Israeli Flag flies at half-mast in solidarity with the people of Guatemala after the eruption of Volcan de Fuego
Israel Ambassador to Guatemala Matty Cohen has ordered the flag of the Jewish State to be lowered to half-mast at the headquarters of the Israel Embassy as a sign of solidarity with the people of Guatemala in the wake of Sunday’s deadly eruption of the Fuego volcano. The flag joins with that of Guatemala, also lowered to half mast as ordered by President Jimmy Morales.
“On behalf of the government of Israel I would like to express our solidarity with the people and Government of Guatemala over the damage caused by the eruption of Volcan de Fuego, the ‘Fire Volcano.’ My condolences to the families of the victims. May God bless Guatemala,” Cohen wrote in a separate tweet.
Guatemala immediately followed the United States as the second nation to move its embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, last month.
Entire villages were buried knee-deep in boiling ash, rocks, and mud. Ash from the volcano reached the international airport in Guatemala City, forcing it to close.
The pyroclastic density currents were as devastating as the hot lava flows seen in the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea, if not more so, because one can usually run away from lava, according to University of Hull geology department head Rebecca Williams, who spoke with The Daily Beast. William said pyroclastic density currents — sometimes called pyroclastic flow — are the volcanic version of an avalanche, comprised of toxic chemicals at a temperature of 1,000 degrees Centigrade with various gases, rocks and ash. “They … travel faster than a car, so you can’t outdrive them.”
The cloud of ash that was blown from the volcano rose 10 kilometers into the air, eventually landing as far as 40 kilometers away, inland. The “river of lava” that flowed through the villages raced down the slope of the volcano at a speed of 700 miles per hour — the speed of an airliner, as a CNN meteorologist put it — giving nearby residents of El Rodeo at the foot of Volcan de Fuego no chance at all to evacuate.
The search and rescue crews fought desperately to pull people — some still alive, and those already dead — from the ash, some of it piled as high as the street signs. One reporter likened the scene to that of Pompeii, only 30 miles southwest of the capital. Guatemala police miraculously pulled a baby from the ash in one instance.
The heat from the ground is still reported to be so intense that in some cases it can “melt the soles of your shoes,” said a CBS reporter. The once-densely vegetated terrain around the volcano is now coated with thick, grey, smoking ash.
At least 69 people were confirmed dead by Tuesday, with the death toll expected to rise as more bodies are pulled from the ash. Soldiers wearing protective masks and heavy-soled boots continued to rescue as many people as they could, helping to evacuate them by helicopter from areas threatened by the still-erupting volcano. More than 3,000 were evacuated in the first 48 hours of the conflagration, with nearly two million people affected by the volcano’s eruption. Hundreds more were injured.
Iraqi Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, May 17, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Alaa al-Marjani / File.
Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday that Jews could return to Iraq if they “demonstrated loyalty,” the Hebrew news site Walla reported.
The 44-year-old Sadr heads the Saairun coalition, which won the most seats in the Iraqi parliamentary election last month.
His comment on Jews came in response to a question asked by a supporter, the Walla report said.
In the aftermath of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Sadr’s Mahdi Army targeted American troops.
Iran’s base in southern Syria, as photographed by satellite imagery, in October 2017. (Screenshot)
An Arabic news source reported on the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Russia concerning the Iranian military presence in Syria, stating that Russia has agreed to “a green light” for Israeli military strikes against Iranian military target.
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman is currently in negotiations with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow concerning the Iranian military presence in Southern Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also in telephone contact over the matter.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
“Paranoia predisposed him to believe in nefarious, hidden forces driving events,” the New York Times writes of Trump. “Political opportunism informed his promotion of conspiracy theories.”
But that could just as easily apply to the New York Times.
The Jewish community is in danger and so is the Free World as we know it. THE CONFLICT BEYOND ADVOCACY
The Jewish community is in danger and so is the Free World as we know it.
Reprinted from IsraelNationalNews.com.
Who would have believed that within certain communities, there could be more supporters of the radical Arab Palestinian agenda than supporters of the free, democratic and altruistic State of Israel. The relentless Arab Palestinian deceitful and well-organized propaganda, with the irrational support of many in the Western Media, may be a part of this transition.
The Democratic Party in the USA used to be a staunch supporter of the just cause of the State of Israel, but a recent Pew Research Center report showed a dangerous shift in this attitude. Within the more radical liberal branch of the Democratic party, about 38% will be anti-Israeli while the supporters of Israel will be only about 26%. When you look at the overall numbers as they relate to the Democratic party, you find that about 31% will be anti-Israeli and only 33% will be pro-Israel. On the other hand, within the Republican party, about 74% will be pro-Israel.
Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, speaks during a protest east of Khan Yunis, April 16, 2018.
Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, recently gave interviews to Al Jazeera and Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, which is close to Hezbollah, to boast about his movement’s achievements in the wake of the recent border fence demonstrations and the Great Return March. In the interviews, on May 16 and 21, respectively, Sinwar also threatened that if Hamas is forced into another round of fighting with Israel, its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades will have a few surprises in store for the “Zionist enemy
“The Israeli nation had been constructed as a sort of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the whole of the human race the world over.” The Arvut, Baal HaSulam
The Trump-Kim summit generated a renewed sense of hope along with questions about the future. Will we witness a new and peaceful North Korea? Will Trump’s deal-making skills become instrumental in promoting world peace? And specifically among Israel analysts: Will Trump be able to make a deal to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
On May 22, Susanna Maria Feldman went missing. It was the day after the Jewish holiday of Shavuot which celebrates G-d’s revelation of the Ten Commandments to Moses and a nation of freed slaves.
The fifth commandment is, “Honor thy father and mother.” The sixth is, “Thou shalt not murder.”
And in the German city of Mainz, whose Jewish community dates back to Roman times, a worried mother waited for the worst. Susanna had gone off with her friends. They came home. And she didn’t.
What can one learn from the controversy? Basically, that it is safer to be a member of Hamas than to be gay. Palestinian leaders would much rather see young Palestinians trying to kill Israelis than talk about gays in their own society. In the world of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, there is no room for comedy or satire.
On June 8, an estimated 250,000 people attended the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv. Tourists from all around the world came to Israel to watch and participate in the event. The theme of this year’s event is “The Community Makes History” — a reference to the LGBT community in Israel.
Fifty one years have passed since the Six Day War, fifty one years during which Israel has advanced on every front, in economics, technology, its society (it switched from a socialist to a nationalist regime) and, most significantly, in its geo-political situation: Two Arab countries bordering Israel, Jordan and Egypt, signed peace treaties with the Jewish State, and a number of Arab states have relations with Israel behind the scenes. Israel is an honored member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and its per capita GNP approaches $40,000 per annum.
The anti-Israel boycott is despicable. In the past, the Jews were boycotted by the unenlightened. Today, the unenlightened are not alone. They’re in a coalition with the pseudo-enlightened.
Jibril Rajoub, the man who announced that if he had an atom bomb he would drop it on Israel, won a huge victory, because the game against Argentina was supposed to be the jewel in the crown. It was supposed to join the Eurovision win in proving that Israel doesn’t have to give a damn about the rest of the world. But no, it does.
We must admit that Rajoub is not the only one who defeated Israel. Israel defeated itself. Because when you do things to spite other, you end up paying the price. And we’re paying it.