Israel’s Jewish Fertility Rate Tops Arabs For The First Time

Defying ‘demographic doom’

New statistics show that the Israeli-Jewish fertility rate this year has surpassed that of the Israeli-Arab population for the first time, defying analysts who have made long-term projections of a Jewish minority in Israel.

At the same time, it remains to be seen whether the numbers will affect the political landscape of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The upward-trending Jewish rate of 3.16 births per woman, and the corresponding downward-trending figure of 3.11 for Israeli Arabs, can lead to more confident policy decisions by the Israeli government, said demographic expert Yoram Ettinger, who published a recent report on the issue.

“In contrast to the stated position of the establishment’s prophets of demographic doom, there is no Arab demographic time bomb, but there is an unprecedented Jewish demographic tailwind,” Ettinger, the former minister for congressional affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., told JNS.org.

As of September, there were 6.523 million Jews and 1.824 million Arabs living in Israel, according to the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics. JNS

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…Meanwhile, according to statistics presented at the annual conference of the Israeli Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Israel has the highest fertility rate (3.1) among countries in the 35-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Ettinger is optimistic regarding the prospects for continued Jewish immigration to Israel, particularly from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, France, the U.K., Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Argentina.

His report noted that in 2017, Israel’s fertility rate has been higher than those of most Arab countries—including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Syria—and that the rate in Palestinian-controlled territories went from 5 births per woman in 2000 to around 3 in 2016.

Ettinger pointed out that Arab demography is hurt by Palestinian emigration from Israel and the disputed territories, particularly in light of intra-Palestinian fighting between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization.  JNS

Yeti Mystery Is Solved

DNA from ancient samples of the ‘abominable snowman’ belong to bears.

The hunt for the elusive Yeti has suffered a setback, as supposed ‘Yeti’ hair and bones proved to be from bears.

Sightings of the Yeti or ‘abominable snowman’ – a mysterious, ape-like creature said to inhabit the high mountains of Asia – have been reported for centuries in Nepal and Tibet.

Footprints have also been spotted and stories passed down from generation to generation.

But the new DNA study of purported Yeti samples from museums and private collections suggest the Himalayan legend could have quite ordinary origins.

Researchers from the University at Buffalo analysed nine ‘Yeti’ specimens – including bone, tooth, skin, hair and faecal samples – collected in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau.

The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, showed that one was from a dog.

The other eight were from Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears or Tibetan brown bears.

Dr Charlotte Lindqvist, who led the study, said: ‘Our findings strongly suggest that the biological underpinnings of the Yeti legend can be found in local bears, and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able to unravel other, similar mysteries.’ DailyMail

Video: An Arab Muslim In The Israeli Army

Video:  An Arab Muslim in the Israeli Army

Why would an Arab Muslim serve in the Israeli military? Because he, like many Israeli Arabs, proudly defend the nation that has given them freedom and opportunity. Mohammad Kabiya, Israeli Air Force reservist, shares his remarkable story.

Africans Are Being Sold At Libyan Slave Markets

Terribly disgusting.  This was all Hillary and Obama – Hope and Change.

We came, we saw, he died,’ she joked. But overthrowing Gadhafi was a humanitarian and strategic debacle that now limits our options on North Korea.

Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets,  and it’s Hillary Clinton’s fault. But you won’t hear much about that from the news media or the foreign-policy pundits, so let me explain.

Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets.

And how did we get to this point? As the BBC reported back in May, “Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011.”

And who was behind that overthrow? None other than then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Under President George W. Bush in 2003, the United States negotiated an agreement with Libyan strongman Gadhafi. The deal: He would give up his weapons of mass destruction peacefully, and we wouldn’t try to depose him.

That seemed a good deal at the time, but the Obama administration didn’t stick to it. Instead, in an operation spearheaded by Clinton, the United States went ahead and toppled him anyway.

The overthrow turned out to be a debacle. Libya exploded into chaos and civil war, and refugees flooded Europe, destabilizing governments there. But at the time, Clinton thought it was a great triumph — “We came, we saw, he died,” she joked about Gadhafi’s overthrow — and adviser Sidney Blumenthal encouraged her to tout her “successful strategy” as evidence of her fitness for the highest office in the land.  USA News

Israeli Researchers Debunk Transgender Craze Sweeping America – Men Are Men And Women Are Women

Common sense.  Not feelings but biology.

A new study by Israeli researchers found that a man cannot become a woman by simply “identifying” as one and vice versa.

Geneticists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science discovered certain genes that are only expressed in women, while others are only expressed in men.

Professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni studied 20,000 genes, sorting them by sex, and searching for differences in expression in each tissue.

They eventually found around “6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at least one tissue, adding to the already major biological differences between men and women.”

Some of the biggest differences were in genes responsible for body hair, fat storage, muscle building, and milk production for breastfeeding.

The researchers also found that biological sex also plays a role in preventing specific illnesses.  For example, some genes expressed only in the left ventricle of the heart in women work to protect their hearts from disease until the women reach menopause.  Another gene, in the liver, processes drugs differently according to the gender.

