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Thousands of Christian Pilgrims Come to Israel for Sukkot
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Posted on 09/22/2013 7:57:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway

More than 5,000 Christian pilgrims from 100 countries will descend on Israel this week as part of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s (ICEJ) Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) celebration.

The festival begins Sept. 20 at the Oasis Hotel in Ein Gedi on the Dead Sea and will continue for the reminder of Sukkot at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate more than $16 million in revenue, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.

“We are thrilled that thousands of Christians from all over the world will be arriving in Jerusalem this week to take part in our annual Feast gathering, despite the recent tensions in the region over the Syrian conflict,” Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the ICEJ’s executive director, said in a statement. “Their visit to Jerusalem is a timely message of solidarity with the people of Israel.”

A number of prominent Christian leaders are expected to speak at the event, including Billy Wilson, Rene Terra Nova, Lance Lambert, Howard Flower, and Susan Hattingh. Several high-ranking Israel officials are also scheduled to speak.

Founded in 1980, the ICEJ is one of the largest pro-Israel Christian organizations in the world with branches in more than 140 countries.


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1 posted on 09/22/2013 7:57:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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“...we are thrilled....” I would say that we Jews are thrilled anytime gentiles buy our products. Hmmmm..... note to self— work on plan to mass-market sukkahs for “Tabernacle Celebrations....”


2 posted on 09/22/2013 8:04:08 PM PDT by Phinneous
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and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.

Huh, sounds like a PR boast... I had thought that Easter was the biggest, followed by Christmas, and that both would attract a number greater than 5,000 people, and certainly more than 16 million.

Then again, never studied the issue, perhaps the claim is right.

3 posted on 09/22/2013 8:27:41 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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