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Thursday, February 23, 2012


NEW 1:

I would like to share with you the miraculous story of Rachel, who went from being an abused woman with nowhere to turn, to an independent mother with tangible skills, thanks to IFCJ. Rachel is just one of the courageous women in IFCJ sponsored women’s shelters in Israel, who have touched my heart in a deep way.
Rachel, a mother of three, arrived at the IFCJ shelter scared and broken. The brutal marks on her body immediately told the story of her husband’s abuse.
“After one particularly violent act, I knew I was at my breaking point. I came with my children to this shelter and received everything I needed — physically and emotionally,” said Rachel.
Women like Rachel who have no family to turn to during their most trying times face enormous challenges when they make the courageous decision to escape abuse, poverty, and neglect by their husbands.
That’s why I am so thankful that Rachel and her children were able to turn to us in their time of need. Through the kindness and support of donors like you, The Fellowship is able to provide a safe haven for Jewish women in crisis by supporting a network of lifesaving projects designed towards women’s needs across Israel.
The women who come to us are brave and determined — however, they often lack the means to become independent. Thanks to your help, we are able to provide job training courses, legal counsel, and therapy programs designed to give women like Rachel the skills and opportunities to become self-sufficient and provide for their children.
Because I have seen the drastic difference that the IFCJ women’s projects make, I am asking friends like you to open the doors of opportunity to more brave women in Israel by making a special gift to IFCJ today.
Rachel and her children stayed in the shelter for six months, where they received counseling and Rachel took a bookkeeping class. “Everything was given in abundance. It felt like a home and even better,” she recalls. This IFCJ shelter was the first safe home that Rachel’s children ever knew.
Today, Rachel has a job as a computer programmer and an apartment for her and her children. “I left the shelter as a strong woman heading towards a new life,” she says proudly.
Right now, many more Jewish women are praying for the same life changing chance. Please reach out and help them to achieve lives of independence, dignity, and safety. Thank you.
With blessings from Israel,
Yael Eckstein (signature)
Yael Eckstein
Senior Vice President
Your gift to The Fellowship will help women in crisis not only survive, but thrive. When women leave an IFCJ-funded shelter, they are stronger, more confident, and self-sufficient — all because of friends like you. Please help IFCJ give mothers like Rachel a pathway to a better life.

NEW 2:
Dear Friend of Israel,

If it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable – calling Israel an apartheid state, comparing the one true democracy in the Middle East to the oppressive legal system once in use in South Africa. But that’s exactly what the organizers of the annual “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) believe. Their event takes place on college campuses around the world beginning early next week, as they seek “to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system.”

Under South African apartheid, black people were subject to laws that controlled practically every aspect of their public behavior and completely segregated them from the ruling white minority. It was a brutal system that thankfully was dismantled in the early 1990s after years of intense internal and international pressure.

The question remains: How could the word "apartheid," which describes an evil system of institutionalized segregation, discrimination, and domination based on race, possibly be applied to Israel? IAW organizers wrongly use it to make the claim that the treatment of Arabs in Israeli society and the treatment of black South Africans under apartheid is similar.

How ridiculous. In apartheid-era South Africa, black citizens were totally disenfranchised and relegated to the status of second-class citizens. In Israel, on the other hand, both Jewish and Arab citizens have equal protection under the law, enjoy freedom of religion and speech, and have full voting rights. Arab-Israeli members are present in Israel's 120-member parliament, the Knesset.

Benjamin Pogrund, a South African Jew now living in Israel who saw firsthand the horrible oppression and misery caused by apartheid in his native country, spelled out the absurdity of this comparison in a 2005 essay. "Two years ago I had major surgery in a Jerusalem hospital," he wrote. "The surgeon was Jewish, the anesthetist was Arab, the doctors and nurses who looked after me were Jews and Arabs. Jews and Arabs share meals in restaurants and travel on the same trains, buses and taxis, and visit each other's homes. Could any of this possibly have happened under apartheid? Of course not."

Sadly, the truth, and real-life examples like Pogrund's, means nothing to IAW organizers and their ilk. Anyone who promotes the idea of Israel as an "apartheid state" is either ignorant or motivated by bias against the Jewish state so intense that facts and truth no longer have any meaning to them.

We’ve mobilized to help fight this blatant anti-Israel prejudice. Be sure to visit our 4Zion website for resources that can help you counter the lies of Israel Apartheid Week. Now is a time for Israel’s friends to stand up and be counted — and that is exactly what I hope you will do today.

There is, of course, real oppression in the world. In Syria, anti-government demonstrators are shot and killed by the dozens nearly every day. Iran's government has done the same to demonstrators who take to the streets against that country's harsh Islamist regime. In Saudi Arabia, there is no such thing as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of assembly, and women are second-class citizens under the law.

And yet, Israel Apartheid Week protesters focus their indignation on one country – tiny, democratic Israel. In doing so, they reveal their true motives – not to seek justice for Palestinians or to promote peace, but to defame the Jewish state. Those who use these dishonest, underhanded tactics reveal much about their own hatreds and biases – and nothing about Israel.

