Christians in Israel enjoy a higher level of religious freedom than in most other countries in the Middle East, although, being a Jewish state, Jewish citizens receive preferential treatment. Messianic Jews and those who convert from Judaism to Christianity may be branded traitors by ultra-orthodox Jewish organisations, while converts from a Muslim background can face pressure from their families. Some churches and monasteries have been subject to vandalism, and clergy abused, although reported attacks have decreased in recent years.
A new Islamist threat to Christians has emerged in Jerusalem, according to Middle East Concern. On 25 June leaflets were distributed in East Jerusalem by a group calling itself Islamic State in Palestine. The leaflets bore the black flag of ISIS and carried a message warning Christians to leave Jerusalem […]
The church built in northern Israel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee – to commemorate Christ’s feeding of a multitude out of five loaves and two fish – has been the scene of a suspected arson attack. Two people suffered minor smoke inhalation; the fire was mainly on the roof. Parts […]
“The plight of Christian communities in the Middle East” will be the focus of the six-day Feast of Tabernacles in . Sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, the event is meant to be an occasion to “rejoice in the power of God, remember His past provisions, and celebrate His […]
Jerusalem’s Roman Catholic Church has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land. In an incident, known as ‘price-tagging’, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was written in Hebrew on an outer column of the […]
A Messianic Jewish congregation leader whose son was almost killed by a bomb planted by an ultra-right wing Jew said he feels like the Israeli criminal justice system has abandoned him. On Monday (May 28), the Jerusalem District Court approved a plea agreement for the man accused of bombing pastor […]