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We ask that you consider the following urgent matter.

The very essence of Klal Yisrael is at stake.

Due to the numerous political, economic and security hardships facing both Israel and the Diaspora, large sectors of the Jewish community in Israel have become dependent upon evangelical Christian political influence and charity.

While much of this support appears to be benign and benevolent - and some is indeed sincere - Israel's embracing and accepting of Christian fundamentalist sponsored activities and philanthropy has been exacting a serious cost and adversely affecting both religious and secular individuals and groups throughout the private and public sectors of Israeli society. Our Jewish values and heritage are being compromised.

* There are ongoing and rampant - overt and covert - attempts to proselytize new immigrants; victims of terror and war; the expelled residents of Gush Katif ; and the economically and socially challenged sectors of Israeli society.

* Under the guise of "Religious Freedom", certain evangelical groups are behind lobbying and legislative efforts which challenge halacha and threaten the very nature of the Jewish state. Christian fundamentalists enjoy U.S. Congressional and State Department support in their efforts to bolster and legitimize "messianic Jewish"(Christian) institutions in Israel. Representatives and supporters of a determined Christian agenda are actively working in the legislative, judicial and social service branches of the Jewish state.

[Note: the dependence on evangelical support and pressure from evangelical factions has prevented the Knesset from enforcing and adopting appropriate anti-missionary legislation in response to missionary overtures]

* Libelous charges of violence and church persecution are regularly and increasingly leveled against the Orthodox community and counter-missionary organizations in Israel.

AM YISRAEL IS AT RISK OF SHMAD (spiritual destruction)!

To counter this crisis, JewishIsrael is assembling a team of community leaders and activists, qualified rabbaim, educators, counter-missionary specialists, legislators and public servants, public relations and online marketing professionals, columnists and investigative reporters, translators, and legal counsel. Please take the time to review the attached summary of a plan for the first stage of this ambitious and essential project - the launching of a dynamic, bilingual public service and information website and activism hub for addressing this issue.

We at JewishIsrael understand that this is a time of existential danger and - for many - spiritual confusion. We acknowledge that there are certain rabbinic and community leaders in Israel and America who attribute the current outpouring of fundamentalist Christian support for Israel to a prophetic era of apocalyptic change. We must remind them that regardless of one’s worldview, we Jews are obligated to hold our spiritual and physical ground and there is no rationale for breaking halachic fences, blurring lines, and jeopardizing or compromising the Jewish faith by openly embracing and encouraging evangelical designs for Israel.

We are facing an unprecedented challenge to our faith, and there is nothing more imperative than ensuring Jewish continuity, and guarding the holiness of Eretz Yisrael.

Please join us in helping us launch and develop this new and pro-active endeavor to safeguard our heritage.

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Comment by Mordechai Yaakov Allen on May 16, 2010 at 11:57pm
I would very much like to join in this effort, but when you wrote "Please take the time to review the attached summary of a plan for the first stage of this ambitious and essential project -" I didn't see any attachment. Did I miss something?

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