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  • Prophetic shocker: Romans didn't destroy Temple

    08/23/2009 5:16:05 AM PDT · by kingattax · 55 replies · 2,090+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 21, 2009
    One of the central tenets of the Christian belief in a coming Roman Antichrist is under fire because, as the author of a new book shows, the destruction of the Jerusalem in A.D. 70 was actually carried out by peoples from the Middle East, not Europe. As Joel Richardson, author of "The Islamic Antichrist," writes today in WND's commentary section, one of the pillars of the European Antichrist theory is a prophecy in Daniel 9: "The people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary." When the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and...
  • PA University Lecturer: No Jewish Connection to Western Wall (video)

    08/19/2009 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 467+ views ^ | 8/19/09 | staff
    ( A Palestinian Authority university lecturer was the latest PA academic to rewrite history and deny Jewish history in Jerusalem, which was the Jewish capital for a full 1,600 years before Muhammad authored the Muslim Koran. The lecturer denied the Jewish people's connection to the Western Wall of the Jewish Temple.
  • Finding King Herod's Tomb

    08/02/2009 6:17:08 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 1,827+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | July 2009 | Barbara Kreiger
    After a 35-year search, an Israeli archaeologist is certain he has solved the mystery of the biblical figureÂ’s final resting place Shielding my eyes from the glare of the morning sun, I look toward the horizon and the small mountain that is my destination: Herodium, site of the fortified palace of King Herod the Great. I'm about seven miles south of Jerusalem, not far from the birthplace of the biblical prophet Amos, who declared: "Let justice stream forth like water." Herod's reign over Judea from 37 to 4 B.C. is not remembered for justice but for its indiscriminate cruelty. His...
  • Reclaiming Biblical Jerusalem

    06/30/2009 8:06:52 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 24 replies · 884+ views ^ | June 30, 2009 / 8 Tammuz 5769 | by Rachel Ginsberg
    The world of archeology is rocked by evidence of King David's palace unearthed in Jerusalem. How Jewish is Jerusalem? You might think that's a silly question, but in the world of academia, revisionist history and even biblical archaeology, scholars have cast the shadow of doubt over Judaism's intrinsic connection to Jerusalem. The Moslem Waqf, the religious authority that administers the Temple Mount -- the site of Judaism's First and Second Temples -- has been claiming for years that there was never a temple there. But the idea that Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and Jerusalem its...
  • The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem

    06/27/2009 2:47:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies · 329+ views
    Christian families have long been complaining of intimidation and land theft by Muslims, especially those working for the Palestinian Authority. Many Christians in Bethlehem and the nearby [Christian] towns of Bet Sahour and Bet Jalla have repeatedly complained that Muslims have been seizing their lands either by force or through forged documents. In recent years, not only has the number of Christians continued to dwindle, but Bethlehem and its surroundings also became hotbeds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters and members. Moreover, several Christian women living in these areas have complained about verbal and sexual assaults by Muslim men. .....
  • The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem

    06/27/2009 2:53:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 377+ views
    Hudson New York ^ | 5/12/09 | Khaled Abu Toami
    Christian families have long been complaining of intimidation and land theft by Muslims, especially those working for the Palestinian Authority. Many Christians in Bethlehem and the nearby [Christian] towns of Bet Sahour and Bet Jalla have repeatedly complained that Muslims have been seizing their lands either by force or through forged documents. In recent years, not only has the number of Christians continued to dwindle, but Bethlehem and its surroundings also became hotbeds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters and members. Moreover, several Christian women living in these areas have complained about verbal and sexual assaults by Muslim men. .....
  • Can Third Temple be built without destroying Dome of the Rock?...

    06/22/2009 1:48:53 PM PDT · by TaraP · 100 replies · 2,764+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 21st, 2009
    A new Jewish interfaith initiative launched last week argues building the Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem would not necessitate the destruction of the Dome of the Rock. "God's Holy Mountain Vision" project hopes to defuse religious strife by showing that Jews' end-of-days vision could harmoniously accommodate Islam's present architectural hegemony on the Temple Mount. This vision of religious shrines in peaceful proximity can transform the Temple Mount from a place of contention to its original sacred role as a place of worship shared by Jews, Muslims and Christians," said Yoav Frankel, director of the initiative. The Interfaith Encounter Association at...
  • URGENT: OBAMA TO PROPOSE DIVIDING JERUSALEM :: Making The Holy City The Capital Of Palestine

