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  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality – Aramaean – in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has “received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case (Christian Arabs: Qureshi, Rezkalla, Mayel)

    09/01/2014 10:05:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    CBN ^ | September 01, 2014
    A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet. In response, Wayne County authorities threatened to ticket the Christian group if they did not leave. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed county authorities, ruling 2-1 that police were only trying to keep public order. "The video from the 2012 festival demonstrates that (evangelists') speech and conduct intended...
  • An Answer To Arab Girl

    08/01/2014 8:31:51 PM PDT · by Shery · 11 replies
    1 August, 2014 | vanity
    In the past week someone posted an article from a young supposedly Christian Arab girl who calls herself Arab Girl. I attempted to respond to her article at the website that the article was posted from, but there was no way to make comments. Today I got an email from Marvin Rosenthal about the Israeli situation and at the very end, he has a CD available about the cult of so-called Arab Christians in Palestine. These people have a lot of support from American churches here because they claim to be Christian. Here is a link to the last page...
  • The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity

    07/29/2014 12:24:56 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | July 28, 2014 11:27 AM | David Pryce-Jones
    Taking shape in parts of Iraq and Syria, the Islamist caliphate known as ISIS is already a rival in lunacy and horror to North Korea. The caliph has decreed that women from puberty up to the age of the menopause — estimated to be as many as four million — must undergo compulsory genital mutilation. I am waiting to find out what feminists have to say about this. Christianity has roots in that same territory going back to the first centuries after Jesus Christ. Raqqa in Syria is one of the cities under ISIS, and Assyrian Christians there are the...
  • Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished

    04/14/2014 5:26:04 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Al-ahram ^ | 13 Apr 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. ... In the same ONTV interview, Attiya levelled a host of accusations against the monastery's...
  • Israel legally separates Christians from Muslim Arabs

    03/01/2014 7:14:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 3-1-14 | Ryan Jones
    Israel’s Knesset on Monday signed into law a bill that legally distinguishes between local Christians and the bulk of the Arabic-speaking population, which is primarily Muslim. The stated goal of the law is to boost Christian employment rights by recognizing them as an independent minority, and thereby granting them separate representation on local councils and employment committees. Israeli Arab (mostly Muslim) members of Knesset blasted the new law, insisting it would undermine Arab identity in the Holy Land. But beyond the increased employment rights, that is precisely the point for many Arabic-speaking Christians in Israel.
  • Pope Francis’ historic mission to the Middle East

    01/30/2014 2:40:17 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    mercatornet ^ | January 23, 2014 | Nigel Zimmerman
    Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches in Syria, Iraq and and other parts of the Middle East, at the Vatican Nov. 21. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Pope to Eastern Catholics: Never resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians - YouTube Video Pope Francis announced this month he will visit the Middle East in May this year. While it has been foreshadowed since the first weeks of his papacy, this event will place the Church’s first South American Pope in the historic homeland of Christian faith, the “Holy Land”,...
  • Report: Up to 600,000 Christians Have Fled Homes in Syria

    01/08/2014 5:49:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Up to 600,000 of Syria’s 2.2 million Christians have fled their homes and are now either refugees or internally displaced persons, according to Aid to the Church in Need. In all, 1.8 million Syrians have left their homes, the charity reported. “The number of Christians killed because they are targeted for their faith is growing,” said Father Andrzej Halemba, the charity’s Middle East projects coordinator. Referring to an October massacre, the priest said that “Sadad is a very clear case. They were slaughtered like animals.”
  • Prince Charles: We Cannot Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    12/19/2013 7:06:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Prince Charles has said he is “deeply troubled” by the plight of Christians in the Middle East. In an address on Tuesday at London’s Clarence House, the Prince of Wales said that Christians in the Middle-East were being persecuted by “Islamist fundamentalist militants,” and he called upon the followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to unite to end the suffering. Prince Charles said: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by the Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East. “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians...
  • Pakistan's Christians fear for their lives

