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Photo Essay: 'Ramadan Kareem' at Jerusalem Checkpoints?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

Due to a temporary relaxation in Israeli policy, many Palestinians traveled to Jerusalem through checkpoints during Ramadan this year. But now that Ramadan is over, it’s back to business as usual. ...

Is Skinny Dipping in the Sea of Galilee Sacrilegious?
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

More than 20 lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, including one nude congressman, took a booze-fueled late-night swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee last summer, Politico reported on Monday. Which leaves at least one ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

Pollster: Romney’s Israel Visit to Have Little Effect on Jewish Vote
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Neither Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel Saturday nor President Obama’s Middle East policies will have much effect on Jewish voters this fall, according to a new report that says Jewish voting pattern ...

Foremost Rabbinic Authority in the World Dies at 102
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, considered by many the foremost rabbinic authority in the Jewish world, died in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He was 102. JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, conside ...

Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!" Siham Abu ...

Preventing an Iranian Bomb
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons. CA ...

United Methodists Reject Calls for Divestment from Israel-Related Companies
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

United Methodists twice rejected measures on Wednesday (May 2) that called for the denomination to divest from companies accused of contributing to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. ...

Israel and Palestine: There is Hope
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

I was asked recently, is there really any hope for Israel? The answer is yes, there is. Imagine living in a United States of America where every single citizen over the age of 18 ...

Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Akiva Eldar describes the weakness of the Israeli government when faced with non-violent protest A provocative piece this morning from Akiva Eldar, chief political columni ...

The Power of Attention in East Jerusalem
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

The problem with peaceful protests is that they lack all the headline-grabbing horror of wars and terrorist attacks. They lack the “power of attention” as filmmaker Julia Bacha likes to say. ...

Stifling the Persian Spring
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reza Aslan How U.S. and Israeli threats are undermining the democracy movement in Iran. WE IRANIANS ARE a cyn ...

Palestinian Christians React to Israeli Ambassador’s Claims about Holy Land Churches
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

What we are saying, is that for us, the real issue and the core of our struggles is the Israeli occupation. Two weeks ago, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Or ...

Israeli Postmen Refuse to Deliver Hebrew-language Bibles
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:18pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Israeli postal workers outside Tel Aviv are refusing to deliver thousands of copies of the New Testament and other Hebrew-language Christian materials. JERUSALEM — Is ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Company Touts 'Medical Tourism" in Israel for Sick Pilgrims
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures. Now, an Israel-based tourism company is offering a package t ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

Christians Fighting Over Holy Places (Physically and Figuratively)
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The disturbing footage of the monks fighting in Bethlehem’s Nativity Church has been seen around the world. This is not the first time such a fight has erupted. The natural reaction any Christians should have ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

Christmas Mourning
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

December 18, 2010, was a rough day for me. A week before Christmas — and four days before I planned to ask my girlfriend (now my wife) to marry me — I had plenty of reasons to be joyful, but on that Saturday, ...

Newt Gingrich’s Middle East Blunder (Expect More)
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

Ridiculous. Ignorant. Racist. Dangerous. These are just a few of the terms that flew out of the Middle East this weekend following Newt Gingrich’s unwelcome remarks about Israel and the Palestinians on Frida ...

How Evangelicals Are Learning to Be Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice and Always Pro-Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I am still pro-Israel, but I’ve also become pro-Palestine, pro-peace, and pro-justice and pro-equality for Jews and Arabs living as neighbors in the Holy Land. And the bottom line is always: pro-Jesus! ...

Why I Don't Heed "The Call"
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 7:28am | Type: Blog

Though I treasure my Pentecostal heritage, these days I feel like an outsider looking in, because though it started out as a pacifist movement in the early 20th century, today Pentecostalism (at least in Amer ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 11:00pm | Type: Blog

It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the second day of a conference on Middle East Peace. It's 5 a.m. and I'm in a hotel room preparing for the se ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

Must-Read du Jour: Why the Antichrist Matters in U.S. Politics (NYT)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Today's Must-Read du Jour comes from an op-ed by Matthew Avery Sutton in the New York Times. Sutton, an associate professor of history at Washington State University, and author of Aimee Semple McPherson ...

Stassen and Gushee: An Open Letter to Christian Zionists
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOTE TO READERS: As Palestine applies for membership to the United Nations, frequent Sojourners contributors Glen Stassen and David Gushee have penned An Open Letter to Christian Zionists. ...

Inspired by Rosa Parks, Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Swim
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

An account in The New York Times by Ethan Bronner reports that Israeli women and West Bank Palestinian women and girls have once again broken Israeli laws. http://creativecommon ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Choosing Between Ayn Rand and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

Onkar Ghate presents a choice of competing moralities between Ayn Rand and Jesus. In one of the most-viewed articles on FoxNews.com several weeks ago, writer Onkar Ghate prese ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

Pentecost: The Coming of the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/09/pentecost-the-coming-of-the-wild-goose" target="_self"></a>This Sunday is Pentecost. For 50 days, a group of 120 followers of J ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Nakba Day Protests: Palestine's Arab Spring?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-Israel-April-2011/16441449_SnEeG#1236911459_74RXd" target="_blank"></a>The scenes were stunning: Hu ...

Ordinary People and Just Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When we think about world events, we often think about them in relation to larger-than-life people -- the leaders of nations or of revolutions. When we think about world events, w ...

Violence in the Name of Faith?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write a lot about the plight of the Palestinians. I received a question from a reader recently that asked: You write ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

Mr. President, Please Count the Costs in Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I'm glad I'm not the president right now. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the commander and chief of ...

God Uses Insignificant Persons to Change the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Palestine-Israel/Palestine-February-2011/15741163_ShwH4#1198959247_g3Xko" target="_blank"></a>We have seen the collapse of Mub ...