• April 21, 2011
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    Musalaha Statement: Discouragement is always a part of reconciliation. It is inevitable. However, one of the best ways to deal with discouragement is to look to inspirational examples of success. For instance, consider the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Many said it could never be built, because of all the obstacles that stood in its way: the currents, the winds, and the frequent earthquakes. Nevertheless, in the end they managed to build it, and brought the two sides of the bay closer to each other. Now people cross over it all the time and rarely ever think about the effort and how many years were required to build it. We take it for granted, but building bridges is hard work.
    Golden Gate Bridge Reconciliation
  • March 24, 2011
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    The woman killed in the terror attack was a Christian who had been working for 20 years translating the Bible into the language of a tribe in togo.

    Mary Gardner was from Scotland and she came to Israel at the beginning of the year to hone her translating skills at a ministry here called the home for Bible translators (Assoicated with Wycliffe Bible Translators)

    Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl, CBN, and "Come and See", March 24, 2011
    Bible Translator is the victim in Jerusalem Terrorist Attack
  • March 20, 2011
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    The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate sold most of its leasing rights to large swaths of Jerusalem to a group of Jewish investors last week. The NIS 80 million agreement puts an end to the long draw-out land affair - at least for the next 140 years.

    In the deal, signed March 10, the Patriarchate sold most of its rights to lease the land it has held in Jerusalem to a group of Jewish investors from Israel and abroad. The group includes the Ben David family, one of the wealthiest in Jerusalem, who are large property investors and partners in Givot Olam Oil Exploration.

    The Marker, March 18, 2011
    Greek Orthodox church sells Jerusalem land to Jewish investors
  • February 24, 2011
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    The Anglican bishop in Israel, Suheil Dawani, petitioned the Jerusalem District Court yesterday demanding that Interior Minister Eli Yishai return his visa, which was confiscated after it was discovered that he sold land to Palestinians.

    Six months ago, Dawani, who has served as the top Anglican official in Israel since 2007, was informed that the Interior Ministry had canceled his visa and that he would be deported from the country.

    By Nir Hasson, Haaretz, Feb 24, 2011
    Anglican bishop appeals deportation order over sale of land to Palestinians
  • December 27, 2010
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    Christians constitute roughly 2 percent of the country’s citizens, or 153,000 people out of the 7.5 million population, according to figures released this week by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of Christmas Day on Saturday.

    According to the figures, 80.4% of the Christians in Israel are Arabs and the rest are immigrants who arrived under the "Law of Return", since they had Jewish relatives. The majority of those in the second category of Christians arrived during the large waves of aliya from the former Soviet Union.

    Jerusalem Post, Dec 23, 2010
  • September 17, 2010
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    The first conference for Christian believing teachers, both Evangelical Arabs, Messianic Jews and ex-pats serving in Israel, was held on Sunday September 12th in Tel Aviv, with more than 50 participants. The participants were from different schools such as the Nazareth Baptist School, the Anglican School in Jerusalem, Tabitha School in Jaffa, Makor Hatikva Messianic School in Jerusalem, and others.

    Special For Come and See, Sep 17, 2010
    First Conference for Evangelical and Messianic Teachers Draws Over 50 Attendees
  • August 25, 2010
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    The evangelical convention in Israel in cooperation with HOPE Prayer ministry conducted the Global Day Of Prayer (GDOP) event on Sunday the 23rd of May for the 4th time this event takes place in the region, and this time at the Golden Crown hotel main hall in Nazareth.

    This year was a unique year as the Arab Evangelicals felt burdened to invite the Jewish Messianic congregations for this event. As Rania Sayegh, Director of HOPE ministries put it: "We believe uniting in prayer of repentance for this land, will bring an open heaven over our region and release the river of healing!

    Special For Come and See, August 25, 2010
  • August 24, 2010
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    The blind support given by some Evangelical Christians to extreme groups in Israel continues to provide some interesting stories, as Haaretz reports today.

    Im Tirtzu, the organization that threatened Ben-Gurion University with a donor boycott because of their "anti-Zionist" bias, has lost at lease one funding source over the highly publicized row.

    The spokesman for Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a U.S. based pro-Israel organization run by Pastor John Hagee, hinted to Haaretz on Monday that they will no longer give money to Im Tirtzu. The potential funding cutoff will be a big change from the 100,000 dollars that CUFI donated to Im Tirtzu in 2009.

    By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz, August 24, 2010

    John Hagee stops support for Israeli group
  • August 23, 2010
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    Ynet - Yediot Ahranot Web site writes a feature about Messianic Jews

    "Some 15,000 Messianic Jews currently live in Israel, but if you saw one on the street you would almost certainly fail to recognize any difference. They honor Jewish circumcision, bar-mitzvah, and wedding ceremonies, but believe Jesus is the messiah.

    The small community of Yad Hashmona, near Jerusalem, is home to a number of Messianic-Jewish families. They believe in Jesus – or Yeshua, as they call him – and in the teachings of the New Testament as well as the old. They are Jews in every sense, but for the most part keep this side of their faith to themselves. When these families gather for the Shabbat meal, however, Jesus is the guest star at their table".

    By Yoaz Hendel, Ynet, Aug 19, 2010

    Article about Messianic Jews in Israeli leading news site
  • April 12, 2010
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    A pivotal court case takes place this week in a trial involving the rights of Messianic Jews in Israel.

    A 2009 U.S. State Department report on religious rights in Israel found "increased press reporting and complaints from religious freedom activists indicated a corresponding increase in Yad L'achim and associated activism and a growing wider backlash against the presence of evangelical or Messianic Jewish congregations."

    Chris Mitchell, CBN, April 12, 2010