Israel’s Yinon Plan, Saudi Wahhabism & US Wars: Arab Christians Pushed Into Mass Exodus

“The real danger lies in whether the Christian world loses the last early Christians...the last ancient souls of the earth.” Such is the dire prediction by one writer regarding the ongoing exodus of Arab Christians from the Middle East - an exodus triggered by Western neo-colonialism and Zionist expansion that suits the military-industrial complex.
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    WASHINGTON, D.C.– In the United States, religion is a major part of public life – so much so that it often finds its way into politics. At the national level of politics, it has historically been difficult to win an election, particularly at the national or state level, if one follows a faith not shared by the vast majority of religious Americans: Christianity.

    This phenomenon became even more pronounced following the rise of the “moral majority” in the 1980s. But despite the importance of Christianity in the public and private lives of American citizens and politicians, American Christians have raised little concern regarding the fate of Christianity in the religion’s birthplace – the Middle East.

    The religious landscape of the Middle East has shifted significantly in recent years, as key religious groups, including Christians, have been making mass exoduses elsewhere. According to Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Christians are expected to compose 3.6 percent of the region’s population by 2025. A century prior, however, Christians represented 13.6 percent of the Middle East’s population.



    Most reports on the subject have cited emigration as the leading cause of Christianity’s sharp decline in the Middle East, while few reports cite other factors that have pushed many Middle Eastern Christians to seek new lives abroad. Many mainstream investigations of the phenomenon have blamed both Sunni-Shiite conflicts and terrorism for pushing Christians and other religious minorities to leave.

    But they have also neglected to mention the role of foreign intervention and U.S.-led regime change efforts in creating these very crises. While most of the “Christian” politicians in the U.S. are careful to avoid pointing this out, Middle Eastern Christians are all too aware that foreign intervention by Western governments has made it nearly impossible for them to continue living in the Middle East.

    Marwa Osman, a lecturer at Lebanon International University and political commentator, argued as much in an interview with MintPress News:

    “The ‘moral’ fights of Christians in the West are mainly over abortion, birth control, transgender and same-sex marriage, where your beliefs rarely subject you to political and physical persecution. When ethnic or religious groups are subjected to organized violence and persecution because of who they are, their plight should be addressed urgently, because this is how genocide starts and this what the West is not doing. Rather, the West keeps investing in more wars that would directly result in a Christian exodus from the Middle East.”

     

    Christianity’s beginnings in the Middle East

    The Middle East is much more than just the birthplace of Christianity. It was also the region where the religion first took hold and where the foundation was laid that transformed the teachings of Jesus Christ into one of the world’s dominant faiths. The entire region is dotted with thousand-year-old Christian communities, some of which were founded by early church fathers and, in some cases, disciples of Jesus himself.

    For instance, tradition holds that Christianity was first brought to Iraq by St. Thomas and his cousin Addai in the first century, later becoming a stronghold for a patchwork of Christian groups, including the Gnostics. It is also believed that St. Peter and St. Paul brought Christianity to Syria, where – in Antioch – the term “Christians” to denote followers of Jesus was used for the first time.

    In the earliest centuries of the last millennium, it was the Middle East that dominated Christian leadership and fellowship. When the Catholic church was officially formed at the Council of Nicea, there were more bishops in the Middle East than in Western Europe.

    While the ascension of Islam would soon drastically alter the region’s religious landscape, Christianity has retained an important role in the region in the centuries since – especially in countries where it has maintained prominence, such as Egypt and Lebanon. Even in nations with Muslim majorities, Christians proved to be an economically important minority, gaining political prominence as a result.

    But the Arab Christians of the Middle East have by no means had it easy. For much of the last 2,000 years, the region’s Christians have been persecuted by multiple parties, including the Ottoman Empire of the 19th and 20th centuries, whose brutal campaign against Arab Christians claimed the lives of over two million people.

    Having suffered so much, the resilience and endurance of the Mideast’s Christians is legendary. But it was Muslims in Syria, Iran, Lebanon and Palestine who provided refuge to the Christians being persecuted by the Ottomans as they established and expanded their empire.  

    Owing to this troubled history, the presence of Arab Christians throughout the region has been a factor in the proliferation of Arab secularism in select countries, namely Syria, pre-invasion Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. After so many centuries of being targeted and persecuted, Christians in the Middle East have still been some of the most ardent supporters of secularism in the region.

    Abdo Haddad, a Syrian Christian writer now living in Europe, made this plain in an interview with MintPress News, stating “[as] the Christians of the East developed a political sense of survival over the years, their first choice was to secure and support a strong state run by laws and, preferably, with a secular administration.”

    But if Christians continue to leave the region in large numbers, secularism itself could become a relic of the region’s rich history. As Todd Johnson told the Wall Street Journal, “The disappearance of such minorities sets the stage for more radical groups to dominate in society. Religious minorities, at the very least, have a moderating effect.”

    Haddad added that the greatest threat is even more grave. “The real danger lies in whether the Christian world loses the last early Christians, the last guards, the last ancient souls of the earth. If killing such a unique and profound community and civilization passes as easily as it looks, imagine what would become in your own nations once you dare to announce your faith or origin…,” he said.

     

    Christianity and regime change in Iraq, Syria and Iran

    Interestingly enough, the very countries that have protected religious minorities in the name of Arab secularism are those that have found themselves the targets of U.S.-led regime change efforts over the years.

    Syria is a prime example, having been targeted by the U.S. since the 1980s. The most recent aggression has manifested in a massive war in which foreign-funded extremist “rebels” have sought to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2011. Syria’s Christians, protected by the Syrian government’s commitment to secularism, have overwhelmingly supported Assad throughout the affair.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, checks a church damaged by militants during a visit to the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria. April 20, 2014. (Syrian Presidency via Facebook)

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, checks a church damaged by militants during a visit to the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria. April 20, 2014. (Syrian Presidency via Facebook)

    As Haddad observed, those familiar with the Syrian crisis are well-aware that Syrian Christians overwhelmingly support the Syrian government in its fight against extremist militias. “The Syrian People including Christians, like their President and see in him hopes for the future. This doesn’t mean Christians don’t want reforms and change, but they want them in a civilized, gradual and progressive manner (unlike what happened in Libya).”

    Osman asserted that Syrian Christians support the government in part because government-controlled regions of Syria are the only regions in which its 2.5 million Christians are safe and treated as equals alongside the nation’s Muslims. “The regime’s downfall would have been followed by massive carnage, by new waves of refugees heading west, and by the imposition of an islamist dictatorship. Whether it would had been controlled by the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra front or by the vanishing ISIS would be irrelevant to the Christians who would have been murdered, exiled, or enslaved.”

    The alternative to Assad offers little to Syria’s Christians, as armed opposition forces are overwhelmingly allied with Wahhabism and extremism, having frequently called for the establishment of an Islamic state that would adhere to a colonialist ideology funded by Western nations like the UK and the United States.  

    This would ultimately end the nation’s longstanding commitment to secularism and endanger the many religious minority groups that have long inhabited Syria. For instance, the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group with ties to al-Qaeda, has repeatedly targeted Christians in Syria. Al-Nusra was recently taken off of terror watchlists in both the U.S. and Canada after simply changing its name.

    Even “rebels” directly armed by the U.S., such as the Free Syrian Army, have massacred villages of Christians throughout the course of the war. In 2013, the Free Syrian Army raided the Christian-majority al-Duvair village near the Lebanese border, massacring all of its civilian residents, including women and children.

    As Osman told MintPress: “In Syria the U.S. government remains committed to supporting the ‘rebels,’ although there are no “moderates” among them: all meaningful forces on the ground are Wahhabi fundamentalists who persecute Christians.”

    Iraq is another example of how U.S.- and UK-led regime change has influenced the exodus of Christians from the Middle East. The invasion displaced millions of Iraqis, many of whom have yet to return, and also removed many Iraqis’ ability to feed themselves by essentially annihilating the nation’s once-sizable agricultural industry. During and after the invasion, Christians were considered close to Saddam Hussein’s regime, given that his former foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, is a Chaldean Christian. The Chaldean Christian community, which stood at around 1.4 million before the 2003 invasion, was said to have been treated preferentially under Hussein. Following his ouster and in the chaos since, the Iraqi Christian population has dwindled to less than 300,000.

    Dahlia Wasfi, an Iraqi-American activist, told MintPress News that the Iraqi regime supported by the U.S. after the invasion has also played a major role in triggering the Christian exodus. Wasfi asserted that “the greatest threat to specifically Christian (as well as Sunni) families was the conservative Shia government brought to power in Iraq by U.S. administrators in 2005 (elections were run by the occupiers). In the years that followed, government-backed death squads terrorized the population, driving many Christian and Sunni families out.”

    “Recent assaults on the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Ramadi and the ongoing so-called ‘liberation’ of Mosul,” Wasfi argued, “are a continuation of the conservative Shia government’s efforts to change the demographics on the ground and consolidate its rule.”

    Interestingly, many of the death squads Wasfi referenced were directly trained by the U.S., suggesting that the U.S. military had a key role in the targeting of Christians within Iraq.

    Aside from the clear examples of Syria and Iraq, Iran – whose Christian communities are thriving – is the latest country to be targeted by Western neo-conservatives, as evidenced by rhetoric delivered by President Donald Trump during his first foreign trip.

    While Iran has long been characterized as being discriminatory towards Christians in U.S. media, its Chaldean and Armenian Christian communities are protected by its constitution and guaranteed political representation in parliament. Jews and Zoroastrians are also similarly protected. However, evangelical Christians in Iran have been persecuted, particularly for allegedly proselytizing Muslims and members of other non-Christian religions. The total Christian population in Iran is difficult to accurately estimate, with some groups claiming there are 450,000 while others claim that there are as many as 1 million.

    While secularism is hardly the driving factor behind U.S.-led regime change in the Middle East, the West’s targeting of Middle Eastern secular nations that protect Christians is an undeniable factor in prompting the exodus of the region’s Christians.

     

    Persecution of Christians rampant in Saudi Arabia, Israel

    However, other Middle Eastern nations – especially those supported by the West – are well-known for their persecution of religious minorities. Nowhere is this truer than in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the apartheid state of Israel.

    In Saudi Arabia, the government openly condemns any person who fails to conform to the Wahhabi sect of Islam embraced by the House of Saud and a product of British colonialism to topple of the Ottoman Empire. It is a puritanical religious and political policy that targets not only those of different faiths but other Muslims. As Human Rights Watch noted in its World Report for 2013: “Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam and systematically discriminates against its Muslim religious minorities, in particular, Shia and Ismailis. The chief mufti in March called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula.”

    In 2014, the Saudi government detained 28 Christians for worshiping in a private home in the city of Khafji. Their whereabouts still remain unknown. At the time, Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told Fox News: “Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy.”

    But worse than the Saudis’ treatment of religious minorities within their own borders is their exportation of their intolerant Wahhabi ideology abroad. Many extremist terror groups – including Daesh (ISIS) and al-Qaeda – are followers of Wahhabism, and both are major beneficiaries of Saudi funding, which neither the Saudi government nor those of its allies in the West have sought to end. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest exporter and fundraiser of radical Wahhabi terrorism. These groups, as has been made clear by their actions in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, tend to target religious minorities, particularly Christians.

    Another chief ally of the West in the Middle East is also known for targeting Christians. Israel, best known for its persecution of the Palestinians,– whom are both Muslim and Christian– targets non-Jews due to its status as an apartheid ethno-religious state. As Wasfi explained to MintPress, “the military occupation by the colonial settler state of Israel, supported by Western governments” has been a major factor in the exodus of Christians from the Middle East.

    Israel’s government has a long history of desecrating churches and persecuting the historic Palestinian Christians. For example, following the capture of Jaffa by European Zionist-Jewish forces in May 1948, Catholic Palestinian priest Father Deleque reported: “Jewish soldiers broke down the doors of my church and robbed many precious and sacred objects. Then they threw the statues of Christ down into a nearby garden.” He added that, while Jewish leaders had reassured that religious buildings would be respected, “their deeds do not correspond to their words.”

    That same year, the Christian Union of Palestine publicly complained that British backed European Zionist-Jewish forces had used several Christian churches and humanitarian institutions in Jerusalem as military bases and had desecrated them. They added that three priests and more than 100 women and children had been killed by the indiscriminate shelling of their places of worship by European Zionist-Jewish forces.

    Israel’s discrimination against Palestinian Christians has continued ever since. For instance, in 1982, the Baptist Church in Jerusalem burned down, a target of arson. No one was ever charged. When the Baptists sought to rebuild the church, groups of Jews demonstrated against the project and the district planning commission refused to grant a building permit. Three years later, the Israeli Supreme Court advised the Baptists to leave the “all-Jewish” area.

    Such acts continue today. Pastor Steven Khoury, an Arab-Israeli Christian, said that “There’s no persecution in the Holy Land … unless you share your faith,” in an interview with the Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian non-profit that highlights the persecution of Christians worldwide. Khoury said he had witnessed church members being attacked because of their faith on many occasions.

    Watch 60 Minutes’ Investigation into Israel’s Persecution of Christians in Palestine:

    Palestinian Christians, due to their ethnicity, have been even more heavily targeted by the Israeli state, fleeing their homeland as a result along with thousands of their non-Christian countrymen. When European Zionist militias invaded Palestine to create the state of Israel in 1948, Palestinian Christians numbered 200,000. By 1995, Christian Palestinians living in the region numbered only 50,0000. Now, of an estimated 400,000 Christian Palestinians, most live abroad, mainly in the Americas.

     

    Zionist plan for Israeli superiority excludes Christians

    So why has the West targeted mostly secular nations while simultaneously supporting countries and extremist groups that persecute religious minorities, particularly Christians? While the attack on secularism in the Arab world could be a consequence of Western neo-colonialism in the region, long-held plans for Israel’s regional dominance – a goal strongly supported by the West, particularly the U.S. – shed light on potential reasons for the West’s reluctance to respect religious diversity in the Middle East.

    The Yinon Plan, as it is known, is a strategy intended to ensure Israel’s regional superiority in the Middle East that chiefly involves reconfiguring the entire Arab world into smaller and weaker sectarian states.

    As Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya noted in a 2011 article for Global Research:

    “Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims.”

    This plan has been widely supported by numerous U.S. politicians – most notably by former Vice President Joe Biden, who pushed a non-binding resolution through the Senate that called for carving Iraq into the same states laid out in the Yinon Plan.

    However, the plan to partition Iraq included no territory for Iraq’s Christians or its other religious minorities.

