February 24, 20115378 readsThe 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
December 27, 20103747 readsChristians 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, 20104077 readsThe 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
August 25, 20104977 readsThe 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, 20104745 reads
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
August 23, 20104216 reads
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
April 12, 20104326 readsA 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, 20103905 readsThrough 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
January 25, 20104227 reads
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, 20095288 readsUltra-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