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ICEJ Deplores UNHRC ‘Fixation’ with Condemning Israel

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem on Monday (18/03) denounced the United Nations Human Rights Council for its deplorable fixation on Israel as evidenced in today’s special session solely dedicated to unfairly condemning the Jewish state for acting to defend its citizens from constant threats of terror and violence.

“The UN Human Rights Council has undermined the cause of peace and brought discredit upon itself by once again yielding to the relentless campaign to delegitimize Israel,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “It is blatantly discriminatory to permanently single out one nation and subject it to the hounding which Israel faced today in the Agenda Item 7 deliberations. We join with those moral and sane voices calling for this obsessive targeting of Israel to stop.”

Today, Dr. Bühler sent a letter to Coly Seck, President of the UN Human Rights Council, and a letter to Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, urging them to halt the compiling and publication of a UN ‘database’ clearly intended to serve as a blacklist of companies doing business in the Israeli settlements.

In the letter, Dr. Bühler decried the UN blacklist initiative as an “unprecedented” action by the UNHRC “to encourage and facilitate boycotts and economic sanctions” against private companies. He added that the UNHRC decision to focus only on the Israeli settlements while ignoring other clear cases of illegal occupation was a “gross violation of its mandate to preserve on a universal basis human rights ‘for all people.’”

Dr. Bühler concluded his letter: “In essence, the UN Human Rights Council has allowed itself to be exploited by anti-Israel governments and NGOs to circumvent the UN Security Council and to assist them in accomplishing the delegitimization and eventual eradication of the Jewish State via other channels. We call upon you to reverse course and abandon this spiteful and misguided initiative.”

The Christian Embassy also has activated a number of its branches located in key nations which are members of the UNHRC to press their governments to halt this UN blacklisting effort. This includes Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Hungary, Italy, Philippines Slovakia, South Africa and Ukraine.
 

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem


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Christian Embassy Funds Ethiopian Aliyah Flights

The Christian Embassy has funded the renewed Aliyah flights for Ethiopian Olim, and the first group of 80 will reunite with families at Ben-Gurion airport in Israel today.

Following the Israeli cabinet’s recent approval of renewed Aliyah from Ethiopia, the first group of 80 olim will be warmly welcomed by their families at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday evening (4 February) on flights arranged by the Jewish Agency and funded by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem as part of its long-standing support for Aliyah.

The ICEJ has already handed over funds for the first 300 Ethiopian Jewish arrivals and has committed to sponsoring flights for the entire 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants expected in 2019. The total transportation costs for each Ethiopian Jewish newcomer is currently estimated at $880. Together with its funding to assist with Ethiopian absorption and education projects over coming months, the ICEJ will be investing nearly $1.2 million in Ethiopian aliyah this year.

There are some 8,000 community members awaiting Aliyah with close relatives already in Israel who have been living in transit camps in Gondar and Addis Ababa, some for up to two decades. In 2015, the Israeli government unanimously approved a plan to allow those found eligible, to reunite with their families in Israel on humanitarian grounds, but the process slowed to a near halt in 2018. Last October, the cabinet approved the budget for absorbing another 1,000 Ethiopian olim. At the request of the Jewish Agency, the ICEJ has agreed to sponsor their flights over the course of 2019.

“The Christian Embassy is excited to be a partner with Israel in this latest wave of Ethiopian aliyah,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “We know this is going to make a lot of Ethiopian Jewish families very happy to be reunited after such a long and difficult time of separation.”

“We also are encouraged that the Jewish Agency’s new chairman, Yitzhak Herzog, has expressed such strong support for the renewed Ethiopian aliyah,” added Dr. Bühler. “This is continuing his great family legacy, as it was his grandfather Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, the first (Ashkenazi) Chief Rabbi of Israel, who gave the initial rabbinic approval in 1953 for the return of the ancient Ethiopian Jewish community to the people and Land of Israel.”

Since its founding in 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has assisted more than 142,000 Jews in making their way home to Israel from all over the world. Today, the ICEJ is considered the largest global pro-Israel Christian ministry, with branch offices in over 90 nations and a reach into more than 170 countries worldwide.

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem


The ICEJ has committed to sponsoring flights for 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants. The total transportation costs is aapproximately $880 per person. Help us bring them home!

