Looking back at Kristallnacht and the Holocaust
Paul: What is Christian Friends of Yad Vashem?
Susanna: Yad Vashem was established in 1953. The Israeli Knesset passed a special law to establish it and then in 2006 Yad Vashem decided that they needed a special programme to reach out to Christians around the world. They decided to establish the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem and the goal was for Christians who would come to visit would be given a special programme. They would be able to ask questions and have a time of reflection.
We also wanted to connect Christians to the Christian theology that was partly anti-Semitic and is the background of the Holocaust. We wanted to teach about, not just the camps, but also Jewish life in Europe before the war, how the Holocaust came to happen, and even the aftermath of the Holocaust. This is very significant now since we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel this year, which was built by the Holocaust survivors.
Paul: Today we are looking at Kristallnacht, which happened in Germany and Austria. Tell us a little bit about what happened before that event, the history and the story that built up to that terrible night.
Susanna: I think it’s very important for us to look at the 1930’s. Although the Nazi Party was established in 1919, from the beginning it had this very intense anti-Semitic agenda. They did not see the Jews as just a religious group that they could persecute, but they saw them as a genetic problem. In other words, the racial theories were added to the previously existing forms of anti-Semitism, but the problem then of course was that when you are seen as a genetic problem you cannot change it, so there was nothing they could do about it.
So when Adolph Hitler came to power in January of 1933, already by March all over Germany there were anti-Jewish riots, but at this point the regime was not openly taking responsibility. It looked like they were spontaneous acts of violence, even though we know that they were not spontaneous.
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Dov Lipman talks about the work of Innovation Africa, transforming millions of lives through providing clean water and electricity for entire villages, schools and hospitals, and ensuring that the local people take ownership of the project and maintain it.
Paul: What is Innovation Africa?
Dov: Sivan Ya’ari, an Israeli woman, nine years ago started this organisation with a very clear goal to bring electricity and water to people throughout African villages. We sit back and enjoy the most basic elements, we have electricity and we have water. There are 600 million people in Africa, 600 million who don’t have electricity, 300 million who don’t have clean water. That means limited education resources, that means minimal health services and that means no economy to speak of, no commerce at all. So Sivan had this idea of using Israeli technology, Israeli innovations and to go village by village and to provide them with these services. In nine years, in eight African countries, she has reached 162 villages, impacting the lives of over one million people who now have these most basic elements.
I always say God created the world and gave the world all the resources and now it is our job to partner together and to help tap into those resources. We have the ability to do so today using these Israeli technologies and innovations and that is exactly what we are doing.
Over one million people have been impacted, 350 thousand children have been vaccinated because they now have electricity and they now have power for refrigerators in their medical clinics. So we have accomplished a lot so far, thank God, but we have a long way to go.
Paul: These are just things we take for granted, I saw on your website it said some people had never seen a light bulb.
Dov: Exactly right, there are students studying in 2018 by kerosene lamps. You see people walking eight hours a day to try to find some kind of dirty water. This is why we have begun to use Israeli innovation and solar technology. We have water pumps to bring up clean water and we bring Israeli drip irrigations so now they have farming. By using solar panels and some other innovative elements, we have lights for their schools so they have the best teachers and they can study all day and all night. They now have medical centres which have the most basic services including electricity and that brings the greatest doctors.
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Israeli leaders hail US merger of consulate and embassy, Palestinians condemn
US Consulate in Jerusalem, Photo, CBN News
JERUSALEM, Israel – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that it would merge its consulate and embassy in Jerusalem, a move that could have a major impact on the future of Jerusalem.
For years the US Consulate in Jerusalem has served as a de-facto embassy to the Palestinian Authority. That meant it answered directly to the State Department and bypassed the US ambassador to Israel. Pompeo’s announcement sends a signal that Jerusalem won’t be a divided city.
Now the consulate will come under the authority of US Ambassador David Friedman, which some consider a victory for him over the objections of the State Department.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren hailed the decision.
In a tweet, he called the restructure a “great day,” saying it signaled US support for the Jewish state’s claim to all of Jerusalem. He said it “ends the last vestige of American support for the city’s division.” Israel, he said, “is deeply grateful.”
But Palestinian leaders condemned the US decision to downgrade the consulate, which had served as a separate channel to Washington to report Palestinian affairs with a consul general whose authority was close to that of an ambassador.
“They are dictating the ideologically committed team of President Trump to take Jerusalem off the table,” chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said. “This to us is like another settlement outpost in occupied Jerusalem. This does not create any facts other than dismantling the two state solutions.”
Mideast analyst Pinchas Inbari says the move kills the idea of two capitals in Jerusalem.
“It meant that the consulate was for the Palestinian capital in the future and the embassy is for Israel,” Inbari told CBN News. “By uniting the two bodies in one body means that there is no partition of Jerusalem anymore and there will be no Palestinian capital in Jerusalem and Jerusalem is a united city as far as the Americans perceive it.”
The Palestinians want Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. He says while the Palestinians are shouting, no one is listening.
“If you watch around no Saudi reaction, no Egyptian reaction, very mild Jordanian reaction, the only party that is reacting is Ramallah, not even the east Jerusalemites. They don’t even care,” he explained.
