Incessant Attacks on Jerusalem Church in Israel Meet with Police Indifference

Christians bloodied, bruised; car stolen.

Young men with ties to Palestinian militants attack volunteer workers at Living Bread Church on Oct. 16. (Morning Star News photo by Sarah Spaeth)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Police have refused to respond to a series of attacks on a church in East Jerusalem, including theft of a member’s car on Sunday (Nov. 2) and an assault in October that bloodied and bruised three Christians. The attacks, driven by both intent to seize property and opposition to Christianity, […]

How to Read a Persecution News Story

Pray – if you can figure out how.

Jessica Boulos, killed in Cairo, Egypt on Aug. 6, 2013. (Morning Star News photo courtesy of Boulos family)

(Morning Star News) – Any of you who regularly follow persecution news may find that it gets hard to read after a while. In response to reader requests on how to deal with so much horrific news – one becomes either despondent or desensitized – I’ll share how I handle it. The horror of some […]

Behnam Irani, Two Others Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Christian Activities in Iran

House-church leaders to serve sentences in remote, harsh prisons.

Pastor Behnam Irani. (Present Truth Ministries photo)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – In what was termed a “serious blow” to house-church leader Behnam Irani, Iran has sentenced him and two other Christian leaders to six years in prison for their involvement in house churches, human rights groups learned this week. Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, all leaders in the Church of […]

Messianic Jew Deported from Israel Will Appeal to Supreme Court

Banned from country for 10 years, Barry Barnett fights for rights.

Religious freedom in Israel is at stake in Barry Barnett's case. (Jews for Jesus)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A British messianic Jew deported from Israel last year for participating in an evangelistic outreach to Jews confirmed that he will appeal his case to the nation’s supreme court. Barry Barnett, 50, left the country on Dec. 2 under a deportation order issued by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior. He […]

Attacks on Church in East Jerusalem Grow More Intense

Palestinian militants seek to stop ministry and seize property, Christians say.

Karen Dunham (center) with members of Living Bread Church in East Jerusalem. (Living Bread Church)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – In the latest of several attacks on a congregation in East Jerusalem, young men with ties to a Palestinian militant group wired shut a church door and sprayed a gaseous substance at those inside hours before dawn on Monday (Sept. 29), church sources said. No one was injured as those […]

Pastors in Iran Could Face Death Penalty

Christians flee unprecedented crackdown.

Quran Gate in Shiraz, Iran (Amir Hussain Zolfaghary, Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Three pastors in Iran are facing charges that could lead to the death penalty for activities in the house-church movement in an unprecedented crackdown on converts from Islam, according to human rights groups. Iranian authorities recently filed charges against Silas Rabbani, assistant pastor in a Church of Iran group in […]

Woman in Yemen Burned to Death for Her Faith

Brother, brother-in-law said to have sabotaged cooking oil bottle.

Nazeera receiving hospital treatment after fire attack. (Morning Star News via Saeed)

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – On the morning of June 9 in southern Yemen, Saeed woke to the sound of screaming. He shot out of bed, pushed panicked family members aside and saw his wife stumbling out of their kitchen, engulfed in flames. His wife, Nazeera, had been preparing breakfast at about 9 a.m. when she […]

Palestinian Church Forced Out of Building in East Jerusalem, Israel

Pastor has lost other worship sites to Islamist antagonists.

Pastor Steven Khoury preaching at service at Garden Tomb in 2007. (Courtesy of Steven Khoury)

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Seven years of harassment and attacks by hard-line Muslims have finally forced a Palestinian church in East Jerusalem out of their building, church leaders said. The congregation of Calvary Baptist Church, under Holy Land Missions, moved out of their building in the Shofat area of Jerusalem in July after Islamists threatened […]

One Year after Historic Attacks, Egypt Has Yet to Aid Christians

Few church buildings restored as Copts struggle to rebuild their lives.

Rights activist Mina Thabet (center) and others examine church building set ablaze on Aug. 14, 2013. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – One year after the attacks, Mina Thabet can still see the ruins in his mind; a seemingly endless series of scorched, hollowed-out church buildings, schools, homes and businesses stretching out across Egypt. On Aug. 14, 2013, thousands of Muslims began a four-day rampage throughout the country seeking revenge for the military-backed, […]

Messianic Jewish Kibbutz in Israel Loses Appeal in Gay Wedding Party Row

Homosexual activism shutters marriage ceremony site near Jerusalem.

Moshav Yad Hashmona wedding ceremony site. (Morning Star News via Moshav Yad Hashmona)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A hotel’s outdoor wedding site near Jerusalem at the world’s only kibbutz for Messianic Jews remains shuttered after the kibbutz lost an appeal against a ruling calling for it to host homosexual wedding parties. Gay couples in Israel have forced the wedding hall at the Moshav (a kind of kibbutz) […]

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