    09/27/2013 2:24:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 27, 2013 | Dean Nelson
    It was at 11.44am that time stood still at All Saints' Church. The clock on the wall is frozen at the very minute seven-year-old Shyam Emmanuel lost his parents. In that same moment, seven children were sent to their deaths along with 78 adults who had congregated outside the gleaming white walls of Peshawar's main Christian place of worship.
  • MUSLIM TROPHY IN SYRIA: LIFELESS BODY OF DECAPITATED CHRISTIAN CHILD

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • 'Either You Convert to Islam, Or You Will Be Beheaded'

    09/09/2013 9:33:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 9 Sep 2013
    The village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. .. The village is located just 25 miles from Damascus, and sites within the village are dedicated as United Nations world heritage sites. Residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The rebels who took over the city are associated with the al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-associated Islamist group. Villagers reported foreign dialects ranging from Tunisian to Libyan, from Moroccan to Chechen.
  • Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ Syria

    09/05/2013 8:41:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 5, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ SyriaPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On September 5, 2013 @ 12:36 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 13 Comments While U.S. leaders continue pushing for war against the Syrian government, today “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels,”reports AP, “launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday…  In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from...
  • The planned destruction of Christians in Syria

    09/03/2013 9:11:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3Sept13 | Cliff Kincaid
    The New York Times story, "President Gains McCain's Backing on Syria Attack," is predictable, considering that Obama had invited Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the White House for the specific purpose of supporting his proposed military strike on Syria. Obama has also asked the same two senators to travel to Egypt to undermine the military leaders who overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government there. What is lacking from the media coverage is any recognition that the inevitable result, according to congressional testimony, will be the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood and associated terrorist groups in Syria, and...
  • SYRIAN CHRISTIAN: WHY IS OBAMA BACKING ISLAMIST REBELS WHO ARE KILLING US ?

    08/27/2013 2:48:15 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 22 replies
    www.RedFlagNews.com ^ | July 02, 2013
    SYRIAN CHRISTIAN: WHY IS OBAMA BACKING ISLAMIST REBELS WHO ARE KILLING US ? July 02, 2013 (CBN) -- Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state. That testimony came during a congressional hearing on Syria’s religious minorities Tuesday. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, called on President Barack Obama to defend the rights of Syrian Christians. In an opening statement at Tuesday’s hearing, Smith said statistics show “that Christians are even more fearful for their lives and safety...
  • Syrian Christian Towns Emptied by Sectarian Violence

    08/04/2013 6:15:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/2/13 | Ruth Sherlock
    Towns and villages in Syria that have been home to Christians for hundreds of years are being steadily emptied by sectarian violence and targeted kidnappings.Tens of thousands Syriac Christians – members of the oldest Christian community in the world – have fled their ancestral provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hasakah in northeastern Syria, residents have said. "It breaks my heart to think how our long history is being uprooted," said Ishow Goriye, the head of a Syriac Christian political Hasakah Mr Goriye, told The Daily Telegraph how, over the past two years he has watched as Christian families from Hasakah...
  • Where Afghan Christians Flee After Converting to Christianity

    07/29/2013 12:19:11 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2013 | Abby Stocker
    Capital city of nearby country becomes haven for converts—even though denied refugee status. The New York Times sheds fresh light on the challenges faced by Afghan Christians seeking religious freedom, spotlighting the growth of a refugee church in India's capital city, New Delhi. As the Times observes in a report worth reading, more than 200 Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds have fled to New Delhi, seeking refuge from the Taliban and from political backlash after television coverage resulted in one Afghan politician's urging the government to execute converts in 2010. As CT noted in July 2010, the Afghan government also...
  • Syrian Christian describes religious cleansing of city by Islamic extremists

    07/27/2013 8:26:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    JNS ^ | July 25, 2013
    before the civil war the city of Qusayr, located in eastern portion of Syria near the Lebanese border, had around 40,000 people, including 7,000 Christians. “In late 2011, the Sunni townsmen came and told us to either join us in anti-regime demonstrations or leave the town. If we didn’t, we would be killed,” Fadul Abu Yohanna Kasouhah, a Christian resident of Qusayr, described to CSI. According to Fadul, the Sunni Islamists in his village used the loudspeakers from the Mosques to name the Christian families by name and told them to leave. Fadul told CSI how his cousin was gunned...
  • Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

