By Hillel Fendel.. Jacques Gauthier, a non-Jewish Canadian lawyer who spent 20 years researching the legal status of Jerusalem, has concluded: “Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, by international law.” Gauthier has written a doctoral dissertation on the topic of Jerusalem and its legal history, based on international treaties and resolutions of the past 90 years. The dissertation runs some 1,300 pages, with 3,000 footnotes. Gauthier had to present his thesis to a world-famous Jewish historian and two leading international lawyers – the Jewish one of whom has represented the Palestinian Authority on numerous occasions.
- Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:57
Increased Risk for Jewish Communities in Ukraine
Though the protests in Ukraine against the government have dominated news coverage from the country in recent days, Jewish People living there have found themselves targeted as well. The Giymat Rosa Synagogue in the Ukrainian town of Zaporizhia, 250 miles southeast of Kiev, was firebombed earlier this week. Thankfully the synagogue was not seriously damaged and no one was injured in the attack.
In response to this and other threats and attacks, the head of the European Jewish Association, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, has written to Prime Minister Netanyahu with an urgent request to “send trained security guards to protect Jewish communities in Ukrainian cities and towns.” Natan Sharansky, the famed Russian dissident who now heads the Jewish Agency, has announced that his group is raising funds to improve security for the estimated 400,000 Jewish people who live in Ukraine.
This latest outbreak of anti-Semitism is a grim reminder that it is not just in Israel that Jews are being targeted by their enemies. Yet the threat to the residents of Israel continues to increase as well. The recent military strike by Israeli jets on a Hezbollah base in southern Lebanon that appears to have been aimed at destroying a shipment of advanced missiles has sparked threats of reprisal. And the stalled peace talks have been accompanied by a rise in terrorist attacks and threats as well.
For those of us who love and support the Jewish People, the message in the headlines is clear—we must do even more to encourage and help them in every way that we can. Christians for Israel are working with agencies on the ground to assist, especially in regards to helping people make Aliyah.