Rabbi reads Trump into Bible

Half shekel (Image from Hamikdash.org, which is selling the coins)

Half shekel (Image from Hamikdash.org, which is selling the coins)

It was only last month that Israel’s re-constituted Sanhedrin honored President Donald Trump, who had recognized Jerusalem as the nation’s capital and announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy there, by placing his image on a privately minted coin, alongside Persian King Cyrus.

Cyrus, according to Britannica, was a pagan king who liberated the Jews from captivity in Babylon, allowed them to return to their homeland and even facilitated the construction of a Temple.

A short time after the coin wa issued, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened Trump to Cyrus.

“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory, so we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great — Persian King,” Netanyahu told Trump at the White House. “Twenty-five hundred years ago, he proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon can come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem.

“And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people through the ages.”

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Now a third authority has connected Trump to Cyrus.

Adam Elihayu Berkowitz reports at Breaking Israel News that Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a member of the Knesset and an activist for the Temple Mount, said those who fail to see “the proclamation of the word of God and the word of the prophecies and the Book of Ezra, a repetition of Cyrus, the King of Persia, should buy himself a new pair of glasses.”

He was presented with one of the fundraising coins and began reading from the Bible, inserting references to President Trump.

Berkowitz reported Glick was “so overcome with emotion that he began to recite from the Bible.”

“But the verses he recited, describing the president’s activities, don’t really exist. The rabbi’s recitation was intended to graphically illustrate how the political events surrounding the U.S. Embassy move and the president’s actions bear a striking resemblance to King Cyrus’ actions in the days of Ezra the Scribe and the Second Temple,” he reported.

Under the headline “Rabbi Yehudah Glick reads Trump into the Bible” is a video with Glick reading: “Now in the first year of Trump, president of the United States of America, that the word of the Lord, by the mouth of our prophets, 70 years after the state of Israel, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Trump, president of the United States, that he made a proclamation throughout all of his kingdom, and put it in writing, saying, thus says Trump, president of the United States of America, The Lord God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the United States of America, and he has charged me to build him an Embassy in Jerusalem which is in Judah.”

Berkowitz reported Glick’s recitation came after he was presented with a coin bearing the images of Trump and Cyrus.

BIN has posted a video online of Glick’s statement.



Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Sanhedrin, told BIN, “There is no question that the comparison between Cyrus and Trump, two non-Jewish leaders, is apt.”

Earlier, Berkowitz reported the coin, what the Bible mandates be donated by every Jewish male in the Temple, was to be minted by the Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center.

According to a website dedicated to raising money for the construction of a temple, the coin has an image of Trump on the front and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem on the back.

Also on the front will be an image of the ancient Persian King Cyrus, who was key to the construction of the Second Temple.

The coin also is to recognize Lord Arthur Balfour, the foreign secretary for Britain behind the “Balfour Declaration,” which one century ago called for a Jewish homeland.



Muslim Mafia subpoenaed for school-infiltration plans


A federal judge recently told school officials in San Diego to reveal details of their work with an Islamic advocacy organization that has been designated by the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist group, putting it in the same classification as ISIS.

Now a legal team in that fight says it has issued investigative subpoenas to the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as part of a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the San Diego Unified School District’s “anti-Islamophobia initiative.”

The case is being handled by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, which is working on behalf of parents in the district.

The district’s multi-year program was developed under the direction of CAIR as a “holistic” plan to protect Muslim students and their families from bullying and discrimination. As part of the initiative, staff and students are taught by CAIR officials “how to become allies to Muslim students,” and CAIR is empowered to revise school curriculum to portray Islam more favorably.

FCDF is seeking communications between CAIR agents and the school district “as well as documents tracing the Islamic organization’s strategic process for gaining inside access to impressionable schoolchildren.”

“CAIR’s national director testified that proselytizing to schoolchildren is a ‘religious obligation,’ and the purpose of CAIR’s educational outreach, which includes passing out religious propaganda to students during class, is to ‘create a religious educational environment,” the organization said.

