Bahá'ís in Israel
The Bahá'í administration claims there is no resident Bahá'í population in Israel. The 650-700 Bahá'ís who can be found here at any given time are all volunteers who have come from some 85 countries to do service for periods ranging from a few months to a few years. The Bahá'ís who live here as tourists or temporary residents do not engage in any form of missionary activity. Some people erroneously believe that this is in accordance with the country’s anti-missionary laws, but in fact it is a self-imposed Bahá'í prohibition against seeking or accepting new believers into the Bahá'í Faith in the Holy Land that dates back to the time when the country was still under Ottoman rule.
No one knows why. It is one of several inexplicable Bahá'í regulations.
It is a well-known fact that according to a letter of Universal House of Justice1 the Bahá'í s are not supposed to teach and convert the Jew population in Israel. In fact, if a Jew outside Israel wants to accept Bahá'í Faith and settle in Israel, then his declaration card is not to be accepted. But the world Christian encyclopedia (WCE) has something else to offer.
In the year 1990, the number of Bahá'ís residing in Israel were 9500. The source of the information was Barrett, David B., World Christian Encyclopedia (2001), Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani. In the year 2000, the Bahá'í population in Israel was 13734 which constituted 0.22% of the total population of Israel, again the source of this information was David B., World Christian Encyclopedia (2001), Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani.
If the WCE information is true than it is clear that the Bahá'í Administration at Haifa is misusing the Hospitality offered so generously by the State of Israel, This is indeed a deceit to the Host country which has so generously offered all its help and hospitality to the Bahá'ís and the Bahá'í Administration. Their hypocrisy has been exposed by WCE; the other facts which are inexpiable are following facts:
• For years the Haifan Bahá'í leadership have been telling visiting pilgrims that they envisioned a day when the Bahá'í establishment would become the government of Israel and that the Israeli population would convert en masse to Bahá'í Faith.
• One of a very senior Bahá'í official Mr. Ali Akbar Forutan said that a day will come when the Universal House of Justice will rule over the Israel.
• The present Persian counselors say in private that, we have to launch Intensive program of growth in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Most of the Persian counselors have two passports one Israeli and other Persian.
• As far as I am concerned, the unchecked presence of Haifan Bahá'ís in Israel is as big and long-term existential threat to Israel itself.
When you have an organization openly fantasizing about becoming the governing authority over all of Israel-Palestine and giving false information about the presence of Bahá'ís in Israel then it is certain that it is more a threat to the State of Israel then blessing…
1) For your information, the people in Israel have access to factual information about the Faith, its history and general principles. Books concerning the Faith are available in libraries throughout Israel, and Israelis are welcome to visit the Shrines and the surrounding gardens. However, in keeping with a policy that has been strictly followed since the days of Baha’u’llah, Bahá'ís do notteach the Faith in Israel. Likewise, the Faith is not taught to Israelis abroad if they intend to return to Israel. When Israelis ask about the Faith, their questions are answered, but this is done in a manner which providesfactual information without stimulating further interest.
2) World Christian Database (WCD) – Updated and maintained by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, the World Christian Database is based on information provided by the World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends. Both of these books serve as standards for international religious statistics, and provide comprehensive estimates of religious affiliation around the world.
Until the late 1990s the UHJ was telling its visiting pilgrims that one day all the residents of Israel would become Bahá'ís and that the UHJ would emerge as the government of Israel. This was stated point blank to a group of Bahá'í pilgrims in 1982 as well as 1986. Don’t know whether they are saying these things anymoreas brazenly as they once did, but if it is still the case, one could make the argument that the UHJ Haifan organization is ultimately a national security threat to the state of Israel itself.