Posts made in June, 2019

Byzantine baptism font was discovered at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem

Posted on Jun 24, 2019

Curia - Latin Patriarchate of JerusalemLatin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Bethlehem — On Saturday, June 22, 2019, officials at the site of renovation at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem announced the discovery of a Byzantine baptism font.

Mr. Ziad al-Bandak, head of a Palestinian presidential committee who is leading the church renovation said that international experts are examining the receptacle and studying its origin.
This renovation comes after the declaration of the UNESCO in 2013, that declared the church of the Nativity as a World Heritage site.

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Selling Israel Biblically…Christian Zionism’s Political Power

Posted on Jun 23, 2019

Aware of tourism’s potential for indoctrination, the Israeli government, along with its American evangelical allies, promotes religious tourism. The industry, message, and agenda of its solidarity tours and pilgrimages is strictly controlled. While readily exploiting Palestinian historical sites, Israel makes sure that Western tour groups are kept distant from Palestinians or their Christian community.

Image: Jerusalem, crosses visible in foreground and background. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Jerusalem, crosses visible in foreground and background. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

By M. Reza Behnam | June 20, 2019

Geopolitical, economic, energy, and military determinants have shaped U.S. Middle East policy since the Second World War. No less significant, however, is the powerful influence of Christian Zionism on the formation of America’s Israel-first policy. With over 40 million adherents, it has become a powerful force in shaping that policy, especially today.

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Waving the Bible to Block Justice

Posted on Jun 21, 2019

Image: Israeli Ambassador Danny DanoN Photo: Florida International University | Flickr

Israeli Ambassador Danny DanoN Photo: Florida International University | Flickr, May 30, 2019 – It is deplorable and somewhat surprising to watch Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, wave a Bible at a session of the Security Council to defend his country’s theft of Palestinian land in the West Bank. He is certainly inspired by his boss, Benjamin Netanyahu, who, although secular, quotes the Bible frequently to sell his expansionist agenda.

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Concept Note: World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (WWPPI)

Posted on Jun 21, 2019

World Council of Churches, 06 June 2019

Background: Each year during the week that includes the International Day of Peace (21 September), churches, related organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to participate in worship services, educational events, and acts of support for a just and sustainable peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.


Date: 15-22 September 2019


Theme: “Humanity and equality in God’s creation”

The ongoing conflict and injustice in Palestine and Israel has created victims from all communities. This situation affects the future for everyone in the region, denies the equal human dignity of all people, and in all aspects of God’s creation. Though we are all created equally in God’s image, the military occupation and its discriminatory practices and impacts on entire Palestinian communities is an obstacle to the fullness of life for all in God’s creation.

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FOSNA: Counter CUFI, Washington, DC, July 7 and 8, 2019

Posted on Jun 20, 2019


For too long, Palestinians have been calling for freedom, justice, and equality. As organizations that share these values, we urge you to join us in confronting Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. With over five million members, CUFI uses its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine, including imprisoning Palestinian children; bombing homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza; massacring peaceful protestors; and confiscating Palestinian land.

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Eritrean Catholic Church denounces government seizure of health clinics

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

image: The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara. Credit: Hailu Wudineh TSEGAYE/Shutterstock.

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara. Credit: Hailu Wudineh TSEGAYE/Shutterstock.

Asmara, Eritrea, Jun 18, 2019 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health clinics throughout the country last week.

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Israel is not as Christian-friendly as you think

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

According to a Pew Research study, 86% of Israeli Christians strongly believe that the US is too supportive of Israel. Only a small percentage of American Christians—18%–believe that the US is too supportive of Israel.

by Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew

July 12, 2017 – The New Testament records that Jesus Christ took two loaves of bread and five fish, and fed five thousand people. Ancient believers identified the place where they believe this miracle happened and built a church on the site. Today the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes stands in Israel, its 5th century mosaic floors still intact. Outside is a large rock where, legend has it, Jesus placed the bread before he distributed it to the crowd.

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Teaching and transmitting love of the Bible

Posted on Jun 18, 2019

Curia - Latin Patriarchate of JerusalemA conversation with Father Jean-Jacques Pérennès, director of the Ecole Biblique of Jerusalem

Interview by François Vayne, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Father Pérennès, could you summarize in few words the great history of the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française (French Bible and Archaeological School) of Jerusalem (EBAF), beginning with its foundation by Father Lagrange in 1890?

The Ecole Biblique was founded by Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange at a time when the progress of modern sciences (history, archaeology, linguistics) seemed to threaten the credibility of the Bible. Eminent scholars such as Ernest Renan and Alfred Loisy left the Catholic Church in a brutal manner, suggesting that it was not able to accept the challenge of a critical reading of the Bible.

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Israeli court upholds shady sale of Jerusalem church property to settlers

Posted on Jun 18, 2019

Church property in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City may end up in the hands of a radical settler group that could bar Christian access to their holy sites.

by Nir Hasson, reposted from Ha’aretz

The leaders of a number of Christian denominations in Jerusalem issued an unusual joint statement in which they criticized the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to uphold the sale of three properties by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to an organization that seeks to increase Jewish presence in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Christian Peacemaking Team Palestine: “To the coming generations”

Posted on Jun 16, 2019

Christian Peacemaking Team, Hebron – On May 10, 2019, CPT Palestine was called out to a major incident in Tel Rumeida. On arrival, we found that around 50 Israeli soldiers, together with a number of armed settlers, had just arrested two young Palestinian men. Talk about using a sledgehammer to crack a nut!

At first, Israeli soldiers photographed our passports, and we were not allowed to enter the immediate area, as it had been declared a “closed military zone.” Finally, when we were allowed in, the first person we saw was the mother of one of the men, sitting on a step. She looked distraught.

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