REPORT FROM BRUSSELS: ROSENBERG WARNS OF “NEW HITLER RISING” IN IRAN AT CONFERENCE IN THE E.U. PARLIAMENT BUILDING: Challenges E.U. leaders to defend Israel and the Jewish people today as they did not in the 1930s and 1940s

UPDATED: “Anti-Semitism in Europe is as toxic and dangerous today as it was in the 1930s. Israel and the Jewish people face enormous, existential threats from Radical Islam and Replacement Theology.  The world is increasingly turning against Israel and the Jews. And Europeans have a choice to make — will you bless Israel by defending her against a range of real and serious threats, or will you curse her by doing little or nothing?”

This was the challenge posed by Joel C. Rosenberg, President of The Joshua Fund, and Dave Olsson, TJF’s Director of Communications, when they traveled to Brussels last week. Joel was invited by the European Coalition for Israel (ECI) to participate in their “The Legitimacy of Israel” conference at the European Union Parliament building. The conference was by invitation-only, with participants made up of pro-Israel supporters, key multipliers, representatives from some of the largest churches across Europe, and various pastors and ministry leaders from Hungary, Sweden, Britain, Finland, the U.K., Italy, France, Switzerland, and Nigeria.

Joel joined Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), a leading European Rabbi, other ECI leaders, and our host, Tomas Sandell — founder and managing director of ECI — on two panel discussions. The first was a discussion on whether the European Union is an even handed partner in the peace process.  The other panellists were the Deputy Israeli Ambassador to the EU and various Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), including MEP Bas Belder, who is the Chairman of the E.U.’s delegation to the Israeli Knesset. Each member of the panel took several minutes to deliver remarks, followed by a short time of Q&A from the audience.

Joel emphasized to the MEPs that there is a God in Israel who is watching what Europe and other nations are doing and will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel, as explained in Genesis 12:1-3. Noting the pattern of aggression by Hamas and Hezbollah, Joel stressed that the greatest threat in the region is not the conflict with the Palestinians but the nuclear weapons program being pursued by leaders in Iran who hold an End Times theology that causes them to believe that the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel and the U.S.

This was followed by an exchange between two MEPs: a parliamentarian from Denmark who was a strong supporter of Israel and agreed with Joel, and the other who was a sharp critic of Israel and cautioned the E.U. to not be “distracted” by the Iranian threat and by American voices like Joel’s. This MEP urged the E.U. to instead focus on working out a just peace between the Palestinians and Israelis as the most pressing concern. Joel calmly but firmly countered that such E.U. leaders are “hyper-focused on the Palestinian issue” when “we are actually living in a time very similar to 1937 and 1938.” The top priority, Joel said, is that “a new Hitler is rising and he speaks Farsi.” Joel said that he did not want to see another war in the Middle East if at all possible, but he challenged the E.U. leader to explain what Europe will do if the world waits too long and Iran’s apocalyptic leaders actually acquire nuclear weapons. The MEP hemmed and hawed but had no solid answer. Nor did he seem to really understand the magnitude of the threats facing Israel and the Jewish people. To the contrary, he seemed obsessed with forcing Israel to keep making more and more concessions to the Palestinians, even those recent land grants of Gaza and southern Lebanon to the Arabs in the last decade led to more war, not to peace.

It was difficult to try to comprehend how such an intelligent, well educated senior political leader could be so blind to the gathering storms all around him.  Joel responded firmly but politely, saying that the central issue is the existence of Israel:

“We’re out of time … if the EU leadership doesn’t completely cut off all economic interaction with Iran or take covert intelligence means to stop them, you are leaving it up to Iran—or Israel—to take military action.”

The second session was just as instructive, featuring Joel, a professor and former legal consultant to the Israeli government, a local pastor, the Rabbi of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, and a video address from former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Dore Gold (now president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs), along with Tomas Sandell. Two notable commentaries were the professor, who spoke about the legitimacy of Israel and their rights under international law, and the second was Joel, who spoke in more depth about two threats to Israel: the threat of radical Islam, and the threat of Replacement Theology.

The response during our time in Brussels was very encouraging. We met several key European political and church leaders, and many of them were interested in learning more about The Joshua Fund and could be interested in coming with us to Israel next year for the 2011 Epicenter Conference. Several inquired about Joel’s availability to come and speak in Europe, particularly in Hungary and in the U.K.

This is an answer to prayer for The Joshua Fund staff. The question of beginning to engage with European leaders has been on our minds at for some time, and has been the subject of prayer, conversation, and some preliminary planning. Now the Lord seems to be opening the door to speak to some key church leaders across Europe. Please continue to pray for The Joshua Fund staff as we follow the Lord’s leading on this newly opened door.

