Author: Lela Gilbert

Lela Gilbert

Lela Gilbert is the lead contributor to The Philos Project blog. Lela, a Christian who has been based in Israel and the U.S. since 2006, is an award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored more than 60 books. Her most recently published work is the critically acclaimed Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner. She authored Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World; she also co-authored Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians and the award-winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion. Lela is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, Faith and Freedom Editor at Newsmax, and a frequent contributor to Fox News, Algemeiner, The Jerusalem Post, The Huffington Post, and many other publications. Her entire body of work is available at

Al Jazeera

Jerusalem Notebook: Al Jazeera in Israel – To Ban or Not to Ban?

By Lela Gilbert Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Shuttering a large and well-known news outlet in a democratic nation is not to be taken lightly. This is especially true when that nation is the Jewish State, which the world consistently holds to a higher standard of conduct than its Muslim neighbors.


Jerusalem Notebook: A Quest for Peace at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

By Lela Gilbert Thursday, July 6, 2017

A look at the Western Wall in light of recent events: Who can worship there? Where and how should they worship? And what forms of worship are acceptable?


Jerusalem Notebook: The U.S. Embassy – to Move or Not to Move?

By Lela Gilbert Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Since many countries do not recognize Jerusalem as an Israeli city, moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv is, to say the least, controversial.

Six-Day War

Jerusalem Notebook: On the Golden Anniversary of the Six-Day War, We Remember a Time of Miracles

By Lela Gilbert Monday, June 5, 2017

The Six-Day War began on June 5, 1967. The next five days included a showdown between Israel and its neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.


Egypt Attack On Coptic Christians: Wake up, President Sisi! ISIS is Murdering Your Christian Children

By Lela Gilbert Wednesday, May 31, 2017

On Friday morning, 28 Egyptians in the Sinai were murdered by terrorists. Will this most recent bloodshed finally awaken the Egyptian authorities?


Jerusalem Notebook: Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Lela Gilbert Monday, April 24, 2017

This is Yom HaShoah, the Day of the Shoah – Holocaust Memorial Day – when Israel stops and remembers Adolf Hitler’s 6 million Jewish victims.


Jerusalem Notebook: Passover – The Remembrance of Suffering, Enslavement and God-Given Freedom

By Lela Gilbert Monday, April 10, 2017

The Jewish people are reminded, year in and year out, of their long and painful history as they observe their holy holidays – particularly Passover.


Jerusalem Notebook: Hatred, Courage and the Israeli-Saudi Connection

By Lela Gilbert Friday, March 31, 2017

The story of a young Saudi intellectual who visited Jerusalem and then wrote an open letter to his generation with the hope of political transformation.


Jerusalem Notebook: Israel, Fake News and the ‘Apartheid State’

By Lela Gilbert Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thanks to the willful blindness of various journalists, diplomats and anti-Israel activists, the apartheid accusation against Israel has never really disappeared.


Jerusalem Notebook: Jews, Christians and Another Deadly Jihadi Pogrom in Egypt

By Lela Gilbert Friday, March 3, 2017

Hundreds of Christians in Egypt have been forced to flee for their lives because the Islamic State continues to make bloodthirsty threats against believers.