A legal religious promotion campaign by Jews for Jesus in Israel has provided the anti-Missionary organization Yad L’Achim with many opportunities for them to prove that they are the last defense for Jewish identity against the mighty onslaught of missionary activity. I was being ironic!
Yad L’Achim activists have sought to create social unrest and even riot conditions at a market where Jews for Jesus had set up a stall offering books to whoever wanted them. Yad L’Achim new poster-boy henchman who seems to have replaced former Soviet policeman Alex Artovski, but continues his dirty tricks, is Benny Vulcan. Vulcan, no stranger to controversy and stalking of Israeli Messianic Jews outside places of worship, is right at the heart of most recent trouble caused by Yad L’Achim. Once again he is in this photo of the Jews for Jesus market stall that was closed by the police because of, as Yad L’Achim euphemistically called it, “disturbances near the booth”.
One of my favorite photos from Yad L’Achim is the one captioned “The few against the
many. At the Goral intersection at the entrance to Beersheva.” In fact there are two men holding a banner with one man getting into the face of one of the banner-men with a second one taking the photo. Not quite one against the many, rather two against two, but hey don’t expect Yad L’Achim to be telling the truth any time soon.
The blanket coverage of southern Israel with the message of Yeshua was sure to generate opposition, including the arrest and subsequent release of a Jews for Jesus activist. However to rub salt into the wounds, despite their best efforts Yad L’Achim have been frustrated again. Text messages were send to many people repeating the message on the roadside banners. Yad Y’Achim put photos of the SMS up but received complaints that they were helping the missionaries as they had not sufficiently covered up the contact number or email! Yad L’Achim could only complain of their “sneaky creativity” in an article for Israel National News.
I am just waiting for someone to claim that Yad L’Achim has been played by an even greater “sneaky creativity” for causing them to generate more publicity for the Jews for Jesus campaign than they had even paid for in the press adverts.