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The UN is no Model/Obama’s malevolence

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From: Marvin Sharpe <msharpe302>

Subject: The UN is no Model/Obama’s malevolence

Date: January 6, 2017 at 11:23:33 AM PST

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The UN resolution 2334 only proves that there is Islamic control over the politics and culture of international institutions. These institutions completely forget their primary mission. These international institutions have allowed Islamic power to support corruption and terrorism. It must be clearly noted that those who vote are Heads of State(Obama). It must also be recognized that these individuals are fully conscious of their interests and ideologies,that are often criminal. Resolution 2334 confirms the victory of Jihadism. Post war Europe has more than a small responsibility of defaming and delegitimizing the Jewish State of Israel in the name of Islamic Justice.
Are these “settlements” vast territories that are 1000’s of miles from Israel? One needs to be factual and remind ourselves that the Arab League in 1948 attacked Israel, promising “to drive the Jews into the sea”. The Arabs crossed the borders of Palestine where the San Remo Resolution (1920) recognized the legitimacy of a Jewish National Home. Egypt took over Gaza, Syria took the Golan Heights and Transjordan(Jordan) colonized Judea and Samaria and the old city of Jerusalem. The Jewish inhabitants were killed and or driven out by the Arab colonists, who confiscated their assets and properties and destroyed all the Synagogues and cemeteries. On an armistice and cease fire lines established(1949) there was no peace and no international borders were created. But to the disappointment of millions of Nazi Europeans, Israel was not destroyed. Israel at this time welcomed the almost million Jews who were expelled from all the Arab countries where they had lived for 100’s of years, leaving everything they owned behind. Never claiming “right of return”. Between 1949 and 1967. the Israeli’s gathered together in their very small and confined area that had no international borders, suffered intense Jihadist attacks from their next door Arabs.
In 1967 Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked Israel “once again”. But this time Israel retrieved all the land that had been taken in1948, that had become Judenrein, cleansed of Jews, Arabized and Islamized. This was land from which the Jews had been driven out, and to which Europe referred to as “settlements”, when in reality they became Arab colonies. They are called Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
So one can ask. “how can the UN justify such a resolution as 2334? The only reasonable answer is “anti-Semitism”, that is now once again running rampant around the world. In a world population of 7 billion is there no place for 14 million Jews? That is less than half the population of Canada. Less than 1.5% of the world population. Just a question.

Marvin Sharpe,



Dear Ms May;
My name is Marvin Sharpe. I belong to the Chabad community. I also have been sending you material in connection with Israel and anti-Semitism.

I, like many of “ us” have been watching the situation involving the Green Party and the anti-Israel BDS motion passed at your party convention. It gives me no satisfaction to see your consternation over the position the Party has taken. While many of “us” have mistakenly felt that you personally shared this position, your response to your Party’s action has made it very clear that you do not. I realize as a leader of your Party you must tread lightly and hope that words can bring sober thought to your members. Unfortunately, in this case you were not successful. You are disheartened, and rightly so.

Being Jewish and having concern for Israel’s existence is a way of life for us. We try to bring truth and justice for Jews in a world that has brought us nothing but hate and destruction. It is so difficult to understand why when we are so few (14M worldwide) we are constantly faced with elements who cannot rid themselves of the historic unwarranted hate. The anti-Israel activities has nothing to do with Israel. It is purely and simply an excuse to promote the anti-Semitic agenda.

I want you to know that the position you have taken has not gone unnoticed. Your actions or rather your reactions attest to the old adage, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”.

I wish you and your family good health and that your political path will bring you success and satisfaction.


Marvin Sharpe,

Victoria, B.C.


Accusing Israel of “genocide” is major fail. And deservedly so, because it’s a false accusation. In a speech that Abbas gave to the UN General Assembly was the highest profile ever exposure to the accusation, popular among anti-Zionists, that Israel practices “genocide” against the Palestinian Arabs, and that the war in Gaza was a genocidal one. This was picked up by major international news outlets and is now known as Abbas’ “genocide speech”. If his use of the term “genocide” to describe the war in Gaza were truthful but “impolitic”, that would be one thing. But it’s not true, it’s plain false. It stamps the Palestinian Arab cause with fanaticism, with reckless disregard for the truth, with hysterical hatred for Israel and the Jews. That one stupid word. But now that Abbas has, for the first time put the term out in the mainstream, it is so painfully obvious that accusing Israel of genocide is to shoot oneself in the foot, if not the head.

But many anti-Zionists disregard the common understanding of the word, and instead point to the “official” definition adopted by the UN General Assemby in 1948, and still used at the Hague:


Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part. A national ,ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group: (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group: (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part: (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group: (f) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.


Mitchell Plitnick of the Foundation For Middle East Peace and an advocate for BDS says “to suggest that Israel’s motivations is their “intent to destroy” the Palestinian Arabs. “If so, they’ve done a lousy job of it as the Palestinian Arab population has grown significantly and consistently over the years”.


It seems “genocide” has entered the far left’s vocabulary for no other reason than to satisfy its own rising fury at Israel. But it’s still not an excuse to “talk bullshit”.


Using the word “genocide” suggest the equating Israel with Nazi Germany. This sort of rhetoric will not stand the light of day. For Abbas to use the word “genocide” in his speech to the Un will forever be hung around his neck.

Elizabeth May

If Ms May really understood life as a “Jew” in this world and these times, she might better be able to understand the clear connection of anti-Semitism/anti-Israel. The recreation of Israel and the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland is only 70 years old. Anti-Semitism is over 2000 years old. Ms May reminds us that Golda Meir said ”you cannot shake hands with a clenched fist”. She fails to acknowledge that “the hand Ms Meir referred to was “Yasser Arafat’s” hand. And it is still ( read Abbas) his hand with the addition of the hands of Hamas whose fist is clenched. For Ms May to blatantly suggest that Mr. Netanyahu’s policies are the ones that are eroding the chance for peace. clearly shows that she has no knowledge or prefers not to recognize the total lack of responsibility of the leaders of the Palestinian Arabs to come to the table. Instead they incite their people while speaking in Arabic and convince those like Ms May and the Green party of their disingenuous appeal for peace while speaking English. This while stealing millions and even billions for there own benefit. It is very revealing that Ms May and her Green Party ignore the horrors of Syria. Hundreds of thousands killed by their own leaders. Just this week bombs containing deadly gas dropped on Aleppo. The massacres of Christians, Yazidi’s and other “infidels” by the thousands, at the hands of the ISIS monsters. Is it not enough for Ms May and the Green Party that the UN piles masses of sanctions upon Israel without evidence. While ignoring the horrors in that cauldron that surrounds Israel and calling for the total destruction of Israel as Hamas does. By the way Ms May, Golda Meir also said; “I would hope that Arab mothers loved their children more than dead Jews” and to add she also said; “We do not rejoice in victories, we rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in the desert”.

