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Archaeology is hard work and a wonderful science but a newsworthy excavation in East Jerusalem, which has seen workers tunneling under private homes, sometimes without permission, has been weaponized for political ends. […] Read More

Israel’s apologists often claim the Palestinian Authority persecutes Palestinian Christians. However, the Israeli occupation has made life unbearable for Muslims and Christians and poses the greatest threat to the Palestinian church. […] Read More

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

Contravening decades of official U.S. policy and international consensus, President Trump unilaterally recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a move that the U.N. Security Council soon denounced. […] Read More

Anti-Semitism cannot be condoned no matter when or by whom it is expressed, but neither can charges of anti-Semitism be used as a means to stifle legitimate criticism of the nation of Israel. […] Read More

More than 1.5 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon since 2011. However, people like Imam Imad Enchassi – and the nun who taught him as a boy – have left bright candles for all to follow. […] Read More

Growing up in Beirut, Imad Enchassi’s world was disrupted in 1982 when right-wing Christian militants slaughtered up to 3,000 people in two days. However, he would not give in to vengeance. […] Read More

At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in March, a man sitting next to me was writing in Arabic the statement that he would be reading to the council. Adel was a Tunisian head of a nonprofit. I said hello in Arabic, and we introduced ourselves and exchanged cards. He looked down at […] 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