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There was a criminal attack on the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem. When school principal Nadia Kinani arrived early one morning, she found “Death to Arabs” spray-painted in huge letters across the walls of the school. Close by, at the large Greek Orthodox Christian monastery, was scrawled “Death to Christians.” Jerusalem police suspect this […] Read More

CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary as visitors outside come to look upon the spot where Egypt’s Coptic Christians believe Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus found refuge after fleeing Bethlehem. Once crowded with Christians, Cairo’s Coptic quarter where she lives with her […] Read More

No different from other regions of the world, the Middle East-North Africa is saddled with its own share of challenges. They come in different forms and combinations.   Over the years, our Lord has taught us to seek in every challenge an opportunity to light a candle and praise God. We do so through the […] Read More

“How should Jews treat their Arab neighbors?”   That was the question posed in the Ask the Rabbis section in the May/June issue of Moment Magazine.   Beloved Chabad Rabbi Manis Friedman gave this answer: “I don’t believe in Western morality, i.e., don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday […] Read More

Farewells were said as a determined young man left his family in Safed, the crown jewel of the mountains overlooking the Sea of Galilee, to make his way to America. In 1909, under the love and guidance of Dr. George W. Truett, Shukri Musa found the desire of his heart and was baptized into the […] Read More

I have a friend called Harry whose 90-year-old grandmother died a few weeks ago. Eugenie Tabourian was an Armenian Christian from Jerusalem. She and her husband fled from Turkey during the Armenian genocide of 1915 and arrived in the Holy Land, which in those days was bustling with Christians. Today, many indigenous Christians have left […] Read More

Still Praying for Gaza

News that even in these straitened times international donors have responded so generously to the needs of Gaza is very welcome.   Not just the ravages of the recent war (if so one-sided a conflict can be given that name) but years of economic decline need to be put right, with a modern-day Marshall Plan […] Read More

One of the most disturbing wars in history began with British protectorate rule over Palestine. Begun in the 1920s, the “Holy Land” war continues between Arabs and Jews to this day. With such tremendous hatred for one another, will a solution ever be found? While teaching at Houston Baptist University 30 years ago, I invited […] Read More

In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel. A life-long Southern Baptist and a staunch supporter of the Carter presidency, her grandfather […] Read More

While taking a walk on Dec. 24, 2007, just before we were to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and Love, the unprovoked verbal assault There goes a terrorist was hurled. We belonged to the same Sunday school class; we’d been colleagues for 34 years; our sons were public school and college classmates; […] Read More