Marvin Sharpe,


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The UN needs to clean up its act20

There are 192 mem­ber states in the United Na­tions. In the worst of them, girls and women are raped and traf­ficked as a mat­ter of course. In many oth­ers, women have fewer le­gal, ed­u­ca­tional and em­ploy­ment rights than men.

Nev­er­the­less, t he UN Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women (CSW) con­cluded its an­nual meet­ing in New York with a con­dem­na­tion of one coun­try, and one coun­try only. That would be Is­rael, a tiny demo­cratic is­land in the Mid­dle East, sur­rounded by an ocean of un­con­sti­tu­tional monar­chies, out­right tyran­nies and other non­demo­cratic, fail­ing regimes mired in civil war, di­vided by re­li­gious ri­val­ries and tribal an­i­mosi­ties, and united only by one en­dur­ing pathol­ogy: ha­tred of Jews.

The CSW ac­cused Is­rael of vi­o­lat­ing the rights of Pales­tinian women, ig­nor­ing the fact Is­rael is the sole coun­try in the re­gion in which women en­joy full equal rights with men, in­clud­ing full con­trol over their sex­u­al­ity and re­pro­duc­tive in­ter­ests. It is also the only state in which it is il­le­gal to dis­crim­i­nate on the ba­sis of gen­der. Tel Aviv’s an­nual pride pa­rade is such a pop­u­lar event, the Min­istry of Tourism is spend­ing $ 3.7 mil­lion to at­tract more LGBT tourists to Is­rael. In other coun­tries in the re­gion, gays are openly con­demned and abused.

The CSW ac­cused Is­rael of vi­o­lat­ing the rights of Pales­tinian women, ig­nor­ing the fact Is­rael is the sole coun­try in the re­gion in which women en­joy full equal rights with men, in­clud­ing full con­trol over their sex­u­al­ity and re­pro­duc­tive in­ter­ests. It is also the only state in which it is il­le­gal to dis­crim­i­nate on the ba­sis of gen­der. Tel Aviv’s an­nual pride pa­rade is such a pop­u­lar event, the Min­istry of Tourism is spend­ing $ 3.7 mil­lion to at­tract more LGBT tourists to Is­rael. In other coun­tries in the re­gion, gays are openly con­demned and abused.

The UN’s fix­a­tion on Is­rael is abet­ted by an ar­ray of non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions that sits idly by as it un­der­goes rit­ual de­mo­niza­tion. At the UN’s New York head­quar­ters, 8,100 NGO rep­re­sen­ta­tives gath­ered from all cor­ners of the globe to view the spec­ta­cle of Is­rael be­ing pil­lo­ried as a vi­o­la­tor of ba­sic rights. As jour­nal­ist Anne Bayef­sky re­ported: “On the ground, Pales­tinian women are mur­dered and sub­ju­gated for the sake of male hon­our, Saudi women can’t drive, Ira­nian women are stoned to death for so-called ‘ adul­tery,’ Egyp­tian women have their gen­i­tals mu­ti­lated and Su­danese women give birth in prison with their legs shack­led for be­ing a Chris­tian.” But all this suf­fer­ing is in­suf­fi­cient to com­pete with Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine as an af­front to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of hu­man rights.

The UN’s fix­a­tion on Is­rael is abet­ted by an ar­ray of non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions that sits idly by as it un­der­goes rit­ual de­mo­niza­tion. At the UN’s New York head­quar­ters, 8,100 NGO rep­re­sen­ta­tives gath­ered from all cor­ners of the globe to view the spec­ta­cle of Is­rael be­ing pil­lo­ried as a vi­o­la­tor of ba­sic rights. As jour­nal­ist Anne Bayef­sky re­ported: “On the ground, Pales­tinian women are mur­dered and sub­ju­gated for the sake of male hon­our, Saudi women can’t drive, Ira­nian women are stoned to death for so-called ‘ adul­tery,’ Egyp­tian women have their gen­i­tals mu­ti­lated and Su­danese women give birth in prison with their legs shack­led for be­ing a Chris­tian.” But all this suf­fer­ing is in­suf­fi­cient to com­pete with Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine as an af­front to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of hu­man rights.

On the same day as the CSW con­demned Is r ael for the plight of Pales­tinian women, the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil ( UNHRC) con­cluded its month- long ses­sion in Geneva by pass­ing five res­o­lu­tions con­demn­ing Is­rael. There was one res­o­lu­tion apiece on Syria, North Korea and Iran. No other coun­try was crit­i­cized, in­clud­ing Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia, Su­dan or China, all of which have long and well- doc­u­mented abuse records.

The UN boasts a his­tory of bias on Is­rael that has be­come so well- known, it is taken for granted. At UN head­quar­ters, Is­rael’s per­ma­nent mis­sion was told to re­move three pan­els from an ex­hi­bi­tion on Zion­ism that was due to open to­day be­cause they were deemed “in­ap­pro­pri­ate.” The pan­els de­scribed Is­rael as the “cen­tre and fo­cus of Jewish life and re­li­gion for more than three mil­len­nia,” iden­ti­fied Is­rael Arabs as its largest mi­nor­ity and de­scribed Zion­ism as the “lib­er­a­tion move­ment of the Jewish peo­ple.”

Canada’s Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has pledged to main­tain the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for Is­rael prac­tised by the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, while re­serv­ing the right to crit­i­cize “un­help­ful” steps such as con­tentious set­tle­ments in the West Bank. Canada voted against anti- Is­rael res­o­lu­tions in Novem­ber; the Lib­er­als sup­ported a Con­ser­va­tive mo­tion con­demn­ing the move­ment to boy­cott, di­vest and sanc­tion Is­rael; and For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stéphane Dion urged the UN­HCR to re­view the ap­point­ment of con­tro­ver­sial Western Univer­sity law pro­fes­sor Michael Lynk as its spe­cial rap­por­teur on hu­man rights in Pales­tine, not­ing, “this can­di­date was not put for­ward by Canada and does not rep­re­sent the views of this gov­ern­ment.”

