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ADL Warns Missionary Group is Using Holocaust – Again – to Lure Jews

ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman: “Jews for Jesus has taken their abuse of Holocaust imagery to a new low..."
Knesset members walk through the entrance of Auschwitz. (archive)

Knesset members walk through the entrance of Auschwitz. (archive)
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The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is warning that the Jews for Jesus missionary group is using Holocaust imagery to lure Jews away from their faith.

ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued a statement Thursday condemning a new video posted to YouTube by the missionaries as a “cynical abuse of the Holocause for proselytizing.”

The video shows an image of Jesus carrying a cross among the Jews, and being selected for the gas chambers by a Nazi officer at the gates of the Auschwitz death camp. The tag line of the video is, “That Jew died for you.”

Mr. Foxman, who called the video an “outrage,” said, “It is deeply offensive not only to Jews who lost family members in the Holocaust but also to Christians who would not want to see images of Jesus used for propaganda or shock value.

“Jews for Jesus has taken their abuse of Holocaust imagery to a new low… [it is] an outrageous cheapening of the tragedy of the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust for the purpose of gaining attention to the Jews for Jesus missionary cause, which is to convert Jews to the belief that Jesus is their messiah.”

There is a direct contradiction between the two.

In Judaism, the messiah has not yet arrived. Jesus is perceived in the Jewish faith as having lived as a human being who did not meet the qualifications to be the messiah, either in his time or in future years. Jews do not believe that Jesus bears any divine attributes whatsoever.

In Christianity, of course, the exact opposite is true. Jesus is perceived as having lived as a man with divine attributes, and as being the messiah who lived and was “resurrected to live again.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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10 Responses to “ADL Warns Missionary Group is Using Holocaust – Again – to Lure Jews”

  1. Adam Braun says:

    I’m at a loss for words here….
    “Jews for Jesus” has reached an all time low with this little stunt.

  2. David Brooks says:

    I’ve noticed many ‘Jews’ for Jesus liking and sharing stuff from the proto-fascist event Crist At The Checkpoint. They’re not our friends like the Evangelicals. Be warned.

  3. Offensive to Jews and Gentiles alike!

  4. Does the video mention the Christian involvement with the Sho’a? Christianity IS the motivation and often device to persecute Jews in Europe for hundreds of years, but we aren’t supposed to say it. I will.

  5. Sue them . They are ignorant cocroaches

  6. That’s awful no other words

  7. That’s awful no other words

  8. What a bunch of crap

  9. Jewish press, what you are doing is not only ugly and absolutley ridiculous…it is exactly what the Hitler Always did: LIE! TELL THE TRUTH! WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?? GO THE BIBLE AND LIVE THEM, BECAUSE YOU ARE FAR! But I remember, you love speak well about gays!

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