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Why Israel Matters

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  • (Mati Shoshani narrating) It is the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
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  • the birthplace of Jesus.
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  • From Genesis to Revelation,
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  • Israel is the centerpiece of God's story,
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  • a saga that continues to unfold in our daily news.
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  • But behind the headlines are the people
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  • caught in the crosshairs of some really complex issues.
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  • It can be hard to see clearly from the outside,
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  • so let's explore my homeland from within.
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  • (Mati Shoshani narrating) On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv,
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  • David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the state of Israel,
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  • establishing the first Jewish state in 2.000 years.
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  • Only hours old, this new nation had no military,
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  • the government was still forming,
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  • and there were no allies in sight.
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  • Whether a newborn state, a victim of human trafficking,
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  • or a target of anti-Semitism online,
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  • God is using the most unlikely individuals
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  • as his rescuers here on earth.
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  • And in this episode, we will hear three of them.
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  • (Smokey Simon) War of Independence was Israel's longest war,
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  • it was Israel's costliest war,
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  • and it was Israel's most frightful war.
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  • If Israel hadn't won that war,
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  • we wouldn't be sitting here today.
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  • I'm 96 1/2 years of age.
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  • I was trained as a navigator/bombardier.
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  • I volunteered to serve in the South African Air Force
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  • in World War II.
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  • My squadron was due to be posted to the Far East,
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  • then came Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
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  • and World War II was over.
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  • We saw the war clouds were gathering over Palestine.
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  • I volunteered to serve in Palestine
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  • in the future Air Force.
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  • When I told my fiancée that we had to postpone our wedding
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  • because I'll be away for some time,
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  • she immediately said that she's also volunteering.
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  • We arrived in Palestine on the 9th of May, 1948.
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  • We signed on with the Air Force on the 10th.
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  • On the 14th of May, Ben-Gurion declared the State of Israel.
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  • At that very time, I had the privilege of being
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  • on the first flight of the Israel Air Force.
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  • We were attacked on the 15th of May.
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  • Seven different forces attacked Israel simultaneously.
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  • The Egyptians had a serious organized air force,
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  • supplied by Britain with Spitfires,
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  • tanks, armored cars, and of course,
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  • tens of thousands of troops.
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  • I can, to this day, really appreciate the courage
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  • of Ben-Gurion to have declared the state,
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  • which was really absolutely defenseless,
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  • knowing that the Arabs were wanting
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  • to demolish the whole Zionist enterprise.
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  • There's no parallel in military history
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  • as to the ultimate success against the Arab armies.
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  • The American Secretary of State, George Marshall,
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  • said that the decision of Ben-Gurion
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  • was reckless and irresponsible.
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  • The Arabs would crush
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  • the newborn state within 2 weeks.
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  • That opinion was shared by Ernest Bevin,
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  • Foreign Secretary in Britain,
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  • who was really a thorough anti-Semite,
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  • and the Arabs were totally convinced that the war
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  • would be over in 2 weeks.
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  • The secretary-general of the Arab League said
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  • that if the Zionists dared to declare a Jewish state,
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  • they would be crushed within a matter of weeks.
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  • The massacre that would be unleashed would dwarf
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  • what Hitler had done.
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  • The feeling was one of no option.
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  • You were either going to fight and possibly survive,
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  • or you're going to be vanquished within a matter of days.
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  • I often wonder, what was really in their minds when Ben-Gurion
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  • asked the commander of the forces, Yigael Yadin,
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  • "What are the chances of surviving?"
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  • He said 50/50.
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  • In my opinion, it was 95% against 5%.
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  • I was appointed chief of air operations
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  • of the Israel Air Force in June 1948.
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  • There was an embargo, no military equipment
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  • could be brought into the country.
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  • How do we acquire aircraft,
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  • and how do we get them to Israel?
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  • The only means available was really to smuggle.
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  • Al Schwimmer served in American air force.
