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18 Jan

Christian Delegation Call on International Community to “Help Build a New Political Solution”

A group of bishops from across Europe and North America have voiced their deep concerns over Israel’s occupation of Palestine, describing the grim situation in the occupied territory, Middle East Monitor reported. “Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by […]

29 Dec

Not A Merry Christmas For Christian Detainees In Israeli Prisons

At the house of Palestinian political prisoner, Samer al-Arabid, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, you can find no Christmas tree, no celebration and no joy to the world. After all, he is facing a serious health condition after being severely and continuously tortured by Israel. Samer comes […]

26 Dec

‘The Last Generation’: How Occupation is Driving Christians out of Palestine

By Peter Oborne for Middle East Eye One week before Christmas. I’m in Manger Square and watching pilgrims descend from buses and make their way to the Church of the Nativity, first built in the fourth century, on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, the infant Jesus was born. […]

26 Dec

VIDEO: The Threat Facing Christianity In Jerusalem

“We have a genuine history in this city and we must keep going.” ~Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine 12/25/19

14 Dec

No Visits to Holy Sites for Christians in Gaza

Christians from the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, the so-called Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday. Only Christians over the age of 45 will be eligible for a permit to travel […]

22 Nov

Christian Group Troubled by U.S. Position on Israeli Settlements

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) has expressed deep concern over the recent U.S. declaration which recognized “the legitimacy” of the illegal Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank, The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. “The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and […]

19 Nov

Illegal Israeli Colonists Storm A Christian Church In Hebron

A group of fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers stormed, on Monday at night, the al-Maskobiyya Church, known as Abraham’s Oak Holy Trinity Monastery, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Eyewitnesses said dozens of illegal colonists, accompanied by a large military force, invaded the Christian Monastery […]

07 Nov

Guterres Appoints Christian Saunders as Officer-In-Charge of UNRWA

The UN Secretary-General’s office has announced that the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has completed a part of the ongoing inquiry into UNRWA management-related matters. The findings of OIOS revealed management issues which relate specifically to the Commissioner-General. The Commissioner-General has stepped aside until the completion of the process. […]

05 Sep

Christian Palestinian Group Calls For An End To Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Throughout the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Israeli authorities demolish the homes of Palestinians, although international law stipulates that they be protected by the occupying power. In violation of said law, and in an effort to implement colonial ambitions, the Israeli authorities demolish houses, confiscate lands and build settlements on their […]

14 Jul

World’s Largest Christian Zionist Summit Upset by Protesters

Interfaith peace activists heckled speakers, at the summit of the world’s largest Christian Zionist organization, in a protest over the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Demonstrators were forcibly ejected from the Washington meeting by security staff after disrupting the speeches of key convention delegates, PNN reports. More than 100 Christian, Jewish […]

02 Jul

US and Palestinian Christians Meet, Discuss Middle East Peace

In a special consultation hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and Bright Stars of Bethlehem, convened in cooperation with the National Council of Churches (NCC), World Council of Churches (WCC), and the Diyar Consortium, and building on previous engagement, US and Palestinian Christians addressed the current context in […]

Christians in Gaza celebrate Easter (image from Ma'an)
21 Apr

Israel Denies All Gaza Christians Travel Permits to Jerusalem for Easter

For the first time, Israeli authorities decided this year to deny all travel permits to Palestinian Christians from Gaza to celebrate Easter as they do each year, by processing from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to follow the path of Jesus in the Resurrection. The number of permits issued by the occupying […]

08 Feb

Report: Palestinian Christian Diplomacy in Fight against Christian Zionists

by Daoud Kuttab- Amman The Palestinian government is turning to its own Christian community and even its evangelicals to campaign against distorted Christian Zionists. Palestinian foreign ministry officials were in a quandary in recent months. Despite the strong support for the Palestinian cause around the world, a handful of small […]

13 Jan

Islamic-Christian Committee Denounces Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

January 13, 2019 3:53 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israel, News Report, Palestine 0

The Islamic-Christian Committee for Supporting Jerusalem and Holy Sites issued, Saturday, a strong condemnation of a provocative Israeli art exhibit, in Haifa, mocking Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The Committee said that the so-called art exhibit depicted Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary in a mocking and racist manner […]

