The Christmas season is upon us, and with it brings the usual cascade of articles from various church leaders on the Left, that disparage Israel over the plight of Palestinian Christians. The stage is of course set in the “besieged” town of Bethlehem with the local Jew (Israel) playing the chief villain.
This tired and worn out scenario has been thoroughly debunked by Professor Justus Reid Weiner, from the JCPA in his study titled “Human rights of Christians in Palestinian Society”.
In response to a recent article by the Bishop of Canterbury, Anglican Pastor Tony Pearce, also brings up the similiar points that highlights the faulty logic and harmful thinking of the AOC, Dr Rowan Williams.
Pearce: “I have read the article in ‘The Tablet’ in which you speak about people leaving Bethlehem in large numbers and then ask the question: “I would like to know how much it matters to the Israeli Government to have Christian communities in the Holy Land. Are they an embarrassment or are they part of a solution? That’s a question. No doubt the Israelis have already given you their answer, perhaps informing you that the Christian Arab population within the pre 1967 borders of Israel has grown from approximately 34,000 in 1948 to nearly 130,000 in 2005. Ironically this is the only part of the Middle East where the Christian population is growing.”
This is an absolutely correct assertion, and mirrors the plight of Iran’s Assyrian community, that has seen with the establishment of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, its population dropping within a decade from 100,000 to 20,000. Pearce continues:
“You have nothing to say about the likes of George Rabie, featured in a recent article in the Mail on Sunday who is a taxi driver from Bethlehem and was beaten up by Muslims using his cab when they discovered he is a Christian. He said ‘Every day, I experience discrimination. It is a type of racism. We are a minority so we are an easier target. Many extremists from the villages are coming into Bethlehem.’ Nor have you championed the cause of those who have been subjected to forced marriages of Christian women to Muslim men, received death threats for distributing the Bible to willing Muslims, or been intimidated into wearing traditional ultra-modest Islamic clothing. Nor have you written about the churches which have been firebombed by Muslim extremists protesting against the remarks of the Pope (most recently in Nablus, Tubas, and Gaza). Nor about the situation in which Christian Arabs have found their land expropriated by Muslims or been forced to pay bribes to win the freedom of family members jailed on trumped-up charges.” More here.
That’s the real reason why Christians from all over the Levant are leaving in droves, they are escaping from the thuggish boot heel of Islamic radicalism. Melanie Phillips has her take on it here. It’s time for the collective Church leadership to call “a spade a spade”, and name the ideology and the culprits who are really to blame for the misery of these persecuted people. Islamism and their supporters. *L* KGS
Thanks to Al Avai for the heads up!