At Berkeley, Israel is worse than IS

At Berkeley, Israel is worse than IS
Video experiment shows students unmoved by jihadist flag, while Israeli flag draws angry charges of genocide and child murder

The question of whether Israel is worse than the Islamic State terror group has mostly been settled in the Jewish state’s favor, outside of certain Middle Eastern capitals at least, but on one American college campus it’s apparently not so clear.

A video posted online this week shows filmmaker Ari Horowitz waving an Islamic State flag and an Israel flag on the campus of the University of California Berkeley to test which garners the more public condemnation.

Dismally, campus-goers were outraged to see the blue and white, while the brutal IS terror group got nary a shout.

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Fear in Jerusalem

But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. Isaiah 8:13

Fear of terrorists pervades mood in Jerusalem
Following terror attack at synagogue, residents and visitors in the capital are increasingly vigilant, uncertain.

As a group of young Jewish men danced and sang Am Yisrael Chai while hoisting Israeli flags in downtown Jerusalem’s Zion Square Wednesday afternoon, several nearby residents and visitors to the capital expressed pronounced fear and uncertainly following the Har Nof massacre a day earlier.

Ofer, an Israeli in his 30s who asked that his last name not be published, said he is unable to walk the streets without a foreboding sense of dread.

“I’m not feeling good about yesterday because when I walk outside I now look in every direction – in front, behind, to my sides,” he said.

“I feel fear. I think [the violence] will stop at some point, but it’s very difficult to stop. And even if it does, it will start again.”

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Video warns ‘Zionists’ that car attacks are coming

Video warns ‘Zionists’ that car attacks are coming
Animated clip, posted to Shehab News Agency’s Facebook page, shows vehicle hitting victim at bus stop

A music video clip posted to a Palestinian news agency web page on Wednesday warns “Zionists” that they can be killed at any time in a car attack and advises they “run away” before being sent to their graves . . .

Read more: Video warns ‘Zionists’ that car attacks are coming | The Times of Israel

Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel

Obama seeks confrontation with Israel

Obama seeks confrontation with Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the intensifying global pressures on Israel is ‎to firmly reject any further territorial withdrawals that would put Israel’s security at risk, ‎stating that “Israel will not lose hope for peace, but neither will it cling to false hope.”‎

He was also forthright about his intention to continue residential construction in Jerusalem, ‎noting that “all previous Israeli governments have done so. … It is also clear to the Palestinians ‎that these territories will remain within Israel’s borders in any deal.”‎

The Obama administration’s response to Israel’s confirmation that it would continue to create ‎homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem was vindictive, brutal, and in stark contrast to ‎its deafening silence on Palestinian incitement.‎

The State Department went so far as to accuse Israel of acting “illegally” and in a manner ‎‎”incompatible with the pursuit of peace.” ‎

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A Night at the anti-Israel Improv

Did you hear the one about the anti-Zionist lectures[1] in Canada last week? This is how the night unfolded, as re-told to Olive Press . . .

October 24th


Imagine a packed auditorium filled with people who have come from far and wide to hear high-profile Christian speakers tell far fetched, re-imagined stories about a land mentioned in an old book that they don’t really believe anymore. They tell about all the ‘atrocities and human rights violations’ that are committed by the Israelis towards the wonderful Palestinian people. They talk about how GOD never gave Israelis the land they ‘stole’ and now ‘occupy’, and all they would have to do is share a little more of it because the Palestinians just want peace. They lament that the Hamas charter is ‘unfortunate’ but if the Israelis would just gave them space, they would settle down. No one bursts into laughter as the outrageous mis-information pile grows higher.

There’s more! Imagine! Although only two speakers are mentioned on the website . . . surprise! An unknown Greek Orthodox pony tailed priest[2] in a long black robe takes his turn in the spot light and tells the audience how they no longer believe in the concept of original sin, and how the ‘chosen people’ concept has been re-thought and the Bible has been re-visited on core issues.

It may sound like an evening at The Improv, but this is no stand up comedy routine. The main attractions, in fact, appear to be seriously irritated by the pro-Israel advocates who try to speak, even cutting one from the microphone, which is very obvious to the crowd. Because well behaved Christian Zionists don’t throw rocks or shout obscenities and threats, the lecturers use their free speech rights to continue critiquing the “Christian Right,” referring to Christian Zionism as though it is a huge, monolithic controlling ‘government’ within the church (when it is actually a small percentage). Meanwhile, the Christian Zionists in this packed auditorium of 250 are mostly of the older generation and highly outnumbered by about 10 to 1.

One can only imagine how some pro-Israel supporters in attendance find such an evening so spiritually oppressive and intolerable, and the propaganda so hard to take, that they begin to feel physically sick. Because it is so shockingly, most of the mis-information stacks up without retort, although one soft-spoken gentleman from the audience manages to destroy the speakers’ arguments from his seat.

Other than a pungent ecumenical aroma[3], the stories offered at such a dark comedy of errors appears to be nothing more than an attempt to court the uninformed and woo them over to the other side.

The final curtain drops. The tragedy is over, for now. A few students seek out the Zionists for an alternative answer, which they are given. The rest of the crowd goes home to spread the new propaganda that sounds right to their ears.

Imagine . . . attending a lecture by Christians on the biblical view of Christian Zionism and finding nothing but inaccuracies and anti-Israel propaganda. Welcome to the new fascism.



[1] This may be a bird’s eye view of the Challenging Christian Zionism: Canadian Roots and Responses lecture that took place
 October 24, 2014, but more importantly, this scene is also one that is playing everywhere, and may be coming soon to a town near you.
[2] Imagine hearing a speaker who was not on the list, and no one seemed to know his name. Someone later thought this might be a Greek Orthodox Archbishop associate of one of the speakers who belongs to a group that seems to have re-thought the traditional views of the penal substitutionary atonement and a literal hell. A comment that ensued suggested that, if so, ‘at least the speakers are consistent’ in that they get it ALL wrong.
[3] One of the points listed on the evening’s powerpoint that is needed was:
“A new Ecumenical deal with Evangelicals, Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians.”

*The views in this post are the opinions of an attendee of a recent lecture series on some re-imagined views of Israel (as told to, and edited by, Olive Press).


Anti-Zionist Lectures in Canada

Israeli Teams Meet Ebola Crisis Head-On

Israeli Teams Meet Ebola Crisis 
Head-On – Jim Fletcher

Marcella Rosen is committed to telling Israel’s story better. The latest global scare — Ebola outbreaks — is helping that work surge across cultural lines.

The New York chief of Untold News (white-hot on Facebook, with more than 370,000 “likes” currently) works with a team of researchers and writers to produce stories about the Jewish state that don’t often find their way into media.

Take for example the latest Ebola scare. And it is a scare.

The deadly disease has First World and Third World countries on edge, with Americans wondering why flights to and from afflicted West African nations are permitted to land in America. Elsewhere, fears are growing that the outbreak cannot be contained.

Rosen, though, is sure of one thing: Israel will come up with answers.

“Once again, Israel has heeded the humanitarian call…

…the truth is this: while the world’s attention has for decades been focused on one single dimension of Israeli life, something entirely different has been taking place away from the cameras: Israel has quietly become the little country that changed the world — and your life — for the better . . . without you even knowing it.”



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