The power of blogs!
In the wake of my previous blog about the ITV programme on Canon Andrew White of Iraq
I've just received this from the man himself - currently on holiday with his family in Israel.
'The people who still speak Aramaic here [in Israel] are the Syrian Orthodox who are mainly in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Even though they are classed as Palestinian they do not like that. They see themselves as Assyrians and many originate from Iraq and Southern Turkey. Others have always been here. They interestingly list their first 12 bishops in Jerusalem as being the Jewish Bishops'.
Here is something about one of those Syrian Orthodox churches: