New Levant Initiative Commissions Levantine Symphony

Free Media Pioneer Award Honors Courage in Journalism

An accomplished real estate investment professional, Jamal Daniel serves as chairman of the Levant Foundation, a charitable organization that advances knowledge about the history and culture of the Middle East. Additionally, Jamal Daniel founded news outlet Al-Monitor ( to provide accurate and objective coverage of Middle Eastern current events.

In recognition of its contribution to worldwide journalism, Al-Monitor received the Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute in 2014. Since 1997, the award has recognized news organizations and journalists who display an unwavering commitment to freedom of the press. Award recipients tell powerful stories to global audiences, upholding the idea that trustworthy, public interest journalism is a vital element in free societies.

In 2019, the Free Media Pioneer award went to Egyptian news site Mada Masr for its investigative coverage of government policies and current events. Published in both English and Arabic, Mada Masr has remained steadfast in its coverage despite Egypt’s highly restrictive media policies.

Levant Foundation Supports Restoration of the Church of the Nativity

The chairman of Crest Investment Company, Jamal Daniel has more than three decades of experience in the areas of real estate, technology, and oil and gas investment. Jamal Daniel is founder of Levantine Films and of the Levant Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of Middle Eastern Culture.

The Levant Foundation participates in various initiatives to promote understanding among the three great world religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. In 2018, for example, the foundation pledged financial support to the restoration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a basilica in the West Bank and one of the world’s oldest continually operating sites of worship. Built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the church is believed to mark the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Currently, the church is home to clerics from the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox churches and the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church. Because several denominations share ownership of the space, restoration efforts are often slowed by territorial claims and negotiations.

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