Two Injured in Arson Attack on Historic Church in Galilee, Israel

Monk, volunteer recovering from smoke, fumes.

Damage at Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee. (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – An elderly monk is recovering from smoke and toxic fumes he inhaled in an arson attack on a Galilee church yesterday as Israeli police investigate the blaze that caused more that $1 million in damages. Before dawn on Thursday (June 18) someone set fire to the Church of the Multiplication […]

Christians Suspect Islamic State Influencing Muslims in Palestinian Territories, Israel

Increased radicalization seen in attacks, rhetoric.

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After months of Islamic State (IS) committing horrific violence in the Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian Christians say a large number of Muslims in the Palestinian Territories and Israel have become “radicalized” and are much more aggressive toward them. Anti-Christian hostility boiling under the surface for years has come […]

The Islamic State: Hastening the Apocalypse?

Motives for unspeakable cruelty lie in Sunni 'End of Days’ teaching.

Assyrians in Phoenix, Arizona protest Islamic State treatment of Assyrians in Syria. (AINA)

(Morning Star News) – Since summer 2014, the Islamist terrorist group ISIS – a.k.a. Islamic State – has devastated the political, geographic and combat landscape of the Middle East. At the same time, along with its ominous black banners, it has raised worrisome questions about the true nature of Islam. For the Middle East’s ancient […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

Jews for Jesus Worker Recounts Deportation from Israel, Fights Potential Legal Precedent

Incident deeply disturbing for Messianic Jew with deep ties to country.

Barry Barnett at Jews for Jesus event in Israel.(Morning Star News via Jews for Jesus)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – As Barry Barnett’s plane lifted off from Tel Aviv, Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport last month, he sat torn with emotion. Over the prior two weeks the British citizen had been harassed, arrested, interrogated, locked in jail and deported from a country that he had loved deeply since childhood. Born […]

Israel Orders Deportation of Jews for Jesus Worker

Group says British volunteer their first ever to be arrested in country.

Barry Barnett at Jews for Jesus event in Israel.(Morning Star News via Jews for Jesus)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – An Israeli immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a Messianic Jewish man from England who was arrested last week for taking part in an evangelistic event in southern Israel. Barry Barnett, 50, a worker with Jews for Jesus UK, was ordered on Sunday (Nov. 24) to leave the country […]