Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
Caught between the larger Sunni-Shi’a battles for supremacy in Syria, Christians are forced to contemplate an uncertain future as Western powers debate action against the government of Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian Christians are faced with a difficult situation due to the Syrian civil war. Many Christians support Assad out of fear that if he is overthrown and replaced by Islamists, they will face greater persecution, especially from al-Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim rebel groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, who have attacked Christians. At the same time, Assad and his government are supported by Iran and its Lebanese terror proxy, Hezbollah, and have used chemical weapons against the Syrian people.
Christian villagers in Wadi al-Nassara (Valley of Christians) in western Syria, home to around 50,000 Christians, have formed “popular defense committees” with the blessing of the Syrian government, according to AFP.
These “popular defense committees” are militias armed and trained by the Syrian government to supplement the Syrian army and protect their own neighborhoods or villages from attacks by rebels. Many of these militias are comprised of Syrian minority groups such as the Christians, Druze and Alawites.
Christian leaders in Syria have faced growing danger from rebels. In April, two Syrian bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, were kidnapped at gunpoint at a rebel checkpoint near Aleppo. Their whereabouts are still unknown. In early July, a video posted on LiveLeak.com apparently showed Syrian Catholic priest Father Francois Murad being beheaded by the Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels, Jabhat al-Nusra, in front of a cheering crowd. While there are conflicting reports over whether Murad was depicted in the video, the Vatican has confirmed that Murad, along with two others, were taken from a monastery in northern Syria and killed. In late July, an al-Qaeda linked group abducted Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Swiss Ambassador Portrays U.S. and Iran as doves of peace defecating on Netanyahu.
He will arrive Sunday and will be “updated on strategic issues,” meaning Iran.
The boundary, enabling Jewish students to carry on Shabbat, will be made of plastic “lechies” on utility poles.
A growing number of Arabs in Gaza are calling on people to burn down Hamas institutions.
An Oxford University professor’s new book uncovers what most Israelis know – that the Americans are not “Wild West” cowboys.
A report by the entity responsible for ensuring the peaceful development of nuclear energy worldwide and the one upon which the world depends for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activity revealed that over the past few months Iran has been working on and adding to a building at its Parchin site. Parchin is an Iranian military complex located southeast of Tehran. It […]
Israeli artists build an ice wall at the Davidson Center, near the Kotel in Jerusalem. The wall was based on a piece by American artist Allan Kaprow who built something similar in Israel, in 1980, perpendicular to the Temple Mount. Photos by Yonatan Sindel / Flash90.
About 30 protesters from the Jewish Defense League on Wednesday evening stood at a picket line holding Israeli and Canadian flags outside billionaire Bernard (Barry) Sherman’s north Toronto home during his cocktail fundraiser for the Liberal party.
Mughassil, 48, is believed to be the leader of the Iran-supported Hezbollah Al-Hejaz group.
The Donald and the Cruz together against Iran on Sept. 9 at D.C. rally.
Iranian born Tennor Ramtin Ghazavi, a frequent performer at Italy’s La Scala, on Tuesday told San Jose Mercury News that the Islamic revolution that removed the Shah in 1979 “takes a dim view” of most musical forms, including opera.
For a state that goes out of its way to discriminate in favor of one group, Israel receives high grades in treatment of immigrants of all colors and creeds, beating out the UK, the US and Saudi Arabia.
If the administrative orders weren’t undemocratic enough, police raided a conference discussing those orders, arresting a number of the participants.
DM Ya’alon advises “zero tolerance” in dealing with violence against hareidi-religious IDF soldiers.
National Basketball Association (NBA) player Omri Casspi recently visited Israel, but it was be no ordinary homecoming for the Sacramento Kings forward, as he was be joined by seven other NBA players in a tour organized by his foundation.
Aaron is a plumber, Tracie, a former National Guard member, wants to volunteer in the IDF.
The organization also is encouraging young Christians to serve in the IDF.
The IDF has decided to implement a new practice to improve the security of hitchhikers in Judea and Samaria — one year after three hitchhiking Israeli teens were abducted and murdered. Yisrael HaYom reported that the IDF will be sending reservists in civilian vehicles to provide security for hitchhikers in the territories. The cars will […]
The California State Assembly on Monday passed a resolution urging action on the increasingly rampant anti-Semitism on University of California (UC) campuses. The resolution urges each UC campus to “adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.” The bipartisan measure was introduced by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) follow-ing a series of […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syrian-christians-caught-between-rock-and-hard-place/2013/08/29/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: