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In the February/March edition of The Messianic Times, staff reporter Rebekah Kolber’s article titled, “’Chrismasnacht’ in Beer Sheva” reports a disturbing event that occurred in the city on Christmas Eve, 2004.
While it is very disturbing that a group of Orthodox Jews would resort to physical violence against another person, which has questionable halachic validity since it served as nothing more than a statement of disapproval, there is an underlying trend, only understood when reading between the lines, that is far more disturbing. In the article, Ms. Kolber quotes an Israeli Channel 10 journalist as saying on air, “these are Israeli citizens that the police have absolutely no interest in.” In another article by Ms. Kolber, it is reported that the U.S. State department has released a report criticizing the Israeli Government’s treatment of Jewish “believers”. The implication? Israel practices religious discrimination against a small but significant population of its citizens – those that call themselves, “believers” or “Messianic”.
But hold on a minute! Before crying foul, we must honestly assess what Israel is doing. Not having conducted any official survey, the following observation is at best only a guess. Be that as it may, I would guess that if you took a typical Messianic congregation in Israel – like the one attacked in Beer Sheva – or any other, for that matter, and pulled out all of the people who made aliyah when they were already believers, you would significantly reduce the population of that congregation. After this, remove all of the people who are children of those who made aliyah while being believers. Then, remove all of the people who became believers because of the evangelism of those mentioned in the last two sentences, you would be left with very few, if any people.Truth be told, the vast majority of Israeli “believers” should have never been accorded citizenship to begin with.
It is not discrimination for a sovereign nation to choose who they will or will not allow to immigrate. It is only discrimination once those people have become citizens, to deny them the same rights as all other citizens. The law of return stipulates that a person is not considered Jewish for the purposes of immigration under the Law of Return if they believe in Jesus.
Call him what you want – Jesus, Yeshua, Yahshua – it all amounts to the same thing. Change the words, if you like, but lay down the statements of faith of the MJAA, UMJC or most Messianic congregations and they read, in essence, exactly the same as that of any Baptist or Assembly of God statement of faith (with a little translation needed).It has become known through a variety of sources that the intent of the Messianic community at large is to get enough “believers” to emigrate (by any means necessary) so that they can begin to have a legitimate and powerful role in the politics of the State of Israel. It is their purpose, their goal, to change the law so that “believers” are regarded as a legitimate expression of Judaism. The ultimate goal being, of course, to convert as many Jews as possible. The most disturbing part of it? Because they have no problem lying about they’re status as “believers” to the Aliyah authorities, Israel is spending over $50,000 a pop to bring missionaries into the country.
If they want to come so badly, they should do it on their own shekel, and not on Israel’s!