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18 May 2017 (All day)
ICEJ in Germany, USA, and Finland

ICEJ-Germany Delivers Petition to German Federal Ministry of Economics

Over 26,100 signatures were collected by ICEJ-Germany to highlight the concern among German Christians over the EU incentive to label Israeli goods on the European continent. The petition was delivered to the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin by Gottfried Bühler, director of ICEJ-Germany, and Christoph Scharnweber, ICEJ-Germany's Political Consultant.

The Federal Ministry has reported receiving many calls to boycott Israel, so the petition is an important signal indicating many Germans are opposed to it, which is taken seriously in Berlin. The petition states: “Israel’s blossoming economy has created a climate of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and co-existence, which is without comparison in the Middle East. In Israel Arabs have an unhampered access to democratic rights and commercial opportunities. On the other side of the green line [in the West Bank] the only examples of peaceful coexistence are exactly those enterprises which will be affected by the labeling law. This will harm thousands of Palestinian families that depend on their work for Israeli companies in the West Bank.”


ICEJ-USA Hosts a Series of Meetings with ICEJ President Dr. Bühler

Last month, ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler visited the USA for a series of pastors’ luncheons and church meetings.  The local organisers, Rev. Kevin Jessip and Dr. Tony Crisp were instrumental in setting up highly successful meetings with key leaders and in local churches. A special highlight was the gathering for pastors in Lake Worth Florida where Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke was one of the key speakers at the event.

We are also thrilled that Dr. Crisp has joined the ICEJ-USA team as Strategic Initiatives Director and will assist with developing our work in the USA on different levels.

After his time in the USA, Dr. Bühler remarked, “The time in the USA was a blessing, and we are grateful to God for the great opportunities that are opening up for our ministry there. We are thankful to God for Susan Michael and her team who are leading our work in the USA, and for the long-standing support of the USA to the global ministry of the ICEJ. The USA have a long tradition of standing with Israel and it is always overwhelming to witness this first hand in the churches across that nation.”



Nicole Yoder, director of ICEJ Aid, traveled to Finland in March, where she met with Israel and ICEJ supporters, and spoke at various events in the south-central part of the country. While there, Yoder also recorded programs for radio shows, to bring awareness and increase support for the people of Israel. Nicole Yoder, who has served in Israel for over two decades, knows the land and its people very well. Her testimonies from Israel touched people's hearts in Finland, and many were moved to tears. Yoder was very warmly received everywhere she went, accompanied by her translator Johanna Manner and later also Ulla and Kaarlo Jarveleto of ICEJ-Finland.