    07/25/2013 1:38:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | July 25, 2013 | Bruce S. Thornton
    We are living through one of the largest persecutions of a religious group in history. Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. ... In Crucified Again, Ibrahim performs two invaluable functions for educating people about the new “Great Persecution,” to use...
  • The Arab Springtime is a Nightmare for Syrian Christians

    07/23/2013 7:48:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/23/13 | Alessandra Nucci
    Middle Eastern Christians decry how Western media misrepresent the increasingly violent events in Syria.Now that Syria is in shambles—with an estimated 93,000 dead, 1.5 million refugees, and 4.5 million internally displaced; ancient churches torched, destroyed, or vandalized; Christians targeted for murder and kidnapping and even used as human shields—now the mainstream media is starting to admit that, yes, the rebel forces appear to include quite a few Islamist guerrillas. Now that even chemical warfare has made its appearance, with Carla Del Ponte, a member of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, confirming that “the chemical weapons are being used...
  • Syria, Lebanon and Christian Genocide

    07/17/2013 4:05:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 16, 2013 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Syria, Lebanon and Christian GenocidePosted By Joseph Puder On July 16, 2013 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments The destinies of Syria and Lebanon have been intertwined since the days of French colonial rule, in between the two world wars.  It is for this reason that the ongoing civil war in Syria has had its impact on Lebanon.  Lebanon is more divided on the issue of the Syrian uprising than any other country in the region.The Syrian regime has dominated its smaller Lebanese neighbor since the mid-1970s.  It has loyal allies...
  • Bethlehem Christians Empathize With Their Beleaguered Brethren

    07/17/2013 6:50:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/16/13 | Michele Chabin
    Palestinian faithful are keeping their eyes and prayers on those affected by the strife in Syria and Egypt. BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Palestinian Christians are watching the civil war in Syria and the unrest in Egypt with great concern, not out of fear for their own safety, but for the safety of their brethren. While the Christian minority has always been vulnerable in the predominantly Muslim Middle East, the volatility that has shaken the region during the past two to three years has unleashed even more attacks against them. Many Christians are among the millions of Syrians who have been...
  • Christians in Syria Fleeing Country as Crisis Reaches 'Unprecedented Levels of Horror'

    02/04/2013 1:27:33 PM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | February 3, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    The Muslim ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria has begun .... Christians in Syria Fleeing Country as Crisis Reaches 'Unprecedented Levels of Horror' CP World, February 2, 2013 The Hindus have suffered untold horror at the hands of jihadists. Here's an article about the crisis in Syria from a Hindu point of view. Mideast fears Syria crisis spillover, Madav Nalapat, Sunday Guardian, Kuwait City | 2nd Feb 2013 (thanks to Tom) ..... here are multiplying reports of the foreign fighters "marrying" unwilling Syrian women for short periods of time, or otherwise treating them as war trophies, reports thus far ignored...
  • Muslim group slams rebel threats against Syria Christians

    12/23/2012 6:11:50 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Daily Star - Lebanon ^ | December 23, 2012 05:28 PM | Friend or Foe?
    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on December 22, 2012, allegedly shows rebels speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria on December 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The world's largest Muslim body on Sunday condemned threats made by Islamist rebels in Syria against two Christian towns, warning of fresh confessional strife in the war-torn country. Such threats "are contrary to the precepts of Islam which calls for tolerance, brotherhood and peace," said the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation based in the Saudi city of Jeddah. It warned against the risks of...
  • Christians excited to hear Pope's messages in Arabic

    10/09/2012 2:23:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience. CNA file photo. Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arab Christians are reacting positively to the decision to include Arabic as one of the official languages used at the Pope’s weekly general audience. “In this way, in the wake of his recent trip to Lebanon and the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,’ the Holy Father intends to express his perpetual concern and support for Christians in the Middle East, and to remind everyone of their duty to pray and work...
  • Dawn Clashes in Christian Neighborhood of Damascus

