Middle East update
The Arabic N for ‘Nisrani’ or Nazarene was painted on the doors of Christian homes in Mosul by the Islamic militants. Believers around the world are now using the symbol in social media such as Facebook and Twitter to express solidarity with the persecuted Iraqi Christians.
THE REMAINING CHRISTIANS OF MOSUL, which was Nineveh in the Bible, were forced to flee their homes after Islamist militants threatened to kill them if they did not convert to Islam or pay the jizya tax. If they could not pay the tax to IS, the new name for ISIS (Islamic State of Iraqand Syria), they had to leave Mosul by noon on 19 July without taking any of their possessions with them.
One of the speakers at Howard Stern’s next Emmaus Group conference this November is a 28-year-old Palestinian Christian woman known as Christy, who was granted asylum in the UK after death threats forced her to leave her family in Bethlehem.
For many years, Israel’s opponents have filed endless allegations against its military blockade of Gaza. Rallies, protests and campaigns around the world cite Israel’s military blockade of Gaza as a serious contribution to the suffering of Gaza’s 1.7 million inhabitants. Gaza has been described as an overcrowded open air prison. In actual fact, its population density per square mile is less than the London Borough of Croydon.
MESSIANIC JEWS AND ARAB CHRISTIANS met together to dance, sing and praise the Lord – and pray for peace amidst the conflict in Israel.
The three-day ‘Elav’ festival annual event in July involved 1,000 young people who came together in Haifa.
One of the special guests at the recent “At the Crossroads” conference at Christ Church, Jerusalem was the so-called “Vicar of Baghdad”, Canon Andrew White.
Travelling about at great risk to his life and with the added discomfort of suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Canon White had just picked up the 2014 William Wilberforce Award, presented to him in America for his efforts at reconciliation by the Chuck Colson Centre for Christian Worldview.
A BRITISH-BASED IRANIAN WOMAN BROUGHT UP AS A DEVOUT MUSLIM HAS TOLD HOW SHE BECAME A CHRISTIAN AFTER AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE GOD OF THE BIBLE.
We have not used her real name for security reasons as the Iranian government not only persecutes Christians but has also vowed to destroy Israel and brave “Esther Esfahani” was telling her story to the “Crossroads” conference of Messianic Jews and Christian Arabs in Jerusalem.
Jesus breaks down barriers at Middle East crossroads
As politicians lick their wounds over yet another failure to strike a deal between Israelis and Palestinians, Jewish and Arab pastors have demonstrated true reconciliation, writes Charles Gardner
Now he wants to help reunite the sons of Abraham
Charles Gardner reports from Jerusalem
A Turkish Muslim who made a pilgrimage to Mecca in a desperate attempt to get his life back on track returned as a Christian to the great astonishment of his family.
Now a pastor, Ali Pektash told the “At the Crossroads” conference in Jerusalem that he wants to help re-unite the sons of Abraham.
Howard Stern reports on a visit to Bethlehem this December
IT IS MY BELIEF THAT WITHIN FIVE YEARS we will see the West Bank Christians in a similar condition to the Copts in Egypt, Gaza’s Christian remnant and those in Syria and Iraq, if Europe does not act decisively.
by Howard Stern
Untold stories of Palestinian Christians
Amid the myriad of narratives given by those who seek to express an opinion about the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, there is a voice that has been entirely lost.
It is the voice of the persecuted Palestinian Christians, caught between a rock and a hard place. Yes, we have the likes of Kairos and Sabeel, but these do not speak for all Christians in the Palestinian Territories – not by a long way, in fact.