Canada’s Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has pledged to main­tain the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for Is­rael prac­tised by the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, while re­serv­ing the right to crit­i­cize “un­help­ful” steps such as con­tentious set­tle­ments in the West Bank. Canada voted against anti- Is­rael res­o­lu­tions in Novem­ber; the Lib­er­als sup­ported a Con­ser­va­tive mo­tion con­demn­ing the move­ment to boy­cott, di­vest and sanc­tion Is­rael; and For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stéphane Dion urged the UN­HCR to re­view the ap­point­ment of con­tro­ver­sial Western Univer­sity law pro­fes­sor Michael Lynk as its spe­cial rap­por­teur on hu­man rights in Pales­tine, not­ing, “this can­di­date was not put for­ward by Canada and does not rep­re­sent the views of this gov­ern­ment.”

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has crit­i­cized “the de­mo­niza­tion, the de- le­git­imiza­tion or the dou­ble stan­dard that’s of­ten ap­plied to Is­rael.” Yet his gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to her­ald its de­sire to forge closer ties with the UN, re­vive co- op­er­a­tion with its many agen­cies and is ac­tively seek­ing one of the ro­tat­ing tem­po­rary seats on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. It sug­gests the Lib­er­als are happy to adopt the UN’s pref­er­ence for words over ac­tion, and its prac­tice of turn­ing a blind eye to the ab­ject hypocrisy of many of its mem­bers rather than dis­turb the wa­ters of po­lite diplo­macy.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has crit­i­cized “the de­mo­niza­tion, the de- le­git­imiza­tion or the dou­ble stan­dard that’s of­ten ap­plied to Is­rael.” Yet his gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to her­ald its de­sire to forge closer ties with the UN, re­vive co- op­er­a­tion with its many agen­cies and is ac­tively seek­ing one of the ro­tat­ing tem­po­rary seats on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. It sug­gests the Lib­er­als are happy to adopt the UN’s pref­er­ence for words over ac­tion, and its prac­tice of turn­ing a blind eye to the ab­ject hypocrisy of many of its mem­bers rather than dis­turb the wa­ters of po­lite diplo­macy.

Be­ing a friend of Is­rael in­volves more than oc­ca­sion­ally vot­ing against yet an­other bi­ased res­o­lu­tion, or mouthing dis­plea­sure at an­other bla­tant show of big­otry. Ot­tawa would earn far more re­spect if it spoke out loudly and fer­vently against the open at­tacks and bla­tant hypocrisy that are a com­mon­place of UN ac­tiv­i­ties when it comes to Is­rael. It is the UN that needs to clean up its act, and Canada would serve a use­ful pur­pose by say­ing so.

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jerome: Yes, I fully agree with your suggestion of name change, the language to be used etc.



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Begin forwarded message:

From: “Letters (National Post)” <letters-2>

Subject: Re: Merkel Faces Revolt Over Migrants

Date: January 15, 2016 at 8:05:57 AM PST

To: Marvin Sharpe <msharpe302>

Thanks for your letter. It will be considered for upcoming publications.

On 2016-01-14, 2:11 PM, “Marvin Sharpe” <msharpe302> wrote:

³A picture is worth a thousand words² or ³no good deed goes unpunished².
These captions can be so clearly used in your front page photo of Angela
Merkel. A leader who so much exemplifies the meaning of total regard for
humankind and is willing to make the ³tough decisions² when called upon.

Angela Merkel is the leader of a country whose history is marked by the
most horrendous crimes ever recorded. She has contributed with her
greatest efforts in bringing Germany to recognizing it¹s debt created by
those who chose to lead Germany through years of human destruction based
on the concept of ³Deutschland Uber Alles². When the world was faced with
the monumental destruction of the Syrian population by it¹s own leaders,
creating millions of refugees, Angel Merkel stood up and opened Germany¹s
borders that took in more than one million refugees. She wanted the world
to see that Germany of the 21st century was ³not² the Germany of the 20th
century. And what has been the result? These refugees as we now see
reported, brought with them a misogynist culture unacceptable to the
European way of life. There is such an unfortunate ³irony² here. Merkel
has tried and succeeded in making Germany a world participant in so many
areas. Now she finds herself and Germany of having to deal with the
terrible results inadvertently brought upon her country and leadership.
It is ³pitiable².

Marvin Sharpe,

Victoria, B.C.

Rex Murphy



Begin forwarded message:

From: “Arlene Kushner” <akushner18>

To: “A Kushner” <akushner18>


Date: April 28, 2015 at 8:15:45 AM PDT

April 28, 2015

“The Legal Grounds Campaign”

Legal Grounds

Many is the time that I have alluded to this Campaign, and to Israel’s legal rights in Judea, Samaria, and all of Jerusalem.

Today I will move further in explaining the Campaign. This is for your edification, and in the hopes that you will choose to be involved.

Please make sure you get to the end of this special posting.


The Campaign is chaired by Jeff Daube and myself, working in Jerusalem. We seek an Israeli government that speaks out for Israel’s rights and bases policies upon those rights.

We do not for a minute imagine that this is a simple or easy task. For we are battling over 20 years of Oslo thinking, and a host of misrepresentations and outright lies – promoted by those supporting the Palestinian Arabs and readily accepted by much of the world – regarding Israel’s rights. The pressure on our government is enormous!

What is required is a shift in the paradigm of thinking. And this is a process. Little by little. No magic bullets.


While the ultimate goal is a shift in the position of the government of Israel, we are working now in the Knesset – doing education on the issues and recruiting members of the Knesset to take a stand.

This is a part of the process, and we are in the second year of this effort. We have had successes, and have held forums in the Knesset. Unfortunately, some of the best people we had on board with us before the election are no longer in the Knesset and it is our task now to reach out to a large number of new members of Knesset. We have very fine professionals working with us to maximize our efforts.


At the same time that we are doing this work, we are eager to do a modified public campaign – getting the word out and doing education wherever we can. (A full fledged public relations campaign is enormously expensive and beyond our reach at the moment.) Our social media campaign has this goal, as does our PR. We work to place op-eds on the issues, promote interviews and more.


Most of my readers are outside of Israel – primarily in the US (with some significant individuals also in Canada). And so I want to emphasize here that education on this issue in the US is tremendously important and that outreach must be done to Senators and Congresspersons.

However, we believe that the first impetus must come from within the Israeli government. We see that even Senators and Congresspersons who are with us in principle look to the positions of the Israeli government before taking a stand.


