Chris Mitchell

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief

Read Chris's Bio

E-mail Chris MItchell

Subscribe RSS

Add to Technorati Favorites

Subscribe to this Feed

View All CBN News Blogs

View All CBN Blogs

Friday, February 20, 2015

Egypt: U.S. Playing 'Double Game' in Terror War

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Egypt strikes back after ISIS beheads 21 Coptic Christians.

Plus, a "double game" is what Egypt says about Obama's "war on terror."

And safe haven: why Christians are joining the IDF to fight for the Jewish State.

posted @ Friday, February 20, 2015 5:24 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jordan Strikes Back Against ISIS

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Jordan strikes back at ISIS but how long will it last?

Plus, how ISIS seeks to unite the Muslim world behind its Jihadist agenda.

And, a month after the Paris terror attacks will France address radical Islam at home?

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 4:16 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Brutality of ISIS – Did They Go Too Far?

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: The brutality of ISIS: did they finally go too far?

Plus is the Obama administration working to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in upcoming elections?

And American Christians stand FIRM for the Jewish state.

posted @ Friday, February 06, 2015 4:38 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Macabre, Hellish ISIS

Just the pictures chilled the soul. A lone Jordanian pilot took his last steps on earth to a cage fit for an animal but made for a man.

He walked before a lineup of ISIS fighters. He was alone but there was nowhere to run. He was a doomed man.

ISIS lit a trail of fuel outside the cage that burned its way inside to 26-year-old Mouath al-Kasaesbeh. He became an ISIS victim after his F-16 crashed in their territory last December. His clothes soaked with gasoline, he became a human torch for the latest and most diabolical of ISIS's executions.

Edgar Allen Poe, the master of macabre could not improve on this ghastly scene. One more ISIS execution, this one the most hellish yet.

In Old Testament "eye-for-an-eye" justice, his home country Jordan began to execute jihadists on their death row. Jordan's King Abdullah cut short his Washington, D.C., visit and joined his countrymen and women, grieving over this latest heinous atrocity.

CBN News heard of other atrocities when we reported from the front lines in Kurdistan after ISIS rampaged through the region. Here are two accounts from the book, Destination Jerusalem, by this reporter.

We sat down. Jonathan set up the camera and we began our interviews. We talked first with an elderly woman whose teeth were missing. Later, in the course of our conversation, we found out why.

"ISIS bombed our churches and took our houses," she said. Anguish etched on her face, she told us, "We don't have anything here. No money. No ID. No travel documents."

They had no travel documents because ISIS had taken them. At the checkpoint leaving Mosul, the jihadists had confiscated nearly everything of value or sentimental meaning, including wedding rings. They took this woman's bag filled with her medicines and her dentures. She pleaded with them three times to give it back, but ISIS refused.

During their dispute, these brutes nearly abducted her daughter. One sentry eventually took the bag of medicines, including the woman's dentures, and stamped them in the ground.

"Here, you have nothing!" they said. These men seemed driven to do anything to humiliate the "infidels."

An older man, sitting across the room, added his memory of the encounter: "They gave us all four choices," he said.

First, they could pay the jizya tax. The reason behind this tax comes from the Qur'an. In 9:29, it says: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day…nor acknowledge the religion of truth (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Second, they could also convert by saying the Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith, before two other Muslims.

Third, they could leave their homes but without their possessions.

Finally, if they rejected paying the jizya tax, failed to convert, or refused to leave, they had a fourth and final choice: they could die by the sword.

Facing these four grisly choices…most chose to leave.

Now mortified, shocked and grieved, these refugees of war had left behind the homes they had lived in for years, sometimes for generations, and began an uncertain, uncharted new life. Innocent casualties, they fell victim when ISIS swallowed up swaths of Iraq and shrouded the land with a pervading darkness.

To some, ISIS appeared like a horde on the march from the mythical, demonic Mordor of The Lord of the Rings. In just one day, tens of thousands of Christians fled towns like Tel Kef, Bartilla, or Qaraqosh, called by some Iraq's Christian capital. Others fled ISIS's earlier assault on Mosul, ancient Nineveh.

From whatever area, most had come to Erbil with nothing more than the clothes on their back, their memories seared by what they had just seen and heard.

The older man added, "They're using the sword to cut off hands and beheading others." He went on, "I don't think this is the behavior of human beings, but wild animals do that."

A middle-aged woman chimed in: "They [ISIS] say, 'If anyone don't become like Muslim, we kill them, each one, from baby to woman to old man.'"

But perhaps none worse than what Canon Andrew White shared about four young girls who stood their ground and took a stand for Jesus:

He related how four teenagers-modern heroines of the faith-chose death over denial.

"ISIS turned up, and they said to the children, 'You say the words that you will follow Mohammad.' And the children - all under 15, four of them-they said, 'No, we love Yeshua, we have always loved Yeshua. We have always followed Yeshua. Yeshua has always been with us.' They (ISIS) said, 'Say the words!' They said, 'No, we can't.' They chopped off all their heads."

With an anguished look etched on his face, White asked, "How do you respond to that? You just cry." Through his aching shepherd's heart, he lamented, "They're my children. That's what we have been going through. That's what we are going through."

Christians, Yazidis, and this young Jordanian have all been victims of this satanic group. Will his execution be a "game changer?" Some believe this latest wicked act will coalesce an already growing coalition of Sunni Arab states of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and some Gulf States to defeat ISIS.