    06/02/2009 4:36:20 PM PDT · by Iraqs Inconvenient Truth. · 542 replies · 13,957+ views
    Email From: ^ | May 20, 2009 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    (Washington, D.C., May 20, 2009) — Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has just finished his visit to Washington. Full analysis on my weblog, including a link to the YouTube clip of me on Glenn Beck’s show with a former CIA analyst who says he wouldn’t care if Israel ceased to exist. MUST WATCH:Joel On The Glen Beck Show That said, there’s more troubling news this morning. I’m horrified by credible reports that in his June 4th speech in Cairo, President Obama will say it is time to divide Jerusalem and make the holy city the capital of a Palestinian state. No,...
  • Associated Press Whitewashes Holy Land Terrorists

    05/27/2009 2:41:46 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Google News/The Lid ^ | 5/27/09 | The Lid
    At the end of December 2008, the word GUILTY was read a total of 108 times in a Dallas court room jury convicted the Holy Land foundation and each of the five defendants of raising money to fund Hamas terrorism. The defendants were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group. Today the Holy Land terror trial defendants were sentenced. But if you look at the Associated Press report they were boy scouts with an attitude problem. The headline which has been picked up by newspapers all across...
  • Arab Sheikh: Netanyahu will Try to Rebuild the Jewish Temple

    05/26/2009 1:01:02 PM PDT · by Tzvi · 75 replies · 2,339+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 26. 2009 | Gil Ronen
    Sheikh Raad Salah, leader of the Northern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, believes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will try to rebuild the Jewish Temple. Speaking at a conference organized by website Islam Online in Doha, Qatar, Salah stated his belief that Netanyahu may try to build the Jewish Temple – which the Islamic preacher called “the false temple” – during his current term after allegedly failing to do so in his first term as Prime Minister in the late 1990s.
  • Netanyahu Rejects Obama's 'UN Flag at Kotel'; Star of David to Remain

    05/22/2009 3:12:26 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 54 replies · 1,966+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 22. 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem Thursday night that the Israeli flag will continue to fly over the Western Wall (Kotel). The first prime minister in years to appear at the venerable yeshiva on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), he ignored U.S. President Barack Obama’s apparent trial balloon that he wants to see the United Nations flag fly over the Old City holy sites.
  • On the Pope's Trip to the Holy Land

    05/21/2009 6:51:37 PM PDT · by ELS · 8 replies · 328+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 20, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the Pope's Trip to the Holy Land "I Presented Myself as a Pilgrim of Faith" VATICAN CITY, MAY 20, 2009 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, I pause today to speak about the apostolic journey that I made May 8-15 to the Holy Land, for which I do not cease to give thanks to the Lord, because it has shown itself to be a great gift for the Successor of Peter and for the whole Church. I wish...
  • Netanyahu to present Obama with Twain's Holy Land memoir

    05/18/2009 6:57:48 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 861+ views
    Haaretz ^ | May 19, 2009 | Maya Sela
    > In his travel memoir, Twain describes a 1867 trip to the Land of Israel, which he finds a backward and desolate place devoid of culture or law. "Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all its ancient grandeur, and is become a pauper village," he states, calling it a country where prosperity had died out, a place of lost splendor and beauty where joy has turned to sorrow, and where silence and death prevail in its holy places.
  • The Pope's Israel Trip Was a Success

    05/16/2009 11:04:01 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies · 513+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-16-09 | YECHIEL ECKSTEIN
    The world desperately needs Benedict's model of reconciliation.Jerusalem Most Israelis seem to agree that the pope's just concluded trip to Israel wasn't a raving success. Far from healing wounds, his address at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum garnered harsh criticism for failing to adequately address the horrors memorialized there. I see the visit in a much more positive light.
  • "I wish to proclaim anew..." (Pope's "Controversial" Statement in the Holy Land) [Ecumenical]

    05/15/2009 7:58:04 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 70 replies · 1,524+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/15/2009 | His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
    Saint John’s Gospel has left us an evocative account of the visit of Peter and the Beloved Disciple to the empty tomb on Easter morning. Today, at a distance of some twenty centuries, Peter’s Successor, the Bishop of Rome, stands before that same empty tomb and contemplates the mystery of the Resurrection. Following in the footsteps of the Apostle, I wish to proclaim anew, to the men and women of our time, the Church’s firm faith that Jesus Christ “was crucified, died and was buried”, and that “on the third day he rose from the dead”. Exalted at the...
  • Thousands Greet Pope in Nazareth

