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  • Jerusalem is an Occupied City :: “Fake News” or Just “Outdated News?”

    Mainstream media and left-wing groups of all sizes such as the United Nations, with all of their anti-Israel biases, insist that Jerusalem is an Arab or Muslim city that is being occupied by Israel. They go to great lengths to deny the basic facts of history and point to anything that they can to support these absurd claims. And, every time we see this, it’s our job to point out the lies — sometimes labeling them as “fake news.” However, at One Jerusalem, we would just like to point out that calling Jerusalem an “occupied city” is actually “outdated news.” Jerusalem has finally returned to its rightful place in history with Jewish sovereignty. The truth is, Jerusalem has been occupied many times over during its several thousand years of existence — it’s just that Jerusalem is no longer occupied, as it was finally returned to Israel exactly 50 years ago!

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Rex Hammock [License]

    The first king of the Israelites, King David, made Jerusalem the capital of Israel’s First Commonwealth in the year 866 BCE (nearly 2,900 years ago). King Solomon then built the First Holy Temple on the Temple Mount in approximately 832 BCE. Since then the city was conquered and occupied by (to name a few): the Babylonian Empire; the Persian Achaemenid Empire; a return of the Jews who built the Second Holy Temple in the exact same location as the First during Israel’s Second Commonwealth; the ancient Romans then destroyed the Second Temple and occupied Jerusalem; then the ancient Greeks; the Byzantine Persians and then Christians; the Caliph Omar and the Umayyad Dynasty in approximately the year 660 CE (note — this is the first time the Muslims occupied Jerusalem — well over 1,500 years AFTER Israel’s First Commonwealth!); Jerusalem then continued to be conquered and occupied by the First Crusaders; Saladin during the Ayyubid Period; the Mamluks; the Ottomans; the British; and then the newly created country of Trans-Jordan from 1948 until 1967, who occupied the eastern section of the city. Of note, it wasn’t until this time period of 19 years that Jerusalem had ever been divided into East and West.

    The rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in Israel in 1948 brought about Jerusalem being reclaimed as Israel’s capital city. At that time, Israel opened the city to peaceful people of all faiths to visit and worship. However, it wasn’t until 1967, when Israel miraculously defended herself in the Six Day War, that Jerusalem was reunified as Israel’s undivided, eternal capital. This rectified thousands of years of occupation, returning Jerusalem to its rightful ownership. This also allowed Israel to open the entire city, with all of its holy sites, to the people of the world in peace. So, to be accurate — it is “outdated news” to say that Jerusalem is “occupied” and certainly “fake news” to claim that it is an Arab or Muslim city.

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  • Ambassador David Friedman’s First Order of Business is Visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall

    The new United States ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has just arrived in Israel today. As his first order of business, the U.S. representative came to Jerusalem to pray at the Kotel (Western Wall). Despite any attempts by detractors to create a rift between Israel and her well-established ally, the U.S., Ambassador Friedman made a point of demonstrating with actions and not just words. We thank and welcome the new ambassador to his post and look forward to a genuine and productive relationship!

    Photo Credit: TPS (via JewishPress.com) U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Melech Friedman went first to the Western Wall, straight from the airport, upon his arrival in Israel to start his new job.

    US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman Arrives at Western Wall

    Article Courtesy: The Jewish Press

    U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrived late Monday afternoon to begin his tour of duty in the Jewish State, and headed directly to the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray before doing anything else.

    Friedman officially takes up his position as America’s representative to the Holy Land on Tuesday. It is believed that he will work from a U.S.-owned building in Jerusalem most of the time, although the exact details of where and how the ambassador will carry out his duties have not been worked out.

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  • Fighting Back Against Evil by Celebrating Jerusalem’s Jubilee Year of Reunification

    The 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital is fast approaching — it will begin on Tuesday evening, May 23 and continue until Wednesday evening, May 24. Meanwhile, evil proclamations and lies are coming out of the United Nations, the “Palestinian Authority,” Iran, Turkey and elsewhere. Attempts at undermining the facts of history abound… but Israel won’t be deterred. We will fight back against the lies and attempts at distorting the truth with… the TRUTH! Jerusalem is gearing up for a spectacular celebration of the jubilee anniversary of its reunification. We invite you to join us in fighting back against evil by SHARING the TRUTH about Jerusalem and celebrating Israel’s united, eternal capital!

