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January 16, 2015 8:24 am

Middle East is Most Violent Area in the World for Christians, Report Says

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JNS.org – Primarily because of Islamic extremism, the Middle East remains the most violent area in the world for Christians, according to a new report on global persecution of Christians by Open Doors USA.

According to the report, which surveyed religious liberty conditions for Christians from November 2013 to October 2014, more than 100 million Christians are being persecuted for their faith—and Islamic extremism is the main driver of the persecution.

“Even Christian-majority states are experiencing unprecedented levels of exclusion, discrimination, and violence,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA. “The 2015 World Watch List reveals that a staggering number of Christians are becoming victims of intolerance and violence because of their faith. They are being forced to be more secretive about their faith.”

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The report singled out the Middle East as the most dangerous region for Christians. Both Iraq and Syria, countries plagued by violence led by jihadist groups like the Islamic State, were ranked in the top five (Iraq 3rd and Syria 4th) among 50 countries that have the highest incidence of persecution of Christians. Iran was 7th on that list, and disputed Palestinian territories were also ranked in the top 50 by the report.

“The number of Christians is diminishing and the influence of radical Islam is growing,” the report said of the Palestinian territories.

“Dynamics of Christian persecution in the Palestinian territories are complex,” added the report. “Christians are squeezed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; their ethnicity entailing many restrictions from the Israeli side and their religion putting them in a minority position within the Palestinian community.”

According to the report, Christian converts from a Muslim background are the most persecuted group in the Palestinian territories, followed by all local Christian-background believers (historical Christians and non-traditional Protestants) in Gaza.

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  • charlie johnson

    Let us be thankful that the creator put us here to give us the opportunity to give evil a pot shot before our time expires . This Hollywood cowboy says it best as his last breathing words were turned into a song.The kind of man that I admire the most who came into this world crying and kicking but goes out with a grin. >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42hTQ2XL5tQ

  • charlie johnson

    The Muslims run over whomever they can. Christians are easy for them as they are less prone to violence so if you have been paying attention their stampede ended at the brick wall the Kurds put up. The Kurds even protected the remaining Christians.These animals do not understand the concept of kindness but the muzzle flashes of an M 60 machinegun seems get their attention. If you have a flock of mad dogs running loose in your village there is little use to make any attempt to make them housebroken or feed and shelter them in hopes that they may change. A rabid dog is not mans best friend.

  • DACON9

    SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL???
    is this what this article is trying to conjure up?

    WHAT ABOUT “MEASURE FOR MEASURE” ?
    They have been killing torturing abusing inposing kidnapping JEWS for 2ooo years and the
    xtians ARE STILL DOING THE ABOVE TODAY IN A SOPHISTICATED WAY…TODAY…THIS VERY MOMENT IN FRON OF THE JEWS EYES.

    missionary activity is rampant. xtians dress like rabbis learn a few hebrew or yiddish words strike up conversations with you in the parks and resturants,standing on street corners….
    ”innocently asking if you have any doubts of your religion, they ”admit’ they are confused about thier jewish faith…
    its the begining of the downfall of that JEWS SOUL if he stands their engaging in any conversation of the so called heart to heart with that stranger.

    THESE ARE MISSIONARIES TAKING TORAH !!! FROM THEIR MISSIONARY MANUAL…THESE ARE THE KILLERS OF THE JEWISH SOUL….THEY MURDER HIS SOUL AND CAUSE TREMENDOUS SUFFERINGS TO THE ATTACHED FAMILIES OF THAT NOW LOST JEW…

    You jews WANT TO SHOW HOW FAIR AND LIBERAL YOU CAN BE You LISTEN AND TALK AND SHOW TOLERANCE.
    TORAH DOESNT SAY YOU SHOULD DO THAT.
    TORAH SAYS TO SEPARATE NOT INTERGRATE.

    MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
    I do not have pity nor compassion nor kindness nor sorrow for them. YES I MAKE A BLANKET STATEMENT TO ALL YOU XTIAN READERS….
    You say you love the Jews and Israel, YOU SUPPORT OUR RIGHT TO LIVE IN ISRAEL….you attempt to give the Jews the mind altering guilt trip if we rush away from your chatting…while we walk away FROM YOU…you shout out BUT WE XTIANS LOVE YOU….