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  • He and his team smuggled 11 large-transport aircraft,
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  • 2 C-54 Sky Masters, 3 Constellations,
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  • and 4 B-17 heavy bombers.
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  • Not a single democracy came to Israel to help.
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  • The only country that was prepared
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  • to break the embargo was Czechoslovakia.
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  • One of my beliefs is that Czechoslovakia
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  • saved the state of Israel.
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  • The Czechs had built aircraft for the German air force.
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  • Twenty five Messerschmitt aircraft were purchased
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  • from Czechoslovakia, a very inferior aircraft.
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  • But Ezer Wietzman put it it was the best aircraft in the world
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  • because it was the only one that Israel had.
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  • The air force set up a base in Czechoslovakia.
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  • These aircraft were then dissembled in Czechoslovakia,
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  • and then flown over to Israel, then reassembled.
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  • The road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had been cut off,
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  • no help could come into Jerusalem.
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  • But by a miracle of the Almighty,
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  • on the 29th of May,
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  • exactly 2 weeks after the war started,
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  • the first 4 Messerschmitts had been reassembled in Israel,
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  • and a formation of four aircraft.
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  • Lou Lenart, an ex-American Marine pilot;
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  • a South African who had flown during World War II, Eddy Cohen;
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  • Ezer Wietzman, one of the very few Israeli pilots
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  • in World War II;
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  • and a young Israeli pilot, Modi Alon.
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  • Nobody knew that Israel had acquired fighter aircraft.
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  • No Israelis were aware of it at all,
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  • and certainly not the enemy.
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  • The Egyptian army was completely destabilized.
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  • Displaced people who were coming over as illegal immigrants
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  • at the time were thrown into the army.
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  • They came out of the camps in Germany and in Europe.
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  • Here, they came into a war situation,
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  • which is just an indication of the desperate situation
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  • in which Israel found itself.
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  • Israel had a number of very small civil aircraft bought
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  • for a flying club from the British.
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  • We use those aircraft, we had a pilot,
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  • and we had a bomb chucker.
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  • And originally, I was one of the bomb chuckers.
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  • We used to carry the bombs on our lap
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  • and pull the pin out when we got over the target,
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  • hoping, of course, that the bomb's not going to go off,
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  • and then drop it on the target.
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  • By July 1948, 70% of the whole territory of Israel
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  • was occupied by the enemy army.
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  • Overseas volunteers came in.
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  • The air force had pilots and navigators and bombardiers
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  • and flight engineers and radio operators
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  • and air gunners.
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  • Twenty-one point six percent of our air crews
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  • were non-Jewish guys.
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  • A number of them were absolute flying aces from World War II.
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  • The Americans and British put so much pressure on the--
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  • on Czechoslovakia that they had to terminate
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  • the air bridge between Czechoslovakia and Israel.
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  • Sam Pomerance, another giant, arose.
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  • He modified these Spitfires.
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  • They flew from Czechoslovakia to Israel over 6 hours.
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  • To this day, the manufacturers of the Spitfire
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  • said this could not be done, it's not true.
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  • You had Jewish pilots who were flying in German aircraft,
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  • in German flying suits and German helmets,
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  • with the swastika on the aircraft.
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  • It was such an irony of fate.
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  • Ben-Gurion reminisced the last time that we really had
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  • a confrontation with the Egyptians
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  • was about 3.500 years ago,
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  • the exodus from Egypt, and now we're having
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  • the next confrontation with the Egyptians,
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  • and we are going to drive them off Israeli soil.
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  • And that's exactly what happened.
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  • Israel could never have survived if it hadn't been
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  • for the overseas bombardiers.
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  • Because the air force was born in the heat of battle,
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  • it was manned by volunteers.
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  • The threats of the Jordanians of a momentous massacre
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  • that would dwarf what Hitler had done didn't come to pass.
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  • We did pay a very heavy price, that's true,
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  • but today we have back the state of Israel.