Please consider making a year-end financial contribution to the work The Joshua Fund to help us educate and mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, and to be able to provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other aid to the poor and needy in the epicenter.

To register for the May 2011 Epicenter Conference Jerusalem and Prayer and Vision Tour, please click here.

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REPORT: 123,000 FALL BELOW POVERTY LINE IN ISRAEL IN 2009

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Poverty is the biggest danger facing Israel today, Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog warned Monday as he unveiled disturbing data from the National Insurance Institute’s Annual Poverty Report for 2009. The report pointed to a sharp increase in the number of Israeli families joining the poverty cycle, with more than 15,000 families – or 123,500 individuals – joining the growing ranks of poor people in this country in 2009, following the global economic crisis that set in at the tail-end of 2008.”

“The report further noted that most of the families experiencing a drop in their standard of living actually had one working family member, with many having been forced to take severe pay cuts and others losing their jobs, and consequently their incomes, entirely.

“This report comes out after the start of the global economic crisis and makes clear that there was a dramatic increase in poverty in 2009,” Herzog said at a press conference in Jerusalem. “I’ve said this time and time again: Poverty is Israel’s biggest danger. We love talking about poverty, but not about the actual poor…”

* Please pray for the poor and needy in Israel today, both Jews and Arabs, that the Lord would comfort, encourage and assist them.

* Please pray for The Joshua Fund as we seek to bless the poor and needy in Israelwith unconditional love and assistance, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

* Please consider making a financial contribution to the work The Joshua Fund to help us provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other aid to the needy in Israel. Thank you so much.

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NETANYAHU COMING TO U.S. NOVEMBER 7-9

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to the U.S. from November 7th to the 9th. His mission is two-fold — to meet with American Jewish leaders, and to meet with U.S. officials, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In part, Netanyahu will be assessing the U.S. political climate in the wake of the electoral tsunami that just hit Congressional Democrats. Important questions are yet to be answered. Will Congress be more staunchly and consistently pro-Israel? Will President Obama and his administration cease being so unfriendly towards the Jewish State? Will both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue take more decisive action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons as they seek to hasten the coming of the Mahdi? Or will it be business as usual with regards to Middle East policy?

At the same time, the Prime Minister will be assessing the threat of radical Islam to the Jewish community here. “The assembly takes place this time with the background of reports of an attempted attack on the Jewish community of Chicago,” Netanyahu said Sunday. “It really doesn’t matter if the target is a synagogue in Chicago, a railway station in Madrid or London, or Mumbai or Bali. We are stand facing a growing wave of Islamic extremist terror.”

Please pray for the PM and his advisors as they arrive — for their safety, for wisdom and discernment, for the Lord to bless them and make them “sons of Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (I Chron. 12:32)

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CHURCH IN JERUSALEM FIREBOMBED, The Joshua Fund calls on Christians to pray for believers in Israel

Now more than ever, followers of Jesus Christ in the Middle East need our prayers, encouragement and support. In recent days, churches in Israel and Iraq have been attacked by religious extremists. The seige of a church in Baghdad by radical Islamic terrorists leaving 58 dead and 67 injured received significant international media coverage. The firebombing of an Arab Christian church in Jerusalem — possibly by radical ultra-Orthodox Jewish terrorists — has received almost no media coverage. Yet our brothers and sisters in both places need us to intercede on their behalf, and to mobilize others believers to pray for them and to stand with them in their time of need. This is a key mission of The Joshua Fund, mobilizing Christians to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.

  • Let us pray for the courage of believers in both countries
  • Let us pray for the healing and recovery of those wounded
  • Let us pray for the comfort of the families and friends who have lost loved ones
  • Let us pray for the pastors in both countries to have courage to stand for Jesus Christ amidst the persecution, and for the believers there to rejoice that they have been chosen by the Lord to suffer for His Name, as instructed in the Scriptures
  • Let us pray for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, but also that the Lord would open their eyes, that they would repent of their evil acts, and that they would come to faith in Jesus Christ
  • Let us pray that the good news of God’s great love, forgiveness and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ would continue to be proclaimed without shame or apology or fear at this critical time

Here is an exclusive, first-hand report from Rev. Jack Sara, the Arab Christian Pastor in Jerusalem whose congregation was firebombed:

On Friday morning at 1:00 AM we reported a fire to the Jerusalem police and fire department, which erupted in our church property on Prophets Street 55 in the center of Jerusalem.  The church property is known as the Jerusalem Alliance Church Ministry Center (JACMC).  Ten persons were sleeping in the church overnight facilities in the building at the time.  Nine persons visiting the Holy Land together as a group were from one of our churches in the USA.  One person was from a church in Denmark.  Members of this group alerted me to the emergency, and neighbors living next to our church alerted emergency agencies in Jerusalem to come to the scene of the fire.  Within 20 minutes emergency and ambulance personnel arrived to fight the fire and evacuate any persons that may have been remaining in our church building.

