Ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of fight to keep Messianic Jews out

Israel uses ultra-Orthodox group against Messianic Jews

Israel is using an ultra-Orthodox group to crack down on Messianic Jews — who believe that Jesus is the Messiah — and prevent them from staying in the country, officials have told The Times.

Messianic Jews
‘Messianic Jews’ are Jewish people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah, Savior and Lord. They are sometimes referred to as “Fulfilled Jews” – a reference to the idea that they consider the Jewish prophecies regarding a promised Messiah to have been fulfilled in Jesus.

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The Messianic Jews have been accused of Christian missionary activities and complain of harassment and intimidation by the state.

An official at the Interior Ministry said that an anti-assimilation group called Yad L’Achim was working with the ministry to prevent Messianic Jews — known as Jews for Jesus — from being allowed to live in Israel, which they consider their spiritual home.

“There is a known history of Yad L’Achim working directly with the ministry. They play a distinct role in the ministry’s decision about citizenry,” the official said.

The case of Messianic Jews has raised doubts in the minds of some ultra-Orthodox, who see them as a threat to the Jewish identity.

The US State Department has accused Yad L’Achim of using violence against those who go to Israel seeking to persuade Jews to abandon Judaism. Yad L’Achim accused the State Department of publishing the report without a proper investigation of the claims.

– Source / Full Story: Ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of fight to keep ‘Jews for Jesus’ out, Sheera Frenkel and Yonit Farrago in Jerusalem , The Times (UK), Oct. 2, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Israeli News report on Messianic Jews

Israeli News Channel 10 report on Messianic Jews – 2004 – Part 1 of 2

Israeli News Channel 10 report on Messianic Jews – 2004 – Part 2 of 2

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