Messianic Jew Renounces Israeli Citizenship
June 15, 2010
by Michael Korn
Israeli Consulate of Atlanta
1100 Spring St. N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Tel: (404) 487-6500
Fax: (404) 487-6555
Sunday, June 13, 2010
To the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta,
I am writing to explain why I want
to renounce Israeli citizenship.
When I originally moved to Israel in
1982, I told my mother that I would either live as a Jew in a Jewish
land or return to America and convert to Christianity.
I moved to Israel and joined the Chozer b'Tshuva movement and lived as an Charedi Orthodox Jew from 1983-1999. In 1985 I officially made aliyah and obtained Israeli citizenship.
In the year 2000 I was converted to
Christianity through the help of South African missionaries I met in
Israel. I was baptized in a natural spring outside of Tzfat on June
Since that time, my sense of
with Israel has diminished. Even prior to my baptism, following a period
of hospitalization in Jerusalem during which time I became friendly
with some of the male Palestinian nurses who worked there, I had begun
to doubt many aspects of Zionist ideology. As I learned about the many
similarities between Jewish and Islamic religious law, I recognized
the tragic nature of the confrontation between these two cultures
This process of disillusionment
in 2005, when I worked as a security guard for Mikud Security in
and saw on a daily basis how Arabs were mistreated by Israeli
I also perceived the impoverishment of the average Israeli citizen and
recognized that s/he has much in common with the Palestinian population,
both of whom are oppressed and manipulated by their respective power
elites who profit by perpetuating conflict, war, and misery.
I tried to join various Messianic
in Jerusalem, such as King of Kings and Shemen Sasson, in 2005, but
I found that virtually all of them identify with the racist and
policies of the Israeli Government that I believe totally contradict
the teachings of Jesus Christ, by perpetuating a climate of aggressive
enmity against Arabs, both Moslem and Christian.
Not only are Arabs persecuted by
Zionists, but so are Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus. I have
closely the plight of the Jewish missionaries in Arad, Eddie and Lura
Beckford, and I am horrified at the nonchalance of the authorities in
Arad about their abuse at the hands of the fanatics from the Gerrer
Chassidic movement: http://roshpinaproject.
I also personally suffered
in Israel when I was fired from my security job in 2005 for expressing
Christian beliefs to my employer. I had not even tried to proselytize
to him, but merely protested when he told a distasteful anti-Christian
joke. That was enough to see my position terminated.
When I flew back to the USA on December
23, 2005, I told the security guard at Ben Gurion airport: "You may
laugh and scoff at Christians, but were it not for the generosity of
Christian nations like the USA and Germany, Israel would be just a piece
of rotten wood floating in the Mediterranean."
The writings of Christopher Bollyn
(www.bollyn.com/index.php) and other intrepid journalists and
about the complicity of Israeli and American Jewish Zionist fanatics
(i.e. "Neocons") in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks
against the United States reveal the ruthless depravity of the Israeli
State and confirm my worst fears about its essential anti-Christian
and anti-humanitarian character, which indeed is the spirit of the
Now the latest outrageous Israeli
against the humanitarian aid workers in the Gaza Flotilla has catalyzed
my final decision to renounce Israeli citizenship. I realize that I
no longer can identify with the values of Zionism. Instead I embrace
the gentle and hopeful vision of Jesus Christ, who created One New Man
in Christ, encompassing both Jew and Gentile, including people of every
race, creed, and tongue in what He taught is the New Israel of God.
I believe that the Zionist State of
Israel not only contradicts this Messianic Vision of Jesus Christ, the
Jewish Messiah known in Hebrew as Yeshua Hamoshiach - ישוע
המשיח, but it represents
an sinister step backward in the general struggle of all humanity to
rise above petty tribalism and primitive savagery to more humane and
godly ways of both belief and behavior.
I also have been inspired by the
of Gilad Atzmon, whose article below is a searing indictment of all
that is wrong with contemporary Israeli society, Reuven Schossen, whose
writings about the depredations of Israel are shocking, and Avigail
Abarbanel, who renounced Israeli citizenship in 2001.
For all these reasons I wish to
Israeli citizenship immediately.
Shalom rak beShem Yeshua,