Christian Zionist group brings fight against anti-Semitism to UN’s global stage

Christian Zionist group brings fight against anti-Semitism to UN’s global stage

By Breaking Israel News— The Christian Zionist organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) convened a special session at the United Nations in New York City on Aug. 11 to help Christians learn more about the impact of genocidal anti-Semitism. “Our goal for the program was to reach ambassadors of predominately Christian nations and to help them understand anti-Semitism and how to deal with it,” Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of PJTN, told JNS.org. The session was attended by diplomats from 13 countries: Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, Panama, Cyprus, Israel, Canada, Palau, Poland, Japan, and the Holy See. PJTN is a non-profit that seeks to educate Christians about the biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel. The group was recently behind an effort to get the Tennessee General Assembly to become the first state legislature in the U.S. to formally condemn the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Further, PJTN is in the midst of a national campaign to get legislatures in all 50 U.S. states to formally oppose BDS. According to Cardoza-Moore, anti-Semitism—and by extension, anti-Zionism—is a growing problem within many Christian denominations. “We have seen anti-Semitism within the mainline churches and have expected that,” she said. “But unfortunately, we have seen a growing movement within the Evangelical world now as well.” While Evangelical Christians have traditionally been some of the most fervent supporters of Israel, Cardoza-Moore said they are also being strategically targeted by anti-Semitic/anti-Israel advocates with replacement theology, which teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan and that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people. “Hatred based on...
Is Israel Just Our Good Luck Charm?

Is Israel Just Our Good Luck Charm?

By Brian Hennessy, Israel Today— Ask a Christian why he or she loves and supports Israel and the Jewish people and the response will most likely be, “Genesis 12:3: Those who bless Israel, shall be blessed, and those who curse Israel shall be cursed.” It has almost become our mantra. But is that the right answer? Because if our love is supposed to be unconditional, then blessing Israel to get blessed has strings attached. It’s a way to get blessed, not be a blessing. Or avoid getting cursed. It’s a bit self-serving. The fact is, the way many of us are using Genesis 12:3 is close to fetishism. It’s like Israel has become our good luck charm. Our rabbit’s foot. Caress it and it will bless you. Disrespect it and it will curse you. Is that how we are to understand God’s promise to Abraham? Are we missing something here? I believe so. Centuries of Replacement Theology has left us with an “us” and “them” mentality due to the Jews prolonged state of disbelief regarding Messiah. We may no longer accept that the Church has displaced the Jews as God’s chosen ones, but we still see the Church and the Jews as two separate people of God. We reveal that mindset when we look at Israel’s restoration and say things like, “well, if God kept His promises to them, then we know He’ll keep His promises to us.” As if God has two different sets of promises and destinies for His people. Do not ALL the promises of God “have their yea and amen” in Yeshua? (2 Cor. 1:20)...
American evangelicals among Israel’s staunchest supporters

American evangelicals among Israel’s staunchest supporters

By Ahuva Balofsky, JPost— American evangelicals are among Israel’s staunchest supporters, a new survey by LifeWay Research shows. Most believe God has plans for the people of Israel, and many American preachers tell their congregants that Christians have an obligation to support the Jewish state. The Nashville-based research group conducted its study on American attitudes towards Israel and the Bible using two separate surveys. The first examined a representative population of 1,000 Americans, while the second addressed 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant churches. “No piece of literature has had more impact on American culture than the Bible,” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research. “No country is more intertwined with the ancient biblical narrative than Israel, and evangelical Americans see a contemporary connection with the nation.” The study revealed evangelicals see a close connection between God and Israel. Some 69 percent of evangelical respondents felt the modern nation of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, while a similar number, 70 percent, say God has a special relationship with the modern state of Israel. 73 percent of evangelicals surveyed said events unfolding today in Israel are part of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. The general American public, however, is more skeptical. Fewer than half (only 46 percent) see the formation of the modern Jewish state as the fulfillment of a prophecy, while about a third (36 percent) disagree. 17 percent remain uncertain. When it comes to the status of the Jewish nation as God’s chosen people as mentioned in the Bible, again, 46 percent of Americans agree, with 44 percent disagreeing with that designation. 10 percent...
Heeding his call, United Church of Christ divests from Israel

