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Sweden Makes “Hostile” Comments, Links ISIS to Israel-Palestinian Conflict

(Photo: wikicommons/Johannes Jansson)

(Photo: wikicommons/Johannes Jansson)

In the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris by the Islamic State (ISIS), one would hope that the world would come together against the evil threatening us all. Instead, The Jerusalem Post reports that Sweden’s Foreign Minister has tried to link the ISIS attacks to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians:

Israel on Monday condemned as “shockingly hostile” comments by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom which seemed to link the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the ISIS-backed terror attacks in Paris…

After the Paris attacks, Wallstrom was asked the following question on Swedish television.

“How worried are you about the radicalization of young people in Sweden who are fighting for ISIS?”

According to translation provided by the Foreign Ministry, Wallstrom answered, “Obviously, we have reason to be worried, not just in Sweden but across the world — because there are so many that are being radicalized. Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East, where not least, the Palestinians see that there is not a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”

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Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 11:14 AM  | Stand for Israel

ISIS Threatens Washington in New Video

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

The horrific terrorist attacks in Paris this past Friday have been linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group that has ravaged so much of the Middle East and now seems to be threatening the entire world. The threats facing Israel, and now Europe, are coming to America’s shores. The Jerusalem Post reports that in a video posted online today, ISIS has threatened that America will be its next target:

Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.

The video, which appeared on a site used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday’s Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed.

The message to countries involved in what it called the “crusader campaign” was delivered by a man dressed in fatigues and a turban, and identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian.

“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” the man said.

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Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 8:11 AM  | Stand for Israel

Those Who Pray for Peace Will Win

(Photo: Yossi Zwecker)

(Photo: Yossi Zwecker)

Dear Friend of Israel,

The first line of a CNN news report says it simply: “Fear is stalking the streets of Paris again.”

On Friday night, ISIS, the radical Islamist group, carried out a series of coordinated attacks that – as of this writing – killed 128 people in France, and injured hundreds more. People who were attending a soccer match. People attending a concert. People who were, in short, going about their daily lives.

We in Israel know this fear; we’ve experienced it over the last twenty years, as terrorists have waged a campaign against the Jewish state that has included stabbings, running people over with cars, shootings.

Yes, we fear. The people of France are, understandably in fear. But what we need now is resolve. Resolve to confront those who sow the fear. Resolve against those who will murder the innocent. Resolve to finally eradicate this scourge of radical Islamist terrorism once and for all.

Pray for the people of France today, all those who were murdered, and all their loved ones, and for the recovery of all those injured in these cowardly attacks. But pray also that the world will come together to fight those who would undermine our civilization – a civilization built on tolerance, personal freedom, and liberty for all.

We will not live in fear. And, despite the efforts of those who want otherwise, we will continue to pray for peace. Ultimately, those who pray for peace will win.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at 6:27 PM  | Rabbi Eckstein

PM Netanyahu on Paris Terror Attacks

In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared Israel’s condolences with France and its victims, and called for the world to come together in the fight against Islamist terrorism:

“On behalf of the people and Government of Israel, I extend our deepest sympathies to the people of France and to the families of those who were brutally murdered in Paris last night. We also extend our wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

“Israel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with France in this common battle against militant Islamic terrorism. I’ve instructed Israel’s security and intelligence forces to assist their French counterparts and their counterparts from other European countries in any way possible.

“Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians. It can never be justified. Terrorism must always be condemned. It must always be fought. Innocent people in Paris, like those in London, Madrid, Mumbai, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem, are the victims of militant Islamic terrorism, not its cause. As I’ve said for many years, militant Islamic terrorism attacks our societies because it wants to destroy our civilization and our values.

“I call on the entire civilized world to unite to defeat the plague of worldwide terrorism. An attack on any one of us should be seen as an attack on all of us. All terrorism must be condemned and fought equally with unwavering determination. It’s only with this moral clarity that the forces of civilization will defeat the savagery of terrorism.”