    08/02/2012 7:46:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/1/12 | AP
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says one person has been killed in clashes that erupted at dawn in a Christian neighborhood in the old city of Damascus. The report said the fighting between rebels and security forces took place Wednesday morning in Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian neighborhood on the eastern side of the medieval city center. Residents said shots lasted for about half an hour between 3 and 4 a.m.
  • Syria’s ultimatum to Christians: “Leave Qusayr"

    06/10/2012 1:12:21 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 13 replies
    vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en ^ | 09JUN12 | vatican insider staff
    The message sent out by the military chief of the armed opposition has spread panic and lead to a Christian exodus An exodus of Christians is taking place in Western Syria: the Christian population has fled the city of Qusayr, near Homs, following an ultimatum issued by the military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba. This is what local sources told Vatican news agency Fides, pointing out that since the conflict broke out, only a thousand of the city’s ten thousand faithful, were left and they are now being forced to flee immediately. Some of the city’s mosques...
  • Syrian Christians Fear Genocide if al-Assad Falls to Muslim Extremists

    02/22/2012 4:17:09 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | Friday, 10 February 2012 | Bruce Walker
    Catholic bishops are warning that if the Bashar al-Assad (left) regime in Syria falls to Islamists, there may well be a mass genocide of Christians, such as seen in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Though Christians cannot support the brutality of the Assad dictatorship, few believe that rule by Muslim extremists will be any better. Syria — home to Damascus, one of the most important cities of the ancient world and of special religious significance to Christians — has long had a tolerant attitude toward religious minorities. Syria's Christians — estimated to be about 10 percent of the...
  • Are Christians facing extinction on the Arab street?

    11/05/2011 10:37:14 AM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 November 2011 | Massimo Franco
    The killing of dozens of Coptic Christian protesters during the recent turmoil in Cairo is one of the by-products of the Arab spring – and, unfortunately, a predictable one. Secular dictatorships such as those of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and even of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gadaffi in Libya were a bloody nightmare for political dissidents. But Christian minorities felt protected from Islamic persecution and were allowed to practise their religious faith. In exchange, respecting a tacit compromise, they stood at a distance from politics. This is known in the Vatican as "the panda syndrome", after the name...
  • Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader

    10/29/2011 4:32:49 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/29/2011
    An influential Muslim adviser to the White House who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in canceling a meeting between President Obama and the leader of the persecuted Maronite church in Lebanon, according to the Beirut news agency el Nashra Read more: Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=361725#ixzz1cDTGDzIz
  • Disappearing Middle Eastern Christians, Disappointing Bishops

    10/30/2010 6:11:12 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 40 replies
    First Things ^ | David Goldman
    “Catholic Church: Christ nullified God’s promises to the Jews,” reads the headline on the Israel Today website. That is not quite true: At the just-concluded Synod of Middle East Bishops, a cleric from the tiny group of Melkite Greeks, Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, made such a statement on behalf of the Melkites, not the Catholic Church. The head of the same church, the Syrian-based Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, also attacked priestly celibacy before the Synod. He wasn’t speaking for Rome, either. Clerical marriage hasn’t helped the Melkites; they claim just 1.3 million members worldwide, fewer than the Korean Methodist Church...
  • Neo-Zarqawists Target the Arab Christians of Jordan

    11/13/2009 11:55:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 584+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 11/13/2009 | Murad Batal Al-shishani
    On October 15, the State Security Court of Jordan imposed jail sentences of 15 to 20 years on 12 alleged Jordanian members of al-Qaeda accused of attacks against a church in the Kingdom last year (Al-Ghad [Amman], October 16; Al-Rai [Amman], October 16). In a reaction similar to those seen in trials of Salafi-Jihadis, plot leader Shaker al-Khatib and the rest of the convicted group prostrated themselves, thanking Allah as a sign of defiance against the court (al-Jazeera, October 15). Al-Khatib and four others in the group, aged between 19 and 28, received the death penalty, but the court commuted...
  • The Closing of the Christian Womb

