Sunday, February 18, 2018

Polish Jews Stunned, Scared by Eruption of Anti-Semitism - Associated Press

Polish Jews Stunned, Scared by Eruption of Anti-Semitism
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by Catholics.
But an eruption of anti-Semitic comments in public debates amid a diplomatic dispute with Israel over a new Holocaust speech law has caused to her to rethink that certainty. Now she and others fear the hostile rhetoric could eventually trigger anti-Semitic violence, and she finds herself thinking constantly about whether she should leave Poland.
“This is my home. I have never lived anywhere else and wanted this to keep being my home,” said Jonas-Kowalik, a Jewish studies major at Warsaw University. “But this makes me very anxious. I don’t know what to expect.”
Poland’s Jewish community is the surviving remnant of a vibrant and diverse Polish- and Yiddish-speaking community that numbered 3.3 million on the eve of the Holocaust. Only 10 percent survived the German genocide, while postwar violence and persecution in the first decades of communist rule forced out many of the survivors.
Since communism’s collapse in 1989, Jewish life has been re-emerging, with young people feeling safe enough in Poland’s democracy to embrace a heritage their parents and grandparents had largely repressed.
Yet anxieties have been creeping in amid a global rise in xenophobia that was also felt in Poland.
A conservative party, Law and Justice, won power in Poland vowing to restore national greatness while also stressing an anti-Muslim, anti-migrant message. Jews — whose presence in Poland goes back centuries — were increasingly the targets of verbal hate on social media.
Matters escalated a few weeks ago when Israeli officials sharply criticized new Polish legislation that criminalizes blaming Poland as a nation for crimes committed by Nazi Germany. They accused Poland of seeking to use the law to whitewash the role of the Poles who helped Germans kill Jews during the war.
Polish authorities deny that. They say they just want to protect Poland from being depicted as a collaborator of the Nazis when the country was Adolf Hitler’s first victim and resisted the Nazis through nearly six years of war and occupation.
Amid Israeli criticism, a prominent Polish right-wing commentator used an offensive slur to refer to Jews. Rather than being punished, he was welcomed on TV programs, including a state television talk show where he and the host made anti-Jewish comments, including jokes about Jews and gas chambers.
The negative comments just kept on coming. A Catholic priest said on state TV that it was hard to like Jews, and his words were then quoted by the ruling party spokeswoman. An adviser to the president said he thought Israel’s negative reaction to the law stemmed from a “feeling of shame at the passivity of the Jews during the Holocaust.”
Commentators have also suggested that opposition to the Holocaust law was a cover for Jews wanting money from Poland, a reference to reparations that international Jewish organizations seek for prewar Jewish property seized by the communists.
Anna Chipczynska, the head of Warsaw’s Jewish community, said members feel psychologically shaken or even depressed, and that the hostile rhetoric has triggered hateful phone calls and emails and other harassment.
In recent events, two men tried to urinate in front of Warsaw’s historic Nozyk Synagogue and then shouted obscenities when security guards intervened. One Jewish community member found a Star of David hanging from gallows spray-painted outside a window of his apartment. A woman found the word “Zyd” — Polish for “Jew” — written in the snow outside her home.
Agnieszka Ziatek of the Jewish Agency for Israel said she has seen a spike in the number of Polish Jews inquiring about immigrating to Israel.
The current wave of discrimination comes just weeks before the 50th anniversary of an anti-Semitic campaign orchestrated by Poland’s communist regime in March 1968. That campaign began with rhetoric eerily similar to the things being said today and ended up with 20,000 Jews forced to relinquish their possessions and their Polish citizenship and flee the country.
Many liberal Poles are also shaken by the developments, which come amid what human rights officials see as a larger erosion of democratic standards. More than 8,000 people have signed a letter of solidarity to “our Jewish friends,” decrying what they call “a wave of hatred and disgusting language.”
Hanna, a 33-year-old Jewish woman from Warsaw, says she has finally understood the deep fears of her mother, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who witnessed the 1968 persecution. She said her mother has always said Jews in Poland had to be mentally prepared to flee at little notice with just a suitcase.
“I always thought she was crazy,” said Hanna, who asked that her last name not be used because she, too, is now afraid. “Now I see that maybe my mom isn’t crazy. Maybe this is the circle of life and history is repeating.”
Jonas-Kowalik said she is thinking about continuing her studies in Sweden, but that even thinking about leaving is deeply painful. While some family members left Poland after the war and in the 1960s for the United States and Sweden, her immediate family chose to stay.
“If our grandparents and parents didn’t leave after World War II, and didn’t leave in 1968, it meant they overcame a lot of difficulties to stay,” she said. “The question is if we are able to do the same if we are ready for such a hard future.”
Mikolaj Grynberg, a writer, and photographer, said while young Polish Jews feel shocked and “lost,” he, at 52, has long been aware of Poland’s anti-Semitic undercurrent. While on book tours, Grynberg said people would sometimes ask him “why did you choose to write in our language?” as if he weren’t as Polish as they.
As the descendant of Warsaw Ghetto survivors, he has faced years of hateful emails and online messages and says he has been prepared psychologically for a return of bad times.
“Each time you have an anti-Semitic wave, there are Jewish people who leave,” Grynberg said. “It’s not just a whim: It’s about their fear. Jewish people know what can come after.”
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Dutch Sheets: "It's Time for the Turnaround Over Our Nation!" THE ELIJAH LIST

Dutch Sheets: "It's Time for the Turnaround Over Our Nation!"

