was widely known that Pastor David Ortiz lived dangerously
and had been both physically attacked, and had received numerous
threats to his life from Palestinian Arabs.
At the time of the gag order on March 21, 2008, it was still
assumed that Arab terrorists were responsible for the explosion,
which severely injured the Pastor's son, Ami Ortiz.
But at that time there appeared to be a calculated effort to take
advantage of the imposed silence and turn the entire episode into a
public relations campaign on behalf of the "persecuted"
messianic community, with the family's messianic attorney Calev
introducing the concept to the press that the
of the messianic community taking place in
the "religious newspapers"..."could produce in the minds of some
radical Orthodox Jews a kind of justification for carrying out the
bombing of an innocent family."
Pastor David Ortiz appeared to take his cue from Myers and shortly
thereafter declared that, "police are leaning towards suspecting
Jewish anti-missionary activists".
But I checked with a lawyer, and a gag order means that the family,
the press, and the family's lawyers are not privy to information on
the case, as that would be a clear breach of the court's
Leah Ortiz reported in an update on July 23, 2008 that police had
told her that "there's no connection between us and other
instances of persecution"
(she disagreed with them and told
them that due to police inaction people like Eddie
Beckford from Arad
were being heavily persecuted by the ultra
When this writer checked with a reporter covering the case for the
Jerusalem Post in March of 2009, I was informed that police had not
ruled out Arab terror and that the only information claiming
otherwise was coming from Christian
Below are samplings of both pre-bombing and post-bombing reports
which demonstrate the type of dangerous life-style David Ortiz
lived and the threat he was under.
The Christian Edition of the Jerusalem Post
Despite the dangers to himself and those who accept his bibles
and message, Ortiz has even challenged radical Hamas figures. In
one incident in a Palestinian refugee camp, he visited a medical
clinic and encountered five Arab men waiting to see the doctor…
…”When they left, someone told me I had been praying with the local
Hamas leaders and his four bodyguards”
Religious Freedom Coalition Newsletter
, March 14,
Also present was a dear friend of our ministry, David Ortiz, who
has been working with Christian families in the Jewish settlements
and with Palestinian Christians.
During the meeting a plan was devised to extract the families of
the two brothers from PA control and find the brothers and their
families a permanent home in the United States. I cannot discuss
those details at this time, because this newsletter appears on our
Internet site which is monitored by the enemies of Christ and
Later in the afternoon David took us to meet two men who had
accepted Christ under his ministry and who were facing grave
situations in the Arab villages near Ariel. We had to pick the men
up at odd locations along the highway because they could not afford
to be seen with us. One of the men had been accused of
"collaborating" after it became known he had accepted Christ. He
had been arrested by the PA "police" and held in a crude jail for
more than nine months. Several times he was handcuffed and then
hung from a wall by the cuffs. One time he hung on the wall for a
The Jerusalem Post
, March 20, 2008
David Ortiz works mainly with Palestinians in the West Bank,
encouraging them to convert to Christianity.
Ortiz, said one acquaintance, had received death threats from
Muslims angered by his missionary efforts. A number of his
followers have been beaten up and jailed by Palestinian Authority
Jerusalem This Week : Ron Cantrell
, Friday, March 21,
Ortiz, had received death threats from Muslims angered by His
missionary efforts among Muslims. A number of David's ex-Muslim
converts have been beaten up and jailed by Palestinian Authority
officials. Ortiz has a close relationship with Ariel Mayor Ron
Nachman who has actively pursued strengthening the town's
connections with overseas Christian groups.
Israel Today Friday
, March 21, 2008
The working assumption remains that the attack was carried out
by Palestinian Arab Muslim terrorists, who have threatened the
Ortiz family on numerous occasions in the past over their ongoing
efforts to bring local Muslims to faith in Yeshua.
The Christian Telegraph
, March 22, 2008
“The Ortiz family is well-known in Ariel, where they have been
living for over a decade. An ordained minister, Ortiz works mainly
with Palestinians living in the West Bank, encouraging them to
embrace Christianity. Ortiz, said one acquaintance, has received
death threats in the past from radical Muslims incensed by his
missionary efforts. A number of his followers have been beaten up
and jailed by Palestinian Authority officials.
, March 25, 2008
Meanwhile, Pastor David Ortiz, speaking to The Jerusalem Post
from Schneider Medical Center, where his son Ami is hospitalized in
serious condition, said that since he came to Israel over 20 years
ago he has been the target of violence, mostly by Muslims…. Ortiz
said that he has been beaten up on at least one occasion by
Palestinians from a neighboring village while distributing Bibles,
and that a Molotov cocktail was once thrown at his car.
In the mid-1990's the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Ekrima Said Sabri,
issued a fatwa [religious order] calling to kill Ortiz.
"The fatwa was even published in the Al Quds newspaper. I got a
call from the US Embassy asking me to keep a low profile.
"Luckily, I am still here, still ticking. But I live my life as if
every day could be my last."
United Christians Community Newsletter
March 27, 2008
David Ortiz is on Hamas' hit list and the group put out a fatwa - a
religious edict - calling for his death several years ago, she
noted. The Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the
gift basket bomb and Hamas bragged that it had used an Israeli Arab
to bring in the bomb, she said.
There have been several Palestinian terror attacks outside the
gates of the community over the last few years, including one at
the city's hotel, one at the gas station and at least one at the
nearby bus stop.
, April 5, 2008
Investigators are looking into two primary suspects: Arab
terrorists and Jewish extremists. The local ultra-Orthodox have a
history of harassing the Ortiz family, but the city's Muslims have
also been angered because of the family's work among the Arab
population. David Ortiz, the boy's father, has led a number of
Muslims to Christ, and Hamas issued a fatwa against Ortiz several
Family friend Hannah Weiss shared her perspective on the attempted
murder: "There is a lot of talk about extreme Orthodox groups which
live in the area and do not disguise their hostility against
believers. But no matter how violent, I have never heard of any Jew
packing metal shards and bolts into a bomb—much less us[ing] it on
fellow Israelis." —
, March 27,2008
Pastor David Ortiz, a Messianic Jew whose four oldest children
have all served in the Israeli Defence Forces, has been living in
Ariel with his family, pasturing a small Messianic congregation and
witnessing to West Bank Arab Muslims for many years. For this he
has been shot at, beaten and stoned, while Hamas has issued a fatwa
against him for the crime of leading a Muslim to faith in Jesus. On
top of this, rejection and open hostility from radical Orthodox
Jews can be both threatening and hurtful.
a Blood Libel, or Gross Opportunism?
the myths and exposing the lawyer
UPDATE: an arrest has been made