A message from Rabbi Lord Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Crimes against humanity- اضطهاد المسيحيين

“The persecution of Christians throughout much of the Middle East, sub-Sahara, Africa and Asia, elsewhere is one of the crimes against humanity of our time and I’m appalled of the lack of protest it is evoked…

“What is happening to Christians in these places is, the religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing.”

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The full text of Rabbi Lord Sacks’ speech can be downloaded from http://www.rabbisacks.org 

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“But make no mistake about it. We’re at war.”

COMMENT

By Alan Simons

DECEMBER 06, 2011 – This week, Jeff King, President of International Christian Concern (ICC), issued the following statement:

You might not know it from TV or your newspaper. But make no mistake about it. We’re at war. On one side are Marxist leaders as well as Muslim and Hindu fanatics who play upon ignorance and prejudice to turn ordinary people into violent mobs bent on murder and destruction.  The other side? That would be those who choose to follow Christ in persecuted areas. And while radical Hindus pose life and death problems for Christians in India, the greater threat comes from Islamist militants financed by the oil wealth of the Middle East. These fanatics are intent on wiping out Christianity in their homelands – where it has existed for two thousand years…  Why do these militants hate Christianity so much? Because they fear it. They see Christ’s message of love, peace and social justice spreading throughout the world and into “their” territory…  It is the polar opposite of everything they preach and it drives them mad with hate…  

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According to Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads up the Russian Orthodox Church’s Foreign Relations Department, “About 100 million Christians worldwide are suffering persecution and thousands die in religious conflicts. The biggest number of persecutions against Christians is taking place in the countries of Africa and the Middle East.”

Persecution.org, just six days into this month, state that a Christian leader was shot dead in Pakistan. An Islamic extremist group in Indonesia has demanded the demolition of five churches. Iraqi Islamic extremists attacked Christian-owned shops and properties. And in recent weeks, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram has destroyed at least eleven churches and killed over 150 Christians in Nigeria.

Obama has “refused to highlight Christian suffering”

There’s more. Examiner.com reported this past weekend, “Since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, more than half of Iraq’s Christian population [originally between 1.2 to 1.4 million] has been forced by targeted violence to seek refuge abroad or to live away from their homes as internally displaced people.”

They added:

“While President Barack Obama visited India, he was careful not to mention the ongoing persecution of Christians in that predominately Hindu nation. Few Americans know about the growing violence against Christians in places like India today and U.S. political leaders fail to address the brutality and persecution Indian Christians are enduring.

“According to James S. Robbins in a Washington Times editorial, U.S. President Barack Obama has ‘refused to highlight Christian suffering, even while being widely outspoken about much less compelling cases of purported discrimination against Muslims.’

“Among the cases noted in the State Department report is that of Maher el-Gohary, an Egyptian Christian convert from Islam who is being persecuted for his beliefs. More than a year ago, his then-15-year-old daughter, Dina, wrote an emotional appeal to Mr. Obama asking him to use his influence to save her father. There was no response.” (Washington Times editorial, 12/22/10)

“‘It’s time for Christians in the United States to help in protecting their brothers and sisters overseas,’ says political strategist and Christian Mike Baker.”

Which brings me to ask myself why am I telling you all of this. Simply put; if Christian society continues their downward spiral in not protecting their own people, what support can we, as Jews, honestly expect to receive from them in the future?

As we approach the Christmas season, I would like to say this to my Christian friends. We Jews no longer suffer from being the victim. You, it would seem, have openly acquired the role from us with gusto! To quote Simon Wiesenthal: “For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.”

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-TERRORISM: “Where is the outcry from the Islamic World?”

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

“Arabs and Muslims must speak out against attacks against Jews and Christians.”

“For Arabs and Muslims to not speak out forcefully and convincingly against this growing wave of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assaults is a true example of Haram, the Arabic word for ‘sin.’ ” –  Palestine Note

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Where is the outcry against the slaughter of Christians in Iraq or the attempted murder of Jews in the United States by Al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq and Yemen?

In Iraq, terrorists took a church full of Christian worshippers hostage and Iraqi security stormed the church to free them. More than 19 of them, mostly Christian worshippers were killed.

Across the world in the United States, bombs wrapped in boxes and shipped via UPS and sent from Yemen were delivered to Jewish synagogues in Chicago.

President Barack Obama has said he believes there are more of these bomb packages in the mail.

In both cases, the victims were targeted because of their religion.

We know that the al-Qaeda terrorists hate Jews and Christians and also secular Muslims. We know their brand of terrorism is insidious and exploits sacred cows such as the suffering of the Palestinians and the Western exploitation and murder of Arabs and Muslims throughout the Middle East.

But allow these terrorists to hijack our reputation as Arabs and Muslims when we sit back silent without a major protest of this clear pattern of anti-Semitism and anti-Christian atrocities.

Where is the outcry from the Islamic World, whose leaders insist that al-Qaeda does not represent the Islamic World? Where is the outcry from the Arabs who are quick on the draw to denounce Israeli atrocities but seem dysfunctional when it comes to denouncing the killing of Christians and Jews?

Arabs and Muslims in their struggle to liberate Palestine are not anti-Semitic, yet our cause is being turned into an anti-Semitic plague. Our just struggle is being dragged down by the silence of the majority in the Arab and Muslim worlds against a growing incidence of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian attacks.

Arabs are NOT anti-Semitic. We do not hate Jews. Our fight is NOT with Judaism. We challenge the policies of Zionism, a political movement that exploits Judaism to defend its brutal occupation of Palestine and the expropriation of lands from both Arabs and Christians.

Yet when Christians are victimized, the response is tokenism. It is pathetic. It is weak.

Arabs and Muslims cannot complain when Americans stereotype all Muslims as terrorists when the outcry against Muslim driven terrorism by Muslims is muted. They cannot demand justice in Palestine where innocent civilians are being persecuted and even massacred by Israel’s oppressive military occupation when they remain silent when terrorists who are Arab and Muslim assault and kills Jews, because they are Jews.

The attacks by terrorist based in Yemen is an insidious plot not just against Jewish targets in America, but an assault on the spirit of Islam which recognizes and respects Jews as a religion.

And to not speak out harshly against the assault by terrorists who identify themselves as Muslims is a shame on the entire Muslim World.

The terrorists have managed to tarnish the image of Arabs and Muslims, claiming to represent our peoples. But for Arabs and Muslims to not speak out forcefully and convincingly against this growing wave of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assaults is a true example of Haram, the Arabic word for “sin.”

(Based in Washington, DC, the Palestine Note offers different perspectives into all things Palestine – daily updates of aggregated news and human interest stories and blog commentary) (Photo credit: saveiraqichristians)

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