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Jewish State has 2 Million Friends in Christians United for Israel

Israel Collective LogoThis year CUFI is planning to enter the battle for hearts and minds on college campuses where anti-Israel activism and incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise.

Christened “The Israel Collective,” CUFI describes its new initiative as “millennial-focused,” geared toward “building relationships between American Christians, Israelis, and people of good will throughout the Arab and Islamic world. This initiative is a direct response to efforts by Israel’s detractors to mislead America’s Christians into turning against the Jewish state.”

“The Israel haters have targeted young Evangelicals with their lies about the Jewish state.  They would like to do to the Evangelical community what they’ve already done to the mainline Protestant denominations,” said Brog. “Through our campus program and our millennial outreach, we’re punching back with the truth about Israel.  It’s working.  We just need to do much more of it.” Read more at Breitbart.

The End of Evangelical Support for Israel?

bibi and pastor 1A mere decade ago, Christian Zionism was seen as an emerging force in American politics. As if out of nowhere, a block of fifty to one hundred million friends of Israel were poised to enter the national debate and safeguard the U.S.-Israel relationship for generations to come. Evangelical love for Israel appeared so solid that the only debate within the Jewish community was whether or not to “accept” it.

How quickly things change. The days of taking evangelical support for Israel for granted are over. As they are increasingly confronted with an evangelical-friendly, anti-Israel narrative, more and more of these Christians are turning against the Jewish state.[1]

There is troubling precedent for such an about-face. At one time—prior to the 1967 war— the mainline Protestant denominations were among Israel’s most reliable American supporters. Israel’s opponents, therefore, targeted these denominations with mainline-friendly, anti-Israel messages. There are still many mainline Protestants who support Israel today. But to the extent the mainline denominations act corporately in connection with the Jewish state, it is to divest from it. And it is from Israel—not Iran—that they seek to divest.

In a similar fashion, Palestinian Christians and their American sympathizers are successfully promoting a narrative aimed at reaching the rising generation of evangelicals and turning them against Israel. As a result, more leaders of this generation are moving toward neutrality in the conflict while others are becoming outspoken critics of Israel. Questioning Christian support for the Jewish state is fast becoming a key way for the millennials to demonstrate their Christian compassion and political independence. In short, this population is in play. Read more at The Middle East Quarterly.

A Jewish American in Paris

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Our family moved to Paris at the end of September, 2014, for my husband’s job. It was a very exciting opportunity, one that we could not pass up, either on a professional or personal level. Our family enjoys “new adventures” – travel, dining, cultural activities, work related and the like, so we made the decision to pack up our lives in New Hampshire and make the big move overseas.  We had never lived in a foreign country before, so we had a lot to learn to be able to integrate into French lifestyles and culture.

Before we made the move, many of our Jewish friends and clergy warned us of the growing Anti-Semitism in France.  We read the articles and took them with a grain of salt. After all, Paris is the city of Lights, full of beauty, romance and culture. A new and exciting “life adventure” awaited us.  How could France allow the treatment of their Jews like this in 2014, especially in light of the historical Anti-Semitism of WWII, The Dreyfus Affair and the Middle Ages?  We even joined the only Franco-American Synagogue in Paris, Kehilat Gesher.

Well, here we are in 2015.  One week into the year and a reign of terror splayed throughout the city. After the tragic events at Charlie Hebdo, terrorists directly targeted French Jews, doing their Shabbat shopping on a Friday afternoon in Port de Vincennes.

I attended the Unity Rally on Sunday, as a show of support for freedom  – of speech, of religion and of my people, the Jews of France.

In the wake of these tragedies, the French government finally seems to be coming to their senses with regards to protecting their Jews.  Last night, French President Francois Hollande attended services at the Grand Synagogue of Paris with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged France to join Israel in the fight against terrorism, saying that all Jews have the right to live peaceful lives. He also said how fortunate the Jews are to have their homeland, in Israel, a Jewish state that did not exist prior to 1948.  In this context, it should be noted that Jews have been leaving France to make Aliyah (or move to Israel) in record numbers in the past year due to rising Anti-Semitism.

This morning in France, the government deployed 5,000 police and security forces to protect Jewish schools.

It is my sincere hope that the French people wake up and realize that the Jews are an integral part of their culture and society.  Rather than shunning Jews, they should embrace them.  It would be a sad state of affairs to have this vital community permanently leave France.”

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Christians United for Israel surpasses 2 million members

jnsChristians United for Israel (CUFI), which calls itself the largest pro-Israel organization in America, announced that its membership has surpassed the 2-million mark.

“We’ve come a long way since we began CUFI with 400 Christian leaders back in 2006,” said Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and national chairman. “And I can say without hesitation that while reaching two million members is no small accomplishment, we’ve only just begun.  We will continue to grow and to speak out with an ever-louder voice for Zion’s sake.”

CUFI said that since its founding in 2006, it has held more the 2,100 pro-Israel events, sent hundreds of thousands of advocacy emails to government officials, guided more than a dozen tours to Israel, and trained thousands of college students across the U.S. Read more at JNS.