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Half of Israel’s Jews Came from Muslim Countries

By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews in Israel)


Not long after Yeshua died and rose again, the Jewish people were scattered in what would become known as the second exile, the first being the Babylonian exile of 586 BC. The diaspora was flung far and wide – north, south, east and west of Israel, just as God promised. Where they went and what happened next is a bit of a mystery to many. But it doesn’t have to be – their steps have been well documented.

Mizrachi Jews, Jews of the East

Many Jewish people ended up in what would eventually become Muslim countries; Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and so on. Some Jews that were taken out of Israel in the first exile of 586 BC never returned, choosing to settle in Iran and Iraq and establishing large communities there. Jewish people lived and thrived in many different countries, and often enjoyed success and security in the places where they settled. There are Jewish gravestones in Iran that are some 2500 years old, meaning that Jewish communities have been there far longer than the Muslim conquerors that arrived in the seventh century from Arabia[1]. Jews have also lived in Tunisia since 200 BC, in Libya since the third century BC and in Syria since 500 BC, as well as other countries of the Middle East, many centuries before Islam.

In short, there have been Jewish communities living in many different Middle Eastern countries for more than 2,300 years. 

As Islam spread, there was a point in history when almost all of the Jewish diaspora found themselves in Muslim countries, and the truth is that Muslims were often kinder to their Jewish communities than Christian countries had been. Over time, many Jews headed west to Europe and north to Russia, but some later headed back to Turkey, Greece and the Middle East after experiencing persecution and expulsions in Europe.

Few people realize that over 50% of Israel’s Jewish population did not come from Europe but from Middle Eastern countries.

It’s a story that many never get to hear about, but now each year, on 30th November, Israel has determined to commemorate the time when 850,000 Jewish people were expelled from Muslim lands, most of whom found refuge in Israel.

The lives of one million Jews in Muslim countries will be jeopardized by partition,” warned Egypt’s delegate to the UN. The Muslim nations were furious about the Partition Plan of 29th November 1947, a resolution giving Jewish people part of the Holy Land, and vowed there would be consequences. It was no idle threat.

Jewish people living in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, the Yemen, Morocco, Algeria and many other lands were forcibly expelled and in many cases their bank accounts frozen and their property seized. There were riots, pogroms and massacres. Jews were horrifically persecuted, and discriminated against by law in many places.

Almost a million Jewish people were suddenly homeless and penniless, forced to make their way back to the land of their forefathers.

The Jews had been in Iraq for more than two and a half millennia, since it was called Babylon, and remembered in Psalms. For centuries it was the centre of Jewish learning… In the 40s, everything changed. Nazism, Arab-nationalism and anti-Zionist feeling created a wave of anti-semitism. Violent pogroms flared up, young Jewish men were publicly hanged, Jews were forced from jobs. By the 1970s nearly all had left, many in 1951 when 110,000 people were flown to safety in Israel… Now those few Jews who remain are hidden away. They will certainly be the last of the ancient Babylonian Jewish line, says Canon Andrew White, the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’.”[2]

Persecution, murder and theft began long before 1947

Six years before the partition plan of 1941, some 180 Jews were murdered in Iraq by Arab rioters in a pogrom (or farhud – an ancient word that means “violent dispossession of the governed”), 2,000 were injured and tens of thousands of others were robbed. “Like all the Jews, we shut ourselves up in the house because we were afraid,” Gladys Cohen recalled at a ceremony to mark the tragedies of the Mizrachi Jews. “I was 10 years old and asked what happened. They told me the Arabs had risen up against the Jews to hurt them, and all the Jews were running to hide.” She told of the horrors of old people and infants beaten to death, and her husband and his brother were taken and “disappeared”, never to be seen again.[3]

Moriah Akiva remembers as a little girl seeing angry mobs beating Jewish people violently in the streets, one holding a severed baby’s leg in the air. Janet Bracha from Basra remembers her father’s shop being broken into and all the money taken from the cash register and half the merchandise. There was nothing they could do about it.

Even further back, despite the fact that there is often a cosy picture painted of coexistence under the Ottomans, the truth is that Jews were second class citizens under Muslim rule, even if it was a preferable situation to the extreme violence and persecution they experienced at the hands of Christian countries. Equal rights were only introduced across the Ottoman Empire in 1839 due to pressure from Europe on the Turks, who needed support in the struggle against Egypt.

At the time of the Ottoman Empire the Jews’ fate depended on the Governor’s mood and whim and the amount of corruption that he exacted. So when there was a lull in the persecution – bless them – they called it “the golden age”. It was not a golden age. It was an age when the Jews were persecuted less,” writes Moshe Kahtan, Iraqi-born British Jew.[4]

Jewish communities over 2,000 years old have been virtually wiped out across the Middle East

In 1917 the Jews comprised a third of Baghdad’s population, now only seven remain. It is a similar story in almost every country in the Middle East. Persecution, legally endorsed oppression and murderous riots have resulted in the Jewish people having to flee for their lives, often leaving with nothing.




Jewish population in 1948

Jewish population in 2017
























< 50



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Go back to Poland?

It is pure ignorance to think that Israel is a matter of European colonialism, housing Germans and Polish Jews in a Middle Eastern country that is not their own as a guilt response to the Holocaust. The Jewish people were scattered in all directions, and have been regathered back to their original homeland. A Jewish homeland was secured in the land of their fathers many years before the Holocaust, thanks to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and over half of the Jews who came to Israel were not fleeing the Nazis, but were forcibly expelled from Middle Eastern countries. And they cannot go back.

It will also come about in that day that my Lord will again redeem
second time with His hand—the remnant of His people who remain

from Assyria, from Egypt, from North Africa, from Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Syria,
and from the islands of the sea.

He will lift up a banner for the nations, and assemble the dispersed of Israel,
and gather the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
(Isaiah 11:11-12)[6]

As hard as these tragic events have been, we can see God’s hand at work, redeeming and working despite some of mankind’s worst inhumanity. He is bringing his people home, just as he promised, from the north, south, east and west.

While our brethren, the Jews of Europe, were persecuted and slaughtered, hatred and incitement came to us in the Arab countries,” said Janet Dallal, who had organised an event to commemorate the expulsion and flight of the 850,000 Mizrachi Jews. Janet had fled with her family from Iraq, and told HaAretz, “Every community dealt with it differently but, ultimately, there was an ingathering of the exiles. I don’t know whether it was thanks to Hitler or [Grand Mufti of Jerusalem] Haj Amin al-Husseini, but out of the bitter came the sweet.”

