PJTN Launches First International Chapter in South Africa
As this reaches you, I will have embarked from Israel on my first day of meetings in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a mission that will lead to PJTN’s planting of our first “international” chapter flag in the global war on anti-Semitism. Our new PJTN team in South Africa will be introduced to you very shortly and I am proud of the caliber and experience that will be representing our message!
To say the mission is groundbreaking is an understatement. I am meeting in Johannesburg with key Christian and Jewish leadership for a luncheon event in which a number of influential pastors, rabbis and community influencers will be on hand. I intend to bring a bridge of peace and unity message to both communities—and more importantly to tap minds and hearts on our mutual desire to fight the war against the hatred of anti-Semitism exploding around the world.
South Africa has a long history of anti-Semitism and a very strong support of the BDS movement. The BDS Movement itself was born in Durban, South Africa at the World Conference sponsored by the UN. The 2001 Durban conference and the NGO Forum is remembered in modern history as “the tipping point for the coalescence of a new virulent globalization of anti-Semitism.” The infamous “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” was widely distributed at the event amid a strong message of hatred of the Jewish people and Israel.
Within recent memory in a breathtaking display of anti-Semitism reminiscent of Nazi Germany, members of the student government at Durban University of Technology called for the expulsion of all Jewish students from their campus. The very next day, around the world in Los Angeles, the student government of the University of California at Los Angeles engaged in a similar display of Jewish bigotry attempting to deny a highly qualified young woman a position on the student judiciary board after a band of students brazenly protested that as a Jew she should be made ineligible for any position on campus. The common denominator is that both DUT and UCLA student governments have voted to support the anti-Semitic BDS Movement on their campuses. Jewish students have routinely reported being harassed, physically and verbally assaulted, threatened and discriminated against. The events of Jewish organizations on campus have been routinely disrupted and shut down.
While the world grows smaller, hatred becomes more intense.
It’s fitting that PJTN’s first international chapter will be in South Africa! God promised the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 11:24 …”Every place whereon the soles of your feet tread, shall be yours…” Please agree with me in claiming that seed promise for PJTN in South Africa.
I covet your prayers over the next several days of what I know will hold both major breakthroughs and major warfare. I cannot accomplish the mission alone.