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On September 20th at 7:00pm an organized prayer rally for Christians and anyone interested will be taking place at the Crenshaw Christian Centre East in New York City where dozens of leaders, prayer networks and hundreds of Christians will gather to show support for Israel and pray. On September 21st, a protest against Durban III will take place at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza from 11AM-2PM where people of all backgrounds will show support for Israel. Leaders from a wide spectrum of political and religious perspectives will be speaking at the event. On September 22nd, The Perils of Global Intolerance: The United Nations and Durban III Conference presented by The Hudson Institute and Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust will address the question of ‘what happens when a group of states collude to corrupt the meaning of human rights’ like at the Durban III conference. Among some of the speakers at this conference are: Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, John Bolton, a former US Ambassador to the UN and Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas among many others.
I believe we all have a responsibility to respond to the assault on Israel in the international community. There are several ways that we can exercise this responsibility. First, everyone can sign the petition to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at www.protestdurban3.com. Second, I want to invite you to join the thousands of people who will protest at the United Nations on September 21st to confront the hypocrisy and the evil enabled by the UN and to express support for Israel. Third, those who hold to Judeo –Christian values and anyone else interested should attend the prayer rally at the Crenshaw Christian Centre East on in NYC on September 20th.
The enemies of Israel are also enemies of our Western values and culture, Judeo-Christian beliefs, and essentially enemies of anything that does not fit into Radical Islamic religious and cultural perspective. If we do not stand up against leaders in the international community who are using the United Nations as a platform for the spread of their racist and radical beliefs and policies, it is only a matter of time before our own rights and freedoms become threatened, the time to speak out is now.
As a Christian woman I often hear about my religion’s dark anti-Semitic past of persecuting Jews and also of spreading Replacement Theology. However, today I and many others have the opportunity to say that we will not repeat history but rather we will stand up for what is right and support the Jews by standing for Israel in this critical moment in history. People often ask the question “if I was there what would I have done” when they visit Yad Vashem or some type of Holocaust memorial. Today, we don’t have to ask what we would have done in the 1930s and 40s, we have to ask what we are doing now!?
Josee Chiasson is a York University student completing an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. She is a current intern with a pro-Israel Christian organization, Eagles’ Wings, where she is the coordinating administrator of a protest to confront Durban III at the United Nations.
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