The main location of the fire was discovered to be in 2 lower basement rooms, which we had named Room Number Six and Seven.  By 1:20 AM the fire crews with hoses had located this fire and I saw 2 sofas outside the building (and positioned 1.5 meters outside these rooms) being heavily consumed in flames.  The flames in Room Number 6 were extinguished, smoke was cleared from Room Number 7, and the remainder of the church building was checked and emergency rescue teams and equipment were removed and departed.

All 10 persons had evacuated themselves earlier without serious injury. When the church building had filled with smoke, most of these persons had been awakened from their sleep by the smell of the smoke and quickly went to alert others.  After arriving outside, most of them went to the Bikur Cholim Hospital Clinic (located adjacent to our church building on Prophets Street) for medical check-ups and treatment.  After receiving timely medical care, especially for smoke inhalation, they were released at 5:00 AM in reasonably good health.  Some were still in minor shock and discomfort.

The police gave us no clue of who would be the persons behind the fire! The church is located near a very religious Jewish neighborhood.

But the Police did confirm for us today that it was arson.

 This church building was erected by Christian and Missionary Alliance church since the start of the 20th century, was completed in 1914, mainly used for the serviced of believers who come from different backgrounds. Palestine Bible College was established there , an Arab congregation was established there and it continues to exist till our day and time.

After the 1948 was access to Arabs at that section of the city was limited, that why they had to allocate in the Old City of Jerusalem in the Christian Quarter, Al Rusul Street.

Since 1967 the building served for many purposes besides being a sanctuary for worship. Hosted several international and local congregations, was used as a pilgrims house for so many years and since the beginning of the second Intifada was used by both the Israel college of the Bible and the Alliance Leadership Training Institute as a training center for leaders among the congregations in the Holy Land.

Ultimately we always desired our building to be a beacon of light reflecting God’s love to all people. Situated in a city that it’s enough divided by hate we seek to be an agent of reconciliation and peace to all parties.

 We will continue to serve the Holy Land residents from this place, proclaiming peace and justice for all human beings, declaring God’s love for all of our neighbors, friends and enemies.

Here’s a report from the AhlulBayt News Agency, an Arab media outlet:

“A group of extremist Jewish settlers set a one hundred year old Christian church on fire in Jerusalem on Friday causing substantial damage to its first floor.Zakaria Al-Mashriqi, a leader in the church, denounced in a press release the “sinful crime” that targets destabilizing relations among heavenly religions and inciting strife in addition to expelling Palestinians from the holy city through such repeated attacks on citizens and their property. He added that the church was built in Jerusalem in 1897, and housed the Palestinian Bible College until 1948, when parishioners were pushed out by Jewish armed gangs during the violence accompanying the creation of the state of Israel. He said that right-wing Israeli settlers broke a number of windows of the two-storey church and hurled Molotov cocktails inside it completely burning the first floor.”

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CHURCH IN BAGHDAD ATTACKED, LEAVING 58 DEAD: The Joshua Fund calls on believers around the world to pray for Christians in Iraq

Radical Islamic terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda have attacked a church in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving at least 58 dead and some 67 people wounded. The New York Times called the attacked “the worst massacre of Iraqi Christians since the war began here in 2003.” The Joshua Fund calls on followers of Jesus Christ around the world to pray for their fellow brothers and sisters in Iraq at this time. Pray for peace. Pray for courage for the believers to proclaim the good news of Christ’s love and forgiveness for all people. Pray for the spread of the gospel. Please, pray, too, that the perpetrators of this attack will be brought to justice, but will also come to faith in Jesus Christ and will repent of their evil acts.

Excerpts from the New York Times story:

Blood still smeared the walls of Our Lady of Salvation Church on Monday. Scraps of flesh remained between the pews. It was the worst massacre of Iraqi Christians since the war began here in 2003.

But for survivors, the tragedy went deeper than the toll of the human wreckage: A fusillade of grenades, bullets and suicide vests had unraveled yet another thread of the country’s once eclectic fabric.

“We’ve lost part of our soul now,” said Rudy Khalid, a 16-year-old Christian who lived across the street. He shook his head. “Our destiny, no one knows what to say of it.”