12 Jan

Israeli Police Fire Tear Gas at Palestinian Christians Protesting Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and their supporters gathered Friday in Haifa, in northern Israel, to protest an Israeli exhibit that featured Ronald McDonald taking the place of Jesus on the cross. The so-called “McJesus” exhibit was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinon, and has been on display at a gallery […]

03 Jan

Archbishop Hanna: Palestinian Christians Are Not Communities In Their Homeland

The Archbishop of Sebastia, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, stated that the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land weren’t communities in their lands.   During his receive to the journalists on Tuesday, Hanna added, “We are not communities, neither minorities, in our holy land.”   Hanna […]

26 Dec

VIDEO: Kairos Palestine Assures that “Christian Palestinians are also Palestinians”

The Kairos Palestine initiative, in its 9th annual statement, has called on the Christian community, in Palestine and in the world, to recognize Israel as an apartheid state, and to end the occupation and end attempts to shift the identity of Jerusalem towards a “Jewish only” policy. PNN reports that, […]

24 Dec

Gaza Christians Obstructed from Travelling to Bethlehem

Annually, Israeli authorities file travel permits for only a small percentage of Palestinian Christians in the besieged Gaza Strip, dividing families during the holiday season and preventing them from pilgrimage to Bethlehem. According to local sources, the Christians, who form a minority in Gaza, annually apply for “holiday permits” to […]

18 Oct

Christian Cemetery Desecrated, Graves Destroyed in Jerusalem

October 18, 2018 9:12 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Ha’aretz Israeli newspaper, on Thursday, reported that about 30 graves were vandalized two weeks ago, in the cemetery of Beit Jmal monastery, near Jerusalem. The monastery monks discovered the destruction of the tombs yesterday, saying the concrete crosses on the graves were taken down. The old cemetery is located about […]

16 Oct

Erekat: Netanyahu Uses Christianity to Distort Facts

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, for using Christianity to distort facts. “Israel’s Prime Minister continues to distorting facts even by using Christianity to support his racist and xenophobic claims,” Erekat said in a statement in reference to Netanyahu’s comments on […]

16 Oct

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is Another Attempt at Distorting the Reality of Israeli Occupation

Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman said, in response to Sunday’s statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement “is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have […]

30 Jun

Christian Peacemaker Teams: Occupation Censored

Photo credit: Christian Peacemaker Teams. POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS JUNE 29, 2018 Descriptions of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. Humiliation NOT pictured here: A young adult male on his way for the Ramadan Noon Prayer, is stopped by the Border Police at the Mosque […]

19 Jun

New Israeli Law to Allow Seizure of Christian Properties

The Islamic Christian Commission for the Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites has warned of a draft law for a project which allows the Israeli occupation government to confiscate land sold by the Orthodox Church to private investors. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the organization stressed, in a […]

05 Jun

Christian Peacemaker Teams: Occupation Captured

Photo credits: Christian Peacemaker Teams. POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS JUNE 5, 2018 Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Festival of Ramadan Pictured here: The Old City of Hebron is joyful and celebratory for the Festival of Ramadan. Flickering yellow, green and red […]

30 Mar

Christians in Gaza Denied Access to Holy Week in Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians living in the Gaza Strip are being denied access to Jerusalem, by Israel, during Holy Week and the Easter weekend. Worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in Jerusalem’s Old City, and held to be the most sacred ground in Christianity, carries special significance during the Easter […]

03 Mar

Joint Statement: Israel’s Occupation Threatens Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem

On 25 February 2018, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as a measure of protest against Israel’s deliberate violation of the status quo and its systematic campaign of targeting Churches and the Christian presence therein. […]

15 Jan

Central Council: Orthodox Christian Property Sales are Documented

The Central Council of the Orthodox Christians in Jordan and Palestine said, on Sunday, that it has documents proving that strategic properties of Patriarchate in Jerusalem had been sold to Israel. In a letter sent to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the Orthodox Christian body said that the documents also […]

07 Jan

VIDEO: Palestinian Christians Protest Patriarch Who Sold Church Land to Israel

Palestinian Christians from around the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel came out in harsh opposition, Saturday, to a visit by Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, to the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. Theophilos III, along with several other religious and political figures, were […]

23 Dec

Christian Leaders: No Peace Without Jerusalem

Christian leaders stressed, on Saturday, the centrality of Jerusalem to all three monotheistic religions, denouncing the United States for declaring it the capital of Israel. Speaking at a press conference in Bethlehem as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas at the site where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been […]

