Island night for Israel

Friday September 18, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Katy Kafoa (front) with Angera Gempton and Renee Peraua (left), Kelera Bogitini and Mikara Ringi will be performing at the Edgewater Resort tomorrow night. Photo: JOSEFA DRIU/20091706 Katy Kafoa (front) with Angera Gempton and Renee Peraua (left), Kelera Bogitini and Mikara Ringi will be performing at the Edgewater Resort tomorrow night. Photo: JOSEFA DRIU/20091706

There will be an island night with a difference on Rarotonga tomorrow as many gather to support a fundraising dinner for Israel and the Jewish people.

This is organised by different church denominations on Rarotonga under the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem - Cook Islands.

Organisation representative Luse Gukisuva says fundraising prayer breakfast and dinners have been held every year before they would travel as a group to Israel. The funds would then be given as an offering on behalf of the Cook Islands people.

Gukisuva said this year with the Covid-19 pandemic, all funds raised will be sent directly to the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.

“The fundraising helps with the offering that is to be given at the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel. We take the offerings on behalf of the nation we represent,” Gukisuva said.

She said the funds go towards the building of bomb shelters, homes for Holocaust survivors in the last years of their lives and helps with bringing back Jews from whatever country they are in.

According to International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, the Embassy's social assistance arm touches the lives of all people in Israel by contributing to projects across the nation in every sector of society - meeting the needs of children, elderly, disabled, new immigrants and needy families.

“Cook Islands is contributing to that and we are proud. Although we are not going this year, we will send the money across and it is used in so many ways for the Jews, those who are in need,’ she added.

Meanwhile, there will be Israel dance items, sharing of testimonies and Cook Islands dance items at the dinner event that starts at 6pm. Tickets to the Pre-Feast Fundraising Buffet Dinner at the Edgewater Resort are selling fast at $50. To get a ticket contact Helen Tatuava on 55717, Nancy Kora on 71015 or Luse Gukisuva on 70120.

4 comments

  • Comment Link Gareth Smith Monday, 21 September 2020 14:34 posted by Gareth Smith

    It's not the Jews in Palestine that need help but the downtrodden Palestinian people who are brutalised by Israel's thugs: police, military and settlers. Israel is unique in getting $7,000 per minute from the US as well as millions from the super rich like Sheldon Adelson, Rupert Murdoch and evangelical churches. Israel ranks 18th for global firepower and has nuclear, bacteriological and chemical weapons while the Palestinians have stones and primitive rockets. The damage from these rockets is minimal but take a look at besieged Gaza which looks like 1945 Dresden thanks to Israeli bombing and rocket attacks which are happening right now. The churches of Rarotonga should read what Israelis of conscience have to say at: Breaking the Silence, B'Tselem and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Christians are under attack by Israelis and many churches have been burnt and vandalised. For an up to date account of what life is like for the 200,000 Palestinian Christians read: https://imeu.org/topic/category/palestinian-christians

  • Comment Link Jenny Hudson Friday, 18 September 2020 14:45 posted by Jenny Hudson

    And where are the funds for the young maimed Palestinian men, shot by the Israeli Defence Force? The Palestinian families whose houses have been bull-dozed to the ground by the Israelis? The Palestinian children snatched and incarcerated in Israeli prisons? Do your research, and find who is really getting lack of humanitarianism!

  • Comment Link Obviously Raro doesnt  need NZmoney if they can afford to give money to these terrorists. Wont mean much to Israel when they get GIVEN  3.8  BILLION f Friday, 18 September 2020 14:13 posted by Obviously Raro doesnt need NZmoney if they can afford to give money to these terrorists. Wont mean much to Israel when they get GIVEN 3.8 BILLION f

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  • Comment Link Julie Webb-Pullman Friday, 18 September 2020 14:00 posted by Julie Webb-Pullman

    This is shocking and horrifying!! Israel is about to be hauled before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is currently in breach of over 60 United Nations resolutions. And Israel receives 3 BILLION dollars a year from the US. The LAST thing they need is money from poor Pacific Islanders who have fallen for their propaganda. Give the money to Cook islanders and Pacific Islanders in New Zealand reeling from the covid pandemic - they are much more needy and deserving.

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