Solidarity Visits to Israel (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/27/05)
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The ZOA and AFSI have teamed up for a 10-day trip to Gush Katif and
northern Samaria this coming week, and another 100 supporters will
fly to Israel the following week.
The two solidarity trips are part of the ongoing activities of
support for Israel by the Zionist Organization of America and
Americans for a Safe Israel.
The visitors will be bringing toys and other gifts for the children
of Gush Katif, to where they will head immediately after landing at
Ben Gurion International Airport.
AFSI Executive-Director Helen Freedman said she will protest to the
United States Embassy if Israel tries to prevent the group from
visiting the towns, as it tried to do earlier this year on a similar
trip. Airport officials told members of New York State Assemblyman
Dov Hikind´s visiting group this past March that the Gaza area was a
closed military zone. The group called the government´s bluff and
visited without interference.
The group will visit Gush Katif homes, schools and farms for two days
before continuing their solidarity mission in Samaria. They will
visit Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union), who recently moved
to Sa-Nur, one of the four communities the government plans to
abandon to the Arabs after forcing the Jewish residents out of their
The two groups and a 100-person mission led by Hikind, which is to
leave Sunday, June 5, will celebrate Jerusalem Unification Day on
June 6 and will visit the endangered communities. The New York State
legislator is bringing 100 Jews and Christians - more than double the
number who came on his earlier trip.
Half of the group is made up of Baptist ministers, including Reverend
James Vineyard, one of the most active Christian leaders fighting the
Israeli government plan to eradicate 25 Jewish communities.
Vineyard said he has no intention of trying to convert Jews and has
never baptized a Jewish proselyte. "I don´t go to Israel to win
souls. I go to keep America from going down the tubes," he
explained. "If America causes Israel to give away Gush Katif, Israel
goes down the tubes, and as goes Israel, so goes America."
The fundamentalist Okalahoma preacher added, "The Bible says that
land [Gaza] belongs to the Jews."
He also has raised $50,000 to distribute a DVD film explaining to
churches and synagogues the dangers and pitfalls of the
expulsion/withdrawal plan. (IsraelNationalNews © 05/27/05)
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