Pastor 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
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November 21, 20053517 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
October 30, 20053407 readsOne of the most popular writers in Israel writes a sarcastic column about the strange relationship between few Israeli Knesset members from "The lobby for promoting ties with Christian communities abroad" from one side, and some Evangelical Churches from the other.
"For evangelicals, return of Jews to Israel is only first step"
Meir Shalev, Ynet, Oct 21, 2005
September 21, 20053102 readsLast week, Moslems from the village of Deir Jarrar broke into houses in the Christian Village of Taibe and stole furniture, jewelry and electrical appliances. They threw Molotov cocktails at some buildings and poured kerosene on others, then torched them.
Usually, the Christians remain silent when such incidents happen, for the sake of keeping the good long relations with their Moslem neighbors.
While Palestinian Christians remain silent, some Jews enjoy telling the story of the Moslems beating the Christians. The following is an article by Daniel Pipes, a right wing American Jewish columnist. Even though Christian Arabs may find this article irritating, it is important to tell the story of Taibe and learn the lessons, just before no more Christians are left in the West Bank.
Daniel Pipes, New York Sun, Sep 13, 2005
August 27, 20053110 readsAn interesting opinion about Israel's disengagment plan from Gaza - From a thelogogical point of view. Avraham Burg was speaker of Israel's Knesset in 1999-2003 and is a former chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He writes about the "right to the land" and whether this is conditional.
"The right to the Land of Israel is an option for the Jewish people, not an eternal, unbreakable promise. We don't get credit for the righteousness of our forefathers forever. If the beautiful houses we once had in part of the land are gone, it must be for the sin of pride"
Avraham Burg, YentNews, August 27, 2005
June 08, 20053111 readsThe heated debate over the prospects for change in the Middle East has yet to provide us with a method to measure the progress towards democratic reform in the Middle East.
Leon Hadar proposes thinking outside the box - a novel multicultural approach ? one that includes monitoring the status of the large Christian minorities.
Antiwar web site, June 5, 2005
April 10, 20053938 readsLots of voices have been heard lately for the need to replace the corrupt Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem - after the latest scandal of the sale of land to Jewish extremists in the old city of Jerusalem.
Can something be done? A Palestinian Christian living in Australia writes some practical ways the Greek Orthodox Church can be liberated from Greek domination: "Engage the Antiochian Patriarchate, the Greeks, the Islamic Groups and the Catholic Church"
Fuad Abaid, Special For "Come and See", April 10, 2005
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Yohanna Katanacho is a Scholar from Palestine studying for his PHD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He writes a summery about the Christian Palestinian Arabs in the prestigious "Gap", published by John Stott Ministries.
"Instead of mourning dwindling numbers we should focus on presenting Christ to Muslims and to Jews, formulating an Arabic gospel that highlights the love of God, especially to enemies".
Special for Come and See, October 5, 2004
November 24, 20043971 readsOne of the most disappointing aspects of the MidEast conflict has been the influence of Christian Zionists on US foreign policy. Israel can do no wrong and that includes building a barrier or wall, which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled. To its credit, the Israeli Supreme Court has ordered that the wall must be re-routed to reduce hardships on thousands of Palestinians.
by Sherri Muzher, Thursday 08 July 2004, Media Monitors Network