The Tragedy of Anti-Christian Pogroms in the Middle East

Riccardo Dugulin holds a master's degree from the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po) and is specialized in International Security. He is currently working in Paris for a Medical and Security Assistance Company. He has worked for a number of leading think tanks in Washington DC, Dubai and Beirut. His official website is www.riccardodugulin.com and official Facebook site is www.facebook.com/riccardodugulin.


egypt-christians_2023209cLooking straight into the camera, she states with confidence that she will defeat the Jews. With equal zeal, she defines Christians as a gang of infidels refusing to follow Allah’s teachings. She is a young girl, not even ten years old, trained in a UNRWA summer camp. Posted in July 2013, the video is instrumental for understanding a key concept underlying the hatred that feeds radical Islam. The enemy envisaged by traditional and fundamentalist Muslim societies is but a “gang” formed by Jews and Christians alike. Unwilling to yield to the radical teachings of local Muslim communities, they are viewed as guilty of living in the land of Israel.

In the 19th century, Jewish communities were massacred in various pogroms in Eastern Europe as a result of irrational arguments advanced by nationalist extremists. A similar hostile environment seems to be emerging today. At present, we do not speak about the Russian Imperial Army’s regiments or the hordes of mobs filled with hate. We speak about radical Muslims who tend to separate the Jews and the Christians, ideologically and physically from the rest of the local societies. This leads to a situation in which the destruction of human life is accepted and encouraged.

On July 4th 1976, Palestinian terrorists singled out Jews while conducting the infamous Entebbe hijacking. Throughout his presidency, Mohammed Morsi repeatedly stated that Israelis are descendants of monkeys and pigs while the followers of his party waged war against Egyptian’s Copts.  On September 20th 2013, Islamist terrorists separated Muslims from non-Muslims and tortured the latter to death at the Westgate Nairobi mall. From Libya to Nigeria, from Kenya to Syria and from Pakistan to Dagestan, Jews and Christians are repeatedly targeted by fundamentalist groups because of their faith. They represent an enduring challenge to the totalitarian ideas of radical Islam.

Dozens of heartbreaking and quasi-surreal stories of slaughter, torture and destruction create a historic link between the present-day persecution of Christians and Jews in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and the repeated massacres of Jewish communities in Eastern Europe throughout the 19th century. While the Shoah is an incomparable event in the course of history, similar socio-political discourses and violent attacks establish a parallel between Jews suffering at the hands of fanatical anti-Semites in Europe and those persecuted by fundamentalist terrorists throughout the world. Boko Haram does not turn its weapons against Jews simply because Jewish communities are absent in Northern Nigeria. The same can be said about Jabahat al Nusra and al-Qaeda in Iraq. Those organizations consider the destruction of the “other,” may it be a Jew or a Christian, as their ultimate goal pursued in the most gruesome manner, similar to progroms that took place in Eastern and Central Europe.

The slaughter of Jewish communities in Europe should have pushed the local societies to support the Zionist enterprise with the purpose of providing the Jewish people with a State to defend their lives and their interests. In like manner, the current annihilation of Christians should encourage Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox to support the State of Israel. Modern pogroms are organized and staged with the same hate and the same willingness to destroy human life as those that preceded the tragedy of the Shoah. For this, every bombing of a church, every assassination in Judea and Samaria and every video calling for the destruction of Jews and Christians should be treated for what it is: an insight into the genocidal tactics of radical Islam.

The Hamas operatives that torture and kill Christians in the Gaza strip are the same as those who randomly fire rockets against Israeli population centers. The individuals who desecrate Christian holy places in Judea and Samaria are the same as those who targeted the Tomb of Joseph. While the Vatican and official bodies maintain an ambiguous message in regard to the State of Israel, Christian organizations and groups worldwide need to build on the current crisis and reach out to the Jewish State. They should voice their solidarity because those who torch a church are the same as those who would die to kill Jews.

For this, Christians as individuals need to support Israel in two precise ways. Those who attack the Jewish State rely on a well-crafted propaganda machine that makes every effort to distort the truth and hijack the information received by the general public in regard to Israel. Christian associations should use their weight to lobby for a clear and honest information in the coverage of events unfolding in the Middle East. The second aspect lies in the necessity for Christian organizations to take a clear stance against terrorism and sponsor outreach programs crafting a strong and coherent message in support of victims of terrorist attacks.

In the 1930s, the destruction of Jewish communities was made possible because few were those in power who acted against it. Less than a hundred years later, modern pogroms and protracted irrational hatred are threatening Jews and Christians alike.

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  • Hannah Bartosh

    That is a very keen observation you are making here. Once everyone realizes that the enemy doesn’t make a distinction but treats “the other” as a homogenous ensemble of infidels, we will be able to finally see the enourmous danger lurking behind the rise of Islam across the world. Keep up the great work you are doing.

