Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pt 2 Intersection of Israel-support & Terrorism:Myth-busting with Fact Checking

Conflict: At the Intersection of Israel-support & Terrorism
Part 2: Myth-busting with Fact Checking 
by Donna Diorio

It is frustrating to me that so many, including Messianic Jews, have been persuaded with the false argument that it is the political "alt-right," not the Islamist-supporting Left that are the real threat in the US. Britain has its own version of this as do other Western nations.

I will speak to the US situation because that is what I have followed. I believe that God wanted me to see the connection between terrorism in Israel and terrorism in the USA. I believe God wants us to stand against terrorism against Israel and also terrorism against our own nations. We have to be able to see through all the lies and deception that surround both.

For instance, it is just not true that there are more right wing fanatic terrorists who threaten the Jewish people than there are Islamist terrorists. This is an illusion. It only works if you don't think there would be a problem for Jews in America if only right wing haters didn't attack synagogues and Jewish centers. 

The USA is a target rich environment for Islamist terrorism, "little satan and big satan". Islamists hate Jews and ultimately will target Jews, not just random Americans. Meanwhile, radical hatred of Jews is being spread through the "intersectionality" of the Leftist political activist ranks. Because of the alignment of Islamists with Leftist activists, the alliance is creating anti-Semitic attacks. An example is the recent explosion of black-on-religious-Jews violent attacks in Brooklyn. 

Yes, there is anti-Semitism in the fringe of the political right but it is a drop in the bucket to what is developing on the Left —and what already exists but you just aren't hearing about on the news. Suppression of Islamist terror attempts is unbelievable.

One other thing I want to point out and that is it is WRONG to isolate Jewish-targeted attacks from the totality of all terror attacks. Not only because ALL lives matter, but because it is important to view this from the big picture, not just the Jewish concern picture. 

It is a big mistake to try to isolate specifically Jewish-targeted attacks in the US from Islamist terror attacks against the rest of us in general. When you see the true and factual totality of the Islamist terror threat here, alt-right is just a minor fringe compared to the major, growing Islamist threat that being suppressed by the media and falsified in statistics. 

It is greatly disturbing to me that many Messianic Jews take manipulated statistics of terrorist events in the US and buy into a political deception that the political Right is responsible for more than the political Left.

This reminds me that in the 1990's when there was an accounting according to Israel as to how many terrorist attacks had taken place, and another lesser number accounting by internationals. It was because the internationals discounted many terror attacks like car ramming into crowds or knife attacks. The internationals chalked many terror attacks it up to being merely criminal acts because it was outside the conventional concept of what constitutes terrorism, like bombs. In fact, they wanted to downplay the actual number of terror attacks Israel was enduring, to force Israel into peace agreement with an enemy sworn to Israel's demise.

This has a parallel in the US terrorism statistics, especially during the Obama presidency. Europe and the UK have been downplaying terror attacks for years and even have come to the talking point that Islamist terrorism is just what they have to "learn to live with" in order to be humane, diverse and inclusive. Downplaying the true threat of Islamist terrorism is the name of the game.

There is a saying, "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." You can make statistics back up literally anything you want with a little subtle manipulation. Add that in with a media that wants to suppress every Islamist terror attack and you have the perfect storm for selling a believable lie to the American (and Israeli) public about where the major terrorism threat lies. 

Sadly the terrorist attack statistics have been manipulated even at the federal government level to make it appear that it is Right wing terrorism that is the real threat to America, not Islam. Counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole, who I have followed for years, has done extensive work on this even showing the manipulations that were done in the Obama years event by event. For example, leaving out Islamist attacks like Fort Hood off of terrorist statistics and instead mislabeling that attack as "workplace violence". The statistics are also manipulated by including merely criminal murders falsely as right-wing terror attacks.

Poole writes, "Fake statistics die as hard as fake news. This is especially true when statistics are used to reinforce entrenched positions during highly charged political debates. One particular false statistic -- even under the most charitable reading of the data, it's highly misleading -- is trotted out after virtually every major terrorist attack in order to claim that Islamic terrorism is a big nothingburger. I've had to deal with various incarnations of this here before. These statistical games all intended to obscure Islamic terrorism and promote so-called "right wing" terrorism even found their way into a recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report, where the jailhouse killing of pedophiles and sex offenders by white supremacists were deemed "terrorism". See more FACT CHECK: Islamic Terrorists Have Killed More in Domestic Attacks Since 9/11 Than the 'Right Wing'  

Why have I spent so much time on such an un-spiritual topic as terrorism? Because Islamist terrorism is a Book of Revelation-level "Beast" enemy. It is part of the end times war we are in, at least that is my firm belief, and we better be able to tell the difference between the facts and the deceptions that are being presented to the public. It is important to be aware how much deception is involved in terrorism tactics so we can fight the good fight of faith against it.

