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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Response to St. James Church, Piccadilly~A True Story

The life size replica wall at St James's Church, Piccadilly for Bethlehem Unwrapped.
"Wall of Security"~Photo Credit: Richard Millet
On 20 December 2010 we posted the story of the Tragic Attack and Murder of  a young, American Evangelical Missionary, Kristine Luken, by a group of Terrorists.

On 24 December 2013, Richard Millet posted a story about St. James Church in Piccadilly and their "wall of security" meant to demonize Israel. You can see videos and picture at the blog of Richard Millet if you have the stomach for it.

They erected an 8-meter tall, 30-meter long fake security wall and invited people to "sign it" which of course resulted in a huge anti-Israel showing. One blogger at Israelly Cool posted about an attempt to clarify that "the wall saves lives" but this of course was thwarted. No surprise as St. James Church is very "anti-Israel~anti-Semitic". (There is really no difference)

Following up, the same blogger at Israelly Cool, posted a very interesting response to St. James Church, written by Kay Wilson, the other woman brutally stabbed by "palestinians" in the attack that killed her friend, Kristine Luken. Here is the letter in it's entirety with thanks to Israelly Cool for posting it: (Ed. Note: Emphasis Added)

An Open Letter from Kay Wilson to St James Church, Piccadilly, England:
A True Story…
“And it came to pass that in December 2010, two palestinian shepherds left their little town near Bethlehem and set out to walk ten miles across the Judean Hills. There in the forest, they kept watch by night. The following day, at about the 6th hour (3pm) the shepherds saw two women walking along the Israel National Trail. With great fervour they took out their knives and attacked the women.

Murderers of Kristine Luken
While shepherds held the girls that day and pinned them to the ground, their serrated blades glinted in the sun, shining all around. With knives to their throats, the women dare not move.

‘Fear not,’ said the men~for mighty dread had seized the women’s troubled minds~‘we bring you good news that will cause great joy for our people.’ What could these glad tidings be? Rape, a robbery, a beating? Anything was better than death the women pondered in their hearts.

And it came to pass that near the seventh hour, the shepherds said, ‘behold’, let us go forth and kill these Jews like Allah has told us to do.’

The shepherds gagged the women, removed their shoes and bound their hands. They forced one woman to her knees, covered her head and pushed her neck forward. The woman knelt, and prepared herself to be beheaded. Suddenly she saw a great light~the blade of his knife glinting in the sun. The Jewish woman whispered, ‘Hear Oh Israel.’ The Islamic host cried, ‘Allah HuAkbar,’ and the Christian screamed “Jesus,” the name of a Jew born in David’s town.

Thirteen times the shepherds thrust their knives into the women, breaking bones, tearing flesh, even impaling one to the ground. As the Jew played dead, she watched the Christian friend hacked to death before her very eyes.

Illustration of Terror Celebration

The shepherds returned home glorifying and praising Allah for all that they had seen and spread the word concerning what had they had done. ‘Today near the town of David two Jews have been slaughtered,’ they declared. They plotted and schemed, boasting to their neighbours, ‘this will be a sign, they will find two of their own, all meanly wrapped in bloody clothes and in the bushes laid.’ And everyone who heard of it, was amazed.”

Kay Wislon~Photo Credit Michal Fattal
 I have given much thought to the events of that terrible day, that culminated in my near murder and the execution of my friend.

I believe that I of all people could be forgiven for hating palestinians. I believe too that I could be forgiven for thinking all palestinians are terrorists. I do not. On the contrary I have maintained relationships with my palestinian friends, so that my ignorance will not give me reason to hate. I hate hatred. It is your hatred, in the form of a Christmas stunt, that has compelled me to write.

I would like to think that as Christians, you would never condone Kristine Luken’s heinous murder or the attack on myself. I suspect however that you may rationalize this savagery as an inevitable result of the “Israeli Occupation”.

You would probably suggest that the palestinians who murdered my friend were themselves victims who grew up in depravity. I would concur but would point out that if poverty was the case, the aristocrats who flew into the twin towers had no reason to commit their crimes.

Kristine's Parents with Kay Plant a Tree
at Murder Site. Photo Credit:  Kay Wilson

The palestinian terrorists were indeed victims, victims of a radical and primitive Islamic regime that force feeds them a morally malnourished diet of hatred of Jews and hatred of any life~including their own. They were also deprived: deprived of an education that cherishes culture, history, literature, art and the dignity of difference. Their impoverished morality coupled with ignorant generalizations is what enabled two men to butcher defenceless women without so much as blinking an eye.

Your “wall” that you have erected outside your church, is hopefully just a result of your own ignorance and generalisations concerning the complex situation here in the Middle East. Nevertheless, like all walls, it serves as a facade and a barrier.