THE ELIJAH LIST Feb 18, 2018

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Dutch Sheets was just with us last month at our annual "What is Heaven Planning for 2018?" conference. If you missed it, you can order this conference set here.
Dutch is one I follow closely and I heed to the revelation he receives from the Lord.
We are on the brink of a great "turnaround" as you'll read about in Dutch's latest article. He mentions an upcoming event in Washington DC, and he believes we are in a time of a great turnaround over our nation as he shares here:
The turnaround for America is only part of God's plan for this gathering. One prophecy concerning the upcoming Turnaround conference stated that the worldwide prayer movement will be launched into its next phase. Functioning as Christ's Ekklesia IS that new phase! The Church is about to move into a completely new level of enforcing Kingdom rule and the will of God on earth.
Now that's good news. The prayers of the righteous will avail much! Read this word by my friend Dutch, pray into the profound revelation in this...and let's prepare for a great turnaround in our nation and throughout the earth! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Significant Dream and Interpretation in Preparation for the Turnaround Conference
A well-respected pastor in Arizona texted me on a recent morning regarding the upcoming Turnaround Conference in Washington DC, February 22-24:
I was praying for the gathering in D.C. and felt so strongly its significance—that our nation's future is at stake!! What we pray, and indeed how we pray, will determine our future for many years. We are a nation at a crossroads, and this gathering will play a pivotal role in the direction our nation must take. Praying for you.
I certainly bear witness. It seems the spiritual airwaves are filled with prophetic insight regarding this gathering; I am receiving words almost daily. The following dream was sent to me a few days ago by a trusted prophet:
I dreamed last night of the Turnaround gathering. In the meeting, there were hundreds of angels with tuning forks in their hands. Rees Howells (Rees was a Welsh intercessor in the mid-1900s used greatly by Holy Spirit to turn the tide of WWII) and John Knox (a great Scottish reformer and intercessor in the 1500s) came in from the cloud of witnesses. Rees held a tuning fork, and John a gavel. They presented these to you; as they did you smiled at Ceci (Dutch's wife) and struck them together.
The angels simultaneously struck their tuning forks. As the sound began permeating the people, they began to vibrate and spin. While doing so, they morphed into an Army of Special Forces. Illumination came from them and filled the room. Then a man pinned a badge on you that said: U.S. MARSHALL OF THE NEW SOUND. I woke up overwhelmed.
This dream is so filled with revelation, and it is difficult to summarize in a brief manner. Here, in bullet form, are some of my interpretations:
• "Hundreds of angels with tuning forks" – angels will be there to assist us in hearing the sound of Heaven. (Photo via
• "Rees Howells and John Knox" – we will be building on and agreeing with the prayers and reforming actions of past generations (something I refer to in my book An Appeal to Heaven as "the synergy of the ages").
• "Tuning fork" – we will hear a pure and clear sound from Heaven regarding America.
• "Gavel" – the Sovereign Judge of Heaven and earth is going to render His verdict.
• "As the sound began permeating the people" – we will become one with/agree with Heaven's words and verdicts.
• "They morphed into an Army of Special Forces" – just as special forces are hidden, small in number and incredibly efficient, so will we operate.
• "Illumination came from them" – we will be filled with and release revelation and glory.
• "U.S. Marshall of the new sound" – we will function as Christ's Ekklesia, the representatives of His Kingdom government on earth; as such, we will expose the enemies of God, disrupt their plans, enforce Heaven's rule, and reform America.
This is all consistent with Matthew 16:13-19; please read it:
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ:
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven."
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The passage speaks of revelation; the authority of Christ; Christ's Ekklesia—the representatives of His Kingdom government on earth; binding and loosing; and releasing Heaven's judgments against the powers of Hell. Psalm 149 tells us all the saints are honored with the potential of participating in this activity.
Could it be that God is about to shift the praying earth into a new dimension of all this? I believe so!
The New Era
One of the great shifts in process within the Body of Christ is regarding our role as Christ's Ekklesia (Church). Most of you probably know that in Christ's day, the Word did not mean a religious service, organization, or building; it was a legislative assembly. We are "representatives" of Christ's Kingdom government on earth.
Certain streams of the Body of Christ have functioned well as His family and Bride. Few of us, however, have operated at a high level as His Ekklesia. Binding and loosing, opening and closing spiritual doors, releasing Heaven's decrees to earth—these governmental functions have occurred only at fairly low levels.
This is about to change.
The turnaround for America is only part of God's plan for this gathering. One prophecy concerning the upcoming Turnaround conference stated that the worldwide prayer movement will be launched into its next phase. Functioning as Christ's Ekklesia IS that new phase! The Church is about to move into a completely new level of enforcing Kingdom rule and the will of God on earth.
One of the interesting things recently pointed out to me about the location of the Turnaround Conference is that we will be meeting between the FBI and DOJ, the two governmental agencies that have frequently been in the news lately. We know that thousands of wonderful, dedicated people work in these two organizations. We also know, however, they are two of the agencies from which a few corrupt individuals have tried to destroy the president.
We will operate in our Kingdom authority while there, breaking the back of this attempt to render President Trump ineffective. We will decree the exposing and failure of all attempts to sabotage his presidency. We will release favor over him, enabling him to accomplish everything for which God sent him to the White House—including the turning of the Supreme Court! President Trump will fulfill all of God's purposes for him.
Join us on February 22-24. Be prepared to walk in your governmental authority as a member of Christ's Ekklesia. We will birth the turnaround in America and we will launch the new era of kingdom authority!
The finest days of the Church are not behind us; they are ahead. Let's write history together!
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Dutch Sheets
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Dutch Sheets is an internationally recognized author, gifted teacher and conference speaker. He travels extensively, challenging Believers for passionate prayer and societal reformation. Seeing America experience a sweeping revival and return to its Godly heritage is Dutch's greatest passion. He is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging Believers to contend for awakening. Dutch has written over 23 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. His international bestseller, Intercessory Prayer, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Dutch's newest book, The Way Back, was released in November 2016. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He is fondly known to many as Papa Dutch. Treasuring time spent with their family and grandchildren. Dutch and Ceci, his wife of 39 years, enjoy quiet walks in the woods, reading, and playing a little golf. They reside at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
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The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part 30 – Solved! - Breaking Israel News


