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The Religious Freedoms Lawsuit in Israel
The Beer Sheva Battlefront

Filed on Behalf of the Yeshua's Inheritance Congregation
in Beer Sheva, Israel - Howard Bass, congregational leader

Email from Howard Bass dated: February 9, 2007

Below is a letter from our lawyers (both of them believers) regarding the status of the anticipated court case following the riot the day before Christmas and Hannuka in 2005:


As you will recall, on Shabbat, 24 December, 2005, a violent demonstration took place at Kehilat "Nahalat Yeshua" in Beer Sheva, and the orthodox demonstrators even entered and took control of the congregational premises for a period of about 3 hours.

Yesterday, 8 February, 2007, a lawsuit was filed against Rabbi Yehuda Deri (the Chief Rabbi of Beer Sheva) and "Yad L'Achim (R.A.)" for their involvement in the above demonstration, which seriously violated the right to freedom of religion and freedom of religious expression and faith of the believers who gathered together at the congregation on that Shabbat.

Less than 3 hours after filing the lawsuit, information about the filing of the suit was leaked to the media and we began to receive various calls from media personnel as well as anonymous threats.

Please notify your respective congregations and organizations about what is stated above and pray for the congregation in Beer Sheva, and, particularly, for Howard Bass and his family. Also, please pray that the Lord Yeshua would grant us wisdom in all matters related to the handling of the suit and that he would protect us from the
various attacks that may come from those who oppose our faith.

Finally, please pray: for the judges who will be involved in making the various decisions in the above case; that the truth will be made manifest; that justice will be rendered, and that the holy Name of our Lord Yeshua, and His only, will be exalted, sanctified and

With blessings,
Advocate Marvin S. Kramer
Advocate Kevork Nalbandian

You have our permission to send this to others who would be sympathetic to a court case of this nature, and it can also be posted on websites that would also have an interest. Attached also is banking information for any who are able to help us also to cover the growing legal fees. Till now, all the costs have gone into very careful preparation, plus the filing fee to open the case in court. The case is not about money, though we are asking the court to award appropriate penalties; the case is essentially about standing up for the testimony of the name of the Lord -- Messiah Yeshua /Christ Jesus -- here in Israel, and for the freedom to believe in Him since He is the Truth.

Please do not add any interpretation to what has just been stated, since it may wind up in the wrong hands and be used wrongfully against us. I would also like to ask, that whenever you send out information about the case, or make mention of it through your various forums and media, that the following be included as a constant reminder:

This case is not against Israel or against the Jewish people. It is not to be used in any way to foment or promote anti-Israel or anti-Jewish actions or reactions. It is already known through the Scriptures that Israel at present is opposed to the good news of God, so we are not out to make them an enemy. Nor is our legal action intended to be used by any other minority or religious groups in Israel to encourage or affirm anti-Israel/Jewish sentiment. For the sake of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, Israel and her people are beloved by God the Father for His honor and glory, and for the honor
and glory of His Son.

The case will be difficult; we are coming against rulers and principalities; we are not -- God help us! -- going to allow the media to bring confusion or to prejudice the case (they can come to court in session if they want). We need your prayers and that the
Holy Spirit rules within us and that we bring ourselves under subjection to the Lord, so that we can win this fight by His Spirit, to His glory, and that, having won, we will still stand on holy ground. Please pray for our lawyers, Marvin and Kevork, that they will be used of God in a way that will also be an example of honor and integrity in their profession throughout the proceedings and following.

God bless you all. Let His name be praised from the rising of the sun till its going down!
Howard Bass
Beer Sheva, Israel
Phlp 1: 27-30

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