Death threats to Arabs and Christians written in front of a Roman Catholic Church office in Jerusalem ahead of Pope Francis' visit later this month have some officials alarmed, though a Christian persecution watchdog group said it is unlikely a direct attack on the pope will be attempted.
The Office of the Assembly of Bishops, Notre Dame of Jerusalem said that it found Hebrew writing on a column outside its building earlier this week, reading "Death to Arabs, Christians and all those who hate Israel." Heads of churches are preparing to respond.
Todd Daniels, International Christian Concern's regional manager for the Middle East, told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday that such threats and attacks are often carried out by Jewish extremists, and that Israeli security forces are taking the threat seriously. more >>
A Christian Zionist organization has raised enough money over six weeks to bring 100 Ukrainian Jews to Israel.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, an organization which describes its mission as a "global ministry of Christians" who "share a love and concern for Israel and who seek to repair the historic breach between the Church and the Jewish people," has resettled more than 115,000 Jews from other countries in the Middle Eastern nation.
Most recently, the ICEJ welcomed 19 Ukrainian Jews on Sunday, its first group of Jewish immigrants since Russian military forces appeared in Crimea in February. According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, the country as a whole welcomed 375 new Ukrainian immigrants from January to March, compared to 221 in the same period in 2013. more >>
After coming under intense criticism for his remarks that Israel could become an "apartheid state" if it did not embrace a two-state solution, Secretary of State John Kerry has now sought to clarify his comments, reiterating his support for Israel, which he called a "vibrant democracy."
While AP News reports that Kerry "pointedly did not apologize for the remarks," he "acknowledged his comments last week to a closed international forum could have been misinterpreted."
Two days earlier, The Daily Beast reported that Kerry had said in a private meeting with world leaders that, "A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens-or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state." more >>
I am the son of Holocaust survivors. Most of my family perished in the Holocaust, either in the crematorium or they were shot dead on the street. Like many children of Holocaust survivors I never had grandparents. I became a rabbi as a concept of never again. I vowed that I'd do everything in my power to stop evil and to make certain that people that are like the Nazis, demons that they are, would never succeed.
When I viewed the film, "That Jew Died For You," I recognized it as a movie of compassion. I am not a stranger to this subject having just authored a new book The Holocaust as Seen Through Film, one of the many books that I have written with a Holocaust theme.
I do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but I do believe he was a Jew. I am completely non-judgmental with regards to anyone's religious observances. I don't judge anybody because I did not go into the clergy for religious sake. I went into clergy for humanity's sake. There are not too many Holocaust survivors' kids around that think the way I do. more >>
NASHVILLE—An Israeli woman and Palestinian man who both lost children because of ongoing violence in the region discussed their mutual love and support for one another during the annual three-day Q Conference which is built around the belief that "Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals."
In 2007, Bassam Aramin's 10-year-old daughter, Abir, "was shot in cold blood by an Israeli soldier while standing outside her school with [her] classmates." Two years before his daughter was killed, Aramin had started a reconciliation organization called Combatants for Peace, where he continues to work alongside "former Israeli and Palestinian combatants" in an effort to "create political pressure on both governments to stop the cycle of violence, end the occupation and resume a constructive dialog."
Prior to launching his peacemaking organization, Aramin had been jailed for seven years after he was caught, at age 17, plotting an attack on Israeli forces. His plan was to take revenge on the soliders because at age 12, he had witnessed the shooting of one of his peers during a Palestinian demonstration against Israel. more >>
Last week in Ukraine, leaflets were being disseminated saying Jews were required to register with the government or face being thrown out of the country and their possessions seized. More and more, they have been debunked as a hoax. Jews in America, and worldwide, should nonetheless take this seriously, and recognize that - when the time comes - if they don't fight back, they will die.
US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoff Pyatt, confirmed that the leaflets were real, according to Jake Tapper of CNN:
ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles," the leaflet goes on to note. more >>