Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Christian Exodus

Over the years, the Holy Land has, more and more, been the scene of besieged Christians fleeing to more hospitable lands. But, to hear some among the mainstream media (like the BBC and the other usual suspects) tell it, it's the hardships imposed by the so-called occupation that's as much to blame as the violence and exploitation being perpetrated by Palestinian Muslims. But, the facts on the ground tell a different story.

Why is the media paying so little attention to the plight of the Christians living under the Palestinian Authority? Is it because they know the real reason why Christians are being forced out of a place that's been their home for the past 2,000 years? And is it because they know it's not a result of the occupation, but rather the result of a concerted effort on the part of Palestinian Muslims to make their nascent state of Palestine the Christian equivalent of Judenrein?


At 11:31 AM, Blogger Esther said...

As I often say Rory, they ignore it cause it doesn't fit the narrative they want to tell. Sheesh. Gotta wonder why those church groups are so anti-Israel. Christians are not persecuted in Israel. They're murdered by their current faves, the Palestinians. Doesn't make sense.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Rory said...

It definitely doesn't make sense. In fact, for the longest time the Vatican's supposed reason for not establishing diplomatic relations with Israel was because of the fact that there were territories that were in dispute. There are disputed territories in many countries with which the Vatican had diplomatic relations. The problem was that the Vatican was afraid of repercussions against those Christians who were living in Muslim countries, if the Vatican were to make such an overture to Israel. These Christians are virtually held hostage to the fear that there'll be hell to pay from the Muslims if anybody were to have the nerve to stand up to them.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

There are probably more Christian Palestinians living in Australia than in Palestine (on the Arab side so to speak).
Christians ther now are mere 1.5% of the population.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Rory said...

I'm not surprised. In fact, I don't think most people realize that the Palestinians are actually among the most educated in the Arab world and so, understandably, the Christians, in particular, don't want to live under some retrograde regime like the Palestinian Authority. And if there's ever going to be a functioning Palestinian state, at least the Christians might have provided a moderating voice. Without them, the radicals will probably fill the vacuum.

At 5:13 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

muslims are the underdog against the evil christians and jews who dominate the (usa) world...

really we only dominate the usa, we're minorities in asia and africa, right?

so, why does the media always make it seem like we've overrun the world? Because to the world, palestine doesn't matter. It's not part of the world. It's some other place. The world is comprised of the US and Western Europe, the rest are just our little wannabes and underlings.

this isn't thought out well, mostly because I have no time to think these days, but I have a little thesis in my head that the media/artsy folks are much worse at being "america first" than those of us they accuse of having that attitude.

maybe someday I'll flesh it out...


At 6:39 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

I have posted on this subject extensively. I see the files from Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and Bangladesh daily.

I will point out that other then the Maronites and a few Assyrians the leaders of thes groups readed what they sowed.

The current propoganda we deal with is from Edward Said an Egyptian Christian claiming to be Palestinian. Adam Schapiro's the traitor's cumare er wife is also a Christian.

I have several friends who are Palestinian Christians and they shake their head at their leadership and emigrate.

When you get a chance take a look at my blog. Some comedian hacked my blog and posted the theme of the A Team in Spanish. I can not stop laughing as it is a great joke. I was going to delete it but it is so funny. I would prefer the theme from Kojak.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I know many Christians who have fled various countries under Muslim regimes. The tales these exiles tell are horrific.

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Fox News had a great story on this today. I felt it kicked the Muslim Pals to the curb, blaming them for the lack of tourism in Bethlehem during the Christmas season and the taking over of the mayor's office. Fox did mention the wall that Israel put up also as a factor in the tourism drop but not the exodus of Christians.

At 11:40 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

It's absolutely wretched, and you're right, Rory—it's disgraceful how it's ignored.

At 2:38 AM, Blogger Rory said...

If you have thoughts on this subject, by all means use your blog to educate people. It's for damn sure the mainstream media isn't going to do it.

You make a very good point. I certainly wouldn't want to whitewash the fact that there's a relatively small, but very hostile, element among some of the Palestinian Christians. And in addition to the ones you rightly pointed out, I would add the murderous Dr. George Habash, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Then there are some who, while they may not have blood on their hands, have made too many excuses for those who did. I would include Michel Sabbah, the Latin patriarch, who's a real pain in the ass. And let's not forget one-time Yasser Arafat hag, Hanan Ashrawi, who should have known enough to become disenchanted with him long before she finally did.

They definitely are. I used to work at New York University and I became friendly with a Lebanese Christian student at the time of the civil war there. The things he used to tell me about what the PLO was doing in Beirut would really make your hair stand on end. And I'm sure these situations were repeated throughout the Muslim world.

Elmer's Brother,
I think Fox is probably one of the few that's paid any attention to this situation. Unfortunately, I guess everybody feels they have to take a gratuitous slap at the security fence, but at least Fox doesn't put it on the same level as Muslim violence for the reason the Christians are fleeing.

I agree and I think it just proves that it's not really the occupation or the security fence that are the cause of the problem. Because, if it were, we know the mainstream media would have been all over this story.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Bethlehem used to be 80% Christian. Now you can hardly find a Christian Church. You can't walk outside wearing a cross. The church of the Nativity is still being repaired from Moslem desecration. Tourism is now almost nonexistent. Islam is the antithesis to Midas. Everything Islam touches turns to sh**.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Rory said...

American Crusader,
Yeah, the take-over of the Church of the Nativity. Another incident during which the media didn't exactly cover itself in glory. Predictably, the sickening desecrations committed by the Palestinian thugs who were holed up there got a lot less media scrutiny than did the infamous "Koran down the toilet" episode. The people who indulged in all the politically correct hand-wringing over the fantasy "desecration" of the flushed Koran really ought to get just a fraction as outraged over the desecration of a church that's venerated by Christians the world over.

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I just found this and thought I'd pass it along:

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Thanks so much for the link. The article was really interesting and it shed a lot of light on what's too often an underreported story. Unfortunately, in this country, I think we're seeing a desire on the part of the administration to push this road map, regardless of all the ominous signs that it's probably leading nowhere. That's why I wouldn't hold out much hope that a concerted effort will be made to put a stop to the Muslim persecution of Christians living under the control of the PA.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Another year without Yasser Arafat defiling the Church of the Nativity.


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