This past month was another month of heartbreak
for Israel and those who love her. On June 30th, a Palestinian terrorist murdered 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bed as she lay sleeping.
The very next day, terrorists fired on a car
driven by Rabbi Michael Mark. While his wife two of his children survived this
attack, Rabbi Mark did not. This father of ten children was laid to rest
the very next morning.
We'd like to tell you that these
murders were greeted with revulsion and renewed commitment to Israel here at
home. But they were largely ignored. To the extent people talk
about Israel these days, it is often to criticize her self defense, not to
mourn her victims.
CUFI has many goals and aspirations. We're
very proud of the work we do in Washington. And we think our campus
program is critical to the future of the US-Israel relationship. But
sometimes the most important role we play is the more simple, human role of
serving as a witness. When innocent Israelis are murdered, we will not
ignore them. We will say their names. We will honor their legacies.
And we will do everything in our power to prevent others from suffering
One way we play this role is by telling
the story of Israel, her triumphs and her victims in churches and communities
across the country.
In the last month, CUFI held close to 30 such
Minnesota, for example, we partnered with
Ebenezer Community Church and the Liberia Ministers Association for our
third-annual Africa Night to Honor Israel. This event and others like it
us build a new and critical base of support for Israel among immigrants
Africa and their families.
same week, our Western Regional Director, Randy Neal, spoke at the first CUFI
presentation to the Gila River Indian Community in Laveen, Arizona.
At the end of the spring semester, CUFI on Campus
students co-sponsored a Happy Birthday Israel celebration with the Asian
Student Association at Montclair State University.
These events highlight the growing diversity and
outreach of Christians United for Israel, which celebrates a biblical love for
Israel that crosses all ethnic and cultural boundaries.
CUFI also held our second annual Eastern
Regional Stand With Israel Forum in Atlanta. We brought together hundreds of
dedicated pro-Israel supporters and leaders to share valuable insights into the
history, challenges, and future of the pro-Israel movement.