The ongoing conflict in the Middle East can often seem confusing, frightening, and so far away for those who live elsewhere or those whose beliefs are not the same as the various faiths in the region. JNS' Sean Savage profiles Chris Mitchell, an Evangelical reporter in the Middle East who brings understanding and insight to his Christian audience:
Mitchell covered a wide range of topics stemming from his decades of experience covering Israel and the greater Middle East from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the Islamic State and threat of Iran. He spoke to an intimate audience at the Ahavath Torah synagogue in suburban Boston on Sept. 27. It was part of the Hausman Memorial Speaker Series, held in memory of the parents of the congregation’s Rabbi Jonathan Hausman.
“Chris Mitchell and CBN reflect an honesty in journalistic integrity,” Hausman told JNS.org. “CBN's position is simple, one cannot report from a region unless one has a background in the area and an ability to learn daily from a non-jaundiced view without inherent preconceptions of desired reporting outcomes.”
Speaking for the first time at a synagogue, Mitchell described how he first arrived in Israel as CBN’s news bureau chief only a month before the breakout of the Second Intifada in 2000.
Amid the daily terror attacks, while many other tourists refrained from going to Israel during this time, Evangelical Christians continued to visit, Mitchell noted...