One last note here: We are not a campaign to promote sovereignty, but to provide the groundwork that will ultimately make that sovereignty possible. We believe that there will be no government of Israel that will seriously talk about annexation until it has been made clear that we have the RIGHT to annex – that international law, history, etc. are on our side. Right now, you will note, the prime minister says he will not consider a “Palestinian state” because of security risks. That is not the same as saying we have legal and historical rights that must be taken into account.

(Even those who would – for whatever reason – still like to see a “two state solution” should welcome promotion of our legal rights – for this would permit going into negotiations from strength, and not from the horrendous position that the land is “theirs” and we must “return” it.)

What we would like to do, down the road, is consider different formulations and plans for how to proceed in the future, once Israel’s rights are more broadly established.


Now I ask my readers, wherever you are, to:

Inform yourselves on the issues of Israel’s legal rights. To that end, Please! see and bookmark our website:

On the site, you will find:

  • an outline of our basic legal rights (including the San Remo Resolution I spoke about yesterday) – this is the heart of the matter, the core documentation
  • information on our rights to all of Jerusalem
  • articles, reports, and videos on the issue
  • links to primary documents such as the Balfour Declaration
  • a discussion of why promotion of Israel’s rights is important

There is, as well, a great deal more, including a list of the highly respected international lawyers who comprise our Legal Advisory Board.

Please, while you are logged on to the website, sign on as a member of the Campaign. This costs nothing. But it gives us leverage and allows us to provide information updates and promote activist action.


Take a look at our Facebook page, as well – and “Like” it, please:

Both the website and the FB page have very recently been upgraded.


And then, because Jeff and I, with our professionals and volunteers cannot do the job alone, we ask you to join us in a number of respects:

[] Tell others about our work, and ask that they in turn inform themselves and sign on to our Campaign, “Like” our FB.

[] Don’t let people get away with promulgating gross misrepresentations and lies. Refute the lies and misrepresentations wherever you can.

There was never a Palestinian state and Judea and Samaria do not “belong” to the Palestinian Arabs.

There is no “1967 border” – it was only a temporary armistice line.

The 1947 partition plan is not legally binding, as some maintain.

Israel is not an “occupier” according to international law. The reasons why this is so are quite clear.

The “settlements” are not “illegal.”

On and on. These are not “innocent” mistakes – they are calculated lies, which are then absorbed as well by naïve individuals who believe what they have been told.

It’s time to fight back, as extensively as possible.

Beware in particular of the language that promotes misrepresentations. I think the officials of the PA use the term “international law” more than any other. They don’t have to document the law – which most often does not even exist: people tend to automatically defer when they hear that term. Then there are “war crimes,” “illegal settlements,” and (as alluded to above) “the ‘67 border.”

And watch your own language usage. Much of this terminology has been so thoroughly absorbed into mainstream thinking that you are not even aware of it:


  • “Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria” and not “settlements”
  • “Judea and Samaria” and not “West Bank”
  • “the temporary ‘67 armistice line” and not “the ‘67 border”


  • letters to the editor
  • talkbacks on the Internet
  • op-eds
  • your own websites and FB pages
  • websites and discussion lists for groups with which you participate

State your position briefly, unemotionally, and factually.

Become pro-active! Talk to people.

If you are in the US, monitor the positions of your Senators and Congresspersons and contact them as appropriate (whether to thank them, provide information, or encourage a change in position).

We will be grateful if you decide to become part of the Legal Grounds team, and actively stand up on this issue.


I am not writing today to raise funds, but rather to inform and recruit activists. But it goes without saying that I do not turn away funds, which are always needed for our operation. (Some of those reading this have already graciously and generously made donations.)

If you are in the US, and might be interested in supporting a very special “out-of-the-box” project for this Campaign, let me know, please.


The good news I close with today comes from Yaakov Kirschner, who does the “Dry Bones” cartoons. We are enormously grateful to him. For he has not only done a cartoon that addresses the issue of Israel’s legal and historical rights (see immediately below), he has sent it out very widely, with the URL to our website.

And so, Dry Bones: Thank you, thank you!


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Persecution of Christians in the Muslim World

Each month, about 322 Christians are killed for their faith; 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 acts of violence are committed against Christians, such as beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests and forced marriages, according to Open Doors, an organization that has been monitoring persecution of Christians worldwide since the 1970s.

Open Doors compiles a World Watch List (WWL) that ranks the top 50 countries where Christians face the greatest persecution. The list features North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria and Maldives as the places where Christians are now facing the most extreme persecution.

Islamic State militants daily continue murdering Christians in Syria and Iraq. In late February, the number of Christians abducted by the Islamic Statein northeastern Syria rose to 220, as militants rounded up more Christian Assyrian hostages from a chain of villages, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

“If this were happening to any other group besides Christians, it would be the human rights tragedy of our time,” states Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East scholar. “There would be loud worldwide calls for action.” But the media, he writes, remain silent,

“because Muslim persecution of Christians throws a wrench in the media’s narrative that ‘Muslim violence is a product of Muslim grievance.’ That grievance is… portrayed as the sin of European colonialism and alleged American imperialism. In the Muslim world’s mind, those two sins are personified by the Jewish State of Israel, a nation the Muslim world believes was forced upon it by the colonial powers of Europe following World War II and is currently supported by the United States.

“Much of the Western world and the Western media have largely bought at least some of this narrative. Here is how it works: Because Israel, with the backing of the United States, is stronger than its Muslim neighbors, the media, while not defending Islamic terrorism, often portray terror against Israel, America, and even Europe as the actions of understandably angry “underdogs” fighting for what they deem “justice.” But what happens to this media narrative when Islamic terror is directed against a minority weaker than them — in this case, the millions of indigenous Christians throughout the Islamic world?

“The answer is that, rather than abandon this narrative, the media simply do not report the Muslim persecution of Christians except for the most sensational cases. That is why most people probably do not even know that there are barely any Christians living in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, nations where Christianity once thrived. Or, that this is happening in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and even Lebanon.

“Christians are indeed the most persecuted religious group in the world today. But reporting it would violate the media’s narrative of Christians as persecutors and Muslims as victims.”

To Israel-haters and Jew-haters, however, the non-stop terrorism and the genocidal charter of Hamas are merely responses to “colonialism” and “occupation” — a claim that clearly flies in the face of the fact that Christians and Jews have lived in that area for over two thousand years, and for centuries have striven together to repel Muslim invaders. Hamas’s vow in its charter to kill all Jews worldwide, as well as religious and ethnic minorities who are systematically persecuted by Islamists throughout the Muslim world, is not even questioned as a misdemeanor by these disingenuous “human rights heroes.”

