Tag Archive for Christians and Jews

Eastern Christians on trip to Holy Land find common language with Israel

Twenty-three Eastern Christian millennials, Assyrians, Chaldeans and members of the Syriac Orthodox Church living in Canada and the US, have arrived in the Holy Land with the goal of strengthening their faith and connection to Israel.



David Mando discovered Israel through Krav Maga.

“I was fascinated by it. I loved the passion where you’re taught that survival mentality and I see that very present in Israel today.”

EASTERN CHRISTIANS on their way to Passport Control at the airport to begin their trip to Israel with the Philos Project and Passages leadership course. – Both Photos: JULIANA TAIMOORAZY, Facebook

Mando, a member of the Assyrian Church of the East who was born and raised in Chicago, was on an organized trip to Israel last week with a group of Christians who have roots in the region. Continue Reading »

P.M. Netanyahu: We Help Everyone Because Israel is a Light Unto the Nations

At a ceremony welcoming Christian media representatives to the Jewish State, P.M. Netanyahu was asked why Israel is always so eager to be the first helping victims of disaster around the world. His answers was from the Bible.
– WATCH Video

By Israel Today Staff


During a ceremony welcoming Christian media representatives to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked why Israel goes so far out of its way to provide aid to disaster victims around the world.

From Haiti to Nepal to Japan to Mexico, Israel is almost always the first on the scene following major catastrophe, and more often than not sends one of the largest and best-equipped delegations, despite being so much smaller than many of the other nations responding. Continue Reading »

Israel gives sanctuary to Christian cleric from Iraq ‘wanted’ by ISIS

There are those who accuse Israel of being hostile toward Christians, but if that’s true, why do Palestinian Christians, or other minorities from neighboring Arab countries, seek shelter in the Jewish state?

By Israel Today Staff


To hear some of Israel’s antagonists speak one would think the Jewish state was hostile toward Christians.

Why then has a Christian leader dedicated to serving the Arab world sought shelter in Israel after having a price put on his head by ISIS?

Could it be that he, unlike Israel’s detractors, knows that the Jews and their army (called by many an “occupation force”) are a bulwark against the rising tide of Islam, and therefore a haven for Christians? 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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Christian groups collaborate for TV series called, “Why Israel Matters”


Trinity Broadcasting Network produced the 13-part original series in the Holy Land, featuring a multitude of guests, it sets the record straight on the Jewish State and explores “Why Israel Matters” & why it plays such an important role in the world.



A partnership of Christians groups have collaborated to create a series called “Why Israel Matters,” which intends to set the record straight on Israel and the Jewish state.

Christians in Defense of Israel (CIDI), Liberty Counsel and the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) produced the 13-part original series that demonstrates the crucial importance of the Jewish state to Christians, to the United States and to the world in general. Continue Reading »

First Christian Arab qualifies for IAF elite pilots course


Unlike the Bedouin who have been volunteering for the IDF since the state was founded, Christian Arab enlistment is still relatively new.
• IDF: All roles are open to all recruits provided they meet the stringent IDF requirements as any other soldier.

By Lilach Shoval


An Israeli Christian Arab was among the cadets who began the Israeli Air Force 179th pilots course three months ago, Israel Hayom has learned. The young man, whose name cannot be revealed, is the first Christian Arab to make it into the prestigious course.

The cadet is currently in the initial flight stage of the course, after which the IAF makes a round of cuts. Continue Reading »

Local Christian Clergy Praise Complete Freedom of Religion in Israel


President Reuven Rivlin welcomed in Jerusalem, the clergy of Christian communities in Israel to mark the civil New Year, wishing all the Christian leaders and their congregations, “A good and healthy New Year,” adding, “May it be a year of mutual understanding and respect. A year of justice and fairness.”

By Israel Today


With Christians suffering in most of the surrounding nations, local Christian leaders took this Christmas season as an opportunity to thank Israel for protecting them and their freedoms.