When he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west; they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria, and I will return them to their homes, declares the Lord.” (Hosea 11:10-11)


[1] Lecture at the University of Haifa by Isaac Yomtovian, author of My Iran, 19 November 2017
The Last Jews of Iraq, Producer: Hannah Marshall, A Loftus Audio production for BBC Radio 4.
[3] HaAretz, 
Jews of Arab Lands Israel Commemorates Flight of 850,000 Jews From Arab, Muslim Countries, Ofer Aderet, Nov 30, 2015
[4] Cited in “In Ishmael’s House, A History of Jews in Muslim Lands”, Martin Gilbert (Yale University Press, 2010)
[5] Ibid, p.80
[6] In Isaiah 11:11, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, and Hamath”, are ancient names for North Africa / Northern Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran / Persia, the Babylon area in Iraq, and Syria respectively. 

Table compiled using statistics from Jewish Virtual Library and Stand With Us

ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews in Israel)

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Jerusalem er Israels hovedstad

USA flytter ambassaden fra Tel Aviv til Israels hovedstad Jerusalem.


Bjarte Bjellås

6. desember 2017 kl. 18.22

Donald Trump anerkjenner Jerusalem som Israels hovedstad. I bakgrunnen visepresident Mike Pence. (Foto: Skjermdump)Donald Trump anerkjenner Jerusalem som Israels hovedstad. I bakgrunnen visepresident Mike Pence. (Foto: Skjermdump)

Onsdag kveld norsk tid kom USAs president Donald Trump med en historisk tale hvor han anerkjente Jerusalem som Israels hovedstad. Trump sa også at USA vil starte arbeidet med å flytte ambassaden fra Tel Aviv til Jerusalem.

– Jeg har bestemt meg for å offisielt anerkjenne Jerusalem som Israels hovedstad, sa den amerikanske presidenten i den nå historiske talen.

Trump startet med å si at det ikke blir fred av å gjenta tingene som tidligere har feilet. Han sa det var på tide å tenke nytt og ha en ny tilnærming til konflikten mellom Israel og palestinerne. Noe annet ville være dårskap.

– Dette er bare å erkjenne realiteten og dette er det riktige å gjøre.

Han viste til at den amerikanske kongressen med overveldende flertall allerede i 1995 vedtok å anerkjenne Jerusalem og flytte den amerikanske ambassaden dit, men at amerikanske presidenter har utsatt avgjørelsen fordi man har trodd at det ville gjøre det enklere å få til en fredsavtale.

– Denne avgjørelsen har blitt utsatt i mange år fordi man trodde det ville gjøre det enklere å skape fred, men vi er ikke nærmere fred nå enn vi var for tyve år siden. Nå er det på tide å tenke nytt, sa Trump og viste til at mange presidenter før ham hadde lovet å flytte USAs ambassade.

– Mange presidenter har gjort dette til et stort valgløfte uten å innfri. I dag innfrir jeg mitt løfte, sa Trump, som i valgkampen lovet å flytte ambassaden.

Presidenten understreket at dette ikke var et skifte i amerikansk politikk om å finne en fredelig løsning på konflikten mellom Israel og palestinerne.

– Vi tar ikke stilling til Israels endelig suverenitet i Jerusalem. Slike spørsmål blir opp til partene å avgjøre i fredsforhandlinger. USA er dypt involvert i å få til en fredsavtale som er akseptabel for begge parter. USA vil støtte en tostatsløsning hvis partene blir enige om det, forklarte han.

Trump sa at Jerusalem i snart 70 år har vært staten Israels hovedstad og trakk fram jødenes 3000 år med historisk og religiøs tilknytning til byen.

– Israelerne har bygget et land hvor alle mennesker har religionsfrihet. Jerusalem er i dag en by hvor jøder kan be ved Vestmuren, hvor kristne kan følge i Jesus´ fotspor og hvor muslimer kan be ved Al-Aqsa-moskeen.

Arabiske og muslimske ledere har advart mot at avgjørelsen til Trump vil føre til bråk og vold i regionen. Trump ba partene om å roe seg helt ned.

Jeg ber regionens ledere, politiske og religiøse, om å gå sammen om fred.


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Af Jens Lomborg

Det Nye Testamente er antisemitisk!” Den påstand høres af og til i debatten om antisemitisme i Danmark. Jens Lomborg ser her påstanden efter i sømmene. Jens Lomborg er cand. theol, lærer ved Kristeligt Forbund for Studerendes Ledertræningscenter og medlem af bestyrelsen for Ordet og Israel.

Begrebet antisemitisme betyder `jødefjentlighed´eller ´jødehad´. Selvom ordet ´antisemitisme´først blev skabt i 1879 af den tyske journalist Wilhelm Marr, er selve sagen – hadet mod Guds udvalgte folk – lige så gammel som folket selv.

Ifølge den bibelske åbenbaring i Det Gamle Testamente og Det Nye Testamente finder der en dæmonisk åndskraft, som kæmper mod Guds frelsesplan. Derfor bør det ikke overraske nogen, at verdenshistorien er fuld af forsøg på at tilintetgøre Guds vilje med Israels folk.

Hvad der derimod ofte overrasker mange kristne er, at Det Nye Testamente og Jesus Kristus ofte bliver anklaget for at være jødefjentlige. I denne artikel vil vi se nærmere på en tekst i Johannesevangeliet for at undersøge, om der er hold i anklagerne, og tilslut opfordre den kristne kirke til at være sig sit ansvar bevidst, når det gælder at tegne et ægte bibelsk portræt af det jødiske folk.

Ny Testamente – en jødisk bog

Læser man Det Nye Testamente igennem opdager man, at det helt og holdent er et jødisk værk: Hovedpersonen i det Nye Testamente er Jesus – født, omskåret og opvokset i en jødisk familie, med jødiske skikke, jødiske vaner og jødiske disciple. Det Nye Testamente er en samling af 27 skrifter, skrevet af jøder eller om jøder i det første århundrede. Det Nye Testamentes forfatteres åndelige og litterære baggrund er jøden Moses´skrifter, de jødiske profeter og den jødiske visdomslitteratur i Israels historie – det kristne i dag almindeligvis kalder for Det Gamle Testamente.