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    Jerusalem Day: Expect a ‘spectacular’ opening event

    Article Courtesy: Arutz 7

    Jerusalem Day celebrations are to open this year with a central event commemorating 50 years since the liberation and unification of Jerusalem.

    The ceremony, the initiative of Culture Minister Miri Regev, will take place along the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem on May 21. It will see the presence of Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and Regev herself.

    The ceremony will entail an artistic presentation, the first of its kind, that will be projected onto the walls of the Old City and will tell the story of Jerusalem, from the period of the Bible through the battles and stories of heroism, until the present time. The breathtaking audiovisual presentation will be projected along 250 meters of the Old City walls. In addition, some 100 drones will fly over Jerusalem to create a presentation the likes have which have not yet been seen in Israel.

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  • UN Denies Israeli Rights to Jerusalem… on Yom Ha’atzmaut!

    The theater of absurdity continues in the United Nations — This past Tuesday, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed yet another resolution against Israel’s rights to Jerusalem. This occurred on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), no less! It bears repeating — no vote can deny the facts of history, no matter how many nations vote and no matter how many times they do so.

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    UNESCO passes anti-Israel resolution

    Article courtesy: Israel National News

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Steering Committee voted Tuesday afternoon to adopt a resolution denying Israel’s rights to its own capital, Jerusalem.

    The vote took place on Israel’s Independence Day. 22 nations voted in favor of the resolution, compared to 10 which voted against it. 23 nations abstained.

    Among the countries which voted against the resolution were the United States, Italy, Britain, Holland, Lithuania, Greece, Paraguay, Ukraine, Togo and Germany

    The resolution declares that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.”

    Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, slammed the resolution as an assault on the history of the Jewish people.

    “This biased and blatantly deceitful decision, and the attempts to dispute the connection between Israel and Jerusalem, will not change the simple fact that this city is the historic and eternal capital of the Jewish people. Israel will not stand silently by in the face of this shameful resolution,” Danon said.

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ridiculed UNESCO during a question-and-answer segment in the annual Tanach Quiz, saying that Israel does not believe in UNESCO.

    “We don’t believe in UNESCO,” said Netanyahu.

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  • Yom Hashoa :: Jerusalem’s Muslim Grand Mufti’s Collusion with Hitler

    Many Muslim radicals and their apologists claim that the barrier to peace in the Middle East is Israel’s Jerusalem and “settlements” since the Six Day War in 1967. What they conveniently neglect to mention is that their absolute hatred for the Jewish People started decades before Israel reunified Jerusalem from its Arab conquerors and well before there was even the re-establishment of Israel in its historic homeland. The Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem met with and colluded with Hitler in 1941 when he visited Germany. The two worked hard together on plans to exterminate the Jewish People. The Muslim leader of Jerusalem, Sayid Amin al Husseini, establish Arab Nazi soldiers with a plan to destroy the Jews of the Middle East. However, obviously G-d had other plans and led the Jews back to Israel and helped us re-establish Jerusalem as our unified eternal capital. Read more here…

    Photo: Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem inspecting Arab Nazi troops

    The Holocaust: The Mufti and the Führer (November 1941)

    Article Courtesy: Jewish Virtual Library

    In 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini fled to Germany and met with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world.

    The Mufti sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East. One called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore, “they accord to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries, in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries.”

    In November 1941, the Mufti met with Hitler, who told him the Jews were his foremost enemy. The Nazi dictator rebuffed the Mufti’s requests for a declaration in support of the Arabs, however, telling him the time was not right. The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches….The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely….the Jews….” Hitler replied:

    Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine….Germany would furnish positive and practical aid to the Arabs involved in the same struggle….Germany’s objective [is]…solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere….In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. The Mufti thanked Hitler profusely.

