Palestinians thwart arson attack on Jerusalem church

Author: Daoud Kuttab

Publication Date: 4/12/2020

Source: Arab News

Palestinians on Friday thwarted an arson attack on an East Jerusalem church by putting out the fire and capturing the perpetrator, reported to be a Jewish settler. 

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The Untold Story of Syrian Kurdish Christians

 

We feel forgotten and abandoned sometimes. The world does not know much about the challenges and difficulties that face us. All countries in the region do not recognize conversion from Islam. This makes life very difficult for us, especially in terms of marriages, funerals, and obtaining birth and death certificates, because we are still considered Muslims by law.”

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Israeli man attempts to burn down Jerusalem's historic Gethsemane Church

Publication Date: 4/12/2020

Source: Middle East Eye

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemns attack and blames it on Israeli government.

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Israeli medic fired after spitting on Jesus portraits at Christian family’s home

Publication Date: 17/11/2020

Source: Jewish News

The Magen David Adom employee was caught on camera removing his mask and overalls before spitting on three pictures in a communal hallway of a block of flats in Jaffa

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Lebanon faces an exodus of its Christian population

Author: Maria Lozano

Publication Date: 11/11/2020

Source: Aleteia

“Pope Francis has told us that a Middle East without Christians is unthinkable. If Christians are to remain in this country, we need each and every one of them,” says Father Nicolas Riachy, the Melkite Catholic parish priest.

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America’s still failing to protect Christians across the Middle East

Author: Robert Nicholson

Publication Date: 24/11/2020

Source: New York Post

The full meaning of the ­recent war in the Caucasus was captured in a sad video of Armenians gathered outside an old mountain church to sing one last hymn before going into exile. This small Christian nation’s humiliation at the hands of Azerbaijan and Turkey, two American allies, reveals the limits of US power and the need for a new strategy to aid Mideast Christians.

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Lebanon president stresses importance of preserving Christian presence in Middle East

Publication Date: 17/11/2020

Source: Middle East Monitor

Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday stressed on the importance of preserving the Christian presence in the Arab region to ensure "diversity, openness and tolerance".Aoun made the remarks during a meeting with the new Chairman of the Coptic Orthodox Community in Lebanon, Father Timon the Syriac.

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Athens reaches out to Syria via Greek Orthodox community

Author: Sean Matthews

Publication Date: 20/10/2020

Source: Al Monitor

The appointment this spring of Greece’s former Syrian ambassador as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' new special envoy for Syria is being viewed as a sign of Greece’s renewed geopolitical interest in its southern neighborhood and of its desire to establish a greater role in a country to which it has deep historic ties.

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With Bassil sanctions, Hezbollah has lost allies, Christian political cover

Author: Hanin Ghaddar

Publication Date: 2/12/2020

Source: Al-Arabiya

According to a recent statement by US Ambassador in Lebanon Dorothy Shea, the US sanctions against former minister and head of the Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) in Lebanon Gebran Bassil are not necessarily going to be the last sanctions against a Lebanese political figure.

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How U.S. hawks’ fixation on Iran endangers Middle East Christians

Author: Elda Mamedov

Publication Date: 31/10/2020

Source: Eurasianet

As fierce fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues into a second month, neoconservatives in Washington are pushing the United States to side with Azerbaijan. Their rationale – involving Iran and Israel, as so many of Washington’s priorities in the Middle East do – is facile, naïve and dangerous to the region’s minorities.

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