    The Yinon Plan seeks to divide more than just Iraq. Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt would all be partitioned, according to the plan, with parts of these countries being subsequently absorbed into “Greater Israel.” This can already be seen playing out in the Syrian conflict, where Israel’s involvement in the war largely revolves around its desire to claim the occupied Golan Heights as its own.

    A nun looks at a heavily damaged Church of Multiplication after a fire broke out overnight near the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, Israel

    A nun looks at a heavily damaged Church of Multiplication after a fire broke out overnight near the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, Israel, Thursday, June 18, 2015. A passage from a Jewish prayer, calling for the wiping out of idol worship, was found scrawled in red spray paint on a wall outside the Catholic church.

    Thus, it could very well be the West’s commitment to the Yinon Plan that has helped to shape its policy of feigned ignorance regarding the plight of the region’s Christians. Middle Eastern Christians’ commitment to and strong preference for secularism has no place in a neo-colonial Middle East that built into sectarian states intended to be kept in constant war with one another. Israel’s desire to dominate the region – a goal abetted by their Western allies – may hold much of the blame for the continued exodus of Mideast Christians.

    But ultimately, the continuing exodus of Christians is endemic of a larger crisis facing the region as years of conflict and modern warfare have taken into toll on the people as well as the environment.

    Wasfi pointed to U.S military aggression as the main culprit for this burgeoning crisis. “In the bigger picture, the overall loss of life and devastation of what is historically known as the ‘Fertile Crescent’ by Western invasion, occupation, and continuous war is the great tragedy. […] The sooner U.S. military aggression in the region ends, the sooner the healing can begin.”

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    • tapatio

      JEWISH ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATE

      The myth of Israel’s favorable treatment of Palestinian Christians –
      http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/the-myth-of-israels-favorable-treatment-of-palestinian-christians/#sthash.UhREYbHe.dpuf

      Jewish leader demands expulsion of ‘Christian vampires’Israeli hardliner calls for Christmas ban, saying Christians need to be thrown out so they don’t ‘drink our blood’.
      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/jewish-leader-demands-expulsion-christian-vampires-151223163251568.html

      CBS 60 Minutes Christians of the Holy Land
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p65xKqdVe8s

      When Theology Is So Pro-Israel That It Becomes Anti-Christian
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/when-theology-is-so-pro-israel-that-it-becomes-anti-christian/

      Israel Oppressed Arab Christians For Decades Before ISIS Even Existed
      While Israel would like to be seen as a defender of religious freedom in the Middle East, the reality is one of oppression and discrimination for Arab Christians since the occupation began.
      http://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-oppressed-arab-christians-for-decades-before-isis-even-existed/207728/

      Israel passes legislation to reclassify its Christian citizens as ‘non-Arab’
      A new Israeli law creating a legal distinction between Arabs of Christian and Muslim descent passes in the Knesset. Basing the categorisation and status of citizenship on religious and ethnic identifications creates systemic barriers to those citizens who are not deemed acceptable members of the state.
      Congress-mandated panel accused of whitewashing Israeli discrimination against Christians
      http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/congress-panel-israel-religious-freedom-christians.html#ixzz4j4NnP6vP

      Zionists attack Christian tourists visiting the holy land
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRClRoKGRdU

      Jesus and Holy Mary are insulted and humiliated in Israel
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma4zgSXpFgE

      Mocking Jesus on Israeli Zionist TV – צליבת ישו – The Crucifixion of Yeshu(Hebrew for Jesus)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RY83mAr5uA

      Christians Discriminated Against by Israel
      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/rel-christians.html

      Israel’s not-so-stellar record on treatment of Christians
      http://972mag.com/israels-not-so-stellar-record-on-treatment-of-christians/43325/

      Zionist Crimes Against Christianity
      https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/crimes-against-christianity/

      ‘Price Tag’ Israeli Extremists Target Christians
      ‘Jesus is garbage’ graffiti, threat to kill bishop expose anti-Christian sentiment just as Israel prepares to host Pope Francis.
      http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/may-web-only/price-tag-israeli-extremists-target-christians.html

      • tapatio

        Christian Churches operating in Iran today, with FULL religious freedom. The only real restriction is that they may not proselytize outside of their own facilities/buildings. Each has multiple facilities throughout Iran ……………….

        Armenian Apostolic Church of Iran ( 300,000 adherents)

        Assyrian Church of the East of Iran (about 11,000 – 20,000 adherents)

        Chaldean Catholic Church of Iran (about 7,000 Assyrian adherents)

        Persian Apostolic Church of the East

        Roman Catholic Church of Iran (about 21,380 adherents)

        various other denominations, some examples are:

        Presbyterian, including the Assyrian Evangelical Church

        Pentecostal, including the Assyrian Pentecostal Church

        Jama’at-e Rabbani (the Iranian Assemblies of God churches)

        and the Anglican Diocese of Iran.

        Listed below are the Jewish synagogues operating in Iran today, with FULL religious freedom. The only real restriction is that they may not proselytize outside of their own facilities/buildings ……………….

        Tehran
        Abdullah Zadeh Synagogue (Tehran)

        Abrishami Synagogue (Tehran)

        Aziz Khan Synagogue (Tehran)

        Bagh Saba Synagogue (Tehran)

        Danial Synagogue (Tehran)

        Darvazeh Dolat Synagogue (Tehran)

        Ettefagh Synagogue (Tehran)

        Ettehad Synagogue (Tehran)

        Ezra Yaghoub Synagogue (Tehran)

        Fakhrabad Synagogue (Tehran)

        Gisha Synagogue (Tehran)

        Gorgan Synagogue (Tehran)

        Haim Synagogue (Tehran)

        Hakim Asher Synagogue (Tehran)

        HaRambam Synagogue (Rambam Synagogue) (Tehran)

        Fakhrabad Synagogue (Tehran)

        Kohan Synagogue (Tehran)

        Kourosh Synagogue (Tehran)

        Khorasaniha Synagogue (Tehran)

        Levian Synagogue (Tehran)

        Mahariv Synagogue (Tehran)

        Molla Hanina Synagogue (Tehran)

        Nosrat Synagogue (Tehran)

        Orsharga Synagogue (Tehran)

        Pol-e-Choobi Synagogue (Tehran)

        Rafi Nia Synagogue (Tehran)

        Rah-e Danesh Synagogue (Tehran)

        Seid Khandan Synagogue (Tehran)

        Synagogue of Gisha (Tehran)

        Tafian (Hakim)(pesyan) Synagogue (Tehran)

        Tarasht Synagogue (Tehran)

        Yusef Abad Synagogue (Tehran)

        Yousefzadeh Synagogue (Tehran)

        Zargarian Synagogue (Tehran)

        Kenisa-ye Kohanim (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Molla (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Molla Mishi (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Molla Owram (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Rabbizadeh (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Shokr (Shiraz)

        Khorasaniha Synagogue (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Bozorg (Shiraz)

        Kenisa-ye Bozorg (Mirakhor’s kenisa) (Isfahan)

        Kenisa-ye Molla Rabbi (Isfahan)

        Kenisa-ye Sang-bast (Isfahan)

        Mullah Jacob Synagogue (Isfahan)

        Mullah Neissan Synagogue (Isfahan)

        Kenisa-ye Keter David (Isfahan)

        Kenisa-ye Kamal (Yazd)

        Molla Agha Baba Synagogue (Yazd)

        Mizan Synagogue (Yazd)

        Hadash Synagogue(Yazd)

        Hakham Synagogue(Yazd)

        Eliahu Hanavi Synagogue(Yazd)

        Eli Synagogue(Yazd)

        Molla Shlomo Synagogue(Yazd)

        Kenisa-ye Bozorg (Sanandaj)

        Kenisa-ye Koochik (Sanandaj)

        Kenisa-ye Ghadim (Rafsanjan)

        New Synagogue (Rafsanjan)

        Kerman Synagogue (Kerman)

        Kooti Synagogue (Bushehr)

        Kenisa-ye Bozorg (Hamadan)

        Kenisa-ye Koochik (Tabriz)

        Daneshgah-e-Kalimi (Urmia)

    • tapatio

      HERE’S A BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE LIES, FALSE VIDEOS AND OTHER PROPAGANDA MANUFACTURED BY Camera, “GATESTONE INSTITUTE”, MEMRI, PALESTINE MEDIA WATCH THERE ARE DOZENS MORE TALMUDIC JEW/ZIONIST PROPAGANDA FRONTS……….130+ THAT ARE JUST FRONTS FOR AIPAC (the Talmudic Jews’/ZioNAZl’S colonial government in the US)
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/aug/12/worlddispatch.brianwhitaker

      http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/09/the-connection-between-zionism-and-organized-islamophobia-the-facts/

      https://electronicintifada.net/content/time-expose-israeli-propaganda-network/9411

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/selective-memri-1.455676

      http://www.ascertainthetruth.com/att/index.php/zionism-a-palestine/zionism/406-exposing-memri

      http://972mag.com/judge-dismisses-credibility-of-palestinian-media-watch-testimony/78900/

      http://news.yahoo.com/youtube-freezes-palestinian-media-watch-account-pulls-fatah-100449486.html

      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/media/bias.html

      Sourcewatch on Camera
      The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is a powerful Boston-based lobby group that tries to curb criticism of Israel in U.S. media.
      Founded by Charles Jacobs in the wake of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, CAMERA claims to be “a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East”. According to its website, it “systematically monitors, documents, reviews and archives Middle East coverage” and its staffers “directly contact reporters, editors, producers and publishers concerning distorted or inaccurate coverage, offering factual information to refute errors.” [1]
      According to its Executive Director, what sets it apart from other media watch-dog groups is its “sizable paying, activist membership.” [2]
      CAMERA is widely regarded as a pro-Israeli lobby group that as put by Journalist and author Robert I. Friedman – “CAMERA, the A.D.L., AIPAC and the rest of the lobby don’t want fairness, but bias in their favor. And they are prepared to use McCarthyite tactics, as well as the power and money of pro-Israel PACs, to get whatever Israel wants.”[1]

      “Gatestone Institute” is a Zionist propaganda front.

      http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/notorious-islamophobic-think-tank-inspiring-more-far-right-terrorism

      http://powerbase.info/index.php/Gatestone_Institute

      https://judas.watch/Gatestone_Institute

      https://www.thenation.com/article/sugar-mama-anti-muslim-hate/

      http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/gatestone_institute/

      http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56841247

      TheReligionOfPeace.com: Working to Streamline the American Empire’s “War on Terror”
      http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/07/thereligionofpeace-com-working-to-streamline-the-american-empires-war-on-terror/

      Digitized Islamophobia
      http://islamophobia132.weebly.com/the-religion-of-peace-and-islam-watch.html

      New York: Predictably, The So-Called “Islamorealism” Ads are Based in Bigotry and Lies
      http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/tag/thereligionofpeace-com/

      http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/tag/thereligionofpeace-com/
      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/9/6/1013733/-

      • tapatio

        AS TO THE SPAMMED LIES OF JAMES WHERRY, BELOW……………..

        THE CREDIBILITY OF US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

        JAMES WHERRY’S “SOURCES” ARE, FOR THE MOST PART ZIONIST “HASBARA PROJECT” PROPAGANDA FRONTS AND ALT-RIGHT HATE SITES. CHECK THEIR OWNERSHIP AND STAFFS.

        JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

        1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

        2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

        3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
        Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….
        “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

        https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

        http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

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    • James Wherry

      Gatestone Institute has quite a few moderate and tolerant Muslim members. Here’s who one of them sees it:

      “Defeating Extremist Islam – A Western Imperative”
      by Saied Shoaaib
      June 5, 2017 at 5:00 am
      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10378/defeating-extremist-islam (excerpt below)

      * * *

      * The infiltration of this ideology is reminiscent of the spread of communism and should be defeated similarly — not with weapons, but by exposing its true nature and providing an alternative. The West first must abandon, however, the notion that radical Islam is an internal Muslim issue, any more than communism was a “Russian issue” that “the Russians” needed to solve.

      * In addition, the views of liberal Muslim scholars, who reject the whole premise of extremist, political Islam, should be supported and widely circulated.

      * Finally, imams in Western countries must be held to the same standard as members of other professions. They should be required to receive occupational licenses, based on criteria determined by the state, in conjunction with modern Muslims seeking a peaceful life and the ability to integrate into their societies without fear of repercussions at the hands of fundamentalists.

      * * *
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      Many imams in the West are graduates of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, a Sunni center for higher learning. Its curriculum includes extremist content, such as tenets that killing “apostates” is a Divine obligation; that it is a Muslim’s duty to humiliate female prisoners through sexual abuse; that adulterers should be stoned to death, and that Christians and Jews are the “enemy of God.” (Image source: Diego Delso/Wikimedia Commons)

      Many imams in the West — citizens of the United States, Canada and other countries — use their pulpits to promote practices that go against democratic values and ultimately lead to terrorism.

      Some call on their flock to kill Jews, Christians and “infidel” Muslims who do not adhere either to the strictest interpretation of Islam. Others justify the marriage of grown men to nine-year-old girls. There are those, too, who defend the spousal “right” of husbands to rape their wives.

      Contrary to some claims, the type of clerics who preach murder and sexual abuse in North American and European mosques do not suffer from poor socioeconomic conditions and are not mentally unbalanced. Rather, they are loyal followers of an interpretation of Islam that envisions the establishment of a worldwide caliphate governed by sharia law. They deeply believe that the only way to enter Allah’s paradise is to live by the letter of the Quran and the Hadith (the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammed).

      It is from such imams, most of whom are graduates of renowned Islamic institutions in the Middle East and Asia, that Muslims in the West have been receiving guidance. Key among these institutions is Al-Azhar, a Cairo-based Sunni center for higher learning, attended by students from all over the world. Its curriculum includes extremist content, such as tenets that killing “apostates” is a Divine obligation; that it is a Muslim’s duty to humiliate female prisoners through sexual abuse; that adulterers should be stoned to death, and that Christians and Jews are the “enemy of God.”

      Whenever confronted by critics in the West calling them to task for spreading such violent teachings, many imams respond by cloaking their real objectives, saying that the texts should be read in the context of the time that they were written, and by highlighting peaceful and tolerant Quranic verses. Other clerics — those who do not know how to tailor their rhetoric to Western ears — openly admit their religious ideology’s true intentions.

      The infiltration of this ideology is reminiscent of the spread of communism and should be defeated similarly — not with weapons, but by exposing its true nature and providing an alternative. The West first must abandon, however, the notion that radical Islam is an internal Muslim issue, any more than communism was a “Russian issue” that “the Russians” needed to solve.

      Islam and Muslims are part and parcel of Western societies, and Islamist terrorism is a global problem.

