Lehava disrupts Christian conversion ceremony

Activists, including leader Bentzi Gopstein, disrupt baptisms in Rishon Leziyon, saving six Jews.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

First Published: 6/18/2016, 10:42 PM
Bentzi GopsteinHundreds of people came out to protest a Christian conversion ceremony in Rishon Leziyon on Saturday morning.

Activists from Lehava, including its head Bentzi Gosptein, broke into the cultural center where the event was taking place and blocked the entrances.

Police at the location were unable to control the activists, who entered the hall again and again. As a result, the district commander decided to close the event and stopped further missionaries from arriving.

During the course of the protest, Lehava activists managed to rescue six Jews who were expected to undergo a baptism and conversion. Two of the six were Holocaust survivors who had been brought by their carers, the group says. During the struggle, three Lehava members were arrested, though they were later released.

Gopstein says that “Dozens of activists who were with us in difficult conditions in Rishon Leziyon over Shabbat fought bravely and managed to prevent the Christian baptism. We hope that the local authorities will draw the appropriate conclusions and will no longer permit such ceremonies in the future. In any case, we will go anywhere there is an attempt to convert Jews. Rishon Leziyon residents deserve praise for their mobilization in defense of mitzvot.”

Context of the ongoing battle

Original link: Police question Lehava head following pressure from Vatican

from Jerusalem Post By DANIEL K. EISENBUD

08/11/2015 12:57

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Vatican calls on A-G to indict extremist Jewish leader following endorsement of burning churches

Rabbi Bentzi GopsteinBentzi Gopstein to yeshiva students: Idol worship must be destroyed.

Police detained the leader of the far-right Lehava organization, Bentzi Gopstein, for questioning on Tuesday.

The arrest came two days after the Vatican asked Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein to indict Gopstein for incitement after the radical leader praised the June the arson attack at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee.

Gopstein was detained in the West Bank following the incendiary comments he made last week during a videotaped panel discussion with yeshiva students in Jerusalem.

Commenting after being released following the questioning, Gopstein said, “I feel like there is a witch hunt against me and that I’m some kind of enemy of the state “I was investigated today on the instructions of the pope.

The police has to understand that this is a democratic country.

It’s unthinkable that on a closed panel in which I bring quotes from Maimonides I am investigated like this.”

Gopstein added that denying freedom of speech on religious matters causes “price tag” incidents of Jewish violence and vandalism.

“I call on the minister of justice to act on this matter.

If you don’t want ‘price tag attacks,’ let us speak,” he said.

Speaking at a panel debate in a Jerusalem yeshiva regarding Jewish religious law concerning idolatry, Gopstein was asked if he was in favor of burning churches, as certain opinions in Jewish law hold Christianity to be akin to idol worship.

“For sure,” he replied, adding “Did Maimonides rule that you need to destroy or not? Idolatry needs to be destroyed.”

When the panel’s moderator cautioned Gopstein that the debate was being filmed and could result in his arrest, Gopstein replied, “That’s the last thing that concerns me.

If this is truth, I’m prepared to sit in jail 50 years for it.”

After learning of Gopstein’s comments, the Vatican’s Custodian of the Holy Land – an institution of the Franciscan Order responsible for overseeing Christian holy sites in Israel – promptly issued a statement demanding that Weinstein charge Gopstein with incitement.

In response to the statement, Gopstein posted a note on Facebook criticizing the Vatican for “censorship.”

“It’s time to remind the Vatican that the time when they censored Jewish books is gone,” he wrote. “Keep your hands away from Torat Yisrael [the Torah of the Jewish people].”

Tuesday’s detention is Gopstein’s second brush with the law for incitement since December, when he and 16 other members of Lehava were arrested following the November arson attack at the joint Jewish-Arab Max Rayne Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem.

Last month, two brothers associated with Lehava were sentenced to two and two-and-a-half years, the respectively, in prison by the Jerusalem District Court for vandalizing and setting a preschool classroom on fire at the school. The brothers also spray-painted Hebrew graffiti on the property’s interior walls stating “Kahane was right,” “You can’t coexist with a cancer,” “Enough with assimilation” and “Death to Arabs.”

Lehava propagates the ideology of the Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, who was assassinated in New York City in 1990 after his Kach Party was outlawed in Israel for inciting racism.

Members of the group also protested against the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last month during which six people were stabbed by Yishai Schlissel, resulting in the death of 16-year-old Shira Banki.

Gopstein’s attorney responded on Tuesday by stating that police are “bowing to pressure from the Vatican.”

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4 thoughts on “Lehava disrupts Christian conversion ceremony

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  2. Good for him, and I wish the rest of the Jewish nation had this courage. The corrupt church and their unholy man made comic book are the ones that need to be destroyed. Millions of Jews have been murdered because of their lies. They worship a man who cannot hear, nor save, and they still worship the sun. Ask any Jew, ‘how many people came down to Egypt, they’ll say 70, Acts 7:14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five persons in all.
    Exodus 1:5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. (NIV)
    Genesis 46:26-27 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob – those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives – numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all. (NIV)
    Deuteronomy 10:22 Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.
    Ask any Jew where the Matriarchs and Patriarchs are buried, they’ll say “Cave of Machpelah in Hebron.
    Acts 7:15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died.
    16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.
    Genesis 49:
    29.And he (Jacob) commanded them and said to them, “I will be brought in to my people; bury me with my fathers, in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
    30.in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which field Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite for burial property. .
    31.There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebecca, and there I buried Leah.
    32.The purchase of the field and the cave therein was from the sons of Heth.”.
    Look at all the errors in their manmade comic book NT.
    Not divine like our Torah which was given by G-d, and He doesn’t forget for He is not a man, nor is He a mortal. Deuteronomy 23:
    19God is not a man that He should lie, nor is He a mortal that He should relent. Would He say and not do, speak and not fulfill?

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  3. 19 God is not a man that He should lie, nor is He a mortal that He should relent. Would He say and not do, speak and not fulfill?
    Ask any Jew how many went down to Egypt, they’ll tell you seventy, Genesis 46:27
    27And Joseph’s sons, who were born to him in Egypt, two souls; all the souls of the house of Jacob who came to Egypt were seventy.
    Exodus 1: 5 Now all those descended from Jacob were seventy souls, and Joseph, [who] was in Egypt.
    Acts 7:14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five persons in all.
    Acts 7:15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died.
    16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.
    Genesis 49:
    29.And he (Jacob) commanded them and said to them, “I will be brought in to my people; bury me with my fathers, in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
    30.in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which field Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite for burial property. .
    31.There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebecca, and there I buried Leah.
    32.The purchase of the field and the cave therein was from the sons of Heth.”.

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  4. G-d doesn’t make mistakes nor does He forget. The xtian comic book is full of human errors. The Jewish people need to take back the land that the Knesset sits on, the Orthodox xtians own it. Drive these idolaters out, and stand against the Erev rav. the rubble/

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