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WFJ Jan 2010

January 2010 - Valley of Decision (USA Edition)

"Joel forsees an outpouring of God's Spirit, the restoration of Israel and a time of judgment. The world is entering the valley of decision..."
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WFJ Feb 2010

February 2010 - Hands on in Haiti (USA Edition)

"In the hours following the Haiti earthquake, an Israeli rescue team had just finished an 18-hour recovery operation in a deep forest ravinein Mexico and needed our help..."
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WFJ March 2010 90x100

March 2010 - 'It's a Wonderful Day' (USA Edition)

"We waited a long, long time for this document. Wehave children and grandchildren here in Israel, and we decided to spend our remaining years with them..."
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WFJ April 2010 90x100

April 2010 - Squeezing Bibi (USA Edition)

"There are few places in the world where feelings matter more.Despite the truth of the situation, if the Palestinians feel squeezed they are entitled to riot..."
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WFJ May 2010 90x100

May 2010 - Haifa Home Dedication (USA Edition)

"We cannot bring back the countless victims of the Nazi genocide, but we can bring some comfort and relief to those still with us..."
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WFJ June 2010

June 2010 - The Journey Inside (USA Edition)

"It is no small thing for a 13 year old girl to travel by foot across mountains and deserts to realize a 2000-year old vision of coming home to Israel..."
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WFJ July 2010

July 2010 - Brigands Bound for Gaza (USA Edition)

"Was Israel dealing with peace activists on a mission to deliver aid to suffering Palestinians or global jihadists seeking death in combat..."
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WFJ August 2010

August 2010 - Standing for Something (USA Edition)

"It's all very well to point out the challenges Israel faces, but apart from what we are against, what do we stand for?"
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WFJ September 2010

September 2010 -Thirty Years Young (USA Edition)

A tribute to the millions who have shared the 'Divine Project' of the ICEJ; who believed Christians needed to stand up and affirm the truth of the Bible...
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WFJ Oct 2010, 90x100

October 2010- Tabernacles 2010 (USA Edition)

"You remind us we are not alone," Prime Minister Netanyahu tells ChristianPilgrims at the 2010 Feast of Tabernacles Celebration in Jerusalem.
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WFJ NOV 2010, 90x100

November 2010- Minarets & Lances (USA Edition)

No longer content as a bridge-builder between Christian West and Islamic East, Turkey is beginning to turns from Europe and towards its Ottoman past..
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WFJ Dec 2010, 90x100

December 2010- Isolating Israel (International Edition)

"There is an attack on Israel," writes Malcolm Hedding, "that is so widespread, sustained and sadly effective that everywhere people are buying into it or giving in to it..."
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WFJ Jan 2010

January 2010 - Valley of Decision (USA Edition)

"Joel forsees an outpouring of God's Spirit, the restoration of Israel and a time of judgment. The world is entering the valley of decision..."
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WFJ Feb 2010

February 2010 - Hands on in Haiti (USA Edition)

"In the hours following the Haiti earthquake, an Israeli rescue team had just finished an 18-hour recovery operation in a deep forest ravinein Mexico and needed our help..."
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WFJ March 2010 90x100

March 2010 - 'It's a Wonderful Day' (USA Edition)

"We waited a long, long time for this document. Wehave children and grandchildren here in Israel, and we decided to spend our remaining years with them..."
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WFJ April 2010 90x100

April 2010 - Squeezing Bibi (USA Edition)

"There are few places in the world where feelings matter more.Despite the truth of the situation, if the Palestinians feel squeezed they are entitled to riot..."
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WFJ May 2010 90x100

May 2010 - Haifa Home Dedication (USA Edition)

"We cannot bring back the countless victims of the Nazi genocide, but we can bring some comfort and relief to those still with us..."
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WFJ June 2010

June 2010 - The Journey Inside (USA Edition)

