Israel  Proposes  Anti-Christian Law  

A  bill being sponsored  by two members of Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset, that will make it a criminal offence to persuade anyone to convert to another religion.

The proposed law states, “(Anyone) who persuades a person, directly, digitally, by direct mail, or online, to convert his religion, his sentence is one-year imprisonment, and if the person was a minor, his sentence is two years imprisonment.”

The 2023 Israeli judicial reform is a proposed series of changes to Israel’s judicial system and the country’s balance of power in a bid to curb the courts’ influence over lawmaking and public policy, granting the government more control.

The unrelenting criticisms have continued to pour in, especially from Christians, both in Israel and around the world, over the proposed law which would outlaw telling people about Jesus in Israel as well as jail terms for anyone who does.

Israeli lawmakers, Moshe Gafni and Yaakov Asher, who are the authors of the proposed legislation, are ultra-Orthodox members from the United Torah Judaism Party. They submitted the bill in January 2023 as the Israeli judicial reform continues.

If approved, the punishment for having conversations about Jesus with Israelis, whether in person or online, would be one-year imprisonment if with an adult, but two years if with someone under 18.

According to Premier News, a Christian news platform, the Senior spokesman and Vice President of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, David Parsons, said it was not the first time Gafni had proposed such a ban.

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