In the wake of Hosni Mubarak leaving his office as leader of Egypt, one would think that there should be a ‘wait and see’ attitude for any changes in the security threat to Israel. However, the instability which already exists on the 240km Israel-Sinai border heightens the concerns of the confusion surrounding a regime change, and the potential problems a government less friendly toward Israel could pose to Israel’s security. A Jerusalem Post article points out that Egyptian police stations in the Sinai have already been abandoned when attacked by Bedouins who hold no loyalty to Egypt. Referring to the peninsula as a ‘lawless land,’ a senior defense official indicated,
There is real concern that if the Egyptians don’t get the Sinai back under their control, it could develop into a major threat to Israel.
Hamas has used the region to launch multiple attacks against Israel over the past several years, so they may use the governmental upheaval to their advantage. According to an Arutz-7 news brief, the police in the Sinai region have been attacked, beaten and kidnapped by militants in the region, prompting Israel to approve the deployment of Egyptian forces to the Sinai for the first time since Egypt signed their peace treaty with Israel, to address the increase in violence.
Believers who are concerned for Israel’s safety are having mixed reactions toward these developments in the Sinai and the potential for greater freedom for the Christians in Egypt if the new government is one that will embrace religious liberty. However, with the election of the Hamas in Gaza and the ‘tactical coup’ by Hezbollah in Lebanon, the region is not trending towards freedom and democracy. Let us be diligent in our prayers for the entire region for God’s purposes, the protection of believers and Israel.
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The Alliance Defense Fund is urging that Fort Hood Terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan be charged with 14 counts of murder, rather than the 13 he’s currently charged with. Who is this 14th victim? The unborn child of Private Francheska Velez. According to the ADF:
The Alliance Defense Fund issued a letter Thursday to the Office of Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Hood, Texas, urging it to enforce the law by charging the suspect in the Fort Hood massacre with the killing of all 14 of the dead victims in the Fort Hood massacre, including the pre-born child of Private Francheska Velez.
“All murder victims–born and pre-born–deserve equal justice,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Women who volunteer to protect our country deserve to know that the government will enforce the laws that protect their children.”
Military prosecutors have charged Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder after last week’s shooting at Fort Hood but have not yet charged him with the death of Velez’s child, being referred to as “Baby Velez.” Army officials have indicated that additional charges against Hasan are under consideration.
The ADF letter urges enforcement of Article 119a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which makes it a crime for anyone “to cause the death…of a child, who is in utero at the time the conduct takes place” regardless of whether the killer intended to kill the child. If the killer intended to kill the child, he can be prosecuted for murder under Article 118.
“According to press accounts, Private Velez had returned to America from Iraq a week before the shooting,” the letter states. “Private Velez was three months pregnant and was excited about being a new mother. She was scheduled to begin maternity leave next month. She was filling out paperwork relating to her pregnancy when she and her child were killed… It would cause a severe and negative impact on morale if Army women were made to believe that the Army valued their children less than they did adult victims of crime. We respectfully request that you enforce UCMJ Article 119a against the suspect.”
According to the letter:
The Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 119a, makes it a crime for anyone to “cause the death of.. a child, who is in urtero at the time the conduct takes place,”while he is committing conduct that constitutes murder of the child’s mother under Article 118 (or while committing any of server other offenses against persons). Culpability under 119a explicitly does not require that Maj. Hasan knew about Pvt. Velez’s unborn child; but if he intended to kill the child, the law requires that he be prosecuted under Article 118 for murder of the child.
Notwithstanding the incredible hypocrisy of a government that protects a mother’s right to murder their infant while prosecuting the same murder when someone else is at fault, we are in full support of ADF’s stance and hope to see justice done in the case of Pvt. Velez’s child.
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THE HOLLOW SOUND OF ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTS
By Michael L. Brown, Ph.D.
Director, The Coalition of Conscience
On Saturday, January 3, a Muslim-led rally for peace in Gaza was held in Charlotte’s Marshall Park. Similar rallies have taken place in recent days in cities across America and around the world with a clear and consistent theme: Stop the massacre of the Palestinians!
To be sure, even Israel’s staunchest allies and friends rue the loss of Arab lives — especially the lives of innocent civilians — and one would be hard-pressed to find Israelis celebrating the deaths of defenseless women and children. No caring person – regardless of their religious beliefs or ideology – can remain unmoved by the suffering of so many people, which is why Israel does its level best to avoid civilian casualties.
Even the media has reported that the Israeli army has sent out hundreds of thousands of text messages, placed specific phone calls, and dropped countless pamphlets, urging civilians to flee from targeted sites — sites which Hamas intentionally placed in populated neighborhoods so as to maximize potential civilian casualties. The dictum still holds true that the Israelis consider it a tragedy when Arab children are killed by their troops, while Muslim extremists consider the killing of Israeli children by terrorists a cause for celebration.
