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Hundreds March To Mark Israel’s 70 Years

Hundreds gathered and marched yesterday through the streets of Suva to mark Israel’s 70 years of exist­ence as an independent nation. Organised by Christians for Isra­el (C4I) Fiji Ministry, the
12 May 2018 11:00
Hundreds March To Mark Israel’s 70 Years
People marched in large numbers in Suva to mark 70 years of Israel’s independence on May 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Hundreds gathered and marched yesterday through the streets of Suva to mark Israel’s 70 years of exist­ence as an independent nation.

Organised by Christians for Isra­el (C4I) Fiji Ministry, the celebra­tion started with a march from the Suva Flea Market to Ratu Sukuna Park.

C4I Fiji national leader Lepani Makubuna said in the Bible 70 sig­nified two things, one is comple­tion and the other perfection.

“When we are celebrating the an­niversary, we are not only celebrat­ing the year. We are also celebrat­ing Israel’s existence,” he said.

Mr Makubuna said this was be­cause of their connections to is­rael, their roots and inheritance.

“The number 70 is not only sig­nificant in the Bible, but also in Jewish writings.

“So that’s why are celebrating this year’s anniversary,” he said.

“The Bible says it is through Isra­el that the nations will be blessed. We should appreciate Israel. There is a lot of significance, which is why people have come in numbers today because they understand their roots.”

Mr Makubuna said people’s pres­ence yesterday was an outward expression of an inward real­ity, something that was in their hearts.

“This is nothing political just purely faith based, people under­standing their roots,” he said.

“Today marks a milestone in Isra­el’s existence. Seventy years calls for celebration knowing our con­nections and our roots to Israel.”

Christians for Israel is a non-de­nominational movement.

It believes that Christians of all denominations and backgrounds should be united in their love for the Jewish people, in their support for the nation of Israel and in their collective repentance because of Jewish suffering throughout church history.

Established in Fiji in 2014, Mr Makubuna said they are home-based at Fletcher Road and Rifle Range in Vatuwaqa.

The State of Israel was estab­lished after a unilateral declara­tion of independence by David Ben-Gurion, who became its first prime minister.

The declaration, on May 14, 1948, came after the expiration of the British mandate over what was then called Palestine.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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