When Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel was growing up in Kufur Yaseef in Galilee, in what used to be Palestine, he never imagined that his Christian upbringing would prepare him to lead one of the most influential mainline denominations in America.
"I heard the cry of the Palestinian Christians asking us to pray for them and asking us to have solidarity with them to stay on the land". "We need to say to Israel, 'We love you; we support you; we support your security; but what you are doing to the people in the West Bank is wrong,'"
By Andrew J. Skerritt The Herald, Published January 31? 2003)
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January 02, 20033777 reads"There are so few Christian visitors it was even possible to get a room at the last moment at Christ Church's hostel and St. Andrews Scottish Hospice, favorites of Christian tourists".
Patricia Golan writes about Christmas in the Jerusalem Baptist church. The Church gives a special tribute to Filipino workers in Israel who were part of a candlelight evening.
By Patricia Golan, Baptist Press, Dec 31, 2002
October 20, 20023888 readsA group of thirty-four youth leaders, both from Israel and Palestinian areas, traveled to Turkey for renewal, retreat and training in youth ministry and reconciliation.
This initiative was born out of Musalaha's networking within the youth ministries of the Palestinian Christian and Israeli Messianic communities, and a recognition of the need for more training in this area
by Evan Thomas, Musalaha staff and participants, Special For Come and See, Oct 18
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May 26, 20023670 reads"I was in Ramallah hours after the Israeli troops left and the day they were expected to return following a suicide bombing south of Tel Aviv".
"I was in Bethlehem during the siege and the standoff at the Church of the Nativity. I was in Palestinian East Jerusalem".
"Now, I know Israel and Palestine more fully. Do I no longer love Israel? God forbid. But I love it more realistically and responsibly.".
By Ron Brackin, ASSIST News Service, May 27, 2002
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May 09, 20023492 readsAn interesting discussion of theologians was held at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Participants cautioned Christians against blind support for Israel. All panelists agreed that Israel should be held morally accountable.
Baptist News, May 3, 2002, By Michael Foust
May 06, 20023756 readsAs Jobs and Freedom Are Lost, Hardships of Incursion Outweigh Appeal of Living in Holy City.
"I want to live a normal life, where my children are not afraid," said Grace Handal, 27. "Where shells don't go over our house and tanks don't come into our yard. My kids used to draw pictures of birds. Now they draw tanks."
By Doug Struck, Washington Post, Monday, May 6, 2002
May 03, 20023387 readsAndrew Bush and his wife Karen serve in the village of Bir Zeit, the home of the famous Palestinian University.
They challenge believers to get the whole story. "For Christians that come to Israel and make it on to the West Bank, they'll realize they've only been receiving part of the story and have been poorly informed."
By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service, May 3, 2002