We will see. In the meantime, the Middle East remains in the balance.

posted @ Wednesday, February 04, 2015 4:50 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Is War Looming on Israel's Northern Border?

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Flare-up on Israel's northern border - is war looming with Hezbollah?

Plus, Iranian missile launch as Iran strives for nuclear weapons.

And a FIRM foundation - a look at the growing number of ministries support Israel.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 4:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Destination Jerusalem - A New Book on the Rise of ISIS, Convert or Die

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Terror in Tel Aviv, the northern border heats up, and Iran threatens attack.

Plus a new book on the rise of ISIS, Christian persecution, and preparing for the days ahead.

And an American hero helps Israel's military.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 4:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jerusalem Dateline: French Jewish Terror Victims Buried in Jerusalem

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: The Jewish victims of last week's French terror attacks are buried in Jerusalem. Plus, will French Jews return to Israel?

Also, Egypt's president calls on Islam to reject radicalism.

Finally, is the Bible fact or fiction? A new film examines the Exodus.

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 3:19 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The New Normal

Today's Paris terror attack is part of the new normal plaguing our civilization. It's designed to sow fear and wipe out our freedoms, especially freedom of the press.

Here's a portion of Destination Jerusalem, a new book by this reporter to be released later this month:

It addresses how these attacks are penetrating our daily lives and what's the strategy behind these onslaughts.

CHAPTER 11 PREPARING…AND PREPARING THE WAY

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." -Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

DATELINE: LONDON, May 22, 2014.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran over British soldier Lee Rigby on Wellington Street in southeast London. In broad daylight, they got out of their car, hacked Rigby to death and dragged his body into the street. One attacker shouted, "You people will never be safe!"1

DATELINE: MOORE, OKLAHOMA, September 26, 2014.
Thirty-year-old Alton Nolen beheaded co-worker Colleen Hufford, a 54-year-old "quick-tosmile" grandmother at Vaughan Foods. CEO Mark Vaughan, an off-duty sheriff's deputy, averted more deaths when he shot Nolen. Nolen's postings on Facebook included "Sharia law is coming" and a poster that read "Islam will dominate the world."2

DATELINE: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 15, 2014.
Iranian born Man Haron Monis held dozens of hostages captive for 16 hours in a Sydney café. He forced his captives to hold an Islamic flag on the window. The siege shocks the country and one Australian headline shouts "The instant we changed forever."

 

Solitary jihadists struck infidels in so-called "lone wolf " attacks from Oklahoma to England and halfway around the world. ISIS sent out fiendish commands giving detailed instructions on how to attack Westerners: "Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure. Hunt them wherever they may be. Turn their worldly life into fear and fire. Remove their families from their homes and thereafter blow up their homes."4

These assaults involved just a few, but the psychological shock rippled through those nations and around the world. An individual attack can often jar people more than a massive bloodbath. When ISIS marched and then murdered hundreds of Iraqi soldiers in the sands of the Iraqi desert, it jolted the West. But when ISIS beheaded American journalist James Foley, it hit home, shifted the national debate in the US and prodded a reluctant President to war. The motivation sprang from the fact that Foley was a US citizen, but also from the intimate and personal nature of the murder. Beheading seems one of the most gruesome end-of-life experiences; contemplating it, an anathema. Suddenly this abhorrent act became more personal, real. That could be me. That could be my son, my brother, my friend. We grieved with Foley's parents, John and Diane. The nature of the slaying itself seemed the stuff of horror films, but this was not a movie. It was real. Tragically, the individual beheadings continued…journalist Steven Sotloff…British aid worker David Haines…and so on.

Closer to home and fueled by Islamic State directives, could rogue groups maraud or "lone wolves" attack? Suddenly, ISIS isn't just "over there" but now "over here." Maybe next door. People might go to work thinking, Could I be next? What if I go to the mall and something happens? Call it the "new normal" when someone doesn't "go postal" but "goes ISIS."

Today's ubiquitous streams of communication-Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the 24/7 news cycle-amplify these attacks. Everybody knows. For ISIS, it's all part of their strategy. To intimidate, sow fear and bully a people…or a nation. It's psychological and spiritual warfare. It's by design. It's terror…it's fear…on the loose. As this Arab folk tale tells us, it can be deadly: "A wise old man, traveling on a desert road to Baghdad, met the figure of Pestilence hurrying ahead of him. 'Why are you in such a haste to reach Baghdad?' asked the old man. 'I am due to take 5,000 lives in the city,' Pestilence replied, before it went away. "Later, on the return journey, they met again. 'You lied to me,' said the old man reproachfully. 'You said you would take 5,000 lives, but you took away 10,000 instead.' "'I did not do it!' Pestilence swore. 'I took 5,000 and not one more; Fear killed the rest.'"5

posted @ Wednesday, January 07, 2015 5:45 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Dry Bones Live

You may be one of the millions of people who have enjoyed the humor and commentary of the Dry Bones cartoon. But why Dry Bones?

Yaacov Kirshen explained to us the reason for the name based on a Hebrew prophet nearly 3,000 years ago.

Here's the scriptures from the book of Ezekiel 37: 1-14:

1 "The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.

2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.

3 And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!

5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord."'"

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.

8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9 Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."'"

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!'

12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.

14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord.'

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 5:02 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jerusalem Building, Part of the Plan

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Condemning Israel for Jerusalem building, the mayor strikes back.

Plus, what do elections mean for Israel?

And Muslim women speak out against honor killings and American beauties experience the beauty of Jerusalem.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 4:24 PM | Feedback (0)