The massacre, in which 58 people were killed by an affiliate of Al Qaeda, paled before the worst spectacles of violence in Iraq. Since the American invasion, tens of thousands have died here — Sunni and Shiite Muslims — and few of the deaths generated the outrage expressed Monday.

Iraq was once a remarkable mélange of beliefs, customs and traditions; the killings on Sunday drew another border in a nation defined more by war, occupation and deprivation. Identities have hardened; diversity has faded. Nearly all of Iraq’s Jews left long ago, many harassed by a xenophobic government. Iraq’s Christians have dwindled; once numbering anywhere between 800,000 and 1.4 million, at least half are thought to have emigrated since 2003, their leaders say.

“They came to kill Iraq, not Iraqis,” said Bassam Sami, who huddled in a room for four hours before security forces managed to free him. “They came to kill the spirit of Iraq. They came to kill the reason to live, every dream that you want to make true.”

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CALLING 50 VISIONARY PASTORS TO BRING A DELEGATION TO THE 2011 EPICENTER CONFERENCE

October 6, 2010
 
TO:    Pastors and Ministry Leaders who have been friends of The Joshua Fund

FM:    Joel C. Rosenberg

RE:    A personal note regarding Israel

I know you have a lot on your plate, especially at this time of year. But I wanted you to know that my heart grieves for the Jewish and Arab people in the Middle East. With evil rising in the region, Israelis and her neighbors desperately need to know that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob loves them and wants to draw them close to His heart. I believe the Lord is calling His true followers to be a witness for Him in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in a very special way next year, and I would very much like you to be a part of it. 

That’s why I am writing to ask you to prayerfully consider being one of 50 visionary pastors to join The Joshua Fund by bringing at least one bus of 45-50 Christian leaders and/or lay people to Israel next year to tour the Holy Land and participate in the 2011 Epicenter Conference.

The conference will be held May 15-16, 2011 at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. We will be teaching the Word of God , specifically through the Old Testament Book of Joel with all of its End Times prophecies and call to God’s people to repent and return to the Lord with all of our hearts. We will be praying for the peace of Jerusalem .   We will be worshipping the King of kings and Lord of lords.  We will be sharing about the humanitarian relief work of The Joshua Fund and sharing how believers can bless the lives of the poor and needy in real and practial ways. We will also be inviting Israelis and Palestinians — believers and unbelievers — to join us  at the conference.  

Joining me to teach will be  a team of wonderful, solid Bible teachers like Pastor Skip Heitzig (who helped me lead the first Epicenter Conference in 2008); Pastor Ray Bentley (who helped me lead our first Epicenter Conference in Asia last January); Kay Arthur (who  did such a wonderful job teaching at the 2009 Epicenter Conference in Philadelphia this summer); Anne Graham Lotz ( a new and dear friend and ally who leads “Just Give Me Jesus” conferences around the world and is the daughter of Dr. Billy Graham); and others.

It’s wonderful, of course, any time a pastor  or ministry leader brings a tour to Israel. But imagine the impact we can make for Christ Jesus if we all go to Israel together at one time. Imagine the extraordinary witness and blessing it would be to Israel if 2,000 to 3,000 followers of Jesus Christ would come together corporately as the Body of Jesus Christ to demonstrate unconditional love and unwavering support. Imagine the message this would send to Israel’s neighbors, and to her enemies, when we come together to  proclaim the love of Christ to the people of the epicenter, in the epicenter. Imagine the impact on the Church that we can have together when a conference like this  — a call to the Church to fall in love with Jesus, our Jewish Messiah, all over again — is webcast live around the world, as well as broadcast on radio and TV, in English, Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic. Lord willing, that’s what the next Epicenter Conference is all about.

Would you come with us? By God’s grace, we’d love to make it as simple as possible.

* Many tour options to choose from — The Christian tour agency we use and trust—Inspiration Cruises & Tours—has turn-key trips designed and ready to go next May. They have 7-day tour options, 12-day tour options, as well as 14-day tour options. There are also a range of dates you can choose from, all of which include registration for two days at the Epicenter Conference. They will help you with all the details, and all the logistics. They will help you print brochures tailored to you and your ministry. We have loved the excellent service they have provided on our other trips and we know you will be blessed by them. 

* You and your spouse can go for free — If you bring at least 10  paying guests, you can go for free.  With each set of 10 additional  paying tour participants, you can bring another family member or staff  member for free. We want this trip to be a blessing to you  and the ministry you lead, not a burden. 

