Improving Israeli Christian Relations

 

 

PTWF is Responding to Disproportionate Educational Funding in Israel 

 

Pave the Way Foundation has partnered with the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation in order to respond to the recent disproportionate funding of Christian schools, declared by the Israel ministry of Education. Bear in mind, that only in Israel are Christians fully protected and free to practice their faith in the Middle East. The problem of disproportionate educational funding will only become more acute.

 

 

Improving Tourism in Israel and the Holy Land.

Continuous violence and conflict has had an enormous adverse financial impact on the regional tourism industry. Both sides of the conflict suffer profound loss, not just in terms of life and human dignity, but in terms of economic and financial losses as well. During the Intifada, Israeli unemployment hit 11%. The rate in the territories has been as high as 30-60%. Everyone is suffering. Pave the Way is trying to change the course of this harsh reality, by encouraging special visits to the Holy Land, by Christian leaders. Some of these prelates have been charged with the pastoral care and diocesan responsibility of millions of faithful Christians.

It is our belief that, as economies improve, the seeds of violence and radicalism will fail to take root. Pave the Way is working with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism to encourage these most important pilgrimages.

Partnering with Israeli government officials, Pave the Way has been successful in facilitating the removal of several protocol and procedural barriers that have long been problematic to an already decimated tourism industry.

Above left, Pave the Way meets with Senior Deputy of the minister of Tourism to plan projects to increase and enhance tourisism from Christian communities. Above right, meeting with the Armenian Archbishop Nourhan to discuss Armenian pilgrimages. We have worked to encourage Catholic and other Christian pilgrims to come to Israel.

Planning projects that benefit the tourism industry of Israel with Raphael Ben-Hur First Deputy General Minister of tourism in Israel. The Ministry of Tourism is trying to encourage Christian tourists to stay longer at the holy sites in Bethlehem, in order to help the local Palestinian population. This is an on-going effort of both the Israeli and Palestinian ministries of tourism. More tourism means a boost to the local economies, and (hopefully) less violence.

May 2007, PTWF was asked to help the security personnel at Ben Gurion airport and prepared a manual of information on addressing and dealing with religious leaders of every faith. The manual was prepared and the airport personnel were very grateful for this information.