Warning to Nazareth Christians! Guess Who Put it Up…

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You will find Christians of every stripe in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. The more “traditional” such as Greek Orthodox and Catholic have become more aware of their historical and religious connections to the Jews in Israel and increasing numbers of young people are voluntarily joining the Israeli army.
In October we posted a heartwarming video of Christian Arabs from Nazareth who stated “We Are Israeli and Deserve to Serve Our Country Proudly”, as they mounted a bus to begin their service in the IDF. As an aside, it should be noted that everyone in Israel who signs up for service is given the choice to swear their oath on a Torah, a Bible, or a Koran.
Now there is a new twist in the plot. Near the center of Nazareth a very large billboard has gone up~a “Warning” so to speak, from local Muslims. The sign is a warning that Christians must not try to overstep their “dhimmi” (second class) status. The message was also directed at the Jews, however, in Nazareth the majority of the population is Christian and Muslim.
Featuring a large stop sign, the billboard bears a quote from the koran cautioning Christians (and Jews) and makes the claim that Jesus was “only a messenger”, and of course “allah” is the one and only god. The text of the sign contains a quote from Koran 4:171 and states: (Emphasis Mine)
“O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits of your religion. Say nothing but the truth about Allah (The One True God). The Christ Jesus, Son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God and His word conveyed to Mary and a spirit created by Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not say: ‘Three gods (trinity)’. Cease! It will be better for you. Indeed, Allah is the One and the Only God. His Holiness is far above having a son.”
Please be aware of the continued and growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East by the Muslim population.  
Please Pray for Safety of the Nazareth Christian Population in These Troubled Times
* Hat Tip to Blazing Cat Fur Blog

Final Celebrations of the Christmas Season…

Serbians in Belgrade~Picture Credit: Blazing Cat Fur
For many people, especially outside of North America, Christmas does not come on 25 December. The Orthodox Churches in Russia and other Slavic countries as well as in the Middle East, hold their Christmas Eve celebrations on 06 January.
The Assyrian, Armenian and Coptic patriarchs celebrate with marches and services held in Bethlehem and  within Jerusalem’s Old City. There are also Christmas markets in Bethlehem and Nazareth as well as the Old City, and a variety of religious services and activities. Tourists from around the world travel to Israel for this special time.
Although this is a time for peace and celebration there are still conflicts. In the entire middle-east, Israel is the only country where the Christian population has increased. Bethlehem, which is now under “PA” control, has gone from a majority Christian to a majority Muslim city. The Christian population now is about 10%, and those remaining dare not speak out for fear of persecution. The Christmas “Tourism” business is pushed, but once the tourists leave it is a different story. There are even factions who are trying to “steal” the day by claiming that Mary was a Palestinian, and Jesus was the first Jihad. Even during this holiest time of the year, propaganda and politics rule the day.
Regardless, those who are true believers have only one thing in mind on this day~and that is the Miracle and Hope that was given to all mankind. Despite threats and oppression, the tiny Christian communities continue to pray and wait for the time when all the world will know peace.
Please pray for the Christian Communities in the Middle East! They are now among the most persecuted (and ignored) people in the world!

Божићна песма – Превјечни родисја по љети~The Pre-Eternal is Born
Angels Are Singing~Serbian Christmas Song

Response to St. James Church, Piccadilly~A True Story

The life size replica wall at St James's Church, Piccadilly for Bethlehem Unwrapped.
“Wall of Security”~Photo Credit: Richard Millet
On 20 December 2010 we posted the story of the Tragic Attack and Murder of  a young, American Evangelical Missionary, Kristine Luken, by a group of Terrorists.
On 24 December 2013, Richard Millet posted a story about St. James Church in Piccadilly and their “wall of security” meant to demonize Israel. You can see videos and picture at the blog of Richard Millet if you have the stomach for it.

