officials say.

The job was given to a SEAL Team 6 unit, just back from Afghanistan, one official said. This elite branch of SEALs had been hunting bin Laden in eastern Afghanistan since 2001.

Five aircraft flew from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, with three school-bus-size Chinook helicopters landing in a deserted area roughly two-thirds of the way to bin Laden’s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, two of the officials explained.

Aboard two Black Hawk helicopters were 23 SEALs, an interpreter and a tracking dog named Cairo. Nineteen SEALs would enter the compound, and three of them would find bin Laden, one official said, providing the exact numbers for the first time.

Aboard the Chinooks were two dozen more SEALs, as backup.

The Black Hawks were specially engineered to muffle the tail rotor and engine sound, two officials said. The added weight of the stealth technology meant cargo was calculated to the ounce (gram), with weather factored in. The night of the mission, it was hotter than expected.

The Black Hawks were to drop the SEALs and depart in less than two minutes, in hopes locals would assume they were Pakistani aircraft visiting the nearby military academy.

One Black Hawk was to hover above the compound, with SEALs sliding down ropes into the open courtyard.

The second was to hover above the roof to drop SEALs there, then land more SEALs outside, plus an interpreter and the dog, who would track anyone who tried to escape and to alert SEALs to any approaching Pakistani security forces.

If troops appeared, the plan was to hunker down in the compound, avoiding armed confrontation with the Pakistanis while officials in Washington negotiated their passage out.

The two SEAL teams inside would work toward each other, in a simultaneous attack from above and below, their weapons silenced, guaranteeing surprise, one of the officials said. They would have stormed the building in a matter of minutes, as they’d done time and again in two training models of the compound.

The plan unraveled as the first helicopter tried to hover over the compound. The Black Hawk skittered around uncontrollably in the heat-thinned air, forcing the pilot to land. As he did, the tail and rotor got caught on one of the compound’s 12-foot (3.6-meter) walls. The pilot quickly buried the aircraft’s nose in the dirt to keep it from tipping over, and the SEALs clambered out into an outer courtyard.

The other aircraft did not even attempt hovering, landing its SEALs outside the compound.

Now, the raiders were outside, and they’d lost the element of surprise.

They had trained for this, and started blowing their way in with explosives, through walls and doors, working their way up the three-level house from the bottom.

They had to blow their way through barriers at each stair landing, firing back, as one of the men in the house fired at them.

They shot three men as well as one woman, whom U.S. officials have said lunged at the SEALs.

Small knots of children were on every level, including the balcony of bin Laden’s room.

As three of the SEALs reached the top of the steps on the third floor, they saw bin Laden standing at the end of the hall. The Americans recognized him instantly, the officials said.

Bin Laden also saw them, dimly outlined in the dark house, and ducked into his room.

The three SEALs assumed he was going for a weapon, and one by one they rushed after him through the door, one official described.

Two women were in front of bin Laden — yelling and trying to protect him, two officials said. The first SEAL grabbed the two women and shoved them away, fearing they might be wearing suicide bomb vests, they said.

The SEAL behind him opened fire at bin Laden, putting one bullet in his chest, and one in his head.

It was over in a matter of seconds.

Back at the White House Situation Room, word was relayed that bin Laden had been found, signaled by the code word “Geronimo.” That was not bin Laden’s code name, but rather a representation of the letter “G.” Each step of the mission was labeled alphabetically, and “Geronimo” meant that the raiders had reached step “G,” the killing or capture of bin Laden, two officials said.

As the SEALs began photographing the body for identification, the raiders found an AK-47 rifle and a Russian-made Makarov pistol on a shelf by the door they’d just run through. Bin Laden hadn’t touched them.

They were among a handful of weapons that were removed to be inventoried.

It took approximately 15 minutes to reach bin Laden, one official said. The next 23 or so were spent blowing up the broken chopper, after rounding up nine women and 18 children, to get them out of range of the blast.

One of the waiting Chinooks flew in to pick up bin Laden’s body, the raiders from the broken aircraft and the weapons, documents and other materials seized at the site.

The helicopters flew back to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and the body was flown to a waiting U.S. Navy ship for bin Laden’s burial at sea, ensuring no shrine would spring up around his grave.

When the SEAL team met President Obama, he did not ask who shot bin Laden. He simply thanked each member of the team, two officials said.

