A group of U.S. Christians are joining together in support for Israel and to combat a U.S. pro-Palestinian movement.
CharismaNews.com reports that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) became the latest American church to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
To counter this movement, about 100 Christian leaders, along with Israeli Knesset members, are working together to support Israel.
“Israel’s safety and well-being are the responsibility of every Jew and every Christian who loves Israel in every place at every moment of life,” Joseph Sabag of the Israel Allies Foundation told those gathered for a meeting of the coalition.
Sabag is working to push legislation through in the U.S. which would fight against the BDS movement.
“In May of 2015, South Carolina became the first state in America to adopt modern legislation regulating against the problem of commercial discrimination and boycotts against Israel,” Sabag said.
Other states have followed South Carolina’s lead, but there is still work to be done.
Barry Shaw, author of BDS for Idiots, warned of the movement’s dangers:
“What is going on with BDS is a global name for all the Israel haters. (It’s) really the misinformation campaign that they’re feeding to the general public and the miseducation that’s happening at these campuses,” he said.
Knesset member Michael Oren said the only way to combat false information is with the truth, and that is what the coalition of Christians and Israelis is seeking to do.