• September 29, 2008
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    The young John Lennon may have once irreverently boasted that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus. But not, it seems, in Jesus's birthplace and among some Palestinians at least.

    Before Sir Paul McCartney turned up genuinely unannounced at the Church of the Nativity here yesterday, a bemused policeman, Mohammed Itmazi, 26, confessed that he hadn't heard either of him or of the band that made him world famous. Yes, there had been many famous people coming through, such as Nicolas Sarkozy and, he added, prompted by a companion, Gordon Brown. But Sir Paul, well no, he was not sure who he was.

    Donald Macintyre in Bethlehem, the Independent, Sep 25, 2008
    Bethlehem welcomes a quarter of the band 'bigger than Jesus'
  • August 11, 2008
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    Election related news continue to be made in the Middle East weeks after the Barack Obama visited the region. The office of the Palestinian president released, Wednesday, a copy of the peace poster that Abbas presented to Obama.

    In a related event, a leader of the tiny Christian Palestinian community in Jerusalem sent an angry complaint to Barak Obama for his failure to visit Christian holy sites during his most recent visit.

    By Daoud Kuttab, Palestinian News Network, Aug 10, 2008
    Palestinian complains about Obama not visiting Christian Holy Sites
  • August 10, 2008
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    Over two hundred Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian and International worshippers who were holding a prayer service at Ush Ghrab park in Beit Sahour Wednesday evening.

    As the mass started the settlers, who organized an activity in the same site, started to provoke the worshippers and asked them to leave, eyewitnesses reported.

    Settlers also threatened some of the local and international journalists who were present. The Israeli soldiers who were there asked the internationals and the Palestinians to leave the park and did not attempt to stop the settlers when they started to force everyone to leave, the witnesses said.

    George Rishmawi - IMEMC, Aug 7, 2008

    Israeli settlers prevent a Christian service in Beit Sahour, assault worshippers
  • August 10, 2008
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    Mahmoud Darwish (1942-2008) is a Palestinian national icon who has passed away on August 9, 2008 . He is considered one of the essential witnesses of the 1948 tragedy in which many Palestinian Christians and Muslims were exiled.

    Darwish was born in the village of al-Birwa, east of Akko . He attended school in Kufr Yassif and then lived in many different countries including Lebanon, Egypt, Russia and the West Bank.

    Special For "Come and See", Aug 10, 2008

    Palestinian National Poet dies at the age of 67
  • July 01, 2008
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    Jericho Mayor Hassan Saleh handed over a certificate of ownership for three plots in the Holy Land to Russian Audit Chamber Chairman Sergey Stepashin on Monday.

    "The Palestinian National Authority chairman ruled that all lands related to the Russian Orthodox Church and Russia should be returned to their legal owners," Saleh told Stepashin in the Russian Audit Chamber.

    One of the land plots covering 12,000 square meters was handed over to the Russian government. This piece of land has a sanctuary for all Christians in the world, as well as a fig-tree of tax collector Zacchaeus.

    Interfax, June 9, 2008
  • May 27, 2008
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    The council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land (CLEC) establishes “The Living Stones Evangelical Trust”. Funds contributed to LSET will be used to meet urgent needs and empower the ministries of CLEC and its member congregations

    The CLEC represents the majority of evangelical pastors and congregations serving in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The Council was established to encourage fellowship and cooperation among the congregations even though they belong to different evangelical denominations. The Council was also established to represent the evangelical Christian communities before local political and religious authorities and the body of Christ worldwide. The Council is a member of World Evangelical Alliance.

    Special For Come and See, May 27, 2008
    Statement from the Council of Evangelical Churches
  • February 16, 2008
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    Vandals set off explosives inside the library of Gaza's YMCA early Friday, severely damaging the one-story building and shaking Gaza's tiny Christian minority.

    There was no claim of responsibility, but the attack came at a time of protests in the Muslim world against the reproduction of cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers.

    The Assoicated Press, Feb 15, 2008

  • January 28, 2008
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    A small group of Palestinian Christians stands outside Gaza City's Baptist Church on a Sunday morning, waiting for the generator to power up. The church is cold and dark in the dead of winter, Israel having reduced fuel supplies to Gaza in an effort to pressure Hamas to halt rocket fire into Israel.

    Freshly bound prayer books, containing traditional American hymns, are tucked into the backs of the chairs in the fifth-floor prayer room. But there are no visible religious symbols in the room or outside the building, constructed about a year ago with the help of Christian donors in the U.S. and abroad.

    Just eight worshippers are present for the service, compared with more than 100 who attended Sunday prayers six months ago.

    By Erica Silverman, The Washington Times, January 15, 2008

  • December 24, 2007
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    “I hope that we get to the murderers soon and bring them to just trial and that will be an additional step that our government brings to our people in the direction of imposing order and security”.

    That was what Palestinian Prime Minister from Islamic fundamentalist Hamas movement Ismail Haniya wrote Arab Evangelical human rights lawyers Botrus Mansour and Shadi Khouri from Nazareth.

    Special For "Come and See", December 24, 2007

    Hamas PM promises to bring killers of Christian martyr to Justice
  • December 20, 2007
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    Christians broke ground Tuesday on Bethlehem’s first specialty hospital which organizers envision will be a center bringing together Christians, Jews, and Palestinians to heal the sick in a land rife with sectarian violence.

    The $16.5 million surgical facility is a joint effort between Israelis, who will assist with training, and the Palestinians and Christians, who will staff the hospital. The center – located adjacent to the Shepherds’ Field where the shepherds first learned of the birth of Jesus - will serve Palestinian children in Bethlehem, West Bank.

    Michelle Vu, Christian Post, Dec 18, 2007