    05/14/2009 10:03:19 PM PDT · by americanophile · 1 replies · 304+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Howard Schneider
    NAZARETH, Israel, May 14 -- A newly erected concrete spire sliced high into the air over an altar spread beneath, turning a dusty amphitheater here in northern Israel into a church foNational flags and ecumenical banners stood out in the breeze, and quavering Arabic melodies alternated with the sounds of English and Latin. Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the boyhood home of Jesus on Thursday to celebrate the final Mass of his eight-day trip to the Middle East. The ceremony served as a boisterous send-off for the 82-year-old pontiff, who returns to Rome on Friday. "Viva al baba!" the crowd...
  • THE POPE STANDS UP (and walks out on Palestinian leader Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi)

    05/12/2009 11:09:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 3,190 replies · 24,970+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 12, 2009
    In an action that spoke far louder than words, Pope Benedict yesterday walked out of an interfaith meeting in Jerusalem after the chief Islamic judge of the Palestinian Authority launched into an anti-Israeli diatribe. The pontiff, on his first day in Jerusalem, did not realize at first that Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi, speaking in Arabic, was condemning the "crimes of the Jewish state" and accusing Israel of having "slaughtered women, children and senior citizens." But as soon as he was told the nature of the sheikh's tirade, he stood and left the meeting, which took place at Notre Dame church, before...
  • Rabbi to pope: Go split Rome

    05/13/2009 5:48:33 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 198 replies · 3,765+ views
    WND ^ | May 12, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – If Pope Benedict XVI so fervently supports a Palestinian state – which would split sections of Israel – he also should divide Rome, charged the leader of a coalition of more than 350 Israeli rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis. "I was shocked to hear that the first thing the pope had to say when he landed in Israel was that the Holy Land must be divided to make room for a Palestinian state," said Joseph Gerlitzky, rabbi of central Tel Aviv and chairman of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace, which includes some of Israel's most prominent Jewish leaders....
  • Forgiving Sometimes Means Forgetting (The Pope's Unique Role in the Holy Land)

    05/13/2009 3:14:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 467+ views
    ZNA ^ | May 13, 2009 | Father Thomas D. Williams, LC
    JERUSALEM, MAY 13, 2009 ( Benedict XVI left Jerusalem for Bethlehem early this morning amidst further carping from the locals; I couldn't help but raise my heart to God in gratitude for this gentle, German Pope. I realized just how unique his mission is in this faction-torn land of continual squabbles over everything from land to doctrinal minutiae. The fact is that the Holy Father didn't come to the Holy Land to play party politics, not even for his own "party." He didn't come merely as a representative of the Catholic Church, but truly on behalf of everyone involved, on behalf...
  • Pope comes under criticism in Israel

    05/12/2009 1:14:49 PM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies · 571+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | May 12, 2009 | Philip Pullella and Jeffrey Heller
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Vatican had to play down Pope Benedict's teenage membership of the Hitler Youth on Tuesday as Israeli disappointment at a lack of emotion in his remarks on the Holocaust dogged his tour of the Holy Land. The speaker of the Knesset, echoing many of his compatriots, accused the German-born pope of showing detachment on Monday from Jewish suffering under the Nazis. He referred to Benedict as "a German who joined the Hitler Youth and ... Hitler's army." The Vatican spokesman at first flatly denied that Benedict, 82, was ever in the Nazi youth movement. But when...
  • Pope's address disappoints Muslim leaders

    05/09/2009 5:38:21 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 32 replies · 1,490+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 9, 2009 | AFP
    Jordanian clerics expressed disappointment that Pope Benedict XVI in an address to Muslim leaders on Saturday failed to offer a new apology for remarks seen as targeting Islam. "We wanted him to clearly apologise," Sheikh Yusef Abu Hussein, mufti of the southern city of Karak, told AFP after the pope's address in Amman's huge Al-Hussein Mosque. "What the pope said (in 2006) about the Prophet Mohammed is untrue. Islam did not spread through the power of sword. It's a religion of tolerance and faith," Hussein said.
  • Why I Love the Holy Land (and Why You Should, Too)

    05/08/2009 10:21:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 425+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | May 8, 2009 | Joshua Allen
      "For this one night, Jesus is in the tomb." These words, spoken to me by a priest on Holy Thursday, haunted my soul as the doors of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem were locked and I found myself spending the night in the tomb of Christ, which functions as the altar of repose for the basilica. Twelve hours later, exhausted but exhilarated, I left the tomb struggling to process my incredible experience of the reality of Christ and of the Holy Land, the very land where He walked and taught, where He lived and died....
  • Will Benedict XVI Challenge Palestinian and Israeli Extremism?