In a few weeks, the team that killed bin Laden will go back to training, and in a couple of months, back to work overseas.

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“FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF ISRAEL” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Now that the hoopla over the successful United States “hit” on arch terrorist Osama bin Laden has begun to fade into the annals of history, the stark realization that the US and the free world are still bereft of a concrete plan of action to stem the tide of al-Qaeda terrorism is beginning to set in. Having spent close to 10 years assiduously tracking down the elusive 9/11 mastermind, we hasten to remind the CIA, along with the various and sundry intelligence networks, that the task of eradicating Islamic radicals bent on global domination demands replication of the kind of “muscle” that bagged bin Laden.

Taking a cursory glance at the modern state of Israel’s 63-year history and the bold modalities employed to confront the existential perils presented by a veritable panoply of terrorist organizations, it would appear that the Jewish state can teach the world a lesson or two in the area of “focused foiling”. Having enshrined targeted assassinations as the pillar of their counter-terrorism doctrine, Israel has succeeded in creating a profound cumulative effect on the vast array of terror organizations in its midst. Leaving Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in a state of obfuscation and disarray through the routine elimination of their leaders; such actions clearly serve as a viable deterrent for those next in line for succession into their predecessors’ shoes.

For a brief historical retrospective, let us recall that the long arm of the Mossad often launched surprise attacks terrorists in the most remote locations. In April 1973, Ehud Barak (who was dressed as a woman), led Israeli commandos as they landed in Beirut and “took out” senior members of the Fatah movement including Yusuf Najjar who was Yassir Arafat’s deputy and Fatah spokesman Kamal Nasir. Israel also had a direct hand in the 1979 explosion in Beirut that killed Hassan Ali Salamah, founder of Fatah’s elite Force 17. In April of 1988, yet another brash operation was undertaken when an Israeli commando force under the leadership of former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon landed in Tunis and killed Khalil al-Wazir, known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad. This reprehensible miscreant was the head of the PLO’s military branch and the second in seniority in the organization.

Subsequent to a bloody barrage of suicide attacks which claimed the lives of dozens of Israelis, agents from the Mossad shot and killed Fathi Shiqaqi, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in October of 1995 in Malta. Yahya Abdel-Tif Ayyash, the notorious Hamas operative, better known to many by his sobriquet “The Engineer” was the next in line for Israeli retribution when in 1996 he made his last call in Beit Lahya, Gaza using a booby trapped cellular phone that exploded in his hands. For those who don’t remember, he was responsible for masterminding suicide attacks in which 50 Israelis died and 340 were wounded.

Other Hamas leaders targeted for their role in the Al-Aqsa intifada of 2000 included Mahmoud Adani, killed in February of 2001, Jamil Jadallah, killed in November 2001, Salah Shahade, killed in July 2002, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, killed in March 2004, Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, killed in April 2004 and Adnan al-Ghoul, killed in October 2004. And the list goes on.

In terms of vanquishing terrorism, targeted assassinations can be classified as a measured response in that they exclusively focus on actual perpetrators of militant attacks, while dramatically reducing collateral damage in terms of civilian and non-combatant casualties. In a 2010 article entitled “Targeted Killings Work” that appeared in Infinity Journal, the argument was made that targeted assassinations are a strategy that entails “limited force in support of policy” and that it has proven most successful.

The context of the article specifically related to proclamations from Hamas that called for cease fires and “periods of calm” in 2004 after the hub of their leadership had been targeted by Israeli forces. The article states that Israeli targeted killings throughout “the 2000-2005 armed rebellion represented a successful strategy” because “the tactics never undermined Israeli policy enough to alter Israel’s overall political objectives” and because Hamas’ will to perpetuate armed violence was broken, albeit temporarily.

And for those who are of the opinion that targeted killings are extrajudicial; thus standing in direct contravention to the values and norms of a democratic society, let it be known that on December 14, 2006, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that targeted assassination is indeed a legitimate form of self-defense against terrorists.

Perhaps the United States should follow Israel’s lead in terms of beefing up their intelligence, getting down to the nitty-gritty and taking the gloves off. Al-Qaeda leaders and others in their coterie have promised to exact revenge against America, its president and its people. One would have to be exceptionally naive at best and abysmally ignorant at worst to take such saber rattling lightly. Let’s not forget Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian surgeon who joined a jihadi cell when he was just 15. His militant group Al Jihad is believed to have played a pivotal role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and according to reports, Zawahiri is viewed as al-Qaeda’s most significant ideological mouthpiece. Some terrorism experts believe that he was more instrumental in the 9/11 attacks than even bin Laden.

