Ha’aretz reports on a disturbing new development in Israel.
Although proselytizing can be against the law in Israel, a brand-new evangelical channel dedicated to taking “the gospel of Jesus into the homes and lives and hearts of the Jewish people” had its official launch last week on cable television.
Shelanu (Hebrew for “Ours”) TV is the new Hebrew-language channel of GOD TV, an international Christian media network that broadcasts in some 200 countries around the world. GOD TV signed a seven-year contract with HOT, the Israeli cable television provider, to host the channel. More than 700,000 Israeli households subscribe to HOT, which controls nearly 50 percent of the multichannel market in the country.
Yup. And GOD TV is not even hiding their intentions.
Yet HOT is either playing dumb or being dishonest:
Asked for comment, a spokeswoman for HOT said: “It [Shelanu TV] is an independent Christian channel, similar to other religious channels broadcast in Israel. It received a permit from the council and is broadcasting according to law.”
When asked about the missionary nature of its activities, she said that “full information was provided to the council, and the channel is operating in accordance with the permit it received.”
Shelanu TV is broadcast on Channel 182 of HOT. The description provided to subscribers on their television screens says it is a “faith-based channel geared toward pro-Israel Christians.”
I have been very clear on here where I stand on missionaries and the like. While I love my Christian brothers and sisters, anyone who tries to convert Jews earns nothing but my disdain. While Hitler and the like tried to destroy us physically, those engaged in these activities are trying to do it spiritually. And I won’t stand for it.
But I do see the light….at the end of the tunnel.
HOT received a license to air the new channel from the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, the regulatory body that operates under the auspices of the Israeli Communications Ministry. But when contacted by Haaretz on Monday, the chairman of the council, Asher Biton, said he had not been aware that the new channel planned to engage in missionary activities, which are prohibited under the terms of its license. He said he had ordered an investigation into the matter, and if it emerged that the terms of the license had been violated or that there was an intention to violate them, he would close down the new channel.
“According to our regulations, it is fine to broadcast religious programming,” he said, “but it is forbidden to broadcast content that has the potential to influence viewers in an undue fashion, and most certainly young and impressionable viewers.”
Shame on GOD TV and other missionaries and Messianics.
Shame on HOT TV for focusing on dollars, rather than sense.