But there is something terribly hypocritical about these anti-Israel protests, and it is fair to ask why these same protesting voices have been so deafeningly silent while hundreds of defenseless Israelis have been intentionally killed or maimed or orphaned by the very terrorists whom Israel is presently targeting. Which act is more deserving of protest, the unintentional (and much regretted) killing of civilians during an attempt to stop the murderous attacks of terrorists over a period of weeks, or the intentional killing of civilians over a period of years?
If Mexico was raining down missiles and rockets on cities in Texas — targeting schools and shopping malls and neighborhoods — also sending in suicide bombers whenever possible, how long would America wait to respond? And what if the government of Mexico had vowed to wipe Texas off the map? America’s response would be swift and devastating. Yet Israel has endured 10,000 rocket and missile attacks over the last eight years, along with devastating suicide bombings, resulting in more than 1,200 deaths and 7,000 injuries (from all terrorist attacks).
And how did Israel respond to this bombardment? The Israeli government, under Ariel Sharon, chose to forcibly evict its citizens from Gaza in 2005, pulling out all its troops as well, in an attempt to promote peace. (This was a terribly costly endeavor for Israel, in terms of both financial expense and emotional trauma.) Hamas responded with increased attacks against the Israeli people, causing daily terror and shock in these communities, not to mention the terrible loss of life.
Where were the Arab and Muslim voices saying, “Stop the massacre of the Jews”? Why the outcry over the loss of Arab life today but no outcry over the loss of Jewish life over the past decade? Is Jewish blood somehow less precious than Arab blood? Or do the Arabs have some kind of “right” to kill the evil, occupying Israelis?
Let’s remember that Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States — think of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaida as a point of comparison — and the Hamas charter states, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” And, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.” The Hamas charter also endorses the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious, anti-Semitic forgery that claims Jewish leaders are secretly plotting to take over the world, a document exploited by the Nazis as well.
But this is not all. The Jerusalem Post reported on January 7 that Hamas was imprisoning and crippling fellow Palestinians: “The Hamas government has placed dozens of Fatah members under house arrest out of fear that they might exploit the current IDF operation to regain control of the Gaza Strip [Fatah was ousted by leadership in Gaza by Haams]. Fatah officials in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas militiamen had been assaulting many Fatah activists since the beginning of the operation last Saturday. They said at least 75 activists were shot in the legs while others had their hands broken. Wisam Abu Jalhoum, a Fatah activist from the Jabalya refugee camp, was shot in the legs by Hamas militiamen for allegedly expressing joy over the IDF air strikes on Hamas targets.”
So, Hamas activists are brutalizing fellow Muslim Arabs, and yet Muslim protesters in Marshall Park held up signs directed at Israel saying, “Stop the hate” and “End racism,” the latter slogan being connected to the particularly ugly charge that “Zionism is racism.” How can these demonstrators make Israel out to be the guilty party? It is common knowledge that Palestinian children are taught to hate the Jews from their earliest days, with one famous textbook even stating, “There is no alternative to destroying Israel,” yet is Israel which must “stop the hate.”
Middle East expert Daniel Pipes noted in 2005 that out of Jews worldwide, “Israel faces the most extreme danger, surrounded as it is by enemies who in the past generation have dehumanized Jews in ways reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In both cases, governments have engaged in a systematic campaign to transform the Jewish next-door neighbor into a beast-like threat that can only be controlled through his destruction.” Not surprisingly, one pro-Hamas demonstrator at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, FL on December 30 shouted to Israeli supporters, “go back to the oven” and “you need a big oven, that’s what you need.”
This is the reality that surrounds the people of Israel every day — from Hezbollah in Lebanon, from Hamas in Gaza, from Syria, from Iran (just to name a few) – and at this point, at least 500,000 Israelis are within range of Hamas rockets. Yet when Israel finally said, “Enough is enough,” taking the necessary action to stop terrorists from trying to kill its people, there is an uproar of protest. The moral outrage of these protesters rings hollow, to say the least.
If Hamas would put down its weapons for good, there would be peace, along with the massive improvement of the quality of life for the population of Gaza. Until then, Israel can be expected to do what is necessary to stop the murder of its citizens, and those calling for peace should focus their attention on putting an end to extremist Muslim terrorism rather than protesting Israel’s self-defense.
Dr. Michael L. Brown is the President of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina and the Director of the Coalition of Conscience. His most recent book is, 60 Questions Christians Ask About Jewish Beliefs and Practices
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