Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Jewish Business News

World News

Deported Jew for Jesus to Appeal in Israeli Supreme Court

Jews for Jesus

A member of Jews for Jesus, Barry Barnett 50, born in Britain, was arrested last year in Beer Sheva during his “Behold Your G0d, Israel, ” campaign. Barnett,  the only non-Israeli in the group and the only one arrested, was held in an immigration detention center for four days and was told by an immigration judge that he had violated the terms of his B-2 visa for doing “missionary work.” Barnett was released on bail, and when he returned to England, he was trying to get another visa to go back to Israel, but was informed that he was barred from entering the country for 10 years.

Barnett explained to Crossmap, “I went to the Israeli embassy, and they said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t have done what you did. That was illegal. So I explained to them Israeli law. I explained Israeli law to the Israeli embassy, and said, ‘No it’s not illegal. Every person in Israel has the right to express their religion freely–to give out leaflets, to put up a banner–as long as I’m not enticing anyone with money or material benefit.”

Israeli law does allow for missionary activity as long as it is not to minors and is without financial incentive. Jews for Jesus appealed the case and lost in the lower court, with the judge declaring that Barnett was “acting in a way that wasn’t normal tourism.” Dan Sered, Israeli director of Jews for Jesus, thinks Yad L’Achim, an ultra orthodox counter-missionary group, was partly responsible for the treatment of Barnett. “I think Yad L’Achim used their power and influence to get the immigration police to do this. I don’t think it was at all a coincidence that those who arrested him were religious Jews.

A hearing for the Supreme Court is scheduled on February 9th. Barnett will not be able to attend because he is barred from entering Israel.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. MargieGreen

    October 17, 2014 at 1:22 am

    He definitely was trying to turn Jews into Christianity. Did he go to Israel as a tourist? Or to try and convert Jew’s for Jesus? I agree with Israel’ court. Go to Isis and ask them to convert

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



You May Also Like

World News

In the 15th Nov 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:   ·         A new Israeli treatment brings hope to relapsed leukemia...


The contract signed between the Israeli government and Pfizer shows clearly and unequivocally that this is a clinical study on humans - The agreement...


Now Platika joins and elite club of $10 billion plus Israeli firms.


After two decades without a rating system in Israel, at the end of 2012 an international tender for hotel rating was published.  Invited to place bids...