"On Wednesday, March 30th an investigative news program was aired in Israel on channel 1. Although not perfect, this program provided another opportunity for the Messianic community in Israel to be introduced to the wider population, for a witness to go out, and for the illegal and unethical acts of the anti-missionary organizations to be exposed."
 
 

Israel Society Takes a "Second Look" at Messianic Jews
By Betty Intrater

On Wednesday, March 30th an investigative news program was aired in Israel on channel 1 "Mabat 2" (Second Look).

This program focused on the questionable behavior and techniques an anti-missionary organization uses in order to bring down Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus).

The first segment focused on a secular Israeli woman not connected in any way to the messianic movement. This woman, a graduate music student, practiced on the organ of a Jerusalem Catholic church. After threats were made to the church and priest, she was forbidden to enter the building. She herself was followed and threatening letters were sent to her family.

The next segment focused on Messianic Jews. It featured a bakery owner whose business was almost ruined because of attacks by this organization, a blind woman who was kidnapped and pressured to deny her faith, an Israeli man whose non-Israeli wife has been denied citizenship, and others. The program exposed the fact that the Israeli Interior Ministry has allowed this organization to counsel them as to whom to receive as citizens.

The topic of the third segment of the program was a debate between some Israeli politicians as to whether this type of activity is illegal in a democratic society. Messianic lawyer Calev Meyers did an excellent job confirming that these activities are indeed illegal and undemocratic.

We were pleased as well that our congregation Ahavat Yeshua (Love of Yeshua) was featured on the show. The program aired a portion of our worship service with singing, liturgy and an excerpt of a message given by Asher from Jeremiah 31:31. In addition, Asher was briefly interviewed.

Although not perfect, this program provided another opportunity for the Messianic community in Israel to be introduced to the wider population, for a witness to go out, and for the illegal and unethical acts of the anti-missionary organizations to be exposed.

You may view Mabat 2 with English subtitles on the following internet site:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIPrhXREm3w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEPpkzxYYRA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMyblyb3EOY

By Betty Intrater
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: The Content of Our Worship
Eitan Shishkoff: Annual Passover Distribution at Tents of Mercy
Eitan Shishkoff: Calling on the Lord Together in Zion
Marty Shoub: Passover In Japan
Ariel Blumenthal: Japan: A Dress Rehearsal For The End Times?