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  • Take a break?
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  • When I think of those guys, I become a little tearful...
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  • ...those men that played such a critical role
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  • in Israel's history.
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  • I honestly believe it was the strong arm of the Almighty
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  • that really saved the day for Israel
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  • and its forces in the war.
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  • Ben-Gurion summed it up very crisply.
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  • He said that the overseas volunteers
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  • were the diaspora's most important contribution
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  • to the survival of the state of Israel.
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  • In World War II, 1 1/2 million Jews served
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  • in all the Allied forces.
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  • In the War of Independence, only 4.800 came.
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  • If we had 20.000 overseas volunteers,
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  • Israel would have been in the whole
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  • of its ancestral and biblical land.
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  • And here we are faced with this implacable problem
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  • of what is going to happen in our small, little country.
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  • There are about 90 Christian states in the world
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  • and about 60 Muslim states, and there's only 1 Jewish state,
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  • but that will be here until the end of time.
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  • (narrator) The threat of anti-Semitism is nothing new.
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  • From the persecution of the Persian Empire
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  • in the book of Esther, to Hitler's propaganda
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  • leading up to the Second World War,
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  • today, in the modern age of cell phones and social media,
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  • anti-Jewish sentiment can spread like never before.
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  • And yet, one group of rescuers aspires to take
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  • these modern tools of Jewish persecution
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  • and turn them on their head.
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  • (Eitan Behar) There are two types of anti-Semitism.
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  • There's the classical one, and there's the modern one.
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  • Anti-Semitism is a disease.
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  • WZO stands for World Zionist Organization.
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  • The organization basically founded the state of Israel.
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  • There's a lot of history in this building.
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  • Throughout history, the Jews have been persecuted,
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  • in the land of Egypt, throughout the exile,
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  • Inquisition, the Holocaust, up until now.
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  • Anti-Semitism is hating the Jew because he is a Jew.
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  • Read about the WZO, the World Zionist Organization
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  • on Wikipedia in English.
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  • Read it in Hebrew. Read it in Arabic.
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  • Just Google Translate it.
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  • Anyone who holds a cell phone in his hand can spread lies
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  • to whoever he wants,
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  • and it goes through millions and millions of people.
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  • It is very, very hard to face this phenomenon.
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  • (David) I'm originally from New York, USA,
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  • but I made Aliyah to Israel 6 years ago.
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  • We have a map of anti-Semitic events
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  • that occurred that are reported.
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  • There are plenty.
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  • And if you click on each one, you have a further description.
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  • For example, this one right here was in Germany,
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  • where a monument in memory
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  • of concentration camp prisoners was desecrated.
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  • Throughout the day, I go over many of these events
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  • that occur today and upload them onto social media.
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  • (Eitan Behar) Anti-Semitism starts with desecrating the Jewish cemetery,
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  • and it ends with shooting Jews only because they were Jewish
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  • in a kosher market in Paris.
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  • The American government continuously insisted
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  • that the Jews that were killed in the kosher market
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  • were not killed because they were Jewish,
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  • they were just like passing by, wrong day, wrong time.
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  • Kosher.
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  • (Paulina) A lot of things that happened in the world
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  • are not translated into Russian, not translated to Ukrainian,
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  • and the people who live in Ukraine,
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  • in Russia, they don't know anything.
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  • It is a high level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine,
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  • really high, and it is not very comfortable
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  • to be a Jew in Ukraine, actually.
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  • (Eitan Behar) Interns of the WZO Center for Countering Anti-Semitism
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  • start their day with analyzing what happened
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  • within the last 24 hours.
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  • We get reports from around the world
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  • on certain anti-Semitic incidents that took place.
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  • First of all, we have to make sure that it was
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  • an anti-Semitic incident.
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  • Once we know for sure that it was,
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  • we take this information, spread it out to the public.
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  • There's the new type of anti-Semitism
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  • trying to disguise themselves,
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  • "Listen, we're not against the Jews,
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  • "we're only against the state of Israel.
