Arab Christians: Israel only country in region worth fighting for

How refreshing to see some of the Christians of the Middle East willing to speak the truth and not succumb to dhimmitude. “Arab Christians: Israel only state worth fighting for,” by Ryan Jones for Israel Today, July 3 (thanks to dumbledoresarmy):

Arab Christian residents of Nazareth who proudly serve in the Israeli army and encourage their children to do the same are coming under increasing attack, and Israel is starting to take notice and come to their aid.

For a number of years now, a group of Nazareth Christians who are officers in the Israeli army have been actively recruiting young local Arabs to follow in their footsteps and serve the Jewish state.

Though not an officer himself, one of the main figures in this movement is Greek Orthodox cleric Father Gabriel Nadaf. Late last month, the Greek Orthodox patriarch in Jerusalem, acting on demands from Muslim Arab members of Israel’s Knesset, threated [sic] to fire Nadaf.

Seems as if moral myopia and cowardice are epidemic among senior Christian clerics.

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Interior Minister Gideon Saar immediately called the priest to convey their support and offer their assistance.

On Wednesday, Israel’s Attorney General’s Office announced that it had opened an investigation into the activities of the Muslim Knesset members who pushed for Nadaf’s dismissal.

“It’s unacceptable that Arab MKs should think that they can be Trojan horses in the Knesset and send letters of incitement against a Christian priest who encourages young Christians to enlist in the IDF,” said Likud MK Miri Regev during a Knesset Interior Committee hearing on the matter.

Many Arab politicians vehemently oppose Arab participation in Israeli national service for fear it will legitimize the existence of the Jewish state (which pays their paychecks).

Meanwhile, the pro-Israel Arab Christians of Nazareth are becoming increasingly bold in their stance, and even dared to hold a public gathering late last month to toast the achievements of their new forum whose goal is convincing more young Arabs to join the army, as reported by Israel’s Ma’ariv newspaper.

“We chose to hold the conference to demonstrate that nothing will deter us,” forum spokesman Moran Khaloul told the newspaper. “We don’t live in Syria, where Christians are not allowed to speak…or in Iraq, where churches are bombed. We live in a Jewish state, which is democratic and free. As Israeli Christians we see ourselves as part of this state and not as part of those who oppose it.”

Khaloul said that until now, many in the community had been too afraid to speak out, but that was going to change. Many are now even referring to themselves openly as “Israeli Christians.”

Ali, an organizer for the forum, noted that local Arabs see what is happening across the Middle East and realize that Israel is the only place in the region where Christians can feel safe and belong. “That’s why more and more of us are realizing that there is no other country here that is worth fighting for,” he added.

Some went even deeper in their reasoning for joining the army of the Jewish state.

Henry Zahav, a 12th grader who intends to join the IDF gave this moving answer when asked by Ma’ariv why he made that decision: “Ultimately, from a religious point of view, we are one. Jesus was a Jew, his mother was a Jew, and his 12 disciples were Jews.”

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  1. says

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  2. says

    Arab Christians: Israel only country in region worth fighting for

    How refreshing to see some of the Christians of the Middle East willing to speak the truth and not succumb to dhimmitude.
    ……………………………

    Refreshing indeed. Of course, Israel is the only country in the region where Christians *don’t* live in dhimmitude to one degree or another.

    More:

    On Wednesday, Israel’s Attorney General’s Office announced that it had opened an investigation into the activities of the Muslim Knesset members who pushed for Nadaf’s dismissal.

    “It’s unacceptable that Arab MKs should think that they can be Trojan horses in the Knesset and send letters of incitement against a Christian priest who encourages young Christians to enlist in the IDF,” said Likud MK Miri Regev during a Knesset Interior Committee hearing on the matter.
    ……………………………

    *Grotesque*. Even in Israel, Muslims want to keep Christians in a state of dhimmitude as far as possible. Kudos to those Jews and Christians who refuse to put up with this crap.

    More:

    “We chose to hold the conference to demonstrate that nothing will deter us,” forum spokesman Moran Khaloul told the newspaper. “We don’t live in Syria, where Christians are not allowed to speak…or in Iraq, where churches are bombed. We live in a Jewish state, which is democratic and free. As Israeli Christians we see ourselves as part of this state and not as part of those who oppose it.”

    Khaloul said that until now, many in the community had been too afraid to speak out, but that was going to change. Many are now even referring to themselves openly as “Israeli Christians.”

    Ali, an organizer for the forum, noted that local Arabs see what is happening across the Middle East and realize that Israel is the only place in the region where Christians can feel safe and belong. “That’s why more and more of us are realizing that there is no other country here that is worth fighting for,” he added.
    ……………………………

    Bravo!

  3. says

    The deeper significance here is that the Muslim strategists will view this development with immense dismay – it threatens to unravel their plans to ultimately Islamize Christianity away from all Jewish links – a move Bat Ye’or has been warning about for years.

  4. says

    Jesus / Yeshua the Jew
    Mary/Miriam the Jew
    Joseph the Jew
    All disciples Jews
    The 5000 all Jews

    As the Pope recently said, a Christian must not be antiSemtic

    Maybe he should have spoken to Kairos Palestine, some disgusting Jewhate Christian Palestinians and also those Jewhate scum in the churches in England and Scotland

  5. says

    It’s about time! Maybe the many-centuries-old dhimmitude mentality rampant among Christians of the Middle East that normally leads them to side with jihadist Muslims against Israel is starting to wear off.

  6. says

    Interesting, but to my mind, just another example of a muslim ( he says he is Sunni) who doesn’t actually know very much about islam, and clearly hasn’t read his Koran, which mandates hatred for the Jews, and their ultimate destruction.