11 Dec

Christian Palestinians Not Welcoming of Mike Pence Visit

Christian Palestinians, along with Muslims, held a protest in front of the historic Church of the Nativity, after Sunday prayers, to express their rejection of US president Donald Trump’s decision to consider Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The protesters assured that they would not meet with Trump’s second […]

17 Jul

Israel Is Not As Christian-Friendly As You Think

By Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew – 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 […]

02 Jul

Jerusalem: Jordanian MPs Call for Cancellation of Christian Endowment Sale to Israel

Greek Orthodox Patriarch said, in a statement, that it did not sell any lands or properties in its ownership. Jordanian members of Parliament called on bot Jordanian and Palestinian governments to exert pressure, on the Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem, to cancel the sale of more than 500 dunams of […]

20 Jun

BNC Welcomes Call by Christian Organizations Urging the World Council of Churches to Support the BDS Movement for Palestinian Human Rights

(Photo Credit: Ryan Rodrick Beiler)   June 20, 2017 ~ Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), Christian Palestinians The Palestinian National Committee for Boycot, Divestment and Sanctions (BNC) has warmly welcomed a historic open letter by the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) urging the World Council of […]

06 May

Christians Speak to Archbishop of Canterbury about Life in Gaza

Christian residents of the Gaza Strip recently spoke about their daily life to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, during a surprise visit to the coastal enclave. During his visit to the Gaza Strip, the Archbishop sat with leaders of the Christian community in Gaza, and listened to their life experience under […]

17 Apr

As Christians Around the World Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians Are Barred from Attending

Thousands of Christian followers of the Orthodox and Catholic faiths from all over the world, gathering at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City, celebrated Easter Holy Saturday with the emergence of the holy fire from the location of the tomb believed to be that ofJesus Christ. […]

19 Aug

Islamic Christian Committee: Israel Planning Jerusalem Entrance Project to Obliterate Muslim Christian Spirit

The Islamic Christian Committee to Defend Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned, on Thursday, against an Israeli project called the “New Face of Modern Jerusalem,” which targets the main western entrance of the city. The committee said, in a press release, that the plan aims to give Jerusalem a Jewish character, obliterate […]

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23 Jun

Israeli Extremists Attack Palestinian Christians During Pentecost Prayer, Shouting “You Are Evil”

A group of Israeli extremists assaulted the Pentecostal prayer procession in Jerusalem this week, shouting and trying to occupy Mount Zion to keep the Christians out. The Israeli police arrested five demonstrators who locked themselves in the holy site known as King David’s Tomb before the Christian procession arrived. The […]

13 Jun

Key Muslim and Christian Holy Sites Erased from “Old City” Map

The Israeli tourism ministry has published a map of the occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem), which omits significant Muslim and Christian holy sites, as well as entire neighborhoods, from the area. The so-called “Old City” map, which is distributed free of charge at tourist information centers across the city, does […]

01 May

Photos: Palestinian Orthodox Christians Mark Bright Saturday

Palestinian orthodox Christians celebrated today the Bright Saturday or know as Holy Saturday in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza marking the start of Easter. IMEMC camera visited the town of Beit Sahour near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and captured some of the celebrations.

26 Mar

Christians Celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

March 26, 2016 4:43 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Christian Palestinians and pilgrims from around the world marked Good Friday, today, by holding a procession on Via Dolorosa, in the historic Old City of annexed East Jerusalem. Security was tight as thousands of worshipers, some bearing wooden crosses, walked through the Old City to the Church of the Holy […]

18 Jan

Extremist Settlers: “Slaughter the Christians”

January 18, 2016 1:39 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A group of extremist, right-wing Israeli settlers, on Sunday at dawn, sprayed slogans calling for the slaughter of Christians, on the walls of an old monastery in Jerusalem.The slogans are thought to have been written by the extremist “PriceTag” group, which has repeatedly attacked Palestinian homes, churches and mosques overnight, […]

13 Jan

Extremists Desecrate Christian Cemetery

January 13, 2016 1:43 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said that extremist Israeli Jews have desecrated a Christian cemetery near the occupied city of Jerusalem.“People attacked and desecrated the cemetery in Beit Jamal, west of Jerusalem, and destroyed crosses,” Latin Bishop of Jerusalem William Shomali told Vatican Radio. He noted that Israeli police are […]