Conflict: At the Intersection of Israel-support & Terrorism Pt 1

Part 1 Conflict:
At the Intersection of Israel-support & Terrorism
by Donna Diorio

I have followed and studied Islamist fundamentalist terrorism since the 1980's because I support Israel and Islamist terrorism is the number one enemy Israel has faced. I watched how Yassar Arafat played at political jihad, acting as if his stripes had changed from being a PLO terrorist to being an international diplomat and political leader of the Palestinian people.

His was always a carrot and stick approach: the carrot was not real but merely a political front. Why? To give the nations a reason to tell Israel they had to give more and more concessions because Arafat was the only "peace partner" they had. The stick, of course, was Arafat giving "the green light" to release the jackals of his terrorist troops against Israel whenever he decided Israelis needed to be terrified to soften up the Israeli leadership into giving into him.

Then in the early 1990's I was also watching when several organizations popped up on the scene that translated what the Palestinians were saying to their people versus what they were telling the Western world. Really dramatic documentary evidence of how they just told the West what everyone wanted to hear from them, but to their own people it was just the opposite: continual incitement to hatred and bloody murder against Jews.

Political Islam is the art of war using deception; that's not me saying it, that was FBI caught them saying in wiretaps that were entered into evidence in the Holy Land Foundation trials. Political Islam is just about getting as many concessions as possible while hoodwinking everyone that the end goal is not really total fundamentalist Islamic domination. It is about convincing everyone that Islamists are the "victims," the underdogs, and not the aggressors that they in fact are. Political Islam is the literal wolf in sheep's clothing.

Now what used to only plague Israel has spilled out across the Western world. It had to come to that according to the principle of sowing and reaping. International leaders were willing to play dumb about the true jihad intentions of 'political Islam' against Israel. The leaders knew better but shared the pretense that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was just a spat between two rivals instead of what it was: a jihad terrorist commitment to wipe Israel off the map.

Even when terrorism began taking place in Europe, against non-Jewish targets, international leaders were so married to their idea of closing a blind eye to terrorism against Israel in order to protect themselves, they continued to say terrorism against Israel was "different" than terrorism against their people and nations! Slow learners or just completely deceived? 

Just in the past week it has come out that French Secret Service agreed after Paris massacre in which six people were murdered and 22 injured at a kosher restaurant in 1982, not to target the Palestinian terrorists in exchange for a halt from carrying out further attacks on French soil.  It would not surprise me if other nations cut the same deal, because the Western nations have never done the right thing by Israel. They instead have allowed lies about Israel to be foisted on the world. The hope of protecting themselves is now beginning to evaporate into thin air, but it has not caused them to repent of their false dealing with Israel.

Of course weakness does not work with bloodthirsty Islamists, so here we are in 2019 with most of the European nations overwhelmed with the Islamist takeover in their nations. The USA also sees (not quite yet fully sees) how we are up to our necks in the takeover too. For brazen Islamists like Tlaib and Omar to be sitting in American Congress driving their anti-Israel, anti-Jew propaganda across the United States is a sign of just how far gone we actually are.

Let's not forget Linda Sarsour, face of American Feminism, of all things! That has got to be the ultimate deception. What is more oppressive of women than fundamentalist Islam?  But that is how Islamists have created "intersectionality" with godless Leftist political activist groups. Not that American Jews or many Israeli Jews can see it, but President Trump has been a containment factor sent from Heaven over all these enemies of God and His people. 

If America does not wake up to the predicament we are sitting in, then our future is going to look more and more like what has engulfed the UK and Europe. No-Go Zones that were vehemently denied by nations and news media only a few years ago are now acknowledged, at least by the nations who are desperate to turn the hostile takeover around. The USA has our own regional (almost) No-Go Zones. These are the districts that elected Tlaib & Omar. Areas where the police will arrest Christian street evangelists because Islam does not allow freedom of speech in their districts. In some New York City boroughs there are already city-funded 'Sharia patrols'. 

Some might accuse me of being an "Islamophobe," but I'm not; and this is not about your good Muslim friend. There are MANY good Muslims out there, they came to America to live free of the oppression of Islamists in their homelands. But the fundamentalist Muslims also dominate the good Muslims in the same way they dominate everyone else, through deception, lies, coercion and threat.

