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  • Jerusalem :: Lighting Up The City That Lights Up The World
    Jerusalem is known as the city that brings light and truth to the entire world. It is therefore apropos that Jerusalem is host to a light festival every year. Corona-times bring along a special twist to the light festival in Israel’s eternal unified capital…

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    Jerusalem’s iconic locations light up for driving tour

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    The lockdown is at least partly over but the city of Jerusalem is playing it safe with the start of the Follow the Lights event on February 21, experienced from the comfort and safety of one’s car.
    The drive-around takes participants to 22 iconic buildings and sites in Jerusalem, each lit up with imagery, video installations and lights, and accompanied by explanatory texts and history (in Arabic, Hebrew and English) on the event website.

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  • Antisemitic Blood Libels Find New Material During COVID Pandemic
    Despite the blood libels Muslim, Jewish and Christian citizens of Israel share the same rights and freedoms. Just as a timely example, Israel’s capital of Jerusalem has three major hospitals that employ and treat people of all faiths and all backgrounds. There are doctors, nurses, lab workers and other associated staff from all religions working side-by-side to fight back against the coronavirus pandemic. Together, they treat patients from all walks of life without question and have worked hard to vaccinate anyone who’s interested. Unfortunately, the main stream media, anti-Israel politicians and many other antisemites have taken the pandemic as an opportunity to bash Israel yet again. We invite everyone to see for themselves what is going on — come to Jerusalem to see the medical offices and hospitals vaccinating patients of all religions, nationalities and backgrounds. You’ll see the same throughout Israel. And… please let the media and entertainers know that blood libels are not funny…

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    SNL’s Michael Che Finds Antisemitic Blood Libels Funny

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  • Plans Approved for US Embassy Campus in Jerusalem
    In an important step toward building the permanent United States embassy in Jerusalem, the city’s planning committee has approved the proposed plans. This step is important from both practical and political standpoints. It provides U.S. citizens essential services as well as foreign citizens who require embassy services with things such as visas and documentation. However, this also shores up the recognition that Jerusalem is in fact Israel’s eternal unified capital.

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    US Embassy in Jerusalem gets further construction approval

    Article Courtesy: Jerusalem Post

    The Jerusalem Regional Planning Committee approved plans to expand the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

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  • Overwhelmingly Broad Support to Keep U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
    An important vote by the United States Senate shows overwhelming support — from across the political spectrum — recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful capital…

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    US Senate okays keeping embassy in Jerusalem permanently, in vote of 97 to 3

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to keep the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, with only three senators voting against establishing funding to maintain the diplomatic mission.

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  • Nobel Prize Worthy? Arab Nations Work Toward Peace With Jerusalem
    The peace deals that were diligently worked on by Jared Kushner and his team have brought Israel’s Arab neighbors to Jerusalem. Based on these peace negotiations many Arab Muslims from these nations have been able, for the first time, to visit Israel’s capital. This has garnered acclaim from many and has earned Kushner and his deputy a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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    Kushner, deputy nominated for Nobel Peace Prize over Israel deals

    Article Courtesy: Fox News

    Jared Kushner, the White House adviser under former President Trump, was nominated Sunday for the Nobel Peace Prize over his efforts in negotiating deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the region over a hectic four-month period last year.
    Reuters reported that Kushner and Avi Berkowitz, his former deputy, were nominated by Alan Dershowitz, the professor emeritus of Harvard Law School. Reuters called the deals the “most significant diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East in 25 years,” and many Trump supporters said the media downplayed their magnitude in order to hurt his chances at reelection.

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  • United States Embassy Will Remain in Jerusalem
    According to testimony by expected incoming Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the United States embassy will remain in Israel’s capital — Jerusalem. This article explains more…

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    Blinken commits to keeping the US embassy in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: New York Post

    WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will keep the US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken said during his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

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  • Strong Supporter of Jerusalem, Sheldon Adelson, Passes Away
    Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam are known far and wide as being generous philanthropists of many important causes. It is also well known that they have been huge supporters of Jerusalem and its many institutions and causes. Mr. and Dr. Adelson were among the prominent distinguished personalities in attendance at the innauguration ceremony of the United States’ Embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. Mr. Adelson will be sorely missed in the struggle to maintain Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal unified capital.