01 Jan

Gopstein: Christians Not Welcome in Jerusalem

January 1, 2016 6:32 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

An Israeli Rabbi said, Wednesday, that Christians are not welcome in Jerusalem, and that he does not mind burning mosques and churches.Bentzi Gopstein told Israeli TV Channel 2 that Israeli Jews practically prevent Christians from entering Jerusalem. He also called for making obstacles towards the expansion of Christianity and Islam […]

24 Dec

VIDEO: Dr. Tibi’s Response to Racist Anti-Christian Statement by Gopstein

December 24, 2015 2:54 AM IMEMC News News Report, Palestine, Palestinian Politics 0

This video is from a speech made by Arab Member of Knesset, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, head of the Arab Movement for Change, who denounced recent racist statements of the leader of the right-wing group, Lehava, who called for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel, and described the Christians as “bloodsucking […]

23 Dec

After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing from Gaza

Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning.Despite the packed pews at Gaza’s Church of St. […]

22 Dec

Leader of Right-Wing Israeli Group Calls Christians ‘Blood-Sucking Vampires’

December 22, 2015 3:20 PM Celine Hagbard Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The leader of the right-wing group Lehava, which calls for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel, has issued a statement that Christians, like Muslims, should be violently removed from the Holy Land. Benzi Gopstein, in his statement, called for a ban on Christmas in the Holy Land, and said that […]

11 Nov

Islamic-Christian Commission: Manasra Footage Reveals Israeli Cruelty

November 11, 2015 3:23 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Islamic Christian Commission for supporting Jerusalem and Holy sites considered a recently released video, showing the interrogation of the child Ahmad Manasra, 13, to be one simple example of Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian children being held in Israeli prisons. The Commission, in a statement, declared that the […]

13 Sep

Israel Rejects Compensation For Burnt Historic Christian Church

September 13, 2015 6:12 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli Tax Authority has rejected a claim for compensation by officials of the Catholic Church demanding compensation for the burnt Church of Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, which was burnt which was burnt in an Israeli terrorist arson attack, last June.Israeli Channel 2 has reported, Wednesday, that tax officials, […]

30 Aug

Israeli Troops attack Palestinian Christians at Protest Following Sunday Mass

Israeli forces attacked a protest rally by Palestinian Christians following mass on Sunday. Priests, patriarchs and other church leaders marched with crosses to the site of renewed work on the apartheid wall in the Christian majority town of Beit Jala, in the occupied West Bank.Two church members were arrested by […]

23 Aug

Christian Priests, Palestinians, Hold Prayers On Bulldozed Lands

August 23, 2015 3:17 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

Dozens of Palestinians, headed by several Christians priests, conducted prayers on Palestinian lands that have been destroyed and uprooted by Israeli soldiers, in Beit Jala city, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem.Head of the Beit Jala City Council Nicola Khamis said the priests, the locals and various international human […]

20 Aug

Palestinian Christians Clash with Police over Apartheid Wall

August 20, 2015 9:35 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

Palestinian Christians clashed with Israeli border police near Bethlehem, Wednesday, after dozens of demonstrators, including priests, gathered to protest renewed work on Israel’s controversial apartheid wall in the Christian majority town of Beit Jala.An AFP journalist said the protesters, who were joined by a few foreign activists, gathered in Beit […]

13 Jul

Christian Affairs Committee Denounces Resumption Of Wall Construction In Cremisan Monastery

July 13, 2015 10:15 PM IMEMC News Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

The Presidential Committee for Christian Affairs, in Palestine, issued a statement condemning the Israeli High Court decision granting a green light for starting the construction of the Annexation wall in the Cremisan monastery valley, in Beit Jala, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem.The Committee stated that the Israeli decision […]

03 Jun

Extremist Jews Ban Christian Prayer in Jerusalem

June 3, 2015 12:51 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli Jews banned, on Monday, Christian prayer at holy site of Jesus’ Last Supper, calling it “pagan ceremony.”Witnesses said that clashes erupted between the Israeli Jews and Christians –Palestinian and Israelis– when the Christians wanted to perform their prayer. The extremists said the Christian worshippers were desecrating their holy site […]

