“The human rights crimes against the Christian Arabs in the disputed territories are committed by Muslims. Yet many Palestinian Christian leaders accuse Israel of these crimes rather than the actual perpetrators. This motif has been adopted by a variety of Christian leaders in the Western world. Others who are aware of the human rights crimes choose to remain silent about them.”Dhimmitude and PersecutionIn Weiner’s view the crimes committed against Christian Arabs result from a way of thinking that dates back to the earliest days of Islam. “Traditionally, Christians and Jews were given an inferior social status known as dhimmitude in Islam. The dhimma is a legal contract of submission that was imposed upon the indigenous non-Muslim populations in regions conquered by the spread of Islam. Although Jews and Christians were not forced to convert to Islam, they were not treated as the equals of Muslims.“As dhimmis, Jews and Christians were subjected to both legal and cultural restrictions under Islamic law. For example, Muslims could ride horses whereas Christians and Jews were limited to donkeys. Or, Muslims were permitted to wear garments of fine cloth while Christians and Jews were only allowed to wear clothing made from coarse fabric.“To this day, Muslim attitudes toward Christians and Jews are influenced by the concepts and prejudices that dhimmitude has spawned in Islamic society. In Iraq, for example, the ancestral community of Chaldean Christians has recently become a target of vandalism, property theft, infringement of privacy, harassment, arbitrary and prolonged detention, kidnapping, rape, beatings, car bombings, torture, and even murder.
NOTE: Not all parishoners are pleased with Bishop Jørgensen’s hard leftist activism, read this:
“Jørgensen’s criticism is, in other words totally out of proportion. How is it like when you are more interested in an initiative impact in the media than its actual content. We have written it before and repeat it now. If Jørgensen is very happy to be a politician, we encourage him to put down the bishop’s staff and seek membership in one of the regional parties. Although in this case he must therefore even be further out on the extreme left wing to find loyal supporters.”
Tor B. Jørgensen upset over how the Christian Palestinians are treated.– The Norwegian Church does not support Israel uncritically, says Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen for Avisa Nordland. There, he reveals that he is considering going in for a boycott of Israeli goods. , A final decision will be made when he concludes his study leave in mid-March.Jørgensen was with the other bishops on the trip to the Holy Land in January. Purpose was to show solidarity with the Christian communities in the area.-The situation for Christians in the region is alarming. They are under a continuing religious and cultural pressures, and we want to create awareness about their situation.Jørgensen adds to Avisa Nordland that the initiative for a boycott of Israeli goods come from the Christian Palestinians.
The Tundra Tabloids visits a local Finnish store to buy some Israeli fruit, and finds that the selection is more than plentiful.