Jewish leader speaks out against anti-Christian attacks at Israel allies summit

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder speaking at the Israeli Allies European Summit in Budapest. Credit: World Jewish Congress.

(JNS.org) World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder expressed solidarity with Christians around the world facing persecution during the Jerusalem Day Convention at the Israeli Allies European Summit in Budapest, Hungary.

“I will speak out across the globe with world leaders and with ordinary citizens, and I will tell them that we will never tolerate any kind of anti-Christian threats, just as we will not tolerate anti-Semitism,” Lauder said. “Your fight is my fight.”

Christians across the world have come under increasing assault, especially in the Middle East, where Christians in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq have faced growing threats and widespread attacks from Islamic extremists.

“In Syria over the last two years, almost half-a-million peaceful Christian Arabs have been driven out. Many thousands have even been killed,” Lauder said.

Launder thanked Christians for their support for Israel.

"Two people, Christians and Jews, will defend Israel. Two people, Christians and Jews, will protect Christian Arabs. … Thank you for your steadfast support of Israel and the Jewish people," he said.

Posted on June 15, 2014 .