Support WND’s legal fight to expose the Hamas front in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Chief Counsel Charles LiMandri explained: “Through deliberate manipulation, CAIR has gained unprecedented power and influence over San Diego Unified’s superintendent and school board. These subpoenas seek to answer questions about the extent of CAIR’s infiltration into the district.”

Also included in the subpoenas are requests for information about the Islamic Center of San Diego’s involvement in assisting CAIR through resources and information. For example, the wife of the local imam spearheads CAIR’s revisions to SDUSD’s curriculum.

“Allowing a radical religious organization to indoctrinate our public schoolchildren defies common sense and undermines the very history and logic of the First Amendment. We hope these subpoenas will shine more light on SDUSD’s unconstitutional relationship with CAIR,” LiMandri said.

In addition to the subpoenas, the legal team is continuing its investigation of SDUSD officials as a result of a court ruling issued last week ordering the district to hand over evidence in the controversy.

The legal team explained the school board “purported to rescind the initiative last July” but obtained records show that SDUSD is still adopting and implementing CAIR’s strategies.

It has sought a preliminary injunction, stating: “Despite public statements to the contrary, defendants have strengthened their partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR’s religious agenda is irrefutable; its divisiveness is undeniable. And strikingly, it prowls the schools not as a wolf in sheep’s clothing – in Justice Scalia’s words, ‘this wolf comes as a wolf.’”

But the program is in conflict with the Establishment Clause’s requirement: “One religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.”

The FBI that has provided an abundance of evidence that CAIR is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch, Hamas. And even a Persian Gulf state, the United Arab Emirates, has designated the Washington, D.C.-based organization a terrorist group.

The judge’s order a week ago requires San Diego school officials to turn over information about whether they are continuing to collude with CAIR.

The case was brought by several families and two parents’ groups against the San Diego Unified School District over its partnership with CAIR, a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to FBI evidence presented in a Hamas-funding case in which CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator.

As WND reported, lawyers with the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund later revised their complaint to focus on CAIR’s radical Islamic origin. The complaint asserted the school district’s partnership with CAIR violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and California law. WND later reported a federal judge objected to a reference to CAIR’s terrorist ties in the complaint, saying it was “impertinent, immaterial and scandalous,” designed only to “inflame the public.”

The program, the families argued, singled out Muslim students for special accommodations and called for changes to school curricula to make it more favorable to Islam. It also allowed CAIR officials into classrooms to teach students about Islam and “how to be allies” to Muslim students.

The district purchased thousands of dollars of CAIR’s recommended teaching materials, which were then distributed to the schools.

When they were caught working with the advocacy organization, San Diego school officials said they ended their partnership.

But the families and the San Diego Asian Americans for Equality and Citizens for Quality Education San Diego say that decision was a “sham” and the cooperation continues.

‘The true faith, Islam’

The influence of Islam in public schools has become a nationwide issue.

In May, in Groesbeck, Texas, a couple moved their sixth-grade daughter to a new school after they discovered her history homework assignment on Islam.

In late March, as WND reported, a middle school in Chatham, New Jersey, was using a cartoon video to teach the Five Pillars of Islam to seventh-grade students, prompting two parents to obtain legal services to fight the school district, which has ignored their concerns.

Teaching the five pillars of Islam also created an uproar in Summerville, South Carolina, and in Loganville, Georgia, last year.

WND also reported in March a high school in Frisco, Texas, has set up an Islamic prayer room specifically for Muslim students to pray on campus during school hours. The same type of prayer rooms have been set up in high schools in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and other school districts.

In 2015, parents in Tennessee asked the governor, legislature and state education department to investigate pro-Islam bias in textbooks and other materials.

WND reported in 2012 ACT for America conducted an analysis of 38 textbooks used in the sixth through 12th grades in public schools and found that since the 1990s, discussions of Islam are taking up more and more pages, while the space devoted to Judaism and Christianity has simultaneously decreased.

In 2009, Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council, a group that reviews history books, told Fox News the texts were “whitewashing” Islamic extremism and key subjects such as jihad, Islamic law and the status of women.

