Christian Action for Israel

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Christian Action for Israel was a Christian Zionist group established in Geneva in 1973.[1][2] The organization's self-described goals were to, "pray for Israel.. (and) promote tourism, trade, investment and afforestation... (and oppose) anti-Semitism." Christian Action supported, "a peaceful secure Jerusalem united under Jewish control."[1]

The organization was active in a number of countries, including Britain,[3] Canada,[4] and South Africa.[5][6]

In 1975 a South African branch of Christian Action for Israel was founded[7] in Cape Town by the late Basil Jacobs, a steel merchant and devout Christian, Claude Duvernoy, a French Presbyterian Minister living in Jerusalem.[8][9] In the years 1991–2000 the South African chapter was headed by Malcolm Hedding, a South African-born anti-apartheid activist and evangelical minister.[5][10] Hedding then spent 11 years as head of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Christian Conference in Israel". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 11 July 1980. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ Jewish Affairs, Volume 30. South African Jewish Board of Deputies, 1975
  3. ^ Freund, Michael (9 March 2004). "Diaspora Digest". The Jerusalem Post. ProQuest 319425952.
  4. ^ Welton, Michael (March 2003). "Unholy alliance: Christian Zionists and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict". Canadian Dimension. ProQuest 204152150.
  5. ^ a b Derfner, Larry (17 October 2008). "Pro-Israel, pro-Africa". The Jerusalem Post. ProQuest 319661652.
  6. ^ Moleah, Alfred (November 1980). "The Special Relationship". The Africa Report. ProQuest 1304046567.
  7. ^ Christianity in South Africa: A Political, Social, and Cultural History By Richard Elphick, T. R. H. Davenport. ISBN 978-0-520-20940-4. p. 284
  8. ^ Morris, Jason (12 February 1976). "Dispute flares over Islamic religious site in Jerusalem". The Christian Science Monitor. ProQuest 511836672.
  9. ^ Christian attitudes on Jews and Judaism, Issues 40–54, Institute of Jewish Affairs, World Jewish Congress, p. 1
  10. ^ a b Cashman, Greer Fay (10 June 2011). "Navon turns 90". The Jerusalem Post. ProQuest 875202842.