Blaming Israel for Christian Persecution


Mideast EgyptWhat’s worse than the silence of Western Christians concerning the Muslim persecution of their coreligionists in the Islamic world?  Answer: Cynically exploiting that persecution for a political agenda—in the case of a recent Daily Beast article, to excoriate the state of Israel and its supporters.

Titled “Why Won’t the West Defend Middle Eastern Christians?” and written by Diarmaid MacCulloch, a Fellow of St. Cross College, the article touches on the persecution of Christians, but primarily as a springboard to attack American Christian support for Israel.  This is well captured by the following excerpt:

… one of the silences which I find most frustrating is precisely the lack of noise from Western Christians about the fate of ancient Christianities in the Middle East. At the heart of the problems in the Middle East is seven decades of unresolved conflict between Israel and Palestine…

Yes, Western silence vis-à-vis the plight of Mideast Christians is as real as it is frustrating, but how, exactly, is MacCulloch able to jump to the conclusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is “the heart” of the problem?

What about the well-documented Islamic doctrines that codify the suppression and persecution of Christians and other non-Muslims?

What about the documented fact that Christians under Islam have been persecuted for more than 1300 years before the existence of the state of Israel, in complete accordance to said doctrines?

What about the fact that Christians are currently being persecuted in every corner of the Islamic world, as documented in my monthly “Muslim Persecution of Christians” series—including diverse countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and every corner of Africa—and not just the Middle East?

Surely this is the true “heart of the problem”—and not the tiny and relatively new state of Israel.

Of course, to thinkers like MacCulloch, all the above points concerning Islamic hostility for Christians are not open to consideration, for they portray Islam in a negative light and so must be false (see Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians for abundant documentation otherwise.)

Instead, MacCulloch offers politically correct boilerplate statements, such as: “Christians are scapegoated for their faith by an extremist militant minority of Muslims, who betray their own religion by intolerance, and who make other Muslims ashamed of what is happening.”

Indeed, it is MacCulloch who betrays himself by characterizing Islam as a “tolerant” faith when any moderately objective reading of doctrine and history—made manifest in daily headlines—all prove the reverse.

Likewise, instead of delving into and exposing the true “heart of the problem,” MacCulloch critiques Protestant eschatology and U.S. support for Israel, the consequences of which “have been particularly dire for the traditional Christianities of the Middle East.”

It would have been more useful and sincere if he had addressed more glaring questions, for example:

• When the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters in Egypt torched some 80 Christian churches and murdered Christians, including children—not to mention all the other anti-Christian atrocities they committed before and since—was that because of Israel or something more personal?

• When Islamic rebels in Syria terrorize Christians, behead their priests and pastors, break Christian crosses and smash icons—all while shouting Islamic slogans—is that because of Israel or something more innate?

• When Muslims in Indonesia illegally close off churches forcing Christians to celebrate Christmas in the streets—only to have cow dung and urine hurled at them—is that because of Israel, or something more ingrained?

• When the Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram destroys hundreds of churches and slaughters thousands of Christians, and when, on the other side of Africa, the Somali Islamic group Al-Shabaab terrorizes and beheads converts to Christianity—is that because of Israel or something more doctrinal?

• Indeed, when Christian minorities in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip are abducted and forced to convert to Islam, is that because of Israel or the elephant in the room?

MacCulloch is correct about one thing: many Muslims do hate Israel.  But that hate, far from prompting the persecution of Christians, is actually a byproduct of the same hostility Islamic supremacism engenders for all non-Muslims.  The reason it is much more viral for Israel is because the Jewish state is in a unique position of authority over Muslims, as opposed to vulnerable Christian minorities (as fully explained in this article).

The theme of silence permeates MacCulloch’s Daily Beast article—specifically, that Western Christians are silent concerning the plight of their persecuted brethren.  This silence is true and troubling—and many mainstream American Protestant denominations are certainly guilty of it.

However, instead of exploiting the sufferings of Christian minorities simply to scapegoat Israel—the one nation that, ironically, is in an existential struggle against the very same ideology and forces that persecute Christians—it may have been better for MacCulloch to be silent himself.

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  • WackoTurds

    Jordanian Christian friends of mine indicate that a full on state of dhimitude
    is in place in many parts of Amman. A particular family spent a miserable six weeks there, after a 15 year absence from the country. One Christian woman tells me how she was berated by a shopkeeper as a “whore” for wearing a small crucifix on a gold chain into his business. He reached across the counter and broke it free, with him informing her that the day is coming soon that he could beat her in the street and nobody would question it.

