Weekly Media Summary 24 March 2016

March

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the Iraqi military offensive on Mosul; the worsening refugee crisis in Jordan; Christianity in Israel; and FRRME in the media:

Iraq

Daily Mail: Iraq begins offensive to retake IS-held Mosul

Guardian: British suicide bomber killed in Iraq named as Mohammed Rizwan Awan

Jordan

The Daily Star Lebanon: Syrian refugees denied critical health care in Jordan: Amnesty

The Jordan Times: EU Official breaks down in tears during Amman press conference

Israel / Palestine

The Tablet: Israel is preventing Christians from worshiping freely in the Holy Land during Easter

Christian Today: More Christians in U.S support Israel than Christians in Israel, survey shows

FRRME in the media 

The Church Times: Hope is brought to Yazidis

Daesh IS committing genocide in Iraq

March

Dear Friends,
Finally, the international community is starting to acknowledge the scale of the persecution against Christians and other minorities by Daesh in Iraq. The announcement today by John Kerry is long overdue but welcome news. I hope this means that governments will finally start backing the work we are doing on the front line, helping to shelter and care for thousands of Iraqi refugees and IDPs.
With this new designation of genocide by the Obama Administration, the awful desecration of Christian textbooks by ISIS, reported this week, will hopefully be a thing of the past. Meanwhile, with your generous support, FRRME will continue to provide internally displaced Iraqi children with new textbooks so that they can continue their education.
Iraqi IDP children at the Um Alnoor School in Ankawa, Northern Iraq
 

Your donations help fund schools like the Um Alnoor School in Ankawa, which Dr Sarah Ahmed, FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East, visited this week. We are also continuing to provide food packages to thousands of internally displaced people living in camps across Kurdistan.

An Iraqi IDP child collects his FRRME food package in Erbil
For those wishing to support our work, please consider making a donation toThe Emergency Appeal for Iraqi Refugees, or you can make a monthly donation by clicking here.
Grace and Peace,
Abouna Andrew
Emeritus Vicar of Baghdad

Weekly Media Summary 17 March 2016

March

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the Christian genocide in Iraq; the worsening refugee crisis in Jordan; tensions between Israel and Iran; and Canon Andrew White in the media:

Iraq

Washington Post: John Kerry to miss deadline to declare Christian genocide by Islamic State

Christian Post: ISIS Burns Hundreds of Christian Textbooks in Cultural Cleansing of Christianity

Jordan

BBC News: Jordan warns of school pressure over Syria refugees

Haaretz: Biden Tells U.S. Troops in Jordan: Defeating ISIS Will ‘Take Long Time’

Israel / Palestine

The Times of Israel: Israel won’t allow Iran, Hezbollah on Syrian border, Rivlin tells Putin

Guardian: Homemade guns used in Palestinian attacks on Israel 

Canon Andrew White

Will Obama Call Christian Persecution ‘Genocide’?

Back in the land of The Holy One

March

Dear Friends,
After a busy fundraising trip in the United States, I have spent a productive week in Israel / Palestine or, as I like to call it, the land of The Holy One.
Jerusalem
While there, I had the honour of hosting my dear friend Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. He and I met with my other dear friend, Rabbi Shimon Naftalis. Amid the escalation of sectarian attacks in Jerusalem this week, we discussed the importance of interfaith dialogue in the Holy land and the search for peace in the Middle East.
Canon Andrew White (left), Rabbi Shimon Naftalis (centre), Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali (right)
I also had the honour of addressing students at Jerusalem University College. They are an extraordinary bunch and I hope that they will all go on to be agents of peace and reconciliation. One of our other key reconciliation initiatives – The Jerusalem International School of Reconciliation – will run in August this year.  Last year we had some amazing speakers including Sheikh Imad Falouji, a former founding member of Hamas.
Canon Andrew White with students at Jerusalem University College
No visit to the land of The Holy One would be complete without visiting The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord. It is amazing to think that 14 years have gone by since I helped resolve the hostage situation in this holy place.
The Church of the Nativity – the silver star marking the place where Jesus was born 
I will be back in the UK next week as I have been invited to give the Whitehall Easter Service at Westminster Abbey.
Grace and Peace,
Abouna Andrew

Weekly Media Summary 10 March 2016

Macrh

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about a leaked ISIS staff list; the worsening refugee crisis in Jordan; and proposed Israeli / Palestinian peace talks.