02 Jun

Demonstration in Jerusalem over Israeli Discrimination against Christian Schools

On Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015, at 11:00 AM, an unprecedented demonstration will be held in the plaza in front of the Lev Ram building in Jerusalem (Ministry of Education headquarters) by the Christian Schools in Israel protesting on the discriminatory policy of the Ministry of Education towards their […]

24 Apr

Christian-Islamic Committee Warns of New Al Aqsa Excavations

April 24, 2015 4:33 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Islamic-Christian Committee to Support Occupied Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned,, Thursday, of a new project underway by Israeli authorities which is conducting tunnel excavations beneath the homes in Silwan village, Old City Jerusalem, and heading towards Al Aqsa Mosque.The committee said that the tunnel was a continuation to the […]

16 Apr

Vandals Attack Christian Cemetery in Kufr Birim

April 16, 2015 4:12 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Vandals have smashed gravestones at a Maronite Christian graveyard in a village near Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, Israeli police said on Wednesday.Police opened an investigation after receiving a report about damage to a number of graves at the Christian cemetery in Kufr Birim, spokeswoman Luba Samri said, indicating that […]

12 Apr

Israeli Military Procedures Increase in Jerusalem, Christians Prevented from Reaching Church

April 12, 2015 6:11 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police, on Saturday, beefed up their military presence and procedures across Jerusalem, preventing Christians from reaching Al Qiyamah Church to celebrate their holidays. WAFA correspondence reports that Israeli police set up hundreds of military checkpoints and roadblocks at all entrances of the old city of Jerusalem and at all […]

12 Apr

Orthodox Christians Celebrate ‘Holy Fire’ in Jerusalem

April 12, 2015 5:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, on Saturday, for the ‘Holy Fire’ ceremony which marks the eve of Orthodox Easter.The ceremony, celebrated by Palestinian Christians across the Holy Land, takes place each year on ‘Holy Saturday,’ or ‘Saturday of Light’ in Arabic, marking the […]

06 Apr

Christians Worldwide Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

April 6, 2015 3:53 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians to stand firm in the face of tragedy, as worshipers massed for Easter Sunday at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead. Internationally, Pope Francis condemned the indifference and ‘complicit silence’ to extremist attacks on Christians as he presided over […]

05 Apr

Palestinian Christian leaders criticize Israeli restrictions on Easter celebration

April 5, 2015 5:33 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

The archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, addressed crowds in the town of al-Ezzariya (Lazarus) on Saturday, condemning the Israeli restrictions on Easter celebrations, and calling on Christians around the world to pray and to voice their support for their Christian brethren in Palestine.The speech by Archbishop […]

04 Apr

Palestinian Christians Warn Over Israeli Easter Restrictions

April 4, 2015 12:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

After annual difficulty accessing religious sites, Palestinians have vowed to pursue ‘other means’ if restrictions continue.After annual difficulty accessing religious sites, Palestinians have vowed to pursue ‘other means’ if restrictions continue. According to PNN/Al Jazeera, Palestinian Christians said they would not tolerate a repetition of the Israeli restrictions and violence […]

28 Jan

Islamic-Christian Commission: “Israel exploiting elections to Judaise al Aqsa mosque”

Israel is exploiting its upcoming elections in order to Judaise Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque, said the Islamic-Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites.Dr. Hanna Issa, secretary-general of the Commission, issued a statement noting that all Israeli Zionist parties, even those of the so-called left, support attacks against […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Christians commemorate Christmas; snowy weather in Bethlehem

January 7, 2015 3:57 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

A rare ‘White Christmas’ was celebrated Tuesday evening by Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem. The snow did not hinder the festivities, which were carried out as planned.Under the Eastern Orthodox calendar, Christmas is celebrated on December 7th, with Christmas eve services taking place on December 6th. As RT reports, January 7 […]

02 Jan

86 Israeli Attacks on Islamic and Christian Holy Sites in 2014

Al Aqsa Association for Waqf and Heritage has reported that Israelis carried out some 86 assaults and violations of Islamic and Christian Palestinian holy sites in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in 2014.In a report published Wednesday, the association stated that about 30 cases of assault on mosques, 21 […]

12 Oct

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

October 12, 2014 1:38 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, Palestine 0

In a Middle East region that continues to suffer from the consequences of violence, the people of Palestine continue to live under occupation and in exile, the Palestinian News Network reports. Palestinian Christians, the descendants of the first Christians, are an integral part of the Palestinian people, and continue to […]

