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Missionaries Masquerade as Yad L'Achim Activists
05/5/08

The chutzpah of the missionary groups reached unheard-of proportions over Chol Hamo'ed Pesach, when their members showed up at a youth festival near Ashkelon to spread their propaganda – wearing shirts identifying themselves as members of Yad L'Achim, the anti-missionary organization.

The missionaries were apparently looking to ward off the suspicion of real members Yad L'Achim, who annually attend the Nitzanim festival to prevent the missionaries from approaching the many teenagers and young adults who attend.

Yad L'Achim, however, caught on, as the fact that the missionaries were wearing shirts marked “Yad L'Achim” made them easy to identify.

Yad L'Achim activists gathered around the makeshift stands the missionaries had set up and approached any youth who took the materials to explain the nature of the material being distributed, whereupon the youth immediately dumped it into the garbage. Eventually, the missionaries gave up and went home.

Yad L'Achim noted that, for the first time, it had prevented missionary groups from setting up an official display inside the festival tent.

Yad L'Achim founding chairman Harav Shalom Dov Lifschitz praised the efforts of the activists, saying that “wherever the missionaries are, we will be as well to foil their efforts.”

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