Bigotry, Hypocrisy and Jew-Hating

The BDS activists charge that the Arabs of Israel live under an “apartheid” regime similar to that practiced in South Africa.

South African apartheid was carried out against native Africans, who wanted an equal say in South African affairs. Regulations prevented marriage between races, denied Black Africans equal representation in the government, forced them to live in reserves and made it illegal for them to work as sharecroppers.

Israeli Arab citizens, however, do have equal rights in Israel They vote and take part in the government along with Jewish citizens, can own and buy land, get mortgages, enter any profession they wish, and can join the Israeli army — as many do, especially the Druze and the Bedouin. Furthermore, in Israel, Arabs have a much higher standard of living and better educational opportunities than most of their neighbors in Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon.

In Gaza, citizens enjoy complete political autonomy, under their freely elected leadership, Hamas. The only goods that are not allowed in are weapons and dual-use material such as cement, which, as the world could see last summer, was used to build secret underground cross-border tunnels, through which Hamas gunmen were planning to flood into Israel to kill or kidnap its citizens.

The BBC was shown around Gaza recently to photograph the rubble still everywhere, the same way Hamas operatives displayed dead babies to television cameras during the war it began by firing rockets into Israel. What the BBC did not show was that Hamas apparently has enough money to build military training camps for 17,000 women and children, as well as to rebuild its “military wing” bases near its border with Israel. That does not reflect a shortage of funds; that reflects what Hamas chooses to do with them.

Israel forcibly removed all its Jewish citizens from Gaza in August 2005, precisely so that Gaza could build a “Singapore on the Mediterranean.” Israel even left state-of-the-art greenhouses for the Gazans, so that many could start off with a stable source of income. Within hours, every greenhouse was destroyed; and Hamas, instead of a “Singapore on the Mediterranean,” first expelled all members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, including its President Mahmoud Abbas, or else pushed them out of the windows of the upper floors of tall buildings. Then Hamas chose war.

Hamas, now trying to borrow legitimacy under the skirts of the Palestinian Authority in a so-called “unity government,” might well have built Gaza into a prosperous, independent state. But until this unity government renounces its culture of unlimited, state-sponsored violence, and changes its genocidal charter, it is not prepared to be an independent state. The last thing the Middle East needs is still another genocidal, totalitarian, racist state, run by Islamic extremists such as Hamas.

In August 2014, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report entitled, “Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians escaping Syria,” containing accounts by refugees that detail how more than 100 Palestinians, including women and children, were denied entry into Jordan.

In one instance, a refugee, Mahmoud Murjan, was killed in September 2012, 20 days after being deported back to Syria along with his wife and two young children, by armed gunmen who broke into his house and abducted him. His body, showing marks of torture, was dumped on the street in front of his father’s house.

“Other countries in the region also deny safe haven to Palestinians fleeing the violence in Syria or restrict their entry. Other than Turkey, all of Syria’s neighbors have placed onerous restrictions on entry for Palestinians attempting to flee generalized violence and unlawful attacks by both government forces and non-state armed groups,” the report said.

Of course, this discrimination against Palestinian Arabs by the Jordanian or other Arab states is largely ignored by many media outlets and “human rights” groups, including the organizers of the BDS movement and other European Union taxpayer-funded non-governmental organizations working toward the destruction of Israel.

Sadly, we do not see thousands of people marching in the streets, organizing protests or seminars on university campuses or condemning the Palestinian Authority, the Jordanian government or Lebanon for their abuses of human rights and other unjust acts against Palestinians. But why? Because those abuses were not committed by Jews? How much more racist can one get?

The BDS activists are not only cooperating with Hamas, a terrorist group with a genocidal charter, but also damaging their own free societies in the West by fostering hatred against Jews and the Jewish state. “There is nothing wrong with criticizing Israel,” wrote scholar Diane Weber Bederman. “It is no more perfect than Canada or any other Western country. All democracies have problems. It becomes antisemitism when Israel is criticized at the expense of all other people in need of help… without a word about the actions taken in autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes or other democracies, that’s antisemitism.”

Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident, has suggested a “3-D” test for differentiating legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism.

The first “D” is the test of whether the Jewish state or its leaders are being demonized, and their actions being blown out of all rational proportion. The second “D” is the test of double standards. For instance, criticism of Israel is fine; but when Israel is singled out for condemnation by the United Nations for perceived human rights abuses, while proven obliterators of human rights on a massive scale — such China, Iran, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Russia, North Korea, Mauritania, to name just a few, are not even mentioned — that shows a double standard. The third “D” is the test of delegitimization: “While criticism of an Israeli policy may not be anti-Semitic, the denial of Israel’s right to exist is always anti-Semitic.”

The Jews are Israel’s native indigenous people — biblically, archeologically and historically. They were forced into a worldwide diaspora by the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar, the Romans and larger political or religious groups, some with theocratic agendas that treated them as second-class citizens.

Israel is not the cause of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has existed for centuries in the region, since long before the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948

The biased media coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict is influenced by anti-Semitism.

Trying to demonize, delegitimize and apply double standards against a pluralistic, tolerant and democratic state such as Israel, by siding with genocidal groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran, has nothing to do with human rights. It is just raw, undisguised anti-Semitism.

No matter what the activists of the BDS and other Jew-hating movements claim, what they do not do is promote either peaceful coexistence or justice. The biggest impact of their activism of hate against Israel is that it causes the voices of people who deeply suffer to go unheard and unnoticed.

If BDS activists would stop directing their hatred toward the one country in the region that does more than any other for minorities — its own and worldwide — maybe they would hear the voices of Yezidis, Christians, Iranians, Kurds and the many others who are murdered, raped and tortured daily, and are desperately waiting to be helped.

Trying to delegitimize Israel, the only truly moral country in the region, does nothing to help anyone. It only harms people who are more aware of justice and truly helping humanity than the Israel-haters will ever be. The Israel-haters overlook the truly beleaguered, who need a helping hand the most.

Uzay Bulut, raised a Muslim, is a journalist based in Ankara, Turkey.


Incredible letter written by a non – Jewish Scottish professor to his students who voted to boycott Israel

This is a MUST READ article that needs to be disseminated in every university. If you have children or grandchildren in university please make sure they publish this important letter in the students’ rag or post it on the university bulletin board.

