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Monday, May 04, 2015

Terror in Texas

Was ISIS behind Texas terror attack? 
 
If not, it fits their modus operandi. If so, it’s one more example of how some Muslims, like those of the Islamic State, want to limit the freedoms enjoyed in the United States of America.  
 
These attacks are designed to strike fear, intimidate and silence free speech.    
 
In Destination Jerusalem: ISIS, Convert or Die, Christian Persecution and Preparing for the Days Ahead, this author wrote about how ISIS has dispatched orders to Muslims in the West: 
 
“ISIS sent out fiendish commands giving detailed instructions on how to attack Westerners: “Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure. Hunt them wherever they may be. Turn their worldly life into fear and fire. Remove their families from their homes and thereafter blow up their homes.”
 
These assaults (attacks in Moore, OK, Sydney, Australia and London, England) involved just a few, but the psychological shock rippled through those nations and around the world. An individual attack can often jar people more than a massive bloodbath. When ISIS marched and then murdered hundreds of Iraqi soldiers in the sands of the Iraqi desert, it jolted the West. But when ISIS beheaded American journalist James Foley, it hit home, shifted the national debate in the US and prodded a reluctant president to war. The motivation sprang from the fact that Foley was a US citizen, but also from the intimate and personal nature of the murder. Beheading seems one of the most gruesome end-of-life experiences; contemplating it, an anathema. Suddenly this abhorrent act became more personal, real. That could be me. This could be my son, my brother, my friend. We grieved with Foley’s parents, John and Diane. The nature of the slaying itself seemed the stuff of horror films, but this was not a movie. It was real. Tragically, the individual beheadings continued…journalist Steven Sotloff…British aid worker David Haines…and so on.
 
Closer to home and fueled by Islamic State directives, could rogue groups maraud or “lone wolves” attack? Suddenly, ISIS isn’t just “over there” but now “over here.” Maybe next door. People might go to work thinking, Could I be next? What if I go to the mall and something happens? Call it the “new normal” when someone doesn’t “go postal” but “goes ISIS.” Today’s ubiquitous streams of communication—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the 24/7 news cycle—amplify these attacks. Everybody knows.
 
For ISIS, it’s all part of their strategy. To intimidate, sow fear and bully a people…or a nation. It’s psychological and spiritual warfare.
 
It’s by design. It’s terror…it’s fear…on the loose. As this Arab folk tale tells us, it can be deadly:
 
“A wise old man, traveling on a desert road to Baghdad, met the figure of Pestilence hurrying ahead of him. ‘Why are you in such a haste to reach Baghdad?’ asked the old man. ‘I am due to take 5,000 lives in the city,’ Pestilence replied, before it went away.
“Later, on the return journey, they met again. ‘You lied to me,’ said the old man reproachfully. ‘You said you would take 5,000 lives, but you took away 10,000 instead.’
“‘I did not do it!’ Pestilence swore. ‘I took 5,000 and not one more; Fear killed the rest.’”
 
This may be the new normal. 
 
But one woman interviewed on national TV defied the fear, refused to be intimidated and exclaimed:   
 
"We will not live in fear in Texas!"

posted @ Monday, May 04, 2015 9:30 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, May 01, 2015

Jerusalem Dateline Show: Israel to the Rescue in Nepal

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel responds to Nepal's massive earthquake.

Plus, we look at new technology that's keeping Holocaust stories alive for the next generation.

Finally, Hope 4 Iraq - one woman's fight against radical Islam through faith and hope.

posted @ Friday, May 01, 2015 2:28 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Israel’s Miraculous Birth and Where It All Started

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel, a modern miracle, celebrates its independence and remembers its dead.

Plus, Jews return to Israel, fulfilling Bible prophecy.

Finally, we take a look at why a world famous cartoonist looked to the Bible to name his cartoons.

posted @ Friday, April 24, 2015 4:03 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Remembering the Holocaust with Stories of Resilience

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Rewarding Iran's defiance with a strategic Russian missile deal.

Also, Iran has just been appointed to an international position "protecting" women's rights.

Finally, remembering the Holocaust with stories of love, hope and resilience.

posted @ Friday, April 17, 2015 4:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dream Deal for Iran; Nightmare for the World

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: It’s a dream deal for Iran, a nightmare for the world as leaders are on the verge of a deal with a nuclear Iran.

And, Arabs and Jews living in peace at a top Israeli University, so why a U.S. State Dept. boycott?

Plus, the forgotten campaign to #BringBackOurGirls. Click play below to watch.

posted @ Monday, April 13, 2015 11:23 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, April 03, 2015

From Exodus to Resurrection: Easter & Passover in Jerusalem

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: We go inside the Garden Tomb where some believe Christ was buried and rose again.

Plus, making Biblical bread – Passover Matzah and the spiritual meaning for Jews and Christians.

Finally, a look at the man who wrote the movie "Ben Hur."

Watch below:

posted @ Friday, April 03, 2015 10:54 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Israel-White House Relations at All-Time Low

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel's relationship with the White House at all-time low.

Plus a former Muslim woman talks about jihad, Sharia, and Islam's abuse of women.

And on the front lines with Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State.

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2015 4:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Day of Praise Initiative

Psalms 113-118 are known in Judaism as the "Hallel" or Psalms of Praise. They are recited specifically for major redemptive acts in Jewish history such as the exodus from Egyptian slavery, celebrated at Passover; Shavuot (when Jews celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and Christians the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost); or Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), said David Nekrutman, executive director of the Center of Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Efrat.

Now, CJCUC is inviting Christians around the world to join in the Day to Praise Initiative on Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, April 23, by reciting Psalms 113-118 and thanking God for the establishment of the Jewish state.

Nekrutman explains.

posted @ Monday, March 23, 2015 10:14 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Surprise Victory

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Benjamin Netanyahu pulls off a surprise victory in Israeli elections.

Plus, Islamic militants seize 4-year-old, a grieving mother's hope for her daughter.

And by the rivers of Babylon, exile and return.

posted @ Friday, March 20, 2015 4:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Elections: Who Will Be Israel's Next Prime Minister?

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel heading for elections. Who will be the next prime minister?

Plus a new book: ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam, and a look at Boko Haram's victims.

And running barefoot in the steps of Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem.

posted @ Friday, March 13, 2015 2:31 PM | Feedback (0)