Det er en kendsgerning, at Det Nye Testamente op gennem århundrederne er blevet brugt til at fremme en hadefuld holdning til jøder. Man finder i kirkehistorien en række kristne prædikanter, som bruger sprog, der oser af had og fjendtlighed mod det jødiske folk. Det rummer i sig selv stof til et langt og sørgeligt studium af, hvad der sker, når Jesu ord om fred og næstekærlighed glemmes i den kristne kirke.

Spørgsmålet er imidlertid, om Det Nye Testamente selv rummer antisemetisk stof? Eller om det snarer er senere tiders fejlfortolkninger og manglende evne til at læse teksterne, der har skabt grobund for anklagerne om antisemitisme i Det Nye Testamente ?

Jesus og ”jøderne” i Johannesevangeliet

Man kan ofte møde det argument, at Jesus udtrykker sig jødefjendtligt i Johannesevangeliet. En tekst som Joh. 8, 44-47 rummer hårde udtryk, som kan virke jødefjendtlige: Jesus er i samtale med en gruppe jøder, og siger til dem, at ”I har Djævelen til Fader, og I er villige til at gøre, hvad jeres hjerter lyster” (Joh 8,44) og ”I hører ikke, fordi I ikke er af Gud” (8,47). Ord som disse har fået nogle teologer og bibellæsere til at konkludere, at Jesus mener, at jøderne er dæmoniske. Men ser vi på sammenhængen, har de ikke ret i anklagen. Vi skal bemærke to ting, der er vigtige for at forstå denne tekst.

For det første er det meget vigtigt at bemærke, at Johannes i sit evangelium bruger ordet ”jøderne ” på flere forskellige måder: a) som betegnelse for en gruppe unavngivne religiøse ledere. Første gang ordet ”jøderne” optræder i Johannesevangeliet er i 1,19, hvor det bruges om ”jøderne fra Jerusalem” der sender præster og levitter ud for at spørge, hvem Jesus egentlig er. ”Jøderne fra Jerusalem” betyder naturligvis ikke ”hele Jerusalems befolkning”, men en gruppe mennesker fra Jerusalem. Hvem det er, får vi besvaret i 1,25: ” De var udsendt af Farisæerne”. Teksten siger simpelthen, at nogle unavngivne farisæere fra Jerusalem havde sendt præster og kordegne til Jesus for at høre om, hvem han var!

b) Ved henvisning til en jødisk religiøs praksis.

I Joh. 2,6 omtaler Johannes ”jødernes renselse”. Der siges i sammenhængen intet, hverken positivt eller negativt, om disse renselsesregler. Ordet bruges alene med henvisning til en jødisk skik og praksis. Samme anvendelse af ordet findes i 2,13, hvor Johannesberetter, at ”jødernes påske var nær, og Jesus drog op til Jerusalem”.

c)Som betegnelse for det jødiske folk.

Johannes refererer gentagne gange mennesker for at kalde Jesus for ”Israels konge” og ”jødernes konge”. Selv indskriften, som romeren Pilatus` sømmede på Jesu kors, viste, at det var en almindelig forståelse i folket. Han skrev: ”Jesus fra Nazaret, jødernes konge” (Joh. 19,19)

Johannesevangeliet anvender altså ordet ”jøderne” i forskellige betydninger. I Joh 8 er Jesus i samtale med en unavngiven gruppe mennesker, som på den dag er samlet med Jesus på tempelpladsen for at høre hans undervisning og debattere med ham. Jesus lægger dermed ikke røst til et hadefuldt opgør med jøderne som folkegruppe. Kun løsrevet fra deres historiske og litterære sammenhæng kan disse vers anvendes i et antisemetisk våbenarsenal. Men så har man også misbrugt ordene på det groveste!

Den anden ting, vi skal bemærke, er, at det er Johannesevangeliets grundlæggende vidnesbyrd, at Jesus er Messias, sendt af Israels Gud. ”Min lære er ikke min egen, men hans, som har sendt mig” (Joh 7,16). Det betyder, at Jesu lære og vidnesbyrd ikke er hans eget private foretagende. Atter og atter henviser Jesus til sin enhed med ”Faderen”.

I Joh 8,44-47 anvender Jesus et argument, som netop udspringer af denne teologiske forståelse: Jesus er sendt af Israels Gud for at åbenbare Guds sandhed (8,45). Hvis man overser det, forstår man heller ikke, hvad Jesus mener, når han taler om, at Djævelen er en løgner og er Fader til løgnen. Det, Jesus mener, er, at et menneske ”har Djævelen til Fader”, når det i vantro afviser og benægter Jesu vidnesbyrd (8,44). Denne utvetydige og barske dom over et menneskes liv er naturligvis ikke afhængig af menneskets afstamning. Årsagen til at Jesus her udtrykker sig, som han gør, er ganske enkelt den, at han lever i en jødisk verden. Men det er ikke menneskets nationalitet eller etniske oprindelse, der er målet for de hårde ord. Jesus er i den forstand ikke interesseret i menneskets nationalitet, men i menneskets svar på åbenbaringen af Jesus som Messias, som Israels lidende konge, som Guds søn.

Dommen er med andre ord ikke forbeholdt jødiske mennesker, men alle mennesker. I den forstand er det muligt for et hvert menneske – uanset afstamning – at være under dæmonisk indflydelse. Læses Johannesevangeliet anderledes, læses det forkert.

Evangeliet – også til det jødiske folk.

Som kristne tror vi, at Jesus er Israels Guds udtrykte billede. Vi tror, at Gud har kaldet de kristne til at vidne for menneskeheden om, at Gud i Jesus Kristus har forligt hele verden med sig selv. Vi tror, at Kristus led stedfortrædende for alle jordens folk uden undtagelse. Kirken har en gudgiven forpligtelse til at række dette budskab til det folk frelsen udgik fra. Skal det lykkes, må vi for sandhedens skyld være opmærksomme på følgende tre ting, når vi læser og udlægger tekster fra NT:

1)Som kristen er vi forpligtede på at læse de bibelske skrifter med en stor historisk bevidsthed.

Bibelfortolkere og prædikanter skal fordybe sig i Det Nye Testamentes historiske, sociale, kulturelle og religiøse sammenhæng for ikke at misforstå Det Nye Testamentes forfattere. Vi befinder os trods alt på 2000 års afstand.