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Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at 1:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Terror Attacks in Paris

(Photo: flickr/fdecomite)

(Photo: flickr/fdecomite)

This evening, multiple horrific terrorist attacks were perpetrated in Paris, France. Bombings at a soccer stadium, shootings at a restaurant, and gunmen armed with AK-47s and explosives at a concert venue have left over a hundred dead and many, many more injured. While the situation is still unfolding, we will keep you updated.

Meanwhile, please pray for the victims of these senseless attacks, for their loved ones, for the people of France, and for the safety of all people and nations who stand for good and freedom during these chaotic, troubled times.

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 8:47 PM  | Stand for Israel

Volunteer Medic Among Those Killed in Today’s Shooting

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

Today we told you about the terrorist shooting near Hebron that left two Israelis (a father and son) dead and another wounded. Now we’ve learned that the 18-year-old young man killed in the attack was a volunteer medic for Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service. Again, we ask that you pray for the 16-year-old’s complete recovery, for the surviving members of the family, and for the safety of Israel and her people during this troubled time.

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 3:56 PM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: Men Who Fear God

(Photo: facebook/Netanyahu)

(Photo: facebook/Netanyahu)

“But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.” (Exodus 18:21)

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the United States to meet with President Obama, and to speak to other leaders and organizations on the Jewish state’s current situation, its future, and its strong friendship with the U.S. On Veteran’s Day, PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara paid a visit to Mount Vernon, the historic home of America’s first president and founding father, George Washington, another trustworthy and capable man who guided his people in the fight for freedom. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 10:37 AM  | Stand for Israel

Europe Mislabels Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

This week, we’ve reported on the European Union’s decision to label products from Judea and Samaria as being made in Israeli settlements, not in Israel – a decision for which PM Netanyahu said Europe should be ashamed. Today, Dr. Eugene Kontorovich writes that with this decision, Europe is mislabeling the Jewish state:

Faced with criticism from both the right and the left in Israel and the United States, the European Union claims its action is merely “technical,” rather than politically motivated or punitive. Yet this is belied by the fact that the measure comes in response to explicitly political demands for labeling by some member states’ foreign ministers, as well as anti-Israel NGOs.

In fact, the labeling controversy must be viewed as just one step in a broader, purposeful and gradual escalation of anti-Israel measures by the European Union. Two years ago, the commission promulgated a regulation that barred spending money on Israeli academic, scientific or cultural projects in the West Bank or Golan Heights. Then the union began refusing to allow imports of certain Israeli agricultural products. Last year, 15 European states issued warnings, alerting people to unspecified legal dangers of interacting with Israeli settlements. These steps, while supposedly motivated by what the European Union sees as Israel’s occupation of territory, have been applied only to Israel, and not to other countries regarded as occupiers in international law, such as Morocco or Turkey…

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 8:05 AM  | Stand for Israel

Two Israelis Killed in Terror Shooting

(Photo: Mount Hevron Regional Council)

(Photo: Mount Hevron Regional Council)

Terror has struck Israelis before the Sabbath. Arutz Sheva’s Ari Soffer reports that a man and his son were killed when terrorists opened fire near Hebron:

Two Israelis have been killed after Arab terrorists opened fire on their vehicle near the Jewish town of Otniel in Judea’s Mount Hevron region.

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics have identified the victims as a 40-year-old man and an 18-year-old youth.

A 16-year-old boy was moderately wounded. He was treated by emergency services at the scene before being transferred to a nearby hospital.

According to an initial investigation, the Arab terrorists overtook an Israeli family traveling in their car and raked it with bullets. When the car ground to a halt the terrorists continued firing at it, before driving off…

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand for Israel

The Promised Land, the Land of Freedom

During his visit to Washington, D.C., this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was awarded the 2015 Irving Kristol Award at the annual dinner for the American Enterprise Institute. Speaking at the ceremony, PM Netanyahu spoke of his nation’s bond with the U.S., as well as his lifelong fondness for America, a “land of freedom.”

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Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 7:27 AM  | Stand for Israel