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June 18, 2015

Palestinian Christians say a large number of Muslims in the Palestinian Territories and Israel have become 'radicalised', creating deepening divisions between faith communities.Church leaders say many Christians now feel unsafe, after being the target of attacks and inflammatory speeches recently. They say tensions between Muslims and Christians have risen since 2014, with some blaming the rise of Islamic State and extremist ideologies.In February, Christians in Nazareth were alarmed by the appearance of a billboard ordering them not to spread their faith or talk about Jesus in a way that contradicts the Koran. An imam at the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem recently posted online a video urging Muslims to be in a constant state of war against the 'polytheist enemy', namely Christians, and also against Jews.Last month saw a mob attack on property in the Christian Quarter of the city, following a row between a Christian and a Muslim. An Ethiopian monastery was spray-painted with anti-Christian messages. Later, local Muslim leaders apologised for the mob violence and have reportedly been working to stop the spread of extremism. Please pray now for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Pray that moderate Muslims and Christians will unite to stand against extremism in all its forms and promote religious tolerance. Pray that Christians will be salt and light in the Holy Land.(Source: Morning Star News)
NEWS UPDATE:Please pray for our Christian brothers, South Sudanese pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith (Prayer Alert, June 16). Their latest court appearance in Sudan on serious criminal charges that include spying was scheduled for today. They are reportedly being held in separate cells in Khartoum's Kober Prison and are chained regularly. Please pray that they will be acquitted of all charges. (Source: Morning Star News)