Kuwaiti Liberal: Persecution of Christians in the Middle East is Tantamount to Ethnic Cleansing
“What sustained this stream of enforced emigration [of Christians from the Middle East ] is the innumerable incidents of injustice to which local Christian minorities have been constantly subjected, and which in many areas have become routine.”
09/21/2009 Islam (Memri)-Innumerable Injustices Committed against Christians inthe Middle East Are Forcing Them to Leave Their Homes.
If we assess [the contribution] of Christian minorities to the culture and development of their host countries in the Arab [world], we will discover to our surprise that it invariably exceeds their percentage in the overall [population].
“In spite of this, or possibly because of it, a vast stream of Christians has for many years now been thronging out of the Middle East [towards the West]. Some left of their own accord, while others were coerced into emigrating – but all had to leave their home countries, especially Iraq , Egypt , Lebanon , the occupied territories, Sudan , and even Iran .
“What sustained this stream of enforced emigration [of Christians from the Middle East ] is the innumerable incidents of injustice to which local Christian minorities have been constantly subjected, and which in many areas have become routine. Thus, heads of [Christian] communities have been murdered; [Christian] places of worship have been set on fire; [Christian-owned] shops have been plundered; the Christians have been marginalized in their [host] societies, and their lives have been embittered – and this is only a partial list.
“The Claim that [the Christians Living in Our Midst] Present a Danger is Nothing But Loathsome and Irrational Extremism”
“If we put Iraq aside for the present we will find that the situation of Christians in some parts of Lebanon , in Gaza , and in Egypt is not good, and that their number is steadily decreasing. Yet despite this, a contemptible [columnist has published] a hostile article contending that Christians are about to invade and take over the East, and that the hordes of [Christian] missionaries [are advancing] at full speed. I really don’t know what he is talking about.
“It is imperative to try to prevent the steady decrease in the Christian population of Arab and Muslim countries, [especially since] most of their Jewish residents emigrated in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The fewer Christians are left, the more extremist and the less accepting of the other we become, and the less able to understand the other’s [position] or appreciate the conditions [in which he lives].