It’s a response from Dr Denis MacEoin, a non-Jewish professor, to the motion put forward by The Edinburgh Student’s Association to boycott all things Israeli, in which they claim Israel is under an apartheid regime. Denis is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs and was a senior editor
of the Middle East Quarterly. Here’s his letter to the students.

TO: The Committee Edinburgh University Student Association.

May I be permitted to say a few words to members of the EUSA? I am an
Edinburgh graduate (MA 1975) who studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic
History in Buccleuch Place under William Montgomery Watt and Laurence
Elwell Sutton, two of Britain ‘s great Middle East experts in their day.

I later went on to do a PhD at Cambridge and to teach Arabic and
Islamic Studies at Newcastle University . Naturally, I am the author
of several books and hundreds of articles in this field. I say all
that to show that I am well informed in Middle Eastern affairs and
that, for that reason, I am shocked and disheartened by the EUSA
motion and vote.

I am shocked for a simple reason: there is not and has never been a
system of apartheid in Israel . That is not my opinion, that is fact
that can be tested against reality by any Edinburgh student, should he
or she choose to visit Israel to see for themselves. Let me spell this
out, since I have the impression that those members of EUSA who voted
for this motion are absolutely clueless in matters concerning Israel,
and that they are, in all likelihood, the victims of extremely biased
propaganda coming from the anti-Israel lobby.

Being anti-Israel is not in itself objectionable. But I’m not talking
about ordinary criticism of Israel . I’m speaking of a hatred that
permits itself no boundaries in the lies and myths it pours out. Thus,
Israel is repeatedly referred to as a “Nazi” state. In what sense is
this true, even as a metaphor? Where are the Israeli concentration
camps? The einzatsgruppen? The SS? The Nuremberg Laws? The Final
Solution? None of these things nor anything remotely resembling them
exists in Israel , precisely because the Jews, more than anyone on
earth, understand what Nazism stood for.

It is claimed that there has been an Israeli Holocaust in Gaza (or
elsewhere). Where? When? No honest historian would treat that claim
with anything but the contempt it deserves. But calling Jews Nazis and
saying they have committed a Holocaust is as basic a way to subvert
historical fact as anything I can think of.

Likewise apartheid. For apartheid to exist, there would have to be a
situation that closely resembled how things were in South Africa under
the apartheid regime. Unfortunately for those who believe this, a
weekend in any part of Israel would be enough to show how ridiculous
the claim is.

That a body of university students actually fell for this and voted on
it is a sad comment on the state of modern education. The most obvious
focus for apartheid would be the country’s 20% Arab population. Under
Israeli law, Arab Israelis have exactly the same rights as Jews or
anyone else; Muslims have the same rights as Jews or Christians;
Baha’is, severely persecuted in Iran, flourish in Israel, where they
have their world center; Ahmadi Muslims, severely persecuted in
Pakistan and elsewhere, are kept safe by Israel; the holy places of
all religions are protected under a specific Israeli law. Arabs form
20% of the university population (an exact echo of their percentage in
the general population).

In Iran , the Bahai’s (the largest religious minority) are forbidden
to study in any university or to run their own universities: why
aren’t your members boycotting Iran ? Arabs in Israel can go anywhere
they want, unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa . They use public
transport, they eat in restaurants, they go to swimming pools, they
use libraries, they go to cinemas alongside Jews – something no blacks
were able to do in South Africa .

Israeli hospitals not only treat Jews and Arabs, they also treat
Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank. On the same wards, in the
same operating theatres.

In Israel , women have the same rights as men: there is no gender
apartheid. Gay men and women face no restrictions, and Palestinian
gays often escape into Israel, knowing they may be killed at home.

It seems bizarre to me that LGBT groups call for a boycott of Israel
and say nothing about countries like Iran , where gay men are hanged
or stoned to death. That illustrates a mindset that beggars belief.

Intelligent students thinking it’s better to be silent about regimes
that kill gay people, but good to condemn the only country in the
Middle East that rescues and protects gay people. Is that supposed to
be a sick joke?

University is supposed to be about learning to use your brain, to
think rationally, to examine evidence, to reach conclusions based on
solid evidence, to compare sources, to weigh up one view against one
or more others. If the best Edinburgh can now produce are students who
have no idea how to do any of these things, then the future is bleak.

I do not object to well-documented criticism of Israel . I do object
when supposedly intelligent people single the Jewish state out above
states that are horrific in their treatment of their populations. We
are going through the biggest upheaval in the Middle East since the
7th and 8th centuries, and it’s clear that Arabs and Iranians are
rebelling against terrifying regimes that fight back by killing their
own citizens.

Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike, do not rebel (though they are
free to protest). Yet Edinburgh students mount no demonstrations and
call for no boycotts against Libya , Bahrain , Saudi Arabia , Yemen ,
and Iran . They prefer to make false accusations against one of the
world’s freest countries, the only country in the Middle East that has
taken in Darfur refugees, the only country in the Middle East that
gives refuge to gay men and women, the only country in the Middle East that
protects the Bahai’s…. Need I go on?

The imbalance is perceptible, and it sheds no credit on anyone who
voted for this boycott. I ask you to show some common sense. Get
information from the Israeli embassy. Ask for some speakers. Listen to
more than one side. Do not make your minds up until you have given a
fair hearing to both parties. You have a duty to your students, and
that is to protect them from one-sided argument.

They are not at university to be propagandized. And they are certainly
not there to be tricked into anti-Semitism by punishing one country
among all the countries of the world, which happens to be the only
Jewish state. If there had been a single Jewish state in the 1930’s
(which, sadly, there was not), don’t you think Adolf Hitler would have
decided to boycott it?

Your generation has a duty to ensure that the perennial racism of
anti-Semitism never sets down roots among you. Today, however, there
are clear signs that it has done so and is putting down more. You have
a chance to avert a very great evil, simply by using reason and a
sense of fair play. Please tell me that this makes sense. I have given
you some of the evidence. It’s up to you to find out more.

Yours sincerely,

Denis MacEoin

James D. Tate, President

ISLAMOPHOBIA AS ‘the new anti-Semitism’? NOT QUITE (National Post – (Latest E dition), Aug 29 2014, PageA10)

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Muslim persecution of Christians

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Subject: Muslim persecution of Christians

Date: December 17, 2013 at 9:26:05 AM PST

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“Don’t they know that the Koran orders us to slit the throat of whoever is disrespectful to Allah’s beloved prophet?” — Representative of Jamaat ud Dawa.