    05/07/2009 10:19:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | May 7, 2009 | Deal Hudson
    An op-ed published in the New York Times on Tuesday by veteran Vatican reporter John L. Allen Jr. lists four ways Pope Benedict XVI can "move things forward in the Middle East." He recommends the Holy Father endorse the two-state solution, call upon Palestinians to reject extremism, urge support for Holy Land Christians, and advise that Iran be included in regional discussions.   It's easy to agree with all of Allen's suggestions, in part, because he leaves out one of the most important -- and most controversial -- messages Benedict should consider sending: challenging Israel to reject its own...
  • Obama’s Master Plan to Raise UN Flag in Jerusalem

    05/06/2009 1:56:45 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 20 replies · 2,068+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 6, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    President Obama told Jordan's King Abdullah to convince the Arab world to modify the Saudi Peace Plan, an Arabic language newspaper said. He wants the UN flag to wave over Jerusalem’s holy sites and the Palestinian Authority flag to flutter over Jerusalem neighborhoods.
  • EWTN to provide TV, radio and internet coverage of Holy Land visit

    05/04/2009 2:00:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 662+ views
    CNA ^ | May 4, 2009
    Irondale, Ala., May 4, 2009 / 01:17 pm (CNA).- Those wanting to follow Pope Benedict XVI’s historic trip to the Holy Land will be able to tune in to EWTN’s television, radio or internet broadcasts and walk with the Pope in the footsteps of Jesus. EWTN will follow the Holy Father across the region as he visits such sites as Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus Christ was baptized; the Grotto of the Annunciation, where Mary learned she would carry the Messiah; the Caritas Baby Hospital, the only pediatric hospital in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip that cares...
  • Pope says he goes to the Holy Land ‘as a pilgrim of peace’

    05/04/2009 9:57:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 314+ views
    CNA ^ | May 4, 2009
    Vatican City, May 4, 2009 / 10:27 am (CNA).- Members of the Papal Foundation met with Pope Benedict on Saturday and heard him speak about his trip to the Holy Land later this week. He told the foundation that he will go as "a pilgrim of peace" to a land that has been marred by violence and injustice for 60 years.Pope Benedict began the audience by greeting Cardinal William Keeler, the other cardinals and bishops present and the lay members of the foundation with St. Paul’s words-- "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus...
  • 100 Rabbis Prepare to Welcome Pontiff to Holy Land

    05/01/2009 4:20:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 484+ views
    ZNA ^ | April 30, 2009
    JERUSALEM, APRIL 30, 2009 ( More than a hundred rabbis of various denominations will sign a message welcoming Benedict XVI to the Holy Land and encouraging dialogue between Jews and Christians. The presidents of the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education, Adalberta and Armando Bernardini, told ZENIT that the message is due to be published on the Web site of an Israeli newspaper, "Ha'Arezt." The initiative is being promoted by one of the foundation's members, Rabbi Jack Bemporard, also director of the New Jersey based Center for Interreligious Understanding. From May 8 to 15 the Pope will visit the...
  • In Israeli Jewish schools, no teaching about Christianity

    04/17/2009 1:44:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 253 replies · 3,754+ views
    CNS ^ | April 17, 2009 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Daniel Rossing uses one word to sum up the extent of teaching about Christianity in Israeli public schools: none. "The answer is very simply no. Israeli students do not learn about Christianity in school," said Rossing, director of the independent Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. "All indications are that there is a very widespread ignorance with regard to Catholicism in general and in particular in regard to the revolutionary changes which have taken place in the Catholic Church regarding Judaism and the Jewish people," said Rossing, who is an Orthodox Jew. Rossing is considered an expert in...
  • Catholics, Jews, Orthodox throng Jerusalem to celebrate religions

    04/13/2009 1:53:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 527+ views
    CNS ^ | April 13, 2009 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The Old City of Jerusalem was more packed than it had been in many years as the Catholic Easter coincided with the Orthodox Palm Sunday and the Jewish priestly blessing at the Western Wall for Passover. People jammed the alleyways of the outdoor market as pilgrims made their way to Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Taking the same path, members of the Orthodox churches headed toward their Palm Sunday services while Jews rushed to the Western Wall for the traditional blessing by the cohanim, priests who are descendants of the priests who served...
  • Thousands attend special 'SUN' prayer...Jerusalem

