Jihad 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
March 06, 20073217 reads
August 14, 20063458 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, 20065481 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, 20063449 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, 20064220 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, 20063896 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
January 10, 20063387 readsA Palestinian Christian writes in an Israeli Paper about Pat Robertson's comments that God is punishing Ariel Sharon with his illness.
This article does not represent the opinion of "Come and See", but we bring it untouched, since it represents the thinking of many Christian Arabs, and shows how much such comments can be a stumbling block for Arabs and Jews alike to come to Christ
Ray Hanania, Ynet News, Jan 10, 2006
December 29, 20054756 readsPastor of Nachalat Yeshua Messianic Congregation in Beersheba writes to Israeli National Paper the Jerusalem Post in light of the events that took place last Saterday, December 24, when his congregation was mobbed by a crowd of ultra-Orthodox extremists.
"While extremists controlled the direction and tone of the demonstration, other participants seemed ashamed of the violent behavior. The "we" here are Messianic Jews and gentiles, including Arabs, who believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah, and the one who saves us from our sins"
Howard Bass, The Jerusalem Post, Dec 29, 2005
November 21, 20053428 readsThe Jerusalem-based Palestinian human rights lawyer and peace activist writes about the unique situation of Christian Arabs:
"Those who expected Arab Christians of siding with the 'Christian' West, for the outsiders, were consistently proven mistaken. To the contrary, the unique position of Arab Christians, with their knowledge and understanding of the West have always been used to promote the interests of the Arab world and press for its positions at every turn of the road".
Jonathan Kuttab, Al-Hayat, Nov 7, 2005