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The Real Reasons for the Massacres of Christians and Jews in the Middle East

ICC Note:

Hudson New York explains how to end Christian persecution in the Islamic world.

By Fiamma Nirenstein

1/10/2011 Middle East (Hudson New York) – How can we stop the slaughter of Christians in the Islamic world; how can we prevent the next massacre in Iraq, Turkey, the Philippines, Nigeria, wherever Islamic groups may be?

First of all, we should start calling things by their real names. This is not ideological “religious intolerance,” and the perpetrators are not random “fundamentalist groups” or “some terrorists.” There are countless examples of this sort of violence all over the map: massacres, expulsions, kidnapping of women, acts of vandalism on churches… It is the entire Islamist world that is battering Christians with the terrible inexorability of its hatred, but all those who – out of lack of opportunity or for fear of reprisals – have kept silent, in hopes of appeasing the aggressors, share in the responsibility. When the Pope protested, calling Islam “Islam,” the Mufti of Al Azhar blasted him for “interference,” — an occurrence that says a lot about the paradoxical attitude of institutional Islam: What do a few murders matter? The perpetual enemy in Rome has no right to speak out.

If we ask the theologian and professor Father Peter Madros, now in the Patriarch of Jerusalem, and formerly the director of the Frères College in Bethlehem, where he fought the decimation of Christians, he clearly indicates the explanation in the text of the Qur’an: “After pages where the text explains that harmony must reign within the People of the Book — though with the subjection of Christians and Jews, who must in any case pay Jizya (the tax for non-Muslims, ed. note) unless they convert to Islam (verse 9/29), there is another revealing verse (5/51): Do not allow either Jews or Christians to rule over you.”

In 1919, the Egyptian revolution adopted a green flag with the crescent and the cross. Both Muslims and Christians participated in the nationalist revolution against British colonialism. But since the assassination of Sadat, who signed a peace agreement with Israel, the new élites mostly left room to a process of gradual Islamization aimed at appeasing the most aggressive organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. The textbooks used in Egyptian schools today describe Egypt as an Islamic country only, and children also read anti-Christian texts. As the Jerusalem Post writes, organ transplants between Muslims and Copts are prohibited by a decision of the physicians’ union. Labor unions are often dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. The government recently halted construction of a stairway in a Coptic church and Copts are under constant attack (eight were also killed a year ago). Despite being 10% of the population, they have no political representation.

Mubarak, by acting this way, keeps the Muslim Brotherhood at bay, thus succeeding to marginalize it in the last elections. This is the way that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan and Pakistan behave: the rulers think they have tamed the lions, but the lions have actually becomes stronger, threatening even their leadership.

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