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CUFI Launches New Millennial-Focused “Israel Collective” Initiative, Releases Two Short Films

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On Tuesday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, announced the establishment of a new initiative, “The Israel Collective,” aimed at building relationships between American Christians, Israelis, and people of good will throughout the Arab and Islamic world. This initiative is a direct response to efforts by Israel’s detractors to mislead America’s Christians into turning against the Jewish state.

The initiative’s announcement coincided with the release of two new films, “My Brother’s Keeper” and “Israel Collective: Los Angeles.” The former follows three individuals, an Arab-Israeli priest, a Muslim Zionist, and a Holocaust survivor, as they join CUFI on Campus at some of America’s most anti-Israel universities to speak out in support of the Jewish state, and the latter examines the life-changing visit of three Los Angeles-based Christians to the Holy Land.

“The millennial generation of evangelicals has an admirable focus on the core Christian values of compassion and love. I find it tragic that the Israel haters have rushed to hijack these noble morals for their bitter cause. We owe it to our young people and to Israel to make sure the truth is told and heard. We’re thrilled to see the power of our truth already making a difference,” said CUFI executive director David Brog.

“Dictators across the Middle East promote violence against anyone who opposes them, minorities, and the Jewish state. Yet there are courageous individuals — many of them Christian — that though they live under tyrannical, anti-Israel regimes, vocally support human rights and oppose violence against Israel. The Israel Collective is dedicated to telling their stories and building unity between American Christians, the people of Israel, and those courageous Middle Eastern peacemakers who dare to love Israel even if they are persecuted for it,” explained Joshua Ahrens, who oversees The Israel Collective in his capacity as CUFI’s Millennial Outreach Coordinator.

The Israel Collective, an initiative of Christians United for Israel, is dedicated to creating a community of young Christian peacemakers to build bridges between American Christians and Israel. As followers of Jesus, we are called to love others as He loved them and to bring joy and life to all our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land and beyond. Learn more at www.Israelcollective.org.

Christians United for Israel is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. CUFI spans all fifty states and reaches millions with its message. Each year CUFI holds hundreds of pro-Israel events in cities around the country. And each July, thousands of pro-Israel Christians gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in the CUFI Washington Summit and make their voices heard in support of Israel and the Jewish people.

 

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18 years after she survived bombing, woman joins IDF

pic-635x357As an infant, having just lost her mother, Shani Winter was pulled from a bombed-out Tel Aviv cafe by a policewoman, who sees her off at the induction office

The subject of an iconic photo of a 1997 suicide bombing — a wounded baby pulled from a cafe by a cop — was drafted into the IDF on Sunday, and the policewoman who saved her was present to see her off

Shani Winter, 18, was lightly hurt in the March 1997 Cafe Apropos bombing in Tel Aviv, in which three Israeli women in their 30s — including Shani’s mother, Anat Winter-Rosen — were killed. Winter was saved because she was shielded by her mother’s body.

Continue reading at the Times of Israel.

Revolutionary Israeli diagnostic technique identifies what lurks in your lungs

SourkaskyGroundbreaking new diagnostic technique used on firefighters at Ground Zero identifies dangerous particles inhaled by firefighters, factory workers, dental technicians, kids with asthma.

 

Microscopic foreign particles in the lungs of firefighters, welders, industrial workers and children cause respiratory problems of great concern to Prof. Elizabeth Fireman of the Institute for Pulmonary and Allergic Diseases at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

She has developed a bio-monitoring technique that’s proven its value from Ground Zero to the playground.

Back in 1999, Fireman published her first paper showing how her revolutionary induced sputum (IS) and analysis techniques worked better than the more invasive bronchial lavage method in obtaining and studying mucus of Israeli factory workers to test for hazardous particles from inhaled dust.

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center terror attack on September 11, 2001, she flew to New York to bio-monitor 39 New York City firefighters who’d inhaled toxic substances at the disaster site, and compared results against a control group of Israeli firefighters. She identified toxic metals such as mercury in the rescue workers’ lungs.

“When the Twin Towers collapsed, I realized my method could be used for the firefighters,” she tells ISRAEL21c. “At the beginning, they didn’t understand how a woman in Israel could help, but I met Dr. Dave Prezant, the chief physician of the New York Fire Department 10 months later at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society, and offered him the technology. I said I was sure even at this point I would find particles, because they accumulate and remain in the body.”

Sure enough, her tests showed that firefighters who had worked at Ground Zero for more than 10 days harbored several different kinds of dangerous particles in their lungs.

In a new study soon to be published, Fireman and a team of researchers compared the IS technique to environmental monitoring in mapping air pollution. They examined 136 urban children evaluated for asthmatic symptoms at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, which is affiliated with the School of Public Health at Tel Aviv University.

“Rooftop pollution monitoring stations measure larger particulate matter, which is mostly expelled by the lungs,” explains Fireman, who also is on Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine. “I wanted to know what happened to the small particle matter capable of evading the body’s immunological mechanisms. And I wanted to know how they affected asthmatic kids.”

Continue reading at Israel21c.

Netanyahu: Palestinian Authority is an entity allied with terror group, not a state

bibiThe Palestinian Authority is not a country, but rather a group allied with a terrorist organization, and for that reason its appeal to the International Criminal Court should be rejected out of hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Netanyahu’s comment came at the end of an inter-ministerial meeting he convened in Tel Aviv to discuss ways to combat the Palestinian Authority’s signing of the Rome Statute and its intention of bringing Israelis to the court on war crimes charges.

“We expect the International Criminal Court to completely reject the hypocritical act by the Palestinian Authority, because the Palestinian Authority is not a state. It is an entity in an alliance with a terrorist organization, Hamas, that commits war crimes,” he said.

Continue reading at the Jerusalem Post.