vrijdag 9 maart 2012

Israël: het enige land in het Midden-Oosten waar christenen floreren

bon: Wikipedia Israel
Israël's ambassadeur in de Verenigde Staten, Michael Oren schrijft in de Wall Street Journal harde woorden over de behandeling van christenen in het Midden-Oosten. Harde woorden, maar ware woorden:


Israel is the only safe country for Christians in the Middle East, comparing the suppression of Christian communities in Arab states to the twentieth-century expulsion of Jews from these nations.


Oren cites the continued violence against Egyptian Coptic Christians, the burning of Iraqi churches, a Saudi ban on Christian worship, and the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank as instances indicating a threat to Christianity in the Muslim world, adding that conversion "to Christianity is a capital offense in Iran, where last month Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death."





"Since Israel's founding in 1948, its Christian communities (including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants) have expanded more than 1,000%," he added.


Oren concluded the article, in which he cites the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the West Bank and Gaza over increased pressure by Islamist groups such as Hamas, that the "extinction of the Middle East's Christian communities is an injustice of historic magnitude."


Ultimately, Oren concludes, the only place in the Middle East where Christians aren't endangered but flourishing is Israel."

Toch zijn er "pregressieve" christenen (vrienden van Sabeel) die denken dat alles wat er mis gaat met christenen in het Midden-Oosten de schuld is van Israël. De beroerde situatie van Palestijnse christenen bijvoorbeeld wordt door deze "progressieve" christenen volledig toegeschreven aan de "bezetting". Dat de zogenaamde arabische lente anders leert. dat zien deze progressieven liever niet.