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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 Facts & Challenges Jacques F. El Kallassi Tele Lumiere/Noursat Wednesday 26/2/2014
The Middle East is the land of: 1. Civilization & different cultures 2. Fascinating & captivating history 3. 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…
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
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 harassment for 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…
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…”
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
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”…
It is true that media has an important role to play… and that should be through…
Creating images and stories for peace, to give people opportunities to see that living together is possible.
Creating images that respect the values and traditions will 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 Muslim and the Jew become a better Jew
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 countries 50% 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.
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 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…
The Christian Media is a guarantee for moderate images
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