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News on The 700 Club: April 12, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," April 12: Israel supporters meet to counter BDS movement, free speech threats; Will a NY win help front-runners win parties' nominations?; No forced abortions: Catholic hospital wins fight against ACLU; and more. Read Transcript

Israel has powerful enemies around the world.

But not all of them use military weapons.

Some have been trying a different tactic--

economic and cultural warfare.

And the battlefield is businesses, college campuses,

courts, and even churches.

But as John Waage reports from Los Angeles,

Israel's supporters are fighting back.


JOHN WAAGE: When Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat

tried to address a group of students at San Francisco State

last week, he was shouted down by members

of the anti-Israel BDS movement.

It stands for boycott, divestment, and sanctions.

And it's a powerful coalition of groups

waging an economic and cultural war against Israel.

This Stand With Us Conference in Los Angeles

is an effort to counter the BDS movement,

to fight the deluge of anti-Israel hostility

on college campuses and social media

and in the global economy.

Shir, an Israeli student, was shouted down

and called a war criminal while she was speaking

at a university in Tampa.

They waited outside of the class.

And we had to have a police escort to our cars

because they kept following us and calling us names.

How can you sleep at night?

You are a murderer.

It really, really hurts.

As you can see, I'm standing here.

I'm a civilized human being.

I'm not a war machine.

JOHN WAAGE: Alon is a former Israeli soldier.

He says he's constantly challenged by rumors and half

truths about Israel by his foreign friends

on social media.

He was also shouted down on campus by BDS supporters.

Standing up, shouting, screaming-- not even

having an open discussion, just throwing out

comments in the air without any open dialogue.

You know, it's freedom of speech for me but not for thee.

That is what is the mantra of the BDS

supporters on college campuses.

JOHN WAAGE: San Diego attorney Micha Danzig

does pro bono work for people threatened by the BDS movement.

He's angered that the freest society in the Middle East

is singled out with the help of serial human rights abusers

in the rest of the world.

You're saying the one Jewish state is so deserving of this.

Then you uniquely attribute all this evil

to the one Jewish state.

That can help but spillover to Jews on campus.

It can't help but spill over to Jewish businesses,

to people who are supportive of Israel,

to Zionists-- non-Jewish Zionists, Christian Zionists--

who support Israel.

They become the focus of this vitriol and hate, not just


JOHN WAAGE: Several mainline Protestant churches

are involved in the BDS economic war on Israel.

The push began in the United Nations

targeting Israel for divestment in the same way

churches targeted apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.

Stand With Us CEO Roz Rothstein says

some church leaders have bought into a campaign

of disinformation that distorts the true picture in the Middle


Because oftentimes it's not the people

in the pews that are angry at Israel.

It's the people in leadership positions that

are moving in this direction and on false information,

on half truths.

JOHN WAAGE: Rothstein says she's thankful for the millions

of Christians who do support Israel.

I'm a daughter of Holocaust survivors.

And I am personally grateful to the community

for standing shoulder to shoulder

with the state of Israel and the Jewish people on these very

difficult issues during these BDS campaigns.

So thank you.

JOHN WAAGE: John Waage, CBN News, Los Angeles.

I just want to say we stand strongly with Israel.

And I know you do, too.

Pray, pray for the nation.

Pray for the people.

Pray for all that's going on over there right now

and for an understanding to become known to people

who are rallying and making these statements

and accusations and comments that have no knowledge--

no true knowledge-- of what's going on there.

In addition to that, how sad is it-- college campuses

with no open dialogue?

That ought to be an oxymoron.

What's going on, America?

Well, in other news, social conservatives

rallied to show their support for North Carolina's

new bathroom law.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN News

bureau in Washington.


That's right, Terry.

Conservative groups rallied in North Carolina's capital

calling on the governor to stand strong against liberal

and business opposition to the new law.

The measure says people must use bathrooms, locker rooms,

and showers according to their biological sex at birth.

The Keep NC Safe Coalition hosted the event,

which featured speakers Bishop Harry Jackson, Christian author

Frank Turek, and business owners The Benham Brothers.

We thank God for the freedom that we have in this country.

And if we're not willing to stand now,

20 years from now my kids aren't going to be able to stand.

They're going to go to jail!


So we have to take a stand!

This is not a civil rights issue!


It's one group trying to dominate someone else.

It's one group trying to silence another group.

It's darkness trying to press in against the light!

JOHN JESSUP: Critics say the bill

is discriminatory against transgendered people.

Well, the battle over next week's New York

presidential primary is growing more intense.

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

hold double-digit leads in their home state.

Trump especially needs a victory to try to avoid a contested

Republican Convention.

Caitlin Burke has the story.

CAITLIN BURKE: The battle for New York

is on, although it's not expected

to be much of a battle.

So we have an incredible thing going.

We're doing amazingly well.

New York is very important.

Remember New York values?

We have the greatest values.

Nobody has values like us.

I am proud to have represented New York for eight years.

I am proud to have been Secretary of State

and going to 112 countries standing up for our values.

The New York primary takes place a week from today.

The home state for both Trump and Clinton,

they're dominating in the polls-- a welcome sight

after decisive losses over the last few weeks for them both.

Trump holds a 33 point lead over John Kasich

while Ted Cruz trails them both.

And Clinton holds a 14 point lead over Bernie Sanders.

Polls also show some possible trouble for Trump

if he does win the Republican nomination

and ends up running against Clinton.

A new AP poll shows that 69% of voters

have a negative view of Trump.

But Clinton has some problems of her own,

as 55% have a negative view of her.

Many Republicans believe Trump could get a sound beating

in November.

Cruz warned voters that, if Trump

is the Republican nominee, it will

be a bloodbath for the Republican

Party in the general election.

For now, the bloodbath of negative campaigning

ahead of the general election is running full steam ahead.

Caitlin Burke, CBN News.

Thanks Caitlin.

The more researchers learn about Zika, the scarier it appears,

according to federal health officials.

They're urging for more government money for mosquito

control to stop the spread of the virus

and to develop vaccines and treatments.

Experts say the virus has been linked

to fetal brain defects and rare neurological problems

in adults.

The Center for Disease Control warns pregnant women

to take extra precautions to avoid Zika.

Operation Blessing has been fighting

the virus in Central and South America,

including using fish that eat mosquitoes.

You can learn more about how OB is working to stop Zika

and how you can help by going to their website at

Well, the Bible is one of the most challenged

books at public schools and libraries across the country,

according to the latest annual report from the American

Library Association on the top 10 most challenged books.

The report says some parents and groups complain

libraries violate the separation of church and state

when they put bibles on their shelves.

But the American Library Association

says that's not true.

The ALA's office for intellectual freedom states,

"the Bible does not violate the separation of church and state

as long as the library does not endorse or promote

the views of the Bible."

The ALA also favors including other holy books

like the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Book of Mormon.

The group does hear complaints about the Koran

but, Terry, fewer than the Bible.

I don't know, John.

It's like we have lost our common sense.

Put aside the right of Christians

to be heard, how about just reporting history as it

actually happened-- the beginnings of our nation

as it actually occurred, the people who were our leaders who

were people of strong faith?

Oh, American Library Association,

thank you for your common sense.


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