    08/11/2009 9:47:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 878+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Spengler
    A century ago, Christians dominated the intellectual and commercial life of the Levant, comprising more than one-fifth of the 13 million people of Turkey, the region's ruling power, and most of the population of Lebanon. Ancient communities flourished in what is now Iraq and Syria. But starting with the Armenian genocide in 1914 and continuing through the massacre and expulsion of Anatolian Greeks in 1922-1923, the Turks killed three to four million Christians in Turkey and the Ottoman provinces. Thus began a century of Muslim violence that nearly has eradicated Christian communities in the cradle of their religion. It may...
  • Racist Arabism & fascist Islamism, the Anti-Copt section

    05/05/2009 11:21:14 PM PDT · by Masti · 6 replies · 665+ views
    Racist Arabism & fascist Islamism: Anti-Copt The word Copt is an English word taken from the Arabic word Gibt or Gypt. The Arabs after their conquest of Egypt in 641 A.D. called the indigenous population of Egypt as Gypt from the Greek word Egyptos or Egypt. The Greek word Egyptos came from the ancient Egyptian words Ha-Ka-Ptah... The word Copt or Coptic simply means Egyptian, however the Muslim population of Egypt calls themselves Arabs. In contemporary usage, the word Copt or Coptic refers to the Christian population of Egypt. The Arab's oppression led the Copts to several rebellions, [source], Coptic:...
  • New Syrian Catholic patriarch installed in Lebanon (hails from the US)

    02/17/2009 12:05:08 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1,207+ views
    CNS ^ | February 16, 2009 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan is veiled as he walks in procession at his installation Mass at Our Lady of the Annunciation Syrian Catholic Church in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 15. He is immediately followed by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington. (CNS) BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) -- Amid cheers and ululation, the former head of the Syrian Catholic diocese in the U.S. and Canada was installed as patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church. Saying that he will "serve, not for personal interests, but to win Christ," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan was installed Feb. 15 at a...
  • Arab Christians and their right to coexist (against all odds by violent Arabism, Islamism)

    01/13/2009 8:09:05 PM PST · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 400+ views
    gulfnews ^ | Jan 2009
    Arab Christians and their right to coexist GulfNews, United Arab Emirates - Dec 31, 2008 Even Pan-Arabism and nationalism have become empty of any meaning of unification, and are being used for conflicts with a neighbouring Muslim or Arab ... http://www.gulfnews.com/opinion/columns/region/10271492.html
  • Iraq Christians face 'bleak future'

    12/28/2008 9:48:53 AM PST · by PRePublic · 26 replies · 577+ views
    cnn ^ | Dec 2008
    Iraq Christians face 'bleak future' Story Highlights: ˇ Iraq's Christians face killings, intimidation; many have fled to other countries ˇ Community has decreased from 1.4 million in 2003 to half that ˇ One expert sees diversity decreasing, fears Muslim extremist majority in Iraq ˇ Christians in Iraq face "horrible situation," says U.S. congresswoman By Joe Sterling CNN (CNN) -- It's a bittersweet Christmas season for Joseph Kassab, who grew up in Iraq under Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime and now lives in Detroit, Michigan. Tempering the season's joy is his concern for fellow Iraqi Christians, who have endured killings, displacement and...
  • Palestinian Columnist: Muslims Are Harming Christian Culture