"It is no small thing for a 13 year old girl to travel by foot across mountains and deserts to realize a 2000-year old vision of coming home to Israel..."
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WFJ July 2010

July 2010 - Brigands Bound for Gaza (USA Edition)

"Was Israel dealing with peace activists on a mission to deliver aid to suffering Palestinians or global jihadists seeking death in combat..."
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WFJ August 2010

August 2010 - Standing for Something (USA Edition)

"It's all very well to point out the challenges Israel faces, but apart from what we are against, what do we stand for?"
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WFJ September 2010

September 2010 -Thirty Years Young (USA Edition)

A tribute to the millions who have shared the 'Divine Project' of the ICEJ; who believed Christians needed to stand up and affirm the truth of the Bible...
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WFJ Oct 2010, 90x100

October 2010- Tabernacles 2010 (USA Edition)

"You remind us we are not alone," Prime Minister Netanyahu tells ChristianPilgrims at the 2010 Feast of Tabernacles Celebration in Jerusalem.
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WFJ NOV 2010, 90x100

November 2010- Minarets & Lances (USA Edition)

No longer content as a bridge-builder between Christian West and Islamic East, Turkey is beginning to turns from Europe and towards its Ottoman past..
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WFJ Dec 2010, 90x100

December 2010- Isolating Israel (International Edition)

"There is an attack on Israel," writes Malcolm Hedding, "that is so widespread, sustained and sadly effective that everywhere people are buying into it or giving in to it..."
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Word from Jerusalem 2009

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WFJ Jan 2009

 January 2009 - The Durban Dilemma (USA Edition)

"A United Nations conference against racism should represent a unique and timely opportunity for a man like President Obama...If only it hadn't already been hijacked by Iran"
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All Eyes on Obama

February 2009 - All Eyes on Obama (USA Edition)

"If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing..."
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Returning Home

March 2009 - Returning Home (USA Edition)

"The economic crisis has prompted thousands of Israelis living in the US to look again to Zion, their American dream shattered and their hope set once again on Israel..."
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WFJ April 2009

April 2009 - The God Who Speaks (USA Edition)

"We serve the living God, Who has manifested Himself to us in three persons and Who constantly engages His world and speaks to it..."
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WFJ May 2009

May 2009 - Days of Infamy (USA Edition)

"Few would consider Hitler’s birthday an appropriate date for a high-profile global conference against racism. But to hand over the platform to a Holocaust denier is simply unconscionable..."
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WFJ June 2009

June 2009 - The Battle for Israel (USA Edition)

"There is no doubt that the Church needs to rediscover the role and power of prayer. Jesus said that His house should be “a house of prayer for all nations..."
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WFJ - July 2009

July 2009 - Shoulder to Shoulder (USA Edition)

"As their dream of life in Israel began to crumble, the Kaplan family, like so many other new Jewish immigrants, were ready to give up and return home to Peru... "
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WFJ Aug09

August 2009 - The End of Defeatism (USA Edition)

"Even by Palestinian standards, the swift and complete rejection of an Israeli peace overture following Netanyahu's June 14 policy speach was baffling..."
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WFJ Sept 09

September 2009 - Turning Point (USA Edition)

"Four years after the Gaza  pullout, the pioneers of Gush Katif are building again. This time they are transforming other lives in the process..."
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WFJ Oct 2009

October 2009 - Jerusalem United (USA Edition)

"The Jews have more claim to Jerusalem that the French to Paris, the Germans to Berlin or the British to London... "
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WFJ Nov 09

November 2009 - 30 Years of the Feast (USA Edition)

"They travelled long distances in spite of the economic downturn, overcame difficult trials in their home nations. All were united by their determination to worship God in Jerusalem... "
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WFJ Dec 2009

December 2009 - Saved by Christmas (USA Edition)

"He was stripped naked pushed up against a wall and facing a machine gun. It was Christmas Eve in Budapest in the year 1944..."
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Word from Jerusalem 2008

