Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky meets with South African Pastor Linda Gobodo and Nigerian Pastor Olusegun Olanipekun at his office in Jerusalem, July 27, 2016. (Avi Mayer for The Jewish Agency for Israel)
A delegation of African Christian leaders visiting Israel granted an award to Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and echoed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for Israel and Africa to return to each other.
“As Prime Minister Netanyahu said recently, Israel is returning to Africa and Africa is returning to Israel,” said South African pastor Linda Gobodo. The pastor is the founder of the Vuka Africa Foundation, which aims to spread a message of hope, healing, and restoration to the rest of the continent.
Nigerian Pastor Olusegun Olanipekun, founder of the Institute for Christian Leadership Development, which aims to improve African society through Biblical principles, stressed that Africa’s future must be interlocked with the future of Israel.
“We believe that Africa’s future depends on our connection to Israel,” he said. “We have a great deal to learn from the Israeli people and we believe that he have a great deal to offer in return.”
President Reuven Rivlin also emphasized at a meeting on Monday with visiting President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Marcel Alain De Souza that Israel is in a position to offer Africa much support and guidance. “We have excellent cooperation and we welcome the opportunity for Israel to contribute from its knowledge and abilities in the fields of health, water, and agriculture—a sign of the friendship between us,” Rivlin told De Souza.
The newly restored African-Israeli friendship will also be on display next year as the third annual Africa Leadership Summit is to be held in Israel’s capital.
“We look forward to returning to Israel with dozens of leaders from across Africa for the third Africa Leadership Summit in Jerusalem in 2017,” added Pastor Olanipekun.
Pastor Gobodo also delivered a message of solidarity with Israel. “We want you to know that there are millions of people in Africa who love, support, and pray for Israel.”
“We organized the largest rally in the world to support Israel during the summer conflict with Hamas in 2014,” she continued. “It was the largest pro-Israel rally ever to take place in Africa.”
Pastor Gobodo was referring to the rally held on August 3, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa where approximately 12,000 people demonstrated in support of Israel against Hamas during Operation Protective Edge. Many of the rally’s participants were Christians from South Africa.
Sharansky expressed sincere gratitude to the delegation for the award and for their visit to Israel’s capital.
“It is deeply moving that you, as spiritual leaders in Africa, have come to Jerusalem with an offering of peace,” Sharansky told the delegation.
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A Sa’ar 4.5-class Corvette of the Israeli Navy fires its canons during a naval exercise off the coast of Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry on Sunday announced a series of deals for the purchase of combat systems from local defense industries in the amount of $420 million by the end of this year. This is part of a project to acquire warships whose mission would to protect natural gas platforms within Israel’s “economic waters” in the Mediterranean against military threats.
An Israeli soldier training in Krav Maga.
Several dozen members of the Indian military are currently learning how to protect themselves using the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga, India Today reported this weekend.
“I brought Krav Maga to India in year 2002 after intensive training in Israel,” Vikram Kapoor — the head instructor at the International Krav Maga Federation — was quoted as saying. “This is the only self-defense technique that is being evolved every moment and that is why it is the best.”
Culminating a three-year process, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando on Thursday adopted a resolution titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” with approximately 98 percent voting in favor. The resolution calls on members to “avoid purchase of products associated with the occupation or produced in settlements in occupied territories.” It also establishes a process for the church to review its investments “for the purpose of withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.”
Rabbi Steven Wernick says Netanyahu recruited progressive Jews to find a compromise for the holy site; now that the PM has reneged, world Jewry won’t be silent
The fight for pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall is a battle already won by Jewry’s Conservative movement. For some 20 years, Conservative Jews have inhabited a spiritual home at Jerusalem’s contentious holy site, which they won through a series of Supreme Court cases — in a section allocated to the Davidson Archaeological
Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Photo credit: hebron.com)
In a secret ballot held at the World Heritage Committee’s 41st annual summit in Krakow Poland, on Friday, UNESCO voted twelve to three in favor declaring the Holy City of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs “Palestinian world heritage sites”.
The resolution described a Muslim history of the city while blatantly ignoring the Biblical narrative describing 3,000 years of Jewish connection to the site. Six countries abstained from the controversial vote which, at the request of Poland, Croatia, and Jamaica, was a secret ballot; a first for such a vote.
During last month’s 2017 Chicago Dyke March, the true face of “inclusion” among “progressives” finally surfaced. According to the Chicago based newspaper Windy City Times, the march proceeded calmly with people “of all races, genders and gender identities” attending, until “the Dyke March Collective ejected three people carrying Jewish Pride flags (a rainbow flag with a Star of David in the center).”
Something is terribly broken in the relationship between American and Israeli Jews. I say this as an American Jew who has lived in Israel for almost half a century. But if anyone thinks this started with Women of the Wall or PM Netanyahu’s recent – and I believe unfortunate – backtracking on the agreement over egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, he is suffering from selective memory, if not total denial.
gentleman from times gone by. He was soft-spoken, courtly, and wore his pants hoisted high and held up by suspenders; clearly, a European who had personally endured horrors in the last century.
Indeed, he had personally survived the Holocaust in Poland. Therefore, I could not immediately understand why he now attends a very left-wing synagogue—but, totally incomprehensible, was his unexpected and rather passionate defense of Poland and of the Poles. He argued on their behalf as if his very life still depended upon it.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Jerusalem but not Ramallah has prompted much comment.
The expectation of equal treatment goes back to the Oslo Accords’ signing in Sep. 1993, when the prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, represented his government in the handshake with Yasir Arafat, the much-despised chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. No one found it strange or inappropriate at the time but things look differently nearly a quarter century later.
Matthew Healy at the Atlantic, one of the few remaining liberal anti-censorship magazines, offers a disingenuous counterpoint to the debate over political correctness.
The attempts to silence dissenting points of view are counter-speech, according to Healy. And counter-speech is an important form of free expression.