The Evangelical Christian family that oversees the popular crafts chain Hobby Lobby Stores may be under federal investigation for attempting to import looted artifacts from the Middle East.
In 2011, U.S. Customs officials reportedly confiscated 200 to 300 stone tablets shipped from Israel. Their destination: the Green family's Hobby Lobby corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City.
According to The Daily Beast, the tablets were stolen from Iraq, making the Green family possibly guilty of a federal offense. more >>
Leaders from a Jewish group in Germany are expressing concerns about refugees stirring anti-Semitism.
Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that the Central Council of Jews in Germany has warned Chancellor Angela Merkel that many refugees "come from countries in which Israel is viewed as the enemy" and that "these prejudices are often projected onto Jews in general."
Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party responded that it is ready to combat anti-Semitism "resolutely." more >>
Thousands of Christians travel to the Holy Land each year to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and discover the land of the Bible. Israel is undeniably the ultimate destination for those seeking to embrace a deeper connection to their faith. The country is full of sites that are significant to both the Old and New Testament, historically and religiously. Here is a list of 10 must-visit sites for Christian tourists in Israel.
Also known as the Way of Sorrows, the Via Dolorosa follows the path Jesus took from his trial to his crucifixion, and finally to the tomb where he was laid to rest. Today, there are 14 Stations of the Cross that mark this route. Pilgrims can stop at each point and reflect on the pain of Jesus's journey. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released a series of videos this week lauding killing of innocent civilians in Jerusalem, and is calling on its followers to increase attacks.
In the eight videos the group urges lone wolf attackers to: "Bring back horror to the Jews with explosions, burnings and stabbings. ... Time is running out, so brother, struggle hard. We have only life, and it is Allah who gave it to us," according to Al Bawaba.
Militants are also seen celebrating the Palestinian knife attackers who enacted violence against Jews in Jerusalem in recent weeks. Donning a mask, the militant told the knifemen "not to forget explosive devices," and to "continue fighting the Jews with all possible means." more >>
As a South African, I have visited the Holy Land several times at the invitation of Jewish as well as Palestinian friends and it grieves me to say that the similarities between Apartheid South Africa and Israel today are stark. I feel retraumatized every time I visit Israel, and here is why:
The policies pursued by the Israeli government deliver the same result on the ground as those practiced by Apartheid South Africa: pain, suffering, discrimination and no hope that things will change.
This is because once one accepts the fundamental belief that others belong and others don't, government actions and laws must cohere with that foundational belief. The fact that the Israeli narrative is clouded by legitimate security needs does not justify the dispossession of others by military might and cannot be rationalized by religion into a political framework without disastrous results. more >>
The tomb of biblical patriarch Joseph has reportedly suffered severe damage in the West Bank city of Nablus after hundreds of Palestinian rioters set fire to the holy site early Friday morning.
"This arson shows that the Palestinian Authority's occupation is no different than that of Islamic State," claimed Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Liberman accused PA President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting the rioters to burn down holy and historical sites, paralleling that to the actions of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria. more >>