    04/08/2009 11:15:35 AM PDT · by TaraP · 21 replies · 582+ views
    Jerusalem Post. ^ | April 8th, 2009
    Over 50,000 people took part in the Birkat Hahama prayers at Jerusalem's Western Wall on Wednesday morning. The special event, a blessing of thanks for the world's creation, occurs when, the Talmud says, the sun reaches the same spot in the firmament as when it was created. It will not occur again for another 28 years. Following the event, all roads surrounding Jerusalem's Old City were blocked. Police have requested that those attending the ceremony leave the Old City using public transportation. In hundreds of places around the world, observant Jews planned to rise before dawn for outdoor prayers and...
  • Obama Asks Muslims to Accept Israel, plans to Visit Jerusalem in June

    04/08/2009 6:06:17 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 51 replies · 1,020+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | April 8, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ...Obama wrapped up his trip in predominantly Muslim Turkey on Tuesday with a plea to the Muslim world and to Israel to accept each other. He stated that the Islamic faith "has done so much over the centuries to shape the world - including in my own country.”.... George Mitchell is expected to visit Israel next week....President Obama will visit Israel and the PA in June.
  • Benedict XVI and the Future of the Holy Land

    04/06/2009 10:01:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 592+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | April 6, 2009 | Deal Hudson
    Over dinner at the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem, I talked with Danny Seidemann, a Jewish man from upstate New York who moved to Israel as a youth more than 30 years ago. Danny is recognized worldwide as an expert on the religious and cultural differences that divide, and potentially unite, Jerusalem. "The Christian community of Jerusalem is the canary in the coal mine," he told me. "When it starts dying, we know all of us are going to die."   Seidemann, himself a Zionist, believes preserving the Christian presence in the Holy Land is crucial to its future....
  • Whose Land Is Israel?

    04/04/2009 7:41:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 1,588+ views
    While getting a new clutch installed on our Ford pick-up in Petach Tiqvah, the garage accountant, wearing a kippa, noticed the B'nai No'ach bumper sticker and asked, "What is B'nai No'ach?" "You are a religious Jew and you have to ask me 'what is B'nai No'ach?'" "I know what is B'nai No'ach, but I want to know what B'nai No'ach is to you." In a few words I gave him an answer that satisfied him. Then, he asked, "Who do you think this Land of Israel belongs to, the Jews or the Arabs?" "This Land belongs neither to the Jews...
  • Jerusalem Mayor Asks U.S. Aid in Rebuilding ( Yeaaaaa...right! )

    03/30/2009 4:21:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 292+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2009 | Eli Lake
    NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Jerusalem's mayor is asking Americans to invest in upgrading his city - one of the poorest in Israel - in a plan he says also will benefit the capital's 270,000 Palestinian Arabs. "I'd like to see the world join forces to save the city of Jerusalem," Nir Barkat told editors and reporters of The Washington Times on Friday. "I told some members of the U.S. administration, 'I think the world just raised $5 billion for Gaza. So you only invest after a war. ... I will prepare the plans anyway because I believe we should invest in Arabs...
  • Rabbi Asks Pope Benedict Not to Wear Cross at Western Wall

    03/17/2009 9:26:17 AM PDT · by TaraP · 53 replies · 2,576+ views
    FOx News ^ | March 17th, 2009
    <p>A rabbi in Jerusalem has one request for Pope Benedict XVI when he visits the Western Wall in May: Leave the cross at home.</p> <p>Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who will meet the pontiff when he visits the Holy Land on May 12, said that a cross is not proper when visiting the Jewish religious site, The Jerusalem Post reported.</p>
  • Inside the Revolution (Joel Rosenberg's new book releases March 10)

    03/09/2009 10:17:28 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 4 replies · 683+ views
    For those of you who have enjoyed Joel Rosenberg's fiction and non-fiction books, his new book released tomorrow and it looks really interesting. The title is Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World.
  • Pope to Visit Holy Land in May