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

NEW 3:

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
Iran is preparing to move forward with the execution of a Christian pastor for the crime of apostasy.  Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani admits that he was born into a Muslim family and was taught some of the precepts of the faith, but says he never accepted them.  Nadarkhani converted to Christianity – illegal in Iran – at 19.  The now-34 year old was arrested two years ago for apostasy and evangelizing and, since that time, has been separated from his family for refusing to recant his faith.
The Obama administration and many in Congress have condemned Iran’s actions and called for Nadarkhani’s release.  We hope you will join us in praying for Pastor Nadarkhani’s freedom and for the freedom of all Iranians to enjoy the liberty to follow their own consciences.


NEW 4:

cufi sunday 2012
We are excited to announce that the fourth annual Christians United for Israel Sunday will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
We are so blessed that over the last three years thousands of churches in over 60 countries have stood in solidarity with Israel through CUFI Sunday. From the largest cities to the smallest towns, from mega churches in the American heartland to underground churches in China, Christians have come together to express their love and support for Israel.
We pray that your church will participate in the fourth annual CUFI Sunday, on Sunday, May 20, 2012. CUFI will provide you with all the materials you need to implement a successful CUFI Sunday, including videos, literature and Pastor John Hagee's personal sermon notes for your use.
Please click here to participate in CUFI Sunday. As you'll see, you don't have to be a pastor to ensure that your church stands with Israel on CUFI Sunday. 
  The date we've chosen for CUFI Sunday -- May 20th -- is the Sunday closest to Israel Independence Day.  As the Jewish State celebrates its 64th birthday, there is no better present we can send than the news of thousands of churches standing in solidarity with her!
We look forward to uniting in action and prayer on behalf of Israel with you and your congregation on May 20, 2012.
Register Today
May God Bless You and Those that You Love,
Pastor John Hagee
National Chairman
David Brog
Executive Director

NEW 5:
For a number of years, people have been asking me about leading a trip to Israel. I wanted you to be one of the first to know that we are now making final plans for a group trip on August 30 to September 8, 2012.
Whether you’ve been to the Holy Land before or this is your first time, this trip will be like nothing you have ever experienced. We will enjoy first-class accommodations throughout this trip.
Today I’m inviting you to come and join Carolyn and me in Israel as we:
Trip to the Holy Land 2012 Mike and Carolyn
  • Take part in a Jerusalem Prayer Summit
  • Study the Word as you walk where Jesus walked
  • See the places you have read about on the pages of Scripture in a whole new way
  • Visit Calvary and the Garden Tomb, Masada, Galilee, Caesarea and more
  • Meet with leaders of Israel as I include you in some of my interactions with them
  • Have the option to plant a tree in Israel in honor of someone special in your life
  • And so much more!
We believe this trip is going to fill up quickly, so I encourage you to contact us today if you are interested in joining us. The price including air-fare from New York is $3,149 which is a great price for that time of year.
You can get all of the details by calling our travel agent at 1-800-929-4684 ext. 1, or you can register by clicking on this link:
Register Now
I have been to Israel more than 70 times over the past several decades, and I look forward to sharing with you from my personal experiences and study.
Carolyn and I invite you to join us for a wonderful time in the Land of Promise in 2012. We are eagerly looking forward to this trip and pray that God will do a great work in the hearts of all of us who are able to go. I am also asking you to join me in standing for Israel today in a special way during this time of great danger and crisis.
Become a member:

NEW 6:
Dear Freedom Center Supporter:

Last week we alerted you to the rabid anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred that has infected our nation's campuses.

As a follow up to that email, we wanted to alert you that the Freedom Center has just published a groundbreaking book authored by Professor Richard L. Cravatts, titled Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews.

We are going to promote this book to all the major University publications, targeted officials and alumni and trustees. We will run ads for the book in 50 targeted campus papers. Just the presence of the ad will play a major role in this education.

From reading our materials, one will be shocked to learn about the hateful, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel movements taking place at American colleges and universities. The Freedom Center is sounding the alarm, but we need your support to do so. Please follow this link right away to make the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can afford today. For your gift of $35 or more, I'll rush you a signed copy of Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews.

The Freedom Center is dedicated to exposing the insidious hatred that has infected our campuses and has seeped into our culture. As we wrote last week, the atmosphere on campus today recalls that of Germany in the 1930s when Hitler was laying the groundwork for the Holocaust. Muslim students are allowed to intimidate Jewish students. They are allowed to bring Islamist preachers of hate onto campuses with the most unapologetically vile messages.

Please help us today by making the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can afford, and we will rush you a copy of this groundbreaking new book. Thank you again for all your support.


David Horowitz
President & Founder

P.S. Help us promote Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews in all the major University publications, targeted officials and alumi and trustees by making a tax-deductible contribution of $35 or more and we'll rush you a signed copy. Thanks—David



God blesses you and Israel!

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