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Matthew Fisher, a Lebanese-based reporter for the Canadian news outlet National Post, writes that the evidence suggests a new round of violence targeted specifically at Christians in the Middle East, where Christian communities have existed for two thousand years. In the middle of it all is the crisis in Syria, but attacks have taken place around the globe (We wrote about one horrific event in Pakistan just yesterday).
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Staying in Syria was not an option because with so many different militias now propping up Assad’s regime and so many different rebel groups trying to overthrow the government, he said “it is terrifying to approach a checkpoint because we don’t know who is who.” It is difficult to know how many of Syria’s 2.5 million Christians have fled, but at least several hundred thousand must have. Most are in Lebanon, but others are in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Stand For Israel
A suicide bombing at a Christian church in northwestern Pakistan killed 85 people yesterday. Fox News reports:
A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshipers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday.
The attack on the All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar, which also wounded over 140 people, occurred as worshipers were leaving after service to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn.
Members of a Pakistani Taliban wing immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly church blast. While many Pakistani citizens have condemned the attack, the reality is that Christians have long faced discrimination in this country which is 96% Muslim. Still, never in such a massively brutal way. As a result, Christians have begun protesting around the country, blocking roads, burning tires, and demanding protection for religious minorities.Comments (14) »
Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 1:55 PM | Stand For Israel
Andrew Doran, who once served as executive secretariat of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the U.S. Department of State, has an opinion piece today on National Review Online. It’s on the surge of violence in Egypt and how a lot of it is affecting — or rather, directed at — Christians. During last week’s escalation, 32 Christian churches were completely destroyed, while many others — as well as Christian homes, businesses, and cars — were seriously damaged.
Here’s a chilling excerpt from Doran’s article:
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The Muslim Brotherhood’s systematic and coordinated attacks against Christians in Egypt are reminiscent of Kristallnacht in Germany in 1938, when Nazi paramilitaries systematically vandalized Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues and murdered scores of Jews in a disturbing foreshadowing of the fate of European Jews over the next few years. It is no accident that many Jews, including Barry Rubin and Jeffrey Goldberg, have been quick to raise the alarums over the persecution of Christians: They recognize the dangerous signs. “They have hatred in their hearts,” says Thabet of the Brotherhood, echoing observations commonly made of the National Socialists in 20th-century Germany.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 1:34 PM | Stand For Israel
Israel has seen a dramatic rise in the number of young Christians volunteering to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces this year. And in an effort to support the rapidly growing rate, today Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of a joint government community forum. This forum will help Christians better integrate into the IDF, including the implementation of efforts to ease the administrative process and the promise of greater protection for enlistees. Netanyahu expressed his support today as he met with Christian leaders:
“Members of the Christian community must be allowed to enlist in the IDF. You are loyal citizens who want to defend the state and I salute you and support you. We will not tolerate threats against you and we will act to enforce the law with a heavy hand against those who persecute you. I will not tolerate attempts to crumble the state from within. The State of Israel and the Prime Minister stand alongside you.”
We echo the prime minister’s gratefulness and support for all those who stand with Israel!Comments (7) »
Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 3:51 PM | Stand For Israel
Disturbing news from the New York Times:
The military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi has unleashed a new wave of violence by extremist Muslims against Christians whom they blame for having supported the calls to overthrow Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist elected leader, according to rights activists.
Since Mr. Morsi’s ouster on July 3, the activists say, a priest has been shot dead in the street, Islamists have painted black X’s on Christian shops to mark them for arson and angry mobs have attacked churches and besieged Christians in their homes. Four Christians were reported slaughtered with knives and machetes in one village last week.
The attacks have hit across the country, in the northern Sinai Peninsula, in a resort town on the Mediterranean coast, in Port Said along the Suez Canal and in isolated villages in upper Egypt.
Ben Hubbard, the author of this article, points out that the tension between Christians in Egypt and their extreme Muslim counterparts are not new, but that the severity of this brutal violence comes as misplaced revenge for the recent coup. It seems that radical Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood are looking for someone to blame for Morsi’s ousting, and they are doing so in a most deadly way. Dozens of Christians are said to have fled the most dangerous areas; please join with us in praying for their safety, and for peace to come to this troubled region.Comments (7) »
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 5:34 PM | Stand For Israel
The plight of Christians in the Middle East – including the growing threat to ancient Christian communities posed by the rise of radical Islam – is a story that needs to be told. Sadly, it isn’t told often enough. In fact, Jeffrey Goldberg, one of the smartest, best-informed journalists reporting on events in the Middle East today, called it “one of the most under-covered stories in international news.”
So it should have been commendable when the popular CBS weekly news program 60 Minutes ran a piece last year titled “Christians of the Holy Land” that discussed the threats posed to Christians in the Middle East – in particular, in the Palestinian territories – and lamented the exodus of Christians from the region. But, perhaps predictably, it didn’t work out that way. The 60 Minutes report downplayed the disastrous effects of radical Islam, and instead placed the lion’s share of blame for the suffering of Palestinian Christians on a familiar, and convenient, culprit: Israel. (more…)Comments (39) »
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 1:29 PM | David Kuner
Col. Ralph Peters, writing in the New York Post, beautifully lays out the facts of Christianity’s birth and growth in the Middle East. He explains that, long before Rome held any position of power in Christendom, communities across the Middle East were centers of Christian thought and life. Radical Islam, Peters writes, is bringing it all to a sad end – and no one is saying a thing.
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For a century and a half, the varied strands of Middle East Christianity have faced increasingly fierce pogroms and, for the Armenians, outright genocide. But with the rise of Wahhabi and Salafist terror, the long, slow-motion Holocaust accelerated.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 8:52 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, points out that – despite the fact that Christians in the Holy Land overwhelmingly suffer from an aggressive, ascendant form of Islamist fundamentalism – the news media uses holidays such as Easter as an opportunity to point out the difficulties of these communities and blame the trouble on Israel.
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While it is understood, though rarely reported, that Christians are now unwelcome in Hamas-run Gaza, the same is becoming true in areas of the Fatah-ruled West Bank, including the city of Nablus. Christian strongholds like Bethlehem have seen a dramatic population shift.
Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Stand For Israel