The European Centre for Law and Justice has hit back against the International Red Cross for insinuating that Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza, arguing that it is the terrorist tactics of Palestinian militant group Hamas that are in clear violation of international law.
"It is deeply disturbing that the International Red Cross, which should be an objective relief organization, is engaging in an unbalanced and biased campaign to smear Israel," wrote Jay Sekulow, who serves as Chief Counsel of the ECLJ as well as the American Center for Law and Justice.
"While insinuating that Israel is committing war crimes as it protects its civilian population under attack by Hamas terrorists, the Red Cross is turning a blind eye to the deadly terrorist tactics used by Hamas – using its own population as human shields – in clearly violation of international law. We are urging the Red Cross to rely on the facts and the truth in reporting what is taking place in the Gaza conflict. more >>
A touching prayer for the Middle East by a young boy in Egypt included prayers for "those killing others" in Iraq and Arab countries, according to audio and video released by a children's program on an Arabic Christian television channel.
"Mario, a regular fan of the SAT-7 KIDS program 'Why Is That,' called the studio last week to pray for Iraq and all the Arab countries," the SAT-7 station stated on its website on Monday. SAT-7 KIDS is the first and only Arabic Christian television channel designed exclusively for young and adolescent children that broadcast in the Middle East.
"The young boy called from his home in Tanta, just north of Cairo in Egypt. As soon as Mario's voice came over the air, presenter Mr. Know recognized him. Even though Mario lives hundreds of miles away from Iraq, he is touched by the plight of families suffering there," SAT-7 KIDS stated. more >>
United States and Iraqi forces have been delivering much needed aid to members of the Yazidi community in northern Iraq, and video footage of the scene at Mount Sinjar, where they have been hiding from rampaging ISIS militants, show them desperately storming helicopters to make an escape.
A video produced by news outlet Rudaw shows Iraqi forces transporting food and water to Yazidis, members of a local religious sect, who have taken refuge at Mount Sinjar (or Mount Shingal) to escape the murderous rampage of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or the Islamic State). ISIS has been wiping out residents who do not subscribe to the terrorist group's particular extremist brand of Sunni Islamic beliefs.
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In a lengthy foreign policy interview for The Atlantic, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed many of the same critiques of President Barack Obama's "don't do stupid stuff" foreign policy mantra recently offered by Republicans.
"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle," Clinton told Jeffrey Goldberg in the interview conducted early last week and published Sunday.
Several Republican leaders have also argued that a counterterrorism strategy is needed. Those criticisms have been especially loud since Obama announced on Thursday that he would attack ISIS, also called Islamic State or ISIL. In announcing the attacks, Obama and other White House officials were clear in communicating that it was not part of a long term strategy to deal with ISIS. more >>
Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle have issued statements in support of President Obama's decision on Thursday to provide "limited" airstrikes on Iraq. However politically popular the decision may prove to be with the Capitol Hill crowd and conservatives in particular, does it follow that Christians should also support the bombing?
Some Christians, particularly on the left, are struggling with the strategy.
Pentagon and Army officials have indicated the "limited" approach announced by the White House is meant to serve as a deterrent and if the military advances by ISIS stop, then the bombing would also be discontinued. Early Friday U.S. fighter jets targeted and hit artillery supplies belonging to ISIS, an extremist Muslim group that has been responsible for thousands of deaths, most notably Christians. more >>
A group of churches from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped an Afghan interpreter and his family stay in the United States after coming to the country after his life was threatened.
The Northern Virginia Military Mission Outreach, a group of congregations who help aid American veterans and their families, recently "provided furniture, food, clothing, toys, a television and money," for the interpreter, reported Neill Caldwell of United Methodist News Service.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield is one of the members of NVMMO, the majority of which are United Methodist Church congregations. more >>