ICEJ Welcomes Australia’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem on Saturday welcomed the decision of Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to begin the process of locating a place to serve as their nation’s future Embassy in Jerusalem.

“Since our founding in 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been calling on the nations to return to Jerusalem, the rightful and only capital of Israel,” said Dr. Juergen Buehler, President of the ICEJ. “So we applaud Prime Minister Morrison and his cabinet for taking this principled stand of solidarity with the Jewish people in their ancient attachment to this city. There can be no doubt that Jerusalem is the ‘heart’ of the Jewish people, and it is long past time for the international community to come to terms with this reality.”

The move by the Australian government comes with the backing of a broad coalition of Jewish, Christian and civic groups who have joined together over the past year to urge their nation’s leaders to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the nation’s Embassy to Jerusalem. The Australian branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem took a lead role in bringing together the broad alignment behind this lobbying effort, which also includes the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Australian Jewish Association, Liberal Friends of Israel, Zionist Federation of Australia, Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand, Advance Australia, Bridges For Peace Australia, and Christians for Israel Australia.

The ICEJ also has been instrumental in the moves of the United States and Guatemalan embassies to Jerusalem, as well as the Czech Republic’s decision to begin the process of moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

When the last 13 national embassies left Jerusalem in 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was founded that year as a permanent representation of Christian solidarity with Israel and particularly its capital of Jerusalem. Today, the ICEJ has branch offices in nearly 100 nations and supporters from more than 170 countries worldwide.

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
 

Australia Embassy Moving to Jerusalem?

As reported in The Australian late Tuesday (4/12), a broad coalition of Jewish, Christian and civic groups have joined together in a petition calling on Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the nation’s Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Morrison announced in October that Australia was considering to place its embassy in Jerusalem, and indicated a decision would be made by year’s end. Key coalition members have been meeting with senior government officials over the past year to urge the Embassy move and to offer their public backing for such a decision, and those efforts intensified after Morrison’s recent announcement.

In a joint statement released on Tuesday, just ahead of the last parliamentary session before the holidays, the coalition called upon the Australian government “to give formal recognition to Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel, and to announce the Australian embassy located in Tel Aviv will be relocated to Israel’s government precinct in Jerusalem as soon as feasible”.

The Australian branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem took a lead role in bringing together the broad alignment behind the petition, which also includes the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Australian Jewish Association, Liberal Friends of Israel, Zionist Federation of Australia, Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand, Advance Australia and Christians for Israel Australia.

The coalition statement reads, in part:
“Jerusalem is Israel’s seat of government, and the location of the nation’s parliament, ministerial offices, supreme court, and the official residences of the president and prime minister.”

“When government officials visit Israel, they meet in Jerusalem, when foreign ambassadors present their credentials in Israel, they do so in Jerusalem. Israel’s sovereignty over the western parts of the city is self-evident.”

‘‘Recognition of Jerusalem is therefore a pragmatic acknowledgment of an existing reality that it is Israel’s functioning capital.”

“By acknowledging Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel, the Australian government sends an important signal that it’s unacceptable to deny the Jewish people’s historical, religious and national ties to Jerusalem.”

When the last 13 national embassies left Jerusalem in 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was founded that year as a permanent representation of Christian solidarity with Israel and particularly its capital of Jerusalem, in recognition of the ancient Jewish attachment to this city. Today, the ICEJ has branch offices in nearly 100 nations and supporters from more than 170 countries worldwide. The ICEJ has been instrumental so far in the moves of the United States and Guatemalan embassies to Jerusalem, as well as the Czech Republic’s decision to begin the process of moving its embassy to Jerusalem. 

ICEJ Statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem extends its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the shocking and depraved massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh over the Shabbat. We hope and pray that they will find comfort from the Father above in the midst of this pronounced tragedy.

This contemptible act serves as a sad, stark reminder of why Christian solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people is so needed in our day. The antisemitic actions and beliefs of this murderer are just the latest episode in the long, painful saga of how Jewish communities worldwide have endured repeated bouts of irrational hostility directed against them. Far too often, these outbursts of violence were committed in the name of Christ. But we thoroughly condemn them as evil and wholly contrary to all that Jesus taught. And we want to reassure our Jewish friends that millions of Christians are standing with you during this heavy-hearted ordeal.

