Skip to comments.Muslims shout at Jesus' home: 'Islam will dominate the world'
Posted on 01/01/2007 1:11:32 AM PST by F15Eagle
NAZARETH Islamic groups held a large militant march down the main streets of Nazareth this weekend, highlighting for some here the plight of Christians in this ancient city where Muslims have become a majority and members of the dwindling Christian population say they suffer regular intimidation.
Nazareth, considered one of the holiest cities for Christians, is described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus. It contains multiple important shrines and churches, including the famous Church of the Basilica of the Annunciation, the site at which many Christians believe the Virgin Mary was visited by the Archangel Gabriel and told that she had been selected as the mother of Jesus.
The Islamic Movement, the main Muslim political party in Nazareth, said it organized yesterday's march to celebrate Eid ul-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, which commemorates the Muslim belief Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael for Allah.
Christian and Jewish faith dictates it was Isaac, not Ishmael, whom Abraham almost sacrificed.
Islamic Movement leaders paraded down Nazareth's main thoroughfare brandishing their party's green flag. Young Muslim men in battle gear marched and beat drums as a man on loudspeaker repeatedly exclaimed in Arabic, "Allah is great."
Hundreds of activists strutted screaming Islamist epithets, including "Islam is the only truth" and "Islam shall rule all."
Tens of thousands of Nazareth residents, seemingly mostly Muslim, congregated on the streets as the march passed by. Muslim children launched firecrackers into the sky, occasionally misfiring, with the small explosives landing dangerously close to the crowds.
Many of the town's Christian residents stayed away from the event, with the exception of Christian shopkeepers who worked in the area. WND observed as several Muslim youth marching in the parade started to charge at three local Christian shopkeepers but the youth stopped short.
While the march was billed as a celebration, it's militant virtues were clearly visible. The event seemed more a show of force than a street party.
"The march is meant to intimidate Christians," said Saleem, a Nazareth Christian resident who asked that his last name be withheld for fear of what he said was "Muslim retaliation" for speaking out.
"It's part of the methods used by the Muslims in very obvious ways to create an atmosphere where the Christians should know the Muslims are the main power and we are not welcome anymore," Saleem said.
Ahmed Zohbi, a member of Nazareth's municipal council and the leader of an umbrella group consisting of the city's Islamic parties, denied Saleem's accusations, claiming there is "no problem" between Christians and Muslims in Nazareth.
"We just want to celebrate. The Muslims have nothing against our Christian brothers. Our communities may have differences but we live a peaceful coexistence," Zohbi told WND.
But Christians interviewed here said otherwise. Like Bethlehem's Christians, those in Nazareth spoke of attacks against Christian-owned shops and told stories of Christian women being raped by Muslim men. They noted several instances of interreligious violence and Muslim riots they said began when Muslims attacked Christian worshippers. The Muslims claimed Christians started the violence.
Israeli security officials say the majority of anti-Christian violence in Nazareth goes unreported because local Christians are too afraid to report crimes.
One Christian resident said violence and intimidation tend to increase around the time of local elections. The Islamic parties, once in the minority, are now one seat away from dominating Nazareth's city council.
"During the last elections, Muslims on the streets were openly threatening the Christians. They tried to stop some of the Christian cars from voting," said Saleem.
In October 2000, the Arab Christian mayor of Nazareth, Ramiz Jaraisy, was reportedly beaten by members of the opposing Islamist party.
Nazareth's Christian population, at times the majority during the city's long history, is now at about 37 percent, according to the Israeli Bureau of Statistics, which notes a regular downward trend.
The situation mirrors similar trends in West Bank and Gaza cities controlled or dominated by Muslim Arabs.
Siham el-Fahum, a Muslim Nazareth municipality member and a local historian, admits Christians are fleeing her city because of Christian-Muslim tension.
"There is no doubt the situation for Christians in Nazareth is bad," el-Fahum told WND.
"Christians like to live where life can be good for them, whereas Muslims are more attached to the community and will stay through tough times. Muslims in the city want more dominance and the only way to achieve that, logically, is at the expense of Christians. It's a delicate balancing act that is having negative consequences for Christians."
Like many Muslims here, el-Fahum claimed Christians several times "instigated" Muslim riots. But she said in the struggle for power, "the Muslims are definitely on the rise."
She said the core of the conflict began in 1998, when Israel approved a local Muslim request to build a mosque in front of the Church of the Annunciation.
