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1st-Century House Unearthed in Nazareth Could be Jesus’s Childhood Home

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

(JNS.org) A leading archaeologist is hinting that a house dating back to the 1st century CE unearthed in Nazareth may have been the childhood home of Jesus.

The house, which is made up of simple mortar and stone walls that was cut into a rocky hillside, was first discovered in the 1880s by nuns at the Sisters of Nazareth convent. In 1936, a Jesuit priest, Henri Senes, catalogued the site with drawings and notes that had been exposed by the nuns. Then in 2006, team of archaeologists led by Ken Dark, a professor at the University of Reading in the U.K., began an examination of the site based on Senes’s work, Live Science reported.

“Was this the house where Jesus grew up? It is impossible to say on archaeological grounds,” Dark wrote in Biblical Archaeology Review. “On the other hand, there is no good archaeological reason why such an identification should be discounted.”

According to the archaeologists, the house was later decorated with mosaics during the Byzantine Period (roughly from the 4th century until the 7th century CE), and a church known as the “Church of the Nutrition” was constructed over the dwelling to most likely protect it.

The site fell into disrepair following the Islamic invasions in the 7th century CE. Later, when the Crusaders conquered the Holy Land in the 12th century, the church was rebuilt, but then it was burnt again in the 13th century.

Artifacts found inside the 1st-century house include a broken cooking pot, a spindle whorl, and limestone vessels, which suggest that it was home to a Jewish family because of the Jewish belief that limestone could not become impure.

The archaeological evidence is also corroborated by a text from 670 CE written by a monk on the Scottish island of Iona, based on a pilgrimage to Nazareth made by the Frankish Bishop Arculf.

Police Arrest Stone Throwers in Jerusalem, Nazareth

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Israel Police are tightening security across the country as Arab attackers continue to throw rocks at Israeli drivers and cars on the roads.

A woman in Jerusalem was slightly injured Tuesday in a road terror attack that took place near the Damascus Gate to the Old City.

The woman was hurt when Arab attackers hurled rocks at a bus as it passed by.

Jerusalem District Police made one arrest in the incident and launched a search of the area to hunt down the other attackers.

Earlier in the day, two teens were arrested in Nazareth on suspicion of hurling rocks at a Nazareth police vehicle. The boys were ages 13 and 17.

No one was injured in the attack.

Abdel Rahman Zuabi (82)

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Abdel Rahman Zuabi, the first Israeli-Arab to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice, died on Sunday at age 82.

Zuabi was born in Sulam, which is a village near Afula, on November 19, 1932.

Not only was Zuabi the first Israel-Arab supreme Court Judge, but he was also Tel Aviv University’s first Arab graduate from its School of Law of Economics. He was a classmate of Moshe Dayan.

From 1996-2002, Zuabi served as deputy chief of the Nazareth district court.

Zuabi always stressed that he was a proud citizen of the state of Israel.

Nazareth Mayor vs. Arab MKs

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Nazareth Mayor Ali Salim criticized Arab Knesset members Tuesday, accusing the latter of “sending young people out to demonstrate” but then disappearing when the community is forced to pay the price of having clashed with police.

Salem also criticised the decision of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee to hold a massive demonstration in Nazareth on Friday. He told Israel Radio the march should be held “somewhere else,” and added that he hopes Jews will resume shopping in Nazareth soon.

 

Dutch City Says Nazareth, Jerusalem in ‘Palestine’

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

A Dutch municipality is facing criticism for describing Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias as “cities in Palestine.”

Likkud Netherlands, a local association, published on its website Friday an article which carried a screen capture photo from Google Street View of the street sign of Tiberias Path in the city of Eindhoven with the description, in which Likkud Nederland accused the municipality of “wiping Israel off the map.”

An intersecting street, Hebron Path, also described Hebron as a city in Palestine, as is Jerusalem Lane – all located within the Woensel district. The sign on Judea Lane described it “an area of Palestine,” as does the street sign of Samria Lane.

A spokesperson from the municipality of Eindhoven declined to offer any immediate reaction to the publication when he was contacted by the Hilversum-based broadcaster RTL.