The wanted list, however, doesn’t stop here. As a top ranking member of Al Qaeda, Saif Al-Adel was indicted by the United States for his role in the same 1998 bombings in Tanzania and there is speculation that he may now be the military commander of the terrorist group. Also an Egyptian, al-Qaeda member Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah has orchestrated the establishment of terrorist training facilities in Somalia and assisted Saif al-Adel in providing military intelligence and training to al-Qaeda members in the Sudan.

Terrorists come in variant forms, shapes and sizes and are not necessarily limited to minimalist cave dwellers. They can be also be found as heads of state in that bastion of instability known as the Middle East and their names can also be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad. The time is long overdue to reconsider all options in the ongoing war on terror; to learn lessons from the intrepid Israelis and to prepare to gird our loins for the battles that lie ahead.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Town Could be Wiped Off Map by Flood

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Please continue to pray for the people affected by the massive flooding along the Mississippi River.

On the bloated Mississippi River, the unincorporated town of Tunica Cutoff, Miss., sits an hour’s drive south of Memphis. There was a sense of relief after the river crested in the music city Monday, but it next took aim at the fertile Mississippi Delta , leaving Tunica Cutoff residents wondering if they’ll have a community to return to when the water recedes.

CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that there are about 300 homes in Tunica Cutoff, and they have all been flooded.

Other swamped communities may rebuild, but Tunica Cutoff may not. New housing codes mandate raising new homes above the 100-year flood plain. Most victims in Tunica had no flood insurance, and couldn’t afford raising their homes. So here’s their worry: Tunica Cutoff could be gone for good, flooded into history.

Tunica County, which contains the unincorporated Tunica Cutoff community, has little more than 10,000 residents, and a median family income of around $30,000, about half the national average, according to Census estimates. It is also about 70 percent black, whereas the national average is around 12 percent.

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“CUNY AND KUSHNER: THE CONTROVERSY RAGES ON” by Fern Sidman

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The decision to bestow an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner by the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice has erupted into a epochal firestorm of polemics with pundits of all stripes weighing in.

Originally nominated by Karen Kaplowitz, the head of the faculty committee at John Jay, Kushner was to receive the honorary degree for “his extraordinary talent and contributions to the American theater”. Kushner is best known for his two-part play cycle “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” for which he won a host of major awards and international recognition. His screenplay for the 2005 film “Munich” which earned him several Academy Award nominations was widely condemned by numerous critics as being grossly inaccurate in ways that were hostile to Israel and inappropriately sympathetic to Palestinian terrorists. Kushner’s latest play, “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures,” opened Thursday at the Public Theater in New York City.

The decision to award the proposed degree, which is routinely rubber stamped by the CUNY Board of Trustees was vehemently opposed by a dissenting voice at a board meeting on May 2nd. The lone opposition emanated from Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, an investment adviser and onetime aide to former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, who appointed him as a CUNY trustee in 1999. In his four minute speech, Mr. Wiesenfeld cited a litany of anti-Israel statements made by Mr. Kushner throughout the years and lambasted the “disingenuous and non intellectual activity directed against the State of Israel on campuses throughout the country, the west generally and often times the United States as well.” Referencing the web site of Hamas apologist and prominent anti-Israel basher, Professor Norman Finkelstein, Mr. Wiesenfeld pointed to direct quotes Kushner had made to the media concerning his animus towards Israel.

Among them are:

“[Israel was] founded in a program that, if you really want to be blunt about it, was ethnic cleansing, and that today is behaving abominably towards the Palestinian people.”
— Yale Israel Review (winter 2005)

“I’ve never been a Zionist. I have a problem with the idea of a Jewish state. It would have been better if it never happened.”
— The New York Sun reporting Kushner comments made at a conference in NY (10/14/02)

Kushner: Establishing a state means F****** people over. However, I think that people in the late 20th century or early 21st century – having seen the Holocaust, having seen the 20th century and all of its horrors — cannot be complacent in the face of that. Ha’aretz reporter: But you are saying that the very creation of Israel as a Jewish state was not a good idea.
Kushner: I think it was a mistake.
— Ha’aretz (4/7/04)

