Christian missionaries are apparently using Israeli government materials in their attempts to disseminate their materials both here in Israel and abroad.
The city of Kfar Saba was recently surprised to discover that it was apparently helping to sponsor a missionary event being held in Australia -- at least, it appeared that way according to an invitation upon which its municipal crest appeared, together with the symbols of the three messianic churches organizing the event.
In response to queries, however, Kfar Saba clarified that it never gave any missionary organization permission to use its symbol, nor does it have any connection to the event in question. "This involves the illegal use of the city's logo," a spokeswoman said. "The municipality views this with the utmost gravity and will take all legal means at its disposal."
The source of the misappropriation of the city's symbol was apparently a local missionary who attended the event in Australia, according to the Yad L'Achim anti-missionary organization.
A similar hijacking of government identity for use in dissemination of missionary materials also took place recently here in Israel, according to the organization.
Yad L'Achim recently sent an urgent letter to Israel's Water Authority after it learned that one of the authority's employees was distributing missionary booklets in official government envelopes identifying the sender as "The State of Israel."
"Recently, booklets claiming to offer information on 'A Better Life' have been distributed around the country," Yad L'Achim wrote in a media release sent to Arutz Sheva. "We are talking about a mystical missionary cult that originated in Turkey and draws from strange religions whose members seek to enlist more people into its ranks. The booklet was distributed by Mr. …, one of your employees, via the Water Authority. You are being used to distribute this material, with which you clearly have no connection, but which causes serious damage."
The response from the Water Authority was quick in coming. "In light of your letter, the director of the authority ordered a hearing for the worker. It was made clear to him that he violated the rules of service in the public sector and that significant disciplinary measures would be considered against him. The Water Authority will do everything in its power to ensure that such events do not repeat themselves."
Yad L'Achim commented that "once again it has been proven that the missionaries won't desist from any means to entrap innocent Jews and get them to leave their religion" and said that it would continue to act to torpedo the deceptive actions of missionaries, using all the legitimate means at its disposal.