U.S. Report: Increasing Violence against Israeli Believers

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli anti-missionaries are angry over the U.S. State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released Friday, which blames "certain Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox" groups for increased violence against Israel's Christian and Messianic Jewish populations.

Rabbi Shalom Lifshitz, chairman of Yad L'Achim, the predominant anti-missionary organization in Israel, warned the State Department of legal action if its name is not deleted from the document.

The report sites multiple incidents of violence and/or discrimination against evangelical Christians and Messianic Jews in the past year.

The most heinous incident was a bomb concealed inside a Purim gift package, delivered to the home of the Ortiz family last March, which when opened by their youngest son, Ami, nearly took his life.

Ami, 15, miraculously survived the multiple injuries inflicted by the shrapnel-laden bomb and after spending nearly six months in the hospital, has returned to home and school, though intensive therapy and additional surgeries are still very much part of his life.

Police suspected anti-missionaries, but they say the investigation requires secrecy so no information has been disclosed to date.

"Months after the bombing incident in Ariel against Ami, the police still have no clue who is responsible," said attorney Calev Myers, head of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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