Christian students to receive advocacy lessons from Israeli lawmakers

Thursday, July 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A dozen Christian university students from the US will spend the day receiving advocacy lessons at the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) on Sunday.

The visit is part of the Israel Experience College Scholarship Program, referred to by some as the “Christian Birthright,” which is put on annually by New York-based Eagles' Wings Ministries.

The program is an effort to “raise up educated ambassadors who are articulate about the truth about Israel's situation, about God's promises to Israel, and about why it's important for Christians to pursue that,” Eagles' Wings program director Joel James told Israel National News.

Israel is regularly portrayed as an oppressive and illegitimate state on American university campuses.

The students will be hosted at the Knesset by the parliamentary Christian Allies Caucus, which exists to strengthen political ties between the Jewish state and the Evangelical Christian world.

The visit comes just months after Israel's Chief Rabbinate banned religious-based joint cultural initiatives between Jews and Christians in Israel.

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