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  • Celebrating First Official Listing of Jerusalem, Israel on U.S. Passport
    A young man was officially issued his United States passport by the U.S. ambassador to Israel in a special ceremony that is being lauded by the supporters of truth from around the globe. The U.S. State Department recently indicated that they will finally list Jerusalem as being located in Israel in their official documents, such as passports and consular report of birth abroad (CRBA) certificates. For U.S. citizens who were born in Jerusalem there was a long standing policy of only listing the city of Jerusalem as their place of birth, without listing a country. In many instances it would list Jerusalem, Jerusalem — as if the city was a country of its own, and not the capital city of Israel. This policy of ignoring reality in an attempt to appease terrorists and play into their lies about Jerusalem has now ended. One specific man was given the privilege of being the first to benefit from the new policy and here’s why…

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    First Jerusalem-born American gets US passport that lists ‘Israel’ as birthplace

    Article Courtesy: Israel Hayom

    The United States on Friday issued for the first time a passport to a Jerusalem-born American with ‘Israel’ listed as the place of birth instead of the city.
    The US Ambassador to Israel presented the document to 18-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky after a change of policy by President Donald Trump that is likely to please pro-Israel supporters ahead of next week’s election, but that Palestinians condemned as a violation of international law.
    “You have a nation of birth – the state of Israel,” Ambassador David Friedman told the teenager, thanking Trump for having “set this course in motion.”

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  • Is the Al Aqsa Mosque Actually in Jerusalem?
    It has been “widely known” that the Al Aqsa Mosque is located on the southern edge of the Temple Mount in the heart of Jerusalem. However, this “widely known fact” has never been so clear. It has been a source of significant debate. In any event, it must be noted that no one believes that the area of the iconic golden Dome of the Rock is the Al Aqsa Mosque. In fact, the Dome of the Rock is not a mosque at all — never has been. Rather, that golden topped building is a memorial structure that was built to signify the location of the First and Second Holy Temples during the ancient Israelites First and Second Commonwealths. The two Holy Temples were built by the Jews of ancient Israel nearly a thousand years before the Muslim religion was even created. The past years have brought much confusion due to lies and political motivations of the “palestinian” leadership. The mosque in question that is currently referred to as the Al Aqsa mosque is a more simple building with a black dome. It is located several hundred meters to the south of the golden Dome of the Rock building. This article explains more about why that mosque is not the actual Al Aqsa described in Muslim literature…

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    ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque is not in Jerusalem’

    Article Courtesy: Israel Hayom

    Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, is not located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Saudi lawyer and journalist Osama Yamani is claiming.
    In an article in the Saudi news outlet Okaz, Yamani claims that the mosque is actually located in Al Ju’ranah, near Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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  • What are Joe Biden’s intentions regarding Jerusalem?
    A change in the United States administration will likely bring about U.S. policy changes regarding Jerusalem. The question remains, would a Joe Biden administration cave into pressure from the “palestinian authority” and reverse the progress made over the past four years? Will he recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal unified capital?

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    Report: Abbas Plans to Ask Biden to Return US Embassy to Tel Aviv

    Article Courtesy: i24 News via The Algemeiner

    i24News – Ramallah is planning to ask President-elect Joe Biden to immediately relocate the US embassy in Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv and rescind the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israel Hayom reported on Sunday.

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  • US Passport to Finally Recognize Jerusalem as Clearly Israel
    Despite the moving of the United States Embassy to Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem, the U.S. State Department has continued to refuse to recognize this simple truth. This has manifested itself by the State Department refusing to list Jerusalem, Israel as the place of birth on passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Instead, they have continued their policy of writing Jerusalem, Jerusalem — as if Jerusalem was a country of its own. After many decades of appeals and arguments on this topic there is finally movement…

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    Trump to List ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ on Passports of Jerusalem-Born Americans

    Article Courtesy: Jewish Press

    The Trump administration is expected to announce Thursday that US passports of Americans born in the Israeli capital will be able to state “Jerusalem, Israel” as the place of their birth.
    The policy, reported Wednesday by Politico, is the latest of a steady list of pro-Israel actions by President Donald Trump that will remind his Zionist and evangelical supporters why they must make sure to get to the polls and vote in the lead-up to Election Day.