    03/08/2009 7:09:52 AM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 787+ views ^ | Mar 8 , 2009 09:02 AM US/Eastern | ARIEL DAVID
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he would visit the Holy Land from May 8-15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000. The visit would be the second official trip by a pope to Israel. Announcing the dates of the long-planned pilgrimage, the pope said he would go to sites Jesus visited and would pray for "the precious gift of unity and peace for the Middle East and all of humanity."
  • Vatican picks Nazareth as venue for papal mass

    03/03/2009 11:34:27 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 703+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 3, 2009 | Jack Khoury
    The large mass that Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate during his May visit to Israel will be held in Nazareth, and not in Haifa, as had been proposed. Haaretz has learned that the Vatican made the decision last weekend following a visit by a Vatican delegation that met here with representatives of the two cities. The Christian historical associations with Nazareth tipped the scales in its favor despite some Vatican preference for Haifa. Israel was notified Sunday about the plans for the mass, which is expected to attract tens of thousands of worshipers, although a formal announcement of the pope's...
  • Papal Holy Land Trip to Have Interreligious Focus

    03/05/2009 4:15:42 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 213+ views
    ZNA ^ | March 4, 2009
    JERUSALEM, MARCH 4, 2009 ( Benedict XVI will be taking many steps to promote interreligious dialogue during his May trip to the Holy Land, according to an unofficial itinerary.Jean-Marie Allafort from "Un Echo d'Israel," a Christian newsletter in Israel, spoke with ZENIT about the Pope's unofficial schedule for the May 11-15 trip, though he said that "neither the Vatican nor the State of Israel has published the official program," and some items are still being discussed.According to Allafort, the trip will include a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and a welcome from both the Israeli and Palestinian Authority...
  • Herod's Temple, in all its (tiny) grandeur (graphic intensive)

    03/02/2009 1:53:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 1,081+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | March 2, 2009 | Brian Saint-Paul
    Alec Garrard, a 78 year old British farmer, has spent the past 30 years building a 100:1 scale model of King Herod's Temple... and he isn't finished yet.The meticulously researched, painstakingly accurate model sits in a long house on Garrard's property. He created over 4,000 minature people to populate the model and hand-baked every clay brick. Amazing.See the entire magnificent thing here.
  • UK: Pensioner spends 30 years building amazing model of Herod's Temple (photos)

    02/27/2009 6:59:37 AM PST · by yankeedame · 33 replies · 1,796+ views ^ | 26th February 2009 | staff writer
    Pensioner spends 30 years building amazing model of Herod's Temple ... Brick by brick, tiny figure by tiny figure, Alec Garrard has...worked for 30 years on an astonishing recreation of Herod's Temple. ...the Biblical project which now measures 20ft by 12ft and is housed in a seperate building in his garden. His version is so archaeologists and experts...have come to view it. Alec Garrard standing next to the mode...[snip] ...the Court of Prayer, enables one to see< the extraordinary attention to detail...This artist's impression of Herod's 1886 by James Tissot [snip] ...Mr Garrard, 78, has dedicated 33,000 hours...

    03/02/2009 1:13:14 AM PST · by Squidpup · 35 replies · 1,334+ views
    Joel Rosenberg's Weblog ^ | March 2, 2009 | Joel Rosenberg
    On Monday night, something remarkable is going to take place in the capital of Syria. More than 1,100 senior Syrian government officials, journalists, business leaders and religious leaders — Muslim, Catholic and evangelical Christian — will attend the gala premiere of a major motion picture entitled Damascus, written, produced and directed by entirely Arab Christians. The film, part documentary and part narrative drama, tells the story of how Saul of Tarsus — one of the first prominent persecutors of Christ-followers in the Holy Land — himself became a follower of Jesus during a miraculous encounter with Jesus on the road...
  • A model of biblical proportions: man spends 30 years creating model of Herod's Temple (Photos)

    02/27/2009 3:46:48 PM PST · by mojito · 43 replies · 1,874+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/26/2009 | Photo Essay
    Now, here's a model of biblical proportions. A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of Herod's temple - and it is still not finished [Photos at link]
  • Thousands of Christians form 'virtual connection' to J'lem

    02/21/2009 3:10:19 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 1 replies · 408+ views
    JPost ^ | Feb 21, 2009 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    In an effort to connect with Israel both spiritually and physically, tens of thousands of Christians across the globe have watched live webcasts of Jerusalem holy sites on the Internet since the free service was launched several months ago, the head of a new Christian on-line broadcast provider said Friday. More than 30,000 people have viewed the webcasts on since its launch four months ago during the Feast of the Tabernacles/Succot, said Mike Peros, founder and CEO of IPrayTV. The site, which rose to prominence after its live webcasts of Christmas in Bethlehem, has attracted Christians of various denominations...
  • Obama promises Palestinians he'll protect 'biblical heartland'

