by Jenny Rose Spaudo, CharismaNews
GOD TV received backlash after launching a Hebrew channel in Israel. Several public complaints were made that the channel was evangelistic, which is illegal in Israel. Israeli officials have launched an investigation into the matter.
“Today we made history! For the first time ever, a Messianic television channel is broadcasting the Gospel across Israel in the Hebrew language,” GOD-TV said in a statement on its website to announce the new channel. “Shelanu translates to ‘Ours’ in Hebrew. We want every person in Israel to know, not a foreign Messiah, but a Jewish one! His name is Yeshua and He has not forgotten His people.”
GOD TV is a Christian network that broadcasts in around 200 countries. It’s Hebrew-language channel, Shelanu, began airing on the HOT cable network on April 29th. According to Times of Israel, the Communications Ministry gave HOT a seven-year license to air Shelanu. But Communications Minister David Amsalem says this was an oversight and that he was not aware of Shelanu TV being given a license. He insists he will not allow a missionary channel to air in Israel by any means.
In Israel, it’s illegal to evangelize to those under 18 years old without parents’ consent, according to the US Department of Justice.
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