|Founded||1854, originally as the Turkish Missions Aid Society, an evangelical charity set up to support missionary work among Armenian Christians in Turkey. In 1956-7, “Bible Lands Services and Supplies [was] founded,” and in 2012, changed its name from BibleLands to Embrace the Middle East.|
|In their own words||“a non-governmental, inter-denominational charity” that partners “with local Christians who provide health, education and community development programmes to those in need – regardless of their faith or nationality.”|
- In 2015, total income was £4.1 million (~$5.1 million); expenses were £4.6 million, of which £961,000 was spent on “Israel and Palestine.”
- Does not list donors, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
- According to its 2015 Annual Report, Embrace the Middle East funds Caritas Jerusalem, East Jerusalem YMCA, Kairos Britain, JAI Olive Tree Project, Near East Council of Churches, Palestinian Bible Society, and others. (See table below) (See chart below for funding amounts.)
- While Embrace the Middle East runs schools, and organizes educational programming and other community development initiatives, it promotes an entirely biased and distorted view of the conflict based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and Israeli aggression.
- Endorsed the Kairos Palestine document, which promotes BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) and denies Jewish historical connections to Israel.
- CEO Jeremy Moody has called Zionism “an incoherent and racist theology.”
- Moody posted a July 9, 2015 tweet endorsing BDS, stating: “Ten years of #BDS against Israel’s occupation of #Palestine. Major achievements for a movement that is now mainstream.”
- Moody sent an October 2013 letter to The Methodist Observer “explaining why Embrace the Middle East is encouraging Christians to consider BDS as a non-violent tool to end the occupation.”
- Posted an August 17, 2015 tweet alleging, “The reality of Israeli settler- colonialism in #Palestine: bulldozers demolish ancient olive trees nr Bethlehem today.”
- Embrace the Middle East published an “Advent Services Resource Pack,” which links “the familiar Christmas story to the stories of those living in the lands of the Bible TODAY,” in an attempt to exploit religious symbols and narratives to demonize Israel.
- Publishes lesson plans for teachers to use in schools. One, on the theme of “Walls,” attempts to explain “the difficulties some Palestinian children have in getting to school” due to the security barrier. The lesson plan promotes the Palestinian narrative of victimization and Israeli aggression, while ignoring that the security barrier was constructed in response to a prolonged and brutal suicide bombing campaign by Palestinians groups against Israeli civilians.
- Co-signed an August 2015 campaign, calling on world leaders “to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza,” while altogether omitting that the blockade was implemented in an effort to stop Palestinian terrorists from smuggling of weapons and rockets into Gaza that would later be used to target Israeli civilians. Co-signatories include a number of other highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict: Broederlijk Delen, Christian Aid, CCFD, Diakonia, French Platform of NGOs for Palestine, Heinrich Boll Foundation Palestine, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Medico International, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, Oxfam, Pax Christi, Physicians for Human Rights, Trocaire, Lutheran World Federation, World Vision, and others.
Funding Provided to NGOs active in the Arab Israeli Conflict
*Amounts based on 2015 Annual Report (in £)
|East Jerusalem YMCA||80,000||85,000
|JAI Olive Tree Project||20,000||30,000
|Near East Council of Churches- Gaza||50,000||50,000
|Palestinian Bible Society||43,000||44,000
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