Barnabas Fund statement on recent criticism

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A number of our supporters have recently criticised Barnabas Aid for highlighting the suffering of Eritrean Christian refugees, seeing this as anti-Semitic and an attack on Israel.  Nothing could be further from the truth. BF has always supported Israel and have endured much criticism for this stance.  The chairman of Barnabas Aid UK, the Most Hon. The Marquess of Reading, is a Christian from a Jewish background.  Barnabas Aid has worked closely with Jewish people and organisations, including the late Lord Weidenfeld. As a Christian organisation, we stand with suffering and persecuted Christians across the globe and that includes Eritreans. We must make their needs a priority in this historic moment. Of course, they remain second only to our primary love and service to God. Don’t hate us.