* Exclusive, special  session for pastors and ministry leaders — The Joshua Fund and I will host a special, exclusive session separate from the conference just for pastors and ministry leaders who join us. You’ll meet Israeli and Arab pastors, get a behind-the-scenes look at what the Lord is doing in the epicenter, and receive inside information on the latest geopolitical developments in the region , have time to ask questions, and time to get to know each other.  Together, we’ll seek the Lord on how to take the message of the conference back home what He wants us to do next. We’ll have more information on this  private session as we get closer to the Conference.

For more information on how to organize and lead your own tour, please click the link or call the number below: 

http://www.inspirationcruises.com/epicenter/main/   

Inspiration Cruises & Tours: 800-247-1899

Or contact Dave Olsson, The Joshua Fund’s Director of Communications at dave@joshuafund.net.

P.S. — If you are interested in coming to Israel and going to the Epicenter Conference but the Lord is not calling you to lead a tour  — or if you are already leading a tour this fall or next spring but would like to come individually to Epicenter Conference without bringing others with you — please consider coming on The Joshua Fund tour. The dates are May 13-24. You can learn more and sign up at http://www.inspirationcruises.com/christian-tours/joshua-fund-epicenter-conference-12-day

This is a critical moment in the history of the Church and the history of Israel. May the Lord bless you as you bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.

 

www.joshuafund.net 

www.epicenterconference.com

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AN ISRAEL FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP TO RECEIVE JUSTICE

Dear friends of Israel —

  • Isaiah 1:17 — “Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow”
  • Prov. 31:9 — “Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

As you will recall, Ami Ortiz is the son of an Israeli pastor and his wife who was nearly killed in March 2008 by a bomb sent to his home. Many of you have prayed for him and the Lord has heard your prayers. Ami is recovering miraculously, is playing basketball, and is enjoying life with his family and friends.

The good news is that a few months ago, a man named Jack (Yakov) Teitel was arrested and charged with attempted murder in this case, as well as for numerous other alleged attacks against a wide range of Jews and Arabs.

The bad news is that it is not clear that justice will truly be done in this case. The courts are dragging their feet and there is some concern that Teitel may be allowed to sidestep the justice process by being declared mentally unfit to stand trial, even though many observers of the case believe he was more than mentally fit enough to perpetrate these crimes.

Therefore, the Ortiz family would be grateful if some of you would write letters to key Israeli officials and Israeli media outlets. They have written a sample letter.  If this is helpful, you can either simply copy and paste, or use it as a guideline.

SAMPLE LETTER 

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To Whom It may Concern,

We, as supporters of Israel who love your nation and pray for you,  have been closely following the case of  Ami Ortiz and his family for two and a half years,  and for the past year that of the alleged perpetrator who has confessed to the attempted murder, Yakov Teitel.

The fact that Teitel is being considered to be possibly not mentally competent to stand trial is very disturbing to us.  For 12 years Teitel was active, working out his attacks to the last detail , built complicated bombs and stored a hidden cache of illegal weapons, covered his tracks and outwitted the police and the Shin Bet for more than a decade, learned how to lie on the polygraph test and succeeded when brought in for questioning after murdering two Palestinians,  married and had four children,  worked  and even had a business to  support his family,  worked for Y’ad L’achim for five years,and now when he is finally arrested, he is possibly deemed unfit to stand trial?  It is very suspicious and tragic to us.

We sincerely hope and pray that true justice is carried out in the case of Yakov Teitel.  We pray that the judicial system of the State of Israel will rightly deal with the pre-meditated violent acts of this man, and he will be judged in a court of law with an appropriate sentence.  This case is on the minds of thousands of Israel supporters around the world who are watching closely to see the results, and to be able to prove to those who desire to see the downfall of your nation that justice and law does prevail in Israel.

Sincerely,

Your Name

ADDRESSES 

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Addresses to write to:

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman 2nd address is to the ministry of foreign affairs

aliberman@knesset.gov.il and/or sar@mfa.gov.il

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

bnetanyahu@knesset.gov.il

Editor of the Jerusalem Post

feedback@jpost.com

Write to the Editor of the HaAretz newspaper from this website:

http://www.haaretz.com/contact-us

Editor of Ynet, online newspaper of Yediot Ahronot, most widely read Hebrew newspaper in Israel, but is in English on the internet as well

news@ynetnews.com or editor-in-chief@y-i.co.il

Ministry of Justice

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz

29 Salah a-Din Street, P.O.B 49029, Jerusalem 91490 

Telephone:

011-972-2-6466332    011-972-2-646-6648

Fax:

011-972-2-646-7023

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