    He strikes me as another Zuhdi Jasser/Irshad Manji type, who is following an islam created inside his own head, certainly not the islam of the Koran and hadith.

    I always wonder why these people just don’t apostasise, and have done with it.

  7. says

    And I think it is incredibly foolish of the Israelis to have **muslims** in the IDF.

    Lt. Col. Hayib, 45, … He has been serving in the IDF for 28 years and is currently an officer in the tracking unit of the IDF’s Edom Division, charged with **obstructing illegal breaches of Israel’s southern border regions**.

    I see even the Israelis aren’t immune from the PC/MC ‘moderate muslim’ nonsense, and their very survival is at stake.

    Let’s hope this Hayib doesn’t have an attack of ”Sudden Jihad Syndrome”. It is far too dangerous for **any** country that values freedom, to have muslims in the army, or the police.

  8. says

    Kepha wrote:

    The loss of Lebanon is telling.
    ……………………………

    *Very* true, Kepha. Lebanon went from being a Christian-majority nation with Beirut known as the “Paris of the Levant” to the current Jihad-ridden hell-hole beginning with a huge incursion of “Palestinian” Muslims in the early 1970s. The decent Lebanese were the only ones who would take them in”none of their fellow Muslims would.

    Of course, these Mohammedans turned on their host in short order, causing the terrible violence of the Lebanese “civil war”. Christian Brigitte Gabriel offers an excellent”and heartbreaking”account of her experiences there as a child, and how she came to appreciate and love neighboring Israel.

    And now, Lebanon is dominated by Hizb’allah and treated”please pardon my crude language”like Syria’s b*tch.

  9. says

    And I was going to add that while some Christians have fled Syria’s Jihad for the (comparative) safety of Lebanon, even more *Muslim* “refugees” are flooding in as well, which will likely have the ultimate effect of rendering Lebanon even further Islamic.

  10. says

    Yes.

    It is very telling that the Muslims have reacted with such frantic haste and such aggression; *that* tells us that what these Nazareth Christians are doing is exactly what the Muslims do not want.

    I am very glad that the Israeli authorities are cracking down on the Mohammedan Mafiosi and sticking up for the sensible Fr Gabriel Nadaf.

    The Israelis should not admit *Muslims* into their army or police force, but they should encourage the Christians to serve.

    I do not know how widely Bat Yeor’s work is known within Israel, but it would be good if her books on dhimmitude – The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam, The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam, and Islam and Dhimmitude – were translated into the form of Arabic used by the local Christians within Israel, and circulated.

    And Rev Dr Mark Durie’s three books – ‘Revelation? Do We Worship the Same God? Jesus, God, Holy Spirit in Christianity and Islam’ [which in the course of revealing the bottomless spiritual and conceptual gulf that divides Christianity from Islam, also reveals just how much Jews and Christians have in common], and ‘The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom’, and ‘Liberty to the Captives’, *also* could do with being translated into the form of Arabic used colloquially by Levantine Christians, and circulated and publicised as widely as possible.

    Those of us who are Christians *have* to pray for our Christian brethren within Israel and in neighbouring countries: we must pray fervently and persistently for their liberation from the dhimmi mindset, and their liberation from every form of Jew-hatred. It may be that this awakening among the Christians of Nazareth – their recognition that Israel is a good country that they should be pleased to live in and to defend – is the fruit of years of prayer.

    May God bless, protect and continue to illuminate young Fr Gabriel Nadaf and may he be joined by others; may this initiative gather strength.

    At bottom, the simple statement by that young Christian at the end of the article – that Jesus was Jewish, so was His Mother, and the twelve disciples – is the rock-bottom historical *fact* that, when fully acknowledged by Christians, can stymy all Muslim attempts to separate Christianity from its Jewish matrix.

  11. says

    Well, not only have some of the Muslim Bedouin in Israel thrown in their lot with the country of which they are now part, but so have the Adyghe (Circassians–a Muslim people who fled into Ottoman territory from the Kavkaz in Tsarist times), and the Druze (an extreme sect of Shi’ite Islam). And, from time to time, Muslims from various countries, whether by default or learned, express admiration for the Jewish state. I’ve seen comments online at various places from Israeli Muslims that defend the Jewish state from verbal attacks from others; even if there are many others who support the Falastin idea. I suspect that for those Israeli Muslims who are both Muslim and loyal Israeli citizens, there are a whole lot of reasons related to what they know about the history and politics of their part of the world.

    Now, I’ve often said that the only “reform of Islam” that I support is mass conversion to the Jesus Christ of the Old and New Testaments. I do not like Islam at all. But I will always be honest and note that I’ve known pork-and-alcohol-abstaining Muslims who seemed good employees of the US Department of State; Hui people who had a deep Chinese patriotism (even if their Uyghur religious brethren are highly separatist) in Taiwan or strong loyalty to the Chakkri monarchy in Thailand; I’ve known Muslim refugees resettled in the USA who were very grateful for what our country gave them (they’re not all like that Bosnian kid who shot up his Utah neighbors); and, I suspect, that a good, hard look at southern Thailand might reveal that separatist sympathy is by no means universal among its Muslim inhabitants (I’ve run into Muslim officers of the Royal Thai Army and other officials of the overwhelmingly Theravada Buddhist country). Perhaps these Muslims are “theologically weak”; but there may be other theological justifications for loyalty to a religious liberty-respecting Kufr state that they may draw on, too. But I’ll let them make the case.

    As for these pro-Israel Christian Israeli Arabs, I suppose that both a better familiarity with Christian Scripture AND the awareness that they’re the last Christian community in the Middle East that can count on government protection of their civil rights are coming into play.