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WFJ Jan 2008 Lost in Transit

January 2008 - Lost in Transit (USA Edition)

"Of nearly 3 million Soviet Jews only a third have made it to Israel. Some stayed behind, but the rest were lost in transit on the way, wandering in the wilderness outside the Promised Land"  Read more (pdf) »

 WFJ Feb 2008 

Feburary 2008 - In the Spirit of Elijah (USA Edition)

"Many Christians have now refuted the erroneous teachings of deicide and Replacement Theology. Whole denominations are praying for and supporting Israel..."
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WFJ March 2008

March 2008 - Jail Break (USA Edition)

"After watching his village burned to the ground in South Sudan, 'Emmanuel' saw his younger sister raped by an Arab Muslim militia then killed alongside his mother. He was only 13..." Read more (pdf) »

WFJ April 2008

April 2008 - Something to Celebrate (USA Edition)

"The unlikely 'feel-good' story of Israel's 60th anniversary year is found in the millions of Christians standing in solidarity with the Jewish people worldwide..."
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WFJ May 08 small

May 2008 - Struggle & the Dream (USA Edition)

"Just like the Patriarch Jacob, Israel today has had to endure the struggle" of intense conflict and terror within the dream of returning and rebuilding the promised land..." 
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WFJ June 08

June 2008: Discerning the Times (USA Edition)

"There is an ominous shift happening in the world today. Not only is Israel on the front lines of this battle, but so are Christians throughout the Muslim world..."  
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WFJ July 08

July 2008 - Elections in the Air (USA Edition)

"Israel is facing a crisis of leadership, faltering peace talks, a looming Iranian nuclear threat and daily rocket barrages from Gaza..."   Read more (pdf) »

WFJ Aug 08 small

August 2008 - The Pattern of Return (USA Edition)

"One aspect of the biblical "pattern of return" in Nehemiah is often overlooked: The nation's collective repentance for the sins that led to exile..."
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WFJ Sept 2008 90x100

September 2008 - If My People... (USA Edition)

"Gripped by economic uncertainty at home and war abroad, the US is at a crossroads as it heads toward the presidential election this fall. Israel too finds itself facing a crisis of leadership even as Iran edges closer to the nuclear brink."
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WFJ Oct 2008

October 2008 - What Would Jesus Say...? (USA Edition)

"God has not lost control of His world. No, He is firmly in control and what appears chaotic and even dangerous to us is not to Him...."  
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WFJ Nov 2008

November 2008 - Feast Draws Record Crowd (USA Edition)

"The presence of almost 8000 pilgrims here from 100 nations sends a strong statement of solidarity with Israel, despite the recent economic turmoil..."
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WFJ December 2008

December 2008 - 'O Jerusalem...' (USA Edition)

"While teaching in the Temple courts in the days leading up to His death and resurrection, Jesus prophesied the destruction of the city he loved at the hands of Romans. 'O Jerusalem, Jerusalem …' He cried..."  
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Christian Friends Of Yad Vashem

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Christian Friends of Yad Vashem (CFYV) was founded in October 2006 in partnership with the ICEJ in order to educate Christians about the universal lessons of the Holocaust. We enroll Christians from various countries as members. We arrange an annual Christian Leadership Seminar at Yad Vashem for pastors and other Christian leaders. 

This year’s Christian Leadership Seminar will be the first one held under the new Director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, Ms. Sari Granitza. She has been working in the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem since 2003 and took over the reins of the Christian Desk from Dr. Susanna Kokkonen in mid-2018. Having lost family members in the Holocaust, Ms. Granitza takes her job very seriously. As an ambassador for Yad Vashem to the Christian world, she will continue to promote Holocaust education as an important means for ensuring that the atrocities of the Shoah never happen again.