The move is the latest decision by the Trump administration to change the status of Jerusalem. Last December, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and in May he moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This decision will make it harder in the future for Jerusalem to be the capital of two states, one Jewish and one Palestinian.
This article originally appeared on CBN News, October 22, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Chris is CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem.
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‘He is practically saying Jerusalem is for Israel’: Palestinians furious over new Trump move
JERUSALEM, Israel – The Trump administration has decided to relocate its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians, placing it under the authority of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. It means the Palestinian mission will no longer have its own separate channel to Washington.
Essentially, the US Consulate in eastern Jerusalem has been merged with the US Embassy there, and that move has pleased some while angering others.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the merge in a statement Thursday, saying it was based on “efficiency and effectiveness” and doesn’t alter US policy.
“It does not signal a change of US policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], or the Gaza Strip,” Pompeo said in a statement, adding that a new Palestinian Affairs Unit will be located inside the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
But some say it signals a downgrade of the US diplomatic mission to the Palestinians. In September, the Trump administration closed the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office Washington, DC, in part for its refusal to enter peace negotiations with Israel.
“The PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated at the time. “As such, and reflecting congressional concerns, the administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point.”
Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization and former chief negotiator for the PA Saeb Erekat said the move rewards “Israeli violations and crimes.”
“The Trump administration is making clear that it is working together with the Israeli government to impose Greater Israel rather than the two-state solution on the 1967 border. The US administration has fully endorsed the Israeli narrative, including on Jerusalem, refugees and settlements,” Erekat said.
Senior advisor to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Nabil Shaath called it a “very bad decision.”
“Now, he is cutting the last connection he is said to have with the Palestinian people. He is practically saying Jerusalem is for Israel,” Israel Hayom quoted Shaath as saying. “This decision has nothing to do with peace. It complicates peace and makes it impossible.”
Member of the Knesset Michael Oren, who serves as deputy minister of diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office, said Israel is “deeply grateful.”
“A great day for Israel, Jerusalem, and the United States. SoS Pompeo’s announcement closing the US consulate in Jerusalem and transferring its responsibilities to the embassy ends the last vestige of American support for the city’s division. Israel is deeply grateful,” Oren tweeted.
This article originally appeared on CBN News, October 19, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Tzippe Barrow is the CBN News Internet Producer - Jerusalem. She and her husband made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) nearly two decades ago. Barrow hopes that providing a biblical perspective of today’s events in Israel will help people in the nations to better understand the centrality of this state and the Jewish people to God’s unfolding plan of redemption for all mankind.
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Netanyahu to Christian media: Continue to tell the truth
PM Netanyahu speaking at 2018 Christian Media Summit (Photo courtesy)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked journalists attending the Christian Media Summit for their ongoing support and, responding to a suggesting, said he would consider appointing an ambassador to the Christian world reflecting Israel’s recognition of it evangelical allies.
“A great alliance with the evangelicals is something we do not apologize for,” Netanyahu said on Sunday. “We have no better friends in the world.”
Netanyahu told the gathered Christian media that they are “ambassadors of truth. You’re not merely the greatest ambassadors that Israel has around the world, you are champions of truth.”
“Tell the truth about who wants peace and who doesn’t want peace,” he implored the journalists.
Netanyahu said that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community thrives and grows. He used the Palestinian town of Bethlehem as an example where the Christian population dwindled from from 80 percent to now 20 percent because “Christians are being pressured. Christians are being persecuted.”
“Israel is the only country that protects the human rights of all. We protect the religious rights of all,” he said. “We don’t just protect Christian sites — we protect Christian people. Christians should enjoy all freedoms to worship as they please in the Middle East and anywhere else. And the only place in the Middle East where they can do so is Israel. We have no better friends in the world than our Christian friends.”
The second annual Christian Media Summit, which continues until Wednesday, is sponsored by the Government Press Office. The sessions also featured U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and several Knesset members.
Friedman told the reporters on Sunday that be believes the world secretly respects the U.S. administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite a vote at the United Nations of two thirds condemning the move.
“Every nation, once off the public stage, has nothing but respect for what the president has done,” he said. “Because the president spoke the truth and, as we learn from the Book of John, ‘the truth will set us free.’”
America became the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14 followed by Guatemala and Paraguay a few days later, though the latter has since returned to Tel Aviv.
During a question-and-answer session with Netanyahu, Monique Rijkers, a Christian pro-Israel activist from Jakarta, asked the prime minister to open his country’s borders to Indonesian Christians to visit the Holy Land, referring to a recent ban on visas issued to Indonesians.
“I will work on the visa, I will see what I can do,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu added that he wants to promote diplomatic ties with Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population.
“Indonesia is very, very important for us. It’s a very important country. It’s one of the last countries on earth that doesn’t have an open and robust relationship with Israel,” he said. “We would like to have excellent relations with them.”
Netanyahu also hinted at burgeoning diplomatic ties with African Muslim-majority nations. He said many countries there are interested in cooperating with Israel in fighting Islamic terrorism.
This “paves the way for additional countries to recognize the State of Israel, and I think you will be hearing about them very soon,” he said.
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.