On January 4th, at Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem, over 1,200 people stood in support of Israel.
Bishop Carlton T. Brown, Senior Pastor of the Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. in Harlem lead his congregation in a special prayer for the State of Israel and all of the lives affected by the recent events in the region.
“Bethel’s commitment to the nation of Israel spans 20 years. If there was ever a time we needed to stand with the people of Israel in prayer, it is at this critical time when they need our urgent support the most.” said Bishop Brown.
“Seeing the support today for the people of Israel is heartwarming,” Asaf Shariv, Consul General of Israel in New York said, “The people of Israel want peace, but it is also our obligations to permit the children of Israel to sleep in peace. Israel has moved from restraint to response. There are children in Israel that do not know what it means to live without “Red Alert,” the 15 second notice that citizens in Sderot to find shelter from an incoming rocket. It is about time that they live in peace.”
Consul General also read the story written by Corporal Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas from Israel over two and a half years ago, and has since been held without rights in Gaza by Hamas. To see a video of children of New York reading Shalit’s book, click here.