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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Poor "Palestinians" Are No Worse Off Than Anybody Else...

We all know that there are starving people all over the world. Some countries suffer more than others. In most cases, those that have, try to give a bit to those that don't.

Since the announcement by the USA that funds to the PA were being cut off, the news is full of the cries for the rest of the world to make up the much needed money for the "starving Palestinians".  There are indeed those that are less off, as in every country and culture, but the outcry that they are being "starved" is far from the truth.

Below is a video that you will not see in the mainstream media. Contrary to popular belief, Gaza is actually a thriving area~and they are not the most heavily populated in the world. According to information taken from the UN, they weren't even listed in the top ten and Wikipedia's latest indication on cities does not list them at all, but interestingly, Bnei Brak in Israel is number six on the Wikipedia list.

"The European Union and other foreign aid projects pour streams of cash (often yours) into the pockets of thousands. The UNRWA provides more workers and aid per person to the PA than to all the other "refugees"  combined in the world"

So, before you fall for the calls to immediately send money, take a look at the video below from beginning to end and remember that their leaders are all "multi"  billionaires.

Gaza’s Thriving Economy: Al Jazeera Shows a Side to Gaza that Western Media Won't

Monday, February 05, 2018

You C.A.N. Make a Difference~Part II

Recently we posted Part I of  "You C.A.N. Make a Difference", the amazing story of the battle against human trafficking and child sex slavery in Nepal. 

The Rawlings family first traveled to Nepal in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the gentle people who were filled with kindness despite living in abject poverty. 

When Meridel saw the countless numbers of young girls and boys who had suffered and been abused at the hands of ruthless traffickers, she immediately recognized that they desperately needed help. She felt their pain and knew she must take steps to find a way to help with the healing process. 

Thus began the long journey to form a non-profit organization, C.A.N. (Change Action Nepal) dedicated to helping Nepal and to "give a voice to the voiceless".  

Israel Vision TV produced this documentary film for C.A.N. (Change Action Nepal) with Indira Ghale to help educate people about the problems of human trafficking of children in Nepal. With Change Action Nepal YOU TOO, can help to stop human trafficking and child sex slavery today.

You C.A.N. Make a Difference~Part II (English with Norwegian Subtitles)

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Remembering Israel's "Tentifada"~Part II

On 15 January 2018, we re-posted part I of a film on the 2011 "Tentifada" Protests that took part across Israel.

David and Daniel Rawlings traveled from Be'er Sheva to Tel Aviv and on to Kiryat Shmona to speak to Israelis of all ages who had set up an impromptu protest against the government.

In locations from north to south there were tents, lawn chairs, snacks, drinks and Bar-B-Qs set up. There were many complaints. One of the biggest was the fact that rents were so intolerably high and wages so intolerably low.

In Part 1~David spoke to protesters in Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv. In Part II the traveled to Kiryat Shmona and back to Jerusalem. The overall mood was surprisingly mellow. Yes, people were frustrated~they camped out in protest, but they did it peacefully!

Israel is not a perfect country, her citizens are not shy about making their frustration known, but for the most part they remain steadfast and loyal.

Remembering Israel's "Tentifada"~Part II

You C.A.N. Help Abused and Trafficked Children!

In March of 2016, we posted a trailer and story of a new production on Nepal that the Rawlings family were working on called, "You CAN make a Difference".

The project focuses on the plight of sexually abused and trafficked children in Nepal.

Meridel Rawlings (Still Small Voice) has made it her life's work to comfort, and help rehabilitate all those who have been victims of horrible abuse. In December 2017, we posted Part I of Meridel's own "life journey" and her "battle to overcome"  in "Speaking Out." In this amazing story, Meridel tells us:

“In childhood I was silenced by control, fear, shame and conflict.
It took decades for my voice to be sounded”...Meridel Rawlings

Now, Meridel is speaking out and acting to "give a voice to the voiceless". Both Jay and Meridel Rawlings have been working for several years to assist in setting up a non-profit organization to aid the tremendous work taking place in Nepal. Below is Part I, in English with Norwegian sub-titles.

For More Information on How You Can Help Go To:   Change Action Nepal  website

Here is Part I of C.A.N (Change Action Nepal) With Norwegian Subtitles

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Super Moon~Blue Moon~Blood Moon Over Israel!

Photo Credit:  Daniel V. Rawlings
Shalom Dear Friends,

The 30th~31st of January 2018, is the New Year of the Trees here in Israel. In Hebrew it is called, Tu B'Shvat. So what, you may say.

On Wednesday, 31 January 2018, we were able to experiencing a once in a life time happening right here inside of Israel! On this night, over Jerusalem, there arose a Super Moon, A Blue Moon, A Blood Moon and a Lunar Eclipse moon.

It is the biggest lunar spectacle we will ever witness and it can't be a coincidence that this moon rose over Israel in celebration tonight. The last time it happened was in 1866.

