• 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
  • February 05, 2010
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    Through an invitation from Nazareth Baptist School and sponsorship of the Evangelical convention of churches in Israel , a special meeting was held on Tuesday the 2nd of February in St Margaret's Hostel in Nazareth for about one hundred pastors, ministers, and Christian workers from around the country.

    Special For "Come and See", Feb 5, 2010
    Bill Hybles speaks to leaders in Nazareth
  • January 25, 2010
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    On the first Saturday of every month, a priest comes to hold mass in the only permanent building left in the village, the blue-domed St Mary's church.
    Here Iqritis get married and christen their children, and they bury dead in the little cemetery at the bottom of the hill.

    On Sundays and public holidays, youngsters play football on the hilltop's only flat area, parents arrange picnics and old-timers reminisce or sit in silent thought.

    By Martin Asser, 23 April 2008, BBC News, Iqrit, Israel

  • November 23, 2009
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    Ultra-Orthodox political pressure has stalled the construction of a church and a mosque at Ben-Gurion International Airport for the past five years, aviation sources told Haaretz.

    This came to light after several clergy members wrote to the Israel Airports Authority, requesting it allow for a church in Terminal 3.

    Haaretz inquired, and learned that the plans for the new terminal included both a church and a mosque, but that they never were built.

    Haaretz, Zohar Blumenkrantz Nov 22, 2009
  • October 06, 2009
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    The methods of harassment and persecution used by the ultra-Orthodox organization Yad L'Achim against innocent, law-abiding Israeli citizens goes beyond the limits of legitimate activity by a civilian body and borders on unlawful. The organization, which has deployed a dense net of activists across the country and the world, is proud of "rescuing" Jewish men, women and children from the "claws" of other faiths and belief systems using coercive and dubious tactics.

    Particularly serious is the fact - revealed by Yuval Azoulay in the October 2 edition of the Hebrew-language Haaretz Magazine - that behind the threats, the spreading of harmful rumors and harassment are not only the thugs of Yad L'Achim, but top Interior Ministry officials.

    Editorial, Haaretz, October 6, 2009
  • September 30, 2009
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    The unholy relationship between religious Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Christian Evangelical Zionists continues to bring amusing stories.

    "Receiving tens of millions of dollars annually from Christian preachers and enlisting their support against political initiatives is a great deed. But exposing our children, heaven forbid, to their doctrines? There is a limit"

    Read this interesting commentary by Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, Sep 29, 2009
    When settlers and Zionist Christians work together
  • August 03, 2009
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    For the second year in a row, a delegation from NBS participated in the 59th annual meeting for Nobel prize winners that was held in Lindau in Germany in late June 2009.

    Special For "Come and See", August 3, 2009
  • July 17, 2009
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    The word "nigger" features prominently in the videos taken by Eddie Beckford and his wife Lura, a Messianic Christian couple living in the desert town of Arad.

    The videos, going back to 2005, show anywhere from a handful to a mob of local Gur Hassidim harassing them and other Messianics in town. Eddie Beckford, 61, is a black American, hence the racial slur.

    By Larry Derfner, The Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2009

    'Watch out, missionaries!'