Sites vie to be seen as Christianity’s ‘lost’ city of Bethsaida

Monday, September 18, 2017

In the New Testament, Bethsaida is a place of miracles. Here, Jesus cured a blind man, turned a few loaves and fishes into food for 5,000, and walked on water. But mysteriously, its location was lost. Now, dueling archaeological excavations place it in the same vicinity on the northern bank of the Sea of Galilee, … Read More

At Hamas summer camp, kids ‘liberate’ Temple Mount, ‘kill’ Israeli troops

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Children at a Hamas summer camp staged a reenactment of the recent tensions at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with kids dressed up as Hamas fighters pretending to storm the compound and “liberate” the holy site. Footage of last month’s graduation ceremony, which was translated Tuesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute, shows a … Read More

Record numbers of Jews visit the Temple Mount Tisha Be’av morning

Thursday, September 7, 2017

With the Jewish people commemorating the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem on the fast of Tisha Be’av on Tuesday, more than 1,200 Jewish visitors went to the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, activist groups said. According to the Yeraeh organization, which promotes Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Temple Mount and which … Read More

PA payments to prisoners, ‘martyr’ families now equal half its foreign aid

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget for payments to inmates in Israeli prisons and so-called “families of martyrs” is equal in sum to about half of the foreign aid Ramallah expects to receive this year, a recently published Israeli report shows. According to the PA Finance Ministry’s 2017 budget, published on its website earlier in July, … Read More