Muslims wanted to build the mosque at an adjacent, 6,500-square-foot site, which they say is the burial place of a nephew of Saladin, the Muslim commander who led the army that defeated the Crusaders in 1187. The site previously housed a public school.
Christians charge the site was not previously considered holy by Muslims and that the planned mosque is meant to overwhelm the church.
Dave Parsons, a spokesman for the International Christian Embassy, said the proposed mosque might contain multiple spires that would tower over the Annunciation Church's large, black-coned dome.
In 2002, Israel rescinded permission to construct the mosque following worldwide outcry and protests from the Vatican and White House.
Nazareth Muslims temporarily occupied the site and erected a tent mosque. Islamic Movement leaders demanded Nazareth officials deed the property over to local Muslim authorities.
Muslims hold regular prayer services at the site neighboring the Annunciation church throughout the week, usually drawing large numbers of worshippers on Fridays.
Yesterday's afternoon service, attended by WND, was preceded by a sermon delivered by a prominent local sheik, who shouted into a loudspeaker, "Islam will dominate the world."
The sermon could be heard by clergy inside the Annunciation church.
The Islamic Movement's Zohbi told WND he is "optimistic" the mosque will eventually be built.
"It's just a matter of time before we (the Islamic parties) dominate the city council and then the situation will be different," he said.
Zohbi claimed the Muslim stake to the Nazareth site predates Christianity's. He said the Church of the Annunciation "was built in the 1950s."
While the church structure was indeed completely rebuilt in 1955, several previous churches there date back to the 5th century, about the same time the original Church of the Nativity was constructed in Bethlehem.
The original Annunciation church was destroyed during Muslim conquests. Reconstructed versions were burned during Crusader losses in the region. The church was rebuilt again in 1730, then later enlarged in 1877.
Archeologists say the first shrine at the church site was constructed in the middle of the 4th century, comprising an altar in the cave in which Mary is said to had lived.
Zohbi said he would only lead "peaceful" protests to built the mosque. Muslims in Nazareth have "no interest" in tensions or further violence with local Christians, he claimed.
But El-Fahum said it was only a matter of time before another round of anti-Christian riots were sparked.
"The tension is very palatable. The Christians know it. The situation is a powderkeg that can explode again at any time."
Jesus said His Kingdom was not of this world ... yet
But when He returns they will find out how mad mo deceived them. And their final war on Israel will end in a huge surprise for them (Zechariah chapters 12 and 14).
Thanks f15 Eagle for the ping.
Am I the only person tired of Muslim filth?
Much of the world is weary. Unfortunately, these clowns may be quite instrumental in *really* starting Armageddon.
When their oil money completes their desire for nuclear weapons, hold on to your hat.
King Jesus is not to be trifled with.
Even in these closing days of history, His Salvation and Redemption remain available to all, but for those who reject Him, they will still get to meet Him, not as Saviour, but as Judge.
And there is no slick lawyer, no A.C.L.U. defense teams, no Ramsey Clark-led leftist legal groups, that will get an acquital for the Islamofascist scumbags that have chosen to reject Jesus Christ and embrace a phony messiah.
Only one question will remain for those convicted:
'Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?'
Only for about seven years, sheik, and then it's all over for all of you for eternity.
Oh, and all the horrors that will happen during the seven years? That will be the judgement of the "Christian" God, the One you have rejected, and the One Who will throw you into Hell when He returns.
So enjoy your miniscule bit of time dominating the world. Our God, Who has never told us to murder innocents, has let us in on what your fate is. And you will deserve every second of what you will get.
Instead of just killing maybe if mooselimbs actually contributed in a positive way to society in any way in say the last 1000 years or so.
The burial site of a nephew??!! Give me a break. How is that in any way a "holy" site?
Christians could one further and declare that all Christians are the children of God so therefore all living Christians and the burial sites of all past Christians are Christian holy sites and are not to be defiled by having unclean Muslims touch them. It would be just as absurd.
The first shout of Christ from the heavens over us upon His return the sheik will hear not. The second shout of Christ with Christ physically on the earth at His Second Coming the sheik will hear that shout loud and long. The sheik will get his fill of war and a bitter defeat. Then the sheik as all men will bow before Him and confess He Is Lord. Some will enter into GOD's New Kingdom prepared for us some will enter into eternal hell.
