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I write as Director of an Evangelical ministry operating AIDS/HIV orphanages in Africa and sponsoring evangelistic ministry in The Middle East, and as an activist on behalf of Christians persecuted in Islamic countries.
Editorial, The Australian July 28, 2004
IF you're Jewish, the UN's anti-Israel bias has always been a health hazard. Now it's also proving to be rather life-threatening for the rest of us. The UN was set up, under Article 1 of its charter, to "take collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace". Instead, it has a long history of legitimising terrorism. It's a sobering thought as Australia grapples with how to defend itself against recent threats from al-Qa'ida terrorists promising columns of car bombs across the nation.
Recently Jerusalem and Haifa were the scene of Israeli "gay pride parades". The events were marches through the cities, which concluded in community centers. In Haifa, the event concluded with a concert and closing events at a community center called the "Leo Baeck center", which is a community center here in Haifa that helps the poor.
For the third time in the past six years, Muslim authorities appear to be setting up a Temple Mount controversy as a pretense for violence against Israel. This time, however, it could come at the expense of the lives of thousands of Ramadan worshippers.
by James Jacob Prasch
Should George Bush Jr. become a one-term loser like his father?
As the Wahabist Saudi Arabian government funds radical Islamic institutions all over the world which breed Al Qaeda style terror and hang and decapitate people for becoming Christians, George Bush Sr. calls the Saudis "America"s friends" and his son, the current president calls Islam "a religion of peace and tolerance" .
The claim to a Palestinian refugee "right of return" has become a sticking point in the effort to relaunch Mideast peace talks. Israeli Prime Minister Sharon declared that Palestinians must discard this long-controversial demand, but new Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas on Tuesday refused to do so.
If a visitor from a far away galaxy were to land at an American or Canadian university and peruse some of the petitions that were circulating around the campus, he would probably come away with the conclusion that the Earth is a peaceful and fair planet with only one villainous nation determined to destroy the peace and to violate human rights. That nation would not be Iraq, Libya, Serbia, Russia or Iran. It would be Israel.
by Maurice Bowler M.A., B.D., M.Phil.
There are about 1,000 million people in the world who profess to be Christian and who therefore owe some allegiance to the teaching of the New Testament, which is the major source book for Christian thought. As the New Testament was written almost entirely by Jews and has as its central figure a Jew, it is also of great importance to Jewish people. But what is its significance for Jews? Is its influence beneficial or harmful? Does it encourage anti-Semitism? No scholar who wants to be taken seriously can say that anti-Semitism arose for the first time as a result of the emergence of Christianity. Jewish as well as Christian scholars have pointed to Pharaoh and Haman as pre-Christian enemies of the Jews who sought to wipe out the Jews when all Jews were in one political territory at the same time. Antiochus Epiphanes showed the same Judeophobia and many pagan classical writers were quite explicit in their antipathy towards the Jews. Later on in the Christian era there were Church fathers who were quite virulent in their attacks on the Jews, but many of them were also very hostile towards those they considered Christian heretics.
by David Hocking
1.Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Some, of course, do believe!Ã‚ But, the majority of Jews are taught from an early age to deny that Yeshua (who lived in Israel in the first century AD) is the promised Messiah of Israel.Ã‚ Here are a couple of the reasons (not all) that are given on various Jewish web sites:Ã‚
by Jane Norton
The United Nations states that its central purpose is to preserve world peace. To this end it has played a major role in helping to defuse international crises and resolve protracted ones. It has worked to prevent conflicts from breaking out and, where a conflict breaks out, takes actions to redress the underlying causes and lay the foundation for durable peace.
Or so it says. And so I thought until I was present - at the 50th session of the Commission on the Status of Women - for the passing of a resolution that was so biased and irrational that I wondered how the UN could make the claims with a straight face.
That resolution was the one condemning Israeli treatment of Palestinian women.