Christian-Jewish Group Brings 26 African-American Christian Leaders To Israel

A Picture taken on April 27, 2016 shows the symbols of the three monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, on the front of an Arab Jewish centre in the northern port city of Haifa. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

The Algemeiner reports: – Twenty-six African-American Christian leaders are participating in a May 23-29 educational trip to Israel sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship).

The visiting delegation is from the National Baptist Convention of America, a predominately black church. Yael Eckstein, senior vice president of The Fellowship, said the trip is part of an effort to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and to “build strategic friends and allies for the Jewish people both financially and politically.”

“Just seeing the country and experiencing [it] is something which can build a greater connection with Israel,” she said.

Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert Jr.—president of the National Baptist Convention of America—said he hoped to use the trip to help find “common ground” between Palestinians and Israelis.

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