How Can We Help Palestinian Refugees?

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Israeli Medical supplies enter Gaza, July 19, 2014
  Copyright: IDF Spokesperson

Millions of dollars in aid have been shipped into Gaza to help the Palestinians, yet very little of it makes it to those in need.  Furthermore, the number of Palestinian “refugees” grows every single day.

It is important to understand that the Palestinian people are not the problem…those who rule them (primarily, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority) are.  So how can we help the Palestinians?

Israel Answers addresses that very question, and I think it is worth hearing.  Take a couple minutes to read How Can We Help Palestinian Refugees?

What are your thoughts?

Would You Allow Your Kids to Watch This?

In the Gaza Strip (and elsewhere), kids are brainwashed by Hamas from a very early age.  Take a look at a their idea of a cartoon:


Would you allow (and even encourage) your children to watch and emulate this?

Indeed, school age children are taught to hate and kill before they are even out of grade school.  The Palestinian people deserve better than this, and Palestinian children absolutely deserve better than this.

My friends, it is time to get down to business.  Not all of us can “go there” and make a difference, but we can make a difference right where we are.  Everyone of us can pray.  Will you please put everything aside for 2 minutes right now and pray specifically for Palestinian children?  May God protect their hearts and minds from the evil perpetuated by the ruling parties in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

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

EU “Fills the Gap” Left by America’s Decision to Withhold Funds for the PA

In mid-January, President Trump announced the United States will withhold $65 million in aid to the United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA).  Last Wednesday, the European Union (EU) pledged $52.8 million to the Palestinian relief agency.

Among the objectives of the United Nations is to provide humanitarian aid to nations in need.  In fact, they established the United Nations Relief Agency to assist refugees just after World War I.  But, a new relief organization, UNRWA, was created specifically for “Palestinian refugees” in 1949.  (Today, 5 million Palestinians claim “refugee” status. Interesting, since there are far fewer Palestinians than that in Israel!)  The Palestinians are the only people group with a UN relief agency dedicated specifically to them.

Through the years, billions of dollars have been funneled through UNRWA for the purpose of providing humanitarian aid (food, schools, hospitals, etc) to the Palestinian people.  Relatively little of it reaches them because corruption within the Palestinian Authority diverts those funds to things such as weaponry and terror tunnels.

In addition, Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have gone on for decades, focusing on a “two-state solution.”  Yet, peace talks have stalled each time when Palestinian negotiators consistently refuse to recognize or acknowledge a Jewish state, begging the question: do they really want a two-state solution, or do they want the entire state to themselves?

While Israel has consistently committed to peace negotiations, and even to conceding land, the Palestinians have refused on at least seven occasions, going instead to the world media to convince the world how mistreated they are.

It was for those reasons that President Trump authorized withholding of funds to UNRWA, in an attempt to get the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.  By contrast, Europe, which has bought into the Palestinian narrative, has stepped in to become the PA’s knight in shining armor.  They will step up to fill the gap left by the Americans…and will further enable the Palestinians to continue stealing from their own citizens to perpetuate terror from the Gaza Strip.

Understand, dear Christian friends, that the Palestinians are people just like you and me.  Furthermore, God created them in His image, just as He did us, and He died for their sins, just as He did ours.  In fact, did you know they (and other Arab people) were present at Pentecost?  Thus, the entire scenario is very complicated.  Let’s pray for the Palestinian people.  It doesn’t mean we agree or condone the PA sucking the life out of their people.  The PA needs to be held accountable…perhaps even by withholding funds.  But prayers for the people tug at the heart of God, and He is unlimited in ways to pour out His love and grace.  So let’s stand in the gap for those who are suffering in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, asking the Lord to provide in ways only He can so they come to see Him as the One True God!