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A PLEDGE FOR ISRAEL
 
On June 8 we will all have the opportunity to cast our votes in the General Election.
 
Many issues will contribute to each person’s final determination on the candidates placed before them. Here at ICEJ UK we would ask you to consider making Israel one of the factors that influences how you vote.
 
Britain has been one of Israel’s staunchest allies since its rebirth in 1948 but over the last number of years the UK Parliament has been a place where an anti-Israel narrative has been incubated. One of the reasons that Israel has been misrepresented in Parliament is because MPs and members of the House of Lords have been given a false narrative by organisations like the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and others who promote divisive and bullying agendas.
 
In this General Election we want to change that narrative.
 
We are partnering with the Israel Britain Alliance (IBA) and we are asking ICEJ UK supporters to contact the candidates in their constituency and ask them to support A Pledge for Israel.
 
The pledge reads….
 
If elected to the United Kingdom Parliament I Pledge…
  • To oppose the extremists who challenge Israel's right to exist.
  • To support the right of people in the United Kingdom to enjoy Israeli culture and promote business, educational, religious and other connections with the Jewish State without fear of discrimination, boycotts, harassment and/or intimidation.
  • To support those who genuinely seek to promote and establish a permanent, just and comprehensive peace between Israel and its neighbours.
  • To celebrate the fact that Israel is a free society and parliamentary democracy that extends to all its citizens the right to practice their religion and have access to religious sites in Jerusalem.
  • To support the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism
  • To encourage HM Government to promote trade with Israel that will increase investment and jobs for people in both countries
If you have auto-enrolled through IBA you need do nothing more - you will join the campaign automatically.
 
If you haven’t click on this link 
www.israelbritain.org.uk/ICEJ you will be taken to our campaign page. All you need to do is follow these simple instructions and you can join the campaign.
 
You add your name, surname and email address on the first page and you can also add extra family members if you wish.  On the next page, add your postcode and the system will find the addresses associated with that postcode.
 
Click on your address and the system will automatically find the candidates that are standing for election in your constituency. Please note that every candidate may not appear. This may happen for two reasons, one, the data is being collected manually and this is an ongoing exercise and, two, it is not compulsory for candidates to provide email addresses.
 
Press submit and you’ll send an email asking them to make A Pledge for Israel.
 
When you get a response you’ll be able to judge which candidates have a heart for Israel.
 
Finally, to enable us to keep tabs on responses please send any responses you receive to:
michael@israelbritain.org.uk  This will help us ensure that successful candidates keep their Pledge for Israel.
 
Every email counts - please join our campaign.
Thank you.
 

Following a wonderful conference with Reverend Malcolm Hedding and Canon Andrew White, and our 4th annual Night to Celebrate Israel here are some photos to give you a flavour of the events.

 ICEJ UK Northern Conference - CITY OF GOD
 
         
                 
                       
               
                              
 

A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE ISRAEL
 
An amazing night with music from Shir and Chip Kendall; keynote speakers Malcolm Hedding (ICEJ International Spokesperson) and Simon Johnson (CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council) and other guests.  Look out for details of next year's event celebrating Israel's 70th Birthday!
  
                                              
          
  
            

Our thanks to Jim Keelan for all these wonderful pictures, giving a flavour of the evening. © Jim Keelan


Game Changer

    

Paul Parkhouse, UK Development Director, has written a short, readable booklet, which is an excellent resource to give out to church leaders and Christian friends.

Subtitled 'What modern Israel means for your gospel, your faith and your church', Paul concisely explains the significance of Israel in these days, covering the following topics:

'A Tale of Two Gospels' - How modern Israel points us to a bigger Gospel;

'Land and Family' - Why one land and one family are still important to God;

'A Covenant Kingdom' - What Christians should know about God's covenants;

'One New Man' - The uneasy history of Israel and the Church;

'Wars and Rumours' - How Christians should approach the present day Conflict;

'God of Israel' - What modern Israel tells us about God today.

We are offering these booklets at £3.50 each (includes postage) - please CONTACT US to order, or order online through the Paypal link below :

 

 

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