Historian: Israel safest place in Mideast for Christians

Ryan Jones 13/3/2012 The steep drop in the number of Christians living in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories is often blamed on Israel. But Middle East historian and Israel's current ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, says that a similar erosion of Christian populations in other countries in the region suggests the Palestinian narrative is simply not true, ...

Byzantine-Era Bread Stamp Discovery in Akko Sheds Light on Jewish Life

Excavation site near Acre; courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority Anient bread stamp with menorah caving Courtesy: Israel Antiquities Authority 11/1/2012 A small ceramic stamp used to mark bakery produce may not seem like a significant archeological find, but Israeli archeologists are rather excited by such a discovery made near the northern coastal town of Akko. In previous eras, Akko ...

A somber Christmas for Gaza’s Christians

Ryan Jones 28/12/2011 The few remaining Christians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip marked a very somber Christmas this year, reports The Guardian's Pheobe Greenwood from Gaza City. Greenwood is told by most local Christians that Hamas effectively cancelled Christmas after seizing control of Gaza in 2007, and that any open celebration of the Christian holiday is met with ...