Tag Archive for Father Gabriel Naddaf

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 »

Exposé: IDF Christian soldiers subject to threats and attacks by Muslim neighbors


Christian IDF soldiers finding themselves threatened by their Muslim neighbors is not unknown to Israeli officials and although some are still the recipients of violent attacks, nothing substantial has been done to protect them.



The compulsory military draft does not apply to them, but the values they grew up on and the strong desire to integrate into Israeli society has spurred in recent years a growing trend of Christian enlistment in the IDF and other security forces.

Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. - Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM

Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. – Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM

However, their willingness to enlist in the Israeli army and to contribute to the security of the country sometimes exacts from them a heavy price. Continue Reading »

New law protects Israel Christians that join IDF from intimidation and threats


Israeli Christians are now protected from intimidation and threats of violence should they wish to volunteer for the IDF, as new law allocates incarceration to those, mostly Arab Muslims, who accuse the Christians of ‘collaboration with the occupiers.’

By David Lazarus


The Knesset passed a bill this week designed to protect Arab Christians who enlist in the Israeli army.  The law, which includes an extended prison sentence for anyone who tries to dissuade a Christian Arab from serving in the IDF, became necessary in the face of stiff opposition and violent attacks against the Christian soldiers.

Some of the Christian IDF soldiers (Left) and Border Guard Police (Right) who attended the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum.

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Exposed: Church BDS activists enter Israel on tourist visas to avoid detection


Christian Empowerment Council leader: Activists distort Christianity to promote an extremist agenda. “I will continue to work toward exposing any organization or program that claims to be Christian while working against the State of Israel, the safest place for Christians in the Middle East.”

By Yair Altman


An investigation by the Christian Empowerment Council revealed that one of the better-known boycott, divestment and sanctions groups is engaging in illegal activities in Israel, and Israeli authorities appear to be completely oblivious to the phenomenon.

Father Gabriel Naddaf led the investigation into the Christian BDS activists – Photo: Oren Ben Hakoon

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, which is run by the World Council of Churches, has been active in Israel since 2002. Continue Reading »

New academic scholarships awarded to 40 Christian IDF veterans




For the first time, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum will award academic scholarships to 40 Christians who served in Israel’s armed forces or performed national service.

Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. - Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM

Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. – Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM

The aim of the scholarship program is to continue to encourage the integration of young members of the Christian community into Israeli society, while reducing gaps and providing opportunities to acquire a higher education. Continue Reading »

Nazareth Priest condemns Messianic Jews for union with anti-Israel Palestinian Evangelicals


Father Gabriel Naddaf, spiritual leader of the Aramean Christian movement in Israel takes on Messianic Jews online for aligning with anti-Israel Palestinian Evangelicals.

By Israel Today Staff


Arabic-speaking Israeli Christians (who today identify as Arameans) have taken offense at a recent pact signed between a small group of Messianic Jews and Palestinian Evangelicals engaged in an anti-Israel campaign.

PLEASE SHARE (Tal & Union Jack):This past month, some Israeli Messianic leaders have foolishly joined hands with Arab…

Posted by Father Gabriel Naddaf on Monday, February 15, 2016

The agreement in question was signed earlier this month in Larnaca, Cyprus, where Messianic and Palestinian Christian leaders sought reconciliation even amidst ongoing theological differences regarding the biblical significance of Israel’s modern rebirth.

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Christian, Arabic-Speaking IDF Soldiers, Celebrate Christmas


view videoChristian enlistment in the IDF continues to grow, as young Israeli Christians say they willingly & happily serve in Israel’s army to defend the Jewish State.
• WATCH: PM Netanyahu wishes a merry Christmas to Israel’s Christian citizens & to Christians throughout the world.

By Israel Today Staff


Amid increasing discrimination – and even violence – against Christian minorities across the Middle East, a small program in Israel is dramatically increasing the number of Arabic-speaking Israeli Christians who join the Israeli military, with the aim of integrating this minority population into mainstream Israeli society.

Christian Arabic-Speaking IDF Soldiers Celebrate Christmas

The Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, led by Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth, is multiplying the number of Christians enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from just 40 in 2012 to more than 100 in 2014. Continue Reading »

#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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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 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 »

Modern History: 1st Christian Israeli Child Registered as ‘Aramean’ not ‘Arab’

2 yr-old Yaakov Khalloul becomes 1st Israeli Christian to be officially registered as Aramean. “Finally, after 1,400 years of the Middle East being occupied and controlled by different forces, the Jews come along and recognize us.” says father.

By Ryan Jones


Yaakov Khalloul, a two-year-old Christian child from the Galilee, made history on Monday when he became the first person in Israel’s modern history to be officially registered as an Aramean.

Shadi Khalloul – Israel Today

To date, all Christians in Israel have been registered with population authorities as Arabs, given that for most, their mother tongue is Arabic. But last month, outgoing Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar issued a directive permitting local Christians to now be voluntarily registered according to a more ancient ancestry.

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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 »