In spite of pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement not to perform in Israel, over 50,000 fans of pop singer Rihanna enjoyed her music in an open-air concert at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park. Seats went for $100 apiece and up when she appeared as a part of her “Diamonds” world tour.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently met with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth who has been hounded for encouraging Israeli Christian youth to enlist in the IDF. Nadaf, who has been excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council for his support of the full integration of Christian Arabs into Israeli society, as well as service in the IDF and national service, has received death threats and been the target of verbal attacks from Arab MKs (members of Israel's parliament).
Throughout Scripture, Jerusalem occupies the heart and spirit of God and the Jewish People. Indeed, the prophet Zechariah confirmed the centrality of Jerusalem when he prophesied that the Messiah would come in great power to this Holy City. Of course, he was referring to the not-so-distant future when Yeshua (Jesus) will return to take His place in Jerusalem as "king over the whole earth."
The worldwide media, the Arab League, and the United Nations continue to pressure Israel to stop allowing Jewish people to build homes in Biblical Israel (the land that God promised to Abraham, as specified in the Bible, as the places where the children of Israel would live or settle). These Jewish communities are demonized by the world press as “Occupied Territories,” leaving the impression that the Jewish people are settling on land that doesn't belong to them. In an effort to pressure Israel to bring an end to this so-called occupation, many misinformed Christian individuals and large denominations such as the Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and the World Council of Churches, with hundreds of millions of members who don't understand the Jewish roots of the Bible or their faith have joined an international boycott of Israeli products.
During South Africa's apartheid era, even beaches were segregated. Signs like the one above kept non-whites out of white-only areas, such as this Durban beach. This was entirely legal under apartheid-era laws. This kind of segregation is illegal in Israel. Last week, an international crusade against Israel began in Europe called the Ninth Annual Israel Apartheid Week (IAW). The aim of IAW is to manufacture an international perception of Israel as an “apartheid” state much as South Africa was prior to 1994.
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