view of Jerusalem with Old City.
(photo credit: ITRAVELJERUSALEM TEAM)
In advance of Palestinian diplomatic moves at the United Nations next week, two
of the leading Christian groups in Europe have joined forces to counter mounting
pressure on the Jewish state.
Christians for Israel International,
headquartered in Nijkerk, the Netherlands, and the Brussels-based European
Coalition for Israel, will hold joint protests on September 13 in The Hague and
September 19 in Brussels, with the stated aim being “to defend Jerusalem as the
undivided capital of the Jewish state of Israel.”
“As Christians, we feel
it is our task to be obedient to God, and to warn the nations to respect God’s
sovereignty,” Andrew Tucker, executive director of Christians for Israel
International, told The Jerusalem Post
. “We simply cannot remain silent while
the nations are planning to give Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to Israel’s
Tomas Sandell, the founding director of the European Coalition
for Israel, concurred.
“During previous periods in history Christians
have – by and large – failed the Jewish people. This time we want it to be
crystal clear that there are those out there who disagree with the UN plan to
divide Jerusalem and unilaterally create a Palestinian state along the 1967
lines,” he said.
In recent months, the two organizations have convened
high-level conferences in six European countries, where Dr.
Gauthier, a Canadian lawyer and human rights advocate and author of the book
Sovereignty over the Old City of Jerusalem
, made the case for Israel to various
European leaders and journalists.
The groups have also published and
distributed a series of articles in Dutch, German and English highlighting the
legal, historical and biblical rights of the Jewish people to the Land of
Israel, which they have made available on a website aimed at Christians called
And this week, the Christians for Israel’s German
branch will deliver a declaration of support for the Jewish state to the German
government which was signed by 40,000 people.
“We do everything we can to
inform decision-makers and others about the historical background and the solemn
pledges made to the Jewish people under international law,” Sandell said. “Most
people, including those in government, have no idea.”
Christians would invest so much time and effort on behalf of Israel, Tucker
said, “We realize that Israel’s God is our God, and Israel’s destiny is also our