Netop derfor er det af stor betydning at skelne mellem: hvad visse tekster i Det Nye Testamente faktisk siger, og hvordan nogle kristen op gennem historien har udlagt disse tekster.

2)Som kristen må vi afstå fra at tegne et forenklet billede af ”jødedommen på Jesu tid” Det Nye Testamente beskriver selv en række meget forskellige jødiske, religiøse strømninger. Hverken farisæerne, saddukæerne, essenerne eller Jesus-bevægelsen havde monopol på betegnelsen ”jødedom”

Professor i kirkehistorie, Oskar Skarsaune, fremhæver i bogen ”Kristendommens jødiske rødder”, at ”jødedommen i det første århundrede var en yderst sammensat og mangfoldig størrelse – i den grad, at der faktisk er tale om flere ”jødedomme”, der eksisterer på samme tid i samme land Israel”. Det er en utrolig vigtig iagttagelse, for det betyder netop, at Jesus og hans disciple ikke optræder som ”kristendommen” i kontrast til ”jødedommen”. De Kristus-troende jøder er tvært imod én af flere jødiske grupperinger, som gav deres bud på tolkningen af tilværelsen.

Udtrykket ”jødedom på Jesu tid” kan derfor være et misvisende udtryk, som passer dårligt med Det Nye Testamentes billede af Jesu samtid. Menigheden og dens ledere har et ansvar for, at prædikanter og undervisere ikke medvirker til at fastlåse sig selv og sine tilhører i en ufrugtbar og stereotyp opfattelse af jødisk tro på Jesu tid.

3)Vi skal afstå fra at tegne et billede af jøderne som en bestemt mennesketype. Jeg har flere gange oplevet en så unuanceret brug af ordet ”jøderne”, at jeg har tænkt: Jeg håber simpelthen ikke, at der sidder jøder blandt tilhørerne! Det er selvfølgelig ikke et særligt politisk korrekt håb, eftersom troen kommer af det, som høres! Men i missionshusene kan man faktisk møde forkyndere, som – nok ubevidst – anvender ”jøden” som en bestemt mennesketype, ”mennesket under loven”. Gør man det, er man i konflikt med Guds ord. Det Nye Testamente beskriver ikke det jødiske folk som bestående af en særlig mennesketype.

Et fair portræt

Hvis kirken ønsker at bringe evangeliet til det jødiske folk, må den være opmærksom på, at den tegner et ægte og fair portræt af folket. Det gælder både det rigt facetterede tidsbillede af jødisk tro på Jesu tid og det store bibelske portræt af det jødiske folks rolle i frelsesplan med verden. Men det gælder også billedet af de aktuelle begivenheder i Mellemøsten. En mangelfuld forståelse af Bibelens fulde vidnesbyrd om det jødiske folk virker i bedste fald som en karikatur af Guds åbenbaring i historien, i værste fald medvirker det til jødefjentlige holdninger.

Litteratur til videre læsning

Benhayim, Menahem: Antisemen og Det Nye Testamente (Ordet og Israels forlag, årstal?) Carson, D.A.: The Gagging of God (Apollos, 1996) s. 333-345

Hoffman, Poul: ”Antisemitisme – nogle iagttagelser” i bogen Elskede for fædrenes skyld (Ordet og Israel, 1980)

Kieth, Graham: Hated without a cause? A survey of anti-semitism (Paternoster, 1997)

Skarsaune, Oskar: Kristendommens jødiske rødder bd 1 (Credo, 1996) Hjemmesiden indeholder en række værdifulde artikler og antiseme og Bibelens jødiske baggrund.


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"Mens Israel ble bygget av menneskelige hender, er det umulig å ikke se hendene fra himmelen," sa Mike Pence.
Standing wih Israel 2017.12.01

I taler fra den amerikanske visepresident Mike Pence, israelsk ambassadør til FN Danny Danon, ambassadør Ronald Lauder fra Verdens jødiske kongress og den israelske minister Yisrael Katz ble det klart at det ikke var FN som skapte den jødiske staten, men den jødiske folk selv

USA´s visepresidenr Mike Pence

"De forente nasjoner opprettet ikke den jødiske staten, de opprettholdt rett og slett det jødiske folks naturlige og ugenkaldelige rettigheter til sin egen stat i sitt historiske hjemland," påpekte USAs visepresident Mike Pence på arrangementet.

"Mens Israel ble bygget av menneskelige hender, er det umulig å ikke se hendene fra himmelen," sa Mike Pence.

"Israel behøvde ikke en løsning for å kreve at den eksisterte, fordi landets rett til å eksistere er selvsagt og tidløs," sa Pence.

Ambassadør Ronald Lauder fra Verdens jødiske kongress minnet tilhørerne om at jødene hadde bodd i Judea i åtte århundrer før de ble spredt fra landet av romerne i 135 e.Kr.

"Vi vet hvem vi er og vi vet hvor vi kom fra. Derfor kalles vi jøder. Disse historiske fakta kan ikke endres av UNESCO-beslutninger eller andre som forsøker å nekte historien vår," sa han.

Israels faste representant til U.N., takket ambassadør Danny Danon og de 33 nasjonene som stemte for FN´s generalforsamlings Resolution 181 i 1947, men fortsatte med å si at i dag har Israel diplomatiske forbindelser med over 160 nasjoner.

"I dag er det fredsavtaler med tidligere fiender som Egypt og Jordan og voksende forhold til mange andre arabiske land, spesielt i Gulf-regionen."

Ambassadør Danon ringte FN i 1047 for å høre resultatet av avstemmingen "de lengste tre minuttene i jødisk historie." Han så resultatet som en oppfyllelse av det profetiske ord i Bibelen, som forteller om en tid da jødene kommer tilbake til Israel.

"Vår tilstedeværelse her i dag som den eneste ikke-jødiske organisasjonen i komiteen er viktig, fordi den viser at støtte til staten Israel strekker seg langt utover den jødiske verden, forklarer Tomas Sandell.

"FNs generalforsamling Resolution 181 er en historisk prestasjon som vi virkelig kan være stolte av." Mens det jødiske folk ikke mottok alt som hadde blitt lovet dem av det internasjonale samfunn i 1920, bekreftet det seg retten til selvbestemmelse av det jødiske folk i deres historiske hjemland.