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  • Accessing Jerusalem is About to Get Much Smoother

    The trials and tribulations of providing smooth access to any country’s capital city is a major ordeal. However, when that capital is thousands of years old and special to three major religions in the world — the task can be monumental. Such is the story of Jerusalem. Luckily, Israel understands the importance of providing revolutionary access to Jerusalem for everyone. This article gives us a wonderful update on Israel’s modern access to the ancient capital…

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    High-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem rail coming down the track

    Article Courtesy: Israel21C.org

    After donning a hardhat, safety vest and construction boots, I recently got a personal peek at the future high-speed railroad linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

    This rail line will revolutionize travel between the country’s two biggest cities, bringing residents and visitors into the heart of Israel quickly for work or leisure.

    Currently it takes about an hour to drive the approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, though traffic jams often lengthen the trip. An old scenic train route chugs along from the remote southwest corner of Jerusalem, winding around the hills and making several stops before reaching Tel Aviv two hours later.

    When it opens in the first half of 2018, the high-speed route will take less than 30 minutes, including a stop at Ben-Gurion International Airport. It will service Tel Aviv’s existing four railway stations and a new transportation hub alongside Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station and light-rail stops.

    The fast train is the biggest Israel Railways projects in the past decade and one of the biggest infrastructure projects in modern Israeli history, costing the government just under $1.9 billion. Nine bridges and four tunnels enable as straight and flat a route as possible.

    “The bridges are up, the tunnels are dug; now we’re working on the electro-mechanics and putting down the rails,” says Israel Railways spokeswoman Batsheva Segev Landau at the Israel Railways Visitor Center in Sha’ar Hagai.

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  • Israel’s Morals and Ideals Emanate From Jerusalem

    The people of Israel understand that our morals and ideals of goodness emanate from Jerusalem. Helping others, especially during this Pesach (Passover) season, is an essential ideal for the nation. It therefore makes perfect sense that this care package campaign takes place at the President’s Residence in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem.

    Article and Photo Courtesy: JPost

    PREPARING PASSOVER PACKAGES FOR THE POOR AT THE PRESIDENT’S RESIDENCE

    For the third year in a row, Israel Prize laureate Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, the founder and dean of the Migdal Ohr educational network, brought a team of volunteers to the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Monday to prepare Passover care packages for the poor and the needy.

    Three large tables arranged in an open rectangle were piled high with products for the holiday, including toiletries, matza, oil, canned foods, potato flour, matza meal, rice, tea, coffee, wafers, sugar, salt, diapers, “Bamba” snacks and more. Among the volunteers were soldiers, members of President Reuven Rivlin’s staff, black-coated hassidim and youngsters from Migdal Ohr institutions.

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  • New Sheriff in Town at the UN :: What Will This Mean For Jerusalem?

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    The new United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has been a much needed bright light in a very dark place. She has clearly declared herself and the U.S. as a ‘new sheriff in town’ that has already come to the defense of Israel, truth and justice. This is just the right combination that we look forward to when it comes to the crucial topic of Jerusalem. The good people of the world who seek truth and fight for justice look forward to Ambassador Haley’s standing up for the facts of history, the present and the future of Jerusalem as Israel’s unified, eternal capital!

    Image: Screenshot UNWatch video

    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley Interview with Dan Senor AIPAC Policy Conference 2017

    Article and Video Courtesy: UNWatch.org

    Full Transcript below the video:

    Dan Senor: It’s no secret that there are few places in the world where Israel is more constantly and unfairly attacked than at the United Nations. The woman we are about to hear from is determined to change that.

    In January, she gave up her position as governor of South Carolina to represent the United States at the United Nations, because she knew she could make a difference. And although she’s only been at the U.N. for two months, she’s already making her mark, speaking out against attacks on Israel and standing in the proud tradition of past ambassadors like Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeanne Kirkpatrick.

    Less than two weeks ago, Ambassador Haley once again responded to an attack on Israel, demanding that the U.N. retract a report that viciously and outrageously attacked Israel as an apartheid state. And her action had impact. Soon after, the secretary general required retraction of the report.