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  • Jerusalem Update in Light of UAE-Israel Peace Agreements
    The political landscape is changing quickly in the Middle East. The changes are certainly affecting worldwide-Muslim relationships with Israel’s capital of Jerusalem. The potentials and dangers are palpable…

    Will Abbas be forced to about-face on the Temple Mount?

    Article Courtesy: Yisrael Hayom

    The huge signs waved only days ago on the Temple Mount calling Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Zayed a “traitor,” the pictures of the Emirati leader that were burned and the UAE flags that were trampled outside the Dome of the Rock don’t seem to be a good sign for Jared Kushner’s religious peace vision, a story that has slipped under the radar amid all the coverage of Israeli-Emirati normalization.

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  • How We Know That Jerusalem is Israel’s Eternal Unified Capital
    How is it that we know that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal unified capital? Well, for many it is so unbelievably obvious. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t the case for others — especially when there are extremists and terrorists in the world who flat out lie. This article helps explain it all so beautifully and honestly. So, please SHARE the TRUTH about Jerusalem!

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    Deal With It: Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital

    Article Courtesy: Honest Reporting

    Why does that simple six-word statement raise such controversy? Can most of the world really be wrong to deny Jerusalem’s capital status? What exactly are the counter-arguments, and how effective is Israel at balancing principle and pragmatism in the city?
    And does all the fuss — about the city’s political and legal status, the diplomatic missions, the conflicting claims — even really matter?

    1. The basics of capital cities

    Countries choose their capital and place most — if not all — of the main offices of government in that city. Period.
    In most instances, the seat of executive, parliamentary, judicial and administrative authority is concentrated in that city. It’s where embassies are located and where visiting foreign officials meet the state leaders. Some capitals, such as London, Buenos Aires, or Bangkok, also happen to be the country’s center of population, economy or culture. Other capitals, such as Canberra or Brasilia, take a back seat to Sydney and Rio de Janeiro in those matters.
    Countries which have changed capital cities are perfectly normal. Countries with multiple capitals are less common but accepted as well, dividing the seats of power executive, legislative, judicial and administrative power as they see fit.
    Bottom line: The capital is wherever a country decides to make it. It makes no difference what other states say about that choice. That’s the standard behavior.

    2. Jerusalem the capital: Historical context

    So how did Jerusalem become the capital of ancient Jewish kingdoms and today’s modern Israel?
    Jerusalem came under Israelite control when King David conquered the city (Samuel II, ch. 5.) and relocated his throne there from Hebron (ch. 6). His son, King Solomon, would build the First Temple years later. When the biblical kingdom split between Judah and Israel (Kings I ch. 12), Jerusalem remained the capital of Judah.

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  • A Very Special Time of Year :: Jerualem During Succot
    True, this year things are much more complicated and limited due to coronavirus. However, Jerusalem’s centrality is still a focus of Israel during this Succot (sometimes spelled Sukkot) holiday, as it is every year. Jerusalem’s unique connections to the holiday will always be there and we look forward to our return to “regular” joyous times…

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    What’s so special about sukkot in israel

    Article Courtesy: iKonnect

    The unique holiday of Sukkot is upon us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Let’s take a quick review of what makes the Israeli celebrations of this holiday so special.

    A Very Israeli Sukkot

    The holiday of Sukkot (affectionately known as the “hut holiday”) isn’t only celebrated in Israel, it’s celebrated by Jews all over the world. In Williamsburg Brooklyn, you can see wooden huts covered in green foliage topping the balconies of many Hasidic Jews’ apartment homes similar to the sukkah-topped balconies of Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. In Venice, Italy you’ll find boat-sukkahs docked along the canals, in many smaller Jewish communities around the world, you can even find a sukkah-on-a-bike, proudly touted by Habad Jews all over the world. And of course, there is the beloved pop-up sukkah, perfect for young couples, bachelors, and lazy builders and a staple of devout Israeli soldiers out in the field for Sukkot. But if there are so many ways to celebrate all over the world, what’s so special about celebrating Sukkot in Israel? We’ll tell you.

