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‘Arab Spring’ Becoming a Nightmare for Christians


By Aaron Klein – “JERUSALEM – As Islamic groups gain power throughout the Middle East, Christians here fear for their safety and are concerned about their role with regard to the future of the volatile region.

‘I fear for the Christians of the Middle East because it’s a bad situation for them,’ Lebanese parliamentarian Samy Gemayel told WND.

Gemayel, a senior member of the Phalange party, said he received information last week about a specific assassination plot against him.

‘I just got the information from the head of security, and he asked me not to go to a specific place, because he had information that something was going to happen there,’ he said.

While the exact nature of the purported assassination plot remains unclear, Gemayel, who descends from a historic Lebanese Christian family, said he is taking the new threats seriously.

His older brother, Pierre, was a member of parliament and a government minister before his assassination Nov. 21, 2006. His uncle, former President-elect Bashir Gemayel, also was assassinated.

Christians have been a minority in numerous Middle East countries for several decades, facing routine mistreatment and occasional persecution for much of that time.

However, in the last year, the so-called Arab Spring has sparked intensified concern, with reports of an increase in attacks against Christians in some countries here.” Read more.

Egypt Becoming More Dangerous for Christians and Freedom – “Egypt is continuing to crack down on Christians and supporters of liberty and religious freedom, as the Egyptian government fails to protect some of it citizens and outright persecutes others. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Egypt is teetering on the brink of lawlessness as evidenced by recent kidnappings, melees, and killings. There are new reports that the Egyptian military government has arrested 43 individuals, including 19 U.S. citizens, ‘as it appears to be tightening the noose around the country’s pro-democracy civil society.'” Read more.

As order breaks down in Syria, its Christians suffer the consequences – “As Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov today meets with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascas, the estimated 2.5 million Christians in Syria live in fear, stuck between a rock and a hard place. As the news of Syrians being slaughtered continues at a relentless pace, it is thought that over one hundred Christians have now been targeted, either killed or kidnapped in brutal ways. Reporting last month, the organisation Barnabas Fund which campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians has explained:” Read more.

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