    11/12/2008 5:26:23 PM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies · 536+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 11-12-08 | Abd Al-Nasser Al-Najjar
    Palestinian Columnist: Muslims Are Harming Christian Culture In his column in the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, 'Abd Al-Nasser Al-Najjar criticized the persecution of Christians in Arab countries, with a particular emphasis on the Christian population of the Palestinian Authority. [1] Following are excerpts from the article: "In Iraq, a crime is currently being committed - another in a series of iniquities brought by the winds of change that came in the wake of the [U.S.] occupation, which sought to impregnate Iraq with the seed of democracy. [But] the [resulting] fetus emerged deformed and weird. The worst outcome of this situation is,...
  • GAZA STRIP: UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS [MUSLIM 'PALESTINIANS'] ATTACK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    06/10/2008 11:26:20 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 105+ views
    CompassDirect ^ | Wednesday June 04, 2008
    GAZA STRIP: UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS ATTACK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Amid lawlessness and threats, tiny religious minority’s fears grow. ISTANBUL, June 4 (Compass Direct News) – An attack on a Christian school in Gaza last weekend has created fear among the strip’s tiny religious minority, a Palestinian Christian said. Armed assailants broke into the El-Manara school in Gaza City’s Zaitoon Quarter at 2 a.m. on Saturday (May 31), according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR). The attackers tied down two school guards and beat them before stealing a bus belonging to the Palestinian Bible Society, the PCHR reported. The PCHR said...
  • Pope: Catholics around the world must help Arab Christians

    01/18/2008 1:53:03 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 189+ views
    CNA ^ | January 18, 2008
    Vatican City, Jan 18, 2008 / 10:55 am (CNA).- This morning at the Vatican, the Pope met with the Catholic bishops from Arab regions of the world and called upon all Catholics to help Arab Christians to remain in their countries. The prelates who spoke with Benedict XVI are from the Conference of Latin Bishops in the Arab Regions (CELRA), whose president is His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins. In his talk to them, the Pope recalled how their episcopal conference "comprises many different situations in which the faithful, natives of many different countries, often live in...
  • Jimmy Carter the Criminal

    12/16/2007 1:40:50 AM PST · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 537+ views
    JIMMY CARTER THE CRIMINAL   Jimmy Carter - infamous worst ex US president that is largely at fault for the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran (by putting extra pressure on the Shah), ultimately resulting in 1) Islamic Republic of Iran's oppression of millions of Persians, and 2) the planet in peril at the hands of that nation's mullahs' nukes.   Jimmy Carter has his hands blooded in every single violent action being perpetrated by that Islamic republic on a daily basis since 1979, including the crimes against humanity like the massacres in the 1980's, the terrible persecution on minorities such as:...
  • Quiz Yourself on the 'Israeli Arab ("Palestinian") Conflict'

    12/14/2007 3:02:54 AM PST · by PRePublic · 513+ views
    Quiz yourself on the Israeli Arab ["Palestinian"] conflict       1) When was the Arab immigration to [the historic Jewish land of] Israel -"Palestine" boosted?   A When they wanted to see Jewish holy sites. B When [anti French and anti British] Arab nationalism spread across the middle east. C When the Zionists Jews came and cultivated the deserted land.     2) What's [Arab "Palestinian" highest "national" icon] Yasser Arafat's country of origin?   A Israel ["Palestine"]. B Jordan. C Egypt.     3) Why were there --initially-- more Arab immigrants ["residents"] than Jewish immigrants (Arab majority)?   A Because...
  • [Islamic 'Palestinian' Apartheid] American Christian Claims His Life Was Threatened by PA Official

    11/01/2007 3:45:00 PM PDT · by Posting · 44+ views
    CNSNews ^ | October 31, 2007 | Julie Stahl
    American Christian Claims His Life Was Threatened by PA Official By Julie Stahl CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief October 31, 2007 Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - An American Christian of Arab descent, who has been doing humanitarian work in Palestinian Authority-ruled Ramallah for years, says he is being threatened by a P.A. official because of his religion -- and when he complained to the authorities, he was invited to pay protection money. American-born Pastor Isa Bajalia, whose parents come from Ramallah, told Cybercast News Service that his life has been threatened by a low-level P.A. official. That official told him he would end...
  • Talking Truth to the Muslim World (priest's message rocks Muslim world)

