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Israelis pull into Gaza

Posted in Christianity, Islam, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, News, World News with tags , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by Michael Burks

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Israeli troops have entered the suburbs of Gaza City and are engaged in street fighting with militants, reports say.

Witnesses said Israeli special forces had advanced several hundred metres into several neighbourhoods and that intense gunfire could be heard.

Earlier, Israeli planes attacked more targets in Gaza as Israel’s offensive against Hamas entered an 18th day.

A UN watchdog meanwhile accused Israel of showing a “manifest disrespect” for the protection of children in Gaza.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said more than 40% of those killed in Gaza were women or children, even though the Israeli government had signed a UN protocol condemning attacks on places where children were likely to be present.

The attacks would have a severe emotional and psychological effect on an entire generation of children in Gaza, it added.

A Palestinian human rights group earlier said more than 90,000 people had fled their homes during the conflict.

Palestinian medical officials say more than 40 people were killed on Tuesday, and that the emergency services have been unable to reach many of the areas targeted by the Israeli military.

They say that since the offensive began on 27 December, 971 people have been killed in Gaza – of whom 311 were children and 76 were women – and more than 4,400 people have been injured.

Thirteen Israelis have died, three of them civilians, Israel says.

Despite the Israeli offensive, militants in Gaza have kept up rocket attacks on southern Israel. The Israeli army said on Tuesday that 25 mortars and rockets had been fired out of Gaza and that Israeli war planes had carried out more than 50 air strikes since the morning.

Israel says it will not call off its offensive until it has stopped the rocket attacks and prevented arms being smuggled into Gaza.

Israeli troops enter the Gaza Strip (12.1.09)
Israel wants to stop militants firing rockets across the Gaza border

Talat Jad, a resident of the Gaza City suburb of Tal al-Hawa, said he and 15 members of his family had gathered in one room of their house, too frightened to look out of the window.

“We even silenced our mobile phones because we were afraid the soldiers in the tanks could hear them,” he said.

Analysts say Israel may be holding back from all-out urban warfare in Gaza City.

Intense street fighting could complicate truce efforts and cause heavy casualties on both sides, which they say would be a politically risky move less than a month before Israel’s parliamentary election.

Diplomatic efforts to achieve a ceasefire are continuing in Cairo, where Egyptian mediators are pressing Hamas – which controls the Gaza Strip – to accept a truce proposal.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak also made an unannounced visit on Tuesday to Saudi Arabia, where he discussed the situation with King Abdullah.

The BBC’s Magdi Abdelhadi in Cairo says the meeting indicates that Egypt is seeking Saudi Arabia’s help in persuading Hamas to accept a ceasefire.

Earlier, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said any agreement would have to entail a halt to Israeli attacks, a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces and the opening of border crossings to end the blockade of Gaza.

However, the Israeli foreign ministry said there was no guarantee that Hamas would respect any ceasefire agreement.

Hospital visit

Earlier, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, visited Gaza to see the humanitarian situation for himself.

Speaking on a tour of Gaza’s main hospital, Mr Kellenberger said he had been saddened by what he had witnessed.

“I wanted to see this hospital and I can only say this is really very sad and it hurts a lot when you see what I’ve just seen,” he said.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the military operation would continue in order to stop Hamas rockets being fired into Israel and to prevent arms smuggling into Gaza.

“We are working towards those two goals while at the same time keeping an eye on the diplomatic initiatives,” he said during a tour of an Israeli air force base.

Destroyed building in Gaza City

Thousands of people have abandoned their homes to escape the offensive

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of trying to “wipe out” his people.

“This is the 18th day of the Israeli aggression against our people, which has become more ferocious each day as the number of victims rises,” he said.

“Israel is keeping up this aggression to wipe out our people over there.”

US Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton said in her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that the Obama administration would make “every effort” to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to Israel’s desire to defend itself under the current conditions, and to be free of shelling by Hamas rockets,” she said.

“However, we have also been reminded of the tragic humanitarian costs of conflict in the Middle East and pained by the suffering of Palestinian and Israeli civilians.”

The Al-Mizan Centre for Human Rights, a Palestinian group, said that more than 90,000 people had abandoned their homes to escape the Israeli bombardment.