“Zionism aimed as the establishment of a national identity is predicated on a reading of Jewish history and an interpretation of the meaning of Jewish history I don’t share. Insofar as Zionism is an idea that the solution to the suffering of the Jewish people was the establishment of a Jewish nation, I think it is not the right answer.
— Ha’aretz (4/7/04)

“I am not a Zionist in case you haven’t noticed.” Kushner cited “the shame of American Jews for failing to denounce Israel.”
– Chicago Tribune (4/10/02)

“The existence of the state of Israel, because of the terrible way that the Palestinian people have been treated, is now in great peril and the world is in peril as a consequence of it.”
– In These Times interview (3/4/02)

“Israel is a foreign country. I am no more represented by Israel than I am by Italy.”
– Ha’aretz (4/7/04)

“The Israeli-built security wall should come down, the homeland for the Palestinians should be built up, with a strictly enforced peace, not enforced by the Israel Defense Forces, but by the United Nations.”
– Baltimore Jewish Times (6/4/04)

“I deplore the brutal and illegal tactics of the Israeli Defence Forces in the occupied territories. I deplore the occupation, the forced evacuations, the settlements, the refugee camps, the whole shameful history of the dreadful suffering of the Palestinian people; Jews, of all people, with our history of suffering, should refuse to treat our fellow human beings like that.”
– London Times (5/7/02)

“[Israel is involved in] a deliberate destruction of Palestinian culture and a systematic attempt to destroy the identity of the Palestinian people.”
– New York Sun (10/4/02)

“To avoid facing up to such atrocity, to sustain the refusal of any Israeli share in culpability, Zionism has produced a long, shameful, and debilitating history of denial…”
– Wrestling with Zion – Introduction p.5

Mr. Wiesenfeld also told the CUNY trustees, “I think it is up to all of us to look at fairness and to consider these things, especially when the State of Israel, which is our sole democratic ally in the area sits in the neighborhood which is almost universally dominated by administrations which are misogynist, anti-gay, and anti-Christian. Societies that are doing today to the Christians what they did to the 500,000 Jews who lived in the Arab world in 1948 at the time of the creation of the State of Israel, dispossessing them, murdering them, deporting them.”

Back in 2006, pro-Israel organizations had also led a campaign to stop Brandeis University from bestowing an honorary degree to Kushner, but the university decided to go ahead with the honor. At that time the Zionist Organization of America issued a press release stating, “”Kushner has also made numerous egregious statements viciously condemning Israel and decrying its very existence” and has “deplored the brutal and illegal tactics of the IDF” and “the deliberate destruction of Palestinian culture and a systematic attempt to destroy the identity of the Palestinian people.” Kushner sits on the Board of Advisors of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which advocates divestment and boycott campaigns against Israel. His name appears on JVP letterhead and news stories referring to JVP’s involvement in anti-Israel activity makes special mention of Tony Kushner role in the organization.

Although Mr. Wiesenfeld expected to be the sole opposition vote to the Kushner nomination, 4 out of the 11 other voting members also cast their votes with him including Judah Gribetz, Peter S. Pantaleo, Deputy Mayor Carol A. Robles-Roman and Charles A. Shorter. Support from 9 out of the 12 trustees was required to push the nomination forward but since only seven had voted for it, the unusual move marked the the first time in 40 years that a nomination was tabled by an 11-1 vote by the board.

According to a report in The New York Times, Philip Alfonso Berry, who was among the trustees who voted to shelve Mr. Kushner’s nomination, said he believed that the board needed more information after hearing from Mr. Wiesenfeld. “I would have welcomed some discussion on it,” Mr. Berry said. “This is one of those things that people are going to be upset about on both sides, no matter which way we vote.” Wellington Z. Chen, another board member who voted to table the motion, said: “It was like when a car comes at you at 100 miles an hour. The right thing to do is to say we don’t have all the correct information yet and let’s take a look at it.”

In a three page letter dated May 4th to the CUNY Board of Trustees, Kushner said, “Trustee Jeffrey S. Weisenfeld delivered a grotesque caricature of my political beliefs regarding the state of Israel, concocted out of three carefully cropped, contextless quotes taken from interviews I’ve given, the mention of my name on the blog of someone with whom I have no connection whatsoever, and the fact that I serve on the advisory board of a political organization with which Mr.Weisenfeld strongly disagrees.”

