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2700 Year Old Papyrus found in IsraelOctober 29, 2016 | Kehila News | -- Amid UNESCO rulings in recent weeks that attempt to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed the discovery of a very rare, ancient papyrus bearing the oldest known mention of Jerusalem – in Hebrew. The IAA, in collaboration with Israel Prize-winning Biblical scholar Shmuel Ahituv, made the announcement earlier this week. Speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem they said that the papyrus, with paleo-Hebrew writing on the extremely fragile artifact, dates back almost 3000 years to the time of the First Temple. Eitan Klein of the IAA said that comparing the text’s orthography (spelling system) with other texts from the same period confirmed the dating of the papyrus. Radiocarbon dating results place this relic’s origin as being inscribed anywhere from between 700 to 600 years before the birth of Messiah. Only two other Hebrew papyri date to that time. Other examples from this period, including stone and pottery shards etched with ancient Hebrew texts, firmly place all of these relics in the same time frame. In 2012, in a sting operation, the IAA intercepted an exchange of plundered artifacts between antiquity thieves and a dealer. The fragile papyrus, evidently found in a cave in the Judean Desert, was one of the items salvaged. It measures 11 centimeters by 2.5 centimeters. (4.3 inches by 1 inch). The head of the IAA’s antiquity theft prevention division, Amir Ganor, explained that the arid, cool location near the Dead Sea where the papyrus was found preserved it. The location of the cave in Nahal Hever has a very similar climate to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were also preserved over the centuries. The complete script on the papyrus reads: “From the female servant of the king, from Naharata two wineskins to Jerusalem.” This is the same Naharata in the Jericho Valley mentioned in Joshua 16:7. After extensive examination, experts including Shmuel Ahituv say that the two lines of jagged black text were originally a dispatch note recording the delivery of two wineskins “to Jerusalem,” which was the capital city of the Kingdom of Judea. The fact that the note was written on papyrus could mean that the shipment of wineskins was intended for a person of high status. For most customers the business transaction would have been recorded on a more economical ostraca (Greek for clay writing surface, even a potsherd).…
Monday, 17 October 2016 02:41

Palestinian Killed for Befriending Jews

While living in a small country community known as a ‘Moshav’ in Israel, I remember meeting an Arab man named Abdul who was hired by my Jewish Landlord for construction work.  Abdul lived in a near-by Arab village. He was well liked by everyone on the Moshav, which at that time was made up of mainly Jewish people who immigrated from Iraq in the 1950’s and myself. Abdul was very personable, always laughing and joking, but also a hard worker. He was invited into many homes for meals and was treated as family among the Jews, as were other Arabs who worked in the Moshav. It was wonderful to witness Jews and Arabs working and living together. Unfortunately it is not so common anymore in Israel.   One day I saw an older Arab man riding on a donkey. He stopped to talk with my landlord and his wife. Suddenly she began wailing and crying hysterically!  I ran to them and my landlord said, “Abdul was accused by the Palestinian Authority (PA) of collaborating with the ‘enemy’, with us, the Jews! So they killed him." He was so angry and hurt over Abdul’s death. The man on the Donkey was Abdul’s father who told us that Abdul tried to tell the PA that he was only working to provide for his family. But the PA still charged Abdul with collaborating with the enemy, and being a traitor to his people." Abdul’s father took pictures from his pocket to show us. Tears began to stream down his cheeks as we gazed at the images in shock! He said to us weeping, “Look what they have done to my son!”  We saw that Abdul’s ankles were tied to the back bumper of a car, and we could see that they drove through the streets of his village dragging Abdul’s body for all to see. This horrible murder of Abdul sent a clear warning to the ‘Palestinian’ people, “Do not embrace our enemy, the Jews as your friend, witness your fate as a traitor”.  Abdul’s father said, “They didn’t stop, even after my son was dead!”  You see the problem here is that many Jews and Arabs have grown close to one another because they have work together and live together as neighbors.  Many of them have come to care for each other through the years, but don’t be deceived, the ‘Palestinian’ people are not…
The Constitution of the State of Palestine, March 25, 2003 states “The Palestinian political system shall be a parliamentarian representative democracy based on political pluralism." Yet, according to some Palestinians who actually live in the West Bank, what the Palestinian Authority (PA) says and what it does is contrary in many cases. One Palestinian said to me recently, “We are a people oppressed by our own leadership”. As the world plans and prepares for a “Two State Solution” for Israel and the Palestinians, one key question is not being asked: Are the Palestinian people living in freedom and democracy under the Palestinian Authority today? The truth is some Palestinians seem to be doing well, while others speak out against the PA but only behind closed doors due to fear of their leadership. Speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves The Bible tells us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. "Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open your mouth, and plead the cause of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8-9) The following information illustrates the sharp contrast between definitions provided by the World Book Encyclopedia and statements made directly to me by real Palestinians. I have written their words exactly as they were spoken to me except in cases where their broken English was not clear enough to understand. I cannot reveal the names of these Palestinian people without endangering their lives. The World Book Encyclopedia: Democracy means rule by the people. Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The Testimony of a Real Palestinian: We are an oppressed people by our leadership. We are without freedom and are arrested if we come against those who rule over us or even speak against them. The World Book Encyclopedia: Democracy is also a way of life. True democracy recognizes the rights of all men. It states that all persons are equal before the law. It refuses to allow the government to grant special favors because of a person’s birth, wealth, race, or religion. Versus The Testimony of a Real Palestinian: Most people suffer from lack of medical care unless they belong to [families of, or are working for] the PA. High medical costs without insurance coverage prevent us from seeking needed help. Families of the PA leadership have…
Friday, 07 October 2016 20:23

