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5 Lies about 1948 and Israel’s Birth as a Nation

02/01/24
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Since becoming a state in 1948, Israel’s enemies have continually attempted to defeat and discredit the Jewish State using any tactics that stick. For example, they’ve tried to weaken Israel economically with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and diplomatically with the 1975...

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The Big Lie: Who Is Really Committing Genocide?

01/10/24
by Susan Michael

The “big lie” is an expression Adolf Hitler coined to describe his technique of telling a lie so colossal that no one would ever suspect it was false. He first described this concept in his autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf, which outlined his plans for ruling Germany. He surmised most...

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Seven Tenacious Antisemitic Tropes in Full Force Today

12/18/23
by Susan Michael

(Part 2 in a 2-Part Series)

An antisemitic trope is a myth or sensational report, misrepresentation, or lie defamatory toward Judaism or the Jewish people as an ethnic or religious group. Some tropes date back to the birth of Christianity, like the belief that Jews are collectively...

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What Are Antisemitic Tropes—and Are They Happening Today?

10/26/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

(Part 1 in a 2-Part Series)

An antisemitic trope is a myth or sensational report, misrepresentation, or lie defamatory toward Judaism or the Jewish people as an ethnic or religious group. This two-part series will first discuss the critical role these untruths play in increasing...

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Jews and Christians Learning to Relate Part 1: The Return of Christianity to Its Jewish Roots

07/06/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

For the first time in almost 2,000 years, Jews and Christians are learning how to be friends and relate to one another with respect and appreciation. To fully understand how new and how delicate this relationship is, we must know our history and what has brought us to this moment. 

If...

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Jews and Christians Learning to Relate Part 2: Since the Holocaust

07/06/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

In Part 1 of this series, we covered the history of Jewish-Christian relations from the book of Acts through the Holocaust. And while it is a very sad tale of...

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Jews and Christians Learning to Relate Part 3: Advice from Pioneers

07/06/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Many Evangelical Christians have an appreciation for the Jewish people and would love to be involved in the developing relationship between the two faiths. But the thought of where to begin might be a little intimidating: How do you learn what to do and what not to do? 

While you need to...

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The Story That Began in Genesis Is Not Over

06/21/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

For many Christians there is a disconnect between the Bible and today. In fact, for some, there is a disconnect between the Old and New Testaments. However, the story that began in Genesis is still going on today, and we are called to be part of it.

Story of the Bible

The Bible tells the...

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The Miracles of Israel

05/30/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

One of Israel’s primary founders and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, said: “In Israel, to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” He had witnessed the state’s founding after almost 2,000 years of exile. He had also witnessed five Arab armies attack the newborn state—armies equipped...

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Connecting the Bible to Israel Today

05/15/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Many of us are familiar with the Judaism of the Bible, but few of us understand how it has developed over time and how it differs today. We also struggle to reconcile the early church we read about in the book of Acts with the typical western church of today. A brief overview of the development...

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