"Den eneste budskapet fra denne erindringen er at det jødiske folk sa ja til fred og sameksistens allerede i 1947 og har fortsatt å gjøre det i de siste 70 årene."

"Det er nå på tide at også fiender av den jødiske staten innser at Israel er her for å bli og komme tilbake til forhandlingsbordet."


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JPost runs positive article on Israeli Messianic leader, Damkani

Kehila News Israel Staff 

Nov 24, 2017

Jacob Damkani evangelizing on the streets of Tel Aviv with a team from Trumpets of Salvation

The popular English-speaking Israeli news site, the Jerusalem Post, recently published an extremely positive profile on Jacob Damkani in an article entitled One Israeli man’s mission to bring the Gospel back to Jewish people.”

Damkani, a well-known Messianic leader in Israel for over 30 years, recently released a movie, A New Spirit, about his life story.

Rather than focusing on the new movie release, the article presented some accurate and thought-provoking points by Damkani, such as the fact that Jesus did not come to establish a new religion, but rather to fulfil what the Jewish prophets spoke about – the Messiah. Rarely, if ever, have these views been presented in Israeli mainstream media. 

When we say ‘Christian’ we think of another religion. But the idea that Jesus came to establish a new religion is far from the truth,” Damkani said in the article. “Jesus never intended to bring a new religion, and the church has to understand that Jesus is the natural continuation of God’s promises made to Israel. Men made a new religion of it, and the Jews will not accept a new religion. That is the obstacle for the Jews. I didn’t become a Christian if that means following a new religion. If it means a follower of Messiah, then OK, I’m a Christian.”

The article further explains that Damkani’s mission is to also educate Christians about Israel as being a central part of God’s plan and to debunk what is commonly called “replacement theology” or the false belief that the gentile church has replaced Israel. 

The church has been blind to the place of Israel in the glorious final salvation and the kingdom to come on earth,” Damkani said. “Messiah didn’t come to replace Israel, he came to open the door, to reconcile all men to God, first to the Jews and then the Gentiles.”

If Western Christians are to make inroads with Israeli Jews, Damkani said they must first acknowledge the part the church has played in alienating them,” the JPost reports.

The article ends on a powerful note with Damkani boldly describing what he calls “a double-edged sword” of his ministry in Tel Aviv.

The task we have now is to open the eyes of the Jews to accept Jesus for who he is and to open the eyes of the Gentiles – the saints from the nations – to their calling to Israel,” he told the JPost.

Albeit the author of the article, Leslie Kriss, is a not a JPost staff writer and the article was originally published in DJournal in Mississippi, the fact that the JPost would choose to publish such a positive article about a Jewish believer in Yeshua is highly significant.

Kehila News Israel Staff

Kehila News Israel Staff

The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.


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CLAIM: Israel no longer Promised Land in New Testament Era

Nov 21, 2017

Ron Cantor

As we get closer to the next Christ at the Checkpoint conference, a conference dedicated to convincing people that Israel is an illegitimate, oppressive and unbiblical nation, it is important to take a fresh look at their claims, that the New Testament changes the land promises to Israel. Dr. Gary Burge, a proponent of Fulfillment Theology (just like Replacement Theology—the Jews have been replaced by Church), believes:

“the Holy Land is now the whole world and is no longer the privilege of an ethnic few [Jews]. In a word, the New Testament is globalizing the blessing of Abraham; earlier it had been tribal and local, now it is global and universal.” (From COCP 2014)

Proponents of Fulfillment Theology teach that all of the Old Testament promises to Israel are fulfilled in Yeshua (hence the name, Fulfillment Theology). Classical Replacement Theology teaches the Church has replaced Israel, whereas now they are saying it is Yeshua who takes Israel’s promise.

This time around it is not the Church that replaces Israel and takes over all her promises in scripture but in fact Jesus. He fulfills in His life and redemptive work all the promises that God ever made to the Jews; even the promise that Canaan would be the everlasting possession of the Jewish people! (Malcolm Hedding)

Burge teaches that when God spoke of Abraham’s seed, it was only a singular seed promised to Yeshua and not to all of Abraham’s physical descendants through Isaac.

The problem with Burge’s approach is that he doesn’t deal with passages that completely contradict his theory.

1, In Genesis 13 we find this passage:

“All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Gen. 13:15-17)

Notice a few words: offspring, forever, and the phrase: dust of the earth.

First, it is true that offspring in Hebrew is seed or zerah, which is always in the singular form, even when used in plural. But the very next verse says that his seed, that inherits the land of Israel, will be “like the dust of the earth,” meaning a whole lot of people. It seems that Burge bases his supposition on one verse, Gen. 3:16, that I deal with in depth, here.

Secondly, this promise of land to Abraham’s descendants is forever—not just until the Messiah comes. The Hebrew is ad olam and it absolutely means “forever”.

2, In Burge’s book, Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to “Holy Land” Theology, he was criticized for failing to deal with key end-times passages that place the Jewish people in their own land at the coming of the Lord. Ezekiel speaks of the dry bones coming to life. Who are these dry bones that come to life? The Lord tells Ezekiel, in v. 11, “These bones are the people of Israel.

Zechariah speaks of the Lord returning to Jerusalem to fight for Israel in chapter 14. (Just a note, if all the Old Testament promises to Israel were fulfilled in Yeshua two thousand years ago, what do you do with all the end-times prophecies?) Zechariah 12 talks about all nations coming against Jerusalem. We can see that happening in our lifetime, yet Burge teaches that there is no future Jerusalem.

3, Even if you discount every Old Testament verse that points to Jews in Israel, in the end times (of which there are a plethora), by coming up with some crazy idea that God was secretly referring to something else, we see Yeshua Himself warning end-time believers that when the anti-Christ takes over the Temple (2 Thes. 2:3-4), “let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” Judea is in Israel.

Yeshua seems to think that there will be an Israel when He returns. And how can the anti-Christ desecrate the Temple in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:26), if there is no Jerusalem? According to this verse, he destroys the city. What city? Without a doubt, Jerusalem, as Zechariah 14:1-2 confirms. The two witnesses of Revelation 11, prophecy in the same city, “where also their Lord was crucified” (v.8), a clear reference to Jerusalem. And Revelation 16:16 speaks of the armies of the world gathering in the valley of Har Megiddo (Armageddon), smack dab in the middle of Israel.


