Islamic State Hits Israel Following Bombing of Coptic Church



Headlines from Jerusalem, 12 April 2017

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James 1:2-4


Islamic State Hits Israel Following Bombing of Coptic Church

Reports surfaced this week that a strike by a UAV in the city of Rafah, in the Egyptian Sinai, killed one person just a few hours after a Grad rocket strike destroyed an agricultural structure in Israel’s Eshkol region, near the Egyptian border. The rocket strike was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terror militia, which also claimed a bomb attack on two Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta during Palm Sunday services on Sunday which killed dozens of Christian worshipers.
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Chabad Activist Publicly Threatens Messianic Believers

Alexander Egoz, an activist with the Chabad organization, posted pictures to his Facebook profile this week of a traditional pre-Passover bonfire in which he burned all the bread he had in his home. However, the pictures also showed that he had decided to make a public spectacle of burning copies of the New Testament as well as pictures of prominent Israeli Messianic Jewish spokespersons Eitan Bar and Moti Vaknin. Messianic groups re-posted the pictures with a request to pray for the safety of Eitan and Moti as well as other leaders of the community, as well as requesting prayer for a softening of the heart for Egoz and others who might want to cause Messianic Jews physical harm.

EU Extends Sanctions on Iran

The European Union issued a statement this week that it is extending economic sanctions on Iran because of that country’s abysmal human rights record. The sanctions include a travel ban and banking restrictions on 82 individuals and one institution that the EU has determined are complicit in human rights abuses.

Tufts University Student Senate Passes BDS Resolution

The Student Senate at Tufts University near Boston voted on Sunday evening to approve a resolution recommending that the University divest from four international companies that do business with Israel. The non-binding vote passed 17-6 with 8 abstentions.


Turkey: Europe’s “Angry Bird”
Burak Bekdil, BESA

President Erdoğan, in his efforts to consolidate his conservative and nationalist voters, continues to fan fears of real or fabricated enemies, with particular emphasis on “Christian crusaders.” Few Turks (or Kurds) appear to care about Ankara’s disturbing and ever-worsening democratic deficit.
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Palm Sunday Sermon from Christchurch Jerusalem

Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that Jesus came to serve and give himself as a ransom for many. This is the paradox: He rides in on a donkey and not a warhorse. He comes in vulnerability, gentleness and humility. Rev. Pileggi concludes the sermon with a reflection on salvation.
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ICEJ Passover Joy for Everyone

It’s an exciting time here at the ICEJ headquarters in Jerusalem, Israel. We are traveling around the country, delivering special Passover Blessing bags, full of supplies that will help families in need celebrate Passover with JOY! It’s not too late to be a part of the blessing.
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Feast of Tabernacles 2017: 6-11 Oct

The 2017 Feast will be an historic convocation with great prophetic significance as Israel celebrates 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate this Jubilee feast in the “City of God”!
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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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