The TRUTH about Israel – Thank you, Mark Vandermaas !! and all other volunteers who made ‘Israel Truth Week Conference’ a fabulous success!

Hello all, 

I’m going on not much sleep after an absolutely fabulous day with some terrific speakers who captivated the great crowd at today’s Israel Truth Week Conference. I have to get up in a few hours to drive Rabbi Hausman to the airport, so this is not an exhaustive account, but I wanted to let you know that today’s event could not have gone any better! We had absolutely zero trouble whatsoever, but we were well protected by about 15 members of the Jewish Defence League led by Meir Weinstein himself. Every speaker kept the audience captivated and much networking was done.
 
Many, many thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, speakers, donors, and the attendees, most of whom came out for both the afternoon and evening sessions. It was plain from the comments from the audience and participants that Israel Truth Week was something destined to be repeated in the coming years.
 
David Strutt took about 200 photos, and Paul Blair & Robert Vaughn captured the day on video. Pics & video to come in the days ahead.
 
For you Caledonia folks, wait till you see the video of the speakers, including our keynote Rabbi Hausman and IFPS-Canada’s Al Gretzky, who referenced Caledonia and the fight to defend the values for which our Canadian flag stands! Gary McHale’s speech was simply stunning! I used my afternoon speech to expose the radical anti-Israel groups in Caledonia to help Jews and Christians understand why they should care deeply about Caledonia.
 
More after a day of rest.🙂
 
Mark
 
Mark Vandermaas
IsraelTruthWeek.org
519.457.0709

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Why Do Arabs and Muslims Keep Trying
to Move to the “Apartheid State”?

Evelyn Gordon

As Israel Apartheid Week circumnavigates the globe this month,a Jordan-based Palestinian journalist has offered an eloquent rebuttal that every Israel supporter should memorize and quote.If Israel is really an “apartheid state,” asks Ramzi Abu Hadid, “Why has it become the dream of many Arab Christians and Muslims to emigrate to the ‘apartheid state’? Is it possible that all these people are uninformed? Or do they really know the truth about Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East?”

Specifically, he noted, “thousands of the Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip … try to infiltrate into Israel every morning in search of work and a better life,” while “tens of thousands of Arabs and Muslims have put their lives at risk by crossing the border into Israel from Egypt, where border guards often open fire at women and children.” In addition, “many Christian families from Bethlehem and even the Gaza Strip have moved to live in Israel because they feel safer in the ‘apartheid state’ than they do among their Muslim ‘brothers.’”

Abu Hadid doesn’t provide hard numbers, but the data amply prove his claims. During the first 11 months of last year alone, for instance, 13,851  illegal migrants entered Israel from Sinai; the biggest contingents were Muslim refugees from Sudan and Eritrea. And the risk of being shot by Egyptian guards is just one of the dangers they braved to reach “the apartheid state”: Migrants also face horrific abuse from the Sinai Bedouin who smuggle them over the border.

As for Palestinians, those who “try to infiltrate into Israel every morning” are only part of the story. To that, add the tens of thousands of Palestinians who have moved to Jerusalem in recent years rather than remain on the Palestinian side of Israel’s West Bank security barrier. Then add the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who have sought and obtained Israeli citizenship by marrying Israeli Arabs.

Altogether, some 350,000 Palestinians have acquired citizenship through “family reunification” since Israel’s founding in 1948, according to veteran journalist Nadav Shragai. But the numbers surged following the 1993 Oslo Accord – i.e., precisely when Palestinian statehood for the first time looked like a real possibility: In 1994-2002, fully 137,000 Palestinians acquired Israeli citizenship through marriage. The numbers have since dropped drastically, but that isn’t because Palestinian demand has fallen: It’s because in 2003, Israel enacted new restrictions on family reunification in response to the second intifada.

Abu Hadid’s argument also has a flip side, as he himself noted: Unlike Israel, many of its Arab neighbors do engage in legalized discrimination against Palestinians. In Jordan, for instance, “the government has been trying to strip thousands of us Palestinians of our Jordanian citizenship – a move Israel never made against its Christians and Muslims.” He might also have mentioned a long list of other discriminatory practices: Until recently, for instance, Jordan barred Palestinians from Gaza from owning property or working in any job except manual labor and farming, while Lebanon also bars Palestinians from owning property or working in a long list of professions.

In short, the simplest response to the “apartheid” charge is the one Americans once used to counter Soviet propaganda: Just look at the direction of the population flow.

It turns out Arabs and Muslims are voting with their feet in favor of the “apartheid state.”

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