Jesus Was the First Shahid~Who Knew??

The Nativity in Bethlehem
Christmas day is approaching and the faithful are already flocking to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. For those who make the pilgrimage, beware of Taqqiyah (among other things)! It is not new, but the PA Media Spin has renewed energy and belief that the Christian world will lower their eyes and cover their ears to truth. 
On 18 November 2005, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida declared:
“We must not forget that Messiah [Jesus] is a Palestinian, the son of Mary the Palestinian.” This is not only a distortion of Jesus’ personal history, but also an anachronism. The Romans changed the name of Judea / Israel to “Palestine” 136 years after the birth of Jesus~to punish the Jewish nation after their unsuccessful rebellion…(Source PMW)
Muslims Block Manger Square & Pray to Mecca
Remember the Bible~and its true meaning. Remember that on that first Holy Day, Mohamed and Islam did not exist. Remember that Bethlehem was once a city with a Christian Majority! Since the PA has been given control, less than 15% of the population are Christians. The birth place of Jesus~Bethlehem~is now a Muslim Majority city. 
Please watch the video below, then follow the link to PMW and read the history of “declaring Jesus as a Palestinian”. Christians must not bow down and allow these these false claims to be made.
Issa Karake: “We are standing at Jesus’ Plaza, in front of the Church of the Nativity, [to convey] to those who uphold human rights: Take action before it is too late, take action to save [the Palestinian prisoners] the sons of the Nativity, the sons of Jerusalem, and the sons of Jesus, the Palestinian, the first prisoner and the first Martyr (Shahid) in history“…PA TV (Fatah), 04 May 2012

* More Information at  PMW (Palestinian Media Watch)   

It Is Not Only Jewish History the PA is Trying to Change!

Chanukah and Christmas in the Holy Land

Chanukah Candles
This year Israel was celebrating Chanukah and Christmas back to back. Throughout the country Menorahs were being lit each night for eight nights and children played dreidel while the adults noshed on sufganiyot and latkes. It is common for the Menorah and candles to be placed outside the house. Glass boxes are used to protect the delicate flames from the weather
Israel is a very diverse country~her citizens come from all over the world. In no other place can you stand in a street or shopping center and hear hundreds of languages and dialects being spoken by people who hail from the Middle-East, to China, Russia, the Americas, Europe and even Lapland. The  entire world is well represented in Israels’ citizens.
Birth Place of  the Christ Child
At the beginning of the week, David traveled to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity. Two musicians from Italy were also in Bethlehem to serenade the coming of the birth of Christ. The grotto was cleared and the two musicians sang their song to the tune of Brahms Lullaby . At this time of year, it was a rare privilege to stand alone, in front of the silver star beneath the altar, in the Grotto of the Nativity. With the soulful sounds of the young woman from Italy filling the grotto, it was a beautiful, meaningful experience.
At the same time, just outside the Church of the Nativity, in Manger Square, there was a “Rock to Bethlehem Celebration” much to the joy of the young crowd. Meanwhile, in Mevasesret Zion, a group of youngsters from the  Orot Ha Bama and Limelight dance studios performed in the Har El Mall. They entertained shoppers with Israeli dances, and of course something modern as well! The celebrations will carry on over the weekend throughout the country as our diverse citizenry is joined by millions of tourists from around the world.
From all of us at Jerusalem Vistas/Israel Vision, we wish you, our very dear friends, a most Blessed Christmas Season and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Christmas Songs from the Middle-East


I have no way of confirming if the language used in these three videos is authentic, however, they are of great interest.

Remember that Christians are a persecuted minority in Iraq, and  indeed in all Muslim countries in the Middle East. Many have immigrated to the west, but as in the case of many migrant communities, they have for the most part have retained their language, customs and religion.

The second and third video are sung in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and the second video has sub-titled the lyrics. The first song is Assyrian, and the only information given is that it was produced for a Church of the East Christmas Production in 2006.

The songs are titled: Qa Deyan Pishlokh, (an Assyrian Christmas Song), Come All Ye Faithful (Hayyo Ya Mhuyumne), and Ava Maria (Shlama Illakh Mariam). The second and third videos  are both sung in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic.

Assyrian Christmas Song~Qa Deyan Pishlokh

Come All Ye Faithful (Hayyo Ya Mhuyumne)
Ava Maria (Shlama Illakh Mariam)