  • N. Wasse

    In regard to the Copts this is how the Obama administration view their predicament: The Copts were instrumental (which is far from the truth) in the toppling of the inept and criminal Morsi and therefore they (the Copts) deserve what is happening to them more so because their Pope supported the military coup. Therefore even the murder of an 8 year old and a 12 year old girls is justified
    This is why the US is losing prestige in the Middle East at the speed of light

  • N. Wasse

    It is about time that the Muslim Brotherhood group be declared as a terrorist organization

    • defcon 4

      That won’t happen in the USA, not with a government RUN by muslime brotherhood operatives.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Nothing will ever change. There will only ever be peace on Earth when the last human being is dead. It pains me to say it, but it is true. We are our own worst enemies. Sorry. I wish it were otherwise.

    • defcon 4

      I’m sorry, but it isn’t Christians, Jews, Hindus, Baha’i, Buddhists, Zoroastrians or Sikhs doing the slaughtering, enslaving and persecuting in the 21st century, it’s muslimes. Your argument of false equivalence is FAIL.

      • Dyer’s Eve

        It’s not ‘false equivalence’ or whatever you want to call it. It is the fact that humanity is an abject failure. Our emotions must rule our brains and we must give battle to every situation. We destroy ourselves, because we MUST destroy ourselves. It is in our blood. Over and over, the mill grinds slowly…

        • defcon 4

          Your argument is that it’s not particularly muslimes who are the problem in the 21st century, but everyone. I call BS.

          • hiernonymous

            “I call BS.”

            So?

          • defcon 4

            Maybe you would be happier banging your head on the floor in your mosque or madrassah, because I think you’ve lost the thread of the current discussion.

          • hiernonymous

            “I” and “think” are two words you should be more careful about stringing together.

  • Moshe Ben-Jacob

    Since when is an anti-Christian pogrom a tragedy? I say let the Muslims and Christians destroy each other. Jews will never know peace until they are gone.

    • BS77

      Another moron posting rubbish

      • Moshe Ben-Jacob

        Another anti-Semite posting garbage.

        • defcon 4

          What do you base that allegation on? When anyone critcises you or your POV is that your first defense?

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Moshe, do you live in Israel? If you do, you should become aware of the millions of American Christians who support Israel and love her. For myself, I’m a member of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and Christians United for Israel.

      If Christians were “destroyed” in a pogrom, as you seem to desire, who’s left for the Muslims to turn their attention to?

      • Moshe Ben-Jacob

        Christians don’t love Israel; they love the (false) idea that their false messiah is going to come back and slaughter Jews in Israel. Christians have always targeted Jews for violence and that hasn’t changed. Hitler was a Christian.

        • defcon 4

          Njoi islam0nazism, you deserve it.

        • shadow watcher

          Wrong Moshe…Christians believe that Jesus (the True Messiah) will return and SAVE the jews from the anti-christ.
          One who will occupy a re-built temple as messiah but then turn on the jews. This is the one who Jesus (the Lion of the tribe of Judah) will destroy. And then the Jews will say to Jesus-”where did you get those scars in your hands”, and he will reply “in the house of my friends”.
          I believe that’s in Isiah…Anyway, you have now been corrected so never need to utter such uninformed, incorrect garbage again.

    • dartson

      Come on, Ahmed, stop hiding behind Jewish names.

      • N. Wasse

        If you mean by Ahmed that he is a Paki then I would agree with you

    • N. Wasse

      You are a Paki right?

  • It’s all about me

    Well, the nature of man is selfishness. Most of the world doesn’t care about Jews and Christians because they aren’t Jew or Christian. Trying to rally Christians to the Jewish cause doesn’t work well either. Most of the Christian church has bought into “Replacement Theology” and won’t take up the Jewish cause…To turn this ship around is going to take a supernatural miracle. How many are left who believe in that? Dyer’s Eve is close to right. It is not going to end until human selfishness is dead and that will take a supernatural miracle as well.

    • defcon 4

      No Dyer’s Eve is full of f’ing bullshit. The “argument” made is nothing but an argument of false equivalence. An argument that tries to indict all of humanity for the actions of a few. It’s relativistic morality. It’s the argument of the apathetically amoral who try to paint 9-11 as a man-made tragedy.

      • Dyer’s Eve

        You should run for pope. I’m sure you would fit right in. just remember to bend over.

  • Walter Sieruk

    The article has in about it news about Muslims who are Hamas members murdering Christians in Gaza. These Hamas members may not know it, but by their own actions they are proving the teachings of the Bible to be true. For in the Bible in teaches “Bloodthristy men hate a man of integerity and seek to kill the upright.” Proverbs 29:10. [NIV]

  • antioli

    So who is speaking out against the evil?
    Where are the men of the cloth who pontificate about every thing else?
    Speak out against those who do not speak out.