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Israel's backers step up efforts to win African-American support
Pastor Michael Stevens at a “Gathering of Solidarity with the State of Israel" event in Brooklyn, New York.
November 28th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Israel's backers step up efforts to win African-American support

By Heather M. Higgins, CNN

Brooklyn, New York (CNN) – The aroma of allspice wafted through the air as calypso melodies and gospel voices brought more than four dozen people to their feet, a typical community gathering in the heavily West Indian neighborhood of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

But no one could remember a meeting like this happening before. Inside a former Seventh-day Adventist church, there were the beginnings of what some hope is a budding relationship between American blacks and Jews, with a major assist from some Christian Zionists.

The late October meeting was billed as “A Gathering of Solidarity with the State of Israel,” sponsored by Christians United for Israel, the biggest Christian Zionist group in the country.

Until relatively recently, “there wasn’t a voice for Christian Zionism in the black church,” said Pastor Michael Stevens, the African-American outreach coordinator for Christians United for Israel, speaking to the mostly West Indian crowd in Brooklyn.

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  1. Mishka

    This has to be THE most insulting story I have read on this site. Who the HECK wrote this!? You ignorant person(s), do you not realize the HISTORY of black Americans in the North and South American continents (and most everywhere else)? I'm talking about their history of SLAVERY and WHO owned and oppressed them. WHY would they support the remnant of their oppressors???! OH MY GOD!!! You people at CNN are mentally incapacitated. No wonder all of the previous comments have been removed from this article ( I read them), and they told the truth.

    December 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. warren

    israel the bully of the middle east!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    The problem with so many Americans blindly supporting Israel in everything they do is that it often comes at the detriment of America. Our entire foreign policy with regards to the Middle East seems to be side with Israel regardless of what they do or how it may affect us and our other Middle Eastern allies.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |