American pastor Saeed Abedini is criticizing women's rights activists who are refusing to speak up for his friend Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian woman who's being held in an Iranian prison for her faith.
"So many people (who fought for me) left us in this battle with Nasim alone and never mention her name," Abedini wrote on Facebook Thursday.
He added that some of those people often talk about women's rights and issues of abuse, but left a Christian woman "in prison and sicknesses behind." more >>
After Iraqi special forces recaptured the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State earlier this month, they discovered a makeshift prison where the terror group used torture devices to interrogate and punish its captives.
Images of the prison in the central part of the city, taken by Iraqi soldiers, show a filthy dog cage and a car battery in the prison, according to the U.K.'s Mirror newspaper.
The pictures suggest that IS terrorists, which is also known as Daesh, ISIS or ISIL, held some of the captives in the filthy dog cage and administered shocks by attaching the battery's metal clips to their genitalia. more >>
Analysis from a news portal on the Messianic Jewish community in Israel has claimed that some in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, who are often opposed to Jewish people turning to Jesus Christ, are experiencing a "spiritual meltdown of historic proportions" and are reexamining their beliefs.
"It would appear that the haredi community is quietly experiencing a spiritual meltdown of historic proportions. These people, who literally spend all their waking hours in Torah learning, are so starved for the real Word of the LORD that hundreds are willing to read 'forbidden' material in order to find Him," Kehila News reported, reflecting on a Hebrew-language article published earlier in June on MyNet, the city of Petach Tikva's news site.
Kehila News said that the article serves as a warning to citizens in the city to "beware of the propaganda" being distributed by Messianic groups, which is a common complaint by the haredi against Jesus-believing Jewish people. more >>
An American nonprofit assisting refugees filed a lawsuit against two Middle Eastern banks and a sheikh on Monday, for allegedly funding the Islamic State terror group's systematic murder and displacement of Christians in Iraq and Syria.
St. Francis of Assisi, an Alameda, California-based group that works with refugees in the Middle East, sued the banks Kuwait Finance House and Turkey-based Kuveyt-Turk Participation Bank and Sheikh Hajjaj al-Ajmi in Federal Court, claiming, "To successfully plan, fund, and carry out the killings of members of [St. Francis of Assis], ISIS relies upon an open, notorious, well known, and formalized system of terrorist financing which incentivizes and incites the killings and displacement of the Assyrian Christians."
"My clients have lost everything," Courthouse News quoted St. Francis attorney Mogeeb Weiss as saying. "They've lost their property, livelihoods, members of families that have been murdered systematically. It's very important, for no other reason than it is so unprovoked, other than religious beliefs." more >>
Three people were killed and several injured in northeast Syria after a suicide bomber believed to be from the Islamic State terror group attacked a religious ceremony by Assyrians to commemorate the massacre of Christians more than a century ago.
The suicide attacker detonated his explosive belt when he was stopped by local security forces while trying to enter the hall where people were gathered for the ceremony in the city of Qamishli on Sunday, according to AFP.
During the attack, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, was holding the ceremony to commemorate the 101 anniversary of the Ottoman genocide against Armenians and Assyrians of Qamishli, MassiPost reported. more >>
Iraqi Christians who are joining Muslims in fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a sign of peace and solidarity are facing rebuke from other believers.
"In this way we just wanted to propose a Christian gesture: as Christians, we are confident that fasting and prayer, also shared with others, can work miracles, while weapons and military interventions only kill," Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I told Fides News Agency.
The Patriarch explained that other Christians, though he did not identify who, have taken issue with Christians and Muslims worshiping together in such a way. more >>