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SIGNIS World Congress 2014. Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation. Christians in the Middle East. Jacques F. El Kallassi Tele Lumiere / Noursat Wednesday 26/2/2014. Facts & Challenges.

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signis world congress 2014
SIGNIS World Congress 2014

Media for a Culture of Peace:

Creating Images with the New Generation

christians in the middle east

Christians in the Middle East

Jacques F. El Kallassi

Tele Lumiere/Noursat

Wednesday 26/2/2014

Facts & Challenges


The Middle East is the land of:1. Civilization & different cultures2. Fascinating & captivating history3. Diversity of religious denominations BUT…

The dilemmas we are facing today in the Middle East are an extension of the main problem: WE ARE NOT ABLE TO LIVE TOGETHER

- Neither between religions- Nor inside the nations- Nor between the countries

our middle east is experiencing fundamental changes in its socio economic political structure ever
Our Middle East is experiencing fundamental changes in its socio- economic-political structure ever…

To start with, I am sure you know that:All the constitutions in the ME region (with the exception of Lebanon)include a clear clause stipulating:1. “Islam is the state religion”2. “The primary religion of the state is Islam”3. “Sharia is a source of the state\'s legislation, laws and regulations.”



from that emerges a never ending series of d ivisions persecutions and sufferings
From that emerges a never ending series of divisions, persecutions and sufferings…

Same ongoing story since 2000 years…

Arab Christians find themselves the target of constant harassmentfor no reason other than their religious faith.

From Sudan, to Nigeria, to Egypt to Iraq, to Iran, to Syria, to Turkey to Yemen….. Christian minorities are living with permanent fear…

we have been greeting each other with assalamou alaykom peace be with you for 1400 years
We have been greeting each other with AssalamouAlaykom“Peace be with you” for 1400 years

السلام عليكم

No need to remind you that hundreds of Christians died in revenge attacks following the wars in Afghanistan
A pivotal question arises at Noursatlive talk shows or in the viewers’ questions:Why isn\'t the West outraged???

The only reaction we have seen is when French President, German Chancellor, and British Prime Minister declared that multiculturalism has failed…

why do most of the west not realize that the islamic world was the christian world once
Why do most of the West NOT realize that the Islamic worldwas the Christian world once????

All we want is to show the world that we are not a minority… We are a majority belonging to a Universal Church of 2.5 billion Christians around the globe.

It is not by chance that we are born in the Middle East. Jesus wanted us there because we have a role to play…

Be surprised when you listen to the Christian leaders of this world speak about PEACE, while …they know NOTHING about the Prince of Peace, Jesus-Christ…and the Christian values


In December 2010, a young Tunisian, Abu Azizi, a street vendor, burned himself to death…His action triggered a series of events that did not settle yet…

TVs and Social Media played a decisive role in spreading the so-called “Arab spring” by showing the “Power of Images”…
Creating images and stories for peace, to give people opportunities to see that living together is possible.
Creating images that respect the values and traditionswill strengthen inter-cultural and inter-religious UNDERSTANDING
Creating images that determine responsibilities giving those who have been silenced, access to media in order to make their voice heard.

Creating images that can sow love, harmony, solidarity, and hope…will enable people to be more aware of each other, and to respond to the threats of life.


Creating images that can help the Christian become a better Christian and the Muslim become a better Muslimand the Jew become a better Jew

tv still remains the most important source of news and information in most of the arab countries
TV still remains the most important source of news and information in most of the Arab countries.

The Middle East & North Africa consists of a population of 360 million in 24 Arab speaking countries50% of that population are youth below the age of 18.60% of that population are youth below the age of 21.

Media is responsible in helping the youth find “joy” again and acquire the capacity of knowing the difference between Good and Evil.
The main & unique gate towards change and prosperity passes through MEDIA and images TVs are moving societies…

We need an interactive media that creates a climate in which most people will motivate themselves to exchange experiences, and learn from each other…

The world is changing too fast to rely on old solutions, and it is useless to run if we are on the wrong road…
In fact, with small and simple changes in your media strategy you can make a tremendous difference in the societies around you.

Few hours per week or per month is all it takes to make a difference in your Church, in your community, in your country and in the countries around you

Governments, leaders of this world, and wise people can no longer claim that they did not know, or they did not see
Media of today is showing images of hunger, war, persecutions, sufferings, diseases… in our living rooms

Broadcasting the "Good News"through positive images, is a step towards creating a domino effect to millions of individuals who will start making a difference themselves too

Vaccinate your TVs with spiritual programs and Strengthen "a dialogue of experiences" including religious experiences
and through specialized channels launched during the last two years
And through specialized channels launched during the last two years…

Nour News 24/24

Christian News and Documentaries

Nour al Kodass 24/24



Tele Lumiere & Noursat became a daily bread and hope for the Christian minority in the Middle East, as well as a source for 17 million viewers from different religions & denominations.

noursat has become the echo of all churches in the west and east and that of the emigrated arabs
Noursat has become the echo of all Churches in the West and East and that of the emigrated Arabs.

It is true that there is no success without the help of God but remember that God needs your help to succeed in His Salvation project