World Vision in Gaza Is Under Investigation

I've been a financial contributor to World Vision for many years. It is a large, premier, Christian, humanitarian aid organization. World Vision says it currently is aiding about 40,000 Palestinian children in both Gaza and the West Bank besides helped in establishing needed basics such as digging water wells, building greenhouses and such. That is a serious aid program. Yesterday, World Vision in Gaza became suspect.Shin Bet is the intelligence-security agency of Israel, much like the CIA … [Read more...]

Birth Rates of Israeli Jews and Palestinians No Longer a Threat to the Jewishness of Israel

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Israel's feared demographic problem has remarkably dissipated. For decades, it was predicted that the high birth rate among Palestinian women who are citizens of Israel would eventually make Israel a predominantly Palestinian country. Predictions were that this would have happened by now or no more than a decade from now. Indeed, I reported this threat in my book, Palestine Is Coming: The Revival of Ancient Philistia (1990). Not now. Things have … [Read more...]

More on the Philistine Cemetery Discovery at Ashkelon

I posted yesterday about the announcement Sunday of the discovery of more than 200 Philistine skeletons in a 3,000-year old cemetery at Ashkelon, Israel. Ashkelon was one of the five city-states of ancient Philistia, the arch rival of ancient Israel that we read so much about in the Jewish Bible (Old Testament). This is a major archaeological find that will have much impact on studies about the ancient Philistines, of whom there has been quite a lack of information.The most important goal of … [Read more...]

Why Get DNA from Cemetery of 200 Philistines?

It was just announced yesterday that an archaeological team has discovered a 3,000 year old cemetery in Askelon National Park in Israel that contains the skeletons of 200 Philistines. (Askelon was a major Philistine city with an important harbor on the Mediterranean coast.) The discovery actually was made thirty years ago by the Leon Levy Expedition, a team of archaeologists from Harvard University, Boston College, Wheaton College in Illinois, and Troy College in Alabama. This elite group has … [Read more...]

Egypt–Forfeit the North Sinai to Create a Palestinian State

Thursday, a masked gunman representing an Islamic terrorist group in the North Sinai that is affiliated with ISIS walked up to 46-year old Rafael Moussa, a Coptic Orthodox Church priest, and shot him dead as he was standing near the Coptic St. George Church in El Arish, the capital city of North Sinai, which is part of the large Sinai Peninsula, a mostly wilderness that belongs to Egypt. An ISIS message was soon posted on the Internet describing Moussa as a "disbelieving combatant."For about … [Read more...]

Israelis Celebrate Statehood while Palestinians Despair with Nakba

I am for the existence of the State of Israel. I think it is a just concept for Diaspora Jews who suffered so much while living for centuries in Gentile lands. But I also am equally for the Palestinian people. So, I am not a respecter of persons, and I don't God is either. I say this even though he chose the people of Israel to perform a certain task among the nations--to be a testimony to him. Therefore, I believe Palestinians are entitled to their own land and nation just as much as Israeli … [Read more...]

Israel’s Tourism Disenfranchises Palestinians

Next Sunday is Easter. Many Christians, who can financially afford it, say the ultimate Easter experience is a trip to Israel. They often testify that their faith is strengthened by visiting major sites such as the Wailing Wall of the former, ancient temple at East Jerusalem and other so-called "holy sites." Christians, of course, are especially interested in seeing places mentioned in the New Testament gospels of which they say their Lord Jesus Christ conducted his itinerant teaching and … [Read more...]

Is Israel Moving Away from Democracy?

Israel's Knesset (Parliament) is considering a controversial bill that would empower it to suspend any of its own members for the rather vague "inappropriate" behavior. This certainly looks like a move away from democracy. It is happening because of what some Palestinian members of the Knesset are saying and doing. (Israel's population consists of 21% Palestinians, though Israel refuses to call them that and thus calls them "Arabs.")The Knesset has 17 Palestinian members out of a total of … [Read more...]


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