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Double Standard in Defending Christians

James Zogby | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

If the goal was to create a truly democratic representative system of governance in both Iraq and Syria than the voices of the leadership of Christian and other minority communities should have been taken into account.

The Case for Holding the 2024 Olympics in Jerusalem

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Michael A. Moodian

Envision a peaceful Middle East, where instead of fear and disorder, there is thriving commerce, resulting in prosperity and jobs. Picture Jerusalem -- a city that holds immense spiritual significance for Christians, Jews, and Muslims -- flourishing.

Take A Tour Of Christian Sacred Sites In The Holy Land

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion

With Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, the stage was set for Christianity. The faith has reached all corners of the globe, but its origin story traces back t...

8 of the Best Culinary Experiences in the Cultural Melting Pot of Israel

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 11.20.2015 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

"There is no such thing as Israeli cuisine," said Chef Roy Sofer at the hip Italian Bindela Restaurant in Tel Aviv. Over the next ten days, every pers...

The Illusion of Calmness

Sami Awad | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Sami Awad

Some say that breaking the structures created by Oslo can lead to chaos and unprecedented violence; that it is insane to even consider such an option. To those voices I say, look at where we are now?

Weekly Video Travel Bite: Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter

Rick Steves | Posted 09.10.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Each week we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. This week, we take in the sights, sounds, and experiences that reward a curious tra...

The Shock We Encountered at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

The world has changed. The question is -- has that really impacted the way we do business, engage in politics, share our faith, offer assistance, create educational programs, and more?

To Get the Most out of a Trip to Israel, Do These 11 Things

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Just over 250 miles long and 70 miles wide at its widest point (9 miles wide at narrowest), Israel can be covered in a matter of hours. But, you'll want to stay for days -- as many as possible -- because every inch of this country is imbued with meaning.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Book Review)

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The goal in enlisting mental health professionals in your divorce is to help you move forward. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will get you to a better place emotionally and spiritually.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

Shepherd's Field -- Peace on Whom His Favor Rests

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

One Sunday morning last spring I sat in that field. Sunday -- a day of Sabbath and rest and time set aside to meet in fellowship and community with the body of Christ and with our Creator. It is such an incredible privilege to work and spend time in that holy place.

Five Reasons to Walk the Holy Land

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

Most of them step on and off tour buses and squeeze in and out of large hotels. Here are five journeys that get you off the beaten tarmac and experience the Holy Land on foot.

Peace in Israel: A Psycho-Spiritual Conversation

Paul Hunting | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Paul Hunting

If we can move away from what's causing the strife (mainly politics and religion) and, without disrespecting either, discuss the psycho-spiritual process by which any one or group of human beings can create wealth, health and fulfillment then there is hope.

Justin Timberlake Visits Western Wall, Instagrams It With #Israel

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

International pop star Justin Timberlake made a holy detour before his concert in Tel Aviv on May 28, posing for a picture at the Western Wall. The Wa...

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How Pope Francis' Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Could Be A Turning Point In Christian-Muslim Relations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

For the past week, it's all that Khaldoun Barghouti, a resident of Ramallah in the West Bank, has seen on TV, heard on the radio and read when he logs...

LOOK: How Christianity Is Disappearing In The Middle East In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land on May 24 has highlighted an increasing exodus of Christians from the Middle East, the very region that gave birt...

Pope Eyes Mending Religious Conflicts On Visit To Holy Land

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy L...

A Virtual Tour Of The Pope's Holy Land Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis sets out for the Holy Land on May 24, and not a minute of his three-day trip will be wasted. The pope will visit some of the most sacred ...

Jewish Groups To Demonstrate Against Pope Francis Visit

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) Ahead of Pope Francis’ visit, Jewish religious and nationalist groups plan to demonstrate Thursday (May 22) to demand that the Israe...

Holy Land Christians Hope Pope Francis' Visit Will Revive Peace Talks

Religion News Service | Evan Simko-Bednarski and Harry Stevens | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) With the last round of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority stalled if not moribund, so...

New Tourism Initiative Brings Another Face to the Holy Land

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel
Anav Silverman

In a kitchen in Mea She'arim, stands an unlikely group of people: a Christian from Texas, a Muslim Arab from the Mount of Olives, and a Christian Arab from Jerusalem. Even more unusual is that the group is learning how to bake Challah -- the special sweet bread baked for the Jewish Sabbath.

Muslim Sheikh Mourns Settler Rabbi

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Anav Silverman

A year since the passing of peace activist and settler Rabbi Menachem Froman, his wife, Hadassah and close family friend, Sheikh Ibrahim Abu El-Hawa, a Palestinian Muslim, recently paid public tribute to the man who was well-known for his unique peace activities in the region.

Footsteps of a Mother -- One Woman's Journey to Bring Peace to the Holy Land

Roots of Peace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgI'm often asked what drives my work in the Middle East. I do it because I am a mother.

5 Sacred Places for a Spook-Free Halloween

Joy Pecknold | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

October's rife with talk of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but not everybody's down with the undead. For those looking for the flip side to a haunted hotel experience -- more deities than demons -- here are five divinely-linked destinations for a more sacred sojourn.

Invisible Victims

James Zogby | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

For decades now, Christians have been the "invisible or ignored victims" of conflicts in the Middle East. At best, the US has paid scant attention as once thriving communities of indigenous Christians in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have been attacked or threatened.