They erected an 8-meter tall, 30-meter long fake security wall and invited people to “sign it” which of course resulted in a huge anti-Israel showing. One blogger at Israelly Cool posted about an attempt to clarify that “the wall saves lives” but this of course was thwarted. No surprise as St. James Church is very “anti-Israel~anti-Semitic”. (There is really no difference)

Following up, the same blogger at Israelly Cool, posted a very interesting response to St. James Church, written by Kay Wilson, the other woman brutally stabbed by “palestinians” in the attack that killed her friend, Kristine Luken. Here is the letter in it’s entirety with thanks to Israelly Cool for posting it: (Ed. Note: Emphasis Added)
An Open Letter from Kay Wilson to St James Church, Piccadilly, England:
A True Story…
“And it came to pass that in December 2010, two palestinian shepherds left their little town near Bethlehem and set out to walk ten miles across the Judean Hills. There in the forest, they kept watch by night. The following day, at about the 6th hour (3pm) the shepherds saw two women walking along the Israel National Trail. With great fervour they took out their knives and attacked the women.

Murderers of Kristine Luken

While shepherds held the girls that day and pinned them to the ground, their serrated blades glinted in the sun, shining all around. With knives to their throats, the women dare not move.

‘Fear not,’ said the men~for mighty dread had seized the women’s troubled minds~‘we bring you good news that will cause great joy for our people.’ What could these glad tidings be? Rape, a robbery, a beating? Anything was better than death the women pondered in their hearts.

And it came to pass that near the seventh hour, the shepherds said, ‘behold’, let us go forth and kill these Jews like Allah has told us to do.’

The shepherds gagged the women, removed their shoes and bound their hands. They forced one woman to her knees, covered her head and pushed her neck forward. The woman knelt, and prepared herself to be beheaded. Suddenly she saw a great light~the blade of his knife glinting in the sun. The Jewish woman whispered, ‘Hear Oh Israel.’ The Islamic host cried, ‘Allah HuAkbar,’ and the Christian screamed “Jesus,” the name of a Jew born in David’s town.

Thirteen times the shepherds thrust their knives into the women, breaking bones, tearing flesh, even impaling one to the ground. As the Jew played dead, she watched the Christian friend hacked to death before her very eyes.

Illustration of Terror Celebration

The shepherds returned home glorifying and praising Allah for all that they had seen and spread the word concerning what had they had done. ‘Today near the town of David two Jews have been slaughtered,’ they declared. They plotted and schemed, boasting to their neighbours, ‘this will be a sign, they will find two of their own, all meanly wrapped in bloody clothes and in the bushes laid.’ And everyone who heard of it, was amazed.”

Kay Wislon~Photo Credit Michal Fattal

 I have given much thought to the events of that terrible day, that culminated in my near murder and the execution of my friend.

I believe that I of all people could be forgiven for hating palestinians. I believe too that I could be forgiven for thinking all palestinians are terrorists. I do not. On the contrary I have maintained relationships with my palestinian friends, so that my ignorance will not give me reason to hate. I hate hatred. It is your hatred, in the form of a Christmas stunt, that has compelled me to write.

I would like to think that as Christians, you would never condone Kristine Luken’s heinous murder or the attack on myself. I suspect however that you may rationalize this savagery as an inevitable result of the “Israeli Occupation”.
You would probably suggest that the palestinians who murdered my friend were themselves victims who grew up in depravity. I would concur but would point out that if poverty was the case, the aristocrats who flew into the twin towers had no reason to commit their crimes.
Kristine’s Parents with Kay Plant a Tree
at Murder Site. Photo Credit:  Kay Wilson

The palestinian terrorists were indeed victims, victims of a radical and primitive Islamic regime that force feeds them a morally malnourished diet of hatred of Jews and hatred of any life~including their own. They were also deprived: deprived of an education that cherishes culture, history, literature, art and the dignity of difference. Their impoverished morality coupled with ignorant generalizations is what enabled two men to butcher defenceless women without so much as blinking an eye.

