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Hamas and Islamic Jihad recently fired nearly 700 rockets from Gaza into Israel, aiming at civilian targets and killing four Israeli citizens. Such indiscriminate action does little to promote peace. […] Read More

When Jesus delivered his condemnation of the Pharisees and scribes in Jerusalem, he did so knowing both the city’s vast history and potential future. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her […] Read More

We lament the killing of almost 60 of our people in Gaza. We lament the injury of hundreds of our children, the trauma of our people, their hunger, their humiliation and their dehumanization. We bleed tears and feel great anguish as we see the brutality of irresponsible Israeli soldiers and leaders, the insistence of choosing […] Read More

The West Bank and Gaza Strip are adjacent to the State of Israel and are inhabited by around 4.5 million Palestinians. The governing power is the Palestinian Authority. The major religion is Islam, and the official language is Arabic. There is also a small Christian minority, including evangelical Baptists. The Council of Local Evangelical Churches […] Read More

“I Shall Not Hate”

It takes a lot of love, faith and courage to decide, “I shall not hate,” and to resist calls for revenge. In his book, “I Shall Not Hate,” Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor, reflects on his experiences following the Israeli Defense Force’s incursion into Gaza in 2009. Abuelaish’s home was targeted during these strikes, and […] Read More

Many Christians across the United States may have little interest in, and perhaps not much knowledge of, the World Council of Churches (WCC). Some Christians are even quite critical of the WCC. Nevertheless, the WCC is involved in many commendable activities. Their sponsorship of World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI), scheduled from Sept. […] Read More

The pictures of Israeli civilians watching and cheering from a hilltop at the heart-rending massacre of people in Gaza by tanks and aircraft are chilling. Gaza is neither a state nor a country. It has no army. Sandwiched between Egypt on one side and the Israeli army on the other, the mostly defenseless Palestinians have […] Read More

Three Israeli teenagers hitchhiking to their homes were kidnapped in the West Bank on June 12. Israel accused Hamas and initiated an operation to search for the three teenagers. During this operation, Israel arrested almost 400 Palestinians, including most of the Hamas leaders in the West Bank. Israeli forces also killed a number of Palestinians […] Read More

Partisan politics is manifested everywhere—even the Israel-Palestine conflict. “The partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider,” Pew Research said of a recent survey regarding views on Israel and Palestine. U.S. supporters of Israel numbered 51 percent overall, while 14 percent sympathized with Palestinians, 13 percent with neither side, and 3 percent expressed mixed […] Read More

Salem Boulos, who attended the Gaza Baptist Church, was among the casualties who died in the recent war between Israel and Hamas. The 45-year-old father of four daughters and one son was killed when bombs dropped by an Israeli jet hit a building near where he stood on Nov. 19. “[W]e had a very difficult […] Read More