The law codifies that Israel is the national state and homeland of the Jewish people and that only Jewish Israelis have a right to self-determination in the country.
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Catholics and evangelicals hold different political and theological views about Israel.
Deadly protests along the Israel and Gaza border escalated Monday, after Israeli troops opened fire on protesting Palestinians, resulting in 58 dead and another 2,700 injured.
The Israeli government is seeking to force the 38,000 African asylum-seekers, who are almost all Christians, out of the country.
‘I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples,’ the Holy Father wrote in a Sept. 28 telegram of condolence to Israel.
Church leaders express concern that Israel’s recent arrest of two Palestinian officials, on charges of diverting funds to the military wing of Hamas, might unfairly tarnish uninvolved Christian agencies.
‘So far, we haven’t cut any educational programs, but it is just a matter of time,’ said Father Abdel Masih Fahim, head of the Office of Christian Schools in Israel.
Italian police say they have in custody four suspects, with two at large, who were plotting specific attacks with Islamic State group terror leaders.
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Orthodox rabbis’ praise of Christianity as a ‘gift to the nations’ comes shortly after the Vatican’s statements marking the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.