      In addition, the views of liberal Muslim scholars, who reject the whole premise of extremist, political Islam, should be supported and widely circulated. Among these are prominent intellectuals — such as the late Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd from Egypt; Mohammed Arkoun, an Algerian who died in France in 2010; the late Egyptian Supreme Court justice Muhammad Sa’id al-‘Ashmawi; Egyptian talk-show host Islam Bahiri; and the late Sudanese theologian Mahmoud Muhammad Taha — all of whom have provided evidence, based on knowledge of the Quran and Hadith, that the “caliphate” is merely a project to colonize more land, as all the old empires did, and that the hostility toward Jews connected to the Muhammed’s battle with the Banu Qurayza in the 7th century should have ended long ago.

      Muslim innovators abound in the West, as well, and should be the ones establishing mosques, educational institutions and media outlets, to provide followers with an alternative to political Islamism. Finally, imams in Western countries must be held to the same standard as members of other professions. They should be required to receive occupational licenses, based on criteria determined by the state, in conjunction with modern Muslims seeking a peaceful life and the ability to integrate into their societies without fear of repercussions at the hands of fundamentalists.

      Saied Shoaaib is a Muslim writer and researcher, specializing in Islamic movements. He can be reached at: saiedshoaaib@gmail.com

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    • James Wherry

      The article pretends there’s some sort of “conspiracy” to destroy Christianity.

      Maybe it’s right:

      1. The Caliph Omar breaks Muhammad’s promises and expels all Christians from the Hijaz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hejaz

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      “(1) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Umar expelled the Jews and the christians from Hijaz. When Allah’s Apostle had conquered Khaibar, he wanted to expel the Jews from it as its land became the property of Allah, His Apostle, and the Muslims. Allah’s Apostle intended to expel the Jews but they requested him to let them stay there on the condition that they would do the labor and get half of the fruits. Allah’s Apostle told them, “We will let you stay on thus condition, as long as we wish.” So, they (i.e. Jews) kept on living there until ‘Umar forced them to go towards Taima’ and Ariha’. (Book #39, Hadith #531)”

      2. Christians and Jews were treated as second class citizens as “dhimmi” or “protected.” “Protected” from what? Allah’s righteous wrath that Muslims were expected to meet out on everyone else. They had to pay a slave tax or blood money known as “jizya.” Those who did not were sold into slavery.

      3. And the rest is history.

      “Muslim persecution of Christians: A 1,400 year tradition”
      Muslim persecution of Christians exists in 40 nations today as part of a continuum — or “tradition” — that started nearly 14 centuries ago. A new study shows a horrific reality that you just won’t read in our mainstream media

      http://www.thecommentator.com/article/5594/muslim_persecution_of_christians_a_1_400_year_tradition

    • James Wherry

      “Drip-Drip” Genocide: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February, 2017
      05/29/2017 by Raymond Ibrahim

      http://raymondibrahim.com/category/muslim-persecution-of-christians/

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      Acquitted: Muslim destruction of Joseph Colony, a Christian region, in Pakistan, 2013

      The Islamic State is at it again. More stories of atrocities against Christians continued to surface. In one, a Christian man, Meghrik, said the bus in which he was riding in Syria was stopped at what turned out to be an ISIS checkpoint. Three men dressed in black entered and began checking all the passengers’ identification papers. “Are you a Christian?” they asked him. “No,” he said. He explained that he was raised by Christian parents and his family name was Christian, but that he was not. “You’re lying,” the fighter said. “Your name says you’re a Christian. Come with me.” He was taken to an ISIS-judge who “concluded that he was a Christian” and said “You’re sentenced to death.” Thereafter Meghrik was severely whipped and tortured. At one point he was thrown in a hole in the ground and surrounded by an execution squad prepared to fire. After 10 days of this treatment and for unknown reasons—Meghrik cites a miracle and is now a devout Christian—he was released.

      While much of the world acknowledges that the Islamic State is engaged in acts of genocide against religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, in other Muslim states, such as Pakistan, Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are experiencing a “drip-drip genocide“, said the noted author, journalist and Pakistani politician Farahnaz Ispahani :”Right before the partition of India and Pakistan, we had a very healthy balance of religions other than Islam. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Zoroastrians. [Now] Pakistan goes from 23 per cent [non-Muslim], which is almost a quarter of its population, to three per cent today. I call it a ‘drip drip genocide’, because it’s the most dangerous kind of wiping out of religious communities…. It doesn’t happen in one day. It doesn’t happen over a few months. Little by little by little, laws and institutions and bureaucracies and penal codes, textbooks that malign other communities, until you come to the point of having this sort of jihadi culture that is running rampant.”

      Other accounts of Muslim persecution of Christians to surface in February 2017 include, but are not limited to, the following:

      The Slaughter of Christians in Egypt

      As in January, when five different Christians were killed in four separate hate crimes around the nation, another murderous wave took the non-Muslim minorities by storm, this time in al-Arish, Sinai. The murders may have been connected to a video released in February by the “Islamic State in Egypt.” In the video, masked militants promise more attacks on the “worshipers of the cross”—a reference to the Coptic Christians of Egypt, of whom they also refer to as their “favorite prey” and “infidels who are empowering the West against Muslim nations.” One of the militants, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, added, “God gave orders to kill every infidel.” Below is a list of Christians murdered in al-Arish:

      January 30: A 35-year-old Christian was in his small shop working with his wife and young son when three masked men walked in, opened fire and killed him. The masked men then sat around his shop table, eating chips and drinking soda, while the bodies lay in a pool of blood before the terrified wife and child.

      February 13: A 57-year-old Christian laborer was shot and killed as he tried to fight off masked men trying to kidnap his young son from on a crowded street in daylight. The men, after murdering the father, seized his young son and took him to an unknown location (where, if precedent is accurate, he is likely being tortured or possibly killed, if a hefty ransom has not been paid).

      February 16: A 45-year-old Christian schoolteacher was moonlighting at his shoe store with his wife, when masked men walked in the crowded shop and shot him dead.

      February 17: A 40-year-old medical doctor was killed by masked men who, after forcing him to stop his car, opened fire and killed him. He, also, leaves a widow and two children.

      February 22: Islamic State affiliates killeda 65-year-old Christian man by shooting him in the head. They then abducted and tortured his 45-year-old son before burning him alive and dumping his charred remains near a schoolyard.

      February 23: A Christian plumber was shot dead in front of his wife and children at their home.

      After the slayings, at least 300 Christians living in al-Arish fled their homes, with nothing but their clothes on their backs and their children in their hands. In a video of these Copts, one man can be heard saying “They are burning us alive! They seek to exterminate Christians altogether! Where’s the [Egyptian] military?” Another woman yells at the camera, “Tell the whole world, look—we’ve left our homes, and why? Because they kill our children, they kill our women, they kill our innocent people! Why? Our children are terrified to go to schools. Why? Why all this injustice?! Why doesn’t the president move and do something for us? We can’t even answer our doors without being terrified!” “We loved our country but our country doesn’t love us,” said the brother of one of the slain.

      Muslim Abduction, Rape, Murder and Mutilation of Christian Women

      Pakistan: Hours after being dropped off at the Convent of Jesus and Mary school in Punjab by her brother, Tania Mariyam, a 12-year-old Christian girl, was found dead in a canal. Despite all the evidence to the contrary—including her clothes being ripped off and signs of drugging—police investigations concluded that she had committed suicide. After three weeks of pressure from Tania’s family and human rights groups, who insisted that the girl had been raped and murdered—as so many Christian girls (and boys) in Pakistan have been before her—police finally conceded that she had not killed herself. Even so, “the severe delays,” says the British Pakistani Christian Association, “mean that much of the evidence has been lost.” “There was a disgusting police cover up,” the murdered girl’s father said, “and I fear that they have colluded with the murderer and know more than they are letting on. They do not care about Christians.”

      West African Nation: According to a report, “Muslims radicals punished the [14-year-old] daughter of a Christian missionary for her faith by subjecting her to brutal female genital mutilation. Currently, the young woman remains in a coma, struggling for her life.” Lydia’s father, Yoonus, formerly a Muslim scholar, had converted to Christianity. When the local Muslim community heard of this—and that he “was now leading Muslims to Christ”—they “urged him to return to Islam and promised to give him gifts if he rejected Christianity. However, Yoonus and his family refused to renounce their faith, resulting in increased persecution” including the attack on his daughter.

      Egypt: Two new cases surfaced of young Christian girls being abducted with the indifference or complicity of the authorities. After Rania Eed Fawzy, 17, failed to return home, her parents and lawyer said it was “an incident of kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam.” They “filed a complaint with the local police that a Muslim male named Rabee Radi Naghi had taken their daughter against her will.” When the family lawyer contacted the Egyptian Attorney General, Nabil Ahmed Sadek, requesting “to remove Rania from hiding and deliver her to one of the Christian Orthodox homeless youth shelters”—as “[n]ormally in such cases the local authorities know where the kidnap[ed] victim is kept”—the Attorney General refused and said, “[T]he girl embraced Islam, what do you want?” As the report explains, even if she did freely convert, “a child in Egypt is considered a minor until age 21. Until [one comes] of age, conversion from one religion to another is illegal.”

      In such kidnapping cases, however, the authorities always settle the issue by accepting the minor Christian girl’s ‘conversion’ to Islam … never the other way around. In conversion from Islam to Christianity complaints, police go above and beyond their role to retrieve the girl and warn her of death from apostasy. Such cases suit the purposes of ideological jihad. By removing a non-Muslim young woman of child-bearing age from the Christian community, adding her to the Muslim girl population to bear Muslim children serves to increase the Muslim population while decreasing Christian numbers.

      Separately, after an apparent ruse caused the older brother of Hanan Adly, an 18-year-old Christian girl, to step out of the house one night, she disappeared from the family farm. The family and their lawyer made a formal complaint to the police, accusing a neighbor, Mohamed Ahmed Nubi Soliman, 27, of kidnapping her. Prosecutors summoned the man and “he admitted a connection with the incident. However, he was released due to lack of physical evidence,” says the report. “A national security investigation was ordered, but … there has been no progress with the case, despite protests outside the police station by friends and family of Hanan.”

      Mali: A Christian nun was kidnapped in the Muslim-majority African nation with “no claims or demands for ransom”, said a local Christian leader. Sister Cecilia Narváez Argoti, of Colombian background, belonged to the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate. “The kidnappers arrived on 7 February from a secluded location a bit far from the village where Sister Cecilia and her sisters were. They broke into the missionary center and plundered money and computer equipment. They then escaped with the ambulance of the medical center with the nun.”

      Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches

      Central African Republic: Supporters of a Muslim rebel group destroyed two churches and killed a pastor in what are described as “revenge attacks.” After the nation’s forces, backed by UN peacekeepers, launched a military operation to interrogate Youssouf Malinga, a local Muslim militia leader known as the “Big Man,” he and his men opened fire on the security forces and killed two passersby. Security responded with fire and killed Malinga and one of his men; three security forces troops were also injured in the shootout. Malinga’s supporters responded by surrounding an apostolic church and stabbing its pastor to death. “More than two dozen people were wounded. At least two churches were destroyed, along with a school,” in the “revenge attacks,” the report adds: “Central African Republic was plunged into civil war in 2013 following the overthrow of former president Francois Bozize, a Christian, by Muslim rebels from the Seleka militia.”

      Congo: Churches are “being desecrated and Christian nuns terrorised by ‘violent thugs’ amid a wave of increased hostility on Christians,” according to reports. Elsewhere the “thugs” are described as “Islamist extremists.” In February alone, “the extremists” burned a major seminary and “sow[ed] terror among the Carmelite Sisters” in nearby Kananga…. The extremists also attacked the St. Dominic church in the town of Limete. They ‘overturned the tabernacle, ransacked the altar, smashed some of the benches and attempted to set fire to the church,’ the archbishop said.”

      Iran: “Historical churches in Iran being destroyed while UNESCO overlooks,” is the title of one report. After explaining that “Destroying church buildings has a long record in the history of the Islamic regime of Iran,” it gives several examples in recent times. Sometimes churches are attacked by “extremist Muslims” who destroy crosses, statues, and icons with sledgehammers and axes; other times the government is responsible. In one case, “judicial authorities in Kerman issued a ruling for a historical church building in their city to be brought down, even though a few years earlier this church had been registered as a national heritage site”; in another instance, a “historical evangelical church building in Mashhad that had been registered as a national heritage site in 2005, was destroyed.” There “are around five hundred registered church buildings in Iran, with many of them abandoned or on the verge of destruction.”

      Sudan: The government ordered the “demolition of at least 25 church buildings” in the Khartoum area, relates one report. The government claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, although mosques located in the same area were spared from the demolition order. Christian leaders said this is “not an isolated act” but rather part of a wider “crack-down” on Christianity that “should be taken with wider perspective.” The Sudan Council of Churches denounced the order and called on the government to reconsider the decision or provide alternative sites for the churches. But Mohamad el Sheikh Mohamad, general manager of Khartoum State’s land department in the Ministry of Physical Planning, said the order should be implemented immediately. “Sudan since 2012 has bulldozed church buildings and harassed and expelled foreign Christians,” the report concludes.

      Nigeria: The Christian Association of Nigeria is calling on the nation’s government to help rebuild destroyed churches in the Muslim majority regions of the nation’s northeastern states. This comes after “a report revealed that at least 900 Christian places of worship have been destroyed by Boko Haram since the [militant Islamic] group began its violent activities.” U.S. lawmakers said that Nigeria is the worst nation in which to be Christian. Christopher Smith, Chairman of US House of Representatives’ Sub-committee on Africa, said that both his staff and he have “investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today” and “made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos…. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians seem to be widespread.” What makes the African nation so hostile to Christians is Boko Haram, a militant Muslim group, which has “forced Christians to convert and forced Muslims to adhere to its extreme interpretation of Islam.”

      Pakistan: Catholic churches and schools in the Lahore area closed down after a Taliban splinter group, which had killed seventy Christians on Easter Day, 2016, carried out a suicide bombing at a rally and killed at least 14 people. The group had vowed a year ago that it planned on launching “more devastating attacks that will target Christians and other religious minorities as well as government installations.”