Heeding his call, United Church of Christ divests from Israel

By LEA SPEYER, Breaking Israel News— Top officials of the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted on Tuesday to divest from companies that conduct business in Judea and Samaria. During the church’s annual meeting in Cleveland, the groups General Synod endorsed the move with a final vote of 508-124 with 38 abstentions. Unlike a similar vote last year by the Presbyterian Church USA, which voted to sell of its stocks in companies whose products are widely used in Judea and Samaria, the UCC vote is more comprehensive. Delegates of the church are calling on its financial officers to sell off all stock in companies which “have been found to profit from the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the State of Israel.” The church also agreed to boycott all products made in the territories. The UCC resolution specifically urged the divestment from Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, Motorola, Veolia Environment and security firm G4S. They also called to boycott Israeli companies that operate in Judea and Samaria, including SodaStream, Ahava and Hadiklaim dates. UCC delegates also voted on whether to label Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria as “apartheid” but failed to garner the two-thirds majority vote in order to approve the measure. Known as a liberal Protestant church, UCC’s sweeping decision signals a major win for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In total, the UCC pension board and investment fund control some $4 billion. Want to know the daily news and inspiraiton from Israel? Peter Makari of Global Ministries, an organization affiliated with UCC, said the vote was not “a blanket endorsement” of BDS but rather “it’s in...
On Mt. Zion, Jews and Christians unite

On Mt. Zion, Jews and Christians unite

By ABRA FORMAN, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS— Last Wednesday, Israel365’s Rabbi Tuly Weisz met with a group of American college students visiting Israel with the Christian organization Eagles’ Wings on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Eagles’ Wings is a pro-Israel Christian ministry which runs an educational program called the Israel Experience for Christian students interested in learning more about Israel advocacy. The program brings groups of students on trips to Israel every year, where they travel the land and learn more about Israel’s Biblical origins as well as its present realities. The students toured all over Israel to various significant sites including the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Bental, the Dead Sea and Ein Gedi. They came to Jerusalem to explore the wonders of the ancient holy city, visiting Jewish as well as Christian religious sites. Rabbi Weisz spoke to the group at the historical building of the Diaspora Yeshiva, established on Mt. Zion in 1966 by Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, who came to Jerusalem from America with 200 of his students. His son, Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein, who is deeply involved in running the yeshiva, also addressed the group. “Mt. Zion is the only place in the world that accepts all three religions – Jews, Muslims and Christians,” said Rabbi Goldstein. “On this one hill, there’s a synagogue, a church and a mosque. Everyone is welcome.” Rabbi Goldstein told a parable about the founding of Jerusalem involving two brothers, one rich and one poor. The unmarried and childless rich brother, concerned about his brother’s large family and poverty, decided to give his brother a gift. At the same time, the poor brother, feeling...
U.S. introduces bill to stop academic boycotts of Israel

U.S. introduces bill to stop academic boycotts of Israel

By DEE LAZENBY, BREAKING CHRISTIAN NEWS— The American Jewish Committee (AJC) hailed the introduction of a resolution in the U.S House of Representatives condemning resolutions or policies promoting boycotts of Israeli academic institutions and scholars by American institutions of higher learning and scholarly associations. The measure, introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), criticizes the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement for encouraging actions targeting Israel on campuses across the country. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Kevin Boyle (D-PA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Brian Higgins (D-NY), joined with Curbelo as initial co-sponsors of the resolution. “Efforts to uniquely isolate Israeli institutions and scholars undermine academic freedom and, moreover, does not advance the cause of peace,” said Richard Foltin, AJC Director of National and Legislative Affairs. “We applaud this important measure and encourage quick House adoption of it.” AJC has been leading a national effort to combat initiatives targeting Israel on college and university campuses across the country. In addition to condemning any restriction on interaction between American and Israeli academic institutions, the House resolution “praises the university presidents and institutions that have opposed academic boycott and have shown dedication to the free and open exchange of ideas.” Recognizing “the significant global contributions made by the Jewish state” in a range of fields, the resolution “encourages institutions of higher education to enhance and accelerate their engagement with counterpart Israeli institutions.” The House resolution recognizes that calls for boycotting Israeli academic institutions “are part of campaign that hinders the possibility of achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace.” “Israeli-Palestinian peace will not be achieved through boycotts,” said Foltin. “The vision of sustainable peace can...
Pope Francis and the ‘Angel of Peace’ Scandal

