Israeli television network to drop Christian channel

Sunday, July 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Israel's HOT cable network is seeking to halt broadcasting of the US-based Christian network Daystar in the Jewish state, reported The Jerusalem Post.

HOT filed a request with the Israeli Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting last week for authorization to cut Daystar out of its programming, arguing that the Christian network is targeting Jews for conversion to Christianity.

The offending content consists of a 15-minute infomercial by the American Messianic ministry Jewish Voice Ministries International, which HOT representatives said “targets a Jewish audience with the message of Jesus.”

A lawyer for Daystar in Israel has threatened to fight the decision in local courts, insisting that it is a violation of the Christian world's freedom of expression. The newspaper also noted that Daystar is only available to cable subscribers who specifically request it, with full knowledge that it is a Christian channel containing Christian content.

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