30 Sep

Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights

Alison Weir Counterpunch September 29, 2014 An article in Middle East Quarterly, a pro-Israel publication, reports that support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical Christians, with only 30 percent in a recent survey stating support for Israel above Palestinians. This trend is even more pronounced among youth, according to […]

22 Aug

A Letter from A Palestinian Christian To EWTN

Dear Raymond Arroyo, I was watching your world over segment last night on EWTN and I had some concerns. My name is Mary I’m a conservative Catholic from Bethlehem Palestine. I know you didn’t think we existed – don’t worry you’re not the only one. Besides, Israel propaganda does a […]

26 May

SOS Message from Jerusalem Christians to Pope Francis

May 26, 2014 3:42 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Human Interest, Jerusalem 0

Your Holiness Pope Francis: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
” ~Matthew 19:14, Our Lord Jesus said this over two thousand years ago in this Holy Land. Today, we are reminded of our Lord’s wish as we were awaiting Your historic visit to our beloved […]

25 May

660 Gaza Christians Allowed into West Bank to See Pope

Israeli authorities have allowed 660 Christians from Gaza to see Pope Francis, on Sunday, in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.According to Al Ray, the Ministry of Interior has reported that dozens of Christians left Gaza on Friday, via Erez crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, saying that new […]

24 May

Israelis Write Anti-Christian Graffiti On Church Wall In Be’er as-Sabe’

[Saturday, May 24, 2014] As the Pope is launching his visit to the region, a number of Israeli vandals wrote racist graffiti, against Christianity and Jesus Christ, on a wall of a church near the entrance of the Old Town of Beersheba (Be’er as-Sabe’).Local Palestinians in the area said the […]

19 May

Hamas Leader: Palestinian Muslims, Christians United

Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, a senior member of the Hamas political bureau, says all Palestinians, regardless of religious diversities, are sailing on the same boat.Abu Marzouk, making a visit to the Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza, on Monday, said that all Palestinians, including Muslims and Christians, are in the target […]

12 May

Global March to Jerusalem: Christians, Muslims Called to Unite and Defend Jerusalem

On June 6, which coincides with the 46th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of Jerusalem, representatives of more than 45 countries will peacefully march on Israeli embassies, or as close to Jerusalem as they can safely get, thus demanding an end to Israeli destruction of world heritage sites and breaches […]

09 May

Israeli Vandals Write Anti-Christian Graffiti In Jerusalem

[Friday, May 9, 2014] A number of Israeli vandals wrote anti-Christian graffiti, along with other anti-Arab graffiti, near a Roman Church in occupied Jerusalem, and on a wall in the Chains Gate area, in Jerusalem’s Old City.In a statement issued on Friday, the Israeli police said that Price Tag fanatics […]

08 May

Palestinian Christian Struggle Mapped in New Book

The Electronic Intifada | 5th May 2014 | Gaza City In Mapping Exile and Return: Palestinian Dispossession and a Political Theology for a Shared Future, American Mennonite theologian and aid worker Alain Epp Weaver explores a legacy of Palestinian Christian exile, and struggle for return. The book’s terrain ranges from […]

30 Apr

Israeli Threatens To Kill Arab Christians Unless They Leave The Country

April 30, 2014 6:49 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

[Tuesday, April 29, 2014] In a letter delivered to the Latin Patriarch in the Holy Land, Paul Marcuzzo of Nazareth, an Israeli man has said that all Christian priests, and Christians in Israel, must leave the country “or else a 100 Christians will be killed every hour of delay”.The Israeli […]

30 Apr

Settlers Vandalize Christian and Muslim Holy Sites

Groups of Jewish Israeli settlers vandalized, on Tuesday, a church in the Galilee region and a mosque in the Haifa district. Also on Tuesday, settlers built illegal structures on Palestinian lands in both Tulkarm and Bethlehem.Tabgha church is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Tiberias, in the Galilee, where […]

25 Apr

Christian Leaders Tell Youth to Tear Up Israeli Army Forms

Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna and former Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, on Friday, April 25th, called upon Christian youth to resist enlisting in the Israeli military and to disregard any ‘propaganda’ encouraging them to do so.The statement came after a Friday meeting between the two religious figures, following reports that Israeli […]

