Christians United for Israel, an association through which churches and individuals can show support for Israel, is launching in the United Kingdom.

The new organisation aims to ignite Christian support for Israel, believing that Great Britain will be blessed by blessing Israel and aspiring to act as a Christian voice in support of the Jewish people. The new UK ministry, which has its launch event in June, has been birthed out of the highly successful American organisation, which was founded by John Hagee in 2006. Christians United for Israel, USA has recently reached 2 million members.

Des Starritt, Executive Director of Christians United for Israel UK says, “Many Christians in the UK support Israel, but sadly too few fully realise the significance of Israel today. We believe that now is the time to rally Christians to stand with the Jewish people and act as a united voice in supporting Israel.”

The creation of the new organisation follows a concerning rise in anti-Semitism in the UK and Europe. In February, a UK Parliamentary report called for action against anti-Semitism across the country. Meanwhile, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK reached a 30 year high in 2014 according to the Community Security Trust. This comes after an increase in attacks against Jewish people and property in Europe, including the terror attacks this year in Paris and Copenhagen.

“The recent rise in anti-Semitism must challenge Christians to rethink their attitude towards Israel,” says Mr Starritt, “The Church has opportunity to express God’s love to the Jewish people, and we must not remain silent at a time when hostility towards them is increasing. Jews are a valued part of British society and Christians can effectively express this by actively building good relationships with the Jewish community.”

But the mission of Christians United for Israel is not only in response to the recent escalation in anti-Semitism. The organisation will be providing teaching and resources to help individuals and churches understand the biblical and moral imperatives in supporting Israel.

“The Bible is clear in its command to bless and pray for Israel and the Jewish people, however this topic is sometimes avoided in church circles today. We want Christians to get excited about God’s plan and purpose for the nation of Israel. There is a danger that our desire for peace and wanting to show God’s love to people of all religions, that we fail to recognise God’s special promise for the Jewish people.”

Christians United for Israel also seeks to highlight the national significance of supporting Israel. Mr Starritt adds, “At a time when our nation’s Judeo-Christian values are being undermined, we want to encourage Christians to appreciate our shared heritage and affirm our stand with the Jewish people.”

The launch event takes place in Central London on 20 June 2015. Admission is free, however pre-registation is required by booking online here or calling 01793 862210.