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Matter of Facts, A

Authors: Nonie Darwish, Geoffrey Smith, Stan Goodenough

Product code: BT102

A compendium of six articles by Geoffrey Smith and two other authors, looking at the facts of what is happening in the Middle East today.

This series of booklets draws together previously published single subject articles on similar themes. They have been written by and for Christian Friends of Israel, and are being re-issued to enable a better understanding of Israel in relation to the Bible, current affairs, history, prayer, and the Church's Jewish roots.

Topics covered in this compendium:

  • Crisis in the Middle East
  • New Beginning in the Middle East?
  • Will the Gaza Evacuation Bring Peace?
  • Brief Facts About Israel
  • Is Israel an Apartheid State?
  • There's No Apartheid Here


About the Authors

Nonie Darwish

Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian-American human rights activist, and founder of Arabs For Israel, and is Director of Former Muslims United.

She is the author of two books: Now They Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror and Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish's speech topics cover human rights, with emphasis on women's rights and minority rights in the Middle East.

Born in Egypt, Darwish is the daughter of an Egyptian Army lieutenant general, who was called a "shahid" by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser,after being killed in a targeted killing in 1956.

Darwish blames "the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth" for his death. In 1978, she moved with her husband to the United States, and converted to Christianity there. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, she has written on Islam-related topics.

Geoffrey Smith

After over 10 years of service with Christians Friends of Israel (UK), including the post of UK Director of he retired in the Spring of 2010. In the early 1990s he and his wife lived and worked in Jerusalem for three years at Christ Church.

Prior to that he worked in Africa and the Pacific, and was a member of the Secretariat team for meetings of Commonwealth Education, Law and Health ministers, as well as Deputy Secretary of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

Stan Goodenough

Stan Goodenough is an experienced Christian journalist who has lived and worked in Israel for more than 20 years. Called from his South African homeland �to comfort, not criticize� the Jewish people, he is an experienced journalist who has written about politics in South Africa and the Middle East for such organizations as The Daily Dispatch of East London, South Africa, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post, the Jerusalem Newswire website and the Israel My Beloved website under the auspices of the International Christian Zionist Center.

Stan, his Czech wife, Franceska, and their Israel-born children live in Jerusalem, across the valley from Mount Zion and the Temple Mount.

Over the years, Stan has spoken about Israel to international delegations at the annual Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, and to visiting tour groups. He has also conducted speaking tours of the United States, South Africa, and the Czech Republic.

Stan is a passionate believer in the central role the Church has to yet play in Israel�s unfolding destiny. He holds, ardently, that Christians need to know and understand what lies behind the turmoil that keeps world attention riveted on the Middle East.

And it is his conviction that the coming period will be crucial in Christian-Jewish relationships, and that all �ordinary� Christians have an important part to play in the times that lie ahead.