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Gaza ethnic cleansing of Christians

Gaza ethnic cleansing of Christians

The story about Hamas and other Islamists the Western media is not telling.

The ethnic cleansing of Christians in Gaza by Hamas and other Islamists is a story rarely told in Western media.

It doesn’t fit the dishonest media narrative of Hamas and its supporters being victims.

This report by Israeli channel i24, which we have been using for a live feed during the current war, is from January 2014:

Take note of the video at 5:20, where two Palestinian Christians students recall persecution of Christians at the Islamic University in Gaza. That University, a center of Hamas activity, was bombed by Israel yesterday:

It is not yet known whether any teachers or students from the Islamic University of Gaza were injured in the overnight strike, which the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) claimed hit a “weapons development centre”.

The persecution of Christians by Islamists is part of a pattern throughout the Middle East, and one to which the Western media averts its eyes.


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“The persecution of Christians by Islamists is part of a pattern throughout the Middle East,”

For certain, but the reach is even greater than that. It’s a worldwide problem. As Muslim gain the upper hand in terms of numbers, they will persecute any and every one who is not Muslim. This will include as well those Muslims whom the predominant Muslim group doesn’t consider “Islamic enough.” That under girds the entire Sunni-Shia conflict which dates back to the period following Mohammed’s death.

The ousting of Christians by Muslims has been happening in several cities in the UK. Muslims settle into a neighborhood; other Muslims begin to move to that neighborhood. The Muslim influx grows and grows. As noted above, as their numbers increase the discrimination then persecution of non-Muslims increases.

andreaostrovletania | August 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

This is all very sad, but don’t forget that American Christians supported the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homelands. Nearly 800,000 were ethnically cleansed in 1948, and Israel continues to steal land in the West Bank.

And US meddling in Iraq and Syria has led to massive uprooting of Christians who’d been living there for 1000s of yrs.
Muslims and Christians had been living in relative peace in the Middle East before Zionist America invaded and messed things up over there.

    You obviously have been getting your history from the advertising campaign of Hamas, which is a pack of lies.

    In 1988, Hamas agreed to engage in an advertising campaign to convince Muslims that they have an individual and religious duty to kill every Jew on the face of the earth, and re-conquer every square inch of land ever held by a “Muslim” regime.

    Because the Jews have given no offense, Hamas has decided to lie. Shame on them, and shame on you for falling for it.

    Israel has engaged in no ethnic cleansing, and has in the past and to this day treated its Arab citizens better than the surrounding Arab nations treat their own.

    I hope you realize that after 6 million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis, population transfer of 800,000, when Arab armies were fighting mightily to destroy Israel (and I know not what they planned to do to Jewish civilians once combatants were wiped out so I will not speculate), didn’t exactly resonate that loudly with Americans of the day.

    Ignorance is not a virtue. You should not display it for everyone to see, unless of course, you are asking for help.

    If that’s the case, all you have to do is read some history outside of your Hamas pamphlet collection.

    Wow, so much blood libel in packed into so few words.

    Zionism is to Jews as Americanism is to Americans or being patriotic to Canada is to Canadians. “Zionism=Racism” is the first clue to the utterer’s anti-Semitism.

    Jews have the legal right to settle and live in any land between the Jordan river and Mediterranean per the League of Nations “Mandate for Palestine” 4/24/1920 and affirmed by Article 80 of UN. “Palestine” being only a geographical name to the area upon the collapse of the Ottoman Empire post WWI.

    “Palestinian” as applied to Arabs in the area is of recent usage – as coined by Egyptian terrorist Arafat.

    Jimmy Martello in reply to andreaostrovletania. | August 5, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Your comments are so drenched in propaganda and anti-American bigotry and sinful antisemitism that I sincerely hope you do not call yourself a Christian, because you have sinned against the Commandments, the Church, and other Christians in what you wrote here.
    I cannot address Iit all, but America protected Christians in Iraq until the elected government asked us to leave. Before that we protected Kurdish Christians from Saddam for years. We have NEVER been in Syria. Russia did that. All of the major patriarchs and the popes in Rome and in Egypt have condemned as intrinsically sinful, hatred of Jewish people in the form of antisemitism. It is incompatible with the Christian Faith, East and West.

    Better check your history Andrea.

Islamists, like their historical precursors the Nazis, appear to be incapable of limiting their hostility to the Jews.

My theory is that, any society that allows the murder of a person for trivial reasons (and mere difference in religion unaccompanied by a capital offense is trivial) is incapable of limiting murder at all.

The Nazis purported to get rid of Jews, but Jews were only about half of the people they killed. In the case of Islamists, although they purport to exterminate Jews and by extension kafirs (us) as well, they actually kill mostly other Muslims.

Professor, thank you for writing about the persecution of Christians. Our national media seem embarrassed to write about any kind of religious topic, and they certainly seem to pretend that religious persecution does not exist.

    Radegunda in reply to Valerie. | August 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    The heart and soul of Islam (not just “Islamism”) is the radical divide between Muslims and kuffar. Much of the Koran is devoted to cursing the latter, occasionally with graphic descriptions of the tortures they should suffer.

    In the Islamic way of thinking, if you’re not in their club, you do not deserve basic human respect, and killing you is not really a crime.

