• February 24, 2009
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    The vast majority of Israeli Jews does not have negative feelings toward Christians living in Israel, but nearly the same proportion believes the state should not allow land to be used for constructing new churches in Jerusalem, according to a study published Thursday.

    Nadav Shargai, Haaretz, Feb 20, 2009
  • February 19, 2009
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    Leading Christian and Muslim clergymen are calling on Pope Benedict XVI to postpone his planned visit to Israel, which is scheduled for May, in protest of a comedy skit seen on the late-night variety television show hosted by comedian Lior Shlein.

    In a press conference held on Wednesday in Nazareth, religious leaders denounced Shlein for a spoof entitled "Like a virgin" which depicts two characters who play Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

    In the skit, Mary is heard saying she had slept with many men and that she was not a virgin at all.

    Special For "Come and See", Feb 19, 2009
    Christians angry on comedy skit broadcasted on TV
  • February 06, 2009
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    American pastor James Ridgway was honored late last month for bringing some 300,000 tourists to Israel since 1974 through his nonprofit organization, Educational Opportunities, which was also marking its 35th anniversary.

    The January 28 event at the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem was attended by about 120 people.

    Ridgway first visited Israel in 1959 as an Interfaith Fellow at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. His visit made such an impact on his life that he felt called upon to bring other people here, he said.

    NADIA BEIDAS, the Jersualem Post, Jan 28, 2009

    American pastor honored for bringing 300,000 tourists
  • February 02, 2009
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    The Knesset's "Christian Allies Caucus" is marking five years of operation this month by redoubling its efforts to direct Christian faith-based support for Israel to legislatures around the world.

    The increasingly-influential parliamentary lobby, which currently numbers 13 MKs from seven parties across the political spectrum, epitomizes Israel's interest in garnering the support of the largely pro-Israel Protestant evangelical community.

    Etgar Lefkovtis, Jan 30, 2009, The Jerusalem Post

    Knesset Christian Allies Caucus marks its fifth anniversary
  • January 01, 2009
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    Pope Benedict XVI is expected to celebrate a Mass in Nazareth during a four-day visit to the Holy Land next May. The visit is to be the first by a pontiff since John Paul II prayed at Christian sites in the Palestinian territories and Israel eight years ago.

    Benedict's pilgrimage -- and the hundreds of thousands of Catholics who are expected to join him for it -- will be especially welcomed by Christians in Nazareth. Compared to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and Jerusalem, where he died, this community has often felt shortchanged in the biblical tourism sweepstakes.

    By Matthew Fisher, VancouverSun, December 21, 2008

  • December 16, 2008
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    A director of the US Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and his wife were detained Sunday at Ben-Gurion Airport by Interior Ministry officials amid allegations he is involved in illegal Christian missionary activity.

    It is illegal in Israel to proselytize among minors. It is also prohibited to engage in missionary activities among adults when economic incentives are offered.

    After over eight hours of detention, Jamie Cowen, a former president of the union, and his wife, Stacy, were permitted to enter Israel only after they agreed to sign a document that they would not engage in missionary activities during their stay.

    By MATTHEW WAGNER, Jerusalem Post, Dec 15, 2008
  • November 28, 2008
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    Around 300 Catholics gather for mass every Saturday evening in the home of the Nigerian ambassador to Israel, in the luxury neighborhood of Kfar Shemariahu, north of Tel-Aviv.

    The people in attendance are mainly Filipinos and Indians who are domestic workers in the area of Herzliya, Herzlya Ha Pituah and Nof Yam.

    Written by Fr. Arturo Vasaturo ofm

    Director of the Holy Land Secondary School in Jaffa, Cutodia.org, Nov 20, 2008

    A Domus Ecclesia in Kfar Shemhariahu (Herzliya)
  • October 29, 2008
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    “Maariv”,the second largest Hebrew nationwide Israeli newspaper ran a 2 page article by Efrat Zemer on the 13th of October about best schools in Israel.

    Under the title “Being a Student – Schools That Have Amassed the Best Reputation” Maariv wrote the following in the subtitle:

    “Eight Israeli high schools enjoy a high standing in Israeli education. The formula for success is not clear – but with their sparkling lists of graduates, it’s hard to argue.”

    Special for Come and See, Oct 27, 2008
    Maariv: Christian Schools in Nazareth among best in country
  • October 16, 2008
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    Thousands of Christians from around the world are gathering in Jerusalem this week to celebrate the Biblical festival of Succoth.

    More than 7,000 Christians from about 100 nations are attending the International Christian Embassy’s annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, which coincides with the Jewish holiday and is Israel’s largest single tourism event each year. The pilgrims will spend an estimated $18 million here.

    By Julie Stahl, CNS News, Oct 15, 2008

    Christians Gather in Jerusalem to Support Israel
  • October 11, 2008
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    Haaretz writes in its editorial section about its own responsibility in solving disputes between different Christian groups in Jerusalem.

    "Israel's responsibility for the holy places in Jerusalem sometimes involves it in disputes and power struggles between religious communities. There is no better example than the centuries-old dispute between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church over the control of the Deir al-Sultan Monastery on the roof of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City"

    Haaretz, October 10, 2008