We also trust that President Donald Trump and other US leaders will use this time to promote healing and understanding in America, and to continue to stand strong in support of the state of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora all around the world.

ICEJ Assists Gaza Border Towns

Gaza Periphery Towns to Honor ICEJ for Vital Assistance During Scorched Summer of Flaming Kites and Rockets

Tour of Eshkol Region
Tuesday, 2 October, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

On Tuesday (2 October), the Israeli communities along the Gaza border area hosted a delegation from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem at a special ceremony to honor the pro-Israel Christian organization for providing vital assistance over recent months to combat the onslaught of airborne incendiary devices and renewed rocket barrages from Gaza.

It has been a long and difficult summer for the farming towns and villages in the Eshkol Region along on the Gaza border, as they have faced a relentless arson campaign from Palestinians in Gaza releasing flaming kites and balloons to deliberately start fires during the dry season in Israel. Thousands of acres of fields and orchards have been destroyed. Hamas and other terror militias in Gaza also have renewed their rocket barrages on southern Israel as part of their “March of Return” protests over recent months.

As officials from the Eshkol Region urgently sought outside assistance to combat these challenges to their safety and livelihood, the ICEJ responded by donating seventeen all-terrain fire-fighting trailers, and seven portable steel bomb shelters, all in cooperation with their local Israeli partner Operation Lifeshield.

The Christian delegation, headed by ICEJ president Dr. Juergen Buehler, began their tour through the Eshkol Region today with the dedication of a new bomb shelter at a youth sports club in Kibbutz Magen, followed by a ceremony of appreciation hosted by Mayor Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol Regional Council. The group then visited an IDF observation post overlooking Gaza near Kissufim, where they received a security briefing from the Eshkol Region chief security officer, Elan Isaacson, and also took part in a demonstration of the new fire-fighting trailers.

“These bomb shelters and fire-fighting equipment are not only about protecting the safety of our people and livelihoods,” said Mayor Yarkoni. “They are also about our emotional security. We are so grateful to the ICEJ for helping us in our hour of need this summer.”

“It is a core mission of the Christian Embassy to be there for Israelis whenever you face crises and challenges,” responded Dr. Buehler. “We know our assistance helps ensure that as you send your children to school and to sports club every day, you do so with the peace of mind that they will be safe. And we so much admire the steadfastness of the residents of this region and how you have stayed strong throughout the years of rocket barrages and now arson attacks.”

The new all-terrain fire-fighting trailers can be used to reach off-road areas inaccessible to regular firetrucks and have proven to be very effective this summer at putting out blazes deep in the fields and orchards of the Eshkol Region. Eleven trailers were donated by Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church, and the other six by ICEJ branches in the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, and several other nations.

Six of the new mobile bomb shelters were provided by ICEJ-Switzerland through the generosity of the Rudolf & Helga Frei family.

The fire-fighting trailers cost $15,500 each, and the bomb shelters are $25,000 each, for a total donation of $438,500 over recent months.

The ICEJ has now donated 70 mobile bomb shelters to the Gaza periphery communities over the past 12 years through Operation Lifeshield, which is directed by Rabbi Shmuel Bowman.

ICEJ Feast Highlights for 2018

Events Open to the Press

Jerusalem March
Thursday, 27 September, from 2:00 PM
ICEJ national delegations assemble at north end of Sacher Park
The traditional Jerusalem March is the highlight of the Feast for many pilgrims, and the ICEJ national delegations will once again be the largest and most colorful group in the popular holiday parade. The March begins at 3:00 PM from the north end of Sachar Park up Betzalel Street. Journalists should contact the ICEJ to arrange interviews with pilgrims at 2:00 PM in the ICEJ’s assembly area at the northwest corner of Sderot Yitzhak Rabin and Ben-Zvi.

Israeli Guest Night
Thursday, 27 September, at 7:30 PM, Jerusalem Pais Arena

Over one thousand local Israelis join our Feast pilgrims for a gala cultural and musical program featuring recording artists, choirs and other performers from Israel and around the world. The program also will feature a celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary of modern statehood, as well as the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. There will be a special tribute to Senator Jon Kyl, initiator of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.