Not to detract from the evil of what is happening, but the Arab Muslim cleansing of Arab Christians from Gaza is religious cleansing, not ethnic cleansing.

    tarheelkate in reply to Pettifogger. | August 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Speaking from experience in next-door Egypt, Muslims do often look at Christians as a lower ethnic group. The prejudice against Copts is as much ethnic as religious. It is probably much the same for other Arab or Arabized Christian groups.

Sadly, the dishonest narrative comes in part from devout Christians, including some who have been living among Muslims and apparently have been fully dhimmified.

The Sabeel Centre is a prime example. They promote a “replacement theology” in which Christians should not only cut away their Jewish roots but also join with Muslims in doing so. They believe that Christians and Muslims have more in common than either group does with Jews — a notion that’s strange in view of the kinds of societies that Muslims build around the world, and the fact that most Westerners would probably be more comfortable in Israel, and the large role of Jews in building Western science and culture. Curiously, that notion does have a bit of truth if you consider a historical propensity to coerce conversion, though Christians haven’t been doing that for some centuries (and Muslims surpass them in this respect).

Among Christian clergy in the U.S. and Europe, the old anti-Jewish hostility has reemerged as hostility to Israel, packaged as compassion for “Palestinians,” Muslim and Christian. It’s a deplorable situation when self-professed Christians are so hostile to Jews that they take the side of Islamic totalitarianism, with its very long record of brutal aggression.

David R. Graham | August 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I think what we see here is dead religion fighting dead religion. Here a two-way fight, there a three-way fight and there a four+-way fight. Etc. Dead religions duking it out, making death. None of them is refreshing. I would like to see a religionless Islam, a religionless Judaism, etc. I have no idea what that would be but I sure would like to see it. Well, maybe I would, maybe not. If it was quiet, yes, otherwise, no. At least it would not be dead and stinking up the joint. God does not need religion. I suspect He even does not want religion. What is called Christianity today also is a dead religion. So are they all, all dead. Some want a deus ex machina to save them from their own dullness. Some want an incarnation of divinity to shed coolness. None wants a religion. Look at them. They are all dead. No wonder no one wants one. It, too, would die and stink up the joint.

    Ragspierre in reply to David R. Graham. | August 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Wow. THAT was an exercise in stupid nihilism.

    Have you heard of Dr. Kent Brantly, his nurse wife and Samaritan’s Purse? They are Christians doing what they can while they are alive. Nihilists don’t apply.

      David R. Graham in reply to jennifer a johnson. | August 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      O piffle, you guys. You have heard of Bonhoeffer and religionless Christianity. You are being flippant. Any jackass can do good deeds and puff themselves up over it. There is nothing Christian or religious about good deed doing. Rags, you would know. Nihilism is the beginning of Christianity. One cannot be a Christian or anything else with a religious denomination without being a nihilist. Until one is nothing God is not everything. So, yeah, you’re right, I’m a nihilist, or hope to be. And, yeah, nihilism is stupidity, but a necessary one. Worried about your reputation, are you?

        Ragspierre in reply to David R. Graham. | August 3, 2014 at 12:25 am

        1 a : a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless
        b : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths
        a : a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility
        b capitalized : the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination

        That’s according to ol’ Merriam-Webster.

        One of us doesn’t know WTF he’s talking about.

        Religion among people I know who are devout is an influence the animates them, and informs their conduct and thought.

        That ain’t “dead”, but the opposite. And maybe you know some brands of religion that demand one be nothing (maybe Buddhism), but I don’t. Christianity in the plain old garden variety sure doesn’t. Quite the opposite. But, hey, you may know more about being nothing than I do. I just limit myself to knowing what words mean, generally.

          David R. Graham in reply to Ragspierre. | August 3, 2014 at 12:55 am

          Oh, good grief. Going to a dictionary, yet. How ordinary. In the old days, lawyers were prone to quoting poetry, not dictionaries. Where I educated, anyone who quotes a dictionary in a debate has not digested the relevant literature. You have tried to cross swords with me before, and on my field. What have you to defend that you sally forth so, so, so petulantly, so predictably? Never mind, I need not know. Nihilism is a classical Greek philosophical school that imports into the Church as nominalism and into recent Euro-American culture as socialism, both kinds, and trial lawyers. Dictionaries, no less! Pfffff. You don’t think there is such a thing as dead, stinking religion? You don’t think. You are reacting to something other than what I wrote.

    mzungu writes in reply to David R. Graham. | August 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Religion does exist and your Lord my God through His son Jesus Christ taught the Apostle James that “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” So even while villages are being slaughtered by Muslims I can bet you that somewhere is a Christian ministering to the hurts or weakness of an elderly Muslim. We all march to the same drum beat around the world.

    But against your point Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Collossi said “These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.” This proves that Islam is a self-made religion.

    Next time you respond to us with your arrogant puffery in the face of misery and suffering the only thing you deserve is to read what God said to Job:

    “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell Me, if you have understanding,

    Who set its measurements? Since you know.
    Or who stretched the line on it?

    On what were its bases sunk?
    Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

GuaranaHernandez | August 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

The truth is that either side would do the same to any American and definitely to any Jew. So why are we lamenting Muslim upon Muslim violence? As long as they are occupied killing each other and they could spend the next hundreds years doing that, we can breathe a bit more easily. I say let them go at it and every so often make sure no one side is getting the better of the other. Stop critiquing the carnage and just be happy the Muslims hate each other almost as much as they hate us.