Pastor Dumisani Washington is the Founder and CEO of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), which strengthens the relationship between Israel and people of African descent through education and advocacy. IBSI also 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. Previously Washington served as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the over 10-million-member Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Dumisani is a pastor, professional musician who graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and an author whose latest book is the second edition of Zionism & the Black Church: Why Standing with Israel Will be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century.
As a Christian pastor, I stand with Israel because the Bible tells us to bless Abraham's seed and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I stand with Israel because Israel is, in the words of Dr. King, “an oasis of brotherhood and democracy” and that, “we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist.Dumisani Washington