Tour of Gaza Border Area
Tuesday, 2 October, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, ICEJ Bus Tour to Eshkol Region

Right after Sukkot ends, the ICEJ will host a special bus tour for our national directors and Feast pilgrims to the Gaza border area to visit Israeli communities the Christian Embassy has been assisting during the recent challenges of Palestinian rocket barrages and arson attacks by flaming kites and balloons. Community leaders and security officers from the Eshkol Region will hold a special ceremony honoring the ICEJ and its partner Operation Lifeshield for their recent assistance to the Gaza periphery towns and villages. This includes the ICEJ’s donation of six new mobile bomb shelters, fifteen all-terrain fire-fighting trailers, and three new special ATV security vehicles. Media are invited to join the tour. To reserve a seat on the bus from Jerusalem, write to: david.parsons@icej.org

Premiere of new ICEJ documentary “Journey of Dreams”
Wednesday, 26 September, 12:00 PM in the Green Room, Jerusalem Pais Arena

All media are invited to the premiere screening of a new documentary exploring the modern saga of the return of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, as seen through the eyes of the Males family, who were finally reunited with relatives in Israel last year after nearly two decades of separation. An ICEJ film team traveled to Ethiopia in May 2017 to record the hopes and struggles of those waiting many long years to immigrate to Israel, and then were on hand at Ben-Gurion Airport to capture the emotional reunion of the Males family. This film gives the real-life stories behind the headlines on Ethiopian Aliyah.

OurCrowd outreach to pro-Israel Christian investors
OurCrowd, the leading venture capital fund for Israeli start-ups, is partnering with the ICEJ to reach out to potential new investors among the vast global Christian Zionist movement. Jon Medved, Founder and CEO of OurCrowd, will address the Feast audience, while OurCrowd experts will conduct a seminar for interested Christian investors. To schedule an interview with Jon Medved about these new efforts, please contact Leah Stern at leah@ourcrowd.com or by PH +972 (0)54-341-4861.

Other Media Options:
We can arrange interviews with an array of colorful and interesting pilgrims from across the globe.

Gaza Periphery Towns to Honor ICEJ

Gaza Periphery Towns to Honor ICEJ for Vital Assistance During Scorched Summer of Flaming Kites and Rockets

Tour of Eshkol Region
Tuesday, 2 October, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


On Tuesday (2 October), the Israeli communities along the Gaza border area will host a delegation from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem at a special ceremony to honor the pro-Israel Christian organization for providing vital assistance over recent months to combat the onslaught of airborne incendiary devices and renewed rocket barrages from Gaza.

It has been a long and difficult summer for the farming towns and villages in the Eshkol Region along on the Gaza border, as they have faced a relentless arson campaign from Palestinians in Gaza releasing flaming kites and balloons to deliberately start fires during the dry season in Israel. Thousands of acres of fields and orchards have been destroyed. Hamas and other terror militias in Gaza also have renewed their rocket barrages on southern Israel as part of their “March of Return” protests over recent months.

As officials from the Eshkol Region urgently sought outside assistance to combat these challenges to their safety and livelihood, the ICEJ has responded by donating seventeen all-terrain fire-fighting trailers, and seven portable steel bomb shelters, all in cooperation with their local Israeli partner Operation Lifeshield.

The all-terrain fire-fighting trailers can be used to reach off-road areas inaccessible to regular firetrucks and have proven to be very effective at putting out blazes deep in the fields and orchards of the Eshkol Region. Eleven trailers were donated by Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church, and the other six by ICEJ branches in the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, and several other nations.

Six of the new mobile bomb shelters were provided by ICEJ-Switzerland through the generosity of the Rudolf & Helga Frei family.

The fire-fighting trailers cost $15,500 each, and the bomb shelters are $25,000 each, for a total donation of $438,500.

The tour schedule for the ICEJ delegation on Tuesday will begin with the dedication of a new bomb shelter at Kibbutz Magen at 11:00 AM, followed by the ceremony of appreciation hosted by Mayor Gadi Yarkoni and the Eshkol Regional Council, a demonstration of the fire-fighting trailers, and then a briefing and tour of the area by the Eshkol Region chief security officer, Elan Isaacson.

