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March 20, 2014 4:01 pm

Israeli Christian Leaders Call Out EU Hypocrisy on Persecution of Mideast Christians

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A flyer on the persecution of Mideast Christians that was distributed by a new coalition of Israeli Christian leaders called the "Israeli Christian Lobby." Photo: Israeli Christian Lobby.

JNS.orgA new coalition of Israeli Christian leaders called the “Israeli Christian Lobby” has sent a letter to the head of the European Union’s delegation to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, expressing their frustration with the EU’s “hypocrisy” on the issue of the ethnic cleansing of Middle Eastern Christians.

“The slaughter, persecution, discrimination, apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, and all the crimes committed against the Indigenous Aramaic & Christians of the Middle East, in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, among others, and continue to be committed without any intervention of the Western countries,” the letter says.

“We are turning to you as someone who represents a Western country, which engraved the values of human and citizens’ rights on its flag. Get up and take action,” it adds.

The coalition plans to rally outside the EU embassy in Israel on Sunday, in solidarity “with those facing persecutions, discrimination, and ethnic cleansing throughout the Arab World,” according to the letter.

Shadi Khalloul, spokesman for the Israeli Christian Lobby, toldJNS.org that the letter “aims to raise awareness about Christian ethnic cleansing in the Middle East,” including in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Khalloul added, “The world kept silent while persecuting Jews in Europe until it became a Holocaust, [and] now the world is silent [again]. Western countries must protect Christians in Middle East.”

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  • artcohn

    In the Siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which lasted from April 2 to May 10, 2002, almost no western Christian voices were raised in protest, as the Moslem Fatah terrorists desecrated this most-revered Christian shrine.

  • joe

    We haven’t learned any lessons from history. There are almost no Christians left in Syria, the Boko Haram are murdering Christians in Nigeria, Somali Christians are beheaded publicly, North Korea also publicly executes Christians (proof or no proof, and on and on…we are relinquishing our rights here in the US…by our silence in Supreme Court cases, IRS targeting of conservative organizations requesting non-profit status, going through their financials with a fine-toothed comb, the unborn go unprotected as abortion “on demand” seems to be the rule…it’s getting worse every day and when people speak up they become the next target. We are no longer the land of the free–unless you’re a liberal, atheist or otherwise living a lifestyle God’s Word tells us is sin.

  • Joseph Kelly

    Why did they not act 50 years before?? Their lives would have so much better than supporting failed Marxist ideologies.

    It is also time for Israel to have the Muslim Israeli Arabs that support Israeli mainstream policies into public declarations on support of Israel.

    A wedge can delegitimize the EU and Arab delegitimizes of Israel.

  • Me

    Must protect?.
    Why the west must doing something, spending money and lives from their soldiers there?.
    And aramaic christians (catholics and orthodoxs) in islamic arab countries are anti-israelis, anti-western also.

    • Andrew

      Even if they are the personification of that Shoah poem, it doesn’t mean they should be left to the horrors and devices of the Islamists.