Although Christians are habitually killed in Muslim countries, as this series attests, the U.S. government rarely condemns the practice or even acknowledges it.

Two of the most tragic Islamic attacks on Christians, killing several women and children, took place in the month of October, one in Syria, another in Egypt.

On October 21 in Syria, U.S.-supported Islamist rebels invaded and occupied the ancient Christian settlement of Sadad for over a week, until ousted by the Syrian army. What took place that week was “the largest massacre of Christians in Syria,” in the words of Orthodox Archbishop Alnemeh. Among other things, 45 Christians—including women and children—were killed, several were tortured to death; mass graves were discovered; all of Sadad’s 14 churches, some ancient, were ransacked and destroyed; the bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom of a well (an increasingly common fate for “subhuman” Christians).

The jihadis also made a graphic video (with English subtitles) of those whom they massacred, while shouting Islam’s victory-cry, “Allahu Akbar!” [“Allah is Greater!,” meaning “than anything”]. Another video, made after Sadad was liberated, shows more graphic atrocities.

The day before rebels invaded Sadad, on Sunday, October 20, the Church of the Virgin Mary in Warraq, near Cairo, Egypt, was attacked during a wedding ceremony. The attack left four dead and nearly two dozen wounded. According to a report issued by a forensic team, two of those murdered were young girls, each named Mary: 12-year-old Mary Nabil Fahmy, who was shot five times in the chest, and 8-year-old Mary Ashraf Masih (“Masih” meaning “Christ”), who was shot in the back.

The security forces charged with protecting the church were seen leaving their posts immediately before the massacre began, as happens frequently in Egypt and other Islamic nations. In the words of Asia News, “Eye-witnesses of the al-Warraq attack confirm that despite numerous distress calls, police and ambulances only arrived on the scene two hours after the shooting.”

These massacres in Syria and Egypt received scant attention and even less condemnation from Western media and governments. Instead, people such as Mohamed Elibiary, an Obama administration Homeland Security adviser, condemnedCopts who raise awareness of anti-Christian violence in Egypt as promoting “Islamophobic” bigotry.

Although Christians are habitually killed in Muslim countries, as this series attests, the U.S. government rarely condemns the practice or even acknowledges it. When five Muslims were killed in western Burma, however, the U.S. issued a formal condemnation, according to Voice of America, “urging authorities to do more to address the long-standing sectarian tension there.”

The rest of October’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity:

Apostasy, Blasphemy, Proselytism

Bangladesh: “A local government official in central Bangladesh has halted the construction of a church, forced Christians to worship at a mosque and threatened them with eviction from their village unless they renounce their faith,” said Morning Star News. “The Tangail Evangelical Holiness Church in Bilbathuagani village… was created Sept. 8 by a group of about 25 Christians who had been meeting secretly for three years. However, local council chairman Rafiqul Islam Faruk joined around 200 demonstrators Sept. 13 to protest against the start of the building of the church. The following day, the Christians were summoned to his office. More than 1,000 Muslims waited outside, following an announcement at all local mosques to gather at the chairman’s office.” There, they were ordered to embrace Islam or suffer the consequences. Said one of the Christians: “Their threats chilled me to the bone. That is why I pretended to accept Islam, but faith in Christ is the wellspring of my life.” Another said: “The chairman is clipping the wings of our faith. I do not know how long we can grin and bear it. We want religious freedom. We want to practice our religion freely.” Since Sept. 14, under the chairman’s orders, eight Christians agreed to return to Islam. Apparently, the chairman and his associates had already beaten some of these Christians three years ago for accepting Christianity.

Iran: Mariam Naqqash, a female convert to Christianity, was sentenced to four years in prison by a court in Tehran. The Christian convert was found guilty of “endangering national security by spreading religious propaganda in the country,” and allegedly being a spy for Britain and Israel. According to Adnkronos News, “renouncing the Muslim faith is punishable [in Iran] with the death penalty. Over 300 Iranian converts to Christianity have been arrested over the past two years, according to opposition websites.”

Kazakhstan: After Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, a 67-year-old pastor, was released from five months’ detention, based on charges his family and others insist are spurious. After being reunited with his family, he was arrested again within minutes, now accused of “propaganda of terrorism or extremism, or public calls to commit an act of terrorism or extremism, as well as the distribution of material of the content indicated.” His son, Askar, told Forum 18 News Service, “These new accusations are complete rubbish. They’re trying to turn my father into a terrorist.” Grace Church in Astana, where Kashkumbayev served, has, according to the report, long been subject to state harassment, including accusations of being involved in espionage, fraud, money laundering, distributing extremist texts and using hallucinogenic communion drinks.

Kenya: Charles Matole, pastor of the Redeemed Gospel Church, was found shot dead while still sitting with a Bible on his lap: “We found him with blood oozing from the head,” said a choir member. The pastor had been receiving threatening phone text messages. Similarly, Pastor Ebrahim Kidata of the East African Pentecostal Churches was found murdered, strangled to death, in a patch of bushes.


  • After a Muslim man slaughtered a Christian—in broad daylight and in front of police—accusing him of being “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad” (see September report), a group of armed men broke into the dead man’s family home, threatening to kill its members if they did not withdraw their police complaint against the murderer, and convert to Islam. Fr. Arshad Gill, a priest in Karachi, toldAsia News “about this ‘sad story’ in which the victim is ‘an innocent man’ and his family is told to convert to Islam or die. For him, the case epitomizes the situation of Pakistan’s minorities, forced to live ‘in conditions of profound insecurity’ in which events such as this one tend to exacerbate the situation…. Found in Article 295, B and C of the Pakistan Penal Code, the [blasphemy] ‘law’ punishes with death or life in prison anyone who desecrates the Qur’an or defames the name of the Prophet Muhammad.” Those few political activists who have tried to repeal the law—such as Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, a Muslim, and Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian—have been murdered.
  • Three other Pakistani Christians face a possible death sentence on what lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill says are “trumped up charges” of blasphemy. One of the Christians, Asif Pervaiz, is accused of sending phone text messages with “abusive language against Muslims, Islam, Prophet Mohammed and the Koran.” Two other Christians, Pastor Adnan and Mushtaq Masih, were also arrested for allegedly writing “derogatory remarks” about Islam. Gill also said, “Days back we received some heart breaking information that there is one group who forced Christians to accept Islam at gun point.”
  • Another Christian man accused of blasphemy, 26-year-old Adnan Masih, trained as a pastor at a United Pentecostal seminary, is being hunted by police. In addition, the banned Islamic extremist group, Jamaat ud Dawa, in Lahore, issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree, calling for his death because he sought to correct misconceptions about Christianity in a Muslim book by noting biblical verses that refuted Islamic characterizations of Christianity. A source said that the hunted man had no idea that “pointing out false references in a book would land him in such big trouble.” In the words of a representative of Jamaat ud Dawa: “The police better arrest the blasphemer and hand him over to us on Saturday [Oct. 19]. We will not be responsible for any law-and-order situation in the city if the police fails to keep its assurance. How dare someone use derogatory language against our beloved prophet … Don’t they know that the Koran orders us to slit the throat of whoever is disrespectful to Allah’s beloved prophet.”
  • Rana Tanveer, a chief reporter for The Express Tribune, received a one-page letter in Urdu threatening him to stop covering the plight of minorities. He was further accused of being an “apostate” for allegedly sympathizing with Christians and Ahmadis, instead of with their Sunni Muslim oppressors. He was also threatened with death, “from where you cannot even imagine.” Tanveer, a Muslim, insists that all his reports are objective and based on facts.