23 Apr

Palestinians in Israel Condemn Plan to Recruit Christians

Several Israeli-based organizations, on Wednesday, condemned a new campaign to recruit Palestinian Christian citizens of the country to serve in the military.In a joint statement, more than 15 Palestinian youth movements and community organizations said the Israeli move was an effort to divide Palestinian citizens of Israel from their own […]

09 Apr

Christians: Israeli Restrictions Spoiling Easter Celebrations in Jerusalem

A group of Christians from East Jerusalem, on Sunday, said that Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian mobility has resulted in violations of religious freedoms. The statement, signed ‘Palestinian Christian Organizations in Occupied East Jerusalem,’ complained that Christians are often denied access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Easter […]

03 Apr

Vandals Target Christian Village

Suspected Jewish vandals, on Thursday, slashed the tires of over 40 cars and sprayed racist graffiti in a predominantly Christian town, in the Galilee area of northern Israel, according to Israeli media sources.The perpetrators sprayed ‘Only goyim should be evacuated from our land’ on a wall in the village of […]

01 Apr

Price Tag Vandals Target Christian Monastery In Jerusalem

April 1, 2014 2:21 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

[April 1, 2014] A number of Israelis attacked the Rafat Latin Monastery in West Jerusalem, puncturing car tires, and writing racist graffiti, including insults to the Virgin Mary and words describing the United States as “Nazi Germany”.The vandals also wrote graffiti vowing to make the Palestinians pay the prince from […]

26 Feb

New Identity Law Raises Fears over Israeli Effort to Divide Christians

February 26, 2014 11:35 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

A new law to create a separate ‘Christian’ nationality for Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully passed through the Knesset, on Monday, with more than three-quarters in favor. Palestinian priest Father Shomali leads an open air mass on church lands threatened with confiscation by Israeli authorities for the separation wall on […]

01 Oct

Israeli Extremists Destroy Gravestone At Christian Cemetery In Jerusalem

October 1, 2013 3:08 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

[Tuesday at dawn October 1, 2013] For the second time in two days, extremist Israeli settlers broke a gravestone in a Christian Cemetery that belongs to the Latin Patriarchate in occupied East Jerusalem. Extremists also slashed tires of six cars.Resident Amjad Ka’mash, stated that dozens of settlers were celebrating in […]

30 Sep

Israeli Extremists Destroy Christian Gravestones In Jerusalem

September 30, 2013 11:40 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Sunday [September 29, 2013] A number of Israeli extremists invaded a Christian Cemetery in occupied Jerusalem, and destroyed several gravestones before Israeli police officers chased, and apprehended them.The Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that four students of a Jewish Yeshiva in the area carried out the attack. Their ages are […]

22 Aug

Another Price Tag Attack Targets Christian Monastery Near Jerusalem

August 22, 2013 4:06 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A Christian Monastery in the Deir Jamal area, between Jerusalem and Ramla, was attacked by a Molotov cocktail, while racist graffiti, used by Price Tag extremist Israeli groups, were found on its exterior walls, the Arabs48 news Website has reported.The Monastery is currently holding a number of summer camps; various […]

08 Aug

Kairos Palestine Denounces Attempts To Recruit Christians

August 8, 2013 1:29 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

The Palestinian Christian Initiative (Kairos Palestine) issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israel attempts to recruit Arab Palestinian Christians, in historic Palestine to the Israeli military that occupies their people.The statement came in response to the Israeli decision to form a joint committee of Palestinian Christians, and the Israeli government […]

06 Aug

Netanyahu Forms Committee To Enlist Christians In the Army

August 6, 2013 10:04 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

In a serious escalation of the Israeli attempts to divide the Arab community in the country, and amidst massive objections, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered the formation of a special committee to recruit Arab Palestinian Christians in the country to the Israeli military. Netanyahu and a number of Christian […]

18 Jun

Gaza Government: “We Never Prevented Muslim Students From Attending Christian Schools”

June 18, 2013 11:45 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Palestinian Ministry of Education, under the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, denied reports claiming that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and its government ever prevented Muslim students from attending Christian schools in the coastal region.The Ministry issued a press release [Monday June 17 2013] stating that such a […]

13 Jun

Settlers Deface Christian Cemetery In Jaffa

June 13, 2013 3:53 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

[Thursday June 13 2013] a number of extremist Israel settlers carried out another Price Tag attack, this time targeting a Christian Cemetery in Jaffa, and spray-painted “Price Tag”, and “Revenge” on tombstones.Israeli Ynet News has reported that more Price Tag graffiti were discovered on a residential building close to the […]

