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ICEJ Statement in response to Letter of Chief Rabbinate

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16 Sep 2015
ICEJ Statement in response to Letter of Chief Rabbinate

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was disappointed to learn of the letter issued today by the Chief Rabbinate concerning our organization and our annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration. The ICEJ has always respected and upheld the laws of the State of Israel, including those covering missionary activities, and it is regrettable that the Chief Rabbinate acted solely on the misrepresentations of those bearing false witness against us.

Over the past 35 years, the ICEJ has established a strong, proven track record of sincere friendship and support for Israel as a Jewish state. This track record has put us in good stead with numerous official institutions in Israel, including our partnerships and cooperative efforts with the Knesset, the Foreign Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jewish Agency and Yad Vashem, among others. We have held countless rallies in capital cities worldwide to stand with Israel and to combat against anti-Semitism. We have addressed parliaments around the world, challenging initiatives directed against Israel in scores of countries. In addition, the ICEJ has sponsored the Aliyah of nearly 120,000 Jewish immigrants to Israel, and assisted with the successful absorption of tens of thousands more.

This will be our 36th annual Feast celebration in Jerusalem and we have always been warmly welcomed in Jerusalem, in keeping with the biblical tradition of the Gentiles being welcomed at Sukkot. It is thus a shame that some are trying to scare the Israeli public against us. We trust that the Chief Rabbinate will reconsider this decision, which could do much harm to the new level of close Jewish-Christian relations that have developed over the past 60 years.


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