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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

20 Feb

Jerusalem Church Vandalised with Graffiti Inciting Hatred Against Christians

February 20, 2012 8:26 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Racist graffiti has been sprayed on a church in Jerusalem on Monday in the third such incident in the past month in the city.The graffiti included “Death to Christians” and the phrase “price tag” was found on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation according to reports from Ma’an […]

08 Feb

“Death To Christians” Graffiti Found on Jerusalem Monastery

February 8, 2012 7:38 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli Police spokesperson, Micky Rosenfeld, stated Tuesday that extremist Israeli settlers carried out another “price tag” attack, this time targeting a Christian Monastery in Jerusalem’s Valley of the Cross Monastery. The attack took place despite the fact that the location is close to the Israeli Parliament in the city. The […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

January 7, 2012 3:14 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Christmas celebrations for the Orthodox community got underway in Bethlehem on Friday, January 6th, which marks Christmas Eve for Orthodox Christians around the world. Bishops, patriarchs, political leaders and pilgrims arrived in the city to celebrate the holiday.Over 2,000 scouts from all over the West Bank arrived with their marching […]

28 Dec

Christ at the Checkpoint, New Direction for Evangelical Christians

December 28, 2011 3:47 PM IMEMC News Bethlehem, Interview, Non-violent action 0

For the first time the Baraka Presbyterian Church, located in Bethlehem, added their support for nonviolent action to that of other denominations opposed to the occupation of Palestine by Israel. The old fashioned religion used to rest on the premise that this earth is not for us; suffering is part […]

02 Nov

Hanniyah confirms responsibility for Gaza-Christians safe life

November 2, 2011 12:13 AM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, News Report, Palestinian Politics 0

Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Hanniyah, confirmed to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Father Hamam Akhzouz, Hamas government’s full commitment for being held responsible for maintaining safe and descent life for Gaza Christians along with the freedom of worship in accordance with social and religious privacies. “This is their right {the […]

19 Nov

Haniyya: ‘Palestinian Christians Share the Same Pain and Hope’

November 19, 2010 3:03 AM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

In a meeting with a Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Prime Minister of the deposed government of Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, stated on Thursday, that his government has a ‘moral and national commitment’ to all Palestinian Christians, the Maan reported.Haniyya extended a hand to the Palestinian Christian community and […]

14 Oct

Bishops Warn About the Flight of Christians from the Middle East

October 14, 2010 2:30 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

Bishops meetings with a Vatican synod to discuss the immigration of Christians from the Middle East have blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring the exodus.Bishops claimed that the region is increasingly being emptied of its traditional Christian communities, and warned that the consequence will be an increasingly Muslim-only Mideast clashing […]

07 Jan

Bethlehem celebrates Orthodox Christmas, local Christians protest at the Manger Square

January 7, 2010 1:57 AM Ghassan Bannoura Bethlehem, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Scores flocked on Wednesday to the Manger Square in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calender. As the Greek Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Theophilos III, made his way to the nativity church local Palestinian orthodox Christians protested his visit. The gathered crowed holding […]

09 Feb

Christians and Muslims; partners in pain and hope

February 9, 2008 6:19 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

On the anniversary of the death of a Christian detainee who died in an Israeli prison twenty years ago, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, stated that Christians and Muslims in Palestine are brothers and partners in pain, hope and struggle. Farawna added […]

08 Apr

Large Crowds of Christians in Holy Jerusalem Celebrate Easter

Tens of thousands of Palestinian, Arab and international Christians made their way Sunday to the occupied holy city of Jerusalem to mark the major Christian occasion of Easter festival, which is celebrated by most Christian sects in Palestine and overseas. According to the Wafa News Agency,  Archbishop Attallah Hannas of […]

21 Feb

Muslims and Christians in Palestine Unite in Defense of Jerusalem

February 21, 2007 4:46 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Sheikh Tayseer Al Tamimi, Islamic Supreme Judge and Attalah Hanna, Senior Palestinian Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine, declared yesterday the formation of a joint Islamic-Christian front for the defense of Jerusalem.Sheikh Tayseer Al Tamimi, Islamic Supreme Judge and Attalah Hanna, Senior Palestinian Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox […]

10 Jan

Israel`s purging of Palestinian Christians

A Palestinian woman lights a candle in the Church of the Nativity a few days before Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 21 December 2006. (MaanImages/Fadi Tanas)  There is an absurd scene in Palestinian writer Suad Amiry's recent book "Sharon and My Mother-in-Law" that is revealing about Israeli […]

24 Dec

Bethlehem on Christmas Eve: Where are all the Christians?

