I was introduced to this group of active orthodox Jewish men who protect the street corners from those with differing opinions while I was in Israel in 2007. I use to think that all people could be reasoned with through having mature and adult conversation in which people can come to an understanding, but this is not the case with Yad L’achim. They have not come to talk or reason, they have come to yell and scream profanity and chase you away.
Once, while I was passing out literature about Yeshua (Jesus) in the public areas of Tel Aviv with some friends, we were surrounded by the group and as we gave a paper out they would try to force the taker to throw away the paper. They tried to block us by dancing in a circle around us. Ironically this drew in many more people who wanted to see why these men were so opposed.
Yad L’achim runs a Hebrew and English website in which they declare their mission of “Fighting the missionaries, who have millions of dollars a year at their disposal, has long been one of Yad L’Achim’s top priorities.” They also deal with Anti-Assimilation in which they will “rescue” Jewish women who have married Arab men. The reality is that these rescues they are referring to are kidnappings. In 2009, I spoke to an Israeli who was traveling in Israel who informed me that most of the Yad L’achim “rescues” are done against the “victims” will. I asked how this works and he explained that often times Israeli children (18-26 year old) do not agree with the religious views of the family and they don’t see a problem in dating Arab men. Often against their parents will they marry and move to Arab villages. The family will then call Yad L’achim to get her back.
“This department deals with women and teenage girls who have
become involved with Arab men. In most cases, these relationships lead to marriage, which then deteriorate into violence. Among the many serious problems that result from such relationships is the identity of the children. They are Jews, but are raised as Arabs. Thus, entire generations are being lost to the Jewish people.
This phenomenon is growing, and hundreds of cases a year are reported to Yad L’Achim. In most cases the problem involves a Jewish girl or woman getting involved with a Muslim man (Arab or Bedouin), but there are instances of relationships with foreign workers or other minorities, as well.”
So here is an organization that is completely run out of fear and deceit. They have a network of fear mongers throughout Israel who try to keep the people scared of missionaries who are sharing their faith. They write malicious articles on their website trying to fling any dirt they can on missionaries calling them cults and dangerous. Their latest venture has been vandalizing public missionary billboards and harboring fear in the locals who see the signs of the missionaries.
In the last several years many people have been victim to Yad L’achim’s attacks.
You know, as much as their activity annoys me and makes my sense of justice tingle, it is still better than an apathetic response which is often times what we get here in America.
Well that is all for today.