31 May

Settlers Write Anti-Christian Graffiti On Jerusalem Church

Friday May 31 2013, a number of Israeli settlers wrote anti-Christian graffiti on the back wall of a Christian Church, near the southern wall of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.The settlers wrote various vulgar and racist statements, including “Christians are slaves”, “Christians are Monkeys”, in addition to “Price […]

06 May

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter in Jerusalem despite Israeli restrictions

May 6, 2013 2:00 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Thousands of Israeli police officers were deployed in the streets of Jerusalem as Orthodox Christians from around the world gathered Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the Easter holiday. The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement condemning the Israeli restrictions on access to Jerusalem for Palestinian Christians, and for “turn[ing] a […]

07 Jan

Farawna: “Palestinian Christians, Partners In Struggle, Pain And Captivity”

Former political prisoner, a Palestinian researcher specialized in detainee’s affairs, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, wished all Palestinian Christians a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, and stated that Palestinian Christians are partners in the struggle against the occupation, working with their Muslim brothers and sisters for the liberation of their land […]

12 Dec

Extremist Israeli Settlers Write Racist Graffiti On Christian Monastery

December 12, 2012 3:10 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, News Report, West Bank 0

A number of extremist Israeli settlers wrote, on Wednesday at dawn, racist graffiti attacking Christianity and Jesus Christ on the walls of a monastery in occupied Jerusalem, the WAFA News Agency reported. The graffiti written on the walls of the monastery included “Price Tag”, and several insults against Jesus Christ. […]

02 Nov

Archbishop Hanna Denounces Israeli Attempts To Recruit Christians To The Israeli Army

November 2, 2012 9:31 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Archbishop Attalla Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church In Jerusalem, voiced strong condemnation to the Israeli attempts to recruit Arab Christians in the 1948 territory (Israel) into the Israeli military that occupies their people and their lands.Father Hanna strongly denounced some elements that held meetings with Israeli officials in an […]

04 Sep

Israeli Extremists Desecrate Christian Monastery in Jerusalem

September 4, 2012 2:34 PM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

A group of extremist Israeli settlers attacked the Latrun Christian Monastery in occupied Jerusalem, earlier on Tuesday at dawn, and wrote racist graffiti describing Jesus as a “Monkey”, and other graffiti against the Christian religion in general.The extremists also wrote the names of illegal settlement outpost in the occupied West […]

23 May

Mother of 4 Jailed Sons: Christians Suffer For Homeland, Too

May 23, 2012 1:43 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, News Report, Prisoners 0

Ma’an News Agency reported today on a Christian family whose four sons have all been imprisoned by the Israeli Military. ‘Since 2004, the whole family did not gather, not even once. Someone is always missing,’ said Alexandra Halabi, the Christian mother of four sons.All four sons are well educated and […]

09 May

Four Christian Brothers Jailed By Israel For Prisoner Solidarity Activism

Late one night in March, Rami Halabi was working on a laptop at his family’s apartment home in Kufr Aqab, on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Suddenly, a group of Israeli soldiers banged on the door and demanded to be let in. They confiscated […]

15 Apr

As Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter, Archbishop denounces Israeli restrictions

April 15, 2012 7:34 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Thousands of Orthodox Christians gathered in Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Friday through Sunday for the celebration of the Easter holiday, which is celebrated one week later than the Latin churches Easter holiday. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna issued a statement condemning the Israeli restrictions on Christians trying to celebrate Easter […]

08 Apr

Thousands of Christians gather in Jerusalem for Easter

April 8, 2012 9:19 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

On Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated the Easter holiday, and thousands of pilgrims gathered at the Church of the holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe that Jesus ascended into heaven two thousand years ago. The traditional procession of pilgrims from Bethlehem to Jerusalem was, however, prevented due to the Israeli […]

08 Apr

Facebook Post: “Nothing Like Pesach Bread Dipped In Muslim, Christian, Blood”

April 8, 2012 9:50 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

A post on a Facebook page that carries the name of Israeli Basketball Player, Ido Kozikaro, reads “There is nothing like celebrating the Pesach with “Matzah dipped in the blood of Muslim and Christian Palestinian children”.Several Facebook followers of this page “Liked” the post, while several “fans” commented on the […]