Pro IDF Priest’s Son Suffered Brutal Beating

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The teenage son of Father Gabriel Nadaf of Nazareth, who was soon to be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, suffered a brutal beating on Friday evening. He is being treated at the English Hospital in Nazareth.

A 21-year-old affiliated with the anti-Israel Hadash party was arrested in connection with the attack, Israel’s Channel 2 television reported.

Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest known for encouraging participation in military and national service among local Christians, said in the TV interview that his wife and other son fear leaving their home.

“As I call for integration in Israeli society, extremists are trying to divide and tear and incite against me,” Nadaf said. “The incitement of verbal threats has passed yesterday into physical violence as their goal is to intimidate me and my family.”

His family has been threatened not only physically; Israeli politicians have interfered to prevent the Jerusalem Patriarchate from firing Nadaf and destroying his livelihood.

Matan Peleg, director of operations for Im Tirtzu (“If you will it”), an Israeli organization promoting Zionist values, told United with Israel that last year, when a number of Christians in Nazareth had decided to promote enlistment in the IDF and join the Israeli mainstream, “we helped them immediately. They were placing their destiny with the State of Israel.”

Nadaf is “a good friend,” Peleg said, adding that only last week his group had warned that “something like this would happen.”

The past several months have seen a growing patriotism among Christian Israeli Arabs, which has alarmed enemies of the Jewish state.

In July, a new Christian party, Brit HaHadasha (meaning “Sons of the New Testament”), was created, calling for service in the IDF among other forms of integration

By mid-summer, the number of IDF recruits from Israel’s Arab-Christian community more than tripled since last year – from 35 to 100 – and 500 had volunteered for national service. They identify themselves as “Arab-speaking Israeli Christians.”

“At a time when Christian communities across the Islamic world are facing vicious persecution in the form of arrests, mob violence and bombings of churches, it’s no coincidence that this assertive form of Christian identity has manifested in democratic Israel,” noted JNS journalist Ben Cohen. “Increasingly, Christians in the Middle East understand that if their faith is to have a future in the region, the states in which they live need to be governed by the values of democracy and tolerance. A state that is Jewish in terms of its identity but which gives the same rights and demands the same duties of all of its citizens is truly a revolutionary development for the Middle East – and a key reason why so many of its neighbors dream of its destruction.”

“Our goal is to guard the Holy Land and the State of Israel,” Nadaf declared at a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the summer. “We have broken the barrier of fear – the state deserves that we do our part in defending it. Those who oppose the integration of the Christian community in the institutions of state do not walk in the path of Christianity.”

“Members of the Christian community must be allowed to enlist in the IDF,” Netanyahu asserted. “You are loyal citizens who want to defend the state and I salute you and support you. We will not tolerate threats against you and we will act to enforce the law with a heavy hand against those who persecute you. I will not tolerate attempts to crumble the state from within. The State of Israel and the Prime Minister stand alongside you.”

Following the attack, Netanyahu vowed that Israel will not tolerate continued violence against Christian supporters of Israel.

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Gov. Perry: Texas A&M to Open Campus in Israel

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Texas A&M is set to announce the creation of a branch campus in Israel.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp are in Israel, where they will announce plans for Texas A&M Peace University in Nazareth on Wednesday, The New York Times reported.

The newspaper said Texas A&M would become the first American university to have a branch campus in Israel.

Perry and Sharp will be joined in the announcement by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Minister of Education Shai Piron.

Financing will come from private donors in Texas and around the world since Texas A&M is prohibited from investing public dollars in international campuses, the newspaper reported.

Students and teachers at the campus in Nazareth, a northern Israeli city of some 81,000 populated mainly by Arab-Israelis, will include Arabs and Jews, as well as international students and faculty, the university told the Times.

“I wanted a presence in Israel,” Sharp, who became chancellor in 2011, told the newspaper. “I have felt a kinship with Israel.”

Sharp and Perry were college roommates at Texas A&M.

Sharp involved evangelical pastor John Hagee in the project. Hagee, who has raised millions of dollars for Israel, helped connect university officials with Israeli leaders, The New York Times reported.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gov-perry-texas-am-to-open-campus-in-israel/2013/10/23/

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