December 24, 2006 11:33 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Local scouting troops paraded through Nativity Square in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, playing drums and bagpipes to a crowd of a few thousand Palestinian and international tourists.  The Christmas Eve parade in the birthplace of Christianity began in the morning and ended in the early afternoon, […]

24 Dec

Bethlehem on Christmas Eve: Where are all the Christians?

Local boyscout groups paraded through Nativity Square in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, playing drums and bagpipes to a crowd of a few thousand Palestinian and international tourists.  The Christmas Eve parade in the birthplace of Christianity began in the morning and ended in the early afternoon, […]

11 Oct

Christians Zionists march for Israel in Jerusalem

October 11, 2006 4:12 PM IMEMC & Agencies Cartoon, Jerusalem, Miscellaneous 0

More than 5,000 Evangelical Christian Zionists from different nationalities marched in Jerusalem to voice their support to Zionism and the state of Israel. The event was organized by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, which regularly organizes tours for Christian pilgrims to support Israel and Zionism. Those who participated in […]

16 Sep

Muslim Leader in Palestine reject attacks against Christians

September 16, 2006 3:26 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The supreme judge of Palestine Sheikh Tayseer At-Tamimi called Saturday on the Palestinian people not to be provoked by the Pope's words which have irritated Muslims' religious feelings. In a phone call with Maan news agency, Tamimi called on Muslims in Palestine not to harm Christian churches, homes or people, […]

28 Jul

Christians in Gaza protest against the war in Lebanon, Palestine

Christians in Gaza protested on Thursday against the ongoing Israeli military escalation and war in Palestine and Lebanon, and called for a just peace in the region. The protesters called for direct aid to the victims of the Israeli military aggression.   The protest was held in the Greek Orthodox Church […]

22 Apr

Soldiers attack priests, Christians while celebrating Holy Saturday in Jerusalem

As Greek Orthodox Palestinian Christians were celebrating the Holy Saturday in Jerusalem, Israeli policemen attacked dozens of worshipers and priests near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and at the entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported that soldiers and policemen present at the […]

04 Mar

Palestinian Christians: ‘We don’t feel threatened by rise of Hamas’

March 4, 2006 7:09 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian Christians in the Gaza Strip denied claims that the rise of Hamas to power would undermine their religious rights.from "I am not afraid of Hamas, even of the Islamic religion," Anton Shuhaiber, a church council member and member of the board of the local Young Men’s Christian Association, […]

06 Feb

Muslims and Christians demonstrate in Bethlehem and Nablus against defamation of Islam

February 6, 2006 10:31 PM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

Scores of Palestinian Muslims and Christians demonstrated in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Nablus, on Sunday and Monday, in a show of unity against offensive caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad published by the European press.   In Bethlehem on Sunday, priests, representing all Christian sects of the […]

03 Feb

Protests re: perceived insult to Islam; Hamas vows to protect Christians

February 3, 2006 5:45 AM IMEMC & Agencies Diplomacy, News Report, Palestine 0

Dr. Mahmoud Zahhar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, said on Thursday, that the movement will not allow anybody or group to attack the Christians and the churches in the Palestinian territories. The statements of Zahhar came during a visit to […]

01 Sep

Arab Christians are Arabs

”History is a set of agreed-upon lies’ (Napoleon) A few weeks ago I received by email an article by a Dr. Walid Phares titled ‘Arab Christians who are they?’ Initially I brushed it off as rather inconsequential, but it subsequently came to my attention that Dr. Phares is promoting some […]

21 May

Palestinian Christians and Israel

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem continue to attract the attention of Palestinians, Jordanians and Greeks alike. The decision by more than two thirds of the Holy Synod of the Church to expel Patriarch Irineos I from his position is the first in the church’s 2,000 year history. No one knows […]

19 Mar

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi’s Unconditional Support for Israel

Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel “even if the Capitol crumbles,” as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on – TRNN’s panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay. Jeff Cohen was the director of the Park […]

11 Mar

Can the Jewish National Fund Dedicated to Ethnic Cleansing be Considered a Charity in Canada?

Rabbi David Mivasair, Corey Balsam, and Ismail Zayid discuss their joint efforts to revoke the JNF’s charity status in Canada, but the Canadian authorities have a long history of supporting Israeli colonization in Palestine. Sharmini Peries is a journalist and executive producer for the National and International News Bureaus at […]

07 Mar

Phyllis Bennis: Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Democrats’ resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic – Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.  […]

04 Mar

Report: Downgrade of Palestinian Mission to ‘Take Effect on Monday’

The United States is scheduled to move ahead with a downgrade of its mission to the Palestinians, on Monday, by merging its Jerusalem consulate with the embassy to Israel, a US official said. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Saturday, said the announcement to merge the two offices in October was intended […]

20 Feb

Israeli Soldiers Injure Ten Palestinians In Nablus

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, accompanying several colonialist settlers’ buses, invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, at dawn Wednesday, heading to “Joseph’s Tomb” area, before the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, wounding at least ten. Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers invaded the eastern area of the […]

15 Feb

Ilhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open Debate on Israel?