    It’s a Mitzvah (Jewish Commandment)!

    Sukkot is one of the Jewish holidays where it’s commanded in the Torah (bible) to go up to Jerusalem. It’s one of the three pilgrimages in the Jewish calendar year, which include Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot. Hundreds of thousands of Jews have journeyed to Jerusalem from all over Israel for thousands of years on these holidays, and just by being in Israel on Sukkot, you’re one of them!

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  • Yom Kippur :: All Eyes on Jerusalem
    Tonight begins Yom Kippur, the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. It is the day when we repent for our sins, work on bettering ourselves and fast for 25 hours. However, the day revolves around intense prayer that is directed to the heavens by way of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. For thousands of years Jews travel to Jerusalem for the High Holidays. Those who are unable to physically be in Jerusalem direct their hearts and prayers toward the holy city. We pray for health, peace and happiness — and “Next Year in the fully rebuilt Jerusalem!” This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Israel has had to be even more innovative on this topic. This article explains…

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    Send prayers to place in Western Wall before Yom Kippur

    Article Courtesy: Israel21c

    The Jewish Agency for Israel has announced a global campaign to gather the prayers of Jews from Israel and around the world and place them in the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall (Kotel), a customary tradition for visitors to the holy site.
    Due to restricted access to Jerusalem currently for both Israelis and tourists alike, Jewish Agency shlichim (emissaries) stationed around the globe are inviting Jews to send their notes for placement in the Western Wall.

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  • Shana Tova, A Sweet and Healthy New Year From Jerusalem!
    From Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal unified capital — We send everyone prayers for a Shana Tova! A sweet New Year filled with blessings of health, happiness and closeness. This past half a year has been challenging and we look forward to better, smoother days ahead, filled with peace!
    This article explains the significance of Rosh Hashana in Jerusalem…

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    The Holy Temple: Rosh Hashana

    Article Courtesy: The Temple Institute

    “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation: you shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. And you shall prepare a burnt-offering for a sweet savour unto HaShem: one young bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for the bullock, two tenth part for the ram, and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you; beside the burnt-offering of the new moon, and the meal-offering thereof, and the continual burnt-offering and the meal-offering thereof, and their drink-offerings, according unto their ordinance, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto HaShem.” (Numbers 29:1-6)
    Our sages teach us that Rosh Hashana marks the sixth day of creation, the day that adam harishon – the first man – was created. The particular place was none other than what would come to be known as Mount Moriah. We further learn that it was on this very spot that Adam first sinned and repented. Here he built an altar and presented an offering. Some twenty generations later it was here that the angel stayed the hand of Avraham at the binding of Yitzchak. It was here that the ram appeared, providing Avraham with the means through which to express his love for G-d.

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  • Jerusalem :: Where were you on Septemeber 11, 2001?
    September 11, 2001 is an infamous date that is etched in the memories of those who lived through the Islamic terrorist attacks against the United States. Those who understand the deep importance of those attacks understand that they were an attack on a peaceful democratic nation. The significance of the attacks is profound — as all terrorist attacks, it was not just an attempt to blow up buildings or murder people — it was an attempt to attack the foundations of sovereignty and to instill fear in people around the world who hold freedom dear to them.
    As such, everyone knows exactly where they were and what they were thinking as things unfolded on that fateful day. So, where were Jerusalem and its citizens on 9/11? We were there, right behind the innocent citizens of the democratic nation of the United States and the peaceful citizens of the entire world. Jerusalem understands the terrifying and devastating effects of Islamic terrorism and we will continue to be there to fight for truth and justice. We understand that this attack was an attempt to destroy the inner tranquility of civil society and to try to undermine a nation’s sovereignty. We will not allow Muslim extremists to terrorize the world in their attempt to destroy democracy and wreak havoc on civil society. In addition, we will continue to fight the “political correctness” and lies that continually attempt to alter the facts of history. These are the reasons that Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal unified capital, is home to a living memorial to the events of 9/11… The only such memorial in the entire middle east! Where was and where is Jerusalem on 9/11? We’re here and we’ve got your back!

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