Also in 2009, WND reported the middle school textbook “History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond,” published by Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, said an Islamic “jihad” is an effort by Muslims to convince “others to take up worthy causes, such as funding medical research.”

In 2006, WND reported a school in Oregon taught Islam by having students study and learn Muslim prayers and dress as Muslims.

WND reported in 2003 a prominent Muslim leader who eventually was convicted on terror-related charges helped write the “Religious Expression in Public Schools” guidelines issued by President Bill Clinton.

In 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, seventh graders in Byron, California, were taught a three-week course on Islam that required them to learn 25 Islamic terms, 20 proverbs, Islam’s Five Pillars of Faith, 10 key Islamic prophets and disciples, recite from the Quran, wear a robe during class, adopt a Muslim name and stage their own “holy war” in a dice game.

Parents went to court to uphold their right to reject the class for their children, but a federal judge ruled against them, and in 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider their appeal.



Turkey’s ‘hostage diplomacy’ point of concern for West


Turkey has been a cause for alarm in the West. It’s taken over Christian churches, it’s backed Islamic jihad on its borders, and there’s even been talk of its president, Tayyip Recep Erdogan, envisioning the restoration of the Ottoman Empire, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Now the regime is being accused of running its international diplomacy through “hostage-taking.”

In the most recent incident, two Greek soldiers stepped across the border during a snowstorm. Others include German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, French journalist Loup Bureau and American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson.

“All were imprisoned in Turkey on trumped-up terrorism-related charges,” comments Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut, who is based in Washington, D.C.

In a piece for the Gatestone Institute, he cited Freedom House project director Nate Schenkkan’s comment that “Turkish hostage-taking has become one of the most pressing problems in relations between Ankara and its Western allies.”

“It is something that everyone knows is happening, but political leaders and diplomats are reluctant to call it by its name,” Bulut wrote.

The most recent confrontation developed March 2 when two Greek soldiers were arrested on suspicion of espionage and jailed in Turkey.

Angelos Mitretodis and Dimitris Kouklatzis were arrested in the small space between Turkish and Greek guard posts.

The soldiers explained “they had simply strayed a few meters in the thick forest, due to the poor weather conditions. They had difficulty seeing where they were going, and so followed tracks in the snow.”

Turkey refused pleas for their release.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


FBI source: Majority of staff on Clinton case wanted her prosecuted

(Daily Caller) The decision at the FBI to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information was solely from the top down, a source told Fox News.

“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” said the source who is described as an official close to the Clinton case.

The FBI official said that Director James Comey’s announcement on July 5 angered and disgusted members of the investigative team which included over 100 FBI agents and analysts who worked overtime with six DOJ attorneys from the department’s National Security Division and Counter Espionage Section.


The Swamp responds: ‘A political assassination’

(Busienss Insider) FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired on Friday, one day before he was set to retire, prompting current and former colleagues in the intelligence community to defend him in a burgeoning battle with President Donald Trump and his allies.

“It is hard for me to find the words to express my anger at the moment,” said Frank Montoya, Jr., a former FBI agent who worked closely with McCabe before he retired in 2016. “This is a political assassination on a good man and public servant. It is also a savage broadside on the institution he served.”

McCabe was forced out of the FBI earlier this year amid an internal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General. The inquiry looked into his approval of unauthorized disclosures to the media in October 2016 related to the bureau’s Hillary Clinton email probe.


1 year later, American pastor still held without charges

Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor, with wife Norine, had ministered in Turkey for 23 years before he was arrested Oct. 7, 2016.

Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor, with wife Norine, had ministered in Turkey for 23 years before he was arrested Oct. 7, 2016.

There’s more confusion coming from Turkey regarding an American Christian pastor who has been held in jail without charges for more than a year.

After a news report said the prosecutor had formulated counts against Andrew Brunson, word came that only a draft of the charges has been prepared but not released.

News of the latest mismanagement of Brunson’s case by Turkish officials comes from the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been defending Brunson since his arrest Oct. 7, 2016, in Izmir.