Why Are They Really Mad At Ilhan Omar? What does being a woman of color have to do with it? She said no more than other critics of American policy in the Middle East. Marc Steiner, Charles Lenchner, and Phyllis Bennis discuss the issue. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and […]

13 Feb

Hebron On My Mind

by Jafar Ramini It’s been exactly a week since the colonizers of our land, Mr. Netanyahu and his gang of war criminals, decided not to renew the mandate of TIPH, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron whose role has been to observe and report. These observers were volunteers and they […]

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 […]

21 Jan

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Nablus

January 21, 2019 10:01 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, Nablus, News Report, West Bank 0

Several armored Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Sunday at night, the eastern areas of the northern west Bank city of Nablus, injured one Palestinian with live fire and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. Media sources in Nablus said the military vehicles, accompanied by an armored […]

19 Jan

Armenians Orthodox Begin Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem

The Orthodox Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, arrived on Friday, at noon, in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, marking the start of Palestine’s Armenian Christians’ celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany. Manougian’s procession left from the Armenian Patriarchate, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and made its way to Manger Square. […]

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 […]

31 Dec

Hamas Chief Visits Latin Church in Gaza

A Hamas delegation visited the Church of the Latin Monastery in Gaza, on Saturday, to express the movement’s congratulations to the Christian Palestinians. Senior Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh reiterated the close relationship between the Muslims and the Christians in Palestine and reaffirmed his complete solidarity with Palestinian Christians who confront the […]

27 Dec

Secretary General of PLO Says Israel Steals Palestinian Land and Christmas Spirit

Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, Wednesday, said that the “Grinch [Israeli] occupation decided to steal the Christmas spirit from the people of Palestine.” Christians across Palestine celebrate Christmas, with the feeling of peace and joy being weakened by the Israeli occupations’ constant violation of International […]

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, […]

25 Dec

Thousands Gather in Bethlehem for Christmas (VIDEO)

December 25, 2018 5:06 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Christmas Eve celebrations, among Palestinians of the occupied West Bank, began on Monday, by scout marches at the Nativity Church in the Manger Square of Bethlehem City, southern occupied West Bank, welcoming the Latin Patriarch of Palestine, Jordan, and the Holy Land Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is also the Apostolic […]

21 Dec

Christmas Tree Lit in Khan Al-Ahmar

Palestinians, on Wednesday evening, lit the Christmas tree in Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village, to the east of Jerusalem, which is threatened with Israeli demolition by Israeli court order. The tree lighting ceremony was attended by the citizens of Khan al-Ahmar, in addition to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials and local […]

18 Dec

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Invade The Area Surrounding St. Saba Monastery In Bethlehem

Hundreds of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Monday evening, the vicinity of the historic Christian Mar Saba (St. Saba) Monastery, near the al-‘Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. Locals said the heavily armed illegal colonists invaded the area in many cars and buses, while Israeli […]

12 Dec

‘The Lobby – USA’: Lessons for the Palestine Solidarity Movement

by Ali Abunimah for Ma’an News Agency Ali Abunimah, Al-Shabaka Policy Adviser, is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse (2006), and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. His most recent book is The Battle for Justice in […]

11 Dec

Many Palestinians Injured as Settlers Storm Joseph’s Tomb

Dozens of Palestinian youth suffered from tear-gas inhalation, predawn Monday, during violent confrontations which broke out after hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed Joseph’s Tomb, in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Ma’an reported that confrontations were triggered when Israeli settlers began performing Jewish religious rituals in Joseph’s Tomb, […]

10 Dec

Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Nablus

Dozens of Israeli soldiers accompanied, on Monday at dawn,several buses loaded with colonialist settlers into the northern West Bank city of Nablus to visit Joseph’s Tomb site, before clashing with local protesters,shooting four, and causing twenty to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. Media sources said the invasion was carried […]

10 Dec

US Evangelicals Have Donated Some $65M to Illegal Settlements

Right-wing evangelical organizations have raised tens of millions of dollars, over the past 10 years, to fund settlement projects in the West Bank, a report published by Haaretz newspaper reported, on Sunday. According to the PNN, the newspaper said that it had conducted an audit of the funds, estimated to […]

01 Dec

Holiday Preparations Well Underway in Bethlehem

Preparations for Christmas 2018 are well underway, according to the Press Conference held at the Bethlehem Peace Center, today. With the world’s spotlight beaming down, this December, on the city – the world celebrated birthplace of Jesus Christ – the municipality of Bethlehem announced that the theme of this Christmas […]

