IBSI is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Jewish people, and people of African descent through education and advocacy; condemns the “Zionism is racism” ideology; defends Israel’s right to live in peace with its Arab neighbors; and seeks to help cultivate a mutually beneficial Israel-Africa alliance.
Though the 1975 United Nations Resolution 3379 “Zionism is racism” was revoked in 1991, its effects are still felt today as the U.N. constantly condemns Israel while largely ignoring true humanitarian crises all over the Middle East and Africa. IBSI also exposes the hypocrisy of anti-Israel Arab Islamists (such as Hamas) who condone and benefit from the trafficking and sale of African slaves, while feigning solidarity with Black people. IBSI exists to tell the truth about Israel; a multiethnic, liberal democracy that is diverse by choice.
Dumisani Washington is a pastor, composer, author and music teacher in Northern California. He is also an Israel advocate with a vision to strengthen solidarity with the Jewish state among Black Americans and other communities of color. He has been an Israel supporter for many years, and focuses his efforts on young people and college students.
Dumisani is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and director of The Zion Academy of Music in Stockton, CA. He is also senior pastor of the Congregation of Zion in Stockton. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married for 25 years, and have six children ages 13 to 24.
Dumisani’s Israel journey began in the early 1990s in a quest to better understand the roots of his Christian faith. The trek became cultural as he studied the Jewish Diaspora and became intrigued by Israel’s multi-ethnic identity; and the return of the Diaspora from Ethiopia, India/Burma, Kaifeng and the world. Dumisani began pro-Israel activism by working with colleagues from Christians United for Israel (CUFI), where he focused primarily on the African-American church, and young people of color.
Dumisani is writing two books: ZIONISM & THE BLACK CHURCH: Why Standing With Israel Will Be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century, and THE DIASPORA: Discovering Israel’s Multi-ethnic Identity & Her Prophetic Return to the Land.
Finally, Dumisani’s production company (June 25th Music) recently released its first album entitled The Hebrew Project, Vol. 1: From Beyond the Rivers. It is a musical/cultural stand with the nation of Israel, and a celebration of the Jewish people from Africa, Asia, Europe and the “islands of the sea.” The Hebrew Project (THP) Artists began promoting the album in June 2013, as they performed in San Francisco at the annual Jewish Festival “Israel in the Gardens.” THP has teamed up with CUFI for a Northern California tour aimed at bringing a pro-Israel message to Black churches, Black Student Unions on college campuses, and people of all backgrounds.
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