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  • "We don't care about the Jews.
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  • "Jews are more welcome to live in Turkey,
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  • "they're more than welcome to live wherever we want.
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  • "However, we are against the state of Israel.
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  • "Therefore, we're going to have to boycott Israeli companies,
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  • not purchase Israeli goods."
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  • We've had people that are not necessarily Jewish
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  • that decided to come from Germany.
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  • Here, they spent like 2 months here,
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  • they helped us translate information.
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  • Every single person can be a contributor to the fight
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  • against anti-Semitism from his own laptop,
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  • home, office, cell phone.
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  • Okay, the blue box that basically people
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  • would give money from all over the world,
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  • Jews from all over the world,
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  • in order to help establish the Jewish State.
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  • I remember it was first, second, third grade, every single year,
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  • we used to bring some change and put it on this blue box.
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  • Every day, ordinary people would give money
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  • in order to help build from nothing.
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  • In a world with no boundaries, such as the Internet,
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  • such as the social media,
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  • people are getting the wrong information.
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  • You report a page on Facebook,
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  • "Kill Jews, commit suicide bombing,
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  • kill Jews in a particular place,"
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  • what do you get from Facebook?
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  • "The page that you reported
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  • does not stand against our policies."
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  • Face anti-Semitism. Counter it, fight it.
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  • It's a disease.
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  • And this is exactly what we're trying to do here.
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  • Anything that we do is a drop in the ocean,
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  • I can assure you that.
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  • However, we need to raise awareness.
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  • When, in Turkey, you have a commercial on national TV,
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  • Hitler Shampoo, calling for people to purchase
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  • this particular product, that means that anti-Semitism
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  • is all over the world.
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  • (narrator) The pages of Scripture and history are filled
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  • with bigger than life tales of heroes like David and Esther,
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  • who rescued God's people.
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  • But what about you and me?
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  • What can we do?
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  • Who is a rescuer?
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  • Let us find inspiration in the words of Jesus
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  • in Matthew 25,
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  • "Whatever you have done for the least of these,
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  • you have done unto me."
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  • Very simply, a rescuer is anyone who says yes to God's call
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  • to help those in need.
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  • 00:18:57.280 --> 00:19:04.020
  • (Anat Brenner) I want to dedicate this to Vika.
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  • We became like family to her.
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  • We didn't know how it's going to happen, and I was thinking,
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  • "Okay, we put a table in the street.
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  • We do it, we just have to do it."
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  • 00:19:20.120 --> 00:19:30.110
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  • The Red Carpet Nail Center, the name of it,
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  • the Lord told us that the women will walk on a red carpet
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  • to meet the King of kings, and sit at his table.
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  • In the beginning, we had to earn their trust.
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  • They were suspicious, they thought we wanted to use them,
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  • and this is their life story.
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  • They have been used since they were little children.
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  • We had a group from Holland that volunteered here.
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  • And when they heard that Vika was a pianist
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  • when she was a little child,
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  • they brought the keyboard for her.
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  • Every time Vika would come, she could play and just have
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  • a memory of good times in her life.
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  • We were making food at home, bringing it,
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  • and going into the street, inviting the women to come.
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  • And this is how it started about 4 1/2 years ago.
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  • As a child, I remember this area.
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  • This is where we used to get our buses.
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  • Somehow it became a pocket
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  • of multi problems in our society.
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  • You see the big buildings, the high-techs,
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  • and then you see the lower city.
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  • While there is richness and then the poor are suffering,
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  • there is no big solutions for them,
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  • or they are disturbing society.
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:09.040
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:17.110
  • They say now in Israel, there is about 12.000 prostitutes,
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  • 95% of it are women, 5% are men,
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  • 11% of it are teenagers.
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  • Fourteen nations just here of refugees.
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  • The women in prostitution,
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  • the pimps, drug dealers, homeless,
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  • it's a pocket, so we wanted to have a place right here.
