“The Tip of the Iceberg”

FEBRUARY 4, 2009 – This morning, the Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org  released its annual Hall of Shame Awards. The Hall of Shame is a list of the world’s top ten persecutors of Christians.

bombwomAs Alan Simons wrote in his “Open Letter To My Christian Friends,” (jewishinfonews- January 16, 2009). “To quote Simon Wiesenthal: For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.”

ICC advises us that:

“This report calls attention to the high level of Christian persecution in many Islamic countries and also highlights the year’s worst anti-Christian violence, which began in Orissa, India in August and has yet to be resolved. In addition, it reveals the massive effort undertaken by the Chinese government to silence underground church activities during the 2008 Olympics. 

In keeping with ICC’s mission to raise awareness of Christian persecution, our website, persecution.org, is updated daily with the latest reports of anti-Christian violence from web sources and ICC correspondents. Consequently, persecution.org is the only website where this kind of information is warehoused in such a comprehensive manner. The Hall of Shame list is an attempt to compile and analyze these news reports from the ten countries where Christian persecution has been most severe in 2008. 

ICC’s Advocacy Director, Jeremy Sewall, said, ‘This report reminds us of the need for constant vigilance in the struggle to defend the fundamental human right of religious freedom. It is especially overwhelming to consider that this report only reveals the tip of the iceberg. Instead of allowing religious persecution to be swept under the rug, we call on journalists and all concerned individuals to help shine the light on persecution in 2009.’ 

ICC has ranked the world’s worst persecutors for 2008 as: North Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Eritrea, and Vietnam.”

In order to put this into a Jewish perspective, let us not forget that there are approximately 5,000 Jews living in India, 1,500 in China and still 10,800 in Iran.

(Photo credit: christiansofiraq.com)


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