There is no doubt that there is real suffering among the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank (which is actually ancient Judea and Samaria). The question is who, precisely, is most responsible for their suffering?
Certainly, Israel is far from blameless in its treatment of the Palestinians, and it helps no one when we overlook or whitewash Israel's failings, as some Christian Zionists are prone to do.
But is Israel primarily responsible for the difficult living conditions faced by the Palestinians today? more >>
An inspector general's report has revealed that Russia withheld important information relating to the radical-Islam background of one of the Boston Marathon bombers, that could have potentially prevented the attack that killed three people and injured over 260 in April 2013.
One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was a "follower of radical Islam and a strong believer" and had "changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups," the Russian government shared with the FBI in 2011, two years before the attack.
Russian officials then declined several requests for additional information, however, which could have prevented the bombing, according to law enforcement agencies, the report said, according to The New York Times. more >>
The Jewish-sponsored school Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., announced Tuesday that it would withdraw Ayaan Hirsi Ali from a list of five individuals for whom it had intended to confer an honorary doctorate degree during its May commencement ceremony.
The school announced that it would be rescinding the honor after it realized that "certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University's core values." It also noted that the university's president, Frederick M. Lawrence, had discussed the decision with Hirsi Ali and that she "is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue."
The New York Times noted that while universities may frequently host speakers with controversial opinions, "awarding an honorary degree ... is more akin to affirming the body of a recipient's work." more >>
Two more Muslim majority countries have opted to ban Darren Aronofsky's Noah, citing concerns of unrest and fear of controversies.
Malaysia and Indonesia have joined the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain in censoring the film from theaters. However, Egypt, which had suggested that it might too ban the film, announced on Monday that its board of censors had approved the film for release.
A Christian couple was sentenced to death in Pakistan on Friday reportedly for committing "blasphemy" via text messages. Lawyers said they will appeal the ruling and fight for the man and woman who are said to be illiterate.
"We are seriously concerned. Cases like these are common and cause great suffering. We continue to pray, while the issue remains unresolved," Fr. Aloysius Roy, Superior of the Pakistani province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, told Fides News Agency in a report on Monday.
"We express our solidarity, but Christians keep a low profile, because life is full of difficulties and dangers, and for us the first commandment is to survive. Christians are afraid and they move with extreme caution." more >>
Some Muslim parents in Dearborn, Mich., are upset over an "Eggstravaganza" Easter egg hunt invitation their children received from teachers at school because the event is going to be held on the grounds of the Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.
Attorney Majed Moughni, the father of two public school students, said his son was uncomfortable about receiving the flyer from the Presbyterian church for their event on April 12.
"It really bothered my two kids. My son was like, 'Dad, I really don't feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools,'" Moughni told The Detroit Free Press. more >>