Christians are participating in a mass rally in support of Israel next week to pray for the Jewish state and to protest against the South African government’s increasing hostility against Israel.
The SA Christian Solidarity Rally For Israel will take place at Freedom Park in Pretoria from 10 am to 2pm on Wednesday July 25 and all those wishing to take a stand for Israel are welcome to join.
“Let’s make our voices heard. People of all faiths are invited to join us in prayer and to hand over a petition to the SA Government to cease efforts to server ties with the State of Israel,” the organisers, have said.
The rally is being supported by several churches in South Africa in conjunction with the South African Friends of Israel (SAFI). “We don’t care if it’s not politically correct, we want to be biblically correct,” say the organisers.
The rally follows a pro-Israel petition, launched last month by SAFI co-chairperson Ben Swartz, which received some 37 000 signatures, according to the SA Jewish Report.
“The rally aims to give a voice to those who have thus far been relatively silent in their public support of the Jewish State. Considering this number of signatories, the rally will afford those who support Israel from across the religious spectrum another opportunity to take a stand and make their position clear,’ the Report says.
“Although SAFI is facilitating the event, it has been through the Christian community’s insistence that it has been initiated,” says Swartz. “They have been calling for an opportunity to demonstrate that they want to put the interests of greater South Africa first and strengthen its relationship with Israel for the country’s benefit.
“Coming together in unity and in solidarity, Jews and Christians alike have committed to a cause that carries personal significance for many of them, and are determined to make themselves heard,” he says.
More information about the rally is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 081 921 0325