Iraq

Daily Mail: ISIS staff list is leaked: Names and family details of 22,000 jihadis revealed in cache of application forms complete with references (and next of kin)

Guardian: Calls grow to label attacks on Middle East Christians as genocide

Jordan

The Telegraph: Thousands of refugees fleeing Isil trapped in desert no-man’s land at Jordan border

The Jordan Times: UK ambassador hands over police radio equipment to improve safety in refugee camps

Israel / Palestine

Reuters: France seeks to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks by August

Haaretz: Israeli Ex-minister Proposes Walling 200,000 Arabs out of Jerusalem

 

 

Weekly Media Summary 3 March 2016

March

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the Christian genocide in Iraq; a foiled ISIS attack in Jordan; the neglected Israel / Palestine peace process; and Canon Andrew White in the media:

Iraq

CNS News: White House Says it Has Not ‘Reached’ Determination that ISIS Slaughter of Christians Is Genocide

Christian Post: Vatican Envoys Are Risking Their Lives in Iraq and Syria to End World War III With ISIS, Says Archbishop

Jordan

Newsweek: Jordan foils ISIS-linked attack plot in raids

Reuters: Jordan security forces hunt suspected Islamist militants

Israel / Palestine

The New York Times: Egypt’s Parliament Expels Lawmaker Who Dined With Israel’s Ambassador

Washington Post: The neglected Israel-Palestinian peace process must be revived

Canon Andrew White in the media

The Gospel Herald: ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ Shares How Christians Can Best Help Those Terrorized by ISIS: ‘These Are Your People.”

NRB: Media, Security Watchdogs: Radical Islam Remains a Global and National Threat to Christians

The Patriot Post: Erring on Genocide

 

Christian genocide in Iraq

March

Dear Friends,
At the NRB Convention in Nashville last week I spoke to a packed audience about the Christian genocide in Iraq. Our people there have lost everything – they have no food, no healthcare, no shelter, no education, other than that which we can provide. A few days after giving this speech I was shocked to hear that the White House is still refusing to acknowledge the persecution of Christians in Iraq as ‘genocide‘ – something about not meeting “a very specific legal determination”. While the White House continues to debate the subject, please consider making a donation to The Emergency Appeal for Iraqi Refugees.
Canon Andrew White at the NRB Convention in Nashville
This week, FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East, Dr Sarah Ahmed (pictured below), provided course materials for over 1,000 school children in Erbil. Education is such an important (but largely ignored) aspect of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and we are doing everything we can to ensure that internally displaced Iraqi children continue their education.
Dr Sarah Ahmed in Erbil this week
Our team on the ground in Jordan is doing an excellent job providing for the 500 Iraqi refugee families in our care there. This week they gave out 320 food packages and paid rent for 50 refugee families. We are also continuing to provide education for the children at our school in Marka (pictured below).
This week The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, informed me via letter that York St John University has nominated me for an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of my “outstanding work on behalf of the church; notably during [my] nine years in Baghdad as Vicar of St George’s Church, and latterly as President and Chief Executive of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.” I am delighted to accept this honorary degree, which will be presented to me in a ceremony at York Minster in November.
Grace and Peace,
Abouna Andrew

Weekly Media Summary 25 February 2016

February

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the plight of Christians in Iraq; the worsening refugee crisis in Jordan; and David Cameron’s condemnation of illegal Israeli settlements.

Iraq

Al-Monitor: What is Abadi doing to protect Iraq’s Christians?

NBC News: Swedish Girl, 16, rescued Near ISIS-Held City of Mosul, Kurds Say 

Jordan

Al Bawaba: Jordan needs more than assistance for refugees, it needs investments: UN

CNN: Obama, Abdullah praise each other’s efforts against ISIS

Israel / Palestine

The Independent: David Cameron blasts Israel’s ‘genuinely shocking’ illegal settlements

Haaretz: Israeli Extremist Who called Christians “Blood-sucking Vampires” Faces Criminal Investigation

 

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Insights from Sarah Ahmed, Director of Operations
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