CFYV promotes the wide-ranging activities of Yad Vashem:

  • Brings the universal lessons of the Holocaust to churches and Christian communities;
  • Builds bridges between Christians and Jews;
  • Teaches the history of Christian Antisemitism;
  • Educates about the legacy of Righteous among the Nations.

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A war made in Iran

Most people wake up to coffee or their favorite morning news show. But four times in the last eight years now, Israelis have woken up to rocket wars.

Some border incident happens around daybreak and by noon there are hundreds of rockets flying in all directions. It can be quite dizzying!

But you do not just wake up to a rocket war. It takes a lot of time and money and manpower and material and expertise to build up such a large rocket arsenal as that now possessed by Hamas. This did not happen overnight! It had to be planned and implemented over a long period of time.

So there is an extensive background behind this latest rocket war between Hamas and Israel. And the explanation for the current hostilities does not begin with the three Jewish yeshiva students kidnapped and killed by a Hebron terror cell in June. That was certainly a spark, but the real cause can be traced all the way back to the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.

The bloody conflict between Saddam's battalions and Khomeini's columns lasted eight long years and basically ended in a stalemate. But as with most wars, new tactics and weaponry were introduced and hard lessons were learned, to be studied and applied in the next war.

Two new wrinkles came out of that Iran-Iraq stand-off which are fueling today's hostilities in and around Gaza.

The March of Martyrs

First, Iran started sending indoctrinated soldiers on suicide missions for the sake of Allah. The 'soldiers' in this case were waves of young boys promised a harem of virgins in paradise for sweeping through Iraqi mine fields with their bare feet.

Iran swiftly exported this new/old tactic of martyrdom operations to Lebanon, as demonstrated by the driver who plowed his explosives-laden truck into the US Marine barracks in October 1983, killing 241 American servicemen. In doing so, Tehran passed the practice on to its Shi'ite proxy militia in Lebanon, Hizbullah, who would later school Hamas on its virtues when some 400 operatives of the Palestinian terror faction were temporarily deported to south Lebanon in December 1992.

The day the Oslo Accords were signed the following September, the deal required Israel - at the PLO's insistence - to take back in the Hamas deportees. Within a few short years, Oslo would begin collapsing under the carnage wrought by the march of Palestinian suicide bombers.

Israel finally found ways to confront this threat, but Hamas still employs the tactic in other ways. The population of Gaza today is either brainwashed into viewing death for an Islamic Palestine as life's highest aspiration, or they are held hostage by those who want to force such martyrdom upon them.

Truth be told, most Gazans do not want to serve as human shields to protect Hamas cadres and their military assets. But these poor folks are powerless to prevent it. And how, pray tell, is Israel supposed to distinguish between the willing and the coerced human shields from 5000 feet overhead?

Terror from the Sky

The second innovation of the Iran-Iraq war involved a new/old weapon of mass terror - the ballistic missile. This 'discovery' was not made in the Revolutionary Guards' R&D labs. Instead, it was learned the hard way when Saddam Hussein decided one day to start randomly lobbing his quiver of Russian-made Scud missiles at Iran's major cities.

Some initially scoffed at the idea of using a weapon designed to target an enemy's military bases on non-threatening civilians hundreds of miles from the battlefront. But the impact on the Iranian people was devastating, as the Scuds sowed panic and fear in Tehran and other population centers. The national morale sank and Iran was soon seeking a way out of the conflict.

After the war, the Ayatollahs decided they needed this terror weapon in their own arsenal - and in particular to deploy it in their religiously-driven campaign to eliminate Israel. So they started developing their Shihab series of medium-range ballistic missiles to threaten Israel from afar, plus an array of shorter-range rockets that were then delivered to Hizbullah in Lebanon to deploy along Israel’s northern front.

Iran’s thinking involved a move away from confronting Israel with conventional armed forces, since Israel had defeated all such Arab foes over its first three decades by always taking the fight to the enemy’s territory. Rather, Tehran sought to bypass the traditional order of battle against IDF forces and hit straight at Israel’s civilian heartland.