In conclusion, the idea that the promises of the land of Israel to the people of Israel were fulfilled on the cross, goes against God’s clear promise to Abraham and his seed, plural (stars of the sky, etc.). It ignores all the Old Covenant prophecies of the Messiah returning Israel and contradicts the New Testament’s clear claim that there is an Israel in the end times.

Beyond that, it goes against our common sense. God said that He would bring the Jewish people back to their own land in the end times. If he did not mean that specifically, then how in the world could the Jewish people, who wandered for 2,000 years, remain a people and even come back to their own land and create one of the most prosperous countries on earth, in the midst of her mortal enemies? Do you think we are stupid?

The fact is that the theology coming out of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference is not sound at all, but manipulates Scripture to get a desired outcome: Israel is not a fulfillment of prophecy. This conference is a political conference disguised as a theological one.

This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, November 16, 2017, and reposted with permission.

Ron Cantor

Ron Cantor

Ron and wife Elana make their home in Tel Aviv. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua—the Glory of Yeshua—a Tel Aviv-based, Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation. Ron is a published author with Destiny Image Publishers, having written books like “Identity Theft”, “Leave Me Alone, I’m Jewish” and “The Jerusalem Secret”. Ron is a sought-out conference speaker and shares passionately about the Jewish Roots of the New Testament and God’s broken heart for His ancient people Israel.


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Israeli woman goes into the waters of immersion

Moti Cohen 

Nov 11, 2017

The good news is that Yeshua’s gospel is spreading in Tel Aviv. The better news is that there are people who accept the gospel, give their lives to Yeshua, are willing to go through water and Spirit baptism, and dedicate their lives to the Lord!

The Witness of an old Friend

Leah* came to Tiferet Yeshua about three months ago, and she was immersed this week at the Yafo beach. She came together with Miriam, one of our members. When I asked Leah what drew her to the congregation, she said that a few months prior, she met Miriam on the street. Leah and Miriam had known each other for many years, but they hadn’t seen each other in a few years. The reunion with Miriam left a strong impression on Leah. Leah remembered that Miriam had a pretty rough life, and that she had been through more than her fair share of trials. She always saw Miriam as a sad woman who was just trying to survive.

At their reunion, to Leah’s surprise, Miriam was just full of joy. Leah saw a transformed woman. Miriam immediately shared her faith in Yeshua with Leah, and told her how He changed her life completely.

Moroccan Israelis

Born 60 years ago in Tel Aviv, Leah’s family left Morocco a few years after Israel’s independence. Moroccan Jews are one of the larger immigrant communities in Israel. She had a very traditional, Jewish family (a family that observes the Jewish holidays and customs, but not to a religious extent). At a very young age, she was already divorced with two children. She had to raise them completely alone. In addition, she was a chronic cigarette smoker, and she was dealing with unceasing coughing and a hole in her lung.

Leah would occasionally come to our congregation’s gatherings in Tel Aviv and she received a lot of love from our congregation members. She saw that her new friends had faith and values that “provoked her to jealousy” and caused her to reexamine the meaning of life. Of course, the teachings in the congregation about destructiveness of sin, forgiveness of such sins, the love of God, repentance and freedom, caused Leah to ask questions.

Miriam was a great help to Leah, as they met several times each week. She taught her about the Lord from the scriptures and watched movies about Yeshua with her. Finally, it all came together for Leah and Miriam prayed with her to surrender her life to Yeshua.

She could be my mother

I was very excited to hear Leah’s testimony. This is a Jewish woman who came from a Sephardic background (Jews who come from Arab countries like Iraq and Yemen), who surrendered to Yeshua. This gave me a lot of hope for my own family. There’s a barrier of blindness subduing the Sephardic ethnic groups. They were exiled to Muslim countries from Spain in the 15th century. They were exiled for not converting to political Catholicism—thus, the false representation of Yeshua left them closed to His true purpose.

When a 60-year-old woman like Leah surrenders her life to Yeshua, it feels as if my own mother is surrendering to Yeshua. Miriam’s testimony gave hope to a lot of people who pray constantly  for their families. The kind of hope that says even older people from the Jewish Sephardic groups are capable of accepting the gospel and giving their lives to Yeshua.

Time to get wet!

One day, Leah came to me at the beginning of our weekly meeting and told me that she had a dream. In the dream, she saw herself being immersed in water, and through that dream, she realized that it was her time to go through this action of faith.

We took some time to study the foundations of the faith together and the meaning of water immersion. This week, several of us in the congregation arrived at Jaffa beach. This is the same beach where many Jews were most likely immersed in Acts, chapter nine. Leah grew up in Yafo, and it was very symbolic that she specifically chose to be immersed there and make her declaration of faith. Leah wore white Moroccan clothing, and she was completely filled with happiness and joy—something that had escaped her for so many years. We asked that as she was immersed in water, so would she also be immersed in the Holy Spirit.

Leah went into the water and came out glowing. When I looked at her face and her eyes, I saw a woman who was filled with love for God. We rejoiced, worshiped and thanked God for this moment!

Please continue to pray for Leah, that she would have the strength and power from above to completely stop smoking and receive complete healing for her lungs. Furthermore, dear friends, keep our families in your prayers. So that not only us, but also our entire households would come to believe in the Messiah of Israel. Amen.

*Leah is not her real name

This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, November 8, 2017, and reposted with permission.


Moti Cohen

Moti Cohen

Moti serves on the pastoral staff at Tiferet Yeshua Congregation in Tel Aviv.



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Ethiopian Jews in Israel

One For Israel Staff 

Nov 20, 2017

“You must tell them the truth, the reality of the situation”, said my Ethiopian friend, when I asked her what she wanted the world to know about Ethiopian Jews in Israel. And it’s a tough reality, but not one without hope.

God is at work in every part of Israeli society, and the gospel is reaching Ethiopian Jews in all sorts of ways – especially the younger generation.

How come there are Jewish people in Ethiopia?

There have been communities of Jewish Ethiopians following the the Torah for centuries. Even back in Acts 8 we see an Ethiopian Eunuch, the treasurer to Queen Candace of Ethiopia, no less, trying to understand Isaiah 53, when God suddenly brings Philip along to explain it to him, as he traveled back home from Jerusalem by chariot. Other Ethiopians include the wife of Moses, Zipporah, and the Ethiopian who rescued Jeremiah from the pit he had been thrown into, and of course, the Queen of Sheba.