    They had enough such stories to need a full hour to walk a group of us through these incidents on a visit starting in March of 2013. They have come up with the suggestion that Jordanian Christians are particularly blessed that there is an Israel to occupy the first place in the pecking order of hate. Impromptu Orwellian “Two-Minutes-of-Hate-Israel” type sessions occur regularly amongst Muslims. Otherwise, they believe things for their Christian relatives stuck there would be even worse.

    • JacksonPearson

      Christ preached, that whoever followed him would be persecuted because of his name. However, he also said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
      —(John 8:12).

  • American1969

    When are people going to get their heads out of the sand and face reality about Islam?

    • defcon 4

      The vast majority of Americans, are living in the Matrix WRT islam. All they read, see and hear is islam0fascist propaganda and agitprop. They hear, see, read it in newspapers, magazines, on the television and in their schools.

    • JacksonPearson

      Wherever Islam Spread, Darkness Follows with Death and Destruction

  • CrossWinds

    Revelation 12:17……..17 And the dragon (Satan) was angry at the woman (Israel) and declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.

  • BagLady

    Israel needed to ethnically cleanse Palestinians in 1948
    to create a Jewish state. It needs separate citizenship and nationality
    laws, which distinguish between Jews and non-Jews, to sustain a Jewish
    state. It needs its own version of the “endless war on terror” – an
    aggressive policy of oppression and divide and rule faced by
    Palestinians under its rule – to prevent any future internal challenge
    to the legitimacy of its Jewishness. It needs to keep Palestinian
    refugees festering in camps in neighbouring Arab states to stop a
    reversal of its Jewishness. And it has had to become an armed and
    fortified garrison state, largely paid for by the US, to intimidate and
    bully its neighbours in case they dare to threaten its Jewishness. [CounerPunch].

    As a non-Jew haven’t been welcomed into too many Jewish venues around the world and doubt I would be in Israel outside the tourist district. How would I fare buying a house? Getting a decent job?

    • defcon 4

      Waaaaaaaa, what happened to some 900,000 Jews who used to live in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and the rest of N. Africa? Did they all just go on extended vacations and leave their properties in the care of the thoughtful, tolerant muslimes who run such states?

      • BagLady

        I grew up in Jamaica and many Syrian Jews turned up there in the 50′s. Presumably they settled similarly elsewhere in the world — as many of us do, regardless of religious belief.

    • N. Wasse

      What does Raymond’s article have to do with the fact that your Arab masters blame the Jews and now the Christians for just about any and every thing? Israel existed since 1948! Arabian imperialism of Palestine and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East has existed for the past 1400 years
      Ms ignorant Christians in the Middle East reside in their own homelands for a long time before the arrival of the Arabs and their imperialism in 633 AD and they are treated as second class citizens (Jizya and all) but you know what? the Arab imperialists can go back to the Hijaz where their ancestors came from and good riddance
      Madam: Pardon me but you are an idiot

      • BagLady

        WHY THE FUCK CAN’T YOU JUST FORGET YOU’RE JEWISHNESS AND LIVE IN THE WORLD PEACEFULLY LIKE THE REST OF US? JEEZ!

        • N. Wasse

          Boring! Oh did you forget to take your purple medicine today? Tsk….tsk….tsk..
          You are a joke

    • Drakken

      I can’t wait until Israel says enough is enough and finally deals with you muslim savages with extreme measures, may gaza be the new Carthage and may the west bank be pali free. No more dealing with you effing rag heads with kid gloves, time for the mailed fist.

      • BagLady

        Sadly, I think you will get your way and the civilized world will call you savages. Netanyahu and his ilk will justify their heinous crime with rants like yours and their mates in the US and European governments will huff and puff to the people while eagerly doing business with the new and expanded Israel. “They were trying to drive us into the sea!” You will all cry, as though we ‘others’ are stupid. You’ll have to ‘do’ Iran first, I suppose.

    • EsavBenyamin

      BagLady, Israel did not “ethnically cleanse” anybody in 1948. 20% of Israel is Arab or related peoples. Same citizenship, same laws.

      It’s the enemy so-called Palestinian Arabs who cannot be citizens and will not. You weren’t unwelcome as a non-Jew. You were unwelcome as a loud-mouthed anti-Semite.

