Christians, Jews to unite against Islam? / Op-ed: Will Jews, Christians finally join forces in battle against genocidal Islamic hatred? (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Giulio Meotti)
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The Coliseum, where thousands upon thousands of "Judaeis" have been
massacred by the Roman emperors, became for one night an arena for
alliance between Christians and Jews against “odium fidei,” or
Last Wednesday in Rome, Jewish leaders for the first time rallied
alongside Christians in a candlelit vigil to denounce the attacks in
the Middle East and Africa. It was “interfaith” or “ecumenical”
dialogue at its best. Forget the theological questions, which remain
unsolvable. There is an urgent mutual solidarity about the single
most defining issue of our time: religious freedom.
It is about the right to life of Jews and Christians in an
Islamicized Middle East. Speaking at the Coliseum, Rome’s Chief Rabbi
Riccardo Di Segni slammed Western “indifference” surrounding the
massacre of minorities in the Middle East.
Jewish eschatology contains many references to an alliance between
Esau (Rome, the Christian West) and his father-in-law Ishmael (Islam)
against the Jewish people. Historically, it has proven to be correct.
In the Islamic world, Jews paid racist taxes, had to wear an article
of clothing that set them apart from Muslims, were prohibited from
building synagogues, were required by law to take a subservient role
in business partnerships with Muslims and were, by law, second-class
citizens. It was the “golden age.”
In the Christian world, Jews could not own land, lived in ghettos,
occupied only certain niches in the economy and were despised as
the “killers of Christ." Yet today, Christians and Jews both live
under the shadow of Islamic fundamentalism; in a world threatened by
jihad, they are true partners.
A new report from one of the world´s most respected NGO, Open Doors,
shines a spotlight on the oppression of Christians in Muslim lands.
It addresses the diminution, subjugation, emasculation, conversion,
massacre and deportation of the indigenous Christians who came under
the rule of Muhammad’s faithful.
The survey demolishes the mainstream media’s obfuscation. With the
only exception being North Korea, an atheistic nightmare where 70,000
Christians are held in ghastly camps, 9 of the 10 worst persecutors
of Christians are Islamic countries (Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia,
Somalia, Iran, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Iraq and Pakistan.) Of
the 50 countries on the Open Doors’ list, 35 are Muslim (the
Palestinian Authority is listed, but not Israel.)
Islamic groups recently issued an ultimatum to the Christians in
Nigeria: “You have three days to leave, or you’ll die.” Over 13,750
Christians have already been killed in Nigeria since the introduction
of Sharia laws in 2001. Some 500 Christians have been slaughtered
since last December and 300 churches have been demolished.
Israel a Christian haven
Islam’s supersessionary doctrine catalyzes destruction, oppression
and hemorrhaging of Christians in eastern lands. While there were
moments of laxity in applying this domination, Islam did not recoil
from razing churches in ancient Damascus and slaughtering Christians
in the Sub-Saharan plateau, inflicting atrocities in Aleppo or
While the West is now endlessly focused on “Islamophobia,” a
potential genocidal Christianophobia is spreading through Islamic
lands. And as the rally in the Coliseum has clearly shown, it pairs
up with another kind of hatred: Judeophobia.
Today there is only one country in the Middle East in which Christian
numbers are not declining but continues to increase: Israel. The
Jewish State hosts a multitude of Christian creeds, confessions and
Meanwhile, Yasser Arafat and Ahmed Yassin, Ayatollah Khomeini and
Hassan Nasrallah, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden
relentlessly linked the wanton murder of Jews with the liquidation of
Christianity. They don’t see Jerusalem as an urban terrain of
conflict, but as a sweeping religious symbol of historical
This week, the Coliseum catalyzed the two most important litmus tests
we are facing today: The dormant anti-Jewish genocidal demons lurking
in the shadows of the Middle East and of the civilized veneer of the
West, and the invisible eastern Christians who are going extinct.
After the Rome rally, the Jews should expect the same Christian
solidarity next time that a rocket hits a school in Ashkelon or a
settler family is slaughtered in the hills of Samaria.
Christians should see Israel as the first line of Western defense in
the battle for non-Muslim survival and prosperity in the world. The
sagacious American author Eric Hoffer, longshoreman-philosopher from
San Francisco, gave voice to a profound and tragic Holocaust-related
20th-century truth: “I have a premonition that will not leave me, as
it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.” (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 05/12/12)
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