      Pakistani Justice

      On the same day that the government arrested an elderly Christian man on the charge of blasphemy—which carries a maximum death penalty—it acquitted 106 Muslims of burning down an entire Christian village. On January 28, a mosque leader accused Mukhtar Masih, 70, of writing two letters containing derogatory remarks about the Koran and Muhammad. The report cites a source who said that “the charges against Masih were fabricated by local Muslims seeking to seize his property.” Nonetheless, police raided the elderly man’s home the same day and took his entire family into custody. His family was released but he was booked on charges of blasphemy, and beaten in an attempt to force him to admit to it. On the same day he was arrested, January 28, 2017, a Lahore court acquitted all 106 Muslims accused of burning down a Christian village—including 150 homes and three churches—in 2013, after one of its inhabitants, Sawan Masih, was accused of blasphemy. More than 80 prosecution witnesses, 63 of them with statements recorded about the attack, said they did not recognize any of the 106 accused. So they were all released.

      Separately, the Pakistani government denied that “Christian minorities are being targeted by the country’s controversial blasphemy laws,” says another report—despite the well-known fact that religious minorities, chief among them Christians, are the demographic group most prone to being accused and convicted of blasphemy, to say nothing of being beaten, lynched, and burned alive in mob attacks. After alleging that, of 129 cases of blasphemy, 99 were leveled against fellow Muslims, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said “religious minorities are not being embroiled in blasphemy cases more than Muslims.” However, “[s]everal different persecution watchdog groups have pointed out that Christians are often heavily targeted by blasphemy laws.” Pakistani human rights activist Wilson Chowdhry said officials are “twisting statistics”: “Sadly, Mr Khan’s comments” and “contrived results have failed to recognize that Christians in recent years have become the number one target of blasphemy allegations. It is our belief that a large proportion of the 26 percent of blasphemy convictions listed against minorities will have sentenced Christians, yet we contribute only 1.6 percent of the entire national population.”

      Muslim Hate for and Discrimination against Christians

      Egypt: Fadi, a 15-year-old Christian boy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of what human rights activists say is a false accusation. Last summer, a Muslim neighbor accused him of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old Muslim boy. Investigations and forensic examinations were performed but revealed no evidence of sexual activity. The family was still ordered to leave the village and the charges remained. According to Fadi’s mother, Hana, he was targeted only because their Muslim neighbors, whose grandfather is an influential imam at the local mosque, “don’t like Christians.” She adds: the “judge convicted my son to 15 years because he is a Christian. If he was a Muslim boy, the judge would acquit him when he saw the forensic report, because the forensic report absolved my son,” but “because my son is Christian,” the judge “believed the speech of [the Muslim boy’s] father instead of the forensic report.”

      Turkey: The Islamic terrorist who opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s Eve celebrations confessed that “I wanted to stage the attack on Christians in order to exact revenge on them for their acts committed all over the world. My aim was to kill Christians.” But for a variety of reasons that made it difficult for him to launch a spectacular attack on Christians, Abdulkadir Masharipov, of Uzbek origin, ended up killing 39 people and wounded 65 others at a nightclub. He laments that he did not die then and there as a “martyr”: “When I was out of bullets, I threw two stun grenades. I put the third one near my face to commit suicide, but I didn’t die. I survived, but I entered Reina [nightclub] to die.” Apparently to hurry him on his way to what he sought on the day of attack, Islamic paradise, Abdulkadir said that “it would be good if he were given capital punishment.”

      Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga forces continue to be hostile to a Christian militia group also fighting the Islamic State. After William J. Murray, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Religious Freedom Coalition, visited the Christian town of Qaraqosh on the Nineveh Plain, he wrote that it “has enemies other than the ruthless Islamic State, or ISIS, which left it in ruins. Currently the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga, is blocking aid to the NPU [Nineveh Protection Unit] that guards the town, because the NPU is the Assyrian Christian militia. It is the only armed Christian group in Iraq…. While for appearance and funding from Washington, the Kurds support Christian interests for now, the historical relationship between the two groups includes participation in slaughtering Christians by the tens of thousands. There is no room for a Christian enclave, particularly one that is armed, in the future of an independent state of Kurdistan…” Kurds are Sunni Muslims.

      France: A new study revealed that, in the Western European nation with the largest Muslim population, the overwhelming majority of “religious attacks” are against Christians. “Acts targeting Christian places accounted for 90% of all attacks on places of worship (Christians, Jews or Muslims).” Although the government responded to these statistics by saying that “all these acts have no religious motivation,” and that out of 949 attacks on churches, “there was a possible ‘satanic motivation’ in 14 cases and an ‘anarchist’ motivation in 25,” it did not reveal the source behind the other 910 attacks. Another report, however, from neighboring Germany gives a hint: “Last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million [mostly Muslim] migrants in Germany, local media said ‘not a day goes by’ without attacks on Christian religious statues.”

      About this Series

      The persecution of Christians in the Islamic world has become endemic. Accordingly, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

      1) To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, persecution of Christians.

      2) To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Islamic Sharia.

      Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism laws that criminalize and sometimes punish with death those who “offend” Islam; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or third-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination thereof.

      Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to Indonesia in the East—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

    • James Wherry

      I’m glad you’re so worried. Let’s pray there’s never a Palestinian State, if that’s the case.

      The Disquieting Treatment of Christians by the Palestinians

      by Michael Curtis
      February 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2838/palestinians-Christians (excerpt below)

      * * *

      Centuries of persecution before Israeli “occupation.”

      In the voluminous commentaries on the Middle East today very little attention has been given to the sad fate of Christians in the Arab and Muslim countries. Even less attention has been paid to the contrast between the treatment of Christians in Israel and their treatment in Arab countries. In Israel Christians have religious freedom and their numbers have increased. In Arab countries the religious freedom of Christians is restricted and their number has been reduced because of harassment, fear, and persecution. It is well to remember the words of Martin Luther King: “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

      Christians have been a presence in the Middle East for two millennia. Hundreds of churches and monasteries were built after Constantine legalized Christianity in 313. Yet after the Islamic conquest in 638 Christians have been subjected to Arab and Muslim rule for centuries. Their status in the Ottoman Empire was that of dhimmis, non-Muslims who were protected but who were second-class citizens. In this millet system based on religious affiliation, Christians were tolerated but they were also in a state of perpetual humiliation, even of subjugation.

      Population statistics today are questionable and census is difficult in the various countries of the Middle East, and demographic trends and accuracy of religious affiliation are political issues and must be treated with caution. However, it is evident that under Muslim rule Christians became a minority in the area of Palestine. In recent years the Christian population has declined not only numerically, but also as a proportion of the overall population. This decline has been due to a number of factors: Christian emigration, a higher Muslim birthrate, poor economic conditions, the rise of Islamist groups especially Hamas and Islamic Jihad, growing insecurity, the use made of Christian towns such as Beit Jala as a base by Palestinian fighters for sniping against Israeli areas in Jerusalem, and Christian concern about their fate in the political future.

      Critics of Israel have argued that the departure of Christians from the area of Palestine is due to the “Israeli occupation.” No doubt measures taken by Israel for security reasons have caused some economic difficulties and led to some departure. But the general accusation ignores the reality that two-thirds of Christian Arabs left the areas between 1949 and 1967, the period when Jordan occupied and annexed the West Bank, and Egypt controlled Gaza, years before Israel controlled those areas.

      The discriminatory treatment of Christians by the Muslim majority and the consequences of continuing Arab hostility towards the state of Israel have led to increasing migration from the West Bank and Gaza, the areas controlled by Muslims. Christians in those two areas now account for only about 40,000, 1.5 per cent of the total. The towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem, which depended on the Christian tourist and pilgrim trade, both lost their Christian majorities. In 1995, the number of Christians in Bethlehem was two-thirds of the population; today it is now less than 20 percent. According to the1947 census held by the British there were 28,000 Christians in Jerusalem; in 1967 after 19 years of Jordanian rule there were 11,000. By contrast, the number of Christians in Israel has increased from 34,000 in 1949 and 120,000 in 1995 to over 150,000, now numbering about nine percent of the Israeli Arab population, and two percent of the total population in all of Israel.

      The Christian community in the West Bank and Gaza has a median age of 32 compared to, the Muslim median age of 16. By comparison with the Muslims, its members are older when they marry, have a lower fertility rate, are better educated, are twice as likely to have a university degree, have a higher income, and are more likely to be in white collar and business professions.

      Discrimination against, hostility towards and intimidation of Christians by Palestinians has taken a number of forms. From 1949 to 1967 Jordan occupied the West Bank; its laws forbade Christians from buying land and houses in the Old City of Jerusalem; all schools were closed on Muslim holidays; mosques were deliberately built near churches. The Palestinian Authority formulated a Constitution in 2003 that declared that Islam was “the official religion. ” The Constitution also declares that in a Palestinian state the principles of Islamic Sharia law are to be the main source of legislation. The statement that “respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions shall be maintained” is contradicted in practice by the attacks and condemnation of Christians in mosques, sermons, and publications of Islamic groups. Furthermore, the Palestinian legal and judicial system does not provide protection for Christian land owners, and enforces discrimination in educational, cultural, and taxation policies.

      More drastically, Christians have suffered direct harassment. They have been intimidated and maltreated; money has been extorted, land and property confiscated, and Christian women have been abused, raped, abducted and been subjected to forced marriages. Attempts have been made to impose the Islamic women’s dress code on them.

      The Palestinian Authority has denied Christian, as well as Jewish, ties to Jerusalem. Christian holy sites have been disparaged or insulted. The Palestine Liberation Organization in July 1997 evicted monks and nuns from the Holy Trinity Monastery in Hebron. Palestinian gunmen positioned themselves in or near Christian homes, hotels, and churches during fighting against Israel. The most notorious example of Palestinian insult was the takeover on April 2, 2002 of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem by over 150 gunmen who used the Church to fire against Israeli soldiers who out of respect for the Church did not return fire. Priests, monks, and nuns were essentially hostages of the Palestinians, who apparently stole gold and other property including prayer books.

      Theft of Christian land and property as well as desecration of Christian institutions and disparagement of the religion has occurred. There are allegations of Christians being forced off their land by gangs upheld by a corrupt judiciary. Businesses have had to pay protection money to maintain their existence. Individuals who have converted to Christianity have been threatened. After a Christian man dated a Muslim woman from a neighboring village in September 2005, armed Muslims crying “Allahu Akbar” attacked the Christian city of Taibe, setting fire to homes and businesses and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. The woman had already been poisoned by her own family in an “honor killing.”

      Christian graves in the Gaza Strip have been dug up. Anti-Christian graffiti has appeared, and Christian cemeteries and statues have been defaced. A Muslim mob in February 2002 attacked churches and Christian shops in Ramallah. The First Baptist Church of Bethlehem was firebombed on at least fourteen occasions, and the pastor, Naem Khoury, was shot. In Gaza in June 2007 a leader of the Baptist Church, one of the oldest in the area and which contains Gaza’s only Christian library, was kidnapped and murdered. The Sagrada Familia school in Gaza was torched, and the nuns’ building in the Convent of the Sisters of the Rosary in June 2007 was looted, and holy images and sacred books were burned.

      In a speech in Paris, reported in L’Osservatore Romano on September 17, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, concerned about developments in Muslim Middle East countries, suggested considering the concept of “positive laicity,” a term he borrowed from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The term refers to societies in which various religions should be allowed to exist, all of them separate from the state, and all treated in a positive fashion. The Pope was conscious of the danger facing Christianity if Islamic fundamentalism is successful and theocratic Arab regimes are created. Unlike the Palestinian Muslim treatment of its Christian minority, Israeli policy is built on a separation of religion and state in a society that is pluralistic and upholds freedom of religions and human rights.

      In view of the comparative records of Palestinian Muslim and Israeli actions towards their Christian minorities, Israel comes closer to the positive laicity suggested by the Pope and President Sarkozy than Muslim Palestinians.

      Michael Curtis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University, and author of the forthcoming book, Should Israel Exist? A sovereign nation under assault by the international community.

    • James Wherry

      “Palestine’s Christians Continue to Suffer Persecution”
      Palestinian Christians continue to struggle against persecution, particularly coverts from Islam.
      https://www.christiantoday.com/article/palestines.christians.continue.to.suffer.persecution/5106.htm

      Prominent Christians in the Middle East have expressed alarm at the impact intense persecution is having on Christians in Palestine, as many continue to abandon their faith and leave their homelands.

      Israeli attorney and author, Justus Reid Weiner, has just penned a new book, ‘Human Rights Christians in Palestinian Society’, based on eight years of research into the human rights abuses directed at Muslims who converted to Christianity.

      Originally he “doubted that anyone would victimize the adherents of the world’s largest religion.”

      He told Crosswalk: “But as I began to schedule interviews, I quickly learned that most of the Christian victims were reluctant to even meet me. If they agreed to reveal what they had suffered, they insisted that I refer to them by a pseudonym.”

      |QUOTE|According to Don Finto, pastor and author of ‘God’s Promise and the Future of Israel’, due for release in February, the persecution is happening primarily within the Palestinian territories.

      The situation for Arab Christians within Israel, according to the author, is relatively peaceful, due to much greater acceptance and little persecution.

      “Jewish people who are believers – perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 now in 130 different house groups or congregations/synagogues – are mostly tolerated, sometimes persecuted, often severely, especially by the ultra orthodox.

      “The secular (80 percent of Israeli Jewish citizens are secular-cultural Jews, but not religious. They observe Passover and may even close stores etc. on Sabbath, but they are not people of significant faith) usually do not care, and even sometimes are more tolerant of the Jewish believers in Jesus than they are the ultra orthodox who want to control the country,” said Finto.

      |AD|“Bethlehem is no longer controlled by Israel, but by Palestinians, often hostile Muslims who accept traditional Christians who have been Christians for generations, but if a Muslim turns to faith in Jesus, he may be killed by his own family members. The evangelistic work is going forward, but has to be done very carefully, wisely and under the direction of the Holy Spirit.”

      Following numerous interviews with Palestinian Christians who have experienced persecution and abuse because of their faith, Weiner concluded, “The worst treatment is often ‘reserved’ for persons who leave Islam to become Christians.”

      Despite witnessing Christian persecution firsthand in the Palestinian territories, Weiner said it is often hard to assess or control persecution.

      “Persecution is very hard to measure. If nobody complains does it mean that there is no persecution. It could, but in the case of the Christians living under Palestinian rule this would not be a reasonable conclusion,” said Weiner.

      He said that Palestinian Christians “live within an atmosphere of intimidation and denial”, which is “particularly true of many of their religious leaders”.

      “Since Israel withdrew from the Palestinian cities and towns, it has very little influence over the way the Palestinian Authority and its’ Muslim population behave. Moreover even humanitarian efforts by Israelis to stand up for Christians can backfire as they may be accused of being Israeli agents, a virtual death sentence in the armed anarchy of the Palestinian streets,” he said.