The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part 30 – Solved!

By Bob O'Dell & Gidon Ariel
Today we reveal what we think God has in mind regarding the Jubilee! But first, we will briefly summarize the mystery of the lost Jubilee one final time.

The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last

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Estimating Risks of an Israel-Iran
Nuclear War

By Louis Rene Beres
Providing for Israeli national security vis-à-vis a still-nuclearizing Iran ought never become a seat-of-the-pants 'game' – that is, the sort of stance seemingly assumed by US President Donald Trump opposite North Korea. Without any suitably long-term, systematic and deeply-thoughtful plan in place for avoiding a future nuclear war with Iran, a nuclear conflict that is deliberate, unintentional or accidental could sometime ensue.

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By Jonathan Spyer
The Israeli hope of Russian pressure to keep Iran from the border must be in vain.  Which in turn leaves a number of possibilities.

The Reasons Why America Needs to Stop Supporting UNRWA

By Sarah N. Stern
Given the deeply entrenched institutional biases of the United Nations against Israel, we can expect that UNRWA will soon find other donors. But that doesn’t mean that the United States, which had by far been the largest donor nation, has to continuously foot the bill. The American taxpayer has other priorities than continuing to fund this corrupt and hypocritical agency.
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Alsheich – Israel’s Grand Inquisitor

By Caroline Glick
On Wednesday night, we saw once again that our fiercest journalists are actually the lapdogs of our unelected legal fraternity, whose members share their hatred for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and their general attachment to the ideological Left.

Remembering Who Our Friends Are

By Sarah N. Stern
I would like to believe that America is the moral compass of the world. That America is, in the words of John Winthrop 'That shining city on the Hill.' But it begins by remembering who our friends are.
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The Purchase of Jerusalem ✡ "I Will Buy Them From You At A Price" - Israel365

“No, I will buy them from you at a price. I cannot sacrifice toHashem my God burnt offerings that have cost me nothing.”
So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen
for fifty shekalim of silver.

II Samuel 24:24 (The Israel Bible™)

לֹא כִּי־קָנוֹ אֶקְנֶה מֵאוֹתְךָ בִּמְחִיר וְלֹא אַעֲלֶה לַיהוָה אֱלֹהַי עֹלוֹת חִנָּם וַיִּקֶן דָּוִד אֶת־הַגֹּרֶן וְאֶת־הַבָּקָר בְּכֶסֶף שְׁקָלִים חֲמִשִּׁים
Hear the verse in Hebrew

LO kee ka-NO ek-NEH may-o-t’-KHA bim-KHEER v’-LO a-a-LEH la-do-NAI e-lo-HAI
o-LOT KHI-nam va-YI-ken da-VID et ha-GO-ren v’-et ha-ba-KAR b’-KHE-sef sh’-ka-LEEM kha-mi-SHEEM


The Purchase of Jerusalem

According to Jewish tradition, King David purchased the entire city of Yerushalayim(Jerusalem) from Aranuah the Jebusite. The threshing floor on which King David intends to offer sacrifices, is now called the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim. As this site would later becomes the location of the Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple), David purchased the land publically so that the Jewish ownership of the land would be indisputable. Although Davidwas offered the site as a gift, he did not want any future generations to claim that it was stolen by the children of Israel and therefore, he insisted on paying for the land.
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