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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 12, 1995, V3, #67
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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'Hatikva' Played in Jordan for First Time
As Israel's Ambassador to Jordan, Shimon Shamir, presented his
credentials to Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan in Amman, Israel's
national anthem, "Hatikva" was played for the first time in Jordan,
and a Jordanian military honor guard saluted Ambassador Shamir.
Arafat Says He's Looking for Gazan Terrorists
By Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
Palestinian security forces are cracking down on Muslim militants
in Gaza. Tensions are high and more than 170 people have been
Members of the militant-Muslim groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad
estimate Palestinian police have raided 1,000 houses in the Gaza
Strip. The raids produced fewer than 200 arrests, as many
activists have gone into hiding.
PLO leader Yasir Arafat vowed to take tough measures against the
militants after they carried out two bloody attacks on Israeli
vehicles Sunday -- killing eight people and wounding dozens of
The tense relations between Arafat's PLO and his Muslim opposition
groups are near the boiling point. Twice in the first 24 hours of
the arrest campaign, Palestinian police opened fire on suspected
militants, but caused no casualties.
Israel has been putting pressure on Arafat to rein in the
guerrillas in Palestinian-ruled Gaza -- preventing tens of
thousands of laborers from traveling to jobs in Israel. It has
banned the transport of goods to and from the Gaza Strip. And,
after the latest attacks, Israel banned Palestinians from several
main roads inside the Strip. Furthermore, the attacks have slowed
down the implementation of the 1993 Oslo Accord that promised
Palestinian self rule in most of the West Bank.
Arafat now accuses Hamas and Islamic Jihad of operating to
undermine his authority and delay the extension of self rule.
Indeed, he blames them for causing their own people's economic
hardship by inducing Israel to seal its borders.
While Israel buries its dead and licks its wounds, Gaza's one
million Palestinians struggle with daily hardships. One day
after Israel blocked off the Strip's main roads, Gaza City Mayor
Awn a-Shawwa warned of a new crisis: He says the city's garbage
trucks cannot reach their dumping grounds and will no longer
collect Gaza's 700 daily tons of waste.
Christian Churches Celebrating Passover
By Don Canaan
"Why is this night different from all other nights?" That is a
question asked by the youngest Jewish child at a Passover seder,
but on Friday evening, April 14, at an increasing number of seders,
that question will be asked by a child who has been baptized.
Passover--for many Christians--has become part of their spiritual
The eight-day holiday is traditionally believed by Jews to mark the
exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt, but for many Christians, the
tradition takes on an additional meaning that says the Last Supper
of Jesus and his apostles took place on the first day of Passover,
and was a seder.
The House of God of the Apostolic Faith in Cincinnati is one of 25
nationwide Houses of God supervised by Bishop Robert Campbell.
"Jesus and his apostles were Jews," Campbell told Israel Faxx "We
teach that Jesus was a Jew. The only difference between Jews and
our church is that we believe Jesus is the true messiah."
The House of God celebrates the Jewish Sabbath and all holidays,
including Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew New Year; Yom Kippur, the
solemn Day of Atonement; and Passover--during which members eat
matzo and kosher food.
"During our seder we tell congregants how God sent an angel to the
Hebrews in bondage," Campbell said.
The church's ceremony takes a twist at this point and Campbell says
the 75-person congregation memorializes Jesus' death with a
communal foot-washing ritual.
The House of God's seder will take place this year in St.
Petersburg, Fla., but Campbell said God's "five-year plan (for the
church) is to celebrate Passover in Israel in the year 2000."
Another Christian group that promotes observance of the Passover is
the Fairfield-headquartered Rock of Israel Ministries shepherded by
the Rev. Warren Frankel, 57 _ a former Orthodox Jew who says he's
"a Jew by birth and a Christian by choice."
Frankel's group teaches the Jewish roots and rituals of
Christianity to denominations ranging from Pentecostal to
Presbyterian--churches seeking to retrace the Judaic origins of
Frankel told Israel Faxx Jewish feasts have disappeared from
Christian ritual because "in the year 300 (Byzantine Emperor)
Constantine told Jewish people 'if you want to come into the church
you must not bring in your feast days, customs and traditions.'"
Frankel says his ministry's focus is "to bring that richness and
fullness back into the church."
Rock of Israel Ministries, under the umbrella of the national
headquarters of the Assembly of God Church, will perform seders
this year at 13 Greater Cincinnati churches. It also trains
congregants in the methodology of witnessing to Jews.
"We're a ministry that wants to bring the gospel to the Jews,"
Frankel said. "We're not a church. We reach out to God's Chosen
Asked how his family on the Grand Concourse and 170th Street in The
Bronx reacted to his conversion, Frankel said they didn't take it
too well, disowned him and mourned him as if he had died.
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