Why Israelis Are Worried About Donald Trump

Where does Donald Trump stand on the Arab-Israeli conflict? As with so much else, the only consistent feature of Trump's remarks is their off-the-cuff and contradictory nature. Trump's foreign policy thinking might be truly as shambolic as the sentences in which it is expressed. Alternatively, there might indeed be method behind the madness. Yet whether or not one is charitable towards the controversial tycoon, all indications suggest that a Trump presidency would recklessly jeopardize the stalwart alliance between the United States and Israel, and thereby endanger the security of the Middle East's sole democracy. (Read More...)

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a devout Muslim family. But in college, he started exploring the claims of Christianity and eventually decided to convert. Since then, Qureshi has devoted himself to studying Christian apologetics and writing and speaking about Islam and Christianity. In his latest book, Answering Jihad, Qureshi addresses many of the big questions he’s heard American Christians asking after attacks like those in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. He says he wanted to help give people a context to understand what Islam is, who Muslims are, what is driving radical militant groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. (Read More...)

Did the AP Cooperate with the Nazis?

The Associated Press, the world's biggest news agency, cooperated with the Nazi regime during World War II, the Guardian reported on Wednesday, citing archival material unearthed by a German historian. According to the report, AP provided US newspapers with news items produced and culled by the Nazi propaganda ministry. (Read More...)

Exhibit Immortalizes Pre-WW2 Jewry

When Roman Vishniac began documenting impoverished Jewish communities with his camera in 1935, he unwittingly sealed his photographic legacy by capturing a rare glimpse into a world that was soon to disappear. On the eve of World War II, while on assignment for the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Vishniac created what would become the most widely recognized and reproduced photographic record of European Jewry. In the many decades since they were first distributed, his iconic black-and-white images continue to capture the public’s interest with their portrayal of a vanished world. (Read More...)

Four Wycliffe Translators Murdered

One month after Wycliffe Associates (WA) announced the launch of 10 new Bible translation projects in a region where conversion to Christianity is punishable by death, four of its Bible translators were martyred when militants raided their Middle Eastern office. “They shot and destroyed all the equipment in the office, including the Print On Demand (POD) equipment,” WA reported in a prayer letter. “The invaders burned all the books and other translation materials in the office. (Read More...)

Lenten Used to Bash Israel?

On February 9, 2016, the YWCA of Palestine published a “Lenten Reflection” edited by Rev. Loren McGrail, a pastor in the United Church of Christ. McGrail works for the YWCA in Jerusalem and her work is supported by Global Ministries, a bureaucracy that serves as the overseas missionary for two mainline Protestant denominations — the United Church of Christ headquartered in Cleveland and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), head quartered in Indianapolis. McGrail, who works as a communication officer for the YWCA in Jerusalem, is also supported by the Church of Scotland. (Read More...)

IDF Closes Off West Bank for Purim

Israel will close off the West Bank from Wednesday to Saturday as a preventative measure against attacks during the Jewish holiday of Purim, the IDF announced on Tuesday. The closure will begin at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday and is expected to end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, the army said. (Read More...)

Will Europe Wake Up?

"After any terrorist attack — until last year — those familiar with the threat always asked the question, “Will this wake people up?” Until quite recently I used to think, “Possibly.” After the March 2004 Madrid train bombings killed 200 people, there were those who said something would change. But the only thing to change was the Spanish government, booted out by an electorate irritated that it had fingered the wrong culprits in the moments after the blasts. (Read More...)

Jerusalem Notebook: Terrorism's Unseen Wounds

A few days ago, a visiting friend and I walked through Jerusalem’s Mamilla Mall, up some steep stairs and through the Old City’s Jaffa Gate. We both had some gift shopping to do, and we had decided to pick up some pottery and other items in the Christian Quarter’s shops. Of course, thanks to the present wave of stabbings, we thought twice about our destination. But we went anyway. (Read More...)

State Department: It's Genocide

On March 17, United States Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the State Department’s determination that the Islamic State has indeed committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims in Iraq and Syria. In the State Department briefing room, Kerry said, “My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.” Kerry referred to ISIS by its Arabic nickname and added, “Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions in what it says, what it believes and what it does.” (Read More...)

Erasmus and the Greek Text

Five hundred years ago this year, in February and March of 1516, a Swiss-German printer in Basel named Johann Froben published a volume of some 1,000 pages titled Novum Instrumentum Omne, “the whole New Testament.” This was the first officially published edition of the Greek New Testament, and it was the work of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. Next year, the scholarly world will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, with much attention devoted to Martin Luther and the hammer blows heard in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. Before then, however, it is good to glimpse Erasmus in the annus mirabilis of 1516, the year before the storm broke loose. (Read More...)

Oxford Students Laugh at Parisian Attacks

Members of a prominent Oxford University student group affiliated with the Labour Party laughed at Jewish victims of terrorism and made fun of the Holocaust, the Sunday Times reported. According to the British weekly, club members called Jewish students “Zios” (a term for Jews usually confined to Ku Klux Klan websites), dubbed the Auschwitz death camp “a cash cow,” sang about rockets being fired at Tel Aviv and expressed approval for both attacks on Parisian synagogues in 2014 and the shooting of four Jews in a Paris supermarket the following year. (Read More...)

PM Chastises MKs over Terror Support

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out Monday at Arab MKs who condemned Gulf Arab states for blacklisting the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah as a terror group. “Countries from the Arab world decided to recognize Hezbollah as a terror group. This is an important development. Even amazing,” Netanyahu said in the Knesset on Monday evening. (Read More...)

PA Propaganda Spread at CATC

By now, most people have come to expect that officials from the Palestinian Authority will speak words of peace when addressing foreigners and words of hate when they speak to their own people. And most people realize that PA officials will level outrageous charges at Israel every chance they get. This is what the PA does. Governing through the use of misinformation and demonizing propaganda comes with the territory if you're in charge of the Palestinian Authority. But even the most hardened and cynical observer of the Palestinian Authority would be shocked at the speech given by a PA official at the opening session of the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference that began today, Monday, March 7

Anti-Israel Forces Gather At CATC

Many leading Christian anti-Zionists are gathering this week in Bethlehem at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference, the movement’s biennial flagship event. Evangelical Christians have traditionally been strong supporters of Israel and the Jewish people. That their support can no longer be taken for granted is evidenced by Christ at the Checkpoint and its profile around the world. (Read More...)

Israel: Apartheid State or Safe for Arabs?

It’s that time of year again—Israel Apartheid Week. This “week” starts in Europe in February and spreads to North America in March. It’s an arm of the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel) movement, which is in turn an arm of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood. (Read More...)

Christianity's Anti-Semitic Virus

Dear fellow Christians, Over the past few months there has been a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism around the world. It has been stimulated by Israel's recent operation against Hamas. And by a global recession that could easily turn into another Great Depression. People are afraid, especially in wealthy Western nations. The Middle East could go nuclear. Energy supplies could dry up. We might lose our houses. Hungry, homeless indigents might coalesce. (Read More...)

Jews and Arabs Running for Peace

Despite the fact Jerusalem is in the midst of one of the more turbulent and difficult periods in recent years, there are residents from its western and eastern parts - Jews and Arabs alike - have decided to run together for peace. (Read More...)

Nazi Guard Convicted in Germany

LÜNEBURG, Germany — In what is likely to be among the last chances to bring justice for the Holocaust, a German court convicted a 94-year-old former SS soldier of colluding in mass murder, and delivered an unstinting depiction both of the horrors of Auschwitz and the depths of German guilt. (Read More...)

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