In this strategy’s first real test, Hizbullah used its lethal rocket armory with devastating effect in the Second Lebanon War of summer 2006. In that 34-day conflict, more than 4,000 rockets were fired into northern Israel, keeping over one million civilians huddled in bomb shelters for more than a month during the heat of summer.

Many of the rockets were Syrian-made Grads with extra-lethal fragmentation warheads – a poor man’s cluster bomb meant to rip through human flesh. The casualty count mounted to 165 Israelis dead, including over 40 civilians. The confrontation ended in a draw, but Hizbullah’s popularity soared in the Arab world for striking terror in Israel’s suddenly vulnerable homeland.

With its rocket caches somewhat depleted, Hizbullah has used effective weapons smuggling operations ever since to rebuild its arsenal now to over 150,000 rockets and missiles of various ranges – despite UN Security Council ban on this very activity. This represents a larger weapons stockpile than is possessed by most nations in the world.

Meantime, Hamas also became a major client of Iran in the late 1990s after its political bureau was evicted from Amman and found a new home in Damascus, another ally of Tehran. The Revolutionary Guards began funneling missiles and launchers into Gaza, and helped Hamas develop its own rocket manufacturing capabilities. In pursuing this partnership, Iran’s goal was to eventually threaten Israel’s entire civilian population with overlapping firepower from both the north and south using proxy militias entrenched among civilians living close to its borders.

Thus the home-made Kassams began flying across the Gaza border early in the second Palestinian intifada, and their rate increased four-fold following Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza in 2005.

Eager to increase its rocket range, Hamas has made or smuggled in longer-range munitions, such as the J80 and M305 missile series introduced in the recent fighting. The rocket barrages fired by Hamas into central Israel over recent days mark only the third time ever that greater Tel Aviv has come under serious military attack – the others being the 1991 Gulf War and a couple rudimentary Egyptian air sorties in 1948.

Fortunately, Israel was on to the Iranian plans long ago and began developing with American assistance a multi-layered anti-missile defense system which includes the Iron Dome, David’s Sling (nearing deployment), Arrow II and III, Patriot III, advanced radars and other components. For both sides it has been a race – of Iran’s blunt offensive punch against Israel’s defensive genius. And Israel is coming out just ahead of the game.

After stopping the march of suicide bombers in the West Bank, Israel is now hoping to defang the Hamas rocket threat in Gaza. But to effectively deal with this danger may require a risky and prolonged IDF ground incursion into Gaza to root out the rocket factories, and their storage and launch sites – all hidden in tunnels and bunkers, and under homes, mosques, schools and hospitals.

It used to take a lot of time and effort for Hamas to recruit a single suicide bomber, indoctrinate and train them, and then dispatch him (or her) on an unsavory mission. Families had to be paid, minds warped, cowards culled out.

Today, every rocket fired by Hamas is a cheap version of yesterday’s suicide bomber and it bears the indelible stamp ‘Made in Iran.’ And these missiles are launched from among Gazans who are being involuntarily recruited for martyrdom missions as human shields.

Let’s hope the whole world wakes up to this cruel reality.

The writer is media director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; www.icej.org

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Home at Last!

Smiling broadly beneath a bright woollen cap, Ephraim Manlun readily admitted that he was “totally lost for words”.

“There’s an unexplainable feeling in our hearts, an overwhelming excitement, emotionally and spiritually”, he said. “For over two thousand years, we’ve been waiting for this moment.”

Ephraim Manlun speaks with ICEJ media director David Parsons (Herbert Kelly photo)This “moment” was the arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport of Ephraim and 52 other members of the Bnei Menashe from northeast India on 24 December, aboard the first flight of a renewed wave of aliyah for this ancient Israelite tribe. This meant that – for at least these 13 families – more than 2700 years of exile and wanderings were over.

Ephraim said his fellow travellers were all aware of the historic weight they were carrying.

