" I am the L-rd your G-d who rescued you from the land of Egypt... gods besides Me you should not know, and there is no Saviour but Me" (Shemot 20: 2 & Hoshea 13: 4) . A Sephardi discussion on Orthodoxy, the world, notes, essays & other pedantic musings
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Are us Jews the only ones willing to speak out for Middle Eastern Christians ?
Via the Wall Street Journal, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations,Ron Prosor, wrote the following piece, which includes :
The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.
The scene unfolding in the Middle East is ominously familiar. At the end of World War II, almost one million Jews lived in Arab lands. The creation of Israel in 1948 precipitated an invasion of five Arab armies. When they were unable to annihilate the newborn state militarily, Arab leaders launched a campaign of terror and expulsion that decimated their ancient Jewish communities. They succeeded in purging 800,000 Jews from their lands.
Today, Israel, which I represent at the United Nations, is the only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian population. Its Christian community has increased from 34,000 in 1948 to 140,000 today, in large measure because of the freedoms Christians are afforded.
So, sadly, after Arab and Islamic regimes ethnically cleansed their countries of their Jewish populations, they are now turning on their more numerous Christian brethren. It is sad that in the UK, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is more concerned with dealing (or rather NOT dealing)with the consequences of gay marriage than he is his fellow Christians. It should also be noted that the former Chief Rabbi of the UK, Jonathan Sacks, spoke out about middle eastern Christians a couple of years ago, in a debate in the House of Lords:
Is it now down to us Jews to speak up for Christians, given that their own leadership is impotent and unable to give a voice to their fellows in the middle east?
UPDATE : 21/4/2014
When I read this letter attacking Cameron for his sudden pro-Christian 'speeches', even though he has done no such thing, by the usual suspects regarding whether Britain is a Christian country or not, I was going to write a blog post on it. Until a Christian friend of mine pointed out to me that it is utterly true- Britain is not a Christian country- it is a culturally western, post Christian- pagan country, with a large Islamic minority, which unlike other minorities (including us) is seemingly unable to tackle extremism in its own community and potentially infiltrating schools with extremist Islamic propaganda. People can make their own conclusions about this and consequences.