UN Security Council To Discuss Gaza Escalation

"Thus says the Lord: ‘Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor.’" Jer. 22:3

UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS GAZA ESCALATION: On Tues. 24 July 2018, the United Nations Security Council will discuss the latest escalation in Gaza. In a letter to the UN Security Council, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon wrote: “After months of ongoing terror through rocket fire, violent demonstrations on the border, and the burning of thousands of acres of agricultural land, Hamas terrorists opened fire Friday on IDF soldiers near the border. An IDF soldier was killed in this unprovoked attack. Hamas is solely responsible for the escalation. The Security Council and the international community must unequivocally condemn Hamas immediately, which perpetrates violence and terror against Israeli communities, endangering their lives, and holds the entire Palestinian population of Gaza hostage.” On Friday evening, 20 July 2018 Gaza terrorists fired three rockets at Israel. Two of them were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, and the third fell in an open field near an Israeli town. (Arutz-7)

IDF ATTACKS 60 TARGETS IN GAZA: The Israel Air Force (IAF) on Friday 20 July 2018, attacked some 60 targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza and destroyed three compounds belonging to the group. “The Hamas terror organization orchestrates hostile activity along the security fence which includes arson terror, launching rockets at Israeli territory and violent riots. During these violent riots, along with other severe acts of terror that were aimed at IDF troops and security infrastructure, an IDF soldier was killed in a shooting attack Friday,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “In response, over the past hours, the IDF operated against Hamas’ military targets. Following eight targets that were struck immediately by IDF tanks and aircraft, IDF fighter jets targeted 60 additional military targets,” it reported. (Arutz-7) Please continue to intercede for a complete halt to all forms of violence against Israel stemming from Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Play for the comforting of family and friends who lost a loved one due to terrorist sniper fire on Friday.

WHITE HOUSE: ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF: A White House official said on Friday 20 July 2018 that Israel has a right to defend itself against Hamas attacks, and called on the terrorist group which controls Gaza to end the escalation. "Israel has a right to defend itself. Hamas’ aggression only produced misery for Gaza. Among victims of this situation are many Palestinians who aren't rioting but whose futures are dimmed by Hamas radicalism. Hamas must end this disastrous cycle," the official told Israel’s Channel 10 News. The comments came hours after IAF jets on Friday evening struck dozens of military targets belonging to Hamas in northern and southern Gaza, in response to a serious incident near the border in which an IDF soldier was killed by terrorist snipers. (Arutz-7)

HALEY: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IS UN’s “GREATEST FAILURE”: USA Ambassador Nikki Haley defended the Trump administration's 19 June 2018 decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, saying last week that the body is the UN's "greatest failure." "More often, the Human Rights Council has provided cover, not condemnation, for the world's most inhumane regimes."She spoke of the council's singling out of Israel for criticism through "Agenda Item 7." "No other country - not Iran, not Syria, not North Korea - has an agenda item devoted only to it. Agenda Item 7 is not directed at anything Israel does, it is directed at the very existence of Israel." She said it is a "blazing red siren" signaling the council's "political corruption and moral bankruptcy." (VOA)

USA REPORT FINDS ONLY 20,000 PALESTINIAN REFUGEES: Sources who have seen a State Department report compiled during the Obama administration on Palestinians who became refugees during the 1948 War of Independence said last week that the report indicates that only 20,000 of the 700,000 Arab refugees are still alive and displaced from their homes. Members of Congress are demanding the State Department make the report public.(UNRWA, the UN agency which provides assistance to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, asserts that there are 5.1 million Palestinian refugees worldwide.) Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, said that access to the report was necessary for Congress to provide oversight for American taxpayers. "UNRWA lashes out against America and engages in anti-Semitic incitement. Hamas terrorists use UNRWA facilities to target Israeli civilians," Cruz told media sources. "The American people deserve to see this reported State Department assessment, so Congress and the administration can have a transparent and productive debate about America's role in the organization." Israel has begun to raise the issue in the international arena and PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said UN funds should be transferred to Palestinians through the UN refugee agency and UNRWA should be abolished. Doing so, however, would require the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution in favor of the move, which is unlikely given the international forum's anti-Israel bias. (Israel Hayom) As has been reported a multitude of times over the past years, Hamas is diverting millions of dollars of foreign aid to support terrorist activities against Israel rather than assisting its own people to become a healthy society. UNRWA is enabling Hamas in this misuse of funds. Pray that poverty among Palestinian will be greatly lessened by the administration of foreign donations through those who are willing to be accountable and are truly concerned for the needs of the people.