* A blue moon appears to be an extra full moon.
* A lunar eclipse is rarer,
it was visible here as it rose above Jerusalem.
* A blood moon takes place when sun light reflects from the setting moon through the earth's atmosphere. It causes the moon to appear blood red. The Book of Revelation mentions the blood moon as a sign.

The amazing thing is this entire lunar event looks more spectacular to the naked eye! The moon tonight is also a super moon because it is approaching closer to the earth than usual. As mentioned, the last time we had the five moons ALL at once was 150 years ago.

It is no accident that this amazing phenomenon is taking place on Israel's lunar holiday of the trees. God is speaking clearly.

We gathered at the synagogue tonight to celebrate, sing songs and taste a very colorful selection of fruit and nuts. What a perfect time to say "thank you" for the many blessings brought to us by the trees. I am also thinking of how they faithfully cleanse the air we breathe and provide us with fresh oxygen day and night.

Modern Israel has planted 250 million trees; creating a carbon foot print offset much larger than many nations much greater in size than tiny Israel!

One day Jay said:
   "Meridel, I want to you to promise me something"
   "Well, what is it?"
I asked.
   "Promise me." he said.
   "What is it?"
   "Promise me that you won't plant any more tree in our garden!"
Without a moments hesitation I replied, "I couldn't possibly make such a promise!"

Since 1976 I have encouraged my husband and sons to plant 537 trees in Israel. (14 in our small garden)
But friends, that is not why I am writing...It is time to favour Zion! The Word clearly shows this.

I am zealous for Jerusalem
And for Zion with great zeal.
I am exceedingly angry with
the nations at ease;
For I was a little angry, and
they helped, but with evil intent.

I am returning to Jeusalem with mercy;
My house shall be built in it,
says the LORD of hosts...Zechariah 1:15, 16a.

Every Blessing to you and your family~Happy New Year of the Trees,

The Rawlings Family

ICEJ's Original Founders Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Israel

In 2017 President Donald Trump Recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. Even though this has always been the case, the "world embassies" have long refused to acknowledge this fact. 

One embassy would be different from all the others. ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) was founded by a group of faithful lovers of Israel to show the world that they did believe in Israel and Jerusalem as her eternal capitol.

Jay and Meridel Rawlings were a part of this undertaking more than thirty-five years ago. As they have made their mark in media, they decided that this great event should be documented for all to remember.

Below is a short clip of the original founders remembering this momentous occasion
Jay and Meridel Rawlings helped found the ICEJ Which is Now Stronger than Ever in Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Olive Harvest in Israel

In Israel, during the latter part of every year the olive trees are laden with fruit. All over the country there are olives trees along the sides of the roads, on isolated patches of dirt, or in beautiful orchards.

When they ripen you will see people up in the trees with canvas bags over their shoulders picking the ripe fruit.

A more common way to gather the olives is to lay canvas or plastic sheets on the ground and "beat" the branches to bring the olives down.

Jay and Meridel Rawlings planted olive trees in their back yard many years ago. While olive trees take a long time to grow, they also can last for hundreds of years. As the trees have matured, the olives have become more and more plentiful and the harvest has turned into an annual event for the family.

Now, each year they harvest their small crop and take it to the Olive Press to be made into beautiful, pure, Israeli Olive Oil~how wonderful it is to enjoy the "fruits of our labours".
The LORD replied to them:
“I am sending you grain, new wine and Olive Oil, enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations"...Joel 2:19 (NIV)

Join with the Rawlings this year, in their backyard as they celebrate life; and bring in the harvest during the last days of the year before the heavy rains begin!

Jay and Meridel Rawlings Harvest their Olives to be Pressed into Pure Olive Oil

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Save the Christians: The Forgotten Refugees

This film is a first access look into the lives of Iraqi Christians who, under threat of death from ISIS, were forced to flee their ancestral homeland.

While the international community has opened its doors to Syrian (muslim) refugees, it ignores the Christian genocide happening right before its eyes. 

The few who make it to refugee camps, are targeted for violence. Those seeking a safe haven are routinely shunned by Western governments~just check the immigration figures. The suffering Christians of Iraq have nowhere left to run to.

Why is the world ignoring these refugees? Why are the Christians of the world remaining silent to their suffering at they same time they open churches to be used a mosques? Why?

Remember the often repeated statement: “First the Saturday People (Jews), then the Sunday People (Christians),” which means “first we kill the Jews, then we kill the Christians.” Take a good hard, honest look at the Middle East now. The Jews have already been driven out of every country except Israel and now the Christians are facing the same fate. The choices are convert or die. Those who still have the means and ability are trying to flee. 

Even resettlement is being denied them now, as the muslim populations are rapidly growing across Europe and the west and the government elites seem to have chosen sides. Check the immigration records of each country and compare the numbers of muslim and Christians allowed in. There is an appalling lack of Christians.

Ask yourself this:

   1)  What will you do in the west when you are eventually faced with the choices (convert or die)?  

   2)  What are you prepared to do NOW to help your suffering Christian brothers and sisters?

