PRESS RELEASE: 350+ to gather in DC to celebrate Jerusalem Day
Over 350 Jewish & Christian leaders to celebrate U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem
IAF hosts 7th annual Jerusalem Day event in U.S. Capitol
Washington D.C., May 14th - On May 15th, the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) will host what may be the largest Jerusalem Day celebration outside of Israel in the world. Over 350 participants from across the United States and representing 40 different nations will gather in Washington, DC to celebrate the reunification of Israel’s capital city and the movement of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. Co-hosted by American Christian Leaders for Israel, a project of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), Jerusalem Day will be the culminating event of their “Israel: Seventy and Strong” Gala and Summit in Washington.
“For the past six years the IAF has hosted a Jerusalem Day celebration on Capitol Hill in commemoration of the reunification of the city under Israeli sovereignty,” remarked Jordanna McMillan, IAF’s Director of Outreach and Communications. “Every year dozens of Members of Congress have called on the sitting President to move our Embassy to Jerusalem in keeping with U.S. law. Today we celebrate what we have long known as fact - that Jerusalem has only ever been the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Now U.S. policy reflects that reality. We thank President Trump for keeping his promise, and a promise the U.S. made over 20 years ago, by moving our Embassy to its rightful location.”
Since its founding in 2007, Israel Allies Foundation has worked closely with elected officials in the U.S., Canada, dozens of European governments, as well as the European Parliament, numerous African countries and across Latin America to educate legislators about the importance of an indivisible Jerusalem and the significance of Jerusalem as Israel’s recognized capital. A significant part of this education has included urging international and U.S. legislators to move their embassies to Jerusalem. The bipartisan Congressional Israel Allies Caucus in the U.S. House has long championed the issue through legislative and political initiatives. The IAF also coordinates an annual conference in Jerusalem where more than 200 Members of Parliament have been educated on the status of Jerusalem - its indivisibility, geopolitical importance, and history.
In late 2017 when Guatemala became the 37th parliament to launch its own Israel Allies Caucus, members initiated a letter to President Jimmy Morales declaring their support for Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and encouraging him to move the Guatemalan Embassy to Jerusalem. President Morales announced in December his intent to move the Guatemalan Embassy and this week Israel will witness the opening of two international embassies in its capital city.
“The movement of the US embassy to Jerusalem is the biggest victory for faith-based diplomacy the world has ever seen,” said Josh Reinstein, IAF President and Director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. “It is the direct result of millions of Christians in the U.S. taking their Biblical support and turning it into real political action.”
To celebrate the Embassy move in the U.S. capitol, Representatives Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Itai Bar Dov, Spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel, Jordanna McMillan, IAF Director of Outreach and Communications, Susan Michael, U.S. Director of the ICEJ and coordinator of the American Christian Leaders for Israel Network; Jerry A. Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters; David Parsons, VP of the ICEJ and one of the original drafters of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, as well as other religious leaders will speak on Tuesday during the event.
The Israel Allies Foundation works with Congress and parliaments around the world to mobilize political support for Israel based on Judeo-Christian values.