If your wall was scrutinised, one would see that underneath the whitewashed surface that concerns itself with Israeli policies, there are blocks of anti-Semitism. These bricks stand high. They raise expectations from an entire people group. This wall precedes to separate the nation of Israel as non-desirable.

Your wall is cemented together by a superior theology that tells it’s people that G-d gave up on the Jews. This is the same theology that lies behind radical Islam. G-d tried the Jews, then the Christians but ultimately it was the Muslims who He ultimately chose.

Your wall, is just one brick in a global wall of an Islamic agenda, an agenda that will stop at nothing until the destruction of the Jewish State. To your own cultural detriment, it is a wall that obstructs truth and ultimately seeks not only to destroy Israel but every Judeo-Christian society.

Your wall inflames an ancient conflict that for those like myself, who live in this region, long not for an exacerbation in hatred but for a quenching of hostilities.

Your wall is an affront to Kristine Luken and other victims of terror who may well have been alive today had there have been a wall erected on the other 90% of land that separates us from our palestinian neighbours. Your wall is an injustice to Christians living under Muslim despotism. Ironically it is the State of Israel, that you deem pariah and unjust, that is unique in the Middle East because unlike all of our neighbours, our Christian population is flourishing and our Christians have full religious rights.

Please write on your wall, under the cross, 
now obscured by the crescent…

 “R.I.P Kristine Luken.” 

Kay Wilson

Kay has indicated she would be willing to fly to London at very short notice and present her letter to St.James Church in Piccadilly (if finances were made available). 
She would also like to write the name of her murdered friend on their replica wall.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Christmas Greeting~2013

Merry Christmas to All Our Christian Friends Around the World from Jerusalem!

Here is The Text of the Greeting:
This is Jerusalem of gold, now it's Jerusalem of snow. We celebrate Christmas with you, we know the importance you attach to our common heritage, to the State of Israel and to the city of Jerusalem, where so much of our common history was forged. We have a great past, we have common values, we have the desire to seize a common future of security, prosperity and peace, so from the city of peace, Jerusalem, I extend the warmest Christmas greetings to all of you. Merry Christmas!

This Holiday Season~Flashback to 1981 For Inspiration

Think of Syria and Africa~Sadly There Are No Leaders Today to Take Action Like This!

* Thanks to Weasel Zippers Blog for posting this

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Songs to Invoke Peaceful Memories

Christmas Day has a plethora of memories for each and every one of us. Sometimes, in our jet-set age we forget the days before DVD's, CD's "Tapes", and the internet. Then we had "records" and everyone had their favorite Christmas Album. One that brings back memories from many years ago is "A Russian Christmas" by Ivan Rebroff. (31 July 1931~27 February 2008).

Born as Hans-Rolf Rippert, in Berlin, Rebroff was actually a German singer (allegedly of Russian ancestry). His extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves ranged from soprano to bass. *To get an idea of what that means, listen to  "Evening Bells" below.

Ivan Rebroff described himself as international, the "connection between East and West". Famous for singing Russian Folk Songs, he also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries. During his career he performed over 6,000 concerts, including a two-year seven-day-a-week stint at the French opera, singing, among other greats, Fiddler on the Roof. Even when he was well into his seventies, Rebroff still performed twelve shows in fourteen days on tour. 

You May Ask~Why All This Trivia on Christmas Eve??

Perhaps because many become so caught up in the "preparations" that it is difficult to slow down and take the time to remember what the purpose of the day is. We are inundated with Christmas Plays, Concerts, Choirs and the frenzied jingling of reindeer bells everywhere we go. In the midst of it all we should be sitting in a comfy chair in soft light, feeling that all is right with the world as we await the "Holy" moment~but do we?

The right music soothes, and when Rebroff sings, each word in each song has such depth and feeling that it flows, soothing the body, so the soul can step away, and look to the true meaning of the day, which has almost been lost in our time. OK~maybe not for everyone! 

Never-the-less, take a few moments to lower the lights, relax in a soft chair and listen. The first clip is a Russian song that translates into "Evening Bells". The second clip has two "musts" for Christmas~Silent Night (one of his very best) and O' Tannebaum.

From Our Jerusalem Vistas Family to Each One of You
~Our Friends and Family~Best Wishes for a Blessed, Joyous Christmas!

The Song 'Evening bells' in Russian (Вечерний звон ~ Vecherny svon)

Silent Night and O'Tannenbaum

Ukrainian Children Christmas Song~Вже надходить ніч чарівна

Mykolaj, Mykolaj ty do nas zavitaj~Saint Nicholas, Nicholas, Come to Visit Us

English Translation
 (**Approximate** Will Happily Print Your Corrections!)
"For the arrival of this magical night"
There has already been a magic night,
Sleeping the entire night on edge.
Everybody in our homes
Visit Nicholas.

