An open letter to my Christian friends.
“I can tell you. We Jews no longer suffer from being the ‘victim.’ Unfortunately, it is you who have acquired the role with an alarming ferocity of a wimp.”
By Alan Simons
JANUARY 16, 2009 – The more I read the published comments about how many of you have taken the side of Hamas and of some of the Muslim community wishing to obliterate Israel, it sadly makes me more entrenched than ever in to believing how unctuous you have become.
Many of you are only too willing to demonstrate for a society whose founding document stresses its commitment to the destruction of the State of Israel through a continued, violent campaign to annihilate Jews, yet you do not see the need to demonstrate for your own children who are suffering, being killed, and put in prison in many countries in the world, simply because of their Christian beliefs.
As Todd Nettleton recently said in Voice of Martyrs about Christian persecution. It is “worse than it used to be and will continue to worsen in 2009.”
A review of some of the more recent Christian news agencies’ reports attest to a bleak future for your brothers and sisters.
GAZA: While the world focused on Hamas militants launching rockets from Gaza at southern Israel, the terrorist organization also voted quietly to implement Islamic law in the Gaza Strip, including crucifixion of Christians, according to reports in the Arabic press.
The traditional Muslim criminal code, known as Sharia law, includes penalties such as amputation of limbs for stealing and the death penalty, including crucifixion, for actions Hamas deems detrimental to ‘Palestinian interests,’ including collaborating with Israel.
The new law was reported on the Al-Arabiya web site and in the London-based Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Hayat, which wrote that the implementation of Sharia law has ‘brought criticism and concern from human rights organizations in the Gaza Strip’.
IRAQ: More than 15,000 Iraqi Christians were driven out of Mosul in October by threats and violence. Days prior to the mass exodus, six Christians had been killed within less than a week in Mosul, which caused widespread fear in the city’s Christian community.
INDIA: Orissa’s Christians still hiding in forests- As the weather gets dangerously cold in Orissa state, Christian leaders in India have come to realize there are still Christians hiding in the forests to escape persecution. Although there have been no reports of violence in the last couple of months, there are reportedly more than 8,000 Christians still living in state-run relief camps, many reluctant to return home after the attacks.
ERITREA: Persecution of Christians in Eritrea continues to be overlooked by many western nations despite the arrests of over 2,000 believers.
PAKISTAN: Unidentified militants, Islamist fundamentalists, forcibly entered Christ Awami Church. They told congregants to stop worshipping in the church. When the congregants resisted, the militants began destroying Bibles, hymn books, a cross on the wall, windows and the door. At the Protestant church, Islamists destroyed the church’s door and windows and threw garbage into the church.
NIGERIA: Joseph [Yari], who led an Evangelical Church of West Africa congregation, was shot and killed in Jos when he tried to stop rioters from destroying a Baptist church in the Plateau state capital. Five other church leaders were killed during the rampage between November 28 and 29. Forty churches were destroyed.
SOMALIA: Voice of the Martyrs is confirming the murder of a Somali Christian in Manyafulka village. It is the latest in a wave of such attacks on Christians in Somalia during recent months.
IRAN: Two Iranian church leaders, Mahmood Matin-Azad and Arash Basirat, recently acquitted of apostasy charges, learned their release was based on the false claim that they denied their Christian faith in court.
SRI LANKA: The shadow of Sri Lanka’s violence is growing. . . there’s been a trend signaling an escalation against believers, [Christians] too. There’s a lot of pressure against believers in Sri Lanka not to be bold in their witness, to stay out of sight, and not challenge the authorities there. Buddhist monks are involved in the attacks. They’re leading the mob; they feel like their power is waning.
CHINA: Chinese government authorities have denied Hua Zaichen, 91, visitation with his imprisoned wife, 79-year-old Shuang Shuying, according to China Aid Association (CAA). Zaichen, who is deathly ill, requested a final meeting with his wife to say his goodbyes, but officials refused to grant the request. ‘Authorities say Shuang Shuying is not allowed to leave prison before February 8, 2009, the end of her two-year sentence. Officials stated that if her husband died before then, she would be allowed to see his body for 10 minutes and would have to be chained, handcuffed, shackled and wearing a prison uniform, CAA added.
I can tell you. We Jews no longer suffer from being the ‘victim.’ Unfortunately, it is you who have acquired the role with an alarming ferocity of a wimp. To quote Simon Wiesenthal: “For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.”