To read more about the making of the move go to Rebel Media. Those of you interested in attending the movie screening can find all the information at Eventbrite

Note: Facebook Refused To Allow an Ad for This Film~Tell Everyone to Go See It!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Remember the Tentifada in 2011?

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labours with child together,A great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping…”Jeremiah 31:8,9a.

In spite of her neighbours with their ongoing lies and continuous attacks, paradoxically, Israel IS Noah's Arc for Jews according to the Almighty. They began to return home in the 1880's. No nation wanted Jews. If you doubt this, do a little checking, (Canada included!) The situation only grew worse during WWII. Poor Jews returned to Biblical Zion with weeping weakened by disease and malnutrition just as the Prophets perceived and faithfully penned. This is what makes Israel absolutely unique! Oh, how we love to work to encourage any we meet, to come and take their rightful place here in history...this has always been an underlying goal of our original call, which sent us to Jewish Communities world wide.

Wanting now to focus on inside of Israel, we at Israel Vision are re-posting this production from the summer of 2011. Israelis of all ages were out in protest, locally known as the Tentifada, living in tents and trying to tell the government that they must keep their promises to their citizens. Did these protests bring significant change?

Israel is not a perfect country, but it is the only Democracy in the Middle East and our people for the most part remain steadfast and loyal. However, many people, young and old alike, have reached the breaking point. Today, in 2018 is again one of those times.

Anyone who has lived in Israel can attest to the fact that the rents and cost of living are extremely high, and wages are low. Compared to the USA, we pay 23% more in our "cost of living index".  At the same time, the wages are disgracefully low in fact that a large sector of society can barely afford to rent the meanest of places. The idea of owning an apartment is now, "pie in the sky”, to say nothing of ever owning a house.

To buy a very small apartment will cost about 1.5 to 2 million shekels (between 4-5 hundred thousand dollars). The banks do not give mortgages easily. You must have at least 25% down, and an income of about 20,000 shekels per month, (US 6,000). The long and short of it is: most ordinary people barely earn above minimum wage of 5,000 shekels or US 1,500 dollars per month.

As for rentals, if you live around Jerusalem you will be lucky to find something for under 5,000 shekels (about $1,500) per month. In Israel you must also add property taxes (yes, the renter pays the taxes), building upkeep, and Insurance in addition to the on going monthly expenses of electricity, water, gas and phone/internet/cable. All this for a tiny place with no closets, cupboards, appliances and in most cases no light fixtures. Of course, there are always "good deals" but they are few and far in between and there will be dozens of people wanting them. No wonder people are up in arms. We are a hungry country with 1 in 3 children in Israel living in poverty. Can you believe that? Its a shocker!

So…in frustration and desperation people set up tents and protest. Today, almost seven years on we must ask, "are things any better?" To be honest, there have been improvements for the disabled which everyone is happy about, but the high cost of living~as in most countries~continues and more and more Israelis are falling through the cracks.

Tentifada in Israel (2011) Part I

Friday, January 12, 2018

Revisiting Sderot on the Gaza Border

School in Sderot Reinforced Against Rocket Fire
Yes, this is an old film, but, we are re-posting it for a reason. In recent weeks Iran has become even more antagonistic towards Israel. As a result, the ruling elite in the Gaza strip have begun to once again rear their heads with threats to annihilate the state of Israel. 

When the IDF went into Gaza in 2009, Jay, David and Daniel drove to Sderot, a small town on the border of Gaza to see what the people were going through. They heard the explosions, spoke to the citizens and toured the spots where rockets had struck. The idea that citizens had "15 Seconds" to find shelter was sobering. How do you even teach young children to run for a bomb shelter??

During this time, Earl Cox, an international broadcaster and journalist was also in Sderot. He was there to support the people. One evening he even purchased pizzas and drinks for the soldiers of the IDF who were on active duty along the border.

Mr. Cox invited David Rawlings and the Mayor of Sderot to Washington. David was able to record the Mayor as he gave his thoughts on the situation in Israel and thanked the American people for their support.

Now, in 2018 as you watch this, please take note~time has indeed passed, but nothing has really changed~Israel's enemies continue to surround her and threaten the annihilation of the world's only Jewish State.

Jay, David and Daniel Rawlings Drove to Sderot to Give a First Hand Report...

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Facts on Hevron That You Should Know

There are many, many stories about the city of Hevron. There are also claims of oppression and apartheid~that the arab citizens are starving and can hardly make a living because the Jews have closed their shops and all kinds of other horror stories.

Here is a short video that will give the clear facts. Please watch to the end and make note of the figures presented and the facts on the ground.

Israel has always wanted peace and prosperity for all of her citizens, whatever religion they are. 

This can only happen if outside agitators stop interfering and spreading false stories. Perhaps, if people would let us resolve our own problems there could be a livable truce between those of us who actually live here.

Please Listen Carefully to the Whole Video~You May Be Surprised!

Monday, January 01, 2018

A Blessed New Year in 2018!

We at Jerusalem Vistas / Israel Vision would like to wish
All of Our Readers, Friends and Family a
Very Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year.

May the Blessings Continue to Flow Each and Every Day!