The Real Bigotry Against Middle Easterners
At the Gatestone Institute, Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut has a terrific piece highlighting the real bigotry in the response of the West to the crisis of Middle Eastern refugees. Despite all the hand-wringing over the recent executive order on immigration, it is not Muslims who are the primary victims of the West’s indifference to the suffering in Syria and Iraq. Rather, it is the Christians and Yazidis who have been treated as invisible by the UN and Western governments:
Finally, after years of apathy and inaction, Washington is extending a much-needed helping hand to Middle Eastern Christians. U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced that persecuted Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status in the United States.
Christians and Yazidis are being exposed to genocide at the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, who have engaged in a massive campaign to enslave the remnant non-Muslim minorities and to destroy their cultural heritage.
Then, the so-called liberals in the West—and even Christians—started pushing back against the move.
Indigenous Christians in Iraq and Syria have not only been exposed to genocide at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) and other Islamist groups but also their applications for immigration to Western countries have been put on the back burner by, shamefully but not surprisingly, the UN.
Then, when Christians and Yazidis are allowed to go to the West, they find themselves further abused, both by Muslim refugees and by the government:
Since February 2016, nearly 800 Christians and Yazidi refugees were attacked by others at the relief centers and camps, according to a report entitled, “Lack of protection for religious minorities in Germany” conducted from 15 February to 30 September, 2016.
“When questioned about the nature of the attacks, assault was named most often, followed by death threats, either directed directly at the Christian refugees or their family in Germany or in their home countries.
“44 people indicated that they had been victims of sexual assaults. Other forms of persecution include insults, general threats, and physical attacks that had not been defined as an assault. 11% of those questioned felt intimidated by loud music/prayers.”
According to the testimony of a male refugee from Iraq, he received death threats after Muslims saw that he was reading the Bible:
“They wanted me to convert back to Islam. The manager of the facility said that he is helpless and cannot protect me. As I feared for my life, I then reported it to a social worker who then wrote a report. The death threats increased. The interpreter tried to trivialize the threats and conceal them from the social welfare department. The department instructed the facility management to make more of an effort to ensure my safety. They were incapable of doing so and therefore I was moved into other accommodation.”
No one, including Bulut, denies that many, many Muslims have been slaughtered amid the intra-Muslim violence of the past fourteen years, and most people would say that if we can help Muslims who have been victimized, we should. But the Christians and Yazidis are unique, in that they are targeted by almost all of the combatants, and the countries to which they have looked for protection have frequently continued the persecution that they experienced at the hands of the likes of ISIS. The the West has turned its collective back on them until now is an indelible stain on our civilization. It is time for the West to redress this atrocious wrong.
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