      Weiner spoke of a pastor who was shot and left for dead at a church which was attacked 14 times.

      He said in this kind of atmosphere and partially as a consequence of these attacks, “thousands are leaving the cradle of Christianity”.

      “According to my estimate, if current trends continue, only the relics and holy sites will be left in another 15 years. The Christian community in Bethlehem will cease to exist,” he said.

      Finto echoed this prediction: “It’s so hard for Palestinian Christians to live there in Bethlehem, that they are leaving when they get a chance to leave…Somehow, they are making it very uncomfortable for them, and putting pressure on them to be pro-Palestinian, governmentally.”

    • James Wherry

      MintPressNews – and its official representative, the anonymous neo-NAZ! “tapatio” endorse the expulsion of Jews from the Arab nations, so what’s their complaint, if the Jews fled to a tiny sliver of what was once the Ottoman Empire – the nation of Israel? Here is “tapatio” praising and justifying the expulsion of Jews as “an act of self-preservation by non-Jews.” He INCLUDED his Aryan Brothers from his own German NAZ! Party of WWII!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad83de0093af740893dad2cf1266d37118b30dda7c4fb693685a72fc1988bcd4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/06a79729ac89da15e42fc33832c284d88936134c2238caa25431e2bf09fbfb41.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c0f8c6ae20afe65913e9cdc6dbb8f0ba4ad85a5ff7ad8b3b505a37bf7fb17e4.jpg

    • tapatio

      JEWISH ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATE

      The myth of Israel’s favorable treatment of Palestinian Christians –

      http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/the-myth-of-israels-favorable-treatment-of-palestinian-christians/#sthash.UhREYbHe.dpuf

      Jewish leader demands expulsion of ‘Christian vampires’Israeli hardliner calls for Christmas ban, saying Christians need to be thrown out so they don’t ‘drink our blood’.
      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/jewish-leader-demands-expulsion-christian-vampires-151223163251568.html

      CBS 60 Minutes Christians of the Holy Land
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p65xKqdVe8s

      When Theology Is So Pro-Israel That It Becomes Anti-Christian
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/when-theology-is-so-pro-israel-that-it-becomes-anti-christian/

      Israel Oppressed Arab Christians For Decades Before ISIS Even Existed
      While Israel would like to be seen as a defender of religious freedom in the Middle East, the reality is one of oppression and discrimination for Arab Christians since the occupation began.
      http://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-oppressed-arab-christians-for-decades-before-isis-even-existed/207728/

      Israel passes legislation to reclassify its Christian citizens as ‘non-Arab’
      A new Israeli law creating a legal distinction between Arabs of Christian and Muslim descent passes in the Knesset. Basing the categorisation and status of citizenship on religious and ethnic identifications creates systemic barriers to those citizens who are not deemed acceptable members of the state.
      Congress-mandated panel accused of whitewashing Israeli discrimination against Christians
      http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/congress-panel-israel-religious-freedom-christians.html#ixzz4j4NnP6vP

      Zionists attack Christian tourists visiting the holy land
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRClRoKGRdU

      Jesus and Holy Mary are insulted and humiliated in Israel
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma4zgSXpFgE

      Mocking Jesus on Israeli Zionist TV – צליבת ישו – The Crucifixion of Yeshu(Hebrew for Jesus)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RY83mAr5uA

      Christians Discriminated Against by Israel
      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/rel-christians.html

      Israel’s not-so-stellar record on treatment of Christians
      http://972mag.com/israels-not-so-stellar-record-on-treatment-of-christians/43325/

      Zionist Crimes Against Christianity
      https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/crimes-against-christianity/

      ‘Price Tag’ Israeli Extremists Target Christians
      ‘Jesus is garbage’ graffiti, threat to kill bishop expose anti-Christian sentiment just as Israel prepares to host Pope Francis.
      http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/may-web-only/price-tag-israeli-extremists-target-christians.html

      • tapatio

        THIS OLD DRAG-QUEEN “GAY” PREDATOR ACCUSES ME OF LOTS OF THINGS. REALITY IS THAT HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT ME – OTHER THAN WHAT I’VE POSTED ON THIS SITE.
        JAMES WHERRY (whose gratuitous ad hominem drivel is below), THE REGULAR ZIONIST TROLL ON MINT PRESS, IS NOT CAPABLE (NOR COMPETENT) TO REFUTE WHAT I AND OTHER HUMANS SAY ABOUT THE CULT HE WORSHIPS.
        ALL WHERRY CAN DO IS MAKE INFANTILE AD HOMINEM ATTACKS BASED ON HIS COMPLETE LACK OF INFORMATION. HIS LITTLE GRAPHIC ARE ABOUT EQUAL TO THOSE OF MY NINE YEAR OLD GRANDSON.

        THE CREDIBILITY OF US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

        JAMES WHERRY’S “SOURCES” ARE, FOR THE MOST PART ZIONIST “HASBARA PROJECT” PROPAGANDA FRONTS AND ALT-RIGHT HATE SITES. CHECK THEIR OWNERSHIP AND STAFFS.

        JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

        1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

        2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

        3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
        Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….
        “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

        https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

        http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

    • James Wherry

      “Palestine’s Christians Continue to Suffer Persecution”
      Palestinian Christians continue to struggle against persecution, particularly coverts from Islam.
      https://www.christiantoday.com/article/palestines.christians.continue.to.suffer.persecution/5106.htm

      Prominent Christians in the Middle East have expressed alarm at the impact intense persecution is having on Christians in Palestine, as many continue to abandon their faith and leave their homelands.

      Israeli attorney and author, Justus Reid Weiner, has just penned a new book, ‘Human Rights Christians in Palestinian Society’, based on eight years of research into the human rights abuses directed at Muslims who converted to Christianity.

      Originally he “doubted that anyone would victimize the adherents of the world’s largest religion.”

      He told Crosswalk: “But as I began to schedule interviews, I quickly learned that most of the Christian victims were reluctant to even meet me. If they agreed to reveal what they had suffered, they insisted that I refer to them by a pseudonym.”

      |QUOTE|According to Don Finto, pastor and author of ‘God’s Promise and the Future of Israel’, due for release in February, the persecution is happening primarily within the Palestinian territories.

      The situation for Arab Christians within Israel, according to the author, is relatively peaceful, due to much greater acceptance and little persecution.

      “Jewish people who are believers – perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 now in 130 different house groups or congregations/synagogues – are mostly tolerated, sometimes persecuted, often severely, especially by the ultra orthodox.

      “The secular (80 percent of Israeli Jewish citizens are secular-cultural Jews, but not religious. They observe Passover and may even close stores etc. on Sabbath, but they are not people of significant faith) usually do not care, and even sometimes are more tolerant of the Jewish believers in Jesus than they are the ultra orthodox who want to control the country,” said Finto.

      |AD|“Bethlehem is no longer controlled by Israel, but by Palestinians, often hostile Muslims who accept traditional Christians who have been Christians for generations, but if a Muslim turns to faith in Jesus, he may be killed by his own family members. The evangelistic work is going forward, but has to be done very carefully, wisely and under the direction of the Holy Spirit.”

      Following numerous interviews with Palestinian Christians who have experienced persecution and abuse because of their faith, Weiner concluded, “The worst treatment is often ‘reserved’ for persons who leave Islam to become Christians.”

      Despite witnessing Christian persecution firsthand in the Palestinian territories, Weiner said it is often hard to assess or control persecution.

      “Persecution is very hard to measure. If nobody complains does it mean that there is no persecution. It could, but in the case of the Christians living under Palestinian rule this would not be a reasonable conclusion,” said Weiner.

      He said that Palestinian Christians “live within an atmosphere of intimidation and denial”, which is “particularly true of many of their religious leaders”.

      “Since Israel withdrew from the Palestinian cities and towns, it has very little influence over the way the Palestinian Authority and its’ Muslim population behave. Moreover even humanitarian efforts by Israelis to stand up for Christians can backfire as they may be accused of being Israeli agents, a virtual death sentence in the armed anarchy of the Palestinian streets,” he said.

      Weiner spoke of a pastor who was shot and left for dead at a church which was attacked 14 times.

      He said in this kind of atmosphere and partially as a consequence of these attacks, “thousands are leaving the cradle of Christianity”.

      “According to my estimate, if current trends continue, only the relics and holy sites will be left in another 15 years. The Christian community in Bethlehem will cease to exist,” he said.

      Finto echoed this prediction: “It’s so hard for Palestinian Christians to live there in Bethlehem, that they are leaving when they get a chance to leave…Somehow, they are making it very uncomfortable for them, and putting pressure on them to be pro-Palestinian, governmentally.”

    • James Wherry

      I’m glad you’re so worried. Let’s pray there’s never a Palestinian State, if that’s the case.

      The Disquieting Treatment of Christians by the Palestinians

      by Michael Curtis
      February 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2838/palestinians-Christians (excerpt below)

      * * *

      Centuries of persecution before Israeli “occupation.”

      In the voluminous commentaries on the Middle East today very little attention has been given to the sad fate of Christians in the Arab and Muslim countries. Even less attention has been paid to the contrast between the treatment of Christians in Israel and their treatment in Arab countries. In Israel Christians have religious freedom and their numbers have increased. In Arab countries the religious freedom of Christians is restricted and their number has been reduced because of harassment, fear, and persecution. It is well to remember the words of Martin Luther King: “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

      Christians have been a presence in the Middle East for two millennia. Hundreds of churches and monasteries were built after Constantine legalized Christianity in 313. Yet after the Islamic conquest in 638 Christians have been subjected to Arab and Muslim rule for centuries. Their status in the Ottoman Empire was that of dhimmis, non-Muslims who were protected but who were second-class citizens. In this millet system based on religious affiliation, Christians were tolerated but they were also in a state of perpetual humiliation, even of subjugation.

      Population statistics today are questionable and census is difficult in the various countries of the Middle East, and demographic trends and accuracy of religious affiliation are political issues and must be treated with caution. However, it is evident that under Muslim rule Christians became a minority in the area of Palestine. In recent years the Christian population has declined not only numerically, but also as a proportion of the overall population. This decline has been due to a number of factors: Christian emigration, a higher Muslim birthrate, poor economic conditions, the rise of Islamist groups especially Hamas and Islamic Jihad, growing insecurity, the use made of Christian towns such as Beit Jala as a base by Palestinian fighters for sniping against Israeli areas in Jerusalem, and Christian concern about their fate in the political future.

      Critics of Israel have argued that the departure of Christians from the area of Palestine is due to the “Israeli occupation.” No doubt measures taken by Israel for security reasons have caused some economic difficulties and led to some departure. But the general accusation ignores the reality that two-thirds of Christian Arabs left the areas between 1949 and 1967, the period when Jordan occupied and annexed the West Bank, and Egypt controlled Gaza, years before Israel controlled those areas.

      The discriminatory treatment of Christians by the Muslim majority and the consequences of continuing Arab hostility towards the state of Israel have led to increasing migration from the West Bank and Gaza, the areas controlled by Muslims. Christians in those two areas now account for only about 40,000, 1.5 per cent of the total. The towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem, which depended on the Christian tourist and pilgrim trade, both lost their Christian majorities. In 1995, the number of Christians in Bethlehem was two-thirds of the population; today it is now less than 20 percent. According to the1947 census held by the British there were 28,000 Christians in Jerusalem; in 1967 after 19 years of Jordanian rule there were 11,000. By contrast, the number of Christians in Israel has increased from 34,000 in 1949 and 120,000 in 1995 to over 150,000, now numbering about nine percent of the Israeli Arab population, and two percent of the total population in all of Israel.

      The Christian community in the West Bank and Gaza has a median age of 32 compared to, the Muslim median age of 16. By comparison with the Muslims, its members are older when they marry, have a lower fertility rate, are better educated, are twice as likely to have a university degree, have a higher income, and are more likely to be in white collar and business professions.

      Discrimination against, hostility towards and intimidation of Christians by Palestinians has taken a number of forms. From 1949 to 1967 Jordan occupied the West Bank; its laws forbade Christians from buying land and houses in the Old City of Jerusalem; all schools were closed on Muslim holidays; mosques were deliberately built near churches. The Palestinian Authority formulated a Constitution in 2003 that declared that Islam was “the official religion. ” The Constitution also declares that in a Palestinian state the principles of Islamic Sharia law are to be the main source of legislation. The statement that “respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions shall be maintained” is contradicted in practice by the attacks and condemnation of Christians in mosques, sermons, and publications of Islamic groups. Furthermore, the Palestinian legal and judicial system does not provide protection for Christian land owners, and enforces discrimination in educational, cultural, and taxation policies.

      More drastically, Christians have suffered direct harassment. They have been intimidated and maltreated; money has been extorted, land and property confiscated, and Christian women have been abused, raped, abducted and been subjected to forced marriages. Attempts have been made to impose the Islamic women’s dress code on them.

      The Palestinian Authority has denied Christian, as well as Jewish, ties to Jerusalem. Christian holy sites have been disparaged or insulted. The Palestine Liberation Organization in July 1997 evicted monks and nuns from the Holy Trinity Monastery in Hebron. Palestinian gunmen positioned themselves in or near Christian homes, hotels, and churches during fighting against Israel. The most notorious example of Palestinian insult was the takeover on April 2, 2002 of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem by over 150 gunmen who used the Church to fire against Israeli soldiers who out of respect for the Church did not return fire. Priests, monks, and nuns were essentially hostages of the Palestinians, who apparently stole gold and other property including prayer books.

      Theft of Christian land and property as well as desecration of Christian institutions and disparagement of the religion has occurred. There are allegations of Christians being forced off their land by gangs upheld by a corrupt judiciary. Businesses have had to pay protection money to maintain their existence. Individuals who have converted to Christianity have been threatened. After a Christian man dated a Muslim woman from a neighboring village in September 2005, armed Muslims crying “Allahu Akbar” attacked the Christian city of Taibe, setting fire to homes and businesses and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. The woman had already been poisoned by her own family in an “honor killing.”

      Christian graves in the Gaza Strip have been dug up. Anti-Christian graffiti has appeared, and Christian cemeteries and statues have been defaced. A Muslim mob in February 2002 attacked churches and Christian shops in Ramallah. The First Baptist Church of Bethlehem was firebombed on at least fourteen occasions, and the pastor, Naem Khoury, was shot. In Gaza in June 2007 a leader of the Baptist Church, one of the oldest in the area and which contains Gaza’s only Christian library, was kidnapped and murdered. The Sagrada Familia school in Gaza was torched, and the nuns’ building in the Convent of the Sisters of the Rosary in June 2007 was looted, and holy images and sacred books were burned.

