Seemingly innocent advertisements offering free tours of Israel that appeared this past weekend raised the suspicions of a religious woman living in Bat Yam. The advertisements – which suggest that people “Arise and walk the land of the forefathers,” sounded a bit fishy so the woman reached out to Yad L’Achim’s 24-hour hotline and notified the counter-missionary organization of the advertisement, adding “the fact that the tours were offered for free raised my suspicions.”
Yad L’Achim immediately looked into the situation and discovered that the advertisement was indeed part of a dangerous missionary ruse. One of its field workers signed up for the tour, posing as an innocent citizen, and got details on the time and place the next bus was to depart. Yad L’Achim volunteers then converged at the site at the designated time and warned participants of the missionary nature of the tour.
Shimon Abargil, a field coordinator for Yad L’Achim, described the bedlam at the site. “When we arrived, we discovered 20 people who’d assembled to join the tour. When they understood that they’d been tricked by the missionaries and enticed by a tour that was aimed at getting them to convert out of their religion, they began screaming and cursing the missionaries. Most of them backed out of the tour.”
In the end, only five people boarded the bus, three of whom were non-Jews.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.