Watch the plea from one of the remaining Christian suffering under Palestinian rule, where Bethlehem has lost 65% of its Christian population since Israel surrendered control to the Arabs, dictated by the Oslo Accords.
By Israel Today Staff
Traditionally, the eyes of the Christian world are focused on the birthplace of Jesus Christ at Christmas. There, in Bethlehem, the Messiah was born in a manger. And there, in Bethlehem, locals have been celebrating this event for millennia. But what is often not reported is that fewer and fewer Christians are taking part in the celebrations with each passing year.
It is well known that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. Continue Reading »
It has been suggested that mainstream media is purposely neglecting to report on this ongoing nightmare, where Christian Nuns in Bethlehem have been subjected to violence since July 2017, only because it can’t be blamed on Israel.
By Ryan Jones
Every Israeli slight against Christians, whether real or perceived, becomes the topic of international headlines.
Take for instance the occasions of anti-Christian graffiti scrawled on churches in Jerusalem by a handful of radical Jewish youth. As upsetting as those incidents were, no real harm was done, and both the authorities and local Jewish community were quick to stand with the wronged churches. Continue Reading »
In Saudi Arabia, which refuses to allow in refugees, its media is criticizing Europe after Slovakia announced Muslims won’t ‘feel at home’ since they have no mosques, and Cyprus reported that it prefers Orthodox Christian refugees only.
By Roi Kais
More and more European countries have abandoned the continent’s famous policy of political correctness in recent days, and admit unabashedly: They are willing to take in only Christian refugees, not Muslims.
After Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, who all came out against taking in refugees, the great majority of which are Muslim, Cyprus announced on Monday that it was willing to take in 300 refugees – but wants them to be Christian. Continue Reading »
The day following the Palestinian attack on a French tourist, Muslim & Arab Christian Palestinian leaders alike, issued a formal statement (absurd as it is) denying any Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s holy site.
By Israel Today Staff
A Christian tourist from France was assaulted by Muslims atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Tuesday after waving an Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site.
Palestinian women paid to harass and obstruct non-Muslim visitors on the Temple Mount.
Video footage of the incident showed the Christian man being mobbed by at least four assailants who beat him about the head with stones. His life was likely saved by Israeli police forcibly intervening and escorting the bloodied tourist from site. Continue Reading »
Ron Prosor to U.N: Palestinians seek a state without negotiations, without compromise, & without a peace deal; Over 50% of Christians fled both Hamas & PA rule in Gaza AND the West Bank.
By Yoni Hersch
The international community is turning a blind eye to the murder of minorities in the Arab world, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor said this weekend.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor – Photo: AP
“Last year police in Saudi Arabia stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children. … In 2013, three Iranian Christians were caught selling Bibles, found guilty of ‘crimes against state security,’ and sentenced to 10 years in prison.” Continue Reading »
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.
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 »
Israel’s Muslim Arabs claim Jerusalem’s recent recognition of Aramean as a nationality, is part of Israel’s ‘divide & conquer’ policy toward Arabs.
By Lily Galili
September 16th 2014 was a big day for the Christian community in Israel: The Ministry of the Interior recognized “Aramean” as a nationality. Since then, about 20,000 Israeli Christians of Aramean descent going back to the time of the Bible and early Christianity, are entitled to be registered as having “Aramean” rather than “Arab” nationality. A new nation was born, or rather resurrected.
Nazareth Billboard warning Christian minority – Photo: Julie Eltes
The decision, having obvious political implications, has triggered a chain reaction. Continue Reading »
Critics bash new law as attempt to ‘divide & conquer’ Israel’s Arab population.
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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.
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.
Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum seeks legal action against MK Hanin Zoabi for threatening its representative during Knesset committee meeting last week.
A Muslim member of Israel’s Knesset, the outspoken and controversial Hanin Zoabi, is facing possible legal action after she issued a thinly-veiled threat against a Christian representative addressing the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee last week.
Muslim member of Israel’s Knesset Hanin Zoabi – Photo source: Israel Today
Shadi Haloul, spokesman for the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum that encourages young local Christians to join the Israeli army and integrate with Jewish society, was invited by the committee to speak on behalf of the growing number of Christians who want to be recognized as a minority separate from the Arabs. Continue Reading »
Muslim MK Zoabi was forced out of a Knesset meeting for implying that a Christian Arab who supports the bill deserves violence.
A Christian Arab representative accused Arab MKs of racism and MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) was thrown out of a heated Knesset Labor, Health and Welfare Committee meeting Wednesday on a bill giving Christians separate representation in the Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunity in Employment Commission.
“Arab rights don’t interest [coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud Beytenu), who proposed the legislation],” MK Jamal Zahalke (Balad) said. “There isn’t an employment problem for Christians or Druse. It’s for the general Arab public. Continue Reading »
Now that Christians in Nazareth have taken a bolder stand for their faith & support of the Jewish State, local Muslims flex muscles by seeking to impose ‘superiority’ of their god.
By Israel Today Staff
As Christians of every stripe in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth begin to again take a real stand for their faith, local Muslims are warning them not to overstep the boundaries of their traditional place in the Middle East (hint: they must remain dhimmis, or second-class).
Warning Billboard in Nazareth – Photo: Brian Schrauger (Facebook page)
A large billboard hanging at a central point in Nazareth features a picture of an Israeli stop sign, along with the English translation of a verse from the Koran cautioning Christians (and Jews) to speak only the “truth” regarding Allah. Continue Reading »