• March 25, 2003
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    Beleaguered Arab Christians are finding their position among majority Muslim populations more precarious than usual as the US and UK pursue military action in Iraq.

    BCC Reporter Martin Asser reports from Madaba, Jordan:
    'When Bush talks about a "crusade" against terrorism in the Middle East, this is a big problem for us. The Americans should think what they say and what they do; they must remember that there are Christians here, and what they do affects us'.

    By Martin Asser, March 24, 2003, BBC News Online, Madaba, Jordan

    Arab Christians squeezed by conflict
  • March 12, 2003
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    Saddam Hussein's Middle East region is home not only to 150 million Muslims but to a minority remnant of 10 million to 12 million Christians
    Their heritage extends to the biblical beginnings depicted in the Book of Acts. The new faith quickly spread to Syria, where "the disciples were for the first time called Christians" (Acts 11:26), across present-day Turkey and into Europe and points eastward.

    But in modern times, Christians' status in the region has long been precarious. The Iraq situation makes matters worse.

    By Richard N. Ostling, AP Religion Writer March 08, 2003
  • February 14, 2003
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    A Palestinian Christian tells how Jesus changed his life: "Last year, I went to the Israeli checkpoint and gave a soldier the 'Four Spiritual Laws'. I know that the only way for there to be true peace is for Israelis and Palestinians to be totally changed by the love of Jesus Christ."

    By Joel C. Rosenberg, World Magazine, Feb 22, 2003

    'We really need peace here'
  • February 04, 2003
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    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)

    Presbyterian Leader urges to give locally and globally
  • January 02, 2003
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    "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, 2002
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    A 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

    A Journey of Reconciliation between Arabs and Jews
  • October 09, 2002
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    Amnon Rubinstein is one of the leading Professors of International Law in Israel. He quit the Kenesset lately after 20 years of active work with Meretz and Shinoi.
    He writes an interesting article about the Christians in Israel.

    By Amnon Rubinstein, Haaretz, October 4, 2002

    A minority within a minority
  • May 26, 2002
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    "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

  • May 15, 2002
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    LA Times photographer Carolyn Cole writes about her experience as the only photographer inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

    LA Times, May 11, 2002

    Pictures from inside the Nativity Church in Bethlehem
  • May 09, 2002
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    An 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