Nicholas, Nicholas,
You have to Visit Us
All the children Smile 
and Embrace a True Heart

All the local Children are waiting,
Oh how happy the children,
And all of the adults
Wait for Nicholas visit


Even in the freezing weather
And the fluffy snow
Nicholas goes everywhere
All on this magical night

Chorus (2):

Chaldean Hymn Maran Esho مارن ايشوع

Beautifully Sung in Chaldean~With English Sub-titles

Syriac Christian Maronite Hymn (Kanya Makan)

Makams Unique to the Maronite Church~The Psalm of the Birth Feast

Arabic Christmas Carol

Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sinhala Christmas Hymn~Kalakata Pera Ae (Sri Lanka)

A Christmas Hymn from Sri Lanka by Sameera Video Club, Katuneriya

Iranian Legend Ebi and Israeli Artist Liel Kolet~Christmas Duet

I Can Hear Christmas~A Message of Unity and Love Between All Religions (Amen!)

Two Beautiful Ukrainian Christmas Carols (rec.1947)

Ukrainian Christmas Carols (rec.1947) Ivan Kozlovskiy~These Are Very Good!

A Huron Christmas Carole~Inspiring!

Christmas is almost upon us. In some areas, this time of year is purely spiritual while in others it is only commercial. We see people fight and trample over one another to get "that gift or item" that suddenly they discover that they can't live without !??

Through it all, there are some who relish the time with family and friends, and those who actually remember why there is Christmas at all. At Jerusalem Vistas, we like to search for interesting and inspiring hymns and carols for the season~to remind people of why we celebrate.

In that vein, we found a unique contribution from a Canadian Musician and Actor, Tom Jackson. The carol was so inspiring we have included a  few other clips that provide a feeling of "Christmas Spirit". They tell the story of a man who is known not only for his acting and concerts, but for his Humanitarian work. Each year he raises money for the community homeless shelters and those who are "down and out".  He claims that his parents taught him that being generous was a gift, and that he was "blessed with his upbringing". Tom Jackson admits that he was on the bottom of the ladder~living on the streets~and that it "opened his eyes". Over more than twenty years his concerts have raised in excess of $ 200 million for community shelters and the needy.

The Huron Christmas Carol, was taught to the Indians by priests when they arrived in the country. Listen to the words~it is the "Christmas Story" put in a way that those (who could not imagine where or what Bethlehem was) could understand the holiness. 

Do take the time to listen to the interviews as well as the song. This is the story of a believing Christian who does what he can to help others~and while you watch, think about how we can all do something small in our own community, for those who will be without this year, and every year...

The Huron Carol by Canadian Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson Speaks of His 2013 Christmas Concert Tour

2011 Interview With Tom Jackson

An Interview With Tom Jackson at His Home in Calgary

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Israel's Danger Zone and What a Nuclear Iran Really Means!

Map by Mark Langfan
There have been many maps drawn of the middle east showing past, present and (desired) future borders. Each one provides a "viewpoint", but sometimes they also create a degree of confusion. We must ask:

~ What are the "real" facts? 
~ Why is Israel so adamant that Judea and Samaria remain under         Israeli rule?
~ Why does Israel insist that they must control their own defense?
~ What does it really matter to the rest of the world?

There are many answers from all sides. Most of the time, popular opinion falls to whoever makes the most noise (HINT: Not to Who is Right!). Those who are truly interested in truth will find some interesting facts in these videos.

Eric Stakelbeck has reported on terrorism and security for many years and is a sought after authority on the subject. He has produced many programs, first for "Stakelbeck on Terror" and now for his new show "The Watchman". He is also author of a new book on the Muslim Brotherhood titled "The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy", which exposes the terrorism, assassinations, anti-Western, anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence of the Muslim Brotherhood that is cloaked in expensive western suits and false respectability.

In the videos below Eric speaks with a guest who has made it his business to examine the pros and cons of the "Israel vs PA" situation and "Iran's nuclear quest", via intricate topological maps.

Mark Langfan has developed a series of maps to outline the lay of the land regarding Israel and her neighbours. In the first video, he shows the actual existing borders of Israel and why they can not be shrunk any further. It is not rhetoric~it is a fact. Changing the borders would be a death sentence.

The second clip show maps created by Mark Langfgan of Iran and the surrounding area~which for some, may come as a surprise. Israel is not the only country in grave danger! Mark shows us the "Black Gold Triangle" and why it is imperative that Iran be stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons. 

You can view the maps up close, and in detail at Mark Langfan's web site. Please visit and take time to look at all the facts. This is not only about Israel...This is about a threat to the entire world. For anyone who values the future of our life and freedom on this earth, it behooves you to take the time to educate yourself~to the real threat!

Part I~Israel's Borders and Her "Neighbours"

Part II~Why Israel is Just a "Bump on The Road" For Iran's Ultimate Goal