Media are invited to join the tour. To reserve a seat on the ICEJ bus from Jerusalem, please write or call David Parsons of the ICEJ by 12:00 noon on Sunday, 30 September.

The bus will leave from the ICEJ headquarters at 20 Rachel Imeinu on Tuesday at 8:30 AM, and will return at approximately 4:00 PM.

David Parsons
ICEJ Vice President & Senior Spokesman

Over 6,000 Christians coming to the Feast

Over the coming week, more than 6,000 Christians from nearly 100 nations will be arriving in Jerusalem to take part in the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. The week-long festivities will take place from 23 to 28 September, and will once again constitute the largest Christian gathering in Israel this year and the largest solidarity mission to Israel of 2018.

“This year’s Feast is once again drawing thousands of Christians from all over the world, with a marked increase in particular from Africa and Asia,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “They are excited to take part in this unique biblical festival, as well as to join with the Israeli people in celebrating 70 years since the nation’s miraculous rebirth in 1948.”

The 39th annual Feast gathering will kick off on Sunday night, 23 September with an outdoor meal and concert at the Ein Gedi oasis, along the shores of the Dead Sea. The festival then moves up to Jerusalem for the rest of the week of Sukkot, with most events held at the Jerusalem Pais Arena. Other highlights include the popular Jerusalem March through the streets of the capital, and a concluding Prayer Vigil at the historic Tower of David inside the walled Old City.

The most popular annual event in Israel for Christian tourists, the Feast’s economic impact on Israel is expected to be around $18 to $20 million.

Over the past four decades, the Christian celebration of Sukkot has impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christians and Jews alike. Multitudes of Feast pilgrims have been enriched by the colourful worship experience and by their first-hand encounters with both ancient and modern Israel.
This year’s Feast program will feature a celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary of modern statehood, as well as the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this past year. The program will include a special tribute to US Senator Jon Kyl for his key role in initiating the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, mandating the move of the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established during the very first Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in September 1980, at a time when the last thirteen national embassies had just left Jerusalem for Tel Aviv. In response, over 1,000 Christians from some 40 nations attending that first Feast gathering decided to open the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem as an act of comfort and solidarity with the 3000-year old Jewish claim and connection to this city. The ICEJ has since grown into the world’s largest Christian Zionist ministry, with branch offices in over 90 nations and a reach into more than 170 nations worldwide.
 

ICEJ Urging More Nations to Move Embassies to Jerusalem

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem warmly welcomed the announcement on Friday (02/23) that the new United States Embassy to Israel will be officially opened in Jerusalem on May 14, in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

“We are very grateful once again that the Trump administration is continuing to carry through with its commitment to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, where it has always belonged,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “We join the Israeli people and government in saluting this well-timed gesture. The Christian Embassy also is hopeful other nations will quickly follow suit, and we are working to ensure that outcome through our various national branches and activists worldwide.”

The ICEJ is currently approaching the leaders of numerous other nations around the world to urge them to join the United States by relocating their embassies to Jerusalem. These efforts are being coordinated by the Jerusalem head office and include letter campaigns and direct lobbying of government leaders by their local Christian communities. The initiative is using as a guide the way various nations voted on the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution (December 21, 2017) which demanded that the U.S. withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

One of the key points of this lobbying campaign is that several nations who voted for the UNGA resolution in December were instantly in violation of its terms, which explicitly called upon all nations “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.” The nations of Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom all supported the resolution and yet they were immediately in breach of its provisions, as each has embassies or consulates in Jerusalem which openly serve as their chief diplomatic missions to the Palestinian Authority.

“The international community has always called for an even-handed approach to Jerusalem, so as not to prejudge this sensitive final-status issue. Yet here are eight nations that have never been called out for violating this principle by placing their chief missions to the Palestinians in Jerusalem. It turns out the demand for neutrality has just been a hollow pretext for denying the Jewish people and state their rightful place in Jerusalem. So no nation can now complain when a country decides to open an embassy to Israel in Jerusalem,” stated Dr. Bühler.

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman

ICEJ Letters to Heads of Government:

Letter to Belgium

Letter to France

Letter to Greece

Letter to Italy

Letter to Spain

Letter to Sweden

Letter to Turkey

Letter to the UK

 

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