While Iraq is struggling to cope with the severe humanitarian crisis that has seen close to 1.2 million people flee their homes on the run from terror group ISIS, Christian Churches are opening their doors and housing Muslim families in acts of generosity, Christian humanitarian group World Vision has said.
Refugees, who are constantly increasing in number, are in need of basic necessities and are praying for the end of hostilities, which have disrupted the lives of millions, including many children who are now unable to go to school.
The Iraqi government has been locked in a battle against ISIS, which has captured large amounts of territory in Syria and Iraq, with humanitarian groups playing a crucial part in providing relief to the millions of people in need. more >>
When comparing the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda, experts on international terrorism say that one should be careful in saying that one group is more violent than the other.
John G. Horgan, professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell and director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies, told The Christian Post on Thursday that he doubted the claim that ISIS was necessarily more violent.
"We seem to have short memories when it comes to Al Qaeda. I'd caution against thinking of Al Qaeda as somehow 'softer' face of violent Islamism," said Horgan. more >>
An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday has killed three top Hamas commanders that it had identified as having "planned deadly attacks against Israeli civilians." Israel and the Palestinian militant group have resumed fighting following the collapse of a 10-day ceasefire.
The three senior Hamas military figures who were among six killed were identified as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, with Hamas stating that they died in the bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah.
As violent persecution against Christians around the world intensifies, Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, in a recent op-ed bluntly asks, "Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?"
"In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza," wrote Lauder in his piece published in The New York Times. "The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference."
Lauder leads the World Jewish Congress, which is an international organization that represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries around the world. more >>
Editors note: This is a series of eyewitness reports from Executive Editor Richard Land during his week-long tour of Israeli towns under siege by Hamas rockets, sponsored by Israeli officials seeking to bolster support from American evangelicals during the latest Hamas conflict. Dr. Land is part of a National Religious Broadcasters group contacted by the Israeli Office of Tourism.
What a 24 hours! Shortly before midnight Tuesday night, as I was preparing to be a guest on Tony Perkin's "Washington Watch" radio program being broadcast live from the CBN studios in Jerusalem, the air raid sirens went off, signaling a rocket attack was imminent. So, I joined Tony, the sound engineer, and former Senator Rick Santorum (in an adjacent studio to be interviewed) in the studio's stairwell until the all-clear was sounded.
Wednesday morning our group went to Ashkelon in southern Israel, very near to the border with the Gaza Strip. After briefings there (interrupted by a trip to a secure room following an air raid warning), we went to Moshav and then Nativ Ha-asara, a Jewish settlement right on the Gaza border. The cease fire had ended the previous night, so rockets had been going off all morning. We had passed right by an Iron-Dome anti-missile battery on our way down to Ashkelon. As we were being given a tour of the settlement, we heard air raid sirens and had to go immediately into bomb shelters (twice, with about a half hour separation). One rocket was intercepted by an Iron -Dome missile. Unfortunately, the other one landed less than a mile from us, hitting the house that our local guide at Moshav Nativ Ha-asara had just vacated four weeks ago. The impact sounded loud and felt close. more >>
An Iraqi TV host lost his composure on air and broke down into tears when talking about displaced Iraqi Christians, forced out by the terror group ISIS by the tens of thousands.
Nahi Mahdi, host of the Asia TV show, described his encounters with Iraqi Christians, saying, "Yes…the Christians…I cried today at home," as translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
He paused and used his kufiya (Arab head scarf) to dry his tears. "I went to the Al-Marbad Market, near the city of Al-Zubier. There is an area there which is predominantly Christian. I swear, they never made thank us feel…they are our own flesh and blood." more >>