There are several theories about the origins of the Ethiopian Jewish community; most Ethiopian Jews themselves believe that when the Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon, they conceived a son named Menelik, and his descendants were raised in the ways of the God of Israel. Another theory holds that they are the descendants of Jews who fled when the Babylonians conquered Judah in 586 BCE, traveling through Egypt, down the Nile, settling in Ethiopia. Another is that some of the Jewish diaspora traveled from the Arabian peninsula (near Yemen) to the Horn of Africa established new Jewish communities, perhaps intermarrying with local tribes.

The reality of racism

Approximately 140,000 Ethiopian Jewish people live in Israel today, about a third of whom were born in Israel. The majority came in the massive airlifting operations of 1985 and 1991 – Operation Moses and Operation Solomon – helping them to “Make Aliyah” (return to Israel) collectively in the thousands. However, the culture shock and transition has proved extremely challenging, exacerbated by the racism they have been subjected to when they finally made to Israel. There have been some significant problems such as poverty and unemployment among many Ethiopian families and communities as a result. The truth is that the blight of racism is an inescapable fact for the Africans who make it to Israel, whether they are Jewish or not. It affects Jews and non-Jews, asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, Messianics and atheists alike.

On arrival to Israel many have found the rabbinic Judaism that most follow in Israel today rather alien to their practices. Not only is the expression of Judaism different, but the whole way of life in Israel is different, the culture is different, the language is different, and the values of the society are different. The landing can be rough, and many have come with nothing at all, some even making the journey by foot. Yet it should be a source of pride that against all the odds, and despite multiple hurdles, barriers and obstacles, Ethiopian Jews are now finding places of significance in Israeli society – lawyers, teachers, police officers, doctors and recently a pilot. Those who experience racism know that these achievements are hard fought for, and worthy of celebration.

An enduring love for Jerusalem

Throughout the generations, Ethiopian Jews have longed to return to Jerusalem. Each year, fifty days after Yom Kippur, the Jewish community in Ethiopia celebrates the festival of “Sigd”, which means “worship”. They climb a mountain and celebrate the giving of the Torah to Moses at Sinai, and also the rediscovery of the Torah in the times of Ezra and the revival after the Babylonian exile. In Ezra’s time, the people were called as a nation to celebrate Passover in response to hearing God’s law again, even though it wasn’t Passover time, and in reference to that event, the community also then celebrates a Passover together. There is traditional food and dancing, and heartfelt love and longing for Jerusalem and the Promised Land.

For those who have now returned to Israel, Sigd is a time of great rejoicing that the dream of return has been realized. I attended such a celebration in an absorption center for new immigrants, and enjoyed the fabulous Ethiopian food, the unique dancing, and the contagious joy of a dream fulfilled. This particular feast is not emphasized so much in the Messianic community, who have found the One toward whom the entire Torah points – Yeshua the Messiah.

“More and more Ethiopian young people are coming to faith in Yeshua”.

There are many Ethiopian Jews who believe in Yeshua here in Israel. We have Messianic Ethiopian staff and students here at Israel College of the Bible, and there are Messianic Ethiopian ministries and congregations operating in the Amharic language, running some great outreach programs and initiatives designed to meet the specific needs of the community.

Additionally, younger Ethiopian Israelis who do not know about Yeshua are hearing the gospel from Messianic believers around them in society – especially in the army. Many younger believers in Israel are emboldened now to share their faith without shame, wherever they may be – in the army, at work, school, or wherever. And people are responding, including some in the Ethiopian community. Like the journey from Ethiopia to Israel, the journey to integrate into Israeli society has been long and hard. However, the younger generation are seeming to navigate their way more successfully than the older generations who came such a distance both physically and culturally. A great emphasis is being placed on education for the younger generation, as a key to succeed and find their place in Israel. We are glad to be contributing towards that important goal as the Ethiopian students at Israel College of the Bible become proficient in their study of the Bible, and equipped to lead and teach others.

This article originally appeared on One for Israel, and reposted with permission.

One For Israel Staff

One For Israel Staff

ONE FOR ISRAEL strives to be the leading organization in sharing the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah with Israeli Jews and Arabs in the Hebrew language. Our staff is comprised of both Jewish and Arab Israelis, with the shared belief that true peace in the Middle East can only come into existence under Yeshua.


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Araberne i Israel er ikke slaver
Bjarne Bjelland i Dagen 2017.11.16

Dette innlegget er en respons på "Triumfalisme – eit risikabelt spor!"
Samfunn De kan stemme i frie valg, og det sitter arabere i parlamentet. Arabiske dommere sitter i domstolene. Det er arabiske leger og spesialister ved landets sykehus

Tempelhøyden i Jerusalem

De to tidligere sokneprestene Jens Olav Mæland og Kjartan Ruset har i etterkant av «Jerusalem-marsjen» funnet det nødvendig å trekke noen linjer tilbake til hendelser som har skjedd tidligere i historisk sammenheng. Overskriften på innlegget er: «Triumfalisme- et risikabelt spor!»

Triumfalisme – eit risikabelt spor!
Prestene gir en historisk framstilling hvordan både politiske herskere og kirkeledere har gjort felles sak med triumfalistiske virkemidler. Det nevnes her eksempler på både «triumf-tog» og korstog, noe som historien bekrefter.

I sjette avsnitt i innlegget beskriver de to tidligere prestene Jerusalem-marsjen og gir også en redegjørelse av hvorfor denne marsjen arrangeres, antall deltakere, hvem som deltar, og den etterfølgende banketten hvor det er hilsninger og ros fra myndighetene og «Ambassaden» og at en videre roser hverandre for at Jerusalem nå er en jødisk by slik Bibelen profeterer.

Deretter er innlegget farget av den «mørke siden» ."Men det var ei mørk side ved denne triumf-marsjen,hvor "slavene" nå er det palestinske folket som består av arabiske muslimer og kristne." Deretter følger flere historier over Israels «overgrep» etter at Israel etter 67 har «annektert» byen Jerusalem.

Araberne i Israel er ikke slaver. De kan stemme i frie valg, og det sitter arabere i parlamentet. Arabiske dommere sitter i domstolene. Det er arabiske leger og spesialister ved landets sykehus.

Det er også arabiske kommandanter i Israels hær, og arabere som ledere ved universitetene. Arabiske og jødiske barn blir født på de samme fødeavdelingene og blir tatt imot av de samme legene og sykepleierne.