“We know that we represent the hopes of many generations”, he explained. “We are the ones who have the privilege of finally stepping foot back in the land of Israel.”

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem also was privileged to be involved in the return of this special group of Bnei Menashe by sponsoring their flights home to Israel.

Check out our photo gallery of the Bnei Menashe's journey home »

The Bnei Menashe (“Sons of Manasseh”) are a people living in northeast India who claim descent from one of the ten “Lost Tribes” of Israel. In 732 BC, their ancestors were exiled by the Assyrians into the region of today’s Iran. From there, they journeyed eastward along the Silk Road to China, where for centuries they formed part of the community of Kaifeng Jews. They later wandered southward and eventually settled in the states of Mizoram and Manipur, located in an isolated enclave of India laying between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

From there the Bnei Menashe continued to cling to their biblical traditions and identity. They kept the Sabbath and observed kosher laws, celebrated the Jewish festivals, and practiced sacrificial rites.

Bnei Menashe arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport in December (Herbert Kelly photo)Rediscovered in modern times, their Israelite ancestry was officially recognised by Israel’s rabbinic authorities in 2005. This allowed an initial wave of 1,700 Bnei Menashe to make their way home, but their aliyah was stopped two years later.

Michael Freund, head of the organisation Shavei Israel, has been working tirelessly ever since to reopen the way for them to reconnect with Israel and the Jewish mainstream. At his urging, the Israeli government recently approved a process which will enable the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe to come home in groups of around 250 at a time.

The first group of 274 Bnei Menashe are currently arriving on weekly flights from India to Israel via Tashkent, and the next group is expected to start arriving in March. The Christian Embassy is sponsoring their journey home by covering the costs of their airline tickets.

“Our support for the return of the Bnei Menashe is based on God’s promises to Israel to ‘bring your descendants from the east’, as we read in Isaiah 43:5”, said Dr. Juergen Buehler, the ICEJ Executive Director. “We are thrilled to partner with Shavei Israel in making this dream come true for these precious sons and daughters of Zion.”

When the initial flight landed on Christmas Eve, ICEJ representatives were there to greet them, along with some 100 members of the Bnei Menashe community already living in Israel for several years. Though still a distinct looking people, the crowd of relatives and friends waiting anxiously in the Arrivals Hall also reflected the diversity of Israeli society. Amid the eager welcoming party could be seen one Bnei Menashe man wearing the pressed uniform of an IDF officer while another sported the long trademark side-curls and white garments of the Breslov Hassidic sect.


CBN News report on the Bnei Menashe's return

There were many tearful embraces as brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces all joined in the happy family reunions.

Tzvi Khante, one of the earliest Bnei Menashe pioneers to arrive in Israel nearly 13 years ago, explained that the veteran community can now help the newcomers adjust to life in Israel a lot easier than they did. He noted that the early arrivals had already proven to the Israeli public that the Bnei Menashe are close-knit families instilled with a good work ethic, and they also make patriotic citizens.

“This is about returning to our land, our people and our Torah”, insisted Tzvi, who coordinates the Bnei Menashe aliyah efforts for Shavei Israel. “It also means we are moving that much closer to the redemption of Israel.”

“This is one of those moments where you really feel the hand of God at work in history”, noted Michael Freund. “Despite the long exile and wanderings of the Bnei Menashe, they never lost sight of who they are or where they came from, or where they one day dreamt of returning.”

“This is a development of profound historic significance. God is re-gathering the children of Israel from some of the most remote places on earth. No one can deny this.”

“Another thing we cannot overlook is that Jews and Christians are joining together to make this happen, just as the Hebrew prophets foretold”, added Freund. “This is a miracle as well. We deeply appreciate the assistance of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and our other Christian friends.”
 



Over 7,000 members of the tribe of Mahasseh are waiting in Northern India to return home to Israel. You can join us in being a part of the fulfillment of prophecy and help finance more flights for these precious people.


