Key Trial Underway for Israel's Messianic Jews

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A long-awaited trial is underway in Israel.
    
Four years ago, hundreds of ultra Orthodox Jewish protestors invaded a Messianic Jewish congregation.  Now the congregation is suing the chief Rabbi of the town and a powerful anti-missionary organization. 

Read more about importance of this trial for Messianic Jews, here.

The attack occured during a special baptismal service on Christmas Eve and Hanukkah.

Chairs were thrown and people knocked around as hundreds of protestors sang, danced and rioted.
    
Pastor Howard Bass spent the time trying to calm and protect his congregants, but he also came under attack. 

"I was standing by the baptismal surrounded by these religious protestors and they kind of picked up and pushed me into the pool and thankfully I landed feet first and avoided all the other things they'd already thrown in," Bass recalled.

No charges were filed against the protestors.

The second day of the trial took place June 21. An additional hearing is scheduled to take place in November with a verdict expected by the end of the year.

To learn more about this case, click play to watch an interview with CBN News Mideast Analyst John Waage.

 

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