    02/16/2009 6:19:19 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 21 replies · 821+ views
    WND ^ | February 16, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – The Obama administration has pledged to the Palestinian Authority it will closely monitor Jewish construction in the West Bank and will protest any new housing developments in the biblical territory, a top PA negotiator told WND. "They told us the White House will watch for any Jewish construction," said the PA negotiator, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Obama knows that if [Likud Chairman Benjamin] Netanyahu is the next prime minister, he will try to expand the settlements. They pledged to us this will be strongly protested," the negotiator said. Although Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party captured one...
  • Obama promises Palestinians he'll protect 'biblical heartland' (Big time backlash for zer0)

    02/16/2009 6:21:41 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 12 replies · 1,144+ views
    wnd ^ | 2/16/09 | Aaron Klein
    President pledges to protest Jewish housing developments JERUSALEM – The Obama administration has pledged to the Palestinian Authority it will closely monitor Jewish construction in the West Bank and will protest any new housing developments in the biblical territory, a top PA negotiator told WND. "They told us the White House will watch for any Jewish construction," said the PA negotiator, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Obama knows that if [Likud Chairman Benjamin] Netanyahu is the next prime minister, he will try to expand the settlements. They pledged to us this will be strongly protested," the negotiator said. Although Foreign...
  • Pat Robertson: Dividing Jerusalem a Call for War of Armageddon

    02/05/2009 7:51:40 AM PST · by TaraP · 40 replies · 942+ views Christian preacher Pat Robertson has warned that the Biblical prophecy of the Battle of Armageddon will take place in Jerusalem if the next government agrees to divide the city to allow the Palestinian Authority to take over the eastern sections. The Biblical references to Armageddon are subject to wide interpretation but have become a central theme in Christian thinking. The reference is commonly thought to be above the plain of Megiddo, in the Lower Galilee between the Mediterranean Coast and the Jordan Valley. Christians prophesy that the "Battle of Armageddon" will come at the "end of times" and will...
  • Netanyahu: Obama Will Try to Internationalize Jerusalem Sites

    01/30/2009 8:50:11 PM PST · by JaneNC · 20 replies · 908+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Jan 31, 2009 | Hana Levi Julian
    Netanyahu: Obama Will Try to Internationalize Jerusalem Sites by Hana Levi Julian ( Likud party chairman and Knesset Opposition leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu warned at the Jerusalem Conference Wednesday that the Obama administration and leftist Israeli politicians will try to internationalize holy sites in Jerusalem -- and he vowed to fight the move..... “We have demonstrated in the past, and will continue to demonstrate our commitment to a complete, undivided Jerusalem,” Netanyahu assured a packed hall at the Jerusalem Regency Hotel, where he opened the final day of the Jerusalem Conference. see video...holy seat/Temple Mount
  • Netanyahu vows to keep Jerusalem undivided

    01/28/2009 9:13:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies · 589+ views
    Arab News ^ | 1/29/2009 | Mohammed Mar’i
    RAMALLAH, West Bank: Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he would protect the unity of Jerusalem if he were elected premier on Feb. 10. “We have demonstrated in the past, and will continue to demonstrate our commitment to a complete, undivided Jerusalem,” said Netanyahu, former prime minister and chairman of rightist Likud Party, during the final day of the 13th World Jewish Congress Conference in Jerusalem. Control over Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the June 1967 War, has been seen as the most sensitive and thorniest issue of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Monday, Netanyahu stirred up another hornet’s nest...
  • Al-Qaeda would blow up ‘Christ’s burial site’ says Israeli election favourite Netanyahu

    01/28/2009 11:27:04 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies · 1,852+ views ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | Damien McElroy
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the favourite to win next month’s Israeli general election, yesterday predicted al-Qaeda would blow up the purported burial place of Jesus Christ, if the country relinquished control of Jerusalem. Mr Netanyahu, who claimed to have forecast the destruction of the Twin Towers by Islamic extremists in 1995, said terrorists would target the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Christianity’s holiest site. “Radical Islam is willing and will want to attack the symbolic heart of the Christian religion,” he said. “This will incur a chain reaction we can’t even envision. We will witness an escalation of religious conflict above...