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    Sheldon Adelson, Mega Philanthropist, Passes Away at 87

    Article Courtesy: Jewish Press

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement shortly after Dr. Adelson issued the announcement that her husband Sheldon had passed away.
    “Sara and I are heartbroken by the passing of Sheldon Adelson,” Netanyahu said.
    “He was a wonderful friend to us personally and an incredible champion of the Jewish people, the Jewish state and the alliance between Israel and America.
    “Sheldon unabashedly loved America and cherished the freedom and opportunity it gave him. He worked tirelessly to ensure that very same freedom and opportunity would be given to others in America and around the world.

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  • Israel looks toward making Jerusalem ever more open and accessible
    Even as Israel announces a third round of tight lockdown measures in the fight against Covid-19, the country continues development. Plans, excavations, archeological explorations and continued building are all part and parcel. This groundbreaking effort to develop and make the nation’s capital more accessible to everyone has made huge strides. This article shares more.

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    New elevator, tunnel to provide accessible entry to Jerusalem’s Old City

    Article Courtesy: JPost

    The Jerusalem Municipality’s Planning and Construction Committee has approved a plan to build an elevator and tunnel to form a new accessible entrance to the Old City.
    The project also includes plans to develop the area underneath the Jaffa Gate Square and nearby roads, which include a variety of archaeological remains that were found during excavations in the 1990s. The remains include a bathhouse and streets and shops from the Byzantine period, a water aqueduct from the fourth century CE and part of an Ayyubid wall from the 13th century.

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  • Pakistani leader understands Jerusalem’s importance to Israel
    Despite many years of constant lies and attempts at hijacking Jerusalem, there are still those who openly express the truth. They understand that Jerusalem is the ancient capital of the Jewish Nation. This Pakistani religious and political leader knows the TRUTH and is ready to SHARE the TRUTH about Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal unified capital!

    Image Courtesy: Twitter screenshot Noor Dahri

    Pakistani cleric: We should recognize Israel

    Article Courtesy: Israel Hayom

    Pakistani political and religious leader Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani announced Saturday at a conference that he supports the normalization of his country with Israel, according to a report by British-Pakistani writer Noor Dahri.
    “This is an international issue, I support recognition of Israel,” Sherani said. “Educated Muslims need to understand that the Quran and history prove to us that the Land of Israel belongs only to the Jews. King David built the house of God in Jerusalem for the Israelis and not for the Palestinians.”

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  • Chanukah in Jerusalem :: Liberating Israel’s Capital City
    The story of Chanukah is the story of the Jewish Nation liberating its homeland and capital city from foreign invaders. This fascinating article explains…

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    Chanukah Guide for the Perplexed 2020

    Article Courtesy: The Ettinger Report

    Historical context. Chanukah, the holiday of light, is narrated in the four Books of the Maccabees, The Scroll of Antiochus and The Wars of the Jews. The Greek Empire was split into Greece-Seleucid/Syria-Ptolemaic/Egypt following the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE), who held Judaism in high esteem. In 175 BCE, the Seleucid/Syrian Emperor Antiochus (IV) Epiphanies claimed the Land of Israel, and suspected that the Jews were allies of his Ptolemaic/Egyptian enemy. Therefore, he aimed to exterminate Judaism and convert Jews to Hellenism. In 169 BCE he devastated Jerusalem, massacred Jews and prohibited the practice of Judaism.
    When ordered by Emperor Antiochus (Book of Maccabees A: 15:33) to end the “occupation” of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Gaza, Gezer and Akron, Shimon the Maccabee responded: “We have not occupied a foreign land…. We have liberated the land of our forefathers from foreign occupation.”

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