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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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