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    As U.S. Jews Cool To Israel, Evangelicals Flock There As Tourists

    August 25, 2019
    Tom Gjelten

    Sharon Litton of Shreveport, La., is baptized by immersion in the Jordan River, where Jesus is said to have been baptized. Such baptisms are a staple of evangelical tours of Israel.

    President Trump's evident desire to identify who's most "loyal" to Israel has a clear winner: U.S. evangelicals.
    Not only do they outpace U.S. Jews in their support for policies that favor the Israeli government, but U.S. evangelicals have also become the fastest-growing sector of the Israeli tourism market. The developments may even be related.
    "I'd say close to 100% of our travelers come back extremely pro-Israel in their political views," says Andy Cook, a pastor who leads evangelical tours of the Holy Land twice a year.
    Back to its roots
    Tourist travel to Israel is growing about 10% a year, according to Eyal Carlin, the incoming North America director of the Israeli Tourism Ministry, with evangelical Christians a growing share of U.S. visitors.
    "More and more companies are entering each year with faith-based or evangelical packages," Carlin says. "The evangelical world is going back to its roots."

    The trend coincides with growing evangelical support for Trump's embrace of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-line policies, even as U.S. Jews have grown more critical.

    A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 42% of U.S. Jews say Trump "favors the Israelis too much," while just 15% of U.S. evangelicals agreed with that statement.
    Evangelical leaders of the Christian Zionism movement, from Jerry Falwell Sr. to John Hagee, have attributed their fervent support for the state of Israel to their own Holy Land travel, according to Daniel Hummel, author of Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations.
    "They say visiting Israel was a key part of their political awakening," Hummel says, "and this goes down to the rank-and-file people in their organizations."

    Pilgrims gather on the banks of the Jordan River at Galilee for baptisms. Israeli authorities are eager to accommodate tourists' interest in ancient Israel, according to author Daniel Hummel.


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    Under "Occupation", Palestinian Christians Face Potential Extinction

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    Are the Troops ready to die for Israel's many and varied victims .......

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    Brilliant, ''an endless program of war '' (my take) ,
    going down the path of supporting and dying for anyone including
    Israel that's bent on eliminating Muslims.

    The idiot Air Force Vet (Stewart )in the last segment obviously considers himself an expert on
    foreign relations, he talked with some Muslims.

    I have no special love for Muslims or any of Israel's neighbors, but I will never stop defending ''their right to exist''
    (one of Israel's big payday cards, they seem to apply to only themselves) .

    Summary of what I understand Scheuer to be saying , and I agree;

    As long as we continue to try to police the world and attempt to make other cultures adhere to ours, there will be
    a cost, we are being bankrupt and continue to lose American lives, we are not accomplishing anything, not effecting
    significant change, just nurturing the hate for us that is brought on by tyrannical and brutal interventionism.

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    Hopefully we're not complicit in vanishing of Christians from Palestine and other parts of mideast with US taxpyaers funded freedom spread activities:

    Christian population in Palestine declining due to Israel occupation

    October 21, 2019

    A delegation of Palestinian Christians attending the Holy Land Conference in Johannesburg explained how the Israeli occupation was driving away indigenous Christians from the Holy Land [Afro-Palestine Newswire Service]

    October 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm
    The number of Christians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is declining as a result of the suppressive political and economic conditions due to the conflict with Israel.
    According to the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service, indigenous Christian Palestinians once constituted over 19 per cent of the population of historic Palestine, but number less than two per cent today, as the Arab-Israeli conflict has caused the majority of Palestinian Christians to leave their homeland.
    During a conference held in Johannesburg last week hosted by the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA), Palestinian Christian theologians and activists addressed the Israeli restrictions preventing Christians from practicing their faith and being denied the right to worship at their most sacred sites in occupied Jerusalem.
    Israel also denies Palestinians access to healthcare and employment opportunities, delegates heard, leading to a drastic decline in the Palestinian population, including that of Christians.

    Restrictions on movement and opportunities of Palestinians include Israel granting travel permits late, and not allowing all members of a family to travel, forcing them to separate during holidays.
    Many have also had land confiscated to make way for illegal Israeli settlements, causing families to lose their homes and sources of income.
    According to Shireen Awwad Hilal, the coordinator of Musalaha Women’s Ministry in Bethlehem, who spoke at the conference, explained: “Many Christians feel that there is little hope for a better future for their children under Israeli occupation, and this has contributed to the growing emigration of Palestinian Christians. Christian Palestinians are under threat from the Israeli occupation.”

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    Bernie is on a roll:

    Bernie Sanders gets ‘huge applause’ during debate for being only candidate to mention Palestinians

    Michael Arria on November 21, 2019
    Bernie Sanders speaking in New York City (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