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Saudis give aid to Palestinians, but no protests

Posted in Christianity, Jewish History, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://uk.reuters.com/article/usTopNews/idUKTRE50B4TK20090112

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Saudi aid campaign for Palestinians wounded in Israel’s assault on Gaza has gathered over 100 million riyals ($26.7 million) as the government tries to respond to rising popular anger over the offensive.

 

Saudi state media has carried prominent coverage of three dozen wounded Palestinians brought to the country for treatment in Saudi hospitals and reported a 30 million riyal donation to the state-run aid campaign by King Abdullah.

 

But this “protest by charity,” as al-Riyadh daily called it, is the only protest to be found in the conservative kingdom, a lynchpin of U.S. policy in the Middle East that has tried to contain the threat of demonstrations.

 

The absolute monarchy has no elected parliament or legal opposition and public protests are generally banned.

 

Minority Shi’ite Muslims in eastern Saudi Arabia say dozens were arrested after a street protest days after Israel began its Gaza offensive on December 27 and that police broke up a second one with rubber bullets and batons.

 

The protests were reported on a Shi’ite website banned in Saudi Arabia, while the government denied they took place, citing a ban on such activities.

 

Two political reform activists were detained for trying to hold a sit-in in Riyadh two weeks ago, independent group Human Rights First said in a statement sent to news outlets.

 

“They considered it a legitimate right,” said a colleague who requested his name be withheld for fear of arrest. He said the Interior Ministry refused to grant permission for the sit-in.

 

Students at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah say they were denied permission to hold an indoor protest on campus.  Continued…

Facts about me and some of my views on the Jewish people

Posted in Christianity, Jewish History, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2009 by Michael Burks

1 – Are you Jewish?

 

No, I am a Christian.

 

2 – Why do you support Jews since the majority of them are not Christians?

 

Simple, the mass majority of early Christians were. The founder of Christianity was Jewish. It was racism of the Church, dating back to the Catholic Church which led Jews to give up their faith in Christ. To this very day this same racism has been the issue with many Jews never converting back to Christ. However, the four Gospels, the book of Acts and many of the letters Paul wrote clearly show that the early Church was Jewish.

 

3 – Do you observe Old Testament Law?

 

Yes. Like the early Christians, I sure do. Jesus, the founder of the Christian faith also followed the Old Testament Law. But don’t take my word on that, please read the New Testament.

 

4 – Don’t Jews follow the Talmud which says to hate Christians and Gentiles?

 

Some Jews do follow the Talmud, but only a small minority. That’s like saying all Christians are Mormons because a minority of Christians are Mormons or that all Italians are all mobsters because a very small minority is.

 

5 – Aren’t Jews to blame for the murder of Christ?

 

Yes, and so are you and I. Remember, Jesus came to this world free of Sin and lived a sin free life. He died for the sins of the Jewish people as well as the Gentile world. Let’s also not forget the Romans also played a role in the death of Jesus. So again, the world is to blame for the death of Jesus.

 

6 – Haven’t Christian Leaders spoken out against Jews?

 

Yes, and they were wrong in doing so. People like Justin the Martyr and Martin Luther both made racist comments towards Jews. Just because these men helped shaped much of Christianity doesn’t mean their views and comments on Jews should be accepted. Some churches today allow women to rule over men and homosexuals to preach – both ideas are unbiblical. Just because something takes place and is accepted by the masses doesn’t always make it correct or right.

 

7 – Do you believe Jews still go to Heaven?

 

Depends on the Jew. If they believe in Christ like Messianic Jews, then yes, they go to Heaven. If not, then no. The same goes for the Gentile world.

 

8 – Do you believe Jews are still God’s chosen people?

Yes. Israel has always been the Holy land since given to the ancient Hebrews and it will most certainly be the Kingdom where Christ shall return.

 

9 – Do you support people like John Hagee?

 

No. Hagee teaches that Jews are saved by the Old Covenants made in the Old Testament. Even Messianic Jews do not believe such nonsense. Our faith in Christ is what gives us ever lasting life – John 3:16.

 

10 – Do you believe Christians should openly support Jews?

 

Yes. The Bible is clear those who bless Israel shall be blessed while those who curse them shall be cursed. We should always pray that the Hebrews will return to Israel and reestablished their Temple for the return of Christ and His glory.