ICEJ in the News in Israel

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25 Jan 2017
ICEJ in the News in Israel
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been receiving wide coverage in the Israeli press over the past year, with the major media outlets reporting on the work and impact of the ICEJ every week in 2016.

This has included the main Hebrew daily newspapers Israel HaYom, Yediot Aharonot and Ma’ariv, the news sites Ynet, Walla News, NRG, Globes, and Arutz Sheva, as well as the popular national radio channels Reshet Bet and Galgalatz. Taken all together, this means hundreds of thousands of Israelis are reading and hearing stories every month about how Christian love for Israel is touching lives and caring for families throughout the country, while also defending their nation and its just cause worldwide. In response, we are regularly contacted by ordinary Israelis who thank Christians like you for your constant support and friendship.

Last summer, Israeli media reported on the ICEJ’s gathering of national directors in South Africa and the release of the “Cape Town Declaration” denouncing the BDS movement and the ‘Israel = Apartheid’ analogy. The ICEJ also received extensive coverage for sponsoring the renewed Aliyah flights for Ethiopian Jews still waiting to reunite with families in Israel. The reports stressed the Embassy’s long history of cooperation with the Jewish Agency, and the humanitarian nature of the revived Ethiopian Aliyah.

Next came a wave of reporting on the ICEJ’s criticism of UNESCO over its resolution erasing any Jewish or Christian historic links to the Temple Mount and other biblical sites in Israel. As a result, for many Israelis and Jews living abroad, the ICEJ has become one of the most important Christian voices in the current battle to defend our shared bonds to the holy places in the Land of Israel.

The ICEJ’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration in October also was featured in many Israeli news outlets. The participation of over 5,000 Christians from nearly 100 nations in the annual Jerusalem March received special attention from the Hebrew press in light of the recent UNESCO votes, and was presented as proof that Israel has friends all over the world who stand with the ancient Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

In addition, the ICEJ and the Feast were well covered in the Anglo-Jewish and Christian press over recent months, with a number of positive feature stories in The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, CBN News and other outlets. This included broad coverage of the ICEJ’s sponsorship of the renewed Ethiopian Aliyah, the ICEJ response to UNESCO, and the Feast events. The Jerusalem Post even published a main editorial welcoming the Feast pilgrims and citing them as a sign Israel is not alone in its struggle for acceptance in the world. There also were several reports about Israel’s new inroads in restoring diplomatic ties and trade with Africa, and the ICEJ’s unique role in encouraging this rapprochement.

 

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