Ebenezer workers have come across many incidents of anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union. Jewish people have been attacked physically and in the press; synagogues, community centres and cemeteries in many places are regularly vandalised. A string of such incidents came in the wake of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. Jewish people are discriminated against at their workplaces and politicians have spoken against them.
In December 2009 about 100 Orthodox Church members desecrated a menorah that had been put up, with official permission, in the centre of Chisinau, capital of Moldova, to celebrate Hanukkah. The protesters, who carried icons, Moldavian flags and banners with slogans such as ' Moldova is an Orthodox state' , replaced the menorah with a huge cross. The incident took place near a memorial to Chisinau ghetto victims. That same afternoon a Hanukkah concert was disrupted.
All this emphasises the need for Christians to become involved in the vital task of helping Jewish people leave the fSU and go ' home' to Israel - before the doors close and it is too late to do so.
The Church, including that in Britain, has a sad history of persecuting Jewish people, but many Christian organisations are doing wonderful work in the land, truly showing Christ' s love.