Friday, November 02, 2012

Some of My Good Friends are Christians...

And because so, I suggest you attend this event:-

The Liaison Committee – a joint forum of B’nai B’rith World Center – Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel together with Menachem Begin Heritage Center – will convene on November 8 a symposium entitled “The Present and Future of Christians in the Middle East”. The symposium will take place at Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem at 20:30 (light refreshments at 20:00).

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:30 PM
Menachem Begin Heritage Center
8 Nahon Street
Jerusalem, Israel

The symposium takes place as ancient Christians Communities in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and elsewhere in the region face persecution and the prospect of disappearance in some of these countries and the implications of this for the State of Israel.

Speakers at the symposium:

> Raymond Ibrahim, Associate Fellow, Middle East Forum and Shillman Fellow, David Horowitz Freedom Center (USA);
> Juliana Taimoorazy, Founder and President, Iraqi Christian Relief Council (USA); and
> Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Mordechai Nisan from the Hebrew University will chair the symposium.

Greetings will be delivered by: Herzl Makov, Director, Menachem Begin Heritage Center; Alan Schneider, Director, B’nai B’rith World Center and Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt, Director, The Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel. 
Raymond Ibrahim  is a Middle East and Islam specialist, A widely published author best known for The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Born and raised in the U.S. by Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East—has provided him with equal fluency in English and Arabic.

Juliana Taimoorazy - An Assyrian Christian born in Iran. Requested religious asylum at the American Embassy in Germany after fleeing Iran. In the United States she obtained her graduate degree in Instructional Design and worked as a reporter at a local station in Chicago for many years. In addition to owning her own businesses, creating employment opportunities for Iraqi Christian refugees, she has worked since she was 19 years old to elevate the Assyrian Christian cause in the United States.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar - BA in Arabic and Political Science (1982) and a PhD in Arabic (1998) both from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His areas of research include: Islam, Islamic movements, gender issues in Islam, Arabic mass media, popular culture in the Arab world, and state and society in the Arab world.

Dr. Mordechai Nisan - born in Montreal, earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University. After moving to Israel, he taught Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, while lecturing as well at other academic institutions in the country. He has specialized and written books on Israel, Lebanon, Islam, minority peoples in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.


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