This summer, Pastor Alex Awad from East Jerusalem’s Baptist Church lost a lamb from his flock. Linda Finamore, a volunteering teacher at the ‘Jerusalem School’ in Bethlehem for the past eight years, was denied access to re-enter Israel after her summer vacation in the US. But why does Israel turn its back on good-doers?
By Maria Hjort, Special For "Come and See", Oct 2, 2007
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August 08, 20073687 readsSince 1993, Dr. Richard J. Mouw has been the President of Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the leading seminaries in the world. He has been one of the evangelical leaders who signed the letter sent to president George W. Bush supporting a two state solution for Israel/Palestine.
Dr. Mouw writes in his blog the reasons behind his support for this solution by asking this theological question: "How do you understand, theologically, the Palestinian Christians, and what are God’s promises to them?"
Mouw's Musings, The President's blog, Aug 7, 2007
April 02, 20073373 readsWhile Jews prepare to celebrate their exodus from Egypt today, former Knesset Member Yossi Sarid writes a provocative article in Haaretz, comparing the struggle of the Jews for freedom from Pharaoh, to the current struggle of the Palestinians for freedom.
"If the leadership of Moses was based on a great vision of saving a nation from its oppressors, the leadership of Pharaoh was based on a petty accounting of how to profit from the enslavement of another nation"
Yossi Sarid, April 2, 2007, Haaretz
March 06, 20073333 readsJihad and suicide bombers, Osama bin Laden and terrorism: That image of Islam, prevalent in the West, may not be representative of the majority of Muslims in the world.
But neither is it a false image, says Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, an expert on Christian-Islamic relations who currently serves as eparch of the Melkite Diocese of Newton, Mass., and spiritual leader of all the Melkite Catholics in the United States.
While visiting the Melkite communities in Miami and Delray Beach at the beginning of March, he spoke at St. Thomas University on the "clash of civilizations" between Islam and Christianity.
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto, Miami Gardens, March 5, 2007
August 14, 20063559 readsChristian Zionists, mostly from the United States, are trying to throw their weight behind one of the parties, in effect calling for the continuation of the war and carnage in Lebanon.
A small minority of evangelical Christians have entered the Middle East political arena with some of the most un-Christian statements I have ever heard. The latest gems come from people like Pat Robertson, the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Rev. John Hagee of Christians United for Israel.
by Daoud Kuttab, Palestine Network News, Aug 12, 2006
July 20, 20065594 readsThe director of a Christian School in Nazareth writes about his experience and thinking after a week of war in the region and few missiles hitting Nazareth last evening.
Terrifying experiences like that of Missiles coming down from the sky close to where you live have a tendency of making you raise ?purpose driven? questions: Did Jesus put us in His hometown randomly without purpose?
By Botrus Mansour, Special for Come and See, July 20, 2006
July 04, 20063530 readsAccording to Stephen Sizer, Don Wagner and Ann Helmke, the fundamentalist Christian doctrine, which does not recognize the rights of the Palestinians, does not contain any form of concern for the welfare of the State of Israel.
Sizer argues that behind the love of Israel, the Zionist Christians are concealing an intense anti-Semitism.
Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz diplomatic affairs analyst, meets Christian leaders who are not automatic supporters of Israel and come to the conclusion that not all Evangelicals or Christians are "in Israel's pocket", as many people tend to believe.
Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, July 4, 2006
June 01, 20064357 readsOne of the most important Israeli columnists writes in Yediot Ahronot about the ciriticism that Henry Hyde and Robert Novak have against the Israeli seperation wall.
Hyde writes that Israel's actions "go beyond the realm of legitimate security concerns and have negative consequences on communities and lands under their occupation," places such as Bethlehem and Beit Jala. He writes of the difficulties Christian residents have reaching holy sites such as a result of the security fence.
Ofer Shelah, YnetNews, May 29, 2006
May 23, 20064013 readsA Jewish writer is so worried by "Jews for Jesus" giving out tracts in Israel and Proselytizing the people of Israel.
He says that the movement is taking advantage of the weaknesses of Judaism in our day, in order to further weaken it. He writes in Israeli daily Haaretz: "There aren't that many of us left. There are 2 billion Christians in the world, and nearly a billion and a quarter Muslims. There are barely 14 million Jews left alive on this planet. In 1933, that number was 15.3 million. Leave us alone".
This article is brought to you unchanged - as is - to show the perspective of many Israeli Jews towards Jesus and the challenge in reaching out to the Jewish people.
By Bradley Burston, Haaretz, May 23, 2006