By Toby Prince
Prophet T.B Joshua’s proposed visit to the Israeli city of Nazareth is under threat after locals and religious leaders kicked against it.
The founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations is billed to host the ‘Nazareth Meeting with TB Joshua’ on June 23 and 24 at Mount Precipice.
But the planned visit has elicited severe criticisms from both religious and political leaders in Nazareth who have demanded the cancellation of the event and called residents to boycott it, Israeli medium, Haaretz, has reported.
The news medium quoted church officials in Nazareth as urging the clerics in the city to avoid any mention of the visit in their sermons.
“We beg you to not play in the hands of those organising this type of festival which is an affront to the principles of Christianity, and our national identity, and deals a blow to the social fabric of a city like Nazareth,” the officials wrote, according to the paper.
“We have asked to take an in-depth look at this issue, at why a city like Nazareth would receive such a person who is denied entry to many countries on grounds of criminal suspicions and given his links to the extreme right in Israel,” Haaretz quoted the group as saying.
“What’s more, the man is known to have grown wealthy in a way that has raised many questions and therefore we view such a visit as an illegitimate step which contaminates the city and its historic heritage, and we absolutely reject the mayor’s claims that such an event would bring $1 million to the city and would see such a sum were it to actually materialise as an illegitimate contribution that would contaminate the city.”