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Embrace the Middle East


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Founded1854, 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.)


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Funding Provided to NGOs active in the Arab Israeli Conflict

*Amounts based on 2015 Annual Report (in £)

Caritas Jerusalem92,00045,000
East Jerusalem YMCA80,00085,000
JAI Olive Tree Project20,00030,000
Kairos Britain6,000
Near East Council of Churches- Gaza50,00050,000
Palestinian Bible Society43,00044,000

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