    Following a recent U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East, Ambassador Haley came out to the press and articulated some plain truths. Here’s what she said, quote, “The discussion today on the Middle East was not about Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets; it was not about the money and weapons that Iran provides to terrorists; it was not about how we defeat ISIS; it was not about how we hold Bashar Assad accountable.” Ambassador Haley said, and I quote, “Instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East.”

    And she closed her statement by saying, quote, “I’m here to say, the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore.” I think you’d all agree that this has been a pretty refreshing change.

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  • If Jews Are Jerusalem’s Indigenous People, Where Are The Arabs From?

    The Jewish Nation’s claim of sovereignty over Jerusalem is proven time and again. However, the “Palestinian” Arabs continue to pressure the world to accept their lies in the face of all of the facts. So, where then, are the Arabs from if they’re not the true indigenous people of Israel’s capital? This article gives us a wonderful insight…

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Christian Haugen [License]

    AP Report On East Jerusalem Arabs Contains Hints As To Their True Origins

    Article Courtesy: Israellycool

    The AP reports how more east Jerusalem palestinians are applying for Israeli citizenship. And while the report seems to endeavor to show both sides of the issue, it can’t hide the fact that Israeli citizenship comes with rights for the Arabs.

    But there is actually another aspect of this report I wanted to focus on.

    “Palestinians who have sought a passport said they had to be pragmatic.”

    “I didn’t want to lose my right” to live in Jerusalem, Ruba Mueller, a descendant of the city’s prominent Nashashibi clan, said of her decision to become an Israeli.

    Married to a German, the 37-year-old Jerusalem native feared that without the shield of citizenship, her extended stays in Germany would enable the Israeli authorities to strip her of her Jerusalem residency.

    “I was born here, I am a Palestinian,” Mueller said. “I don’t want a visa that says I’m a tourist.”

    Palestinian officials said east Jerusalem’s globally recognized status as occupied territory won’t change if more Arab residents get Israeli passports.

    “The city will be liberated one day and these citizenships will mean nothing,” said Adnan Husseini, the official in charge of Jerusalem affairs in the Palestinian Authority.”

    Let’s have a closer look at their origins.

    The Nashashibi clan

    According to Wikipedia:

    “The Nashashibis are reportedly of Kurdish, Turkmen or Arab origin (as their name being the equivalent of fletcher in English may indicate). They first became notable and prominent in Jerusalem with the advent of Prince (of the army) Naser al-Din al-Nashashibi who migrated (or led a military contingent ?) to Jerusalem from Egypt in 1469 CE.”

    In other words, Ruba Mueller, the woman quoted in the report and claiming she is “a palestinian,” is descended from elsewhere in the Middle East, with her ancestor reportedly migrating almost 400 years after the destruction of the second Jewish temple.

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  • Understanding why Jerusalem belongs to Israel

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Mark Neyman, GPO

    President Rivlin meets delegation of ‘Christians For Israel – International’

    Article Courtesy: Israel GPO

    President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Tuesday) met with a delegation of ‘Christians For Israel – International’, led by the organization’s chairman Dr. Leon E. Meijer.

    President Rivlin welcomed them and told them of his family’s long history in Jerusalem, and of their arrival in the early 1800s. He said, “We came to return to our homeland, and we were welcomed by the people of Jerusalem, Muslims, and Christians, and Jews. In 1856, already the majority of Jerusalem was Jewish. Many of the Jews who came were returning to Zion, not just to the Land of Israel, but to Jerusalem.”

    He said, “I remember as a young child going to the Western Wall with my father to hear the Shofar blown at the end of Yom Kippur – even though the British did not allow it. Today,” the President told them, “as we celebrate 50 years since the reunification of the city of Jerusalem, the State of Israel stands firm behind the importance of freedom of religion, and Jerusalem is a city in which everyone can worship God according to their beliefs.”

    The President concluded, “Jerusalem is a city which can unite people. Jerusalem is a microcosm of all our ability to live together, all faiths, and all communities.”

    Dr. Meijer thanked the President and told him about the work of ‘Christians For Israel – International’. He said, “We are based in the Netherlands, but we have people from all over the world”. Dr. Meijer presented the President with the organization’s ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ which he noted reaffirmed that, “We believe in a unified city of Jerusalem, from where peace will come forth, and we will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

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