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  • [speaking foreign language]
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  • Is very special,
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  • and we want to show it that they are special.
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  • My daughter is making the cakes, and is baking for us every time.
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  • They are treated as they're not human,
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  • and it's honoring them and giving them respect.
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  • We do cutting, coloring, we provide food to feed them.
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  • They take showers,
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  • we buy them underwear and give them socks,
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  • listen to their stories, pray for them,
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  • and we send them to rehabilitation centers.
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  • We are called to, in a way, watch them and help them
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  • come out of here so they will be truly protected
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  • and not abused over and over.
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  • Many of them are coming so beaten and abused.
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  • Vika is one of the reasons that we will continue.
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  • She couldn't believe that people are praying for her,
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  • thinking about her, and caring for her.
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  • We loved her very much, she was just like a model,
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  • all the time getting clothes and changing
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  • and getting everything.
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  • You know, she used to go out so happy.
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  • We all fell in love with her.
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  • They come so dirty,
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  • and they go out clean and with clean clothes.
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  • They feel human. They need to feel human.
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  • This is what Jesus would do if he would come here today.
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  • He will find the Samaritan woman right here,
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  • Mary Magdalene right here.
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  • He wouldn't go to our churches, I'm sorry to say that,
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  • but he would come here to the homeless and the needy.
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  • My last moment with Vika was when she was laying on the sofa,
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  • and now I'm going to cry.
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  • I was just singing over her, praising the Lord.
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  • I sensed the presence of God with us.
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  • Vika was very quiet.
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  • She was just crying and crying.
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  • I felt God is doing something, and I felt like I don't want
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  • to disturb her with questions, "Vika, why are you crying?"
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  • Just let go of this moment.
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  • The next day I came to-- we came to a center to open,
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  • we heard that Vika died from overdose.
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  • And it was very difficult to receive it, to accept it,
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  • because she's so vivid and lively and sweet
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  • and part of us.
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  • This is what Jesus did with the Samaritan woman.
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  • He had a special meeting only with her, to talk to her,
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  • to minister to her, and her life was changed.
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  • It's him, it's him, this is him.
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  • It's not anything about us.
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  • Life on earth would be different if more people
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  • would come and touch people that are in need.
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  • This is a dedication for Vika.
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  • We are a last-minute call for many of them.
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  • Many died already.
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  • Many were praying to receive the Lord before they died.
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  • Some of them will go to rehabilitation centers,
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  • but some will die.
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  • They're so sick with STD
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  • and other diseases that they will not make it.
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  • But they will make it to heaven if there will be those
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  • that will pray for them and with them.
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  • 00:25:31.280 --> 00:25:38.270
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  • We will meet her in heaven.
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  • And, yes, as long as we can, we have to be here for them.
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  • (narrator) The Bible is full of rescuers.
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  • God called Moses to save the Israelites from Egypt,
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  • sent Jonah to save the people of Nineveh.
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  • He chose David to save the Israelites
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  • from countless enemies.
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  • And then in the greatest rescue mission of all,
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  • he sent Jesus to save the world of sin and death.
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  • But he didn't stop there.
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  • God has called every believer to partner with him
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  • in his rescue mission.
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  • We can find sound instruction in the book of Isaiah:
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  • help the oppressed, defend the cause of orphans,
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  • fight for the rights of widows.
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  • These are the causes close to God's heart,
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  • and we can take them up wherever we are.
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  • We are his hands, his feet, and his voice to the world.
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  • We are God's rescuers.
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  • I leave you with a psalm penned by King David,
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  • a blessing over the city, and indeed a prayer for Israel.
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  • "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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  • "May they prosper who love you.
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  • "May peace be within your walls,
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  • "and prosperity within your palaces.
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  • "For the sake of my brothers and friends,
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  • "I will now say may peace be within you.
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  • "For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
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  • I will seek your good."
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