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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Christians living in the Gaza Strip live under the reality of ongoing attacks on both churches and individuals. Living under the control of Hamas which considers Christians as infidels, the situation is more serious than you can imagine, Hazem Shanab said. Hamas controls all churches and mosques implements their ideology in all sectors of life, even to rewriting textbooks to match their worldview.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
“We ignore too many things, and even more indefensibly, we pretend not to see too many things.” This is the reality for how much of the world has treated the intensifying war against Christians in much of the Middle East. Among many in the West there is a massive, and sometimes willful, ignorance of the realities confronting Christians around the world who are paying a high cost because of their faith. Many often thing of Christianity as a Western religion, though the reality is that nearly two thirds of the 2.2 billion Christians (Protestant and Catholic combined) live outside of the West and that number is rising. They are also far more likely to be the victims rather than the perpetrators of religious persecution.
Sunday, July 21st, 2013
As a result of a new degree issued by the Hamas government that oversees the Gaza strip five Christian schools are threatened to be unable to offer classes for more than 1000 students when classes are scheduled to start in September. The decree issued by the government places a ban on co-educational classes for all students over the age of 10. The result of this action, which is just another of the many pressures on Christians living in this area, will be that the schools are forced to close as the funds do not exist to recruit enough teachers or space and the impact will ripple through the community having effects on both the Christian and Muslim families who were served by the schools.
Monday, June 24th, 2013
In an effort to express his concern and solidarity with Christians who have faced extreme difficulties in recent years, newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit the Middle East. The Archbishop’s visit highlights the particular pressures Christians are facing as a result of the on-going violence in Syria and political turmoil throughout the region.
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Jack (Yakov) Teitel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew in Israel, was given two life sentences in prison on April 9 for bombing the home of a Messianic Jewish family and nearly killing 15-year-old Ami Ortiz in 2008, Morning Star News reports. “We really feel justice has been done, true justice,” Ortiz told Morning Star News. “He realized we were peaceful and we were going home, and he is not.”
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
It is becoming increasingly clear, even to secular government leaders, that Christianity has become the world’s most persecuted faith. This article explains how Christianity has even replaced Judaism, one of the most heavily persecuted religious groups of all time, as the most dangerous faith to be a part of.
Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Christians are among those suffering in the Holy Land as conflict heightens in Gaza and Israel. Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories are often forgotten or neglected by the West, Mary Jane Fox writes for MySanAntonio.com. “For 2,000 years, Christian families have lived and worshiped in the land where Jesus lived, died and was resurrected. These Christians are not converts, immigrants or foreigners… they are the descendants of the first followers of Jesus,” she says. However, lack of opportunity, impoverished conditions, and at times increased persecution in the region, the Christian population has gone from 18% of the population to less than 1.5% of the population in the past 60 years.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Nigerian Christians are facing almost daily attacks from radical Muslims. Israel's offer to help with solving Nigeria's security problem is a welcome development.
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
Ultra-right Jew who planted bomb ruled guilty but not responsible.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
At a time when Christian communities throughout the Middle East are being oppressed and massacred, Bob Simon on “60 Minutes” instead chooses to focus attention on the relatively minimal persecution occurring in the Holy Lands.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
“In Iraq and Egypt, scores of churches have been attacked, hundreds murdered. In Syria, revolution seriously threatens Christian communities. The one place where Christians are not suffering from violence is the Holy Land: but Palestinian Christians have been leaving in large numbers for years,” CBS reports.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
While Israel works to secure its borders, most Palestinians from the West Bank, Christian as well as Muslim, must get Israel's permission to visit Jerusalem, the National reports.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
“Christians who have remained under Muslim rule are often exposed to state-sponsored discrimination and worse. In recent years, their plight has reached dramatic proportions,” the Toronto Star reports.
Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Raymond Ibrahim reports for Gatestone Institute that, “Half of Iraq's indigenous Christians are gone, due to the unleashed forces of jihad [holy war]. Many Christians fled to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack from al-Qaeda and others… Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation's modern history.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.
Saturday, March 17th, 2012
The Palestinian Christians’ response to an article written by Michael Oren, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, concerning the protection of Christians within Israel. Article titled: “Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians"
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
While the future of the church in the West Bank town of Bethlehem is in jeopardy, Christians are not endangered but flourishing is Israel, Michael Oren writes in The Wall Street Journal.
Monday, March 5th, 2012
“Israel's President Shimon Peres has promised the Roman Catholic Church that the country will step up efforts to combat the vandalism of Christian holy sites by suspected Jewish extremists,” AP reports.
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
“I grew up studying Islam, but at age 18 I met some Christians who opened my eyes to the Christian faith. I soon converted.”
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Gabriel Cadis, head of the Orthodox Church Association in Jaffa, was stabbed outside the St. George Church in Jaffa, BosNewsLife reports.
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Amidst an increasingly volatile atmosphere for Christians throughout the Middle East, which countries, if any, will provide a safe haven for Christians and what should be the response of the international community, including the Vatican? Joseph Bottum attempts to answer these questions for Hudson New York.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
Flyers post addresses, phone numbers of harassed minority
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
“By now, the threat facing Christianity in its birthplace is depressingly clear. Christians represented 30 percent of British Mandate Palestine in 1948, while today in Israel and the Palestinian Territories they’re 1.25 percent,” reports the National Catholic Reporter.
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Israel has banned the local Islamic extremist group Ansar Allah after several suspects have been arrested for trying to commit global jihad.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Ultra-Orthodox Jews harass, threaten pair even though 16-year-old has not converted
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, a Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, said the Christian community is in danger of dying out in Nazareth as immigration increases, Voice of America reports.
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
“The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem have expressed grave concern over renewed moves by the Israeli authorities to tax church buildings and properties,” The Armenian Mirror-Spectator reports.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
"Christians find their joy is secure in the hope of the promise of eternal life which our Lord has won for all who believe," they affirmed. "However, when we in Jerusalem, the city of redemption, see the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere in our region our joy becomes more solemn.”
Friday, April 15th, 2011
“Christian leaders in Israel have joined in a protest against the Israeli government’s refusal to grant a residency permit to an Anglican bishop, and new taxes imposed on church institutions,” Catholic Culture reports.
Monday, January 10th, 2011
Bethlehem, at one time a majority Christian town, is now less than a third Christian. Nazareth and Jerusalem have also seen their Christian communities shrink substantially. The plight of Palestinian Christians throughout the West Bank, Gaza and areas within Israel are among the most underreported stories of Christian persecution in the Middle East.