Occupied: Headlines From Palestine

Blogging From Gaza, Palestine

Religious Equality? Not In Israel. Town Cancels Christian Baptism Ceremony

1 Comment

Israeli National News

Baptism Ceremony in Jewish Town Canceled at Last Minute

Residents, officials, chief rabbi and Yad L’Achim succeed in blocking missionary baptism of Jews, after it was already thwarted once.

Cooperation between residents, municipal officials, a city Chief Rabbi and the Yad L’Achim anti-assimilation organization has lead to the cancellation of a Jehovah’s Witnesses baptism ceremony this coming Sabbath.

This is the second time that Yad L’Achim has succeeded in heading off the same baptism-of-Jews ceremony. It was first scheduled to be held in the city of Holon, just south of Tel Aviv, two months ago.

The activist organization received word of the planned event, which was to be held in the city’s Yad LeBanim building erected in memory of fallen IDF soldiers. City officials were contacted, and the baptism was called off.

However, the Jehovah’s Witnesses missionary group found a new site for the ceremony: the MetroWest Sports Center of Raanana, between Tel Aviv and Netanya.

Once again, Yad L’Achim went into action, contacting hundreds of city residents and asking them to do what they could to have the ceremony canceled. Raanana’s Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Peretz and several City Council officials were also made known of the event and the measures underway to try to stop it.

Finally, on Wednesday, the city council members of the United Religious List of Raanana drafted a clear ultimatum to Mayor Ze’ev Bielski: “If the ceremony is held, we quit the city government coalition.”

The party also threatened to take other action, such as organizing a protest and taking the case to the courts.

The next day, with fewer than 48 hours before the baptism, Mayor Bielski announced that the ceremony would not be held. A special protest prayer service was to have been held outside the Sports Center if the baptism had not been called off.

Yad L’Achim also notes the inter-city cooperation in this success: Deputy Mayor Rabbi Chaim Steiner of the city of Kiryat Malachi, a personal friend of Raanana’s mayor, called him personally and pleaded with him to prevent the anti-Jewish ceremony.


Author: OccPalGaza

Blogging from Gaza-current events, news and actions against the Occupation.

One thought on “Religious Equality? Not In Israel. Town Cancels Christian Baptism Ceremony

  1. Thank you for your post. ND of nomagicwandchristianity blog.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s