The Other Election to Watch

October 7, 2016 | Christian News Service | --Initially, this was going to be written in the future tense, not the past tense.  As much as Americans may be equally tired of, and curious about, the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, I wanted highlight on another election scheduled for this week, one with many implications for the US, and the world.  Yet keeping on top of the scheduled Palestinian Authority municipal elections, called for October 8, has been a bit like sitting at center court at a tennis match.  As soon as the ball lands on one side and seems like it’ll never be returned, it’s volleyed back to the far opposite end of the court.  This has been going on for some time, each volley landing just barely in, and always being returned to the most unexpected place.  Or, maybe regarding Palestinian elections, this is what is exactly to be expected. Unlike the US with constitutionally proscribed presidential elections every four years, there is no such tradition within the Palestinian Authority.  As such, setting a date for elections several months ago was news in of itself.  With the incumbent Palestinian Authority President now in the 11th year of his four year term, the notion of free and democratic elections escapes their tradition.   Just as calling elections was newsworthy, so too have the twists in the road that have taken place since. Recently, a Palestinian supreme court’s ruling canceled the elections.  Imagine the US Supreme Court deciding that elections wouldn’t happen one year and the outcry that would bring. But with no democratic tradition, expectations are low, and resigning to be resigned to this as the norm is the norm.  With each party having as much to lose as to gain, maybe all are breathing a sigh of relief.  The elections called for October 8 were for city and regional leadership throughout the Palestinian Authority (PA).  Right off the bat it was a question as to whether the promise of elections could be delivered because even though on paper Gaza is part of the PA, the PA and Fatah as its ruling party has had no control of Gaza since the bloody coup a decade ago that imposed Hamas as the authority in Gaza.  Simply, nobody knew whether Hamas would allow elections, and if they did to what extent they would fix the outcome, either actively (and anti-democratically)…
Audio Download for Radio   Participants from diverse backgrounds coming to Jerusalem to grapple with challenges in Holocaust education JERUSALEM, Israel, April 27, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- Thirty Christian priests, pastors and leaders of organizations from across the world are coming to attend a week long intensive seminar at Yad Vashem. The seminar is organized jointly by The International School for Holocaust Studies’ of Yad Vashem and the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem with the financial support of The Museum of The Bible in Washington D.C. as well as the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, USA Branch.  The Seminar, titled “The Holocaust, Antisemitism, and Israel” runs from May 1, 2016 –May 10, 2016 at the Yad Vashem Campus in Jerusalem. Aimed at giving Christian leaders – both formal and informal - the tools necessary to speak about the history and facts of the Shoah and antisemitism, the seminar includes in-depth tours of the Yad Vashem museums and campus, meetings with Holocaust survivors, and leading historians and experts in the field of Holocaust education.  Topics addressed include among others: the Bible including a tour of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, antisemitism and its different manifestations throughout history, literary responses to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem's educational philosophy, the Allies and Nazi Germany, and the Righteous Among the Nations. Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, established in 1993, organizes educational programs for both students and educators from Israel and abroad. Following the seminar, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem intends to cooperate with the participants at churches across the US. Christian Friends of Yad Vashem was established in autumn 2006 in partnership with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) to promote Yad Vashem’s activities worldwide. One of the main goals of the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem is Holocaust education through bringing Christian youth leaders, pastors and educators to Yad Vashem’s seminars. ### For further information on the International  Christian Leadership Seminar, please, contact: Simmy Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel +972 2 644 3412. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established by the Knesset in 1953. Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, documentation, research and education. www.yadvashem.org   
ASHKELON, Israel, April 17, 2016 | Christian News Service | --Once called the “Evil Empire,” the former Soviet Union has a long history of being a godless nation. From 1917 to 1937 some 200,000 clergy and Christian believers were slaughtered under Communist rule. Thousands of churches were eradicated from the nation’s culture. While some contend Russia is now more Christian than the United States, one author claims Russia’s Stalinist remnants blocks advancement of the Gospel. “Most Russian people don’t accept the truth of the Gospel, their minds are blocked from freedom,” said Victor Porton. “Integration with the West is hindered.” Born in Perm, Russia, Porton now resides in Israel researching, writing and blogging about mathematical research, IT, and Christian theology. Author of New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician and End of Gospel, Porton became a Christian in 1995. “I seek to help evangelists and Christians to better understand how to unlock Russia from its closed ways,” Porton added. Porton maintains Russia is closed to the Christian message because of pride. “Russia’s cult-like ways proudly celebrate victory over fascist Germany in 1945,” said Porton. “It is good that the fascists were defeated, but Russians converted this passion to a cultish mentality.” Russians feel “we have already achieved success” (considering that victory) and for this reason the desire of Russians to reach success is hindered (“we already reached a success”). On his End of Gospel blog and in his books, Porton tackles many of these tough questions about Christianity as well as so-called ‘contradictions’ found in the Bible. More information can be found here: https://endofgospel.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/russia-is-blocked/ About Victor Porton: Throughout much of his life Victor has had a fascination in mathematics. He has converted many of those interests and applied the concepts into theological writings. In 2007 Porton moved from Perm, Russia to Israel where he now pursues his various writing projects. After Victor Porton became a born again Christian in 1995, he became zealous for God’s Word. During his journey of faith Victor claims he confronted contradictions of the faith that he ultimately answered. Find more information on Victor Porton and his books: https://endofgospel.wordpress.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Twenty-four millennial church leaders travel to Israel for the first time and bring their faith to life. JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, February 18, 2016 | Christian News Service | -- Christian pastors and leaders from 10 states, representing some of America’s largest churches and denominations, returning from their first trip to Israel shared how the experience has impacted their faith and perspective. "In school, Israel was just a bunch of maps in a history book,” said Pastor Doug Reed of Bridge of Hope Church.  “Coming here I was able to see the land and the real people, their love for life, and it impacted me greatly. It brought my faith to life." Describing the wake-up call that this trip was for him, Jonathan Burgio, Executive Director of BASIC College Ministries commented, “It wasn't until I came to Israel myself that I was able to see the misconceptions that exist about what is really happening here, and I was awakened to the need for Israel to have strong friends willing to speak the truth."   Robert Stearns of Eagles’ Wings, who organized the group, stated, “Christian support for Israel is aging in America.  Many of the key leaders of this pro-Israel evangelical movement are over 60.  At the same time, attempts are being made to polarize the younger, millennial generation to believe that to express solidarity with Israel is to be against the Arab people.” “We are giving them an opportunity to see the beauty of the land and its people, to meet with religious and political leaders, both Jewish and Arab alike, and to discover the complexity of the issues that surround the current tension. This provides them a first-hand experience which they can then bring back to their congregations and members.” stated Stearns. While in Israel, the pastors had private meetings with the Mayor of Jerusalem, members of Israeli Knesset, Christian Arabs, and a special session of scripture study with a rabbi. Summarizing what he observed on the trip and how it will impact the future, Pastor David West of New Seasons Worship Center said, “I observed the incredible work Eagles’ Wings is doing within the nation of Israel to mend the relationship between Jewish and Christian brothers. I saw a unique partnership between Christians and the Jewish people, which I hope will grow and help bring peace to the world." For more information, contact Stephen Jenks:  Office: (716) 759-1058 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.eagleswings.to…
Monday, 11 January 2016 22:17