They are trying everything to eradicate Christianity and Judaism. They can take over every spot on the face of the Earth and it will not stop the Truth.
We here in the US have it so good we are spoiled and lazy and don't even know it. At the very least we need to pray for our persecuted brethren.
No way. I just wish the government felt the way we do. By the time they get it, it could already be too late to fix it. I'm not sure they want to and further more, PC be damned, if PC has anything to do with their moving over and moving over and moving over to make a way for the enemy right under our noses. I don't like the smell one iota. And I'm not too sure but that maybe that smell has two sources.
I'd love to be in line when these "people" are being judged .Should be very entertaining.
It was these kinds of frightening incidents that sparked the crusades of old. Of course, they eventually got out of hand and turned crusading into a money making industry. Still, the original spark for the movement was Islamic agression and the threatening of the holy sites in the Middle East.
Is it time for another round of crusades? Will Christians stand up for christianity?
Christianity is the final front. We have the King on our side and He won't lose. I will be in His army, one way or the other. It's going to be a frightening time for those who don't know Him and it will never get any better for them.
Talk about "the enemy within!"
Young Muslim men in battle gear marched and beat drums as a man on loudspeaker repeatedly exclaimed in Arabic, "Allah is great."
Because of that Israel needs to bring its National Gaurd into Nazareth.
Jesus take the wheel.
I'm way beyond tired of Muslim filth.
Look! My husband was fighting Muslims 50 years ago. They are not going away. Better get prepared for the long haul.
Sure enough. A massive surprise for many and not far off. The one world rule has it's agenda on track as well to put the world under one ruler, also not far off.
whacky mooslem ping
Coming soon to a city near you. As it has already come to Malmo and Paris
When the Muslims build a mosque, it is to proclaim that the area the mosque overlooks, out to the limits where the Muslim call to prayer is heard 5x/day, is now Muslim territory
It's not just you. After reading the first few paragraphs of the article, it came to mind what a few well placed Claymor's with some M50 backups could do. This of course would be followed with a mass bulldozing of the corpses/parts in a pit covered with swine carcasses--hey it worked for Blacjack Pershing!
'Malmo and Paris'
You need'nt have to go that far. Been to Dearborn, MI ? The highest muzzie population per capita outside of the middle east.
Here in Michigan we call that city a target rich environment.
The muslims are members of a death cult.
Every place in the world where the muslim death cult interfaces with somthing different, there is violence towards the other culture (from the muslims).
If Islam is growing, why is the Christian faith growing even faster? The global south is seeing a massive growth of Christian faith communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Christianity is on the march. Even there are Muslims comming to faith in Christ. It is because of the hope that Jesus offers.
A wonder 2007 to all at FR!
The proof is that in the global south with new Christian communities coming to life, new churches have to be built to meet the need.
Also this article is not suprising because it is a sign of a bigger war.
Muslim children launched firecrackers into the sky, occasionally misfiring, with the small explosives landing dangerously close to the crowds.
This article is a bit over the top for me.
Ya might want to get your head out of sand.
Considering Mohammed, Islam's founder, wasn't even alive for over 600 yrs after the Cross, this is really a stretch.
It's stupid to make kissy-face with people who are taught to hate you from birth. Nothing that we do can change their hatred and determination to make the world a safe place for throat-slitters and head-choppers.
No, we feel the same.
Hardly. Reading this article was deja-vu all over again. Is this the Middle East, 2007 or Nazi Germany, 1937. Hard to tell the difference.
"If Islam is growing, why is the Christian faith growing even faster? The global south is seeing a massive growth of Christian faith communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Christianity is on the march. Even there are Muslims comming to faith in Christ. It is because of the hope that Jesus offers".
...I tend to agree with the overall positive tone of this statement! And it is the hope that Jesus offers that actually is puzzling about 9/10 of the posts on this thread. Negative, descriptions of how horrible life WILL be in the US because of Muslims. Have some faith will ya?!
That's what I'm always taught in chuch.
Plus situations like this reveal how much respect Jesus is given by the Muslims.
Also thanks to missionaries from the Evangelical churches, followed by the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, new believers are created many more times then what can be done by a Muslim woman, having a baby, which takes 9 months, when many more new believers come to faith in Christ a lot sooner through the breaking opening of the Word and thru baptism. Because of this, more churches are being built to take in the overflow, they are bursting at the seams.
Have hope folks, Jesus NEVER FAILS!