Regarding his views on Israel, Kushner wrote in the same letter, “I believe that the historical record shows, incontrovertibly, that the forced removal of Palestinians from their homes as part of the creation of the state of Israel was ethnic cleansing, a conclusion I reached mainly by reading the work of Benny Morris, an acclaimed and conservative Israeli historian whose political opinions are much more in accord with Mr. Weisenfeld’s than with mine”.

He added that, ” I won’t enter into arguments about Israeli policy towards the Palestinian people since 1948, about the security fence or the conduct of the IDF, except to say that my feelings and opinions – my outrage, my grief, my terror, my moments of despair – regarding the ongoing horror in the middle east, the brunt of which has been born by the Palestinian people, but which has also cost Israelis dearly and which endangers their existence, are shared by many Jews, in Israel, in the US and around the world. My despair is kept in check by my ongoing belief in and commitment to a negotiated conclusion to the Palestinian-Israeli crisis.”

Following the receipt of Kushner’s letter, the Board of Trustees of CUNY, in an attempt to quell the burgeoning controversy, issued a statement on May 5th saying its decision to deny an honorary degree for the playwright Tony Kushner “should not be interpreted as reflecting on Mr. Kushner’s accomplishments.”

“I would not ordinarily ask for reconsideration of a decision so recently taken,” said CUNY Trustee Chairman Benno Schmidt adding that “When the board has made a mistake of principle, and not merely of policy, review is appropriate and, indeed, mandatory.” Michael Arena, Director of Communications at CUNY said that the tabled motion will be reviewed at another meeting with the board set for next Monday. “The award was basically placed in a hold position,” he said. “A position where no action was taken.”
Those in solidarity with Kushner also include Ellen Schrecker, a history professor at Yeshiva University who received an honorary degree from John Jay College in 2008. She said that she is planning to return it because of the board’s decision as did American feminist and author Barbara Ehrenreich and former Brooklyn College faculty member Michael Cunningham. The CUNY trustees’ decision to revisit the matter and perhaps reverse it at next Monday’s meeting might not make a difference to Kushner who told The New York Observer on Wednesday that he has “no intention of ever accepting an award from CUNY”.

In an op-ed article that appeared on May 5th in The Alegemeiner newspaper, Mr. Wiesenfeld wrote of Mr. Kushner, “If his libelous statements against Israel were made by anyone outside the Jewish community, that person would be correctly labeled an anti-Semite. When you spew libel against our sole regional democratic ally for “crimes” concocted by delegitimizers, you are an anti-Semite.” He continued by saying, “Every nominee that has been brought before the board, during my 12 years at least, has been approved by the full board. Mr. Kushner, however, was opposed because he is an extremist. No extremist from any quarter is a good face for any University – from far left or far right.”

Joining the chorus of those who oppose CUNY’s decision to table Mr. Kushner’s nomination for an honorary degree are former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch who asked the board to grant Kushner the degree and, according to the New York Times requested that Wiesenfeld resign from his position on the board on the grounds of abuse of power. Said Koch, “Mr. Kushner’s personal views should have nothing to do with his academic honor. “What does Kushner receiving an award have to do with criticism of the State of Israel? What if I were denied an honorary degree because of my strong support for that state?”

Supporting Mr. Wiesenfeld’s opposition to the Kushner nomination is Israel National News op-ed contributor, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, who is an emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies in the CUNY system. Commenting in a May 6th article on the NewsRealBlog web site entitled, “Communist University of NY (CUNY) Denies Honor to Israel-Bashing Playwright Tony Kushner”, she writes, “I once labored at the City University of New York (CUNY). I am amazed but thrilled that enough (five) members on their twelve member Board of Trustees actually viewed Kushner’s views on Israel as “racist.” I once taught a graduate course at the very branch of CUNY which proposed Kushner. Once, I was friendly with some of the professorial union thugs who literally occupy positions to the left of Stalin. God bless CUNY Trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, who was the first to speak against Kushner.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Pakistan PM Warns of ‘Full Force’ Response to Future U.S. Raids

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Pakistanis are anything but our allies. I believe that a large majority of their security forces knew of bin Laden whereabouts. My advice to them is “get out of our way” Either join us in the war on terror, or let “the chips fall where they may”.