    10/07/2006 6:56:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies · 4,047+ views
    CBN News ^ | October 2006 | Steve Little
    Father Zakaria Boutros Father Zakaria Boutros looks like a mild-mannered, unassuming priest. But his message is rocking much of the Muslim world.His television program called 'Truth Talk' is broadcast daily into the Middle East over the Al-Hiyat satellite channel. On it, he challenges Muslims to examine what he says are inconsistencies in Islamic doctrine – inconsistencies that he says Muslim leaders don't want exposed and ordinary Muslims are told never to question.“Islam cannot stand in front of intellectual questions and no one can understand because of contradictions in Koran, contradictions in Hadith, contradictions and false doctrines. So they don't...
  • The Forgotten Christian

    10/02/2006 1:25:47 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 496+ views
    Arab Christian communities identify with Arab nationalism — indeed, Christian Arabs were the founding fathers of this movement. They share with their Muslim brethren a common language, ethnic origin, and a total rejection of Israel. But the new mood of politicized Islam has made life harder for the members of these ancient communities. The result has been a massive emigration of Christians from the Middle East to the West and a dwindling of their numbers in the region. Ivan Rioufol, in a column in the French daily Le Figaro of May 26, 2006, breaks with the traditional French approach of...
  • Good Arab Chistians VS Islamized Arab "christians"

    08/11/2006 3:17:22 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 455+ views
    Good Arab Christian VS Islamized Arab "Christians" You hear so much about Arab Christians in the middle east, the tiny minority in the midle east, what's the real truth about them are they all really just "Arab Christians"? What about those Arab "Christians" that hate America? Well, you have to differenciate between heroic beautiful Arab Christians like Joseph Farah ( http://wnd.com ), Brigitte Gabriel ( http://americancongress4truth.org ), Nonie Darwish ( http://arabsforisrael.com ), Walid Shoebat ( http:(//shoebat.com ), and the Zogby Arab american "activists" or lobbyists on the other side, worse are the Christian Arabs that have always been anti American...
  • Evangelical Blindness on Lebanon ( An Arab Christian's Point of View )

    08/03/2006 9:48:15 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 29 replies · 1,282+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 07/17/2006 | Martin Accad
    Another Point of View: Evangelical Blindness on Lebanon The academic dean of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is angry at evangelical Christians, Israel, Hezbollah, the U.S., and the international community. by Martin Accad ------------------------------------ Note: When covering international crises, such as the current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, Christianity Today takes care to listen to evangelical Christian leaders in the places most affected. We may find their views corrective, provocative, or even abhorrent at times, but in each case we learn about areas where we stand together and areas where we disagree. In the case of this submission from Martin...
  • Arab Muslim "Palestinians" Persecution of Christians

    06/06/2006 3:16:38 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 113+ views
    Arab "Palestinian" Christians have been suffering and STILL suffer from Arab "Palestinian" Muslim majority. Just like the Arab Christian Lebanese in "Damour" (Yasir Arafat´s Planned Christian Genocide http://www.chretiens-et-juifs.org/article.php?voir%5B%5D=594&voir%5B%5D=3532 , Hobeika - Damour http://www.free-lebanon.com/LFPNews/hobeika_damour/hobeika_damour.html), where "Palestinian" Muslims massacred Christians senselessly, which brought the reprisal by Arab Christians upon Arab "Palestinian" Muslims in Sabra & shatila. The "Palestinian" Christians are forced to join the senseless criminal violence against Israeli victims, otherwise they are threatened. Some Arab "Palestinians" that might be Christian won't admit the awful truth openly, that scared they are! But some find courage to break the ranks like: http://shoebat.com/, a...
  • The community of Arab Christians is dwindling in the Holy Land

    04/16/2006 7:47:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 1,177+ views
    Post Gazette ^ | April 16, 2006
    Jerusalem. Bethlehem. Nazareth. The Galilee. These are the places where Christianity began. They're where the story of Jesus took place. But for the Arab Christians who live there now, the story is coming to an end. Once as much as 8 percent of the population of what is now Israel and the Palestinian-administered territories, Arab Christians now make up 2 percent or less of the population, and the number is growing steadily smaller. What's happened is a familiar tale. Tens of thousands of Palestinian Christians -- along with many more thousands of Muslims -- left their homes in 1948 when...