Tagged with Palestine

How Palestine Divides Messianic Jews

How Palestine Divides Messianic Jews

This article was first published in the May print edition of Christianity Today. Among Christians in America, Israel can be viewed as a fulfillment of prophecy, a democratic ally in a region of chaos, or an occupier oppressing stateless Palestinians. How to choose? Given that 2 out of 3 US evangelicals have a positive perception … Continue reading

Pew: US Christians Like the Israeli and Palestinian People More Than Their Governments

Pew: US Christians Like the Israeli and Palestinian People More Than Their Governments

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on April 24, 2019. When it comes to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, do American evangelicals favor one side or the other? Research Center finds one-third actually feel favorable toward both—when it comes to their peoples. And one-third feel unfavorable toward both governments. Politico Magazine recently profiled Telos, … Continue reading

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 20. Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity has restored its sparkling mosaics and marble columns to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. “It has become such a beautiful church,” Ziad al-Bandak, head of the local project committee of Christian leaders, told the … Continue reading

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 15, 2017. American evangelicals rediscovered their brethren in the Middle East in recent years. The promise of the Arab Spring, followed by the threat of ISIS. Beheadings and other martyrdoms, followed by forgiveness. Many decided we must become better friends, and work harder for the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

God, Egypt witnessed a frightful return, disturbing a relative quiet. The pattern subsided but not that long ago was a viable threat. May it not be a portent of things to come. A car bomb detonated in an upper class neighborhood, injuring one bystander but missing the deputy prosecutor-general. Fifteen months ago, his positional superior … Continue reading

To be a Muslim’s Eyes

To be a Muslim’s Eyes

From al-Monitor, a unique account of a Palestinian Christian in Gaza who daily accompanies his blind Muslim friend to the mosque: “Growing up, Hatem would always perform prayers at the mosque, but after the incident five years ago, he was no longer able to do so because there was no one available to guide him … Continue reading

Jewish Settler: I am a Passionate Defender of Palestinian Rights

Jewish Settler: I am a Passionate Defender of Palestinian Rights

This article first published at Lapido Media. Palestinian Christian jaws dropped in shock. Gathered to promote their narrative to international evangelicals largely supportive of Israel, a bespectacled, long-bearded, Yarmulke-wearing Jewish settler appeared on screen. He spoke, and their surprise deepened. ‘I am a passionate defender of Palestinian rights,’ Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger told the audience. ‘Zionism … Continue reading

An Israeli Solution to the US Racial Crisis?

An Israeli Solution to the US Racial Crisis?

With America gripped by conflicting rhetoric over the nature of race relations and police performance, has anyone yet suggested this solution: Just get the African-Americans to go back to Africa? If so, surely it would be from the political fringe. If anyone knows of a more mainstream source among right-of-center bulwarks like Fox News or … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, It is not as if this is the first time. Mutual acrimony between Israel and Hamas leads to the exchange of rockets, with deeply disproportional suffering. Now a land invasion is poised to begin. Egypt has been the historic mediator, but this time – so far – unsuccessfully. Two years ago President Morsi, whose … Continue reading

Gaza and the Right to Self-Defense

There is much wrong on both sides. The situation is complex and begs for thorough analysis. All this is granted but within this debate, here is a well-researched article from Jadaliyya exposing a false rhetoric that seems eminently logical: On the fourth day of Israel’s most recent onslaught against Gaza’s Palestinian population, President Barack Obama … Continue reading