Last Updated on March 21, 2023
A group of Israeli lawmakers aligned with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to throw Christians in jail for speaking the Gospel of Jesus in the land of his birth – a nation that’s often referred to as “America’s greatest ally” and a frequent destination for American Christians on pilgrimage journies.
Knesset members Moshe Gafni and Yaakov Asher have introduced a new bill with the express purpose of silencing and persecuting Christians, throwing them in jail for talking about Jesus in Israel. The legislation doesn’t just aim to stifle the verbal speech of Christians, but their ability to create content online as well, constituting an all-out assault on Christianity.
Both Gafni and Asher are described by the Israeli press as “ultra-Orthodox Jews” who are “influential” and “high-ranking” members of the Knesset legislative body. In terms of partisanship, both men are aligned with the coalition government that was formed to put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu back in power.
“Gafni has a long history of opposing followers of Jesus,” All Israel News plainly stated in an exclusive report announcing the disturbing new legislation.
Also according to that report, Gafni first introduced legislation to enact a “ban on evangelism” in 1999, making it one of his long-term legislative objectives.
Reactions to the proposed Israeli legislation in the United States, a nation where devout evangelical Christians support Israel to a massive extent, have been incredibly negative. Former US Senator and Trump Administration Ambassador of International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback blasted the anti-Christian proposal as a brazen attack on religious liberty and noted that if the legislation is enacted, Israel will be violating the Universal Charter of Human Rights, to which the Jewish state is a signatory.
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Nationally-syndicated news host Stew Peters minced no words when he blasted the anti-Christian Israeli proposal in a post he made to Twitter, including a video from a Newsmax segment profiling Israel’s Jesus ban.
“The bill would PUNISH Believers with automatic JAIL TIME for sharing the GOSPEL OF JESUS,” Peters wrote.
“We should IMMEDIATELY cut ALL foreign aid to Israel and remove all elected officials with dual US/Israeli citizenship.”
Israeli Lawmakers introduced a new bill aimed at PERSECUTING Christians.
The bill would PUNISH Believers with automatic JAIL TIME for sharing the GOSPEL OF JESUS.
We should IMMEDIATELY cut ALL foreign aid to Israel and remove all elected officials with dual U.S./Israeli… pic.twitter.com/KjKdogEjZk
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) March 21, 2023