Israeli Arab politician, Haneen Zoabi, lost her bid to become Nazareth's first new mayor in 20 years. Zoabi, who ran against incumbent, Ramiz Jaraisi, who has been the city's mayor for almost two decades, only won 3,812 votes. Jararisi, a Christian, received 43.37 percent of the total.
Nazareth, a popular destination for Christian tourists hoping to step foot where Jesus was raised, is made up of about 70 percent Muslims and 30 percent Christians. It has a population of about 80,000 people. Outside of Nazareth, 20 percent of Israel's population is made up of Arabs.
Zoabi is one of 12 Israeli Arabs who currently holds a seat on Israel's parliament, or Knesset, where she has shown to be an outspoken critic of her country and encouraged her fellow Israeli Arabs to not allow themselves to be complacent bystanders who "thank Israel every day for not expelling them in 1948, who think they are not equal to Jewish citizens." more >>
A recent Arabic article appearing in Egypt's Al Ahram newspaper titled Is Terrorism Jihad? written by Islamic law expert Dr. Abdul Fatah Idris offers important lessons-from the fact that jihad does involve subjugating non-Muslims to why the Western mentality is still incapable of acknowledging it.
Idris, professor and chairman of Al Azhar University's Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia Law, is a well-reputed legal scholar. He begins his article by defining terrorism and quoting several international bodies that, in his words:
define terrorism as an act of violence or threat of violence coming from an individual either on his own volition or in participation with other individuals. It targets people or organizations or places or means of transportation or the general public in order to threaten or cause injuries or deaths of the people or simply to cripple the effectiveness of international organizations or to cause the loss or damage of those places or properties or to tamper with transportation to interfere in the friendly relations between countries or between the inhabitants of several countries or to extort concessions from some countries. more >>
Christian leaders in Israel are outraged after vandals entered a historic Protestant cemetery, knocking over stone crosses and breaking them into pieces this month. Home to graves from prominent Christians who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries, the attack is just the latest in a series if as many as 17 vandalism incidents targeting Christian sites in Israel over the past three years.
"We are striving so hard to promote dignity and respect among the living. And here we have our dead people ... vandalized," said the Rev. Hosam Naoum, caretaker of the Protestant cemetery told the Associated Press. "No human would agree with this."
Among those buried in the cemetery are Horatio G. Spafford, writer of the hymn, "It Is Well with My Soul," several noteworthy archeologists, and the founder of a local orphanage who helped modernize Jerusalem. more >>
Recently released findings from the Pew Research Center indicate that in the United States white evangelicals are more than twice as likely to believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people than American Jews.
Pew found that 82 percent of white evangelicals believed God gave Israel to the Jewish people. By contrast, only 40 percent of American Jews agreed.
Michael Lipka of Pew wrote in an article on Thursday on the organization's website that in the multi-issue survey "Jews' feelings for Israel are equaled or even exceeded by those of white evangelical Protestants." more >>
The new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems to have softened his tone towards Israel and, for the first time since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the president of the United States has had direct communication with the leader of Iran. Does this signal a real change for the better? Can we really trust Iran? I seriously doubt it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is having none of it, telling reporters on his way to America (and with reference to his speech to the UN), "I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet-talk and onslaught of smiles."
Is this then just a smiling façade; an Islamic ruse to pacify America and the international community while Iran continues to develop its nuclear capabilities? more >>
Archaeologists digging on the historic Mount Zion may have found more clues as to how life was like in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have unearthed various items from a priestly mansion dated to the time of the first century located at the Jerusalem site.
Of particular interest to the research team, reads a press statement released by UNCC on Tuesday, is the presence of a vaulted chamber that served as a bathing room. more >>