Egypt: After Muslims in al-Minya district accused a young man of having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman, violence erupted against the village’s Christians (seeSeptember report). The father of the Christian man insists that there was no relationship between his son and the Muslim woman, whose family, in his words, “actually had their daughter undergo a gynecological exam, which proved the woman is ‘untouched’ [a virgin].” Instead, according to the father and many Copts in the village, “the whole story was fabricated by Muslim hard-liners from neighboring village to cause sectarian strife.” According to a separate Arabic report, “criminal groups and gangs managed to acquire guns and weapons and, as usual, have attacked and abused the Christians … [and] forced Copts to pay large amounts of money as tax [jizya] in order not to steal and/or plunder their lands.” The report also points out that no one does anything to oppose these gangs: “they simply kill Christians and their families as happened in the village of Shameiya when two Copts refused to pay the tax: the gang killed them and this was repeated in many other villages belonging to the governorate of Asyut. It is becoming so normal now to watch as these crimes against Christians occur day by day and nothing is done.”

Indonesia: Still insisting that Susan Jasmine Zulkifli, a Christian woman appointed governor of the sub-district of Lenteng Agung, in West Java, be removed solely because of her faith (see September report), Muslim protesters stepped up their threats, includingcarrying a coffin in a protest march of some 600 Muslims—a clear death threat —and waving flags symbolic of death. The Christian woman had been promoted in June by the Governor of Jakarta, who said in response: “I make my choices based on merits, not looking at religion.”

Iran: After being arrested in a house church December 2012 and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the Islamic theocracy’s laws, four Christians were sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. “The sentences handed down to these members of the Church of Iran effectively criminalize the Christian sacrament of sharing in the Lord’s Supper and constitute an unacceptable infringement on the right to practice faith freely and peaceably,” a human rights activist said.

Iraq: The nation’s Christians, more than half of whom have fled since the U.S.-led invasion a decade ago, are now also being targeted in and fleeing from northern Iraq, which until recently was considered a relatively safe region for Christians fleeing violence in the south. Recently, for example, a suicide bomb went off outside the home of Christian politician Emad Youhanna in Rafigayn, part of the Kirkuk province, injuring 19 people, including three of his children. Several more bomb attacks have also taken place in the northern city of Erbil, for which al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. According to Christian News, “In early September, Christians in the village of Deshtakh complained that they were facing harassment from local police. A group of Christian young people said that policemen told them that they ‘should not be in Iraq because it is Muslim territory.’ Violence in the south of the country is also escalating. Church leaders in Baghdad say that there are attacks on Christians every two or three days.”

Lebanon: Muslims in the historically Christian nation are appropriating Christian land. According to Agenzia Fides: “An urgent reminder to curb the misuse of land belonging to Christians in order to build housing for the Muslims was launched on Monday, October 14 from Talal al- Doueihy, leader of the Movement ‘Lebanese Land, our Land’…. Across the Country there are outbreaks of clashes due to problem regarding land. Last week, in the Christian village of Alma (district of Zghorta) residents had complained that the Muslims of the area of al-Fuar had begun to build houses without permission. Already at the end of August, the same Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai had called Christians to limit the sale of their property to avoid jeopardizing the demographic-confessional balance.”

Pakistan: After the bombs in the church of All Saints in Peshawar, where nearly 90 people, including many women and children, died, Agenzia Fides reported that, “the situation remains tense in the Pakistani society: not only tragedy but also horror. The Christians said they were ‘horrified’ by the rumors that link the bombs in Peshawar to the vast problem of organ trafficking: this is what some members of NGOs in civil society in Pakistan told Fides. Some of the ‘jackals,’ presumably local paramedics, seem to have taken advantage of the high number of deaths and injuries in order to steal the bodies of victims and exploit them for the illegal organ trade. ‘If this were true, it would mean that there are criminals who are taking advantage of the suffering of Christian victims in a truly blasphemous and sacrilegious manner,’ notes Fr. Mario Rodrigues, a priest of Karachi.” Meanwhile, some of the Christian survivors who mourned the deaths of loved ones too openly, were attacked, beaten, and threatened with death. Finally, in a separate story, a Christian, Harrison Masih, working in a store, who used to debate religion with a Muslim customer, Maulvi Khalad, got into an argument when Khalad tried to get him to convert to Islam, “telling him that he would enter paradise that way.” But, as Harrison related, because he refused to convert and apparently did not want want any trouble, “I quit my job at the medical store but Khalid, and three other men, came to my house and threatened me and my family.”

About this Series

While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is on its way to reaching pandemic proportions. “Muslim Persecution of Christians” was developed to collate some—by no means all—of the instances of persecution that surface each month. It serves two purposes:

1) To document that which the mainstream media often seems to fail to report.

2) To suggest that such persecution is not “random” but systematic.

These accounts span different ethnicities, languages, and locations.

Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War in Christians (published by Regnery in cooperation with Gatestone Institute, April 2013).



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Good afternoon Bayla;


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Here is the link to a humorous news article on The Scroll’s website:

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Fancy post Try 3: Silverback Gorilla

A tourist camp in Africa – You can tell that the guy was stunned by his experience. This is a great video of the Silverback Gorilla coming into camp for a visit. Quite an unusual experience. Not sure I could have stayed that calm.