In this two-page article, Zofnat Nordman discusses the lawsuit filed by Yad L’Achim against Israel Army Radio for refusing to air one of its anti-missionary ads in 2010. The ad in question ran thus: “Soul! Don’t let your soul be deceived! Missionaries are operating throughout the country during the holiday season with the intention of causing you to convert. Don’t be tempted! Hold on to your Jewish identity with pride! For more information – Yad L’Achim.” Israel Army Radio refused to air the ad on the grounds that “Yad L’Achim’s activities and ideology are seen as controversial by the general public and the ad is offensive to a portion of the population.”
The lawyer representing Yad L’Achim responded by saying that “all through the exile Jews were forced – sometimes through torture – to convert to Christianity. Other Jews, including entire communities, forfeited their lives by refusing to convert. How can it not be permitted, in the State of Israel, to air an ad that warns against missionary activity?” A spokesperson for Yad L’Achim further explained to Nordman that “Christian mission is based on deceit. Its emissaries do not present themselves as Christian but as Messianic Jews, who represent a Judaism that believes in Jesus as the Messiah. Those ‘Messianic Jews’ hide their connection to a sub-stream of Protestant Christianity. Some of the leaders of the Messianic congregations have been ordained, some are Gentiles, and some are converted Jews.” Though their behavior is Jewish, “their theology is Christian.” When Yad L’Achim’s ad was rejected, they took their case to Israel’s Supreme Court.
Nordman explains that at the heart of this case is a clash of worldviews, “a clash of values that goes to the very core of what it means for Israel to be both a Jewish and democratic state. Those clashing values give substance to the main issue in this case – ‘a matter that is ideologically controversial.’” This is why Israel’s Supreme Court is not in a hurry to settle the case – because it means settling “questions of value that touch on Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic nation.”
Peter’s response; well if they ban all types of missionary work, this would be a huge problem for religious freedom in Israel.
Take a look at this, these are ‘Mitzvah tanks’ a religious motor caravan are used by the Chabad Lubavitch movement encourage secular Jews to become observant, but everyone knows that this is a type of evangelism, and members and supporters of Yad L’Achim are followers of the Rebbe. The vans all have stickers on the front of the Rebbe and large decals of him on the side.
As mentioned before, a law on no proselytizing would be ridiculous and in contrary to the democratic nature of Israel. We know many Jewish people who came to Israel to escape the former USSR to get away from religious persecution, we hope people can realize this blog shows Yad L’Achimare an extremist group.
Here below from their Russian language Facebook group, they claim most of the people in the Messianic congregation are youth, and therefore send out invites to 1,200 supporters of Yad L’Achim, 100 turn up to help also mostly young people.
This sign post is a good idea, it should be labeled as following:-
Some news on the blog of Leah Ortiz, mother of Ami, a young man from a Messianic family who was seriously injured from a bomb from a Yad L’Achim member Jack Teitel who faces jail for murder and attempted murder.
We pray that this community will be able to still meet, and they get their equipment replaced in Kiryat Gat. Make sure you get a good security camera system guys.
This act of criminal damage maliciously aimed at the Messianic Jewish community and strangely didn’t seem to get picked up by the mainstream Israeli media 😦 Sadly this is not the first time that arson has happened on buildings and cars owned by Messianic Jews.
Good news for the results of a very long pending trial of this dangerous criminal, Teitel will face bars for attempted murder of messianic teen Ami Ortiz, as well murder of Arabs and sending a bomb to a Israeli professor.
Jack Teitel also known as Yaakov Tytell is an American born religious Jew and confessed to these crimes, but was found not to be mentally ill, he was also a member of Yad L’Achim for 5 years, although deny this here from a statement from the late Rav Dov Lifshitz, a few years ago was the then chairman of Yad L’Achim.
The club provides a social hub for the people of Arad which include a lot of Russian immigrants, and the chess club was burnt down, the husband of couple was racially abused. At a later date it seems harassment became so great that the American Christian man got into a few fights with some of the Gur Hassidim, a group of ultra orthodox Jews who ganged up on this community.
There has been reports that a religious Jewish activist was knocked down by a car, and fights broke out. Myself Peter Johnson and our writing team are totally against any violent behavior, but we think both were at fault here.
We ask you to join us and belivers will reach out to the needs of Arad’s poor and needy, and have the right heart to serve there.
Update:this club has not shut, just moved, although their web site has been quiet for a long time now.