Kameel Majdali

Jerusalem: A Magnet for Christian Visits – Part 07

First, when you contrast modern tourism with traditional pilgrimage, a Christian visitor, coming on a tourist visa, can still be a fully bona fide pilgrim. Just because there is a strong tourist element, similar to many secular tours, does not mean the journey lacks faith or inspiration.

Jerusalem: A Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Six)

First, it is this author’s conviction, after 6 years of study and a 95,000 thesis, that a Christian who visits a holy city like Jerusalem is a ‘pilgrim,’ whether they consciously and proactively seek to be, or not. 

Jerusalem: A Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Five)

Looking for a definition is not helped by the social anthropologists, the only group that ever studies the pilgrim phenomena. They use terms like communitas, a liminal experience, freedom from social structure, etc. Yet, they fail to utilise the very source-book of Christian pilgrimage, namely the Bible.

Jerusalem: A Magnet for  Christian Visits (Part Four)

Jerusalem: A Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Four)

Pilgrim or Tourist? Helping Define the Modern Christian Visitor to Jerusalem? In Part 01 of our series, we learned that there has been a continuous flow of Christian pilgrims from the very early days of the Church. Today, Christians visit the Jewish state more than any other group, usually above the 50% mark. In Part […]

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Jerusalem: A Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Three)

Jerusalem: A Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Three)

For many believing Christians, it is a dream come true. Whether on tour, business, or a private visit, a highlight for many is a visit to Jerusalem, the holy city. Since the Six Day War of 1967, when the historic Old City and Mount of Olives came under Israeli control, the number of Christian visitors […]

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Jerusalem: Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Two)

Jerusalem: Magnet for Christian Visits (Part Two)

In Part 01 of our series about Jerusalem and Christians visits, we learned that the ‘river of pilgrimage’ has been flowing from the very beginning of the church age. Christians constitute the highest amount of sacred visitors to a holy city which is also sacred to Judaism and Islam, too. This growing phenomena in Christian […]

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Jerusalem: Magnet for Christian Visits (Part One)

Jerusalem: Magnet for Christian Visits (Part One)

We are all familiar with the 1967 Six Day War in Jerusalem and what transpired. Jerusalem was partitioned between Israel and Jordan after the 1948 War. Then came the Six Day War and Israel captured the Jordanian sector. This included the historic and sacred walled Old City and the Mount of Olives. Many of the […]

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US President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration: Who Cares?

US President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration: Who Cares?

“Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” — US President Donald Trump You would have thought the sky had fallen! US President Donald Trump, no stranger to controversy, made a simple statement on 6 December 2017, stating that the United States recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s […]

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A Burdensome Stone

A Burdensome Stone

It has got to be one of the greatest puzzles in foreign policy today. A city of under 1 million people, lacking major roads, waterways, or rivers. In fact, its mountainous terrain makes access a real challenge. It possesses no natural resources, except some religious sites. In other words, it has none of the normal […]

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American Brexit? The Triumph of Donald Trump

American Brexit? The Triumph of Donald Trump

The Great Political Upset They said he would never make it. The media, the Democratic Party, even part of his own Republican Party, were all against him. He faced the formidable, ‘cashed-up’ Clinton political machine. The campaign itself was long, grueling, and the dirtiest in 100 years. The polls were predicting a Clinton win, even […]

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