Israel Postal Company branch in Jerusalem 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
A few dozen Ramat Gan postal workers stopped working on Monday after they were
asked to deliver copies of the New Testament and what they said were Christian
missionary materials to residents on their mail route.
The postal workers
contacted MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) about the matter.
turned to Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, asking him to examine the
He requested him to focus in particular regarding how the postal
workers could be asked to deliver material that he said seeks to convert
Israelis to Christianity.
Orlev said the copies of the New Testament came
with pamphlets that warned of “an impending disaster in which peoples’ families
would be wiped out and called on them to convert and be saved before it’s too
Orlev said he views the matter with the utmost seriousness, and
that “it can’t be that the Israel postal service will deliver missionary
material to Jews in the State of Israel.”
He also expressed his concern
that the material would fall into the hands of children.
The MK said that
next week he will present the Knesset with a proposal for a bill that would call
for stiff penalties for distributing missionary materials in Israel.
is currently illegal to proselytize to minors or to try to bribe people in order
to convert them.
The Israeli Postal Company issued a response to the
dispute on Monday, saying that it is a government service “that works according
to Postal Law, under which it is our responsibility to deliver all mail that
comes into our hands for distribution. We don’t have the right to decide
what to deliver or not to deliver.”