Pakistan’s prime minister warned the United States Monday that his country could respond to any future U.S. raids on its soil with “full force,” in the latest escalation of rhetoric in the wake of Usama bin Laden’s death.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, like other officials in Islamabad, said the killing of bin Laden in northern Pakistan was a positive step. But, reflecting concerns that the unilateral strike violated his country’s sovereignty, Gilani sent a clear message to the United States. He warned any “overt or covert” attack would be met with a “matching response” in the future.

“Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate with full force. No one should underestimate the resolve and capability of our nation and armed forces to defend our sacred homeland,” Gilani said.

Pakistani officials are taking a firm stance on the raid, as the United States analyzes the trove of evidence collected from the bin Laden compound. That evidence — described as the largest intelligence find ever from a senior terror leader — could lead the United States to other terrorists on Pakistani soil, once again forcing President Obama to decide whether to go around the Pakistanis to capture or kill a high-value terror target.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said the president reserves the right to enter Pakistani territory to act against terror suspects if Pakistan will not, and reiterated that message when asked about Gilani’s speech. He said Monday that while the U.S. takes Pakistanis’ concerns seriously, the U.S. does “not apologize” for the raid.

“It’s simply beyond doubt in his mind that he had the right and the imperative to do this,” Carney said Monday.

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“JUSTICE HAS ITS DAY” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

There is no doubt that the infamous attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 constituted the most definitive moment in modern history. On that frenetic day the world stood still; frozen in time as gruesome memories were etched in our collective psyches for eternity. It was on that day that an elusive, shadowy figure named Osama bin Laden, (who hitherto was considered a parenthetical nemesis) was suddenly and unceremoniously plucked from historical obscurity and catapulted head first into the global amphitheater.

In the days and weeks to follow, we learned of such organizations as al-Qaeda and the Taliban; predicated on a doctrine of religious fanaticism and unadulterated hatred for all things Western; namely the United States. The names and motives seemed more enigmatic to us than the countries in which they originated in, but there was one thing we knew: The man at the helm of this agglomeration of barbaric zealots was responsible for the murder of close to 3000 Americans and it was he that represented an existential peril to the freedoms and liberties that we hold so dear.

So now, it is close to 10 years later, and the wretched life of Osama bin Laden has finally been snuffed out through the legendary doughtiness of US Navy SEALS in a far away compound in Pakistan. Six days after the 9/11 attacks, a reporter queried then President George W. Bush if he wanted bin Laden dead. “I want him — I want justice,” the president answered. “And there’s an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’” We can take some comfort in knowing that the last face that bin Laden saw before his long awaited demise was that of an American serviceman. Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed bin Laden displaying an unabashed insouciance towards the righteous indignation of the US and the free world in a series of grotesque videos that he’s released. While endlessly taunting his American adversary; he has also launched acrimonious salvos that are replete with clear indications of future attacks of this magnitude.

While President Obama can use this as a feather in his cap for his re-election bid and bolster his flagging ratings in the foreign policy department, we know that timing is a strange thing and only through a fortuitous confluence of events did US intelligence ultimately pinpoint bin Laden’s location and exact long awaited justice. On that note, Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do as it has been revealed that they knew of bin Laden’s whereabouts for years while remaining criminally mum on the subject and playing a sinister double game with the United States.

Despite the jubilant news that this foreboding paradigm of evil incarnate has been eradicated, it would be foolhardy to believe that bin Laden’s brainchild, namely al-Qaeda, was buried along next to him the North Arabian sea. Al-Qaeda is alive and well, as we’ve so painfully learned during our military involvement in Iraq. We need only turn our heads to the deadly civil strife plaguing Libya to comprehend that al-Qaeda cells have created an unholy partnership with the NATO backed rebel forces. Only the politically myopic would promulgate the erroneous and dangerous notion that the killing of bin Laden is tantamount to the final chapter of al-Qaeda history and those that emulate their pernicious ethos.

We must remain cognizant of the fact that al-Qaeda will maintain its status as a multinational purveyor of terrorism unless the US remains vigilant in their quest to do real battle with this seemingly intractable foe. At this juncture, we’re riding a superlative wave of national pride and inspiration. Let’s capitalize on this euphoria, lest we backslide into complacency by listening to the inexhaustably loquacious liberal rantings of certain political pundits and other opinionistas with a skewed perspective on justice.

