Middle East Christian NGOs: “We will meet outside the influence of suppression and Terrorism E-mail
Written by Mideast Newswire
ImageAn unnamed official of the “Emergency Middle East Christian Leadership Conference” to be held in a country member of the European Union said “some have asked us why are we holding an emergency meeting in Europe and not in the Middle East, as other Middle East Christian related meetings have chosen?Our answer is that the rapidly exploding situation in several countries where Christians are being killed, wounded, kidnapped and driven out of their homes, compels us to be seriously addressing the matter with the international community. Local Governments have failed or have been failed in stopping violence and suppression, thus we need to engage international institutions, and European institutions are the closest ones we are reaching out to.” The source added that “we are holding this conference on purpose on European ground, to underline the lack of security and freedom for the cause of Middle East Christians. We hold meetings constantly locally in our national countries, and we do it despite the dangers, but we want our international outreach to be outside the pressures of regimes and the threat of terror. Our own constituencies, the majority of our communities wants us to express their concerns to the world.”On his part, Sheikh Sami Khoury, President of the World Maronite Union (WMU) said “we have announced months ago that such a conference will take place and we have been successful to come together as Middle East Christian NGOs despite all difficulties, and we will consulting each other on the best ways to help our communities in the region. We’ve enlisted the support of many in the Diaspora and we’ve sent several delegations to meet with civil society leaders in Lebanon over the past year. We have been asked to unite efforts with Christian communities across the region. This new effort will be unique, for it will aim at partnering with the international community, regardless of political interests in our mother countries.”

Magdi Khalil, spokesperson of the Coptic Solidarity International said “we have already achieved many unified projects in the past few years, including conferences at the US Congress and with international NGOs. We’re are moving now to insure a solid representation for these communities worldwide to help our communities in our homeland. Were are confident that not only most Copts but most Egyptians are behind us as we struggle to insure the defense of democracy in our homeland against the menace of Jihadi terrorism.”

On his part Joe Kassab, the coordinator of the Chaldean delegation to the Leadership conference said: “The fall of Saddam Régime has fueled far more persecution of minority Christians in Iraq such as the Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syriacs , and Armenians. In Iraq, religion has been politicized  and the Islamist radicals along with the uncontrolled vicious sectarian militias directed their hatred and anger against Christians and other minorities causing thousands to flee  their ancestral land leading to the Christian population to severely dwindle from 1.4 Million before 2003 war to less than 500.000. In addition, thousands of Christians are kidnapped and brutally murdered including an Archbishop and several priests while the United States seems to barely notice bits of this humanitarian tragedy leaving the plight of this faithful Biblical community up in the air. We all know by now that the desired freedom for Christians in Iraq is not realized and that its future is uncertain and bleak. Christians have been fleeing to safe Kurdistan and outside Iraq seeking protection and/or resettlement creating a significant  mass exodus in the history of Iraq after the forced departure of the persecuted Iraqi Jewish community in the 1940’s.Time has come for the  siege against Christians in Iraq to be lifted, this can only happen with untiring advocacy and diligent empowerment by the Diaspora  community and with the help of United States and the International Community. This certainly will avoid making them a collateral damage in Islam wars in the region.  We together are united and ready to help.”

Assyrian and Syriac leaders who are participating in the Conference are preparing opening statements to explain the dramatic suppression of their communities in Iraq and Syria. John Hajjar, an NGO Melkite representative said “we are hearing lately about meetings and conferences addressing the issues of Christians in the Middle East. So strange to see many groups rushing to represent the 25 million Christians in the Middle East, while they have been silent for decades. The reason for that rush is the fear by regimes in the region, from different axes to see the Middle East Christians moving towards the international community for support and recognition. The old ways are gone, with the rise of social media and internet. Now our young generations among Middle East Christians are asking for real action to defend these communities and keep them on their own soil. However they want to stay on their lands, not under the so-called protection of suppressive regimes. They want to be free from oppression and from Jihadi terror.”

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World Maronite Union

World Maronite Union President Sheikh Sami Khoury Critical of M14 Performance
Written by WMU
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
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Sheikh Sami el Khoury, President of the World Maronite Union from Washington DC told Mideast Newswire that many Diaspora Lebanese “were disappointed with the poor performance of March 14 Politicians during the visit by Terror regime President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad to Lebanon.”

Washington DC, October26, 2010

Khoury, who held meetings with officials at the US State Department and with members of the US Congress said: “These politicians didn’t have to attend a dinner at the Lebanese Presidency to honor Ahmedinijad, under any circumstances. This was not a regular state to state diplomatic event; this was an Iranian political offensive to put Lebanon under its umbrella. We expect from Lebanon’s politicians, particularly those who talk about the Cedars Revolution to be real revolutionaries and stand by their words. Ahmedinijad’s regime is the financial backer of Hezbollah. This terror organization invaded Beirut and the mountain in May 2008 and killed many Lebanese citizens. Hezbollah members may be indicted in the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri and possibly in the murder of other leaders, including Gebran Tueni, Walid Eido and George Hawi. There is not one single reason for Lebanese politicians from March 14 to dine with Ahmedinijad. To the opposite,” said Khoury, “attending that dinner under the cover of diplomatic protocol doesn’t make sense, simply because one can accept or refuse the invitation, based on the political context. Accepting a dinner invitation to honor a Terror regime means that these politicians are backing off from principles and are playing politics. The Lebanese Diaspora cannot be fooled by any explanation to legitimize this faulty move.”

Khoury, who served as a past President of the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) said “Lebanon’s politicians needs to understand that the vast majority of millions of Lebanese emigres around the world do not buy arguments used inside Lebanon’s political arena. Either one is opposing Terrorism all the way or one plays politics. Outside Lebanon, we have clarity in thinking and these maneuvers are not acceptable. If politicians want to claim affiliation with the Cedars Revolution, they should abide by its principles and express the feelings of its masses, those who took the streets of Beirut in 2005 without instructions from politicians. Lebanon’s civil society has sacrificed enough to demand from its politicians to stay firm and stop political maneuvering. The popular majority has given its politicians the majority in Parliament twice in 2005 and 2009 so that these politicians would lead the country towards full liberation and implementation of UN resolutions. Unfortunately the performance of March 14 politicians didn’t meet the hopes of average citizens and voters. Speeches during the electoral campaigns spoke of resistance to terror and liberation. Now we only see adaptation and wait and see attitudes.”

Khoury called on “Lebanon’s politicians, particularly those of March 14, to cease reacting to events and leading their people to meaningful results and stop blaming failure on circumstances.”


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