      In a speech in Paris, reported in L’Osservatore Romano on September 17, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, concerned about developments in Muslim Middle East countries, suggested considering the concept of “positive laicity,” a term he borrowed from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The term refers to societies in which various religions should be allowed to exist, all of them separate from the state, and all treated in a positive fashion. The Pope was conscious of the danger facing Christianity if Islamic fundamentalism is successful and theocratic Arab regimes are created. Unlike the Palestinian Muslim treatment of its Christian minority, Israeli policy is built on a separation of religion and state in a society that is pluralistic and upholds freedom of religions and human rights.

      In view of the comparative records of Palestinian Muslim and Israeli actions towards their Christian minorities, Israel comes closer to the positive laicity suggested by the Pope and President Sarkozy than Muslim Palestinians.

      Michael Curtis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University, and author of the forthcoming book, Should Israel Exist? A sovereign nation under assault by the international community.

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    • Kevin O’Connor

      Kagey painful for you to read factual information that indeed Israel discriminates against Non Jews huh? Israel can no longer hide from the world that extremists exist in Israel that deplore All religions outside their on A problem all religions are faced with !!

    • Kagey1

      Ms. Webb you are fine with the ethno-Muslim states like Syria, Iraq, Iran, making the minority religions “protected groups”. Apparently it is only when the third Jewish state gives equal rights and tries, admittedly not always successfully to protect minority communities that you condemn the practice. The act of treating Jewish groups and state differently than non-Jewish groups is called racist and the subset here is anti-Semitic in my opinion,

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        Actually, the ZioNazi thugs do not give equal rights to Christians and Muslims. They don’t even treat Arab Jews well.

    • James Wherry

      “Drip-Drip” Genocide: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February, 2017
      05/29/2017 by Raymond Ibrahim

      http://raymondibrahim.com/category/muslim-persecution-of-christians/

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed74bfb608d62317efb9fe93e8c805feafcf002a0a8b8f975824eae349149aa2.jpg

      Acquitted: Muslim destruction of Joseph Colony, a Christian region, in Pakistan, 2013

      The Islamic State is at it again. More stories of atrocities against Christians continued to surface. In one, a Christian man, Meghrik, said the bus in which he was riding in Syria was stopped at what turned out to be an ISIS checkpoint. Three men dressed in black entered and began checking all the passengers’ identification papers. “Are you a Christian?” they asked him. “No,” he said. He explained that he was raised by Christian parents and his family name was Christian, but that he was not. “You’re lying,” the fighter said. “Your name says you’re a Christian. Come with me.” He was taken to an ISIS-judge who “concluded that he was a Christian” and said “You’re sentenced to death.” Thereafter Meghrik was severely whipped and tortured. At one point he was thrown in a hole in the ground and surrounded by an execution squad prepared to fire. After 10 days of this treatment and for unknown reasons—Meghrik cites a miracle and is now a devout Christian—he was released.

      While much of the world acknowledges that the Islamic State is engaged in acts of genocide against religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, in other Muslim states, such as Pakistan, Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are experiencing a “drip-drip genocide“, said the noted author, journalist and Pakistani politician Farahnaz Ispahani :”Right before the partition of India and Pakistan, we had a very healthy balance of religions other than Islam. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Zoroastrians. [Now] Pakistan goes from 23 per cent [non-Muslim], which is almost a quarter of its population, to three per cent today. I call it a ‘drip drip genocide’, because it’s the most dangerous kind of wiping out of religious communities…. It doesn’t happen in one day. It doesn’t happen over a few months. Little by little by little, laws and institutions and bureaucracies and penal codes, textbooks that malign other communities, until you come to the point of having this sort of jihadi culture that is running rampant.”

      Other accounts of Muslim persecution of Christians to surface in February 2017 include, but are not limited to, the following:

      The Slaughter of Christians in Egypt

      As in January, when five different Christians were killed in four separate hate crimes around the nation, another murderous wave took the non-Muslim minorities by storm, this time in al-Arish, Sinai. The murders may have been connected to a video released in February by the “Islamic State in Egypt.” In the video, masked militants promise more attacks on the “worshipers of the cross”—a reference to the Coptic Christians of Egypt, of whom they also refer to as their “favorite prey” and “infidels who are empowering the West against Muslim nations.” One of the militants, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, added, “God gave orders to kill every infidel.” Below is a list of Christians murdered in al-Arish:

      January 30: A 35-year-old Christian was in his small shop working with his wife and young son when three masked men walked in, opened fire and killed him. The masked men then sat around his shop table, eating chips and drinking soda, while the bodies lay in a pool of blood before the terrified wife and child.

      February 13: A 57-year-old Christian laborer was shot and killed as he tried to fight off masked men trying to kidnap his young son from on a crowded street in daylight. The men, after murdering the father, seized his young son and took him to an unknown location (where, if precedent is accurate, he is likely being tortured or possibly killed, if a hefty ransom has not been paid).

      February 16: A 45-year-old Christian schoolteacher was moonlighting at his shoe store with his wife, when masked men walked in the crowded shop and shot him dead.

      February 17: A 40-year-old medical doctor was killed by masked men who, after forcing him to stop his car, opened fire and killed him. He, also, leaves a widow and two children.

      February 22: Islamic State affiliates killeda 65-year-old Christian man by shooting him in the head. They then abducted and tortured his 45-year-old son before burning him alive and dumping his charred remains near a schoolyard.

      February 23: A Christian plumber was shot dead in front of his wife and children at their home.

      After the slayings, at least 300 Christians living in al-Arish fled their homes, with nothing but their clothes on their backs and their children in their hands. In a video of these Copts, one man can be heard saying “They are burning us alive! They seek to exterminate Christians altogether! Where’s the [Egyptian] military?” Another woman yells at the camera, “Tell the whole world, look—we’ve left our homes, and why? Because they kill our children, they kill our women, they kill our innocent people! Why? Our children are terrified to go to schools. Why? Why all this injustice?! Why doesn’t the president move and do something for us? We can’t even answer our doors without being terrified!” “We loved our country but our country doesn’t love us,” said the brother of one of the slain.

      Muslim Abduction, Rape, Murder and Mutilation of Christian Women

      Pakistan: Hours after being dropped off at the Convent of Jesus and Mary school in Punjab by her brother, Tania Mariyam, a 12-year-old Christian girl, was found dead in a canal. Despite all the evidence to the contrary—including her clothes being ripped off and signs of drugging—police investigations concluded that she had committed suicide. After three weeks of pressure from Tania’s family and human rights groups, who insisted that the girl had been raped and murdered—as so many Christian girls (and boys) in Pakistan have been before her—police finally conceded that she had not killed herself. Even so, “the severe delays,” says the British Pakistani Christian Association, “mean that much of the evidence has been lost.” “There was a disgusting police cover up,” the murdered girl’s father said, “and I fear that they have colluded with the murderer and know more than they are letting on. They do not care about Christians.”

      West African Nation: According to a report, “Muslims radicals punished the [14-year-old] daughter of a Christian missionary for her faith by subjecting her to brutal female genital mutilation. Currently, the young woman remains in a coma, struggling for her life.” Lydia’s father, Yoonus, formerly a Muslim scholar, had converted to Christianity. When the local Muslim community heard of this—and that he “was now leading Muslims to Christ”—they “urged him to return to Islam and promised to give him gifts if he rejected Christianity. However, Yoonus and his family refused to renounce their faith, resulting in increased persecution” including the attack on his daughter.

      Egypt: Two new cases surfaced of young Christian girls being abducted with the indifference or complicity of the authorities. After Rania Eed Fawzy, 17, failed to return home, her parents and lawyer said it was “an incident of kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam.” They “filed a complaint with the local police that a Muslim male named Rabee Radi Naghi had taken their daughter against her will.” When the family lawyer contacted the Egyptian Attorney General, Nabil Ahmed Sadek, requesting “to remove Rania from hiding and deliver her to one of the Christian Orthodox homeless youth shelters”—as “[n]ormally in such cases the local authorities know where the kidnap[ed] victim is kept”—the Attorney General refused and said, “[T]he girl embraced Islam, what do you want?” As the report explains, even if she did freely convert, “a child in Egypt is considered a minor until age 21. Until [one comes] of age, conversion from one religion to another is illegal.”

      In such kidnapping cases, however, the authorities always settle the issue by accepting the minor Christian girl’s ‘conversion’ to Islam … never the other way around. In conversion from Islam to Christianity complaints, police go above and beyond their role to retrieve the girl and warn her of death from apostasy. Such cases suit the purposes of ideological jihad. By removing a non-Muslim young woman of child-bearing age from the Christian community, adding her to the Muslim girl population to bear Muslim children serves to increase the Muslim population while decreasing Christian numbers.

      Separately, after an apparent ruse caused the older brother of Hanan Adly, an 18-year-old Christian girl, to step out of the house one night, she disappeared from the family farm. The family and their lawyer made a formal complaint to the police, accusing a neighbor, Mohamed Ahmed Nubi Soliman, 27, of kidnapping her. Prosecutors summoned the man and “he admitted a connection with the incident. However, he was released due to lack of physical evidence,” says the report. “A national security investigation was ordered, but … there has been no progress with the case, despite protests outside the police station by friends and family of Hanan.”

      Mali: A Christian nun was kidnapped in the Muslim-majority African nation with “no claims or demands for ransom”, said a local Christian leader. Sister Cecilia Narváez Argoti, of Colombian background, belonged to the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate. “The kidnappers arrived on 7 February from a secluded location a bit far from the village where Sister Cecilia and her sisters were. They broke into the missionary center and plundered money and computer equipment. They then escaped with the ambulance of the medical center with the nun.”

      Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches

      Central African Republic: Supporters of a Muslim rebel group destroyed two churches and killed a pastor in what are described as “revenge attacks.” After the nation’s forces, backed by UN peacekeepers, launched a military operation to interrogate Youssouf Malinga, a local Muslim militia leader known as the “Big Man,” he and his men opened fire on the security forces and killed two passersby. Security responded with fire and killed Malinga and one of his men; three security forces troops were also injured in the shootout. Malinga’s supporters responded by surrounding an apostolic church and stabbing its pastor to death. “More than two dozen people were wounded. At least two churches were destroyed, along with a school,” in the “revenge attacks,” the report adds: “Central African Republic was plunged into civil war in 2013 following the overthrow of former president Francois Bozize, a Christian, by Muslim rebels from the Seleka militia.”

      Congo: Churches are “being desecrated and Christian nuns terrorised by ‘violent thugs’ amid a wave of increased hostility on Christians,” according to reports. Elsewhere the “thugs” are described as “Islamist extremists.” In February alone, “the extremists” burned a major seminary and “sow[ed] terror among the Carmelite Sisters” in nearby Kananga…. The extremists also attacked the St. Dominic church in the town of Limete. They ‘overturned the tabernacle, ransacked the altar, smashed some of the benches and attempted to set fire to the church,’ the archbishop said.”

      Iran: “Historical churches in Iran being destroyed while UNESCO overlooks,” is the title of one report. After explaining that “Destroying church buildings has a long record in the history of the Islamic regime of Iran,” it gives several examples in recent times. Sometimes churches are attacked by “extremist Muslims” who destroy crosses, statues, and icons with sledgehammers and axes; other times the government is responsible. In one case, “judicial authorities in Kerman issued a ruling for a historical church building in their city to be brought down, even though a few years earlier this church had been registered as a national heritage site”; in another instance, a “historical evangelical church building in Mashhad that had been registered as a national heritage site in 2005, was destroyed.” There “are around five hundred registered church buildings in Iran, with many of them abandoned or on the verge of destruction.”

      Sudan: The government ordered the “demolition of at least 25 church buildings” in the Khartoum area, relates one report. The government claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, although mosques located in the same area were spared from the demolition order. Christian leaders said this is “not an isolated act” but rather part of a wider “crack-down” on Christianity that “should be taken with wider perspective.” The Sudan Council of Churches denounced the order and called on the government to reconsider the decision or provide alternative sites for the churches. But Mohamad el Sheikh Mohamad, general manager of Khartoum State’s land department in the Ministry of Physical Planning, said the order should be implemented immediately. “Sudan since 2012 has bulldozed church buildings and harassed and expelled foreign Christians,” the report concludes.

      Nigeria: The Christian Association of Nigeria is calling on the nation’s government to help rebuild destroyed churches in the Muslim majority regions of the nation’s northeastern states. This comes after “a report revealed that at least 900 Christian places of worship have been destroyed by Boko Haram since the [militant Islamic] group began its violent activities.” U.S. lawmakers said that Nigeria is the worst nation in which to be Christian. Christopher Smith, Chairman of US House of Representatives’ Sub-committee on Africa, said that both his staff and he have “investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today” and “made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos…. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians seem to be widespread.” What makes the African nation so hostile to Christians is Boko Haram, a militant Muslim group, which has “forced Christians to convert and forced Muslims to adhere to its extreme interpretation of Islam.”

      Pakistan: Catholic churches and schools in the Lahore area closed down after a Taliban splinter group, which had killed seventy Christians on Easter Day, 2016, carried out a suicide bombing at a rally and killed at least 14 people. The group had vowed a year ago that it planned on launching “more devastating attacks that will target Christians and other religious minorities as well as government installations.”

      Pakistani Justice

      On the same day that the government arrested an elderly Christian man on the charge of blasphemy—which carries a maximum death penalty—it acquitted 106 Muslims of burning down an entire Christian village. On January 28, a mosque leader accused Mukhtar Masih, 70, of writing two letters containing derogatory remarks about the Koran and Muhammad. The report cites a source who said that “the charges against Masih were fabricated by local Muslims seeking to seize his property.” Nonetheless, police raided the elderly man’s home the same day and took his entire family into custody. His family was released but he was booked on charges of blasphemy, and beaten in an attempt to force him to admit to it. On the same day he was arrested, January 28, 2017, a Lahore court acquitted all 106 Muslims accused of burning down a Christian village—including 150 homes and three churches—in 2013, after one of its inhabitants, Sawan Masih, was accused of blasphemy. More than 80 prosecution witnesses, 63 of them with statements recorded about the attack, said they did not recognize any of the 106 accused. So they were all released.