07 Nov

Army Injures Twenty Palestinians In Nablus

November 7, 2018 9:59 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, Nablus, News Report, West Bank 0

Dozens of Israeli soldiers accompanied many colonialist settlers’ buses into the northern West Bank city of Nablus, to visit a historic site, and invaded many neighborhoods in the city to remove the Palestinians from the streets, before clashing with dozens of youngsters, who hurled stones at them, while the soldiers […]

04 Nov

Palestinians Struggle Under Arab World Apathy

by Ray Hanania This week, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) voted to reverse its recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the State of Palestine. Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who must approve the PLO decision, announced he would end security cooperation with Israel. Both are justified actions […]

20 Oct

Dark Money: Palestine, Mega Donors, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Originally published by Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. The 2018 mid-term elections are expected to be the most expensive in American history. Four years ago, the 2014 mid-term elections had fewer donors than in previous elections but spending still surpassed previous elections. To fill their campaign coffers, Democrats and Republicans […]

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 […]

27 Sep

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Shoot Two Journalists

September 27, 2018 5:09 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, Nablus, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, five Palestinians from Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to Qalqilia and Nablus, in northern West Bank, shot two journalists, and injured one Palestinian after ramming him with their jeep. Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded Qalandia refugee […]

21 Sep

Alt-Right March for Israel, Human Rights Activist Smeared as Anti-Semitic

In Canada, Dimitri Lascaris called on B’Nai Brith to disavow a white supremacist who called for Trudeau’s execution. He then found himself accused of being an anti-Semite. Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist, and activist. After working in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law […]

17 Sep

Army Injures Eight Palestinians, Including Two Medics, In Nablus

Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Sunday at night, at least eight Palestinians, including two medics, near Joseph Tomb area, east of Nablus city, in northern West Bank. The soldiers attacked many Palestinian protesters with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, in addition to firing live rounds at […]

07 Sep

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 August – 05 September 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 30 August – 05 September, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 95 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 18 children, 3 paramedics and a journalist. A […]

11 Aug

Which will it be: Unequivocal support for Israel or First Amendment rights?

By Justine McCabe, CT Viewpoints An alarming paradox has taken shape in legislation before [the United States’] Congress:  Our representatives would violate Americans’ First Amendment rights in order to protect the State of Israel. This draconian legislation is H.R. 1697/S. 720, the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” is a proposed law that could harshly penalize […]

04 Aug

Church Leaders Express Concern over Jewish Nation-State Law

Heads of churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reacted with dismay and concern to the Israeli Knesset’s adoption, on 19 July, 2018, of a new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, which specifies that “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State […]

02 Aug

Israeli Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians In Nablus, One Near Bethlehem

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Nablus city in northern West Bank, while accompanying dozens of colonialist settlers into the city, shot two Palestinians and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The soldiers also assaulted and injured a young man near Bethlehem. Media […]

26 Jun

Army Abducts Seven Palestinians, Injures Fifty, In Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, seven Palestinians and injured fifty others, during protests that took place after dozens of soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, accompanying hundreds colonialist settlers, heading to Joseph Tomb area. Media sources said the soldiers accompanied buses filled with Israeli colonialist […]

31 May

Shakira Nixes Her Tel Aviv Show – The Timeline

May 30, 2018 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Entering damage control mode after Shakira nixed her July 9 Tel Aviv gig, Israel’s spin machine claimed the gig was never scheduled to begin with. Then, they said it wasn’t cancelled, it was just postponed. We aren’t sure […]

15 May

Gaza Killings Spark Mass Protests in Ireland, South Africa

In response to Israel’s horrific massacre of dozens of unarmed Palestinians, and wounding of thousands, in Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a series of protests around Ireland to take place today. Protests are expected to continue in Gaza, and casualties are expected to mount. There will be […]

11 May

Army Injures 61 Palestinians In Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, on Friday at dawn, 61 Palestinians, including two with live fire, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Medical sources said the soldiers shot two young men with live fire, fourteen with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused 45 others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. […]

27 Apr

Book Review: “Tower of the Stork”

Dima Al-Samman is a contemporary Palestinian-Jerusalemite novelist. She was born and raised in occupied Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University. Further studies saw her gain a High Diploma in Television Direction and she is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry of Education. Writing […]

25 Apr

Occupation Captured: Photos of Palestinian Life and Israeli Occupation in the West Bank City of Hebron

POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER APRIL 25, 2018 Taken from home Pictured here: A 13-year-old child came home after a day at school and was met by Israeli soldiers. The soldiers claimed he threw rocks and that he would be arrested. The boy’s parents were not home, though his 9-year-old brother was […]