The news media do not give much platform to the spokespeople of good Islam, but rather they give it to the political jihadists like CAIR and anti-American, anti-Jew and anti-Israel congress people like Tlaib and Omar. Meanwhile, from the American campuses into our political mainstream, radical Islamist representatives like Rashida Tlaib have learned the lessons of forming alliances with other protest activist groups in the United States and the tactics these groups use have become interchangeable  just like how they share each other's enemies. Islamists hate Jews, so Black Lives Matter back them up, Feminists back them up, Antifa backs them up.

It's been the Islamist strategy for gaining support in the American public. 
For example, this was discussed in the strategy sessions of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates who met in 1993 to lay out a road map to overthrow the Oslo Peace agreement with Israel. These strategy sessions covered a lot of ground on the future operations of Islamists in North America including how to misrepresent Hamas to the American people ("War is deception"), and generally how to win Americans to their side of the conflict with Israel. How to present a deceptive case to the Americans. In that meeting the leaders actually discussed campus alignment with grievance-activist groups even mentioning the "no justice, no peace" slogan! This is documented in the trial evidence of the Holy Land Foundation 5.

We didn't elect Tlaib and Omar but their districts did; Omar's little Somalia and Tlaib's Detroit district that includes Dearborn. There were many warnings going out over a decade ago about not allowing Muslim nations to import radical Islamist doctrine in the US by building the mega-mosques in areas that did not have the Muslim populations to support a massive mosque. The mosque is a hub, a magnet to draw certain sects of Islam to an area. How do you think No-Go-Zones are created? It is always around a hub-mosque teaching radical Islam.

This is why US officials were foolish to allow foreign interests to build mega mosques in areas with no Muslim population to support it, because these mosques are intended to create hub-cities where clusters of radical Islamists are drawn to live. This was the beginning stages of US "no go zones" and still today, most of America has no idea how we got here much less how do we get out of this tightening python stranglehold.

Why have I spent so much time on such an un-spiritual topic as terrorism? Because Islamist terrorism is a Book of Revelation-level "Beast" enemy. It is part of the end times war we are in, at least that is my firm belief, and we better be able to tell the difference between the facts and the deceptions that are being presented to the public. It is important to be aware how much deception is involved in terrorism tactics so we can fight the good fight of faith against it.

NEXT: Myth-busting with Fact Checking  

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Learning Curve: 18th Anniversary | Arrows from Zion 8/14/2019

If I ever get around to writing my book on the believers in Israel, I think it is going to have to be titled, Learning Curve. Just looking at the photo file of my first visit to Israel in 2003, two years after starting the Israelprayer mailing list highlighted to me the early stages of that learning curve. It's a learning curve that awaits the international church to transition through. In God's due time, of course which I believe is now.

Coming alongside the believers in Israel is not only a sign of the final maturing of the church, but it will cause even greater maturing of the whole body of the LORD in the earth as it begins to unfold as God has planned in "one new man".

18th Anniversary Issue: Learning Curve
Several years ago I wrote: Israel Prayer ministry was born only month before the Islamist attack on America on 9/11. The Spring and Summer of 2001 I was working with Zola Levitt on a project to urge the Dallas Morning News not to back off of their investigative probing into the Hamas charity, the Holy Land Foundation, because of the intimidation of CAIR and local Islamist groups accusing the newspaper of religious bias.

If it had not been for my long time 'Israel watching' I wouldn't have had a clue how Middle Eastern terror groups used charities to gain support and to boost their street credibility. But I did know how Palestinian terror groups operated, and the discovery of their operation in my backyard - or even in my nation - was nothing that I could ever be silent on again.

When the attacks on America took place that Tuesday in September, Israel was in the middle of the Second Intifada. We came together with a strong sense of God's calling to learn how to pray in faith even under a constant barrage of real bombs and bullets threatening those you know and love.

We came together aware that because America chose to allow several Islamist terror groups to network in the United States, to raise "charity" funds to aid terrorism against Israel, that America would surely have to ultimately deal with terrorism against her own citizens. Appeasement never works. Only rising to the challenge of the fight before us works.

My personal stand is with Israel against the enemy of radical Islam and even though the United States has often made bad choices regarding how it attempts to juggle its own interests against radical Islam and Israel, I'm also fully dedicated to our own struggle in the war on terror.

September 11th will always be about Israel Prayer to me. It is as if history has entwined us together forever. 9/11 will always be about the call of God to war for Israel and America against a devious and treacherous foe - radical Islam.

Learning Curve #1
The Priority is not Primarily Defensive Prayers, but Advancing the Kingdom Prayers  

We spent the first three years or so, from 2001 to 2003 praying defensive prayers for Israel and for the Israeli Ministries, and we did see many miraculous times God protected believers in the Second Intifada. When I went to Israel for the first time in 2003, we made a point of going to the sites of recent suicide bomb attacks, a way of saying we would not be scared off by terrorism. That's why we went to the Sabarro Pizza that was suicide bombed in August 2001 with 15 civilians killed including 7 children and a pregnant woman. 130 were wounded in the attack.

