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March 10, 2015 3:47 pm

UK Groups Circulate Declaration of Appreciation for Israel as Safe Haven for Christians

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On Oct. 14, 2014, thousands of Evangelical Christians from around the world waved their national flags along with Israeli flags as they march in a parade in Jerusalem to mark the Feast of Tabernacles (another name for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot). British groups are praising Israel has a safe haven for Middle East Christians. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90. – British Christian groups are circulating a declaration expressing appreciation for Israel as a safe haven for Middle East Christians, support for bolstering ties with the Jewish state, and a call to combat antisemitism.

Called the “Shalom Declaration,” the document states, “We deeply appreciate that Israel is the only country in the Middle East which extends freedom of worship to all its citizens and where the Christian community is growing,” the UK-based Jewish News reported.

“We grieve and stand with families in Israel and the wider Middle East, who have lost loved ones and with all who are persecuted by the rise of violent extremism and intolerance in the region,” the document adds.

The declaration also calls on Christians and UK leaders to work to combat the growing threat of antisemitism and forge closer British-Israeli relations.

Antisemitic incidents in the UK reached their highest levels ever in 2014, according to a report by the British watchdog group Community Security Trust.

The declaration has been endorsed by several Christian organizations, including Christian Friends of Israel and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, as well as individual churches and prayer groups.

“Sadly, we often hear of negativity [about Israel] from elements within the churches in the UK. The Shalom Declaration is a powerful reminder we have strong friends in the Christian community. They wish to promote the cause of peace in a way which recognizes Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East,” said Steven Jaffe, a consultant with the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

The declaration is expected to be signed by more than 800 Christians at a gathering in Westminster later this month, in addition to signing opportunities for Christians at an Edinburgh Friends of Israel event and a Christian event in Northern Ireland.

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  • Robert Segal

    Someone should pass this news to the Church of Scotland, a haven of antisemitism. I am a Jewish professor of religious studie) at the University of Aberdeen and have written letters to the official magazine., LIFE AND WORK, replying to shameful characterizations of Israel by, almost always, ministers of the Church. Only two of mine have ever been printed. The Church has officially rejected any Jewish claims to Palestine based on either the Bible or history. There are regular laments for the supposed persecution of Christians by Israel, but not a word about Muslim attempts to exterminate all Christians in self-professed Islamhood.

    Robert Segal

  • There is a saying that the Islamists will first attack the Saturday People and then the Sunday People. Beginning in 1948 about 800,000 Jews were pushed out of Islamic states where Jews had lived since 586 BCE, more than 1,000 years before Islam arrived. In more recent years the Islamists have been pushing Christians out of Middle East states where they have lived for about 1,800 years. Only Israel continues to have a growing Middle East Christian community. Israel still follows Isaiah’s vision of the New Jerusalem, when ‘My House [Jerusalem} will be called a House of Prayer for ALL peoples’

    • Carol

      What NONSENSE, We Palestinian Christians were the 1st to be targeted by the Israelis,Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine, Palestinians are Christians as well as moslems and Druz, we’re all under the same brutal Israeli military occupation, since the creation of Israel, NOT one single Christian family has been allowed back.

      Supporters of Israel are supporting the extinction of Christianity where Christ was born, lived, died and resurrected.

      • shaguava

        You’re a liar and a horrible anti-Semite. Remember Genesis 12:3a in which the great God promised the following to Abraham and to Israel, the sole biblical heir of Abraham:

        “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.”

        All that land belongs to Israel, not to you or any other gentile nations, whether they believe in Christ or not. Stop being an occupier of the land of Israel in disobedience of Jesus Christ.

      • Saul

        Your spin on Jesus’ birthplace as Palestine is quite inventive. But, if you are a real Christian then you must have learned from the Bible that Bethlehem is in Judea; not Palestine. Only the Romans who, like yourself, hated the Jews referred to Judea as Philistia or Palestine (in English). Anyway, I sympathize with the feelings you must have regarding the brutal occupation. I’m sure you are cheering for ISIS and praying that they soon get to your beloved Palestine.

  • DACON9

    MORE xtians
    MORE SPIRITUAL problems to JEWS
    less Jews believing in TORAH AS MOSES TAUGHT.

    dont they know yet when
    XTIAN ICONS or mosques or bhai temples

    • Regarding Moshiachzeit [Messianic Era] see Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim, chapter 2. ‘No person is in a position to know how all these things [about Messianic times] will happen until they will eventually take place.’ One should avoid speculating and keep Mitzvahs.

    • Davy

      There were cherubim in the first Temple as well as images of birds, animals, and palms. We have found synagogues from the first century with what can only be called ikons showing Biblical characters and stories. So…get over yourself.

    • shaguava

      The true messiah came and died on a Roman cross of torture for the sins of Israel (the Jewish people) and the rest of humanity. This way in fulfilment of Daniel 9:26.Even the Talmud says Daniel 9 is about the messiah of the line of David.

  • Jonah

    And I will turn the hearts of the father to the children and the hearts of the children to wards the father….is the only way to prevent the curse of the caliphate from overtaking the world. Thank God it’s happening! It can slow the process and create safe havens for Jews and Christians.