      • BagLady

        What is it with you people and your insults? Are you incapable of objectivity and see everything only as a personal attack? Many of you seem very close to extreme emotions – hate, vitriol, nastiness and all those other unbecoming defects. I wasn’t going back to 1948 specifically. The cleansing has been an ongoing process since the Zionists arrived. Prior to that there was harmony between Jews, Christians and Muslims. You only have to look at the maps of Israel. The schools do not teach of the disappeared Palestinian villages in their history lessons. It’s as though these places never existed before the settlers arrived.

        • Livingontheedgeoftheabyss

          Israel did not ethnically cleanse the Arabs in 1948 or before – every piece of land was purchased at an exorbitant price.
          The Arabs apparently believed that they could sell the land and then murder the buyer ….
          In 1948 many Arabs were forced to leave. The end result was that Arabs accounted for 20% of the population of Israel after was whereas all Jewish settlements and neighbourhoods that ended up in Arab hads were destroyed and their inhabitants “cleansed” or massacred (Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, northern Dead Sea, Gaza Strip etc.).
          The Arab countries, after losing the war, took revenge on the own Jewish civilians with the end result that the muslim world is almost cleansed of Jews.
          Israelis are aware that Palestinian Arabs believe that we have no right to the land.
          Since the majority of Palestinians are either decendents of recent immigration from neighboring countries or marriage into “Palestinianism”, the true number of victims of 1948 is much smaller than claimed.
          I know of few other nations that while undergoing “genocide” manage to multiply 20-30 times in less than 100 years.
          The “harmony” prior to Zionism can easily be seen in the 1940 Damascus blood libel. Not.

          • Livingontheedgeoftheabyss

            1840 ….

          • Buginrio

            Islam……Religion of “Pieces”…..an arm here, a leg there….

      • BagLady

        Childish nonsense

  • Softly Bob

    Those that deliberately vilify Israel whilst in denial of the facts, face the wrath of God if they do not repent of their ways.

    The question is not ‘why do these people do this?’, the answers are to be found in the Bible. This was prophecised to happen.

    In the minds of some people, Israel will always be the villain. That is how Satan wants it. Logic and truth are not major factors here. Israel can do anything (good or evil) but Israel will always be in the wrong and always to be blamed for everything as far as Lucifer’s servants are concerned.
    Our only hope is to fight the lies with truth, so that the fence-sitters and the highly misinformed will eventually come to the light.

  • defcon 4

    Excellent article Mr. Ibrahim. It’s sad that your message, your truth, is, as with most of FPM’s authors, unacceptable in the enemedia.

  • Lorensacho

    Blaming the Jews for the apathy of Christians towards their Middle Eastern brethren has nothing to do with Israel and everything to do with the Christian dogma that the Jews refused to accept Christ as their savior and are to be eternally condemned. You can see this in the Statements of Bishop Desmond Tutu, the poster boy for anti-Israel invective, the Sabeel Center in Israel that spreads this garbage to protestant denominations plus the many actions and statements by protestant churches around the world. The Catholic Church has rejected this anti-Jewish sentiment because it is light years more advanced in its understanding of Christianity’s role in fomenting hatred for Jews for 2 millennia. Mideast Christians need to castigate Israel because not to do so will bring them even more pain from their Muslim masters. It’s not surprising that Western Christians accept this anti-Israel invective without reflection. As for the lack of empathy by Christians to their brethren in the Middle East who are being slaughtered, thrown down wells, raped, forcibly converted and forced to flee, it is their shame and their shame only.

  • Vladimir Malave

    Maybe part of the reason why Western Christians are remaining silent is the lack of media coverage provided. Too much information on sympathizers of Islam and not enough truth provided to American people via mainstream media. But the other question you may want to focus on is, Why would MacCulloch say these things? What is his ultimate goal? We already know he is providing disinformation in support of Islam like many key figures located all other the U.S., in very influential positions. Once you establish the goal, you then have your answers.

  • N. Wasse

    Muslims used to blame the Jews for just about any and every thing now it is not just al-Yahood (the Jews) but also al-Nasarra (Christians) so who will be next? al-Hindusiyoon (Hindus) may be? but would Muslims blame themselves or their stupid Ulama? May the Gods forbid

    • defcon 4

      Some 2.5 to 3 million Hindus were slaughtered by muslimes, in Bangladesh, in the 1970′s, thousands of Hindu women were also raped by muslimes at the same time. The muslimes aren’t waiting to persecute and murder Hindus, they’ve been doing it for centuries and haven’t stopped.

      • BagLady

        and yet following Indian partition, the train with all the Muslim wealth traveling north, arrived at its destination empty. Ill thought out borders, hastily put in place by the British, is the root cause of all that has come between these peoples. Much of the trouble arising between Middle Easterners (who had lived as friendly neighbours for centuries) is the false flag. Seems to have become the weapon of first choice. Divide, cause chaos, conquer and claim the resources.

