OUTRAGE IN ISRAEL: Priest donates security equipment, then proceeds to try and missionize the security heads on Jewish town
By Raphael Poch
Just before Christmas, a Priest arrived at the Nahal Eshkol Council and began to hand out packages of much needed security equipment as well as New testaments to heads of security for the different townships throughout the region. In addition to the New Testaments, missionary literature was distributed suggesting that readers learn passages of the New Testament and accept Jesus.
A conflict arose among the various heads of security for the towns as to whether or not to accept the gifts, which can be put to good use in providing extra security for the region, which borders closely with the Gaza strip. Some of the security organizers were in favor of accepting the gifts, and even took pictures with the priest, while others, were furious at the implied gesture. One security organizer, who is also a Rabbi, and requested to remain anonymous called Yad L’Achim, an organization that works to counter missionary effort in Israel, to complain about the incident.
Rabbi Shmuel Lifschitz, One of the heads of Yad L’achim spoke to Arutz Sheva about the severe infraction of the law that took place. “There are lots of organizations that are Christian that donate to Israel and are not missionary in their nature. While we encourage donations that help the security of Israel to continue, whether it be from Jewish or Christian donors abroad, we cannot accept attacks of this kind on our religious values and beliefs.”
According to Israeli law, it is illegal to give gifts and connect them to an initiative to convert people to one religion or another.
“Who is this priest to donate security equipment while at the same time trying to convert Jews?” exclaimed Lifschitz. “If you want to donate, then donate, but if you want to convert people, don’t do it in Israel.”
Rabbi Lifschitz explained why the issue of donating with the idea of missionizing is such a conniving thing to do. “Human nature is that a person connects on a spiritual level to the donor, they feel beholden to the donor. And if a person tries to include statements about Jesus and idolatry with requests to change one’s
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