Tag Archive for Arab Christians

Jihadists torture, stone to death 60 yr-old Christian woman in Syria

Christian human rights group reported that last week 60 yr-old Suzan Der Kirkour, one of the last 18 women still in the Christian village of al-Yaqoubiyeh, was found dead from an apparent stoning after being raped for 9 hours by members of the Islamic terror organization Jabhat al-Nusra.



Islamic terrorists from the Jihadist organization Jabhat al-Nusra stoned to death an Armenian Christian woman living in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Christian and human rights groups reported over the last week that the 60-year-old Suzan Der Kirkour was found dead outside of her village, al-Yaqoubiyeh.

According to the website of International Christian Concern (ICC), “An autopsy revealed that Suzan was tortured and repeatedly raped over an estimated period of nine hours. Continue Reading »

Visiting Christian Millennials Realize Media Deceived Them About Israel

A party of eleven young millennials visiting from seven Western countries were flabbergasted when an Arab Christian told them, “There is no [Israeli] occupation,” adding, “Where is the occupation? We are completely under the Palestinian Authority.”

By Charles Gardner


An international group of millennials have seen the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a new light after engaging with both sides – and being shocked by what they discovered.

A party of eleven young people from seven nations were brought together for the chance to understand issues from the point of view of those living there. They were deliberately not primed to view things from any particular perspective in order to allow them to form their own conclusions through interviews and talks with representatives of both Israelis and Palestinians. Continue Reading »

BDS attacks Arab town’s community center over coexistence policies


REPORT: The community center in the Christian-Arab town of Beit Jala near Jerusalem has come under attack by BDS activists for ‘holding joint yoga sessions between Arabs and Israelis.’

By Tal Polon


An Arab community center has itself become the target of the BDS movement for holding joint activities with Israelis.

0404 reported that a community center in the Christian-Arab town of Beit Jala near Jerusalem became an object of rage for BDS activists, who claimed that the center had held joint sports activities for Israelis and Arabs.

BDS causing havoc to Palestinian families for political gains – 600 Palestinian workers were fired when SodaStream relocated factory due to BDS demonstrations.

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Palestinians in Chile Bully Christian Priest, Threaten Local Christians Over BDS Meeting


The Palestinian Federation of Chile, a major supporter of terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah & Hamas, has lead the charge in the anti-Israel BDS movement and sponsored many antisemitic events against the small local Jewish community of 15,000.



Palestinians in Chile threatened to boycott a local Christian organization over a scheduled meeting with the Israeli Christian-Zionist leader Father Gabriel Naddaf.

Last week, Naddaf, the head of the Christian Empowerment Council, was on a tour of the South American country, sponsored by the local JNF-KKL chapter and the Zionist Federation of Chile, to speak out against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Christian Minority Stands Firmly With Israel


There is no apartheid, “Israel is the only island of safety that allows [Christians] freedom & democratic rights,” insisted Khalloul, pointing out that under the Palestinian Authority, Christians do not enjoy anywhere close to the rights & quality of life enjoyed by Israeli Christians.

Israel Today Staff


As a leading representative of the Holy Land’s reborn Aramaic Christian community, Shadi Khalloul this week penned for the Gatestone Institute a summary of where Israel’s Christian minority stands today.

(Father Gabriel Naddaf with) Lt. (Res.) Shadi Khalloul (seen standing on Netanyahu’s left) has been interviewed by and written for Israel Today on several occasions.

(Father Gabriel Naddaf with) Lt. (Res.) Shadi Khalloul (seen standing on Netanyahu’s left) has been interviewed by and written for Israel Today on several occasions.

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#BDSfail: Christian group in Israel confronts BDS with pragmatic guide

The Christian Empowerment Council’s new guide, written by Father Gabriel Naddaf, seeks to assist Christians the world over better understand the significance of anti-Zionism.



The Christian Empowerment Council, an Israeli Christian group headed by Father Gabriel Naddaf, has released a new guide to help Christians better understand the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Father Gabriel Naddaf. – Photo: FACEBOOK

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Holocaust Survivor ‘Returns the Favor’ By Saving Syrian & Iraqi Christians

Saved from Nazi-ruled Austria at age 19, British Lord Weidenfeld establishes fund to save Iraqi & Syrian Christians.

By Israel Today Staff


At the age of 19, Arthur George Weidenfeld was among the many Jews whom British Christians successfully rescued from Nazi-controlled Austria just as Adolf Hitler and his cohorts were putting the “Final Solution” into action.

Seventy-seven years later, now a British lord, Weidenfeld is looking to return the favor by rescuing Syrian and Iraqi Christians under mortal threat from the advancing Islamist horde known as ISIS.

Weidenfeld was brought to England in 1938 by the Quakers and the Plymouth Brethren. Continue Reading »

Mid-East Christian Arabs Praising Israel More Openly on Social Media

Young Arabs throughout the Mideast have begun posting their love for Israel, and a Christian from Nazareth says that’s also true in Israel.

By David Lazarus


Young people from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen and many other Arab countries are turning to social media to tell the world that they love Israel.

