Calls to Yad L'Achim's 24-hour hotline revealed a new flashpoint in the battle against missionaries. A missionary congregation in Ashdod, operating behind the innocent-sounding name "Beit Hillel," was distributing weekly food baskets to dozens of needy immigrant families, mostly from the Former Soviet Union, with the intention of befriending them and getting them to convert out of their religion, R'l.
A report by Channel 20 reveals a shocking exhibit that greets visitors at the Ilanot public elementary school in Herzliya. It includes arts and crafts projects by students that depict a doll of J. hanging from a cross, R'l, in addition to other Christian symbols. The exhibit was prepared by sixth graders as part of their history class.
Yad L'Achim has filed a police complaint against those engaged in the sale of missionary literature to children – in clear violation of the law banning efforts to convince minors to convert out of their religion.
Yad L'Achim has been inundated with furious reactions from a public that is outraged at the news that Jewish children were taken on a school outing to a church to "prepare" them for Shavuos, the holiday of the giving of the Torah.
The well-known Nigerian pastor and televangelist T. B. Joshua visited Israel last month intending to move his world center in Nigeria to the shores of the Kinneret.
A week before Pesach, Yad L'Achim warned that Israel was on the brink of a major missionary campaign run by J's Witnesses, which had recruited Christian groups from around the world to provide additional manpower. The warning was based on sources from within cults.
Disturbing calls began coming into Yad L'Achim's hotline, reporting that a store run by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority at the Stalactite Caves near Beit Shemesh was selling a missionary book written for children.
In recent days, Yad L'Achim's head office has been inundated with calls attesting to a devious missionary campaign being conducted in the heart of chareidi neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Beitar Ilit and Beit Shemesh.
It's been a while now since the cults began operating booths filled with dangerous missionary material in major cities. They aren't content with merely handing out their material to passersby; they convince people to divulge their personal details so that they can stay in touch, with the goal of eventually getting them to convert to Christianity.
It was an unforgettable sight: Thousands of Jews walked out of the Caesarea Amphitheater this past Shabbos when they realized they had been hoodwinked into attending a missionary event, as Yad L'Achim had warned.
A month after the Israel Police decided not to press charges against a missionary who distributed material to a Jewish minor in the Modiin area, on the grounds that there was no "criminal guilt," attorney Moshe Morgenstern, a member of Yad L'Achim's legal team, fired off an urgent letter to state prosecutors asking them to investigate why police closed the case for no good reason.
Thousands of residents of Rishon LeZion, representing all sectors, participated in a Tefillah rally Shabbos morning to protest against the holding of a mass missionary event in the city.
An alert Modiin resident who snapped a picture of missionaries soliciting a child and sent it to Yad L'Achim played a key role in getting a police complaint filed against the missionaries.
Missionaries recently distributed thousands of flyers in mailboxes throughout Petach Tikvah, in the center of Israel. Outraged residents called Yad L'Achim which quickly dispatched activists to the area to expose the missionaries and distribute their own material to counter them.
Yad L'Achim has filed a police complaint charging aggravated assault against missionaries in Jerusalem who ordered the brutal attack of some of its activists.
J's Witnesses are conducting an Israel-wide campaign, knocking on doors and asking homeowners to allow them in for a discussion on "the meaning of life."
Jerusalem residents were outraged to discover that flyers being distributed on the streets of the capital by missionaries bore the official seal of the City of Jerusalem. They notified Yad L'Achim, which immediately turned to the municipality with a demand that legal action be taken to get the practice halted.
An attorney for Yad L'Achim, Moshe Morgenstern, sent an urgent letter to the justice minister and attorney general this week demanding an investigation into illegal missionary activity at a recent conference held for security officers of the Eshkol regional council.
In a welcome development, the Vatican last week issued an official document stating that Catholics should not undertake organized efforts to convert Jews.
School principals in the Jerusalem District were shocked to learn that an official Education Ministry ceremony held this Tuesday to distribute citations of merit was held at a missionary center in the heart of the capital.