Africa’s first chapter of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) was launched in Johannesburg yesterday by its founder Dr Laurie Cardoza-Moore.
PJTN is a US-based organisation that educates, advocates, and activates Christians, Jews and all people of conscience in building a global community of action and prayer in support of Jews and Israel. PJTN is engaged in winning the ideological, social, moral and spiritual battle for the mind of this generation as it relates to the truth about Israel.
The SA launch was sparked by an email written by Cheryl Charles, a South African viewer of PJTN’s globally-broadcast Focus on Israel TV programme. Charles, who has been appointed a director for the SA chapter, is concerned that there is a growing negative narrative of Israel in South Africa and that Christians don’t seem to connect with their Jewish heritage and hence have been silent.
Among those who attended the event were leaders from the Christian community, political leaders and the Deputy Ambassador of Israel in South Africa, Ayellete Black who shared how despite a well-coordinated media campaign against Israel, she is finding that the people of SA from all backgrounds support and love Israel.
Black’s perception of majority support shouldn’t be surprising as approximately 80% of the SA population identify themselves as Christians.
Dr Cardoza-Moore called on the Christian Community to draw a line in the sand and to begin to declare the end of what was begun in Durban during the contentious UN World Conference on Racism in 2001 which likened Zionism to racism and saw the emergence of the anti-Semitic Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
She highlighted that there was a growing disconnect across the world between what governments were doing and the will of the people, and the launch of PJTN was a call to civil society to make its voice heard. Her observation resonated with what was seen in the recent elections in SA which were marked by a low voter turnout and many people deliberately spoiling their vote, signalling their deep dissatisfaction with the political system.
Despite government’s intentions to downgrade relations with Israel, those in attendance were confident that initiatives such as PJTN will help in amplifying the voice of the Christian Community who are now ready to speak out on this subject. They also felt that there was no room for anti-Semitism in a country whose values were deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian principles.
PJTN SA will host its inaugural conference on September 12 at the Mosaiek Teatro in Johannesburg and is determined to fill up the venue to show that South Africans are not truly represented by what the politicians are pursuing.
For more information about PJTN visit www.pjtn.org