Lev L'Achim Demands the Cancellation of a Massive
Missionary Event in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn
The activists of Lev L'Achim's Department for the Struggle
Against the Missions has launched a public battle to prevent
a large gathering which the British missionary, David Hatwai
is about to hold. David Hatwai is a member of the Messianic
Jews cult. The gathering is slated to take place in Binyanei
Ha'Uma, and masses of new immigrants from C.I.S. countries
have been invited to attend it.
News of the gathering became known only recently, after
announcements in Russian were posted in many cities in
centers for new immigrants from the C.I.S. These posters
invite new immigrants to participate in what is called
"Festival Alef Yisrael" which is supposed to take place in
Binyanei Ha'Uma over a period of three consecutive evenings
on 21, 22 and 23 Iyar. In addition to free transportation
and entry, the organizers promise forums on "Therapy for
Body and Soul."
Lev L'Achim demanded that the administrators of Binyanei
Ha'Uma cancel the event. The administrators, in turn,
replied that they had no idea that such an event was slated
to take place, and that their records state that the
auditorium was rented for those days for the purpose of
holding a medical convention.
In urgent letters to the members of the Jerusalem City
Council and additional public officials and bodies, Lev
L'Achim demands that steps be taken to cancel the missionary
event right away. The possibility of forcing the
cancellation of the event through legal means is being
examined, since it involves preaching conversion while
promising benefits, which is forbidden by the law.