International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem to hold kickoff event in capital

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Thousands of Christian pilgrims attend the Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Ein Gedi, near the Dead Sea, October 6, 2017. (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem)
Thousands of Christian pilgrims attend the Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Ein Gedi, near the Dead Sea, October 6, 2017. (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem)

The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem is holding its Israeli Guest Night in Jerusalem this evening as part of its annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration.

The event will honor Yom Kippur War veteran Avigdor Kahalani, and will feature a video address by President Isaac Herzog. Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel will be the senior Israeli official in attendance.

Diplomats from 18 countries are also expected to attend, according to the ICEJ.

International performers include an Iranian-born vocalist singing in Farsi and Hebrew, and a klezmer band made up of Israelis and Ukrainians.

Tomorrow, the Jerusalem March will take place, with thousands of Christian Zionists marching from Sacher Park to First Station in Jerusalem. Christians from Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Iran, Indonesia and North Korea will participate, among others, according to ICEJ.

Protesters are expected at both events, with police cordoning them off tonight in the Teddy Stadium parking lot. Anti-missionary protests against a Christian gathering in Jerusalem turned violent in May.

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