The international religious rights organization revealed this week that Brunson’s Turkish lawyer met with a prosecutor in the case, and the prosecutor denied news reports “that an indictment has been turned in.”

“Apparently, a draft has been prepared but it has not yet been turned in to the court,” ACLJ said. “Since the case remains sealed, we will have to wait for the coming weeks to see how this situation plays out. In the meantime, Pastor Andrew remains behind bars, separated from his family, now for almost a year and a half. ”

Originally, the claims against Brunson were to have been delivered to a court, which would have 15 days to decide whether the case would proceed.

Since there are no charges to contest, there is no option in Turkey for release on bail.

ACLJ noted Brunson was arrested “despite having committed no crime and having peacefully lived out his religious beliefs in service to the people of Turkey for over two decades.”

“Pastor Brunson’s case has not only caught the world’s attention, but also that of President Trump, who himself has demanded Pastor Brunson’s release on several occasions. However, as indicated by President Erdoğan’s recent demand to swap Pastor Brunson for Fethullah Gülen, it seems Pastor Brunson has become a political prisoner and bargaining chip for Turkey.”

ACLJ said there’s “no evidence” for any accusations against Brunson.

The legal group said Turkey’s action will now be evaluated by the incoming secretary of state, former congressman Mike Pompeo, an attorney and former military captain, who is currently the head of the CIA.

The current secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, recently visited Turkey as a part of a newly established working group created to repair U.S. and Turkey relations, ACLJ noted.

“We have been working closely with the State Department fighting for Pastor Brunson’s release, and we look forward to continuing to do so under the leadership of the new secretary of state.”

WND reported in February Brunson issued a message, distributed by ACLJ, asking for prayer and expressing discouragement.

Brunson wrote in a message to his wife: “I am very discouraged. Please have prayer for me. I love you – can’t handle the thought of growing old in this place, without you.”

ACLJ, describing him as “a political prisoner,” said one of the problems is that until charges are filed, the case file assembled by police or prosecutors is secret.

WND reported in January when 24 members of the Council of Europe signed a document demanding Turkey release Brunson.

The written declaration criticizes Erdogan for using Brunson as “a bargaining chip” with the U.S. to extradite Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for the failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Brunson had served as a pastor in Turkey for more than 23 years before his arrest.

ACLJ said its international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, submitted a written question to the Council’s Committee of Ministers “with the argument that Turkey is violating its international commitments to respect and apply human rights within its territory.”

The question to the ministers was: “What do you intend to do to ensure that Turkey adheres to its European commitments and obligations. And what can you do to ensure the effective enjoyment of the rights enshrined in the European Convention by Pastor Brunson?”

Eventually, 24 members of the council – from Moldova, Sweden, Ukraine, Romania, Ireland, Armenia, Spain, San Marino, Poland, Serbia, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Hungary, Netherlands and Croatia – signed a document stating Brunson has been held for more than 400 days, “without any reason, and in blatant violation of his rights.”

The ministers’ statement said: “He has lived under inhumane conditions and lost over 50 pounds. While no evidence had ever been set forth to substantiate any crime from him, the Turkish authorities have systematically denied the multiple appeals contesting his detention.”

WND reported in late 2017 Turkey was not only accusing Brunson of terrorism but also espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government, which could bring life in prison and possibly even the death penalty if he is convicted.

Turkey, once held up as an example of a moderate Islam friendly to Western values, has been sliding backward in recent years. The latest crackdowns on Christianity signaled an acceleration of its return to Islamic Shariah law under the Erdogan regime.

For example, the country, which is 99 percent Muslim, recently seized ownership of 50 churches.

The last time Turkey was ruled by Shariah, under the Ottoman Empire, it slaughtered more than 1.5 million Christians of Greek, Armenian and Syrian descent.



Trump’s lawyer: It’s time to end the Mueller probe

(Daily Beast) President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, told The Daily Beast on Saturday morning that he hopes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference.

Reached for comment by email about the firing of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Dowd sent The Daily Beast the text of Trump’s most recent tweet on the subject, which applauded the dismissal.

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd then wrote.