 President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the leaders of Christian communities in Israel to mark the civil New Year. - Photo- Facebook, Israel in the USA by Mark Naiman, GPO

President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the leaders of Christian communities in Israel to mark the civil New Year. – Photo- Israel in the USA/Facebook, Mark Naiman of Israel’s GPO

That message was delivered by Greek Patriarch Theophilos III during the annual Christmas and Hanukkah gathering at the presidential residence in Jerusalem. 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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Church’s past restraint was dē factō authorization of ongoing Islamic killings of Christian

In new era where Christians & Jews have a common enemy in the actions of radical Islam, Israel’s leaders should see the potential of an alliance with the new direction taken by the Catholic Church.

By Yossi Shain


Across the Middle East, in Africa and Asia, Christians are exposed to violence and terror by radical Islamic groups. The mass murder of Christians and the abduction of Christian girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, the massacre of Christians and the enslavement of the daughters in Syria and Iraq, as well as the shocking murder of Christian students on a campus in eastern Kenya – following a brutal selection between them and those identified as Muslims – are only part of the Christian minorities’ hardships in the world. Continue Reading »

Israeli Christians: Decades of “Living a Lie” are Over

Father Naddaf explained that he “understands that it is essential to connect Christian Arabs to Israel & the Jews.” Israeli Arab (Muslim) leadership, he said, “has fooled us into living a lie. They call Israel an apartheid state.”

By Yossi Aloni


The National Zionist Congress for Youth convened last week to discuss the phenomenon of emigration from the Land of Israel. On what turned out to be a fascinating panel were Mia Morano, widow of IDF special forces officer Emanuel Moreno who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, Israeli priest Father Gabriel Naddaf and IDF Major Elias Karam, the first Arab Christian to join the naval officers’ school.
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Israel’s Loyal Christians Featured in Wall Street Journal Essay



Mainstream media increasingly noticing trend among Israel’s Christians joining the IDF and wanting to integrate into Israeli society.

By Israel Today Staff


As Israel’s former ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, stated on several occasions, Israel has proved to be the one place in the Middle East where Christians can not only live without persecution, but can actually thrive.

Christians Love Israel – Photo: .thepeoplesvoice

It is no secret to the readers of Israel Today that a growing number of Israeli Christians, in particular a large group from Nazareth, are responding by volunteering to serve in the IDF and fully integrating with Israeli society as loyal and productive citizens. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM Salutes Christian IDF Soldiers, Proclaiming ‘We Are Brothers!’

Netanyahu attends pre-Christmas gathering in Nazareth, thanking the local Christians for seeking to bind their future to that of Israel’s.

By Ryan Jones


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday told a pre-Christmas gathering of Christians in Nazareth that they and the Jews are brothers, and that Israel will never cease to defend Christians against the forces that seek to harm and destroy them.

PM Netanyahu meets Gabriel Nadaf, Aug. 2013 – Reuters

The gathering was organized by the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, whose spiritual leader, Father Gabriel Naddaf, was singled out repeatedly by Netanyahu for his untiring efforts to encourage young Christians to join the Israeli army and fully integrate with Israeli society.

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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 »

Embattled Christians: Jews & Israel Support Us, but Where is the Church


At Jerusalem press conference, the Vicar of Baghdad lauds Jewish support for the Mid-East’s persecuted Christians, but blasts the Church’s relative  silence.

By Israel Today Staff


In an impassioned plea delivered at a press conference in Jerusalem on Monday, Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad,” noted that Israel and the Jews are openly standing up for embattled Middle East Christians, while much of the global Church remains conspicuously silent.

Canon Andrew White – Israel Today

Speaking to reporters t the Feast of Tabernacles celebration hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), White pointed to fellow panelist Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and wondered, “Here we see Jews standing with us, but where is the Church?” Continue Reading »

Desmond Tutu asks U.S. Christians to recognize Israel as apartheid state

At Presbyterian Church meeting in Detroit, veteran anti-Israel campaigner Desmond Tutu seeks to pass series of divestment resolutions.


Veteran anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has called on the Presbyterian Church (USA) to pass a series of resolutions condemning Israel as an apartheid state and proposing policies to boycott it.

 Church General Assembly

Delegates at the 2012 Presbyterian Church General Assembly. – Photo: AP

The church’s biennial General Assembly, which is currently meeting in Detroit, has on its agenda eight resolutions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Activists want the church and its institutions to use their investment dollars to punish Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians, such as by withdrawing investments from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the Palestinian territories.

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