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Amid Israel-Hamas Violence, Reconciliation Between Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews Continues

Musalaha participant: "I am sending this message over the walls with no rockets attached to tell you I pray for you."

As violence flares anew between Hamas and Israel, which is preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza in response to Hamas rocket attacks reaching as far as Tel Aviv, CT checked in with Jerusalem-based reconciliation ministry Musalaha for an update on reconciliation efforts between Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews.

In 2009, CT reported how three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting–which killed 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis–left Gaza's beleaguered Christians beginning 2009 in their worst situation since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. However, reconciliation work between Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews continued.

Salim Munayer, executive director Musalaha, offered CT the following update on what, if anything, has changed since 2009:

What we see is that individuals who have been active in Musalaha for more than 2 years are writing statements to each other, such as the following:"Brothers and sisters in Jesus, In this time of trials and tribulations, let us not lose sight of what Jesus ...
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