Your “wall” that you have erected outside your church, is hopefully just a result of your own ignorance and generalisations concerning the complex situation here in the Middle East. Nevertheless, like all walls, it serves as a facade and a barrier.
If your wall was scrutinised, one would see that underneath the whitewashed surface that concerns itself with Israeli policies, there are blocks of anti-Semitism. These bricks stand high. They raise expectations from an entire people group. This wall precedes to separate the nation of Israel as non-desirable.
Your wall is cemented together by a superior theology that tells it’s people that G-d gave up on the Jews. This is the same theology that lies behind radical Islam. G-d tried the Jews, then the Christians but ultimately it was the Muslims who He ultimately chose.
Your wall, is just one brick in a global wall of an Islamic agenda, an agenda that will stop at nothing until the destruction of the Jewish State. To your own cultural detriment, it is a wall that obstructs truth and ultimately seeks not only to destroy Israel but every Judeo-Christian society.
Your wall inflames an ancient conflict that for those like myself, who live in this region, long not for an exacerbation in hatred but for a quenching of hostilities.
Your wall is an affront to Kristine Luken and other victims of terror who may well have been alive today had there have been a wall erected on the other 90% of land that separates us from our palestinian neighbours. Your wall is an injustice to Christians living under Muslim despotism. Ironically it is the State of Israel, that you deem pariah and unjust, that is unique in the Middle East because unlike all of our neighbours, our Christian population is flourishing and our Christians have full religious rights.
Please write on your wall, under the cross, 
now obscured by the crescent…

 “R.I.P Kristine Luken.” 

Sincerely

Kay Wilson
Update
Kay has indicated she would be willing to fly to London at very short notice and present her letter to St.James Church in Piccadilly (if finances were made available). 
She would also like to write the name of her murdered friend on their replica wall.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas Greeting~2013

Merry Christmas to All Our Christian Friends Around the World from Jerusalem!

Here is The Text of the Greeting:
This is Jerusalem of gold, now it’s Jerusalem of snow. We celebrate Christmas with you, we know the importance you attach to our common heritage, to the State of Israel and to the city of Jerusalem, where so much of our common history was forged. We have a great past, we have common values, we have the desire to seize a common future of security, prosperity and peace, so from the city of peace, Jerusalem, I extend the warmest Christmas greetings to all of you. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Songs to Invoke Peaceful Memories

Christmas Day has a plethora of memories for each and every one of us. Sometimes, in our jet-set age we forget the days before DVD’s, CD’s “Tapes”, and the internet. Then we had “records” and everyone had their favorite Christmas Album. One that brings back memories from many years ago is “A Russian Christmas” by Ivan Rebroff. (31 July 1931~27 February 2008).
Born as Hans-Rolf Rippert, in Berlin, Rebroff was actually a German singer (allegedly of Russian ancestry). His extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves ranged from soprano to bass. *To get an idea of what that means, listen to  “Evening Bells” below.
Ivan Rebroff described himself as international, the “connection between East and West”. Famous for singing Russian Folk Songs, he also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries. During his career he performed over 6,000 concerts, including a two-year seven-day-a-week stint at the French opera, singing, among other greats, Fiddler on the Roof. Even when he was well into his seventies, Rebroff still performed twelve shows in fourteen days on tour. 
You May Ask~Why All This Trivia on Christmas Eve??
Perhaps because many become so caught up in the “preparations” that it is difficult to slow down and take the time to remember what the purpose of the day is. We are inundated with Christmas Plays, Concerts, Choirs and the frenzied jingling of reindeer bells everywhere we go. In the midst of it all we should be sitting in a comfy chair in soft light, feeling that all is right with the world as we await the “Holy” moment~but do we?
The right music soothes, and when Rebroff sings, each word in each song has such depth and feeling that it flows, soothing the body, so the soul can step away, and look to the true meaning of the day, which has almost been lost in our time. OK~maybe not for everyone! 
Never-the-less, take a few moments to lower the lights, relax in a soft chair and listen. The first clip is a Russian song that translates into “Evening Bells”. The second clip has two “musts” for Christmas~Silent Night (one of his very best) and O’ Tannebaum.

From Our Jerusalem Vistas Family to Each One of You
~Our Friends and Family~Best Wishes for a Blessed, Joyous Christmas!
The Song ‘Evening bells’ in Russian (Вечерний звон ~ Vecherny svon)
Silent Night and O’Tannenbaum

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