Christianity

Unesco locates site of Jesus’ baptism in Jordan

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2015

For decades, Christians have gone on pilgrimages to the River Jordan – bathing on the banks where Jesus was baptised.

They have approached the river both from Israel in the east, and Jordan in the west.

Historically, the Israeli side has attracted more tourists as it follows part of a Holy Land pilgrimage, which includes Nazareth and Jerusalem.

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Scottish Christians and Jews unite to combat antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Groups forged to combat antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment have been launched all over Britain since last summer.

One of the grassroots organisations that began during the Gaza conflict, the Scottish Israel Forum, fell by the wayside in January, but as its former chairman Richard Coats said, "the energy that went into it has diffused into different groups".

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Rev Stephen Sizer showed 'appalling' judgement over antisemitic post, says his bishop

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

The Bishop of Guildford has condemned Reverend Stephen Sizer as displaying “appalling” judgement over his anti-Israel posts, but denied that the vicar had been deliberately antisemitic.

He promised that if Rev Sizer repeated his behaviour, he would be dismissed.

Rev Sizer, who has a parish in Surrey, posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attack.

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Church bans vicar Stephen Sizer from social media over antisemitic posts

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks has been banned from saying anything about the Middle East on any platform.

Rev Stephen Sizer has been told not to write, speak, tweet or blog on the subject, and also cannot use social media for six months without being relieved of his position.

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Concern voiced over church Israel readings

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

A series of readings produced by a church group for Lent has aroused concern over the portrayal of Israel.

The Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews have taken issue with some of the material published online by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, an umbrella group for different denominations.

The readings focus on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, with

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Concern voiced over church material on Israel

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2015

A series of readings produced by a church body for Christians at Lent has aroused concern over their negative portrayal of Israel.

Both the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews have taken issue with some of the material published online by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, an umbrella group for different denominations.

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Jews for Jesus relocates to heart of London Jewish community

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2014

The missionary group Jews for Jesus is moving its London office to Hendon, into the heart of one of the most populated Jewish areas.

It has taken a shop opposite the tube station, which lies close to the local branch of Aish, the Jewish young adults’ organisation.

Jews for Jesus UK director Julia Pascoe said that while an opening date had not yet been set, it would be “by Chanucah”.

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A mix of friendships and fallings-out

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Judeo-Christian relations are going through a peculiar period.

Leading church denominations have found themselves at loggerheads with the Jewish community and supporters of Israel. Yet regular church-goers are among the strongest advocates for the Jewish state.

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Christians tuned in to a love of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

A garden shed in Surbiton is not where you might expect to find a hotbed of fervent Zionism.

But it is here, behind a smart townhouse, that you find the British base of Revelation TV - an award-winning Christian channel watched by tens of thousands of supporters of Israel.

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Methodists will hold off on boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

The Methodist Church will defer any move to boycott Israel for at least the next two years.

Church members agreed not to put forward motions on Israel and the Palestinians until after their 2016 conference.

Delegates voted to back the church council's recommendations following a 90-minute debate at their annual conference in Birmingham on Monday.

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