We went to several such terror attack sites including the Café Hillel that had been bombed only a few weeks prior to our trip. 50 were injured in that attack and 7 killed including an ER doctor who had treated many terrorism victims. We met a young man who lived in that German Colony neighborhood who said he was still very shaken up by the terror attack. We told him we were Christians who love Israel. He responded that mostly what he encountered were Christians who loved the Palestinians and not the Israelis, but that he was comforted by our love for Israelis.

I still believe we are to be aware of the battle for ourselves and for Israel regarding the dangerous foe of radical Islam, but this was one of the earliest transitions that the Lord led me in my learning curve of praying for Israel: We are to pray for defense of Israel against enemies, but God's first priority for us is to pray for the believers in Israel who are advancing the kingdom of our LORD one salvation at a time. 

We didn't only visit terror attack sites in my first Israel visit. The major goal was to meet with as many of the Israeli ministries we could. This was the first time I met Eddie and Jackie Santoro, also Howard Bass. We went to the Mizrachi's Dugit Ministries outreach and there we met a Palestinian Christian "by chance" who we had prayed for as he was imprisoned the in last city that Israeli soldiers liberated from jail where prisoners of faith were being held, some killed and many tortured in 2002. The prayer requests for those Christian prisoners in Palestinian jails came from Jewish pastors in Ariel. We visited Eitan Shishkoff at Tents of Mercy in their new building, bigger and better than their facility which was firebombed by religious opposition.

We made the Beit Immanuel hotel in Jaffa our hub entering and departing Israel, getting to attend the services then led by David and Michaella Lazarus.

We made Netanya another hub where we met many of the ministries at a TJC2 meeting in the Beit Asaph congregation led by Evan Thomas. 

Later, in the north we went to the annual fellowship picnic for the Jewish and Christian Arab believers in the Lavi Forest outside Tiberias. I got goosebumps even in the Israeli heat as we walked into that campground. It was like prophetic history to me.

Being able to connect with ministries and meeting so many of the ministry leaders on that first trip moved me to the next level of focus for this prayer list. This is why I so encourage every Christian who goes to Israel not to just sightsee, but go to meet a few of the ministries there. If you can, lend a hand in helping them in what they are doing.

In 1948 there were only 29 documented Jews believers in Yeshua in Israel. Today the estimated number is more like 20,000 and growing day by day. Even in the past eighteen years of Israel prayer, mighty changes are everywhere. We see reports more and more about positive media coverage of Messianics in Israel and new openness among Israelis to learn more about the faith than ever before. That is why this prayer list focuses primarily on communicating the prayer needs of the Israeli ministries who are reaching the Israeli people with the Gospel.

That was a lesson we began to learn about three years into the prayer list, to shift the focus from defensive prayers to advancing the kingdom prayers. For example the following was written at the 3rd anniversary of the weekly summary:

     "We have learned many lessons over the past three years of weekly praying in agreement with the ministries in Israel.  By staying within that container of agreement with those on the front lines of the battle, the Lord has taught us much about how to intercede even for an embattled remnant within the most embattled nation in the world.

     "He imparts dreams and visions to His ministry leaders in Israel, they translate their visions to the congregations and to the intercessors, and together we labor for what God wills to release for His people.  (While we began thinking we would be praying primarily over the politics and the terrorists, we have found that God has a much longer list of priorities to speak to than just those things!)

     "Those on the battlefront have considerably more pertinent input than those with less invested who are viewing the war from faraway places.

     "The important thing is not things, it is people. What makes for a decrease in the ability to share the gospel is not what God asks us to pray for. We pray for the things that make sharing the gospel more possible.

     "Terrorists do not scare God. They scare people, but not God who over the past three years has demonstrated to us ten times over how able He is to answer our prayers for Israel's protection against enemies.  (When you have weekly contact with the Israeli ministries, you have a steady stream of praise reports of answered prayers of protection against terrorists.)"

I think we can apply that last statement to religious persecutors too. We pray from the place of trusting God, just like we prayed from that place during the Second Intifada.

It looks like I really do need to write Learning Curve because there is no way to share in one short article about all we have learned in the past 18 years of reading the week-in, week-out ministry letters from the Israeli ministries.

This is one thing I know: God's will for the international Church is to pray for and materially support the BELIEVERS of Israel who are advancing the Kingdom of our Lord among Israelis until "all Israel is saved." Like all of God's mandates for us, doing it will multiply blessing back to the international church beyond what we imagine. 
— Donna Diorio