Mødrene ligger i sengene ved siden av hverandre. Jøder og arabere reiser på de samme togene taxiene og bussene. Universiteter, teatre, kinosaler, strender og restauranter er åpne for alle.

Det må være betimelig å spørre Mæland og Ruset hva de egentlig mener at Israel burde gjort for femti år siden når de skriver at Israel etter 67 har «annektert» byen Jerusalem.

Israel hadde på forhånd bedt Jordan om ikke å angripe Israel før dette skjedde, men kong Hussein satte i gang omfattende angrep mot israelske byer og flyplasser.

Vest-Jerusalem var dagen før utsatt for kraftig beskytning med bombekastere fra jordanske styrker. 900 bygninger i Vest-Jerusalem ble truffet.20 israelere ble drept og 1000 personer såret.

Den dagen israelske styrker gikk inn i Jerusalem kom en historisk korrigering etter at byen hadde ligget under forskjellige herskere og nasjoner i lang tid.

Disse hadde gjort sitt beste for at jødene sin arv og historiske tilknytning til Jerusalem skulle fjernes, selv om jødene har sine historiske røtter i denne byen helt siden David var konge i Israel. En tid som i dag bevitnes i sin helhet gjennom utgravingen av “Davidsbyen” i Jerusalem.

Jordan hadde okkupert Øst-Jerusalem i 48 og i den anledning etnisk renset byen for jøder. 48 000 jøder ble jaget ut av Øst-Jerusalem da Jordan tok denne delen av byen. 58 synagoger ble rasert og de jødiske gravstedene på Oljeberget ble skjendet. Jødene ble nektet adgang til sine hellige steder i Øst-Jerusalem.

Det er viktig at Jerusalem blir styrt av Israel og ikke deles opp i to enheter. Det er kun israelsk styresett som kan garantere demokratisk styresett for både jøder og arabere. Israel er garantist for rettigheter til alle religioner og folk.

Jerusalem er verdens viktigste by og står sentralt i Bibelen og i de profetiske budskapene vi har der.

Som tidligere prester har Mæland og Ruset brukt Bibelen som sitt verktøy til å utøve sitt yrke. Hele Bibelen er faktisk en jødisk bok skrevet av jøder.

Israel og det jødiske folk har en sentral plass, ja, faktisk en helt avgjørende plass. Det vi leser i Bibelen i dag OKom Israel og jødene stemmer faktisk med dagens virkelighet.


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Alle syrere ønsker seg til Israel

Over 3000 syrere har fått behandling i forbindelse med «Operasjon God Nabo».


Bjarte Bjellås

20. november 2017 kl. 10.35

Israel behandler skadde syrere ved feltsykehus ved grensen. Her fra et annet feltsykehus i Israel. (Foto. IDF)Israel behandler skadde syrere ved feltsykehus ved grensen. Her fra et annet feltsykehus i Israel. (Foto. IDF)

For første gang har det israelske forsvaret gitt et israelsk TV-team tillatelse til å filme når de åpner grensen for sårede syriske sivile. De unike bildene ble søndag kveld vist på Hadashot News og viser syriske kvinner og barn som slipper inn i Israel for medisinsk behandling, skriver Times of Israel.

– Det er ikke overraskende at syriske sivile kommer til Israel for behandling. Alle ønsker å komme her. Voksne og barn, forteller en syrisk kvinne.

I løpet av den syriske borgerkrigen har 3000 syrere fått behandling av Israel i «Operasjon god nabo». Flere har blitt behandlet ved et feltsykehus ved grensen, mens andre har blitt fraktet til sykehus nord i Israel for ytterligere behandling. Rundt 1000 av dem har vært barn med kroniske sykdommer.

– Det fornuftige med dette er tydelig. Det handler om å gi humanitær nødhjelp, i tillegg til at det hjelper på Israels sikkerhet. Hvis et familiemedlem eller en venn har fått medisinsk behandling i Israel, vil de antagelig endring sin holdning til fienden, sier reporteren i reportasjen.

Syria og Israel er formelt fortsatt i krig og mange syrere læres opp til å hate nabolandet. Som en av de israelske soldatene i TV-reportasjen sier: «Dette må være rart for dem. Vi er jo fienden deres.» Men flere av syrerne som intervjues i reportasjen sier de ikke lenger ser på Israel som en fiende.

– Før så vi på Israel som fienden, men nå som dere hjelper oss er de fleste [på den syriske siden av Golanhøydene] på deres side. De elsker Israel. De ser landets sanne ansikt.. de ser virkeligheten, forteller en syrisk mor.

Hvem mener du er fienden nå, spør reporteren i TV-reportasjen.

– Den islamske stat, Hizbollah, Bashar al-Assad. Der alle samme ulla.

Et syrisk barn tegner et israelsk flagg på sykehuset i Israel. (Foto: Skjermdump Hadashot)Et syrisk barn tegner et israelsk flagg på sykehuset i Israel. (Foto: Skjermdump Hadashot)

TV-teamet følger de sårede syrerne til behandling på Ziv-sykehuset i Nord-Israel. Der er det en sykehusklovn som underholder de syriske barna. En høytstående offiserer i den israelske hæren sier i reportasjen at syrerne i starten måtte beroliges. De var redde for at israelerne ville skade dem.

I et klipp i reportasjen filmes syriske barn som tegner det israelske flagget.

– Jeg kunne ønske vi kunne bli i Israel for alltid. Hvis grensen til Israel ble åpnet ville jeg vært den første til å komme, sier en av de sårede syrerne.

Reporteren følger opp med spørsmål om hvor mange som ville fulgt etter.

– Hele Syria ville fulgt etter. Alle sivile igjen i Syria vil kommet til Israel.

Alle syrerne som blir intervjuet i reportasjen er anonymisert. De risikerer å bli drept i Syria hvis det blir kjent at de har fått behandling i Israel.

Talkshow-verten Conan O’Brien skryter av israelske leger som behandler skadde syrere på grensen. Han mener de fortjener Nobels fredspris.

Conan O'Brien snakker med sosialarbeider Fares Issa. I midten en syrisk gutt som har fått hjelp på sykehuset. (Foto: Privat)Talkshow-verten Conan O’Brien møtte syrere som fikk behandling på israelske sykehus. (Foto: Privat)




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