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.
Here is their Facebook group:- http://www.facebook.com/nayadotchabad770 Amazing that these vans just about fit to drive through the Dung Gate in Jerusalem!!
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’Achim are an extremist group.
Top job to Israel Army Radio to stand strong against this mob gang.