The Middle East in 2014

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28 Feb 2014

Over recent years, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been gaining increased attention in the Israeli media, with dozens of reports about our many events and activities appearing in local newspapers and on television and radio broadcasts. Just about every week, the ICEJ has been covered in print, on TV news shows or over the radio airwaves, giving Israelis an added awareness that millions of Christians are standing with them in both word and deed.

Many of the reports in the Hebrew media have focused on the ICEJ’s annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, which draws thousands of Christians to Israel each year for this biblical festival of joy. Others have centered on our AID projects, especially our efforts to enlist Christian help for poor Holocaust survivors. Still other reports highlighted our many contributions to aliyah, particularly in bringing home members of the Bnei Menashe community from India in recent years.

In addition, several articles and TV reports profiled members of the ICEJ staff as well some of our family of representatives and supporters abroad.

For example, Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the ICEJ’s Executive Director, was the subject last year of a feature article in the weekend supplement of Yediot Aharonot, one of the nation’s largest newspapers with a daily circulation of over 600,000. Under the title “I owe my life to the Jewish people”, Jürgen recounted his family’s deep connection to the Jewish people and also described his current work in overseeing all the various facets of the Christian Embassy’s global ministry.

The Yediot sports section recently covered the visit to Israel of Marcos Tavares, a Brazilian football star playing in Europe and also the ICEJ’s national director in Slovenia.

Meanwhile Israel HaYom, the other big Hebrew newspaper in Israel, ran a very glowing feature on our Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors, under the heading “Community of Grace”. The article noted the unique role of the Christian Embassy in launching the first retirement home in Israel solely dedicated to helping needy survivors.

Israel HaYom also recently carried a lengthy interview with MP Kenneth Meshoe, a parliamentarian and ICEJ board member from South Africa, in which he discussed the legacy of the nation’s late president Nelson Mandela and debunked the false ‘Israel equals apartheid’ analogy.

The same Hebrew newspaper profiled Egyptian lawyer Majed el-Shafie and Ugandan pastor Umar Mulinde, both Muslim converts to Christianity who were assisted by the ICEJ after escaping to Israel.

Reports on the ICEJ and our Feast of Tabernacles were broadcast on Israel TV channels 1, 2 and 10 and the new I-24 global Israel channel in English. Arutz Sheva and Israel Radio also aired several very positive reports on the Christian Embassy.

The impact of this increased media coverage has been apparent, as many Israelis have contacted the Embassy from across the country telling us they have seen reports on us and were grateful for our steadfast support.


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