 

German Christians recall Wannsee

On Friday, a delegation of prominent German and Austrian Christian leaders gathered under the auspices of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem for remembrance ceremonies at Yad Vashem marking the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the infamous meeting of Nazi officials which plotted the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”

The high-ranking Christian delegation included a broad array of 70 pastors and ministry leaders representing all the Protestant and Evangelical movements of Germany and Austria, including Lutherans, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Baptists, Methodists, Mennonites, Pietists, and Adventists.

“We came here to continue the repentance of our nation for the enormous crime of mass murder of Jews committed in the name of a wicked ideology,” said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. “The Church in Germany still has so much more to do to amend for our deafening silence in those dark days.”


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The two-day gathering in Jerusalem culminated on Friday with a wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem’s Warsaw Ghetto Square and observances in the Hall of Remembrance to honor the Jewish victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Delegates from 32 major Christian denominations and ministries in Germany and Austria, representing millions of followers, laid wreaths at today’s event.

“The Christian nation of Germany some two generations ago gives us an example of the evil which can flow when a people turn their back on a God of goodness Who loves all humankind,” said Rev. Ingolf Ellßel, Chairman of the Pentecostal European Fellowship. “To remember this causes a deep shaking in our hearts.”

Hall of Remembrance (Sasson Tiram)Dr. Uwe Graebe, the German Lutheran Probst in Jerusalem, noted that “the Nazi officials who met at Wannsee were all well educated. Some were doctors, some were theologians, and one was even the son of a Protestant pastor. They knew the Bible and what it said about the value of every human life. Yet they blocked out the sacred concept that we are all created in God’s image. Instead, they dealt with human lives as mere statistics.”

“Wannsee was one of the darkest days in the history of the German people,” added Gottfried Bühler, National Director of ICEJ-Germany and the initiator of the event. “Seventy years after, we bow down in deep sorrow. And we also promise to keep this remembrance alive. That is why many of us brought our children along, so the next generation can witness these ceremonies. Yet remembrance alone is not enough; it must go hand-in-hand with responsible deeds of goodness.”

The ICEJ then handed over a $60,000 check to Yad Vashem for its Holocaust studies and education center, to sponsor special seminars for Christian leaders to train them in teaching the universal lessons of the Holocaust.

Expressing gratitude for the support which the Jewish people receive today from millions of Christians worldwide, Dan Diker, Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress issued a call for “vigilance in the face of the next genocidal plot against the collective Jew – the state of Israel.”

“Today’s ceremonies at Yad Vashem are the answer to Wannsee,” Diker stated. “The lesson is to be vigilant. This is about preventing the next Wannsee, which is already here in the Iranian threat to eradicate Israel. Yet we hear once again the silence of the international community. Who will demonstrate? Who will speak out? I believe you will!”

Villa Wannsee outside BerlinThe Wannsee Conference was held on January 20, 1942 at a lakeside villa outside Berlin and was attended by 15 high-ranking Nazi bureaucrats who set in motion the implementation of a plan to eradicate the Jews of Europe. The meeting was convened by Reinhard Heydrich, assistant to deputy Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, who led a discussion on methods to be used for the systematic, industrial murder of all Jews within Germany’s reach. A chart compiled by Adolf Eichmann for the Wannsee Conference listed all of the estimated 11 million Jews of Europe and northwest Africa as potential targets.

During their two days in Jerusalem to mark 70 years since Wannsee, the delegation of German and Austrian Christians also paid a visit to the Knesset, meet with Israel’s Chief Rabbi (Ashkenazi) Yona Metzger, hold special prayer services at the Western Wall and the King of Kings Prayer Tower, and attended a memorial concert at Mishkenot Sha´ananim featuring performances by the noted German Christian Music Academy of Stuttgart. The series of events ended on Friday evening with a reception at the global headquarters of the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.

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