B’nai B’rith now raising awareness on persecution of Middle East Christians

(JNS.org) B’nai B’rith International, the world’s oldest Jewish service organization, is teaming up with experts to promote knowledge about Christians who are being persecuted in the Middle East. 

The Jerusalem-based B’nai B’rith World Center is undertaking this initiative. 

“This is an issue that’s a major human rights issue in the world, that it’s not getting the attention it deserves in the West,” said Alan Schneider of B’nai B’rith World Center, according to CBN News. 

Schneider and his group recently hosted Assyrian Christian Juliana Taimoorazy from the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and Egyptian Coptic Christian Author Raymond Ibrahim in for discussion about persecution of Christians. “Since 2003, there has been a systematic attack launched against the Christian community and other minorities in Iraq,” Taimoorazy said.

By the end of Saddam Hussein’s reign, Taimoorazy said Islamic extremists “were to go in and attack families—kill children, kidnap women, impregnating them, torturing men, beheading them.”

“Then they started attacking clergy members,” she said.

“If this idea gets out that Islam is intolerant to the other, then it kind of puts the struggle with Israel in a different light,” Ibrahim said.

It is a natural progression for Jewish and Christians to unite together in facing the common threat of Middle East persecution. As more Christians flee, the looming threat of Christianity’s extinction in its birthplace is becoming more real. Over the past century, Jews have also faced a similar danger.  

According to the educational group Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA), more than 850,000 Jews fled their homes throughout the Middle East due to Arab extremism related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Today, more than half of Israel’s population is comprised of these Jewish refugees. Just as persecuted Jews have found a home a safe haven in Israel, the Christian community in Israel is one of the only Middle Eastern communities still growing today. 

Posted on January 10, 2013 .