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Israeli Christians Declare Fealty to the Jewish State

Leading Israeli Christians gathered at a Jerusalem conference to declare their own identity apart from Arab Muslims, and their support for Israel.

“We are not Arabs,” the group declared. “We are Christians who speak Arabic.”

Participants at the conference—titled “Israeli Christians: Breaking Free? The advent of an independent Christian voice in Israel”—said their history, culture, and heritage have been hijacked by Muslim Arabs in the region. They said they feel a closer affinity to Israel and the Jewish people, which their culture and religion originally derived from.

“The Christian public wants to integrate into Israeli society, against the wishes of its old leadership. There are those who keep pushing us to the margins, keeping us the victims nationalism that is not our own, and of a conflict that has nothing to do with us,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox Priest and advocate for Christian enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces through the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, Israel Hayom reported.

Another theme at the conference was a reassertion of Christian identity in the region. Speakers blamed the Arab Invasions of the 7th century for gradually erasing their identity. A former Israeli Christian paratrooper, Lt. (ret) Shaadi Khalloul, said he has lobbied the Israeli government to recognize his community as Aramaic Christians, referring to the majority language spoken by Christians and Jews prior to the 7th century Arab invasion. Aramaic is still spoken by isolated communities today. Khalloul calls his group “B’nei Keyama,” which means “allies” in Aramaic.

“The typical Christian student thinks that he belongs to the Arab people and the Islamic nation, instead of speaking to the people with whom he truly shares his roots—the Jewish people, whose origins are in the Land of Israel,” Khalloul said.

Israel has one of the few growing Middle East Christian communities. According to the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics, there were 158,000 Christians living in Israel in 2012, constituting 2 percent of the population, up from 154,000 in 2011.

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7 Responses to “Israeli Christians Declare Fealty to the Jewish State”

  1. Judith Ross says:

    Israel will welcome Christians, and any religion that is not out to destroy Israel. Those who have a true religion know that Judaism is the root of all the faiths that accept one Deity. Destroying Israel is to destroy those faiths.

  2. mireille1 says:

    Bravo to Khallool. He said it right. The problem with the Christians Arab is they love living in Israel and enjoying all the benefits of any Israeli Citizen but most of them lean voting toward  the Muslim Arab. Very sad.
    Maybe Khallool could convince the majority of Christians to have the courage to do the right thing.

  3. What about the Syrian arameic speacking chrystians, they can go to Israel?, it would be a "mitzve".

  4. Arty Cohn says:

    The Papal leader in Israel, Hilarion Capucci, had always sided with the Palestinian Arab Moslems, and their libels of Israel. When are the Christians going to publicly refute him?

  5. Arty Cohn says:

    The Papal leader in Israel, Hilarion Capucci, had always sided with the Palestinian Arab Moslems, and their libels of Israel. When are the Christians going to publicly refute him?

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    why are the Christians not going to Rome? Israel is for the Jewish Chosen People and declared by GOD! History has chosen the Christians only killed Jews so why do we need them in our homeland? Then they will kill us again as an inside job.

  7. Tracy Scarrott says:

    And the greatest of these is love. If only we all could learn that truth the world would be a better place

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