    There’s been a lot of grim news coming out of Israel/Palestine in recent months, but this hasn’t prompted debate moderators to ask the Democratic candidates about the subject. Last night was no different, but the issue was raised by Bernie Sanders during the foreign policy section of the evening.
    “It is no longer good enough for us simply to be pro-Israel. I am pro-Israel,” said the Vermont Senator “But we must treat the Palestinian people with the respect and dignity they deserve. What is going on in Gaza right now, where youth unemployment is 60, 70 percent, is unsustainable.”
    If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the biggest applause lines of the night.
    — (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) November 21, 2019
    Sanders comments prompted applause from the audience and praise from many progressives on social media. “You hear that applause for Palestinian rights at the Democratic debate?,” tweeted Sanders Foreign Policy Advisor Matt Duss, “Yeah you do.”
    You hear that applause for Palestinian rights at the Democratic debate? Yeah you do.
    — Matt Duss (@mattduss) November 21, 2019
    Numerous polls suggest that support for Israel is weakening among Democratic voters. Among Democrats, sympathy for Israel is weaker than it was before Mr. Netanyahu took office in 2009. A Gallup poll from earlier this year asked voters whether they were inclined to support Israel or Palestine and found that just 43% of Democrats are partial to Israel. That’s the lowest number in 14 years. A recent Data for Progress poll found that 65% of Democratic voters support conditioning military aid to Israel in response to its human rights record. An October report from the centrist Center for American Progress ended up with an even higher number when they posed the question: 71% of Democratic voters support such a move.
    Bernie just brought up Israel-Palestine to discuss Palestinian youth unemployment. Hard to imagine any other candidate even going near the topic
    — Jack Holmes (@jackholmes0) November 21, 2019
    “The audience cheered when Bernie Sanders spoke about Palestinian rights because ordinary Democrats believe in Palestinian rights,” tweeted The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, “And because they know that, even in the Democratic Party, acknowledging Palestinian humanity requires political courage.”

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    Bit surprising that his news from earlier this year was not in headlines of liberal MSNBC or conservative Foxnews:

    U.S. appeals court revives a $1 billion lawsuit by Palestinians seeking to hold billionaire Sheldon Adelson and more than 30 other pro-Israel defendants liable for alleged war crimes and support of Israeli settlements

    Jonathan Stempel
    3 Min Read

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has revived a $1 billion lawsuit by Palestinians seeking to hold billionaire Sheldon Adelson and more than 30 other pro-Israel defendants liable for alleged war crimes and support of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

    FILE PHOTO: Casino magnate and Republican political contributor Sheldon Adelson stands to be recognized as he attends a ceremony where U.S. President Donald Trump is awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to his wife Miriam Adelson in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 16, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

    In a 3-0 decision on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said a federal district judge wrongly concluded in August 2017 that all of the plaintiffs’ claims raised political questions that could not be decided in American courts.
    The plaintiffs, including 18 Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans as well as a Palestinian village council, alleged a conspiracy among many defendants to expel non-Jews from the disputed territories, and accused the defendants of committing or aiding in genocide and other war crimes.
    Other defendants included the billionaire Larry Ellison, Bank Leumi BM and Bank Hapoalim BM, construction and support companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co and Volvo AB, 13 nonprofits, and the United States.
    The lawyer for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for the individual, nonprofit and corporate defendants, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, did not immediately respond to similar requests.
    In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington had said it was “inappropriate” for her to resolve the issue of the settlements, because it was “close to the heart of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and central to the United States’ foreign policy decision-making in the region.”
    But in Tuesday’s decision, without ruling on the merits, Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson said the only political question concerned who had sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied territories.

    Israel security forces may be guilty of war crimes over killings of Palestinians in Gaza, UN says

    Some 189 were killed and more than 6,100 wounded during clashes in 2018

    • Tom Batchelor
    • Thursday 28 February 2019 10:30

    Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes in their crackdown on Palestinian protests last year that left nearly 200 dead, the United Nations has said.

    “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities,” an inquiry by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found.

    Some 189 Palestinians were killed and more than 6,100 wounded during clashes in Gaza in 2018.
    Protesters used the demonstrations to call for the easing of an Israeli blockade of the territory and recognition of the right of Palestinian refugees there to return to homes in Israel.

    Big money

    Meet Dr Miriam Adelson: the record-breaking Republican donor driving Trump's Israel policy

    Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson are widely known for their record donations to Republican causes. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

    The Las Vegas addiction doctor is stepping out of the shadow of her casino billionaire husband and just received a medal from the president
    by Christina Binkley

    Mon 7 Jan 2019

    When Dr Miriam Adelson was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s top civilian honor,by Donald Trump in November, the public response ranged from disdainful to “who?” Her husband, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is widely known for his record donations to Republican causes, as well as passionate support for conservative Israeli interests. Many news articles about the award described Miriam solely as his wife.
    But Miriam’s influence has been deeper than many credit, although she appears to have been perfectly comfortable remaining in her 85-year-old husband’s shadow until recently.

    Donald Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson at the White House on 16 November 2018. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

    One of the few outward hints of Miriam’s powerful role comes with the couple’s his-and-hers political contributions – made to the same candidates and causes, in identical amounts. When the couple gave $30m to the Congressional Leadership Fund, dedicated to electing Republicans to the US House of Representatives, last May, it was $15m from him and $15m from her.

    Miriam turns out to be far wealthier than her husband, who was ranked #21 on the Forbes 2018 billionaire ranking. She appears nowhere on the Forbes list, but according to the corporate filings of the Las Vegas Sands Corp casino company, which accounts for the bulk of the couple’s wealth, she directly controls a 41.6% stake, compared to her husband’s 10%.
    Worth $17.4bn at the current stock price, her holdings make Miriam wealthier than a number of the world’s richest men, including Rupert Murdoch and Charles Schwab.

    Palestinians dressed in striped T-shirts mimicking internment camp outfits hold up signs with slogans written in Hebrew reading “Soldiers, we are not objects, we are humans,” “Gaza is the biggest and the ugliest prison in the world,” “Gaza is a Nazi victim” and “Humanitarian disaster in Gaza, we want a solution” at a demonstration.

    32 Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli snipers firing during Gaza border protests

    US blocks UN call for independent probe of Gaza protests
    16h ago

    Update :

    Ivanka Trump and Kushner 'blessed' by top Israeli rabbi who compared black people to 'monkeys'

    However, this NYDN cover may have crossed the line:

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    US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

    MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer
    November 19, 2019
    6 min read

    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” Israeli leaders welcomed the decision while Palestinians and other nations warned that it undercut any chance of a broader peace deal.

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