Iranian Shi’ite Muslim Combats BDS and Anti-Semitism in the US

Yazdi (center) in a pro-Israeli campus protest

Yazdi (center) in a pro-Israeli campus protest.

“When I visited Israel, I told the guide—an army reservist—I thought the only people treating Muslims as human beings in that part of the world were probably Israelis.”
~Ryan Ali Yazdi

In Ryan Ali Yazdi’s lineage included a deposed shah and many relatives who served as ministers in the former governments in Tehran.  A Shi’ite Muslim, Yazdi has studied East Asian studies and economics at Columbia University.  According to Ynet Magazine, He is also treasurer of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), a pro-Israeli student union active in 50 campuses across the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.

What motivates this Persian Muslim to support Israel?  He sees how much of the world, particularly the Muslim world, denies human rights while Israel responds to human need.  Yazdi also recognizes modern-day anti-semitism, including that of his native land.  He says:

While I’m a Muslim, I’ll stand with any nation that is threatened with genocide—and today the most significant such threat is made against Israel….Each generation has a new form of anti-Semitism. In the past it was Nazi death camps, and today, it’s Iran and the ayatollahs.”

He goes on to say:

 “I think BDS dehumanizes human lives in the Middle East….They don’t care about what’s happening in Gaza and other Arab countries when it comes to human rights…. All they care about is destroying Israel. BDS is bringing up the next generation in campuses to be anti-Semites, they’re disseminating Nazi propaganda against Israel.”

Amazingly, there are Muslim people in the world who understand the evil perpetuated by Islamic ideology, and who are willing to stand against it.

Scripture reveals that God uses everything from a donkey to Israel’s enemies (and much more!) to fulfill His plans.  He can use even Muslim people to do the same today!  Please join me in praying for Ryan Ali Yazdi and other Muslim people who see the fallacy of Islamic ideology.  Pray for God’s favor, and pray for salvation!  May their eyes be open to the truth, and may they come to know the One True God, Jesus the Messiah!


BDS: Alive and Well

Hi friends!  If you know much about Israel, you know there is a global movement to delegitimize Israel by destroying her economy and vitality.  That movement, instigated by the Palestinians and those who condemn Israel’s “occupation” of the land, is called the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) Movement.

First, let’s be absolutely clear: the land “occupied” by Israel is Israel’s land, regardless of the angle taken to refute the fact.  Biblically, God promised the land to Israel for an everlasting possession.  (See God’s Appointed Role in History for IsraelMilitarily, and according to international law, Israel has won every war in which it has been attacked, legally taking possession of land, and often giving it back.  (See Week 4’s study of Looking for the Blessed HopeDiplomatically, Israel has bent over backwards in attempts to grant land to the Palestinians, only to meet with their “all-or-none” demands.  (See Is Israel the Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East)

Recent BDSSo the BDS Movement stands on a ridiculous premise.  While it may not be everyday, headline news, just know that it is being propagated on college campuses (especially in the US, where freedom of speech allows it) and in big name companies around the world every single day.

But, let’s examine the BDS Movement a bit more carefully to see what merit it may or may not have:


So, to repeat the question: Would the Israel-haters ever inconvenience themselves by giving up all that Israel has given them?  Would Honda and Axa give up their computers, cell phones and other Israeli-developed technology?  Not on your life!  The BDS Movement is simply evil hypocrisy at its best.

PS:  Fresh news of the day: yet another Israeli innovation.

Israeli Bandages that Stop Bleeding Within Seconds Now Sold Globally

This is Not Okay!

Day-in-and-day-out Israel lives with discrimination.  They are accused of apartheid and many nations of the world engage in the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Movement against Israel.

But at times that discrimination becomes absurd.  Hatred of the Jews has become hatred of Israel, and extends even to Arab-Israelis!  Here is a great example:

Only a few weeks ago I was blessed to spend a day in Samaria (West Bank), where we witnessed Jews and Palestinians working side-by-side.  (See Jews and Arabs Side-by-Side…Despite BDS)  What a contrast in ideology.  Please pray for the spirit of the Lord to fall upon Jews and Palestinians alike, that each group would come to know the true source of peace.

Terror Strikes in the West Bank

My heart was heavy when I heard news of the Tuesday morning terror attack upon Israeli security and police officers in the West Bank.  I was especially burdened because I was in the West Bank (Biblical Judea and Samaria) only a couple weeks ago and was so encouraged by what I saw and experienced there.

Our special trip on that day was into Samaria where I witnessed with my own eyes an incredible place where Jews and Palestinians work happily every day side-by-side in a cooperative effort we don’t often hear about in the media.  (Take time to read Into the West Bank and Jews and Arabs Side-by-Side…Despite BDS.)

I’m not so naive to think that, because I saw the “good” side of life in the West Bank, that terrorism doesn’t occur.  In fact, we went to an overlook, towering above Nablus, a terrorist haven.  So, we were vividly reminded that life in the West Bank can get messy, as it did Tuesday morning.

But the report still stunned me.  Partly because I simply can’t imagine why, when the Israelis extend the hand of peace and friendship to such a great degree, there are those who attack without provocation and for no known reason.  Please don’t misunderstand me.  Israel is not perfect…they have issues just like the rest of us.  But the reality is that many Palestinians are given decent, better paying jobs in Israeli-owned and operated companies than they would ever find in territories controlled by the Palestinians.  In fact, most prefer to work for Israeli companies where they are typically treated much better and paid much better.

Image result for har adar shootingIn this case, 37-year-old Nimr Mahmoud Ahmad al-Jamal possessed a legal work permit, but instead of making his way to work that morning, he pulled a gun out of  his clothing and randomly opened fire on Israeli security and police officers near Har Adar, killing three before being shot dead himself.  (That is the typical ending to a Palestinian attack.  One would think the payoff isn’t worth it, but the twisted mindset of those bent on terror is not easily understood.)

We did not travel through Har Adar that day, but the images of the cities and villages that we saw are still etched in my mind, as is the vivid remembrance of touring a factory where Jews and Palestinians were joyfully working together.  I’m saddened by this event, as it will almost certainly have an impact on the ease in which Palestinians are able to obtain work permits.

Image result for har adar shootingIt also heightens animosity on both sides.  While the Jewish nation mourns the loss of three brave servicemen (and another wounded), Fatah and Hamas, the ruling parties in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, applaud the attacks.  Islamic Jihad does likewise.

I am so glad I was there to witness cooperation between Jews and Palestinians, because news like this taints the reality that there are Palestinians who likely feel “stuck” in the clutches of oppressive tyranny.  It is confirmation to me of why the Bible tells us to pray for Israel.  Will you join me in turning this weekend’s Yom Kippur commemoration into a time of pleading on behalf of Jews AND Palestinians, that repentance will come, and that SOMEHOW the grace of God which has appeared, bringing salvation to ALL men (Titus 2:11), will grip the hearts and minds of Jews and Palestinians alike?

This week has been filled with debate over whether spoiled men playing a child’s game should stand or kneel.  Christian friends, let’s get on with what counts for eternity…will you kneel in prayer to the King of Kings on behalf of His chosen people and their neighbors?