Is Christian Support For Israel Waning?

Groundbreaking Conference Equips Christians And Jews To Combat Growing Anti-Israel Movements In The Church   January 18, 2016 (MLK) 9AM to 6PM Neman Hall, 1317 N Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood CA LOS ANGELES, CA, January 5, 2016, | Christian News Service | -- Did you know that Jesus wasn't Jewish? That he was actually a Palestinian? It's a claim no serious scholar promotes. But certain pro-Palestinian advocates are pushing the idea in their efforts to undermine Evangelical Christian support for Israel.  "The Palestinian narrative denies the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewish connection to the land of Israel for the purpose of raising spiritual and financial support for their political cause," said Dr. Tricia Miller, a senior Christian research analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). "Unfortunately, this deceptive agenda is making inroads in the Evangelical Christian community and represents a threat for  both Christians and Jews." Some examples include the well funded and propagandistic conferences in Bethlehem titled "Christ at the Checkpoint" that draw hundreds of attendees from the United States. There has also been anti-Israel films screened in hundreds of Christian schools, and tours by anti-Israel activists spreading misinformation in US churches.  "Make no mistake, this is a serious problem," said Laurie Cardoza-Moore ThD, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations ((PJTN). "Redefining Jesus as a Palestinian and not a Jew is wholly political, not biblical; it's sinister, not ethical." On January 18th, CAMERA and PJTN will join forces to convene a major conference in Los Angeles to challenge Palestinian lies being told to the American Christian community. Leading Christian and Jewish scholars will come together to examine this anti-Israel theological agenda, and will offer ways to strengthen joint Evangelical and Jewish efforts on behalf of Israel. In addition to Tricia Miller and Laurie Cardoza-Moore, there will be other distinguished scholars and religious leaders, including: Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein -- Director of Interfaith Affairs, Simon Wiesenthal Center Reverend Petra Heldt PhD -- Professor, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University Shadi Khalloul -- Chairman, Aramaic Christian Association Andrea Levin -- Executive Director, CAMERA Malcolm Lowe -- Professor, University of the Holy Land, Jerusalem Reverend Gerald McDermott PhD-- Anglican Chair of Divinity, Stamford University Beeson Divinity School Faydra Shapiro PhD -- Founding Director of the Galilee Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations, Israel Dexter Van Zile -- Christian Media Senior Research Analyst, CAMERA Brad Young PhD…
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