      Separately, the Pakistani government denied that “Christian minorities are being targeted by the country’s controversial blasphemy laws,” says another report—despite the well-known fact that religious minorities, chief among them Christians, are the demographic group most prone to being accused and convicted of blasphemy, to say nothing of being beaten, lynched, and burned alive in mob attacks. After alleging that, of 129 cases of blasphemy, 99 were leveled against fellow Muslims, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said “religious minorities are not being embroiled in blasphemy cases more than Muslims.” However, “[s]everal different persecution watchdog groups have pointed out that Christians are often heavily targeted by blasphemy laws.” Pakistani human rights activist Wilson Chowdhry said officials are “twisting statistics”: “Sadly, Mr Khan’s comments” and “contrived results have failed to recognize that Christians in recent years have become the number one target of blasphemy allegations. It is our belief that a large proportion of the 26 percent of blasphemy convictions listed against minorities will have sentenced Christians, yet we contribute only 1.6 percent of the entire national population.”

      Muslim Hate for and Discrimination against Christians

      Egypt: Fadi, a 15-year-old Christian boy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of what human rights activists say is a false accusation. Last summer, a Muslim neighbor accused him of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old Muslim boy. Investigations and forensic examinations were performed but revealed no evidence of sexual activity. The family was still ordered to leave the village and the charges remained. According to Fadi’s mother, Hana, he was targeted only because their Muslim neighbors, whose grandfather is an influential imam at the local mosque, “don’t like Christians.” She adds: the “judge convicted my son to 15 years because he is a Christian. If he was a Muslim boy, the judge would acquit him when he saw the forensic report, because the forensic report absolved my son,” but “because my son is Christian,” the judge “believed the speech of [the Muslim boy’s] father instead of the forensic report.”

      Turkey: The Islamic terrorist who opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s Eve celebrations confessed that “I wanted to stage the attack on Christians in order to exact revenge on them for their acts committed all over the world. My aim was to kill Christians.” But for a variety of reasons that made it difficult for him to launch a spectacular attack on Christians, Abdulkadir Masharipov, of Uzbek origin, ended up killing 39 people and wounded 65 others at a nightclub. He laments that he did not die then and there as a “martyr”: “When I was out of bullets, I threw two stun grenades. I put the third one near my face to commit suicide, but I didn’t die. I survived, but I entered Reina [nightclub] to die.” Apparently to hurry him on his way to what he sought on the day of attack, Islamic paradise, Abdulkadir said that “it would be good if he were given capital punishment.”

      Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga forces continue to be hostile to a Christian militia group also fighting the Islamic State. After William J. Murray, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Religious Freedom Coalition, visited the Christian town of Qaraqosh on the Nineveh Plain, he wrote that it “has enemies other than the ruthless Islamic State, or ISIS, which left it in ruins. Currently the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga, is blocking aid to the NPU [Nineveh Protection Unit] that guards the town, because the NPU is the Assyrian Christian militia. It is the only armed Christian group in Iraq…. While for appearance and funding from Washington, the Kurds support Christian interests for now, the historical relationship between the two groups includes participation in slaughtering Christians by the tens of thousands. There is no room for a Christian enclave, particularly one that is armed, in the future of an independent state of Kurdistan…” Kurds are Sunni Muslims.

      France: A new study revealed that, in the Western European nation with the largest Muslim population, the overwhelming majority of “religious attacks” are against Christians. “Acts targeting Christian places accounted for 90% of all attacks on places of worship (Christians, Jews or Muslims).” Although the government responded to these statistics by saying that “all these acts have no religious motivation,” and that out of 949 attacks on churches, “there was a possible ‘satanic motivation’ in 14 cases and an ‘anarchist’ motivation in 25,” it did not reveal the source behind the other 910 attacks. Another report, however, from neighboring Germany gives a hint: “Last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million [mostly Muslim] migrants in Germany, local media said ‘not a day goes by’ without attacks on Christian religious statues.”

      About this Series

      The persecution of Christians in the Islamic world has become endemic. Accordingly, “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

      1) To document that which the mainstream media does not: the habitual, if not chronic, persecution of Christians.

      2) To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic and interrelated—that it is rooted in a worldview inspired by Islamic Sharia.

      Accordingly, whatever the anecdote of persecution, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytism laws that criminalize and sometimes punish with death those who “offend” Islam; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya (financial tribute expected from non-Muslims); overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or third-class, “tolerated” citizens; and simple violence and murder. Sometimes it is a combination thereof.

      Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales—from Morocco in the West, to Indonesia in the East—it should be clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Islamic Sharia law, or the supremacist culture born of it.

    • James Wherry

      The article pretends there’s some sort of “conspiracy” to destroy Christianity.

      Maybe it’s right:

      1. The Caliph Omar breaks Muhammad’s promises and expels all Christians from the Hijaz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hejaz

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      “(1) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Umar expelled the Jews and the christians from Hijaz. When Allah’s Apostle had conquered Khaibar, he wanted to expel the Jews from it as its land became the property of Allah, His Apostle, and the Muslims. Allah’s Apostle intended to expel the Jews but they requested him to let them stay there on the condition that they would do the labor and get half of the fruits. Allah’s Apostle told them, “We will let you stay on thus condition, as long as we wish.” So, they (i.e. Jews) kept on living there until ‘Umar forced them to go towards Taima’ and Ariha’. (Book #39, Hadith #531)”

      2. Christians and Jews were treated as second class citizens as “dhimmi” or “protected.” “Protected” from what? Allah’s righteous wrath that Muslims were expected to meet out on everyone else. They had to pay a slave tax or blood money known as “jizya.” Those who did not were sold into slavery.

      3. And the rest is history.

      “Muslim persecution of Christians: A 1,400 year tradition”
      Muslim persecution of Christians exists in 40 nations today as part of a continuum — or “tradition” — that started nearly 14 centuries ago. A new study shows a horrific reality that you just won’t read in our mainstream media

      http://www.thecommentator.com/article/5594/muslim_persecution_of_christians_a_1_400_year_tradition

    • tapatio

      JEWISH ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATE

      Jewish leader demands expulsion of ‘Christian vampires’Israeli hardliner calls for Christmas ban, saying Christians need to be thrown out so they don’t ‘drink our blood’.
      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/jewish-leader-demands-expulsion-christian-vampires-151223163251568.html

      CBS 60 Minutes Christians of the Holy Land
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p65xKqdVe8s

      Zionists attack Christian tourists visiting the holy land
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRClRoKGRdU

      Jesus and Holy Mary are insulted and humiliated in Israel
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma4zgSXpFgE

      Mocking Jesus on Israeli Zionist TV – צליבת ישו – The Crucifixion of Yeshu(Hebrew for Jesus)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RY83mAr5uA

      Christians Discriminated Against by Israel
      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/rel-christians.html

      Israel’s not-so-stellar record on treatment of Christians
      http://972mag.com/israels-not-so-stellar-record-on-treatment-of-christians/43325/

      Zionist Crimes Against Christianity
      https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/crimes-against-christianity/'Price Tag’ Israeli Extremists Target Christians
      ‘Jesus is garbage’ graffiti, threat to kill bishop expose anti-Christian sentiment just as Israel prepares to host Pope Francis.
      http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/may-web-only/price-tag-israeli-extremists-target-christians.html

      • James Wherry
      • James Wherry

        The poster of the post above is a filthy piece of NAZ! trash who hates Jews, Gays, and anyone else who disagrees with him. Here it is, praising the NAZ! Party of WWII Germany for the Holocaust as “an act of self-preservation by non-Jews.” Maybe if “it” wasn’t praising the expulsion of Jews in 109 places, they would have not returned to their homeland – Israel.
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        • tapatio

          I’LL HELP YOU OUT, MISTER K-Y JELLY BREATH. HERE’S THE ENTIRE COMMENT……

          The Jews have not been “persecuted”. Host countries and cultures have grown sick of the Jewish god, MONEY, the constant Jewish PREDATORY financial behavior, the loan-sharking, the TREACHEROUS and CORRUPT Jewish political behaviors, the SNEAKING/UNDERHANDED VIOLENCE, the DEGENERACY of such a huge percentage of Jews.

          For more than 3000 years, from their expulsion from Egypt and from the money changers that Jesus is said to have driven from the temple to the predatory global Rothschild banking cartel to the lowest loan shark in NY, to the Internet propaganda shill, the Jewish peddler of kiddie-porn, the IDF thug and Mossad scum and their rabbis preaching the delusion of a “chosen” master-race, this predatory cult posing as religion and ethnicity has most closely resembled a malignant cancer metastasizing through our world, corrupting and spoiling everything it touches.

          When one or a few cultures find a particular culture toxic, it could be bigotry.

          When almost EVERY culture finds Judaism toxic, JUDAISM IS TOXIC .

          Every expulsion of Jews below was preceded by widespread and extreme crime and abuses BY JEWS. The Jews have been expelled from more than 100 countries in the last 2000 years. Listed below are ONLY those expulsions that could be directly linked to RAMPANT JEWISH CRIME. They had NOTHING to do with “persecution” of Jews. However, often, innocent Jews suffered because of guilt by association with their predatory leadership.

          Expulsions of Jews were acts of SELF-PRESERVATION by non-Jewish cultures.

          Expulsions of Jews
          Date Place
          0. 135: Palestine
          1. 250: Carthage
          2. 415: Alexandria
          3. 554: Diocese of Clement (France)
          4. 561: Diocese of Uzzes (France)
          5. 612: Visigoth Spain
          6. 642: Visigoth Empire
          7. 855: Italy
          8. 876: Sens
          9. 1012: Mayence
          10. 1181: France
          11. 1290: England
          12. 1306: France
          13. 1348: Switzerland
          14. 1349: Hielbronn (Germany)
          15. 1349: Hungary
          16. 1388: Strasbourg
          17. 1394: Germany
          18. 1394: France
          19. 1422: Austria
          20. 1424: Fribourg & Zurich
          21. 1426: Cologne
          22. 1432: Savory
          23. 1438: Mainz
          24. 1439: Augsburg
          25. 1446: Bavaria
          26. 1453: Franconis
          27. 1453: Breslau
          28. 1454: Wurzburg
          29. 1485: Vincenza (Italy)
          30. 1492: Spain
          31. 1495: Lithuania
          32. 1497: Portugal
          33. 1499: Germany
          34. 1514: Strasbourg
          35. 1519: Regensburg
          36. 1540: Naples
          37. 1542: Bohemia
          38. 1550: Genoa
          39. 1551: Bavaria
          40. 1555: Pesaro
          41. 1559: Austria
          42. 1561: Prague
          43. 1567: Wurzburg
          44. 1569: Papal States
          45. 1571: Brandenburg
          46. 1582: Netherlands
          47. 1593: Brandenburg, Austria
          48. 1597: Cremona, Pavia & Lodi
          49. 1614: Frankfort
          50. 1615: Worms
          51. 1619: Kiev
          52. 1649: Ukraine
          53. 1654: LittleRussia
          54. 1656: Lithuania
          55. 1669: Oran (North Africa)
          56. 1670: Vienna
          57. 1712: Sandomir
          58. 1727: Russia
          59. 1738: Wurtemburg
          60. 1740: LittleRussia
          61. 1744: Bohemia
          62. 1744: Livonia
          63. 1745: Moravia
          64. 1753: Kovad (Lithuania)
          65. 1761: Bordeaux
          66. 1772: Jews deported to the Pale of Settlement (Russia)
          67. 1775: Warsaw
          68. 1789: Alace
          69. 1804: Villages in Russia
          70. 1808: Villages & Countrysides (Russia)
          71. 1815: Lubeck & Bremen
          72. 1815: Franconia, Swabia & Bavaria
          73. 1820: Bremes
          74. 1843: Russian Border Austria & Prussia
          75. 1862: Area in the U.S. under Grant’s Jurisdiction
          76. 1866: Galatz, Romania
          77. 1919: Bavaria (foreign born Jews)
          78. 1938-45: Naz! Controlled Areas – At the end of WW I, the Rothschild (JEWISH) banking cartel was able to take control of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and gain control of the German economy – which they proceeded to RAPE. Hundreds of thousands of Germans died of starvation, millions lost everything to the Rothschild bankers. This rape of Germany LED DIRECTLY to the rise of Hitler and to the Second World War.
          79. 1948: Arab Countries – According to the Jewish state’s CLAIM, 800,000 Jews were expelled from Arab countries after 1948. Most of those Jews emigrated VOLUNTARILY and many were paid to immigrate to the Jew state. The expulsions of Jews from Arab states OCCURRED ONLY AFTER THE SLAUGHTER OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS BY JEW TERRORISTS AND THE EXPULSION OF ALMOST A MILLION INDIGENOUS PALESTINIANS BY THE EUROPEAN, CAUCASIAN JEW INVADERS (well documented by reports of the British troops in the Palestine Mandate).

          • James Wherry

            Got it: you hate Jews and you praise the NAZ! party of WWII Germany for the Holocaust as an “act of self-defense by non-Jews.”

            Hence the reason why you are a filthy piece of NAZ! trash.

            Thanks for proving me right once again.

      • tapatio

        As can be seen in the ad hominem drivel of the Jews’ boot-lick, Wherry-below, his entire function in life is to defend the lies of his Judeo-Nazi masters. He also works/has worked for US Army “Civil Affairs” – one of the US military organizations that brought state sponsored terrorism to Vietnam………the “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE” MESSAGE OF THE CIA’s PHOENIX PROGRAM.
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        • James Wherry

          Oh, boo, hoo, hoo: after all of his ad homineim attacks on me, the neo-NAZ! “tapatio” can dish it out,b but can’t take it. the photo above is not of what Civil Affairs Soldiers do, but what happens, when hate-filled people like “tapatio” prevent us from doing out work. Blame him for this. It’s gratuitous nudity to distract the reader. Think about what “tapatio’s” jihadist allies want done to YOU:
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        • Norm

          The Fraud Behind The Girl In The Photo
          Hijacking the history of the Vietnam veteran
          “The Girl In The Photo was accidentally burned by her own countrymen, who were fighting her future countrymen. The only American participants of any nature were the journalists who reported the event and made her famous, and the doctors who saved her life. If left to the care of her countrymen, it is unlikely that the little girl would have lived to market forgiveness to anyone, but Americans saved her, and Americans made her famous enough to forgive us for an accident in which no American participated.” http://www.ndqsa.com/myth.html

    • tapatio

      THE CREDIBILITY OF US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

      JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

      1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

      2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

      3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
      Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….
      “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

      https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

      http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

    • James Wherry

      I’m glad you’re so worried. Let’s pray there’s never a Palestinian State, if that’s the case.

      The Disquieting Treatment of Christians by the Palestinians

      by Michael Curtis
      February 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2838/palestinians-Christians (excerpt below)

      * * *

      Centuries of persecution before Israeli “occupation.”

