Christian schools in Israel are all set to go on strike tomorrow to protest the government's decision to cut down on state subsidies.
In Israel, many of the 48 Christian schools that cater to both Christian and Muslim students have begun operating even before Israel officially became a nation in 1948. Two years ago, the government cut down state subsidies to the Christian schools by 34 percent, making it more difficult for the school and the students' parents to cover the remaining expenses for education, according to Christianity Daily (CD).
In the past few years, donations from charitable institutions have filled the funding gap for the Christian schools. However, the recently implemented rules have limited the amount that the institutions can receive from their sources. more >>
Eleven months after his capture, Abu Abdullah is still the stone-hearted terrorist he had been famously known for as he shares how the Islamic State used his skills for its suicide bombing rackets.
Known as "the planner" among his bosses, he is responsible for sending out suicide bombers to destroy mosques, universities, checkpoints, market places, and several other locations in the Iraqi capital.
An Iraqi Archbishop says he argues with God "every day" and is failing to understand "what He is doing" in the face of the extreme suffering of persecuted Christians in the region.
"I don't understand what he is doing when I look at what has happened in the region," Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "I quarrel with him every day."
Warda said that over 100,000 Christians and other minorities have sought refuge in Erbil over the past year, fleeing the Islamic State terror group. more >>
The Temple of Bel, touted as the most important temple in Palmyra, Syria, has been damaged in an explosion caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Sunday, a rights group said.
Despite the explosion, the columns of the Temple of Bel are still intact, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said on Monday. The explosion occurred inside the temple walls but the extent of the damage is still undetermined, according to CNN.
"We are waiting for details on the truth of what occurred, the exact location inside the temple, and the size of the destruction," CNN quotes Abdulkarim. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a heinous new execution video purporting to show another one of the group's sick execution methods in which four Iraqi prisoners were burned to death by being suspended by their hands and feet over roaring flames.
The video, which according to the British news site The Daily Star is titled "Punish (Them) Equal With Which You Were Harmed," was released by the Islamic State's propaganda wing onto ISIS-linked social media accounts on Monday morning.
The footage purports to show four chained Iraqi men, believed to be Shiite Muslims, being forced to watch a video of an IS militant being burned alive by anti-IS forces only to suffer the same fate moments later. more >>
The Deaf Bible Society has started a movement to bring the story of Jesus in sign language to the deaf community in the Middle East for the first time ever as a way to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization's efforts to recruit the overlooked deaf populations with promises of a "false hope."
As only 20 of the world's 400 sign languages have some form of Bible content available, there is not one sign language in the Middle East that has Bible content available to let those in the region who are deaf know that there is hope that can be found in the Savior Jesus Christ.
Deaf communities are often overlooked in the Middle East, they become susceptible to fall for the sense of empowerment promised to them by IS, a terrorist group that has become renowned for the lies it uses to recruit disenfranchised members of society. more >>