Israel’s enemies are aggressively challenging the Jewish state's right to exist, and no place more than on our college campuses.
It is our responsibility to proactively teach the
truth about Israel to tomorrow's leaders. And we are doing that
through CUFI on Campus and an exciting new fellowship for our most
distinguished student leaders: The Bonhoeffer Fellowship.
program is inspired by the life of the Christian hero, Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, who bravely stood against Hitler’s vile ideology. Bonhoeffer
chose to put his Christian faith to action by speaking out and fighting
for truth. Under our new Bonhoeffer Fellowship program, 35 of CUFI's
most promising pro-Israel student activists will participate in an
intensive year-long discipleship program based on Bonhoeffer's
principles of faith, courage, and moral clarity. These students will
dedicate themselves to studying Christian leadership, the Arab-Israeli
conflict and becoming experts in the pro-Israel field.
kicked off the year-long Bonhoeffer Fellowship with an exclusive trip
to Israel that introduced these students to Knesset members,
journalists, military and security experts, as well as leaders of the
Christian communities in Israel. This trip included a special focus on
spiritual strength and putting faith into action. These students have
committed to dedicating the next year to being modern-day Bonhoeffers.
Many of these students will return to campus to face anti-Israel activists. Bombs
and terror attacks have not destroyed or even weakened Israel. So
Israel’s enemies have launched a coordinated effort to use boycotts,
divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to hurt Israel economically and isolate
the Jewish State diplomatically. The BDS movement spreads lies about
Israel and believes that they can get away with it.
This is where we come in. We have a policy at CUFI -- no public lie about Israel will go unanswered. In particular, any time the Israel haters pay for billboards or bus ads to attack the Jewish state, we pay for billboards and bus ads praising the Jewish state. We place these ads in the same city, in the same venue. And we place more ads than the anti-Israel crowd did.
For example, a BDS group in San Francisco recently plastered public busses with the slogan, “Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights.” CUFI responded immediately. Dipping into a war chest that exists for just this purpose, we ran ads on San Francisco's buses thanking Israel for providing safety to religious minorities and for standing up to terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. And we ran these ads on even more buses than the anti-Israel ads.
Christians United for Israel is committed to fighting for the truth and supporting Israel for the long haul, and we know that you are too. Only with your help can we keep our war chest full and continue sowing a love for Israel into the hearts of the next generation. We hope you will continue to enable us to meet these urgent challenges.
Blessings to you and those you love,
Pastor John Hagee,