    ATTENTION JEWS I CHALLENGE YOU , YES I CHALLENGE YOU….
    BUT ONLY TO THE KNOWLEDGEABLE JEWS I CHALLENGE….
    STOP AND ASK THE XTIANS….
    “do you xtians support the JEWS RIGHT TO ISRAEL AND TO PRAY EXACTLY AS THE LAWS MOSES BROUGHT DOWN FROM MT SINAII EXACTLY as the LAWS teaches THE NATION OF ISRAEL?
    AS THE” ‘ONE G-D ALONE AND NO OTHER NO ONE” DEMANDS OF ALL JEWS? without your deadmangod jeusxxs?

    DO YOU XTIANS SUPPORT THE JEWS TO PRAY TO THE ‘ONE G-D WHO SAID. I SHARE MY WONDERS WITH NO ONE.I AM ALONE’?
    DO YOU XTIANS SUPPORT ISRAEL WHO TURNS AWAY FOR YOUR XTIANS mangods you call jeusxx?

    ”’PLEASE JEWS CONTINUE TO SAY””
    Are you xtians aware that when THE MASHIACH ARRIVES,
    there will not be any churches or xtians or mosques or temples? you will be a nation srving the ONE G-D ALONE
    not any 3 in one deals? DO YOU? HEY XTIANS,I AM ASKING THE QUESTION NOW !
    Will you xtians accept ISRAEL
    AS THE LIGHT UNTO THE NATIONS..
    YOU xtians will learn from JEWS..
    YOU XTIANS WILL KNOW THERE IS
    NO OTHER THEN THE ‘ONE G-D ALONE,
    NO SONS NO GHOSTS..G-D IS ONE ALONE AND NOT A ”COMPOSITE OF ANYTHING BUT ONE ALONE ?
    DO YOU?

    READERS:
    I HAVE DONE THAT DOZENS AND DOZENS OF TIMES.
    They will try to divert you from asking them
    They will try to show you how kind they are,
    they will smile and say…see we love you..
    your rabbis are not as open as we are…
    jesuss loves you….we love you
    and you can still be a jew will jeusuxx

    READERS I CAN CONTINUE for hours…
    BY NOW YOUR ANSWERS SHOULD BE OBVIOUS AFTER THAT…
    if jeusx loves you why do you get sick and die and make wars and strife and poverty….jeussxx said
    ”IN his LIFETIME he WILL FULFIL ALL”’

    READERS: ISRAEL IS GROWING
    ISRAEL IS HERE INSPITE OF ALL THE WORLDS NATIONS TRYING TO ERADICATE US.
    many of their xtian nations are impotent or gone.
    WEE JEWS ARE HERE!!!

    SHEMA YISRAEL…

    TURN YOUR BACKS TO THEM,
    this are tests HASHEM is giving you
    to see if you will follow HASHEM or the false gods…

    INSTEAD LOOK UP TOWARDS THE HEAVENS
    PRAISE HASHEM WITH THANKS
    Your soul has been returned for you to do good deeds this day. DO A MITZVAH IN HONOR OF YOUR ‘HOLY SOUL OF ISRAEL THAT WE JEWS ARE BORN WITH THIS DAY.

    YOU JEWS AND ISRAEL ‘ARE’ HERE..
    NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT..
    STRONGER THEN EVER….

    measure for measure
    TODAY IS A NEW DAY
    TO REMEMBER THE ONE G-D OF ISRAEL
    EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY HASHEM GIVES
    ANOTHER DAY TO SAY TO HASHEM…THANKS
    THANK YOU FOR RETURNING MY SOUL
    I WILL DO A MITZVAH TODAY IN ‘YOUR HONOR HASHEM !

    DO NOT SHED TEARS FOR ANY OTHER NATION..

    AM YISRAEL CHAI
    WE WILL ENDURE FOREVER AND EVER

  • I recently bowed out of the interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man’s capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and others, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring .Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it’s pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp.

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