WHY THE CONCERN FOR UNRWA? Since UNRWA was established in 1949, the USA has given nearly $5 billion to the agency tasked with perpetuating refugee status among descendants of Arabs who left Israel in the 1948-1949 pan-Arab invasion. UNRWA deliberately perpetuates the misery of innocent people. It indoctrinates them from the cradle to the grave to support terrorism and genocide against the Jewish state and its people. It exists as a tool of political warfare in the never-ending war to annihilate the Jewish state. UNRWA targets its services to people of Palestinian descent it calls "refugees" for political reasons; fewer than 1% of the UNRWA refugees would actually meet the Refugee Convention definition. Over the past 70 years, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has permanently resettled tens of millions of refugees, UNRWA has resettled no refugees. It is now responsible for the fifth generation of descendants of the Arabs who left Israel in 1948-49. (J.Post)

PUSHING THE PALESTINIAN “RIGHT OF RETURN” DOESN’T HELP PEACE: Tzipi Livni, Co-leader of Israel's opposition Zionist Union party, who also served in the past as Israel's foreign minister and chief peace negotiator with the Palestinians had this to say last week about the so called “Right of Return”. “In the past few months, I've heard voices in the UK, including senior members of the Labour shadow cabinet, calling for the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees to Israel. As a supporter of peace based on the principle of two-states-for-two-peoples, the demand that Palestinian refugees "return" to Israel is not only at odds with the very rationale of a two-nation-states solution, but, if accepted, would lead to a continuation of the conflict long after the establishment of a Palestinian state. Such a scenario should be rejected by anyone who truly seeks peace in our lifetime. Unfortunately, Palestinian refugees have been used as a political playing card for far too long since 1948. Palestinians are the only group since the end of the Second World War to have kept their refugee status and to have passed this status down to over four generations, creating a problem of millions of "refugees" that are kept as pawns in a political game instead of solving their humanitarian situation. Attempts to derail the two-nation-states solution by pushing or supporting the idea of a "right of return" will only exacerbate the conflict and are the antithesis of peace.” (Guardian-UK) While researching material for her 1984 book "From Time Immemorial," American journalist Joan Peters learned that the UN made the conscious decision to differentiate Palestinian refugees from all other refugees. Refugees are generally defined as people who fled a permanent home, while in the Palestinians' case, someone who lived in Palestine for as little as two years prior to Israel's establishment in 1948 could be considered a refugee. In addition, unlike all other refugees, Palestinians refugees pass their status on to their descendants. As a result, Palestinian refugees are said to number in the millions.

PARIS: ARAB MAN BEATS ELDERLY JEW SHOUTING “ALLAHU AKBAR!” For the third time this year, French police sent to psychiatric evaluation a man who displayed violent behavior toward Jews. The latest incident occurred days ago in Paris, in which a young Arab man hit a 69-year-old Jewish man wearing a kippah, pushed him to the ground and dragged him by his hair while shouting: “Allahu akbar, long live Hitler, death to the Jews,” according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. Police apprehended the assailant, but a police physician recommended transferring the suspect to a psychiatric institution for observation. The group said it “again deplores that a violent anti-Semite citing Islamism evades judicial treatment because he presents himself as having mental problems which should not and cannot explain or excuse his actions.” Such treatment is “absurd,” BNVCA said. (JTA) Pray for justice and stiff penalties to take place against those who injure and murder Jews. Granted such hatred is a form of insanity but it should be confronted rather than diverted with impunity.

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff