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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


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


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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…


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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.”

Or/and

Or/and


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…


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


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


Fear of a darker tomorrow

* Fear of a darker tomorrow


Fear to speak up

* Fear to speak-up


Fear of threats provocations

* Fear of threats & provocations


Fear of muslim fundamentalists

* Fear of Muslim fundamentalists


Fear of muslim terrorists

* Fear of Muslim terrorists


Fear of a religious media w ar

* Fear of a religious media war


Fear of forced migration

* Fear of forced migration


We have been saying singing praying peace on earth for 2000 years

We Have been saying/ singing/ praying "Peace on Earth" for 2000 years


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


But 1000 persons fall victims to killings wars everyday in the middle east

But 1000 persons fall victims to killings & wars everyday in the Middle East…


No need to remind you that 1213 s yrian christians were martyred in 2013

No need to remind you that 1213 Syrian Christians were martyred in 2013


No need to remind you that priests bishops nuns were kidnapped

No Need to remind you that Priests, Bishops & nuns were kidnapped


Some were brutally killed

& some were brutally killed


No need to remind you that many christians in the me do not dare to wear the cross in public

No Need to remind you that many Christians in the ME do not dare to wear the Cross in public


No need to remind you that one million christians have disappeared from iraq

No need to remind you that one million Christians have disappeared from Iraq


No need to remind you that half a million of christians have left syria

No need to remind you that half a million of Christians have left Syria


No need to remind you that hundreds of christians died in revenge of the prophet cartoons

No need to remind you that hundreds of Christians died in revenge of the Prophet cartoons


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No need to remind you that hundreds of Christians died in revenge attacks following the wars in Afghanistan


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A pivotal question arises at Noursatlive talk shows or in the viewers’ questions:Why isn't the West outraged???


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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????


We do not want to play the victims role or weep and cry

We do not want to play the victims’ role, or weep and cry…


We do not want to blame the west for not defending the christian minority of the east

We do not want to blame the West for not defending the Christian minority of the East


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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.


Moreover we do not want our churches and convents to become old history museums

Moreover, we do not want our Churches and convents to become old history museums…


W e do not want to appear one day in a tv program called vanishing civilizations

We do not want to appear one day in a TV program, called “vanishing civilizations”


We have a natural right to preserve our heritage culture history and religious traditions

We have a natural right to preserve our heritage, culture, history and religious traditions.


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


I am afraid time will come same will happen in the west

I am afraid time will come, same will happen in the west…


Don t be surprised

Don’t be surprised…


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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


One of the most revolutionary expressions ever said love your enemies

One of the most revolutionary expressions ever said:“Love your enemies…”


We cannot celebrate the lord of love without resolving to be more like him

We cannot celebrate the Lord of love without resolving to be more like Him…


The risk in not acting is much greater than the risk in acting

The risk in not acting is much greater than the risk in acting


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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…


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TVs and Social Media played a decisive role in spreading the so-called “Arab spring” by showing the “Power of Images”…


It is true that media has an important role to play and that should be through

It is true that media has an important role to play… and that should be through…


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Creating images and stories for peace, to give people opportunities to see that living together is possible.


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Creating images that respect the values and traditionswill strengthen inter-cultural and inter-religious UNDERSTANDING


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Creating images that determine responsibilities giving those who have been silenced, access to media in order to make their voice heard.


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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.


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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.


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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.


In the past the youth was considered as not having any role in the society

In the past:- The youth was considered as not having any role in the society.


Today the youth is building up the countries again

Today:- The youth is building up the countries again…


Media is responsible in helping the youth build bridges of understanding and tolerance

Media is responsible in helping the youth build bridges of understanding and tolerance.


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Media is responsible in helping the youth find “joy” again and acquire the capacity of knowing the difference between Good and Evil.


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The main & unique gate towards change and prosperity passes through MEDIA and images TVs are moving societies…


The christian media is a guarantee for moderate images

The Christian Media is a guarantee for moderate images


There is an absolute necessity to a media strategy for the christian jewish muslim relations

There is an absolute necessity to a media strategy for the Christian- Jewish-Muslim relations


We need images that show religion is a peace making mean

We need images that show religion is a peace-making mean


We need images that does not pour oil on fire

We need images that does not pour oil on fire


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


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The world is changing too fast to rely on old solutions, and it is useless to run if we are on the wrong road…


Accept the challenges do the impossible god is always next to the strongest battalion

Accept the challenges Do the impossible God is always next to the strongest battalion


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In fact, with small and simple changes in your media strategy you can make a tremendous difference in the societies around you.


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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


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Governments, leaders of this world, and wise people can no longer claim that they did not know, or they did not see


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Media of today is showing images of hunger, war, persecutions, sufferings, diseases… in our living rooms


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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


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Vaccinate your TVs with spiritual programs and Strengthen "a dialogue of experiences" including religious experiences


In fact through its portal live streaming and social media

In fact through its portal, live streaming and social media…


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

Masses


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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 link to a universal church

Noursathas become the link to a Universal Church


Noursat has become a tool of unity among all churches

Noursathas become a tool of unity among all Churches


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.


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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


Do not fear for the christians if they leave the middle east

Do not fear for the Christians if they leave the Middle East…


Fear for the middle east if the christians leave it

Fear for the Middle East if the Christians leave it…


Thank you

THANK YOU


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