  • PowertodaPeople1848

    Typical cynical Zionist tactic: invoke the big, bad Muslims boogeyman to deflect attention from the criminality and systematic racism of Zionism. Bad behavior in one place doesn’t excuse it in another. Christians and Muslims, assuming they’re not being violently oppressed in Occupied Palestine, are treated like dirt in “Israel” proper, spit on by orthodox Jews and treated like second-class citizens. A so-called “Jewish democracy” is a contradiction in terms. One democratic Palestine for all peoples!

    • Drakken

      The fact that you openly side with muslim savages like a good little commi that you are speaks volumes, you truly are an enemy of all of us westerners.

      • PowertodaPeople1848

        “Muslim savages.” Typical Zio-racism and dehumanization of “the other.” You do not warrant a further response from me.

      • defcon 4

        He’s one of them. Lying to the najjis kaffir is as natural to a muslime as breathing.

        • BagLady

          Kaffir. Now that’s a word you hear a lot in apartheid South Africa.

      • BagLady

        “Savages”? Does one need to be on anyone’s ‘side’ to pass judgement on the human rights abuses taking place on a daily basis in Israel? Every time Netanyahu opens his mouth I feel sick to my stomach at his hypocrisy. Actively replacing the population with imported Jews while all the time claiming the intransigence of the Muslims in “The Peace Process”.

    • UCSPanther

      I thought commies and Jihadi nutcases didn’t get along very well.

      And your Palestine won’t survive the 21st century at this rate either. Ramshackle constructs never last long.

    • Softly Bob

      You’re either incredibly misinformed or a vessel of evil. I suspect that you’re the former and incredibly stupid to boot. We get your type here all the time. You won’t convince anyone here, you won’t beat us in an argument (we’ll destroy you with facts) and you won’t convert anyone to your cause – but keep on trying anyway, Cretin. We’ll all just sit back and have a good laugh.

      • BagLady

        Sorry but I see few “facts” on here. Rather I see a lot of name calling by those who do not like to hear opinion other than their own. Shouting does not make you right. I have been called fascist and commie all on one page in this far right rag.

  • Erudite Mavin

    There seems to be a small per cent of the general public and that includes
    Conservatives, many who look through and post on Conservative sites who
    have an understanding what is going on especially in the Middle East and African
    against Christians. We attempt to inform others but there seems to be a
    throw back to the 1930s

    Most don’t know, don’t want to know or don’t care.

    Coming to a neighborhood near you soon.
    People are concerned that they are losing their insurance or it is being watered down.

    Change to word insurance to Religion.
    You are concerned you may die with lack of care,
    You can die with lack of knowledge of what the Muslims are doing
    around the world and when it hits us.

  • Doger Trader

    the only state in the middle east were christians r free to live their religion is…?
    but why stop isreal bashing when ever there is a chance..

  • Aterg

    The press in America does not think the news of Christian persecution is important, but what is happening with the Kardishian saga more interesting (divorce, birth etc ) . Now of course you have to blame the Jews for everything! I agree today is raining and it interferes with my walk, these Jews did it again. Yes they did it again , the rose above the Holocost and are leaders in culture and science again . Israel is a beacon of democratic principles in that part of the world.

  • UCSPanther

    Nice try, but I know a communist when I see one. You are just like the neo-nazi who tries to deny their ideology by claiming that it is “National socialism” rather than Nazism.

    Same ideology. Different wording.

    RIP Palestine, Schmuck.

  • UCSPanther

    I’ll give you some free advice: When you threaten people with slavery and death, you WILL not get a favorable reaction.

    Remember that.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    What about the Sephardic Jews? They make up a good part of the “Israeli people.” They aren’t Europeans, and Ashkenazi European Jews aren’t “closely related to Italians,” either. And you won’t get historical facts by reading Shlomo Sand; he’s allergic to facts.

  • Harald Eigerson

    You actually openly admit to sympathyzing with the NSDAP’ s ideology ?

  • BagLady

    Seriously. I would like someone to explain to me what Jewish actually means. Is it a race? A religion? A right-wing political party?

  • BagLady

    A bit behind the times aren’t we Panther? Calling those who disagree with your warped version of democracy ‘commies’ belongs to a bygone American era when all stupidly believed that they too could be a part of the ‘American Dream’ if only they borrowed enough from the usurers. Ha