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Israeli Ambassador to UN: First the Jews, Then the Christians (VIDEO)

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor speaks at the UN's International Holocaust Remembrance Day observance on Jan. 25, 2013. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

In his latest UN Security Council speech on the abuses of religious minorities in the Middle East, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor decoded the Orwellian machinations of the United Nations by stating: “There is only one place in the Middle East where minorities have the freedom to practice their faith, change faiths, or practice no faith at all – and that is Israel.” Ambassador Prosor’s “Middle East Ethnic Minority” speech is one that every Jewish advocate should carry around in his back pocket, and give to anyone who accuses Israel of being an “apartheid” state.

Ambassador Prosor began by explaining that as we approach the Jewish festival of Passover, there is a terrible new “exodus” that is plaguing the Middle East, one “driven by a plague of [Islamic] persecution aimed at Christians, Kurds, Yazidi, Bahai, and of course, the Jews.”

He related that after the Arab countries murdered thousands of Jews and forced hundreds of thousands to leave, these countries had no one left to persecute. So, the “extremists have turned on the Christians. At the turn of the Twentieth century, Christians comprised 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure is less than 10%.” In ISIS-plagued Iraq, “Christians were given the grim choice of converting to Islam or to face death by beheading, stoning, or crucifixion. Fearing for their lives, tens of thousands of Christians have fled to northern Iraq and taken refuge in Kurdistan.”

Then, in what was clearly a political blockbuster on the independent Kurdish State issue, Prosor, on behalf of the Israeli government, stated, “The Kurds are the leading force in the fight against ISIS. They have shown tremendous courage and fortitude. The Kurds need the support of the international community and they deserve political independence.”

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Ambassador Prosor then explained that Israel, and only Israel, is the sole bastion of religious and ethnic freedom in the Middle East: “it is the only place in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing.”

And then, in a shocking comparison of Israel’s treatment of Christians with the Palestinian Authority’s, Prosor, related that, “Since Israel’s establishment in 1948, [Israel’s] Christian communities have expanded more than 1,000 percent and Israeli Christians serve in our parliament and on our Supreme Court. The same cannot be said for Christians living under the Palestinian leadership. Since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007, half the Christian community has fled. After the Palestinian Authority took control of Bethlehem in 1995, Palestinian gunmen seized Christian homes and looted the Church of the Nativity. Owing to this persecution, the city’s Christian population fell by 70%.”

It’s a point worth remembering.

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