A church in Jerusalem has been vandalized on Sunday morning with hateful anti-Christian graffiti by suspected Jewish extremists.
Sunday's incident marked the second time that alleged Jewish extremists desecrated the Dormition Abbey compound of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, which is near Zion Gate. Red ink was used to write hateful messages such as "Christians to Hell," "May his name be obliterated," "Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel," and a Star of David on one of the walls in the compound, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said they already deployed forensics investigators to take a look at the graffiti. In addition, they also began investigating the hate crime, the report details. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee argued President Barack Obama is more interested in not offending Islam than he is in protecting Americans, and most religious hate crimes are against Jews, not Muslims.
At the undercard Republican debate held Thursday evening in North Charleston, South Carolina, the former Arkansas governor asserted that President Obama focuses too much time on not offending Islam.
The board of the United Methodist Church's $20 billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund has essentially blacklisted Israel's five largest banks by declaring them off limits for investment amid claims of human rights violations.
Mark Tooley, president of The Institute of Religion and Democracy who is also a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, however, says the pension board's decision is "unfortunate and embarrassing" and could likely harm relations between the United Methodist Church and the Jewish people.
The five banks — Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot — are on a list of 39 companies from a number of countries that have been declared off limits for not meeting the church's Human Rights Investment Policy guideline implemented in 2015. more >>
A Christian cemetery in Israel was vandalized by unknown individuals, leaving crosses and grave sites toppled.
Six tombstones in the Beit Jimal monastery's cemetery were defiled by unknown vandals. The Latin patriarchate of Jerusalem released a statement condemning the act and highlighted the fact that similar incidents have happened in the past few years, according to Church Militant.
On Saturday, the Latin Patriarchate in the city urged authorities to apprehend those responsible for the desecration of the holy site, the Times of Israel reports. However, Israeli police have chalked it down to mere local vandalism. Such "price tag attacks" are a form of protest against the Israeli army and are often directed at Christians, left-wing Arab-Israelis and Israeli Jews, and Palestinians, the report explains. more >>
A Michigan Arab activist who's also a former State Department representative is defending the stabbing of Jews and even posted a video online that criticizes Muslims who beleive stabbing Jews is forbidden under Islamic law.
In a video posted to YouTube last week, Lina Allan, who represented the State Department's U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative under the Obama administration in 2012, refuted moderate Muslims who suggest that it's a violation of Islamic law for a Palestinian to stab a Jew.
In the video titled "Is Stabbing Jews Haram [Forbidden]" that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Center, Allan argues that those who say the stabbing Jews is forbidden by Islamic law are misguided or are trying to twist Islamic law to further their own motives. more >>
Doug Bandow, a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, claims in a Forbes op-ed that the persecution of Christians in the Middle East can be attributed to the GOP's vocal support for Israel.
"Rubio's concern [about persecution of Christians in the Middle East] no doubt is genuine. However, the policies implemented by his party and advocated by him and his fellow GOP presidential contenders have hurt and will continue to hurt Christians around the world," writes Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
The author argues that Rubio's "slavish political commitment" to the Israeli government "hurts Christians there," adding that "Israel welcomes Western Christians for their political support, not religious convictions." more >>