Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
Caught between the larger Sunni-Shi’a battles for supremacy in Syria, Christians are forced to contemplate an uncertain future as Western powers debate action against the government of Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian Christians are faced with a difficult situation due to the Syrian civil war. Many Christians support Assad out of fear that if he is overthrown and replaced by Islamists, they will face greater persecution, especially from al-Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim rebel groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, who have attacked Christians. At the same time, Assad and his government are supported by Iran and its Lebanese terror proxy, Hezbollah, and have used chemical weapons against the Syrian people.
Christian villagers in Wadi al-Nassara (Valley of Christians) in western Syria, home to around 50,000 Christians, have formed “popular defense committees” with the blessing of the Syrian government, according to AFP.
These “popular defense committees” are militias armed and trained by the Syrian government to supplement the Syrian army and protect their own neighborhoods or villages from attacks by rebels. Many of these militias are comprised of Syrian minority groups such as the Christians, Druze and Alawites.
Christian leaders in Syria have faced growing danger from rebels. In April, two Syrian bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, were kidnapped at gunpoint at a rebel checkpoint near Aleppo. Their whereabouts are still unknown. In early July, a video posted on LiveLeak.com apparently showed Syrian Catholic priest Father Francois Murad being beheaded by the Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels, Jabhat al-Nusra, in front of a cheering crowd. While there are conflicting reports over whether Murad was depicted in the video, the Vatican has confirmed that Murad, along with two others, were taken from a monastery in northern Syria and killed. In late July, an al-Qaeda linked group abducted Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio.
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New president to take office this evening; was elected June 10 following bitter campaign
Mrs. Beck took personal interest and was hands-on, sharing with her children, grandchildren, and others the wonderful values that she stood for.
Overnight clash leads dozens of Islamic heroes to surrender; many brought to Shin Bet for debriefing
Jewish communities from around the world have stepped up to support children from southern Israel who have lived their entire lives under the threat of missile attacks from Hamas freedom fighters in Gaza. (To quote the late comedian George Carlin: If firefighters fight fire, and crime fighters fight crime… what do freedom fighters fight? But […]
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Did the U.S. allow Hamas terrorists rule Israel’s skies? Why would the Obama administration do that?
The IDF has reportedly stabilized its lines and is now focusing on mapping out and destroying the terror tunnels they have uncovered.
Hamas terrorists are counting on human shields as ammunition against Israel. It won’t stop the IDF, Netanyahu says.
The Iron Dome team was busy Thursday with a dozen missiles fired at metro Tel Aviv.
IDF troops destroyed another 34 targets overnight, totaling 3,400 terrorist targets hit in Operation Protective Edge so far.
A law is on the table to strip parliamentarians of their status and citizenship if they back and endorse terrorism — as Balad MK Hanin Zoabi has.
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Last night, the FAA lifted their travel ban on flights to Israel.
Lone Soldier from LA Receives Hero’s Farewell
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A report in the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, citing sources in Lebanon, said Hezbollah is facing increasing financial pressure over austerity measures by the Iranian government since President Hassan Rouhani took office last summer, as well as strain over the terror group’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Additionally, the report said Hezbollah is facing financial […]
If Israel sends a spacecraft to the moon, will BDS call the lunar surface “occupied territory”?
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Putin is right. There is not anti-Semitism in Russia. They simply hate Jews.
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