      In the voluminous commentaries on the Middle East today very little attention has been given to the sad fate of Christians in the Arab and Muslim countries. Even less attention has been paid to the contrast between the treatment of Christians in Israel and their treatment in Arab countries. In Israel Christians have religious freedom and their numbers have increased. In Arab countries the religious freedom of Christians is restricted and their number has been reduced because of harassment, fear, and persecution. It is well to remember the words of Martin Luther King: “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

      Christians have been a presence in the Middle East for two millennia. Hundreds of churches and monasteries were built after Constantine legalized Christianity in 313. Yet after the Islamic conquest in 638 Christians have been subjected to Arab and Muslim rule for centuries. Their status in the Ottoman Empire was that of dhimmis, non-Muslims who were protected but who were second-class citizens. In this millet system based on religious affiliation, Christians were tolerated but they were also in a state of perpetual humiliation, even of subjugation.

      Population statistics today are questionable and census is difficult in the various countries of the Middle East, and demographic trends and accuracy of religious affiliation are political issues and must be treated with caution. However, it is evident that under Muslim rule Christians became a minority in the area of Palestine. In recent years the Christian population has declined not only numerically, but also as a proportion of the overall population. This decline has been due to a number of factors: Christian emigration, a higher Muslim birthrate, poor economic conditions, the rise of Islamist groups especially Hamas and Islamic Jihad, growing insecurity, the use made of Christian towns such as Beit Jala as a base by Palestinian fighters for sniping against Israeli areas in Jerusalem, and Christian concern about their fate in the political future.

      Critics of Israel have argued that the departure of Christians from the area of Palestine is due to the “Israeli occupation.” No doubt measures taken by Israel for security reasons have caused some economic difficulties and led to some departure. But the general accusation ignores the reality that two-thirds of Christian Arabs left the areas between 1949 and 1967, the period when Jordan occupied and annexed the West Bank, and Egypt controlled Gaza, years before Israel controlled those areas.

      The discriminatory treatment of Christians by the Muslim majority and the consequences of continuing Arab hostility towards the state of Israel have led to increasing migration from the West Bank and Gaza, the areas controlled by Muslims. Christians in those two areas now account for only about 40,000, 1.5 per cent of the total. The towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem, which depended on the Christian tourist and pilgrim trade, both lost their Christian majorities. In 1995, the number of Christians in Bethlehem was two-thirds of the population; today it is now less than 20 percent. According to the1947 census held by the British there were 28,000 Christians in Jerusalem; in 1967 after 19 years of Jordanian rule there were 11,000. By contrast, the number of Christians in Israel has increased from 34,000 in 1949 and 120,000 in 1995 to over 150,000, now numbering about nine percent of the Israeli Arab population, and two percent of the total population in all of Israel.

      The Christian community in the West Bank and Gaza has a median age of 32 compared to, the Muslim median age of 16. By comparison with the Muslims, its members are older when they marry, have a lower fertility rate, are better educated, are twice as likely to have a university degree, have a higher income, and are more likely to be in white collar and business professions.

      Discrimination against, hostility towards and intimidation of Christians by Palestinians has taken a number of forms. From 1949 to 1967 Jordan occupied the West Bank; its laws forbade Christians from buying land and houses in the Old City of Jerusalem; all schools were closed on Muslim holidays; mosques were deliberately built near churches. The Palestinian Authority formulated a Constitution in 2003 that declared that Islam was “the official religion. ” The Constitution also declares that in a Palestinian state the principles of Islamic Sharia law are to be the main source of legislation. The statement that “respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions shall be maintained” is contradicted in practice by the attacks and condemnation of Christians in mosques, sermons, and publications of Islamic groups. Furthermore, the Palestinian legal and judicial system does not provide protection for Christian land owners, and enforces discrimination in educational, cultural, and taxation policies.

      More drastically, Christians have suffered direct harassment. They have been intimidated and maltreated; money has been extorted, land and property confiscated, and Christian women have been abused, raped, abducted and been subjected to forced marriages. Attempts have been made to impose the Islamic women’s dress code on them.

      The Palestinian Authority has denied Christian, as well as Jewish, ties to Jerusalem. Christian holy sites have been disparaged or insulted. The Palestine Liberation Organization in July 1997 evicted monks and nuns from the Holy Trinity Monastery in Hebron. Palestinian gunmen positioned themselves in or near Christian homes, hotels, and churches during fighting against Israel. The most notorious example of Palestinian insult was the takeover on April 2, 2002 of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem by over 150 gunmen who used the Church to fire against Israeli soldiers who out of respect for the Church did not return fire. Priests, monks, and nuns were essentially hostages of the Palestinians, who apparently stole gold and other property including prayer books.

      Theft of Christian land and property as well as desecration of Christian institutions and disparagement of the religion has occurred. There are allegations of Christians being forced off their land by gangs upheld by a corrupt judiciary. Businesses have had to pay protection money to maintain their existence. Individuals who have converted to Christianity have been threatened. After a Christian man dated a Muslim woman from a neighboring village in September 2005, armed Muslims crying “Allahu Akbar” attacked the Christian city of Taibe, setting fire to homes and businesses and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. The woman had already been poisoned by her own family in an “honor killing.”

      Christian graves in the Gaza Strip have been dug up. Anti-Christian graffiti has appeared, and Christian cemeteries and statues have been defaced. A Muslim mob in February 2002 attacked churches and Christian shops in Ramallah. The First Baptist Church of Bethlehem was firebombed on at least fourteen occasions, and the pastor, Naem Khoury, was shot. In Gaza in June 2007 a leader of the Baptist Church, one of the oldest in the area and which contains Gaza’s only Christian library, was kidnapped and murdered. The Sagrada Familia school in Gaza was torched, and the nuns’ building in the Convent of the Sisters of the Rosary in June 2007 was looted, and holy images and sacred books were burned.

      In a speech in Paris, reported in L’Osservatore Romano on September 17, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, concerned about developments in Muslim Middle East countries, suggested considering the concept of “positive laicity,” a term he borrowed from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The term refers to societies in which various religions should be allowed to exist, all of them separate from the state, and all treated in a positive fashion. The Pope was conscious of the danger facing Christianity if Islamic fundamentalism is successful and theocratic Arab regimes are created. Unlike the Palestinian Muslim treatment of its Christian minority, Israeli policy is built on a separation of religion and state in a society that is pluralistic and upholds freedom of religions and human rights.

      In view of the comparative records of Palestinian Muslim and Israeli actions towards their Christian minorities, Israel comes closer to the positive laicity suggested by the Pope and President Sarkozy than Muslim Palestinians.

      Michael Curtis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rutgers University, and author of the forthcoming book, Should Israel Exist? A sovereign nation under assault by the international community.

      • Norm

        Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

        “Just as Jews were once expelled from Arab lands, Christians are now being forced from countries they have long inhabited. The church in Bethlehem had survived more than 1,000 years, through wars and conquests, but its future now seemed in jeopardy. Spray-painted all over its ancient stone walls were the Arabic letters for Hamas. The year was 1994 and the city was about to pass from Israeli to Palestinian control. I was meeting with the church’s clergy as an Israeli government adviser on inter-religious affairs. They were despondent but too frightened to file a complaint. The same Hamas thugs who had desecrated their sanctuary were liable to take their lives.

        “The trauma of those priests is now commonplace among Middle Eastern Christians. Their share of the region’s population has plunged from 20% a century ago to less than 5% today and falling. In Egypt, 200,000 Coptic Christians fled their homes last year after beatings and massacres by Muslim extremist mobs. Since 2003, 70 Iraqi churches have been burned and nearly a thousand Christians killed in Baghdad alone, causing more than half of this million-member community to flee. Conversion to Christianity is a capital offense in Iran, where last month Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death. Saudi Arabia outlaws private Christian prayer. As 800,000 Jews were once expelled from Arab countries, so are Christians being forced from lands they’ve inhabited for centuries. The only place in the Middle East where Christians aren’t endangered but flourishing is Israel. Since Israel’s founding in 1948, its Christian communities (including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants) have expanded more than 1,000%.

        “Since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, half the Christian community has fled. Christmas decorations and public displays of crucifixes are forbidden. In a December 2010 broadcast, Hamas officials exhorted Muslims to slaughter their Christian neighbors. Rami Ayad, owner of Gaza’s only Christian bookstore, was murdered, his store reduced to ash. This is the same Hamas with which the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank recently signed a unity pact. Little wonder, then, that the West Bank is also hemorrhaging Christians. Once 15% of the population, they now make up less than 2%. Some have attributed the flight to Israeli policies that allegedly deny Christians economic opportunities, stunt demographic growth, and impede access to the holy sites of Jerusalem. In fact, most West Bank Christians live in cities such as Nablus, Jericho and Ramallah, which are under Palestinian Authority control. All those cities have experienced marked economic growth and sharp population increase—among Muslims.

        “There must be another reason, then, for the West Bank’s Christian exodus. The answer lies in Bethlehem. Under Israeli auspices, the city’s Christian population grew by 57%. But under the Palestinian Authority since 1995, those numbers have plummeted. Palestinian gunmen seized Christian homes—compelling Israel to build a protective barrier between them and Jewish neighborhoods—and then occupied the Church of the Nativity, looting it and using it as a latrine. Today, Christians comprise a mere one-fifth of their holy city’s population. The extinction of the Middle East’s Christian communities is an injustice of historic magnitude. Yet Israel provides an example of how this trend can not only be prevented but reversed. With the respect and appreciation that they receive in the Jewish state, the Christians of Muslim countries could not only survive but thrive.

        https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203960804577239923033348982

        • James Wherry

          “Palestine’s Christians Continue to Suffer Persecution”
          Palestinian Christians continue to struggle against persecution, particularly coverts from Islam.
          https://www.christiantoday.com/article/palestines.christians.continue.to.suffer.persecution/5106.htm

          Prominent Christians in the Middle East have expressed alarm at the impact intense persecution is having on Christians in Palestine, as many continue to abandon their faith and leave their homelands.

          Israeli attorney and author, Justus Reid Weiner, has just penned a new book, ‘Human Rights Christians in Palestinian Society’, based on eight years of research into the human rights abuses directed at Muslims who converted to Christianity.

          Originally he “doubted that anyone would victimize the adherents of the world’s largest religion.”

          He told Crosswalk: “But as I began to schedule interviews, I quickly learned that most of the Christian victims were reluctant to even meet me. If they agreed to reveal what they had suffered, they insisted that I refer to them by a pseudonym.”

          |QUOTE|According to Don Finto, pastor and author of ‘God’s Promise and the Future of Israel’, due for release in February, the persecution is happening primarily within the Palestinian territories.

          The situation for Arab Christians within Israel, according to the author, is relatively peaceful, due to much greater acceptance and little persecution.

          “Jewish people who are believers – perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 now in 130 different house groups or congregations/synagogues – are mostly tolerated, sometimes persecuted, often severely, especially by the ultra orthodox.

          “The secular (80 percent of Israeli Jewish citizens are secular-cultural Jews, but not religious. They observe Passover and may even close stores etc. on Sabbath, but they are not people of significant faith) usually do not care, and even sometimes are more tolerant of the Jewish believers in Jesus than they are the ultra orthodox who want to control the country,” said Finto.

          |AD|“Bethlehem is no longer controlled by Israel, but by Palestinians, often hostile Muslims who accept traditional Christians who have been Christians for generations, but if a Muslim turns to faith in Jesus, he may be killed by his own family members. The evangelistic work is going forward, but has to be done very carefully, wisely and under the direction of the Holy Spirit.”

          Following numerous interviews with Palestinian Christians who have experienced persecution and abuse because of their faith, Weiner concluded, “The worst treatment is often ‘reserved’ for persons who leave Islam to become Christians.”

          Despite witnessing Christian persecution firsthand in the Palestinian territories, Weiner said it is often hard to assess or control persecution.

          “Persecution is very hard to measure. If nobody complains does it mean that there is no persecution. It could, but in the case of the Christians living under Palestinian rule this would not be a reasonable conclusion,” said Weiner.

          He said that Palestinian Christians “live within an atmosphere of intimidation and denial”, which is “particularly true of many of their religious leaders”.

          “Since Israel withdrew from the Palestinian cities and towns, it has very little influence over the way the Palestinian Authority and its’ Muslim population behave. Moreover even humanitarian efforts by Israelis to stand up for Christians can backfire as they may be accused of being Israeli agents, a virtual death sentence in the armed anarchy of the Palestinian streets,” he said.

          Weiner spoke of a pastor who was shot and left for dead at a church which was attacked 14 times.

          He said in this kind of atmosphere and partially as a consequence of these attacks, “thousands are leaving the cradle of Christianity”.

          “According to my estimate, if current trends continue, only the relics and holy sites will be left in another 15 years. The Christian community in Bethlehem will cease to exist,” he said.

          Finto echoed this prediction: “It’s so hard for Palestinian Christians to live there in Bethlehem, that they are leaving when they get a chance to leave…Somehow, they are making it very uncomfortable for them, and putting pressure on them to be pro-Palestinian, governmentally.”

          • Norm

            Gaza Christians long for days before Hamas cancelled Christmas

            “There hasn’t been a Christmas tree in Gaza City’s main square since Hamas pushed the Palestinian Authority out of Gaza in 2007 and Christmas is no longer a public holiday.

            “Karam Qubrsi, 23, and his younger brother Peter, 21, are the eldest sons in one of Gaza’s 55 remaining Catholic families. Both wear prominent wooden crucifixes. “Jesus tells me, ‘if you can’t carry my cross, you don’t belong to me,'” Peter explained. It’s a demonstration of faith that has caused him some trouble.

            “He describes being stopped in the street by a Hamas official who told him to remove the cross. “I told him it’s not his business and that I wouldn’t,” Peter said. After being threatened with arrest he was eventually let go, but the incident scared him.

            https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/dec/23/gaza-christians-hamas-cancelled-christmas

            • James Wherry

              I worry for the Christians of the West Bank, since the PA itself helped build a mosque on Manger Square in Bethlehem. It’s the first step toward silencing the church bells.

              Apparently, the province in Egypt where the Coptic Christians were murdered, this week, is one where they have said, “We don’t mind you being a Christian, but we don’t want your Christian churches.” People trying to open up prayer groups in their homes have been gunned down and their homes attacked, as well.

              • Norm

                True. However, given the Israeli security presence in the PA-controlled areas, Christians there are still infinitely better than anywhere else in the entire ME outside Israel.

                While inside Israel: https://www.idfblog.com/2013/12/25/christians-serving-idf-growing-community/

                • James Wherry

                  Yes, but Bethlehem and Area C is under Pa control.

                • Mikronos

                  Is that why they’re still leaving Bethlehem?