Pope Francis and the ‘Angel of Peace’ Scandal

By: TSVI SADAN, Israel Today— A scandal recently erupted after media reports such as that by BBC’s David Willey quoted Pope Francis as telling Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting on May 16: “You are an angel of peace.” The Vatican was subsequently forced to issue a clarification that ultimately did little to alleviate anger over the Pope seemingly bestowing a completely unmerited and extravagant compliment upon the head of the PLO. “Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being ‘an angel of peace’ and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, who further explained that “the word ‘angel’ in this context means ‘messenger’.” This anemic response that essentially confirmed Willey’s report, along with the Vatican signing a formal treaty recognizing a Palestinian state, did very little to “encourage harmony.” Two days after that unfortunate phrase was uttered, Dror Eydar, a keen-eyed and forthright columnist, wrote an open letter to the Pope in the English edition of the daily Israel Hayom, in which he stated: “Your Holiness, establishing a Palestinian state on the Samarian hills in the heart of the historic Land of Israel is the latest attempt to nail the entire Jewish people to the cross.” At least from Eydar’s perspective, the Holy See’s gesture of adorning Abbas with a Christian medal did very little to alleviate concerns about the intentions of the Vatican. The excitement over the appearance of a new angel of peace, unlike any we have seen before, was given a new twist following this tweet by journalist Henruque Cymerman,...
Tzipi Hotovely: Continuing a Legacy from the Prophets of Israel

Tzipi Hotovely: Continuing a Legacy from the Prophets of Israel

By: RON TOROSSAIN, Breaking Israel News— How heartwarming it is to see Israel’s new deputy foreign minister, the nations’ most senior diplomat, Tzipi Hotovely, speaking clarity and truth to power. Israel’s claim to the land is clear –and having a strong, Zionist woman who believes in the historical bond between the people and the Land is a strong message for the world to understand. One can expect that Hotovely will be a clear voice of Public Relations for the State of Israel, and explain to the world that Israel’s battle is a righteous one. As she told employees of the Foreign Ministry upon taking office, Israeli diplomats around the world need to be right, and “.. We need to get back to the basic truth of our right to this land.” As CEO of one of the 20 largest independent American PR Agencies, I believe she is right. I agree with her that “…It’s important to say [that] this land is ours. All of it is ours.” The world will understand simple truths. As she noted during an inaugural interview “…every land Israel has evacuated has turned into a base for terrorism. Past experience teaches us that not only does it not promote regional peace; it mostly strengthens extremist forces that reject Israel’s existence. There is a process of de-legitimization of Israel that has nothing to do with its borders, but to the fact the Jewish people returned to their land and established a state here within an Arab area. Today we need a high-level of hasbara and high diplomatic capabilities.” Media understands clarity. Tzipi Hotovely is continuing the...
HUGE MARCH IN NEW YORK CITY IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

HUGE MARCH IN NEW YORK CITY IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

By: Sara Abramowicz, Breaking Christian News— “Anyone who thinks that the United States is abandoning its support of Israel—obviously they weren’t in Central Park today, because they would have found out that there is strong, passionate sentiment to stand with Israel.” –Mike Huckabee (New York, NY)—New York City hosted the 51st annual Celebrate Israel Parade Sunday. Over 40,000 people marched along Fifth Avenue with hundreds of thousands appearing on the sidelines to express support for the Jewish state. Attendees included New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who danced together with a contingent from Chabad Lubavitch, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Eight members of the Israeli Parliament from diverse political parties were also present. De Blasio and Minister without Portfolio Ofir Akunis led the parade. “Israel and the US share values,” Akunis stated. “The past and the future of the two countries are intertwined. Israel owes a great debt to the US and its citizens who stood and stand with us even when we disagree.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a televised greeting to the participants, saying, “You have gathered to express your solidarity with the one and only Jewish state. And in so doing, you are sending a powerful message of support for the essential justice of Israel’s cause.” Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who attended the concert, told Arutz Sheva, “Anyone who thinks that the United States is abandoning its support of Israel—obviously they weren’t in Central Park today, because they would have found out that there is strong, passionate sentiment to stand with Israel.” Share...