Wednesday 3 August 2011
Middle East Christians stuck in the Dark Age
In an article published in the Jerusalem Post, Oxford student Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
reveals that anti-Semitism is rife among the churches in the Middle East. As the various Arab revolutions have increasingly taken on an Islamic flair and become discriminatory against their Christian populations, some Israelis have tried to identify more closely with their fellow Bible-believers.
Al-Tamimi, who has family in Baghdad, writes that Arab Christians in general view the turmoil caused by the "Arab Spring" as another chapter in the ongoing Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
According to Al-Tamimi, Middle East Christians believe that all the deadly attacks on their own communities over the past decade have been perpetrated by "Zionist forces" intent on sowing discord, and not by Muslim fundamentalists, even if all the evidence points to Islamic terror.
These are not fringe accusations, warns Jawad, pointing out that major Christian figures in the Middle East have been repeating ancient blood libels against the Jews.
He concludes that most Middle East Christians simply have not moved beyond the Dark Age of Christianity, when the words of Scripture were twisted to demonize the Jews and turn them into the enemies of God.
Read Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's post here.