Is Google supporting censorship and oppression of Christians in Israel? (Lawsuit Update)

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!

 

Hundreds of ONE FOR ISRAEL’s evangelistic videos are in danger of being deleted from YouTube!
Freedom of religion and speech could be in danger as a result of a private agreement between Google (YouTube) and an Orthodox Jewish group!

A few months ago, an Orthodox Jewish group filed a joint lawsuit against Google and ONE FOR ISRAEL (for $250,000 and removal of our videos), claiming our videos hosted by Google (YouTube) caused their family members to believe in Jesus. Google, however, recently struck up a private agreement with the plaintiff, wherein Google is released from the lawsuit in exchange for their consideration of removing all our evangelistic content should the Israeli courts side with the prosecutor.
But that’s not all! In addition to our other challenges, we recently found out the judge presiding over our case is also part of the Orthodox Jewish Community. While we trust she will deal with our case objectively, we are obviously concerned.
Like all Israelis, believers in Jesus are supposed to have complete freedom of religion and speech here in Israel. And even in those cases when these freedoms are not applied as fairly as they should be in our society, we would expect an American company like Google not to lend a hand to the censorship of Christian voices in Israel by the Orthodox community.
Biblical history is about to repeat itself: the apostles were also told by the Jewish authorities to keep quiet in the book of Acts, and they refused:

Then they (Sanhedrin) called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4, 18-20; NIV).

We, a group of Israeli Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus, will NEVER stop speaking and teaching about our Savior in any and every possible way!

How can you help us to continue blessing Israel with Jesus?
1) By praying for freedom of religion and speech to be protected by the judge and that no legal basis will unjustly attempt to ban our videos!
2) By standing against religious censorship by spreading news about this lawsuit to others in every possible way!
3) That the truth about Jesus will continue reaching Israelis!
4) Prayerfully consider helping us with the legal expenses!

 


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