Many Palestinian terrorists came from the Christian community. George Habash, who has been dubbed “the godfather of Middle East terrorism”, was a Greek Orthodox Christian who sang in his church choir as a boy back in the town of Lydda. His background was almost identical to that of his best friend, Wadia Haddad, the No. 2 in the PFLP and the operational genius and passionate proponent of the group’s terrorist acts.
For years after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the public face of that nation’s diplomacy was deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz, who was born with the distinctly Christian name of Michael Yuhanna.
British author, William Dalrymple, suggests that by the 1990s, five out of Hafiz al Asad’s seven closest advisors were Christian. Today, the suave symbol of the Palestinian cause in the West is a Christian, Hanan Ashrawi, who signed the letter against Oren.
Coptic Christians were prominent in the pioneering nationalist anti-Israel Wafd Party of Egypt in the 1920s. From the 1930s, Arab Christians were deeply influenced by the fascist and ultra-nationalist models they could see in Europe, and they formed their own parties in this mold.
One of the first was the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, founded by the Christian Antun Saadeh, who preached the establishment of a Great Syrian empire covering not just modern-day Syria but also Judea, Samaria, Lebanon, Cyprus, and other stretches of the Near East.
In 1940, another Christian thinker launched what would be a still more influential variety of pan-Arabism, namely the Movement for Arab Renaissance (Ba’th). The key founder was Michel Aflaq, who had been educated at the Sorbonne.
The most prominent Palestinian intellectual in the world was a Christian, Edward Said (it was in Nazareth, in fact, that Said’s mother was born; his grandfather founded the city’s first Baptist church).
The use of the term “nakba” for the Israeli War of Independence was an innovation of Constantin Zureiq, the intellectual father of Arab nationalism. George
Antonious’ book “The Arab Awakening” is one of the earliest intellectual expressions of Palestinian Arab resentment about Zionism. Antonious was far from alone as a Christian Arab who saw his future with the aspirations of the Muslim majority in the Arab world.
You also have the case of Azmi Bishara, the Arab MK who betrayed the State of Israel, who comes from a middle-class Christian family from Nazareth.
Meanwhile, in Lebanon, the Christian movements of General Michel Aoun and Sleiman Frangieh are allied with Hizbullah.
Christians have also been part of municipal councils headed by Hamas. Now that the Nasserite mixture of socialism and secularism is outclassed by Islamist fury, Christians are vanishing from their cradle.
Arab Christians are paying the anti-Israel appeasing choice: they feed the Islamic crocodile hoping it will eat them last. Nonetheless, the Islamic tiger is devouring the Christian lamb.
Indeed, the Christian era in the Middle East is coming to an end. After Arab nationalism failed to eliminate Israel, Arab Christianity and the Vatican are now building a Palestinian identity hostile to Israel and the Jews.
The Christian criminalization of Zionism, which Arab Churches made a basic condition for “Muslim-Christian rapprochement”, grants the elimination of the Jewish State priority over defending the rights of their own beleaguered communities.
As was the case of the European Christians in World War II, Arab Christianity is now pursuing a joint cause with evil forces to buy temporary security. They will be responsable for their own destruction. When in 1991, the first Iraqi Scuds hit the Tel Aviv area, Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, in defiance of the curfew, mounted rooftops and joyfully chanted: “Saddam, Saddam, ya habib, oodroob oodroob Tel Abib” (“Saddam, Saddam, you darling, hit Tel Aviv over and over again”).
A few rocket attacks later, a paraphrased version of that ditty spread around: “Saddam, Saddam, our boss, go ahead and hit the Cross”.
Arab Christians have been Islamicized. Supported by the Vatican and the Orthodox Churches, they choose the war against the Jews. They will be paid back with their own extinction.
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