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Friday, February 14th, 2014
Lawmakers listened to testimony from experts and religious leaders highlighting the persecution of Christians that is rampant across the Middle East. As a representative from the Vatican stated, Arab Christians “find themselves the target of constant harassment for no reason other than their religious faith.” The United States has an important role to play in leading the conversation to find solutions to religiously based discrimination and persecution.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
The following interview with Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, provides important insight into why Christians play such an important role in the Middle East and how the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of Christians specifically is in the best interests of all peoples in the Middle East, and even in the West as well.
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Slowly across the Western world we are seeing more and more political and thought leaders awake to the reality of Christian persecution, and the massive scale on which it is taking place across the Middle East. The horrific abuses have been largely ignored for a number of reasons from “political correctness,” fear of “doing God” in public, or taking sides in some sort of “clash of civilizations.” None of these, even if they were accurate, are justification for allowing massive crimes against humanity to take place with near total impunity and with little outcry from those countries who claim to be the defenders of human rights.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Christians living in the Gaza Strip live under the reality of ongoing attacks on both churches and individuals. Living under the control of Hamas which considers Christians as infidels, the situation is more serious than you can imagine, Hazem Shanab said. Hamas controls all churches and mosques implements their ideology in all sectors of life, even to rewriting textbooks to match their worldview.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Following a meeting with the leaders of churches across the Middle East Pope Francis spoke out calling for the church to support the continued existence of the church in areas that have increasingly become hostile to Christians. “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians,” Pope Francis said. This further highlights the work that is necessary to support the church and to address the political and cultural dynamics that are driving their exodus and in some cases martyrdom.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
“We ignore too many things, and even more indefensibly, we pretend not to see too many things.” This is the reality for how much of the world has treated the intensifying war against Christians in much of the Middle East. Among many in the West there is a massive, and sometimes willful, ignorance of the realities confronting Christians around the world who are paying a high cost because of their faith. Many often thing of Christianity as a Western religion, though the reality is that nearly two thirds of the 2.2 billion Christians (Protestant and Catholic combined) live outside of the West and that number is rising. They are also far more likely to be the victims rather than the perpetrators of religious persecution.
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Friday, June 7th, 2013
Five Christian schools are set to be closed down in Gaza as a result of a decision taken by the Hamas government. The decision is to ban coeducational institutions as a reflection of an increasing conservative Islamic value system. While the law does not specifically target Christians the only coeducational schools are the two Catholic and three Christian schools. The two Catholic schools would be forced to shut down, ending their service to more than 1,000 students.
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
The Arab Spring quickly turned to winter for Christians following the political rise of Islamists and increased assaults on Christians and churches. As a result, thousands of Christians have fled or are preparing to flee Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries. The Kansas City Star takes an inside look at why Christians are leaving and what the future holds.
Sunday, August 26th, 2012
Christians throughout the Middle East are being attacked and killed while thousands upon thousands have fled their homeland in hopes of finding a safe haven in western countries. For example, in Iran, the Revolutionary Guard has taken over the oversight of churches and has arrested scores of Christian converts from Islam. In Kuwait, the Saudi grand mufti told crowds that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula.” In Gaza, Christians have allegedly been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. These cases are just a few of many extreme acts and threats of persecution in the Middle East that The National Interest brings to light in this revealing article.
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Christians victims in Palestinian controlled Gaza Strip
Saturday, June 12th, 2010
US officials want to send a Muslim convert to Christianity back to West Bank. He will definitly be killed if they send him back.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
In preparation for the crisis summit of Middle East bishops to be held in October, the Vatican released a 46-page document explaining the persecution Christians face throughout the Middle East.
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
A Christian radio station near Bethlehem that was shut-down by the Palestinian Authority, is now allowed to reopen. However, radio director, Samir Qumsieh, demands an apology before reopening, condemning the Palestinian Authority of suppressing religious expression.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
But locals say Muslim intimidation, persecution is main factor
Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Christians are on the run throughout the Muslim dominated Middle East.
Friday, January 8th, 2010
The world ignores the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Difficulty continues for Christians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Friday, December 25th, 2009
In the birthplace of Christianity, present fear and future uncertainty threaten populations which have praised Christ for centuries.
Friday, December 25th, 2009
Even in Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians are suffering under Muslim intolerance.
Monday, December 14th, 2009
Reverend Majed El Shafie, President of One Free World International (OFWI), said “between 200-300 million Christians are being persecuted in the world, 80 percent of whom lived in Muslim countries and the rest in communist and other countries.”
Friday, November 20th, 2009
The American government refuses to acknowledge the medieval abuses of Christians at the hands of the Palestinian Authority.
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Rami Ayyad was stabbed and shot to death in Gaza City
Friday, September 4th, 2009
The new rules are being enforced on members the region’s small Christian minority as well
Monday, August 31st, 2009
“Today, Christians in Bethlehem constitute less than 15 percent of the population…five or six decades ago, the Christians living in the birthplace of Jesus made up more than 70 percent of the population.”
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
The move by Hamas to impose Sharia law in Gaza results in violation of human rights for people of Gaza, including freedom of religion for Gaza’s Christian minorities.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
"When we arrived this morning to attend holy mass, we were surprised with the desecration of the graves of the Christian dead in this cemetery. Out of the 200 graves, about 70 were destroyed and their crosses broken. This is the first time Christian property has been attacked by trouble-makers attempting to create a bad mood in society here."
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Palestinian Christians continue to face persecution. According to this report, Christian graves and Christian symbols are vandalized in Jafna, a village north of Ramallah.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Arab Christians are one of the most persecuted Christians groups. Particularly following the growth of radical Islam, many Arab Christians have been forced to flee the Middle East.