(Minghui.org) Practitioners held an activity on the Old Jaffa Promenade in Tel Aviv on Saturday, January 14, 2023, the day after the 19th Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference in Israel.
The purpose of the event was to tell people about Falun Dafa, raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution, and to call for an end to the brutality.
Practitioners distributed leaflets, and people signed a petition calling for an end to the persecution. Many people said they were drawn by the exercise demonstration and felt positive energy.
People Feel Positive Energy
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Old Jaffa is part of Tel Aviv and a popular tourist attraction.
It was cloudy and the wind was strong that day. Many people said they were attracted to the melodious music as practitioners demonstrated the five exercises. Passersby stopped to observe, take flyers, and learn more about the practice. Falun Dafa is taught free of charge all over the world, and all the materials are available for free on the Internet.
Alex and his wife were strolling on the beach and noticed practitioners doing the exercises. He told a practitioner that he was retired and was looking for people with energy and who avoided evil. He said, “This activity of yours radiates energy and good things; it reduces the evil around us. Your activity is welcomed. Keep doing this. We need to unite and bring awareness to the whole world so that the world will know that organs are being sold. A person can volunteer to sell his organs after his death, but stealing organs from living people is a terrible crime.” Alex’s wife stayed to learn the exercises.
Sigal, an architect, said, “These exercises with the background music instill peace in me. They create a connection to oneself. Connecting to yourself is an idea that comes from the Far East, along with spirituality, allowing you to know who you are and what you are. You help yourself because through meditation a deep connection is created.”
Salam Nyalo, who works with children, said that he had heard about live organ harvesting on social media, and learned about the torture and killing in China, “I heard about the COVID pandemic situation going on in China.”
Nyalo also said that he had downloaded Zhuan Falun from the Internet and read some of it. “I’m glad to meet you. Thank you for reminding me. I like the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Most importantly, I like Falun Dafa’s attention to inner feelings.”
Vinisos and Bruna, who live in Dubai, were sightseeing in Israel and noticed the practitioners’ activity. Vinisos said, “This kind of activity [the exercises] is interesting. They look peaceful and meditative. I am curious. I think these practitioners can be so quiet in the hustle and bustle because they are in their own world.”
Bruna said, “The persecution of Falun Gong is terrible. I will read more about this issue on the Internet. People who meditate are healthier. This is not a reason to rob them of their organs.”
Shahar Hen, owner of a family business, said, “I subscribe to and read the Epoch Magazine. I think that the Western countries are going through a huge and drastic process, during which they are internalising the bad culture and communism, which the West came out against during the Cold War. The communism that we were against is now infiltrating Western countries. In my opinion, this is intolerable. We want to prosper and develop here. I am against communism and its control over people. I think that awareness needs to be developed for what is happening to citizens in China [the persecution].”
Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting It?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide.
Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology, and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organisation with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 24 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are killed to supply China’s organ transplant industry.
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