Al-Qaeda, under bin Laden’s leadership, has declared the entire world as fair territory in their holy war against those “recalcitrant” infidels. Let us remember the tourist spots that were bombed in Bali and the passenger trains that were likewise bombed in Spain. Let us never forget the 17 sailors murdered on the USS Cole warship in 2000 and the scores of other US military personnel who were murdered in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Let us remember that prior to 9/11, al-Qaeda was implicated in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, an aborted plot to hijack a dozen jets, the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters and murder President Bill Clinton. Let us also take heed of the fact that al-Qaeda operatives have successfully insinuated themselves into the fabric of the very Western culture that they ostensibly abhor, utilizing technological advancements to further their objectives of global domination.

Case in point: Reports reveal that bin Laden issued “fatwas” (religious decrees) by fax as he lived a purportedly Muslim ascetic existence while declaring his war on Americans through an e-mail that he had beamed by satellite around the world. His al-Qaeda members routinely communicate through encrypted messages on their computers and use CDs to store their bomb-making manuals. Let’s face the cold, hard facts. We’re not exactly dealing with a rag tag cadre of rogues who are running the revolution from an undisclosed boiler room.

Osama bin Laden is finally dead but the task of extricating his legacy and ridding the world of the evil that he wrought will be a protracted and sometimes grueling battle. Persistence is the key; as we just saw before our very eyes. It took the United States 10 years to “get” bin Laden and it may take many more years to enitrely vanquish his terrorist acolytes, but it is incumbent all of us in the free world to try. Our lives and the lives of our children depend on it.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“HUNDREDS GATHER FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE VIGIL AT IRANIAN MISSION” by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Several hundred people gathered for a solemn vigil at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations on Sunday afternoon May 1st in New York City to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. Snapping in the breeze was an Israeli flag held aloft by participants, and several feet away stood six burning torches representing the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Single handedly spearheading the event were Lynne Bursky Tammam and her husband Nessim of Great Neck, New York who organized buses from Long Island and other points outside of New York City to transport rally participants as well as arranging for a sizeable contingent of Jews from the former Soviet Union to be present.

Supporting the rally were such organizations as the New York Association of Holocaust Survivors, Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI), the Jewish Political Education Foundation, One Israel Fund, Stand With Us, Z Street, and the Zionist Organization of America. Organizers indicated that the objective of the gathering was to “protest the spread of defamation and libel against Israel and the Jewish people, threats against Israel’s existence and funding for international terror by the Iranian regime”.

Among the speakers in attendance were New York State Assemblyman and long time Jewish activist Dov Hikind (D), representing Brooklyn’s 48th assembly district, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, representing New York City’s 8th congressional district, Assemblyman David Weprin of New York’s 24th assembly district, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, spiritual leader of Congregation Ohev Tzedek on Manhattan’s upper west side, Rabbi Yaakov Lerner of the Young Israel of Great Neck, Rabbi Dale Polakoff of the Great Neck Synagogue and political activist Jeff Wiesenfeld.

Railing against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s infamous denial of the Holocaust and his direct threat to liquidate the State of Israel, the speakers launched acrimonious charges at “the cesspool of hatred” which has come to define the United Nations. Decrying the “hypocrisy of the UN and the whole world”, Rep. Nadler declared, “we must take any action to insure that there is no second Holocaust” and excoriated Teheran’s incipient nuclearization by saying “all options should be on the table”.

“Remembering the Holocaust is quite commendable, but what is needed now is a bold plan of Jewish activism”, intoned Assemblyman Hikind. “Our enemies are closing in on us at blinding speed and our very existence as a people is at stake and no Jewish organizations have offered a concrete plan of action”, he said. Mr. Hikind referenced his mother who is a survivor of Auschwitz and said, “Today’s Iran is no different that Nazi Germany. They want to exterminate us as did Hitler and due to their technological advancements they can accomplish their nefarious goals much faster than we think.”

As a former member of the Jewish Defense League and one who is unabashedly proud of his activist roots, Mr. Hikind ruefully observed, “We are an orphaned generation. What the Jewish community is sorely lacking today is authentic Jewish leadership that was epitomized by Rabbi Meir Kahane, of blessed memory. We need organizations and leaders who can mobilize thousands of Jews to take to the streets near the United Nations in September and declare our collective outrage over the proposed unilateral vote on the creation of a Palestinian state that is sworn to destroy Israel and the Jewish people.”

Lauding the courageous work of “such amazing people” as Lynne and Nessim Tamman who “took it upon themselves to get people out today”, Mr. Hikind said there is hope for the Jewish people as long as we become inspired by “the example of these two people and do everything in our power to take bold steps for our survival.”