Essentially, their research means more than 21 percent of the entire human genome, which is composed of about 30,000 genes, are based on sex — something a sex change operation and hormones cannot replace.  CBN

Not Feelings -Biology

In layman’s terms, a man is a man and a woman is a woman, not because they feel like one or the other, but because the science of biology tells us so.

It is always stunning how proponents of the ultra-liberal agenda will attack people of faith for believing in God absent scientific proof, but are more than willing to throw the science of biology right out the window when it comes to the question of gender. IsraelToday

How Nutty Adjunct Lecturers Are Slipping Into Local Colleges

High turnover rates of lecturers.  Lax vetting.  Looking at diversity and not qualifications.

A Russian spy, a “sperminator” who’s fathered 29 kids and a radical who revels in the thought of “dead cops.” Meet the esteemed CUNY faculty shaping young minds.

Many of these nutty professors are adjuncts, part-time instructors who are barely vetted and often hired on the fly just days before classes start, sources told The Post…

Baruch College adjunct Juan Lazaro slipped into the school as a political science professor from South America. But in 2010, he was revealed to be Mikhail Vasenkov, a Russian spy, who was sent home along with fellow spooks living undercover in the United States.

Hiring Process

The CUNY system is under state control, with the governor appointing the majority of its board. And rather than giving Isaacson the boot, he ­remains on paid leave.

Several CUNY veterans outlined how out-there instructors can get in the door, describing a process that can be overly bureaucratic and politically correct when it comes to permanent faculty, but lax in the hiring of temporary adjuncts.

The CUNY system has for years relied on an army of lower-cost adjuncts — currently 12,500 out of an overall teaching staff of about 20,000 — who are paid far less than permanent faculty and don’t have the same benefits. The adjuncts get about $3,500 per four-month course.

Adjunct lecturers need no more than a bachelor’s degree, but anyone with the title of adjunct professor is required to have a Ph.D.

Diversity

A Brooklyn College professor lamented that when it comes to hiring full-time professors, the ability to weed out oddballs has become more difficult with a process that is guided by bureaucrats and ­diversity mandates.

He said all job candidates must be asked the same set of questions and that all reference checks must be done by the Human Resources Department.

“In the past, we were able to make calls to references,” he said. “I used to call and ask, ‘Is the guy normal?’ If they hesitated and said ‘What do you mean by normal?’ I knew the answer.”

All hiring is overseen by a college’s diversity officer, who monitors whether job candidates reflect the enrollment at the campus, the professor added.

“You’re being watched at every step,” he said. “Mostly they’re looking at diversity. That’s what they’re really looking for.”

Harpoon: Inside The Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters Book Review

Cash is indispensable to terror networks.

A fascinating story is told of Meir Dagan developing the intelligence task force code-named Harpoon and launching financial warfare against the terrorist organizations.

In 2001, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sanctioned a new security unit – Harpoon. A new form of warfare largely the vision of legendary Mossad commander Meir Dagon.  Dagon would work developing the intelligence task force Harpoon and partnering with an Israeli NGO the Israel Law Center.   It set about the task to “destroy terrorists’ money networks.”

Ever wonder what the cost of a suicide bomber is?  Monies must be paid for more than just a vest, explosives, nails, rat poison… Recruiters, drivers, safe houses, and money to families.  One mission sought to find where the money came from and how to stop the money flow.

Terrorist organizations deal drugs worldwide to fund terrorism.  Multiple Ponzi schemes were used to rip off the wealthy terrorist which including Yasser Arafat and Hezbollah.

Harpoon would get the United States government and government departments on board – Dept. of Justice, Treasury, CIA,  and others to tie up or seize terror funds.

A fascinating book that is the story of Dagan and his team of spies trying to stop the monies flowing into the coffers of terror organizations.  A new form of warfare, intelligence and legal war against terror.

Today lawfare – intelligence and legal war – is used by other countries including the United States to fight terror.

Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel M. Katz is available at Amazon.

German Christmas Markets: City Protects Pedestrians With Gift-Wrapped Car Barricades

Christmassy anti-terror barricades.

Cities across Germany are boosting security for Christmas market season, following the deadly truck rampage in Berlin last year. The city of Bochum put out massive car barricades – and then giftwrapped them.

Bochum authorities placed a string of 1.2 ton pellet bags in the downtown area to avert potential terror attacks ahead of the seasonal opening of the local Christmas market.

On Thursday morning, however, the bags took on a holiday look, with the city’s official marketing service turning them into novelty Christmas presents.

“For us it was very important to fit in those ugly barriers into the beautiful overall atmosphere,” said the head of Bochum Marketing Mario Schiefelbein.

The move surprised both local residents and the police, as the service reportedly giftwrapped up all of the 20 bags overnight without forewarning. dw.com

In Nuremberg, Christmas trees in large heavy planters.

In Sweden, concrete barriers decked out in holiday decorations.

In England, the city of Hull -“Anti-terror bollards have been wrapped up by little elves and turned into Christmas trees,” reported Hull Daily Mail.

Is Iran Trying to Bring About An Islamic End-of-Days in Syria?

