10,000 Signatures Presented to the Knesset in Support of Jerusalem
Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel – On June 4th, 2013 Israel365 and Christian Friends of Israeli Communities presented over 10,000 signatures on the Jerusalem Covenant, a pledge to keep the city united, to MK Gila Gamliel, Chairperson of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. The signatures were gathered digitally over a period of three weeks from May 14 until the first week in June, 2013.
“There is no single issue that unites Jewish and Christian Zionists as much as their steadfast support for Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish people. Through the power of social media, we were able to gather so many digital signatures from supporters all over the world from Albania to Zimbabwe,” said Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder and director of Israel365. MK Gamliel echoed these sentiments on her Facebook page, “While there are many doubts in the world, there is one thing that is clear. That Jerusalem is the undivided and eternal capital of Israel.”
Over the past three weeks, from the Hebrew date of Yom Yerushalyim to this week’s anniversary of the Six Day War, Israel365 has collected over 10,000 signatures from all over the world on the Jerusalem Covenant, a document that is displayed alongside Israel’s Declaration of Independence in the Chagall Hall of the Knesset. The Covenant was drafted by Deputy Chief Justice Rabbi Menachem Elon in 1992 as an acknowledgement of the miraculous return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and was signed by all of Israel’s political, military and spiritual leadership on the 25th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification.
At the event, Rabbi Weisz handed Knesset member Gamliel a famous replica of a 500 year old Holy Land map of Jerusalem from the Judaica Webstore. According to Arik Barel of Judaica Webstore, “this piece elegantly demonstrates the Jewish people’s historic claim to our capital city and its an honor that it will now adorn the walls of the Knesset.”
To gather so many signatures, Israel365 worked together with Christian Friends of Israeli Communities Heartland. “It has been an amazing privilege for us at CFOIC Heartland to partner with Israel365 on this important initiative to enable Christians from all over the world to show their support for Jerusalem,” said Sondra Oster Baras of CFOIC. “For more than 15 years, we have been connecting Christian Zionists with Israel and especially with the heart of Biblical Israel – Judea and Samaria. But the heart of it all is Jerusalem – the spiritual and geographical center of the Land of Israel and the People of Israel. We will never forget Jerusalem.”