Declaration of love for Israel from Yemen. – Photo: Courtesy

The trend began, according to Al-Monitor, a popular pan-Mideast media outlet, when an Israeli Arab Muslim who served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) wanted to convince other Israeli Arabs that the (IDF) are not an “army of evil” and that its soldiers are not as bloodthirsty as they tend to be portrayed in Arab propaganda films. Continue Reading »

What happens to Christians under the proposed ‘Jewish State Bill’ ?



Minority religious groups are worried about the impact of the proposed Jewish State bill. But the proposed legislation seeks to only place in law Israel’s ‘Jewishness’, that’s already being practiced.


Christians in Israel are debating whether the proposed “Jewish State” bill will weaken Israel’s democracy by marginalizing minority religious groups, or whether it will strengthen the Holy Land as a unified state.

Christians in Jerusalem

A Christian woman outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. – Photo: ARIEL COHEN

The “Jewish State” bill legally defines Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people,” and reinforces the use of “Hatikva” as the national anthem, state symbols, use of the Hebrew calendar and the Law of Return. Continue Reading »

Christian Priest calls out UN: Instead of Witch Hunt Against Israel, Save Mid-East Christians

Nazareth-based priest tells UN Human Rights Committee that they’re ignoring genocide of their faith by only criticizing Israel, which actually is only safe place for Christians in Middle East.

By Ryan Jones


While Middle East Muslim leaders were gathered at UN Headquarters in New York late last month to lambast Israel, a local Christian cleric was addressing a different UN forum – the Human Rights Committee in Geneva – to set the record straight on freedom for minorities in the Jewish state.

Contrary to US, EU & UN opinions, Jerusalem is not a ‘settlement’


“Every five minutes, a Christian is killed in the Middle East because of his faith,” noted Father Gabriel Naddaf before a largely unsympathetic audience. Continue Reading »

Pope Says Mid-East Christians Suffering ‘Just Like the Jews’ Had

“First the Jews suffered savage attacks, & the world remained in silence. Now it is the Christians who are being annihilated, & once more the world says little.” Pope Francis reportedly told World Jewish Congress head.



Pope Francis has warned that Christians in Iraq and Syria face persecution just as Jews have in the past, a prominent American Jewish leader said Thursday.

“You have suffered, now it’s our turn,” World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder said the pope told him in a private audience.

Francis also repeated his recent warning that the global rash of religious extremism may have sparked “a third world war”, said Lauder, who met with the Roman Catholic leader late Wednesday at the Vatican. Continue Reading »

Israeli Arabs Doing National Service are Still Breaking Records


Record breaking number of Arabs & other non-Jews are joining the IDF or doing other forms of national service, as they seek integration into Israeli society.

By Yossi Aloni


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week met with a number of these non-Jewish volunteers. He heard about how they are playing active roles in the police, fire stations, emergency medical services, schools, kindergartens and more. Netanyahu spoke with the volunteers about the challenges they face, and was told of the volunteers’ desire to fully integrate into Israeli society.

The director of the National Service Authority, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, informed the prime minister that the majority of the volunteers perform their service within Arab communities.

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Israel’s 1st Christian Arab pre-military class graduates


Deputy Minister Akunis says Israel’s Christian Arabs serving in the IDF are partners in an alliance against radical Islam.

• IDF officer admits how volunteering for service helps Christian Arabs integrate into society.

By Israel Hayom Staff


Thirty members of Israel’s first pre-military course specially tailored for Christian Arab citizens entering the Israel Defense Forces celebrated their graduation in a formal ceremony in Haifa this week. The group includes four women.

Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis with members of the IDF’s first preparatory course for Christian Arabs.

Current law does not require most Israeli Arabs to serve in the military.

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Hamas Fired Rockets From Church Being Used to Shelter Gaza’s Christians


Priest based in Gaza acknowledges that Christians must obey Hamas orders with a Palestinian pastor saying those that dare speak out, may be killed.

By Israel Today Staff

Israel has been trying to drive home the point that Hamas fired many of the 3,500 missiles that targeted the Jewish state over the past month from either inside or within the vicinity of mosques, schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities.

 Archbishop Alexios and others share a meal in the courtyard of the Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza City, as the war between Israel and Hamas rages just beyond its walls.

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Knesset approved law distinguishing between Christian Arabs & Muslim Arabs


Critics bash new law as attempt to ‘divide & conquer’ Israel’s Arab population.



The Knesset on Monday approved a controversial law, whose ultimate aim, according to its sponsor, is to distinguish between Muslim and Christian Arab citizens and to heighten involvement of Christians in Israeli society.

MK Yariv Levin

Coalition chairman MK Yariv Levin.- Photo: Olivier Fitoussi

Critics slammed the law, sponsored by MK Yariv Levin (Likud), for constituting an attempt to “divide and conquer” the country’s Arab population – an allegation Levin seemed to confirm in a recent newspaper interview.

The law demands what initially seems to be a minor change in the makeup of the public advisory council which is appointed under the 1988 Equal Employment Opportunities Law.

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