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1

Iran has 13 bases in Syria some manned by Hezbollah others by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces.  Some of the military installations are within 30 miles of the Golan Heights.

Iran’s motivation is a desire to fulfill Shia prophecy that will prompt the coming of the Mahdi.
Iran is establishing bases in Syria, but according to some sources, their preparations to engage Israel are motivated far more by Messianic aspirations than military or political ones.

Iran has frequently stated its desire to destroy Israel, claiming the Jewish state as the focus of its nuclear and long-range missile program. Iran has also funneled millions of dollars into proxy enemies of Israel, like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

According to Debka, a Middle East military analysis site, Iran is now stepping up its pace, having established 13 military installations in Syria. Some experts see behind this a sinister desire for the end of the world – Islam style.

Indeed, the escalation of Iranian military efforts in Syria are religiously motivated, Ryan Mauro, a political analyst for the Clarion Project, explained in a recent interview.

“This isn’t normal competition between hostile powers, this isn’t even the normal Iranian sponsorship of terrorism or attempts to expand their military presence,” Mauro said. “To the Iranian regime this is the fulfillment of prophecy.”

Mauro pointed out that new Iranian troops are called Ansar al-Mahdi (“Supporters of the Messiah”). It has also created a 313th brigade, into which it is is recruiting young Syrian Shiites. According to tradition in Shiite Islam, 313 is the number of fighters that will arrive with the Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah.

Islam’s tradition holds that Mahdi is the redeemer of Islam. The arrival of Mahdi will coincide with the arrival of the Christian messiah, who will be the Mahdi’s assistant in fighting the Masih ad-Dajjal, the false messiah, or anti-Christ.  BreakingIsraelNews

Denzel Washington Says Upbringing And Lack Of Father Figures Not The Justice System Are To Blame For Many Young Men Ending Up In Jail

Denzel speaking the truth.

Denzel Washington says upbringing and a lack of father figures are to blame for many young men ending up in jail.

The Oscar winner, 62, was speaking at the premiere of his latest film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., in which he stars as an idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his partner, the firm’s front man, dies.

Asked if the film made him feel more cynical about the justice system, the star replied: ‘It starts at home.’

Speaking to NY Daily News, he added: ‘It starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.

‘So you know I can’t blame the system. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.’

In an earlier interview, the actor touched upon some of his own experiences growing up.

‘I grew up with guys who did decades (in prison) and it had as much to do with their fathers not being in their lives as it did to do with any system,’ he told Reuters.  DailyMail

She Wanted To Join ISIS, Met Jesus Instead

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
Romans 8:14

Rita Chaima radiates with joy. When you see her face, you can tell she’s filled with deep happiness and contentment.

But that’s the opposite of the way she used to feel. Chaima was raised a Muslim, and from an early age she struggled with suicidal depression.

She tells her powerful story in a new documentary called “In His Footsteps” by a ministry called The Last Reformation.

“I just saw a cruel world and I didn’t want to be a part of it,” she recalls.

Chaima says she tried to kill herself three times. “I was doing drugs, I was smoking, I was smoking anything … I just wanted to destroy myself.”

At one point she became so angry that she made up her mind to join ISIS in Syria.

“I hated people who weren’t Muslim. I wanted to kill them,” she says.

The videos by ISIS inspired her. “I loved to see them bleeding. I was seeing videos of decapitation and loved it.”

But then something else happened. Her mom got a bunch of free books for her, and there was a Bible among them. That’s when Chaima met Jesus.

“I started to read the Bible to prove to Christians that they were wrong,” she says. “But I was wrong! And the grace of Jesus Christ started to touch me.”

“I was reading things like ‘pray for your enemies,’ ‘love them,’ and I was someone who wanted to kill them.”

“Intellectually I didn’t want to accept Jesus, but Jesus started to do a work in my heart,” she says.

She couldn’t resist the love of Jesus anymore, so she decided to follow Him.

When she told her family what she had done, they rejected her. She says they stopped talking to her, and for months she was alone in her room. “It was like a prison.”

She says in the past, depression would have overtaken her. But not this time. She started to read the Bible a lot. “Jesus was there with me. He was encouraging me. The Holy Spirit was really there. I felt it, I knew it.”

Her Muslim family has now totally abandoned her, but her story doesn’t end there.

When it was time for Chaima to be baptized, something supernatural happened.

“I don’t even remember what I did. I had to see the video of my baptism. I was completely crazy, the demon was crazy, it wasn’t me. I kicked Jon. He baptized me. I kicked him.”

But as she flailed and screamed, Jon continued to minister over her, telling the demon to go until peace finally came over her body. She was finally set free and baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“After the baptism I felt like the heavy weight completely disappeared. And I was so excited to go and make disciples,” she said.

“I started to want to talk about Jesus to everyone, even to the people who led me to terrorism. I wanted to go and see them, tell them that they are wrong, and that love is waiting for them.”

And that’s just what she now does, traveling with Gospel minister Peter Ahlman and other Christians, she shares her testimony wherever she goes.  CBN News

Video:  She wanted to join ISIS, but met JESUS instead!