Also the son of a Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Allen Schwartz of Congregation Ohev Tzedek warned that “Ahmadinejad wants to visit a new Holocaust on Israel while denying the veracity of the Holocaust that happened 70 years ago.” Noting the close proximity of the dates on the Jewish calendar of Yom HaShoa and Yom Ha”Atzmaout, Rabbi Schwartz recalled the ultimate optimism of the biblical prophet Zephania saying the task of the Jewish people is “to transform Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) into Yom Ha’Atzmaout, (Israeli Independence Day) a day of darkness into a day of light.”

“Israel, which sends healing across the world in times of crises has become a pariah state”, said Rabbi Yaakov Lerner of the Young Israel of Great Neck. Adding that “Amalek lives on” in the form of Ahmadinejad and others who represent an existential peril to Israel, he exhorted the rally participants to continue to speak out against Jew hatred without fear of world retribution.

Rabbi Dale Polakoff of the Great Neck Synagogue stated, “Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah is a misnomer. We must remember the lessons of this chapter of Jewish history every single day. If we don’t remember, who will?”

Serving as master of ceremonies, political activist Jeff Wiesenfeld took note of the Neturei Karta counter-protestors across the street who unfurled a Palestinian flag, and warned them that “if Ahmadinejad ever had his way with Israel and Jews, they’d be the first to go.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Usama Bin Laden Killed in Firefight With U.S. SEAL Teams in Pakistan

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

At long last, the facilitator of 9-11, is dead. Usama bin Laden, although offered a chance to surrender, was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs, who attacked his complex in Pakistan. As a Christian, I’m sad that Islam hates us so badly that they had to attack us. As an American, I’m delighted the man is dead. Justice is done. To the victims of 9-11; Rest in Peace.

Declaring “justice has been done,” President Obama announced late Sunday that Usama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, marking the end of the worldwide manhunt that began nearly a decade ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

The president made the stunning announcement within hours of informing congressional leaders. He said bin Laden was killed Sunday, the culmination of years of intelligence gathering. The news drew a large crowd to the front of the White House, as well as in Times Square, as people chanted “USA. USA.”

Obama, in his address to the nation shortly before midnight, thanked the Americans who have toiled in pursuit of bin Laden and applauded those who carried out the successful mission in Pakistan. Describing that mission only briefly, he said its result “is a testament to the greatness of our country.”

“For over two decades, bin Laden has been Al Qaeda’s leader and symbol,” Obama said. “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda.”

The president traced the death of bin Laden to a tip received last August. He said he was briefed at the time on the “possible lead,” and that after months of intelligence work it was determined bin Laden was hiding in a compound “deep” inside Pakistan. Obama said, after determining the intelligence was sound, he authorized the operation to bring him to justice last week.

He said a “small team” of Americans went after bin Laden in Abbottabad on Sunday. “After a firefight, they killed Usama bin Laden and took custody of his body,” the president said.

Senior administration officials, in a briefing with reporters, afterward said the administration had determined by February that they would pursue the compound in Pakistan, described as a secluded residence on a large plot of land on the outskirts of town. This decision led to a series of national security meetings starting in March to develop a course of action. Obama gave the final order to pursue the operation on April 29, officials said.

No Americans were killed in the mission Sunday. Officials said three adult men other than bin Laden were killed – one was believed to be bin Laden’s son, the others couriers. Two women were also injured, the officials said.

Officials said bin Laden’s body, which is in U.S. custody, will be handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition.

In the wake of bin Laden’s death, authorities around the world are being urged to take security precautions. One source said officials are concerned bin Laden’s death could incite violence or terrorist acts against U.S. personnel overseas.

The State Department issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens abroad overnight, citing “the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan.”

Obama said Americans must continue to be “vigilant.” But he said the death of the architect of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil should be welcomed around the world.

“Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims,” Obama said. “So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

Sources said the vice president informed congressional leaders late Sunday night that the world’s most wanted man had been killed.

The announcement comes nearly a decade after the 2001 terror attacks which triggered the Afghanistan war and started a tireless hunt for the terrorist mastermind and Al Qaeda leader.

In recent years, that hunt had increasingly led U.S. intelligence across the border and into Pakistan, where Al Qaeda is thought to be concentrated.

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