Category: Israel

Unlikely exodus: the Jews leaving Britain to start a new life in Israel

They are giving up their homes and leaving their extended families at a time of crisis. One hundred and forty Jews, ranging from a three-month-old baby to an 80-year-old woman, will begin their new life when they get off a plane this morning. These migrants, however, are fleeing the UK for Israel. And their journey on a chartered El Al plane from Stansted is the most public symbol of a striking trend: at a time when migration to the Jewish state is either declining or levelling off from many parts of the world, an increasing number of British Jews are

Ad pitch for Israel aimed at Christians

Evangelicals provide deep well of support WASHINGTON — The portraits of suffering on the television commercials follow the familiar imagery of fundraising appeals after major disasters: video of collapsed buildings, the injured being carried away on stretchers and women wailing for the dead. But this isn’t a plea for some earthquake-ravaged nation. It’s an appeal on behalf of Israel, a highly industrialized nation emerging from war. And the pitch goes beyond mere sympathy. The scenes are interspersed with biblical passages that suggest a divine calling to help the cause. “Israel is under attack, her civilians living their lives in bomb

In land of Jesus, Christians struggle

As conditions worsen, numbers dwindle BETHLEHEM — Nakla Qaber, whose Greek Orthodox roots stretch back generations in a Christian enclave on the West Bank, runs a successful restaurant at a time when most Palestinians are struggling. But when it came time for his son and three daughters to make their own way in the world, they went off to college in the United States and Canada and never came back. “Every time I go to services, I look around and see the number of worshippers declining, Sunday after Sunday,” said Qaber, 63, who lives in Beil Jala, alongside the major

Evangelicals seeing the error of replacement theology

Dr. John Hagee, the American evangelical pastor who last month announced plans for a Christian-style AIPAC, says the organization is a “canopy group” encompassing Christian supporters of Israel from across America and is coming together “with a speed and harmony I never would have believed possible.” Hagee says he attempted something similar, though on a smaller scale, 25 years ago, but to no avail. “I called 30 pastors together… At the end of the first hour, I lost 29 of them.” Now, by contrast, “I called 400 and all 400 have agreed to participate in Christians United for Israel.”

Israeli Couple Attacks Christian Shrine

Nazareth – A distraught Israeli couple, joined by another woman, entered one of Christianity’s holiest sites Friday and set off explosions, police said, sparking a large riot in this biblical town in northern Israel. At least eight people, including five police, were injured in the melee, which appeared to be under control by late Friday. The assailants, who were not believed to be linked to any Jewish nationalist group, were disguised as Christian pilgrims when they entered the Basilica of the Annunciation, police said. They remained barricaded inside the building for several hours before police broke through a crowd of

Muslim graves lie under Museum of Tolerance site

Jerusalem — When workers broke ground on the $200 million Museum of Tolerance on the edge of Independence Park, they unearthed what bulldozers often dig up in a city whose history dates 3,000 years: the bones of the dead. In this case, the site was on the edge of a historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem that Arabs say holds the remains of not just their grandparents, but long-ago associates of the prophet Muhammad. The resulting uproar has placed the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center‘s expansive new monument to “human dignity” in the center of a historical imbroglio in the city

Evangelical center coming to Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Municipality has authorized the temporary establishment of an Evangelical Christian center for worship on the Mount of Olives for the benefit of those visiting the Holy Land, according to the city and the organizer. The center, a large prayer tent, will be established at the end of March behind the Seven Arches Hotel on the Mount of Olives facing the Temple Mount. A provisional permit for the site has been approved by the city for March and April, with possibility of renewal for two additional months, a city spokeswoman said Thursday. The prayer tent, the brainchild of a

Evangelicals to launch ‘Christian AIPAC’

A leading US evangelist is forming an umbrella organization under which all pro-Israel Christians in America can speak as one in support of the Jewish state. Pastor John C. Hagee of San Antonio, Texas, is to launch Christians United for Israel (CUFI) at an invitation-only “Summit on Israel” next Tuesday at his Cornerstone Church. The Texas-size church seats 5,000 worshipers and has some 17,000 members, but the summit will host a much smaller congregation: the spiritual leaders of an estimated 30 million US Christians. “Think of CUFI as a Christian version of AIPAC ,” Hagee

Anti-Missionary Group´s Offices Broken Into

( The Jerusalem offices of the Yad L’Achim counter-missionary organization were broken into last Friday night. Nothing was damaged or stolen, but police suspect the vandals were searching for evidence collected by the organization intended for use in court against missionary groups operating in Israel. Yad L’Achim has a network of hundreds of volunteers who monitor and combat missionary and cult activity in Israel in addition to pursuing such groups in Israel’s courts. – Click here for a free Daily News Report from Israel

‘Don’t touch Jerusalem,’ Evangelical leader warns Bush

Influential American evangelist Pat Robertson said yesterday that Evangelical Christians feel so deeply about Jerusalem that if President George W. Bush were to “touch” the city, Evangelicals would abandon their traditional Republican leanings and form a third party. Evangelical Christians – estimated an tens of millions in the U.S. – overwhelmingly support Bush for his pro-Israel policies, Robertson told a Jerusalem news conference yesterday. But if Bush shifted his position toward support for Jerusalem as a capital for both Israel and a Palestinian state, his Evangelical backing would disappear, Robertson warned. “The president has backed away from ,