AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – ISRAEL NEWS 14th SEPTEMBER 2013

  • ARAB CHRISTIANS SAY ISRAEL ONLY STATE WORTH FIGHTING FOR
  • NIGERIAN CHURCH AGAIN BLESSES ISRAEL
  • ISRAELI CHILD DONATES KIDNEY TO PALESTINIAN BOY
     

ARAB CHRISTIANS SAY ISRAEL ONLY STATE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Arab Christian residents of Nazareth who proudly serve in the Israeli army and encourage their children to do the same are coming under increasing attack, and Israel is starting to take notice and come to their aid. For a number of years now, a group of Nazareth Christians who are officers in the Israeli army have been actively recruiting young local Arabs to follow in their footsteps and serve the Jewish state. Though not an officer himself, one of the main figures in this movement is Greek Orthodox cleric Father Gabriel Nadaf. Late last month, the Greek Orthodox patriarch in Jerusalem, acting on demands from Muslim Arab members of Israel’s Knesset, threated to fire Nadaf. 

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Interior Minister Gideon Saar immediately called the priest to convey their support and assistance. Israel’s Attorney General’s Office has opened an investigation into the activities of the Muslim Knesset members who pushed for Nadaf’s dismissal. “It’s unacceptable that Arab Knesset members should send letters of incitement against a Christian priest who encourages young Christians to enlist in the Israeli Defence Force,” said Likud Party Member Miri Regev during a Knesset Committee into the matter. Many Arab politicians vehemently oppose Arab participation in Israeli national service for fear it will legitimize the existence of the Jewish state. 

The pro-Israel Arab Christians of Nazareth are becoming increasingly bold in their stance, even holding a public gathering to toast the achievements of their new forum whose goal is convincing more young Arabs to join the army. Forum spokesman Moran Khaloul said. “We don’t live in Syria, where Christians are not allowed to speak, or in Iraq, where churches are bombed. We live in a democratic and free Jewish state. We see ourselves as part of this state and not as part of those who oppose it.” Khaloul said that until now, many in the community had been too afraid to speak out, but that was going to change. Many now even refer to themselves as “Israeli Christians.”

Source: Israel Today

 

NIGERIAN CHURCH AGAIN BLESSES ISRAEL

Nigerian church and government officials came to Israel bearing a large financial gift for Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) organization, the local equivalent of the Red Cross. The Nigerian Redeemed Christian Church of God had previously donated a new ambulance to the MDA station in Jerusalem. The Nigerian church has more than 40 million members worldwide and works regularly on behalf of the MDA and its efforts to save lives in Israel.  The donation ceremony was attended by many Christian pilgrims and senior church officials, as well as the Nigerian ambassador. An associate pastor said that Nigeria’s Christians are proud of the partnership they have with the Jewish state.

Shlomo Petrover, the district head of MDA, told the guests: “The ambulance you previously provided has been in service for four years and answered more than 6,000 calls. With this donation we will put another ambulance in service that we hope will save even more lives than the first. We want to thank the Redeemed Christian Church of God for its friendship.” Pastor Enoch Adboyah, the head of the Nigerian church, responded: “We love all of Israel, and Jerusalem in particular is a place where our Messiah taught and spent much time, and we consider it home. We want to thank all the members of MDA, God bless you and your holy work of saving lives in the Holy Land.”

Source: Israel Today

 

ISRAELI CHILD DONATES KIDNEY TO PALESTINIAN BOY

Last month, 3-year-old Noam Naor fell out of a window and was pronounced dead. Despite dealing with the tragedy, Naor’s parents did not hesitate to answer the call to donate one of their son’s kidneys to save the life of a Palestinian boy. In fact, both of Noam’s kidneys were donated, one going to another Israeli child, and the second to a 10-year-old Palestinian boy undergoing dialysis in Jerusalem for the past 7 years. The transplant was deemed by doctors to be a success. Israeli Health Minister Yael German said “In my eyes, Noam’s parents are an inspiration to us all.”  Noam’s parents said it made no difference that the recipient of their son’s kidney was a Palestinian Arab.

Source: Israel Today